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Sunday, 22 April 2012
I am at present writing a romantic suspense with a hero, Danny, who is a Singaporean policeman. I had a wonderful week in Singapore last year and saved up loads of memories. One of the things I saw behind the lovely Scarlet Hotel where we stayed, was a backstreet with loads of healthy stray cats. My detective hero is a good guy, and has taken in a stray who helps to stop ease his loneliness (see what I did there guys, I made him a super caring but lonely guy - you're just desperate for him to meet the woman of his dreams!). I have yet to find a suitable oriental name for my kitty character, but it will come. The most amazing thing about the real strays I saw was they had these small stubby wierd little tails. Some of them were fan shaped - most odd! I used to take a stroll behind the Scarlet Hotel very early in the morning and one day, I encountered the reason why the cats gathered there. A young woman, would pop into the local supermarket on her way to work and pick up food for them. The cats would gather really early as they knew exactly where she would feed them, and a little crowd would wait for her. I understand there is a programme of sterilisation in Singapore so that the street strays don't get out of hand. All the same, they were lovely to look at because unlike some of the strays I have seen on the streets of Istanbul who were very ill and quite distressing to behold, in the main the Singapore strays were pretty healthy. I understand the stubby-tail thing is genetic, they are just a species of cat in the way that gingers or jellicles or manx cats are a species. Anyhow, here's a photo of a cat like Danny's.