Firstly, OH MY GOD, MY FRARY FEELS! Thank you to TPTB for reunited Francis and Mary and taking us back through Mary’s story one last time. I’m still bawling just thinking about it.
Secondly, HOW DID WE NOT GET BASH BACK (other than that one flashback)? Even if it had just been one scene!
Thirdly, fuck, you knew you were being cancelled halfway through filming this season, so why did you drag out the Mary-Darnley saga only to race through the last twenty years of her life in the last ten minutes of the episode? We didn’t even get to see her marry Bothwell, or abdicate, or any of her time in England! Like, come on?!
And finally, why so many unnecessary plots this season? Some of them could have been wrapped up ages ago (most of the French Court drama was pretty unnecessary, as much as I love Catherine and Megan Follows, and Elizabeth and the Archduke’s wedding drama did not need to be in the last few episodes - we all knew she wouldn’t marry him. Even Spain didn’t really need to be as involved in the plot as it was). Wrapping them up would have meant more screen time to tell Mary’s story, which is what the show is about.
Any, the finale (particularly the last ten minutes) gave me serious flashbacks to the show’s first season (which was INCREDIBLE). So if you need me, I’ll probably be watching it on repeat, sobbing into a bowl of ice cream because Frary is perfect 😭❤
National Bluebird of Happiness Day: Harper Row as Bluebird (Prime Earth)
Today is National Bluebird of Happiness Day (24 September) and there’s no better way to celebrate it than a photoset of Bluebird herself! Apparently, the mythology of the bluebird of happiness goes back thousands of years. The bluebird is widely accepted as a symbol of cheerfulness, good health, new births, prosperity, hearth and home. Hopefully, we get to see more of this Bluebird more in the future.
Batman and Robin Eternal #1 by Tony S. Daniel (Upper Left)
Batman and Robin Eternal #4 by Scot Eaton (Lower Left)
Batman and Robin Eternal #13 by Marcio Takara (Upper Right)
Batman and Robin Eternal #14 by Fernando Blanco (Middle Left)
Batman and Robin Eternal #24 by Álvaro Martínez (Lower Middle)
Batman and Robin Eternal #25 by Javier Piña (Upper Middle)
Batman Eternal #41 by Joe Quinones (Center)
Batman Eternal #43 by David Lafuente (Middle Right)
Batman Eternal #45 by Javier Fernández (Lower Right)
Orphaned, Riko Sheridan was eventually adopted and currently attends Middletown North. Sheridan is an excellent student, however she shows anxiety to perform. An otaku at heart, Sheridan is an avid Batgirl fan and currently a member of Middleton Robin Cell.
Batman and Robin Eternal #4 by Scot Eaton (Middle Left)
Detective Comics #47 by Steve Pugh (Upper Middle)
Gotham Academy #13 by Adam Archer (Middle Right)
Robin: Son of Batman #7 by Scott McDaniel (Lower Left)
Teen Titans #15 by Miguel Mendonça (Upper Right)
We Are Robin #4 by James Harvey (Lower Middle)
We Are Robin #5 by Jorge Corona (Upper Left)
We Are Robin #7 by Carmine Di Giandomenico (Lower Right)
We Are Robin Promotional Art by Khary Randolph and Emilio Lopez (Center)
Disclaimer: “I do not own Rise of the Guardians, Brave, or any other Disney/Dreamworks/Animated films. All rights belong to Dreamworks, Disney, etc.”
Summary: Jack and Merida have been working together for a few years now in the publishing industry at Guardian Fate. They had a routine, arguing day in and day out, tolerating each other for the most part. However, after one fateful phone call from her mother, things quickly began to change.
His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh and the Royal Colonel of The Highlanders, 4th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (4 SCOTS) yesterday (12 June) presented Operational Service Medals to personnel at their base in Bad Fallingbostel, Germany following their successful return from Operation Herrick 19.
Just a wee heads-up for non-Scots who want to get their facts right. Any other Scots here in the Whouffaldi World please feel free to chime in with their own info.
1. Scots are Scots or Scottish. NEVER Scotch. Scotch is a drink.
2. Speaking of Scotch, it is spelled ‘whisky’. Irish whiskey is spelled with an 'e’.
3. Nothing - NOTHING - is sexier than a man in a kilt. And that, dear colleagues, is a FACT. Unless that would be Mr. Capaldi in a kilt, although the man doesn’t have much of a bum to hold it up. But still sexy. Oh yes indeed.
4. Scots is a language, just like Gaelic (and that is pronounced 'GAH-lic’, not 'GAE-lic’ - that’s Irish).
5. A high percentage of Scots utterly detest Braveheart.
Robin is the name used by several superheroes to be the junior counterpart, counterbalance and partner to Batman – a hybrid of Robin Hood and John Watson of sorts. The team of Batman and Robin is commonly referred to as the Dynamic Duo or the Caped Crusaders. The mantle of Robin is generally a provisional role, handed down to the next prospective when the predecessor outgrew the role.
