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Post  Celia Eriksson Sat Oct 15, 2022 12:03 pm

Well last night nothing, but the sweats are something l have endured for years along with headache. As l suffer low blood pressure, l am bordering anaemia, l do doubt they trigger them, in my case.

I have, anyway, booked a bp test with my GP, as a precaution. Now, l did know of cluster headaches, l did not know that one cause of them is breathing in paint and thinner fumes... which is exactly what l have been doing this week.... l wonder....

In Summer, l paint outside, with hammertite and enamel paints, but moved my canal art indoors Wednesday, as the weather has got cold. I do open the windows... but...

Loud jet noise, if sudden would scare the willies of me. But l imagine a wonderful thing to watch. We are quite lucky here, no aircraft noise apart from the odd trainer. Although we do get rescue helicopters more often than it may be imagined... my they are very noisy and can suddenly be heard anytime of day or night...

The more oft transport noise we suffer is shipping, which sail along the Solent.

Toots and parps at all hours when the sea has even a light haar. The Cruise ships sailing East from Southampton are fewer than those going West, but all the same, they do seem to like a good parp just for fun it seems..

Sometimes other ships seem to be having quite some fun.. a bit like duelling banjos played on fog horns between a bunch of them!!!

... but at least with fog horn fun and liners, it is usually daytime. Container and tanker ships pass by at unearthly hours, luckily they are fog-only parpers!

... apart from that it is very, very quiet here, only Badger, Deer and particularly noisy Fox can be heard when l seek old John O'Dreams...

Celia xx

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Post  Mariehart11 Sat Oct 15, 2022 11:23 pm

It's funny I never associated ships with being noisy Celia. I used to hear the foghorn at night but we were miles inland in Dublin city. A noisy motorbike was louder. But at the time jets from the airport were very noisy to the point of drowning out conversation. But we were used to it.

Liz, the C9 nightingale, how very appropriate a name. You were a flight nurse, forgive me if I imagine you in a white nurse dress with silly hat. Of course not. Air force blue. It's a pity you didn't get to fly more, well I would think that. I wanted to fly, I wanted a military career. I wasn't capable of either. I just fantasied about it in my office job while I prepared, in my own mind, for some future career that never happened.

So I just stayed in my room. Did nothing, went nowhere. So Liz be glad of your experiences. They're more rare than you think.

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Post  Elizabeth Lynn Sun Oct 16, 2022 12:22 am

Funny - when I first started considering a nursing career - 1974’ish, whether I would be required to wear a cap was one of my first concerns. No need to worry though because by the time I made it to clinical rotations wearing the cap was completely optional. Many of the older practicing nurses still wore their’s and a few of my AFAB classmates bought them.

Truth of the matter is that hospitals came to understand the amount of infection control risk nursing caps presented. I remember being totally grossed out by one nurse’s cap. It was filthy to the point of having glossy black smudges of ground in grime on the edges where she places her hands to put on and take the nasty thing off. It must have been 30 years old because she was ancient in my 20 something eyes.

Medical flight crew wore the same drab green nomex fight suits the air crew wore, along with combat boots. In the hospitals we generally wore I’ll fitting white uniforms issued by the supply office. In the early 80’s it was nearly impossible to find white shoes constructed to hold up to a a man’s weight. So I wore women’s white shoes. Though they fit, the fit wan’t good and they wore out quickly. On certain days we were required to wear fatigues or Battle Dress Uniforms. Then we wore combat boots. One got used to wearing combat boots for full shifts, but I was always happy to take them off at the end of the day.

I had a good career and got to do things I would have never got to do as a civilian nurse. I put my retirement papers in the same week I found out I’d been selected for promotion to Colonel/O6. I have some regret that I didn’t stay around to pin on the rank and retire at that rank, but it was time for me as depression was becoming an issue and I’m convinced that was due to the growing, though still subconscious gender conflict. I just had this strong sense that something unfixable was going on that would not be compatible with military service. I was a few years too early as now service by trans persons is permitted. But then again, that could be only until the next election depending on who wins majority control of congress.

