Wednesday, 28 December 2016

" I've Found Another One Dead"

When my mother was hospilized. ( The admission before her death) she rather gleefully told me the story when she overheard one of the ward nurses share with her colleagues in the middle of the night the stage whisper of " I've just found another one dead" 
My mother was amused more by the fact that the nurses burst into conspiratorial giggles after the event rather than the fact that one of her fellow patients had died.
My mother and I shared the same sense of humour.

I see that another celebrity has bitten the dust over the Christmas period. Poor Carrie Fisher's force wasn't with her,even though she was lucky enough to have a cardiac arrest in first class where the stewards were all well versed in CPR.
The lists of the dead are all of comparable age to me which is a bit worrying....but I guess the baby boomers are all being thinned out as Darwin Nature intended. Drugs, alcohol and dirty living finally takes it's toll......ask George Michael's housekeeper if you don't believe me, I bet she's seen things that would make your eyeballs pop from your sockets!

And so we leave Broadstairs for the journey home in a few minutes. The home-cared for Dogs need collecting tonight.
The kennel based dogs tomorrow.


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  1. "Drugs, alcohol and dirty living finally takes it's toll". While what you say is quite true and perhaps you and I are smart enough or not wealthy enough to be as self indulgent, human frailty is a common condition and we should judge with a charitable mind. George didn't rob or murder anyone, he did not molest children, his failings were his own. He made quite good music and lived his life.

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    1. Thats me told......
      But i was actually referring to miss fisher

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    2. You said George Michael's housekeeper had tales to tell.

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    3. And i bet she does!

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    4. Andrew He also drove when drugged up multiple times and could have harmed people.

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    5. All Housekeepers have tales to tell. Most of them will take them to their own graves before they would show any disloyalty to their employers.

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  2. Yes - and the cold weather sorts a few of the oldies out too doesn't it? PS As of this minute I am fighting fit and going strong.

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    1. You'll go one forever pat....like the Forth Bridge

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    2. We currently have 2 and a half bridges over the Forth now. Take your pick!!!

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  4. Safe journey home John. x

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  5. Are you suggesting that if one has a cardiac arrest in standard, tough luck?

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    1. Yes, they just cover you with ablanket and leave you in catle class

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  6. I like mom's sense of humor, another one bites the dust. Back when I was doing volunteer work for hospice, I had to stop taking referrals on Fridays, the Friday referrals always died before I could get out to see them.

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  7. Yep...we're getting back to normal whatever normal is. Cleaning out the fridge, taking down decs and so on. Hope you find all's well when you get home.

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    1. Only Albert is home......gawd knows what he will drag in

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  8. I bet George Michael's housekeeper saw quite a few used towels and council tax bills. several pairs of partially soiled Homer Simpson boxer shorts and mountains of takeaway cartons from Masoom's Tandoori which is on the high street in Goring-on-Thames.

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    1. You sound as like a regular visitor.....mind you i always put you down as a Barrymore man!

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    2. Been there, lovely food.

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  9. "Drugs, alcohol and dirty living finally takes its toll" - THANK YOU! I know several people who have passed early due to these life choices. we don't get off this planet alive, that's for damn sure.

    safe journey home to the little village.

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    1. AM YOU TOO
      we are presently at Euston!

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  10. Keith Richards and Mick Jagger must be doing something right ;) ;)

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    1. They still look like mother Theresa on a bad hair day

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    2. They should leave their bodies to medical science. Imagine what amazing discoveries would be made.

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  11. I mean Richard (Richards is Cliff).

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    1. Whatever Cliff's merits, it is Keith Richards with an 's'. That's the name he was born with. Changed it - on PR advice - to Richard, only to change it back to the original. In the immortal words of Michael Caine: "Not many people know that". Now you do, Gwil.

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    2. Ursula to the grammatical rescue

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    3. Thank you Ursula. I appreciate that.

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  12. We watched 'The Lady in the Van' last night. Broadstairs was where she went to get money from her estranged brother. Have a nice time!

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    1. Oh yes, the family informed me of this several times! We are now homeward bound ....in a virgin train nose to nipple with the great northern unwashed

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    2. How simply ghastly. It's bad enough having to live with just one.

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    3. The prof is presently watching open mouthed as an elderly liverpudlian matron is feeding her elderly husband couscous from a spoon!

