Friday, 6 January 2017

Brain Storm


The broiler " ghost" hens sunbathing

We take so many things for granted.
Last night I watched a Sky documentary which was rather ho-hum
The presenter, however, did allow himself ,  a moment of gushing, after a group of India women, resplendent in their multi coloured saris, walked into view upon a barren and sunbaked landscape and his emotional reaction to such a visual experience proved to be a rather moving experience.

Here are a few of mine, brainstormed during a wet and cold walk this morning

  • Being present at scores of patient deathbeds, watching a fellow human being taking their last breath on this planet.
  • Looking at Sheffield's Skyline on a cold night from the roof of the city's Cancer Hospital
  • Witnessed four hens corner, attack and subsequently kill a crow who had been stealing their layers pellets.
  • watched twins being delivered by emergency Cesarean section. 
  • Winked at by a handsome Yorkshire policeman when he was on duty
  • Taking in the vast and graceful Sydney Harbour for the first time on a sunny Sunday afternoon
  • Sitting through a maths class as a giggling twelve year old in front of busty Mrs Fielding who had two buttons of her blouse undone.
  • Driving into New York City at night for the first time.
  • Watching an emergency doctor perform internal cardiac massage
  • Being the only human watching four dogs galloping happily on an empty beach
  • Over an hour lying in warm grass, watching six abused factory broiler hens finally leaving their hen house ,to sun bathe for the very first time.
  • Seeing my husband smiling so uncharacteristically during the entirety of our wedding.

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  1. John, im sat here with a lump in my throat reading all of that ..i hope you have a great day sammie xx

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  2. I would never have expected chickens to bring down a crow!
    You have seen some sights.

    I never fail to be mesmerised by a baby, half in the world and half not yet here, eyes shut and waiting

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    1. I have seen chickens hunt and kill AND EAT moles, mice, small rats and small birds

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  3. My daughter was prem and spent the first two months of her life in SCBU. When I visited I used to sing her Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. I remember the day I began singing and she turned her head to look at me recognising me for the first time.

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    1. Now you have my bottom lip trembling x

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  4. You are middle aged. Just imagine the next dozen memories of pleasure and wonder you will experience from now on! Love your list... best things in life are free.

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    1. We all have such a list jan , i do believe that

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  5. Oh, John, you have woven a quilt there. The patchwork of your life. Dark, light, subtle, in your face; above all, colourful and with depth.

    To me (apart from the Prof beaming at point of getting married to you) the most poignant your daily life involving deaths (over and over and over again) and, maybe as a consolation price, witnessing a birth. As an aside, and I felt this so very much when I was pregnant with the Angel, how the moment you give birth is the moment this new life is marching towards death.

    Greetings to Albert before I burst into tears.

    U

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    1. Pull yourself together woman!

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  6. I also have a strong visual memory and it is almost as if my life is a string of pearls - each pearl an image of some past moment. Such as crates of milk bottles near the playground gates in wintertime and seeing how the sharp frost had pushed the now frozen milk up in little pillars, lifting the aluminium bottle tops so that they looked like little berets. Yes I remember that.

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    1. You are a talented photographer yp, thats why you love visuals.
      I guess i love them as i am such a movie fan

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  7. Every ingredient of your list seems to be in harmony with the impression I have of the person whose blog this is. I am very glad to be able to visit here.

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    1. Iam a dreamer and a sentimental storyteller frances...nothing more xxx

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  8. I like the sunbathing hens. Cats enjoy doing it on black plastic refuse bins. The heat retention thing. Lovely list you conjured up.

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    1. The same idea but not so scenic

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    2. Not scenic but effective. Polar bears have black skin.

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  9. May you have many more amazing moments in your life.

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  10. You have given us a beautiful gift in this today, John Gray. Thank you.

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    1. It was a slow news day in trelawnyd, but i do thank you nevertheless x

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  11. Thank you for starting my day with a smile and tears running down my face. Love you. C

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    1. Buck up dearheart x

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    2. They were all very good tears :)

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  12. Our vision is truly a gift, isn't it?

