Today I finished school at dinner time, so I decided to take the bus to town because I needed to buy some things. And outside of a bank, there was this homeless man with his dog. And it’s so cold today, so I bought him a burger and a cup of coffee from McDonalds, and then I bought a tin of dog food and a bottle of water for his dog. And the look on the man’s face when I gave them to him was priceless. He even offered to pay me back, but just knowing I made him happy, whether it was for just a few minutes or for the rest of the day, was absolutely worth it.

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okayophelia: “loki loves the power of violence. becoming thor’s dog of war is a return to that pure delight and glee - like a weapon you just unleash in the right direction.”

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"I had a mabari once. I mentioned she was taken from us, did I not? This was when Orlais still ruled, and it was an Orlesian lordling who took her. I tried to keep her, but there was little I could do. It was six months before we saw her again. The Orlesian returned her—and when I say “returned,” I mean “pushed her out of his wagon.” She was skin and bone, and still carried the scars from where their pronged collars bit into her neck. She never quite recovered. She passed away after a week. It was as though she held on long enough to come home to us. I held her head in my lap, and I believe she died happy."

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Francisco Goya’s Black Paintings, 1819-23, oil murals transferred to canvases, Museo del Prado, Madrid.

Saturn Devouring his Son, 143 x 81 cm; The Dog, 131.5 x 79.3 cm; Two Old Men Eating Soup, 49.3 x 83.4 cm; Judith and Holofernes, 143.5 x 81.4 cm; Two Old Men, 146 x 66 cm; The Fates, 123 x 266 cm; Fight with Cudgels, 123 x 266 cm; Witches’ Sabbath, 140 x 438 cm; Fantastic Vision, 125.4 x 65.4 cm; Man Mocked by Two Women, 125.4 x 65.4 cm.

Here is a selection of works from Goya’s famous ‘Black Paintings’ series, which consists of fourteen murals that were painted directly onto the walls of the Quinta del Sordo house in Madrid, where the artist lived between 1819 and 1823. They have since been removed, transferred to canvases, and become part of the Museo del Prado’s collection.

The series is pretty dark, to say the least. It is rife with themes of witchcraft, insanity, violence and death’s inevitability. My personal favourite is Saturn Devouring his Son, which is based on the story of Saturn’s Greek counterpart, Cronus, and how he ate his sons after hearing that they would eventually overthrow him. However, Saturn/Cronus was tricked by Rhea into swallowing a stone instead of one of his children. This son, of whom Rhea was the mother, was Zeus, and he would eventually have Cronus and the other titans imprisoned. Goya’s depiction is deliciously gory and terrifying. Saturn’s face is enough to give you nightmares!

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remember when we talked about vampire armin a nd werewolf ere n   yeaa ahhhah

i had a dream that i went to a really posh dinner with john green to celebrate the release of tfios and he brought his dog with him and he kept feeding it noodles and everyone was looking at him and i was like john pls everyone is staring and he kept saying ‘i wrote the book i can bring my dog to the celebratory dinner if i want’ i wish it was real i love john green

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