A Somerset island

No, not a genuine one, as in the Arthurian legends, even though many believe that Glastonbury, and the area surrounding it, could have been Arthur territory. But there are other claims for that title, and anyway, that isnt what this is about, so…

To say the weather this winter has been wild, would be putting it mildly. Lets face it, friends in Atlanta, and Alabama are facing snow and ice at present, and thats not normal! Oh, and Atlanta has coped with it even worse than the UK, and thats saying something! Funnily enough, we’ve hardly seen any snow here yet this winter, but even with a day to spare, this is officially the wettest January in the UK, ever! Well, since records have been kept, but besides that…its been wet!

When I lived in, and around Yeovil, in Somerset between ’83, and ’99, I used to go visit a friend in Taunton, about once a month or so. When I moved away, I lost touch, and given (I’m estimating now) that I think he would be 95 by now, if still alive, I suspect he’s dead anyway. To get there, I would catch the hourly bus from Yeovil, winding through the countryside, until we reached Taunton. We passed near to a place called Muchelney, en route, not that you would have heard of it, unless you’re from the area. Its a smallish village on the Somerset levels, or well, normally it is. Currently, and pretty much for the whole of January, its been cut off from the outside world, by flooding. Thorne, another nearby village is pretty much a ghost town, for the same reason.

I suspect I must have been through these places by car, but dont remember them, if I did. But seeing them on the news, as they are, its a strange feeling, even if it has been a long time since I was in the area. The South West really has had it bad this winter, in a rain sense, but those low lying places are really suffering now.

And all the US gets is a Polar Vortex! Seriously, that was horrific too, just glad I wasnt there either, though I suspect (in a sense) thats easier to get through than flooding?

The video, well, I hope Muchelney isnt an island for much longer, though the weather forecast isnt entirely promising yet

I’m going back!

One thing I’ve never been sure on, is how wise it is to go back to somewhere special, after a really long period of time? I know I went back to Rochester last year, after 26 years, and Richmond, after 13, but neither held any great emotional attachment for me, in that sense at least. So that is a bit different to what I’m doing this year.

And seriously, even though I have contemplated the idea of returning to Yeovil, in Somerset, where I lived and worked for 16 years, a couple of times, in all honesty, I’ve decided I dont want to do it. As for returning to the Medway Towns, in Kent, where I lived for 20 odd years, until I fled the nest at 25, absolutely no chance, the thought holds no appeal whatsoever. The funny thing is, the Grammar School I went to, holds a special day each year, on the first Saturday in July, and given this marks the 40th anniversary of my departure, it would be a nice landmark visit, but I just think it would all be too strange somehow.

But despite all this, I’m going back to Jersey this year on holiday, after more than 30 years, and yes, there was a romantic attachment of sorts, way back when, though I’m not saying with which gender. The first time I stayed at this hotel (its no longer there, by the way), I got on well with one of the members of staff, and over the next couple of years, lets just say I spent a few holidays at that hotel, and leave it at that! 😉 I know its over 30 years, because I moved to Somerset in ’83, and it was over by then. And no, never been back since. But in May, I’m going back!

Seriously, I dont expect to recognise much, if anything, and as I say, the hotel that was my island landmark is long gone. I cant remember how I found out, but I did a few years ago, anyway. And as to where ‘that person’ is, no idea, havent heard from them in over 30 years, since we drifted apart, probably not still in Jersey, for all I know. But, will it all seem like a new place to me now, I would imagine St Helier has changed dramatically since then, or am I going to find places that I remember from back then? Who knows, I dont! But, its going to be the first time that I go back, after a very long time, to somewhere that was special in my life, and I have no idea what its going to be like. Interesting though, I suspect, for sure.

Oh, and a landmark for today, for those who care, and I do, for an obvious reason, happy birthday, Kansas. 153 years ago today, it became a fully fledged state of the USA.

The video, not quite that old, but it is nearly 40 years old, all the same.

Still blonde, but having crazy moments

Yes, for those who put their money on staying blonde, go collect your winnings. Mind, the price would have been so short, you wouldnt have got rich on it lol! But let me say here and now, next time around, its being changed. I would say dark, a la Brooksie, and indeed most other young flappers, but my hairdresser tossed another idea at me today, so…good job I’ve got a bit of thinking time! Go brown, maybe with red highlights, hmm…one thing is certain though, it wont be blonde! Yes, my hair naturally is fairly dark, not black, but heading that way. So, quite literally going back to my roots, in that case lol! Probably keep the bob the current length though, wouldnt want to be too boyish looking, despite the boobs!

