OH DEAR

Oh dear…. I have just discovered season 5 of Merlin on Netflix.
I feel an afternoon of binge watching coming on just to see Alexander Vlahos in something other than Versailles!

I’d better go and soak up a little sun first and tidy the patio area.
It seems to be a bit of a leaf trap over the winter. We’re up to our knees in them when we step out the back door.

I think that will be enough work for today.
I’ll put my feet up with a bottle of wine, after all, I’m not at work tomorrow!!!

SHOUT OUT

OK, this post is another shout out for The CC Smugglers.

I know I don’t get a lot of traffic on my blog but every little helps.
I’ve posted recently about this local band. That post can be read HERE.

Quite simply, this band have been handed a HUGE spanner in the works by a company called ‘Pledgemusic’.
This company was being used to promote the band and sell merchandise to raise money to fund and release their first official album.
That album is being released on the 29th of this month!!

Click on my current mood on the right of this page to listen to Baker Street 205!! Currently my favourite track.

However……

Pledgemusic have run into financial trouble and have left the Smugglers high and dry. They cannot get hold of their money.
All the Album pre-sales, concert tickets, everything purchased through Pledgemusic has been lost and the band have taken a HUGE financial risk by taking out a loan and honoring all those sales. If you go to their Youtube site, you can watch videos explaining the whole thing.

They have set up an independent website to start all over again and so far it looks like it’s going really well. Their fans have stepped up to the plate and backed them all over again, 100%

All I’m asking is that you check them out and catch the bug! Pass this on to anyone who may be interested in them. They deserve more recognition and notoriety, even though it means I will probably see less of them locally.
They are an awesome band and one that I would HIGHLY recommend seeing live. Their live performances are AMAZING! and I can’t wait to see them at their album launch party next weekend.

Click on the following links and show your love.

Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/user/ccsmugglers
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/ccsmugglers/
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/ccsmugglers/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/ccsmugglers
Main website – https://www.ccsmugglers.co.uk/

I’ll just leave a few of my own videos and photos here to tickle your interest.

TWO MORE

Just two more Long Days (23 hours total) before I have 9 days off!
I really need it too!

Not having to worry about the alarm going off in the morning.
Not worrying about actually having to go to sleep at a ‘sensible time’.

The only firm plans during the week are a trip to Addenbrookes with Ian, for MRI results and a plan of action (watch this space), a bit of pampering for me (hair cut, eyebrows shaped), a dinner out with the kids, at least one trip to the cinema to see Shazam a week early (probably squeeze in a few more trips), and a trip to Chesham on the 30th to see CC Smugglers at their album launch party and the opening gig to their album tour.

Mainly a relaxing week, but I do need to re-seal the shower base as we currently have Niagra falls in the kitchen.

Right, better get to work.

DISH OF THE WEEK #78 – Alexander Vlahos

As you will see by my previous post, I have become a little obsessed by a TV series called Versailles.

It originally aired in 2016, so I’m a little late to the ball game for this one.
I blame my Uni work. For the last two years, there’s really been no time for wasting time on TV shows, so I’m more than a little behind on EVERYTHING!!

Anyway, from the very first episode, I have been totally enamoured by Alexander Vlahos who plays Philippe, the younger flamboyant brother of Louis the XIV.

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As I got more into the show, I decided to research how much of this character was based in reality.
Turns out, pretty much all of it!!

Duke of Orleans.
He won several major battles for his brother.
During the reign of Louis, he was simply known as Monsieur.
He was the founder of the House of Orleans and a direct ancestor to Louis Philippe I, who ruled France from 1830 to 1848.
Although he was open about his homosexual behaviour and freely acted effeminately, he fulfilled his royal duty and married twice fathering several children. Through the children of his two marriages, Philippe became an ancestor of most modern-day Roman Catholic royalty, giving him the nickname of “the grandfather of Europe.

Even when he was married, he reportedly carried on open romantic affairs, with no regard to either of his two wives.

Among Philippe’s lovers, one man stands out, Philip of Lorraine-Armagnac, the never-married Chevalier de Lorraine, (played by Evan Williams and deserving of a Dish of the Week too!!) who was described as “insinuating, brutal and devoid of scruple”. This character is used to great and sometimes very amusing effect in the show. Although how he managed to keep his head after, historically, not one, but two stays in prison, one of which was for treason, is a miracle!! Philippe must have really loved him!

Anyway, this is becoming a blog about Philippe… let’s get back to Alexander.

Alexander is 5’10” and was born on the 30th of July, 1988 in Swansea, South Wales and his first language is Welsh.
Damn it! I’m old enough to be his mother!! This is ridiculous.

