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The collected opinions of an august and aristocratic personage who, despite her body having succumbed to the ravages of time, yet retains the keen intellect, mordant wit and utter want of tact for which she was so universally lauded in her younger days. Being of a generation unequal to the mysterious demands of the computing device, Lady Bracknell relies on the good offices of her Editor for assistance with the technological aspects of her journal.

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Thursday, January 04, 2007

The cat's pyjamas. Nearly.

As regular readers will have gathered long ago, Lady Bracknell's editor is a slave to the Interwebnet, and is frequently (and all too easily) drawn into its stranger highways and byways. Lady Bracknell's severest reprimands have no effect. The woman knows no shame.

The Editor's relentless Google searching drew her earlier today to a site the existence of which she was previously entirely unaware.

Not On The High Street dot com offers many beautiful things, particularly in its jewellery pages.

However, enticing though many of the earrings on offer are, the site only really comes into its own for entertainment purposes in the pet section. The photograph to the right is not, readers may be surprised to learn, one of an inordinately large domestic cat. The cat in question - let us call him Oscar - is of a standard size. He is reclining (albeit in a somewhat grumpy posture) on a comfy cotton pet bed.

A bed which "stands on wooden Queen Anne Legs which will keep your pet out of the draft and off your furniture!". Allegedly.

In a long life replete with feline company, Lady Bracknell has yet to meet a cat who shows a marked predilection for a Queen Anne Leg. In fact, all cats of Lady Bracknell's acquaintance have, when asked to express a preference, always chosen upholstered furniture legs over wooden ones, no matter how classical the style, on the grounds that upholstery is far more satisfying under the claws than varnished wood.

It is also Lady Bracknell's experience that nothing is more likely to ensure that a cat will choose to settle down on its people's furniture than the generous provision of a special cat bed of its very own.

Inexperienced cat owners who consider the prospect of their dear little furry bundle reposing on a miniature sofa to be endearing beyond words may purchase the bed (in pink, or blue) for a mere £235. Although they ought, perhaps, not to be surprised if they are accused by less extravagant persons of having more money than sense.


Blogger Wilf said...

Our cat actually likes curling up on a pair of pyjamas.

9:50 pm  
Blogger Charlesdawson said...

Madam, I can beat that.

About 10 years ago, according to a Cats Protection League Magazine I read, Harrods were offering a hand-carved fourposter cat bed, complete with tapestry, for the derisory sum of £1,000.

Whether it had any takers, I don't know.

My best belated wishes for a Happy New Year to all Bracknells, feline and human.

10:24 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I tried to ask Buster to express a preference, but he refused to come out of my duvet cover.

6:38 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lady Brackell,

Happy New Year!

This is off the subject, but I had to share this with you....

Click on the link where my name is.

11:31 pm  
Blogger BloggingMone said...

For more inspiration have a look at this. They even offer a wardrobe for cats. I never had a cat, but as far as I know they don't take off their fur before going to bed, do they?

11:08 am  
Blogger Lady Bracknell said...

Lady Bracknell is not often lost for words, but Mone's link has left her uncharacteristically speechless...

1:12 pm  
Blogger melbamae said...

After having glanced at the link Bloggingmone provided, I sent it to Mr. Melbamae so that he too might laugh at the absurdity of such furniture.

Unfortunately his reaction was not what I anticipated. He found the four poster bed to be just the ticket for our "little darlings" and wishes with all his might we could afford one for them.

I shall not be making the same mistake twice.

1:22 pm  

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