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Uncle B just sent me a bunch of pictures he took this morning of this little dude and friends. The field behind the house is full of new lambs and the ewes seem confident B can’t get over the stream, so they let the babies get quite close. Well, he had to use a long lens, but still…laa-bams in the back yard!

I swear I did not Photoshop that gleam in his eye or the smile on his face.


Comment from Dr. Hannibal Lecter
Time: April 8, 2008, 6:22 pm

What became of your lamb, Stoaty?

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: April 8, 2008, 6:25 pm

I’m building a bridge!

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 8, 2008, 6:29 pm

Heh. That book scared the shit out of me. The movie, not so much.

Comment from doubleplusundead
Time: April 8, 2008, 6:34 pm

Yeah, the movie is just fun. I actually haven’t read the book yet, but I do want to pick it up at some point.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 8, 2008, 6:39 pm

I don’t know if the book would be the same experience if you’ve seen the movie and know the story.

I hate fictional crime novels (I’m addicted to really tacky gory true crime, which is totally different) so it’s not anything I would ever have read normally. But somebody gave it to me and I read it and it’s one of the few books that ever made me say something out loud and rise out of my seat. But that was largely surprise.

Comment from doubleplusundead
Time: April 8, 2008, 6:43 pm

I think I watched the second movie before I read the book, and the book was way better. I usually like the books movies are based on better anyway…

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 8, 2008, 6:43 pm

Oh, and it ALWAYS ruins a movie for me if I’ve read the book first: I thought they got the central bedrock characteristics of Clarice and Hannibal Lecter totally wrong and blew the whole dynamic.

On the other hand, it always ruins a book for me if I’ve seen the movie first. The book Ben Hur sucked gigantically. It’s one of the biggest selling novels of all time, but dude couldn’t write.

I did, however, order the 4-disc collector’s version of the movie today, in honor of C. Heston’s ass.

Comment from gnus
Time: April 8, 2008, 6:53 pm

Yer Stoatliness, yon lamb hath a lean and hungry look. Or something.

Do dirty old men get reincarnated as lambs?

Comment from doubleplusundead
Time: April 8, 2008, 6:54 pm

Yeah, that doesn’t necessarily ruin the book for me, so that might be the difference. Though I could see Silence being an exception to that rule, given what a strong cultural presence it has.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: April 8, 2008, 6:56 pm

It always comes back to that arse, doesn’t it?

Cute little laa-bams to arse in about three comments.

In passing, doesn’t the English (ie correct)spelling convey the essential silliness better…? Pronounce it (in fake West Country dialect) Arrrrrrrrse!

See? Much more appropriate!

And to inflict yet another Britishism on you… ‘prat’. What Noah Webster was ๐Ÿ˜‰

Right. I’m off to catch a lamb for dinner.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 8, 2008, 6:56 pm

It’s a lamb, gnus. It embodies innocence and shit.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: April 8, 2008, 6:59 pm

Oh, and yes, Mr. Harris – him heap good writer.

I lost the willing suspension of disbelief ages ago, so novels have gone by the wayside, but I was nagged into reading him by a novelist friend who is the least likely person I know to have read such a book.

I’m glad she nagged. It was good. very good.

Comment from porknbean
Time: April 8, 2008, 7:01 pm

I saw the last 20 minutes of that movie. *shudders* No freakin’ way will I read the book. I HATE horror flicks. The dinner scene gave me the willies.

There are a few movies that I thought stayed pretty true to the books. ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ with Gregory Peck, and the BBC versions of the Jane Austen novels.

And though I’m allergic to anything sheep, you gotta love the babies.

Comment from doubleplusundead
Time: April 8, 2008, 7:03 pm

Yeah, most of what I read is non-fiction, but there are exceptions. BTW, I responded to you at DPUD, O’ Stoaty One.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 8, 2008, 7:05 pm

I got it, Sinistar. I’m from the South. That brought a lump in my throat, that did. It was like the spirit of my granny, talkin’ to me.

