Faith and doubt both are needed - not as antagonists, but working side by side to take us around the unknown curve..
Wednesday, 30 June 2010
Faith and doubt both are needed - not as antagonists, but working side by side to take us around the unknown curve..
Tuesday, 29 June 2010
Han was in and out with Shantelle and eventually they gave us a trampoline performance of Han's Musical -
"Farmer Has A Poo" - see Nat's Notes for Video. While we were watching BB11, yes, we admit it, we are all hooked on this strangely compelling programme, Donna rang and asked if we had a cardboard box! Funnily enough not only did we have a box we also had a pile of straw from my gift of fruit last week. She had discovered and injured bird in the garden and needed a box to put it into until the RSPCA could collect it. So, at 10:15 I'm standing outside with a box full of straw waiting for her car to pull up, who says I don't live and exciting life?
Nat's Notes - Pervert? Bike Lock, Tug of War, Assassins Creed Two, Hannah's Show - Farmer has A Poo!!!
Monday, 28 June 2010
After this Miss Hewitt had to deal with "Tablets (not cider) with Rosie" after Rosie brought into school a packet of headache pills some of which she gave to her little brother and another child and some of which she took herself. Like the previous two, after Miss Hewitt finished with her, she was sent to see the Head (Mr Simpson). She now has to spend all play and lunch times with one of the dinner ladies until the end of term.
After school Mum, Nat and I went to Donna's house and played in her pool (not Mum she talked to Donna...how unusual) for awhile before going home for tea.
Donna called for me at 6:45 and took me to Cubs where I played in the park, had an ice-cream (Akela bought each of us one) and finally, in the Barn, played Hot Rice.* Mum, Dad and Nat picked me up at 8:15 and we went home.
*Hot Rice - It's like dodge ball but you pretend it's a bowl of rice?
Nat (The Ginster) Jones
Sunday, 27 June 2010
They’re Coming Home, They’re Coming Home, They’re Coming, England’s Coming Home, They’re Coming Home, They’re Coming Home, They’re Coming… The Newly Renovated Winstanley, Han Gets Soaked and So Do I...Son of Gut-bucket!!!
OMG! WHT! One Coke and One Pint of cider £5.00!!!!!!!! Well, after I’d pulled myself off of the floor Han and I went looking for Donna. I spotted a few people whom I hadn’t seen in years and managed to say a few quick hellos. Everyone was very friendly, but, already, there was an underlying feeling that the writing was on the wall for England. We eventually found Donna, Jonathon and her Dad (John) in the bar and sat with them there to watch the second half; shortly after it had started Han went outside and played with some friends and that was the last of the football for her! I watched the rest of the game and looked on as the pub crowd became more and more despondent as ENGLAND PROVED THEY DIDN’T DESERVE TO GET ANY FURTHER; even a know-nothing like me could see that they were completely outplayed by Germany.
WE THOUGHT IT WAS ALL OVER, it was, so we left during the 2 minutes of extra time to avoid the fighting mobs in the car park…actually everyone was very friendly if somewhat gloom. We walked to Donna’s where the kids played happily on the trampoline while I “helped” remove and replace the pool cover, on the now full pool, so that the chemicals could be added. I’d already explained this to Han but whenever has even a little knowledge of advanced chemistry ever filled that void that’s created, in a young girls heart, when she realises that pool time is still 24 hours away? Afterwards I sat on the patio, on the new patio furniture no less, and chatted with John. This is always a little awkward because John’s a smashing guy but he’s 80 years old and virtually deaf; he only seems to catch every other word! This can lead to some hilarious “at cross purposes conversations” but it also proves to be a bit of a strain at times. After he left us I somehow ended up giving a long explanation of deficit funding, pension underfunding and sundry other riveting economic topics until both Donna and Jonathon’s eyes glazed over. Afterward I laid them out, comfortably, on the patio where I knew they would eventually regain consciousness I walked home. Han had already left to go to the park with the other kids, including those of her new Fujian neighbours (lovely girl the one I met), and came home about an hour later. Nat returned from the barbeque shortly before she got home.
