Saturday, January 31, 2004
That was the title of a book I’ve read several times since 1970. It is the story of the adventures of a man called Gulliver Foyle. This is his poem as I remember it:
Gulliver Foyle is my name,
Terra is my nation,
Deep space my dwelling place
And death my destination
In the book people ‘jaunt’, that is, travel by imagining where they want to be. This causes a lot of problems as once someone has been into your house, if they can remember enough they can get back in. Smallpox reappears, leprosy is epidemic, etc. etc. Terrible crimes are carried out.
Yesterday I was listening to the news. They were talking about a man in Germany who advertised over the internet for someone who was willing to be killed and eaten. The awful thing is that someone answered his request.
Back to the book: What we are doing now over the internet, isn’t that a little bit like jaunting? In the space of a few minutes I can travel from Norway to south Africa, from Scotland to Ohio. We are all busy screening ourselves off from terrible viruses and the worst part, all manner of perversion is rearing it’s ugly head, like worms to the surface after the rain.
Science fiction writers know what they are talking about.
Friday, January 30, 2004
Peter isn't the only one to talk about things before everyone else. Didn't I tell you on January 12th that to use a wheelchair if you are flying Ryan air costs 18 pounds stirling? Today I turned on my radio to hear that they have been taken to court over this. They are appealing and say that there will be 50 pence added onto the cost of tickets in order to cover the costs of letting disabled people have a wheelchair.
Thursday, January 29, 2004
To happier things now: Christian phoned me yesterday afternoon to say that it was snowing! Snowing very thick, fast covering flakes. He's never really seen snow before, we do get some but it's rare and not very deep. I'm sure that there are plenty of you out there at the moment who will be offering to send me theirs! No thanks.
Last night French television showed the TV film “Hitler, the rise of evil” with Robert Carlyle as Hitler. I’m afraid to say I fell asleep, the part I saw looked very interesting indeed. Dom checked it out on the internet before hand and discovered that 40 minutes had been censored. Mainly parts referring to anti-Semitism. Rob was going to watch the debate afterwards but there were so many advertisements beforehand that he gave up and came to bed.
I always associate Hitler with period pains. Here is the reason why. When I was around fifteen years old I remember being in bed in dreadful pain from stomach cramps, One of my sisters was reading a biography of Hitler at the time and it was the first book within my reach to distract myself. Not the most amusing of distractions!
(Some of you may find this next post a little shocking)
Looking though the e-mail I receive regularly form Linky and Dinky I came across a site I really thought would be a silly joke. It looks very serious indeed. Apparently a web-cam has been placed in the coffin of a woman. This has been done with the permission of her family. The picture is on the front page of the site, so you can’t exactly avoid looking. I found this very upsetting; when my Father died of cancer two and a half years ago the funeral didn’t take place until ten days after he had died. I was really upset to think of his body hanging around as it were. (As Olivier very tactfully told me yesterday, really it was just his body left) I can’t imagine many families taking up the offer of a web-cam to watch over their loved ones.
Wednesday, January 28, 2004
Tuesday, January 27, 2004
My inner child is six years old!
Look what I can do! I can walk, I can run, I can
read! I like to do stuff, and there's a whole
big world out there to do it in. Just so long
as I can take my blankie and my Mommy and my
three best friends with me, of course.
How Old is Your Inner Child?
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A bit of good news yesterday; Sup de Co, who I supervise exams for, have asked when I'll be free the week beginning the 9th February. There is a two week holiday at the end of February so, fingers crossed, I might have a few extra hours then too as every one rushes to make their kids catch up with the rest of the class.
It's cold but sunny today and the wind has stopped blowing. I turned off the heating and opened all of the windows. I didn't go the whole hog and throw the bedding out (as is the custom here), the window ledges are a bit wet. I'm waiting for things to warm up now and I'm freezing! The house smells much fresher, at least.
In the French calendar today is the day to fête anyone with the name based on Angèle. They are intelligent and Charming (I know) their colour is purple and their lucky number is 8. In my research I also found out that May31st/June1st can be their days, not in France!