He his probably best known in the UK for his role as Mordred in BBC fantasy show, ‘Merlin’ where he earned rave reviews for his portrayal as the young Druid destined to kill King Arthur.

Apart from Versailles, what have I seen him in?

NOTHING!!

Well, I’ve seen a few seconds of Merlin because my kids have been watching it recently, but Versailles is it!
I look forward to seeing where his career goes.

Now, back to Versailles!

THE BLOG IT DESERVES

Way back on February 10th, in a blog entitled ‘My New Favourite Power Couple’ (Which you can read HERE), I spoke of a TV series that I had only just discovered called ‘Versailles’ and I went on to say that I couldn’t find series three.
Well, I finally found it, and I am now on my THIRD run through of the entire series.
I CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF IT!!!

In an article for the Radio Times back in 2016 by Ellie Walker-Arnott, she describes Versailles as “the latest European import to land on our TV screens – and there’s no denying that it contains nudity, violence and scenes of a sexual nature.

This is a historical romp, following a young King Louis XIV as he dreams of a grand palace at Versailles, struggles to maintain his power grip on France and sleeps with most of the women in his royal court”.

It has some “highly graphic” sex scenes that could put even ‘The Tudors’ to shame and has seen Versailles being dubbed as pornography, to which I have only one thing to say…..
Rubbish!!!
For anyone who doesn’t want to watch this kind of thing, CHANGE THE CHANNEL OR TURN IT OFF!! Stop trying to spoil everyone’s fun because you’re to prudish to think it shouldn’t be allowed.

Anyway, Alexander Vlahos, who plays Philippe, the flamboyant younger brother of Louis XIV, (and who will more than likely be my next Dish of the Week) is quoted in the Radio Times articles as saying “There is violence and raunchy sex scenes and nudity, that’s what’s different about this period drama. It’s not Downton Abbey. The average age of our cast is 25. It’s a bunch of cool young kids in power having amazing house parties!”

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He’s not wrong! There are nipples, orgasms, gay oral sex and an attempt on the King’s life before the opening credits of the first episode alone and much more sex, stabbings and brutal beatings after.

With all that aside, Versailles looks stunning. The costumes are absolutely sumptuous with amazing attention to detail. There is a lot more to the series than the ‘scandalous’ sex scenes. There are secrets that need covering up. A power struggle between the volatile King and his flamboyant younger brother, between the King and his court, between the King and all of France. Plus the promise of an incredible palace, because “a king without a castle is no king at all.”

If you are a historical purist, you will probably hate the show but I have done some research about the period, and yes, the scandals, the sex, the power play, was all rampant at the time and Versailles has done an incredible job in bringing it all to the screen…. with quite a bit of artistic licence. That said, it’s incredibly entertaining and I highly recommend watching it if you haven’t already. If you liked the Tudors, you are going to LOVE Versailles!

Ellie Walker-Arnott ended her article by saying….
“In fact, if you ask me, the fact that it’s inciting panic in Conservative MPs makes it more appealing, and I’m certainly going to be tuning in past episode one”

Well, I’m going back to continue my third run of the series. Philippe is about to meet his next wife, she’s hilarious!

EARLY NIGHT

In the last 5 days I’ve done some decorating and tidying. I’ve been to the cinema. Discussed a new tattoo with my artist. Had lunch out with my husband. Finalised and re-submitted my final piece of UNI work and binge watched another costume drama, Knightfall.

It has actually been quite relaxing.

Tonight is an extra early night as I prepare for 3 long days in a row.

37.5 hours in just 3 days.

It’s going to be tough, particularly as my knee has been playing me up recently.

I’ve decided to dig out my physio exercises and start them again to try and strengthen the knee before I go back to the GP. Either they will help or I will have some ammo when I do go back to the GP. No point in going through physio if I’ve already been doing it!

So, final glass of wine, nibbles and Netflix……. and the occasional minor panic attack as I think about my UNI submission.

Ah well, nothing I can do about it now except wait.

SO THAT’S IT THEN!

After completely dropping the ball on my last assignment, I finally finished my re-write and uploaded it to the portal today.

So that’s it.
I now have an agonising wait as submission date is the 20th March, so it won’t even be looked at until then. Then I have to wait 20 working days for the result.

I am now in limbo.
I am neither a student or a nurse associate.
My colleagues started their preceptorship this week, I won’t start mine until I have my result.

If I fail it this time, it will cost me £500 to take it again, BUT LET’S NOT DWELL ON THAT!!!

So, if I walk around with a pinched look on my face for the next month or so, you’ll know why.