The tacky one from Louisiana.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: April 8, 2008, 7:10 pm

Do you mean really allergic, PnB?

If you don’t, there is something creepy about the bastiches.. the way they just look at you.

If you mean allergic in the other way, sorry about that. The Weasel is allergic to…..

But that would be revealing away my secret weapon, wouldn’t it?

Comment from doubleplusundead
Time: April 8, 2008, 7:14 pm


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 8, 2008, 7:24 pm

Go on. Say it, Uncle B.

Brazil nuts. Fucking brazil nuts. I am deathly allergic to a stupid waxy tasteless nut that NOBODY in the whole wide world thinks is worth hassling past the shell for but the English.

And where am I moving?


God hates me.

Comment from Mrs. Peel
Time: April 8, 2008, 9:51 pm

Oh yes, the BBC/A&E version of Pride & Prejudice, with Colin Firth, was TEH AWESOME. That is the absolute best adaptation of book to movie I have EVER seen.

Speaking of horror, though, I think The Shining is one of the absolute worst adaptations. Having read the book, I was bored through the whole show.

Comment from Enas Yorl
Time: April 8, 2008, 9:56 pm

I liked the movie “Silence of the Lambs”. I love this song though: Lotion.

Movies and books – “Deliverance” was an excellent adaptation from the book. Because they actually stuck to the book! Very rare. It’s still worth reading the book though – the part they did pare down was the beginning where you got more background on the characters and thier pre-adventure relationships to each other.

Conversely, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” wildly diverged from the perspective of the book, but stll hewed very closely to the story line. I also think it’s Nicholson’s best work. He looks nothing like his counterpart in the book, but he absolutley nailed the character. It’s absolutely worth reading the book even if you’re familiar with the movie (or vice versa) – they each give a whole new perspective on the story.

There’s my $.02.

Comment from Gregory the First
Time: April 8, 2008, 10:04 pm

You know, I thought you were an atheist. How can God hate you if He don’t exist? ๐Ÿ™‚

And that laaammmmbbbb looks better on my plate than in that field.* Can we say Bar-B-Q? ๐Ÿ˜‰

*This message has been brought to you by Meat and Livestock Australia. “Red Meat. We Were Meant To Eat It.” And by the actor Sam Niell.

Comment from Enas Yorl
Time: April 8, 2008, 10:18 pm

Whups. That needs the /i after “book!”

Comment from porknbean
Time: April 8, 2008, 10:29 pm

Do you mean really allergic, PnB?

Yes. The lanolin breaks me out in hives, the meat makes my plumbing heave, and the wool makes me itch. I have to be careful when purchasing skin lotions, lip balms, or cosmetics as lanolin is a key ingredient in many of them.

And I think they are sort of creepy. Like goats, who have satanic eyes and a head that just asks for a ritual sacrifice. When a goat starts to eyeball me, I want to slap it upside it’s cranium.

Comment from porknbean
Time: April 8, 2008, 10:40 pm

Brazil nuts. Fucking brazil nuts.

Sorry to hear that weasel. Allergies suck monkey ass, hard. Do you or will you have to carry an epi-pen?
I am allergic to pretty much everything but that is to be expected as my husband, the comedien – not, tells me I am not of this planet.
Lock me in a room with a couple of cats and I have no doubt I would go into shock. Funny, that. Most of my childhood we had a cat. Now I can’t go near one or even stand close to my sister, who has three.

Comment from Cuffy Meigs
Time: April 8, 2008, 10:40 pm

Ahhhh, Brazil nuts. Thanks to some peckerwood relatives, I was brainwashed with racist phalange cannibalism at a young age.

But I’m over it now. Obama ’08.

