Stormtrooper Beer — Fan Of… #85

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This week’s Fan Of… is Stormtrooper Beer 😋

I have always been a huge fan of Star Wars since the originals back in the late 70s. Of all the characters, the much maligned Stormtroopers have always been my favourite, so, when I saw this beer on sale, with pint glass, I had to have it.

Stormtrooper Beer
Stormtrooper Beer

Had a bit of help from my lego guys to get in to it 😂

First, they had to get into the box!

Next was getting the bottle open.

The guys weren’t strong enough, so had to call in a Scout Walker.

Success, cheerz 😋 (One guy did get stuck in the bottle whilst checking there wasn’t any left 🤣)

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Flowering Cacti — Fan Of… #84

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This week’s Fan Of… is flowering cacti.

These two cacti featured last year (Fan Of… #45). They had lots of flowers on them when my wife bought them for me; the blooms lasted a long time, but as with all flowers eventually wilted & died. For a long time nothing much happened, although a couple of flowers did materialise on the pinky-orange one in Aug. Through all this time, new leafs continued to sprout & finally, almost a year after they were in bloom, pretty much over night, they went crazy with flowers.

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Best Wishes — Fan Of… #83

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This week’s Fan Of… is best wishes & being home. A massive thank you to all you awesome folk out there around the globe sending me your best wishes 😃

For those of you that follow me, you’ll know about my recent unscheduled visit to the hospital. It all started last Wednesday with what I believed was a simple stomach ache. Come Thursday morning, it was still there but not really any worse. It was my day off so I’d already decided to head to Cumbernauld Park to boost my autumn photographs, & a bit of a sore stomach was not stopping that. Still no real issues, until lunchtime, & my first inkling that all was maybe not as it should be.

Horsechestnut leafs
Horsechestnut leafs
Cumbernauld House Park
Cumbernauld House Park

At midday, I decided to phone work & let them know that I wouldn’t be in for my 5 o’clock shift the following day & then everything (including my pain levels) started to accelerate. Within the next 3 hrs, my wife filled out the patient questionnaire on the NHS Scotland Website, was prompted in a huge red box (seriously, you can’t miss this big red box) to call an ambulance immediately & I was blue lighted & nee-nawed to Monklands hospital & there diagnosed with suspected appendicitis.

I put up a quick blog on Thursday evening (from my iPhone — ain’t technology a wonderous thing), just to let you guys know I’d be off the scene for a while.

In Monklands Hospital
In Monklands Hospital

Friday was a day of being prodded & poked by various knowledgable looking people, a CT Scan, & a lot of blood tests. Apparently the norm for appendicitis is an age bracket of 20-30 years old; since I’m kicking down the door of 50, they wanted to make absolutely sure that there wasn’t something else going on.

1730 rolls around & I’m off to theatre, a new one for me. Now time didn’t just accelerate, it disappeared. I’ve never had a general anaesthetic before, so wasn’t aware of what it was like. To my mind, it seems like a switch was flicked off, & some time later flicked back on. The anaesthetist had told me to think about something good as I was going under, so I remembered back to the Jurassic Park ride in Universal Studios, Hollywood, that my wife & I went on so many times, & in particular the theme music. I was humming this in my mind when I went to sleep, & was still humming it when I woke up again, wierd 😲

Friday night was pretty uncomfortable & sleepless & Saturday afternoon I was discharged & back home. In all, I went from a sore stomach, to being back home with no appendix (and an increased sense of smell–what the?) in a little over 48 hrs (did I mention they shaved my left thigh 🤣).

I’ve still a long way to go before I’m back to normal. Although the procedure was done using keyhole surgery, it is still very invasive & I have 3 entry wounds to heal (I’m held together with upwards of 20 clamps at the moment).

I’ll be taking it quiet for a while & hope to start getting back to normal with more regular Fan Of… & Water Water Posts in a couple of weeks (sometime in November).

Again, a massive big thank you 🙏 for all the support & best wishes from you guys, makes everything a bit better when you know you’ve got folk rooting for you.

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Sun Through the Trees — Fan Of… #82

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This week’s Fan Of… is Sun through a trees & branches. I love the eefct you can get with the sun coming directly through the branches & sometimes create a deliberate flare.

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Sun Through a Lensball — Fan Of… #81

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This week’s Fan Of… is Sun through a lensball. Whilst out recently with my lensball, some of the shots were towards the sun, resulting in some great sparkles in the lensball.

Sparkle in a lensball
Sparkle in a lensball

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Controversy — Fan Of… #75

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This week’s Fan Of… is controversy, in the form of Marmite Rice Cakes.

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Line It All Up — Square Perspectives

Hi all 😃 My latest entry for Becky’s Square Perspectives #17.

Cropped to square, it’s hard to make sense of the image; the original in the header shows the context of the old bridge supports, alongside the newer railway bridge into Central Station in Glasgow.

Old bridge supports
Old bridge supports