"I'll admit I may have seen better days,
but I'm still not to be had for the price of a cocktail,
like a salted
I enjoy when you ask your followers for their ghost stories or strange happenings. I read them all. I love the photo/story of Mary sitting in the cooking dish and the title 'Oh My God, I Killed Bog Brush' stands out in my mind. Your blog makes me laugh a lot, cry a little and think about other points of view. That and the animals is why I follow. xx
It was " fuck I've just killed bog brush". Lolhttps://disasterfilm.blogspot.com/2014/11/giving-as-good-as-i-get.html
Winnie posts, with all the other four-footers just a short wet nose behind. To ask why would be superfluous.
This one made me smile when I re read itWilliam and the bookcasehttps://disasterfilm.blogspot.com/2015/07/a-turd-in-bookcase.html
I vaguely recall this but I'd rather have re-read one which referred to W's gorgeous figure, face and fragrant presence. We'll leave her rear end (and all its functional vagaries) for you to clear up and deal with, thank you! :-)
Shallow of me not remembering his/her name, but your last dog to die was very sad. But then so was the day Aunt Glad moved to the home. Ok, all a bit down. Your wedding!!! What a day! What a time! I won't forget that, ever.
Yes my wedding was the highlight for me toohttps://disasterfilm.blogspot.com/2015/03/wedding-photos.html
I don't remember any specific posts really. I just read each day and absorb and read the comments and enjoy. Sorry to sound so dull.
I do like my examples
I remember the wedding and the photos.x
Yes....three votes so far x
I love the posts that contain your sharp put downs, such as 'cheap shoes!' X
Crabby old cowhttps://disasterfilm.blogspot.com/2017/09/if-you-cant-beat-em.htmlCheap shoeshttps://disasterfilm.blogspot.com/2013/07/one-liner.htmlFat ugly babyhttps://disasterfilm.blogspot.com/2010/06/i-am-not-very-nice-person.html
Lol thanks x
All of them (nearly.) There are a handful about wacky things that happened when you worked in the spinal unit, I recall one about outings with patients.
Wheelchairs in ditches?https://disasterfilm.blogspot.com/2017/04/my-television-debut.html
Your lovely obituary for Peter, two years ago. No need to say anything other than thank you so much for that.
The fucking fuchsia ?https://disasterfilm.blogspot.com/2016/02/the-fucking-fuchsia.html
Brilliant title for an obituary - Peter would have loved it!!!
Okay going to be selfish and self centred !! Well I was mentioned ha ha ha a comment on the Prof's homemade pen tin, to be honest I really thought you may have done a weekly blog on your pen tin making skills, or offered one as a prize !! Keep smiling John Gray xx
JG tis as magnificent a post as I remember, other than the post which mentioned ME, my favourite erm ............ all (except walking dead, sorry do not like) why, JG because in a funny virtual way you are part of my life. I actually know more about you than my own brother. All the best ;)
Any with Winnie and workmen, She's such a dirty tart! hehe x
This sort of fits the billhttps://disasterfilm.blogspot.com/2017/03/update.html
Exactly! I have now developed a bit of a bulldog passion. They seem to be such characters.
There are so many that it is hard to remember a specific post. I liked some of the earlier posts where you described the characters in the village such a the red faced farmer, Mrs Trellis (who isn't really Mrs Trellis!) the loud lesbian who came for the geese, and anything Auntie Glad related. x
Thank you Simone......I'm having a right amble down memory laneThis is my favourite Bunty the lesbian posthttps://disasterfilm.blogspot.com/2016/07/bunty-catch-up.html
Thanks for sharing that one John. I wasn't very impressed with her behaviour judging by my serious response at the time! Have you seen or heard of her since?
Not a sausage
I remember "The Story of Number 21" best of all because it was posted just yesterday so I haven't had time to forget it. I have also appreciated any posts in which my fantasy woman has appeared - the legendary temptress known as Mrs Trellis. Even the name makes me tremble with desire like wisteria upon a trellis.
