" Synchromysticism:
The art of realizing meaningful coincidence in the seemingly mundane with mystical or esoteric significance."

- Jake Kotze

February 24, 2017

A Street Cat Named Bob/Tiger

I went to the cinema the other day and saw a great little movie called, 'A Street Cat Named Bob'.
I'd never heard anything about the background of this movie until the day I saw it and the main reason I went to see it was because it was about a homeless guy who befriends a stray ginger cat.
My first cat, or I should say my family's first cat was also a stray ginger tom that my sister and I talked my mum into keeping.
Me with Tiger and my sister's dog Hadie about 30 years ago
My sister and I named him Tiger and he was as smart as the cat in the movie and had very much the same temperament, too. 
While Tiger wasn't just my cat I treated him like he was and we were good friends until he passed away.
After hanging around him I could understand why the Egyptians put cats in such high esteem.
The movie is said to be based on a true story, but when I did a bit of digging around I was disappointed to find out it was based on a bit of BS as well.
James Bowen and Bob the cat
After seeing the movie I wanted to know more about the girl he befriended in the movie and who had apparently given Bob his name by telling James that Bob is the name the cat wanted to be called, as if she was some kind of cat whisperer.
But according to the Wikipedia page about James Bowen, 
"Concerned that the cat had nowhere else to go, Bowen took him in on a permanent basis, naming him Bob after a character from the television drama Twin Peaks."
Killer Bob from 'Twin Peaks'
It appears the movie is not what it seems, to put it in a 'Twin Peaks' kind of way.
It seems that Betty, Bowen's animal loving neighbour and James' love interest in the movie were just made up for the film, as far as I can tell, never having read Jame's book that the movie was based on.
Being a bit of a 'Twin Peaks' fan myself I was surprised that 'Twin Peaks' premiered on April 8, 1990, on ABC, as April 8th was my dad's birthday and the day his mother passed away also.
I was also surprised that the link to the IMDB site for the 'A Street Cat Named Bob' movie ends in 888, as my Nan bought me and my brother a peddle car that had 888 on the number-plate.
I was also surprised that in the movie following his parents’ divorce, he moved to Melbourne, Australia with his mother and the day I was looking up about James on the net I see this story in the local Australian news -
Heroin deaths prompt renewed calls for Victorian safe injecting rooms
Overall though, I liked this movie on a lot of levels, even if his girlfriend wasn't real.
It's a great movie and I hear that their might be a sequel in the works, as well.
I also found it rather synchy that Joanne Froggatt, who plays Val in the movie was voicing a character named Wendy in the 
'Bob the Builder' TV show before making this movie and played a serial killer named Mary Ann Cotton in a TV series named,
'Dark Angel'.
And on the subject of murderers, Joanne Froggatt played Joanne Lees in the TV movie, 'Murder in the Outback' the true story about Joanne Lees's ' partner missing presumed murdered in the Australian outback.
I also thought it amusing that Luke Treadaway, who plays James in 'A Street Cat Named Bob' voiced a character in an animated movie named, 'Ethel & Ernest' before making the cat movie, because my Nan's name was Ethel.
I also found the above trivia fact at the IMDB site interesting, as 67 out of 67 people found that piece of trivia interesting, mainly because the team I have followed in the NRL were founded in '67.   
The Sharks finally winning the grand final last year with me in the front row
At James' book signing at the end of the film, one of the people getting his book signed is the real James Bowen himself, so life and art are good imitators of themselves it would seem and you never know where they can take you.

Interesting Theory About the Politics of Oz

Good witch?
You be the judge.
Gives me an excuse to watch the movie again, as well.

Astrology: Give Me a Sign...or Two

I read an article on the Huffington Post website this morning about a new motel opening in Sydney billed as the first motel in the world based on astrology -
You Can Now Go To A World-First Astrology Hotel In Sydney
Stars Like You
At the start of the article on the HP website it states, 

"When it comes to astrology, we generally fall into two camps: those who are infatuated by it and those who just don't get it."
Well, I'd have to say that I am in a third camp then, because I'm intrigued by astrology, but I don't get how it works.
I get how astrologers tell you how it supposed to work, but that doesn't make sense to me because it really can't work the way they tell you it works on a scientific basis, but it does seem to work for some other unknown reason, much like the I Ching seems to work in a way.
I was born on the cusp of Virgo & Libra, September 23rd
I was born right on the cusp between Virgo and Libra, so I've always seen myself as having two star signs, although I tend to swing more towards Libra than Virgo, but I would have to say that I'm neither one nor the other and more of a mix of the two.
I don't have a great deal of faith in astrology, because of the way it is said to work by reading the star's paths in the sky.
I'd much rather rely on signs from the universe given to me in a synchronistic way, than on my star chart, but I have seen quite a lot of good predictions come true for me from friends who were into astrology and read my stars and gave me a forecast, so there does seem to be something to it, which seems to operate better than chance.
When I was last staying down in Canberra I was looking for a good bottle of wine to drink one night and I thought that I would just read the labels and go with something I felt was a sign from the universe for me at the time and I stumbled across a bottle that had a heap of gold award shields on it with the name of 'Twelve Signs' on the label and a picture of a set of scales and a reading for a person born under the star sign of Libra (my sign...or one of them at least).
There were no other star signs on any of the other bottles of this wine that were on the shelf, so I took this as a sign to buy it.
I noticed that the 'Twelve Signs' wine label also had a sparkling wine and because I was heading to Sydney that same weekend to watch my football team play in the NRL grand final, I bought a bottle to keep in my Sydney motel bar fridge just in case I had something to celebrate after coming back from the grand final.
As luck, or my stars would have it, I would be going back to my Sydney motel bar fridge and opening that bottle after the game and it was the sweetest wine I had ever tasted...but that would have been the case for any sparkling wine I had of drunk after that game.
Grand final night 2016, back in my motel room after the game
So maybe next time I'm down in Sydney I'll stay in
The Ultimo motel and live like a star...but which one?-)
And hopefully it will be when I go down to see the Sharks play in the 2017 NRL grand final.
My son and I (red ring) at the 2016 NRL grand final after the game