FINDING MY MOTIVATION!!

Right! Today is the first day of 11 days of annual leave and I have really been looking forward to it, not because I had anything special planned, but because I really needed it!

Like everyone else in the country at the moment, I have had enough, but with the vaccination programme in full swing and a road map out of lockdown giving us some dates to reach for, I can see light at the end of the tunnel.

However, the last year has seen a real dip in my fitness and it wasn’t good to start with!
I have piled on the weight and I am now really feeling it in my right knee, my hips and my lower back after a long day at work.
My uniform is now very snug but I refuse to get a bigger size. I need to lose the weight.
I look really tired in my face. Just over three years ago when I went to Italy for my brother’s wedding, I had lost about 3 stone in weight and I felt great. I want to get back to ‘that’ me and there’s no reason I can’t!

I want the 2017 me back!! I was happier. I looked healthier. I didn’t have bloody great bags under my eyes and I was able to have my hair cut every 5 – 6 weeks!
Can’t remember the last time I was in the mood simply to play with filters!

Don’t think anything will be happening today though.
It started with a pretty good lay in until almost 9am…. believe it not that’s a good one for me as my body clock usually has me out of bed by 8am on a day off.

I have been sitting here pondering plans for the next week over a milky coffee (problem number 1).
I know I still have alcohol in the fridge (problem number 2)
I know I still have snackable rubbish in the cupboards (problem number 3)
I have made no meal plans (problem number 4)
I just have no motivation (problem number 5)

So, where to start?

Today I am just going to chill but it doesn’t mean I am going to do nothing.
I have decided to get organised and plan a little bit today so I don’t have to think about things too much.

Problem number 1 – Quite simple. I have just had my last cup of milky coffee. I need to think about a proper breakfast from now on and stop having milky coffee when I wake up and for my morning break at work!!

Problem number 2 – I’ll fix that one today!!

Problem number 3 – I need to sort through my cupboards and get rid of all the rubbish.

Problem number 4 – I am going to sit and make calorie counted meal plans and do some shopping around them so I don’t have to ‘think’ about food all the time.

Problem number 5 – I am hoping that sorting out problems 1 – 4 will help with number 5.

Seeing it all written down like this is actually quite motivating.

As I headed towards this annual leave, I already had a plan to get cracking on my back garden and get it all spruced up ready for summer.
It’s been really neglected over the last year and needs a lot of work but I want to try and make it easier to keep tidy in the future.
With an idea in mind, I have been getting a few bits delivered so my back garden now has 9 x 100L bags of bark, a 50m roll of weed matting, 6 galvanised steel rolls of lawn edging and a few new tools sitting it waiting for me to get cracking. I just need to make a trip to our local garden centre to choose a few nice shrubs for a bit of colour.
Looking at the weather for the next week, I need to aim to get the garden done before Weds if I want to avoid rain.
If I remember, I’ll do some before and after pictures.

Ok, this blog has wasted enough time, I’m going to get cracking.

TALKING IS TOUGH

I caught this poem being shared on Facebook earlier today, and as I read it, it really struck a chord with me.

You’re not imagining it, nobody seems to want to talk right now.
Messages are brief and replies late.

Talk of catch ups on zoom are perpetually put on hold.
Group chats are no longer pinging all night long.

It’s not you.
It’s everyone.
We are spent.
We have nothing left to say.
We are tired of saying ‘I miss you’ and ‘I cant wait for this to end’.
So we mostly say nothing, put our heads down and get through each day.

You’re not imagining it.
This is a state of being like no other we have ever known because we are all going through it together but so very far apart.

Hang in there my friend.
When the mood strikes, send out all those messages and don’t feel you have to apologise for being quiet.

This is hard.
No one is judging.

Donna Ashworth
Author of poetry book, ‘to the women’

As I read it, I realised that it could have been me saying those very words.
I have been finding it very hard to carry on any kind of conversation online with anyone lately.

At work, I thrive with a bit of conversation.
With the kids I look after, with their parents, with my colleagues and when I get into teaching mode with the students I feel like I’m talking their ears off!!

At home it’s getting really tough to even acknowledge a message.
In the early days of COVID we did the occasional Zoom family gathering but they have since disappeared.
I wouldn’t know what to say if we had one.

