Dogs: If a bad man gets eaten by dogs would they get sick?

I’m currently slightly bothered by a situation that I can’t influence directly.

Two people, let’s call them mum and dad, moved to a house in the middle of absolutely nowhere and got two very big dogs who bark at things – sometimes a lot. Their nearest neighbour is an Ass, this is undeniable, however perhaps the correct response to his playing crap military matching band music at stupidly loud volume was not to play Radio 4′s ‘Woman’s Hour’ at similar volume.

Dad did try to talk to the Ass but the Ass was horrendously rude and didn’t want to have a conversation. For some reason the Ass now fixated on the dogs and complained about them constantly. Even going so far as to say that his grandchildren might get hurt by the dogs – although why they would be in someone else’s garden is a good question.

weimaraner (Photo from dogs.about.com)

So now we are in a situation where he got a reaction, he now seems to want a bigger reaction. He’s been setting off some sort of firearm, seemingly intending to scare the dogs. As it is the French custom to set off firearms near puppies they are both unbothered by the Ass’ noise.

Things now seem to be escalating, there has been putrid meat put in mum and dad’s garden. It can only be by the Ass and it’s intent can only be to make the dogs ill.

The meat was taken to the vet, but without handing over large sums of money it can’t be tested for poison. My concern is that things seem to be escalating and I can only think of two solutions a) move or b) the Ass has an accident.

I would like that they move, their current location is inconvenient - although the house is gorgeous. I’m not sure what option B can be relied on (well not without direct involvement which would be naughty – although increasingly justifiable). But I’m open to other ideas.

Copyright © WhereEvilThoughts 2014 – excluding pictures! Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to WhereEvilThoughts with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Nails: Monsters – nice friendly ones with wobbly eyes!

My local craft store has very little of interest in it, but it does have the wobbly eye stickers that are so much fun for children.

As an adult (mostly) it is harder to find a use for these, although someone did bring some to work and now everything has eyes; from phones, to the little men on toilet doors, to my computer monitor!

However it hadn’t occurred to me that wobby eyes could be used in nail art. I am now enlightened and really want to try this idea out:

monster nail art

(Photo from layniefingers.blogspot.co.uk)

Copyright © WhereEvilThoughts 2014 – excluding pictures! Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to WhereEvilThoughts with appropriate and specific direction to the original content

Film: ‘The Last Stand’ – “I got a psychopath in the Batmobile”

 

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s return to acting was a cause for excitement in my household – at least for me!

I was a little concerned about a presence of Johnny Knoxville as I’d seen 15 minutes of ‘Grand Theft Parsons’, that combined with the inevitably B movie plot ensured meant that it could be hit or miss.

the last stand

The plot has Arnie as a Sheriff in a small town after leaving a higher profile role in less-than-super circumstances. Due to a slightly contrived and implausible series of events a criminal escapes from FBI custody ends up speeding towards this small town in a fancy car.

The town being the last stop before the Mexican boarder – not that the criminal wants to stop. Arnie and his guys are side-lined by the more  centralised law enforcement and basically told to stay out of the way, however this is a B movie so no prizes for guessing what happens!

From the single viewing so far I enjoyed this film far more than I dared hope! Although it isn’t Arnie’s strongest work it was a solid return from the wasteland that is politics.

Copyright © WhereEvilThoughts 2014 – excluding pictures! Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to WhereEvilThoughts with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Trudi Canavan’s ‘The Magicians’ Guild’ – magic and slum dwellers and boredom, oh my!

I knew this book was the first in The Black Magician trilogy when I bought it, but as it was book one I expected it to be tolerably self-contained – to at least draw me into the world and then end on the cliff-hanger so I’d buy more books.

The plot is set in a world where the magicians are top dog and are used to bossing everyone around. Then a slum child called Sonea throws a stone at some magicians and it goes through their magic bubble, which means she must have magic and the magicians want to find her otherwise blah blah untrained magic blah blah destroy the world blah.

The Magicians Guild

The trouble is “blah” pretty much sums up the book, I struggled to get to half way through and at this Sonia was STILL being dragged from slum house to slum house by a guy she knew as a child who had now pimped himself out to the Thieves Guild and the magicians were closing in.

This is a REALLY a lot of pages to spend on one long chase scene, it isn’t even setting anything up as Sonea has no backbone or personality  and might only start to develop one (or both) once she stops running and starts training as a magician properly – which is so a foregone conclusion.

By half way through I’d drawn several conclusions, Sonea was a boring character, her childhood friend was not going to get into her pants, the magicians were two-dimension and the Thieves Guild would never had drawn down so much heat for a slum brat who had magic that she couldn’t control. They’d sell her to the highest bidder and then buy some pretty knives.

gutters

(Picture from Wiki)

So for the first time that I can remember I decided not to finish the book. It probably gets better once Sonea gets ‘caught’ but I really don’t care anymore. My preferred ending tight now that is she falls off a roof trying to escape and dies in a gutter as her fellow slum dwellers steal her few belongings.

