Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Supporting Old Friends and Slutty Behaviours

The Scala
Trelawnyd lies in the historic Welsh county of Flintshire, whereas the nearest town of Prestatyn lies in the county of Denbighshire ...yes it all sounds rather Hobbitish does it not?
Anyhow as part of the ' austerity' cuts Denbighshire council has seen fit to reduce its funding to the Scala, the one half decent independent cinema in the area, and like many businesses, the cinema is starting to feel the pinch.
I am passionate about supporting small community centred cinemas , too many times have we heard the mantra of " use it or lose it" in this day and age of no free rides, and so as often as possible we will go and watch a film, have a coffee in the cafe or go to one of the special screenings of " live at the National Theatre" .
Bums on seats
That's what is needed to keep these places going.
Of course we can all do our bit to help just that little bit more, so yesterday I called into the Scala in order to join their new lottery. The lottery is designed to plug the financial hole caused by local government cuts and if supported may well keep the cinema going to fight another day.
I do hope so.
The scala and the small 100 seat art house cinema at Theatre clwyd in Mold have been good friends to me since I returned to Wales. They have made up for me not having my old city based film buddies, Nu,Mike, Nigel and John H  " on tap" so to speak
I couldn't imagine not having them around.


And now for the Porn

William and George,had their knackers off many years ago now, so are not overly interested in a hormonal bulldog, even though she is presently wagging her fanny at anyone who would care to offer it a glance.
The poor girl is looking decidedly frustrated.
A chap from down the lane stopped to buy eggs this morning and even he got the " fanny waving treatment"
He never even battered an eyelid when I apologised and started to replace her padded underpants
Winifred has morphed into a slag.




54 comments:

  1. I think it's so important to support ALL local businesses and trades people and if it means we get brilliant products or excellent entertainment into the bargain it's a win win situation.

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  2. Good on you John for supporting your local cinema. Talking of films. Watched Vinyl the other night. It's filmed in Rhyl. Great cast and great music. Have you seen it?

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    1. I have not seen it but know a few people that have appeared it in

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  3. Nice to see something surviving, there's too many small community-centred facilities gone to the wall.

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  4. I was interested in your post John as in 1985 we moved from Australia & lived in Buckley for 5 years, mainly so that we could find my husband's family. We swapped houses & I remember it was a lovely part of the world. Often shopped in Mold in fact I worked at the hospital after Lluesty closed. I love to support small communities. However the call of the sun made us return & really no regrets. I remember the principle of my children's school loved to hear them talk!!

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    1. That's interesting
      Mold is a nice little town with an unfortunate name
      Did you ever go to theatre clwyd?

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    2. I don't remember ever going there, long time ago & life seemed to revolve around schools & work.

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  5. 'Use it or lose it' is OK up to a point. The venues themselves also have a duty to offer what the public require; so many don't.

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    1. The scala has evolved since it opened.in order to cater for the needs of the community. Out have gone the arthouse films, in have come the more mainstream . The cinema couples as a theatre. There is a local film club, quiz, cafe and venue rooms...too

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  6. Should we not support our local, eventually there will be no local left to support. x

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  7. Watched 'tenders last night out of sheer boredom but, had to laugh at the bulldog bitch from the Old Vic pub wearing bright pink panties as she was in season..whatever next?

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    1. It's a fashion atatement

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  8. Every town should have a cinema, and the council should support it...glad you are doing your bit. Are you going to see Corrialanous? Don't think we'll be able to get there sadly..

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    1. No..I don't think we will but are going to see THE TRAIN MAN tonight

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  9. There is something about the BIG screen - maybe there is a further cross over of the slutty bulldog and the theater, films about bulldogs in search of love and affection, that might but bums in seats.

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    1. Who would play Winnie in the movie?

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  10. Yes, it's really important to support these local amenities that are in danger of disappearing for good otherwise. There are other ways of attracting customers of course. One local theatre just outside Belfast had a production banned by local Bible-bashers on the grounds that it was blasphemous. The production was then reinstated and was totally sold-out for the two days by people wanting to see what all the fuss was about.

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    1. A little bit of notoriety never hurt a box office

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  11. How wonderful to have such a lovely cinema. I do hope it gets the support it needs to survive. In times of trouble it's the arts and entertainment that suffers -- just when it's needed the most...

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  12. Oh, she's not a slag. She's just friendly.

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    1. Believe me, she's a slag

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  13. Interesting that your council subsidises the theatre. I don't believe that happens here. We have our own treasured theatre, that we don't really go to, http://www.astortheatre.net.au It is an absolute treasure.

    I think Winnie needs the kindest cut of all. Surely you know what frustration is like.

