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Sticks
2006-Mar-22, 09:32 AM
The world of British politics is in mourning after the death of a much loved former civil service employee of the Cabinet office in Downing Street.

See this link (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/4823834.stm)

This is to leave your tributes, please try and restrain yourselves from being partisan.

Van Rijn
2006-Mar-22, 09:44 AM
That had me going - when I saw the thread title I thought you might be talking about a BAUT member (http://www.bautforum.com/member.php?u=2215). Ah, a tuxedo cat. Doesn't look much different from mine.

Fr. Wayne
2006-Mar-22, 09:51 AM
Enjoy your other 8, Humph oh boy. Tally- ho and all that.

Sticks
2006-Mar-22, 10:28 AM
I found this collection of documents (http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/foi/pdf/humphrey_cat.pdf)on the Cabinet Office Website released under the Freedom of Information Act.

WARNING 9.7MB download

You could not make this up

Moose
2006-Mar-22, 11:10 AM
Man, Sticks, you had me going for a sec. Warn a fella! *chuckle*

gethen
2006-Mar-22, 01:36 PM
That was scary, especially since we haven't heard from our Humphrey in some time.:eek:

Moose
2006-Mar-22, 01:51 PM
I'm wondering if Sticks couldn't request that a mod fix the thread title to reduce confusion and alarm? Perhaps "Humphrey (the cat) has died" or something?

ToSeek
2006-Mar-22, 03:04 PM
I fixed the title.

Humphrey is also a turtle, one might recall. That was actually my first thought.

R.A.F.
2006-Mar-22, 03:07 PM
Humphrey is also a turtle, one might recall. That was actually my first thought.

Mine also...I didn't even consider that it might be the poster known as Humphrey....

WaxRubiks
2006-Mar-22, 03:12 PM
perhaps Humphrey, the poster, WAS the cat!!!!! [dramatic music]

:eyes boggle:


http://img136.imageshack.us/img136/3514/cat1kh.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Swift
2006-Mar-22, 03:23 PM
perhaps Humphrey, the poster, WAS the cat!!!!! [dramatic music]

Well, cats are very good with mice. :p

Sticks
2006-Mar-22, 03:28 PM
I had no idea that there was a poster named Humphrey :doh:

or even a turtle :doh:

It is just that in the UK most people knew who "Humphrey" was and I forgot that this board was international.

Humphrey the cat was named after a fictional character in a TV comedy, Yes minister, where Sir Humphrey Appleby (played by Nigel Hawthorn) was a permenant secretary that always tried to thwart or reign in his minister Jim Hacker (Paul Eddington). They later had another series called "Yes Prime Minister" where they had all been promoted, and were just as ever at loggerheads with each other.

Lianachan
2006-Mar-22, 03:37 PM
I thought it was Nigel Hawthorn that had died (again) until I checked the link!

I'd no idea who Humphrey the cat was, and can't remember Humphrey the poster at all.

Moose
2006-Mar-22, 03:53 PM
Re: Frog March

Oh! That siamese is some handsome. Beautiful animal. I've been trying to find myself a siamese kitten or youngling for ages now.

Swift
2006-Mar-22, 03:58 PM
I'd no idea who Humphrey the cat was, and can't remember Humphrey the poster at all.
Humphrey the BAUTer (http://www.bautforum.com/member.php?u=2215)
Used to be very active in BABB. Very interested in his turtle and world domination. Where are you Hump?

Moose
2006-Mar-22, 04:14 PM
Humphrey the BAUTer (http://www.bautforum.com/member.php?u=2215)
Used to be very active in BABB. Very interested in his turtle and world domination. Where are you Hump?

I'm just worried that he might have found a way to take over the world and is implimenting the plan as we speak. :eek:

SeanF
2006-Mar-22, 04:31 PM
I'm just worried that he might have found a way to take over the world and is implimenting the plan as we speak. :eek:
My recollection is that his posting dropped off considerably after he got married.

I think he's just found something more fun to occupy his time. :)

Tensor
2006-Mar-22, 04:52 PM
My recollection is that his posting dropped off considerably after he got married.