I have to admit that I’ve been one of the lucky ones.
I have continued to work throughout the pandemic (albeit at a hospital!)
I’m the one that goes out for the shopping because the hubby is high risk.
Apart from being very limited on what I can do outside of work, my life hasn’t changed much.
I can only imagine what it’s been like for others not able to even go to work.

However, I am now realising just how much not having my Mum come round in the mornings and losing the freedom to just pop to the cinema, have a weekend away in London or just meet up with mates in the pub, is having an effect on me.
My ability to carry an online conversation much beyond ‘how you doing?’ has gone.

I have found myself becoming a lot more emotional over things that I wouldn’t have normally blinked an eye at previously when watching TV and films.

Speaking of films….
As of today, just 51 days into the year, I have so far watched 101 films!!
They seem to be the thing that I’ve latched on to for my sanity.
Old films, familiar films, something I can literally have on in the background when I’m concentrating on other things.
For example, as I write this, film 102 is on in the form of the 2009 Star Trek.
I just really can’t wait to see a BIG NEW film in the CINEMA!!

I think that what hasn’t helped me recently is a couple of things.
The diet I promised myself after Xmas never materialised and I feel fat and old and tired all the time.
Going to work in the dark and coming home in the dark after nearly 13 hours on my feet is depressing.

SO! things have got to change.
I have some annual leave in a couple of weeks so I have set that as my target to start the diet.
I have GOT to get out for fresh air and exercise on my days off.
With spring about to literally spring, the lighter mornings and evenings will start to come back and hopefully that will be a bit of a boost to my morale and I need to do whatever I can to help it.

If you catch me mooching around Facebook, please tell me off!!
But mainly, if I don’t answer a message immediately or my conversation with you is over in seconds, please don’t hold it against me.

I SHOULD HAVE STUCK WITH COSTUME DESIGN!

There was a time……… loooong ago, when I toyed with the idea of being a costume designer.
As a movie fan I knew that costumes are always a big part of what makes or breaks a film.
I even took needlework at O’level and made myself a herringbone winter coat that was fashionable at the time.
Unfortunately, I quickly found out that I enjoyed watching the films more than I enjoyed making clothes, so my dream died before I even left school.

Anyway, to cut a long story short, I found out today that ‘Gucci’ starring Lady Gaga and Adam Driver is going to start filming in Milan on 10th March.
A closer look at locations for shooting reveal that they will be shooting at some Villas in Lake Como and around Milan, Florence and Rome!!

OMG I’m so jealous. I would kill to have to work in all of those places.
The costume designers on that film not only get to work there, they have the enviable task of designing clothes for Adam Driver!!
Mmmm, maybe letting me loose with a tape measure around Adam would not be such a good idea!!

Anyway, the film tells the story of how Patrizia Reggiani, the ex-wife of Maurizio Gucci, plotted to kill her husband, the grandson of renown fashion designer Guccio Gucci.
Lady Gaga is playing Patrizia and Adam is playing Maurizio.

A look at the life of Maurizio on Wikipedia revealed the following.
He was born on September 26, 1948 in Florence.
When his father died in 1983, Maurizio inherited his father’s majority stake in the company and launched a legal war against his uncle Aldo Gucci for full control of Gucci (a prosecution led by Rudolph Giuliani)
In 1988, Maurizio sold almost 47.8% of Gucci to the Bahraïn-based investment fund Investcorp and withheld the other 50%.
From 1991 to 1993, Gucci’s finances were in the red. Maurizio was blamed for spending extravagant amounts of money on the company’s headquarters in  Florence and Milan.
Maurizio went on to sell his stock in Gucci in 1993 for $170 million to the Bahrain-based investment group,  Investcorp.
In 1995, a year and a half after the sale of Gucci, he was gunned down by a hired hit man and his ex-wife Patrizia was convicted of arranging the killing in 1998.

I’m hoping the film will be telling this story as a whole, either just like this or through flash backs during Patrizia’s court case.
I want to see lots of Adam surrounded by Italy and in gorgeous clothes spending obscene amounts of money before he gets killed!!

The film is aiming for a November release in the US. No date for the UK yet.

DON’T BE TEMPTED!!

