ADDIES UPDATE

We actually came away from Addenbrookes yesterday in a fairly hopeful mood.

The consultation with the Neuro Surgeon didn’t start off great as we realised the MRI from 2017, that the pain consultant was working from, was completely missing and there was still no sign of the 2018 MRI at all.

Anyway, looking at an MRI from 2015, this surgeon couldn’t understand why Ian hadn’t been referred to him 3 years ago!

I’ll tell you why…
Because beaurocracy insists that people get bounced around between MSK, physio and pain clinics for three years before anyone holds their hands up and admits defeat!! In the meantime, the patient has to live in excruciating pain and put their lives on hold, and all to try and save money, when the reality is that the clinic appointments, medications and joint injections my husband has been subject to over the last three years has probably cost a hell of a lot more in time and man hours in the long run.

Anyway, I didn’t start this blog to have a rant.
No, this surgeon has decided that an up to date MRI is needed and he is not just doing Ian’s neck, he doing the whole back as well. He’s giving Ian a full MOT to hopefully nip any other potential problems in the bud.
It will mean coming back to get it done but Ian will be seen by the surgeon again on the SAME day.
The surgeon has also pre-empted any surgery and put Ian on the waiting list.
We came away from the appointment with a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel.

So now it’s just another waiting game.

LOOKING FOR INSPIRATION

So, on June 29th, I will be in London with my 21 year old daughter.
Our reason for being there?
We are going to see ‘P!nk’ at Wembley and I’m really looking forward to it.

I found out today that Vance Joy is going to be a supporting act! Bonus!

Anyway, when we originally booked the tickets for the show, we decided to make a 3 day trip of it.
We head into London on the Friday, see the show on the Saturday and head home on the Sunday.
As we sat discussing the trip for a bit today, we both decided that we want to do things in London that we wouldn’t ordinarily do.
We’re fed up with the ‘usual’ attractions like the museums, the London Eye, river trips, bus trips.
We want something different.

So far we’ve decided that we want to try Dans Le Noir on the Friday evening.
It’s probably the only time I’ll get to try it, as ‘gourmet’ food is not something my husband is into and not being able to see or know what he’s eating does not appeal to him in the slightest.

We spent a little time looking at all the hidden little ‘speakeasy’ type bars that are hidden all over London and will probably check out a few.

However, we are really stuck for anything off the tourist track!
We want fun, music, entertainment, venues that are not worried about casual wear, off the beaten track, hidden little gems (not necessarily family friendly!!)

So if anyone reading this has any ideas, let me know!!
5 months and counting!!

AND HOW WAS YOUR WEEK?

My phone has recorded a grand total of 1548 steps since last Wednesday!
The reason?
I have literally been curled up on the sofa watching TV or sleeping…. or at least trying to as my cough rears it’s ugly head every time I lay down.

I think I’m over the hump now and literally just feel like I’ve got a bad cold.
I feel like my head is in a bucket of water and I’m a bit congested, but it’s liveable!!

Typical, this was supposed to be a good week.
After a really busy week last week, this week, I had a fairly clear week.
The week should have gone something like this…..
Monday – Drop my final course documents at Uni.
Tuesday – Short shift placement in theatres.
Wednesday – Day off, maybe the cinema.
Thursday – A short late shift.
Friday – A night out celebrating a friends birthday at Esquires Music Venue.
Saturday – A meal out with the hubby and kids.
Sunday – Relax a little and maybe go to the cinema.

I was really looking forward to this week.
So what went wrong?

When I woke up on Tuesday, I felt like I had an annoying little irritation on my chest. It made me cough occasionally but I felt fine and got through the day with no problems.

However….

By 10pm that evening, I felt rough and went to bed early.
When I woke up the next day I could barely move.
Hot sweats, shivers, congestion, hacking cough and when I was laying down I sounded like I had popping candy in my mouth.
There was no way I could go to work the next day so I had to call and tell them I wouldn’t make it.

I made the decision to sleep on the sofa that day.
My husband is on a pile of medication that suppresses his immune system at the moment and with pinched nerves in his neck, the last thing he needs to deal with is a hacking cough!

I have been on the sofa now for 4 nights.
All plans for the week have been cancelled.
No party at Esquires.
No dinner out with the family.
Even the chinese I ordered on Friday evening was disappointing. I just didn’t enjoy it because of this bloody cold!

Anyway, the plan is to go back to work tomorrow.
It’s only a short shift.
I have another short shift in theatres on Tuesday. This is a placement day that I CANNOT miss. If I do, I have to make the hours up in my own time and at this stage in the game, I don’t want to miss anything!!

