Month: September 2017


Essay writing, procrastination, anatomy and physiology studying, procrastination, realisation that you haven’t done any preparation for work based learning on Monday, more procrastination, slight panic as you look at your work load over the next two weeks and wonder how you’re going to get any Uni work done before deadline, more procrastination……..




1- Forget the essay for today. You did enough on that yesterday and now you are waiting for feedback. No point in doing any more until you know it’s going in the right direction.

2- Look at what’s needed for Uni tomorrow and get some work done on that instead.

3- Maybe take a look at some A&P studying if time allows.

It’s only 10:30am.
A good 6 hours of study time and you can still make it to the cinema for a treat if you want to later!

Sounds like a good plan brain.


So, I’ve just seen the first full length trailer for Peter Rabbit.

I’ve been a little sceptical about this film while looking at production stills and the teaser.
It didn’t feel like Peter Rabbit.
Mr McGregor certainly didn’t look like the Mr McGregor from the books.


And here’s the hook for me….. Domhnall Gleeson is playing Mr McGregor!!


This is a picture of Domhnall filming Peter Rabbit in London. I never thought I would be saying that Mr McGregor is looking fine!!

Domhnall fans will know that he loves doing comedy and has a wonderfully expressive face for it.
I could sit chuckling most evenings going through the Youtube videos for ‘Immaturity for Charity’ or ‘Your Bad Self’

After seeing the trailer I’m a little more relaxed about the way this film is going.
Could be quite a laugh.


After swapping my Saturday shift this coming weekend with a Sunday shift last weekend to help a colleague, I found myself with 5 whole days off work this week.

I say five days off but what I really mean is, 2 days off and 3 trying to get an essay finished and some studying done!!

A couple of months ago, me and Ian decided to do an outdoor cinema experience when we found an advert for a showing of the digitally remastered copy of the 1958 film ‘Dunkirk’ starring John Mills.
Luna Cinema were going to be airing it on Camber Sands in the south of England on the very beach where it was filmed and also the recent remake was filmed.

We found a local chalet to hire for the evening and decided to make a day of it.
We arrived in Camber at around 12:30 and found a beautiful little pub called ‘The Owl’.
Very friendly, lovely old pub with wonderful food and excellent service.
We took a walk along the beach to check out where we would have to go in the evening and then we went to check into our chalet.

The weather wasn’t great and the wind was picking up. It was very exposed and the evening was going to be a little chilly.
The video shows where the screen was being set up at the end of the beach.

The chalet was not quite what we expected.
A lot smaller than it looked in the photos and we were unaware that the bed was on a mezzanine level accessed via a ladder and the toilet and shower were outside!!
Anyway, it was an overpriced roof over our heads for the night but we won’t be staying there again!

Anyway, we headed over to the event at around 17:30 and were surprised to find our old friends, Mick and Chris had decided to join us.

We mooched around the period vehicles and had a drink while enjoying period dance lessons (without taking part) before we headed over the dune to the beach itself.

We made ourselves as comfortable as we were going to get and then waited for the film to start.
We had a lovely surprise when the film was introduced by none other than Hayley Mills! The actress daughter of the star of the film, John Mills.

It was the first time I had seen the film!
I was suitably impressed and liked the way it showed more of the run up to the evacuation and how the small boats became involved and what went on back home. It also made more of an impact on the scale of it with the amount of soldiers on the beach. The recent re-make concentrated more on the evacuation and didn’t quite get the same feel for scale, even though it’s a good film in it’s own right.

We were very lucky with traffic both too and from the event. The only slow down was getting over the Dartfor crossing, but even then, the traffic didn’t stop.

Now it’s time to meet Marjorie in town for a meal for her 18th birthday and then home and a quick trip over the road for her first legal drink at the bluebell!!


Domhnall Gleeson.
I love the guy to pieces. He comes across as a genuinely nice and funny guy in interviews.
He’s seriously cute when doing naive and lovey in About Time and Black Mirror.

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Hot as a General in Star Wars.

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Painfully irresistable as poor Clan Techie in Dredd.

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Amazing as Bob Geldof in When Harvey Met Bob.

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Totally irresistable as Caleb in Ex-Machina.

