At some point in 1991, I inherited a camera from my Uncle John which was of considerable better quality and more sophisticated than the one I had had since age 8. It required focusing and, if I remember correctly, adjustment for light levels. I continued to use this camera until the late 90s when I briefly gave up taking photos at all for no real reason that I remember. When I started taking photographs again I moved on to a digital camera.
The cat in question is the previously mentioned Blake, the Liberal Cat. I exercised my democratic rights today which included voting for hollymath (in fact I was pleased to nominate hollymath, though I was slightly bemused why two Liberal Democrats had to schlep around to my house to get me to sign the form when surely there were plenty of people who would have been equally capable and closer).
I have no idea why the bottle was award-winning, nor why KL needed to apologise with roses.