Comment from porknbean
Time: April 8, 2008, 10:53 pm

Mrs. Peel, I love P & P! Have you seen ‘Persuasion’? They did a great job on that one too. Very sweet and quite romantic in the yearning for years, heated glances, and the pressing of hands, sort of way.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 9, 2008, 5:51 am

OH! I thought The Shining was about the stupidest movie adaptation evar. And the book creeped me out mightily. “Here’s Johnny”? are you kidding me? Of course, it didn’t help that I loathe Jack Nicholson and, consequently, every movie he’s ever been in.

Cuffy, I was twenty before I ever heard the expression “Brazil nut.” Or “creosote” for that matter. Or “Texas chaser” (the firework).

I carry a very elderly epipen. I let it go out of date on account of they’re, like, $80 and I doubt I’ll ever really need it. I have some mystery allergies — every few years, I’ll get an impressive reaction to who-knows-what. We’re just guessing at the brazil nuts thing. I had one spoonful of some icecream Uncle B was eating and my throat started to close up within minutes. But at the time, I was taking blood pressure medicine that made one prone to food allergies, so that one might not even hold.

In case you were thinking of offing me with some brazils, B.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 9, 2008, 7:17 am

Oh, and I’m so not kidding. Brits love them some brazil nuts. Maple brazils, chocolate brazils, fruitcake with a layer of brazils over the top. I mean, WTF? Brazils were always the nastiest nut in the nut basket at Christmas, weren’t they? Practically uncrackable. And when you did get one of those tight-assed bastards open, it was all crunch and no flavor.



Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: April 9, 2008, 8:15 am

Well I love brazils.

And, anyway, they keep away the weasels…

Comment from TRM
Time: April 9, 2008, 9:29 am

Hello weaselish person blogging.,

I see I made it into your blog roll Thanks!!

Nice looking site and I have added to you to my blog list as well… it should get you an extra hit every month or so ๐Ÿ™‚

Comment from TRM
Time: April 9, 2008, 9:30 am

Pancake on islamic rage boy just made me pee a little in my pants

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 9, 2008, 9:36 am

I just love making people pee a little in their pants. It makes my day.

I’m having a hard time absorbing my new blogroll. I hit everything on it every day and I’ve just, like, doubled it with the whole moronroll.

But I’ll make it. Because I’m COMPULSIVE like that.

Comment from porknbean
Time: April 9, 2008, 10:11 am

I don’t think I could identify a Brazil nut in a line-up. I’ll google it. Later. But what I want to know is, WHO eats fruitcake and why? GAK!!

And if weasel gave up smoking for love, surely someone else can give up a Brazil nut, if’n it truly is the culprit of throat closures, for the same. I’ve heard of folks with severe peanut allergies croaking after being smooched by someone who recently ate something peanutty. We don’t want to have to come over there, led by McGoos cane/blade, to peel your ass hide forward over your muzzle Uncle B, if a Brazil nut harms the weasel.
*chuckles to self at the visual of that motley crew – more like we would sit in the hedge and throw fruitcakes as you pass by*

Maybe you should get yourself tested before you move and get immersed/dead in the NHS, weasel.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 9, 2008, 10:18 am


Brazil nuts. I keep telling Uncle B what a low opinion of fruit cake Americans have, but he doesn’t believe me. And whenever the topic comes up, some joker in my family is sure to pipe up, “oh, I love fruit cake!” which only reinforces his belief that I’m lying. I give up.

I probably ought to have myself tested on the brazils, if only because they appear in a lot of stuff over there.

Comment from porknbean
Time: April 9, 2008, 10:55 am

Thanks for the picture, I just looked them up too. HA! I recognize them now. When I was a little kid, I thought they were rocks. Those were the nuts that always got thrown away if they came in a mix.

Most people I know do not like fruitcakes. The only person I know who will nibble on one if someone gives him one, as he would not go out of his way to buy one, is my dad. And then he winds up throwing most of it in the trash. Fruitcakes are more useful as paperweights.

