Monday, 20 November 2017

We Were Out For Sunday Lunch,

so we were off to The George,

  we have eaten there many times before, it is in Chaiyaphruek 2 Rd, if you are going away from Pattaya heading towards Sattahip on the Sukhumvit Road when you arrive at the Chaiyaphruek traffic lights turn right and the restaurant/pub is about 100 yards along the road on the left hand side,

 as you go inside there is a well stocked bar on the left,

 a quick look at the carvery,

 roast beef, chicken and pork,

 roast potatoes, pigs in blankets, Yorkshire puddings and stuffing, plus a full selection of vegetables to accompany the main course, 

 included in the three course meal there is soup of the day, Diana decided on pate,

a prawn salad for myself,

 after a long break,

 it was time for the main course,

  a little of all three meats for Diana,

just pork for myself, 'Cheers!',

 for dessert we both choose, vanilla ice cream, 

 which looked,

and was delicious, as indeed was all of the meal, 

 to finish the meal Diana ordered a latte coffee,

 I went with a Jamaican,

 the same as an Irish coffee but with rum instead of whiskey, the 3 course Sunday roast is 395 baht per person, which we thought was very reasonable, especially as you can have as many visits to the carvery as you like, the coffees are extra, 

 meal over it was time to go, 

 just as the heavens opened up, 

 the rain was torrential,

 as we were waiting for our Grab taxi to arrive we had a pleasant surprise, Blu for Cafe des Amis popped out side to say hello, we had not seen him for some time, he had brought his family here for lunch,

 the rain continued,

 torrents streamed down the street,

 although a little difficult to see, who ever owned this motorcycle could not have put it in a worst place, there was a constant stream of water pouring on to it from the awnings above, 

 the rain continued, 

 I have to admit when I see tangles of low voltage cables like these I am always amazed the the telephone/Internet/cable television services do not go out more often when it rains, but they do not, the system seems to hold up remarkably well, the high voltage cables on the right are carried much higher up the poles,

our grab taxi arrived and we arrived home only slightly wet, and that was getting out of the taxi to our front door, in the evening I asked Diana what she would like to watch, and was surprised when she replied The Big Country, talk about an all star cast, Gregory Peck, Jean Simmons, Carroll Baker, Charlton Heston, Burl Ives, Charles Bickford, Alfonso Bedoya, Ramón Gutierrez, Chuck Connors, Chuck Hayward to name just a few, in case you have not seen it the film contains for myself one of the best, if not the best, monologues in film history by Burl Ives,

and here it is, Burl Ives in the speech that won him an Oscar, and rightly so, I did read some where that his monologue was made in one take, the first one, and that was the one used in the movie, there were no second takes, strangely enough my first childhood memories of him was him singing in the Uncle Max radio show from 8 till 9 on a Saturday morning, I guess I was about 5 or maybe 6 years old, the song? Big Rock Candy Mountain, a song about a hobos dream land, great lyrics, here they are in full,

One evening as the sun went down
And the jungle fires were burning,
Down the track came a hobo hiking,
And he said, "Boys, I'm not turning
I'm headed for a land that's far away
Besides the crystal fountains
So come with me, we'll go and see
The Big Rock Candy Mountains,

In the Big Rock Candy Mountains,
There's a land that's fair and bright,
Where the handouts grow on bushes
And you sleep out every night.
Where the boxcars all are empty
And the sun shines every day
And the birds and the bees
And the cigarette trees
The lemonade springs
Where the bluebird sings
In the Big Rock Candy Mountains.

In the Big Rock Candy Mountains
All the cops have wooden legs
And the bulldogs all have rubber teeth
And the hens lay soft-boiled eggs
The farmers' trees are full of fruit
And the barns are full of hay
Oh I'm bound to go
Where there ain't no snow
Where the rain don't fall
The winds don't blow
In the Big Rock Candy Mountains.

In the Big Rock Candy Mountains
You never change your socks
And the little streams of alcohol
Come trickling down the rocks
The brakemen have to tip their hats
And the railway bulls are blind
There's a lake of stew
And of whiskey too
You can paddle all around it
In a big canoe
In the Big Rock Candy Mountains.

In the Big Rock Candy Mountains,
The jails are made of tin.
And you can walk right out again,
As soon as you are in.
There ain't no short-handled shovels,
No axes, saws nor picks,
I'm bound to stay
Where you sleep all day,
Where they hung the jerk
That invented work
In the Big Rock Candy Mountains.
I'll see you all this coming fall
In the Big Rock Candy Mountains.

the song was first recorded in 1928 by Harry McClintock, its a Hobo song, the word Hobo I have been told stands for Helping Our Brothers Out, first coined in America's Great Depression, then for us we were off to bed.

How Do You Measure An Actors Success?

by the length of time his/her career spans?

  or perhaps the number of films that they have been in?

maybe how many times their fans recognise the actor in the street,

so here goes, this actor has worked for the past 30 years,

and has been seen in over 150 movies,

and here he is in makeup and costume from his upcoming film Nosferatu,

and here he is, Doug Jones at 6 feet 3 inches tall and 140 pounds, is the go-to guy when it comes to wearing latex suits to play monsters, Jones hasn't shown his face, or any other part of his body in any of the films he has been in, with the aid of elaborate latex and silicone masks, intricate costumes, and painstaking makeup, the 57-year-old has largely spent his career bringing to life a menagerie of aliens, demons, beasts, angels of death, and moon-headed fast-food pitchmen, Jones is in high demand thanks to a distinctly idiosyncratic set of skills. "A creature performer needs to be a very odd combination of marathon runner and a mime, who can express himself through layers and layers of latex and acrylic and silicon," said del Toro, who has worked with Jones on six of his feature films. "It's a very, very rare discipline … [and] there are very, very few that are actual actors, in my opinion, that go beyond being able to work in a suit or under makeup. Doug is a proper actor. When you need that level of finesse, Doug is the only one I've met that I trust with that level of commitment and craftsmanship and artistry." what an amazing feat, to have appeared in so many films and not be hounded by fans!

This Is In The,

'what a neat idea' department,

a tree has borne fruit, and dropped lots of nuts on the ground, so how do you pick them up without breaking your back by stooping down to pick them up individually? you use a nut picker like the one above, but that is not the neat part the neat part is how you get them out of the picker, it is so easy when you think about it.

Lets Start The Week With A Quiz,

and as I like the series,

a Harry Potter quiz, just go to this link and answer the 15 questions about harry Potter films, it is not as easy as it looks!

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Saturday Has Come Around Again,

so time for some aquarium maintenance,

 40% of the water out,

 and replaced, as I was doing this Diana cleaned out the cats pool,

 then off,

 to the market,

 whilst Diana shopped,

 I looked around,

 at some of the take away foods on offer,

 in no time at all we were outside for our Saturday evening bar-b-q,

 and the kittens that have adopted us,

 soon knew that a few tit-bits were in the offing,


 for tonight after some garlic bread we had a sweetcorn and crab stick soup,

 the kittens waited patiently,

 lite the barby,

 and we were in business,

 for our main course, chicken satay, 

 and then an extra piece of chicken appeared, Diana was cooking it for the kittens, no wonder they were all waiting around! 

 they were moving in for the kill!

 when their mother first brought them around, 

 they were little bundles of fur and totally afraid of both of us,

 but now they know where there is Diana there is food, and have become from the feral kittens they were to being quite tame, 

 another 'Cheers!',

 Diana had prepared a peanut sauce and a onion, cucumber and pepper sort of spicy salad,

 and to round off the evening,

what better than a red velvet Magnum? we listen to music until the midnight hour, then for us we were off to bed.