FRIDAY AFTERNOON KITTY! (Inappropriate pets edition!)

So we're all still lactating over last week's edition of Friday Afternoon Kitty. In my hormone addled state, I present more gorgeous babies that shouldn't be cuddled.

Babies! Aw!

Six In The Morning

1 HORRIBLE HORRIBLE HORRIBLE Awfulness and arrests at the Toronto Humane Society. Suddenly I feel like writing a check to our local humane society. (Toronto Star)

2 BUT I THOUGHT EVERYTHING WAS ALWAYS THE FAULT OF UNIONS? Nortel hands out executive bonuses, screws workers over. (CBC)

3 ONE YEAR LATER It's the one-year anniversary of the Liberal/NDP/Bloc coalition that would've given the majority of Canadian voters who didn't vote for Stephen Harper direct representaion in government. But no everybody threw a tantrum and now democracy is ruined. Nice going. (Globe And Mail)

4 UGANDA VEERS FROM CIVILIZATION Batshit insane and evil legislation would spark a "gay witch hunt" and lead to lynchings, arrests, imprisonment and the death penalty for being gay, talking about homosexuality and not ratting people out. So where are the outraged Christian leaders? (Guardian)

5 CANADA VEERS FROM CIVILIZATION Scientists and politicians say we should be kicked out of the Commonwealth because our track record on global warming is so bad. (Guardian)

6 CITY UNION BACKS REGINA REC PLAN Read all about it. (Leader-Post)

Pick of the Day: Peter Pan

Since the late '90s the Globe Theatre has scheduled a family-friendly musical in the run-up to Christmas as a way of celebrating the holiday season and heightening the theatre's profile in the city. It used to be something of a tradition, in fact, for us to do a cover story on the production. The Secret Garden. Beauty & the Beast. The Hobbit. All were featured in our magazine.

Gradually, though, we lost our enthusiasm for doing that. It's not that we dislike musicals. Even family-friendly ones. Although, I guess, in all truthfulness, we're not really a family-friendly magazine. Judging from our Facebook page, we have plenty of fans among high school and university students. With most of the stuff we write about, they'd qualify as a target market. Elementary school students, however, and pre-schoolers, aren't really on our radar. Oh, when something like the Backyardigans or Doodlebops pass through town we'll list them in our 14 Days section. But we're not likely to spill any more ink on them, unless its along the lines of a story like the one Rosie did a few years ago where he excoriated the Wiggles I think it was for their overly sophisticated approach to marketing to children.

I myself, when doing the Beauty & the Beast feature five or six years ago, had great fun talking with University of Regina English prof Nick Ruddick about the historical significance of fairy tales in our culture and how they were once intended to instruct children in the harsh realities of life. In the modern era, though, thanks to Disney and other purveyors of family-friendly pap, most of the stories had been watered down and recast as feel-good narratives of the happily ever after variety.

Peter Pan, which is on at the Globe until Dec. 27, offers similarly rich ground for socio-cultural analysis. In fact, the term Peter Pan Syndrome has even been coined by pop psychologists to describe men who, through their lack of emotional engagement with the adult world and pursuit of typically adolescent activities, refuse to grow up. Had I done a feature on this musical, that's likely the angle I would have exploited.

That's not going to happen, though. To conclude this post, here's a scene from Disney's 1954 animated classic Peter Pan that probably didn't make the cut in the Globe production. (YouTube)