Monday, 2 August 2021

Random Thoughts……Night Duty


Ihad my hair cut before work tonight .
I have a stylist rather than a barber! 
This is a step up for me. 
She laughed when I asked for something to be done tonight, 
I told her it looked like shredded wheat.

Going through my trusty Filofax yesterday I noticed that I had a film Studies lecture booked for tomorrow night. The subject is film noir and it is a couple of hours after by Opera appreciation course, and so I was really looking forward to it, but I was rostered onto night shifts so had forgotten . 
Luckily a colleague is covering for me , which is sweet of her.

I’ve organised my Filofax ( yes I use a Filofax and not my phone!) and crammed it with E tickets for forthcoming excitements in between black sets of nights….! What fun!

An outdoor production of a Pride and Prejudice in Chester
An Sunday afternoon showing of Now Voyager and lunch at the Jaunty Goat
A Vivaldi concert in the Botanical House in Sefton Park
Catching Comets, ( another out door Theatre Clwyd production described as an end of the world rom com)
A spinal injury reunion in York
An Evening with Nigella Lawson ( I may ask Gorgeous Dave or Jason to that one if I can cope with their erections) 
And “ Spirit Hole” an evening with Simon Amstell at the Liverpool Philharmonic which was described excitedly as “ Spirit Hole is a blissful, spiritual, sensational exploration of love, sex, shame, mushrooms and more, and promises to be a night of unprecedented joy and laughter.”

Chic Eleanor texted this evening from the Italian Riviera saying she would graciously accept one of my invites.
I’ve also got Ben’s leaving do from work to fit in  ( he’s a bestie  a nurse who is moving to South Korea)
I’ve already sounded out Bridget from well street to see if she will make a cake with the Korean flag on the top of it.
 
I just noticed that I have astigmatism in my eye in the above photo
It reminded me of Nancy the cross eyed stewardess in Airport 75



74 comments:

  1. Who is that masked man? ;)

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  2. OMG! How wonderful you're going to see "Now Voyager", my life long favorite film ever! Bette Davis and Paul Henreid and 2 cigarettes........Lord, I'm still swooning! I believe I have watched that movie on TCM at least 50 times..I even bought and read the book! Oh...don't miss it! Greatest film ever!!!

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    1. It’s a wonderfully unreal and melodramatic movie
      Totally unbelievable with bette’s mono row but wonderfully emotive and dramatic

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    2. Yes, so true. I'm just a complete diehard Bette Davis fan! TCM is showing her movies right now (11:30 pm) my time....Baby Jane is on now...not one of my fav's but next up is "Jezebel"....fantastic...I'm an all night old nurse so glued to the TV for Bette tonight!

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    3. "I've written a letter to Daddy saying I lurve yooou"x

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    4. LOL! She was a little bitch, wasn't she!!

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  3. Barbara Anne4:33 am

    It's good to have a Filofax schedule full of delights and a bonus to have a colleague willing to fill in!
    Wishing you a safe journey home and a good sleep.:)

    Hugs!

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  4. SNAP; we wear the same masks!

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  5. Be sure you stay extra hydrated while you fulfill your busy plans.

    I don't think astigmatism is visible, maybe you mean amblyopia/ lazy eye?

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  6. A strabismus? I’m sure someone will correct me lol

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  7. Another vote for Filofax here, although I tried to switch to my mobile.
    Had to laugh at the Nigella item comment and fascinated by the mushrooms in the "Spirit Hole" one. Are they magic ones or your common everyday ones I wonder?
    Lucky Chic Eleanor! Italy is my favourite place and would just love to visit the Italian Riviera.

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    1. She’s probably eating an early breakfast with a hastily thrown pashmina over her shoulder

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  8. If you had it written on a calendar in the kitchen you'd have noticed it. Or a good memory and you'd have remembered it. In fact things shut away in a filofax are just that, shut away.

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    1. I don’t like calendars on the kitchen wall but you are right it would have been more visual
      I usually have a good memory for things .

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    2. Life is about reality and practicality, not aesthetics the whole while. You are not some magazine lifestyle guru. Surely it would make sense to show your work shifts too.

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    3. Well that’s telling me …..you sound rather pissy this morning
      I just don’t like calendars up in the kitchen….
      I never said I was a lifestyle guru …..
      And life isn’t always about Practicality

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    4. But it is sometimes.

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    5. Oh Rachel ..everything is important sometimes ….

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    6. Yes, like a calendar so you can see what you are doing, when.

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    7. I hope you don't double book any of your lovely evenings out.

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    8. Who cares. Do it your way. I hope you've got some friends going with you on your outings and as Lizzy said, keep hydrated.

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  9. Thank you for mention of Simon Amstell, I loved '(At?) Grandma's House' which seemed to have little publicity at the time, and received little attention from anyone I know. I loved it and thought it closely paralleled my parents' house and it and their role in the family. I've just watched the trailer for Benjamin, enjoyed it and will try to watch it. I enjoy your blog, your village life and cultural exploits, but rarely comment as I don't want to oblige you to reply. Enjoy Simon Amstell!