* The newly renovated Winstanley is very pleasant. The structural changes aren’t enormous but make a huge difference to the place as a whole. It looks like it would be rather nice to go there one evening for a reasonably cheap meal.
Before the football started Han and I had been having “Water Fun” in the garden with the hosepipe and trampoline; see below:
I HAVE GOT TO GO ON A DIET AND START EXERCISING. I CAN'T BELIEVE HOW HUGE MY STOMACH IS IN THESE VIDEOS!!!! SON OF GUT-BUCKET
Thursday, 24 June 2010
Thursday, Friday and Saturday – WW, Fulla Fruit, BB11, High Teas, School Reports, Doctor Who, Pet Shop Boys, Glastonbury
Weightwatchers 1 LB Lose –
13lb to date –
Well done Deb!
Gosh I’ve eaten a lot of fruit; the gift box is almost empty. The pears have just ripened and are beautifully sweet; Han and I shared one that was absolutely delicious.
Yesterday was not a lot of not very much. Slept until 2:00PM. Han was tearful at the end of school and Donna took her home. That’s about it really; Deb and I both agreed that we weren’t impressed with Stuart Maconie’s travel book “Adventures on the High Teas” that i got from the library last week. She read the first chapter but couldn’t go on and while I’m a hundred or so pages in I’m finding it very unstructured. The writer jumps from one thing to another without rhyme or reason, so much so that by chapter end I can’t recall the subject of the chapter. He’s very favourably compared to Bill Bryson, by a number of reviewers quoted on the cover, but I’m afraid I can’t see the resemblance. He writes with wonderful words but his sentences are too long and too convoluted. They remind me of computer programs filled with nested sub-programs. If you follow the Amazon link you’ll see from the customer reviews that Deb and I don’t appear to be towing the line. Mind you I did find out why you can no longer swim in the Roman Baths in Bath and it would appear that I, in 1975, was one of the last to do so.
He certainly has an eye for a pun because his other two books bear the titles
Pies and Prejudice and Cider with Roadies … Groan!!!!
Didn’t really do very much else; my hip is far more mobile by the day but the sliced nerve ends are re-joining and so the area is extremely sensitive and painful to touch. So it’s sit on my arse and do little.
If madness is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result then the current inhabitants of the BB11 house are, undoubtedly, as mad as hatters. They keep being punished for it but they keep on doing it*, discussing nominations that is. They won a luxury budget, they lost a luxury budget, they had hot water and now they haven’t. They just don’t have the sense to shut up when a conversation moves into a no-go area.
Nothing happened at all on Friday other than the kids getting their school reports, both of which were pretty good (ADD PHOTOS).
The highlight of the day, other than the reports, was the eviction of that nasty backbiting gossip spreading vicious little sh*t Govan. Hooray, how we all cheered when the onerous crapulent little turd heard his name announced. I don’t normally take pleasure in other peoples misery but on this occasion I was more than happy to make an exception. Goodbye, you won’t be missed, I spit on you and anything your shadow touches. I’m not being a little OTT I hope!
Saturday, went and slept in my normal bed this morning and it was fantastic; got about five hours uninterrupted sleep and I’m feeling refreshed. Jacob’s staying over tonight with Nat so I imagine they will be joining me downstairs to watch Family Guy and South Park.
Tonight is the finale of the current series of Doctor Who and if the end of the last episode is anything to go by there won’t be another because it appeared that the
Universe Multiverse had been destroyed; all those poor little galaxy’s exploding who’d have thought that the TARDIS was that powerful? At last, it’s been bothering the bejesus out of me; why does the actress who plays River Song
in the new series seem so familiar. It’s because she was the British doctor who joined the cast of ER when I still watched it, actress Alex Kingston, thank the lord for that, it was driving me insane…INSANE I TELLS YOU!!!!
