The LOL Cat emails that did the rounds with cute pictures of cats in various poses with LOL cat ‘speak’ accompanying them annoyed me at first. 

Being a stickler for correct English grammar I’m the sort of manic individual who corrects misspelled graffiti in public toilets, and the like, but loving cats as I do, and imagining that they might speak like this if they were to vocalise their thoughts and fears I was entranced with ‘I Can Has Cheezburger – (a LOLcat colleckshun)’ compiled by Eric Nakagawa and Kari Unebasami.

Erik and Kari cofounded in January 2007 as a gathering place for ‘LOLcats,’ images of cats with captions. For this book, they have selected over 200 of their favourite LOLcats from the site, which are guaranteed to make you laugh out loud – so says the blurb on the back cover.

There are so many brilliant (200 apparently) photos of cats doing what cats do best and the LOL speak comments that go with them are really funny. I can’t single out any particular page because every one is unique – but I did like references to ‘Ceiling Cat’ who is ‘omnomnishent kitteh who lives in ur ceiling and observes ur personal habitz. There is a double page spread of a cat looking through a square hole in something which has been captioned ‘ceiling cat iz watching u’ and on the opposite page is a cat in supplication with its paws in prayer captioned ‘Thank u, ceiling cat 4 catnip n Caturday’ with another picture alongside that of a cat looking upwards, captioned ‘Oh, hai ceiling cat. U scare me.’

(my spellcheck is having a field day as I write this!)

I Can Has Cheezburger is available in hardback from Hodder and Stoughton ( ) priced £9.99

ISBN number is 978-0-340-97757-6

It’s also available at

A Morning Kiss

A morning kiss, a discreet touch of his nose landing somewhere on the middle of my face.
Because his long white whiskers tickled, I began every day laughing.

Janet F Faure

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