Wednesday, 26 October 2011

A form of neglect?

I know it could be seen as neglect, after all, it's been nearly 3 months since my last post, but I have a valid ish reason.

Not long after I last posted I started on a piece of “pre course work” for additional training I want to start next year (I wont go into details now but no doubt will at a later date). Anyway, this piece of “pre course work” consisted of a 10,000 word assignment that I had 10 weeks to complete.

Suffice to say the last thing on my mind during that time was writing anything extra (in the form of a blog post) so I didn't, hence the neglect.

Thankfully its completed and submitted (last week) so I feel I can now look a keyboard in the eye (???) again and tippety tap away on it making letters into words.

I do (like many) use a keyboard at times during work and also at times during leisure but I'm not one that writes, or should I say compiles a collection of words together (a big difference lol) for any other reason than if its work/academic/assignment based.

Well, one other reason, blog post related, but any one that has read this or any other post will know that they really are just a collection of words clumped together, still, keeps me amused..........

Sunday, 31 July 2011

Flim Flam!

Please don’t ask why, I have no idea, I was driving home from work and the words just sprung (if a word can spring) into my head, the words flim and flam.

I was going to leave it at that and move on but as I hadn't posted for a while I thought, I know, I will post about flim and flam, should be a pair of magicians shouldn't they, the mysterious flim and wondrous flam. There probably are a couple of artistes of some discipline (if not magicians) plying their trade under the name of flim and flam.

So I got home, googled the word flim flam (or flimflam, whatever takes your fancy) as I wasn't sure exactly what it meant, I though it was something to do with nonsense, bit like this post, bit like many of mine, but it doesn't, not strictly. It can mean nonsense but its more aligned to meaning to swindle or related to a confidence trick.

There the post was going to stop, but I thought I would look at google again under flim flam to the extent of its reach , its a film (The Flim Flam Man) a book about unicorns and other strange things (Flim Flam Physics) and even numerous songs, also an album made by members of the counting crows (Shim Sham Flim Flam).

As for images related to Flim Flam, well, there are lots of weird and wonderful ones,  I was initially looking  for a pic to accompany the post and there are loads, however I didn't use any, as you can see.

Seeing as its most notably linked to confidence tricks I thought I would go with an image linked to one of my favouritest (I know its not a real word) TV programs instead.

Too much time on my hands?, possibly, going for a bath now, goodnight :-)

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

I would like to say

As today is her birthday and she truly is the worlds greatest girlfriend.

Right, that’s that bit out of the way (all heart and a true romantic aren’t I lol) I have been back from my holiday for over a week now so should have posted sooner, but didn’t, as you can tell, not sure why I explained it really.

We had a lovely time away although WGG (worlds greatest girlfriend) …. (I will choose a more appropriate title but for now I’m sticking with that, at least for this post anyway), where was I, that’s it, WGG was unable to relax as much as she wanted as one of the little dogs was poorly prior to us leaving so she was understandably worried about him while we were away. He was in good hands (father and mother of WGG were looking after him) but we were both keen to get back and see how he was. Unfortunately he was still a poorly bunny (no not a rabbit, just me using that word) when we got back so we took him to the vets the day after we returned.

Not good news and he didn’t have long left bless him but after a few injections he was able to have an enjoyable and restful last few days with us and his brother before being put to sleep last week, he will be missed greatly by me and I didn’t get to know him anywhere near as well or for as long as WGG did, he was quite a character though and I became rather fond of him. The good thing is his brother (who is still full of beans)…(not literally, I was just using that word)…(like I did earlier when I said bunny)…..(do I really have to keep explaining all this) as I was saying, his brother, seems to be adjusting really well and very quickly to being an only dog, which is good J

Back to the holiday, we had relatively good weather and it was the first time WGG had been to that part of the UK, I’m pleased to say she liked it and is happy to return in the future, its my favourite part of the UK so I’m glad she felt happy and comfortable there (later in the year she is taking me to her favourite part of the UK and somewhere I have never been)

Back to the birthday, today WGG is something or other years old and I know she has had (and hopefully will continue to have) a lovely day, although she will never be as old as me, I’m realllllllllly old.

Friday, 1 July 2011


Time :-)
So I shall be neglecting my blog, all things work related and generally having a bloomin good time :-)
I may return in a week.......

Ok, I will return, obviously, I have to as its only booked for a week, but at some point, I’m not sure when, but at some point, there is every possibility I will go there and not come back, like I did many years ago, except I did come back then (after 6 years or so) but then you know that because I’m here now, what do you mean I’m making no sense lol, maybe I will explain when I come back, maybe not J

Sunday, 26 June 2011

You don't say.....

You know when you read something and think to yourself “really, you don’t say” well that’s me that is. That’s exactly the response I had after reading this particular article (WARNING, DON’T CLICK ON THE LINK IF YOU ARE OFFENDED BY THE F WORD)
When I say f word I don’t mean fringillaceous or even floccinaucinihilipilification, I think we all know the word I mean, so if offended, don’t look and if you did already I apologise lol.
For those that didn’t look, it’s basically a small piece about Brian Wilson (Beach Boys singer/songwriter) explaining how drugs “messed” his brain up.
Stating the obvious perchance??????????  Just slightly……..
He describes how LSD led to auditory hallucinations that he still experiences to this day, but hey, initially he felt really creative after using LSD so that’s ok then.  A brief increase in creativity is worth a lifetime of hearing voices making continual derogatory comments about you isn’t it? (that was sarcasm ladies and gentleman, I’m not being serious)
Still, if one person learns from Brian’s experiences and as a result doesn’t use or stops using illicit substances then it’s a good thing he has gone public with it. Equally if it raises awareness of the link between drug use and mental health difficulties then it’s positive.  It’s not always easy for people to speak openly about their experiences with mental health problems, or drug use so fair play to him.
By the way, the Beach boys song I linked to is (in my opinion) a long way off being one of their better songs, there are loads that I like and I enjoy listening to now and again, Barbara Ann not being one of them lol. The reason I linked to that particular song was so that I could go off on a complete tangent (I do that, you may have noticed) and link to another video. Its a different version of Barbara Ann by THE greatest drummer of all time, granted his singing is appalling but that wasn’t what he was known for. I have seen it many times and it never fails to bring a smile and a chuckle :-)

