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There is wind where the rose was,
Cold rain where sweet grass was,
And clouds like sheep
Stream o'er the steep
Grey skies where the lark was.

Nought warm where your hand was,
Nought gold where your hair was,
But phantom, forlorn,
Beneath the thorn,
Your ghost where your face was.

Cold wind where your voice was,
Tears, tears where my heart was,
And ever with me,
Child, ever with me,
Silence where hope was.

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Why people threw cats from the belfry in the Middle Ages



  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 11,011 mod
    edited May 2015
    Who does @Lynne mean with "she"?
    The @cat or @mheredge ?
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 40,680 ✭✭✭✭
    MEow @april.
  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 11,011 mod

  • SairaSaira Posts: 846 ✭✭✭
    Any one believe in witches? :o
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 40,680 ✭✭✭✭
    Definitely @Saira. Watch out because I'm one!
  • SairaSaira Posts: 846 ✭✭✭
    @mheredge ,hahahaaaaaaaaaaa good joke
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 40,680 ✭✭✭✭
    Haven't you seen me flying around on my broomstick with my black cat sitting behind me?
  • SairaSaira Posts: 846 ✭✭✭
    @mheredge ,yes yes I saw, he he heeeeeeee :)
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 40,680 ✭✭✭✭
    I think this is why poor kitties get such bad press.
  • FerFer Posts: 161 ✭✭✭
    edited June 2015
    I have heard about this legend but I am not sure if it is true or not , In many years ago there was a cat in a church when a priest wanted to pray , the cat came and intruded the priest , so he threw the cat from the belfry . after some years , when the priest died , people didn't know about the reality so it became a legend that when they wanted to pray , they have to threw a cat from the belfry .
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 40,680 ✭✭✭✭
    Well I'm happy that the two churches in my road don't have any belfries. There is a cat cafe in the street though. I'm sure that they would take a very dim view of cats dropping in from the sky.
  • Fawez.css.dridiFawez.css.dridi Posts: 14 ✭✭
    I don't know what it is !
  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 11,011 mod
    I looked at the picture with the giant cat and the little kitties again and I must say that it is a nice picture. :)
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 40,680 ✭✭✭✭
    Unfortunately the cat cafe at the end of the street was closed today, as otherwise I was going to check out the kitties staying there.
  • BubblyBubbly Posts: 29,890 ✭✭✭✭
    @mheredge what is this cat cafe?
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 40,680 ✭✭✭✭
    It's a Japanese idea @bubbli. I went to one in Tokyo. There were 14 cats being looked after by a woman in the one I went to. You could go there and relax,, drink a cup of coffee and stroke a cat. It's very relaxing, at least for cat lovers. They've proved very popular in Japan but are starting up in other places too.
  • BubblyBubbly Posts: 29,890 ✭✭✭✭
    @mheredge thanks. Interesting information and pretty new for me. There must be dog cafe as well. :)
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 40,680 ✭✭✭✭
    I'm sure there must be, but I'm not sure how relaxing this would be if yhe dogs all started barking @bubbli! I suppose cats are easier as they're smaller too.
  • BubblyBubbly Posts: 29,890 ✭✭✭✭
    @mheredge barking dogs as background music. :)
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 40,680 ✭✭✭✭
    Where are my earplugs? I get this kind of music every night in Kathmandu. I'm happy to say I haven't heard a dog bark since I left there.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 40,680 ✭✭✭✭
    My definition of 'room to swing a cat' is length of my arm+ length of cat from tip of the tail to its nose × pie R squared. In fact you'd probably need a room at least 3m sq if your cat isn't a kitten.
  • jackelliotjackelliot Posts: 904 Inactive

    a cat in the Belfry


  • ZomZom Shadok Posts: 3,081 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    "This is now stopped because they cats now land on their feet." LOL

    It befits a man to be merry and glad
    Until the day of his death.
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