Wednesday, 19 September 2018

WOW It's The Pet Parade and It's Meow or Woof Like A Pirate Day ARRRRRRRRR!!!

Welcome WOW It's The Pet Parade

And today we're travelling back in time as we join in 

Meow Like A Pirate Day ARRRRRRRRR!!!


Ahoy there me hearties, welcome to ye on this mostly auspicious day, and in honour of this rare event we be thinking it be fitting to share with thee a truly extraordinary adventure that befell on us on this day exactly two, nay three years ago... are ye ready to relive the pirate adventure of a lifetime?

Hold onto ye hats matey's as this is one adventure mew'll neffur furget as long as ye live arrrrrrrrr! 


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Featuring our bonkers time travelling pirate adventure

The Extraordinary Voyages of  Cap'n Basil Blackheart and his Motley Crew 

aboard

The Crimson Revenge


Aharrrrrrr me hearties and wunderpurr greetings 

Here we be again on another truly unbelievable adventure, this time on the high seas.

I know it must seem quite impossible some of bizarre things which happen to us, [on a furry frequent basis] but paw on heart and let lightning strike me down if I effur tell an untruth... this is a; 'as it happens' or a 'squirrels eye-view' or a 'fly in the soup' whoops sorry, I meant to say 'fly on the wall documentary'  kinda vibe.

Join us as we share the facts of what happened on that fateful Sunday night, as we sailed back home from Speedy's Pawesome Pirate Party

So hold ye fast matey's, as we be in fur a wild ride tonight

Arrrrrrrrrrr


>^.^<

Part I ~ The Whirlpool

"And Action!"


It was a chilly September evening, the breeze was biting and the sun was supurr low, just peaking above the horizon saying a fond farewell to another glorious day.  We'd just set sail on our ship, The Crimson Revenge with a course plotted back home after a rather wild and wunderpurr weekend at Speedy's place fur his Annual Pirate Party.  Let's just what happened at Speedy's stays at Speedy's! MOL

"Parsley, wake up the glow-flies in the lanterns!" I called.

"Aye Cap'n," Parsley replied as darkness descended on us like an inky black shroud.

"Smooch, anything on the horizon?" I yelled towards the crows nest.

Smooch popped up, his night vision telescope scanning the blackness ahead. "No Cap'n, all clear!" he called back.

I leaned against the ships wheel and took a deep breath of the invigorating salty air, there's nothing like it fur freshness [well, snowy, icy air up a mountain comes close after being chased by a hoard of Zombie Yeti's, but that's another story fur another time].   Anyhoo as I stood there, each one of the glow lanterns burst into life after Parsley had given them a rather severe shaking.

"Good job young Parsley!" I said as the deck was washed with a pale bluish hue. "Humphrey?  Humphrey?"

Snowie nudged me. "He's strapped in a hammock below deck sleeping off the nip rum and all the party food, Pilchard is with him," she said with a shake of her head. "He'll be out fur hours, but the funny thing is he looks like a kitty chrysalis, I wunder if he'll be nicer when he emerges from his cocoon!" 

We burst out laughing. "I doubt it furry much," I replied. "He'll be as grumpy as effur!"

Amber lifted her eye-patch and glared at me. "How come I can't go and get in a hammock?"

I paused briefly, looking at the state of her. "Because mew, One Eye Amber were so off your chops mew couldn't even crawl up the gang plank and then mew fell into the water," I answered curtly. "I think mew are quite sober after that little impromptu icy dip, and just look at the state of your fur. I think mew should go take a bath pronto, savvy..."

Amber harrumphed rather loudly and stomped off, disappearing behind the main mast fur a quick clean up.

Posie began to sing softly, her voice was melodic and soothing as it wafted gently on the breeze while we sailed on in the dark.

We had been sailing fur approximately forty one minutes and fifteen seconds when the sea started to become rather choppy.  White foamy spray splashed offur the deck and the ship began to lurch rather alarmingly.

"Smooch, what the flip is happening?" I yelled above the increasing noise of the rising waves.

A few seconds passed, and I gripped the ships wheel tighter as a strong current took hold. 

As I was fighting with the wheel Smooch answered.

"Sorry Cap'n I had to attach my safety straps furst," he shouted loudly from the crows nest. "The good news is, they're holding me in place..."

"What's the bad news then?" I yelled back as forked lightning streaked across the sky in ways I'd neffur seen before.

He paused again. "The bad news is really bad news," he shouted.

