6 Jun 2013
A CAT OR SHAKESPEARE's CAT ?
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When on my tour around the UK we stopped in Stratford upon Avon which is Shakespeare's birthplace, I was without any doubt the only one who was less interested in Shakespeare's life and where he was buried but rather in a cat about which I had read in April in a post written by Barbara from Words, Words, Words. about a ginger cat who lives opposite Shakespeare's birthplace. I had told the whole bus, driver and guide included that I also wanted to look for this cat. My traveling companions (10 different nationalities) laughed and were all with me and promised to also keep an open eye, even the once who came from continents where people are not so cat friendly.
I did my duty and followed the group, although I knew Shakespeare from school, he wrote in perfect German too
I admired the house and the Holy Trinity Church outside and inside but not the grave because they asked 5 £ to have a look on a stone. There were more interesting stones to see in the outside graveyard.
As soon as we had free time, I started my investigations as Chief inspector Gattina with my Detective sergeant Ilona. After having asked in a first souvenir shop I was told by an Asian looking lady that the cat would live a little further in a souvenir shop. First she thought she misunderstood and I was asking for a Shakespeare's cat sculpture. I don't know if Shakespeare had a cat, it wasn't written nowhere. When I asked in the second shop the owner smiled, and told me the cat's name was Angus and that he always walks up and down the street, and that he thinks that Angus belonged to another shop a little further down the road.
We started walking down the road and I asked in another shop. There several vendors came and gathered around us to report about Angus. That he goes in every shop, but isn't a stray cat and wears a collar. Some evidences more.
But in the other shops I got the same answers, and nobody had seen Angus this day. I concluded that he must be very intelligent and not walk along his personal street when it was a bank holiday in England and his street packed with tourists and worse ... with dogs !
Angus prefers his street like this, as shown by Barbara
He also needs a little space to water the souvenir post cards.
I left my Chief Inspector mission and returned as simple tourist to the bus. Nobody had seen Angus. But at least the whole bus had something to laugh about.
Now the conclusion is : "To be or not to be Shakespeare's cat, that is the question" !
PS. Please notice that Shakespeare is wearing an earring !!