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Christmas 1915 …

Bringing together their affinity for a great popular song with outstanding live performances, Irishmen Damian McGinty, Keith Harkin, Paul Byrom, Ryan Kelly and Scotsman George Donaldson of Celtic Thunder pay homage to cherished holiday favorites on their DVD Celtic Thunder – Christmas. Offering a holiday celebration for all the family, Celtic Thunder Christmas features all-time favorites such as ‘Winter Wonderland”, “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas” and “Let It Snow”, original compositions such as “Christmas Morning Donegal”, “Christmas Overture” and of course the Celtic Thunder fan favorites the a cappella “Amazing Grace” the poignant “Christmas 1915” and the Gaelic version of “Silent Night” amongst others. Celtic Thunder – Christmas is a diverse mix of international and Celtic holiday classics performed as always with the Celtic Thunder magic.

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Reel Cowboys …

My Heroes have always been Cowboys
– Waylon Jennings

From https://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/2425

Tom Mix Died Here

Field review by the editors.

Florence, Arizona

Tom Mix was the greatest of the silent-era movie cowboys, and a cowboy in real-life as well. He reportedly could knock a button off of a shirt with a rifle shot, and jump a horse into a railroad box car. He was married seven times to six different women. (MFW: Don’t try this at home folks. This is only for REAL Cowboys.)

But Tom was 60 years old on October 12, 1940, and behind the wheel of a V8 convertible, not in a saddle, when he decided to race north across the Arizona desert to visit his son-in-law. No one knows how fast he was going when he saw the road repair crew, but some say that he was standing straight up on the brakes, trying to stop, when his car flew into the washed-out gully. Tom’s aluminum suitcase was thrown out of the back seat and into the back of Tom’s head (He was wearing his trademark 10-gallon white Stetson at the time). Mix emerged apparently unscathed from the car — which was not badly damaged — took one step, and crumpled, dead of a broken neck.

Tom Mix Memorial Picnic Area.

The gully was renamed Tom Mix Wash as a makeshift memorial. Seven years later the Pinal County Historical Society erected a monument at the remote site. It’s a mortared, cobblestone pile topped with a two-foot-tall black iron silhouette of a saddled but riderless horse, its head bowed. The horse has several holes in it. At first you may think it’s rust — but then you remember that you’re in a desert, and there is no rust, and the holes are in fact bullet holes.

The monument was restored in 1990 when the horse, which had been stolen ten years earlier, was returned and had its first batch of bullet holes repaired. In the early 21st century a single, sheltered picnic bench was built just behind the monument, for those who want to eat lunch in the middle of a desert where Tom Mix died.


I didn’t just randomly pick this Tom Mix image for my Blog Icon.
I genuinely admire Mix as a real Cowboy who became a Film Star.
He really was an amazing character who did many of his own stunts.
The were a few Western Stars in those days – the 20’s –
who were genuine Cowboys.
This kind of Casting stopped after a while – possibly the reason being demonstrated by this famous quote from the
Great Western Film Director John Ford:

It is easier to get an actor to be a cowboy
than to get a cowboy to be an actor.
– John Ford

Yet later on we still found a few Cowboys that became BIG Stars:

See the source image

 Ben Johnson the 1971 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
and the BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor for the movie
The Last Picture Show.
The great irony here is that Johnson’s career was started
by John Ford who had originally hired him as a wrangler
to manage the horses for his Movies.

Also Slim Pickens who had an astounding film career

See the source image

started as rodeo cowboy.
Then appeared in nearly 90 Films
and 60 TV appearances
over 40 years.

Go figure!?

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Tofino Beach / Day 2

“Seas the day.

– Unknown

I do love to be beside the seaside
from Kidzone · Anthony England · John A Glover-Kind

The Ocean, in any weather, has it’s primal pull.
And I must obey.

We were only here 3 days,
but just like in Punta Cana, Mexico
we went to beach often.

Other people feel the same way.

The ocean’s flotsam is nature’s artwork.

Henry Moore was here.

