Monday, 3 May 2021

Ouiser could never stay mad at me; she worships the quicksand I walk on."



The desk at work looks like the wreck of the Hesperus.
As a favour I’ve come in to cover sickness but in patients remains strangely quiet , so I’m catching up on nurse revalidation paperwork and am online buying a leaving gift for a colleague .
I smell strangely expensive too....which is a first......

I smell expensive because I’ve generously squirted myself with  Jicky ..extract de parfum which was a gift from one of my patients from last year. I didn’t know it can be bought for £255 quid a bottle until tonight
No more squirting Dorothy’s farty backside with it now I know.....hey ho.....I’m such a Luddite 

I’m skint too, but before the troll minions start, I’m not complaining about it, just observing it. 
The cinemas open soon so I’ve prebooked  tickets for the recent crop of Oscar winners
Anthony Hopkins The Father,  Chloe Zhad’s  Namadland  with Francis McDormand, Pedro Almodovar’s The Human Voice, and the Korean/ American Minari 

I’ve also just booked my train to see Nu.....I’m going a few days after my birthday in June.....what fun! 
There will be much shedding of tears when we meet for sure.

Tomorrow , after a sleep I will venture forth to B@Q to buy some white paint to weatherproof the back of the cottage and to give it a clean up after a wet winter

I will leave you with a brief tribute to Olympia Dukakis who died yesterday.
She was not only a fabulous actress  with memorable roles in Moonstruck, Tales of the City  and  Steel Magnolias “ looks like two pigs fightin under a blanket,” but she was also an active advocate for LGBTQ rights. 
A lovely lady with a lovely smile.
She will be missed.



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  1. your adventures sound exciting! what fun to plan ahead!

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  2. So glad you are making so many plans to look forward to!
    I downloaded Hulu the other day and have been able to watch "The United States vs. Billie Holiday" and "Nomadland" ... both good movies! Worth watching either one of them!

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    1. I hate watching stuff on tv, to me it’s the ritual of going to the cinema which is paramount

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    2. Have to watch Hulu on my laptop ... so I just make the best of it! Sound and picture is HD ... so I can't complain about that!!

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  3. I remember selling Jicky perfume from our locked cabinet over 40 years ago in the shop where I worked-I still love mitsouko by the same brand x

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    1. It’s brought me some nice memories of dancing with the patient to Barry white in her hospice room

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  4. "Mank" is also good too.

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  5. "No more squirting Dorothy’s farty backside with it now I know.." I love this line! LOL

    We were quoting lines from her movies when we heard about her death. RIP

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  6. RIP Olympia, you gave us joy, and hope, all these years!

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  7. Wow expensive perfume... and I agree no longer worthy of backside squirting! I can't ever remember seeing Olympia Dukakis; I have never watched any of the films you mention; but I recognise her face. R.I.P

    Jo in Auckland

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  8. One of my partners in my Chelsea antiques business (he later left to manage Twiggy) had a wonderful way of coping when we had no money. We would go the pub', combine all our loose change, and drink until we had nothing left. Then, after he'd given us a confidence lecture, we would go out and make money. Amazingly it always worked!

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  9. Barbara Anne5:48 am

    Wonderful Olympia was a real star and I'll never forget her and the memorable line that you used as the header for this post. Another: "Ouiser, you know I love you more than my luggage!"
    May all your upcoming plans happen without a hitch of any kind!

    Hugs!

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    1. Already had difficulty booking trains .....the travel may be interesting

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    2. Barbara Anne4:21 pm

      Hope that the train booking is the only bother and that it works out perfectly somehow.

      Hugs!

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    3. It’s been so hard organising trains

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  10. I hadn't heard about Olympia's passing. Another loss to the world. Poor Dorothy, now she'll just have to smell of fart, unless you buy her something else? I can feel your excitement at meeting Nu again. We've all been missing special people. xx

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    1. We have....I know I’m not allowed but I will hug her until I burst

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  11. I watched "Call The Midwife" last night and one midwife said to another, when she came in bedraggled from getting caught in the rain, "You look like the wreck of Hesperus". I thought to myself that that was the first time I had heard that expression outside of your blog. Then this morning I check in on your blog and it is your opening line! What a coincidence. Made me smile and just had to mention it. I wonder if anyone else watched it and had similar thoughts.

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  12. No cinema bookings being taken here yet. You are lucky.

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  13. I'm Pleased you realised just how much you were appreciated before it all disappeared up Dorothy's backside!

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  14. Olympia Dukakis. It would be a crime to have an ordinary life with a name like that.

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    1. I’ve always hated my non exotic name

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  15. I just read that "Jicky is a magical fragrance that blends sparkling top notes with warm and delicate base notes." For that price, you should get the entire symphony.

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    1. And the prize for the best comment goes to...

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  16. I loved Olympia Dukakis. So good in Moonstruck and Steel Magnolias .... I’ve seen both films a zillion times. Lovely that you will soon meet up with Nu and will be resuming your cinema trips .... a bit more normality. XXXX

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    1. That’s what I’m craving ...a little bit of normality

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  17. I hadn't hear that Olympia Dukakis had died, she was a wonderful actress and a great lady, what a shame. There have been so many deaths just recently of very talented people, and not all of them that terribly old.

    I'm glad you've got a visit with Nu to look forward too, so now it's time to start saving some pennies, there will be much wine needed to be bought for the chatting into the night nights.

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    1. I haven’t seen her for well over 14 months

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  18. Sounds like fun on the horizon,

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  19. it is hard to let olympia dukakis go. it's like losing robin williams. i loved that lady.

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  20. Moonstruck is a movie I can watch anytime I happen to come across it, Olympia was a jewel in that movie. I had two hugs this weekend, my first in over a year. Humans weren't meant to go that long between hugs! But it was so great to feel that we were safe to do so.

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  21. Yes, for gawd's sake, use the cheap stuff on Dorothy's farty backside!

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  22. As soon as one has built up a savings cushion something rears its head and it's gone again!

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  23. I've just pulled a series of 12 paperback books from the basement. I will be reading in my spare time instead of watching TV. I find it more immersive.

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  24. I loved Olympia. Tales of the city and moonstruck. Watched moonstruck yesterday. She was the best.

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    1. The scenes with her and Cher glittered

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  25. You have lots to look forward to. We will enjoy hearing about all of these adventures. Thanks, John.

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  26. I loved her in Tales of the City. She will always be Anna Madrigal.

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  27. I loved "Moonstruck" when it first came out, and Dukakis was terrific, but when I watched it in recent years it seemed a little heavy-handed on the Italian stereotypes! Funny how our perceptions change over time.

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    1. I thought that but seeing that Dukakis was first generation Greek , I think it may have been pitched just right

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  28. That perfume John - if you have frequently sprayed it on Dorothy's bum people may associate it with her and think you smell of Dorothy;s bum rather than posh perfume. Just a thought

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    1. I smell like a bulldogs bum, there are those that would agree

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  29. Anonymous9:49 pm

    So glad you are getting out (soon) to the cinema, for which nothing else can substitute and to soon see Nu! And Olympia, I loved her so. Steel Magnolias and Over the Hill were my two favorites. We shall miss her wry wit, which I'm sure she possessed in real life as well as *in character*
    Susan M

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  30. I loved Olympia Dukakis I can't imagine anyone else playing the roles she played they were made for her.

    Glad that your making plans having something to look forward to is exciting in itself.

    Cheers to good days ahead.

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  31. Speaking of coincidences ... I was reading The Bear Came Over the Mountain (by Alice Munro) when Ms Dukakis died. She had a good supporting role in Away From Her, a film based on the aforementioned short story. -Kate

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