Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Birdy Coonan Was Right


'What a story......'
My favourite film of all time is ALL ABOUT EVE. In my dreams I live a life where wisecracking one liners, waspish divas and suave villains are the order of the day.
It's a common day dream of middle aged old queens.

As a favour to animal helper Pat ( who is high up on the Women's Institute hierarchy table) I am giving a talk to the Llanasa WI branch this evening.
The subject will be " blogging" in general and " Going Gently" more specifically 
and as usual I have left my preparation rather late in the day.
As I was bucketing water into the ducks' paddling pool this morning I stopped briefly to go through a rough version of my introdction, and the animals, who at that time are not used to me even farting once let alone spouting a whole pile of 'prose' in their direction, all stopped what they were doing to listen carefully to what I was up to.
I had just covered my " blogging as therapy " line when I caught sight of the Ewes  giving me a quizzical stare and all I could think of was Thelma Ritter's famous one liner in All About Eve, which perhaps sums me up more than any other
WHAT A STORY!.....EVERYTHING BUT THE BLOODHOUNDS SNAPPING AT HER REAR END


41 comments:

  1. Wasn't she the same actor as was in 'The Misfits' as well? I really like her too.

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    1. well remembered.....she was also the wisecracking nurse in REAR WINDOW

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  2. Do you know I don't think I have ever seen All about Eve, but adore Rear Window.

    I'm getting better at the one liners - there is a lot of opportunity with the banter in the Charity shop which I love about working there.

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  3. and Pillow Talk...... drinking Rock Hudson under the table....she was brilliant. Love All About Eve....oh to live in an old movie!!

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  4. I need a scriptwriter like that!

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  5. Ooh Thelma Ritter - what a star. She makes any film worth watching.

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  6. Brilliant. I too have spent many hours in the chookpen or in front of the dogs, rehearsing a looming workshop. They get what I'm on about and they are so attentive.

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  7. I, too, am a Thelma Ritter fan. At one time she was a real staple in the American cinema...

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  8. I must add that your middle aged old queens blog is great therapy for this menopausal, mid-life crisis, middle-aged housewife. It has added a bit of colour to a grey day for me.

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  9. What I wouldn't give to hear your speech! Sounds like fun. Enjoy!

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    1. You have the WI in Canada do you not?

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  10. "wisecracking one liners, waspish divas and suave villains are the order of the day" Not just middle-aged queens...

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  11. Blogging as therapy? Tell us more....

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    1. I could write a book nick... Me thinks we all could

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  12. I'm sure your humans will enjoy your speech as much as the animals did.

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  13. I only have it on VHS with no machine to play it on. Should really get rid of it and invest in a dvd. What a fabulous film. Don't forget to have a photo session with George if he's had is hair done and pass them on!

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  14. Maybe you could get a transcript of your talk and post it here for us all to learn from. Okay... I'm not serious here.... but... still......

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  15. I have never seen ALL ABOUT EVE...note to self.

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  16. Therapeutic blogging.....I suspect why most of us are here in the first place, John.
    Break a leg tonight!

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  17. Had to do something while nursing Jim!!

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  18. Love All About Eve, what a fabulous movie. I always wanted to be like Thelma Ritter what a hoot !
    For me I also like the back story, Edith Head talks about the wonderful black dress Betty Davis wears in the movie and how at the last second they had to change it.

    I so look forward to your village and farm life stories.

    cheers, parsnip

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  19. I absolutely love All About Eve.

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  20. I remember her in Pillow Talk, not the other two mentioned. John, how great that you are talking to the WI ladies about blogging!

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  21. I agree that you should share your wisdom with the rest of us! Why let the ducks, chickens and sheep hear it and not your devoted followers?

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  22. I would love to be in the audience for that!

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    1. Most seemed to enjoy it M
      Only one lady fell asleep

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  23. The WI won't know what hit them!Would love to be a fly on that wall!Break a leg.x

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  24. Brilliant subject John. I saw that AJ had suggested it and wished I had thought of it. So many of them will have no idea and there are so many of your blogging friends that you can include. If you use quotes, avoid the riper ones of old Tom though - we don't want to shock them too much.
    Re waspish divas - that describes hens exactly in my opinion.

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    1. Pat, have just returned home..... I think a few of the WI here will be reading your blog soon!

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  25. Good luck with your talk. Not that you need it. You'll be smashing, I'm sure.

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  26. Well, of course the bloodhounds won't be snapping at your arse--your bum's been too close to the bleach!

    LOL

    hope the talk goes well.

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    1. I never told them about me arse...perhaps I should have done

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  27. And you can tell people how you have famous GOATS that read your blog! Woo hooo! hee hee

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  28. Once you've practiced in front of ducks and ewes, people will be easy.

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  29. First thank you 4 a great talk 2night at llanasa WI x Im going to read your blog as was fasinated by hearing about your animals---85 wow and lot of feeding
    I didnt understand the faces of Eve when i watched it so many years ago[think it was before I was 18] I might now take a look again and as someone who has had a mental health problem I can fully understand the off loading of a blog 2,also a registered nurse

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    1. Carol
      I enjoyed it
      Thank you
      Please thank everyone for me
      They were very welcoming
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  30. So now you can rest your anxious nerves - you've done it! So glad you did it and didn't faint as I would have done! Congratulations! Sleep well tonight!

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  31. I haven't seen that movie since I was a teen. Should see it again.

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