No sun? No shine?
No problem.

Yet …
proof of sunshine …

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Tofino Beach / Day 1

“You can’t stop the waves,
but you can learn to surf.”

– John Kabat-Zinn

Cool Water / Joni Mitchell and Willie Nelson

As with any outdoor event weather can be a factor.

And it wasn’t sunny.

Not the turnout you’d hope for.

In past years (as below)  it was better.

Canadian Surfing Championship 
Canadian Surfing Championship

Ironically, bad weather can often make for better surf.

Not sure how the Surfers felt about all this.

The rain probably doesn’t affect them much.
They could hardly get any wetter.

But the extra cold might ??

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Musical Interlude / Both Sides Now

Rows and flows of angel hair
And ice cream castles in the air
And feather canyons everywhere
I’ve looked at clouds that way

But now they only block the sun
They rain and snow on everyone
So many things I would have done
But clouds got in my way

I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now
From up and down, and still somehow
It’s cloud illusions I recall
I really don’t know clouds at all

Moons and Junes and Ferris wheels
The dizzy dancing way you feel
As every fairy tale comes real
I’ve looked at love that way

But now it’s just another show
You leave ’em laughing when you go
And if you care, don’t let them know
Don’t give yourself away

I’ve looked at love from both sides now
From give and take, and still somehow
It’s love’s illusions I recall
I really don’t know love at all

Tears and fears and feeling proud
To say “I love you” right out loud
Dreams and schemes and circus crowds
I’ve looked at life that way

But now old friends are acting strange
They shake their heads, they say I’ve changed
Well something’s lost, but something’s gained
In living every day

I’ve looked at life from both sides now
From win and lose and still somehow
It’s life’s illusions I recall
I really don’t know life at all

I’ve looked at life from both sides now
From up and down and still somehow
It’s life’s illusions I recall
I really don’t know life at all


“Both Sides, Now” was written By Joni Mitchell
some time before November 17, 1966.
It was released in 1969 on her Album “Clouds”.
But before such Clouds even brushed our ears Joni had paid a legion of dues.
Fame and recognition did not happen overnight.

Joni left home to attend  the Alberta College of Art in Calgary  1963.
She was 20.
I found her bio and pic in the College Library Yearbook for that year.
I should have stole it.

I left home to attend the Alberta College of Art in Calgary in 1969.
I was 20.
I knew nothing.
I truly was a blank canvas.
And didn’t even know it.
OH how I wish I could re-win and rewind those lost days.
Long past.

“It’s life’s illusions I recall
I really don’t know life at all”

It seems that there are so few true Artists  these days – music or otherwise.
But Joni has truly been one of them.

I surely detect some Van Gogh don’t I Joni?

Bob 'n' Joni — Joni Mitchell, “Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear,”...

Indeed.

Joni Mitchell - Miles Davis - paintings
Miles Davis by Joni Mitchell

Among the canvases: Behind the scenes at Joni Mitchell's home | Joni mitchell paintings, Portrait artist, Portrait art

That’s pretty Canuck Joni!

Joni Mitchell - Taming The Tiger | Releases | Discogs

Ahh some.

TOP 25 QUOTES BY JONI MITCHELL (of 264) | A-Z Quotes

I could go on … and on … and on …

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Musical Interlude / Both Sides Now

Rows and flows of angel hair
And ice cream castles in the air
And feather canyons everywhere
I’ve looked at clouds that way

But now they only block the sun
They rain and snow on everyone
So many things I would have done
But clouds got in my way

I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now
From up and down, and still somehow
It’s cloud illusions I recall
I really don’t know clouds at all

Moons and Junes and Ferris wheels
The dizzy dancing way you feel
As every fairy tale comes real
I’ve looked at love that way

But now it’s just another show
You leave ’em laughing when you go
And if you care, don’t let them know
Don’t give yourself away

I’ve looked at love from both sides now
From give and take, and still somehow
It’s love’s illusions I recall
I really don’t know love at all

Tears and fears and feeling proud
To say “I love you” right out loud
Dreams and schemes and circus crowds
I’ve looked at life that way

