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1. Clever sibling!
2. A polite Elephant.
3. Gone King Fishing.
4. Chichen Itza was pre-Columbian  city built by Mayans. Located in Tinúm Municipality, Yucatán, Mexico.
5. Demoiselle Crane family.
6. Just getting a bit of sun on my tummy here and enjoying a laugh at the fact that you lot have Jacob Rees Mogg in your imperial government.
7. Now you know why they say Pretty Polly!
8. Here’s a Christmas present for you, Munguin. ‘Fraid I drank it on the way here, talking of which, where’s the toilet?
9. The perfect massage.
10. Well, it is Boxing Day, eh?
11. Ummmmm …I don’t know how to do mouth to needle resuscitation.
11. Marble Bar, Western Australia.
13. Awww, isn’t that sweet?
14. What d’ya think o’ ma bairn?
15. I even match the bed cover.
16. I’m a really small birdie. Watch you don’t stand on me.
17. A very senior cat all the way from Doha, Qatar.
18. Can we have a snowball fight, mummy?
19. But I don’t want my face washed, mummy.
20. Red Castle at Lunan Bay on the day of the storms. Tris and Nik had to brave the elements to get that one and nearly got blown out to sea. Munguin, needless to say, sat in the back of his Limo. Sadly the quality of the picture was somewhat affected by the strength of the wind.
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21. Cayenne.
22. Every family has one!
23. Um, I’m sure Santa has a dog. You should have left out a bone!
24. Fussy cat.
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25. I’m still opening Christmas presents here. See you next week.
Munguin hopes everyone had a good Christmas.

Thanks to John and Quokka

52 thoughts on “SOPPY SUNDAY”

    1. Ah. A rather better photograph than I managed to get as the wind tore about me. Thank you, Danny.

      We also had to climb over fallen trees to get there, the path being well and truly blocked. The whole operation was foolhardy in the extreme.

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      1. It’s always easier to lift a picture from Wikipedia as I did. 🙂 I like old castle ruins! (Something we don’t have in the states where a REALLY old structure is seventeenth century, and dates from English, French, or Spanish colonial periods.)

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        1. LOL… Yes, but with my crappy photograph at least I can prove that I was actually there, instead of sitting in the Towers and telling Munguinites that I’d gone out in a storm to get them a picture…

          Gets me Brownie Points. 🙂

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            1. So did he. The winds were ferocious that day.

              So he sent Nik and me to get a photograph …and to be so kind as not to be blown off the top of the cliffs, otherwise who would drive him home and fix his dinner.

              I felt I had to oblige.

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  1. Okay Ella you are a very spoilt cat. Mommy is watching the Grinch FAR too often 🙂 Re No2 I’m been at zebra crossings for years and they never have…

    Yes mammy coo, yir bairn is gie cute. I’d seen the one about the tree fainting and was going to send it in, great minds eh! Mayan architecture was quite something pity about the human sacrifice though…

    Anyway lovely stuff, loved my red apes cousins as ever. A proper balm for the soul. If Ed was here he might even say life reaffirming.

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    1. Same with pelicans, PP. You stand there all day after the government putting in crossings for them… and they never use them. Waste of taxpayers’ money, I say.

      Munguin says there are quite a few humans he wouldn’t mind sacrificing. But not Tris as who else would drive his conveyance, clean his towers, look after his grounds, shop, cook and provide suitable alcoholic refreshment appropriate to the time of day?

      Since Ed has moved to the West, he’s been rather slipshod about life reaffirmation.

      Munguin may have to have a word.

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  2. Had a busy day playing with lots of great toys with my 4 year old grandson yesterday, so I’d just like to wish Tris and all who visit this great site a very merry Christmas.

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    1. PS. A game called Bird Bingo (you can get others like dogs) was the hit of the day. A great game that my wee grandson loved and we all could play and enjoy

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  3. #4……Occasionally you see a picture of how these pristine-looking pre-Columbian sites looked when they were discovered……before the jungle overgrowth was cleared and archaeological studies carried out. I recently saw an article with some interesting before and after pictures of Machu Picchu, showing what it looked like when Hiram Bingham discovered the “jungle-covered maze” in 1911.



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      1. It’s beautiful, but I think vertigo would prevent me from going… although I have a friend who went who suffers the same way and I think was fine.

        There is also the small matter of it costing an arm and a leg.

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      1. Tris……It really is amazing to see pictures of these sites in Mexico, and Central and South America as they are today…….with manicured landscaping almost like a formal garden……and then try to imagine how they were hidden by jungle-like vegetation, causing them to escape discovery……often until the early twentieth century.

        Then I wonder how much reconstruction went on before they were opened up to the lucrative tourist trade. Those neat rows of stone walls at Machu Picchu look WAY too perfect and uniform to have been covered over for centuries by the ravages of tropical vegetation. Surely lots of reconstruction went on there. As for costing an arm and a leg, I found this description of the fee structure for the tourist tickets, involving four levels of access, which would do a Disney theme park proud.



        1. PS: I do hate the tourist biz, but in fairness to the Central and South Americans, they didn’t do anything with their pre-Columbian archaeological sites that the English didn’t do when they rebuilt Stonehenge or Sir Arthur Evans didn’t do when he reconstructed the Minoan Palace of Knossos (now Greece’s #2 archaeological tourist attraction.)

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          1. Excactly.

            It’s hard, but, if you leave the ruins they way they were then no one would go to see them (in many cases it wouldn’t be safe), and they would deteriorate further.

