COULD I BE THAT LUCKY?

Could I really be that lucky?
Adam Driver’s next film, Annette, is opening the Cannes Film Festival in July, but it has just been announced that it is getting it’s theatrical release in the US on August 6th.
UK releases usually coincide with US releases but there is no confirmation yet.
This is the kind of film that gets a pretty limited run here in the UK and I would usually have to travel outside of my hometown to a cinema that is showing it…..

However……

I will be in London on August 6th because it’s our wedding anniversary and we are spending 4 days in London!!
This will be the perfect opportunity to see it at my favourite cinema, the Picturehouse Central, if they are showing it.

August 6th this year is shaping up quite nicely.
Possible trip to my favourite cinema to see a new Adam film and dinner at the Hawksmoor in Covent Garden.

URGH! I have just realised that Adam was just 10 years old when I got married!!
My kids are all over 18.
One has left home and is currently producing a baby.

I AM SO OLD!!!

CHECK IT OUT

Over the last few days I’ve been catching up on an old favourite obsession, Joel Kinnaman.
Back in 2014, I became quite obsessed with a Swedish actor by the name of Joel Kinnaman.
It was kicked off by the re-make of Robocop back in 2014.
My review can be read HERE

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After Robocop, I expected big things for Joel, but although he has teetered on the edge of ‘A’ list, he’s never quite crossed the line.
He continues to have a lead role in the Suicide Squad movies and he’s had numerous other roles in movies like ‘Run All Night’ with Liam Neeson, Edge of Winter and The Informer, it is in TV that he appears to be most comfortable.

Before Robocop, Joel made his name in a fabulous TV series called ‘The Killing’.
He is currently in a series called ‘For All Mankind’ and I have been binge watching it.
It’s so good!!

The series starts off during the 1960’s space race and is a bit of a ‘What If’ series.
It basically asks the question, what if women had been involved from the start.
How would things have gone?
What would have happened if the quest for equality for women and gay men and lesbian women and black people had taken a leap forward way back in the mid 60’s?

It starts with the moon landings and has a kind of butterfly effect on the rest of the series.
A Luna base is situated on the moon after the original landings.
After that, what would have happened if this is the way it had gone?
Right into series 2 in the 80’s with subtle changes like Lennon surviving an assassination attempt, Camilla marrying prince Charles instead of Diana, the moonbase expanding and the situation with the Russians.

Joel has been brilliant so far.
In Season one, he was the all American hero astronaught and in season two, he’s the same character but with a desk job at Nasa that realises he should actually be in space!

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I am just coming to the mid section of series 2 and it just keeps getting better and better.
I know series 3 is currently in production so I am really looking forward to where series 2 is taking us.
Suicide Squad 2 is due in July this year, so things are looking rosey for Joel.
Gives me something to look forward to too!!

16 MONTHS

Ok, 16 months.
16 months to lose some weight and get into shape.
That’s about 12 months more than I gave myself before I went out to Italy in 2017 so I should be able to achieve it!
The only issue this time is my knee which has slowly got worse and worse over the last year.
With no Dr’s doing face to face consultations and no elective surgeries being performed which will cause a HUGE backlog, there was just no point in seeing anyone about a problem that was not life threatening.
So, I just keep ticking along on pain killers. It’s not horrendous. I am still walking. It’s just becoming more and more noticeable and annoying and I don’t exactly walk anymore, l limp or hobble.

Anyway, the last couple of weeks have seen the start of my build up of interest in the Olympics!
I had annual leave last year to be able to sit and watch it all to my hearts content, but then COVID got the event cancelled.
I have the same annual leave booked for this year, and so far it’s full steam ahead.

Unfortunately, over the last year, one of my favourite Gymnasts has had to retire due to an ongoing injury that he just can’t shake. I blogged about it in January this year and if you want, you can read it HERE.
He injured his neck a couple of years ago and had to have some major surgery and since then he just hasn’t been able to reach full fitness and has never quite recovered.
So, he’s gone onto the next step in his career and is opening a couple of Gyms where his exuberant and inspirational attitude towards gymnastics will hopefully produce a few world class gymnasts in the future.
It won’t stop me from following the GB boys in Tokyo though!
The final announcement of who has qualified for the team is expected over the next few weeks but it is looking pretty good for Max Whitlock. He should be defending his Olympic Gold title but it will probably be his last Olympics. It would be nice to see him go out with a bang!