A post ( with photo) just for you dearhearthttps://disasterfilm.blogspot.com/2017/10/mrs-trellis.html
I have enjoyed all your posts but the one I remember most is your wedding. What a wonderful day of celebration! It reminded me of my uncle that I was very close to and dearly loved. He was never able to legally marry and passed away before seeing same sex marriage finally legalized. After reading your wedding post, I drank a toast to you and the Professor and to my uncle as well. :)
I remember that day with pure happiness too x
Your wedding of course...and Auntie Glad moving away.
It still makes me tear uphttps://disasterfilm.blogspot.com/2016/09/auntie-gladys-leaves-village.html
27.08.2015 - The River WildWhere Winnie and George both end up in the river and Winnie has to be rescued by the hero of the hour.
Christine! It's funny looking back but I was in trauma at the timehttps://disasterfilm.blogspot.com/2015/08/the-river-wild.html
ChristineThis was the one I remember with the man with the nice shoes comes to the rescue.Of course your Wedding such a wonderful day. Also your older post about all the animals who lived in the Ukrainian Village. cheers, parsnip
Not one, but many. The ones that touch me the most are those you write about your patients. There is such beauty in compassion.
This one had the most page views https://disasterfilm.blogspot.com/2016/12/christmas-1985.html
Never commented before, I'm a relative newcomer to your blog, but this made me weep buckets of tears. What really frustrates and annoys me is that today this nurse would be considered 'unprofessional' and could face disciplinary measures.
I enjoy the Winnie porn. Oh, and also the veggie sculptures. Can't be specific because of my short attention span. I just get the warm fuzzies reading this blog.
How about Rachel's tits? https://disasterfilm.blogspot.com/2017/05/queen-marie-veggtoinette-rachels-tits.html
Well, that's something you can't unsee!
I well remember "Stupid Sod", I think that twas the first time I found your blog - I was 'Pear Tree Log', at that time. You had broken your toe - so had I.xx
..as in, I had broken my own toe!
Great recall that was 7 years ago! https://disasterfilm.blogspot.com/2011/09/stupid-sod.html
EASY!!! The one where you and another nurse allowed the old gent to lay in the arms of his dead wife one last time. I share it with others and never have I read through it without choking up with emotion.
This is one version https://disasterfilm.blogspot.com/2017/09/accident-and-emergency-1990.html
I don't know the title but it was years ago and it was about Boris the turkey and he would always come up behind you and you said something about him breathing heavy like a dirty old man. I think also he was jealous of the Prof, he considered you his boyfriend maybe??? I just found the breathing heavy comment really funny.
Steve, I coułdnt find the one you mentioned but hope you like this one from nine years agohttps://disasterfilm.blogspot.com/2009/01/boris-and-funeral.html
I was sad when you broke the news you'd be selling up, in the post about the estate agent and her shoes.
I was surprised by the response of this one
Either your wedding, or the choir singing for Aunty Glad.
And may I wish you a very happy birthday for tomorrow!
Thank you cro. I'll be 56!
She must have felt like royalty!
For me it was the one where you commented on the film about gun violence. It is the one that I remember most because of the comments it provoked. There are certainly differing views out there.
I remember it well, I lost several followers that dayhttps://disasterfilm.blogspot.com/2015/08/gun-lawamerica-grow-up.html
I remember the wedding in the psychiatric hospital. It was very poignant and made me well up. I started work in community mental health, after Denbigh hospital closed and heard some very sad and harrowing stories from ex long term patients. Some were traumatised and damaged by institutional practices. Also, heard some very heartwarming stories about kind and dedicated staff, along with some very funny stories of goings on that the staff knew nothing about, or daft things they said and did, when unwell. A lot of those 'chronic' patients are now dying off, or going into residential care and I do miss them and the crazy stories
It was one of. My favourite posts too ruthhttps://disasterfilm.blogspot.com/2017/11/susan-and-harry.html
The wedding. And the ones where some disaster occurs like one of the dogs eating your freshly cooked/freshly bought whatever. And the ones where you're frantically cleaning up for your mother-in-law's visit.
