Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara 1946 – 1991, British-Zanzibari)

Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara 1946 – 1991, British-Zanzibari) is one of the most famous pop-rock singers in the world. Born in Zanzibar to Indian-parsi parents who immigrated to Britain in 1964, he began studying music at a young age in India. After moving to Britain, he studied art at Isleworth Polytechnic in West London and graphic […]

Cats in the 20th Century History (Sir Winston Churchill’s Cats)

Cats have even been long standing residents of 10 Downing Street brought to the address by Prime Ministers and other staff as mousers or as just pets.  However, perhaps the most famous cat lover and resident of 10 Downing Street was Sir Winston Churchill, who served as Britain’s prime minister from 1940-1945 and 1951-1955. Sir […]

Cats in the 20th Century (Cats in Literature-William S. Burroughs)

Norman Mailer said of William S. Burroughs that he was “The only American novelist living today who may conceivably be possessed by genius.” Penguin books described him as “one of the most politically trenchant, culturally influential, and innovative artists of the 20th century.”  Even so, the cranky Burroughs had a special affinity for his cats and […]

Cats in the 20th Century (Cats in Literature-T.S. Eliot’s Cats)

T.S. Eliot’s Cats T.S. Eliot (1888-1965), one of the 20th centuries greatest poets, found the cat an inspiration for The Naming of Cats, a lengthy poem about the importance of cats’ names, which was the basis for the long running Broadway hit Cats by Andrew Lloyd Webber.  The Naming of Cats The Naming of Cats is […]

CATS IN THE ENLIGHTENMENT (Part 2- Jeremy Bentham)

Building on Diderot’s earlier philosophy, Jeremy Bentham’s (1748-1832) English philosophy of Utilitarianism was also based on the belief that all actions should lead to happiness ‘…it is the greatest happiness of the greatest number that is the measure of right and wrong’.  Undoubtedly, as a cat owner, he must have considered and included the happiness […]

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