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Thursday, 15 August, 2002


At 6:00 I'll be having about twenty people to my tiny little condo for a party. We're celebrating Andrew and Ellen's engagement - although it was really just an excuse to get the old gang together. It's a kind of light tapas menu, and luckily I could prepare many of the dishes ahead of time, but there are still several things left to be done. The real problem is that it is yet another sweltering day here, so it isn't going to be very pleasant on the balcony, which means that it will probably be a little cozy inside.

[Next to the AC vents.]

Suki went into the hospital yesterday to get her nails done. The vet came and checked her over, and said they'd call after surgery to let me know how she was doing. They called around noon and explained that their laser that they use to do the procedure wasn't working, so they could either do it the old-fashioned way or reschedule. I told them to go ahead and do it - they will be giving her a kitty pain patch afterwards, so hopefully the drugs will help. They called about an hour later and said she was fine and sleeping it off. I'll pick her up on Friday afternoon.

Poor thing. The thing she seemed most upset about was the fact that she wasn't allowed to eat anything after 7:30 on Tuesday night. Boy did I get an earful about that!

I will have to make this brief, but will leave you with yet another Scotland story. It also ties back to the story of the cow that escaped from a slaughterhouse and was offered adoption by Marge Schott as an alternative to becoming ground beef. Now this:

LONDON (Reuters) - A pig on the run after escaping from a Scottish slaughterhouse has attracted the support of two top actors keen to save its bacon.

Martin Shaw and Jenny Seagrove offered on Wednesday to buy the freedom of the pig nicknamed "McQueen" because of actor Steve McQueen's famous escape role in the 1963 film "The Great Escape."

"This pig wants to live. We are prepared to pay double the market value to save McQueen," the actors, currently filming a TV drama called "Judge John Deed," said in a joint statement.

They joined forces with two animal protection groups to appeal for the pig to be saved, and Shaw offered to adopt him. "McQueen" escaped on Tuesday and was last sighted in a forest two miles from the abattoir in Dunblane, northwest of Edinburgh.

[I wonder if this will affect the UFO sightings in Bonnybridge.]

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