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last updated Sunday June 21, 2009

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2003 Thoughtcat screen shots courtesy of the Internet Archive Wayback Machine

 

When Thoughtcat started life in 2003 (see screenshots) the home page was updated weekly with a new thought and a new cat. Likewise, the 'blog' was updated almost daily. Since then real life has kind of got in the way; these days a new thought every three months is hard enough to come by, and as for cats, they never were very reliable anyway (see below). This page records all the original thoughts and cats from those heady days when time was on my side.

 

Also sidelined fairly early on was the updating of the Poetry and Fiction and Images pages. Originally these were meant to feature work by other people I found interesting, and started out promisingly enough with excellent stuff by my friends Dave Awl, Chris Bell, Cat Milne and Peter Gibbons, but I became less comfortable extending the invitation to the general public (basically, I hated having to reject submissions). Those pages have been kept as they were, but I have no plans to update or add to them. Also not updated for months or years but retained anyway for entertainment purposes are Overheard, Thoughtcat's 9 lives, the Noel Gallagher 4-noun autobiography title game, Spamcat, a very old links page, and a chat room (geddit?) which nobody ever seemed to visit except me - which, if nothing else, gave new meaning to 'talking to oneself'.

 

Finally, a whole raft of images from archived blog pages were deleted some time ago to save web space. Those images have now gone the way of all flesh - ironically, since my web space has now vastly increased - but I can't be bothered to find them again, so some pictures may not load. Don't worry though, they weren't that hilarious in the first place.

 

 

Thoughts

 

The most merciful thing in the world is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents.

HP Lovecraft

 

 

 

Part of the point of doing something is to see how well you can fail.

Simon Rattle

 

 

 

They tell you time is money as if your life was worth its weight in gold.

Bob Dylan

 

 

 

I trusted you with the idea of me, and you lost it.

Russell Hoban

 

 

 

Death is, like, a bit more radical than puberty.

Nush

 

 

 

There is a crack in everything; that's how the light gets in.

Leonard Cohen

 

 

 

It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.

Ursula K. le Guin

 

 

 

I do look forward to a post-Harry era in my life.

JK Rowling

 

 

 

Paris was a very old city and we were young and nothing was simple there.

Ernest Hemingway

 

 

 

Irony can deflate a windbag in the way that very little else can.

Zoe Williams

 

 

 

'Do what thou wilt' shall be the whole of the law.

Aleister Campbell-Crowley

 

 

 

There's nowhere you can be that's not where you're meant to be.

The Beatles

 

Ridicule is nothing to be scared of.

Adam Ant

 

Art's whatever you choose to frame.

Fleur Adcock

 

 

 

ripon (vb, of literary critics): to include all the best jokes from a book in a review to make it look as if the critic thought of them.

The Meaning of Liff

 

 

 

Writing is an act of love. If it isnít, itís not writing.

Jean Cocteau

 

 

 

Love may not be blind; it may see just enough to prefer the dark.

Thoughtcat

(if you know who actually wrote this, please contact us)

 

 

 

Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.

Edward de Bono

 

 

If there's an original thought out there, I could use it right now

Bob Dylan, Brownsville Girl

 

 

There was never a time when I did not exist, nor you... nor will we ever cease to exist in future

The Bhagavad Gita

 

 

You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test

George W. Bush

 

 

So this is Christmas - and what have you done? Another year over, a new one just begun...

John Lennon

 

 

Happy new year, happy new year, may you all have a vision now and then of a world where every neighbour is a friend...

ABBA

 

 

Whatever is form, that is emptiness, whatever is emptiness, that is form, the same is true of feelings, perceptions, impulses and consciousness.

The Buddhist Heart Sutra

 

 

It was enough that she loved me and I loved her; nobody has a right to ask for more. The trouble is, I did. I was the Oliver Twist of relationships.

Steve Miles

 

 

Since religion has failed so many people, they look to Art for Salvation. I wish them luck in this enterprise.

Leonard Cohen

 

 

 

 

More and more I think that madness is the world's natural condition and to expect anything else is madness compounded.

Russell Hoban, Turtle Diary

Quoted on SA4QE

 

 

 

 

The world-child has been told that this is a world, and it believes it; it is the energy of this belief that binds the world together.

Russell Hoban, The Medusa Frequency

Quoted on SA4QE

 

 

 

She knows there's no success like failure / And that failure is no success at all.

Bob Dylan, Love Minus Zero / No Limit

 

 

 

Nobody can counsel and help you, nobody. There is only one single way. Go into yourself.

Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

 

 

 

Graham Greene lost money on his first seven novels.

Adam Mars-Jones (overheard on a radio arts show)

 

 

All our final resolutions are made in a state of mind which is not going to last.

Marcel Proust, by way of Dan Rhodes

 

 

 

When are you people gonna get the message? Violence is wrong!

- George Bush, to the insurgents in Iraq - as quoted by Steve Bell

 

 

 

 

If I'm free, it's because I'm always running.

- Jimi Hendrix

 

 

 

 

Think I'll pack it in, buy a pickup, take it down to LA...

- Neil Young, Out on the Weekend

 

 

 

Their relationship consisted / Of debating whether it existed.

- the late Thom Gunn, Jamesian (from The Man With Night Sweats)

 

 

 

Why not just write what happened?

- Robert Lowell (via Dave Eggers)

 

 

 

In order to write in a way thatís fully human, sometimes we need to be a little feline.

- Philip Pullman

 

 

 

The task of art is to give the mundane its beautiful due.

- John Updike

 

 

 

If you can be patient - i.e. do nothing - you can do anything.

Chut-Go Th'at

from The Little Zen Companion

 

 

 

In Bangkok last year I noticed a dark halo with a well-defined edge around the sun, in an otherwise blue sky. Why?