Weasel, they have developed a better blood test for allergens a few years back. Hmmm…I believe it was called ‘immunocap’ – 98.9% accurate – especially for food allergies. Better than the RAST. Definitely better than any of the skin tests that have too many false positives and risks for nasty reactions.

I had the skin test done on my back years ago. Had welts and itched like a fiend for days on the spots where ragweed, mold, and some grasses were scratched.

Comment from jwpaine
Time: April 9, 2008, 11:04 am

As a loyal American, I too hate fruit cake; however, I love brazil nuts (although that’s not what my dad called them).

On the lamb thing: You guys do know that sheep exist only to make horses appear intelligent, right? Sure, as babies, they’re cute, but so is a hydrocephalic. BTW: They have long tails when born, and must be docked. Also BTW: Some Mexican sheepherders don’t use knifes to castrate male lambs. Ever merciful, I won’t amplify.

Comment from porknbean
Time: April 9, 2008, 11:14 am

I thought they existed to be sacrificed. Like goats, the devil’s minions. Have you seen their eyes!!? Creepy.

What do the Mexican sheepherders use? Do they hack their sacks with machetes or do they tie ’em and let them drop off?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 9, 2008, 11:18 am

I’m pretty sure jw is implying they bite them off. I’m also pretty sure jw knows the plural of knife is “knives” so I can’t resist ribbing him about it.

Chickens make sheep look like Rhodes scholars. And turkeys make chickens look like Mensa members. That’s called a pecking order.

Comment from jwpaine
Time: April 9, 2008, 11:29 am

Dang, can’t believe I misspelled knives, particularly after I was so proud that I caught and fixed my misspelling of hydrocephalic (I originally typed “hydracephalic”).

And yes, they bite them off. After a long day of sheep-nutting, the sheepherders look like sated dinner guests at Chez Packer.

Comment from porknbean
Time: April 9, 2008, 11:35 am

That is just sick. Not even going to wonder why the first nut muncher ever decided that was the best way of castrating a sheep.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: April 9, 2008, 12:07 pm

PnB I not only like fruit cake, I actually bake them.

What we can’t understand is, what’s not to like? It’s almost like a phobia.

Oh! while writing that message the people building my greenhouse called and told me it will be being delivered on 22nd April!

Hard to imagine a badger up on his hind legs dancing with glee, isn’t it?

Comment from jwpaine
Time: April 9, 2008, 12:13 pm

As stupid as sheep are, they’re smart enough to object to having their gonads removed without anesthetic. Thus, even a 20-pound lamb will put up a struggle, requiring two hands for restraint. Using two people to subdue a lamb is wasteful when there are hundreds to be, um, treated. I’m guessing it didn’t take the first sheepherder very long to make the connection. So to speak.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 9, 2008, 12:18 pm

Yay! I’ll rest easier, knowing you’ll have a place to stay when I get over there, Uncle B.

I’m all about the love.

Comment from porknbean
Time: April 9, 2008, 12:22 pm

Now see, the cake part of a fruitcake is not so bad *semi-heave*. It is all of the other crap that ruins it. Its too sweet….a gross sweet. And heavy.

After seeing Faith, the bi-ped dog, I think a bi-ped badger is possible.


But srsly, why couldn’t they get her something with wheels? She’ll be old one day.

She has her own website too. faiththedog.net
Very cute as a pup.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 9, 2008, 12:24 pm

Brrrr…I find that dog very disturbing.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: April 9, 2008, 12:27 pm

I think the Weasel has a picture of me on my back legs with my head stuck in a bucket of dog food and apple.

It can be done.

Comment from porknbean
Time: April 9, 2008, 12:46 pm

After watching this fruitcake get shot into a tree…. at the end it all begins to make sense.


Have you noticed how fruitcake sort of looks like headcheese?

Comment from porknbean
Time: April 9, 2008, 12:58 pm

Ugh…speaking of headcheese with a case of itching and burning, I’d love to see this fruitcake shot into a tree.


