Friday, 28 February 2014

Jewish Book Week - Kathy Lette interviews Ruby Wax

As promised, here is a little insight into my evening yesterday. It was truly fab.

Yesterday - Thursday 27th Feb - saw the publication of Sane New World in paperback - I KNOW - At last! If you haven't read this already (a) where have you been!? and (b) you can now read this masterpiece in a smallish compact and "easy to shove in your bag" paperback. Total bargain on Amazon too, especially if you think that dearest Rubes went to Oxford to write it.

So I found myself at Jewish Book Week last night - Ruby was being interviewed by her hilarious and fun friend Kathy Lette. I had never met Kathy before but we had communicated via Twitter a lot and I had heard nothing but good things about her, so it was such a joy to meet her properly. Kathy's most recent book is also exceptional, by the way. 

Before the evening had even got started, I bumped into a family who were as lost and confused about where Kings Place was as me and when we discovered that we were all going to the same event, we got chatting and they asked me to join them for a glass of wine after I'd been to the book shop. Such generosity and friendliness from complete strangers - not something you see everyday, sadly. I promised to see them at the end to introduce them to Ruby but couldn't find them, which has left me feeling so sad as I would have loved to have seen them again.

As you can imagine, I was so excited about the evening and these two superstars did not fail to disappoint..! Kathy's introduction was brilliant "Ruby shoots straight from the lip..."

Crap photo but you get the idea:



They had the audience rocking with laughter... we heard about mindfulness, Ruby's time in the Priory (there's actually nothing funny about that), her scorpion tattoos, being replaced by Alan Yentob and recently being offered the job as the face of a cream to help with vaginal dryness - I kid you NOT (See here and here) and much else - I could have watched them chatting for hours.

Spot the difference - people have been known to get them muddled up...!



I can't think of a better tonic than spending my evening with these two very special people - such a boost after such a tricky few weeks. Just what I needed.

On the eve of 1 March 2014, which will be four years to the day that I walked into Hospital to get well, I can't help but feel so unbelievably lucky to be where I am today and also be surrounded by such support from so many amazing people.

There are, of course, still wobbles and days when one just wants to give up, but these are now outnumbered by many more positives - something I thought would never be possible - because as Ruby said last night, when you're in the depths of depression, you never think there will be a light at the end of the tunnel. But for now, there is, for both of us, and that is just fab. That's not to say that it won't come again - maybe it will tomorrow, maybe next month or next year. If it does, I'll be ready to fight - harder than ever. Just watch. 

This leaves me to finish with one final comment:


Bring on the tour....!

I hope you are coming as Sane New World hits the road and is almost certainly coming to a theatre near you.. Don't miss out - I saw previews and it is fab. I am so lucky to be going twice. This time next week, I will have been to see it at Bishops Stortford and can hardly wait.

PS I'm not going to apologise if my murmurs and mutterings bore you to death - the title of this blog allows me to mumble all I like. And there is no best way to shorten a post about an evening as amazing as this one.

Slowing Down

I re-read my last blog post and realised I was in desperate need of slowing down. So I did just that. 

I went home on Friday 21st, taking no work with me, and made the most of every second of being away from the busy, justly, smokey streets of London. You don't realise until you get out of the city what fresh air really is like. I went home via the Collective Dairy, where I worked last summer, to see their swanky new office and try their new products - they were yum so keep your eyes peeled!

I went for long walks (my usual favourite 5 mile route) which includes a big hill at the end and then the home straight - annoyingly I got a blister just at the top of the hill, which meant that I hobbled back home - one boot off and one boot on. I looked ridiculous. No photo to show you...

Hot baths (below) were also top of my to-do list - something I miss terribly in London where we tend to only have showers to save on hot water. Snuggles and fun with Ella were amazing as usual. I miss her so much when I am away.



Ipswich Town suffered a painful defeat at Leicester - inevitable as Leicester are such a good side (YES - I LOVE football - especially ITFC!). But that didn't dampen our spirits too much because England beat Ireland in the Rugby. 

We also laughed a lot at some old home videos - particularly one of Ella when she was about 3 months old, TINY and just out of hospital - too gorgeous for words. We had hours of fun watching those, cringing at some moments and giggling at how awful (some of us) looked / sounded when we were little.

I don't watch much television at all (no concentration) but I adore the Graham Norton Show (I've been in the live audience twice - once in the front row!) so I re-watched this episode from 2012 because it makes me laugh so hard. Will i am is the definition of cool and funny. Miriam Margolyes is hysterical too.

The dreamy calm weekend came to an end far too quickly and my alarm jolted me awake on Monday at 6:20 am to alert me to do the school run. Back to reality with a hard bump and a week full of agony and tears (and a few smiles) remembering two very close family members who died recently, at a funeral and memorial for each of them.

I've never been so exposed to grief - what with losing Charlotte in January and then these two equally special people, its fair to say its been a wobbly start to a year - particularly after such an amazing few months in 2013

The other way I've been able to relax is by absorbing myself into The Londoner - an amazing blog written by a girl called Rosie. She is currently in Thailand / Pukhet and the photos are amazing. But most of her blog posts are based from London - she wears beautiful clothes and eats delicious food. I would love to blog for a living...

