Monday, 20 July 2015

One Drop Of Gravy Too Much

Roger Moore
The Prof

Tom Stephenson seemed rather amused with the childhood photo of the Prof that I posted on Saturday. I can see why very easily, for it shows a little boy who possesses a great deal of character and opinion and one , who, from the age of six, probably never really suffered any fool gladly.
Tom stated

  " John says The Prof doesn't smile much and the picture would support that. I always sense an air of mild disapproval coming from over John's shoulder - about everything, including the rest of us in the Blogosphere. Not in a nasty way, more of a tired, almost resigned sort of way. I am sure he loves the animals really."

Now I have absolutely no doubt that the Prof loves the very bones of me. He is constantly amused by my clumsiness, finds my inability to pronounce even the most simplest of words rather endearing and  always seems to be smiling ( albeit inwardly) when I have trouble dressing myself in an outfit which could be mistaken for something fairly smart..
But I, and the mundane things in life do exasperate him to such a level sometimes that I am sure that
one day his Roger Moore eyebrow will explode from the top of his head.
I guess that is part of his charm
He is poised and in control of his emotions in public and his work, whereas I adore a good emotional romp.
He finds blogging somewhat of an odd phenomenon and although I know he reads Going Gently more or less every day, he always does so with the general world weary air of " Whatever Next?"
To many he is a closed book, a common trait of many a man ...... He thinks that I run off at the mouth too much.
Yet we dovetail together rather nicely and have done for many years now......even though the sight of me wearing one more of my gravy stained walking Dead  t shirts may yet put him a home for the mentally bewildered.

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  1. Perhaps we should all pitch in and buy you a new, clean, Walking Dead tee shirt. For the Professor's sake, of course.

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    1. Do you want my address?

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    2. Nooo! I think we should set up a home for the mentally bewildered and all live there. John you can be Matron.

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    3. I'm with MrsC on that... I would live there quite happily... John's tales would keep me happy for hours.

      Jo in Auckland, NZ

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  2. And now we love both of you. Your Prof's bearing reminds me of my father's. Strong, rational, logical men.

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    1. How many dads did you have?

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  3. Well, speaking as someone who loves and is loved by someone completely different from herself I say- who knows why these things happen? And thank our lucky stars they do.

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  4. There are many interesting chapters inside the closed books of the world.

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  5. I have a friend who is really reserved, whilst I tend to wear everything on my sleeve (and gravy down my shirt, too). I've learned over the years to look at his cues to know what he feels about something. They are subtle, yet present if I take the time to look.

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  6. Prof sounds a delightful chap, lucky you xx

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  7. A propos of nothing, Tom Hiddleston has a nice Roger Moore eyebrow too. The Prof is in good company.

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  8. Just started following your blog and WOW, you do amuse me! Love your stories. As I have time, I'm going to read your past blogs. Your life is so different than mine and that's what I enjoy.

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  9. And it's true love all the way, gravy and scotch eggs included.
    Lisa x

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  10. The heart knows what the mind can't explain. True if a little trite.

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  11. The wonderful thing is you found each other...

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  12. I have infiltrated the academic bowels of Cynthia - The University of North Wales central computer facility and I was astounded to discover that Professor C. Burton's "highly confidential" research programme involves "continuous investigation" of the psychological milieu in a North Wales village with particular reference to "pillars of the local community". I wouldn't wish to upset your wet Monday further by revealing the said Professor's stated "methods"! Oh dear.

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    1. Bet hes employing the entire psychology department of the university as support too

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    2. You're little more than a laboratory rat John.

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  13. They always say opposites attract John.

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  14. My husband and I (oops, sorry, I sound like 'Dear old Queenie’ there) have been happily together for thirty two years, yet only have two things in common.....we're married each to the other and we're the parents of the same child!
    Perhaps it's true that opposites attract!

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  15. A positive paean of praise to the Prof, J.G. I'm feeling quite jealous.

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    1. I dont big him up often raymondo do i?

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    2. Too true you don't, J.G. - and I think that's the way you should keep it. :-)

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  16. Gravy stains? Sign of a good dinner, devoured with gusto! That's my excuse anyhoo!

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  17. The prof. sounds lovely!

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  18. What a nice tribute to your other half. And in return he gets a warm, funny, kind man who runs the household as successfully as any business leader. It's true that opposites attract and can even get along famously, isn't it?