Time to haul my butt off the chair and get something done.

Comment from Gibby Haynes
Time: April 9, 2008, 1:04 pm

Mum makes a pretty mean fruitcake. I’ve never really been obsessive about them (I’m not really a Cake Person), but they’re a good quality cake. Like with most foods, it’s how much care you put into making it. I’m not sure how other recipes go, but she soaks the glace cherries, raisins, sultanas, currents and candied peel in booze over night before baking day. She never adds nuts, and the end result is not overly sweet, but soft and moist.
And even if it were sickly-sweet, my family and friends has always had a practice of eating fruitcake with strong cheddar. Maybe it’s a northern thing. In any case, it seems to provide some counterweight to the cake.
I like pistachios and peanuts, chili-covered, dry-roasted, salted or plain. I couldn’t tell you what a Brazil nut tastes like, and it it weren’t for that above photo – looked like either.
That’s a great lamb photo. It speaks volumes. ‘So this is life? Wow, it feels nice! Yes sir, I think I’m going to like it.’
Wait till you see a picture of Charlton Heston’s clenched bum, little lamb.

Comment from porknbean
Time: April 9, 2008, 1:24 pm

Hmm…free speech under attack in Canada. Smalldeadanimals is one being targeted and served.



Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 9, 2008, 1:31 pm

See, that’s where you go wrong. Soaking peels and shit in booze overnight. I mean, yuk! It’s like eating bourbon, but without the lovely high.

I love watching the lambs sproing across the fields. I refuse to think about what they’re for.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 9, 2008, 1:32 pm

OH! I didn’t realize SDA was on the list!

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: April 9, 2008, 2:15 pm

It’s not just a Northern thing, Gibby, eating fruit cake with cheese is most specifically a Yorkshire thing.

Strange you’ve never seen a Brazil, though. What do you eat at Xmas? Coal?

Comment from Muslihoon
Time: April 9, 2008, 2:38 pm

Uncle B: I’ll pay to have you ship a fruit cake you baked to us. I’m imagining home-make fruit cakes would be quite different.

My Mom loves fruit cakes. We like the ones that are more on the nuts and less on the fruits.

Her Stoatliness has my e-mail address if you’d be willing to engage in some cross-Atlantic trade.

Edit: Nutmunching sheepherders (shepherds?)…didn’t they make a movie about them not too long ago?

Comment from Pupster
Time: April 9, 2008, 3:08 pm

I refuse to believe I’m the only one who read JW’s comment @11:04 and @11:29 that didn’t know what hydrocephalic meant.

I strongly recommend not doing an image search. Very strongly.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: April 9, 2008, 3:18 pm

I bet US Customs would confiscate it, Muslihoon.

The regulations about food going back and forth are very strange.

Comment from Gibby Haynes
Time: April 9, 2008, 3:34 pm

Yeah, coal, Haribo sweets and Eat Me dates (that are always there around Christmas though you never remember buying them). Hell, Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without a nice lump of coal to chew on.

Comment from porknbean
Time: April 9, 2008, 4:07 pm

Pupster, hydrocephaly, for the most part, is very much treatable, so long as you catch it and stay on top of it.
It is microcephaly that makes me uneasy.

Comment from jwpaine
Time: April 9, 2008, 11:40 pm

Pinheads are what make online holdem tournaments so dang profitable.

Comment from Princess Bernie
Time: April 10, 2008, 3:41 pm

I know I’m a day late and $20 short (inflation), but when I saw that little lamby-pie I had to post. I drive by a sheep farm on my way home every day from work and I LOVE seeing the fuzzy things all chomping away at the grass on the rolling hills.

Makes anything yukky that happened during the day go away…

Comment from vile scandi snow gator
Time: April 15, 2008, 7:35 pm

Cool! He has his own lamb’s-wool sweater.

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