Delicious and unusual…

…look what I got in the post from a great blogging friend…and oh, my word…that Raspberry and Liquorice one is wonderfully unusual and totally delicious. My favourite chocolate is orange (in any style possible) so that one I’m going to keep until I really can’t resist anymore (which probably won’t be long).

As for the wrappings…how absolutely delightful. For me, a fresh take on chocolate wrappers. Likewise the chocolate itself…looks so nice with the black and red speckles on a white backdrop. The texture is likewise lovely – smooth with the crunchiness of the speckles.

Thank you soooooo much Realweegiemidget. (Yours should be in your part of the world by now too).

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Hawkeye…

We Love Superheroes Week 3

So….Superheroes….shewww…I’m not really “into” them. I don’t have a favourite. Somehow they always have to go off and save the world. And I soooo wish for a happy end…but they never properly get the girl. No time for that when you need to chase after villains and such. Although, hmmmm, come to think of it (and contradicting myself in the process), there is one Superhero (can he even be classified a Superhero?) who kind of grabs my attention…Hawkeye. But…only The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron version because I don’t know any other one.

I happened to be watching The Avengers one day, purely because it was on TV and I didn’t feel like looking for the remote to change the channel. Staring into, or almost through, the screen at nothing really ….wowww….who’s that….??? I have a weakness for archers…there’s something elegant about them.  They’re just so sexy dependable. Accurate. There’s a certain style. And they never miss the mark (tee hee).

Oh well…I’ll just carry on be shallow now…what’s wrong with that once in a while, right? So…that outfit. There’s something about it. Oh my…just look at him…

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Moving along…

Possibly the reason I “like” Hawkeye aka Clint Barton is because he doesn’t really come across as a Superhero. More like he’s just a really good archer who’s super fit. He seems more “realistic” than the rest. Like a normal person. One who doesn’t seem to be keeping up with the egos and attention seeking. Does he even have a super power as such? Sorry if I’m totally ignorant but I’m taking this all from watching the two movies mentioned earlier.

Then…he’s the only Superhero I know of who actually gets the girl. He gets to marry her. Yes, he still goes of on saving-the-world missions but he at least has an opportunity to settle down. To have a little bit of a relationship that could just work.

Oh alright, fine, the actor taking on this role has a teeny tiny bit to do with me liking Hawkeye. I wasn’t familiar with Jeremy Renner roles (or should I say, I didn’t really notice him in movies) until The Avengers and from there he “grew on me”. I’ve subsequently seen more Jeremy Renner roles and quite enjoy him.

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I’m still not sure if Hawkeye classifies as a Superhero, but he’s on the good team isn’t he? And, if nothing else, I had fun ogling out the pictures to accompany this post. Now off to be all grown-up and serious again.

Oh, head on over to Hamlette’s Soliloquy (here) for some more Superhero Week fun.

Canadian Eric Schweig…

o-canada-niagaraWow, can you believe that another rendition of Speakeasy and Silver Screenings‘ O Canada! Blogathon is here. Time sure flies.

For my third year joining in, I’ve decided to pick an actor again (last year, although it feels like yesterday, I looked at The Grand Seduction and the previous year, Donald Sutherland). An actor that I feel is underrated. May I introduce to you Eric Schweig. Born in 1967 (19 June to be precise), his real name is actually Ray Dean Thrasher. Oh, and in case it wasn’t obvious, he was born in Canada. Inuvik, Northwest Territories.

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Now…you’ll probably know where I’m heading with this post…(for those of you new to my Blog, let me just say that The Last of the Mohicans is my absolute favourite movie of all time)…so, yep, I’m heading down the Uncas (Last of the Mohicans route). But what other route should I take? It is, after all, this movie which introduced me to this actor. I’d never heard of him before then (granted, according on IMDB it was only his 3rd movie) and must admit I haven’t seen too much with him in it (although he’s been in a fair amount). It takes quite something to share screen presence with Daniel Day-Lewis and boy, oh boy, does Eric Schweig manage to do this. While he doesn’t have the lead role, he is definitely noticed. Or maybe it’s just that I have a bit of a weakness for the Uncas/Alice love story. But really, I thoroughly enjoy the ease with which he takes on the character of Uncas (and no, here we won’t discuss how true to the book the movie is – this is a post about an actor, therefore a movie). So, for a long time, all I had was the 25 year old Eric Schweig  – back then my parents and I had no TV in the house (by choice) and besides, Video Cassettes were limited. IMDB and the internet didn’t exist, so, unless an actor was making Magazine gossip, you weren’t really aware of who else was out there and what they were acting in. My Quinlan’s Films Stars book also dated too quickly.EricSchweig