There are a dozen of dog Snot removal blogsto choose from nickhttps://disasterfilm.blogspot.com/2015/04/operation-dog-snot-removal.html
Thank you dearheart
John, please send your email address to email@example.com
John. How is it possible to choose one? Why do you think you have so many followers? It is because of your empathy, your humour, your big-heartedness, your love of animals (I could go on and on)and most of all because you are you. I especially loved any of the ones about the dogs - farting at inappropriate times, poohing in the house etc. - and the ones about your village life - your love of Aunt Glad and of Mrs Trellis. I now feel as though I live in Trelawnyd. I have always said you should write a book and I really mean it. Your good humour and your love of people and life shine through every word. (it is nice to see that it is coming back slowly too after what seems to have been a low period for you)
Winnie tales are a favorite for me.
This post may interest you, it's Winnie's introduction to the cottagehttps://disasterfilm.blogspot.com/2013/09/introductions.html
John any of your posts that tell a story or experience and encourage others to do the same.. Be it ghost stories or whatever.. I so enjoy sitting there over coffee in the morning reading your post and all the comments.. Hugs! deb
The ghost story was an interesting read ( the replies not my post)https://disasterfilm.blogspot.com/2015/10/ghosts.html
Aunty Glad bringing you scones, and the sandwiches you made your mum in law on her journey home. Snippets from all of them really.
My favourite posts are your wedding posts and the ones about the Flower Show and Auntie Glad. I also enjoy your nursing reminiscences too.
Thank you debra
I'm late to the party, September last year,I think so can't really choose one. I love the diversity of your blog, the way you can provoke your readers to feel the whole gamut of emotions. I look forward to reading your blog for as long as you feel moved to write it. All good wishes and many thanks.
Thank you Christina
The one where Albert might have been at vets but wasn't. You told receptionist he always looked confused. Made me laugh so much.
That's funny I've just re read it https://disasterfilm.blogspot.com/2016/06/albert-is-missing.html
This is a very difficult question, John!I LOVED the posts in your 'Ukranian Village' haydays! How you managed all those critters was beyond me.Second would be anything about Auntie Glad.Looking forward to some 'publication' of sorts from you, John Boy! No pressure though.
Onefor you jimbohttps://disasterfilm.blogspot.com/2017/11/thanksgiving.html
Like others have said, just all of them. They make up one big wonderful story; Trelawnid has been immortalized, and you and the dogs along with it. Truly, you have a gift for writing, and underneath it a gift for living. Thank you.
The American gun laws one stands out as an unpleasant post. Also, sad, when Meg passed away. On the lovely side, your wedding, your recent trip to NYC, Flower show meetings with Auntie Glad and her scones, Ukrainian Village animal tales...so many wonderful posts, thank you, John!lizzy
https://disasterfilm.blogspot.com/2015/06/my-co-pilot.htmlA hard post to write x
I love all of your posts. Really enjoyed anything about the Ukranian village. Love all the animals but I think your wedding tops it for me. Love Andie xxx
Tom, with the hippo on the lawn, appearing over your garden wall. The google earth picture, with you in it, out in your allotment. Scones on the door knob. The wedding. When it's over, leaving Trelawnyd. It's an opposite lead up to the wedding, and, like Tom and the Hippo, hard to wait for the transition. As you say, Cheers, old friend.
I love all the posts about Winnie holding the workmen hostage until she gets a kiss and I remember the Prof replying to one of your posts (about retiring from nursing) and surprised us all! Xx
Yes that was a surprise
The one that has stuck with me since I began reading your blog John is 'A Hen Of No Importance'.Your a good man John Gray.
I remember it well https://disasterfilm.blogspot.com/2013/12/a-hen-of-no-importance.html
All Auntie Glad tales. What a wonderful lady!
Hippo meeting Auntie Glad. Your wedding. Winnie alerting you to the fact that Albert was in trouble (or was it the other way 'round?). The flower show novelty veg entries. The times you told off rude people when out in public. On and on!!!