            If you restore them, make them safe and more “presentable” by todays standards, they aren’t quite real.

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            1. Tris……I’ve read that the Stonehenge people have gotten more open about describing for the tourists the restoration that went on, primarily in the twentieth century. Otherwise someone might be shocked to dig down under the neatly trimmed grass and discover that the stones are now set in concrete. 🙂

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                1. Tris……I agree! I even agree with closing caves that have prehistoric art work on the walls in order to preserve the ancient art. BUT…….See below……..

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                  1. In the interests of purity… but surely there would be something, some material today that would protect the walls from human breath?

                    Alternatively just let people in if they promise not to breathe?

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                    1. LOL……Yes, that habit of visitors breathing has clearly damaged the Lascaux Cave with mold and fungus. Lascaux was discovered back in 1940, and was closed to the public in 1963. The faux Lascaux with its faux “prehistoric” art dates from 1983, and is called Lascaux II. Lascaux II provided a template for other phony caves (and even an Egyptian tomb) that came later, including the older, larger, and finer Chauvet Cave, which was never open to the public, and which had a phony copy produced right from the start. An article in The Telegraph describes the problem and the controversy:


                      It does seem that manufacturing phony caves and fake artwork is a ham handed way of dealing with an issue that modern technology might be applied to. If there is in fact no way to accommodate the physical presence of visitors, surely a high tech “museum” might attract tourists with super high definition video and full scale photographic projections. You could at least see the wall paintings in high resolution as good as the originals, without breathing on them.

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                    2. It’s an idea.

                      Munguin suggests opening up a cave (which Tris will have to dig out) in the grounds and charging people £50 to visit.

                      But seriously, if the French and Egyptians can do it, I’m really, I’m surprised the Brits haven’t got on it.

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                    3. LOL…..By all evidence, tourists would flock to such an attraction at Munguin Towers. I suppose that a £50 entrance fee is somewhat more than the current price of a tour of the Munguin gardens. 🙂

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                    4. Yep… only £40 for the gardens; the £50 would be extra! But imagine a wonderful half out out for under £100 per person. What a bargain.

                      And remember, there is always the possibility of seeing Munguin looking out of a window….

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            2. PS Tris…….Somehow this brings to mind an example of a French approach to fleecing the tourists. As we know, the French often get a bad rap from the English…..and for that matter from the Americans, who are a lot more like the English than the French. (It was nice of the French to send an army and a naval fleet to join George Washington in fighting the British during the American revolution however.)

              Anyway, the French have caves with prehistoric wall paintings. But people aren’t allowed to go see them because people BREATHE, and that damages the prehistoric art. So the caves are closed to the public! An end to the prehistoric cave art tourist biz??? Nah!!!!

              The French just build phony caves and create phony “prehistoric art” and……wait for it…..the tourists STILL show up with their money, all ready for the fleecing. This seems bizarre even by French standards……IMHO. 😉 But a shrewd move on the part of the cave-owning ticket sellers of course, and not really larcenous, as long as they tell the truth about it.



  4. Information on Ghini (17) from John.

    Ghini’s human, Bob, lives and works in Qatar where he is an airline pilot, but is on extended sick leave at the movement and is spending it in Srem, so Ghini came with him. She’s 16, so quite senior, but has adapted to the change in circumstances and temperature, and is settling in to the land of cats that is Srem.

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    1. Thanks, Tris. I was just about to add that and you’ve saved me the effort. Luftwaffe Rob (not Bob) is German – hence the nickname – despite passing as Scottish with surbame Lang. He met Ghini when he first moved to the Middle East and was flying for Etihad out of Abu Dhabi in the UAE. That was 16 years ago when she was a street kitten who adopted him.

      She moved with himto Dohan when he joined Qatar Airways and has been in charge of his apartment there while he’s away in charge of long-haul flights. Now that he’s grounded for a while, no point in staying in Doha. Make Bulgaria and Srem base camp. (Beer is a lot cheaper!) We moved here from the Gulf about the same time – under the influece of our mutual friends Ian (he and Rob used to fly together) and Cursty – the chief Srem immigration oromoters.

      Ghini – phonetic Arabic of ‘genie’ – has Rob under her spell. She’s now adjusting to house dwelling instead of apartment, and her squadron-leader has fitted out dedicated accommodation and feeding arrangements for her, plus CCTV so he can keep an eye and alert us if any visiting is needed if he’s off site. He’s heading back to Doha for a few days to finish packing up his apartment there. He’ll find another and refit when back to flying duties, but Ghini will stay on here as a Sremite and a valued member of our extended village menagerie.

      Belated Xmas greetings to Tris and His Emperorship – and of course to all Munguinites everywhere. I have been largely missing in non-action for a while but MNR has been – and still is – a source of reaffirmation in difficult times. Ed, if you’re reading this, hope that you too will be appearing regularly again before long.

      With a few days left of 2021, I’ll make up for belated Xmas with an early Bliadhna Mhath Ur for the Hogmanay bells on Friday night. May it bring you and yours everything you’d wish for.

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      1. Thanks, John.

        And my apologies to Rob for misspelling his name.

        I know you’ll all take good care of the little one while he’s away.

        Tell her Munguin sends his kindest regards and if ever she’s passing the Towers she’s welcome to pop in for a spot of tiffin and a drop of the good stuff.

        Best wishes to you animal lovers out there too. I hope you had a suitably sober (LOL) Christmas.


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