But now old friends are acting strange
They shake their heads, they say I’ve changed
Well something’s lost, but something’s gained
In living every day

I’ve looked at life from both sides now
From win and lose and still somehow
It’s life’s illusions I recall
I really don’t know life at all

I’ve looked at life from both sides now
From up and down and still somehow
It’s life’s illusions I recall
I really don’t know life at all


“Both Sides, Now” was written By Joni Mitchell
some time before November 17, 1966.
It was released in 1969 on her Album “Clouds”.
But before such Clouds even brushed our ears Joni had paid a legion of dues.
Fame and recognition did not happen overnight.

Joni left home to attend  the Alberta College of Art in Calgary  1963.
She was 20.
I found her bio and pic in the College Library Yearbook for that year.
I should have stole it.

I left home to attend the Alberta College of Art in Calgary in 1969.
I was 20.
I knew nothing.
I truly was a blank canvas.
And didn’t even know it.
OH how I wish I could re-win and rewind those lost days.
Long past.

“It’s life’s illusions I recall
I really don’t know life at all”

It seems that there are so few true Artists  these days – music or otherwise.
But Joni has truly been one of them.

I surely detect some Van Gogh don’t I Joni?

Bob 'n' Joni — Joni Mitchell, “Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear,”...

Indeed.

Joni Mitchell - Miles Davis - paintings
Miles Davis by Joni Mitchell

Among the canvases: Behind the scenes at Joni Mitchell's home | Joni mitchell paintings, Portrait artist, Portrait art

That’s pretty Canuck Joni!

Joni Mitchell - Taming The Tiger | Releases | Discogs

Ahh some.

TOP 25 QUOTES BY JONI MITCHELL (of 264) | A-Z Quotes

I could go on … and on … and on …

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IT’S THE BREW THAT IS TRUE

Reposted from Serendipity

IT’S THE BREW THAT IS TRUE

It’s either in the chalice from the palace or the vessel with the pestle — or possibly, the flagon with the dragon. One of them has the brew that is true, but if you drink the wrong one? You’ve consumed the pellet with the poison and your goose is cooked.
Some of the funniest movie dialogue ever. This particular “bit” has been going through my head since yesterday. Enjoy. Have a laugh. You probably need one.

OH MY …. the genius of Danny Kaye!

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Tofino and the Rise of Coldwater Surfing Part 2

“The best surfer out there
is the one having the most fun.”
– Unknown

Sign says …

My Favorite Westerns Surf Theory

So what makes the surf at Cox Bay so good for Surfing?
Cox Bay is a really a Cove.
So when the waves sweep in from the ocean water is compressed
which raises the surf.

That’s my theory anyway.

I tried hard to get some decent images,

but my equipment and skills weren’t really up to the task.

But the Surfers just kept on smiling.
They love what they do.

 

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The Harder They Fall / Reviews

5.7 out of 10
Critics 88% / Audience 9.3%
Critics 71 / Audience 6.2

So much for Reviews – they seem to span quite a range.

My Impression from the Trailer:

This Movie appears to be so stylized that I’m wondering if I will
even qualify it as a Western? We’ll see.
Not really a criticism. I feel that way about many so-called Westerns
that are made these days.
Also, it appears to be aimed at an audience of Black American Culture?
No? Rap music?
That’s not a criticism either –
Because I relate very little with most Movies that are made
by anybody these days.
So I don’t watch ’em.
BUT since this claims to be a Western,
I’ll give it a fair trial.

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Tofino and the Rise of Coldwater Surfing

Many years ago I was walking on Long Beach …

When I spotted somebody out in the water.
What the heck was he doing?? Swimming? Drowning?
I looked closer.
He was wearing a black wetsuit.
And he had a surfboard!!
Good Grief! He was trying to surf!!!
I was astonished.
Nobody can Surf here! (thot I)
It’s too damn cold and the surf isn’t good enough!
This guy must be crazy?
I dismissed it all as a subzero anomy.
Figured I’d never see that again.