So! Apologies to my work colleagues tomorrow.
I may be a bear with a sore head. I’ll be there physically but I don’t know about mentally. Be kind to me.

And how was your week?

SOMEONE PLEASE SHOOT ME

I spent the day in placement yesterday with a very slight irritating cough.
When I got home I started to feel rotten and ended up going to bed just before 10.
When I woke up this morning I felt like death warmed up.
Aches
Shivers
Hacking cough
Streaming eyes
Congestion

It has only got worse throughout the day.
My cheeks are now burning and my temperature is creeping up.

I have resigned myself to the fact that I will be sleeping on the sofa tonight as I can’t risk Ian catching this!
With his medications, he has a surpressed immune system and this will knock him really badly.

Don’t think my hips will thank me in the morning.

OSCARS!

So yesterday saw the official Oscar nominations announced.
I am a little excited AGAIN!
BlacKkKlansman has got 6 nominations!

However, it has lots of competition. Some of it good, some of it great and some of it there, simply because of the mood of the Oscars over the last few years. I won’t say anymore about that because whatever I say will be taken the wrong way and I can’t be hassled with the backlash.

Anyway, I will be doing my best to see all of the ‘Best Picture’ nominations before the ceremony on the 24th February. I haven’t been doing particularly well with that over the last few weeks as life has just been getting in the way.
Today I’ve woken up with a streaming cold and hacking cough and I ache all over! which means I probably won’t be making it to the cinema on my three days off this week either!

So far I’ve seen 4 of the 8 nominated movies and as with the BAFTA nominations, I will just be listing the ones I have an interest in.

Best Picture
Black Panther
BlacKkKlansman
Bohemian Rhapsody
The Favourite
Green Book
Roma
A Star is Born
Vice

Of course, BlacKkKlansman is totally getting my support for this one. It has already lost to ‘Roma’ at the Golden Globes and that is one I still have to watch. Might even do it today.
BlacKkKlansman is just inspirational, heartbreaking and infuriating and so well done that in my opinion, deserves a BIG win.

Black Panther was an inspired movie and a credit to the Marvel family and it ‘should’ have been up for a ‘Visual Effects’ award….. but a Best Picture award? Mmmm, seriously?
Fabulous casting however, and can’t wait to see what they do with the next one. I found the story-line to be quite weak and in some places, the visuals a little over powering. (Please do not chew my head off! That is simply my opinion.)

Bohemian Rhapsody is a wonderful film, and I can see Rami walking away with the Oscar for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury but the film as a whole just doesn’t quite cut it for me next to BlacKkKlansman.

Green Book is a ‘surprising’ favourite.
I saw this at a secret screening a while ago, a few weeks before it went on general release. With no idea what we were going to be watching, the whole audience did a collective ‘WTF’ when the title came on screen before everyone dived onto their phones to IMDB what we were about to watch.
It may have taken a little time getting into it, but it was certainly worth sticking with and I will quite happily watch it again.

The rest I need to catch up on, but I am sick to death of the ‘Star Is Born’ soundtrack playing on the radio whenever I get into my car, and it is now putting me off seeing it!!

Actor in a Leading Role
Christian Bale – Vice
Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born
Willen Dafoe – At Eternity’s Gate
Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody
Viggo Mortensen – Green Book

My money is on Rami Malek! But there is strong competition in Christian Bale and Viggo Mortensen.

Actor in a Supporting Role
Mahershala Ali – Green Book
Adam Driver – BlacKkKlansman
Sam Elliot – A Star is Born
Richard E. Grant – Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Sam Rockwell – Vice

Mahershala Ali won the Golden Globe for this one but I really want to see Adam Driver snatch the Oscar for this one this year. Unfortunately, as a first time Academy nominee, with some well loved and established actors in the lineup, I think I may be disappointed this year.

Directing
BlacKkKlansman – Spike Lee
Cold War – Pawel Pawlikowski
The favourite – Yorgos Lanthimos
Roma – Alfonso Cuaron
Vice – Adam McKay

I have only seen BlacKkKlansman in this category.
Alfonsi Cuaron won the Golden Globe but I really hope Spike gets this one!

Adapted Screenplay
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – Joel and Ethan Coen
BlacKkKlansman – Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott and Spike Lee
Can You Ever Forgive Me? – Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty
If Beale Street Could Talk – Barry Jenkins
A Star Is Born – Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper and Will Fetters

It HAS to be BlacKkKlansman. The story is so outrageously unbelievable but so totally relevant to this day, which is highlighted at the end of the film.
Spike and the team have done a wonderful job of portraying the subject matter with just the right amount of humour, which makes, what could be heavy going, a lot easier to stomach, right up until they punch you in the gut with the last few minutes!!

