A few weeks ago, on a cold, wet and miserable afternoon, I went to the local cinema – to check out the senior film club! On offer was a film, a cup of tea or coffee and a pack of biscuits all for £3.29. Not a bad bargain!
However, the first person that I saw was an elderly gentleman with a question mark back, leaning heavily on his walking stick; my heart rate dropped to nearly comatose. "Is this venue really for me?" I thought.
As I bought my ticket, lo and behold I was inundated with single, perm - washed ladies; their hair in colours ranging from silver grey to a blue /pink rinse that made me think of sunsets over Barton Bridge. (Sorry but that is not quite accurate- they were more like candy floss wisps!) My eyes blinked and my stomach took a nose dive. Was I really going to do this?
It was more a case of,” turn up the hearing aid rather than turn off the phone!”
Undeterred I ventured into the cinema itself and was surprised to see so many seats filled with film lovers. The hot drinks and biscuits added to a family friendly feel to the room and the chatter was convivial. One lady had had a good idea of bringing with her a Tupperware box of sandwiches and as she munched her way through them, the lights dimmed and the film began.
It was an enjoyable film, Tomorrow Land with George Clooney. The audience seemed to thoroughly enjoy it as well. It was a happy way to spend an afternoon; reasonably priced, warm and safe with others of a similar age and with similar interests. It surprised me that the old cliché of, ‘never judge a book by its cover’ held true here.
I may even give it another go on the next rainy Monday afternoon. As I left the cinema it made me smile to hear some of the audience utter, “See you next week!”
Well who knows!
Thought for the day - You are never too old to try something new!
I've been busy this week updating my website ;adding some of my writing and ideas to every page. I hope to continue doing this over the next couple of weeks.
My intention is to update regularly and also add a new page with examples and ideas for teaching a variety of subjects which I have tried and tested over the years.
I would like to include links and documents that can be downloaded easily but hey if you have read my first blog you can see how scary and haphazard this is going to be! Who knows what will happen.
A thought before I go; What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. Enjoy the rest of your day.
I recently read about the psychology that goes with choosing a biscuit. Yes that’s right – a biscuit! Apparently asking someone if they would like a biscuit opens up a psychological can of worms (I’ve got a picture of a worm dressed like Freud wearing glasses but hey I digress)
So you see the answer to the question, “Fancy a biscuit?” should be, yes or no but many people think too far ahead. Their minds are pondering, “What if it is a Jammie Dodger? I don’t like jam.” Or “Is it a hazelnut chocolate chip cookie and I’m allergic to nuts.”
These people by over analysing their response are according to some experts, denying themselves the opportunity of happiness!
When really you are just slow at making a decision or you didn’t hear the question.
You’d think that would be enough psychobabble but if you are given two choices of biscuits, an either /or, situation then the brain gears up again.
If you give the response, “What are you having?” apparently you don’t feel as if you can live your life for yourself, you have to take your cues from others!
When we all know the real reason was that you didn’t want them to open two packets at the same time as this could lead to a fast deterioration in the state of the biscuit; the air could attack them and who wants to eat a stale biscuit in the first place!
Or you were simply being considerate.
So next time you are asked the question, “Would you like a biscuit?” be wary of how you answer as you don’t know what you are revealing of your inner self. Enjoy!
Thought for the day - Happiness is dunking a biscuit in your tea and pulling it out still intact!
Have you ever watched couples walk around together? I have and it got me thinking. Have you noticed the different ways that they let you know that they are a couple? So for a bit of fun I thought about what kind of couple they are and if their body language had anything to do with it. Please bear with me as I am no psychologist; just a lay person, people watching. Here are my observations:
Couples who walk with arms round each other’s waists - I think that these are insecure in their relationship as they have to cling on to each other; stopping each other from getting away or moving on.
Couples, where the male has his arm round the shoulders of the female and the female has her arm round the male’s waist. This comes across to me as a dominating male in the relationship; got his little woman under the yoke so to speak, pressing and dragging her down. She on the other hand is mesmerised and looks up to him whilst clinging onto him so she doesn’t lose him.
A female who links her partner seems to be demonstrating that she wants protecting and likes to cuddle. She wants to hold onto him and be able to pull him back if necessary.
A couple holding hands are equal partners in the relationship so this says it all!
Couples who walk side by side with no contact are either early on or at the end of their relationship or just two independent people who are happy to stand alone if needed.
Which one are you?
A thought for the day; “Love is where you look into someone’s eyes and see their heart.”
If you are reading this then a miracle has happened. Call the newspapers and alert the media as something mega is actually happening here. Right now today.
You don’t believe me well, read on and then decide for yourselves.
You see according to my family and the surprise of my friends getting a blog out means using technology e.g. a computer and I’m reluctant and embarrassed to say that computers and I don’t get on!
Don’t get me wrong, I like computers and what they can do in the world of social media; buying from Amazon and booking holidays without leaving the house but although they are supposed to be inanimate objects, which have a primary function of helping people, they (the computers) honestly don’t like me!
Take for instance when I wiped out a whole room of computer monitors registering heart beats. I remember my colleagues laughed when I warned them but when I was attached to one of the monitors the whole room blanked out. It took 10 minutes for them to come back online. It was a good job that this was only a health check and not a life saving operation!
Or the time that number 10 computer, in a computer suite, refused point blank to switch on when I tried to make it. It upset me tremendously when a child came to my rescue. It worked perfectly first time for him! Since then I left that computer alone for a very long time.
I remember telling the Photoshop guy quite specifically that I had a bad effect on computers but did he believe me? No he didn’t. He was confident in his superior abilities to help me out. It took three computers to stop working before he gave in and asked me to sit on the other side of the room whilst I waited for my daughter to finish on hers.
I’m sure someone out there may remember the time when I was singing along to the words of a song, (a bit like karaoke) which were being displayed on a white board screen, when the words suddenly disappeared. To everyone’s amazement and amusement they reappeared when I walked away towards the window so suffice it to say computers and I are not compatible.
I have a laptop and when using this to write, humungous sighs emanate from my body when things don’t work out or messages appear on the screen that no-one has ever seen before. Not to mention the amount of time I spend just waiting for my computer to load Google or MSN let alone how long it took for Microsoft word to download today.
So the fact that you are reading my introductory blog is a genuine surprise i.e. a miracle!
However according to my research into “How to Write a Blog” I’ve gone on for far too long so you will have to log on to me again to see what I wanted to share with you.
I only hope that my electro- magnetic force field or pulse isn’t catching through Wi-Fi, the cloud or whatever is up there floating around and your computers are not affected in any way.
I end with this disclaimer: it is not my fault! Computers are out to get me!