Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Waifs & Strays ( and something that blows your Tits off)

The Montana Clematis over the back gate

I was just photographing the clematis arch in the back garden when a man in a van turned up with a sob story

Ten minutes later two more waifs have found themselves a bed at Bwthyn- y-llan this morning and a rather pathetic pair they are too.
An immature, but perfectly tame light Sussex cockerel stood guard over a lame hen with a deformed leg when I first peered in at them and there was something rather powerful in how  frightened but how together the two were that although I have been strict with taking in new animals over the past few months I told their owner that yes, I would take them.



A strangely calm and very tame newbee
I have called him Max 

This afternoon, I am need of a lie down in a dark room. With The Prof working away again, I treated myself to an afternoon showing of "Mad Max- Fury Road" which I can simply describe as a sci-fi Chase Western on acid!
It's a film that BLOWS YOUR TITS OFF!
So much better than Mel, UK's own Tom Hardy

Based loosely on the original 1981 Mad Max - The Road Warrior , this updated and unrelenting actioneer has a mean and moody Tom Hardy in the mean and moody Mel Gibson role.
 Eclipsing him, rather surprisingly, is  a shaven headed,  Charlize Theron as the one armed, tough-as-fuck warrior Imperator Furiosa, who teams up with Max after she has saved the pregnant wives of an evil dictator
of a war ravaged, post apocalyptic Australian wasteland. The dictator, Immorten Joe, wants his girls back and during almost every minute of the two hour running tome we see a whole collection of weird and wonderful set pieces as the baddies chase and battle the goodies .
Team Max has a look of the Trelawnyd village ladies


Its exhausting rubbish of course, but it is remarkably entertaining rubbish...... thanks primarily to the special effects, a rather refreshing band of elderly lady bikers who help Max's group out and to Hardy and Theron who have some great chemistry on screen.
8/10

56 comments:

  1. You are such a soft touch - I would have adopted them as well. Such devotion deserves a good end. And I so agree on the Mel Gibson/Tom Hardy comparison. Gibson is a wingnut.

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    1. Hardy is incredibly good in most things he is in

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  2. I would probably see it just to watch Tom Hardy. I have a slight crush on him.

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  3. Tom Hardy was amazing in Peaky Blinders - cannot wait to see him in this film.

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  4. Lucky new additions! They don't know it yet but will soon enough!

    And I loved the original Mad Max and you've made the new one sound even better! thanks for the review, John.

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  5. Good on you for taking in the strays! I'd have done the same thing I think.

    As for the 'rubbish,' sometimes we need it!

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  6. Good on you for taking in the waifs and strays….your choice of film doesn't appeal though !! ( I know that you do also sometimes post about gentler films ! ) X

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    1. Its a " big boy's pfilm" frances

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  7. I want to see the new Mad Max & have a soft spot for tom Hardy. welcome to the newbies xx

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  8. nice pix of you and your new "cock" as it were, john! ;-)

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  9. What have you named the little hen?

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  10. glad you took the two waifs in.....you're right, sometimes you have to break your own rules.

    i LOVED the old Mad Max movies [or at least i did when i was an angsty teen and Mel Gibson was my boyfriend <-- that was before he lost his mind]...ah, Tina Turner as Aunty Entity...effing brilliant -- so i'd be leery of a new-and-improved version. i also, in my old age, haven't got the stomach for gratuitous violence and explosions....still......i'm having a pang of nostalgia for a good ol' post-apocalyptic film so i might have to give it a go, if only for the costumes and hairdos....
    :)

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    1. Of the three older max movies i only really liked mad max the road warrior
      Which was the basis for this movie

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  11. I saw 'Mad Max' this afternoon too. Review on the morrow.

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    1. Did you like it?

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    2. Ah well, that would be telling. I'm going to write it ........NOW!

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  12. awww I would have taken them too.
    His devotion to the lame hen is very touching.
    Can she walk ? Will the other hens peck her ?
    She might have to be in her own little area.
    Have you named them ?
    Has Mrs. Trellis picked up her (hopefully trained) dog yet ?

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. opps miss that you named him Max !

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    2. I am putting her in with phyllis diller
      As for mrs trellis
      Her rescue dog fell through but i think she's now going to the whippet rescue x

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    3. Will she miss Max ? and him her ?
      I know nothing about chickens.

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    4. He will still see her

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  13. I'm wondering very much now whether our Sussex that isn't laying is a cockerel having seen your pics. I'm one for taking in waifs and strays too , as you might have gathered :)

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  14. Seeing Fury Road later this week. From what I've been reading, expect to hear it named a lot during award season - you know, like Best Picture and Best Actor and Best Actress....

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    1. I doubt it gets nominated dave, because its bollocks
      But its entertaining bollocks

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  15. Oh John, you are a good egg! How is it they all find you?

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    1. Its nearly summer, there is a surfit of cockrels around

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  16. Your name as the injured foul whisperer must be spread far and wide. Hope the little lady heals up.

