Joseph Burr Tyrrell, FRSC

(November 1, 1858 – August 26, 1957)
Was a Canadian geologist, cartographer, and mining consultant. He discovered dinosaur (Albertosaurus sarcophagus) bones in Alberta's Badlands and coal around Drumheller in 1884.
Canada's Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Alberta was named in his honor.

Went looking for Coal, but found something else.

Unidentified Dinosaur in Entrance

Many of the models are impressive.

We took a lot of pics in here. 

Hans Zimmer - Now We Ride! / Rango

Amigos! ...

You may have noticed my Blog is in a state of ... kerfuffle.

After several years I've finally decided to upgrade things. 
So I asked my Son-in-Law Ray,
who happens to be a champion Blog
and Website designer,
to help me out.

Ray Krohmer
Director, IT Specialist, Consultant
Monolith Solutions

I've given Ray full reign to do whatever he thinks will work:
Therefore things will be in a state of upheaval 'round here for a bit.
But Fear not!
It will all come together ...

Great Scott !!!

Let's RIDE!!!


Virtual Tour: The Royal Tyrrell Museum

This virtual tour can be a bit awkward to navigate,
but if you click on that box in the bottom left hand corner
it will beam you to places around the museum and area. 

Click Here To View Royal Tyrel 360' View

What you'll see: 

Just inside the entrance:

T Rex - Always the Star:


Big Fish:

Once an Ocean:

Sometimes a jungle:

Movie Time:

In the Lab:Get a T Rex T Shirt:

Exhibits are continuously being added and expanded.

Adult (18 – 64) $21.00
Senior (65+) $14.00
Youth (7 – 17) $10.00
Children (6 and under, ticket required) Free
Family (2 adults and their children 7 – 17, max. group size 8) $50.00
Members Free
Experience Alberta's History Pass Holders Free

Effective December 13, 2020, the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology is temporarily closed

Despite the popularity of Dinosaurs, some people feared that nobody would come all the way out to Drumheller to see this. Since it's opening in 1985 more than 13 million visitors have come from over 150 countries. They were wrong. 

Found this in my files.
Liked it.
Showing it.

Our trip to Chichen Itza was a true highlight of this lifetime.
If you get the chance to see any of this stuff for real ...

Go for it.

Fire Prayer / Denean

WIz 1 ... without his Crystal Ball


Wizard with his new Cryolite Gem ... Ball?

Yeah I know it's not a Crystal Ball ... but it's not bad. 


Strange Magic / Electric Light Orchestra

Many years ago my niece Sarah made a small figurine for me. I called him Wizard. Wizard accompanied me on my many trips and moves - quietly gracing my desktop. But in my journeys, he also took a heck of a beating.
I lost his Crystal Ball (shameful!) and broke his Magic Staff (doh!).
These are two really bad things for a Wizard.
A Wizard without his Crystal Ball and Magic Staff is like a soldier without a rifle. Almost useless.
Something had to be done! Wizard needed to be fixed.
I sent out the call to Sarah:
Please fix Wizard! 

Sarah immediately responded, expressing astonishment that I still had Wizard at all!! after all these years!
She then determined to go beyond merely repairing Wizard and would create a whole new Wizard for me!
I didn't expect such a generous offer! But happily accepted. 

A week and a half later Wizard 2 arrived in the mail:

Look how Wondrous he is!!!

Thank You Sarah!

Wiz 2 is substantially bigger than Wiz 1!
And I discovered something magical about Wiz 2:
When I went into my office the next - and before I turned on the light ...
This is what I saw! : 

Wiz 2's Crystal Ball shines in the dark!!!

I don't how Sarah pulled that off, but it's really cool.

I'm not about to abandon Wiz 1 though.
I now realize I can fix him myself.
All I need to do is to find a Magic Staff and a new Crystal Ball. 
Hmmm ...

Something like this:
I wonder if I can find a Crystal Ball that shines in the dark also??
We'll see. 

The Staff might take some searching
But I'm optimistic

I'll keep you posted.


The Bells / The Browns / 1960

On the way to the Royal Tyrell Museum you will spot The Little Church.
And, as Costner said in Field of Dreams, "I can use all the Karma I can get."

"1968"??? I visited The Little Church in the early 60's when we lived here.

Enter the downtrodden.


Me and my Uncle / Katy Moffatt

Did you know that early in is career Val Kilmer played Billy the Kid?
Betcha didn't.
That was in 1989 when Kilmer was 30 years old.
It was a made for TV movie by Gore Vidal?!

Wikipedia: "Vidal said in his memoirs that he had written the original teleplay for The Left Handed Gun, (1958) starring Paul Newman as Billy the Kid, decades earlier, and always felt the studio had butchered the material when his television play was used as the basis for a theatrical movie, so he wanted to return to the story for a more accurate rendition. At the time of his original teleplay with Newman, it was thought that the real Billy was left handed. This was based on a photo of Billy that had been inadvertently flipped when printed. Years later, the error was discovered—Billy was right handed."
MFW: Tintype photos are often reversed and need to be flipped horizontally for an honest image.

Unfortunately a poor quality trailer.
But the film is occasionally shown on TCM (Turner Classic Movies)

While receiving little general attention, the television movie was acclaimed by fans of the Western genre due to its comparative historical fidelity. [citation needed] Kilmer was praised [according to whom?] for his portrayal based on his extensive work to not only physically resemble William Bonney as much as possible, [citation needed] but also to capture his personality as related in historical accounts.[citation needed] This contributed to the film being widely recognized as one of the most historically accurate "Billy the Kid" films ever made."
MFW: "[citation needed]", "[according to whom?]", "[citation needed]", "[citation needed]"... hmmm ...
Typical of anything (and everything) regarding The Kid,
it's all cloaked in mystery.