Remember that earlier I said that “I didn’t normally take pleasure in other people’s misery”, well guess what; I’m taking extreme pleasure in another persons misery at this very moment. P, D’s shit of an X has lost his job - Let joy be unconfined - Sometimes Bad Things do happen to Bad People!
Just seen final episode of this series of Doctor Who, while there were a number of naughty paradoxes (travelling back in time to arranging his rescue from the pandorica) and we never found out what caused the TARDIS to explode, and it kicked butt; very very good and finally I released, all of a sudden, that I’m seeing this Doctor as The Doctor. It took awhile but now he’s the man. Looking forward to the Xmas Special.
Jacob’s staying tonight with Nat and they and Han are upstairs killing indiscriminately on the X-Box. Deb and I have just watched the Pet Shop Boys at Glastonbury on BBC3 and Deb seems like she might even be interested in going there one year…will miracles never cease?
That’s All Folks!
Tuesday, 22 June 2010
Monday and Tuesday: Sports Day, Han Upset, To Scouts, Allotment, Nose Bleed, BB-11, Han's Summer Uniform, Donna Lift, Hospital, Consultant, JDM, Loads'a Fruit, BB11
Nat had his Queens Scout Award monthly meeting tonight and Han should have had Cubs. We called Akela and told her Han was poorly and wouldn't be there. We drove Nat to scouts, then, on the way back, we called into ASDA to fill Han's prescription get some beers and a few other things. Then we drove to the allotment to water the few things we've been able to plant this year. Han and I managed to walk on the ones that Deb didn't point out to us. The plants were watered we left and Deb dropped us at home before going to pick Nat up(Q.S. is only 7:30 - 9:00). Poor old Han was still very tearful and got into her pyjamas and curled up on the sofa. Then she had a nose bleed that just wouldn't stop, what a day poor thing, and went through, what seemed like, miles of tissue paper trying to stem the flow. Eventually it stopped just as Deb and Nat got home. With that she went to bed. Deb, Nat and I stayed down to watch BB11, Christ, that Shabby women is an absolute monster and poor old Ben can't keep apologising every time she has a go at him; conciliation to her is like a red rag to a bull. Get in her face and give it back, she didn't push it with the Aussie because she knew he'd give it back with "Nobs" on. I stayed up and started watching the Dispatches Special - How to Save £100 Billion. Unfortunately, I kept falling asleep. Went to bed, settee, at 2:00 in order to be able to get up in time to see surgeon in the morning.
Up early to make sure I didn't miss the surgeon. Nat had gone to school before I was awake but Han was still home looking stunning in her Summer Uniform (that child is a clothes horse)
and looking forward Sports Day. Yes, it's Sports Day but because we weren't told until last night there's no way to go! Yes I know I've already bitched about it...I just want to again!!!!!
Pottered about, washed hair, dressed in clean sweat free clothes, yes still getting sweating episodes - bed clothes are soaked every morning - and did sundry bits and bobs until Donna picked me up at 12:20 and drove me to the Royal Infirmary in order to catch the 2 Hospital Hopper" to the general to see my surgeon Mr Davidson. Starting reading Nemo (Kevin J Anderson's fictional biography of Jules Verne's greatest character) at the bus stop and the first 30 odd pages are good. I like Anderson's writing style and find him easy to read; hence why I've read quite a few of his solo and collaboration novels. Eventually got the HH and off we went; enjoyed the ride as I took me passed places I haven't seen for awhile. Arrived at the general at 1:00 and hour early but better than late. Found Out Patients Four reported in and watched the emergency budget on the waiting room TV. It wasn't as bad as i was expecting it to be but time will tell...The Key Points Are Here.
I got to see Mr D almost on time; as per usual there were medical students in attendance. They know I'm fine with having students present, they have to learn somehow, so now they are always there. Actually I'm not complaining at all, it makes it more interesting for me and creates a much more laid back atmosphere. The upshot; healing OK, surprised about two of my toes being numb, advised take at least another four to six weeks to recover before returning to work. Hobbled back to the bus stop and caught the HH back to town. Disembarked at the railway Station and walked to Deb's work. Picked han up at Donna's and discovered that, poorly or not, she came second in The Sack Race and............. TO FILL IN........