I think he's just found something more fun to occupy his time. :)

He'll be back, give him 5 or 6 years. ;) :p

As far as the turtle goes, here's (http://www.bautforum.com/member.php?u=2215)Humphrey's profile page, note the avatar.

If you miss his posting, you can always check out his website (http://www.drsandler.net/main.php) and drop him a line.

WaxRubiks
2006-Mar-22, 05:28 PM
Humphrey's profile page, note the avatar.


funny looking cat. :)

ToSeek
2006-Mar-22, 06:44 PM
I had no idea that there was a poster named Humphrey :doh:

or even a turtle :doh:

It is just that in the UK most people knew who "Humphrey" was and I forgot that this board was international.

Humphrey the cat was named after a fictional character in a TV comedy, Yes minister, where Sir Humphrey Appleby (played by Nigel Hawthorn) was a permenant secretary that always tried to thwart or reign in his minister Jim Hacker (Paul Eddington). They later had another series called "Yes Prime Minister" where they had all been promoted, and were just as ever at loggerheads with each other.

I was wondering (hoping, actually) if that was the source of the name.

mahesh
2006-Mar-23, 12:08 PM
toodle-pip humphrey

Jules
2006-Mar-23, 01:26 PM
This story actually made the news headlines over here.... but more along the lines that Humphrey 'the cat that Cherie Blair kicked out of downing street' had died... did this really happen, or was it 'artistic' liscense?

WaxRubiks
2006-Mar-23, 01:56 PM
I don't know if that is true, Tony and Cherie don't technicaly even live at number 10, they live at number 11 which has a bigger flat as they have a family. Gordon Brown lives at number 10.

Sticks
2006-Mar-23, 02:46 PM
This story actually made the news headlines over here.... but more along the lines that Humphrey 'the cat that Cherie Blair kicked out of downing street' had died... did this really happen, or was it 'artistic' liscense?

That was the CT

Cherie hated cats, and the way Humphrey left puddles everywhere. There was a photo taken of her holding Humphrey, but it was said that here body language indicated she was not best pleased. More on this here (http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/03/20/ap/world/mainD8GFEMF84.shtml)

The official line was


... Humphrey was suffering from a kidney problem and needed a quieter home in the suburbs

At the time they said that Downing Street would get another cat, but AFAIK this never happened, which helps to add weight to the belief that Cherie did not like cats and wanted rid of him. If you look at the download I linked to there is a minute in there asking staff not to give Humphrey tit-bits on vetenary advice.

This story took on a bizarre twist, when under pressure of parliamentry questions suspecting that Humphrey had been put down on orders of Cherie, they arranged a photoshoot of Humphrey in retirement with journalists who knew Humphrey.

(You could not make this up really)

Are you guys across the pond just as obsessed with animals as the Brits?

Lianachan
2006-Mar-23, 02:59 PM
This story took on a bizarre twist, when under pressure of parliamentry questions suspecting that Humphrey had been put down on orders of Cherie, they arranged a photoshoot of Humphrey in retirement with journalists who knew Humphrey.

Holding up newspapers, to verify that the photographs were freshly taken, according to the BBC.

mid
2006-Mar-23, 03:01 PM
Thanks for the FOI link, Sticks. I was sad when I heard the news myself.

Fr. Wayne
2006-Mar-24, 01:06 PM
Are you guys across the pond just as obsessed with animals as the Brits?
Here in Cook County we are. Larry Lujack's Animal Stories (Old WLS AM Radio Morning Show) did effect our laws:

http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-catkiller24.html

Sticks
2006-Nov-13, 05:56 PM
So what ever happened to Humphrey the poster

Sorry for dragging this up, but my mind was sent this way inlight of the sad news about Desie (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/other_sports/horse_racing/6143558.stm)

mickal555
2006-Nov-14, 12:33 AM
He got married...

Ah good old G99/humphery, those were the days...

Doodler
2006-Nov-14, 03:16 AM
Are you guys across the pond just as obsessed with animals as the Brits?

First Animals? Yeah, it varies, but there've been the ongoing reports concerning various Presidential pets. We're more a dog nation, but Clinton's pet of choise was a cat, Socks.