Row, row, row your boat

When I was much younger, there was one enigmatic event that the whole of the UK seemed to stop for, which happened this weekend, and no, I dont mean the Grand National. The Boat Race!

Get this straight, only 2 university teams ever take place, Oxford, and Cambridge. I’m sure other universities have got competent rowing teams, but they’re not allowed to take part. You could say that in modern times, at least its held at a neutral venue, between Putney, and Mortlake, in London, though heaven knows how teams got there before railways were introduced, as this goes back before then, even!

It didnt matter if you’d never been near either city (as I hadnt at time), you supported one or the other. My father supported Oxford, my mother supported Cambridge, though neither had anything to do with either city in their life. I picked Cambridge, purely because I preferred the lighter blue! One Saturday afternoon at end of March/early April (depending on tides), everything would stop for this boat race thing. To say its position in Social standing has dropped dramatically is summed up by the fact that the first I knew it was happening today (yes, commercial demands, its now held on a Sunday) was when I saw the result trending on Twitter! Seemingly Cambridge won this year.

I must admit it does seem to me to be one of those antiquated traditions, that seems to have survived into the modern world, but I wonder for how much longer? Or will, 100 years from now, will someone be doing whatever is then the equivalent of blogging about the event, even then? One thing is for sure, I wont know, or care!

OK, video time. Some apt nursery rhyme stupidity. In truth, I only remember the first verse of this, not sure if I’ve ever heard more, or not? But fine, its about rowing, so…

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To help you walk this way?

I guess its fair to say I’ve always been into diversity, and inclusion issues, given I’ve fallen under the LGBT banner for, err, a while. Nowadays I can also qualify under age, and disability too, it seems.

One thing I have discovered since my back started deteriorating, is just how much difference it all makes to my mobility. A few decades ago, I could go for a walk on a Sunday (betting shops never opened on Sunday’s back then), and quite literally walk miles. Now I’m finding the 3/4 of a mile or so from the Bus Station, to work, a major challenge! And a distance that not so long ago I could cover in just over 10 minutes, if I had to push it, now takes a minimum of 15! And yes, I’m quite literally killed for a few minutes if I try that!

But still I have one blessing that not all have, for now at least. I can walk, even if its getting more painful, and more difficult by the month. There are many others who are far less fortunate than me. Anyway, when trawling through Twitter this morning, 1 of my science connections had a post up about this.

https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/01/can-nanotechnology-rewire-an-injured-spinal-cord

Yes, if you’re on Twitter, go track down Lifeboat Foundation (@LifeboatHQ) and tell him Harlean sent you, I’m sure he’d be thrilled for the publicity. Yes, my spinal cord is damaged, though thankfully at present, I still am able to walk. And yes, I’m a robot fetishist, so the idea of nanotechnology improving my ability to walk impresses me no end. If this does work, and allows those who cannot currently walk, to be able to have some mobility, wouldnt that be marvellous? But at the same time, I want to say to them, why not try it first on a less damaged spine, and see how it all plays out. Yes, me, as the guinea pig!

Oh fine, I’d love nanotechnology that transformed my body completely, into a nice new cybernetic one, but this could make for an interesting start. Yes, at least part of me would actually be machine, lol. In truth, I’ve seen similar articles for a few years now, and nothing practical has come of it, so far. But fingers crossed, this might be the one. It could definitely help me, but it could help others far more, and that has to be a good thing?

OK, video time. This is where Rap met Rock, and the collision was an interesting one.

Lets Make A Movie?

(Firstly, let me offer thanks to my friend, Michelle, on Twitter, because without her, I wouldnt have even known this had happened, so appreciative.)

It seems that British pensioners might retire, but it also seems that not all said pensioners wish to stay on the right side of the law, as my friend showed me this morning

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/12/11/british-pensioners-arrested-caribbean-cruise-2m-cocaine-haul/

I do realise that my US friends may not be able to use this link (just as we cant see some US article links), if so, there’s a big clue to the storyline, and I’m sure you’ll find it through a search engine somewhere!

Well, I must admit I admire their cheek, if not their motives, as I’ve never used any drugs in my life. Never smoked anything, in fact, but anyway… Fine what amused me the most, was Michelle’s twitter comment relating to this

Meanwhile, somewhere in London, someone is already pitching this as a script idea… I spy a Brit flick in the offing..

