Top Ten Cats #5 – Black-footed cat, Felis nigripes

A short article explaining the life, habits and (multiple times) the exceptional cuteness of the black-footed cat of Southern Africa.

Bad History: Presentism and so-called ‘Cancel Culture’ in History

Apologies for taking over from the previous writer of bad history, and particular apologies that my thoughts, ideas and notions will not be as reliably, academically informed. However, there is an on-going movement in history, as well as in culture, towards acknowledgment of ‘the bad’. The stuff people did wrong. All around the world, acrossContinue reading “Bad History: Presentism and so-called ‘Cancel Culture’ in History”

Top Ten Cats #6 – Lion, Panthera leo

What top ten list of cats is complete without the so-called ‘King of the Jungle’ that is, actually, more a Prince of the Plains. I’ll level with you. I like lions. I love lions like I love any other kind of cat. But they make this list for one reason and one reason alone. Sociability.Continue reading “Top Ten Cats #6 – Lion, Panthera leo”

“A Problem Shared…” The True Cost of Damage

Spoiler Alert: Contains spoilers for ‘Tess of the d’Urbervilles’ If you haven’t read a book from 1891 by now, do you need a spoiler alert? Content Warning: There will be discussion of sexual violence, rape and possibly mental health issues and suicide. NOTE: The following is not the opinion of a qualified medical professional. IfContinue reading ““A Problem Shared…” The True Cost of Damage”

Top Ten Cats #7 – Jaguar, Panthera onca

Content Warning: This article contains images of animal predation. I left this one up to the community and your voices were heard. They were completely silent. Thanks, guys. So given how I feel you basically stuck your teeth on my skull and bit a hole in it, I put a cat in this place thatContinue reading “Top Ten Cats #7 – Jaguar, Panthera onca”

Top Ten Cats #8 – Clouded Leopard, Neofelis nebulosa

In case you hadn’t noticed by now I am a lexiphile. I love words for words’ sake. It separates me from the bibliophiles, who like words to be structured into tomes and books with contexts and narratives. I don’t mind so long as the word sounds good. Like with yesterday’s jaguarundi. Well Neofelis nebulosa isContinue reading “Top Ten Cats #8 – Clouded Leopard, Neofelis nebulosa”

Top Ten Cats #9 – Jaguarundi, Herpailurus yagouaroundi

What do I know about the jaguarondi? What don’t I know about the jaguarondi!? The answer to the first question is not a lot, the second is a lot. It’s a weird little cat, this, showing features more akin to the Viveriddae (feliforms like civets and genets) or the Mustelidae (otters, weasels, badgers, that sortContinue reading “Top Ten Cats #9 – Jaguarundi, Herpailurus yagouaroundi”

Who Hears the Voiceless? On Being a Nobody

I’m a nobody. You might think “You have this website, and a twitter and views and people listen…” Nah, they don’t. Not really. Not compared to, say, someone who went and did a journalism degree, then worked at the local paper for a bit and then, they were a bit nerdy so they worked theContinue reading “Who Hears the Voiceless? On Being a Nobody”

The Importance of Perseverance

I’m not talking about in real life. I mean, perseverance has many important uses in real life, if you wish to undergo trials, tribulations and challenges, anyway. If you want an easy life and to not care by all means pass it up, it inevitably leads to suffering. No, I am talking about NASA’s latestContinue reading “The Importance of Perseverance”

Top Ten Cats #10 – The Pallas’ Cat – Otocolobus manul

Nick-named after a Prussian biologist, the Pallas’ cat, or manul, is relatively small and extremely, and I mean ridiculously, fluffy, with low-set, rounded ears. That basically gives it the appearance of a guilty stuffed-toy. I mean, it is going to be hard to talk about these little guys without getting all misty-eyed and squeeing. They’reContinue reading “Top Ten Cats #10 – The Pallas’ Cat – Otocolobus manul”