Oh, the crazy moment? Well, as I mentioned a while back, I won a competition at Christmas, earning lots of free money, in terms of points in the company ‘My Choices’ scheme at least. Snag, most sites you pay by card, and they return the money to your bank account. Fine if you have credit, or debit cards, but me…! One blessing, Amazon, you can buy vouchers with the points directly, so £100 went that way. And up to today, I hadnt spent a penny! Today I made up for that! Several tops, a few dresses, and some nice chocolate later, most of that money is gone! 🙂 Mind, I can soon top it up with another £75, if I feel so inclined, but might rest on my laurels for a while. No, that was all sensible purchases, but…

I’ve managed to sell 4 links for the film, so I had a bit of money in my Paypal account, which was nice. So I duly made my donation to the Lance Mackey medical fund, and then checked out Ebay. What did I see, a long(ish) midi length dress, of the type termed leather look…in silver/grey…for £4.99! You’re right, I couldnt resist, though I’m not sure when I wear it, but I know it will be fun doing so…sometime!

But yes, me buying midi length leather look dresses, I must be crazy, so this video seems apt

Colours Of My Life

Seriously, I dont think Meryl Streep has got anything to worry about, as far as selling movies go, but already I’ve sold 3, and had interest from 2 others. Not bad for a 55 year old who is never going to win any awards, I guess? At this rate, I’ll make more from my movie, than from my stories, ah well… Not that I mind, seriously I dont. That of course might be it, and no, I dont expect to get stopped in the street, and asked for my autograph, but…wow!

The other issue today, and the one that relates to the title of this blog, happened this morning, care of that ‘wonderful’ place known as Facebook. Yes, its like marmite, I suspect, you either love it, or hate it. I’d like to think I fall into the ‘I tolerate it’ brigade, but do seem to spend far too much time there, on non publicity issues, the only reason I opened the second account, for Merry Brooks. Never mind…

One of those group things there, is called Colorizing Hollywood. Yes, most of my readers here will see that spelling as fine, but we Brits…get to live with it, I guess. It seems to be a clever guy, turning old black and white photos of movie stars of the past into colour ones. This morning, one of those posted up was Louise Brooks. And yes, it was a nice job he did on her too. But…one of my work friends, in her comment, posted up my name, nothing more! My only reply, I wish!

Lets see, currently I have the wrong colour hair, no helmet fringe, and fail to look as beautiful as Brooksie. Apart from that, all very flattering, but…Might have been a Specsavers moment, but someone suggested I look like Jean Harlow, in those photo shoot pictures, again I wish! I could see a slight resemblance, I guess, but seriously…yes, very flattered!

All of which leads to the last thing I need to do this week, get my hair cut, and highlighted/ coloured. Now, before this morning, no contest, blonde again! Now I’m wondering if I should go back to a (slightly) more natural look, and go dark again, and really try for the Brooks look? No, I cant do the fringe, but arent there fringe extensions nowadays, that I could cheat with? And if so, do they just do a basic fringe, or can you get one to do the helmet look? If I was a betting person (and apart from the Grand National, I’m not), I’d still say blonde, but…there is also the factor of one person who has threatened to ‘kill me’ if I change from blonde, so…?

Choices, choices, isnt it fun?

The video, an absolute blast from the past, from a group I loved as a child, though this is from the 1993 reunion tour…in colour!

That pre publicity moment

Well, given that I will soon have to pay for my holiday in May, this might be just the perfect moment to have a couple of things to sell…well, hopefully sell…

Firstly, in relation to yesterdays posting, and Friday’s performance, I just want to mention the video will be available for your delight, should be going up tomorrow on You Tube. But before you all dash off, trying to find it, it wont be listed, but I will have the link!

I know, I know, most of these hypno videos at prices involve a pretty young lady, and a bit of a flesh show… and cost between $15-25 dollars! Me, I’m 55, and there is no glimpse of boobs, and certainly no nudity, so how does $7.99 sound? Fair, I would say, for what I can guarantee was absolutely genuine trance, and I should know!

So, if you want the link, email me at robotunit8@hotmail.com, and I can give you the Paypal details, and you can watch me entranced, I have no idea how long I was under, but I think it was quite a long time. Hey, I’ve got to pay the train fare somehow lol! 😛 I might have to pay another, to get the Mary Lou trigger, which will be wonderful.

