Last Cat On Mars Presents: The Help Desk Chronicles – Cheesecake, Burden or Bonus?

Despite the headline up there, we all know that the humble yet fabulous cheesecake, could never be a burden, not even on your hips. Well, perhaps on your hips, but be selective, slice it thin like an after dinner mint (think how many thin slices you could have before you reach even an approximation of a full serving, think and feel all fluttery and happy).

The Help Desk chef recommends cheesecake, it's the help food of a nation.

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Last Cat On Mars Presents: Size is in the Aye of the Beholder

Yes, friends, you’ve guessed that I have a soft spot for the game of Chess, though I do not play it very well, or at all, really. I have issues with strategic planning involving war-like games, but that by no means diminishes the tomfoolery and malarkey one can enjoy with happy japes about the various representations of pieces and their predilections. Jeez, that was exhausting, I’m off to play a round of draughts/checkers with the nearest nerdy Martian.

Chess players on an oversized chess board discussing whether or not the pieces will shrink

Last Cat On Mars Presents: A Lazy Sunday in Egypt and Yorkshire

Sitting here on Mars on a lazy Sunday afternoon, I thought of a few things, and, well, here you go lovers of Ancient Egypt and Barbara Hepworth. Also tuna.

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Last Cat On Mars Presents: The Help Desk Chronicles – Would You Like A Second Helping?

It’s all very well to say restraint is the new black, or red, or whatever, but you and I both know that a lovely second helping of helpful tuna cheesecake never hurt anybody. Dig in, dudes and friends.

With a large cake on the Help Desk, the clerk suggests a second helping, it's a day ending in 'y' after all.

Last Cat On Mars Presents: Your Mobile Psycatrist #3 – You Need Special Specs to see this Spectre

Whether you see them or not, they may be there. Whether you believe or not, it doesn’t matter. Simply be kind if you see one, or more, and offer them a cuppa – they may have come a long way to visit with you and a hot beverage is always appreciated, even by the coolest of spectral dudes.A ghost on Dr On Mars couch lamenting that he feels invisible to people

Last Cat On Mars Presents: The Help Desk Chronicles – Have You Tried Self-Help?

Imagine how many millions, perhaps billions, of self-help texts there must be in the world. No, do not do that, you will become extremely depressed and need a self-help text to help you, which it won’t, obviously. I mean, look at the state of the world. So, why not move to Mars and read poetry instead? You know you want to.

Have you tried self-help? asks the help desk clerk. Meanwhile, the farmer suggests a pitchfork for helping activities.

Last Cat On Mars Presents: Shelves and Colours for Everyone

Ettore Sottsass was a very interesting designer who made a lot of unusual stuff, including this wacky item, yes, wacky, that’s a word in the English language, unfortunately. This wacky bookcase/divider/dresser, the Carlton, as it is known, is one of Ettore’s creations. What a lovely scratching post it offers to the discerning ‘hyper-carnivore’ (to quote Abigail Tucker, that writer of wonderful books about cats) that is the mid-century modernista feline.

Carlton Dresser built by minifigures