Animated Feature
Incredibles 2
Isle of Dogs
Mirai
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Spiderman-Man: Into the Spider-Verse all the way.
I can’t see how Isle of Dogs is STILL getting any acclaim. Hopefully this will be the last we see of it.

Original Score
Black Panther
BlacKkKlansman
If Beale Street Could Talk
Isle of Dogs
Mary Poppins Returns

If BlacKkKlansman loses to Isle of Dogs, I will never watch the Oscars again!! (Well I will, but my faith will be totally smashed)

Film Editing
BlacKkKlansman
Bohemian Rhapsody
The Favourite
Green Book
Vice

Of course, there are no prizes for guessing my prediction.
It’s BlacKkKlansman all the way or nothing.

Call me biased, because I obviously am, BUT, BlacKkKlansman is an amazing film. If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s now available on DVD and streaming services. Go see it.

Now that is done, I am going to go and die on my sofa for the afternoon.
Streaming eyes, hacking cough, aching all over, getting worse by the hour.
Think sleep may be eluding me tonight too.

THE END IS IN SIGHT

I suppose, for anyone who reads my blogs regularly, that title could mean two things.

I am coming to the end of a tumultuous two years of University work, with just a few small hurdles to leap before the end of February….. but that is for another blog.

This blog is about Star Wars!… Also due to end filming at the end of February.

Cardington sheds (hangars) are a familiar sight for me as they are literally just a few miles on the outside of town and something I see and drive past quite frequently. Standing on the top floor of my workplace, you can actually see the hangars, they are that close.

They are currently being used to film Star Wars episode 9.
It was announced late last year that filming was being extended due to re-writes, which meant extending the filming schedule at the sheds.

Re-writes are something that always gets fans worried but they are not unusual on ‘any’ movie, especially big budget blockbusters.
Ideas that are put down in writing and thumbnails often end up not working properly or spark new ideas and end up meaning a re-write is in order.

Re-writes can be a bit of a logistical nightmare if your principle actors, who thought that their filming had finished, are required to return to tweak a scene or even film something completely new.

One such event took place late last year for Adam Driver when a HUGE schedule change meant that Adam, who was due to be here in England to promote ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’ at a couple of film festivals, had to cancel and re-arrange his own schedule.

In a statement from @AdamDriverUK they announced“Star Wars has just had a massive schedule change, and given what they need to shoot next week they need Adam to rehearse all day tomorrow”.

An ‘all day‘ rehearsal and a week of shooting is a BIG deal and sounds like there was a major change to some of Adam’s plot line.

It’s all getting very real now!

Cutting and special effects are all being worked on and when filming officially ends in February, the marketing team will be able to put together and ‘teaser’ trailer in time for the Star Wars Celebration event in April.
I suspect this is when we will get a title release.

After that, the rumour mill will be going crazy for 8 months.
Snippets of information will be drip fed to the public.
Fan theories will abound.
Principle actors will start their promotion of the film a month or two before release.
And I will be following it all and blogging my own theories or discussing other people’s theories and collecting lots of new images of Adam and Domhnall Gleeson along the way.

One theory that I actually quite like the sound of is that, the film is set one year on from the events on Crait at the end of Last Jedi and Supreme Leader Kylo Ren is actually doing a pretty good job! What transpires from there is anyone’s guess but the thought of a more clean cut Kylo Ren in even more tailored uniforms is quite thrilling!

From images I’ve seen of Adam during the filming time frame, his hair appears to have been kept quite a bit shorter than what has been the ‘norm’ for Kylo in the past, but with that said, his hair right now is longer than I’ve seen it in a while and as his last minute filming was quite late last year, any goes!!

So watch this space.

ANOTHER REASON TO LOVES AWARDS SEASON

As I’ve made perfectly clear in recent posts, I love awards season.
Films have always played a HUGE part in my life and I love the glamour and excitement of a good red carpet.

In the last 4 years, there has been another reason to love awards season, and that is……

Lots of lovely new photos of Adam Driver!!

Yep, the man and his movies are up for awards every year.
He’s still young and putting his time in but I guarantee this man will be holding an Oscar one day.

The way it’s going this year, my photo collection will easily be breaking 3000!!

Yep… 3000… am I sorry? Absolutely not!