Quoyora

Remember that name.

On the run up to Xmas last year I was stupidly tempted by a pop up advert from Facebook.
I usually steer clear of these adverts like the plague but I just couldn’t resist.

It was from a company called Quoyora who regularly have pop up adds for interested looking clothing.
They were advertised as gloves and they were to be a stocking filler for one of my daughters who loves pandas.

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I went against my usual caution and ordered them and this was in November.
They finally arrived today and after all that time, what I received today was a complete disappointment!!

They are badly shaped mittens and not gloves.
However, the most disappointing thing is the panda itself.
It is simply a large flat patch that has been stitched to the back of the mittens. No three dimensions to it in any way and no shiny glass eyes.
So badly made a two year old could have done a better job!!

Thankfully I didn’t spend a huge amount on them so it’s not a huge loss.
But for people who are tempted to buy more than a few pieces of their clothing it is simply going to be money down the drain.
Don’t be tempted by these adverts!!

HOW DARE SHE!!

I’ve been watching a story unfolding over the last few days with much concern.
A Portuguese actress by the name of Lidia Franco had apparently made claims in a recent interview that she had ‘A Very Bad Experience’ filming 2018’S movie ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’.

She claimed that Adam Driver “might be great as an actor, but he is a terrible person and does not deserve for us to be here now talking about him,” and “He behaved very badly with me. Physically. He attacked me.”

Of course this was very worrying for me as a HUGE fan.
I found it difficult to believe and after lots of recent claims with other actors I know how damaging such claims can be to an actor’s career.
Don’t get me wrong, if the allegations are true, then the actor/s in question deserve every thing coming to them, even Adam.

However, I like to think that I know Adam pretty well.
I see and hear people talking about him all the time and he is seen as an incredibly humble, reclusive, compassionate, generous and hard working man. Directors are fighting to work with him and co-stars gush about him in interviews.
This allegation against him just didn’t make sense.

Daisy Ridley, who worked with Adam in Star Wars episodes 7, 8 and 9 has said in interviews…..

“I love working with Adam,” “He is a phenomenal actor, and is always so immersed in the character, that it is not difficult to act with him. In the torture scene in Episode VII, everything was very complex. We were repeating takes for a long time, and I remember thinking, ‘How will I get to that same point with each new attempt?’ And Adam was so into the scene, and gave me so much time…I don’t know if anyone else would have done that.”
She goes on….
“We were filming a big fight scene and we were like, ‘Are you okay? Is everything alright? Is the distance good? ”There has always been a concern for each other’s safety and well-being,” she says.

Adam doesn’t hold back in fight scenes and as a tall, broad and looming figure, he comes across as very intimidating.
At the end of the day, he is working with ‘professionals’ who know this and he is meticulous when it comes to training and choreography. There is NO WAY Adam would attack anyone physically on purpose. It’s just not in his nature.

Image result for adam and daisy training for a fight

It has been a relief to see today that the actress in question has admitted that “nothing happened and it was all a misunderstanding”
It turns out that she is upset because she thinks she was cut from the movie, even though she is still in the credits”!

It looks like this actress didn’t get Adam’s acting style one little bit.
He is very much a method actor and will stay in character on set during the duration of filming.
If his character is a dick, then Adam is pretty much a dick all the time on set, BUT… at the end of the day he always says thank you to the people he’s working with, including the extras.
He comes across as a bit of a diva while he’s working but that is simply so he can maintain his character and do the best job possible.

This actress seems to have used this as an excuse to make this totally ridiculous claim.

“Malicious and cruel bitch!!”

Thankfully Adam is not on social media so has probably missed the worst part about all of this, however, it did make it onto the US national news services so he’s probably fully aware of all the hoo ha. Poor guy.

It looks like the only career that’s been damaged is hers.

THE MEANING OF FRUSTRATION

As a film fanatic, the last year has been a bit frustrating.
Lockdown has seen most completed movies having their release dates pushed back time and time again and any film being shot was put on hold.
Cinemas have shut their doors for safety and I totally understand this.
Being enclosed spaces where lots of people sit together for hours at a time, they are melting pots for COVID.