Mozart was born today in 1756.
In 1973 the cease fire for the Vietnam war was signed in Paris.
it's Jody's birthday too!!
Monday, January 26, 2004
I didn’t catch the whole story but there was talk on the BBC this morning of allowing abortions up to full term in certain circumstances . I am for freedom of choice but I don’t like the idea of abortion at any time. When I was pregnant with Olivier, the Doctors discovered a problem with the cord which could have been an indication of Down’s syndrome. As soon as word got round someone phoned to tell me where I could get a late abortion. I had no intention of getting rid of my precious baby. A ‘friend’ of mine, came and told me that our lives would be misery etc;, etc. (She later went on to condemn to death a *friend of Olivier’s who had leukemia and to abandon her own kids). I had tests and every thing was fine and when he was born it was clear he was 100% okay. I shudder to think if I’d had disposed of the wonderful, funny, affectionate, intelligent person he has become. As I’ve told him lots of time if he’d have been handicapped I would have loved him exactly the same. I am his Mum!
*10 years later he’s in good health
I don’t know the title of the film in English, it’s the one where the prisoners are being moved by plane and they take it over and Nicholas Cage saves the day. He’s not bad with long hair, is he? At the end they play music by a band from my youth, I couldn’t read the credits at the end, too small, too fast. I can’t even remember the title of the song now. Can anyone help me?
P.S. Stacey; the baddy who’s supposed to be a goody proves he’s rotten by parking his sooper dooper sports car on a disabled spot.
At Olivier’s college there are not enough lockers to go round, so they are allocated on a first come first served basis. Oliver and his friend share a locker which is along the bottom row. As it is awkward to get at and as there is room for three they have a ‘guest’ for every day of the week. It’s the guest’s job to pull the rucksacks in and out of the locker.
Sunday, January 25, 2004
Saturday, January 24, 2004
A few weeks ago I talked about my blood test results and the Doctor telling me not to eat this and that, even though I wasn’t, Mary Shoman has something to say about that too. I also remembered that I had my blood test after Christmas and new year a year ago and the results were fine, even though I’d eaten pâté, chocolate and lots of other rich foods . I really must get all my results together and see if I can come up with the right pattern for me. In France the government are saying that we must learn not to take too many drugs, less and less will be re-funded (that’s the system here). What about people like me who must take medicines?
Friday, January 23, 2004
Well, I've put the atom thing on my blog, it was really easy, I don't understand what it is, but I think I'll get more visitors. The comments remain a mystery, I took them off completely and put them on again, maybe I should of published between the on and offs? I'll pop and give it a try. There are some other very good looking free comments out there so I might change them. Please could someone, if they have a moment, send me an e-mail using the link at the side, Matron has had problems and as we are both as clueless as each other we don't know if its her or me.
Congratulations, Michelle of Wind Spirit , you were my three thousandth visitor!!
As you probably know, if you've been a regular reader, we watched 'Amadeus' on Monday evening. On Tuesday we watched 'Bogus' starring Gerard Depardieu and Whoopie Goldberg, a nice wholesome, happy ending film if ever I saw one. This morning I opened the newspaper to see that Mr. Depardieu is going to play Antonio Salieri in a drama documentary. Well, I think it's and odd coincidence anyway.
On checking this out I see I've spelt Salieri wrong in a previous post, I appeared on google as one of about seven ignoramuses. Ignoramus: an ignorant person, esp. one pretending to knowledge. Now you know all about me.
Thursday, January 22, 2004
This is, from Buzz, you have to scroll down to 2004, I'm afraid I don't understand how the track back works.
Can any one help me? I can't see a lot of my favorite games anymore. Where do I tweak to get it all going again. Rob and Christian did a lot to the computer over Christmas and seem to have turned something off
Had a bit of a difficult night. It all started the night before school after the Christmas holidays. Olivier couldn’t sleep for the first time in his life. He doesn’t seem to be worried about anything and went back to school quite happily. The same happened last Sunday and last night, now he’s getting worried about not sleeping. I went in to sit with him for a while and told him to imagine lying on a warm sunny beach with the sound of the waves. He said he went to sleep pretty quickly with that. Only problem was he dreamt that he was on the beach buried up to his waist and the tide was coming in. I took ages to get back to sleep and when I did I dreamt about cleaning toilets.
