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    Humphrey the Downing Street Cat dies!



    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11927714/

    http://www.moggies.co.uk/html/humphrey.html
    Quote Originally Posted by from tiscali.co.uk
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    "Humphrey, cat of scandal, dies
    21/03/2006 23:20
    LONDON (Reuters) - Humphrey, a stray cat who wandered in to the official residence of the prime minister in 1989 and caused a scandal when he "retired" in 1997, has died, a spokesman for Tony Blair said on Monday.
    The black and white one-time "mouser in chief" was perhaps the most famous pet in a country of animal worshippers.
    "World of politics mourns a legend," headlined the Sun.
    "It is true. We learnt last week that Humphrey has died," a spokesman confirmed. Humphrey was thought to be 18.
    He had wandered into No. 10 Downing Street under Margaret Thatcher and remained throughout the tenure of John Major. But he was sent away to live with a civil servant in "retirement" months after Tony Blair was elected in 1997.
    At the time, Conservative opponents accused Blair of having Humphrey put down because the new prime ministerfs wife Cherie didnft like the cat. Questions were raised. Fur flew.
    The black and white one-time "mouser in chief" was perhaps the most famous pet in a country of animal worshippers.
    "World of politics mourns a legend," headlined the Sun.
    "It is true. We learnt last week that Humphrey has died," a spokesman confirmed. Humphrey was thought to be 18.
    He had wandered into No. 10 Downing Street under Margaret Thatcher and remained throughout the tenure of John Major. But he was sent away to live with a civil servant in "retirement" months after Tony Blair was elected in 1997.
    At the time, Conservative opponents accused Blair of having Humphrey put down because the new prime ministerfs wife Cherie didnft like the cat. Questions were raised. Fur flew.
    "Humphrey is now a missing person. Unless I hear from him or he makes a public appearance, I suspect he has been shot," opposition Conservative politician Alan Clark declared at the time.
    The government finally arranged for press photos to prove Humphrey was still alive, saying he had gone to live with a civil servant to be treated for illness.
    He was photographed, hostage-like, with copies of the dayfs newspapers to show the pictures were fresh. Blairfs office issued a statement saying Cherie was sad to see him go.
    It was not the only time Humphrey had been embroiled in scandal. In 1994 the government had to issue an official denial after the cat was accused of killing a family of robins.

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    18yrs old is quite a ripe old age for cats though .

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    That cat woulda made a better (and more lovable) PM then blair could ever be.

    I hope he gets a state funeral, with all the flashy bits like an honour guard and stuff.

    Fairwell noble mouse-catcher of the kingdom.....*salutes*

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    AWWWWWWWWWWWW, such a cute kitty died. ;.;

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