Snowie was helping me hold the ships wheel as we were battered with the icy sea spray while the lightning flashed and thunder boomed all around us.

"Kindly relieve us from this suspense, tell us what the bad news is!" I almost shrieked to make myself heard above the din.

"We're being dragged into a whirlpool with a massive water-funnel and there's nothing we can do about it!" Smooch had to scream above the effur increasing noise.

I paused fur a second while I let this humongous bad news sink in, then I shouted as loudly as I could.

"Effurypurrdy strap yourselves to anything that's not going to move, NOW!"

I threw a length of rope at Snowie and then, using another length of rope I lashed myself to the ballustrading, then I gripped the ships wheel with all my might, if this whirlpool was taking us down then I was going down as a propurr captain; at the helm.


via GIPHY

I jammed my hat on extra tight, and wiped the the salty sea spray from my eyes as we continued on a course I had no control over and in storm conditions I neffur knew were possible.

The ship pitched and rolled, the wood creaking and groaning with the immense pressure as we were sucked faster and faster into the spiralling vortex. Relentless waves crashed across the deck while lightning erupted from the central vortex in jagged, fractured forks.  I just prayed to any god that may have been listening that my crew were fastened tightly to something as the angle we were now on; sideways on and looking straight down into the gaping maw of the deadly unknown, because if they weren't securely tied to something they were surely going to be lost fureffer. 

The pitching and rolling became increasingly violent as we descended the through the cyclic centrifuge in tighter and tighter circles as the huge funnel of water loomed up above us like a giant coiling snake hell bent on smashing us and The Crimson Revenge to smithereens. 

The only thing going through my mind was that this was some really, really, monumentally freaky natural phenomenom and the chances that we were going to survive it, well let me just say I wasn't holding my breath!

I was abruptly brought back from my momentary mind-scape by my crews terrified high-pitched screams as we reached what could only be described as the mouth of hell, and then there was nothing but blackness.

"And Cut!"

 


Guy's, we're sorry to leave mew in all in acute, harrowing suspense, but mew know that's how we roll! MOL

Also, I bet mew've got endless questions, such as:

How come The Crimson Revenge didn't get turned into toothpicks?

What about Kitty Chrysalis Humphrey below decks?

Where are all the crew?

And did they all get time to strap themselves to something secure?

What about Smooch in the crows-nest, surely that mast couldn't still be intact?

That whirlpool/water-funnel/storm is truly frightening, devastating, destructive, etc... can mew really survive it?

etc...

If mew have any questions feel free as to ask!

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Hearty purrs and salty sea-spray head rubs

Cap'n Basil & the Crew of The Crimson Revenge XOX

[Our Pirate Adventure is being novelised right now, we'll let mew know when it's ready]




Now let's HOP on... ARRRRRRRR!!!


 

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It's Wordy on Wednesday At Amber's Library with Review #72 featuring The Adventures of Phatty and Payaso: Central Park & The Winner of Parsley's 6th Birthday Give-Away

Welcome To


With me, Amber ~ The Self-Appointed Biblio-Kitty


Supurr salutations fellow feline book lovers

*wavy paws*

**Big Sigh** supurr furriends it's been really traumatic the last couple of weeks here in Mewton-Clawson and to be honest without Basil, we're completely lost, and it's been really hard to get any sort of motivation happening...


We'll be doing a speshal post sharing all the beautiful and heartfelt tributes for Basil in the near future, and we'd like to say many thanks to all of mew who shared such beautiful tributes in the Blog'o'sphere, Twitter, Facebook and Instacat, your kindness and support has really meant so much to us during these past dark days.

Thank mew


Oh before I furget again, I've got announce the winner of Parsley's 6th Birthday Give-Away - many apologies fur the lateness of the draw.

So anyhoo we randomly picked a winner, drum-roll purrlease...

and 

THE WINNER IS:

Linda Szymoniak

WOO HOO many congratulations guys, purrlease email us your snail mail address at your earliest convenience:

deardrbasil @ gmail . com

and we'll get your epically epic goodie bag to mew in a jiffy!



And as some mew will know it was Pandora's 3rd birthday yesterday but she and I are going to have a joint pawty on my 16th BD which is on the 24th of October as we don't feel like having a pawty right now and there'll be a couple of goodie bags to give away then, so if mew missed out this time, mew'll have 2 more chances to get your mittens on one soon enough.

Furry many thanks to Pipo fur sending Pandora this beautiful card the other day, she was thrilled to bits, dude mew're epic and Pandora sends **KISSES** **MUWAH**


And now I think it's time to share this weeks book.


