Richard and Judy's Blog
Check Ups, Dancing on Ice and a little Something for the Weekend
Friday 25 February 2011
Just waiting for Judy to be ready to go out for lunch, and thought I’d write a quick blog...
So, a great way to start the beginning of the weekend – blood tests down the surgery (just routine; checking cholesterol, general organ function etc – have one every 3-4 years). Don’t mind needles that much, but am always tempted to make an excuse not to go, especially as you have to fast for at least 12 hours beforehand. But that slight nerviness before injections or the dentist is only the primitive flight-or-fight reflex kicking in. Stress pumps up the adrenalin and we get jumpy. Once I understood that, I learned to say to myself: ‘No, it’s ok – I actually choose to be here. So I don’t want to run off or, er, put up a struggle.’
Works well for people who get twitchy before take-off, too. Nine times out of ten they’ve actively chosen to be on the plane – holiday, job opportunity, etc – and if the conscious reassures the subconscious that ‘it’s ok, no need for adrenalin today’ it’s amazing how the panic can subside. I have friends who swear by the technique, and some say they treat the rising panic as a spectator sport – ‘Oh, here it comes – the caveman reflex!’ and that helps neutralise it. Just thought I’d pass it on...
Just waved Chloe off to another day of savage training for Dancing on Ice this Sunday. She’s still in it, more than halfway through the contest, and it hardly needs saying how proud of her all her friends and family are. The seven (from 16) survivors should all be proud of themselves too – it was difficult enough to start with when they were selected last year and tottered on to the ice, in most cases for the first time in their lives. Now the weaker skaters have been eliminated, and the routines are made more challenging week by week, the pressure’s on every one of those left.
There’s a bar at Shepperton studios and most Sundays the skaters and their professional partners go in there for a drink after the results/skate-off show. Everyone gets a huge cheer from the rest of us – mostly family and friends, and the gang of coaches who help with the routines during the week – and it’s a great atmosphere. They (the contestants) are so happy and just bloody relieved to have survived another week.
You all seem happy with this season’s Book Club choices. You’re Next is the new ‘On Review’ novel – you can read Judy’s and my reviews of it here. It’s an absolute cracker – a homicidal chase yarn told in real time over just a few days in the worst week of the central character’s life. We can’t recommend it highly enough: as they say, it’s a classic of the genre.
Thanks for all the comments re my appearance on BBC2’s Something for the Weekend last Sunday – that’s a tidy little show, isn’t it? Really nice, warm vibe. It was a treat to see Louise Redknapp, who’s one of the presenters, having to interview her husband Jamie. Very funny and real. That’s a great marriage, or I’m a pineapple.
Anyway, me own misuss is ready now so lunch, here we come. Bye for now, and if you think she deserves it after her routine this Sunday – vote Chloe!!!
Best, everyone – Richard.