Monday Magic – Inspiring Blogs for You!

Welcome to the last week of March and another Monday Magic on a beautiful spring day.  We have managed two cinema trips this week – yes, two! – to see very different films but both equally striking.

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The first was Bohemian Rhapsody and I know that we are very late to the party.  The portrayal of Queen and particularly Rami Malek’s performance as Freddie Mercury were outstanding (if sanitised!).  It is difficult not to be swept along by the soundtrack of Queen’s greatest hits and then for those of us who remember Live Aid, the depiction of the concert in the old Wembley Stadium was a true trip down memory lane.  What I hadn’t expected was to be so overcome with emotion towards the end of the film and find myself in tears by the end.  The depiction of a hospital waiting room and a young, emaciated man sporting a a very particular lesion on his face took me straight back to the late 80s and my London teaching hospital.

It was an extraordinary time to be working in one of the few hospital’s with a dedicated HIV and AIDS unit (see my previous posts here and here).  As young nurses we were confronted by fear and ignorance of a disease that then carried a death sentence and also by a greater intolerance of same sex relationships.  I can remember being asked if I had to touch the patients, or if they had different bedsheets and what happened to their cutlery after they ate!!  There were question marks about applying for mortgages and if you sustained a needle stick injury the subsequent HIV test would definitely reduce your chance of being granted a mortgage.  Then there was the series of commercials run in the UK by the government – brutal, scare mongering and to the point.  But for me the film brought with it a sea of faces – young men – all robbed of life at such a young age.  It was the first time that most of us had been confronted by the certainty of death in patients who were in our own age group.  We were comforting parents and getting to know groups of friends who might have been our own.  Those names and faces remain with me all these years later and as Freddie Mercury declared that he wouldn’t be a poster boy for HIV on the big screen, the tears flowed as I was transported back to that ward in 1990.

The Middlesex Hospital from Gideon Mendel

Last night we went to a special cinema screening to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the “Great Escape” – that is the actual escape during World War II that the Steve McQueen and Richard Attenborough film was based on.  Hosted by Dan Snow, historians were joined by family members of some of the actual RAF men who staged the escape in 1944, and also by actors and crew from the film made in 1963 to depict the events.

One of the stuntmen who set up the iconic Steve McQueen motorcycle stunt at the end of the film had been flown in from New Zealand – he had some stories!!  I was really struck by the comment that it was an officer’s duty to attempt to escape and to create as much turmoil for the enemy – the Germans in this case – as possible.  These men almost certainly did not expect to get home if they managed to escape, but they did plan to continue fighting and to be a thorn in Hitler’s side.  Meanwhile the RAF were amongst those also remembering the men in Poland at the site of the POW camp, where the prisoners had dug out 75 years ago.  It was a very long (nearly 5 hours) but worthwhile evening……even if I couldn’t stand up by the end!!  When I popped my ankle out, hubby said we needed the inflatable evacuation aircraft chutes to get me down the cinema stairs….cheek!

So today I have been recuperating from my night out and have found a great variety of blog posts for you.  I hope that you enjoy everything from the fire eating gutsy goddess to some fantastic tips about plastics and the planet…..sit back with a cuppa and enjoy!

Please leave some comments, like the posts and make someone’s day!

Have a great week,

Claire x

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17 thoughts on “Monday Magic – Inspiring Blogs for You!

  1. Claire this was yet again another brilliant post from you! You have so much strength and courage that always are followed with an incredible amount of wisdom and heart! You are a wonderful person and I am thankful to read what you write about! I am glad you had a great time last night!!

    I also wanted to thank you for including my post in your Magic Monday post. It is an honor to be thought of in this way from someone as fabulous as you are. I was honestly a little hesitant with this post because i didn’t want to offend anyone with my rant, but I am glad it was taken well by so many! I hope your week starts off great and continues with greatness!! Thank you again Claire!!

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  2. It sounds like you had a fabulous time, Claire…I have downloaded Bohemian Rhapsody and yet to watch it but will make sure I have tissues handy…Thank you so much for sharing my link plastic is such a big deal that I am so grateful for any shares to get the word out …Have a lovely week 🙂 xxx

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      1. To make tomato pulp for spag bol/chilli is incredibly easy sometimes if I get a glut of tomatoes then I do a big batch and freeze in portions or I just make it as I need it…Super quick and easy to do 🙂 x

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  3. Fear not, I’m even later to the party having not seen Bohemian Rhapsody yet. I’ll definitely catch it when it’s available to stream or rent as I’ve heard lots of good things. If a film can make you feel something, especially to the point of being in tears, I think that’s the sign of a very good film. Though of course there’s a more personal link to the HIV and AIDS side of things for you. It’s heartbreaking to think of how many lives have been lost, the fear that spread when little was really known of HIV, the way people were treated so abhorrently. And then The Great Escape, sounds like a good evening. But jeeps, nearly 5 hours?! I would have been up and down weeing about 10 times throughout. Great post recommendations as always, and quite a few here I would have included myself too! 🙂
    Caz xx

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  4. Thank you so much for sharing Gutsy Goddess—Tessa on It is inspiring to watch people overcome life’s challenges which you two have done. I too loved loved loved Bohemian Rhapsody—Wow! Thanks for another great post.

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