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  19. What a wonderful post today.
    And if he hasn't run screaming into the wilds of Wales with George tucked under his arm, you are the ones for each other.
    You both have chosen well !

    cheers, parsnip

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  20. The amazement of being loved -
    Great post, John

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  21. John, there are products out now that will help take out gravy stains if you pretreat before you wash your T-shirts, tablecloths, whatever. It should be on the aisle that you buy all that bleach. Sometimes just plain dish detergent will take it out. Dawn and Joy come to mind.

    Still water runs deep! I'm a tad on the quiet and reserved side myself. You were lucky to find someone you are so compatible with. Maybe Chris should do a guest blog one day. Then we could hear his side of the story!!

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  22. Gravy stains? Blackcurrant jam would be much better.

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    1. Cherry brandy would be even better. The local trees are dripping with cherries right now. Food for free always sets my heart racing

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  23. but you two compliment each other so nicely.

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  24. Yin and Yang, Cheech and Chong, Cheese on Toast, Love and Marriage, you can't have one without the other, very much like you and the Prof. x

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    1. Hinge and bracket?
      Carson and lady mary?
      Daryl and carol?

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  25. Any new t-shirt I acquire will have gravy or something worse on the front before the first wearing is through. It drives my husband nuts, too! Opposites definitely attract!

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  26. Now THAT, all of that, is love.

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  27. But how awesome that you fit together like to peas in a pod.....

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  28. I couldn't agree more with you, John. Opposites make the BEST couples....whether gay or straight.
    I know.

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  29. I've never seen a clean Walking Dead T shirt. It would defy (and defile) the initial purpose.

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    1. Omg you are soooooooo right

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  30. John, it's this hotel: http://www.thehotellancaster.com/

    Gill

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  31. Funnily I thought two posts ago we had not heard recently about Chris and another post and that sweet photo again . Isn't it a wonderful world when you have a partner to journey through life together. Commitment and endurance for the climbs and the troughs, the sweet and the sour . Xxxx

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  32. My husband was quite a few years older than I and I adored him from the day I met him until ... well ... until he had to go away but he promised to wait for me when my turn came.
    I used to wish I could be more like him. He had this wicked wry sense of humor and some people would wonder if he was joking or not, the sight of that dimple in one cheek was the giveaway.
    There is nothing more comforting and soothing than having someone with you that you know is Forever .. and that makes a person brave ! even if you are already brave ..
    May you two be brave and in love for many many many years to come. We will be these ancient white haired bloggers sitting around admiring how brave and smart you two are :)

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    1. Lol."i never liked tne proff when we first met...i thought he was aloof and arrogant
      I learned to love him x

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    2. That's a lovely comment from notes. X

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  33. A solid relationship tempers the salty with the sweet, and I've learned that you might as well adore the bitter parts too, 'cause they're part of the package.

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  34. Yin and Yang. You compliment each other perfectly.

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    1. Laurel and Hardy, Cannon and Ball, Tom and Jerry...

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    2. Laurel and Hardy, Cannon and Ball, Tom and Jerry...

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  35. I have imagined that he sighs heavily - a lot.

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  36. I have a couple of friends who watch my Youtube videos with that same air of weariness :P

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  37. True love! :) Sounds a little like what goes on here, and i am the gravy stained outwardly-expressive one. Mind you, over the years of my bad influence I think he is beginning to look more scruffy, and I think he enjoys it. The difference is he can brush up lovely to go out. I still end up fuzzy around the edges, even when I try hard!

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  38. We are both completely opposite dispositions, me loud and Tom quiet, how he puts up with me I don't know but it has worked since we met in 1961 so there must be something there.
    Briony
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  39. A love match indeed x

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  40. The more you write about Chris the more he sounds like Lovely Hubby, I think they both love the very bones of us and put up with our ways and our blogging because of that.

    If we ever meet up as a foursome it will be very interesting :-)

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  41. I can well imagine the Prof's bewilderment. I'm equally bemused at some people's highly emotional reaction to, well, just about everything. I simply wouldn't have the energy for it.

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  42. I think that's the point of a relationship though, two different personality people just "fitting". That's when the relationship is working perfectly. When it isn't working it's like the jigsaw piece that lost an arm and no longer fits. You two dovetail together because you "fit" perfectly. I think the pic of the Prof as a small boy is delightful btw.

    Jo in Auckland, NZ

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  43. Its the old saying..Opposites attract. Yours is a match made in heaven! Kinda like Laurel & Hardy. You of course being the skinny one:)

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