• One afternoon upon returning home, the owner of 4-month newly adopted kitten found that a light was on in the dining room, in broad daylight. Perplexed, she turned off the light and that’s when, literally, the light turned on. She realized that the fixture was the kind that you press with your foot to illuminate and it had taken no time for the resourceful and inquisitive Merlin to conjure up the magic trick. Jump on the switch and presto the room is magically illuminated. The next step will be to teach little Merlin how to switch off the light when he leaves the room. Bonne chance!

• Speaking of cats, a man recently lost his faithful friend of twelve years when his feline companion developed severe liver disease and died in his arms. He was too traumatized and upset to consider, as his friends suggested, adopting a kitten to lessen the heartache. However, after a couple of months, late in the evening, he was sitting outside his house with a couple of friends when a cat strolled up his driveway. This cat did not look scruffy or like a stray that was homeless, and it seemed very friendly and in need of companionship. The man refrained from bringing the cat into the house that night but Zoe, as it was spontaneously named, was waiting outside the next morning. The soft-hearted man let Zoe into the house and gave her some food and she slept on his bed from then on. He posted a photo of her on Facebook and asked around the neighbourhood but no one came forward to claim her. Some things are meant to be and, as an aside, when Zoe was recently taken to the vet, it turned out that she was a male, but the name remains the same.

• A dog-owner, walking on the path between Victoria and the beach, was bending down to pick up after her dog when a cyclist, unknowingly, came up behind. The dog seized that moment to dart across the path after a squirrel, and the cyclist was thrown off his bike as it got caught in the leash. No one was seriously injured but it is a warning that cyclists should ring a bell or call out to alert walkers of their presence, and slow down before a worse accident occurs.