How WRONG I was.

Flash forward to September 20, 2021.
We arrive at Pacific Sands Resort on Cox Bay –
the exact location of the 3 day Canadian Surfing Championships.
(Another one of those crazy coincidences?)

I went down to the beach.
and took a video.

You can hear the Surfing commentator in the background.

Surf?

Knarly  and snarly.

Yeah.
You can definitely Surf here.

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Vancouver Island: Hitting the Beach

A Good Song / Valdy / 1973

We knew it was raining ‘up Island’.
We’d been watching the weather forecasts for a week.
But rain or shine, we were going to have a good time.
Guaranteed.

Snapping pics out the window on the way up.

We were running about 3 hours late – trying to find another car rental.
Didn’t happen.

I used to travel ‘on the cheap’.
Rose doesn’t do that.

Our digs

From our window

I can be content with very little.
So I felt like a King.

 

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Ashoka … Disney goes insane …

In the mind numbing universe of Disney
comes another Star Wars production:
Ahsoka


Disney has been reaping (raping?) Star Wars for
every nickel it can get.
I wonder if Lucas is regretting selling the rights now?

I hope so. 

Ahsoka is a neat character for sure …
She literally took over the animated TV Series:
The Clone Wars
Was then
cast to Rosario Dawson in The Mandalorian TV Series.

Meanwhile …
in a galaxy not very far away
this is going on:

Upcoming Disney Star Wars productions:

‘Rangers of the New Republic’

The “Rangers of the New Republic” series “will intersect with future stories and culminate into a climactic story event.”

‘Ahsoka’

Ahsoka Tano’s story, written by Dave Filoni, will continue in a limited series starring Rosario Dawson, who recently appeared on “The Mandalorian.”

Untitled Taika Waititi film

A new Star Wars feature film with acclaimed filmmaker and Academy Award winner Taika Waititi is in development.

‘Rogue Squadron’

The next “Star Wars” feature film will be “Rogue Squadron” — directed by Patty Jenkins (“Wonder Woman” franchise).

‘The Acolyte”

“The Acolyte’ is a new series that will be “a mystery-thriller that will take the audience into a galaxy of shadowy secrets and emerging dark side powers in the final days of the High Republic era.” Leslye Headland, creator of “Russian Doll,” will lead this film.

‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ update

Hayden Christensen will be returning as Darth Vader in the show, which will be set 10 years after “Revenge of the Sith.” Kenobi will reflect on “his greatest defeat, the downfall and corruption of his best friend and Jedi apprentice, Anakin Skywalker turned evil Sith Lord Darth Vader.”

‘Star Wars: The Bad Batch’ update

We got a new trailer for the “Bad Batch” animated series, which will focus on “a unique squad of clones who vary genetically from their brothers in the Clone Army.” Each of these soldiers have “a singular exceptional skill which makes them extraordinarily effective soldiers and a formidable crew. In the post-Clone War era, they will take on daring mercenary missions as they struggle to stay afloat and find new purpose.”

‘Star Wars: Visions’

“Star Wars: Visions” will be a series of animated short films celebrating “Star Wars” through the lens of the world’s best anime creators

‘Andor’

Cassian Andor from “Rogue One” will get a new project called “Andor.”

‘A Droid’s Story’

This series will “will introduce us to a new hero, guided by legendary duo R2-D2 and C-3PO.”

‘Lando’

Lando Calrissian will return in a brand-new event series for Disney+.

And more …


I love Star Wars … lots of people do …
but this really seems like a bit much. 

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DUNE 2021 Reviews

I’ve been pumping this movie for a while, figuring it’s going to be pretty watchable. But I got a letter from a chap who hated it.
I haven’t seen it yet myself, so I can offer no worthy opinion.
HOWEVER! there’s already a ton of other opinions on the floor:

IMDB: “8.3” out of 10
Metacritic: “75” by Critics / “8.3” by Audience
Rotten Tomatoes: “83 %” by Critics / “92 %” by Audience

There ya go.