The other piece of publicity, is for something even cheaper, just $2.99! Yes, the new ebook should be out very soon, just waiting for the last 2 chapters back from my wonderful editor, James, and then it will get sent off to all the usual sources. Seeing an equally wonderful guy named Kris has already sent me back the cover, I’ll give you a peek


Yes, you’ve worked it out, its set in the 20’s. But…she’s a superheroine, just not your usual kind of girl. She gets up to a lot of fun! And hopefully, in the next week or so, you can find out exactly what!

Any other news, well, only that I’m back to work tomorrow, so blogs might return to a calmer rate from now on.

The video, well, I cant think of any way of including this song from my youth in a title, so lets cheat tonight. No, I am pretty certain this isnt the city in the title, suspect its either Bruges, or Amsterdam to be honest, but as its 40 years old, not sure on that.

Diary of a hypno model

A brief (well, relatively brief) look at what happened yesterday, the build up, and after. Some of it serious, some of it, slightly more light hearted, you decide which!


Well, thats it all settled now, losing control of my mind for a few hours tomorrow. I know whats been agreed on, and hypnosis can only make you do what you want to do, but…Given my robot fantasies in the past, would it really be that hard to keep me in that mechanised state? Bit late to worry about that now, girl, and I never back out of things, so…
Pack bag with a few outfits, one silver set, a couple of 20’s look things too, as that is something else to greatly look forward to. Oh, and a pair of heels, darlings, an absolute must!

Friday morning, first thing

Breakfast. Nothing out of the ordinary, its not like a condemned persons final meal, I will be becoming myself again at the end of the session, after all. And unless Lex has developed the first robotisation chamber, or a time travel machine (flapper in 1920’s), I should be fine. He hasnt told me of either, but he wouldnt, would he? 😉

Train journeys, pretty much straightforward, quite a surprise with Trans Pennine to be honest, that was my main concern of the day, getting to Manchester in time for the connection. We were a couple of minutes late arriving, but nothing to worry about. Train to Chester also arrives a few minutes late, nice to see Arriva Wales are that way inclined too.

Meet up with Lex, get taken to his place, and plied with coffee. Seriously, he thinks he can put me to sleep after 2 cups of coffee, he must be good. Oh fine, in time we get down to business, and what do you know, he could put me to sleep (strictly in trance) very easily, despite said caffeine. I know, I didnt want to resist, but…

I would say its fascinating being a mindless robot, but given that in that state, you cant really think, I’m not sure how strictly true that conclusion is? Kind of blissful, I guess, though some might see it strange as just obeying commands, and not able to do anything about it. oh, I’m pretty sure he made me forget my human name, but a robot wouldnt want to remember that anyway! No robot designation given, but I think thats because we both know nowadays, there’s someone else I’d rather be long term, the sweet, but sassy flapper!

So, my mind gets introduced to my new ‘temporary’ self, Mary Lou, said flapper, aged 22! She’s great fun! Saucy, sexy, and out to have a good time, while she’s allowed to. I know there was a condition put in, so she wouldnt panic at all the modern surroundings, but I cant remember the details (or I’m not allowed to, one or the other). Talk about turning me into a sex kitten, I was amazed myself! She’s not good at alcohol though (coloured water, actually), and gets a bit giggly when she starts drinking wine.

After that, I remember a session as a fembot sales girl, where I started off thinking I was a human, selling them, but am then led to believe that I might be one too! Dont think I sold myself anyway, lol! Then a purring, sexy Domme, with her hypnotic pendant, now that was fun! Clearly out of order, couldnt get Lex under my control! Beyond getting him to leave me as Mary Lou, I’m not sure what orders I would have given him though!

Then back to the sassy, Mary Lou for a while, until my tummy rumbled too loudly at least, and ‘she’ was asked if she was getting hungry. She was! So soon after that, things were brought to a climax, and I was returned back to normal, though only after a trigger to leave Mary Lou in charge for the rest of the day (with the same no freaking out about modern day things) was set up. To be honest, I’m only sorry to see her go after last night, she was such fun to be!

It made the train journey back quite interesting, a whole new perspective on things to be honest, looking at it through ‘her’ eyes at least. TPE finished the day off, by sitting outside Huddersfield station for about 15 minutes, before finally going into the station, not everything could be perfect after all.

I was torn last night. Whether it was the time in trance that did it, or the travelling, or both, but I felt tired. I didnt want to lose her, but about 11.00 I gave up the battle, and went to bed.


