Category Archives: Animals

Tonkinese Bailey joins the Bowen household.

Here is our new edition to the Bowen household. His name is Bailey and he joins Tamsin and Whiskey our other two Tonkinese cats. He was full of energy when we took this photo after sleeping for most the day under the duve. (spoilt).

He has started to explore the house much to the disgust of the other two. There has been a lot of hissing, but that is about all. Bailey even hissed back at Whiskey who made a bee line for cover.

He is so cute. 🙂 and naughty when we are not watching him.

BTCC – Bowen at Brands Hatch.

A big THANK YOU to James Barrett for the free tickets to Brands Hatch today. In a way it was the perfect end to a wonderful birthday weekend.

We got to see some incredible birds (the feathered kind) and of course the skimpy clad ones simply known as “Pit Babes”. 🙂

There was plenty of bumber to bumber action and close racing on this very special track.

The highlight of the day was definitely the British Touring Car Championships where Jason Plato managed to win all three races, something that has only been achieved once before,

but it wasn’t enough to stop Colin Turkington from winning his first BTCC.

Note: The above photo and the Leyland Paints Pit babes were not photographed by and are sourced from

Royal Pigeon smashes broadband speed record.

There is a wonderful story in the news today (many sources BBC, Metro, IOL etc) about a company in South Africa who used a pigeon to  carry a small memory card of data from one location to another while at the same time they tried sending the data over ADSL to the same location.

They wanted to show Telkom how slow their broadband connection was.

In total, it took two hours, six minutes and 57 seconds for Winston the pigeon to fly to Hillcrest and to upload the data from the card onto the call centre system.

By that time, the ADSL transmission of the same data size was around four percent complete.

What a clever pigeon – Not only did Winston fly there in record breaking time, he also uploaded the data onto the system. 🙂

and Winston is off.
Winston sets off to work for UPigeonS!

This story got me thinking why the mad scientists of the world are trying to clone sheep or grow ears on hands or silly stuff like that?

Instead why don’t they genetically enhance a racing pigeon and make it like a hawk or an eagle with excellent eye sight, a powerful body strong enough to fend off predators, bad weather and equally strong enough to carry a few carefully constructed waterproof boxes or satchels on it’s back or legs, which can hold memory cards, mini hard drives or small documents. It’s incredible to think that the pea size brain of a pigeon is intelligent enough to remember great distances and locations of departure and destionation, so the scientists would not have to make major changes in the brain department.

Once the super pigeon has been developed, train them up, and give them good strong names such as Winston, George, Sarkozy, Berlusconi, and Barack-Obama and then sell them to some small choice companies who are willing to compete with the likes of Royal Mail, TNT, Fedex, UPS and all the ISP’s of the world.

(89/365) One day this will be extinctI am sure there are many people, companies, small developing countries around the world who have poor mail services and equally poor broadband services. Take the UK for example (since I live here), the Royal Mail are striking at the moment (yet again). Our ISP’s sell us broadband packages and promise us speeds of 8MB or more, yet one is very lucky to get more than 2MB. There are plenty of surveys to prove this statement.

Look out for the following global brand names in the future (Royal Pigeon, UPigeonS, FedPigeon, FastPigeon, Pipigeon, T-Pigeon, PigeonBolt). I can definitely see them taking off. (excuse the pun).

What an idea hey?

That darn cat!

There is nothing like getting home after a long day at the office and being greeted by the following mess all over thelounge and  dining room floor. 🙁

If only the guilty cat would choose one location to puke it’s dinner up, it would make our lives so much easier, but alas, there was a total of 9 puke sites scattered around the lounge and dining room (mmmm). Question is who is the guilty cat? (Is it big cute eyes Tamsin or Mr innocent looking on pretending to be half asleep)?

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Too cute!

Here is a story doing the rounds that should bring a smile to your face.

When hurricane Hannah separated two  white tigers from their mother, Anjana came to the Rescue.  Anjana, a chimp at TIGERS in South Carolina , became surrogate mom and playmate to the cubs, even helping with bottle feeding.