In the last 12 months, I have been to the cinema just once!
When restrictions had a bit of a relaxation period here in the UK in August, I went to see Tenet.
It was disappointing to say the least and then shortly after this, cinemas were forced to close their doors again and haven’t opened since.
I have recently streamed Wonder Woman 1984 and I thank my lucky stars that I didn’t actually waste my time seeing this one in the cinema as it was, quite frankly, a total shambles and complete shit.

Anyway!

As anyone who reads this blog regularly knows, Adam Driver is my favourite actor and I will admit that I can be a bit obsessive, but he brings a smile to my face for lots of reasons, so I am not ashamed to admit this.
Frustratingly he is the worlds BIGGEST recluse when it comes to his private life.
It took two years to find out he now has a son!! Who is probably nearer 3 years old now and we still haven’t ever seen a picture of him with Adam or even Joanne!

Adam was in the middle of filming ‘The Last Duel’ with Matt Damon at the beginning of last year and this had to shut down filming as lockdown hit.
It finished filming towards the end of the year with lots of safety measures put into place.

I haven’t seen a new Adam film since 2019 when we had.. not one…. but FOUR movies.
The Report, The Dead Don’t Die, Marriage Story and The Rise of Skywalker.
Adam fans were spoilt and then COVID ripped it all away from us as Adam went into hiding.

He is now filming again but everything is under wraps or behind facemasks.
Any sneak peaks we have had are few and far between.

Any photos have been behind the scenes with facemasks firmly in place.
The best evidence we’ve had in the last year that Adam is doing well was a socially distanced appearance on the John Oliver show ‘Last Week Tonight’ back in Nov.
After John has spent weeks squeezing dubious references of Adam into his shows, Adam was gracious enough to agree to appear in the final show of the season and it was hilarious and Adam was looking really well and very fresh!
Let’s just say that his hair care is on point!

However, in a whole year, this is just not enough!!
I’m so desperate, I’ve taken to doing 1000 piece custom jigsaw puzzles I’ve had made of Adam. It’s very sad.
There’s only so many times you can watch a back catalogue of his movies before needing to give them a break!

Anyway, I am getting more and more hopeful for the coming year.
I don’t think things will be easing off with lockdown for a few more months yet, but as the mass vaccination programme is underway worldwide, we should start to see results soon and life should slowly start to normalise again.
How that normal will look is anyone’s guess. I have no idea if my local Cineworld will ever open it’s doors again.

BUT…. here’s the exciting part…..
Adam now has 5 movies on the go.

1 = ‘Annette’ is complete and should have premiered at last years Cannes Film Festival. It should now be premiering this year instead. Adam plays a stand up comedian in this one and has a 2 year old daughter with a surprising gift.
It is some kind of musical in which Adam sings more than he doesn’t!!

2 = ‘The Last Duel’. This is the film that had to postpone filming due to the pandemic. Principle filming is now finished and it is in post production. Hopefully we’ll get this one in October.
Adam plays Jacques LeGris and after checking the actual history of the story, this film will not end well for Adam!

3 = ’65’ is currently filming. It’s into it’s last three weeks of filming and is a sci-fi thriller. I heard a rumour today that dinosaurs are somehow involved so it looks like it could be quite interesting! There is no release date yet but at it appears it may be quite heavy on special effects, I’m assuming we can look forward to this one sometime next year.

4 = ‘Gucci’ is in pre-production and Adam is set to work with Lady Gaga, Jared Leto and possibly Al Pacino.
Adam is playing Maurizio Gucci and it tells the story of how Patrizia Reggiani (played by Gaga) the es-wife of Maurizio Gucci, plotted to kill her husband, the grandson of renown fashion designer Guccio Gucci.
So again, this doesn’t end well for Adam but filming will be taking place in Florence, Italy!!
I’m just picturing Adam in all those Gucci suits and strutting his stuff around Italy. All my dreams in one place.
Anyway, we will hopefully get to see this one in November this year.

5 = ‘White Noise’ is another Noah Baumbach movie that has been commissioned by Netflix. Plot unknown at present.
After the success of Marriage Story (Oscar winning and also starring Adam), Noah has been exclusively signed by Netflix for the foreseable future. It hasn’t been confirmed officially yet but it looks like Adam is set to star.
Again, there is no release date for this but Adam has got a pretty full plate again this year when it comes to filming so we’ll just have to wait and see.

