Vader in the Odenwald

Silke and I are currently visiting friends in Germany. Yesterday our friends took us to the Felsenmeer in the Odenwald for a nice walk. We picked a tour of 9.5 kilometres which didn’t sound like that much. But Silke and I are Fenlanders and not used to mountainous terrain at all. In the end it took us four hours (including breaks) to complete the walk and we were quite exhausted at the end.

The really positive surprise was how well our dog Vader coped with this long walk, his first long tour after the surgery last year. He ran around the whole time, went up twice as many slopes as the rest of us and even bounced over the boulders when Silke went for a short climb.

vader-in-the-felsenmeer

Vader’s surgery and the recovery period afterwards were hard on all of us. But it was well worth it. Our little dog is fit as a fiddle, maybe better than he has been ever before. 😊

Movie of the Week: X-Men: Apocalypse

The original X-Men movie trilogy was let down by its final instalment X-Men: The Last Stand. The movie plot featured two major storylines from the X-Men comic series which were awkwardly combined. And in the end it did neither of them justice. After the amazing X-Men: Days of Future Past I had once more high expectations for the third part, called X-Men: Apocalypse, in particular because Bryan Singer was directing again.

In X-Men: Apocalypse a group of cultists awakes the world’s first mutant, Apocalypse, from millennia of stasis. He wields almost god like powers which he acquired by repeatedly transferring his consciousness from one mutant’s body to another and assimilating each host’s abilities in the process. Displeased with a world ruled by normal humans and their technology Apocalypse decides to destroy civilisation on a global scale. When they become aware of his plan the X-Men lead by Professor Xavier assemble a team for a desperate attempt to stop him. This team faces not only Apocalypse himself but also the four powerful mutants that he recruited as his followers.

Like its predecessor X-Men: Apocalypse combines an action packed plot with strong characters and personal stories. The mutants are portrayed as vulnerable human beings that struggle to cope with the hate and fear for their kind. But the events set in motion by Apocalypse’s rise force them to put these struggles aside, choose a side and join the fight. It is the combination of over the top action and these very human aspects that make this movie exiting and relatable at the same time.

I greatly enjoyed X-Men: Apocalypse. It is a very complex comic adaption with a good script, good acting and excellent special effects. The only letdown was perhaps the odd locking makeup and costume of the main antagonist, Apocalypse. I’m looking forward to more excellent X-Men movies with the current cast.

Patient of the Week

After each of his two surgeries during the past two years Silke has taken our dog Vader to the Animal Health Trust (AHT) for hydrotherapy sessions. These sessions greatly helped Vader to regain his muscle strength and fitness in a few weeks.

And now Vader has even been selected as the AHT’s patient of the week. You can find the his story on their website.

 

Taking comfort in the Unfairness of the Universe