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Saturday, 4 December 2010

An amazing film

Yesterday I brightened up the ironing by watching BBC i player and found a film called Irina Palm starring Marianne Faithful - it was outstanding and outrageous - quite tender too, not one to watch with your children though. I won't disclose the plot - watch it and let me know what you think.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Girly Gadgets

First of all the Boots Smooth Skin - permanent hair removal system. I bought this about 6 months ago and although it is quite expensive it really does work, and I have not had to pay for waxing since I bought it, so you would have to say that it is cost effective. It is fairly time consuming and you need to do it once a week at a time of year when you do not have a tan and are not exposed to the sun, and for me involves magnifying mirrors and reading glasses and very good light all at the same time, but I now have smooth armpits and legs, the bikini line is a little more stubborn (and painful, but nothing compared to waxing) so all in all definitely worth the effort and expense.

And then the Tresemme volume styler which I managed to buy from Sainsbury's on special offer at £16.95 - the difference between my old hot brush and this ceramic styler is incredible - it smooths my curls and gives volume too, as well as drying very quickly - in fact I think the top setting is probably too hot, but there is a optional cool blast to finish your style.

Rumer, Alison Moyet and Jools

We were in London this weekend, and had the chance to see Jools Holland at the Royal Albert Hall. His support act was Rumer and she was absolutely fantastic - if I knew how I would upload her singing Slow or Aretha for you - have a look on You Tube.
Jools was brilliant, but the high point of his set was Alison Moyet opening with Love Letters , and then amazingly covering Boom Boom Boom by John Lee Hooker - incredible - again it is on You Tube - have a look x

The NHS on the cheap

Just a quick up-date about my parents and their battle with their Doctor to stay on the medication that was working for them, and not giving them side effects. I did not have to intervene because as I mentioned previously, my Dad had terrible pains in his legs so he had yet another appointment and on this occasion, the Doctor prescribed another tablet, even cheaper and even less effective, requiring more blood tests and several gradual dose increases, and guess what - with the same dreadful leg pains as a side effect. Result - my Dad is now not taking the drug, and is therefore no longer protected against heart disease or a stroke.

Imagine how much all this messing about has cost the NHS in wasted appointment time, my Dad in wasted travel time, and with no benefit in the end (unless you count it a temporary benefit that the NHS is not paying for any tablets now Dad is not taking them - what is the cost to the NHS of heart attacks and strokes compared to the annual cost of this effective class of medicines?)

As you can tell, I am not seeing this as a positive outcome - I have suggested that on their next visit, they say that they have had the information and do not now give informed consent to the switch - let's see what happens next.

The Wedding Happened

Our daughter was bridesmaid at a wonderful wedding in London last weekend, and we were invited - if you have been reading my blog you will know that I have been on a mission to slip into my little black dress -well I did it! 3 weeks of little or no alcohol, lots of exercise and hardly any carbs, and what's more I felt great for it. Unfortunately a weekend that started with champagne on the train on Friday morning and ended with Cosmopolitans with the X Factor results on Sunday evening did a lot to undo my hard work. Still back to it now (once the snow has melted and I can get away from the oven - I have baked spice loaf and mince pies, quiches and made home made soups, there is just something about snow that drives me into Nigella mode).

Anyway, back to the wedding, it had the perfect winter theme, and the weather matched exactly, a brisk bright London day, the event began at 3pm and the aisle was lit by cream candles in storm jars, the pews adorned with red roses, evergreens and berries. The bride's bouquet was of huge red roses interspersed with pearls. the corsages were red roses and berries too. The florist who had driven that day from a snowy North Wales had done an amazing job. The service was perfect, the bride and the bridesmaids were beautiful, the reception at the Berkeley was incredible and the groom's speech was a real tear jerker and nostalgically romantic. All in all an exceptionally special day.