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MCM Comic Con

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I’m having a break from the cruise stuff to bring you news of my recent shenanigans. Myself and my niece attended MCM for the first time on Saturday (25th May) and we couldn’t believe how crazy it was. Being used to Showmasters events I was unaware of the scale of MCM… it was massive and there were so many people you could barely move; and that was after two hours of queuing to get in. I didn’t go to see anyone in particular but I took my niece along to meet some of her favourite YouTubers at Vidfest, an apparently new addition to the event.

You would never feel silly cosplaying at this event because most people do. In fact you would probably feel silly if you weren’t taking part in some sort of cosplay. Anyway while I was there I met a YouTuber called Chris Kendall whose videos my niece introduced me to about a month ago. I told him how awesome his animal impression video was and he said he was thinking of making another one. I do hope so because this made me laugh.

Here’s a few photos I took on the day

Excel London

Me and Chris Kendall

Busy excel

Canvas Warriors

Geeking out on Marvel

Cats on the prowl

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Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium

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Being a big cat lover I was excited to hear about a new business idea by Lauren Pears. She plans to open a cat cafe in London. I had never heard of such a thing before, but apparently it’s very popular in Japan. Basically it’s a place you can go for tea and cakes and a chance to interact with lovely felines while you’re there. This is a great idea for anyone who can’t keep cats for themselves because landlords won’t allow it. This particularly appeals to me as I can’t risk getting a cat before I move to a flat in fear of this exact reason. I would love nothing more than to be able to devote my spare time to my favourite animal.

As an animal lover I’m constantly worrying about the welfare of animals within the environment of various collections. But I have no concern whatsoever about the welfare of the cats in the care of this establishment. Lauren insists that the welfare of the cats is of up most importance and I can imagine that the animals will absolutely love all the attention from visitors to the cafe once it is up and running. The business will also offer customers the chance to adopt a cat which will help with the running costs of their care.

Lauren is currently working towards raising money to make her dream a reality. She has already received a lot of press which has so far helped raise over £13,000. This is where you can help! If you would like to donate to ‘Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium’ then just click on the link which will take you to Lauren’s indiegogo page. If you are strapped for cash but still want to help then spread the word… re-blog my post or write your own, advertise it on your social networking sites and go share some love by liking and leaving messages of support on the facebook and twitter pages. In the mean time take a look at the video which explains everything.

Battersea Dogs and Cats Home

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The last time I visited Battersea dogs and cats home was probably a year ago, way before they had completed the new cat building. As I had a little spare time on my hands being the Christmas break, so I took my niece for her first visit yesterday. I completely admire the work that this organisation does and I’m grateful to be able to experience it for myself. All they ask for is a small donation upon entering (adult £2 and child £1) and then you can spend as much time on the premises as you want (open from 1pm to 4pm on weekdays).

We started off in the dog section and I must have spoken to each individual dog as we went round. The dogs love the attention and will stand at their bars and happily listen to you while you make a fool out of yourself using a squeaky voice as if you’re talking to a human baby. Some of the dogs will try to reach you by putting their paws through the bars or bring you a toy to will you to play with them but the hardest thing ever is to resist physical contact due to the possible spread of Parvo Virus which can be deadly to dogs. The dogs get treated really well and are played with and taken for walks in Battersea park so they get plenty of exercise.

We moved onto the newly built can building which looked modern and bright. Each cat or pair of cats had their own spacious pen with full-sized glass doors which enable staff to enter the pen and provide enough room for them to socialise with the cats. Very different to the small pods they had before. Within the same area, they also have a separate room where staff can bring the cats to socialise with prospective adoptive parents which is an excellent idea if you want to get to know the true nature of the cat in a more natural environment and to be able to talk to the staff and ask questions. They have a range of Breeds from Moggies to Pedigrees all looking very content. Lets put it this way, I wanted to take all the cats home.

On leaving the home I chose to make another small donation in the main reception by putting it in a large free-standing collection box. Every little helps!