Daily Prompt

a Hitchcock moment

As I arrived home on the weekend I was greeted by a cacophony of sound the intensity of which I hadn’t heard before. There, high in the trees behind our house, against the odds, was an eagle tearing apart a crow that it had just caught, surrounded by an angry army of the bird’s extended family. Those of you who have seen Alfred Hitchcock’s film The Birds will relate to the scene I witnessed, spellbound I might add, with other neighbours in the street.

How different from the Birdsong I posted just a week or two ago.

If you have never seen Hitchcock’s film here is the 1963 trailer:

You may never look at birds the same way again – be warned.

Daily Prompt: Leftovers Sandwich

Daily Prompt: Today, publish a post based on unused material from a previous piece –a paragraph you nixed, a link you didn’t include, a photo you decided not to use. Let your leftovers shine!


Perhaps this image doesn’t truly qualify as not a single sandwich was leftover. However, the image itself is indeed a leftover, as it was one that I had thought of using for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition in January, but never did. Some meta detail: the sandwiches were egg and tomato, cucumber and cream cheese and smoked salmon and cream cheese.

Dare Quam Accipere

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My earliest memory of Thomas Guy was seeing him on his pedestal in the forecourt of Guy’s Hospital the day I came for my medical school interview.  I wonder what he thought of this keen young man, wide-eyed and full of enthusiasm striding passed him towards his hoped-for future. I hope he was pleased with what he saw, for I would see him every day for many years to come. Occasionally I would remember to wish him a good morning or a good evening, and thank him for founding this great hospital all those years ago in 1721.

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And so it was that fifty years ago I began my medical studies; and so it is this very day marks the fiftieth anniversary of the edition of the Guy’s Hospital Gazette that welcomed us all as students of one of the finest medical schools in the world. I hope all medical students everywhere beginning their own journeys this month will enjoy the words of Passim written by the then editors of the Gazette, Drs. Davis and Hicks. Their timely and inspiring words will serve them well, as they did us, in the years to come.  Remember to highlight the text to enlarge it and read it more easily.

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Much has changed over the past fifty years.  Guy’s has joined Kings’s College Hospital and St Thomas’s Hospital and the combined institution is now known as the Guy’s King’s and St Thomas’ School of Medicine at Kings College London.  The good news is that the editors of the GKT Gazette are developing an open access digital library that will collate all of the published issues since the inaugural Guy’s Hospital Gazette of 1872 , for which our thanks are very much in order.

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This post is in response to Ben’s Daily Prompt: Reverse Shot. What’s your earliest memory involving another person? Recreate the scene — from the other person’s perspective.

Daily Prompt: Sweeping Motions

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This painting from a few years ago, like Express Yourself, is all about sweeping motions creating an imagined landscape that could be described as somewhat dreamy…maybe!

A Yellow Tale: part ii

“I couldn’t wait any longer and have assumed that our suspicions were correct and that you have indeed been followed. When I arrive I’ll wait in the lane beside the bookstore as planned. Perhaps it would be best if I dispose of the yellow hoodie and become a little less conspicuous. I hope you make it and we can finally stop being in transit all the time.”
to be continued…

Frame of Mind

If you could paint your current mood onto a canvas, what would that painting look like? What would it depict?

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My mind would be full of nothing but joy, sunshine, happiness and love for my son and his beautiful bride who were married on Saturday.   Love to them both.

d’Orsay of course…Eh!

City Planners: If you could clone one element from another city you’ve visited — a building, a cultural institution, a common street food, etc. — and bring it back to your own hometown, what would it be?

Who wouldn’t want the Musée d’Orsay around the corner?

Paris, do you know how lucky you are?…Eh!