Quite a mixed bag.
You certainly can’t accuse Adam of being type cast.

So, there you have it.
Another excuse for me to blog about Adam squeezed out.
I will ‘hopefully’ blog about him more and more over the coming months with more substantial photographs and maybe even some trailers to keep me going until I get to see the movies themselves.

The drought is nearly over!

THE SECOND AMENDMENT

One of the first things I do in the mornings is have a quick flick through the news to keep up to date with what’s going on in the world. Occasionally I will delve a little deeper into other little stories and one that caught my attention today is the unravelling story about Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Congresswoman (who is also head of the House Education and Labor Committee) in the US who…… to put it quite bluntly….. IS OFF HER FUCKING ROCKER!!

Firstly, she is a QAnon follower.
Remember this guy?

Twitter Has Removed More Than 70,000 Accounts Linked To QAnon Conspiracy  Since Capitol Riots

Yeah well, he and other QAnon followers rampaged through Capital Hill because they believed the following……
“QAnon is a far-right conspiracy theory alleging that a secret cabal of Satan-worshipping, cannibalistic pedophiles is running a global child sex-trafficking ring and plotting against former U.S. president Donald Trump, who has been fighting the cabal”. Wikipedia.

ABSOLUTE WACKJOBS!

This bunch of wackjobs formed, unsurprisingly, in 2017. the same year Donald Duck became President. Coincidence?

Anyway, back to Marjorie. To say she is insane is an understatement. You only have to go and take a look at all the videos out there on the internet to realise she is seriously disturbed.
However, BEFORE she was even elected to congress, she was made famous for harassing David Hogg, a survivor of a mass shooting that took place on February 14th 2018 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
David witnessed 17 fellow students and teachers lose their life while 17 others were injured, by a 19 year old gunman who opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle.
David was on his way to talk to lawmakers about Gun control.

This disgusting person used intimidation and harassment to try and get him to respond and with all due respect to David, he totally ignored her.

This video niggled me the most because she waffled on about her Second Amendment rights.
The Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, or the right to bear arms as it is more commonly known.

Guns.
I Hate them.

Even here in the UK I know there are occasions when guns are needed and I totally get that.
People who own livestock for example, need to be able to protect their livestock from predators.

However, here in the UK, guns are generally ‘not’ owned by the majority of people.
Police don’t walk around with handguns attached to their belts… they don’t need to.

In fact handguns were banned in 1997 after an AMENDMENT to the Firearms Act.

I have always struggled to see why banning the every day ownership of guns in the US is so difficult.
I agree that livestock owners need to be able to defend their livestock.
I agree that shooting targets can be fun if properly controlled at firing ranges.
I don’t agree with people being able to own guns and keep them in their houses or on their person.

When I see Americans defending their right to bear arms because it’s in their constitution, I roll my eyes.
Seriously?

The definition of the word Amendment is as follows…..
An alteration of or addition to a motion, bill, constitution, etc.
A change made by correction, addition, or deletion.

The key words there are ‘alteration’ ‘change’ and ‘deletion’

By the very word ‘Amendment’, a change has been made to the constitution, 27 of them in fact with the last one being as recent as 1992 I believe.

100 plus years ago, I could totally understand the need for guns in the US, but we live in a totally different society now. Guns are not protecting people any more, they are killing them.

Someone please have the sense to make another Amendment to this outdated Constitution.
Times change.
Laws should be updated regularly to keep them fresh and relevant to the time.

Oh yeah, get this moron removed from the House Education and Labor Committee and Congress ASAP.
She is poison.

DEVASTATED

I finally got home from work just after 21:00 last night. I had left the house that morning at 07:00.
I was tired as it had been a busy and frustrating day.
I did not expect the snippet of news I came home to.

There had been an announcement by a young man who’s career I have been following for a few years.
I have to be honest, at the back of my mind I think I knew this announcement was coming.
It still didn’t make it any easier.

Nile Wilson, British Men’s Artistic Gymnast, has announced his retirement at the age of just 24.
In the video he released he stated that injuries over the last couple of years had been the reason.

