venerdì 13 marzo 2009

Macavity, the Mistery cat

Lo so...dovrei essere tutta presa da una categoria ben diversa di "sudate carte"...super-sexy articoli scientifici, affascinanti grafici con curve di regressione costellate da barre d'errore cosi' piccole, cosi' bijoux, appena percettibili...Invece mi sono innamorata di una poesia di T.S. Eliot, tratta dalla collezione Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, musicata con successo da Andrew Lloyd Webber. Sta qui sotto nella parte in inglese (cliccate so "here"...ah no...questa non la traduco...le mie abilita' traduttorie hanno un LIMITE).
Che pigrona che sono: nemmeno la foto qui sopra non e' opera mia...ce n'e' una collezione intera ed in continuo ampliamento qui...e devo ringraziare la mia amica MyYear per avermela fatta scoprire...ed io che pensavo di preferire i cani ai gatti!

I know...I should be focusing on an entirely different category of written words... sexy scientific reports and fascinating graphs with fitting curves studded with little itsy-bitsy jewel-like error bars...but I discovered this lovely little poem, written by nothing less than T. S. Eliot. It's part of Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, which Andrew Lloyd Webber put into music.
If you are a cat lover, but even if you are not, click here

Macavity's a Mystery Cat: he's called the Hidden Paw--
For he's the master criminal who can defy the Law.
He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair:
For when they reach the scene of crime--Macavity's not there!

Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
He's broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.
His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare,
And when you reach the scene of crime--Macavity's not there!
You may seek him in the basement, you may look up in the air--
But I tell you once and once again, Macavity's not there!

Macavity's a ginger cat, he's very tall and thin;
You would know him if you saw him, for his eyes are sunken in.
His brow is deeply lined with thought, his head is highly doomed;
His coat is dusty from neglect, his whiskers are uncombed.
He sways his head from side to side, with movements like a snake;
And when you think he's half asleep, he's always wide awake.

Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
For he's a fiend in feline shape, a monster of depravity.
You may meet him in a by-street, you may see him in the square--
But when a crime's discovered, then Macavity's not there!

He's outwardly respectable. (They say he cheats at cards.)
And his footprints are not found in any file of Scotland Yard's.
And when the larder's looted, or the jewel-case is rifled,
Or when the milk is missing, or another Peke's been stifled,
Or the greenhouse glass is broken, and the trellis past repair--
Ay, there's the wonder of the thing! Macavity's not there!

And when the Foreign Office finds a Treaty's gone astray,
Or the Admiralty lose some plans and drawings by the way,
There may be a scrap of paper in the hall or on the stair--
But it's useless of investigate--Macavity's not there!
And when the loss has been disclosed, the Secret Service say:
"It must have been Macavity!"--but he's a mile away.
You'll be sure to find him resting, or a-licking of his thumbs,
Or engaged in doing complicated long division sums.

Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macacity,
There never was a Cat of such deceitfulness and suavity.
He always has an alibit, or one or two to spare:
And whatever time the deed took place--MACAVITY WASN'T THERE!
And they say that all the Cats whose wicked deeds are widely known
(I might mention Mungojerrie, I might mention Griddlebone)
Are nothing more than agents for the Cat who all the time
Just controls their operations: the Napoleon of Crime!

Funny pics of cats with even funnier LolCat captions (like the one above) are to be found here...thank you MyYear! you are responsible for my addiction to LolCat! And here I was, thinking I was a dog-lover!

2 commenti:

myyearonline ha detto...

you're welcome, and hah! another dog-lover converted!

the other cat site that always makes me laugh is:


manu ha detto...

Oh no! you evil! Now I'll be checking this website too!!! But I still prefer lolcat...although sometimes it takes me a while to translate it into something I understand ;-)
And I am still a dog-lover, it's just that cats are funnier.