But I’ve been fooled by Reviews and other people’s opinions
on several occasions.
Right Rocky?

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10 Vincent Van Gogh Portrayals On Screen / Screenrant

Found this on Screenrant:
https://screenrant.com/vincent-van-gogh-best-acting-performances/

More Actors have attempted to paint a vision of Vincent Van Gogh than you can shake a brush at. 

Top 10 Vincent Van Gogh Portrayals On Screen

Iconic artist Vincent van Gogh has been portrayed on screen by a handful of different actors. These guys did a better job than anyone else.

Vincent van Gogh has been one of history’s most celebrated and most mysterious figures. A Dutch painter known for his landscapes and portraits, he hardly managed to sell paintings in his short depressing life. But now, his popularity soars more than ever with his artworks being sold for millions. His painting A Starry Night, along with his other pieces, continues to enthrall the world.

His life and mysterious death (rumored to be suicide) have been the subject of various realistic and fictional portrayals on-screen. Here are the 10 best portrayals of Vincent van Gogh in film and TV.

10 Kirk Douglas – Lust For Life

Probably one of the earliest portrayals of the painter, Lust For Life is based on the novel of the same name. A dramatized biopic, it stars Kirk Douglas as van Gogh and he earned his third Academy Award nomination for his act.

Douglas portrayed the right amount of pain and struggle which the real van Gogh might have faced. At the same time, in terms of his accent and characteristics, Douglas’s van Gogh still lacked some realism.
IMDB Review: 7.4 out of 10
Rotten Tomatoes: 92%

9 Tim Roth – Vincent & Theo

This film by Robert Altman is a shortened version of his own miniseries on Vincent van Gogh and his brother Theo, inspired by Vincent’s letters to his brother. Tim Roth, in his initial scenes, has a certain heroic charm as we see him creating his masterpieces. But as the movie slows down, we see Roth withering away in isolation.

Vincent & Theo drew mixed reviews but still, Roth’s performance was praised and Robert Altman’s reputation as a filmmaker soared.
IMDB Review: 6.9 out of 10
Rotten Tomatoes: 89%

8 Benedict Cumberbatch – Painted With Words

The Sherlock star regularly dabbles in biopics, having played Nikola Tesla, Stephen Hawking, and Alan Turing. Painted With Words is a TV docudrama released in 2010 back when his mainstream popularity was just beginning to soar. Like the previous film, a lot of Cumberbatch’s dialogue is sourced from Vincent’s letters to his brother.

True to most of his performances, the British actor delivers a bleak, deadpan approach to the artist’s life. As the TV movie functions as a part-documentary, Cumberbatch’s Van Gogh breaks the fourth wall, occasionally explaining his art and the inspirations behind it.
IMDB Review: 8 out of 10
Rotten Tomatoes: 89%

7 Tony Curran – Doctor Who

Scottish actor Tony Curran portrayed van Gogh in an emotional tear-jerker of a performance. In a Doctor Who episode titled “Vincent and the Doctor,” the eponymous Doctor travels back in time to find out that a commune in Paris has been haunted by an invisible creature which only Van Gogh can see. In one of the final scenes, the Doctor brings Vincent to the year 2010. He takes him to a Paris gallery where people are flocking around his classic artworks like A Starry Night and The Yellow House. The museum curator (played by Bill Nighy) further praises the artist as one of the greatest men to have ever lived. Overwhelmed with emotion, van Gogh’s eyes fill with tears.

Curran doesn’t speak much in this scene but his eyes do all the talking, making even this fictional portrayal one of the most memorable van Gogh moments on-screen.
IMDB Review: 9.3 out of 10
Rotten Tomatoes: No Review

6 Martin Scorcese – Dreams

Yes, legendary filmmaker Martin Scorcese had also tried his hand in playing van Gogh. He features in Crows, a surreal segment from Japanese director Akira Kurosawa‘s anthology film Dreams (which is based on his own dreams). Scorcese dons the quintessential orange beard and straw hat of the painter and is shown with one ear, another major physical characteristic of the painter. An art student gets lost in one of the Dutchman’s paintings and ends up meeting him.