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Post  Celia Eriksson Sun Oct 16, 2022 11:10 am

Most uniforms here are blue, the degree of darkness in most trusts showing the seniority of the nurse, with coloured or white piping to denote actual position... white has become quite rare now with trusts, it is more difficult to launder.

Therapy specialists with my last trust wore white and certainly did not appreciate the colour allocation.  But different trusts, though many are similar, wear different colours. Then again, some trusts have lots of variations... they were thinking about standardising them across the NHS when l left, but nothing has happened.

... hats... long gone here also, it must have been around the mid 80's.

I do like my combat boots for gardening, l have a light brown multilacy mid calf pair that are my go to for that and other things like car washing etc...

Got waylaid there... an antique dealer l know is coming to visit a neighbour... it is good stuff, l have been offered much of it but l do not have the space, it is old agricultural stuff and farming things. Tractor seats, dairy creamers, big cookpots of iron and the like..  very popular up in London... the Chelsea Set and Mayfair Strange like nothing more than a pile of old rusty junk in their tiny garden... even indoors fashioned as stools, coffee tables and such unlikely adornments... yes true!!!

So l am interested to go view the deals and bidding. I have known this dealer quite some time, nice fella, not my type, but very sweet... but he does like things for nothing, so l will watch.

Another coffee, l have put this phone up and down quite a bit and finally got to finish...

Celia xx

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Post  Mariehart11 Sun Oct 16, 2022 5:44 pm

Happy  birthday Liz!🥳

I don't  much like  birthdays needless to say. But at least  we  got this far. So a cause for celebration even if it's more like a  countdown. When we were younger the future was something to look forward to. Now I think we should just enjoy the present. The now.

So a Colonel, Liz. Lieutenant Colonel Liz. I rose to rank of three star. Before you salute, it's only the equivalent of a PFC in the US army. I'd did once rise to the rank of Lieut. Colonel in the British army. In the Leicestershire regiment.  That was for a history show on TV though. Very temporary.

I still have my uniform. Issued to me an astonishing 42 years ago. We were never issued battle dress in the reserves. We had to find our own.  Incredibly if any of us were caught wearing Irish combat uniform. We'd be put on charge.. So many of us wore surplus British and American. I wore a mix.

I know what  you  mean about combat boots. On exercise I'd wear mine for days. That and my small size 6 feet meant I  suffered. I once had a blister that spanned the width of my foot. Ouch. The modern combat boots are much better I believe. I  still have my last issue boots. Too  small for me now unfortunately.

I only wore white once and that was as a waiter in the officers mess. My wife and her lab staff still wear white coat. They get dirty fast.

Celia, yes those agricultural items are in big demand. I've seen all sorts painted up. If you can snaffle yourself a few. You might make a few quid when you repurpose them.

It's surprising the mark up you can get.
Happy  birthday again Liz.
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Post  Elizabeth Lynn Tue Oct 18, 2022 4:18 pm

It appears that the idyllic weather we’ve enjoyed for the past 3 weeks will come to an end this week with cooler temps and a good chance of rain on Saturday and Monday and though it doesn’t show in the forecast, I suspect we will also have our first frost of the season.

I have a few tomatoes to pick and hoses and irrigation pumps to drain, and winterize my motorhome.

The rain will be welcome as we haven’t seen a drop since late May. In this high desert climate there’s a lot of dust that builds up on everything. There is also still lingering smoke in the air from wildfires that continue to burn in isolated areas. A good rain storm will wash the dust away and clear the air.

The birthday has come and gone. My daughter sent me a dozen roses, ice cream, popcorn, Butterfinger candy bars, peanut M&Ms and a liter of Cabernet Sauvignon. She knows all my favorites. So now I can get fatter and drunk. Truth be told, the wine will last a good long while as I only drink a small glass once or twice a week. Actually getting even a mild buzz haunts me into the next day. It’s a boxed wine so the wine is protected from oxidation and rapid deterioration.

Time to get my day underway.

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Post  Mariehart11 Tue Oct 18, 2022 10:32 pm

That's quite a selection from your daughter. Apart from the popcorn that would keep me happy. I generally protect the wine from rapid oxidation and deterioration by finishing the bottle. My wife helps.😃 People can be snobbish about boxed wine. I'm not one of them.