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The other event I like to watch is the Diving. Specifically the 10m individual and 10m synchro.
Competition events in preparation for the Olympics have been taking place over the last few weeks and my boys, Tom Daley and Matty Lee walked away with the gold medal for the 10m synchro and Tom walked away with the gold for 10m individual at the FINA Diving World Cup in Tokyo between the 1st and the 6th May.

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They both continue to do well at the European Championships in Budapest with the pair again walking away with the gold for 10m synchro yesterday. Tom is going for another gold in the 10m individual later today.

Gold medallists Great Britain's Matthew Lee (L) and Great Britain's Thomas Daley pose on the podium after the Men's Synchronised 10m Platform Diving event

They are both shaping up nicely for the Olympics later this year!

Anyway, back to today. I’m on day three of three days off and I was ‘hoping’ to get the grass cut in the front and back gardens but it’s been raining a lot the past few days and is just too wet to do anything with.
It’s really frustrating because my back garden is looking really good. The grass is just getting too long and messing it up.
The front garden is another story. I haven’t done any work in it yet this year so it’s beginning to look a bit like a jungle.
I want to do something with it before it gets too out of control!!
Oh well, it’s going to have a to wait a few days.
So today, I will be watching a couple of movies instead, so there is an upside.

NEW START

Right!

After my little scare on Thursday, I have spent a few days chilling and letting the Ramipril take effect.
It seems to have done it’s job as my BP is now a blisteringly perfect 120/83!!
It will be interesting to see what it is after the next two days of 12.5 hour shifts!

Anyway, I have also spent the weekend getting rid of (i.e eating!) all of the rubbish in the house.
So, no more crisps and snacks and absolutely no more milky coffee.
Alcohol consumption……. will now be reduced. I’m f####d if I’m giving that up completely right before the pubs and restaurants open up again!

I may not get into those tops at the back of my wardrobe this summer, but I’ll give it a good go.

So, if any of my work colleagues see me making a milky coffee, sneaking a chocolate, or heading to the canteen for a sausage roll and a packet of crisps, you have permission to slap me!

WAKE UP CALL

Yesterday was a wake up call.

When I went to bed I had a bit of pain between my shoulder blades that I put down to tension and being tired. It wasn’t unusual and I didn’t worry.

I had set my alarm for 05:30 as I usually do when I have to get up for work, however, I was woken up at 04:30 by a very uncomfortable central chest pain.
It didn’t matter how I positioned myself, it just wouldn’t ease off and took a good 45 minutes to dissipate.

I got up and got ready for work but while I was drinking my morning coffee I felt a bit of fluttering in my chest and this got me a little worried. Worried enough to do the NHS 111 symptom check which then told me I should be seen in A+E.

I arrived in A+E just before 7am and was triaged pretty quickly.
After observations, ECG, Chest X-ray and bloods the possibility of a heart attack or aortic aneurysm had been ruled out but I discovered I was hypertensive!

Thinking back, I have been having the odd dizzy spell as I put my head on my pillow at night for the last couple of weeks, so I’m thinking this has been going on for a little while.

Anyway, I have been started on Ramipril for the hypertension and I have to go back for a follow up next week to see if it has had any effect or the dose needs changing.

So! Time to stop dancing around the fact that I really need to lose some weight and think about my fitness.
Shit…. I hate getting old.

UNEXPECTED

So, today did not go quite as expected!

I had planned to have a complete day off today.
Doing on/off/on/off/on shifts in a week, can take it out of you a little bit.
I hadn’t slept very well the previous night either, so I was planning to just put my feet up and watch a few movies.

However…..

I received a phone call from my Dad just before 10am to say that Mum hadn’t been too well over night.
Mum and Dad were supposed to be attending the funeral of an old friend and neighbour, Terry, and Mum wasn’t feeling up to it, so Dad asked if I would like to go with him instead.

I couldn’t say no.
With current COVID restrictions, I didn’t want to leave a space that could have been filled by someone else.
I’ve also known Terry for most of my life. His daughter, Kirsty, was born the same year as my brother and we literally grew up together. I actually felt quite honoured to be part of it.

Me and my Dad were the only ‘friends’ with everyone else being related to Terry in some way.
We initially felt a little bit out of place but that soon changed at the wake.
As we sat at a table with a few other family members, with my Dad being the only gentleman in the group, the conversations and stories started to flow with the alcohol and we ended up having quite a laugh!!

