Friday, 9 April 2021

Love To Read? Book Reviews with Amber at The Mewton-Clawson Library #163 featuring **Cat Couture** by Jason McGroarty PLUS Friendly Fill-Ins & **HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARG** & **EPIC GIVEAWAY**

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Hello gorgeous library guests 


Welcome to the Mewton-Clawson Library at BBHQ 

Thank mew for joining me in the stacks, and furstly today is Marg's birthday from Marg's Animals, so do stop by Zoolatry to leave birthday greetings for this very special lady.

Happy Birthday Marg
The Flowers for Marg on Nature Friday Blog Hop is now live, and everyone is welcome to add their blog links to the hop.

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Also, I'm so supurr excited to share this ameowzing giveaway with mew; just hop to our Instagram post to see the rules and enter.


Win this purrfect hamper of cat lover treats and toys worth £100 from 

The prize hamper includes... Old Tom Gin, cute cat socks, candy kitten gourmet sweets, hand-carved cat coasters - and for your cat... Just Catnip natural raw and spray catnip, toy balls, toy chasers with rod and changeable toy attachments & Dreamies treats!

Good luck, 
the winner will be announced on Monday 12th of April.

**PLEASE NOTE: All Winners will be notified by @JustCatnipOfficial and All Prizes are supplied and posted by @JustCatnipOfficial**

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Today the P.A. is also joining in Friday Fill-ins Blog Hop with the pawesome 15 & Meowing and Four-Legged Furballs.
1. I don't like to _________, but I have to.

2. I _________ like a _________.

3. I secretly _________.

4. _________ wears me out.

The P.A.'s answers are...

1. I don't like having to photograph/scan every purchase invoice every month to do my business accounts as there are 100's; I really despise that job, but I have to do it. Until 18 months ago, I had manual accounts and I'd been doing the job like that for 35 years - my system wasn't broken, so it didn't need fixing - but then new regulations came in, and all purchase & sales invoices have to be uploaded to the HMRC government tax website now. So I had to change everything, and all it's done is cost me extra money to implement it, and it takes 3 or 4 times longer to do than my manual system. I can see the value in the new system for larger businesses, but for one my size, it's been counterproductive.

2. I sometimes wish that everyone could just get the fluff along and be like a nice happy, balanced world.

3. I secretly always wanted to live in a stately home with 1000+ acres of land, yep total delusions of grandeur! LOL 

4. Social media really wears me out; it literally drains me. And I really feel for the younger generations getting sucked into the virtual world of unreality with unrealistic and unachievable images being thrust at them day in and day out. I'm so glad I grew up without any of that around me.

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Let's see what I've got to show mew this time!

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This week's top book pick is...

Book Reviews with Amber #163 ©BionicBasil® Cat Couture - Amber's Purrsonal Copy
Mewton-Clawson Library Copy

Cat Couture


Jason McGroarty

       Here's a little snippet of the book blurb:      

Hummus was diagnosed with Feline Leukaemia when she was a kitten and is unable to play outside with other cats. However, Hummus is a total fashion diva and likes to model new looks in her own personal cat-sized studio.

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As it's such a large post today, I thought I'd have a smaller review! MOL

So what did I think about Cat Couture, I really enjoyed it; it's a mini coffee table book. The one that's sits on top of all the others. 

It's filled with gorgeous photo's of Hummus in many different outfits, each cleverly curated for a specific theme, and what I love are her facial expressions throughout are all different. Some are a little fangy; others are demure, aloof, content, poignant, reflective, knowing, and purrhaps a little smug in one or two shots. This kitty knows she's special!

If mew're looking for something fun, this is it, and it's beautifully presented, so would make a lovely gift too.

  • Publisher: LOM ART
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
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Ratings of:

Cat Couture

Overall Enjoyment
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I really hope mew enjoy the book as much as I did if mew decide to read it.

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 for mew, and don't furget that all my previous reviews can be found on my Book Review page.

Until next time...

Keep calm and read more books


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Wednesday, 7 April 2021


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**2016 REVISITED** 

The B Team are on a hazardous and deadly mission to save Mewton-Clawson, can they do it?

Pawesome greetings supurr pals

Welcome to Part II of our epically epic and rather explosive report ~ only available here, fur your eyes only in the CFR [Classified File Room], and if mew missed last weeks report, here's the link:

Part II

Sticking it to the Bureau and a big surprise!

