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Sheep, bluebells and Illya Kuryakin

I'm basically being trolled by cats now. I just cleaned out my keyboard, and there was at least one full cats worth of fur stuffed under the keys. They must get together to poke it down there when I'm not around. None of which is what I came here to post. What did I come here to post? Nothing. Something. I ought to post something, as I never do, and the rest of you lead interesting lives, or at least manage to make yourselves sound interesting, and I'm just here being me.

I read a book! It was a very nice book. It's called The Tyrannosaur Chronicles, by Dave Hone (except he's called David Hone on the cover, to make himself sound more serious and sciencey). It's all about the biology of tyrannosaurs, and what we know, and how we know what we know, and it's full of nice diagrams of skeletons. Also it's purple. 99.9% of you aren't remotely interested, but I'm recommending it anyway, as I promised I would. (I read some other books too, but this one was best).

I've also been watching films, on and off. I've been trying to watch one a week, as I haven't really watched films in years, and to start with I decided it was high time I got around to seeing the Back To The Future trilogy. It's supposedly one of those iconic 80s things, but despite seeing the first one at the cinema about two million years ago, I'd never seen the others. I shan't be bothering again! Although the third one wasn't entirely bad. Then I rewatched the Indiana Jones trilogy to make me feel better about 80s films (and indeed 80s film trilogies, I suppose). That was much, much better. Also 100% more Tip Tipping. The Last Crusade also featured surprise Julian Glover, which was nice. And then after that, I watched the proper Star Wars trilogy, because they actually put out the proper, non-fiddled-with version on DVD, and Amazon was nice enough to be selling it second hand for 12p. Han clearly fires first, sorry George. It was lots of fun, but sadly Return Of The Jedi left me with the Ewok theme song stuck in my head for three days. Here: click at your peril. Dear me, the eighties were a strange place at times.

Changing direction entirely, the tulips have been good this year. They came from a bag that said "assorted colours", and I'm quite pleased with the result. Lots of bicoloured ones, which are very effective. I like how some are red with yellow bits, and some are yellow with red bits. They're funky. And falling apart now (I took these pictures weeks ago, but never got around to doing anything with them).

With the warmer weather, I've also been trying to get back into some (semi) regular hill-walking (a somewhat grand term, which here means "wandering about the place, whilst miraculously not having got lost yet"). Recently I met a friendly moorhen:

A rather large pig:

A lot of very small sheep (and some bigger ones):

And then just lately a shedload of bluebells:

Seriously, it's like the whole of Gloucestershire just erupted in the things. It's either a particularly good year for them, or there's an invasion force massing.

No, it's no good. If I'm talking about bluebells, then I have clearly run out of things to say. So instead have some surprise Julian Glover. He refused to appear neatly in shot with Tip Tipping, which was extremely unsporting of him, but here he is peering into the tank that Tip's in. Or actually he's clearly peering into a prop, as the tank interior's obviously in a studio somewhere, but ssh, I don't think we're supposed to notice:

He's evil, obviously. It's an Indiana Jones film. Practically everybody's evil. And then here's Tip Tipping, fighting Sean Connery's hat:

He's evil too; although, to be fair, the hat did ask for it. It looks as though he has a Goatee Of Evil, but he doesn't. Denholm Elliott just attacked him with a pen.

I like Indiana Jones films. Why can't they make more films like that? Oh, and then I rewatched The Great Escape, which as usual was great fun, but is three blinking hours long, so it had to count as two films. Always good to see Ian Chesterton helping to co-ordinate the escape attempt, alongside James Garner being very cool, and lots of others being very stoic. But then they went and shot Illya again. They always do that, and it's really unfair. He looked about twelve back then. Shooting a twelve year old boy for saving Gordon Jackson's life is surely against the Geneva Convention? And then they shot Gordon Jackson anyway. Ruddy Nazis, they're no fun at all.

Except when they're Tip Tipping. Obviously.



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May. 8th, 2016 06:33 pm (UTC)
My computer has a layer of cat hair that never seems to go away.

Oh, those bluebells are gorgeous! <333 Pretty tulips, too.

And, aw, such cute animals. I've never heard of a moorhen, we mustn't get them in the US.
May. 9th, 2016 04:07 am (UTC)
The world is entirely made of cat hair at the moment!

Apparently you have this, which is a relation: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_gallinule. Looks like it only comes up your way during breeding season though, and it only really likes very wet places.
May. 9th, 2016 04:04 am (UTC)
Love the bluebells - I should have come to England in May and not in June ... haha ...
May. 9th, 2016 04:11 am (UTC)
At one time you'd probably have seen them anyway, at least on higher ground. They seem to come earlier every year now though.

June is a good month for British wildflowers, but I guess that depends on where you go!
May. 9th, 2016 04:28 am (UTC)
Very nice pics, and I like the bluebells! Even when I got out more, I don't know where you get bluebells round here, so I pine for them sometimes!

