Monday 31 October 2022

**TERRIFYING TALES FROM BBHQ** A Spooky Tail on All Hallows' Eve with Basil and The B Team

Terrifying Tales from BBHQ @BionicBasil® Halloween 2022

Happy Halloween fluffies

Welcome to BBHQ on this most spooky of spookiest days, and in true time-honoured BBHQ tradition, today we are sharing a rerun of our epically epic terrifying tale featuring lots of spooky stuff, including copious amounts of extra strong catnip, mind-bending cocktails formulated by Smooch, Snowie stuck up in the ceiling, plus 7 out of 10 B Team memfurs wearing the same costumes, yes we really are that original, and let's not forget the most terrifying thing, THE ZOMBIE CAT.

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A Spooky Tail on All Hallows Eve 

It had been a frosty day; the air was rather piquant with a fresh, zingy taste. We'd just finished decorating the bunker in the most spooktacular fashion, and even if I do say so myself, it looked as scary as the scariest place mew could ever imagine. White glistening cobwebs hung in thick swaths covering the walls and ceilings, bats dangled on invisible bungy cords, and there were pumpkins galore effurywhere.  

Spooky spectres glided along the bunker corridors wailing chillingly, and animated weird-wolves popped up and howled when mew least expected it.  The smoke machine was on overdrive, and a white, filmy mist swirled around rather hypnotically just above floor level.  Shocking shrieks and muffled bumps sounded through the comms systems and to be honest, I nearly jumped out of my fur several times. 

The Control Room had been transformed into the Halloween Hub, and all the pawty games were in place as an eerie bell tolled and a gruff voice announced:

'Get the pawty started!'

Parsley aka The Saucerer was bobbing for nip-laced apples. Posie aka The Mummy was lurching around unable to see due to a severe bandage malfunction.  Humphrey was wearing his invisibility suit and kept creeping on effurypurrdy, whispering in their ear in some strange foreign accent, "I'm vatching mew... muwahahahahahahaaaaa!"

Smooch, Amber, Fudge, Pandora, Melvyn and I all had the same idea and were dressed as witches and wizards. Parsley also was wearing a wizard's hat, but he claimed that he was a sorcerer! 

This was the reaction when four of us met in the corridor outside the Control Room.

The B Teams Halloween Spooky Story ©BionicBasil® Our Reaction When We Realised We Had All Chosen To Be Wizards and Witches

**note to self, I need a new costume for next year**

Anyhoo, there we all were having a wail of a time; screaming like gurls while a sinister soundtrack played in the background, plus we were enjoying some rather strange brew that Smooch had concocted in the laboratory. He'd even made it in a cauldron for added effect and to be honest, I could have sworn at one point I saw a tentacle rise up out of the bubbling neon-green liquid, then sink below the mist-swirling surface, but he said, and I quote;

"Trust me! I know what I'm doing, here drink this!" 

I did have several reservations hurtling through my mind, such as;

mew sure about that? 
it looks a funny colour! 
and why is it smoking like that? 
did I just see a tentacle in my drink?

But I thought what the heck and aftur several shots I found it rather entertaining when an eyeball appeared in my glass and stared right at me; it was like a surprise bonus, and we all laughed and laughed and laughed.

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As the night progressed things did start to get a little outlandish, Snowie aka The White Phantom got tangled up in the suspension wires she'd rigged to her costume and hung upside down like she was trapped in some giant spider web and we just laughed and laughed and laughed.

In the middle of all this outlandish mayhem and hysterical laughter, the lights suddenly went out, and we were plunged into darkness. The inky pitch-black of a total power failure.

"Don't wurry," I laughed. "The backup generator will kick-in in a couple of seconds!"

Time ticked by, and we were all still sitting in the dark.

"Basil?" Smooch said bumping into me, then forcing another drink into my paw. "Why's the genny not wurking?"

"Ssssssshhhhh," Parsley hissed as we all giggled, too much nip and who-knows-what will do that to mew. "Do mew hear that?" he asked.

"Hear what?" Posie said as she tripped over her bandages and landed with an ungainly thwump on the floor.

Scratch... scratch... scratch...

We all paused, listened and then laughed and laughed and laughed.

Scritch... scritch... scritch... 

"It's getting closer," Parsley said, sounding much sober than he had five seconds ago.