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  13. I discovered over a miserable Christmas Day and night that family isn't all that it is cracked up to be and cats/dogs are much better ..
    I have lists and lists in my poor tired head and on paper, of what I must do, have to look into, people to see and places to go. Hopefully ending in Me being Happy Elsewhere ... with the cats.
    For anyone who has been without family over the holidays, from my recent experience, that might be a Good Thing.
    Happy New Year ..

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    1. Chin p dearheart x

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    2. Oh god how dreary and pathetic I sounded !
      christmas day was crap but I have hope for the days ahead. And weirdly I am thinking of moving again. sigh.
      Happy Days Ahead !

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    3. Sorry you had such a awful Holiday. I was going to say were you snowed in but remembered you moved to the sunny state of Florida.
      You had such a wonderful husband and lovely magical life befor that i can see how you now miss it so much.
      Many of us never had that and now that my x is gone my tiny family of 4 are so much happier with him gone and no more upsetting times. None of the x's family throwing hissy fits. Quiet is good.
      One son was here but 2 were faraway. We talked and skyped and had lovely quiet day.
      Hopefully next year will be better for you. You will settle in and have friends. You can make you new home wonderful by next Christmas. Family does not have to be related, family is what you make.


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    4. Thank you :) I am planning a trip ... far far away ...or moving ... definitely moving, just how far away is the questions :)
      John, any vacancies in the village ? ;)

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    5. Oh No you just moved.

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  14. Glad you are on your way home, John. Thought of you this morning when the pileup closed down the A40. "How will John get home?".

    The "village" looked great. Atmospheric.

    Albert will present you with something dead and half eaten by way of protest at being left behind. Cats are subtle that way. In their disapproval.

    This is a, not as abbreviated as I had hoped, second attempt of leaving you a message. Blogger really is something else. Never mind. It's annoying when you want to leave someone a sign of appreciation, a greeting only to be sent into oblivion.

    Talking of oblivion: Glad you shared something with your mother. Even if only, nay particularly, a sense of the macabre.

    You do know, don't you, that the only two species surviving when the world ends are cockroaches and Keith Richards? Though, at some point, it was a close run contest between Richards and good old Lemmy. Yes, Lemmy - like Richards one of the good guys; genuine, no bullshitting. Exactly a year ago I cried for a man I'd never met. Long story.

    Come to think of it: Why is Ozzy Osborne still alive? He is a walking shadow of another self. Shows you what the body is able to withstand. Bloody miracle. To all those of you who mourn the dying and your own imminent demise I could offer you standard comfort: It's the good ones who go first. Though I, personally, rather be bad than quit early.

    George Michael's coverage in the press way over the top. He was a pop star not bloody Jesus Christ or Beethoven. Maybe a question you and your readers care to answer: Why, as soon as you are dead, you become theeeeeeeeeeee most amazing human being ever to walk the planet?

    Hug,
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    1. I don't think that will apply to me, that amazing bit that is. In the words of the Divine Freddie, 'Beelzebub has a devil set aside for me,,eeeeeeee!

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  15. Well i thought he was shit in the olympics! ...mind you so was paul mccartney

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  16. Where's rachel today?

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    1. Lying on the bed under an icepack, I would imagine.

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    2. She'll surface soon!
      Spam for tea no doubt!

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    3. Spam is fuck food or are you just not eating?

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    4. A few more words in a sentence would be helpful here

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  17. It's true. It's the lifestyle that catches up with these young entertainers. Is the money and the fame really worth it? Your babies will be glad to see you. Home is the best place of all.

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  18. I knew a surgeon that once said his patient pulled a boner, which inwardly shocked me, but then I guess one must have gallows humor when working with death and dying.

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  19. and each time one dies all i can think is that they won't have to live through trump.

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    1. Well at least he can only survive 4 years.......? Could he be voted in for a second term?

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    2. Could be be voted in for a second term ?
      Only if there are that many brain dead people voting for him, if he ran ...

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  20. Yes, Carrie is just the latest in a long list of high profile deaths this year. Let's hope 2017 isn't such a vicious bastard.

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  21. I admit I was quite the fan of Carrie Fisher's...very saddened at her death.

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    1. Just listened to her interview of 25 years ago with clive james...
      Moving and insightful

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  22. 2016 has offered up celebrity deaths in all genres that seem to be much more painful than prior years. Authors, photographers, musicians, editors, astronauts, etc. People who enriched a lot of lives of a certain generation. I am 47 so allow me to shed tears for my youth as it passes me by.
    Then there are the real life people like my friend's dad who passed without all this press and dammit it just adds to the wretchedness of the year.
    May there be better times ahead, even for those of us stuck in surreal Trumplandia.