Bananas, Strawberries, Apples, Oranges, Nectarines, Grapes (dark & light) and Pears...Yum Yum Yum!!!! This was a get well gift from the team...thanks everyone!
Han had another humongous nose bleed again tonight (same last night) and after we got her to bed and the bleed stopped shortly afterwards she was back with a new flow. We all watch Inside Natures Giants (Lions and Tigers) but every time a Lion or Tiger killed something Han would be in tears; as per usual it was absolutely fascinating. Afterwards we watched BB11, what a bunch of Barstools the production team are becoming, where the mad lesbian (Shabby) was forced to be nice to, make up with and complement, twenty times, the posh bloke (Ben) who she utterly despises in return she would win a dinner date with the straight girl (weird Irish name) she fancies. What a sneaky ploy and it backfired brilliantly; she had to be nice to Ben and if it comes out she was acting then no one will ever trust her again, during and after the dinner she and the Irish girl ended up extremely ill at ease with each other so much so that in the end Shabby told her about the challenge! Tomorrow the excrement should really hit the rotary motion, pushing the air around the room, device.
Sunday, 20 June 2010
And finally, a short video of packing up to return home...shame!
It was Father's day today but I promised Han that I wouldn't open any cards or presents until she got home because apparently she'd made 99% of them.
More later typing fingers tired now must rest. Somewhat rested here's what I received for Father's Day.
Saturday, 19 June 2010
Han at camp Nat at Jacob’s most of the day. Deb and I chillaxed and watched the penultimate episode of the current series of Doctor Who. Definitely looking forward next week’s final episode should be well cool man! Nat home 8:30 we watched BB11, nat and Deb went to bed shortly afterward. I watched yet another documentary on serial killer Ted Bundy. Then caught up on a weeks worth of Smallville; please ScFy Channel when series two ends please roll on into series three so that I don’t have to buy it!
Friday, 18 June 2010
Not A Lot, Millfield Fair After School, Han Off To Cub Camp,World Cup Donna's House, BB11, Bye Bye Beyonce Lookalike Rachel!
Nat was home earlier than normal, around 2:45, because the school finishes for the day at 2;15 instead of 3:15 on Fridays . THis meant there was time for him to change before we went to Millfield. The school fair was just the same as usual and by the time we arrived the locusts had bought most of the stuff there. I think it must have started before the close of school because we were there at almost precisely 3:15. Certainly Han appeared to have spent all her money by then. We wandered, bought some raffle tickets, played the Wii math challenge in Mr Jordan’s class until final Han, Nat, Jacob and I walked to the chip shop which wasn’t yet open. Deb met us there, she’d been delayed in traffic, and we took Jacob home with us to play on Nat’s X-Box. While they were upstairs Deb finished packing Han’s case then almost ruptured herself trying to close it!
Han was due at camp for 6:45 so Deb took the three of them to the chippie at 5:30 and dropped Jacob off at his home. At 6:00 we all piled into the car and drove to the Oaks Camp Site:
(I’ll get more on Sunday) and left her to it. We drove home (I bought pie and chips from the Chippie that Deb and I shared) and spotted Donna's car ahead of us heading home, no doubt, to watch England playing Algeria in the World Cup. We followed her home and here is a photo of her decorated house:
Finally, we watched BB11 and it turned out that poor old Beyonce lookalike Rachael was given the boot; I imagine the Aussie John James is happy now. I stayed up late and caught up on recorded TV.
Thursday, 17 June 2010
Pick up bike, nearly killed, Weightwatchers week 4 in the WW house, BB11 What happened next and why do I care?
Weightwatchers - 2lb lost
12lb altogether so far
Well Done Deb
Nat and I popped down to the cycle shop to pick up his bike. When we came out Nat couldn’t get the pedals to move and almost fell off into traffic trying. We returned to the shop after seeing if we could spot the problem. It seems that the quick release mechanism hadn’t been tightened back up enough and so the wheel had come forward in it’s mounting. Problem taken care of we cycled home. Now, my legs are killing me!