There must be something Freudian there
I’ve now been visited by someone looking for the Norwegian association of orthodontists. Would you believe it? I still get a few visitors from India and I had a visitor from Poland the other day. Not to mention you, the regular visitor(s), the direct hit(s).
I have been pushed into second place on Google because of another Anji, anji online.com
“Anji is a company dedicated to helping women improve their daily lives
by reducing the physical and emotional effects of stress. ...
Description: Company claiming to "support women's health from the inside" give information about how the emotions..."
Tuesday, January 20, 2004
I’ve also noticed that sometimes I post comments and they aren’t there when I go back. Have I been so excited by my wit that I’ve pressed the wrong button?
Yesterday a small package arrived through the post. Rob had ordered a DVD from Amazon. It was 2nd hand and only cost 15 euros/$. We haven’t got a DVD player!! Fortunately, Olivier has an X-box (did I tell you we’d been watching the Simpsons non-stop since Christmas?).
The new DVD is Amadeus. We’ve always liked this film. Now we can watch it in English (DVD’s for the French market come with several language options, do you get that in the U.S. and U.K.?). We could also see the actors and crew talking about the making of the film, several years after, it was interesting to see how they had all aged. At the time that the film was made they had to work behind the iron curtain.
I’ve just had a little look around the internet and it seems as if the rivalry between Mozart and Salieri was a bit of a blown up story. Ironically, Salieri is known as a baddie and because of him F. Murray Abraham is often cast as a baddie.
Monday, January 19, 2004
Sunday, January 18, 2004
On that date I talked about a British soldier who had died in Iraq because he was too poorly equipped to defend himself. This week the powers that be have finally acknowledged they were at fault. I found this article which was written during the month of December
This is a part of an e-mail I sent to Michelle at Wind Spirit.
"One of my colleagues from work who I had been to school with got engaged and threw an enormous engagement party. We were all invited from the bank and I thought it might be a nice chance to meet someone... As it happens I was the only single person there out of over a hundred. When the smoochy music came on she urged everyone to get up and dance. Everyone did, except one little girl all on her own, ME!!! I also managed to be at a table right in the middle of the room. I think you can imagine how awful I felt. I didn't run crying to the ladies. I sat proudly, head high!!
Rob was certainly worth waiting for. However, her first marriage didn't last very long."
As I explained to Michelle, I laugh about it now. The girl in question was always a little jealous of me because my hair was blonder that hers!!
Saturday, January 17, 2004
To anyone who happens by from Denmark ; Hej !! I know it’s Norwegian but you‘ll understand. Rob is half Norwegian, one day we’ll look up the family. In summer, when it’s reasonably warm, I hope!
Tonight on TV, we were treated to a Drag Queen Weakest Link. They were gorgeous. How do they do it?
Olivier doesn't have any lessons on Friday afternoons so I pick him up after lunch (They like them to stay for lunch) He recently found out that one Friday afternoon the Police visited the college and did a surprise check. They found drugs on three pupils and confiscated an awful lot of cigarettes. Friday afternoons are pretty quiet as a lot of people don't have lessons. Last year I had a class during the last hour. There were about 10 out of 80 teachers left at that moment.
I think that a filling must have moved. One of my teeth is very sensitive to hot and cold.
I discovered that my site appears on a site for orthodontists. I didn’t think that I talked about the children’s teeth that much. Anyway, for the benefit of any dentist who happens to pass this way: Our orthodontist is called Dr. Billard and he is very kind and gentle. He reminds me of Eloise’s tutor, Philip (“shall we settle down Eloise?”) and wears Snoopy socks. Dominique has a very sensitive mouth and threw up on him so he designed her braces without a mould. (One in about 5000 people have this problem). Dominique’s teeth are nice and even now. Olivier has the same problem so Dr. Billard got him to concentrate on his breathing, which really worked Olivier has a brace at the front of his mouth at the bottom. It is helping his bottom lip to push back his teeth. He takes it off to clean his teeth, a real fiddle but he’s got the hang of it now. Later he will have a brace on the top set.