Only a number of years later with my own place and a TV, I happened to catch the trail-end of Follow the River (1995). Unfortunately didn’t see too much of Eric Schweig‘s character, however, it did trigger me to go find some other roles I’d enjoyed him in. And I found…

SkinsfilmSkins (2002). Here he plays Rudy Yellow Lodge, a police office in an Indian Reservation. He is joined by Graham Greene (also a Canadian) who takes on the role of Mogie Yellow Lodge, Rudy‘s alcoholic brother. While not always easy to watch it was an eye opener and I did actually enjoy it. The cast also includes, amongst others, wonderful fellow Canadians Gary Farmer, Michelle Thrush and Nathaniel Arcand as well as Gil Birmingham (not Canadian)  It also presented to me an Eric Schweig 10 years older to what I’d be introduced to. In this darker, more serious role, he is still great to watch. In contrast, his smaller role in The Missing about which I’m not going to say too much here other than, I really needed to watch The Last of the Mohicans again.

I’ve got Dead Man’s Walk waiting to be watched and trying to find Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (not only because of Eric Schweig but I want to see it regardless of who’s in it) and Into the West is also proving difficult to find (once again with Eric Schweig but on my to-watch list anyway). He’s been in so many movies and series and I’m embarrassed to say that for such a wonderful actor I really haven’t seen enough of him.

But, that’s not all. As a means of connecting to his heritage, Eric Schweig carves masks (look them up, they are gorgeous), a skill developed from his early childhood days of carving. In fact, I believe he never intended to get into acting but was involved with woodwork and framing work.

So, here’s to a Canadian who really is worth noticing.

 

The Four Things Tag

Things work out in weird ways…I was just wondering what I should write about (and I’m not in the mood for a movie or music post) when along comes Eva of Coffee, Classics and Craziness with a delightful tag…

She kind of (any excuse to join in) tagged me in that she tagged anyone who enjoys re-watching movies. Yes…RE-watching. And no…don’t come with that line “oh…but how can you possibly watch a movie more than once”….hmm…but then you are mostly movie bloggers reading this so I think that comment is redundant…oh whatever…here are my fours…

Four Jobs I’ve Had

  1. General office assistant at the Consulate General while a student;
  2. Part-time book seller while a student;
  3. Piano teacher (yes…how did you guess…while a student);
  4. Business Intelligence (Analytics) and Data Warehouse Consultant (not as a student).

Four Things I Don’t Eat

This one is hard because I pretty much eat everything.

1. Uhm….hmmm…actually….I don’t know…I’ll come back to this one…sometime…

Ok…I’m back…brain…that I won’t eat. And fruit in meals…like, in main meals – dinner. So, for example pineapple in Riz Casimir or raisins in pumpkin. That’s about it. And primary school camp meals.

Four Places I’ve Lived

  1. Lambton, South Africa (yes, yes, I’m a Germiston girl);
  2. Dowerglen, South Africa;
  3. River Ridge, South Africa;
  4. Because “lived” is past tense…I can’t put down my current location…so, you’re left with three entries above I’m afraid.

Four of my Favorite Foods

  1. Sushi;
  2. Roast Chicken with roast potatoes and the works;
  3. Raclette;
  4. Chocolate (that’s a food right….? Daft question…of course it is 😀 ).Chocolate

Four Movies I’ve Watched More Than Once

Only four????? What???? Ok, fine…four it is:

  1. Last of the Mohicans (I’ve lost count how many times I’ve seen this one);
  2. Catch and Release;
  3. The Magnificent Seven (1960);
  4. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

Four TV Shows I Watch

I don’t watch TV…sorry.