**And Action!**

"QUIET!" I yelled as my fur-sibs were all shouting at once.

No way! Not fair! That's garbage! Basil would neffur sign that! It's a fake! It's a travesty!

Basil mew aren't going back, are mew?  What will we do without mew? 

I was horrified to say the least when C.J. waved the contract in front of me. 

"What is all this nonsense?" I asked, my voice hardened to steel. 

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"It's in your contract," C.J. answered rather sheepishly.

"What's all this Claws 10 fluff mew just mentioned?" I asked. "I do not, and I repeat I do not effur remember signing anything that would give the F.I.B. any power to reinstate me aftur my retirement!"

C.J. took a weary sigh. "Just before mew left, all agents signed a new contract and Claws 10 was the addendum to the existing contracts," he said. "Look here's your paw-print." He pointed to the back page.

"What's the date?" I asked.

C.J. looked at the back page before answering. "It says 25th October 2009."

"Give it to me," I said sharply. "And effurypurrdy clear out, I need a minute alone!"

The B Team trooped out into the corridor followed by C.J. and I hit the button to close the doors. I just couldn't believe this was happening, not now, not aftur all this time.

Hearing the uproar breaking out in the corridor as my team began to verbally roast C.J. did make me smile fur about sixteen seconds and then I turned my attention to the task at paw.

I took the contract and sat at the centre console with my magnifying glass and read the microscopic small print.

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"Flipping flip, freaking flipping flip!" I spat angrily as I read the Claws 10, sub-section 89J, paragraph 15, line 7.

It said and I quote.

'Any former or retired agent can be reinstated at any time by the Field Investigation Bureau at their sole discretion.'

It was that simple. I stared at the back page at my paw-print signature and then at the date and cast my mind back trying to remember if I actually signed it or not, and to be honest I really couldn't remember.

Aftur several minutes of deliberation I opened the doors and called them all back in. 

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Smooch cracked up laughing when he saw the metal bin and me holding a lit match to the contract.

It burst into flames a moment later and I said. "C.J. I'm not being pressed-ganged... not by mew or the F.I.B. and this is what I think to your Claws freaking 10 garbage!"

C.J nodded and said. "I thought mew'd say that."

The B Team whooped in delight as I stood my ground saying. "I understand your position as Primo Director C.J. but mew should know better than anypurrdy, if mew put a lever on me, a herd of wild horses won't make me do anything I don't want to do.

C.J. mopped his brow with a floppy red hanky and then blew his nose. "That's why I have a different kind of purrposal fur mew as my furst exercise didn't wurk," he said and then carefully surveyed the rest of the team with a keen appraising eye.

"I'm listening," I said flatly watching my fur-sibs expressions, knowing that they were all as nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs.

"Agent Basil, mew were our top opurrative fur so long and no-one knows the job better than mew," C.J. began. "Plus mew were the only Agent to gain intimate knowledge of the rogue PITH Agents before their incarceration and survive, that in itself is a rare achievement."

I watched him thoughtfully as he took a deep breath and continued. "The F.I.B. needs mew to take down these rogue agents by any means necessary, if mew were to come back as an Agent then any fallout would be down to the F.I.B not mew purrsonally, but I understand if that's not what mew want."

I considered what C.J. said and replied. "Is there no one else to take those PITH-heads down?"

"No, not with your expertise and skills," C.J. answered. "I'd just be sending Agents on a suicide mission."

I knew he was right, agents today just didn't have the same 'grit' as us old-school hard-cases.

I stared at my fur-sibs, Smooch was grinning like the Cheshire cat that got all the cream, the catnip and the mouse mousse, I could see a hundred scenarios zooming through his mind as he thought about getting into the FRAY!  'Oh, Goddess Bast have mercy on my soul fur this!' I thought.

"C.J. I'll do this one job fur mew," I said resolutely knowing that if I didn't we were all doomed anyway. "But there are several conditions or claws's."

"OK," C.J. answered carefully, removing a notepad and a fountain pen from his briefcase.

"Furst, there is no I, we are a team..."

Smooch whooped and high-fived the entire team before saying. "Yeah we're a team, mister fibber primo boss cat!" he laughed.

