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Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Tuesday

The title has no relevance whatsoever apart from the fact that I'm writing this post today and today is, you guessed it, Tuesday.

I am now guestless. Anna left for Glasgow on the 1400 ferry and as I write this should be just about home in the burbs of Glasgae.

This evening I was watching The News whilst having dinner and then The One Show which I sometimes watch whilst clearing up was about the death of Barbara Windsor in EastEnders. Now, whilst I have watched various episodes of Coronation Street in the days of Ena Sharples and in New Zealand because Wendy was a true Corrie fan, I have never watched an episode of EastEnders. I did tonight.

Then, for some reason I cannot explain, I decided to watch The Railway Children.

Now some of you will not have read my blogs of times past when I described the effect the cancer medication had on me in the early days. In short I could be walking through the supermarket and suddenly burst into floods of tears for no apparent reason. Well this evening's choice of viewing had the same effect. 

I am now trying to recover my composure and to that end I'm watching QI and writing a blog post just to prove that I, despite being a male of the species, can multi-task. 

20 comments:

  1. Well it is a lovely story and quite deserving of an emotional reaction! I always think of it fondly when I see Jenny Agutter in Call the Midwives.
    Hope you feel ok now....a good laugh at QI!

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    1. Absolutely Fi. QI is a great lifter-upper. I was given The Railway Children some time ago because I happened to mention that I'd never seen it and was told that my education wasn't complete.

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  2. I have never seen The Railway Children or EastEnders. I have seen bits of the latter but it was crap so I went in another room. I did see a film with a railway carriage full of dead folk and lots of flies. Northwest Frontier I think it was.

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    1. Somehow, Adrian, I can't see you watching The Railway Children: but then it's taken me 46 years!

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  3. Floods of tears? Yah! Ye big softie!

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    1. Absolutely YP. Even without all the medication. Mind you you mightn't have thought that if you'd met me in my professional life!

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  4. I've always liked the first film version. I believe that Sally Thomset was 23 years old when she made it; she looked about 12.

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    1. Cro your comment about Sally Thomset surprised me because, as you say she looked really young. She was born in April 1950 so would have been 19/20 when the film was made. Quite remarkable. Her career output seems to have been very prolific until the 1970s and she appeared in several series up until 1978 and never made another appearance on screen. Whether she went on stage I don't know.

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  5. Edith Nesbit is one of my all-time favourite authors, and I have read and loved "The Railway Children" - but never seen the film. I think I must go looking for it...
    It is surprising what scenes in a film or kind of music will sometimes "get" to me and have me in tears. This has become more unpredictable since Steve's death. Some of the triggers have to do with him, but by no means all of them.

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    1. I have only see the 1970 version Meike but it really was charming.

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  6. I don't think I've seen the film, but I know I read the book only a few years ago - on Kindle. (Actually sometimes I'm not sure if I've seen a book as film or not because my memories of a book are often kind of stored in images in my mind - even if there were no actual illustrations in the book!)

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    1. Monica I'm sure that you'd enjoy it and it's always worth watching something like that again if you've forgotten it.

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  7. Wow that's a blast from the past. I used to watch The Railway Children as a kid. I was a railway kid ..

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    1. I take it from that Carol that there was a series as well as the 1970 film.

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  8. You are also aware of some of the side effects of medications. The title railway children rings a bell but I can't remember if I saw this.

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    1. Red I'm fortunate that my cancer medication has relatively few unwanted side-effects but those it does have are easy to live with.

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  9. I've watched a few episodes of both series ....it's something about British and Australian programs that I like...straight talk (no cursing mate), great "natural" acting and good cinematography. The scenery is so incredible that it seems as if I am right there.
    I've never read or seen The Railway Children but from the link it looks interesting.
    GB whether you're on medication or you think being a male does not allow you to do so...take it from me ...a good cry every so often (no matter the trigger)is good for the soul. Tears come to my eyes for no reason sometimes and I just go with the flow.

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    1. Virginia I've never been afraid to show my emotions but in the early days of the first medication it was a bit disconcerting when I would well up for no apparent reason in places like the supermarket.

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