The last time he competed professionally was back in 2018 at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in Australia.
This was an extremely exciting competition and I remember sitting up into the early hours with one of my daughters’, holding my breath through every piece of apparatus, watching him help the GB team to All-round Gold.
Nile went on to win Individual All-round Gold, Horizontal Barr Gold, Rings Silver and Parallel Bars Silver.

I had high hopes for him for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 but unfortunately life had other plans.

I follow Nile on Youtube, as do another 1.44 million subscribers!!
He is funny, he is enthusiastic, he is infectious to watch, he has an amazing relationship with his Dad Neil.
Nile and Neil are a comedy duo and have their own Youtube channel where Neil is lovingly referred to as ‘The Youtube Sensation!’


Together they have started building Nile’s future, opening up his first Gym and getting his Brand on merchandise that sells like hot cakes!

However, ever since his amazing haul of medals at the Commonwealth Games, he has been plagued by injuries and has had several operations.
He initially remained very positive and worked his arse off to get back to top fitness levels, however, a neck injury just over a year ago was the beginning of the end.
A bulging disk that was compressing on a nerve causing weakness down one arm required some pretty major surgery.

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Nile remained positive and was still aiming for the 2020 Olympics but the injury had other ideas,
He just couldn’t seem to beat the weakness in his shoulder and I could tell by the content of his Vlogs that he was becoming a little disheartened. When the 2020 Olympics were cancelled due to the Covid Pandemic, and Nile began to really push his own Brand, I think that deep down I already knew that it wouldn’t be too long before he made this announcement.

My heart breaks for him at the age of just 24!!
However, Nile is far from gone. His enthusiasm for the sport remains. He is inspirational for thousands of kids who are interested in the sport and I can see Olympic class Gymnasts emerging from his gym/s in the future.

I will continue to follow his exploits on Youtube and continue to laugh at his antics with his Dad.
Most of all, I will continue to watch his career with interest, albeit in a slightly different direction!!

MENTAL HEALTH

OK, it’s been about 24 hours since I had the first of my vaccinations.
How do I feel?

I actually feel ok.
I got quite achy around my shoulders and neck late last night and I’m still a little achy this morning, but other than that, I’m absolutely fine.
I know this is to be expected after ANY vaccination, so I’m not worried.

What I am worried about at the moment is my physical and mental health.

The last year has exacerbated my weight gain.
I have turned to eating and a lot more drinking on days off and spend a lot of time vegetating in front of the TV or on the computer.
Work is ‘full on’ most of the time. Spending the best part of a 12.5 hour shift on your feet is draining, physically and mentally and when I get home, the ONLY thing I want to do is vegetate in front of the TV or go on the computer.

The problem with the computer however, is that I am constantly confronted by morons who have no clue what is actually happening out there in the real world. They spout misinformation and utter bollocks and people believe it!!
Conspiracy theories surrounding the vaccines are absolutely, gobsmackingly, hysterical, but people are believing it!
I will comment on something and then be bombarded by people who think that COVID is all a hoax and that we are taking away people’s rights by asking them to wear a mask in public.

I’m sure the 80,000+ people who have died in this country due to COVID would completely understand their ‘right’ to not wear a mask….. Oh wait, they can’t because they are DEAD. Probably because they came into contact with somebody who didn’t believe in wearing a mask or couldn’t be bothered to social distance!!

There, you see?
Just writing this blog is getting me all rattled. I can feel my blood pressure rising.

It’s time to do something about it.

I am going to concentrate on me, my family and my friends.
I am going to be a little more careful about what I’m eating and drinking and I’m going to drag my sorry arse away from this computer a bit more.
I’m going to go out for walks and when I can’t, I am going to make use of the treadmill that’s been sitting in the corner for the best part of a year.
There’s no reason I can’t stick a movie on and just go for a stroll while I’m watching it!!

So, when it comes to Facebook, I will be lurking.
You will still see my blog posts being posted but I will aim to stand back from everything else and watch the fireworks without getting myself involved.

VACCINATION TIME! (Sorry about the language!!)

OK, as bad as things are right now with the pandemic, with the start of the roll out of vaccinations I believe we are actually now seeing the beginning of the end. There is finally some light at the end of the tunnel. It may take the best part of a year or more to get there, but we WILL get there.

BUT….