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    1. I dont think she will recover

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  17. "Team Max has a look of the Trelawnyd village ladies"
    I think the "village ladies" must have a great sense of humour if you dare to write that!

    I hope the new fowl rest easily tonight, now they are with you.

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  18. God bless you for taking in waifs and strays. If I can get to Wales and sit in the road near your house, will you take me in?

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Only if you dont eat my scotch eggs and cauliflower cheese

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    2. Cross my heart and hope to die. I won't touch them.

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  19. I like Tom Hardy …….. he was good in Wuthering Heights. I did like Mel Gibson in Mad Max but that was when he was young, good looking and hadn't gone doo lally !! There's nothing wrong in a remake as Aidan Turner has proved in Poldark ! I lke a bit of bollocky entertainment ! XXXX

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  20. Love the original Mad Max, second one was OK, Thunderdome not so much. If the trailer for the new one is representative of the whole movie ('cos they only put the best bits in the trailers), then it should be a total brain-out actionfest. Looking forward to seeing it very soon!

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    1. I always liked mad max II
      this is literally a remake......with CGI and a better hero/ heroine

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  21. I am so glad you have given a home to the two chickens . Will the deformed leg be a problem for the chicken ?

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    1. Yes... The hen will not walk properly..i will put her in with a bullied hen called phyllis, she should be ok

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    2. I am so glad you have taken her , I know she will have a good home . You are a good man John .

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  22. Will we get the back story on Max and Ms. Muir in another segment? Of course you took them in; you've been saving room.

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    1. They come from an amateur poultry keeper who breeds his own hens but hasnt got the heart to cull the excess
      Mrs muir is just approaching point of layso will be useful .....her deformity does mean she cannot be let out with the other hens but she's going in with the bullied phyllis diller. The cockerel max will take over from my old cockerel Moriarty
      There's method in my madness

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  23. I don't go see movies very often, but I've heard nothing but good about this one. Plus, the director is the guy who did the original. 70 years old and still managing this stuff...

    So I might. Hmm...

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  24. I would have taken them in to. They should fit in nicely ... company for Phyllis and a tame new cockerel ready to step into Moriarty boots.

    This is the sort of film that LH loves, as I loved the original Mad Max films I guess I will give it a go too ;-)

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  25. Such sweet chooks! Good for you, taking them in. They will have the best chance possible in your care.

    I'm embarrassed to admit I'm not very familiar with Tom Hardy (me being from the Antipodes, and all). But I have a (very) tenuous connection to Mad Max (the original) as one of the stunt-men (who had one line and was then killed off) was a house-mate back in the day. I dined out on that many a time. Sad, isn't it??

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  26. Good on yer John for taking in the 2 waifs! xxx
    I'm having a spot of bother with my flock of 7 lately they have been very unsettled. One of them is desperate to lay and always picks a time when one or more of the older hens want to lay, oh the cacophany!
    So, the newer hen is put in the old coop with food and water in the hope she will lay in the nest box there. I had thought she might be egg-bound as she was passing milky fluid. Now I know she has laid, small eggs spasmodically but, has not laid for a about 5 days. So I examined her yesterday, she has good tissue coverage over her breastbone, can feel her 'hips' ok,is eating and drinkinf well, but, passing faeces and this milky stuff which, I assume is the undeveloped eggs? I did the vaseline and digit examination and all was fine, no prolapse,blood oe other lumps and bumps. I gave her about 10mls of cod liver oil too. Today she is settled in the old coop and not traipsing about, so hopefully she will lay ok. What else would you suggest if she doesn't lay?

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    1. She may have an infection....keep an eye on her poo
      Failing that you have done everything you can
      Just give her privacy to lay, some hens need dark and peace
      Cheers
      Jx

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  27. Bless you for taking in the waifs! Have you ever wondered about the minds of animals and if they are saddened and afraid to be passed along? Wondering if they are loved or not? It's a bit sad but know they will be loved where they are now :)

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  28. For a man who enjoys such gory entertainment, you have a very soft heart. It is why I keep visiting...xx

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  29. I don't tend to think chickens mind too much if one of the flock goes, because in my experience they don't, but I did have one old hen who raised three strapping young lads from eggs. In my small flock there was no place for three feisty roosters, so they had to go, and I sent them off without a thought for her feelings, but she mourned and mourned for them and died soon after. I think maybe these two have a bond like that too. I'm glad you took them in. Mum had one chook (Aussie for chicken) when she was a child who was called 'Slow Walker' as she was lame all her life. She still did fine.

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  30. I've decided to focus on the making-the-world-a-better-place first part of the post as opposed to the end-of-the-world second part of the post. Thank you for being nothing like Immorten Joe.

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  31. I liked how you skipped the sob story.
    Ha

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  32. Does on generally want one's tits to be blown off, one wonders? Sometimes words confuse me.

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  33. This "e" fell out during delivery, clearly.

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