Speaking of weather today was idyllic for the time of year. Warm even. I actually noticed daffodils beginning to grow in the garden. They're definitely confused. One day it's raining and windy the next sunny and mild. But it's often like that in October. I had to clean down the windows today. Being near the sea we often get a build up of salt when the wind blows.. Sometimes though we also get dust from the desert. It settles most obviously on the cars. The desert in question is the Sahara. Very strange. But it often comes with warm weather.

Anyway time for sleep.
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Post  Elizabeth Lynn Wed Oct 19, 2022 12:41 am

Lynn and I would generally finish a bottle together. Now, since I generally don’t finish a bottle I use vacuum stoppers and a hand pump to remove air from the bottle. Those work quite well.

I should say the daffodils are confused!

When stationed on Crete the change in seasons was dramatic in that during the winter, the weather and winds came out of Eastern European mountains, Carpathian I guess, sweep across the Aegean Sea and hit the north side of the island (where the base was located) with cold, wet, salty bone chilling winds and much like you’ve described, paint everything with a salty, slimy coating. Then in April or so, the winds would shift 180° And come from the south out of the Sahara. The hot, dust laden wind would hit the south side of the island, blow over the crest of the mid-island mountain range, lose velocity and drop the load of sand and dust on us. The dust made for some gorgeous sunsets I must say.

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Post  Celia Eriksson Wed Oct 19, 2022 11:18 am

I should say the plants are very confused here! Most of mine are still abloom...

The mornings are cold enough, l mean when l arise, around 5.15... but Jack Frost has not spread his icy fingers yet. It was close to frost, one morning last week, but it is about 45f, 5c at the coldest, not enough to make the flowers want to withdraw tgeir splendour...

I am not complaining, lovely to see... but....

The mozzies here are about... one bit me yesterday... l am a magnet for tiny jaws and probosci... my blood must be an ambrosia to them! At least the Spider bites only itched a little... this Mosquito bite on my wrist is the most itchycooistical itch of itchiness in the whole of itchyworld!!! I am good though, l do not scratch and l am hoping the Spider antibiotic cream my Doctor gave me works it through fast...

I like wine too, l have favourites that l do buy in bottles, but have taken more recently to boxes, the Tesco Zesty white is quite passable, cheap and a box keeps for six weeks! One box lasts me about 10 days to two weeks, depending if l have an early morning drive.... l used to throw quite a bit of bottled wine down the sink, so it saves money...

When it turns cold, l will turn red, Merlot, l have had that boxed and was not thrilled, l shall have to seek a thingy that you describe Liz....

Happy birthday, belated, Liz. I am with Marie, popcorn is not my thing ... the ice cream sounds ok, but it is a very long time since l had any... the buttercorn might be nice, but l would only have a nibble, sugar is out for me!

Note on the ice cream... l do not have a freezer anyway. Nor a microwave.... no l am not Amish Girl.... When l moved, l emptied the freezer... it was full... l melted the mostly uneaten ice cream and opened all the frozen boxes and bags and put it in my foodwaste bin, which was less than a foot square...

The entire contents, including a bag of frozen peas filled the bin about half way....

'Hold on!!!' I said to the under counter sized freezy. 'You whirr away, freezing stuff for 24/7/52 and this is all you had in you!!!!'...

I am sure the freezer burped, but it was probably my imagination, for it was switched off... it went to the recycle centre....

Then, several months ago, you may remember, l bought a new microwave as the old one conked out....

The new one lasted weeks. I faffed around for a couple of weeks before taking it to the recycle centre, by then l got used to not having one...

Many things cook just as quick on my gas cooker, granted there is the odd exception like jacketys, but things taste much, much better cooked without one, jacketys are super crisp oven baked for example and scramblies are sublime in a copper saucepan with a little olive oil...

The one and only disadvantages with not having each is so:

Microwave: Porridge, although cooked just as quick leaves a very sticky pan, whatever type, brand, coating of pan...