I gave Smooch a 'that was a little too much dude,' look before I continued. "C.J. the F.I.B. can hire us all, aka The B-Team as independent contractors or clean-up facilitators to rectify your purroblem but with the F.I.B. taking all responsibility fur any fallout, casualties, property damage and the like," I saw the look on C.J.'s face as he paled. "This is not a negotiation C.J. it's a take it or leave it offur!"

C.J. scribbled frantically on his official F.I.B. notepad before saying, "Continue."

"The F.I.B. will provide all the latest tech to be at our disposal immediately and also provide any assistance, vehicles, aircraft or other items that we may require to bring the PITH-heads in, including any specialized tech and weapons that are not common knowledge to the wurld at large, plus the use of any prototype gadgets or gizmo's that could assist us, agreed?"

C.J. chewed his bottom lip thoughtfully, paling further as he scribbled, and I added. "Mew will pay our fee fifty purrcent up-front and the remainder of the balance upon completion within twenty-four hours of receiving our invoice, and any bounty bonus's fur bringing in the PITH alive, agreed?"

I was watching C.J. intently as he chewed the end of his pen thoughtfully and upon hearing this invoice claws he nearly choked on it.  Parsley gave him a firm slap on the back and the pen flew across the room.  Amber picked it up and threw it like a dart, and it landed nib furst in the centre of his notepad, quivering slightly.

"Impurressive!" he murmured and began to scribble his notes again.

"C.J. do we have a deal?" I asked wundering if I'd asked fur too much and then thought, nah, mew can neffur ask fur enough from a government agency.  Then I thought, did I miss something, or is there anything else that I should have added, so I said. "I also want an addendum that if I want to add more to the contract howeffur bizarre it may seem to mew, I can and there will be no penalties fur this."

I knew I was pushing it, but I also knew that C.J. had nowhere else to go other than me.

He took off his flat cap, exhaled loudly and mopped his brow with a blue hanky this time, wiped his paws and re-read his notes.  Aftur a few minutes of silence he addressed us all.

"Basil and The B-Team I have considered your purrposal and terms plus calculated the risks, if mew will read and sign here," he proffered the notepad to me and tapped the bottom of the page. "We have a deal."

I took it and read each and effury wurd to make sure it was exactly as I had said and not a slippery F.I.B. version slash loose translation of my demands, meaning they could renege due to inappropriate phrasing or the like. 

Squirting some of the ink from the pen on my paw, I placed my paw-print on the paper, C.J. did the same and as it dried, he asked.  "Can I get a copy purrlease?" 

Snowie took the new official yet unofficial, make-do fur now contract and scanned a copy to our computer before printing one-off fur C.J. making sure the date and time were on each copy. Plus she took a photo of us together, both holding it just to be double sure, not that we're paranoid or anything.

"I will have to make an official one when I get back to the office, but this will suffice fur now," he said.

I nodded extending my paw, C.J. and I shook on it "Indeed, when do we start?"

At that moment the ambient lighting in the control room changed from its normal serene-blue to a rather disconcerting red glow and effurypurrdy exchanged rather anxious looks as this had neffur happened before.

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The early warning air raid siren automatically blared out through the loudspeakers around the entire bunker.

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Our furiendly A.I. [artificial intelligence] system then spoke in her usual grating, metallic voice. "Mewton-Clawson is under attack, we have a missile incoming, evasive action is required immediately. Survival rate is less than five percent if evasive action is not taken within the next four minutes"

"Basil, what the flip is happening?" Humphrey asked.

"Snowie give me intel now, effurypurrdy on comms channel six, I repeat comms channel six. Amber, mew and Humphrey get down to level two and see what weapons we have fur taking out missiles," I said urgently, my cold and calculating cool taking offur automatically. "Smooch get up top now, Posie do your cloud thing and Parsley take C.J. get down to level eight, Horice will take care of him and then meet me and Smooch up top!"

Effurypurrdy scrambled like a well-oiled machine.

Amber and Humphrey launched through the drop chute in the wall, as it was the fastest route to all other levels.

Snowie said. "Basil the missile is two hundred and fifty clicks and counting."

"Keep me posted," I said. "Amber, what's the good news?"

The comms channel crackled and Amber replied. "We are on level two, the computer inventory show's we have an anti-missile gun, which fires armour-piercing 50 cal rounds and is modified fur shells too... Humphrey is in the forklift now!"

"We have less than four minutes to get it up top, armed and ready, get going... tick tock... tick tock!" I said.

"Copy that," Humphrey and Amber said in unison.