Guardian Notes & Queries Questioner

 


 

Leisure is the mother of philosophy.

Thomas Hobbes

 

 

 

No matter what happens to me / No matter what my destiny / Lord, protect my child...

Bob Dylan

 

 

 

"We don't do politics in the Department of Homeland Security"

Tom Ridge

 

 

 

Thoughtcats are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup...

- The Beatles, Across the Universe

 

 

 

Are you good at what you do? Submerge your personality.

Bob Dylan

 

 

It is not love that moves the world from night to morning, it is not love that makes the new day dawn. It is the longing for what cannot be.

Russell Hoban

 

Cats

 

The Man of the Woods and the Cat of the Mountains by RB Kitaj

 

RB Kitaj, The Man of the Woods and the Cat of the Mountains (1973), Tate Gallery, London

 

 

Dali Atomicus by Phiilippe Halsman

 

Philippe Halsman, Dali Atomicus (1948); More info from Luhring-Design.com

 

 

Untitled cat by Andy Warhol

 

Untitled Cat by Andy Warhol

 

 

Jones

 

Jones from the classic movie Alien

 

 

Vienna (left)

 

Vienna from

Rising Damp

 

 

Masked palm civet

 

Masked palm civet

 

 

Custard

 

Custard from 70s kids' TV classic cartoon Roobarb and Custard

 

Hodge

 

Hodge, Dr Johnson's favourite cat, in a bronze statue outside Johnson's London house

 

Tournee du Chat Noir by Theophile Steinlen

 

Tournee du Chat Noir by Theophile Steinlen

 

 

 

Er... a snowy owl? Something has gone terribly wrong with Pottercat this week...

 

 

Saggy old cloth cat

 

Bagpuss

 

 

Dave Awl (courtesy of Dragon Lady)

 

 

 

Percy (left), from David Hockney's Mr & Mrs Clark and Percy

 

 

Compay Segundo: rrraaooowww!!

 

Compay Segundo 1907-2003

 

 

Nicky Campbell's Swimming with Cats

 

from charlie brooker's tvgohome.com

 

 

Top Cat

 

Top Cat

 

 

Search for the Giant Squid

 

Search for the Giant Squid by Richard Ellis

 

 

Maneki Neko

Maneki Neko

 

 

Club des Amis des Chats by Jean Cocteau

 

 

 

from Cyberpet.com

 

 

Iberian lynx

 

The endangered Iberian lynx

 

 

 

"Ali" by U2's Bono, from Peter and the Wolf

 

 

 

Pussy Galore

 

 

 

from the cover of The Cat - The Incredible Jimmy Smith

 

 

The Black Cat and Other Stories by Edgar Allan Poe

 

The Black Cat and Other Stories by Edgar Allan Poe

 

 

Takara "Meowlingual" cat translator

 

"meowlingual" cat-to-human translator

 

 

Wrapping-paper cats

 

Detail from a sheet of Christmas wrapping paper (artist unknown)

Click here for a larger view

 

 

 

Kidogo the Cheetah from the BBC's Big Cats Week

 

 

Bangkok kitten

 

A siamese kitten from the fascinating bangkok cats website

 

 

The Cheshire Cat

 

Tony Blair a.k.a. The Cheshire Cat

taken from the Lewis Carroll Graphics Page

 

 

Year of the Cat by Al Stewart

 

The classic album Year of the Cat by Al Stewart

 

 

Cat People

 

Artwork from the DVD of the cult Natassia Kinski film

 

 

Ray's Jazz, London

 

Ray's Jazz, Foyles, Charing Cross Road, London

 

 

The Cat in the Hat

 

Dr Seuss's Cat in the Hat (currently celebrating a centenary)

 

 

Dave Awl, Dragon Lady with Sun Daubs (2004)

 

Dragon Lady with Sun Daubs (detail) by Dave Awl

Click here for the full Warholesque canvas

 

 

Cat illustration by the amazing Alasdair Gray

 

Illustration from Ten Tales Tall and True by Alasdair Gray

 

 

John Lennon, relaxing felinically in the early 60s

From a recent feature in the Guardian which has now mysteriously vanished from their site

 

 

The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

 

Cover of the new Vintage paperback of The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

 

 

Garfield

 

Garfield

 

 

Stained glass cat design

 

Stained-glass window design by Cradle of the Sun Gallery, San Francisco

 

 

Schrodinger's cat (inside) - dead or alive? You decide!

 

Schrodinger's

(er, in the box)

The box shown is actually a Concorde galley container and can be bought exclusively from concordecollectables.com for £95.00 + VAT

(cat not included)

 

 

Dragon Lady by Dave Awl

 

Dragon Lady, 1989 - 2004

 

 

The Cat's Meow

 

Poster for the film The Cat's Meow

 

 

The pink, pink panther, the rinky-dink panther...

 

The Pink Panther

 

 

 

Hobbes (right, with Calvin)

 

 

 

Rrraaoooowwww!

 

Catwoman

 

 

Jasper (front)

 

Jasper, a "stray American cat" found "wandering in Oxford" this week

 

 

Phuket cat

 

Decorative wooden cat spotted in a Phuket doorway

 

 

"Cat" Stevens (c) Dave Haynes

 

Cat Stevens

by Dave Haynes

 

 

Catopoly

 

Cat-opoly - "a feline frenzy of fun!"

 

 

Infinitecat

 

The Infinite Cat Project

 

 

Man kann im Leben auf vieles verzichten, aber nicht auf Katzen und Literatur!

 

Advert for Beer's Bookshop, Zurich

"You can do without a lot of things in life but not without cats and literature"

Thanks to Yvonne for the photo

 

 

Flying Jera by Astrud Gilberto

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