Freezer: Power cooking, although l never actually do it, l do make casseroles, Shepherd's pies and the like, enough for two meals mostly. Well, it means l have to eat them two days in a row...

Coffee is done, it is time to sort out what l bought last night at the auction... Great Jumping Jehosaphat!!! A very strange buy... l bought five sets of snooker and American pool balls!!!. ... though... for £3, yes... just £3!!!

3:2 is the breakdown... l do buy daft stuff sometimes!

But, l got a lot, and l mean a lot of art stuff for £7...

5 big 1lb tins of tempura powder, red, yellow, green, blue and white... about thirty brushes... oodles of gouache about 12 large tubes... 4 boxes of stencils... about 6 tins of watercolours and 2 paint by number sets...

Gosh...

Celia xx

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Post  Mariehart11 Wed Oct 19, 2022 3:52 pm

Yes Liz, I remember amazing sunsets when the sahara delivers it's gift. Not so good is when warm air and pollution streams in from continental Europe. The murk and mist is grotty. Probably Southern England gets it worse in those conditions. But generally we get westerly winds straight in from the Atlantic. Supposedly our air is one of the most unpolluted in Europe. People sell bottles of our air all over the world!

Celia, bad news for you. You are a mosquito magnet:

https://news.sky.com/story/convinced-youre-a-mosquito-magnet-science-says-there-may-be-a-good-reason-for-it-12724209

My wife is another one. It's been said they like blondes. Get out the bug spray!

That Tesco wine sounds interesting. I might try it out. We have a new Tesco opening tomorrow, three minutes walk away. So very handy. My eldest is delighted. He loves Tesco pork pies.🥧

I'm pleased but a bit sad because it was already a supermarket. Part of a small local chain. It's a pity to lose local shops. But the owner saw the writing on the wall. He just couldn't compete with the Tescos, Aldi, Lidl and our own Dunnes Stores.

It was quirky too. You never knew what products would appear on the shelf. Plus it had a great Pizza section and an amazing deli. It also had a local shop atmosphere, unusual for a big supermarket. I doubt that Tesco will manage to keep the atmosphere.

I doubt I'd survive without a freezer. As it happens we have two fridges. Our own and the one that was in the house. Very convenient.

I also have an air fryer and a slow cooker. Very popular at the moment with the way energy prices are going. Apparently air fryers use less electricity than a normal oven and less bad for you than frying. Like the microwave it's indispensable. I definitely recommend you get an air fryer. It's great for Oven baked jacket potatoes.

Well must go. Collect the boys from school. I'm annoyed with myself though because I dented my little red car by reversing into the window sill last night. I feel such a fool.



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Post  Elizabeth Lynn Thu Oct 20, 2022 4:47 am

I attend a book club where we have a meal first, then discuss the section we read ahead of the meeting.  The main dish tonight was chicken chili.  My contribution was cornbread, which is a necessary side for any sort of chili.

I had made cornbread once, from a prepared mix my wife bought at some point in the past.  I suspect it must have been quite old as it didn’t rise and was dense as a stone and dry as dust.

I have been wanting to try my hand at making cornbread from scratch and this was my first opportunity to do so.  I made a double recipe as We never know exactly how many people will actually sho up.  There’s always a bit of risk when scaling a recipe.  Fortunately, it came out perfectly, cooked all the way through without drying out - which is the most common type of failure.

Recipes that you’ve never made before are an unknown quantity and sometimes you need to try multiple versions before finding one that suits your taste.  I was lucky with this version as it was just what I wanted. Then cut into serving size blocks, sliced open warm with a generous pat of butter, then topped with honey.  Perfectly balanced the mild spiciness of the chili.

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Post  Celia Eriksson Thu Oct 20, 2022 10:44 am

Oh my, that looks super delishybubble! I have mever tasted cornbread, but looking at that... l can almost smell the aromatical splendourness from here in rainy Hampshire!!!

Rainy..... it has not stopped raining cats and dogs since last night!!! And we have a hosepipe ban!!!

