Talk:Larry (cat)

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External link added/removed[edit]

Was the Larry link unsuitable? Seemed quite useful for cat fans like me, but sorry if it wasn't the right sort of material --FelisTeeCee (talk) 08:12, 23 February 2011 (UTC)

Hi Felis - My understanding is that as it's a personal website it therefore shouldn't be used, as per point 11 of external links normally to be avoided. Arthur Holland (talk) 10:14, 23 February 2011 (UTC)

Too 'tongue-in-cheek'?[edit]

I appreciate the humour, but the article is written as a sort of protracted joke. I also appreciate that there is a limit to how serious an article about a rat-chasing cat can be made, but is there any way this could be made less sarcastic? TomB123 (talk) 09:09, 26 May 2011 (UTC)

The article merely reflects newspaper comments. So long as it has proper citations and remains fairly short, I don't think there is a problem. I don't expect it will reach good article status but it may be read by those who wouldn't read political articles. JRPG (talk) 09:09, 13 June 2011 (UTC)
Must admit when I was reading it I was a little put off by the tone, but when to official No 10 website lists him "inspecting security defences and testing antique furniture" there's not much you can do. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 92.41.67.251 (talk) 18:30, 26 June 2012 (UTC)

Great tongue in cheek article. We need some humour in our difficult times. Thank you for brightening my day. Complainers who cannot get irony, please move off. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 46.65.17.104 (talk) 14:15, 5 September 2012 (UTC)

Re Tone banner. I've removed it because the article does reflect the jocular style of reliable sources and hence is in accordance with WP:Guide_to_writing_better_articles#Information_style_and_tone. I note this article under the BBC politics section which I hope someone will add. Remove the source humour and the purpose of the article disappears.JRPG (talk) 08:42, 17 October 2012 (UTC)

"On March 6,2012 Larry made his own live TV cameo appearance during the BBC's flagship Ten O'Clock News program, when he strolled nonchalantly up to the doorstep of Number Ten Downing Street just as BBC Political Correspondent James Lansdale was delivering a piece to camera. Lansdale appeared to be unaware the cat was stealing the scene from him as he ploughed on with his report. Larry meanwhile - with all the PR skill of a practised politician - posed on the doorstep until a Number Ten factotum opened the door to admit him. Larry, a master of timing, characteristically pauses for effect in order to give his entrance the maximum impact before sweeping majestically through the hallowed portal into the hall. His impromptu appearance was so popular BBC viewers demanded it be repeated on the BBC News Channel's "Newswatch" program. This is available on BBC iPlayer on http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01d0tpl/Newswatch_09_03_2012/ (from 10:20). On April 24, 2012 Larry returned to the news for his antics while waiting to be admitted to 10 Downing Street,[22] and on May 24,2012 Larry was caught partaking in the recent craze of chillaxing in the 27 °C heat." How is that appropriate tone for an encyclopaedia?--EchetusXe 08:59, 17 October 2012 (UTC)
I think it should be removed, but not [just] because of tone, but because it's not notable/encyclopedic/verifiable in secondary sources. --Dweller (talk) 09:46, 17 October 2012 (UTC)
Thanks for a rapid and clear response. The TV cameo appearance is editorialising, lacks notability and should be removed. The IPlayer link has long since been overwritten. Chillaxing needs to be in quotes assuming it is in the source. JRPG (talk) 09:52, 17 October 2012 (UTC)
Also twitter is not a reliable source for more recent posts. JRPG (talk) 09:58, 17 October 2012 (UTC)
Seems like we're agreed. I'll edit it now. --Dweller (talk) 10:11, 17 October 2012 (UTC)

Removal from David Cameron article.[edit]

In accordance with the general spirit of this article, could I suggest that the template for the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom includes both the monarch and the cat to whom the PM owes allegiance? JRPG (talk) 22:15, 10 September 2012 (UTC)

Seriously? I love this article, but I can't think of a reason why that would be a good idea. --Dweller (talk) 22:27, 10 September 2012 (UTC)
uhm ..oh dear ..not too seriously, and apologies for any time wasted -it has been removed from the Cameron article though. Though I follow all the rules , this is is the only light hearted article I indulge in and perhaps cat:humour Face-grin.svg is in order.
En passant, congrats to Dingowasher for all his efforts to get this to B-Class. JRPG (talk) 23:42, 10 September 2012 (UTC)

100,000 cats employed by the British Gov't?[edit]

Could a better source be provided for the extraordinary claim, "He is one of 100,000 cats employed by the Government to keep down mice?[1] Is this figure for all time, or annually? Is there a line item in a budget somewhere? Abductive (reasoning) 05:38, 31 December 2012 (UTC)

Apologies for not having a better source, particularly for a most valued member of the political community :) but I came upon the Daily Mail item by chance -and could hardly believe what I read. I completely assume that the 100k figure is the current feline payroll. JRPG (talk) 21:58, 24 March 2013 (UTC)

I can't believe this is true. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 176.252.235.244 (talk) 16:08, 14 April 2013 (UTC)

I'm equally astonished but ... It appears in a suggested source and they, not us are supposed to check their facts! No humans are likely to suffer as a result of an error and it is important to explain that the cat is there for a very specific purpose. I'll reinsert but assign responsibility for any error to the Telegraph which will improve the article. JRPG (talk) 16:59, 20 June 2013 (UTC)
I should have added that there is further advice on policy at Wikipedia:Verifiability, not truth JRPG (talk) 17:35, 20 June 2013 (UTC)

Looks like someone made a FOI request about this last year, but the answer they got was just "I am writing to advise you that this information is not held by the Cabinet Office." --McGeddon (talk) 14:46, 26 August 2014 (UTC)

Interesting and thanks for sharing! I added the original snippet + reference. However as Sir Humphrey Appleby would have said, that doesn't mean the information isn't held elsewhere! Editors on this page, whilst maintaining accuracy, try to reflect the fairly light hearted tone of the reporting newspapers. If you can find a reference number for the FOI response data, please add it. personally, I'd have no problem with a scanned copy -minus the recipient's personal details. Very brief mouse casualties would be of interest. Regards JRPG (talk) 20:53, 26 August 2014 (UTC)

Google Street View link[edit]

I can't see Larry in the link purporting to show him on Google Street View, and I notice that 10 Downing Street appears to have been blurred in its entirety. Did Larry get an injunction? 91.85.35.46 (talk) 14:21, 26 August 2014 (UTC)

Good catch. We shouldn't be using Street View itself as a source anyway, so I've replaced it with a 2012 news story and put a year on it. --McGeddon (talk) 14:27, 26 August 2014 (UTC)
I would expect all potential terrorist targets to be blurred. JRPG (talk) 21:00, 26 August 2014 (UTC)

seriously?[edit]

There is a serious article on the CAT at Downing Street? And Wikipedia still thinks it is a serious source of information? Ok... 66.67.32.161 (talk) 03:17, 9 May 2015 (UTC)