Out of very mild interest I did look up what happened in the rest of the trilogy and am very glad I stopped reading as whilst things get more interesting they won’t make up for the dull 250 pages that I wasted my time on.

Spoilers start now, Sonea doesn’t fit in too well with the magicians, Sonea shags a black magician, fights a bit and gets knocked up by the black magician, he dies and she is now the black magician. Oh the excitement.

Copyright © WhereEvilThoughts 2014 – excluding pictures! Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to WhereEvilThoughts with appropriate and specific direction to the original content

Food: an Easter frog?

It is never a good sign to be walking around a supermarket in a rush on lunchbreak and end up convinced that you are dreaming due to trippy things staring back at you.

This is Hop The Frog, Waitrose think that chocolate frogs are what every child wants for Easter. As weird as it is I think I want one to freak out my husband. waitrose chocolate frog

(Photo from goodhousekeeping.co.uk)

I will be looking for these in the bargain bin after Easter.

Copyright © WhereEvilThoughts 2014 – excluding pictures! Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to WhereEvilThoughts with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Patella femoral joint pain – “She likes big words although we’ll never comprehend”

What started as patella femoral joint issues (aka runner’s knee) is increasingly confusing. I would like to give special thanks to some muppet who works in my local hospital’s radiography department who ensured that I spent several fun-packed hours typing my MRI scan results into Google one word at a time in a desperate attempt to understand them.

I ended up with a lot of scribbled notes about various terms from various places on the internet – plus some guessing from my co-workers/ husband/ cat/ random strangers.

freezing from the same day that hell froze over

(Photo from the BBC - this is from the big freeze earlier this year when Hell did freeze over)

As I went to all this effort I thought I should record these definitions somewhere as I’ll probably need them again before my stupid knee makes any progress – although given the speed and efficiency of the NHS I think hell will freeze over before my knee stops hurting.

Structural Words:

Patella – knee cap

Patella alta, aka the high riding patella – the knee cap position on the leg is rather high

Trichlear groove (aka trochlea) – the groove where the patella (knee cap) makes contact with the femur (thighbone). The sides of the knee cap should be almost parallel to the groove and the knee cap should slide inside the groove.

Lateral ridge – in the case of the trichlear groove this is the outside of the groove.

Femoral – to do with the femur (thigh bone)

Infrapatellar fat pad (aka hoffa’s fat pad) – a fatty pad filled with nerves that sits below the knee cap and behind the patella tendon.

Vastus Medialis Obliquos (VMO) – a muscle group which are very useful to help stablise the patella (including its tracking) and are potential weak if you have knee pain!

Bursa – small sac filled with synovial fluid. When working correctly these reduce friction between bones and stuff in joints.

Menisci, cruciate and collateral ligaments – ligaments!

Articular cartilage – slippy white substance that helps the bones glide smoothly. Very important stuff.

Pain themed words:

Patellofemoral pain syndrome – a blanket term meaning anterior knee pain

Anterior – in humans this means “the front”

Retropatellar articular cartilage fissure –you have damage to the cartilage on the back of your knee cap.

Chondropathy – your cartilage is screwed.

Patellofemoraldysfunction – Term so vague as to be useless, aka the chap in radiology is an unhelpful individual or totally stumped and doesn’t want to admit it.

Patellofemoral arthritis – when the articular cartilage wears down and inflames. This is usually along the trochlear groove and on the underside of the patella. Owch owch owch.

One day I want to be able to NEED a list of cute fluffy words to describe my knee with.

Copyright © WhereEvilThoughts 2014 – excluding pictures! Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to WhereEvilThoughts with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. If you want to take my knee pain away then please go right ahead.

Nails: Reminding me of my grandmother – now that she’s being autopsied.

It is tricky when someone you didn’t really know but didn’t really like dies.

Mourning isn’t a natural reaction when your only memories are of them being horrendously and deliberately rude to anyone and everyone.

I am slightly concerned that my parent in question is ok but I can’t ask them as a) I’m pretty sure that they sounded happy when telling me the news (although it was a bad phoneline) and b) if they aren’t feeling anything bad then they might feel guilty if I ask.

I’m just hoping that the will, if it exists, isn’t in extreme favour of my uncle as that would be the vindictive bitch having one last twist of the knife. I think it is probably in favour of the gardener who stole from her, that would be ***ked up.

Her taste in décor was nasty, so these grandma-style curtain nails are actually being far nicer to her than she deserves:

granma's flower curtain nail art

(Photo from polishartaddict.com)

There was a story ages ago bleating about disrespectful young people taking selfies at funerals. Given my sibling has been categorically told not to bother coming to the funeral I am inclined to send them some photos and the selfie-with-added-dead-body idea currently sounds amusing. I am probably going to Hell but at least I am honest.

Copyright © WhereEvilThoughts 2014 – excluding pictures! Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to WhereEvilThoughts with appropriate and specific direction to the original content