Back Again!! Chapter 26 and other stories….

I have just remembered that I have a blog and that I should post something – how about some more pictures of calligraphy? BUT WITH A TWIST? I know how popular dramatic twists are these days. Can you spot the not so deliberate mistake in the following picture of some recent calligraphy that was sent out to my international students who so kindly attended my workshop?

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Writing double letters can be problematic in calligraphy and I had been asked to provide my take on possible solutions. Please note that I wasn’t asked to include British slang that only British people would understand. And, yep, I wrote THAT word convinced that I’d spelt it correctly, and I only noticed my heinous mistake a couple of days ago. Oops. I have no idea why I even thought that a double ‘v’ would be a problem for anyone!

To make up for my error, here is a picture of sunny Blackpool….

Meanwhile, several people have asked about my ongoing jaw issues. They are still ongoing! And I have a horrible hunch that I WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO EAT HARD FOOD EVER AGAIN [this includes meat as it is too chewy]. To be fair this hasn’t bothered me during lockdown, but now, on the horizon, is the prospect of being invited out to eat with people other than Mr Blue, and the idea is making me feel sad because I probably won’t be able to – dribbling soup down my chin in private is one thing, I don’t relish doing it in public. I managed to eat Cashew nuts the other week, but it wasn’t an entirely painless experience. Am thinking of taking up smoking again just so that I can have a bad thing to do when everybody else is happily chomping away inside a restaurant, as I am bound to be left outside in the car park, sans bag of crisps, but with a bottle of coke. Also, too much talking can cause a pain attack that cannot be alleviated by over the counter pain killers. I shall include a description of a ‘pain attack’ in chapter 27. So, if you want to see me then it’s best to ask me out for a drink, get me pissed and take me dancing – do not upset me with dinner invitations.

Anyhow, enough with this maudlin talk! It is my birthday week!!! I can still dunk chocolate in my tea, and eat cake!! And smother soggy chips in mayonnaise!! I believe a tune is in order….

59 thoughts on “Back Again!! Chapter 26 and other stories….

    1. Inexplicable DeVice

      I was first at The Very Mistress’s the other day, too – I think I must be in the Twilight Zone? Or over the Cusp? Which reminds me: tune in on Tuesday for a special blog post.

      Your mention of a double v threw me, as surely that’s how “Bovvered” is spelled? “Jugg” on the other hand… Still, at least Blackpool looks nice – even at this time of year.

      Oh, and if the jaw vs food situation continues, you may find yourself morphing into Patsy Stone (just the first few seconds wil do):

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  1. Scarlet Post author

    I could couldn’t I??!!!! Didn’t Joanna Lumley feature heavily in my previous comment thread? Thank you, Mr Devine, for the aspirational YouTube. I shall look forward to Tuesday!
    Sx

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  2. batarde

    Nope, drawn a blank. The Dangling Weasel at Oggle is renowned for its cock ale and a particularly well jugged hare, so it can’t be that. Anyway, a very happy birthday to you, young lady, and I hope you’ll get whisked off for gimlets and a jolly good Charleston in the fleshpots before long.

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      The Dangling Weasel at Oggle! Now that takes me back, let’s just be grateful the neither mobile phones nor a raging pandemic had been invented in 1985. Thank you, Mr Batarde, for juggling my memory.
      Yes, I can still do a mean Charleston, even with my peculiar knee. Thank you for the greetings!
      Sx

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      1. Scarlet Post author

        Haha!! We must see your Black Bottom, Dinah. And we promise not to beat it. I must actually do the sound recording I suggested, and more video. Plenty to do this year!
        Sx

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  3. Jon

    You don’t seem “bovvered” about your forthcoming birthday – but the promise of all that cake and nary a difficult pork chop in sight is worth celebrating! Yay!

    I look forward to videographic evidence of your championship Charleston moves, wonky knee or otherwise! Jx

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      Oh my goodness, Jon, there’s an idea! How about a FGES video?! With Charleston! I will ponder that one.
      No, I’m not bovvered by the birthday – it’s a sort of non event birthday, BUT, it moves me a group closer to a Covid jab, so not such a non event. And, I have been instructed by my doctor to eat full fat products, so cake is definitely on the menu – birthday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Anyday!
      Sx

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      1. Scarlet Post author

        Ssssssshhhhhh, Jon!!!! Don’t type so loudly! But yes, exactement! So this year I’m not so queasy about adding another year. In August I will revert back to being 32 again.
        Sx

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  4. savannah49

    Happy Birthday, sweetpea! I think every single one we get to celebrate is M O M E NT O U S!! To be honest though “bovvered” was spelled correctly, because I did learn that word from watching Catherine Tate and her character, Lauren!