Peaky Blinders (does that count?)

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And Rome….many years back…

Four Things I’m Looking Forward to This [Coming] Year (2018)

  1. Taking things as they come;
  2. More experiences in my new home in the northern hemisphere;
  3. Seeing my mother again when she finally joins us here in our new home;
  4. Spending time with family and friends.

Four Things I Can’t Live Without

Hmmm…I know this sounds all soppy but having made this big move to Europe from way down South Africa way…I’ve realised that there is only one thing I can’t live without…family and pets. Other than that, I missed absolutely nothing while I was waiting for the container. Neither do I miss the items I left behind altogether. I realised that we accumulate way too much and don’t really need most of it.

Now back to the lighter things…

Four Places I’ve Visited

  1. Argentina;
  2. New York;
  3. Thailand;
  4. Cape Town.

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Four Pet Peeves

Hmmm…going to give this one a miss – I mean, I’d rather focus on positives…

Four Things I Wish I Could Do

  1. Parkour – it looks soooo awesome;
  2. Speak Mandarin (I’ve started once before but didn’t have the time to learn);
  3. Climb the Eiger Nordwand;
  4. Finish writing the screenplay I started more than 5 years and just never get around to working on.Eiger (3.970 m, Berner Alpen, Nordwestseite), von Kleine Scheidegg aus

Four Subjects I Studied at School

  1. History;
  2. Mathematics;
  3. Physical Science;
  4. Computer Studies.

in contrast to my Uni subjects:

  1. Philosophy;
  2. Classics (Ancient Rome, Ancient Egypt, Death and Dying in the Ancient World and all those exciting things);
  3. Practical Music Studies (Piano and Organ);
  4. Composition Techniques and Form.

Four Things Near Me Right Now

Hmmm…how near is near?

  1. A tower pile of DVDs awaiting a first watch…some a re-watch;
  2. A mountain of paperwork;
  3. A mountain of rock, grass, trees and snow at the top;
  4. A world of new experiences awaiting me here in my new home.

So…now for the hard part…tagging fellow bloggers…oh, well, guess what, I’ve just tagged you! Yes…you…

 

Musical Notes: Love is a Stranger (Eurythmics)

Friday…again..wow…and already halfway through January. So…I’ve decided to share one of my favourites. Been on my list ever since I can remember. I remember being introduced to this through my father’s massive record collection waaaaay back when I was a youngster. Listening to it brings back all sorts of wonderful memories – of family, my youth and all sorts.

Enjoy! And have an awesome weekend. Here is Love is a Stranger by Eurythmics.

The above is not my video. I have no claims to it at all.

In a Nutshell: The Guard (2011)

Aaaah….I just love clever movies. And…I have a soft spot for Irish movies. So…The Guard is just perfect for me.

THEGUARDposterIt all starts out with a murder. Indulging Irish Policeman Gerry Boyle (the always fantastic Brendan Gleeson) commences his investigation but before long, the FBI arrive and Boyle finds himself working with Special Agent Wendell Everett (Don Cheadle). Reason? Well, the FBI is tasked with intercepting a drug ring (Mark Strong, Liam Cunningham and David Wilmot) and Boyle’s murder victim turns out to be the fourth ring member. What unfolds is a great movie with serious, no-nonsense Everett and the not-such-a-perfect-pillar-of-society Boyle tolerating each other working together to take down the drug dealers. As the insults and brilliant laughs fly, you’ll find yourself having a ball of a time. Great movie and you’ll also wonder if Boyle is “really *#!@*#!@* dumb, or really *#!@*#!@* smart. But you’ll figure it out.

Thank You and Happy New Year…

…to all of you out there who touch on my blog in some way or other. Every “Read”, “Comment”, “Like” or even quick glance is appreciated. Thank you. And most importantly, for your own posts.

Thanks for your support during this last year where I was in full blogging swing until life took its own course and blogging, unfortunately, but realistically, had to take a back seat. Bring on 2018!

Happy New Year 2018