It is now the end of the week and I feel rather yuk. I've got that fluy thing where I ache all over, not even a hot bath can stop me from shivering and I have no appetite at all (I haven't been ill for so long any doctors out there want to give me some helpful advice ??? - comment below!). And someone has very generously (not!) given me their cough so I sound like I smoke 40 a day. A quiet weekend beckons but I want to weep every time I glance at my to do list.. To end this post on a happy note, my next blog post will tell you about the amazing fun I had last night at Jewish Book Week, which was a real highlight of a difficult week.

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Slowing down whilst juggling A LOT

It has been a very bizarre and hectic day / week. Very. Most of the bizarreness was on Twitter - but the hecticness came from being in lots of difference places in a short space of time and juggling a lot.

Firstly, I woke up to loads of Twitter notifications because Jeremy Vine shared the below photo I sent him of the massive spelling mistake by the BBC which changes the meaning of the sentence completely. Can you spot it? Very funny. 


I then managed to make huge progress with the results section of my dissertation - SPSS is SUCH a headache but thank heavens for Andy Field, his textbook and his YouTube videos. I also submitted an essay, which has been lingering on my TO DO list for far too long. 

I then found myself in correspondence on Twitter with Nigella about Cronuts - they are to die for. I am obsessed. Try one and you will see why. (CocoMaya is THE place to get them from - thats where Nigella and I go anyway...)

THEN whilst on my four mile walk to go and buy a Cronut I had this Twitter correspondence with Ruby about her flies being undone in Cape Town - I am now on "fly alert" for her UK tour.


(Note - I've learnt how to embed a Tweet - feeling very techie..)

I have just been to a fascinating talk by Prof. David Nutt about Drugs. Will post video when they make it available as it was recorded. He covered everything from alcohol to ecstasy to cocaine to heroine to parliament in a very short space of time and made it all so easy and bite size / rememberable. Such an interesting guy.

All of that AND some very exciting email correspondence which can't be revealed yet but perhaps one day I'll be able to tell you.

And at last, tomorrow is Friday and I am heading home for a few days. Joy. Hoping to find the brake pedal in my brain - I feel like I am going at a million miles an hour. I have also noticed myself going from A to B to C to D and doing it all so fast whilst thinking about a million other things and not really remembering how to hell I got there. (Note to self: BE MORE MINDFUL) 

I must have been paying attention at some point on my travels today because I am almost 100% sure I spotted a member of the Royal Family - I won't say who or where exactly as I am not absolutely certain it was them but it may well have been. 

All of that and the worry about getting my dissertation and coursework done on time (don't panic - I am on target!) AND the endless question from everyone "What are you going to do when you leave university?"

My answer is simple: Please give me some space, I am working on it whilst juggling a lot else at the moment and trying to have a social life, and finish my degree, which is, as it should be, my main focus at the moment. Because it will be easier to find a job with a degree. I've got the rest of my life to find a job and work. I've only got three months left at university - so let me focus on that for now - and enjoy the fun of being a student and being able to nip out and buy the odd Cronut now and then. 

And breathe M. Breathe. 

I think I ought to change the title of this post to "Twitter, SPSS, Cronuts, Flies and David Nutt" Better summary of my day, no?

I am tempted (at 11:45 pm) to make more progress with my dissertation this evening but I have just remembered the hot water bottle that I slipped under my duvet an hour ago and that is much more tempting than Null Hypothesis' and a Mann Whitney U Test...

In my best Sound of Music, Austrian voice, I sing

"So long, farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, GOOD NIGHT." 

Monday, 17 February 2014

The Mumbles goes Viral

I never expected Davina McCall to actually see the blog post I wrote about her on Saturday. Not only did she see it, she then tweeted it to her 1.9 million followers causing my blog to have more hits in a day than it usually has in a month (I think..). 

The Mumbles went world wide! That is certainly one way to get more readers...

Saturday, 15 February 2014

GO DAVINA!

Most days this week, I have written a Tweet (or tweeted a tweet?) that says something along the lines of: GO DAVINA


Because this week, Davina McCall has done something truly amazing. She has cycled, swam and run 500 miles from Edinburgh to London in aid of Sport Relief. And last night, she completed her extraordinary challenge. There have been some great YouTube videos that have enabled us to follow her progress.. 

Last year, Miranda Hart did a 5 day "Mad March" challenge, which was also fun to follow but Davina's challenge wasn't in anyway funny or easy to watch. 

I so nearly went to the finish line and her final marathon route was very near me but I was elsewhere. I am a massive fan of Sport Relief / Comic Relief and I love Richard Curtis and Emma Freud who set it up all those years ago.

Love the BBC's article - especially the photo of her receiving physiotherapy whilst eating chips as she needed so many calories each day...

Can't help but feel very emotional watching this - 


WET, WET, WET

Massive thanks to the Spectator for sharing this photograph. Obviously many many humans will be thinking very differently about this compared to the ducks. 

Hope not too many of my readers are under water...


Monday, 3 February 2014

Neck Nominations...

As many of my friends are doing Nek Nominations (yes thats how it is spelt) on Facebook - this guy has another idea and I hope it catches on...



Two people have died from doing this ridiculous craze - will it take a death much closer to home for one of my friends to realise what a stupid "game" this is?