And given that in the past we have made films like Buster (see later in blog), she may well be right! And of course, being a cruise, said film would require lots of ‘senior’ actors, and actresses, and I could certainly do with a cruise somewhere warm at present. Lets face it, I wouldnt care if it was a big part, a small part, or whatever, I’d get an acting break, and get to go somewhere hot into the bargain.

Of course, lets face facts, if it did get made, I’m not going to be at the top of anyone’s casting list, anyway. But yes, lets face it, if I needed an incentive to sign up to one of these online agencies, then that would rank as a pretty big incentive! I should get it done anyway, I have done everything but pay the fee for one, but for me, spending £25 on a whim, that probably wont produce anything, hard to push the button, lol!

Alright, I know, knowing my luck, it would be filmed in a floating ‘boat’ in a water tank, in some chilly studio, but I can dream!

Right, video time. Yes, I mentioned the movie its coming from already. Though a live performance, not the original video.

 

We get a heroine!

One thing that most actors, and actresses cry out for, is a little bit of good publicity, and the chance to advertise ourselves, and thankfully, we have one of our own, a certain wonderful Kate Davies-Speak, who every so often initiates a Showreel Share Day on Twitter, and people take the opportunity to sell their talents to prospective employers, in the form of a showreel of their talents. Now me, if I was 30-40 years younger, or even if I was into clever technology, like making your own videos, or the like, I might have got involved. Nowadays, with an aging, and seemingly failing body, I’m going to pass on it, sadly. There is also the fact that apart from the hypno-film shoot, I have no idea if there is any film of me acting at all, and if there was, it would probably be from a while back anyway. And no, I have no idea how to edit 90 minutes of said film, into about 3 minutes for myself, anyway.

Previous times, I have, sort of hopefully put up a request to see if anyone could help me put up a brief piece, but this time around, I’ve been so busy with various LGBT matters, I didnt even do that! But yes, I’m delighted to say that lots and lots of people have given Kate the support she deserves by posting showreels of themselves.

Fine, in truth, I’d probably be a bit limited for roles now, anyway, given my back issues, standing for long periods for a role, even with my back brace on, might be challenging. Of course, if anyone is in need of a mature person, in a disabled role, well…? Oh, and I suspect for roles involving robots, aliens, or weird sci-fi stuff, I could probably bear a little bit of pain too.

But yes, any actors, or actresses reading this, now, or in the future, who are on Twitter, go and post a reel of your stuff, under the hashtag of #showreelshareday and say Harlean sent you! Thanks, Kate, for doing this, I only wish I was in a position to benefit, but more than happy to do promotion stuff!

Fine, video time. No, not Bonnie Tyler, but the version from Shrek 2. Fine, it might have been better to use Bonnie’s version, but anyway…

Watching me, watching you

One of things I suspect we all do in these days of social media, is ‘follow’ famous people that we like and admire, or indeed otherwise. Yes, even I do that to some degree, though probably do it with less people than some! In some cases, I’m pretty sure that the person doing the social media posting isnt the celebrity, or if it is, they only post a small percentage of the stuff.

There are others who do post (and in some cases, we wish they didnt!) on Twitter, and Facebook, and you know its them. But normally its a case of you, the fan follows them, and they naturally dont bother to follow you. Fair enough, why would you expect them to show much interest in your average life, lets face it?

As far as I know, no one follows, or in the case of Facebook, friends me, because they think I’m a brilliant actress, who is going to make it big some day. I certainly have friends in the entertainment industry, but I’d have to believe thats a friend thing, not that they think I’m going to make it big, and…I know, Elizabeth, by the way, one day I will, but we’ll still be great friends for sure, anyway! 😉

So fine, when I went on my Twitter page earlier today, and saw I had notifications, I got a real surprise when I saw what one of them was. For those in the US, especially in the Denver area, or who are fans of the craziness that is ‘Around The Horn’ will know the name of Woody Paige. I suspect others will have heard of him too, and I’m certainly a fan of his on Twitter, but even so, when I saw he was following me back, I was absolutely thrilled! I have no idea what I’ve done to deserve that honor, but yes, I’m delighted by it.

Oh fine, if Harvey Weinstein starts following me, I might get concerned, but I think I’m far too old for him! 😛 But yes, when someone who is famous, and who you admire, follows you back, oh wow! So thank you, Woody, very much appreciated.