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    1. every life is important....you are right.. A point well made x

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  23. Bloody hell, so many A listers dead this year long aside the countless B listers. RIP all of you dear souls

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    1. But what I wanted to add you were all A listers x

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  24. The last time I collected our extremely spoilt but very affectionate dachshund from a relative, he stood crying and wriggling at the gate, which was most gratifying. Until I opened said gate and he bolted straight past me and across the road to smother an attractive stranger with kisses and dashie love. Of course there was a large audience to the enjoy my humiliation...We gave the other dog his holiday treats! May your doggy reunions go more smoothly.

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    1. Oh My Goodness !
      Love this. Dog and cats ground you.

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    2. George was dancing when i went round and kept leading me to the door to come home! It never fails to warm my heart,..
      Winnie hugged me once and just went daft

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  25. I have to think that it's just nature taking it's course like you said. as the years go on then the celebrities from the 70's and 80's are going to be getting older and older. Also news travels much faster than it used to.

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    1. Good point kev
      We know more and more about everyone

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  26. Dark sense of humour your mum. Reminds me of a GP who went to visit an old man and his wife was not too happy as he hadn't drunk his tea she had put next to him. He couldn't he'd been dead for a while. What a waste of a good cuppa we thought. Nice way to go.

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  27. Dark sense of humour your mum. Reminds me of a GP who went to visit an old man and his wife was not too happy as he hadn't drunk his tea she had put next to him. He couldn't he'd been dead for a while. What a waste of a good cuppa we thought. Nice way to go.

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    1. You will never know......

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  28. One reason I am retiring from NHS at 55. Inhumanity from bed managers. Patient dies we declare on computer , 5 mins later we get a call at 3am patient ready to come from admissions unit. Me no deceased patient with relatives. Bed manager get rid of them we have a patient about to breech 4 hours in trolleys!. May have swore and hung up!.Collegues next to me never heard me swear or hang up. Bad line!.

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    1. I am retiring at 55 alsoX

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    2. Excellent Johnxxx Thankfully we can!.


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    3. Oh enjoy!. I have 3 years, but admit feel burnt out!. God help our Collegues who need to work until 67

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  29. 'Postcards from the Edge' is worthy of a look. I liked Carrie Fisher. She never seemed to be a truly happy bunny, did she?

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    1. I adored the film version of her book, bitingly funny

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    2. Seems even more poignant today!

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  30. George Michael and Carrier Fisher taken way too soon, but yet Donald Trump still pollutes out planet. Life is just not fair!

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    1. Im not a fan but i guess he is loved by his family ........

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  31. I missed Christmas entirely due to pleurisy. Having read the news I'm rather glad I did.

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    1. You poor sausage...are you better?

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    2. A bit. Doc wanted to send me to hospital, but I haven't had the energy to wax my legs, so there was no way I was going there.

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    3. I am chuckling as sit on my bed...glad you are better.

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  32. Just got in from work here to the news that Debbie Reynolds (Carries' mum), passed away this afternoon. So sad for that family.

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  33. I'm not shocked to hear that Carrie Fisher's mother died today. I can imagine the loss of a child could shake eveyrthing out of something at such a brittle age

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  34. I also read that Richard Adams was reported dead on the same day as Carrie. for me a double blow. I adored Carrie and loved Richard Adams book and movie Watership Down. Both of these writers mean so much to me.

    cheers, parsnip

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  35. Debbie Reynolds is now with her daughter Carrie wherever it is that souls unite.

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  36. Getting together with family and friends is great, but coming home to the furry family members is better. Rest well John :)

    What a year eh... so much sadness and violence and not much of anything to be joyous about other than those of us fortunate enough to have a home where we feel safe and comfortable.
    Best wishes to you & the Prof John and you furry clan and everyone else here - Happy 2017 for all - may it be somewhat better

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  37. hi! new to your blog! As a fellow baby boomer, I gotta agree. I'm glad now I was a wussy girl in the 60's. I might last longer than many that weren't. I guess in some cases I already have. Now if I could put down the chocolate, I'd last even longer. LOL

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  38. I feel sorry for the double blow the family Fisher has suffered, as well the Von Alts and others...At the end of the day, no matter who you are or what you attain, all coffins are the same size. We should all hoped to be missed for the good we did. Glad you're home with your furry babies once more. Happy New Year.

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