Sunday, 1 July 2012

A Slippery Little Sucker

Last Night was a bitch of a shift,
Four admissions,one death, a staff at full stretch and at one slightly surreal moment, a broken sink tap and an unexpected flood.
As always, the predominantly Filipino staff soldiered on with good humour but by 8.30am after 13 hours on my feet I was ready to kick the shit out of the noisy monitor system without any hint of unprofessional irony.

George, being "quietly cheerful"

I had a 90 minute sleep covered in dogs when I got home then went out for a walk up the Gop then around the village where I bumped into the ever cheerful Sandra, who was out on her allotment.
"do you want an extra hen?" she called out as I passed "she's a good layer!"
"what's wrong with her?" I called back and Sandra explained that she was a constant escapee from her allotment hen house and an avid eater of young plants from not only her veg patch but from the vegetable plots from all her neighbours allotments
"she's a slippery little sucker" she laughed!
and so, remembering the film where the heroine uses a version of that line ..a new Rhone Island Red who has a passion for escapology will be arriving today. Her name? Vivian Ward....of course!
Now name that film?

29 comments:

  1. Pretty Woman. Do I win a prize?

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  2. Drat! Beaten to it. She was about to eat a snail I recall...euch!

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  3. page you do!
    send me your address and I will send it! jgsheffield@hotmail.com

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  4. That black dog looks incurably mad - in a nice but disturbing sort of way. I wouldn't have known the fillum anyway.

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  5. Do they make chicken-sized 'ball and chains'? That might do the job!

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  6. that's George, Thomas, he's a cracking little dog.... spend his entire life being quietly cheerful

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  7. I love that photo of happy George! Weeeee!

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  8. I had to Google and came up with Pretty Woman! Saw the film quite awhile ago, don't remember the line!

    a hearty "Going Gently" fan welcome to the Rhode Island Red escapist! dear girl friend, you'll love John's menagerie and believe me you'll fit right in ;)!!!!!

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  9. You are so blessed to be able to have such a wonderful life to get home to after the trials and tribulations of your hospital work. I think your new hen will be loving it with you...

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  10. Strangely enough my friend in Melbourne was just saying that one of her kitchen taps broke and she held it down until the plumber arrived (over an hour) to prevent the whole flat being flooded. And the price to fix it, including out-of-hours charge and call-out charge? $418.00. That's £272!

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  11. ooh spooky, I'm just watching "sleeping with the enemy" with Julia Roberts.

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  12. I love the pic of feisty George with you and another pup. Who is the other pup, Meg or William?

    I look forward to hearing the stories of traveling Vivian's exploits vs your plan to protect the gardens and neighbors.

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  13. Who knitted George?!lol Can I have the pattern?He's utterly adorable.
    Broody Hen update - she was evicted from her kidnapped eggs without a fuss and is still in a huff but should return to normal soon!Have a good week.

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  14. It must be wonderful to go home to dogs, hens, good neighbors and so on after a bad day at work. The picture tells it all.

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  15. I love the idea of a fiercely independent little red hen. I hope to hear more of her adventures!

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  16. The dress she wears to the opera in that film is gorgeous.

    John you need to update your profile pic with the streamline you xx

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  17. let me lose another stone and you're on

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  18. 90 minute kip is not long enough! Its no good cutting out the booze, then skimping on the sleep! I know - I'm a nag! xxxxxx

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  19. Ah, we should all have a George.

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  20. Pretty Woman!!! crap did not get here early today and i was beaten.
    lol

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  21. "... [Vivian slips an escargot while having dinner with Edward and Mr. Morse] "Oops... slippery little suckers!"

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  22. Great story, John. Hope you're having a better night tonight. ♥

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  23. I was kidding about the prize - especially since I'm in the States. If you're serious, I'll send along my address. Be well!

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  24. Was it "Greyfriars Bobby"?

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  25. Love that photo John! Don't you love what dogs give us?!
    I didn't stay at the film long enough to hear that line! One of two films I ever walked out of.

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  26. I knew the answer as soon as I read Page's comment. I guess that doesn't count.

    Love the picture of you and George.

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  27. Congrats on the new hen and warn your neighbors-ha. Also, send some of that cold wet weather over here, please.

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  28. I saw a lovely dog in the pet shop yesterday. We have been three years dog-less and I'm starting to crack, and that pic of Meg and George has opened it even wider....
    Trouble is, in a couple of weeks I am going to be painting in the pet shop so there'll be constant temptation in the form of For Sale fluffy bundles of yapping joy.

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