Scorcese’s version of the artist rambles on the intense artistic process he follows, how he devours the nature around him to put it on his canvas, and even mentions how it has become difficult for him to paint self-portraits ever since he lost his ear!
IMDB Review: 7.8 out of 10
Rotten Tomatoes: mostly favorable

5 Jacques Dutronc – Van Gogh

This French film from 1991 is significantly contrasted with previous biopics on van Gogh solely for its anti-melodramatic approach. Dutronc’s act is emotional but still does not sensationalize the artist. While other biopics on artists might show how a human becomes an artist, Van Gogh plainly depicts an artist being human.

Instead of uplifting moments of creating art, we see van Gogh having migraines, losing his appetite, and resorting to alcohol in what is a particularly dark take on the artist’s life. For his compelling performance, Dutronc won a Cesar award.
IMDB Review: 7.2 out of 10
Rotten Tomatoes: 73%

4 Andy Serkis – Power Of Art

This portrayal has many similarities to Benedict Cumberbatch’s. Andy Serkis breaks the fourth wall here too, in an episode of the BBC art history series Power of Art. Mostly known for his motion-capture performances, Serkis is made to look pale and lifeless as van Gogh with yellowish tones in his makeup. This makes him look almost look like one of van Gogh’s own hand-painted characters.

A significant part of this is an ending monologue, where Serkis blankly looks into the camera and asks “Who am I?” He follows this up with depressing answers filled with self-depreciation. He goes on to call himself eccentric, a lowlife, and a nobody. This contrasts with how the world perceives him now: an artist and a legend.
IMDB Review: 8.7 out of 10
Rotten Tomatoes: 93% audience score

3 Alexander Barnett – The Eyes Of Van Gogh

Alexander Barnett writes, directs, and stars in this indie film. The plot deals with the time when van Gogh apparently started having hallucinations along with regular panic attacks. It’s for this reason that he voluntarily admitted himself in a mental asylum at St. Remy. The film chronicles the year that he spent confined here.

There are a lot of scenes that highlight van Gogh’s discomfort and struggles with mental illness. A shrill horror-like soundtrack and intense close-ups of Barnett frowning and scowling further add to this disturbing tone of the film.
IMDB Review: 6.2 out of 10
Rotten Tomatoes: no review 

2 Jochum Ten Haaf – Loving Vincent

Jochum ten Haaf’s brooding voice sets the tone in this visually-stunning animated film. However, the film focuses less on van Gogh, his art and life, and mostly revolves around his final days leading to his death. It is told from different perspectives of the people who were with him before his last breath.

Loving Vincent has easily become the most popular Vincent van Gogh film, mainly because of its tumultuous filmmaking process. It took six years to make with nearly 65,000 individual frames by 125 painters, making it the world’s first fully-handpainted film. So, even if the movie doesn’t entirely focus on his art, it still honors and carries on his artistic legacy.
IMDB Review: 7.8 out of 10
Rotten Tomatoes: 83% 

1 Willem Dafoe – At Eternity’s Gate

The most recent portrayal of van Gogh is by character actor Willem Dafoe. Again, he plays a troubled van Gogh in his final days but in this movie, an alternate theory of his death is put forward. While many biographers feel the painter committed suicide, some also have pointed out that maybe his death was a result of a scuffle with two village boys who accidentally shot him. Regardless of death, Dafoe breathes new life in the character showing us how petty and unstable van Gogh might have been in his state of depression.

One of the most intense scenes from the film sees his friend Gaugin say that he is going to leave town and the news crushes van Gogh. To show his allegiance, van Gogh cuts his ear. He then runs off in the woods like a little kid, weeping in sorrow. The intense method acting helped Dafoe garner his fourth Academy Award nomination. If we contrast him with Kirk Douglas now, we can clearly understand how realistic and intense playing Vincent van Gogh has become now.
IMDB Review: 6.9 out of 10
Rotten Tomatoes: 78% audience score


Mostly favorable reviews all the way around.
I’d really like to see Cumberbatch’s, Dafoe’s  and Roth’s interpretations. 