Wednesday, 16 June 2010
do I so like hope it does all back fire on him’s arse, yes I so do so want that to happen as a wish to come true like, Innit! – Sorry; I appear to have come over all street just then!
It seems that all the House-mates have got in in for Sunshine (who, it’s true, is a complete new-age tosser) and that little
Anyway, three of the girls are up for eviction (Dave the Mad Monk [one of the three original nominees] avoided this by wining a task and then nominating** Rachel in his place – that’ll be an interesting dynamic if she survives the eviction), Sunshine, Rachel (Beyonce lookalike) and Shaby (who the flip names their child Shaby – no one it’s another made up name just like Sunshine’s) the bowler hatter lesbian actress from the art collective – i.e. unemployed squatter.
WHO WILL GO,
WHO WILL STAY…
THAT IS, OF COURSE, IF YOU GIVE A FLYING FLIP!!!!
* Govan has just revealed he’s straight (as straight as a perpendicular joint); yeah and I’m created in Bob’s image!
** Dave and Govan had a major falling out the previous day and it was obvious that he expected Dave to nominate him. It was truly wonderful to watch him squirm and try and make himself unnoticeable. he literally shrunk before your eyes. I'll never understand why Mad dave didn't nominate him and neither will he!
The Mad Monk - I quite liked Dave, he seemed harmless and joyful and kind, but he's started telling people about how he's healed people just by touch and they're lapping it up, particularly the brainless Lorraine Chase lookalike, and that's very worrying. He's getting national TV exposure so how many other gullible people are at risk of swallowing this bullshit. I'm not saying he's lying, he's a religious zealot and a true believer, I'm just saying that there's no such thing as faith healing and it's worrying that he's got as national platform on which to promote this nonsense!
Quite Day - Too Tyre’d to Fill In (cycle and dentist pun), There’s Always Someone Worse Off, Library, 10 Pence a Book! Evening Cycle to Asda, Woops: Careful how you joke on Twitter
When I’d first arrived I’d been chatting with the
We continued to chat, me and bloody phones, while we waited. She then got the equally good news, from Dominic, that the tooth her filling that had dropped out of really needed to be crowned or extracted. Rubbing his hands with unrepressed glee (not really) he advised that this would “only” cost £198. If I’d thought I had problems then this, at least, put them into some kind of perspective. She found herself in a quandary; she was saving to get married next year (must be planning a bit of a do) so she’d prefer not to have to do this, especially as her fiancée also needed approximately £200 of dental work carried out also. So should they have the work done, and spend £400 less on the wedding, or risk gap toothed photos? So you see there’s always someone worse off than you; eventually my tooth was re-filled, the cheque written and I hobbled home.
When the kids came home Nat wanted to go to the local library to see whether he could get another of the CHERUB books because the remaining title (one he he’s not read and is desperate to) is only available from his school library if you’re a year nine. So he Han and I trooped off to the Civic Centre where they’ve built the new local library (I say new; it’s probably been there for two years now – tempus fugit). What a great time we had, the walk there was a chance to chat and the Kingsway, in the summer, is a gorgeous display of greenery. We eventually arrived and Han discovered that Shantell was there with a group of friends from her school (Shantell lives two doors away with her Mum but she was spending the night with her Dad who lives near the library). Han plonked herself down with them Nat quizzed the librarian about CHERUB and I perused the shelves. They were selling off books at 10 pence each and i bought five total shop cost £37!!! I must say a discount of £36.50 was most acceptable. Nat got a graphic novel and one book, Han got a couple of books and I borrowed two as well. Han popped to the shops with Shantell and as Deb called shortly later,to get us home for tea, we went in search of her. We were half way home when Deb picked us up. Home, tea han off to ballet, Nat changed for scouts, Nat picked up by Darren and now could I ride my bike.
