- Not such a great week - my lovely Grandad got sick, and we’ve all been quite worried about him and I’ve been trying to help them out as much as I can (for those of you who don’t know I’m currently living next door to my grandparents). The positives are that he’s been able to stay at home so far, and he’s had incredible NHS care. My aunty called 111 on Monday and they decided to send an ambulance. Within minutes a pair of local volunteer “first responders” arrived, and they were still here when the ambulance came. The paramedics spent a long time with him and decided after much deliberation that he could stay at home with support from the community nurses. The community nurses turned up approximately 2 minutes after the paramedics left. The nurses have continued to visit every day until yesterday when they phoned, and they also arranged for a physio visit on Tuesday who provided some equipment to help him with his reduced mobility while he’s poorly. The care he’s received is more than I could have dreamt of in the current circumstances and we are incredibly grateful.
- Elsewhere work has been very busy. Amongst other things I’m helping Justine with her apprenticeship project and given how rushed/fast turnaround a lot of our work is in the news it’s nice to be focussing on doing a project very properly.
- Not surprisingly I’m now in bed myself after doing too much all round this week.
- We watched two episodes of Jury Duty last night which Luke introduced me to. If you haven’t heard of it the concept is that they’re filming a documentary about a court case so people can see what really happens at a court case. The catch is that everyone in the documentary is an actor except for one unknowing chump named Ronald. Ronald thinks this is a real court case, but in fact it is a bunch of actors deliberately causing the most chaos you could imagine in and around court. I sort of can’t stand it but also I’m intrigued to see what happens next. I feel so sorry for poor Ronald, and so far he seems very nice and amiable.
- I finished In Cold Blood. Read Look Back in Anger by John Osborne - good, made me have confusing feelings, was misogynistic (not just the main character who was incredibly so, but the depiction of particularly one of the female characters); as you can maybe tell I still haven’t entirely decided what I think about it which I don’t think is a bad thing. Have started The Color Purple for work book club. Also read maybe my favourite chapter in War and Peace so far because I’m a silly romantic and Andrei and Natasha looked out at the moon. Finished The Writer’s Library (see last week for my thoughts) and have started listening to Less than Angels by Barbara Pym which I’m managing to pay attention to about 50% of but I’m absolutely obsessed with the narrator’s voice - I’ve never heard anything like it. The word aunt is pronounced oughnt characters get orn and orrrrf the bus and when characters are upset they feel sod. But that just makes it sound like she’s a posh English woman and it’s not that at all, it’s so variable and inconsistent and I have an inkling that she might be a North American actress doing a whimsical, whispery posh english woman voice. Anyway it’s brilliant(ly awful).