Bizarre as it may seem, I’ve recently discovered that my cat is terrified of bananas. He gets quite interested by the smell, his nose quivers and he leans forward to sniff at it, but if I break a piece off and hold it out to him he flattens his ears and runs away. The first time it happened I figured it was coincidence, but in the spirit of scientific enquiry I’ve tried it a couple of times and the same thing happens. Naturally this made me think about the whole ‘truth is stranger than fiction’ thing, and whether anyone would accept this as a fictional occurrence. Then I wondered if there was any aspect of it I could use, any inspiration I could tease from it. I thought it might be a starting point for something, the trigger for unlikely events. But maybe my cat’s just frightened of bananas.