Together again, Sly and Arnold in “The Tomb”

It’s like it’s the 1980’s never went away.

Sly in the last "Rambo" or random mid-western death metal bassist. You decide.

Sylvester Stallone’s next action thriller, prison escape yarn “The Tomb”, is going to benefit from the support of another  pair of experienced biceps with the news that Arnold Schwarzenegger has joined the cast.

The Austrian Oak. And a tree.

He’ll apparently be playing a mysterious lifer banged up in the escape-proof maximum security prison that Stallone’s security guru designed and now finds himself unjustly imprisoned in (Don’t you just hate it when that happens?).

This prime slice of wish-fulfilment ass kicking for middle-aged dudes (a demographic I find myself teetering towards joining with each day that progresses) is being directed by Mikael Hafstrom – who previously brought you the above-average Stephen King adaptation “1408” and Anthony Hopkins horror drama “The Rite”.

Just that log-line has me grinning from ear to ear as I type these words – what price, oh kind casting gods, of the awesome Michael Ironside being cast as the no doubt ruthless head warder?  Make it happen – you know it makes sense.

You’ll be able to join me in stampeding to your local cineplex for some prime, grade-A, action movie melted cheesy goodness when the dynamic duo show up in “The Expendables 2” or when “The Tomb” opens in 2013.

500!

Wordpress made me do it!

So, to cut a longish story reasonably short, this is my 500th post.

500 posts, so many carrot cake spam messages that I could wallpaper my house with them if I were to print them off and a lot of interesting, nice bloggers that I’ve come to chat with as a result of just upping my daily blogging habit.  It’s a funny old universe and no mistake.

This said, to say thank you to loyal readers and newbies alike, I have discussed with Mrs Rolling Eyeballs how best to mark this minor landmark and we arrived at the following, cunning stratagem.

I’m giving something away.

And as this post will be going up whilst we are on holiday on Arran, it seems like a cool idea to put together an Arran-esque prize pack and give it to a message/comment on this post.

Not quite sure how I’m going to get this pack to the eventual winner – we’ll jump off that particular bridge once somebody is adjudged to have won – but they will receive a wee something through the miracle of snail mail.

Add your comment to this post and we’ll figure something out – deal?

Arran – the Foggening!

Yep, that’s a lovely way to begin your holiday, isn’t it?  Heading into what can only be described as the milky white unknown whilst walking your delightful, only slightly antsy terrier first thing on a Monday morning…

Still, at least it wasn’t snowing.

Yes, the weather on Arran is rarely a predictable thing and today was no exception – we woke today to a ominous curtain of fog making its way across the island seemingly from atop Goatfell itself and did a minor ‘gulp!’ at the idea that we would have to go outside and take Minnie for her morning constitutional.

Not to overstate things, but outside looked like a John Carpenter movie:

The unknown - it beckons!

Still, the biological imperatives of Miss Terrierdottir won out and so off we went, expertly (well, tentatively) piloted by your writer through weather which was nearing the pea-souper mystery mist of period detective movie cliche.  The pictures above are of an area of Brodick Beach which we thought would be a decent fit for Minnie in her current state – walking is still quite a bit of effort for her with her ongoing medical issues, so a softer sandy surface seemed like just the ticket for her.

Going for a walk, lots of sniffs to check out - back soon.

She did a fine job of things as it goes – not struggling too much, barely falling prey to the worst excesses of ‘wobbly leg’ (it’s the best way to describe her current gait) and demonstrating as much enjoyment of her stroll and of her surroundings as she has ever done.

We haven’t made a decision yet about where to take her tomorrow – we might take a drive to Lamlash tomorrow and give her another sniff of sea air, on light grassy surfaces which won’t vex her too much.  There’s other stuff to see there, too, so the humans will have a decent time as well.

More Arran reportings as they happen…

 

 

Normal service resumed…

So, despite road conditions like these:

Image via MSN/picture by Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Mrs Rolling Eyeballs, Minnie the terrier and yours truly made it one piece to the ferry terminal at Ardrossan on the West Coast of Scotland.

If truth be told, the snow was a little scary for the half-hour or so that we were driving through it – so much so that we had to navigate round a pair of cars which had knocked chunks out of each others front wings (the drivers and passengers were okay) – but the wintry weather faded with the further west that we drove.

Arran itself has been entirely untouched by snow – something we were pleasantly delighted to see and one local passenger on the ferry over to the island was chuffed to see reasonably blue skies and sun for the first time in a few days – and the weather is pretty decent for this time of year.  We don’t come here for Grecian sun and temperatures – in Scotland, in February? – so anything that’s not a meteorological extreme of some kind is very welcome.

picture of Arran coastline via S1Arran.com

More updates to come throughout the week – hopefully with some pictures to help illustrate why we come here so often.