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    1. I haven’t seen him for an age but used to adore his humour on NEVER MIND THE BUZZCOCKS

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  10. Could I just say, you're looking quite trim, if a little startled, on your photo. The weight loss is showing and it looks good. So many things to look forward to - lucky you. xx

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  12. However good your memory is, when a schedule is as busy as yours, Rachel is right. Why not make yourself a personalised photo calendar? You can start them with any month of the year and it's fun to do!

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    1. Oh fuck, she’ll love that one

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    2. The calendar on android has an alarm in it, you don't need a separate app.

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  13. Great haircut... I mean hairstyle. Looking good. I imagined an electronic Filofax. Silly me. What makes you look like you have astigmatism? I didn’t know crossed eyes were an indication.

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    1. Perhaps I should use my phone with an alarm app

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  14. Sounds loverly John-Nigella always makes me smile-Some years ago I listened to Vivaldi on the beach when I used to sunbathe-and Bette Davis-she is a woman who regularly pops into my head as I clip on my hair before grabbing the leads x

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  15. Laura9:41 am

    I'm wondering if I should change my career after reading your tales of organising your Filofax, booking excursions, emailing friends and writing your blog when on a night shift!
    The job I have means I have to do those things in my spare time at home!

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  16. Please do Laura
    Go to university and get a degree in nursing
    Then slog your guts out for very little pay for ten years before you become a nurse manager
    Work on intensive care with critically ill patients for ten years, work long hours with distressed patients and relatives in a hospice and then tell me you wish to organise your Filofax on one of the few quieter nights on duty

    I wondered when the trolls would surface. You make me sick

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    1. Laura7:19 pm

      My goodness, my comment was meant to be light hearted, didn't you notice the exclamation marks!
      I can assure you I'm not a troll and in fact started my nurse training at Salford Uni years ago. I've steadily worked my way up the ladder, working hard for degrees and was a Clinical Manager in the NHS before a change in direction. Gaining another degree I now work in pharmaceuticals. I could have retired last year but due to the pandemic and the realm I now work in I've stayed employed.
      I've done my share of general wards, intensive care and district nursing and enjoyed the patient interaction, something I now don't have. If my comment "made you sick" that wasn't my intention.
      It's a sad world when someone making a light hearted comment can be immediately labelled a "troll".

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    2. I've been plagued by trolls recently, so I'm sorry if you feel I was wrong to say anything but I do think your comment was ill judged Laura , and I didn't find it at all light hearted as a nurse you will know that quiet nights happen occasionally ( and rarely)

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    3. It is a sad world where trolls pop into this blog under a whole list of pseudonyms

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    4. Anonymous9:47 pm

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    5. Anon comments will be deleted
      I won’t put up with this

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  17. Nice hair cut, I last had mine cut, before we met for dinner. Enjoy the full calendar, it shows balance in your life.

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    1. Strange that a simple hair cut makes you feel so much better

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  18. I misread Simon Amstell...I thought you had written Simon Armitage. Further, I thought - What the hell is The Poet Laureate doing hosting "a night of unprecedented joy and laughter”? Doesn't sound like poetry to me.

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    1. Yes , I would have given him a miss , Amstell has a waspish humour sharp and incisive

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  19. Opera AND film noir! I love both! You've got quite the social butterfly schedule!

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    1. I’m lonely at time Debra …..it’s nice to have things to look forward to

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  20. Nice that you are all spiffied up (hair styled :) for your outings. Sounds like great fun with good friends. A welcome gift after night duties. Good for you.

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    1. The nights out bookend my periods at work … a spoonful of sugar

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  21. Does the first wrestler to defeat you get to remove your mask?

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  22. I didn't recognize you with your new haircut and mask on! I like the hair - it looks terrific! You are lucky to have so many outings to attend and friends to join you too!

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    1. I am making my own luck ellen
      If I didn’t organise things, I’d be at home reading

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  23. Just thought John-you could excite your hair with a quiff of colour-perhaps possibly pink to make the boys wink x

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  25. Was just going to comment on your hairstyle but so many people have done so all I need to write is ditto.

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  26. Ah yes, Karen Black. She landed that plane, though, despite the crossed eyes!

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    1. Yes. Remember the bit when she was reaching out for Ed nelson to be lowered into the gap in the cockpit and I wasn’t sure she was actually looking fat him

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  27. You are looking skinny too.

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  28. You've got a lot going on. Life in the fast lane... You have a very good haircut. The stylist is a keeper.

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    1. I’m just keeping nice things to look forward to, if I don’t sort things who will . ?

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  29. Karen Black.....that lady was nutty gal. My dad worked with her many times back in the day. She's got a great body of work with a bit of a cult following. Always a surprise.

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