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(1) MEOW MIX. Not just for bodegas: SJW credentials defend a fannish habit: “Distillery Cat Wanted: Must Be Affable, Brand-Boosting, Cold-Blooded Killer”.
Inviting a cat to live in a distillery is like offering a child free room and board at a Disney World theme park. In a distillery, there are tall stacks of shipping pallets to climb, oak barrels to jump on, pipes to nimbly tightrope-walk across and — of course — a steady supply of rodents to hunt.
People and cats have always had a businesslike relationship. Where human agriculture goes, a smorgasbord of rats and mice are sure to follow. And distilleries, which turn various grains into grogs, have been battling these pests for centuries. Distillery Cats, a new book by Brad Thomas Parsons, is based on his popular Instagram chronicle of these mousers.
(2) LOCATION SCOUT LOSES OUT. The BBC learns, “Star Wars filming request turned down by Queen’s Crown Estate”, over worries about impact on the park: “If it doesn’t work for here then, no matter who you are, I’m afraid that dollars, bright lights and names don’t sway us.”
(3) REFERENCE DIRECTOR! Almost the Flower of Forgetfulness? “Chinese Ru-ware bowl sets $38m auction record in Hong Kong” (wrong dynasty, but similar nature.)
A 1,000-year-old bowl from China’s Song Dynasty has sold at auction in Hong Kong for almost US$38m (£28m) – a record for Chinese porcelain.
Sotheby’s, the auction house, said the rare Ru-ware brush-washer sold after 20 minutes of tense bidding from a handful of phone bidders, and one in the room.
The little piece measures 13cm (5in) across and is glazed in a blue-green colour.
The bowl’s buyer has chosen to remain anonymous
[Thanks to John King Tarpinian, and Chip Hitchcock for some of these stories. Title credit belongs to File 770 contributing editor of the day Daniel Dern.]