Scratch... scratch... scratch... 

We all paused, listened again and then laughed and laughed and laughed.

"DUDES!" Parsley said tersely; obviously, he hadn't had as much cauldron nip cocktails as the rest of us. "Something is coming down the corridor!"

Scrape... scratch... scritch... scrape... scratch... scritch...

We all paused, listened again and then laughed and laughed and laughed.

I suddenly heard a sickeningly soft hiss, and it made my fur bristle in all kinds of disturbing ways, or maybe that was the cauldron nip, at this point I couldn't be sure for sure.

"Guys, was that one of mew?" I asked as my highly honed senses suddenly burst into life and began to eke out in the darkness. "Do mew smell that? It's rank, fetid and has a rather old dead odour..."

Amber took huge offence to this and said rather snappishly. "No, I haven't been eating eggs again!"

"No, not mew," I said.

Scrape... scratch... scritch... scrape... scratch... scritch...

"Basil," Humphrey whispered in my ear, his cold breath making my ear-fur tremble and I nearly screamed.  Only just managing to swallow down my shriek Humphrey continued. "I'll go check. I've got my night vision goggles on plus I'm invisible, stay here dude."

"Great idea," I said, pushing him towards to door.

I could feel my fur-sibs draw closer towards me, and Smooch whispered. "Do mew guys have any weapons?"

I heard the distinct clicks of several safety's being slid off in the dark, and heard the collective reply of. "Of course we've got weapons!"

There was a light tap on my shoulder, and Humphrey hissed. "Basil, dude... I don't know how to say this..."

"Say what?" I asked with much trepidation, feeling the sudden pump of adrenaline flood through my body like an icy-wave crashing on the beach.

"There's a zombie cat in the bunker, and it's lurching this way!" Humphrey gulped.  

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The lights suddenly came on.

Amber screamed, and then we all screamed and screamed and screamed!

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And then the lights went out again!

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**And Cut**

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Happy Meowoleen guys, enjoy the Trick or Treating if mew're able to participate this year and be safe out there.

We'll be back on Wednesday with our usual Midweek News, so we do hope to see mew then.   

In the meantime have an epically spooky Halloween.

Supurr spooky purrs

Wing Commander and The B Team 

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Sunday 30 October 2022

**HALLOWEEN SELFIES** The B Teams Mogwarts Selfie **ON** The Sunday selfies and Caturday Art Blog Hops

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Supurr Spooky Greetings furiends

Welcome to another BBHQ selfie selection, and today all of The B Team are here with our annual Spooky Pawtrait.

The B Teams Mogwarts Selfie

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Mew know how much we love all things spooky and adore to get dressed up for this most spooktacular of nights, and we love how this pawtrait turned out.

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

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The effect was created with the ios Prisma App, and we used the effect:- Freya to give The B Team that uber-spooky feel.

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 12 mins 02 secs. 

It's time for us to head off and snoopervise the Sunday roast, and don't forget to stop by tomorrow when we're back with a supurr spooky story to get your fur tingling.

If mew have missed any of our spooktacular Halloween posts so far, here are the links:

And there's still time to enter Amber and Pandora's Epic Birthday Giveaway, click here to leave a comment.

We do hope mew have a wickedly pawesome day

Wishing mew lots of snoozy snuggles

Supurr Sunday Purrs

Basil & The B Team

Don't forget 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:

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Saturday 29 October 2022

**HALLOWEEN BRAIN TRAINING RERUN** Time To Give Those Little Grey Cells A Workout on Brain Training with Professor Basil P.H.D. #24 ~ MUWAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAA!

 Welcome to

Puzzling greetings my wunderpurr pals

Welcome to another fabulous Caturday on the blog and today it's all things spooky.... muwahahahahahaaa!

And as an extra surprise... have not only do we have a crosswurd but a wurdsearch too! MOL

If mew feel the need to catch up on any of the previous puzzles, here are the links:

It's time to get those little grey cells wurking...

Just right-click to save the crosswurd to your 'puter or print it off 

Just right-click to save the wurdsearch to your 'puter or print it off 

Until tomorrow...