How surreal was this?https://disasterfilm.blogspot.com/2014/06/a-hippo-in-wales.html
The one about the blind rooster basking in the sun and you pausing with him. Elsewhere from amsterdam
This is another one of him and Phylis dillerhttps://disasterfilm.blogspot.com/2012/03/for-benny.html
Anything with Auntie Glad but I agree, the wedding is one of my favorites , it makes me smile just to think of it ~
Your weddings posts for sure. I love, love, love the photo of the two of you at the front of the coach, the one on the sidebar ❤
Yes my favourite also
I have enjoyed pretty much all your posts, but your wedding was the most wonderful! I start my day here with a mug of coffee.Barb
So do I bbarna, I am sitting here in my pajamas with cup of coffee and one sleeping cat :)
Get some clothes on!
I haven't been reading your site for long, but any with animals in it are my favourite - Winnie is the most gorgeous, sweet girl and totally adorable (you may choose to differ on that description).
I already mentioned this another comment, but the post where the pets make some sort of mess, and the Prof is walking around shouting "Filth! Filth!" I remember it I guess because it just seems so funny.
One of my biggest pageview postshttps://disasterfilm.blogspot.com/2017/03/womens-problems.html
I like all your posts. Maybe a little less the ones of the walking dead but, only because I don't understand much about it.I loved your wedding; it felt like we were all invited to it. I also like the posts where we have a glimpse the Prof. Greetings Maria x
Auntie Glad's move and the quiet demise of some of the denizens of the Ukrainian village brought me to tears. Your put-downs of nasty people, your caught-in-the-headlights moments, and hiarious actions of your pets made me spew coffee over the keyboard. The flower shows made me wish I was there. My favorite post is the many by John Gray
Not a favourite but the one that touched me the most was the final trip with your co-pilot.Gulp.
I too make it a point to stop here every day. Sometimes you post twice a day, and I miss one. I try not to tho. Why? Because all your posts are special.
I like hearing about your village characters and all the pet names you have for them x
That’s easy: your wedding. Everyone looks so overwhelmingly happy and it was a thrill to feel a (distant, not actually present) participant.
I always enjoy the flower show posts and the novelty veg posts...anything about the dogs and Albert....Mrs. Trellis.....pictures of the inside and outside of your lovely cottage.....gosh, that's a lot isn't it? I could probably go on and list more but I think that should do.
I find it really difficult to just pick one but being a chicken keeper, with a chicken blog, your header first attracted me and then that first post I read had me hooked and I have read every day since. You went to the rescue of an elderly man, some motoring dispute I think and the driver was very rude, then when you got home you realised that you were wearing your chicken hat. It was so funny that I read it to my husband and I've been here ever since.I am also a fan of the walking dead too. I am now going to check out the wedding post.
Carol. I'd forgotten about this.......hope you and a few others will chuckle at it https://disasterfilm.blogspot.com/2017/01/gravitas.html
As a fairly recent follower, I'm still reading thru your blog. But I agree that your stories of the animals, your wedding, Aunt Gladys, and the characters and people from your nursing career and village life all make for an intriguing, entertaining, moving, fun and tender reading. I esp like posts like this one, where your readers share. The ones that stand out are about the blind rooster, the readers revealing their locations, the first time you opened your home to the public and Aunt Gladys led the parade to your place in the rain, and your secret garden relaxing time with George. I also like reading about Albert the hunter.But the one that makes me chuckle still when I think about it is Irene outsmarting the team of people sent to capture her, and how she escaped and cavorted into the nearby fields. Sheep are smart! How is that wily Irene doing?
There are a lot but your wedding and all things Albert!
I enjoy reading anything about that sweet tart Winnie. Especially when she molested the plumber I think it was.
Winnie is brilliant, feisty but kissable. Bothers the workmen but needs affection. A total darling.