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    1. Andrew
      What a bill!
      Lifeboat and all about eve
      Wonderful.........

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  14. You do live in Middle Earth my friend - I've seen the road signs and heard them speak! ;-)

    My son was a big supporter of both the cinema and the arts centre when he lived in Aberystwyth - luckily that has a big enough student population to ensure survival

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    1. At least I look more like the Sam than gollum

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  15. Nothing like the cinema....we were without one for several years so had to drive 20 miles east. We now have one but it is costly and forget about buying any treats or drinks the cost is as much as a weekly grocery shop! I do go when a new movie I want to see comes in. The grandkids go with me and it's a good day out with them. Would it be advantageous to get Winnie a surgery?

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    1. The scala is 2 miles from Trelawnyd
      The arthouse cinema is around 17
      Everywhere has to be driven to in the country eh?

      As for Winnie
      Dispite my blog... She's no real problem......

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  16. Good for you re: the cinema. Here in our (college) town, we were fortunate to have some celebrities who are affiliated w/the college help with some much needed shot of dollars for our local cinema. It's so nice to be able to walk down the street, and see a film for $7.25 or less. Is there any celebrity types around there that could do similar? I'm sure that has already been explored, but I just thought I would put it out there.

    Awww, poor Winifred!

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    1. The patron of the cinema is the actor Jonathan pryce!

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  17. Our lovely little cinema is up for sale. We love that cinema and would rather wait a while until a film is being shown there than go to see a new film immediately at the huge cinemas.

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  18. Whenever I hear of a cinema closing, particularly an independent one, it feels like a little dagger wound - and nationwide we've lost so many lovely ones, especially in the last couple of decades. Granted the old art deco ones in particular are very expensive to maintain and heat but they are bursting with their own individual 'personality', a visit to them being so much more of an event than the impersonal multiplex blocks. When I win the Lottery high on my list of donations to charities (coming soon after animal welfare organisations) will be local cinemas and theatres, even if they aren't local to where I happen to be living at the time those millions roll in.

    Btw: Did you photo-shop Winnie's 'outfit', or did you already have it? If the latter, it begs the question - WHY did you have it? I think we ought to be told. ;-)

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    1. Lol .... It's a bulldog from google

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    2. Ha! Gotcha! You though I hadn't noticed! (Whispers "I hadn't".)
      Just as well it wasn't Winnie, otherwise you'd have had a call from the RSPCA, dispatched as a result of my complaint to root you out with especial urgency.

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  19. now that is so much more appropriate than the tighty whities!

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  20. When I lived in London my local cinema was turned into a Church! Seems that's rather popular.

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    1. I would prefer it to be the other way round

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  21. Get yourself over for a visit!

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  22. Even in this big ol' metropolis, I could not find an independent cinema screening "The Book Thief." So you really are quite lucky, and I hope your theater carries on! As for Winnie, I may have missed an earlier reply, but are you planning to have her spayed? It would make both of you happier in the long run, I think. You could still snap on the lingerie set just for fun.

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  23. Winnie has a front wedgie.

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    1. just nearly wet myself laughing at that!

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    2. I somehow missed that before. It's kind of a camel toe.

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  24. I looked up the Scala and you can buy their lottery tickets online. why not?

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  25. John, Thank you so much!!! for the pictures of Winnie all tarted up....they make me laugh and that is much appreciated right now.
    She is so cute ,all of the animals are and you are just a "hoot" Joyce in USA

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    1. That wasn't Winnie but a google bulldog but thank you anyhow

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  26. Winnie, you look so sexy, dahling.

    Love,
    Janie

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  27. Theaters have been going the way of all things, I hate to see it. The ones that remain charge an arm and a leg to make up for low attendance. One would think they would lower the charge to try to draw more interest and keep those seats warmed.
    Cute look on Winnie!

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  28. Good for you for using local businesses, we try our best (in fact we're going to the local theatre in a few months time (we don't get out much anymore so this is a big deal!))
    I think that last picture could be used on a motivational poster somehow! Maybe a cpation competion is needed.

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  29. Hahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I needed a laugh. Been working on taxes. :-|
    Thank you, John!. :-)

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  30. Haha, the photo of Winifred is brilliant!!

    You really should get her to a vets, our Collie was 13 when she died and Lovely Hubby had never took her for the 'op', she was as frustrated as hell twice a year right until the end and would roam off in desperation if we took our eyes off her for a moment. It didn't get better as she got older it got much, much worse. I have always had all my animals neutered.

    And it will also protect her from possible cancerous tumours in the future, which so many bitches get.

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    1. I'm a bitch and I don't get cancerous tumors. I agree, though, that Winnie should be spayed.

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  31. It's good look for Winnie. I say, "Go with it, girl!"

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