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Old Nov 11 2021, 04:46 AM   #15321
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Old Nov 12 2021, 07:09 PM   #15322
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Old Nov 12 2021, 08:42 PM   #15323
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The Greatest Show on Earth, Unsure if I have spelled it right, its a Musical with a good song in the soundtrack, which I still can't recall but, has been done at PBS 4-of-July show, and here by my new careperson family, a different one from its soundtrack is on she who won't be spoken.

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Big Top


orWorld at Baraboo , WIsconsin former winter home for a very big one part of my state 's history.

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Rings

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Old Nov 15 2021, 06:07 AM   #15325
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Old Nov 17 2021, 06:13 AM   #15326
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Acartoon strip, I think?

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a nickname

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The part that is good to eat, a mispelling pith butssounds like it.
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Old Nov 27 2021, 08:09 PM   #15336
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pork
Roast

AAs the type you don't rotate the pig, you have charcoals and soaked wood for flaving, and keep it covered and a all night goodtasting one, may take more work,, but well worth the effored, like my dad's learned how too.

Or pullled sandwished, with crisps orchips like in fish and chips

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River grains, asthey are called on Pern.


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Water cress Native to Pern,, rice or water grains or rigrain non one to Pern from REEarth
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The Healers War by our own EAnn

Off Topic: Has anyone seen her, I know I helped telling here how to reset her pascode, note not tfirst one I have had 'how to'[ do it at a few different sites,
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Yes I "see" Eann of Facebook. Amongst other things we swap cat jokes and puns. I wrote a Barquecats fanfic.
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Was she happy about it? Can wee read it? I need to reset myy setting and FB is still 'confusing' to my JAWS my text to Speach softweare, and I haven't got all my setting set here Thanks for the update

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CATALOGUE (an alternative tale of the Barque Cats)

