Goodbye, Jenna

Last week was a sad one for our family. We had to say goodbye to Jenna, our cat. She was an old girl and had a good life. As Jenna was from a rescue centre, we’re not sure how old she was – we think about two years old when we got her, and she lived to be about 19.


For my daughter Eloise, Jenna had been around all of her life. Eloise wrote a piece which I found very moving. I’ve shared it already on social media, but wanted to publish it here for posterity, and as a lasting tribute:

Goodbye, Jenna

By Eloise Jones

I’m going to miss you so much, Jenna. There hasn’t been a moment in my life where I haven’t been with you, and even when I was upset you’d come over to me and give me a cuddle.

It’s cruel I have to spend the rest of my life without you, when I have troubles and problems there won’t be a little skinny little cat for me to hold onto and ramble about my shit to.

You’ve been struggling for a while, and it’s only fair to let you go so you can be free and happy. So for now, au revoir, mon amour.

The Return of Hallowe’en Horror Fest

Another October, another Hallowe’en Horror Fest!  As per last year, the Virtual Hot Tub will become a horror themed heaven – or hell – right on through to Hallowe’en.

Here’s this years first horror film mini review…

Pet Sematary (1989)

A family move to a new house, by a busy road, which is also near to the Pet Sematary of the title.  It is here that the local kids bury their beloved, sadly departed pets.  Cursed ground nearby, however, can revive the dead; though the dead come back not as they once were…  Inevitably the busy road takes it’s toll, and the struggle with grief leads to unnatural choices. Pet_sematary_poster

I had seen this adaptation of the Stephen King novel many years ago.  First time around I wasn’t massively impressed, but the film did entertain.  Watching Pet Sematary again after two decades, I was far more enthralled.  I now found some of the tale quite uncomfortable, as a parent.  Though that’s where King excels, taking our everyday fears and exploiting them, creating something quite unnerving.  This movie version manages to retain that dread and convey it well to the audience.

Pet Sematary is slightly dated, and the course of events slightly obvious, but there’s enough chilling imagery to make this film worth watching.

Plus this film picks up bonus points for two things:

  1. It features the late, great Fred Gwynne in a non-Herman Munster role
  2. It also features two Ramones songs (“Sheena is a Punk Rocker” and the title track) in a rare, early example of that fine band invading popular culture.  King is, of course, a big fan.