Whatever it was, I slept like a log, a rare event for me. Sadly, when I did wake up, Mary Lou was gone, back to the old me again, ah well…Somehow I suspect that at some point, I’m going to have to get Lex to put her back in my mind as a trigger, even if as a controllable one, with me in charge! Shame, as she might feel quite at home dressed 20’s style tonight when I go out for dinner, for Nicole’s birthday. May, or may not wear the flapper dress, as I call it, its a bit short anyway, even more so for mid January! We will see.

So, in review

It was a wonderful, and fun day, and I’m really, really glad I did it, so many thanks to Lex, for letting me fulfil 2 big time fantasies, both robot, and flapper girl. For the future, I’d pick the flapper girl every time. I’m very glad I discovered what life as a robot is like, but the flapper thing is so much more fun, and far more me, nowadays too.

In case anyone was wondering, yes, it was filmed, and yes, I will be getting a copy, might have more idea of everything that went on when I watch it! He does normally sell his films, but those models are younger, and remove a few more clothes than I was ever going to! He has got permission to use it if he wants to, but I suspect the market for someone like me is a lot more limited. If however, you want to see me hypnotised, and obedient, then maybe you should let us know!

The video, something else entirely. I didnt mention, Lex has got a cute puppy called Honey, who even a cat person like me could adore. So given I’ve used up a good number of 20’s videos already, lets go with this

Life in a different decade

Going back 7 months or so ago, I mentioned the idea of being hypnotised to think I was in/from the 1920’s, here https://robotunit8.wordpress.com/2013/06/30/if-i-could-turn-back-time/ and this week I again tossed the idea forward to Lex, for Friday as an idea, and seemingly, he quite liked it.

I certainly would find it interesting if it happened, got mentioned as an idea of a 20’s girl trying to get by in current times, rather than sending me back to then (easier to do, I suspect), and see how she coped. I have no idea whether he actually plans to do it or not, I suspect most things are remaining a secret from me until they happen on Friday, somehow?

I also mentioned the idea of said ‘flapper girl’ having to get herself home, but I suspect the main snag with that, is bringing me back to the current day, if we did that? But as I say, I suspect I will only find out when it happens! Slightly more practical than a mindless robot getting herself home, thats for sure! But a 20’s girl, coping with now, hmm, wonder what she’d make of all those people using mobile phones!

As things stand, in truth, I really dont know what it would be like. As crazy for her now, as it would be for me trying to live in the 20’s, I guess? If I find out, I’ll let you know, thats for sure.

Saturday night, I’ll be going out, Nicole’s birthday dinner. What I’ll wear, not quite sure? I would love to wear the flapper dress, but it is January, it is cold (though not as cold as some parts of the US were!), and the dress is short, above the knees, so not sure I fancy that. And unfortunately £3 leggings arent designed to be used very often! They are wearable, just, but…I suspect it will end up being one of the longer length dresses somehow, given the temperature…and my age! Mind, I think I have a pair of hose, that almost match, so… 😉

One thing is for sure, I’ll never truly know what life in the 1920’s was like, time travel isnt for real, only happens in fiction. And maybe in the mind too?

Every so often, by pure chance, I find a gem of a video, and song. This could well be one of them. I have no idea who Pennan Brae is, but I love his taste

A man I admire greatly

Back in 2009, I wrote a story, called No Place Like Nome, last year it finally started to get an audience, when I started up my ebook publishing thing. But no, before you just pass on, this isnt a request to go buy the book, though I wouldnt mind if you did!

One of the threads of that story, was the 2009 Iditarod race, won by the incredible Iditarod legend, Lance Mackey. Seriously, in all, this guy has won this race (one of the hardest in the world, if not the hardest) 4 times, quite an amazing feat. But all the more amazing, given his long fight with cancer. It did also involve the serum run of 1925, but as I say, the reason for this blog is Lance, not the book.

The thing is, all the chemotherapy, and everything else he had to go through, has messed up his body. I know, it happens to a lot more folk, but they dont race for a thousand miles through bitter weather. Doesnt make them any less as a person, just means they havent walked into my life yet. Last week, Lance lost the last of his teeth, his jawbone is now such a mess, they had to go. Cost $8,000 or so! Cost to get a new set of decent teeth, that means he could get back to what he terms a normal life, about $30,000! Sadly all this means Lance wont be in this years race, he isnt in a fit state to do it.

Let me say, our health service system over here isnt perfect, but at least we have one. In the US, medical insurance is a must, as its all private, and expensive over there. Indeed, Lance does have insurance, but it doesnt cover the oral work he needs doing.