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  13. I like YP's idea that these little moments are a string of pearls...how very poignant ... I sat here thinking of a few to write down but you know what? My string of pearls is so long i hardly know where to begin.... Some bigger than others but still alot of pearls... I loved reading about yours Hugs! deb

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    1. The string of pearls was a great metaphor

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  14. Those are some poignant moments, indeed, especially the opposing death and life moments. Thank you for sharing. -Jenn

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  15. it's the little things that make up happiness and contentment.

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  16. I love the broiler hens taking their first sunbath. To them it must have been like emerging from a spaceship into a new world.
    I think I'll ponder some of my pearls of moments today.

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    1. They were a delight , they really were

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  17. I've either led a very dull life or I'm in denial - far from a string of pearls, I can barely summon up enough for a pair of earrings. I don't look back much. Perhaps I saw something nasty in the woodshed.....

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    1. Wanda, you are a true fag hag so of course you would have your own list....look again sister x

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  18. You got winked at by a policeman?! Why do things like that never happen to me? :)

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    1. I " dated " him after the fact

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  19. These 'moments' happen around us and before us more than we think, we just have to stop and experience them. You're wise enough to do that without a second thought. I love your blog posts John, you always say it like it is.
    Jean

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    1. I enjoy introspection , im pretty anal i guess

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  20. You have lead a life full of interest in the world. Just think what is around the next corner.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. I hope just good things gayle

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  21. Another chapter for the book. Thanks, John.

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    1. The ghost hens will have their very own chapter me thinks

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  22. Now that was just lovely :-)

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  23. How real these are. And the Prof's smile is lovely.

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    1. He smiled like that all day x

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  24. Driving over the bridge into New York and getting my first view of the skyline with Frank Sinatra singing New York, New York on the bus sound system.

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    1. A woman after my own heart

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  25. Wonderful post John. I think I love you !! XX

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  26. Thank you, and I love you.....

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    1. Im gay remember! Xxx

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    2. YOU'RE GAY????? who knew! (I know I know cheeky bitch!) ;-b

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  27. That is a good way to spend a "wet and cold walk." I expect that working in your profession allows you more of that kind of moment, but as you have shown, they can be derived from other incidents too. You made me tear up about the rescued hens.

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    1. I miss those big fat girls, they only lived a year ( i think 2 made it to over a year and a half) no bad for hens expected and programmed to live 10 weeks

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  28. thank you for putting a wonderful smile on my face. I'm just getting to know you, but it's already clear to me what a wonderful person you are!

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  29. The little things are huge in my world. And some of the things you have listed are huge (or should be) in anyone's world.

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    1. The heath aspects of it, i have been privileged to see

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  30. I remember being so moved by your description of those hens feeling the sun's warmth for the first time on one of your blog posts.

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    1. With the hens now gone jimbo, i got to thinking about the ghost hens alot recently

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  31. I believe you must be one of the
    sweetest human beings on earth.
    Your post today did me great good.

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  32. A very emotional post, you touch my heart ever and ever again. Thank you, John! I had to write a short blog post about some of mine.

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    1. I'll be over t check if you do

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  33. Wonderful post, I will have to think of a list, the first space shuttle launch, two Concords landing in Orlando for the opening of EPCOT,

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    1. Concord is good! I wish id seen it

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  34. You sentimental lovely man. I was taking my sister for a ride one day. We were following a glorius rainbow to its end. We then got out of the car and danced in the colors. Oh how we sparkled. Thanks for getting me remembering. You are a jewel

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    1. The little things which are not little linger long in the mind millie x

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  36. Thank you for your memorable moments. Their simplicity makes them worth a million. It's these that count.

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  37. Wonderful moments. Makes me think about all the things in my life I have taken for granted but which are special, indeed.

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  38. Ah, you gave me goosebumps. You also gave me something to think about on this brutally cold Kansas night.

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  39. Got me some goosebumps and the feels reading your moving experiences. Wonderful moments. We all should take a moment and think about the ones that count. Thanks for sharing.

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