Plans have been made to meet up with Kirsty occasionally in our local when they can open up again and what should have been a quite sombre day, ended up being quite reflective and uplifting.
An old, long neglected friendship may have just had a bit of a re-boot.

BLOOD BOILING

It’s heart breaking to see the situation in India at the moment.
Record breaking COVID 19 deaths.
People begging for oxygen because hospitals are running out.
I fully get why other countries are doing what they can to help.

HOWEVER…….

What makes my blood boil is the fact that there has been no lockdowns, the government insists on pushing ahead with elections, religious festivals have been allowed to go ahead, there has been no consideration to the Pandemic in any way shape or form.
What makes my blood boil even more is the total disregard and lack of priority by the Indian Government for the welfare of their people.
This country has Nuclear Warships and a space programme!! Where is the funding for their people to help out in a crisis? Why are they not postponing elections and enforcing lockdowns to try and get COVID under some control?

The whole Government should be held to account by the rest of the world….. once the rest of the world has helped to dig them out of their hole!!

OSCARS

I know, I know…. where has my usual blogging about Oscars buzz been this year?

Quite frankly, I haven’t been buzzed by it this year and can honestly say that I’ve only actually seen one of the nominated movies. As a consequence, I had no thoughts on who or what should win.

COVID has meant that it’s been a very lean year for cinema going and, since March 24th 2020 until April 27th 2021, I have only seen one movie in the cinema.
Seeing movies on a streaming service is just not the same, so the last year has mainly consisted of old films and looking forward to the plethora of films due in the cinema, and in some cases, over due, later this year.

The Oscars this year was also hit with indifference as the number of people who watched the ceremony dropped a staggering 58% to less than 10 million.

The ceremony itself took place in a total of 20 locations to allow for social distancing and reduce travelling amongst the nominees and the audience capacity was limited to 170 people, with attendees being rotated in and out throughout the show. As a whole, the show received mainly negative reviews.

Even with these restrictions, stars still made a splash on the red carpet.

For the most part, the women’s dresses were stunning and I think Amanda Seyfried in her stunning red Armani won the night for me.

But there were also some flops in my opinion. I’m sorry, don’t judge me but what was Laura Dern thinking and Viola Davis looks like a paper lantern !!

Even the men were stepping up a gear this year.

But unfortunately there is always a dud amongst the men too, and the Oscars musical director, Questlove, showed just how to fuck up a stylish black suit that should have been impossible to fuck up!

Anyway, that’s it for this year!
I’ll eventually get around to watching some of the nominees/winners and ‘hopefully’ I’ll be a little more enthusiastic next year.
At least there should be some Adam Driver movies to gush about next year. Two haven’t been release yet and there is already talk about Oscar nominations. Only time will tell.

DON’T JUMP THE GUN!!

I know it’s been a shit past year and people are really looking forward to relaxation of the Covid rules, I’ve already ventured out to a lovely evening at a pub and I’m looking forward to many more over the summer, but I’m asking you all not to jump the gun!

I keep seeing people showing that they have had their second vaccine which is BRILLIANT!!
I know that they are having a bit of a giggle when they joke about being able to ‘do whatever they want now right?!’, but, the fact of the matter is, that the vaccine is protecting you and helping to protect vulnerable people and people who can’t be vaccinated and it’s helping us get back to some kind of normality, but you STILL need to be careful. You can still carry it and pass it on without realising.

COVID is not going anywhere soon. We’re just getting it under control, which means you will STILL need to wash your hands more often, WEAR you masks in public spaces (that means over you nose too!), social distance as much as possible and follow all the guidelines when you go out to pubs and restaurants.

Please DO NOT assume that because the restrictions are being lifted we can go back to how it was before.
We are going to need to wear our masks for at least another year or two!!

If you’re an anti-vaxxer. Just don’t even try to argue your point with me.
I totally understand that there are people who CAN’T be vaccinated due to health conditions or allergies and it’s these people who are being protected by EVERYONE else getting the vaccine!!
If you simply don’t agree with it or have some stupid idea that ‘it’s all a conspiracy’ to get us chipped, then you can fuck right off!! You are quite simply a moron and ‘hey’ survival of the fittest….and smartest. You will get what’s coming to you.