Christian has perfect teeth.
When I was at junior school, we had the school dentist who used to arrive with his dreaded caravan. When I was six I broke one of my front teeth. I had years of treatment on it. I was terrified and used to scream and cry. When I got to secondary school I stopped screaming and crying because the caravan was parked under the boy prefect’s common room window and they could see in through the skylight. I was still terrified. When I left school I knew that I should see a dentist every six months so I booked an appointment with Mr. Barnby. The first thing he noticed was the white of my knuckles as I gripped the arms of the Dentist’s chair. He took time to explain to me about relaxing. Then he said “Give it a try, it can’t be any worse”, so I did. It worked!!!! Over the time that I saw him he put me crowns on three of my front teeth which was a great confidence booster. I used to enjoy going to the dentist! Mr. Barnby moved away and I later found out that he had become Chairman of the British Dental Association. Thank you Mr. Barnby.
When my children were small I bought a very nice book about ‘Going to the Dentist’ and I took them for check-ups with the dentist in the village, Mr. Canard. He always takes time to explain to them (and me) exactly what he’s doing Fortunately, they’ve needed very little work done to their teeth and treat going to the dentist as just one of those things.
Thursday, January 15, 2004
I have been having some strange problems recently.
1. I see the comments have disappeared.
2. I can't get my favorite game of Mah Jong, just an empty board.
3. I turned on the computer earlier and the screen turned off. How do you turn off a computer without the screen? Eventually Rob phoned and said to just pull out the plug, not easy as we have a whole load of stuff to stop a power failure to the computer. Anyway it worked and here I am.
I spent yesterday tidying away all of the Christmas decorations. We have so many, they have to be put away so carefully as we don't have much space. Then I put back all the books, videos and photo albums which had been put away to make room for the decorations. The room looks bare but tidy now. I feel as if I've done a good job. Only 10 months till we start all over again. Rob hasn't got round to putting away the outside lights yet.
My Ukky mood picture seems to have disappeared over the holiday.
Tuesday, January 13, 2004
I had my second migraine last week. I was supervising exams again and had a bad cold. I think that it was triggered by trying to keep awake. Anyway, I had an early night and was fine the next day. I couldn't take anything for it as I had taken enough paracetamol for my cold
Talking of things medical.... I had my regular check up with the doctor last week (before the migraine) and all my results are bad, plus blood pressure is still a bit high. He gave me a lecture about what not to eat, but I don't eat any of those things so I said perhaps my thyroid is mucking it all up. He said no as my results for that are okay. I'm sure I read somewhere that these results aren't always reliable and that individuals don't always fit in the norms. So what I shall try to do now is get my results and compare levels with cholesterol etc. and see if I can work out when I'm at my best. I could do with losing 10 kilos too. I do agree with that.
Well, I was amazed by the warm welcome back I received! I posted an entry yesterday and couldn't see it till this morning, very strange. Has anyone been onto blogshares recently? I don't seem to be able to look at all of my shares. I've got round it by looking at the RSS and then doing a quick search for that share. A bit of a fiddle. I've gained ?1 million recently, I'd like to know whose site has gone sky high!
Monday, January 12, 2004
Sorry it's a bit late. Thank you to everyone who popped by, even though there was nothing new going on, thanks too for all of your good wishes. Christian and my Mother-in-law have gone back home now. Three weeks went so quickly!! It was lovely to see Christian looking so well and eating well too, he had plenty of energy and spent most of his time catching up with his old friends.
If you travel on Ryanair it costs 18 pounds sterling for a wheel chair.
Hello to Christian's friend who visits in order to improve his English (Wouf wouf)
Thank you to Patch for your e-mail, I was really worried about where your site had gone for a while.
Jody, I'm back.