Phi-u sat within the control space, hidden within the heart of her craft, contemplating the complex/simple hieroglyphs on each of the controls. How the simple beauty of each abstraction represented a complexity of actions. There came a noise from within the approach passageway. A series of noises she noted: each simple; a click of a claw, an indrawn breath, a brush of fur against a surface; adding up to the complexity that denoted an approaching feline. A black and white face peered into her space.
“Come in le-Street. You have a question?”
“No and yes.”
“No AND yes?”
“Yes. Statement. Despite recycling, with this many rescued refugees on board we’re nearly out of water. The motors have been using quite a bit and, while we have been breathing the disassociated oxygen, the mono-atomic hydrogen has been blasted out the back as reaction mass; or so Jake says. You’ll need to refill somewhere. Oh, and we could also do with topping up on carbohydrate for the food synthesiser though that’s not so desperate. Question. Is there anywhere nearby where this can be done?”
“You are sure of this?”
“Yes. You taught me well. I know I read the gauges aright. And Jake checked them also.”
Phi-u half lidded her eyes. “You need him to check you? You must not rely on him so much.”
Le-Street’s whiskers drooped a little. “I didn’t really. I think it’s that HE doesn’t trust ME fully.”
“He’ll have to learn then.” She turned to her controls and depressed a couple with her nose. “Our course has been running across a rift void for a couple of days.” A view screen blinked into life. “Let’s see whether we are approaching anything usable.” To the right of centre on the screen, an orange dot was pulsing gently. “There’s a star with a planetary system not far off our course, but it will take around three days to get there and I’ll need some reaction mass to safely land us. I will plot the most economical route, but you will have to use as little water as possible. Tell the others that it is better to arrive safe but thirsty then to crash with full bellies.”
-o-0-o-
Two days later Phi-u summoned le-Street to the control space.
“How are you all coping?”
“We’re thirsty but many of us have survived worse. So ... ?”
“Hm-m-m. It won’t be long now. The goldilocks planet is most felicitously placed so that we are catching it up and so will need to manoeuvre less.” She touched a button and the view zoomed in. “This is most interesting.” The planet, with the blue haze of a breathable atmosphere, was shown with the terminator at half phase. Large swathes of the shadowed half glowed with skeins of bright blue with purple splotches in them.
“That doesn’t look healthy,” observed le-Street with one ear atwitch.
“The glowing areas aren’t. But we’ll use one of the dark areas. The computer’s record show far greater areas of radiation. The planet’s recovering fast.”
“Which planet is it?”
“I will inquire.” She spread her claws and tapped a sequence. A line of hieroglyphs appeared superimposed across the planet’s image. Phi-u jerked up straight. “This,” she whispered, “this is Earth.”
“Earth?”
“Yes-s-s. The original home. The birthplace of our species. This is where we were worshipped.”
-o-0-o-
Jake, dressed in an envirosuit, peered out through the face-plate at the early morning landscape. Phi-u had brought the craft to a gentle landing on a flattish patch of ground. His various monitors did their thing and although various needles swung back and forth, and digits changed, no alarms screamed in his ears.
On either side the land rose gently, clothed in dense woodland of tall, straight trees clad with dark green quill-like leaves. Straight up hill most of the trees had been cleared leaving an occasional totally different straggly tree with bare branches. The fourth side fell away a bit more steeply to a largish river tumbling down the hillside. Apart from the rush of water it was utterly silent. Then, from high up in a tree, a small bird launched itself into flight, sounding an alarm call as it went.
Jake stepped out of the craft and explored the clearing. To one side there were a number of felled trees lying scattered around. Standing near the logs was a large yellow machine on tracks. It was rather battered and scraped and, on examination, Jake found that a tree was still attached to its rear by stout chains. A bit further downhill was another well used machine standing next to a neat pile of trunks stripped of their branches and peeled of their bark. Through its middle it had a tunnel fitted with revolving cutters.
In his head he heard le-Street.
“Phi-u says that those trees are suitable carbohydrate for the synthesiser.”
“May be,” he thought back, “but they’re too big for me to handle even with all you cats helping me.”
Lying around this second machine was a layer of branches stripped off the trunks. They looked far more manageable. He climbed up onto the machine and peered in at the controls. They were sized about right. There were levers for driving it on its tracks but the controls for the cutters appeared to be push button ones. The machine appeared to be rather old fashioned in some ways and yet more sophisticated in others. Just different he decided: as if development had gone off in another direction. He tried the door: it wasn’t locked. Apprehensively he looked round the glade once more. It struck him that it was strangely quiet. Where was everybody? Had they run away from the spacecraft? Over on the other side of the clearing there was a strange conical structure made out of branches covered with ... something. He couldn’t see what, but something. He headed across cautiously. Were the workers sheltering inside? Were they armed? There came scuffling sounds from behind it. He froze. Two or three small furry somethings scurried away into cover.
“Those look like good hunting,” le-Street’s thought came to him. “I’m coming out too.”
A flash of black and white streaked past him and dived into the undergrowth. Jake looked around. A handful of other feline faces were peering around the edge of the doorway; noses and whiskers twitching. Jake cautiously approached the conical structure. By one overlapping of the covering the grass had been trampled to mud. Standing to one side he lifted the flap a little and peered in. No eye looked back out at him. No body crouched in the shadows. In the dim light filtering in through some of the covering panels he could make out three bedrolls and a large box of stores. There was a heap of hand tools and a cord dangling from the apex supported some sort of lantern. He backed out and wandered down hill. There was largish patch of mud with wheel tracks across it leading to a rutted lane running away parallel to the tumbling river.
“This must be a rest day,” he thought at le-Street. “They must have gone to find a bar or something.”
“I’ve had a good hunt. These what-evers taste even better than fishy treats.”
Jake headed back to the spacecraft, accompanied by le-Street, and opened the environmental access hatch by the airlock. There were all the usual couplings for servicing the craft.
“Hey, puss! Ask Phi-u if she has a hose for the water tank would you?”
“She says that she doesn’t.”
“I’d better look at the tank then. Where is it?”
“She says that it is under the floor of the main cabin just in front of the synthesiser.”

