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Easter … Spring

15 Apr

Google Virtual Tour of Vimy Ridge …

10 Apr

Google has made a Virtual Tour of Vimy Ridge available at this website:

Screen Cap of Site: 

The Unforgiven (1960) Revisited

11 Mar

Some insights from blog friend Tim on this Classic Western.

Tim Neath - Visual Artist

Continuing my exploration of the influence of The Searchers (1956) on films, here the Western, I’m stopping in with The Unforgiven (1960) which shares and elaborates on some on the themes and even down to the imagery that’s heightened here. Also spurred on after reading a review last month of the film over at Bored and Dangerous who I in turn recommended Cheyenne Autumn (1964) to looking at the depiction of the Native Americans, which again I will touch upon.

Now I first caught this film about 5 years ago, I focused more on the mis-casting of Audrey Hepburn, now I’m not so concerned about that. I’ve also seen more films by both lead actors and the director John Hustonwho dabbled in practically every genre that Hollywood works it. Instead I felt from the very beginning of the film I was taken aback by the dark and…

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3 out of 4 rodents predict early Spring …

4 Feb

Early Spring?

Yay or Nay ?





Only Balzac Billy (below) claims to have seen his shadow –
which would signal another six weeks of Winter.


However, MFW noticed some suspicious things about Billy
that bring his credibility into question:

Firstly – although you can clearly see Billy’s shadow –
suspect some photoshopping here! Yes!

Secondly – looking even closer –  Billy appears
to be a man in gopher suit!
(I think the red jacket 
gave him away) 

Thirdly – can we really believe what a giant gopher 
who lives in a manure pile says?

Busted Billy!
We’re going with an Early Spring. 


The Selling of John Wayne … Smoking / Part 2: The Lighter Side

9 Jan


Yup, John Wayne was definitely a very heavy smoker and made several (TV) commercials, magazine ads, billboards, etc – promoting cigarettes – as did a great many other Movie Stars and Celebrities of his time. Today of course, smoking and tobacco products have fallen into disfavor and any such advertising is now banned.

Despite this, there is still some subtle forms of smoking advertising and promotions that still have a viable market – and which capitalize on John’s enduring Iconic Star Power. One such product is cigarette lighters. Zippo lighters almost seem to have an small industry using John’s image.


Claimed to be John’s lighter. ??

Smoking still obviously has a certain ‘manly’ appeal to some people and many such John Wayne lighters are hot “Collectibles”. Frankly, it’s evident that ANY John Wayne endorsed product/merchandise will eventually – or immediately – achieve Collector and Memorabilia status.









Left: Lighter with the brand from Red River (1948)

Plenty more lighters than I show here …

And finally … if you really need to cut down
on your smoking …


… the John Wayne knife lighter.
Available on Amazon.

To the future …

2 Jan

“If my calculations are correct, when this baby hits 88 miles per hour… you’re gonna see some serious shit.”
Doc / Back to the Future

OK, below are the ‘innards’ (as Jed used to say) for my new computer.


MSI Z170A Gaming Pro Motherboard
GeFORCE GTX 1050 Ti Graphics Card
Intell Core i5 Desk Processor …

Whadoya think?

I could afford everything, but a Flux Capacitor.

So I’ll be forced to use Win 10.

Yeah, yeah, I know it’s not top of the line …
But it ain’t chopped liver either.
It’s a nice bump up frum my old system, which just couldn’t cut it anymore.

So, shortly, I’ll have this all put together.


$900 In Canada.






“Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.”


Onward … !


a new year …

30 Dec


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