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      I love Catherine Tate, Savvy!! Thank you for the Birthday Greetings, I will do my best to celebrate – I will probably be partying on Mr Devine’s blog on Tuesday!
      Sx

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  5. llcooljoe

    Happy Birthday week! Who wants soup when you can eat cake and chips anyway?

    I remember being at a dinner party and mentioning that Jessie J had a good voice and the woman said said “Yes I love her, she has a great podcast I listen to”. I couldn’t bring myself to tell her she was thinking of Jessie Ware not Jessie J.

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  6. Scarlet Post author

    Joey – I have eaten far too much cake this weekend! I’ve actually grown fond of soup, but I have always been a messy eater – time to start wearing a bib perhaps.
    I really ought to get into Podcasts – I always need to do something with my eyes as well as my ears.
    Sx

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  7. Nick Rogers

    I see the comments are mainly about Joanna Lumley and dodgy knees, but I’m more concerned about your dodgy teeth. Shouldn’t you be looking for a clear diagnosis of what the trouble is and putting it right? You don’t want to endure painful eating for the next 20 years. I’m sure that would also be Saffy’s eminently sensible advice.

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      Nick – I have one of those problems that can be misdiagnosed – I think I am in the ‘let’s see what happens’ stage before action is taken. Yeah, it’s a right pain. Meanwhile, can I have 30 years of endurance please!! Or thereabouts.
      Sx

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      Ms Mistress – Yes, I can eat ice cream! But I do like the hyphenated variety. I think I might have to forsake the sprinkles though. Yes, you win! Prize in post!
      Sx

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  8. lisleman

    Your jaw problem sounds awful. Hope pain relief is in your near future.
    Happy Birthday.
    Here in the states (I suspect over there too) the news is full of racism with Royals. Racist Royal does have double R’s for a monogram. I didn’t watch the interview with our Lady Oprah since I knew the best details would be in the news. Just think if there was social media during Henry VIII’s reign.

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      Bill – No, I didn’t watch it either. I am severing my Royal ties – they were fraying in any case.
      I reckon Henry VIII was a bit like Donald Trump! He would have loved Twitter!
      Sx

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  9. lisleman

    Back with a video. Seems your comment section is filling up with them on this post. This one is about the Queen and pain plays a part of the skit. Enjoy

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      1. Scarlet Post author

        What is this ‘going out to lunch’ of which you speak? What is it like? Can you get away with wearing loungewear and slippers? You are a lucky lady!
        Sx

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      2. Jon

        Thankfully, I braved the hairdressers a couple of times when they were able to open, had a couple of pub visits, and Amsterdam in August. However, since even before lockdown #3, practically housebound… Jx

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      3. Scarlet Post author

        I’m not sure I’ll know what to do when I go out again. Maybe I won’t go out again?! I did, however, have some exciting trips to the dentist/ hospital, and doctors – which was more or less living on the edge. You w ent to the dentist too, didn’t you, Jon? I am used to all the PPE now, I was a little shocked at first.
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  10. Mitzi

    Happy forthcoming birthday, Scarlet. I’ll have a Magnum Ruby later on to celebrate and to heck with the calories. Is that Avondale Crescent? Typical chi-chi Blackpool.

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      Mitzi – We don’t have chi-chi in Devon, although I do have fairy lights round my kitchen window.
      I have been scoffing Champagne truffles! Thank you for the birthday greetings!
      Sx

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      It’s today, Mr Ducks, TODAY!!! Thank you! Well, I don’t think there’s much that can be done with the jaw, so it’s just a matter of learning to live with it, and taking my thrills where I can. I think I will have to leave the hard prospects to those who can.
      Sx

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  11. Inexplicable DeVice

    Happy birthday, Ms Scarlet!
    I’ve had a small gin (ran out of tonic water, and Sainsbury’s aren’t coming until tomorrow) and two Ferrero Rocher in your honour. I wish they’d been Champagne truffles, like wot you’ve got, though.

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  12. melaniereynolds

    It makes me sad to think you’re struggling with jaw issues. I used to have really bad TMJ because the terrible place I worked at had me grinding my teeth all night long in stress and frustration. I finally suffered the last indignity and made a rather dramatic exit, burned a few bridges along the way as they say. I hope you can find some resolution soon!

    Since we’re sharing videos, here’s one a friend sent me a few weeks ago when I was feeling glum. May you spit your tea out in joyous laughter!

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      Oh, Melanie!!! How did you know that I had been attacked by seagulls??!!! They nicked my chips. The gits. Thank you!
      Yes, this jaw issue is a complete pain.
      I have also left a job in a super flounce – it’s the best fun anyone can have on a Monday morning – plus you become a legendary figure amongst the remaining staff. Best thing I ever did.
      Sx

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  13. Scarlet Post author

    Mr Mags – I am not overly fond of porridge, I don’t know why. I like it in theory – especially the adding cinnamon bit. Have you ever tried adding whisky and cocoa powder?
    Sx

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