He climbed out of the envirosuit, hung it on the peg and pressed the button for it to go through its cleaning cycle. Then, surrounded by nosey cats he went to the main cabin and investigated the access to the tank. Under a floor plate he found an inspection plate about a hand width across.
“I’m going to have to do this by hand, aren’t I? Has Phi-u got such a thing as a bucket or two?”
There was a pause for a while.
“Sorry: I was telling the others how good the hunting is. No she hasn’t a bucket.”
“I’d better go on a bucket hunt then or we’re really in trouble. You’d better tell her to order all the cats to come out and drink as much as they can from the river.”
“I’ve done that. But the ship-born aren’t really happy about it.”

There was a rush of paws as the planet-born members of the contingent headed for the river. Phi-u appeared sauntering sedately in the same direction, her tail held in a graceful catenary. The remaining cats followed her cautiously, twitching paws every time one touched mud or damp. Jake headed back to the shelter to start to search for a bucket, or anything capable of holding water. He stopped and sniffed. Without his envirosuit he was conscious of the smells of this planet. Familiar smells, plus an unfamiliar sharp aromatic smell; not unpleasant. In the dim depths of the shelter he eventually found a handled metal container of a useful size. It was rather full ... of dirty socks and underwear. Emptying it onto one of the bedrolls he took it to the river and swilled it out a few times before carefully carrying it in through the gaping airlock and emptying it into the top of the tank. This was going to take a long while. It was going to be as hard (and boring) as anything he’d ever had to do back on uncle’s farm.

After lunch, with his shoulders now aching and the tank just over a quarter full, Jake went back to the de-barking machine and climbed in to look for the starter button. Nothing was labelled ‘starter’: in fact most of the labels were really badly worn. There was one button that had a key in it. Ah! He pushed it: nothing happened. He pulled it: the key came out. He put it back and tried twisting it to the right: it didn’t move. He tried to the left. There was a cough and splutter from behind him and a cloud of dark smoke rose up, but the motor settled into a steady grumble. He climbed down and picked up one of the branches, staggering a bit from its weight. He positioned it with one end in the hole and scratched his head.
“Blast and shell it! This needs two men: one to hold the timber in the right place and one to push the buttons.”
“Phi-u pushes buttons. So can I, if you tell me which ones.”
Le-Street was sitting in a patch of sunlight washing his face. Jake climbed back into the cab and looked carefully at the buttons and what remained of their labels. Le-Street’s furry body brushed past his arm and sat on the controls.
“You’ll need to push the green one to move the timber and the yellow one to work the cutters.”
Jake grabbed the branch and held it level. “Green! he yelled.
Le-Street pushed with one paw: nothing happened. He tried with both paws leaning hard to use his full weight. There was a metallic clanking sound and the branch jerked and started on its journey.
“Yellow!”
Le-Street moved his attentions to the other button. The branch stopped moving as le-Street perforce had to release the green button. The cutters made a loud clatter as they span futilely on empty air.
“I need help,” came the cat’s thought as he leapt from the cab and headed for a group of cats exploring around the shelter. There were a few mews and growls, then le-Street bounded back followed by a large marmalade feline.
“This is Isaac: also known as Newton.”
“Newton?”
“Yeah; his owner had him neutered. He’s another planet-born and lived on a farm. Between us we can do the buttons.”
The trio settled to work. As the second branch finished its journey through the stripper there came a pause in the cab. Jake looked up to see both cats rolling on the control panel. Le-Street sat up and batted at Isaac’s head.
“What?” thought Jake.
“Isaac wants to know if this makes us bark cats.”
Jake cringed. “That’s all I need: cats who like puns!”
Before long there was a pile of newly peeled branches, ready for Jake to cut into lengths suitable for insertion into the convertor with a chainsaw he found in the shelter.
-o-0-o-
With the branches dealt with, Jake went back to hauling buckets of water. Evening was coming, and le-Street and Isaac were sitting on the riverbank watching the fish swim upstream. Jake sat down by them. He’d been working for a full day and there was more to do. They heard a crashing noise in the vegetation on the opposite bank. Jake froze and the two cats flattened. A large animal, about the size of a horse, appeared and lumbered into the water to drink.
“Is it supposed to have trees on its head?” asked le-Street. “Ugh, it stinks!”
“I don’t know. It seems to be used to the trees. It IS rather smelly.”
The animal waded along the bank eating leaves and waterweed as it went. The stench made Jake sneeze. The animal stared cow-like across the water at them, then quickly heaved itself out and into the undergrowth. Jake filled the bucket yet again and headed back to empty it into the tank. It was just over half full.
“Can you ask Phi-u how much more I need to do? I’m bushed. Can I finish it tomorrow?”
“She says that’ll do, she’ll try using the mouse-hole from here.”
“What’s the mouse-hole?”
“She says that it is a way of hiding and also for getting somewhere very fast, but it take a lot of hard clear thinking to get it right or your mouse-hole goes to the wrong place; which is why she doesn’t often use it.”

