Pirate Cat by Zombie Rodent crop-flipThis is my first venture into the world of blogging, where I share my interests, which include nostalgia, photography, art, writing, sci-fi and fantasy, TV, films, music, books, F1 motor-racing and model building.  As the site develops I will add pages with videos and information on those subjects.  If you share an interest or simply enjoy what you find then why not leave a comment?

My blog name, GrowlTigger is based on a poem, Growl Tiger’s Last Stand, by  T. S. Eliot, and found in his book Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.  He is described as a “bravo cat who lives upon a barge” and said to have lost one eye and to have a “somewhat missing” ear. (No, I haven’t lost an eye or part of my ear!)  Tigger instead of Tiger was originally an unintentional misspelling by me, but I prefer it now, as it adds a Tigger element to the character which feels appropriate, as I also like the Winnie the Poo stories.

The character also appeared in some productions of the musical Cats, by Andrew Lloyd Webber, when Gus- the Theatre Cat –  takes on the character of Growl Tiger.  The character and story were not included in all productions or the film release of the musical.  My real name is Paul.

The source for my header photo of Carnaby Street in the 1960s is a postcard uploaded to Flickr by hmdavid.

The image (above right) is adapted from an original by Zombie Rodent at Flickr  (I flipped it horizontally so that the eye patch is over the same eye as the gravatar image.)

My gravatar image is original art by hammywammy at devianart  (I liked the picture so much I bought a copy, which sits above a bookshelf in my home!)

17 comments on “ABOUT

  1. Very nice to see you again, Sir.
    Goog luck with the blog, it looks very interesting so far – i loved the references to Laurel and Hardy, they reminded me of my own misspent youth. 🙂

    • Thanks for stopping by to say hi. The Sir, made me laugh – Paul or GT is fine. 🙂
      Glad you liked my start, hope to add a few more interesting posts in the next few days and get into more of a regular routine.

  2. Hi, Paul,
    thanks for visiting and commenting at my blog.
    The picture here in the “About” is great, I even like it more than your logo. It make one smile.
    Have a great weekend

      • No problem, I often make a hash of comments, most people don’t mind. 😉 Thanks for returning the complement and visiting my little nostalgia blog, glad you found something you liked. 🙂

  3. Always loved Growltiger. Was lucky that the last production we saw of Cats had the entire bit with the ship and all (I sang along). Also, I once had a cat named Jennyanydots, after the Old Gumbie Cat, same collection of poems.

    • Thanks for stopping by my blog and glad you found something you enjoyed reading. Despite loving the musical Cats from the time it was launched I didn’t get to see it until it toured just a few years ago. It didn’t include the Growl Tiger bit, but it was still a wonderful production.

      • Glad to follow. We have some things in common. 🙂 Couldn’t afford the musical back when it first came to Broadway, although we lived only a train ride away. Got to see it several times since, most recently here in Phoenix, which was impressive for a tour, especially with that ship. Growltiger’s scene is like an opera… with cats!

  4. Hi, thank you for stopping by my blog and for the beautiful kind words you left! It’s a pleasure to meet you! followed your blog and looking forward to reading your stories!

    • Thanks for visiting my blog too. The cultural exchange and sharing through blogs is such a wonderful thing. Will see you here or on your blog again no doubt.

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