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The road to Tofino …

Passin’ Through / Valdy / 1976

The Lockfence
Inspired by love –
Destroyed by Excess

On the way to Tofino there are many wonders –
both natural and manmade.
At Wally Creek one small wonder is now gone.
At it’s outset the popular Lockfence aloing the Alberni highway
was a sweet testament to Love which started when one person
placed a simple single padlock on the fence.
Soon others followed. Then hundreds. It inspired many
people and was a nice commentary about the best part of us.
Then the inevitable occurred …
people started to stick anything on the fence:
socks, flags, underwear – just about anything you can think of.
What had once been a Wonder eventually became a trashy eyesore.
And when the covid masks started to appear
that was the coup de grâce – the death blow of a dream.

News article below:

Pacific Rim litter problem unlocked by removing Locks of Love fence

At it inception: The Wally Creek LockFence / Google Maps Image
Just a few locks at the beginning
Just a few at the beginning / Google Maps Image
A popular rest stop – from riches to rags / Google Maps Image
What it became – Look at that garbage! / Google Maps
Covid Masks – The final blow / Google Maps

So long sweet lockfence …

Lockfence is gone,
but this popular rest stop will remain.
And on a hot summer day
who wouldn’t want to stop here?

Google

Look at that water !!!

Google

It’s no ‘secret swimming hole’.

Google
Google

On a hot summer day …

Google

Last one in is …

 

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Vancouver Island Trip 2021 / Tofino / Victoria

Yes I can / Valdy / 1976

A Week  on ‘The Island’

Cox Bay – Photo by Rose

We’re back from a  week on “The Island”.
Vancouver Island.
Around here when you say “The Island”
everybody knows what you’re talking about.
And if you’ve ever been there you know that
Vancouver Island is a piece of paradise.
That’s why a lot of folks here retire to ‘The Island’.

When we got back to Calgary we were pretty tired.
I often used to joke that I worked harder on vacation than I did at at work.
It’s true.
All the walking, hiking and exploring can wear you out.
Especially when you’re 73 years old.
30 years ago that wouldn’t have even made me sweat.
But those times are gone.
In all this, Rose and I took over 2000 photos.
It’s an old Photojournalism trick – take a absolute ton of pictures –
one or two are bound to be useful.
And thanks to digital technology you can do that these days.
In the past the film would have cost us a fortune.
A lot of our photos are just tourist quality fare though,
but we still came up with a few good shots to show.

Flew out. We only had a week and to drive from
Calgary to Tofino would have taken a whole day.

Calgary To Victoria: https://www.google.ca/maps/@49.7213336,-116.4069041,6.51z
It takes about and hour and a half to fly over.
Land at Victoria Airport (up the peninsula).

Take a boo.

Rent a car …

2019 Toyota

… head for Tofino.

It  takes about 4 and a half hours – if you don’t stop.
We were off and running …

 

 

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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness 

Dr. Strange Tagline:
“The Impossibilities are Endless.”


Put on hold in January 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is scheduled to be released in the United States on March 25, 2022.
I have my doubts this will be a good as the first film,
but they are still working on it.

Life imitating Art

Waiting … 

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Thor, Iron Woman!? upcoming …

Coming May 6, 2022

Thor: Love and Thunder (Movie, 2022) MCU Phase 4| Film Release Date - Bollywood Hungama

I like Marvel’s Thor quite a bit, but some of the new posters for
Thor: Love and Thunder are truly awful. Look at that thing!
Maybe it’s because The Guardians of the Galaxy – the only Marvel characters I truly dislike – are a big part of the movie.
But apart from Chris Hemsworth, the one thing that might save this film is that it looks like Natalie Portman will finally have a much bigger role
than she normally gets.
Let’s hope.

Natalie Portman Goddess of Thunder

I think this wuz supposed to be a secret.
But it’s sprung a big leak.

