Very Busy Weekend

Friday: At school, John and Rose went off to the station (with the rest of the school) to wave flags at Prince Charles. It was very exciting, apparently. He talked to both of them in groups and Rose even answered one of his questions. At home, Isabel Wakeman dropped in for coffee, I played badminton with Simon (lost, but it was very close and an excellent game), Cindy went into town to get a bit more Christmas shopping, we had a nice lunch together, I picked up the new curtains for the back room and for Toby’s room, Rose sang with the school choir at McArthur Glen, then she went to trampolining and eventually it was time for bed!

Saturday: Toby played rugby for school against All Saints and beat them resoundingly, then went to Tom’s for the rest of the day. Cindy, John, Rose and I got the 9:25 train to Birmingham to watch the Gymnastics World Cup Final. In spite of being called a World Cup Final, it can’t have been a very important competition, because lots of the big names that we saw at the Olympics weren’t there. It was exciting being at a proper competition though, and when British gymnasts were involved you got some sort of idea of what the atmosphere must be like at a big competition with lots of supporters for all the different competitors. We saw the Men’s floor, which was great, rings, women’s vault, men’s pommel – I can’t tell who is good or not in this event at all, it all looks the same to the untutored eye, and the women’s asymmetric bars, with Beth Tweddle taking part. Here are the results. We got a taxi back to the station because Cindy had found the walk through town to the National Indoor Arena too much, and just as we were getting in the taxi, John spotted two Brazilian gymnasts signing autographs. One of them was the winner of the men’s floor event, and they were just out on the pavement going off to wherever! He got their autographs, jumped in the taxi and we got the 4pm train home.
After fish and chips for tea, Cindy and I went off to Judith and Martin’s Christmas party for an hour.

Sunday: Cindy had a lie in while the rest of us went off to Meeting. Toby went swimming with Link Group, then dashed home to have lunch and go out and play football. I don’t know where he gets the energy from. After lunch Pauline and Lal dropped in with Christmas pressies, and stayed for tea. Cindy made scones and swiss roll. John and Rose have started making themselves felt stockings for Father Christmas to fill. I hope they aren’t too large! Fungus the Bogeyman is on the telly. Bedtime soon.

Off to the Doctors

I went to the doctor again today, and he signed me off for another 8 weeks. This will take me up to the February half term holiday. Cindy’s current round of treatment will have finished by then. So I plan to go back to work after that holiday – that’ll give me a term and a half till the end of the academic year.

School are arranging for the LEA occupational health people to get in touch with me. It’ll be interesting to see if they have any useful suggestions.

One Touch of Venus

Cindy and I went to see this musical at The Grand, Leeds. It’s by Kurt Weill with lyrics by Ogden Nash and apparently has never had a full performance in this country, and has not had one in the states since it was first performed in 1943. It had really colourful costumes, great songs, good dancing and some slightly rude jokes. An excellent evening out.

We went on the last preview night, when tickets were half price. This meant that seats in the dress circle were affordable, instead of extortionate.

Good Food

Cindy & I went out with Jane and Andy for a lovely meal on Saturday. We went to Meltons, the restaurant where I used to work as a waiter. We were upstairs, which was a slight problem to start with, as it took Cindy quite a while to get up the stairs. But once we were up it was better than being on the ground floor because the toilet is on the same level rather than down in the basement!

We all ate too much (I had a fantastic bouillabaisse and three of the four of us had blue cheese and walnut gnocchi for starters), pulled crackers and drank well. Meltons was very busy, as I expect it is all the time now until Christmas.

On Sunday we went to Lance and Mary’s for lunch. Jane and Andy were staying there, and Will and Sarah came over with Jack and Grace. It was fun having such a large family meal – especially as we’re not going to have a huge get-together at Christmas. Jack and Grace were really well behaved – they both sat at the table and Jack did his best to use the cutlery. He is so big for his age!


I played Simon again at badminton yesterday, and for the second time in recent weeks, beat him. For his peace of mind, I should probably say that it is unusual for me to win, normally its quite close but he wins. Anyway we had a really good runaround and went home hot and sweaty.

Cindy and I are off to Melton’s tonight with Jane and Andy. Looking forward to it enormously. Cindy has been in bed for part of the afternoon, so should have plenty of energy for staying up late.