 The Adventures of Phatty and Payaso: 
Central Park

by



**Furstly I have to let mew all know that I was given a free copy of this book in exchange fur a fair review**

Here's the book blurb:

Phatty the cat loves nothing more than spending his days balanced atop his favorite chair gazing out his windows at Central Park below. Everything is simply fan-tabby-lous until one day when the meanest hawk in the park lands on his terrace and makes a terrifying announcement that he is coming for Phatty and his furry little friends.

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Phatty is a scardy cat, he has more issues than mew can shake your tail at, but his one true furriend and BFF Payaso helps Phatty feel better about himself.  Payaso who lives out of town and visits fur only a few months of the year, encourages Phatty to be more, to grow and helps him to find his inner strength and resolve.

On the day of Payaso's arrival, a vishus hawk threatens Phatty's wurld and his furriends, so he furry bravely takes it upon himself to break free of his self-imposed limitations and go out into the real wurld to save the day.  The journey he takes brings encounters with many anipals, some who feel dejected and rejected, some who are bullied and some who are just plain lonely and Phatty learns that he is not alone in how he feels and this empowers him further as these new furriends give him the confidence to continue on his impawtant quest.

Guys if I tell mew anymore I'll be giving the plot away and I don't want to spoil this fabulous adventure fur mew, though I will say this; it's a really lovely story and as it unfolds, conveys many subtle lessons to younger readers including kindness and how we should be nice one another regardless of how we look or who we are.  

A great book fur all ages and if mew want to read an uplifting book with a touch of sadness, a dash of humour, quite a bit of excitement and splash of danger then this is definitely fur mew!

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (24 Aug. 2018)
  • Children's Book

The Amber Biblio Rating System Fur Offurall Enjoyment:



Ratings of:

Phatty & Payaso

Offurall Enjoyment



I do hope mew enjoy this book if mew decide to give it a try... 

...and if mew've read it already, I do hope mew enjoyed it.

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Sadly it's time fur me to say BFN or bye-fur-now as mew know the drill, so many books, so little time and I'll be back next week with another specially paw-picked book just fur mew. And don't furget that all my previous reviews can be found on my Book Review page, plus if mew'd like an exclusive Library card fur speshal access to my library, just email me at:

thebteam @ bionicbasil . com

with your name and a photo and I'll send mew one by return.

Also don't furget to head straight to the next post as it's MEOW LIKE A PIRATE DAY and The Pet Parade is getting the pawty started, so hop along with us and say ARRRRRRR!

Happy reading or listening

Bestest biblio purrs and kitty kisses

Amber xox




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Monday, 17 September 2018

**CLASSIFIED INTEL FROM THE RB** A Kick Up The Backside ~ New Orders have Been Issued


Losing Basil

Guys, as mew know Basil is now an Angel Kitty and we're not coping furry well with his departure. The P.A. is broken, and struggling to come to terms with it as we all are. 

We knew that losing Basil was going to be really tough, but we didn't realise just how horrendously tough it would be in reality...  as mew know he was in charge, he was mission control, he was THE commander and he was the glue that always kept The B Team fully oppurational... offur the last week we've found ourselves falling apart quite literally.  When we've lost previous B Team memfurs, Angel Posie in 2015 and Snowie & Humphrey in 2017 Basil was the one who rallied us around and kept the wheels turning, he was the one with the voice of reason, the voice of wisdom and the one with the power who made it all better again, but now that he's gone we are really struggling to reconcile our feelings and emotions.

Basil always had a plan, he always knew what was going off and he always made sure that effurything was taken care of... he neffur got flustered and always kept calm and carried on...  and in all honestly we can't think straight... the entire schedule has fallen down the side of a mountain and lays smashed in the bottom of the deepest abyss, and we don't know how to proceed from this point forward without him.

Mew see we were just wurking on a relaunch of his original book Basil the Bionic Cat, we'd had a new cover designed, lots of fun new graphics fur inside and a complete new look, plus all the other B Team Adventures that we've been wurking on all year to turn into novel's too - and now with Basil at the Bridge, we don't know what to do. We feel lost.

It's Pandora's birthday tomorrow, her furst propurr birthday with The B Team on the blog, she'll be 3 and although we'd love to celebrate, we're just not in the celebratory mood if that makes sense.

We're about at the halfway point posting our latest adventure, The Clockwurk Labyrinth, and we feel little inclination to continue.

