The View from the Hill on Wednesday 30th December
Why is it that things you look forward to can let you down and things you do on the spur of the moment are often a wonderful treat?
All through Christmas I have been waiting, nay gagging for the new BBC production of Day of the Triffids - Dougray Scott, Joely Richardson, Vanessa Redgrave, Eddie Izzard and a load of giant mobile killer plants - what a let down! I will say no more because I don't want to even think about it anymore.
At short notice, Mrs B and I popped into our favourite Chinese restaurant, The Ocean in Lincoln. We had the christmas menu and it was simply delicious. The chicken legs in chilli were particularly good!
I'm sure I must have mentioned The Ocean before and if you live in Lincoln or nearby I do suggest you visit, you can drop my name if you like, it won't get you a better table or a discount, but it will me the next time I go in!
Mrs B and I lived in Lincoln for many years, I moved there in 1978 and still return on a regular basis for work.
It is a place of mixed memories, some good and some bad, like anywhere you live I suppose, but it was the place where I met Mrs B, where I first really took to acting, where my narrow horizons began to open and although Lincoln wasn't the most cosmopolitan of places, compared to Gedney Hill it was the bright lights and big city!
There were people I met in Lincoln who would change my life and my attitude to life, many I have mentioned during the year in these blogs, and the more I think about it, the more I realise just how many good days I spent there.
Of course, the bad days were very bad and still cast a long shadow, there are certain people that I told myself that I would not like to meet as it would stir up some bad memories but as I move towards the end of 2009 and with 2010 looming, perhaps the time has finally come to banish those clouds for good, to cast away the shadow and to finally and totally put into play the lesson that saw me through the darkest of times - that is to accept that we cannot control everything.
Events of the past, events from 12 years ago shaped the man who types this blog, but now perhaps like the triffids and the chinese food, I have to accept that life is about let downs and surprises, we can't control it, so just go with the flow, enjoy life, make the most of it - we never know when it might end!
On this day in 1975 a little boy called Eldrick Tont Woods was born, to the world he is now famously known for his golfing prowess and the fact that he can't keep his knob in his trousers!
Happy Birthday Tiger!
I see in the news that he has reportedly booked himself into a sex addiction clinic and the comment from his representative says "Tiger wants to get back on top". (You can fill in your own joke here.)
I play golf you know, but I don't play a round very often. When I do play around, I like to take my battery powered helper, I couldn't tackle some of the more difficult holes without it.
Plus, my knees give way after a couple of hours, so it's nice to be able to rely on the equipment.
Whilst on this thinly veiled journey through the land of sexual innuendo, it is today the birthday of porn star Nacho Vidal - no I had never heard of him either - he is 36 and knackered. But what a great name, Nacho is for a porn star, a nacho is something you dip so quite apt.
I had a cousin who was a porn star, his name was Ernie Jones but of course that wasn't his stage name. He did try that trick where you take the name of your first pet and your mothers maiden name (which would have made me Brett Starr) but that meant he would have been a porn actor called Fluffy Bartholomew!
He eventually chose to be called Roger More, due to very vague resemblance to the actor and also down to the fact that Ernie could do that thing with his eyebrow just at the right moment, if you know what I mean.
Ernie was in many films, you may have seen him in Live and Let Shag, The Man with the Golden Weapon, The Spy Who Loved Me - From Behind and then of course Octopussy which involved Ernie and eight young ladies in a series of sexual situations.
Ernie retired from the porn industry and he now runs a retirement home for ex porn stars which is called Dunpokin.
They have a great time together and if you are ever passing I suggest you don't enter without knocking and never go on games night - I did once and I am still sore. I didn't know tossing a dice could be such hard work!
And that's a fact!