Thursday, June 4, 2020

On Friends And Frippery And Food And Flora

Some more photo of Rebecca's recent outing with her friends:

Yesterday was Wednesday so that meant the usual entrance way rotation:

Meanwhile, some food and flora from Norway:

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

On Friends And (al)Fredo And Films

Rebecca and friends:

Yesterday, Emilie whipped up this chicken alfredo:


My recent podcasts have been about Middlemarch, Tess of the D'Urbervilles and Emma. Last night, we watched Strangers on a TrainAlfred Hitchcock's excellent 1951 psychological thriller film noir.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

On More Frustrating Delays

Yesterday saw another round of disappointment. Within a few hours, the Qatar Airways flight on the 5th was cancelled and the Turkish Airlines flight was moved again until the 13th. So far, we have been going on May 29, June 1, June 2, June 5, June 10 and now June 13. Grrrrrrr.

On a happier note, here are a couple of nice pictures from Rebecca:

And from Katie:

On Sunday, Dr. Google Dellapa bought this for my post walk knee icing routine:

What a woman.

Monday, June 1, 2020

On Pain And Potions

I set up the large Mac computer in the back room when we moved to virtual learning in March. I did not realise I was sitting too far away from the keyboard, as I had my arms raised and fully stretched while typing feverishly from 7am to 3pm each day. After two months, I got pain in my hands and stopped using that computer. It set off, however, a terrible arthritic episode in my my hands and shoulders. It was okay during the day when I was moving around but was agony at night, particularly lying still in bed. So, on Saturday, I used Hamad Hospital’s telemedical phone line and spoke to a specialist. Yesterday, I had a blood test (the lab guy was useless, as you can see) and collected a load of meds. The muscle relaxants are doing the business. Thank goodness.

My hospital stash, plus some extra pharmacy purchased goodies, to cover future bouts:

Bike riding in the new helmet for Rebecca:

A view from a bike:

Meanwhile, Harry and a couple of friends have set up camp:

Yesterday's podcasts were about blue jeans, pockets, plaid and Hawaiian shirts. Last night's film was the brilliant 1976 satire, Network. The acting was superb, hence three of the four acting Oscars in 1977. The subject matter, the corrosive and manipulative nature of how news and information is presented to us, was eerily prescient.

Sunday, May 31, 2020

On Lounging And Lying And Listening and Lift Off

A park day in Norway for Katie:

Meanwhile, I think it is time I sorted out my rough heels:

Yesterday's podcasts were about diamonds and Middlemarch. Last night's film was the excellent 1931 Fritz Lang crime/thriller, M, starring Peter Lorre. The climactic criminals' trial of the child serial killer is very powerful.

We also watched the SpaceX launch. It was exciting.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

On Games And Caps And Saddles And Pods

Nintendo in Norway:

Flynn, sporting his NYC MTA F Train cap:

I did note that he is also sporting the pained, defensive McIlroy look. What a man.

Last night, we watched Blazing Saddles. It is one of those films where I have seen large chunks of it without having seen all of it. Although there are some funny moments and there is great chemistry between the two leads, Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder, the film has not dated well. Meh.

Yesterday's podcasts during my meanderings were about Samuel Beckett, The Iliad and the frightening QAnon phenomenon.

Friday, May 29, 2020

On Pumps and Permits And Picnics And Pranks and Portraits

Rebecca's new school shoes for the Sixth Form:

Yesterday, I had another successful Metrash2 experience, when I renewed Lorna's Resident Permit. The process was easy, quick and efficient. Result.

Picnic time with Rebecca and Harry and Daniel:

Katie sent me this video of her enjoying a park in Oslo. When I told her she had a nice view, she told me to listen with the sound on. When I did, I cried with laughter and immediately forwarded the video to the rest of the crew. Emily learned the trumpet for a year or so at QAD and her theme tune was, you guessed it, We Will Rock You by Queen. Priceless.

Last night, we watched an excellent documentary on YouTube called Manet: Portraying Life. It was based around a 2013 exhibition at the Royal Academy in London of Manet's portraiture.