Yesterday I’d successfully, but with some difficulty, I’d managed to mount my bike and ride it a few years without any significant pain. I wanted a few things from Asda and decided to see if I could, slowly, ride there. Yep; I could but I couldn’t take a crutch so would I be able to walk when i got there. Parked up and hobbled to a trolley which found itself pressed into service as a ersatz crutch. No problem, got my bits and bobs and cycled home before Deb and han returned.
Later, after we’d watch the Big Brother highlights and everyone was in bed I had a look on Twitter on my mobile to see what was what. The following exchange took place and was a reminder of how things can get misunderstood on the internet. As you can see it all ended happily but it could have been a close call. Beware!
- TBBL - WARNING: Between the hours of 9pm and 4:30am @totalbblive updates may contain strong language and adult content! #BB11
- ME - @totalbblive @TotalBBLive that’s well out of fucking order that is. What the fuck ever happened to broadcasting standards? Cunts!
- TBBL - @mysickbones I beg your pardon? For us to deliver the best possible updates we also have to put up this warning as the LS does.
- TBBL - @mysickbones For us to deliver Live Updates, this warning needs to be in place as the housemates talk about adult stuff between these hours
- ME - @TotalBBLive It was a joke. I'm pretty sure you realise this but just in case 2 avoid possible offence I though I'd clarify that. All best.
- TBBL - @mysickbones Not offended in the slightest, sometimes it's hard to judge one's expressions via the internet. sorry for any confusion.
- ME - @TotalBBLive Cheers.:) keep up the good work enjoying your tweets immensely. Never really watched BB before it's quite compelling isn't it?
- TBBL - @mysickbones Yes, we love it :) Thank You for the compliment, it really means a lot to us!
Tuesday, 15 June 2010
Monday, 14 June 2010
sorry pal, thanks for bothering..I can't even read you on your own beliefs..just cuz you don't believe in something doesn't take it out of existence..you're brainwashed by bullshit..so thanks anyways..we have nothing further to say to each other..please don't bother to reply again..
I think she's missed my point. My non belief doesn't affect it's existence. I don't believe it because ALL the Evidence shows that it DOESN'T exist.
"just cuz you don't believe in something doesn't take it out of existence"
No No NO NO NO
Just because you DO believe doesn't BRING it into existence. Your belief or my non belief has no effect on whether or not something is real.
Instead to responding to my points she launches an ad hominem attack - hence the "you're brainwashed by bullshit".
Well if I am brainwashed isn't it your duty as a compassionate human being to continue this conversation in order to show me where I've gone wrong and how I've been brainwashed; why turn nasty?
Is it because you know you're regurgitating Internet conspiracy crap? I regularly get sent an email by a conartist who tries to make me pay him/her for advice based on their "knowledge" of Numerology and Astrology. If they think it's true and want my cash they it's up to them to prove it. Ditto The Nibiru Collision and the very existence of Nibiru and other Fantasy Planets
It's not for me to disprove them it's for those who claim them to be real to show me the evidence they base this belief on. If I'm going to tell you to believe in and worship the Celestial Teapot then it's up to me to prove that the teapot does in fact exist! Ditto Nibiru; prove it's really there because astronomers can't!!!
Sat 12 - Mon 14 June - Funny Couple of days Post Nat flip, Prince of Persia, At Jacobs all day, Deb Banged Arm, me Scrapped Arm,
There was very nearly a third hospital casualty when Monty bounded into Deb's hand and she thought he'd broken it. Luckily not but she's in quite a bit of pain. This wasn't to be Monty's only attempt to utilise NHS resources today. Later that evening he wanted to go out for a wee; I let him out and was getting a few beers to put into the fridge when he came bounding back. DO NOT MIX - narrow back alleyway, a crutch, hand full of tinnies and mad Labrador. I went flying, stuck out my left arm to grab wall, missed, arm slid down brickwork then scrapped against the wooden box, where we keep fire wood, before I managed to grab something and regain my balance. End result - left arm looks like it's just been to an Emo convention where it was the main exhibit.