Finished my worj for the week, mornings Mon-Thurs 7-10...

l am doing up an old cycle l was given for free.. very old... a Ladys boneshaker from tge 40's... it is sky blue and white... it has been painted three times...

I can see that by the paint coming off as l scrub with wire brushes. Originally black, then royal blue and finally sky blue... the mudguards and chainguard were black, then white...

I have many colours to choose from. My best paints, hammertite are black, red, yellow and white. I have lots of others, but they are enamels and glosses, ok for buckets but probably not as robust for a cycle. I will brush not spray. So those were my options.

I have plumped for yellow frame, white guards and red rack and detailing... the rusty wheels and bars will stay for charm... and a bit of 'l am not spending a penny more than l really have to'! I will buy a basket though... the tyres pumped up ok...

So rain. Can't paint buckets indoors, or the cycle, headaches! Rust scraping too messy... l will just do my housework after my shopping. Oh well! I do hope it drys up this weekend. l want my bicycle!!!!

Coffee over, l shall knock at old Johns and see if he needs anything. He is snookered atm, his Son is recovering from an eye operation and John does not drive. He is hard of walking too. I am taking hom to hospital for an appointment Monday, else he would have to rely on the NHS transport, which l know from experience can make a several hours trip... everyone here helps a little. It is a good community at this little park...

Celia xx

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Post  Mariehart11 Thu Oct 20, 2022 2:47 pm

Never had cornbread either. I think cornmeal is also called polenta or semolina. I'm not really a baker though. But as it goes so well with chili which my family love. I may give it a go. I wouldn't say I love cooking but I had to learn fast. I had never cooked until I got married and to my surprise I'm quite good at it. I do like to experiment so the boys never know quite what they'll get. A basic, meat and two veg, fish fingers, peas and mash or something exotic from North Africa or South India. Question Well it improves their palate. Very Happy

I see what you mean about the rain C. Watching the coverage of Liz Truss's resignation on the BBC. The rain is just hammering down in London. Strange weather really. We had a massive thunderstorm last night but no rain. Generally we rarely get thunderstorms around here. Not lately though.

The Gods are angry 🦹🦹‍�

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Post  Elizabeth Lynn Thu Oct 20, 2022 3:21 pm

Here in the states semolina is a course four milled from Amber Durum wheat and is the main flour used to make pasta. Polenta is a cornmeal product made with coarse ground corn.

Cornmeal is offered in two grinds, fine and course. I think either will work for cornbread, but most people use coarsely ground meal. Commercially sold cornmeal is de-germinated which prevents rancidity.

Should you care to try, here is the recipe

Ingredients:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup yellow cornmeal
⅔ cup white sugar
3 ½ teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
⅓ cup vegetable oil
1 large egg

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C)
2. Lightly grease a 9-inch round cake pan
3. Whisk flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl.
4. Add milk, vegetable oil, and egg; whisk until well combined
5. Pour batter into the prepared pan.
6. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of the pan comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes.

Apologies that the measures don’t include metric amounts. I usually try to add both to recipes I like, but was in a hurry yesterday

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Post  Mariehart11 Thu Oct 20, 2022 6:30 pm

Thanks for that Liz, I'll give it a try. Don't worry about the measures. I have a nifty set of scoops in various cup sizes. Also I'm sure I can get some yellow cornmeal. Probably in one of the 'ethnic' shops that have sprung up everywhere. Asian, Chinese, African, Polish etc. If you want genuine Polish sausage or sauerkraut. It's easily available. I'm sure cornmeal can be found too.

Next week I'll experiment on the boys.😀
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Post  Elizabeth Lynn Thu Oct 20, 2022 10:00 pm

I love sausage of just about any type. I’ve made sausage all of my adult life using various recipes I’ve collected over the years.

I also enjoy curing and smoking different meats and fish. Sadly, I haven’t done much of anything in this culinary area. Perhaps I’ll recover those ambitions one of these days.

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Post  Mariehart11 Sat Oct 22, 2022 2:14 am

I wish I  was a better cook. But  I  was late to the  party. I  made  some sweet and sour  pork today but it was poor. I  really want to please  people, my victims were  diplomatic.