Jake screwed the access plate back in to place and clipped the floor plate back down. Picking up his makeshift bucket he took it back to the shelter and, refilling it with its former contents, he replaced it in its original position. He returned to the craft and dialled for two meal packs from the synthesiser; he was that hungry. He took the packs outside to eat. He liked this place. His body seemed to belong. He sat by the river, le-Street and Isaac on either side of him and relaxed.
“All I need now is a glass of good beer.”
“Yes!” came a strange voice in his head, “A nice beer. I LIKE beer. Do you think they have bars here?”
“Who ... what?”
Isaac nodded at him. “Me.”
“I can hear you too?”
“Looks like it, don’t it.”
“I know le-Street used to share my beer sometimes. I didn’t know other cat’s liked it.”
“Not all do. But my person used to take me out to the local bar on rest days. Ah! A nice saucer of beer and a heap of crunchy nibbles. Bliss!”
“You sound like a cat after my own heart.”
Le-Street rolled to his feet and trotted off towards the shelter. “I remember a smell.” He darted behind it and reappeared rolling a bottle along with his forepaws. “Here.”
Jake walked over, picked up the bottle and looked at the label. “What’s I.P.A.?” He sniffed the neck. “Smells like stale beer though.”
Isaac and le-Street went back round the shelter. Jake followed. There was a container of kitchen waste and a pile of empty bottles. He looked at the labels. Most were labelled ‘I.P.A.’ but a few had ‘Cider’ written on them. He hadn’t heard of that one either. He sniffed one: it didn’t smell like beer, more like fruit. He sorted the bottles. There were twelve beer and six cider. Three bedrolls. They each liked a bottle of something with their evening meal then. Today must be seven-day, a rest day, whatever.
“I think this is a GOOD place. I wouldn’t mind staying here.”
Isaac and le-Street looked at each other. “Me too.” “I’d like that.”
“We’d better tell Phi-u,” he thought.
It was almost dark now and the evening bird chorus had stopped. Way down the valley a group of moving lights flashed into view and back out again.
“We’d better do something about it then.”
Phi-u appeared in the hatchway and let out a warbling cry. About twelve cats appeared from about eight directions and bounded towards the craft. She stared at le-Street.
“She says she heard us thinking. She thinks we’re wrong; but if it’s what we really want she’ll agree.”
“Is there time for me to grab some ration packs?”
“Yes.”
-o-0-o-
Phi-u sat within the control space hidden within the heart of her craft, contemplating the use of the mouse-hole. She pushed the ascent button and the craft slowly lifted into the air.
“Thank you,” came the voices of le-Street and Isaac in her head.
“It’s going to be good here,” thought Isaac.
“I’m sure your planet’s good too, but ...” came le-Street’s voice in her head.
“I hope I can get back and check on you,” she thought back at them.
From them both came the thought, “Thank you, but ... We’re the bar cats and we like it here,” they chanted, “We like the hunting and we like the beer. Our person’s really cool, Don’t mess wiv us you fool, ‘Cos we’re bar cats and we fight wivout fear.”
“Oh no,” thought Phi-u to herself as her craft broke atmosphere, “a real caterwaul. They’re no catkin of mine!”
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