Monday, 13 August 2012

Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life..trala,trala...trala


It was a long night
I wont go on about the Olympic Closing Ceremony. Suffice to say I did enjoy Eric Idle performing "Always look on the bright side of life" complete with roller-skating nuns, high kicking Roman centurions and large rugby type men dressed as traditional Welsh women.
The crowd loved this piece of British lunacy too and after three hours of singing and dancing around the Damian Hurst's iconic Union Jack the whole thing was finally ( and thankfully) all over!
I went to bed late and didn't sleep.
I was waiting for Alf the guinea fowl to be dispatched by a passing badger or foraging fox as I lay in bed....and true to form one predator did exactly that at 2.30am when a brief guinea fowl scream echoed around the graveyard in the quiet night
He refused to fly up into his roosting tree last night after I noticed that he had been injured in a joust with fellow male Hughie, and even though I had tried to catch him, he had just enough energy to keep out of my way.
Such is life (and death) on a  0.7 acre field in Welsh Wales

By 3am I noticed that George was restless and unwell, and I was still listening out for him at 4.30am before I eventually managed to fall asleep.This morning I am toying with idea of taking him to the vets later today. It looks like a stomach upset, but I will reassess it all later if he settles after his breakfast

When it comes to dogs and illness, I know I get far too worried far too quickly..... 
I am a product of losing 2 adored bulldogs in quick succession.
Perhaps when dogs and illnesses are concerned

I don't always "look on the bright side of life"

29 comments:

  1. i'm loving your blog more and more each day... hope the dog is OK x

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  2. What a shame about Alf, I hope George is feeling better soon.

    Eric Idle was the highlight of evening for me. I love that song, in fact I've told my daughter to play it at my funeral.

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  3. John - I enjoyed the crazy Eric Idle spot too but the whole thing seemed like the opening ceremony to me - a restaurant meal where you're expected to consume every dish on the menu. And why was the perverted has-been George Michael there? Yuk!

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  4. Hope George is feeling ok. You too.

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  5. Like the opening ceremonies... some excellent moments but much too long. I did love Eric Idle. And that's all I'll say about that.

    It's easy to understand your worries about George. When it comes to the pets, I tend to walk through life with blinders on, which doesn't help them one bit.

    Hope all is well.

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  6. Hope George is OK. I do know what you mean about worrying about poorly dogs, since losing one of our Pugs to epilepsy two months ago I'm paranoid about the others. Loved Eric Idle too...completely bonkers!
    Jo xx

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  7. Eric Idle got the biggest applause of the evening, though I'm not sure why. It's a great song but not that great.

    I liked Annie Lennox's dress. And Jessie J's amazing voice. But the others are right, it was far too long with too many courses.

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  9. Oh have there been some olympic games on then? Must have missed it.
    Poor Alf. RIP.
    Hope George is OK

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  10. I thought the Eric Idle bit was great - goodness knows what the rest of the world made of it !! Hearing the whole crowd singing along was magic.

    Poor Alf, what a horrible end. And I do hope George isn't too poorly. No wonder you are worried so soon after losing the girls.

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  11. We shall always be looking on the bright side of life for ever after (or at least for a few weeks).

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  12. There's no need for you to go on at length about the closing ceremony J.G., as I've already done that in my own blog. But I'd certainly like to know if you disagree with anything there - or you have a further 'apercu' or so to add.

    Yes, seeing a pet in distress or in pain is like a little stab to the heart. One feels so helpless in being unable to communicate to them how one feels, and that anything one does is only for the best. Do keep us posted - meantime, fingers crossed for his rapid recovery.

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  13. Poor Alf...hope George picks up again soon...I too enjoyed the rollerskating Nuns, although The Cat's Mother had to leave the room....

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  14. Yes, the highlight for me was the shot of Prince Harry singing along with Eric Idle. There is hope for the royal family, indeed.

    Terrible about Alf. How avoidable, if only he hadn't been such a dope. I love chickens (never known guinea fowl personally), but I will be the first to admit they are ridiculously short on brains. Better you waste your worrying on George.

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  15. I hope George is OK.x

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  16. Always Look on the Bright Side of Life was the high spot of the night. They should have saved Eric Idle for the finale instead of all that gloopy, emotional stuff!

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  17. YP
    I hope you are not being homophobic there?

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  18. Chris and crew sang "Always Look on the Bright side of Life"after their ship had been bombed and they were waiting to abandon ship!
    Jane x

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  19. PS How's Little George doing?
    Jane x

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  20. he's not right jane.. eating ok but looks "uncomfortable" I will keep a close eye on him

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  21. I've always been a fan of Eric Idle's songs and "Bright Side of Life" is the best. Wonderful choice for the closing ceremony!
    (I was also wondering about that George Michael remark!)

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  22. Poor old George. I can highly recommend Prokolin paste for doggy upset bellies. I've had a long succession of Yorkies with delicate tums and this stuff works a treat though they don't appreciate the gesture

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  23. I thought the best part of the Closing was the medal presentation for the Men's Marathon. The pride of the Ugandan runner was a joy to see and what the whole Olympics is all about. (Or should be.) I have to admit I didn't watch the whole thing, I got tired after 2 hours but I switched on again just in time to see Eric Idle. I enjoyed that.

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  24. PS: Sorry about Alf, and I hope George is ok. XXX

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  25. PPS: Wasn't Eric Idle's costume odd! Shorts and a tunic, teamed with tights. Practical and comfy, though.

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  26. Sorry about Alf.
    Hope George was OK after brekkie.

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  27. My husband and I were singing "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" while we were doing the barn chores tonight.

    Best of luck with George.

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  28. RIP Alf :(

    Hope George is fine!!

    I thought the closing ceremonies went on & on but I did a fair amount of dancing in front of the TV!! Loved Annie Lennox!!! xoxo

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