Julian Glover looks as if he's desperately trying to find a way out of that film - and that looks suspicious like John Malcolm in the tank, who I last saw being a German officer in Enemy at the Door. (I say German officer and not Nazi, because unlike Indiana Jones, EatD makes a distinction between the two.)
May. 9th, 2016 04:48 pm (UTC)
Supposedly bluebells prefer woodland. So... sheltered terrain maybe?

The bloke in the tank is played by Michael Byrne, who's done everything at some point - though not "Enemy At The Door". He did do "Sharpe's Enemy", if that counts! He wasn't a German or a Nazi in that though.
May. 9th, 2016 04:51 pm (UTC)
Aw, well, he does look remarkably like John Malcolm from that angle, but to be fair, it is a funny angle.
May. 9th, 2016 05:01 pm (UTC)
They are not entirely dissimilar, certainly. Byrne's less dead, but then in fairness Malcolm wasn't dead either when they made "The Last Crusade"! He was a good ten years older, but then Byrne's always been the craggy sort. And yes, it is rather an "up the nose" view.
May. 9th, 2016 05:28 pm (UTC)
Less dead would no doubt be an important difference for Mr Byrne! :-)
May. 10th, 2016 02:11 am (UTC)
For what it's worth, I thought he looked like John Malcolm too, only I looked it up on IMDb and saw that it wasn't, so I didn't say anything.
May. 9th, 2016 12:37 pm (UTC)
Bluebells: it's what the people want! I have to make do with peering into a neighbour's garden and pretend their few trees are a whole wood full of bluebells.

I'm glad they put the proper version of Stars Wars on dvd, not that I'm a megafan, but I think once a film is done it should be left alone. New CGI will look rubbish eventually.

Did Julian Glover find Sean Connery for a Shakespeare off?;D
May. 9th, 2016 04:57 pm (UTC)
Yeah, SFX will always look dated eventually. It's the changes he made to the story that I really mind though. In the "first" film, Han has a shoot out with a bounty hunter who's been sent to capture him. Han clearly fires first, but later George Lucas fiddled so that Han fires second. Why, goodness knows. Same sort of issues that led Spielberg to digitally remove the guns from the soldiers hunting ET, probably. Han's supposed to be a pirate, not a boy scout. Grumble grumble. And he fiddled again later, and took out the original actor who played Darth Vader, and stuck his ghastly prequels bloke in instead. Bah.

Julian Glover is splendidly dastardly and charming. Connery wouldn't stand a chance against him in a Shakespeare off! Have you not seen the Indy movies? You must, I demand it. :)
May. 10th, 2016 11:40 am (UTC)
I guess as he's working with the goodies (but not The Goodies;p) Han couldn't shoot first as it would make him an evil aggressor, but if it's to defend himself that's OK. I know Lucas was very keen to keep Star Wars family friendly and it's a stupidly extreme way to do it.

I have seen the Indy movies loads, a long, long, long time ago. I can remember Mr Bronson was in it and that's about it! Watch out for the snakes!
May. 11th, 2016 04:13 am (UTC)
The bounty hunter is almost certainly going to kill him (presumably it's a dead or alive bounty), so Han shoots him. He doesn't have a lot of choice in the matter. It's really not something that needed tweaking, unless families need more mollycoddling these days.

Watch more Indy! And yep, Mr Bronson plays Hitler (for about the 99th time!) in the third one. He turns up in the first Star Wars movie too as it happens (though not as Hitler that time). He gets deaded by Darth Vader.
May. 11th, 2016 12:37 pm (UTC)
Is Mr Bronson the one that gets deded by the power of Darth's mind? That'll teach him for daring not to play Hitler.
May. 11th, 2016 08:08 pm (UTC)
Yes, he gets strangled by the Force, right at the beginning. The first to go out that way, I think (though by no means the last).
May. 9th, 2016 10:06 pm (UTC)
I am scared to click on the music encase it sticks in my head for days!!

I cannot seem to watch films but I am trying to sit thro dramas on telly.

We have a few bluebells in our garden, but not as many as before workmen trampled them to death last year.

Lambs are so adorable.
May. 10th, 2016 04:20 am (UTC)
You are very wise! Actually, I don't know that it's catchy so much as just plain awful.

Shame about your bluebells. I know workmen are necessary, but I wish they'd be more careful!
May. 13th, 2016 02:15 pm (UTC)
The Last Crusade is, IMO, the best Indiana Jones film. It's hilarious, entertaining, and surprisingly poignant.

Your tulips look great. I really like your animal pics too. And the bluebells!
May. 14th, 2016 04:06 am (UTC)
Thank you. The tulips are all gone now, unfortunately! Beheaded by the wind.

It's a toss up between Crusade and Ark for me, but I think Crusade might win it. It really get a good balance between humour and action, and Connery has rarely been so good.
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