We can only get there if people actually follow social distancing advice, wear their masks and then actually have the vaccination when it’s offered.

People who deny that COVID is actually a thing and that hospitals are empty and that the NHS are failing in their duty to care for people by cancelling surgeries blah blah blah, have no fucking idea what’s actually going on in hospitals at the moment. What they post all over social media is misinformation and absolute bollocks. I would love to rant about it but I actually value my job with the NHS, so this is as far as I will rant about that one.

When it comes to the vaccinations, I think one of the biggest worries people have is the speed at which these vaccinations have been produced and labelled as ‘safe’.
One of the biggest misconceptions is that the work on Covid vaccines started when the pandemic began, when in reality, scientists have been working on the building blocks for new vaccines since the Ebola outbreak in 2014 – 2016.
They have simply been modifying what they have with the genetic blueprint for Covid and because of the urgency, all the ‘usual’ red tape that vaccines and medicines go through have also been cut to allow for swifter processing.
No corners have been cut and these vaccines are as safe as any vaccines that have gone through years of red tape.

Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a very big supporter of vaccinations.
Anti-vaxers can just go kiss my arse! They are complete cockwombles and deserve all they get from not getting a vaccination. Survival of the fittest and the smartest as far as I’m concerned.

Don’t get me wrong though.
I know full well that there are people out there who can’t get vaccinated.
There are people who are highly immunocompromised or with so many allergies that they can’t have a vaccine or they have to be particularly careful when they do get a vaccine.
I really feel for these people because every anti-vaxer that doesn’t ‘believe’ in vaccines are not only risking themselves, they are risking the life of everyone who physically CAN’T be vaccinated!
SELFISH C###S is an understatement!

As you can see, this makes me VERY angry!!

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Anyway, I am a frontline healthcare worker, I am also over 50, so this puts me into 2 categories of people who are getting the first of the vaccines being rolled out across the country.
In fact , I had the first first part of the vaccine today.

How was it?
It felt like any other vaccination.
A quick pinch and over in a few seconds.
I usually get a warm welt on my upper arm when I have the usual flu vaccine, but so far I haven’t even got that!

I am prepared to feel a bit rough over the coming days, but that is how vaccines work and I don’t think many people understand this.

SO!

I have just seen an amazing string of Twitter messages written by @WheatNOil, who is a Physician at the U of Saskatchewan.
He has broken down how a vaccination works into simple, layman’s terms.
I am hoping this will help anyone who is debating having the vaccination or not, to finally make their minds up and go for it!

As Tweeted by @WheatNOil on 17th December 2020……..

