Saturday, October 11, 2008

Guest post from Fifi: "Rockcliffe" - Episode 2

I thought Fifi's comment on my previous post deserved more prominence (hope this is all right, Fifi):

fifi said... On "Rockcliffe" this week, young Dr D finds that making soup is almost as hard as convincing wee auld Mrs McLatchey to take her heart medication. In his usual endearing manner he ineptly stirs pieces of vegetable forlornly around in his broth.Luckily for him, it's Isabelle to the rescue: turning up just in the nick of time with a big bunch of dahlias, a cauldron of hot soup and a package of....Gorgonzola!As usual the beautiful landscape is the real star of the show, though,luckily for Mrs Mclatchey, Dr D is a far better physician than chef.

Above, a pot at our front door, still blooming away in October - though the first frost will cut down the flowers.
Below, having enjoyed a nice combing session, Sirius relaxes on Mr Life's legs.

In our college we teach towards exams in English language and literature but we also teach vocationally-appropriate, practical English, to people doing all sorts of courses such as beauty therapy, preparation for nursing, business studies, computing and so on. My preparation for nursing students - all young and jolly but not necessarily academic giants - were doing an assessment. ("Hollyoaks", by the way, mentioned below, is a soap opera, which I myself don't watch.)
Student 1 [looking up from the article she was reading]: What's schizophrenia?
Me: Well, it's a psychiatric mental condition -
Student 2: It's what Newt's got in "Hollyoaks".
Student 1 [completely satisfied]: Oh, right.
Student 2 [nodding conspiratorially to me]: Talk to them at their own level.






44 comments:

  1. "Talk to them at their own level."

    LOL! Thank you for the good chuckle.

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  2. Too funny. You'll have to start watching all the soaps to keep up with the explanations!

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  3. Brought a smile to my face! as did Fifi's little 'soap'. Zxx

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  4. I suppose it goes to show that everything has a use, even junk TV...

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  5. A tonic laugh! Thankyou.

    How beautiful is that sleek shiny cat!

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  6. Splendid.

    It's the Gorgonzola that really adds that quirky touch.

    just working on the next episode: it will have to involve one of the picturesque boats, and possibly one of those hairy cow things that all Scottish programs seem to feature. Dr D will love it.

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  7. Ohmygosh Isabelle -- that's SO funny! A teacher must be well versed on so many different levels.

    And Sirius...what a fun picture. He obviously loves his comb.

    Beautiful flowers. Let's hope that frost holds off for several weeks!

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  8. Hmm, well I'm about 25 years too old to watch Hollyoaks now, so will have to take Student 2's word for it!

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  9. Yes it is a bit of a soap opera, will back for the next episode:-)

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  10. Is there going to be an episode per week? And if so, may I please know what day so I can tune in and not miss any? Love the gorgonzola touch!

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  11. The Rockcliffe soap is all getting a bit post-modern for me...

    Love the dialogue, I think you'll have to watch that student 2.

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  12. Ha ha ha!! I've heard that kind of conversation in passing and it always amuses me. Some people take those soaps so seriously - every word is gospel to them!
    Sirius being combed? Not brushed?? Topsy doesn't mind being brushed, but when she sees the comb (which I use to remove excess fur from the brush) her ears go back and she glares at me as if to say "You are not considering using that instrument of torture on ME, are you?" So I don't. Her claws are too sharp to argue with.

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  13. I'm loving the look on Sirius' face, I think you've been talking to him on his level
    Kimx

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  14. I keep coming back just to look at the beatific Sirius, hugging his beloved comb. So sweet!

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  15. Sirius looks like he is in seventh heaven there after his brush-up ... gosh it's a hard life isn't it ... Bethel of Bethania

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  16. That picture is the cutest thing ever!

    Thanks for the laugh too.

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