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Well they left about three hours ago to go to the airshow, so they're probably there by now.  I hope it's warmer there than it is here, because we have a freezing cold wind, although the sun comes out from time to time I just hope it remains clear enough to allow the Lancaster to fly, otherwise they'll all be very disappointed.  And D did say thank you for the use of Libby, so that's OK, then.  A told me off because I haven't been over to see them for ages.

In fact I'm now rather glad that I wasn't able to go today, because if there's one thing I hate it's having to sit in the scooter with a blanket over my legs, like an old disabled person ;}
  On the other hand, I doubt whether I shall be able to work in the yard today unless the wind drops.  I just popped out there to put stuff in the compost bin and check the plants and I came back inside again rather swiftly.  Even the cats are staying inside today, although the sun's out at intervals.  I could stand the cold out there if I wrapped up well, but my knee has started playing up again and the cold seems to exacerbate it.  I've just put the heating on again, because I can't allow my knee to get so bad again;  it stops me doing things I'd like to do.

I was pleased to see the extremely cheap hanging basket I got in Lidl yesterday is still OK, because when I bought it, I thought they were purple pansies, which would be OK outside in the cold, but this morning I discovered they are, in fact, tiny purple petunias and they've been out all night in the freezing wind.  I don't have anywhere I could put them indoors, anyway, so they will have to sink or swim.

The reason the knee's started playing up again is due to the horrid time I had yesterday when I went to the cardiac clinic to have a 24 hour monitor put on.  No-one had told me that the entire department would have moved by then, so I went in at the usual door, only to find the department had moved to the other side of the hospital.  If I know I'm going to have to walk a long distance in that massive hospital, I take my scooter, but as cardiology has always been just  a hundred yards or so from the entrance, and there are plenty of places to rest, I don't usually need it.  I walked for what seemed miles to and around the new wing, which is beautifully designed in stainless steel and dark tiles, but which has nowhere to sit if you start to feel ill walking along the myriad corridors; the signposting left a lot to be desired, too.  In the end I was almost crying with pain and exhaustion when some kind NHS person gave me his arm to lean on and helped me get to where I wanted.  When it was time to leave, I phoned John and asked him to come to the new entrance, so that bit wasn't so bad, but the rest of the day was quite painful.  It's so annoying because it had started to get better.

Later I had a horrible shoulder and backache which makes me wonder whether there's something wrong with my stick.  Maybe I need a new and longer one.  I wonder when Bob is going to start making sticks again.  The one I had from him was perfect.

Anyway, even if I can't get into the yard, we have our 2 new Lovefilm DVDs to watch, Vantage Point and Jumper and I might do some writing.  I have an idea for a poem, but I might need more thinking time for it.

I could spend time clearing up my desk yet again, but I feel I should be allowed to do something more fun than that, since everyone else is out having fun.  Pout!

Edited to add

They had a good time and apparently it was quite fun, with people in WW2 clothes and lunch in the NAAFI, it was even clear for the flyover, but sadly, for some reason, this didn't include the advertised Lancaster or another famous WW2 plane, the name of which escapes me.

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Date: 2009-05-09 06:14 pm (UTC)
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No-one had told me that the entire department would have moved by then,

That's rather bad - you'd think the cardiac department, particularly, would try to avoid putting extra stress on their patients. I mean, I know a certain amount of exercise can be beneficial, but not when you're unprepared like that.

we have our 2 new Lovefilm DVDs to watch, Vantage Point and Jumper

I'll be interested to see what you think of Jumper. I'll withhold any comment until you've seen it, as I wouldn't want to spoil it for you.

I could spend time clearing up my desk yet again, but I feel I should be allowed to do something more fun than that, since everyone else is out having fun.

Quite right too.

If it's any consolation, Rob had to go into work today and has to go in tomorrow too, poor chap. And he doesn't get paid overtime either. If he asks nicely he may get some time off in lieu after they finish though.

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Date: 2009-05-10 07:31 am (UTC)
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Hmmm. The Lanc is no doubt the Battle of Britain flight. They normally have a couple of fighters along, a Spitfire and a Hurricane.

Another notable WW2 plane that appears now and again is the Fairey Swordfish. I daresay there are various preserved examples of other models. The Lanc is not, I imagine, the easiest thing to keep airworthy - they did a big rebuild on it a while ago, but it only takes a relatively minor fault on a thing which is over 60 years old and they're not going to be allowed to fly it. They're probably not allowed to fly it in bad weather, either.

Didn't someone haul a Wellington out of a loch somewhere a while ago? wonder what's happened to that?


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Date: 2009-05-10 09:51 am (UTC)
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Austin, if you reply anonymously it won't show up until I have time to unscreen it; I'm screening anonymous replies because I had a couple of silly rude ones recently.

The other plane which didn't turn up was a Hurricane, apparently. A has already sent John screeds of photographs.

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Date: 2009-05-10 06:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I was at Stoke Goldington steam rally today, where they usually have a flypast by the BBMF Lanc (the only other flyable Lanc is in Canada), and we got one of the Spits - the Mk. Vb I think - instead, so the Lanc may possibly be unserviceable.

The Wellington was recovered from Loch Ness; it's at Brooklands Museum.


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