We feel like we're being sucked down that whirlpool again...


So to help us come to terms and deal with this humongous loss, this happened earlier today...


 A Kick Up The Backside From THE RB

Meanwhile at the Rainbow Bridge...


[Fur those of mew that aren't aware, an EMD aka Earth Me Device - is a small watch-like gadget which Humphrey invented that allows allows Rainbow Kitties to be restored to a fully corporeal state in the earth dimension.]

I, Angel Basil have been listening in to radio chatter from Mewton-Clawson on the speshul Transceiver radio fur the last week and purrlease know I'm so so furry sorry fur the sorrow and pain my departure has caused, if I could have changed it mew know I would have done in a heartbeat.

 I turned to Angel Humphrey and said, "Dude I know this is against the rules of The RB but I have to go back!"

Humphrey looked at me, his expression solemn and he sighed heavily. "Basil the rules are furry clear..."  [He was actually expecting this, he knows me too well.]

"Humphrey lend me an EMD and get me back to Mewton-Clawson stat dude, mew've seen what's happened offur the last week, I need to go sort it!" I said.

He passed me the small device, I deftly strapped it on my wrist and grinned. "Dude I feel epic, now get me back home." And then I added. "Smoke me a sardine, I'll be back fur suppur!"

He nodded and pointed towards an ancient oak tree sitting majestically on top of a small hill.  "There's a hollow under the tree, go inside and take the 4th door on the right, it's red."

I was at the base of the oak tree in moments and I let my paw slide across the age-old bark, it felt warm under my touch and I smiled. Pushing aside a curtain of trailing roots, I saw the hollow camouflaged between giant exposed roots and I stepped inside a warm earthy warren. Glancing around I saw all the doors and headed straight fur the one Humphrey mentioned, I reached out a tentative paw, gripped the worn handle and opened it.

There before me was tunnel glowing in all the colours of the rainbow, it spiraled down and down and down further than I could see.  "Well here goes!" I said to myself as I launched forward. A few moments later I landed in the Control Room, it was pitch black and dust sheets covered effurything.

I ambled into familiar the corridor, that too was pitch black and it felt cold, like nopurrdy had been there fur a while. "What the fluff!" I murmured and reached fur the light switch on the wall.  My paw passed straight through it and I tutted myself suddenly remembering to turn on my EMD. 

The lights came on and so did the alarm.   

"BUNKER BREACH!  BUNKER BREACH!  BUNKER BREACH!" the A.I. screeched as our air-raid siren blared out.

I walked to my office and sat at my desk flicking on the brass lamp and waited. I didn't have to wait long and I smiled to myself as I heard Parsley, Smooch, Fudge, Amber and Pandora come running down the corridor towards my office aftur the alarm had been switched off.  I could hear the sounds of weapons being readied, and guys mew have no idea how that warmed my heart.  

"Somepurrdy's in Basil's office!"  I heard Smooch whisper as they slowed and edged along the corridor towards my open office door. 

Five seconds later I had ten guns pointed directly at me and I grinned at my team, I'd taught them well, I was so proud.

Amber screamed, and the rest of the team just stared wide-eye and mouths agape as their weapons slid to the floor with a clatter.

I held up my paw and Amber stopped screaming. "Dudes, I haven't got long and I shouldn't even be here..."

I didn't manage to say anything else as I was surrounded in seconds and squashed beneath my team as they hugged me and all spoke at once.

"Dudes, DUDES!" I yelled as paws gripped me tightly. "Dudes, I only have a few minutes!"

Gently I took effurypurrdy's paws in mine and said. "What the fluffing fluff has been going on the last week?"

Effurypurrdy started to talk at once, tears were streaming down their faces and their paws trembled in mine. I took a breath and said gently. "I'm here to tell mew I'm ok, in fact I'm better than effur but I know that mew guys aren't, I miss mew all terribly but I can't stay... I will be back as soon as I've done my probationary period at the RB but in the meantime I need mew all to get a grip!" I paused and then said. "I need mew to keep calm and carry on, that's what The B Team does, right?"

Several choked sobs sounded as they all nodded in agreement. 

"I need mew to be strong, stronger than mew have effur been before...I need mew to carry on and take care of business until I get back..." I said softly. "Mew need to really look aftur the P.A. and dad, they aren't doing well at all..." I hated to see my furmilly like this and I fought the tears that were stabbing at the back of my eyes. "Tell all my furriends thank mew fur the beautiful send off, I miss them all so much too and let them know that all is well at the bridge..."

