Sylvester the Cat

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Sylvester the Cat aka Sylvester or Puddy Cat, is a fictional cartoon cat character. Puddy Tat is a three-time Academy Award-winning Tuxedo cat in the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartton stable. Often seen chasing chasing Tweety Bird, Speedy Gonzales, or Hippety Hopper. The name “Sylvester” is a play on Felis silvestris, the scientific name for the wild cat species (domestic cats like Sylvester, though, are actually Felis catus). The character was brought to life in Friz Freleng’s Life With Feathers (1945). Freleng’s 1947 cartoon Tweetie Pie was the first pairing of Tweety with Sylvester, and the Bob Clampett-directed Kitty Kornered (1946) was Sylvester’s first pairing with Porky Pig. Sylvester appeared in 103 cartoons in the golden age. He appeared fourth most frequently in films behind Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, and Daffy Duck respectively. Three of his cartoons won Academy Awards, the most for any starring Looney Tunes character: they are Tweetie Pie, Speedy Gonzales, and Birds Anonymous. Credit: https://comicbookrealm.com

The Pink Panther

The Pink Panther
The Pink Panther(s)
Image: DePatie-Freleng

Think of all the animals you ever heard about,

like rhinoceros and tigers, cats and mink,

there are lots of funny animals in all this world,

but have you ever seen a panther that is pink? Think!

A panther that is positively pink?

Well here he is, The Pink Panther,

The Pink Panther, everybody loves a panther that’s pink.

He really is a groovy cat, and he’s a gentleman, a scholar, he’s an-acrobat.

He’s in the pink, the Pink Panther,

the rinky-dink Panther and it’s as plain as your nose.

That he’s the one and only truly original,

Panther pink from head to toe.

Yes he’s the one and only truly original,

Panther Pink Panther from head to toe!

‘Sybil’ replaces ‘Humphrey’ at No 10.

Well this is about as political as we’re going to get round here…so here goes…

Humphrey the Downing Street cat was retired in 1997, after years of living in the Cabinet Office and Downing Street areas. His departure came shortly after Tony Blair’s arrival as prime minister. A bird table was then put into No 10’s garden.

Sybil
Photograph: Alisdair Macdonald/Rex

Now, slinking down the corridors of power comes ‘Sybil’. Named after Basil Fawlty’s wife in the classic 1970s sitcom, Sybil lives in the flat above No 10 with the chancellor during the week. Gordon Brown and his wife occupy the bigger flat at Number 11, which is the traditional home of the chancellor.

Sybil, officially know as Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office

‘Sybil’ is famed for her nocturnal ramblings and can make the dourest of Labour politicians go weak at the knees. The new occupant at No 10 belongs to Alastair Darling.

Sybil, on her way to a summit meeting

Here’s an update on the history of the Offical Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office

Name Began tenure Ended tenure Prime Minister(s)
Treasury Bill 1924 1924 Ramsay MacDonald
Peter 1929 1946 Stanley Baldwin, Ramsay MacDonald, Neville Chamberlain, Winston Churchill, Clement Attlee
Munich Mouser 1940 1943 Neville Chamberlain, Winston Churchill
Nelson 1940 1940 Winston Churchill
Peter 1941 1946 Winston Churchill, Clement Attlee
Peter II 1946 1946 Clement Attlee
Peter III 1946 1964 Clement Attlee, Winston Churchill, Anthony Eden, Harold Macmillan, Alec Douglas-Home
Peta 1964 1976 Alec Douglas-Home, Harold Wilson, Edward Heath
Wilberforce 1973 1988 Edward Heath, Harold Wilson, Jim Callaghan, Margaret Thatcher
Humphrey 1989 1997 Margaret Thatcher, John Major, Tony Blair
Sybil 2007 2009 Gordon Brown
Freya 2012 2014 David Cameron
Larry 2011 current David Cameron, Theresa May