Tonight is scout night, so I  transported my boys across town. One to the scout den the  other to a backwoods camp. Given that we live in a city having a  forest to  camp in is quite  exceptional. When I  arrived to collect my son they were singing the 'Oh sir Jasper song' we sang that in the  military. Google it. I  feel  perhaps it might not be  appropriate for teenagers. But the  world has changed.

My son told  me that they had been joined in the  forest by a troop of Tanzanian scouts. Yes Tanzania. I know it's in Africa. Apparently they are quite  paramilitary compared to our scouts. It must be  quite a culture shock for those kids.

We Irish have zero respect for authority. Anyone who espouses patriotism is invariabl denigrated

That and fact it's  damp and  cold.

Hopefully we can change  Tanzanian culture for the  better.
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Post  Mariehart11 Sat Oct 22, 2022 2:44 am

Sorry to dominante the fun thread I started. But I've just made the firsr tentative application on the road to transition. I shiver about the moment and frankly it's likely to be a long moment.

I cannot guarantee anything. In any case the system is slow. They do their best

But you have to start somewhere. It's time.

I have to be honest. I cannot see it happening.

You know my avatar. That is actually me. Once I transition with some improvement. That will be me.

Two years from now.
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Post  Elizabeth Lynn Sat Oct 22, 2022 3:19 am

Congratulations! Making the decision, then acting on the decision are two separate, and huge steps. Best wishes for prompt response

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Post  Celia Eriksson Sat Oct 22, 2022 10:25 am

I may do some more adventurous baking as the nights draw in... l possibly could try the cornbread recipe. Whilst watching an old Flatt and Scruggs youtube video, whilst with the Foggy Mountain Boys, l do believe the sponsor was a cornbread mix brand... it must be popular in the USA.

I am off out soon to get some bits and bibs, it is a lively morning and so l shall be quite busy today. I will paint the bicycle frame and then do some art... all outdoors if possible!!!

Just quickly on the Liz Truss thing, l do feel sorry for her... l am not any whizz on politics, but l can only see one thing happening now...

... Sunak and Johnson will get the 100... neither are likely to 'let' the other be PM... it will go to the members and Johnson will be PM again....

...there seems a lot of arguing amongst them... it will not be pretty... but l do think an election is wrong, the Brits voted in the Conservatives for a term, not half of one... but, if they keep arguing, a vote of confidence may well result in 'Turkeys voting for Christmas', as the saying goes.

... time will tell, but l think l have the vote thing right, at least.

Must fly...

Celia xx










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Post  Mariehart11 Sat Oct 22, 2022 3:40 pm

I think you're right Celia. I was actually half wrong about Liz Truss. I thought she'd be a disaster for the Tories and be gone in six months. She was a disaster but only six weeks. I claim no special political expertise because lots of people predicted it.

If it goes to a members vote Johnson will win. I don't believe that will go down well with MPs and the arguments will continue. It could as you say lead to a confidence vote.
What a mess.
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Post  Mariehart11 Sat Oct 22, 2022 11:35 pm

I'm  watching 'War for planet of the  Apes', on tele. Mainly because there's nothing else on. Remember the boss, Springsteen '57 channels and nothing on'. More like 367 channels.

Anyway it stars Andy Serkis in his customary role in costume like Gollum in that  series of  movies whose name I've  forgotten.

Now I  have an issue with  Andy Serkis. I  played a  prison guard in an obscure  movie with  Johnny Lee Miller. Andy played  a violent killer who  murdered Miller's wife. It was called the  Escapist. Not the later 2008, Brian Cox film.

Anyway having been  duly convicted!, it was my duty to  escort Andy from the  courtroom with another officer. He reacted  violently, no rehearsal. I was flung across the  courtroom. 'Cut'
He apologised of course. Take two, I  was ready this time. 'Cut!' The director said, 'Do it again without smiling'. This time I  got an elbow in the  ribs.

The following day and for two weeks I  was sore.

Interestingly in  other  films they used stunt men wearing body armour for lesser confrontations.

So I  owe Andy Serkis a punch.

On the  other hand Julianne Moore and Cate Blanchett are absolute dotes.


