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A Potter's Moll: What Is That In The Cake Shop Window?

...That reminds me of my favourite Scottish joke. Two people are looking in the window of a cake shop in Glasgow. The first one says ‘Is that a cake or a meringue?’ The second one says ‘No, you’re not wrang, it is a cake.’...

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Signs of spring are definitely here. A prowl around the garden on a cold but sunny day this week shows snowdrops are already on their way, a hellebore has lime green flowers, bulbs are showing shoots and there are budding florets poking out of the soil where I cut back the sedum. And the days are getting lighter slowly. A few weeks ago it was dark at 4pm, now it is after five.

We have had several medical and dental trips to Leeds and Bradford – what a chore. The two metropolises (metropoli?) merge into each other and traffic is always dire. I cannot for the life of me see how it can be economical to treat a patient from Holmfirth in Bradford which isn’t even in the same NHS trust. It’s a 45 mile round trip, and to do it by public transport would take three buses and half a day each way. There have been too many agencies involved – Bradford says keep the wound covered, Holmfirth says not. I feel a letter coming on, perhaps to Alan Johnson, the Health Minister, who I have got a lot of time for, just itemising all the locations and dates and procedures involved, which cannot possibly indicate joined up thinking.

An overnight visit from my sister was a bright spot recently and an excuse for a late Burns night supper with haggis and tatties and neeps. A metre of tartan fabric from the market made a great table cover and we sang and kazoo’d our way through most of the Scottish songs we know.

That reminds me of my favourite Scottish joke. Two people are looking in the window of a cake shop in Glasgow. The first one says ‘Is that a cake or a meringue?’ The second one says ‘No, you’re not wrang, it is a cake.’

We saw two excellent films recently. Frost/Nixon was riveting. I didn’t think they could make it so interesting to anyone who had not lived through the events, but the film managed to convey that it was the principles of what Nixon was responsible for that were important and they are universal. We were in the USA when Nixon resigned and we always laugh because before we left the UK people were telling us to get rid of Nixon and when we returned, he’d gone.

The child actors in Slumdog Millionaire were truly remarkable and it was a vibrant film with interesting plot devices and flashbacks. I heard it called a feel good film on the radio, but I thought many aspects were quite dark – the slums of Bombay/Mumbai, religious intolerance, the corruption and the show business sleaze were all quite disturbing.

I grew an amaryllis bulb this year for the first time. It was amazing, it grew so quickly and vigorously and then had four beautiful rusty orange flowers which lasted for ages. A very nice addition to the kitchen windowsill.

More from me in a fortnight.

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