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To die for as Thomas Burberry.

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He’s going to make me cry as A.A.Milne.

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And I could keep on going……..
In public he’s always smiling and messing around.

And regularly sports a full beard which I actually quite like.



Here’s where I’m having some difficulty.
He’s currently filming a project called ‘The Little Stranger’ playing a character called Faraday.
IMDB states…..

THE LITTLE STRANGER tells the story of Dr Faraday, the son of a housemaid, who has built a life of quiet respectability as a country doctor. During the long hot summer of 1947, he is called to a patient at Hundreds Hall, where his mother once worked. The Hall has been home to the Ayres family for more than two centuries. But it is now in decline and its inhabitants – mother, son and daughter – are haunted by something more ominous than a dying way of life. When he takes on his new patient, Faraday has no idea how closely, and how terrifyingly, the family’s story is about to become entwined with his own.

Sounds interesting and a little creepy!!
The only thing is this…….

Faraday has a moustache!!
He’s been out recently promoting the release of ‘Mother’ and has had to keep the tache because he’s still filming.
I really can’t decide if I like it or not.
His bubbly personality still shines through, I just don’t know about it.

What do you think?

And yes, this has been an opportunity to gratuitously post lots of pictures of Domhnall Gleeson.

Sorry not sorry.


Why now?

Regular readers will know that back in Feb 2016 I had a Baker Cyst rupture in my right knee unexpectedly and after weeks off work to recover, I slowly got back to normal.
I had regular physio, which I still do to a certain extent.
I still have a maniscal tear and residual cysts in the knee but it has been fine.
I’ve built the strength back up to where I have been power walking 3 – 6km every other day and managing 12.5 hour shifts at work on my feet with no problems.


About a month before I went away to italy, I noticed a niggly pain just below my knee at the top of the shin. It was anoying. It hurt more just mooching around the house or climbing the stairs. It went away with pain relief and I didn’t think much to it. I thought I had just strained something and carried on.

I can’t ignore it any more.
Yesterday at work, something went BIG time and made it very difficult and painful to walk. Especially when just mooching around. Standing by a bed and just turning my body would really catch my breath. Getting up from a chair was agony. Walking the corridors was uncomfortable but I couldn’t push it.

Time to go back to the Doctor and get referred I think.
It’s happened at the wrong time!!
I can’t have time off at the moment. Right in the middle of my Uni course and placements.
The Uni day is not really the issue, I could study at home and liaise with my tutors and I could still make the trip into Uni if needed because I will just be sitting in a class room.
My problem is my placements, if I can’t make placements for whatever reason, I HAVE to make the hours up later and I really don’t want to have to do that.

So, I’m going to have a look at strapping for the knee and continue with pain relief for now and see what the Doctor says.



So, I made it through to day 5 of the detox/fat busting diet.
Yesterday was day 6 and as I sat studying anatomy and physiology, I realised that if I had to eat another bowl of the soup I would probably kill myself , so I decided to end it there.

Day 7 would have been just soup and fruit juice and there was absolutely no way that was EVER going to happen.

To be honest, I have actually dropped about 6-7 pounds!
That means I’m back to what I was before I went away to Italy.
I just need to make sure that I don’t blow it and over indulge.

I treated myself yesterday to some wine, cold cuts, cheese and crackers and after a week of vegetable soup, fruit and veg, it was absolute heaven!!

Today, I’m continuing my studies. I will be having another crack at my reflective essay this afternoon. Really not feeling this one.
I got the results of my biopsychosocial essay yesterday and I passed with a C grade.
I will be honest, after all the work I put into it I’m a little disappointed, I was hoping for at least a B. I really should be happier. I PASSED!!
That’s the main thing. I passed. I ‘should’ be happier.

The plan for dinner tonight is traditional Italian pizza.
There’s nothing store made.
I’ve made my own tomato sauce and I’ve made my own dough that is sitting and ‘hopefully’ rising ready to use later.
I will be putting mushrooms, red onions, pepperoni and prociutto on top with fresh crumbled mozzarella cheese.
The base will be very thin and crispy. None of this deep pan crap.
I’m actually really looking forward to it.

Right, time to hit the books for a few hours.