Love & Thunder Set Image Shows Natalie Portman's Toned Thor Arms - Informone

Marvel posted on Instagram: “Thor: Love & Thunder.. "" "" "" afafa "" ""Art Credit : @psychboz For more follow .…” •… | Marvel thor, Marvel posters, Marvel entertainment

Yeah.


Meanwhile similar things are emerging at Stark HQ.

Hearing a few different titles: Iron Man 4: Iron Heart Legacy?

Incredibly as of this moment it’s still uncertain whether this is actually ‘a GO’ or a fan fantasy? It’s been on and off.

A lot of stuff that appears legitimate is actually created by fans.
Including Trailers and posters.
They are clever and well done.
I’ve been fooled a time or two myself.
Such is the nature of the internet.

Only thing that seems certain right now is
Iron Man will become
Iron Woman.

Iron Heart | Iron heart marvel, Tony stark, Iron heart

This was sort of supposed to be a secret too … ?
I think?
I’m having a heck of a time keeping track of all this.
Pretty soon going we’re going to need a special chart (like we had for Game of Thrones) and a congressional investigation.
to figure who’s who and what’s going on?

Release Date? 2022-2023
We don’t know yet.
Maybe never.


I was going to do a preview of another movie ..
but that’s enough for now.

 

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Sheep River Day Trip

There are a lot of nice Day Trips out of Calgary.
Sheep River Falls is just one.
Sheep you ask?
We’re talking about these guys:

REAL SHEEP

Not those other things with the wool.

Fake sheep

Didn’t see sheep of any kind tho.

Anyway …

It was a nice day.
The Heat Wave is over. For now.

Sheep River Provincial Park is in the Rockies.

Kananaskis Country to be certain.

Campfires are OK right now.

And just in case you forgot this is the Wilderness.
They just discovered this gentleman’s  body. Missing since May.
Cause of death as yet unknown.
Every year people go missing up here. Some are never found.
Advice: Don’t hike alone.

Getting there. The Foothills of Alberta.

It’s a nice drive. About an hour and a half.

I’m becoming an expert at taking photos from a speeding vehicle.

Sheep River at it’s low point. In the Spring it’s a torrent.
Right now it’s just a nice creek.

Lots of people here. It was a Long Weekend and families were out.

It’s no Niagara, but during Spring run-off Sheep River Falls is s raging torrent and pretty spectacular. And dangerous at that time and you definitely couldn’t be standing where these people are.
I’d say this (late Summer) is it’s lowest point.

There she is.

Small thunder.

I think it’s the purity that inspires me the most.

I often remove people from my photos.
But this time they added something that I could never have created.

 

“In my Soul I am free.”
– Paul Twitchell

What a day!

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Seeking Obi Wan …

Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi Theme | Kenobi Series Unofficial Soundtrack


Another production I’ve been eagerly awaiting.
It’s been postponed a lot as well.


BUT that’s not always a bad thing.
Because many productions are released before they are finished.
The delays have given them time to refine their products.
Some have even undergone massive re-writes;
changed Directors; and Casting …

Wikipedia says:
Ewan McGregor is set to reprise his role as a Jedi master in Obi-Wan Kenobi, a live-action series for Disney+ set between the end of the prequel trilogy and the start of the original trilogy. The TV series will consist of six one-hour episodes. It was announced that Hayden Christensen would return as Darth Vader in the series and that it would be set ten years after the events of Revenge of the Sith

At the very least we’re given a lot of great posters/artwork.

A lot of these are not Official Posters – but some wonderful fan art.

Fan made Kenobi poster. Vader in the background really pulls it all  together: StarWars

ArtStation - Kenobi: A Star Wars Story Movie Poster, Tyler Wetta

Une série Obi-Wan Kenobi en préparation avec Ewan McGregor  #comicsandcartoons Une série Obi-Wan Kenobi en … | Star wars obi wan, Star  wars humor, Star wars painting

Kenobi: A Star Wars Story poster by Wolfgang LeBlanc: StarWars

This is looking like some fun too.