My wife has taken two weeks off from work. All  her  staff were  asking where she was going on vacation. Bed basically. But mostly doing  her business  course and getting in my way  around the  house. She's  so insecure  despite being at the  top  of her profession. She's  such a sweetheart really. Lacks the  ruthlessness of management.

I mentioned the  flying  before. I renewed my  medical but it's  all radio  silence since. I  can't  contact anyone. The season is  all  but over  now yet my calls  go unanswered and texts ignored. Strange.

I've been looking for  jobs of late. Airport  jobs. I've  applied for  several. No replies yet. One  I  really want and am very  qualified for one particular role. Basically operations at a fixed base operator. Essentially meeting private jets, military etc and catering for their  needs. I did the job  before but that was in 1996 when I  wasn't 62 years old. But it's a  big American FBO who  claim  diversity is their  thing. So old white TG people qualify.😅

I'm  hopeful  but  not optimistic. I  suppose I  could  get a  job in the  new Tesco. They like  oldies. But I  really want to  get back into  aviation.

As you  know  LiZ, aviation is so glamorous.🤣🤣🤣🤣🤑

When I worked as an extra on various TV and movies. I used to joke, particularly when we were all sequestered in a cold room or old bus for hours. We'd chat away but sometimes it would go quiet. 'You know' I would say. ' if it wasn't for the glamour. I wouldn't be bothered with this movie business'. That always got a laugh.

Outside looking in, some jobs look better than they are.

But I did have the best job in the world at one point according to a guy on my aeroplane. At that fleeting moment he was right.

I and my colleagues did have the best job in the world for that moment.

How many people can say that?
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Post  Mariehart11 Sun Oct 23, 2022 9:19 pm

Boris Johnson has ruled himself out of the leadership contest. It seems someone had a word in his 'shell like' . He'll be back in the cabinet no doubt.
Interesting.

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Post  Celia Eriksson Mon Oct 24, 2022 10:41 am

Well, l did not see that coming... as the Brigadier said to the MP...

... guess it is all wrapped up, Rishi has won the day, l think he is more my kinda politician than Sir Keir... Penny has no chance, but my politicical hex knows no bounds so l best not mention it and keep quiet... hummm... oops...!

I just hope the others back him.

The Conservatives, representing the UK right wing: 3 or perhaps 4 women Prime Ministers and probably one ethnic minority Prime Minister. Labour, the socialists, left wing: All older white men Prime Ministers.. makes one think!

I do hope that those that oppose Rishi Sunak within the Conservatives at a national and local level, do so for political reasons only... l do wonder sometimes... l like the man, but he is quite right wing and the corporates darling... but over all... l am happy with him being PM and hope he shines.

Off shopping, my neighbour cancelled his appointment, he does not feel up to it.. another day... but does want milk and bread... last few sips of coffee and wagons will roll!!!

Celia xx

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Post  Mariehart11 Mon Oct 24, 2022 9:54 pm

[quote]  Well, l did not see that coming... as the Brigadier said to the MP.../quote] Oh Celia, as the Bishop said to the  actress. I didn't  expect that to come up.

Actually I did think  Sunak would win. He may look like a  Vulcan but he's the best of a dodgy  bunch. He needs to  be  good. The combination of Brexit, pandemic and the war is very  damaging to Britain.

I  personally would have  preferred Penny Mordaunt. But it's  not my  country and I  think  her  day will  come. It's  fair to say that we Irish want a  stable affluent Britain. We're too  interconnected to think  otherwise.

Hopefully the grown  ups will get back to work and Britain will  go back to being a respected power. You know the Financial Times, that bunch of lefties, has Britain only above sanctioned Russia in  terms of GDP.

Sunak has his work cut out. I hope he's up to it.

Interestingly Sunak is the first PM of Indian heritage. Here in Ireland we already had a PM of Indian heritage and in December he will become Taoisech or PM of Ireland again. He's right wing too although liberal in many ways. He's  also gay.

So both the  UK  and Ireland will  have  Indian Prime  Ministers at the  same  time.

Amazing when you think about it.
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