Dinner For One

This is an oldie, but it still makes me laugh. Have you seen it?

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This ancient black & white short film began as an end of the pier show in the 1940s and has become a surprise hit in Germany, especially on New Year’s Eve. It has now broken the world record for the most frequently repeated programme on tv.

This is from the i newspaper “The 18 minute play, written for the theatre by Laurie Wylie in the 1920s features the refined Miss Sophie (May Warden) celebrating her 90th birthday with a dinner served by her elderly butler James  (Freddie Frinton). the only snag is that all of Miss Sophie’s friends have died, so James must stand in for her guests – Sir Toby, Admiral von Schneider, Mr Pomeroy and Mr Winterbottom. He must also, naturally, drink al their toasts starting with sherry and working his way though to the port.

The joke is that James gets more and more drunk, continually tripping…

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Overcoming Boundaries

Overcoming Boundaries

In the square in front of the City Hall in Frankfurt, Germany at the moment, are hundreds of Little Green Men, along with a few Yellow, Black and Red – all in the name of art!

This is a sculpture installation called ‘Overcoming Boundaries’, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the uniting of East and West Germany.

 Based on the East German Ampelmänner (the figure on pedestrian crosswalk lights in East Germany), the 1,000, 38-centimeter tall statues in the square are called “Unity Men” (Einheitsmännchen) and are intended to be both a symbol of modern German society and an invitation to join in the conversation surrounding the 25-year anniversary.

The exhibition started in Weisbaden, Germany in March of this year, and has been touring around Germany for the past six months, and will end in a few days’ time, following the Day of German Unity on 3rd October.

We visited the square last week with my grandchildren, who were very happy to shake hands with the little smiling men, and the little green men even got in on the photographs with a newly wed Bride and Groom, as they completed their civil ceremony at the Town Hall!

A Trip to the Yellow and Blue Building

Shopping bag anyone?

Shopping bag anyone?

I was in Dublin a few days ago and went for the first time to the only Ikea in Ireland,

and came home with a few things that I never even knew I wanted, or needed!

Such is the power of this giant, that it enticed me in, gave me the loan of a big yellow shopping bag,

laid out all it’s wares in so many different rooms,

bedrooms fit for a king, or a princess

bathrooms,

living rooms with comfy couches that looked so inviting in their warm colours,IMG_0269

kitchens full of modern devices and space saving ideas,

dining rooms,

whole apartments smaller than my living room with everything to make life comfortable,

and did I mention the bookcases…every combination of cubes and squares to fit every corner of my house,

and, and, and….

By the time I had walked through all these wonderful rooms,

decided not to stop for Swedish meatballs,

and with my mind totally confused, and still clutching my empty yellow bag,

I came to the Market Hall,

And here they were, every conceivable gadget and labour saving device, small enough to fit in my yellow bag

and fully assembled and ready for use.

So I picked up a few kitchen aids, a garlic crusher,

a roll of some kind of bubble wrap guaranteed to keep my pots and pans sitting quietly on their shelf till they are called upon to do their duty,

enough serviettes to hold a lot of finger food if I ever throw a party,

Party time

Party time

some brightly coloured pop up storage thingys,

a duvet set,

some pillows,

long handled shoe horns (for when I get old(er) and can no longer put my shoes on without assistance)

and maybe a few more totally necessary bits and pieces!

Now I am usually a fairly ‘sensible’ shopper, making a list, if only in my head, but faced with such a vast array of goods, what’s a girl to do, especially on my first visit!

That’s my excuse anyway.

Now to get busy with sorting out those noisy pots and pans!

P.S.   I just looked on the Ikea website, and the first piece of advice they give ‘before you go’   MAKE A LIST!!  

Oh well, it was fun!

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