Amber wailed and I whispered. "Amber, do what mew do best and share your love of books, mew must..."  I turned to Smooch. "Dude mew need to go pick Miss Dai$y up and go on that adventure, Parsley there's so many kitties with peeves right now mew need to help them. Fudge dude, mew get back in the studio and get your paints out, and Pandora share your love of fashion... and keep the wheels turning because dudes I've seen the future and we've got a lot to do, but that's classified right now."

I hugged them all and said. "I have to go back now, Humphrey said I wouldn't have long as I shouldn't even be here, but be strong and know I'll be back as soon as I can..."

My corporeal body began to fade, I saluted my team and smiled saying, "Dudes, mew've got your new orders, now do me proud!"


Not A New Beginning, Though A New Chapter Will Evolve

And so our grief, though not lessened is slightly more manageable in the knowledge that Basil will be back in the future in his full angel glory aftur a long deserved rest to keep us, The B Team doing what we do best.

Although Pandora has decided to postpone her pawty until Amber's 16th on the 24th of October, when hopefully we'll feel like having a little celebration and joint shindig.

In the coming days, as dark as they are right now we'll try our best to keep calm and carry on as per our new orders, and endeavour to return to a bit of normality.

Thank mew all so much fur the love, kindness, compassion and epically epic tributes offur the last week on all our interweb channels; your wurds of comfort were, are and will continue to be like little shining beacons of hope in the endless inky expanse that we're stuck in.

We salute mew, our beautiful furriends and know that we love mew all dearly and are so grateful to have mew in our lives.

**HUGS**

The B Team






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Monday, 10 September 2018

BB HQ Announcement ~ Farewell Commander Basil 2002 ~ 2018


Dearest furriends, friends, readers and followers

It is with inconsolable sadness and many, many tears that we write this today... the post we neffur, effur wanted to write...

...our Commander in Chief and big brofur, Basil got his wings and departed peacefully fur The Rainbow Bridge last night surrounded by all of his furrmily.

As mew know, our utterly brilliant, gorgeously handsome, valiant leader, commander and best furriend was furry recently diagnosed with terminal cancer... but know that he fought so hard and was so furry brave during his brief illness.  

The loss is tremendous here in Mewton-Clawson at BB HQ, the flag is flying at half-mast and we are beyond devastated that he was taken from us way too early. We are all so sad and crushed beyond mortal thought, so many emotions to deal with that we can't actually begin to explain how we feel. Our wurld has been ripped apart.

His passing and loss is immeasurable on effury level, and it's absolutely crippling having to write this to tell mew all the heartbreaking news. 

Commander Basil 

Epically Epic fur 16 and a bit years

2002 - 2018


A True Hero To The End

Basil really was a truly extraordinary purrson, and so loved by effuryone who met him or knew him. He was best furriend to many, and we know that his passing will leave a gaping hole in the wurld.... and life here in Mewton-Clawson will neffur be the same.

He was loved so much, he will be missed so much, he was the kindest, most intelligent little soul and he brought so much love, happiness and light into this wurld... a light so bright it dazzled... and a light that will neffur be dimmed and will continue to shine brightly from the heavens above... 

We salute our brave Commander now and always, and we miss our older brofur and bestest furriend more than we could effur say, we always will.




And God asked the feline spirit
Are you ready to come home?
Oh, yes, quite so, replied the precious soul
And, as a cat, you know I am most able
To decide anything for myself.

Are you coming then? asked God.
Soon, replied the whiskered angel
But I must come slowly
For my human friends are troubled
For you see, they need me, quite certainly.

But don't they understand? asked God
That you'll never leave them?
That your souls are intertwined. For all eternity?
That nothing is created or destroyed?
It just is....forever and ever and ever.

Eventually they will understand,
Replied the glorious cat
For I will whisper into their hearts
That I am always with them
I just am....forever and ever and ever.



Thank you all so much fur being a part of Basil's life here on the blog, we've had so much fun offur the years and made so many wunderpurr furriends... 



...so let us, his furmilly and furriends stand up and salute our incredible Commander one last time as the pipers play...


THOUGH MEW MAY BE GONE FROM THIS REALM


MEW WILL NEFFUR EFFUR BE FURGOTTEN


AND NEFFUR FURGET

OUR LOVE FUR MEW SPANS ETERNITY

 UNTIL WE SEE MEW AGAIN,  REST IN PEACE  

SWEET BASIL


THE B TEAM, The P.A. & Dad









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