Monday, February 08, 2010

Would you?

I never dreamed I would be moved to put my arms round Alastair Campbell to comfort him but yesterday morning when he was being tormented by Andrew Marr I held my breath when he seemed about to lose it. It was so odd when he had sailed through the Chilcot Inquiry without turning a hair. He just stopped speaking and seemed to have difficulty in breathing - the silence seemed endless. Finally he managed to gasp out that Tony Blair was an honourable man. Very strange.

I haven't got much work done today- we were disturbed by a clanging, reverberating noise and checked the house from top to bottom - all windows and doors - tried to convince ourselves it came from elsewhere but it was too close. At last staring out of the window I noticed the door between the side and the front of the house move imperceptibly. It hadn't been bolted - great relief all round. It is extremely cold with a bitter wind.

I should get back to work. I'm at a difficult part - it's never easy writing about one's fall from grace.


The Cloudcutter said...

Good luck with the writing. I could never believe you fell from grace, but it's your story I guess. Hugs.

Anonymous said...

funny how small things make big noises!

Leigh Russell said...

I think the interest in the noise was a distraction from having to deal with a difficult passage in your writing. Be brave. I'm sure your fall was undeserved.

Four Dinners said...

I wouldn't even pause if the toe rag got run over by a bus.

We should be so lucky...

'Tony Blair was an honourable man'...did Eddie Izzard write that?...It has to be a comedy routine!!!!

You couldn't fall from grace if you tried babe.

Trust me I'm from Oldham...xx

Pat said...

Cloud cutter: thanks for the trust.xox

Rosneath: and so difficult to trace.

Leigh: I think you're right. And I'll be brave.

Four.D: it has a familiar ring- like Marlon in Julius Caesar. Thanks for the trust:)

Kevin Musgrove said...

I have to admit, when I saw Alistair Campbell's emotional moment I laughed like a drain.

How can you fall from grace starting from Bacup? (-;

Z said...

I'd have appreciated a bit more emotion and a little less smugness from Blair and Campbell when they were describing how right they were, even though they had all the facts wrong.

It was an odd display of emotionalism though. Either he was putting it on or it's such a rare event that it doesn't come naturally to him.

Maggie said...


Eryl Shields said...

You didn't fall from grace, you reinvented it, X

Pat said...

Kevin: you're all heart - and cheeky too.

Z: I did research on him for an earlier post and he has had mental problems. No matter who they are it's horrible to see someone crack up.

Hi Maggie:)

Eryl: that is a wonderful way of putting it. Not true I'm afraid.

Gadjo Dilo said...

I was unable to see this prog with Alastair Campbell. Crying and breaking down is surely a good tactic, though. He'd be great on Oprah, though I'm not sure I'd wish him on her.

Daphne Wayne-Bough said...

The man is a liar, a warmonger, a charlatan and a bully. I have no sympathy for him at all. He was almost certainly putting it on. You know Malcolm Tucker in The Thick of It was based on Campbell? Except Malcolm is occasionally likeable. I don't care about his mental problems. I'm with Four Dinners and Kev where he's concerned. (And about Bacup). I suspect your soft spot for him comes from him being a Burnley supporter.

WV, for information = Word Verification.

Pat said...

Gadjo: no tears - much more subtle than that.

Daphne: what you say is largely true. My reaction was Pavlovian and who knows how you would have reacted if you had seen it? It was an unbelievable moment and I'm no sucker. I haven't got a soft spot for him and the only Burnley supporter I had time for was my Dad.
You are far too open-minded a person to harbour this resentment to the North.
Thanks for W.V. info.

R. Sherman said...

There would be no book worth reading, dear, absent the fall from grace, as difficult as it may be write about.


Pat said...

Randall: thank you - from you that is much appreciated:)

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

I admire your tenacity Pat....I know this is not an easy task, at all...! can do it, my dear. I know you can! And we will all be the better for it when we pick up this Published Manuscript!
Courage, my dear.

BTW: If you get a moment and need a break, I have the most wonderful Video up on my blog. It is the sweetest thing I've ever seen.

Jimmy Bastard said...

You my dear lady, would be the last person EVER to fall fae grace. I've tried to find flaws in your character, but apart fae the fact that you snore very loudly, I cannae find a single thing!

I will however keep looking.

Pat said...

Naomi: many thanks:) I'll be over in the morning - it's too late to play a video tonight. I've just been looking at photos I took today of our robin and they aren't half bad.

Jimmy: I don't deserve you. xox
That's affection NOT flirting.

Kim Ayres said...

Pat, the fall is part of the story, as is the climb back. No fall, no story. "My life was normal, had no challenges and everyone liked me" makes for dull reading and a difficulty to empathise.

Screwing up is part of human nature - it's then how we deal with the fall out over the months and years that shapes and reflects us.

And it's that part of the journey that draws us readers in.

You don't gain wisdom from an unchallenged life. And we love your wisdom, Pat :)

Pat said...

Kim: thanks for that - I know you are right. So I'm 'going for it' and devil take the hindmost. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone and all that. There's always the chance it won't be published.