"Snowie, stats now."

"Missile is at 200 clicks and closing," she answered. "The drone has been deployed...  mega-zoom activated... on screen in five, four, three, two, one... we have a visual."

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I looked at the screen and was horrified to see a missile of unknown origin blazing its way toward us.  I gulped and said. "Amber, Humphrey give me news, stat!"

"The weapon is headed up top on the freight elevator, thirty seconds till garden breach, I repeat thirty seconds till garden breach!" Humphrey answered.

"Smooch, are mew ready fur weapon delivery?"

Smooch answered immediately. "Copy that... ready fur delivery, bunker doors are open!"

"I'm on my way!" I said racing towards the secret entrance behind the summer house.

 I emerged into the garden just as the huge anti-missile gun and shells appeared on the shiny steel platform.

Snowie's voice sounded. "Missile is at one hundred clicks and closing... I repeat one hundred clicks and closing."

I loaded up four shells and said. "Snowie coordinates now... ready Smooch?"

He nodded as Snowie said. "Southwest of your location."

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I zeroed in and could see the blazing fire trail hurtling through the sky towards us and screamed, "Smooch on my twelve, fire now, I repeat fire now!"

"Copy that Basil!" Smooch answered as a manic grin engulfed his face and he pivoted the gun around on its axis. "Target acquired, firing now!"  

I heard the trigger click and braced myself.

** And Cut **

It's that time of the post again, when we bet mew've more questions than mew can shake your tail at!

Such as:

OMC How could mew leave us hanging like that and we've got a whole day to wait?!!

But seriously dudes, this no joke, what's going to happen if mew don't stop that missile?

Nice wurk getting C.J. to agree to all your terms, we're mew also a lawyer?

It seems like the PITH-heads have no rules of engagement, how will mew deal with that?

Will Horice really be ok with C.J. invading his private oasis without prior invitation?

What does Posie do in the cloud?

Can we get an air raid siren installed at our house?


We're sure mew purrobably have many more but to be honest we can't think of any right now as we're under attack... eeeeeek!

Many thanks fur joining us fur our epic re-run of


Don't furget to sneak back into the CLASSIFIED FILE ROOM next week fur Part III

Until then


Epic purrs

Commander Basil 

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Sunday, 4 April 2021

HAPPY EASTER ~ Snowie's Supurr Sweet Easter Selfie on The Sunday Selfies & Caturday Art Blog Hops

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Epic Easter greetings supurr furiends

Welcome to another selfie selection, and today our gorgeous Angel sisfur Snowie is here to share:

Snowie's Supurr Sweet Easter Selfie
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She was beautiful, and we do miss her still every single day, she was like a little white cloud of happiness at BBHQ.

We're also joining in the lovely Athena's Art Hop so do stop by and show off your pawesome arty-farty skills.

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This was created with IOS App Prisma and the effect is called Balloon.

We also turned this fab arty-farty picture into a puzzle, so do stop by the puzzle page and take the Puzzle Challenge, see if mew can beat our time of 13 mins 31 secs. 

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We do hope mew all have an epically epic Easter and we'll be here on Tuesday, as tomorrow we're having a day off, so Colouring with Cats will sadly be a day late, but don't worry mew can always get our free colouring books and don't forget that book one had a complete update last year, so 16 new mandalas to colour! 

And on that note, we wish mew lots of snoozy snuggles as we're off on the Annual BBHQ Easter Egg Hunt.

Supurr Sunday Purrs

Basil & The B Team

Don't furget to join in the pawesome Sunday Selfies Blog Hop with

 Angel Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo, Cooper Murphy and Sawyer ~ visit them at their pawesome blog:

Free Lockdown Activities

And don't furget while we're all on lockdown, we The B Team have got your six and can entertain mew for weeks; there are oodles of colouring pages to download and not furgetting the colouring books too.  There's a page full of crafting projects to keep your mittens making stuff, and if books are your thing, check our Amber's Book Reviews for your next pawesome read! 

There are some epically exciting adventure stories too, so read our thrilling tales episode by epic episode.

We've got some new Brain Training posts, just to keep your little grey cells in tip-top condition. And we’ll be adding extra jigsaw puzzles to the puzzle page.

If mew want to see more of what's been happening at BBHQ check out our Instagram feed where mew can see exclusive videos and pics that we don't put here on the blog.

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