Friday, 17 June 2011

This is just.......

……. a quick celebratory post, a celebratory post in recognition of the passing of a rather unpleasant chapter in my life. I say chapter, it was a few weeks and although unpleasant I am probably over doing it somewhat.
I’m talking about the abscess (as mentioned in the last post)
Without wishing to tempt fate and say the wrong thing, but in hushed, whispered, walls have ears, carless talk, nudge nudge wink wink, keep it under your hat (etc etc) type way, I think….
I’m over the worst
Hence a celebratory post, ok, I admit, it’s a bit of a lame reason to celebrate, but celebrate I will J

Sunday, 12 June 2011

I feel slightly confused

Probably more than “slightly”
It doesn’t take much to confuse me, but as I sit here typing this (with immense pain in my mouth) I must admit to being very confused by the above saying.
I appreciate that in certain circumstances “no pain no gain” can make a bit of sense and may even be justified, but I would imagine that in many more circumstances it sounds like utter twaddle to the person experiencing said pain.
If I were in training for something or trying to achieve some personal goal re endurance etc  then maybe, just maybe I would agree, but I’m not, I’m sitting here with an abscess in my gum, deep beneath a tooth, pressing on a nerve and feeling more sensitive by the hour, oh and its expletive expletive agony L
So that’s the pain part established, now for the gain part, ummmmmm ,  oh, I know, once I have endured this pain my gain will be a reward of some sort from the government, possibly linked  to events in Libya and how my abscess played a central role in a positive outcome? A knighthood maybe, for services rendered to the dentistry profession? What about an enormous sense of wellbeing and inner peace because I know my suffering was not in vain and others will benefit from it………. No? I wonder what it will be then.
Let’s be honest, none of those will occur and nothing good will come of it, there is no gain linked to the pain I’m currently in, the only gain will be when it stops but that’s a daft reason to have pain, knowing it will be nice to endure because when it stops you will feel better. That’s like hitting your thumb with a hammer repeatedly while putting a shelf up because you know that when you stop hitting it you will be happier, of course you will be, but that’s not the point, don’t hit it in the first place!
No pain no gain? Sorry, don’t agree at the moment, more like pain with no gain…………
Still, on a brighter note at least the shelf is up and the swelling in my thumb has gone down, I’m joking, I wasn’t hitting my thumb with a hammer, although I was putting a shelf (or 2) up J

Monday, 6 June 2011

I feel invigorated

It's lovely to be in a position to ramble away freely again, witter away wildly, generally spout nonsense or vocalise what may be lurking in my head.

I should say hello shouldn’t I, HELLO!
So why am I invigorated, what’s this wonderful invigorating thing that’s occurred to cause so much invigoration, it’s this, this here, on the screen, the blog silly.
I had one previously (it still exists out there on the tinterweb, I may even post the link at some point in the future for those bored enough to peruse its ramblings) but for various reasons it reached a natural end and a new one was needed, a new 2 actually, that’s part of the reason why the old one had been deemed to have run its course,  the need for a second “additional” blog,  but more of that later, not necessarily in this post, but certainly at some point.
I haven’t started the second blog yet, well I have in a way, but not to the extent of posting anything yet, so this post is officially the first post of the 2 new blogs. I will link to the second blog at a later date for those reading this that are interested in seeing something else, but not yet, the time is not right, mainly because there is nothing to see there yet, not in a Naked Gun way, just in the way that there really is nothing to see there, very little anyway, a few words that’s all, either way, this is definitely the first post on either of the “new” blogs.
What do we want to talk about then?
Anything at all, really, you don’t mind, ok then, what about the amphibious ice cream van? We can talk about that? Don’t fancy it, ok then, what about the F1 car hurdling man, no, not your thing? Ok, we can talk about the 5 best places to drink tea, surely that’s worth discussing isn’t it?
Not easily pleased are you, I suggest three things and you don’t want to talk about any of them, talk about fussy, ok then, I will.
I am incredibly so, predominantly in relation to what goes in my mouth, that’s not why I named the blog Neal by mouth, I’m not implying I don’t eat anything, I called it that because that’s my name, Neal (not “by mouth”) so it seemed appropriate, although its more Neal by keyboard as I’m typing this not speaking it, also being a nurse I couldn’t resist a bit of malapropism.
Anyway, back to the fussiness, as I said, I am, very, although I have improved (I mean I’m becoming less fussy, not getting better at being fussy) over the past 6 months or so, I actually eat the occasional vegetable now, something that was unheard of a year ago, still not keen on salad though, much prefer chocolate……..  mmmmmmmmmmmmm chocolate, I’m going now, need some cohoclate, thanks for listening reading.