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Welcome to the world of the Vincent D'Onofrio obsessed - and a bit of real life thrown in.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Friday, October 12, 2012

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Chained 10

And so to bed. Forever.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Another Day at the Zoo

Yesterday I drove down to Howlett's in Kent in the hope of seeing their Siberian tigers. (They also have Bengals and Sumatrans, but they are not as likely to desport themselves to the public.)

There were plenty of other delights, such as this adorable Pallas cat, just taking in the view. So I took in the view back!













There were two tiny baby Sulawesi crested macaques.




I was very lucky to see one of the elusive clouded leopards in a brief appearance.




The Red River Hogs had three adorable stripey hoglets.



Malchek the huge but ageing Siberian tiger was pacing along by the entrance to another part of his enclosure where the keepers were cleaning out and then getting some food ready. I think he would have settled for some keeper...










He took his lump of horse back to his little hut, and the keeper opened the shutter to check on him. Malchek took a while to notice, but when he raised his head to roar, it was worth every penny of the entrance fee (OK, I went in free because I give them a monthly subscription, but it would have been worth every penny if I had paid).

When I mentioned the sad story of the male Siberian tiger shot dead in Germany because a stupid keeper left the gate open and he killed her, I was deeply saddened to learn that the victim (not the stupid woman, the tiger) was one of Malchek's cubs, the cub that carries the GIANT gene of the descendents of the mighty Balkash, who also killed a keeper but lived to tell the tale, because the zoo authorties realised that it was not his fault.

I spent many happy hours watching the cub a few years ago, playing with his brother and bullying his sister. The only good thing is that he did father some cubs before he was slaughtered, so the giant gene might have been passed on.

They not only walk among us...

...they rule us!

First there was Todd Akin telling us our bodies prevented pregnancy after "legitimate" rape.

Now Paul Broun, member of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, insists that the planet is 9,000 years old; evolution, embryology and the Big Bang Theory are based on "lies straight from the pit of Hell", and these lies "try to keep me and all the folks who are taught that from understanding that they need a saviour". Well, you do, matey!

He also says "there's a lot of scientific data that actually shows this is really a young Earth...I believe that it was created in six days".

And they say fundamental Islamism is dangerous.

Tattoo Verdict

The Film Fairy has sent me her best shot of the tattoo on Vincent's (apparently shaven, yes I agree) chest in Chained.



No sign of Joanne or any other name that I can see, but it came to me literally in a dream the other night that it might say "Heart". What do you all think?

Chained 9

Despair. But not as we know it.

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Chained 8

What lovely legs and feet. In spite of the blood...

Monday, October 08, 2012

Chained 7

Mmm. In a dressing gown. ONly one thing better - without a dressing gown!

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Chained 6

Bob's memories of his abuse as a boy bring on nightmares.

True Love Mark 3

My poor parrot Louis has had an unfortunate love life, no fault of his or his lady loves. First there was dear little Rio. They adored one another so much that Rio got egg-bound and almost died. I decided to have her spayed, but the vet managed to lose her under the anaesthetic.



Once my darling Henry - whom Louis hated - died (courtesy of same "avian expert's" skills) I had to take the decision to rehome him, and a parrot behaviour expert took him to the west country in May 2011 to a new friend, Martha, who was quite a bit older than him. It was love at first sight. But sadly Martha died just before Christmas, and poor Louis was alone again.



Louis's new keeper (I am still officially his owner) found him a new mate who was in need of rehoming, and so, earlier this year, Louis met his new girlfriend, Lola. Being a loving sort of a boy - where female parrots are concerned, though not humans - Louis immediately took her under his wing.



Let's hope that this time they can have a long and happy future together.

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