King Ghidorah being conspicuously indifferent to a pile of cricket books

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Miriam writes:

Here’s my cat King Ghidorah being conspicuously indifferent to a pile of cricket books.

We found these books in the shed when we were looking for the baby set for the high chair. The books had probably been there since we moved in four years ago. They are now on the daybed in the study while we make space for them.

King Ghidorah decided that the gap behind them was the perfect sleeping spot despite having a large number of other sleeping options.

I was in the next room sitting on the sofa but he didn’t sleep next to me as he doesn’t like the grey sofa, only the green sofa. We’ve never understood why.

We never did find the high chair baby set. But then we never thought there were any books left in the shed so hopefully we’ll find the baby set when we next look for something else.

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  1. I had to Google to find the origins of the name King Ghidorah. I was intrigued by the answer:

    I realise that many people around here will find it bizarre that I needed to Google that, but I’m on a bout of radical honesty about such matters. I had to do the same thing the other day to understand why the last two goals in the 1966 Football World Cup Final were controversial. Boy was I teased for that one.

  2. Excellent stuff. I’ve never understood why cats choose to sleep on sharp edges or across lumpy things but there it is… Good luck when you’re looking for other things you find the thing you are not looking for.

  3. I protest! This cat is clearly not indifferent to cricket books. It’s so different to them that it’s chosen to make its nest out of them!

    Very cute cat though.

  4. Shall we talk about cricket coming back to Channel 4?

    My two-year-old daughter, who wakes up at 4am most days, is about to become an expert in how to play spin in Chennai.

      1. They didn’t use it for the World Cup, so no. But then maybe Mambo No.5 has become synonymous with C4 Test coverage, so maybe.

        Weird one isn’t it? It was a terrible choice at the time – basically just a random recent number one – but then the cricket that followed, and the fact that the song would largely have faded from our consciousness if not for its use with that cricket, means it now seems likea classic theme tune.

      2. A little bit of Monica in my life
        A little bit of Erica by my side
        A little bit of Rita’s all I need
        A little bit of Tina’s what I see
        A little bit of Sandra in the sun
        A little bit of Mary all night long, until the alarm goes off at 4am and we have to get up for the start of the first session

  5. I first became aware of Skirting the Boundary from an online newspaper review, which among other things had a link to the New Statesman’s review. Included in the latter was the completely appropriate line:

    It talks about the issues that faced them then, the ridicule the women had to endure and the misogynist focus on how they were dressed.

    This made me stop and think, because as a man d’un certain âge, I am not incapable of slipping into some deep-seated sexist stereotyping, even to the point of accidental misogyny. And indeed it was the attire that was my first thought on seeing the cover of the book. I chided myself, and resolved to improve.

    But on the other hand – how the hell does anyone play cricket in those shoes? The lack of pads isn’t a big deal – we’ve all played a scratch game or two with unprotected shins. But the shoes? Unless I am very much mistaken, a quick single will inevitably become a quick fall flat on your face, followed by a quick run-out. The very best you could hope for is completing the run, then walking back along the wicket to collect your shoes.

    It’s not even that the picture appears out of touch with cricket. The apparent trigger movement onto the front foot is clearly that of someone who knows what they are doing – there is a palpable intention to drive visible even in this still photo. But the shoes?

    1. I’ll try to remember to pick up that point with Isabelle Duncan next time I see her. I never saw her play cricket, but I can confirm that she wears appropriate shoes to play real tennis…

      …which is just as well, because “flat on your face” on that stone floor, although not a run-out, could easily end up with the faller out-cold or worse.

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