My favourite was Winnie getting in the bath and the water was hot x I don't know how long ago that was but it still makes me smile some days when I need it x
I've so enjoyed remembering them all with your helphttps://disasterfilm.blogspot.com/2017/08/bath-time.html
Any posts with Albert in them
I like the ones with your nephew and the despots girls, you seemed out of your comfort zone, So careful and loving. You revealed a vulnerable side of yourself.
Mary in the fruit bowl :)
All story posts especially the ones that make me pee in my pants from laughter. You are good fun John. Nice to see you back on form and to see your wedding post for the first time. I'm only a year old ( reader) and I maybe the only one who likes your film reviews?
They are rather good arnt they?
The one where you had to bring a stool sample to the vet and you forgot it at a pub. Had my husband and I in stitches KJ
I couldn't find that but will this do? https://disasterfilm.blogspot.com/2015/06/a-chutney-jar-full-of-shit.html
Any with Auntie Glad, flower show posts, the animals, but the one that sticks in my mind is the recent one asking where everyone lived...so many posts and I read everyone of them ....just wished there’d been one from hippo. Tweetart
That boat has sailed
There are so many posts that come to mind but one that stands out is Camilla Parker Bowles crash with the bin men's lorry and their possible report. It was so funny.
That was one of my besthttps://disasterfilm.blogspot.com/2016/11/royal-arse.html
P.s am I correct in thinking it’s your birthday tomorrow? If so many happy returns x
Thank you debbie x
I've always liked the posts where you do something embarrassing like pull a poo bag out of your pocket. Those ones remind me of myself.The other one I remember was when the woman in hospital made a little cough and quickly bled out all over the floor. Obviously it wasn't pleasant but I'm fascinated by all kinds of medical stuff and I had never heard of that before
This has been an excellent idea! I too am a late arrival and tried to read through your back edition to make some sense of the characters in your life, but still haven’t scratched the surface. These links are very handy shortcuts. I have no stand out favourite really, I just like your variety, the warmth that comes through, the photos of the garden and critters and your take on life. Not going to be a convert to Walking Dead, sorry, but am amused by your passion for it.Could you please find the link to the photo of Mary in the pot? It’s such a great shot and knowing a bit about your life now, I’m sure there’s an amusing tale behind it.
Any post which makes me laugh or makes me cry. That is nearly any post!
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John, it was the one which made me a follower of your blog... you had gone to Auntie Glad's house to give her an 'extra' ham you had and found she had been moved to a home. A close second is the blog in which you found an injured bird and placed it in a pie tin to warm it. Your generous and caring side drew me in. Happy Birthday!
ALL, ALL, All of them!
So many .. but the dog ones are my fav. 'My George' and 'Just William' spring to mind and I think you did one about Winnie being a tart.. they all brought a smile to my dial and fond thoughts of all of my doggies ever. Meg was a favourite - don't you miss the ones that have left us. Thankyou for sharing John - your doggie family are a joy to share along with my own precious pooches :)
You're wedding :)
Like many others, I enjoyed your wedding. I also liked any with pics of your cottage and your china collection. Have the people that moved into Auntie Gladys house settled into village life?
Anyone with Winnie and workmen are fun, but the most memorable ones are the ones about your nursing career and the care you took of your patients.
My favourite blog entry was when Winnie had decided to have a poo in the middle of the road while a car driver became irate due to having to wait for her to finish. I loved this because firstly it was a story about Winnie who although I have never met her, I love her to bits, and secondly I am so glad that that person who I believe had no sense of humour or love for animals had to wait and watch her dump right in front of them lol. Well done Winnie I think you are amazing xx
Here you arehttps://disasterfilm.blogspot.com/2014/08/zebra-crossing-drama.html
Like so many others I love the post about your wedding. I loved the one about the nosy 'ramblers' peeking in your window. But I continue to laugh about the post where you sit on the toilet, with the seat up, and burn your butt because of the bleach in the toilet!!
A belated happy birthday wish! I've not been blogging for a bit so just discovered I missed the grand occasion. I like the creature tales and stories of the idiosyncratic nature of your village and residents -- as you describe them.
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