Duncan Regehr is perhaps best known for his role in the TV Show as Zorro (1990-93)

Kilmer has had an Up and Down career (to say the least.)
But along the way he's been in some notable Western style Movies.

Thunderheart (1992)
MFW: Not a bad movie.
Tomstone (1993)
Considered by quite a few people to be a Western Classic
"I'm your Huckleberry."
Authenticated Photo of Billy the Kid

Back a ways someone got the idea that he would colorize old photos.
So he did.
The results were quite spectacular.

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It brought the photos to life.
Pretty soon a few other folks joined in.
And now we have a nice collection of colorized images.
Some photos from the Old West are particularly impressive.
Like Billy the Kid.

Interpretations vary.
But they're all good.
I've tried my hand at it, but not that easy.

More coming.

The Poor Side of Town / Johnny Rivers / 1966

Rose and I have stayed in a few B&B's over the years. Most have been excellent.
But it's not a cheap way to go.

So Rose found a B&B in North Drum(heller) in what I used call the "the poor side of town".
Some rough kids came out of there.
But us refined 'rich kids' (*sniff*) lived in the New Subdivision in East Drumheller.
I called us the "Subdivisionals".

Palace of the Subdivisionals!

Our Palace: 1963 AD.
Note the manicured lawn and the drawbridge.
Right: our trusty guard dog Kim, the Queen's cat, Grace
enter through the riff raff door.

Rose didn't know all of this important information when she booked us in at
McDougall Lane Bed & Breakfast.
Which caused me a bit of apprehension.
Would we get beset upon by vicious hooligans whilst eating crumpets in a crumbling shack!!!??
Hmmmm ...

We venture forth ...

Shortly I spot a sign craftily hidden in the bushes ...

We're getting close.

Net Photo / Google Maps

Whoooo! This might be OK?!

Let's look around a bit.

Net Photo / Google Maps
Net Photo / Google Maps

I couldn't have imagined anything as amazing as this.

Let's look inside ...

The other suites were gorgeous too. But we got the pool table.

Time for Breakfast.

You know what?
I do feel kinda rich.

Can't get this shit on Pluto.


How do get rid of a Tacksaur?
Tackysaurs are occasionally vandalized by graffiti, and need to be repainted.
But that doesn't get rid of them.
One sure method is to ram them with your car.Obviously effective, but unfortunately this also destroys your car.
Tackysaurs don't go down easy.
But to be fair though, not all Tackysaurs are ... well ... Tacky.
Some are pretty good. Clever and funny.
A Stegosaurus.
Pretty good eh!?
They're everywhere!

Love this one.

Us fossils gotta stick together

That was a bit of fun and I'd say
Tackysaurs are generally looked upon with fond good humour.

Alley Oop by the Hollywood Argyles

Tackysaurus Rex

Tackysaurus Rex

They started to appear in Drumheller in the late 50's.
And seemed pretty harmless at first.
Even amusing.
Then ... slowly, surely, more and more came.
By the end of the 60's it was too late!
The whole town was infested!

(Inserting a Wilhelm Scream here.)

The Attack of the

Strange, irregular beasts of every dimension and colour!
Blighting every corner, park and byway!!

Tackysaurus Diplodocus


Tackysaurus Pinkus


TackyTooth Tiger






TackySaurus Mysterious?

Next: Attack of the Tackysaurs - Episode 2

Never My Love

I Talk to the Trees / Clint Eastwood

Narrated by Christopher Plummer

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Christopher Plummer
1929 - 2021

For our American Friends:

Still Champions of the Free World.

"Ask not what your country can do for you,
ask what you can do for your country."

John F. Kennedy's
Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961

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From deep hurt to profound hope.

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Let's get to work. 

Love Song / Elton John

Welcome to my long - long time friend, Brigita Kmera.
You are most Welcome.

My sincere apology to others who have joined me here over the time,
but whom I have not extended an appropriate Welcome.
Your company is much appreciated.

Do not hesitate to comment.
There are no Demi Gods around here.

A covid free blog!

Don't misunderstand what I said yesterday.
Those who attacked the Capital must be arrested and taken to trial.

Likewise, I had been saying for a long time that Donald Trump is mentally ill.
It's been very evident that he is incapable of rational thought or debate.
Therefore unfit to be President
and should have been removed long before now.
Nobody seemed to be listening.

But since (President) Biden seems reticent to go along with
either Impeachment or the 25th Amendment
I then wondered if this stance wasn't a wiser way to go?
Since Trump would soon be gone anyway
such actions would not incense his followers to more violence.

Yet, to this very moment Trump has still not stated that
that the Election was not "rigged" or "stolen".

Therefore this situation will continue.

And who know what mischief he may still get up to even now?

Impeachment is necessary
as it will deny him any right to run any political office.

The 25th Amendment should have been invoked
long before now.

Why would a Canadian care so much about this?
Because I care for America and it's People.
Very deeply.

This has truly been a tragic and sad time.
There is much to learn.

From a political viewpoint, The United States of America
is still the Champion of the Free World.
If America goes down,
we all go down.

We can't let that happen.

Good will to all and may all events play out for the better.


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