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Mousewatch: Day One May 5, 2006

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It’s now one day since I set the traps. I’ve decided to turn this into a macabre game between teams House of Steel and Mouse of Steel. I shall call it the Tournament. It commences tonight, after the passing of a Familiarisation Day in which the mice have acquainted themselves with the traps and arena, and the members of the House of Steel have all had a go at setting off the traps and laughing like idiots.

THE TOURNAMENT – RULES
1. The Tournament takes place in the Arena. The Arena boundaries shall consist of the outer walls of the House of Steel. The garden is exempt from the Tournament.
2. The home team (House of Steel) shall place an assortment of anti-rodent traps around the Arena and prime them for the unsuspecting away team (Mouse of Steel).
3. Points will be awarded as follows:
– Mouse of Steel earns one point for each night that passes without a death or live capture.
– Mouse of Steel earns one point for eating the bait from each trap without setting it off.
– House of Steel earns one point for killing, incapacitating or imprisoning each Mouse of Steel.
4. If a trap is sprung without hurting, killing or trapping a Mouse of Steel, and said mouse manages to escape, then a “Let” is declared and play recommences after the trap is reset.
5. The Tournament shall end when:
– The Referee (Anthony) moves out of the House of Steel forever.

There are currently six traps. Four are “Big Cheese” snap traps which proved deadly last year. These are placed behind the TV (x2), in the corner in the kitchen and beside an armchair. The remaining two traps are live-capture traps, placed outside Dan’s room and under the kitchen table.

There are four additional traps in the kitchen cupboard, which I will probably set up tomorrow. These ones have been set before but to no avail, as the mice could eat the bait from the trigger pedals without setting off the traps. This proves that they DO like the bait (peanut butter), but doesn’t prove anything about whether or not they know what they’re doing (a theory often postulated by Simon and Rob, but not a theory that I’ll believe in a hurry).

May the Tournament commence!

The Tournament :: House of Steel 0 – 0 Mouse of Steel :: Days: 0

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