Oh, did I mention, Lance doesnt like being helped, he’s a strongly independent man, but he’s also a hero to many, so these things get noticed, and hopefully help is on the way. He has been convinced, by a friend of his, to let her start a campaign to raise money to help pay for this work, and thats why I’m writing this blog, to hopefully increase the audience for this. Oh, and for the few who read both, this will be tomorrow nights personal blog, just saying…Just had something else to write about there tonight.

The campaign is at https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/3g2Dd/ab/22c1Af? so if you have a few spare dollars, pounds, euros, or whatever, please consider giving. I will be, hopefully so can you find it in your heart to do so.

The video, lets just ensure that Lance’s dream, of more Iditarod races isnt over.

Thanks for reading.

Its my direction, its my proposal

A massively cryptic clue to the video, and to the blog, in a sense.

At the beginning of December, we had an email come round, for a Christmas give away at work. As it was simply a case of a bit of form filling, I gave it a go. Heard nothing for quite a while, the major prizes were announced, and I wasnt amongst them. There were some additional lesser prizes (though very nice all the same) which didnt get announced, but as I heard nothing at the time, I assumed that yet again, I’d won nothing. Me, and winning competitions, no, those terms dont go together lol!

But seemingly, something went wrong, I did! Won £250 of points for the company discount scheme, yes! To tell the truth, given I havent got a debit card, credit card (other than currency pre-pay) or anything, I hadnt even bothered to sign up! So hastily, I did! My boss told them the deed was done, they said I’d get the points in my account, and I waited, and waited, and…a week later, still nothing, so my boss followed it up, still no points! Then, on Friday, came the big announcement of all the winners by email, and the announcement that all the prizes had been given out, wrong!

So, I sent a polite reply email to the lady concerned (the EA to the HR director) on Friday evening, and got a reply this morning, with her chasing the matter up. By 4.00 or so, guess what, the points are in my account! The only irony being, I had planned to use some of them for new boots, new slippers etc, but in the end, I went and got them first. There is still a hotel to book, but no idea what I’m doing with the rest now. That has to be my direction, my proposal, I guess?

The video, one of my favourite groups of all time, again

Something old, something new

Just before Christmas, the 23rd December to be exact, the station building I had known for years at Wakefield Westgate closed. Something about modernisation, and all that, so they say. I have to say it looked fine to me, but such is the desire for upgrading things (and not just the Cybermen, apparently) that it had to go.

So today, when I went over to Wakefield shopping, I had my first look at the new station building. Absolutely soulless, I’ve seen airport terminals with more atmosphere than that place. So fine, maybe Friday, early afternoon isnt the best of time for these places, but it was dead, apart from one woman handing out vouchers, something about a free coffee, if you bought an expensive sandwich or something, but anyway, I didnt, just moved on.

Dont get me wrong, I’m not saying the previous building was a vision of beauty, but compared to this, loved it! Maybe it will grow on me, maybe it wont? Ironically, the other station in Wakefield, Kirkgate, was a dump, but is currently clad in scaffolding and things, finally being done up after so many years of neglect. Given that its an unmanned station, I doubt it will become an ‘airport terminal’, at least I hope thats not the case.

My home town station, Huddersfield, still has its beautiful old station building, so as long as you dont enter it, its a glorious sight. In fact, internally, its pretty nice too, especially compared to Westgate, but thats not hard. The main amusement about Huddersfield Station is the platform numbers. We have a 1,2,4,5,6 and 8, but no 3 or 7! I assume they were branch terminal platforms somewhere, for lines that no longer exist, but dont quote me on that! As to where they were located, not a clue!

Oh, and to keep up with the theme, the reason I went to Wakefield today, was the need to buy new for old on a few things. Boots and slippers needed replacing (both from before Christmas in all honesty, but today was the first chance), but managed to get both today. I would also have needed a new handbag, as the strap was virtually gone on the old one, but for the fact that, err, I had at least 2 suitable replacements already lol!

The last piece of New Year modernisation, my annual Metro card! Up until now, for as long as I can remember, they were always paper (board type, railway ticket), but now we get a smart card to use! Its great, as the magnetic strip on the back of the old one wore out after a few months, so using the ticket barriers becomes a pain. With this (famous last words) that shouldnt happen! So fine, the current barriers at Huddersfield arent calibrated for it at the moment, but soon will be, and getting through Leeds is now far easier.

Now all I’m waiting for is the new version of me! 😛

The video, well, its in the title, but given this is over 40 years old, I dont expect any to know it. As is the case with these songs, finding an actual video, is nigh impossible. This is the best I can do, its the group, but clearly not this song