Keep Calm


Puzzle On

Bestest purrs

Wing Commander Basil 

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Friday 28 October 2022

**Halloween Edition** Book Reviews with Amber at The Mewton-Clawson Library #214 featuring **Familiar Spirits** Twilight Hollow Witchy Cozy Mysteries Book 1 by Sara Christene **PLUS** Friendly Fill-Ins + Photo Fails Blog Hop ~ Melvyn's Modelling Fail

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Hello gorgeous library guests 


Welcome to the Mewton-Clawson Library at BBHQ 
Thank mew for joining me today; this was me, Melvyn and Fudge taking a little breather from all the pawty activity and food! MOL

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Though I must say that the pawty food was utterly delicious and if mew didn't get to try any, just hop to the pawty post using the link above and don't forget to enter the free giveaway.

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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.___________________ keeps me up at night.
2. If I could improve one of my senses, it would be _____________________.
3. If I were home alone and heard footsteps in the house, I would _________.
4. I would want the epitaph on my tombstone to say _________.

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

1.___________________ keeps me up at night. Not a lot does these days; if the world were ending, that would, or if any of The B Team were unwell, that would.

2. If I could improve one of my senses, it would be my sixth.

3. If I were home alone and heard footsteps in the house, I would grab a gun or a bat or the closest weapony thing I could find.

4. I would want the epitaph on my tombstone to say: She Loved Her Cats, and husband of course! LOL

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Today, as it's the last Friyay of the month, we're also joining in the furrbulous...

So do drop by the marvellous Mudpie's blog at to join in.

Melvyn's Modelling Fail

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This was one of the fails from Melvyn's modelling shoot a couple of weeks ago, mew can see the fabulous photo we posted on the Midweek News here or watch him strut his stuff on the catwalk in his TikTok video here. 

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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...

Amber's Book Reviews - What Are We Reading This Week #214 ©BionicBasil® Familiar Spirits - Twilight Hollow Witchy Cozy Mysteries Book 1 by Sara Christene
Mewton-Clawson Library Copy

 Familiar Spirits

 Twilight Hollow Witchy Cozy Mysteries Book 1 


Sara Christene

       Here's a little snippet of the book blurb:      

Welcome to Twilight Hollow, WA, a small forest town with three resident witches. Adelaide O’Shea runs the Toasty Bean, imbuing her coffee and tea with warm, cozy magic. When a black cat crosses her path, she worries her new pet might be unlucky, and her suspicions are confirmed when the next thing in her path is a dead man with her phone number in his pocket.

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Mew may remember a couple of weeks ago that I said I'd purchased a new Kindle paperwhite as my old one was difficult to read these days. Anyhoo I also decided to join the Kindle Unlimited programme as it is free for a 3-month trial and I thought NICE, free books for 90 days! MOL

Anyhoo, today's book is the first Kindle Unlimited title I have read. I've read a few more in the last couple of weeks and there was another that was vying for today's Halloween slot, but I chose this one instead.

Sara Christene is a new author to me, and I'd never heard of The Twilight Cozy Mystery series, so it was a great find. There are five books in the series, though at this point not having read any of the others, I can't say whether there will be more.

So what did I think of this new series? 

I really enjoyed this; the plot is pacy and the characters start off well. And I know that there's a coffee shop, a witch, a murder and a cat, and while this might not be the most original of ideas the author has crafted a good, solid story with interesting characters and plenty of potential to expand in future volumes.

I'm not going to spoilerize any of the plot or characters in this first volume, but I do think it has the prospects at this point to be a really good, enjoyable series. Also, as it's only 140 pages long, it didn't take long to read. If mew're looking for a quick series and not a seemingly endless saga, this is pawesome. And I think the cover art is epic too!

In my humble opinion, this novel is the purrfect Sunday afternoon read on a rainy day, in front of the fire, with a cup of hot chocolate with mini marshmallows. 

A Top Paw Read!

Paperback: 140 pages
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My Ratings Scale

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Ratings of:

Familiar Spirits

Overall Enjoyment

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Other Fun Blog Hops to Join in Today

          Brian's Home   Catblogosphere    Feline Friday   Nature Friday    Flashback Friday   Friendship Friday          

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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.

Angel Basil will be here tomorrow with a spooky Brain Training post and if mew missed yesterday's bumper Halloween crafting bonanza click here.

Until next time...

Keep calm and read more books


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