Robin Badge: Batman and Robin #35 by Patrick Gleason (Center)
Caroline Keene “Carrie” Kelley: Batman: The Dark Knight Returns #3 by Frank Miller (Upper Right)
Damian Wayne: Batman and Robin #15 by Patrick Gleason (Lower Left)
Duke Thomas: Batman and Robin Eternal #4 by Scot Eaton (Lower Right)
Helena Wayne: Worlds’ Finest #0 Cover by Kevin Maguire (Lower Middle)
Jason Peter Todd: Batman #645 by Doug Mahnke (Upper Middle)
Richard John “Dick” Grayson: Batman #682 by Lee Garbett (Upper Left)
Stephanie Brown: Robin #126 by Damian Scott (Middle Right)
Timothy Jackson “Tim” Drake: Supergirl #2 by Ian Churchill (Middle Left)
How A British Sniper Killed 6 Taliban with One Bullet.
Helmand Province, Afghanistan: A British sniper in Afghanistan killed six insurgents with a single bullet after hitting the trigger switch of a suicide bomber whose device then exploded.
The 20-year-old marksman, a lance corporal in the Coldstream Guards, hit his target from 850 metres, killing the suicide bomber and five others around him caught in the blast, London’s Daily Telegraph has learnt.
The incident in Kakaran in southern Afghanistan happened in December but has only now been disclosed as Britain moves towards the withdrawal of all combat soldiers by the end of the year. Lieutenant Colonel Richard Slack, commanding officer of 9/12 Royal Lancers, said the unnamed sharpshooter prevented a major attack by the Taliban, as a second suicide vest packed with 20kg of explosives was found nearby.
The same sniper, with his first shot on the tour of duty, killed a Taliban machine-gunner from 1340m.
Several hundred British and Afghan soldiers were carrying out an operation in December when they were engaged in a gun battle with 15 to 20 insurgents.
“The guy was wearing a vest. He was identified by the sniper moving down a tree line and coming up over a ditch,” said Lieutenant Colonel Slack. “He had a shawl on. It rose up and the sniper saw he had a machine gun.
"They were in contact and he was moving to a firing position. The sniper engaged him and the guy exploded. There was a pause on the radio and the sniper said, ‘I think I’ve just shot a suicide bomber’. The rest of them were killed in the blast.”
It is understood the lance corporal was using an L115A3 gun, the Army’s most powerful sniper weapon.
The Armed Forces are gradually decreasing their presence in Helmand, handing over security of the country to the Afghan armed forces. Last month, three major bases were closed or handed over to Afghan control. At the height of the campaign, there were 137 bases across Helmand - now there is only one base outside Camp Bastion, Sterga 2, which is staffed by a company from 4 Scots and the 9/12 Royal Lancers.
The sniper incident was one of a dwindling number of gun battles between British forces and the insurgents. In total, 448 UK soldiers have died since 2001, but far fewer have been wounded in the most recent tour, with Afghan forces now leading 97 per cent of the security operations across the country.
On Monday at Sterga 2, soldiers said they were looking forward to returning home and hoped their work would help the Afghans achieve stability.
Sterga 2 stands on a plateau above the Helmand river, about 18 miles south-east (28 km) of Camp Bastion. Between Bastion and Sterga 2 is the “protected zone”, next to the river, where the local population is living under the protection of the Afghan armed forces.
The camp has only come under attack once, and that was when it was being built last August. “In my tour in 2007, I had seven guys injured while they were actually inside the base,” sad Lieutenant Colonel Slack. “We had rocket attacks every day. This base hasn’t been attacked since it was built. It feels like it is time to go.” Captain Ed Challis, who is in charge of Sterga 2, said he was hopeful about the future of Afghanistan.
The country has its first round of presidential elections this Saturday, with an increase in violence expected as voters go to the polls.
“I am an optimist,” said Captain Challis. “There are lots of things that have changed for the better. You would be a fool to think you can change a hundred years of culture fast, but have things improved? Yes. I believe they are able to take it forward.”
He added: “I’d imagine once I get back it’s something I’ll look back on and sort of realise the historical importance of it - but at the moment we’re just focusing on our primary role here.”
Highlander Paul Carr, 27, from Paisley, was on sentry duty in the watchtower above the river. He said he was enjoying the hot weather, after the camp was hit by snow in February. “When this base closes, we will go home,” he said. “I get a holiday feeling when I think about it.”
Highlander Carr was monitoring a small compound on the bank of the river. Camels and goats wandered around outside the farm, with small fields of onions growing in the sun. Poppies were also starting to flower, despite years of programmes to eradicate the poppy crops in Afghanistan.
Abandoned fortifications - Russian installations from the Eighties and older - dot the horizon.
Inside the camp, a company of servicemen and women were working to gather intelligence about the surrounding area.
The information is passed on to the Afghan security forces and intelligence from Sterga 2 aided the sniper attack in December.
Cameras mounted on balloons monitor the fields and compounds for several miles around, feeding into an operations room and providing protection for Bastion. The Taliban thought that the large balloon was a “white whale in the sky” when it was first launched Lt Col Slack lost one soldier, L/Cpl James Brynin, 22, of the Intelligence Corps, who was shot dead on patrol last October Lieutenant Colonel Slack said he had watched Afghanistan evolve dramatically over the years.
“The price has been heavy for the Army and in particular it has been heavy for the families of those nearly 450 [dead soldiers], and no one is under any illusion about that,” he said.
“I will finish my tour knowing one of our NCOs will not be coming home and that is a heavy price to pay.
"Has it been worth it? At my level when I look at security that is here and the way the ANSF [Afghan National Security Forces] have developed, I certainly think it’s been worth it.”
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