Right, the video. One of the lesser hits for this group, but very apt for a moment like this.

Yes, when I become a famous actress (stop laughing, all), I must remember to follow my fans, as well as the other way around too.

We wont need no education!

But no, before you ask, the video isnt Pink Floyd! Lol!

Beyond a few special people, most of my finds on Facebook, and Twitter nowadays tend to come down to pot luck! Those near the top when I look in, or on those ‘you may have missed’ feeds on Twitter, which I guess play to my favorites anyway? So yes, nowadays, the random ones tend to be the ‘pot luck’ factor, of being near the top when I log in, and yes, the Tweet that led me to this was one of those.

https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/scientists-claim-to-upload-knowledge-into-the-brain-using-matrix-style-device

Yes, I would love to have that done to me, but I guess that will surprise no one? Yes, wouldnt it be so much easier if we could learn new information in life, by a method like this? I know, there are plenty who would say no, but me, I couldnt learn enough that way, believe me!

And for people like me, its not just the complex stuff (though it would be very handy for that) that I’d love to learn that way, but yes, maybe I could get my head around the metric measurement system used generally here in Europe now, as opposed to the good old Imperial system that I grew up with, and thankfully the US still uses! I can cope when they are all in the same unit, but when you get questions, and one measurement is in millimeters, another in centimeters, and others in meters, yes, my brain goes to mush! I know, feet, yards, and miles are more complex, but at least I’ve grown up with them all my life.

So, if something could upload this knowledge into my mind, by brain stimulation, using electricity, yes, win, win for me! So yes, if those scientists want someone they can try all that out on, and they can even make it a lengthy process if they wish, feel free to let me know! Oh fine, the longer the process, the better, but… 😉

Right, video time. They say this is rare, and they’re right, Gary Numan smiles, thats rare! Oh, and a very young Billy Currie trying to look cool too!

Getting my mind set on…?

I must admit, when I start this blog, in companionship to my personal one, I was thinking that I would mainly let this one settle on the weird and wonderful world of science fiction, and mind control stuff. No, it hasnt worked out that way, but besides all that, variety is the spice of life, as they say.

Its well known that ECT is a very ‘marmite’ subject (for those folk who dont get that comment, you either are a fan, or you hate it, no middle ground), and fine, I’m one of the fans of it. No, no flame war, pretty please, this blog is about my feelings on matters, though if you want to comment for the opposite view, politely, feel free to do so.

No, I’ve never had it done, but if I needed it, and it was offered to me, absolutely, try stopping me from having it done, in fact. Fine, that might be down to the robot thing, it might be down to the fact that having my mind zapped by a nice amount of electricity would appeal a lot, and it might also be because I’ve heard plenty of stories of people who have benefitted by it, as well as people for whom it might not have worked so well. But fine, the anti folk dont want to hear positive things about ECT, lets face it.

Anyway, the comment that set me off on Twitter, was someone saying that all those people supporting ECT on the board, wouldnt have it done themselves, only have it done on other people. Fine, for some, that might be true, but not me! So anyway, when I post this across to Twitter, I’m going to make sure it appears on the #ECT tag, and say that if anyone wants to arrange an ECT session for me, in LA, next month, I will happily do it. Now this can be one of the anti brigade, if they wish, to disprove their theory that the ‘fan club’ wont have it done on themselves, or it can be one of the pro brigade, prepared to get a supportive blog on the subject, post treatment, dont mind either way. But yes, I’d love to experience it, and if it means I get the chance to prove to people that its not as bad a thing as they think it is, all the better.

So, if any of the anti crowd want to put their money where their mouth clearly is, and pay for a fan of ECT to be treated (or punished, in their eyes) by it, then lets go for it. Equally, if a fan wants to pay for me to be the one that has the treatment, and comment accordingly, or one of the treatment units wants to let me experience it, and blog accordingly, feel free to contact me here, or at Twitter. Fine, I know there might be some short term issues, but I’ll be the one coping with them, not you.

Fine, it will have to be in the LA area, or if within a short distance, you’re arranging my transport, but…

Anyone want to take me up on my challenge, because I’ll do it, if you let me! So…?

Video time. Bit of a clue in the title, as so often around here.