Image may contain: text that says "WheatNOil @WheatNOil The mRNA vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna) are kind of brilliant at a science level. I've had a few people in my real non-Twitter life ask me to explain how it works so I'm going to try my best here in this thread while I'm waiting for a patient to show. 12:33 PM 12/17/20 Twitter for iPhone"
Image may contain: text that says "WheatNOil @WheatNOil The first thing to know is how your immune system works. Basically, your immune cells attack anything foreign to your body. If it sees a protein or a virus or or a bacteria or anything that it doesn't recognize, it launches an attack. 12:39PM 12/17/20 Twitter for iPhone"
Image may contain: text that says "WheatNOil @WheatNOil If it's fighting off a virus, for example, it takes time to build up a full attack. It's got to figure out what part of the virus to attack & ramp up production of what it needs to attack those parts. That can take a few days. Meanwhile the virus is replicating and expanding. 12:41 PM 12/17/20 Twitter for iPhone"
Image may contain: text that says "WheatNOil @WheatNOil Once it fights off the virus, though, it remembers it. You've got memory cells in your immune system and if you run into that virus again, your memory cells say "I've seen this asshole before". Your body uses it's past experience to demolish the virus before it can make you sick. 12:44 Twitter for"
Image may contain: text that says "WheatNOil @WheatNOil So, with that in mind, we return to the vaccine. Scientists looked at the COVID virus and saw a protein on the outside of the virus that looked like a good candidate to launch an immune attack against. 1:04 PM 12/17/20 Twitter for iPhone"
Image may contain: text that says "WheatNOil @WheatNOil That protein, by the way, is an important one for the virus. It uses that protein to get into your cells. That protein makes the virus more infectious. In short, that protein makes the virus more of an asshole. 1:07 PM 12/17/20 Twitter for iPhone"
Image may contain: text that says "WheatNOil @WheatNOil Now COVID has DNA in it that codes for all of its parts. So scientists looked at the entire DNA sequence of virus and found the sequence of DNA that is the blueprints for that protein. The asshole protein. 1:10 PM 12/17/20 Twitter for iPhone"
Image may contain: text that says "WheatNOil @WheatNOil Side note: DNA is the blueprint to make things in a cell. Cells take the DNA and transcribe it into RNA. The RNA is the instructions that tell the cell what to make. mRNA (literally messenger- RNA) literally just gives instructions to the cell to make something 1:14 PM 12/17/20 Twitter for iPhone"
Image may contain: text that says "WheatNOil @WheatNOil So scientists took the blueprint for the asshole protein on COVID and made an mRNA version of it. Literally just the instructions on how to make that protein. These instructions "are" the vaccine. Let me explain. 1:16 PM 12/17/20 Twitter for iPhone"
Image may contain: text that says "WheatNOil @WheatNOil The vaccine contains no actual part of the virus. It has only the instructions on how to make the asshole protein. So, you can't get infected with COVID from the vaccine. You just get these instructions. 1:18 PM 12/17/20 Twitter for iPhone"
Image may contain: text that says "WheatNOil @WheatNOil Your cells see these instructions and say "sure, I'll make this" So your cells cells make a bunch of the asshole protein. You immune system sees this new protein you're producing and immediately says "what... the fuck... this?" Andi starts attacking the protein. 1:20 PM. 12/17/20 Twitter for iPhone"
Image may contain: text that says "WheatNOil @WheatNOil Remember it hasn't seen this protein before. It takes awhile to ramp up production. Then it launches an all out war against the asshole protein. The fevers, chills, muscle soreness, eto you might get as vaccine side effects is your body bombing the hell out of the asshole protein 1:23 PM 12/17/20 Twitter for iPhone"
Image may contain: text that says "WheatNOil @WheatNOil So you destroy the asshole protein (which in and of itself can't infect you, it's just a protein, not the virus). Now here's the important part. Your memory cells 'remember' the asshole protein. They remember exactly how to destroy it. 1:26 PM 12/17/20 Twitter for iPhone"
Image may contain: text that says "WheatNOil @WheatNOil By the way, your body breaks down the mRNA instructions that you got with the vaccine pretty quickly too. That's normal. You don't need a bunch of instructions hanging around forever. Your body breaks those down and gets rid of them. 1:27 PM 12/17/20 Twitter for iPhone"
Image may contain: text that says "WheatNOil @WheatNOil So you've broken down the mRNA instructions. You've destroyed asshole proteins. Everything from the vaccine is gone. Except for those memory cells who remember that protein very well. 1:28 PM 12/17/20 Twitter for iPhone"
Image may contain: text that says "WheatNOil @WheatNOil So then, a COVID virus enters your body. Your body has never seen the virus before. BUT it's seen that protein that's on the outside of the virus. Your memory cells say "you've got to be kidding me, THIS asshole again? Get the fuck out of here!" 1:31 12/17/20 Twitter for iPhone"
Image may contain: text that says "WheatNOil @WheatNOil Your body' own 'natural immune system' quickly and efficiently launches an all out war, using the template it has from when it destroyed the asshole protein last time It destroys the virus before it can take hold, replicate, and make you sick. 1:33 PM 12/17/20 Twitter for iPhone"
Image may contain: text that says "WheatNOil @WheatNOil Congratulations! Now, you're immune to COVID! You've got the blueprints to defeat it as soon as it enters your body. 1:35 PM 12/17/20 Twitter for iPhone"
Image may contain: text that says "WheatNOil @WheatNOil What if the virus mutates so it doesn't produce the asshole protein any more? Well, since it uses the asshole protein to get into your cells, if it mutates away from the asshole protein, it'll probably also be less infectious. That's what makes the vaccine low-key brilliant. 1:37 PM 12/17/20 Twitter for iPhone"

Get it now?!!

No?

Then you’re probably a TRUMP supporter.
There’s no hope for you!!