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When being funny, just wasn’t enough

Last night the grim news broke on news channels and social media that Robin Williams had died at the age of 63. And it is reported that Robin took his own life and had been suffering from depression.

I can remember when Mork and Mindy hit our TV screens and Mork’s favourite saying was ‘Nanu Nanu’.  As I child I laughed at the capers of Mork and how Mindy had to deal with the escapades he got himself in. Robin through his many roles, from Nanny to President, made us laugh and made us cry at times and he will be forever one of Hollywood’s greatest.

In light of Robin’s death, Jason Manford on Facebook posted the script from one of those episodes… It is rather ironic that later in life those words and reasons must have played a part in why Robin’s decision to take his own life.

“Mork & Mindy: In Mork We Trust (#1.21)” (1979)

Orson: The report, Mork.

Mork: This week I discovered a terrible disease called loneliness.

Orson: Do many people on Earth suffer from this disease?

Mork: Oh yes sir, and how they suffer. One man I know suffers so much he has to take a medication called bourbon, even that doesn’t help very much because then he can hear paint dry.

Orson: Does bed rest help?

Mork: No because I’ve heard that sleeping alone is part of the problem. You see, Orson, loneliness is a disease of the spirit. People who have it think that no one cares about them.

Orson: Do you have any idea why?

Mork: Yes sir you can count on me. You see, when children are young, they’re told not to talk to strangers. When they go to school, they’re told not to talk to the person next to them. Finally when they’re very old, they’re told not to talk to themselves, who’s left?

Orson: Are you saying Earthlings make each other lonely?

Mork: No sir I‘m saying just the opposite. They make themeslves lonely, they’re so busy looking out for number one that there’s not enough room for two.

Orson: It’s too bad everybody down there can’t get together and find a cure.

Mork: Here’s the paradox sir because if they did get together, they wouldn’t need one.

Depression hits all of us at some time, whether it be through illness, our jobs, or in general.  Depression and loneliness go hand in hand… People with depression want help, but sometimes we are just too damn scared to ask for it.  And when we do, some people jeer and make a mockery of depression.  Of course not forgetting the usual, ‘Pull yourself together’ line that people who are depressed are told, so often, to do

That is the sad part of depression, some people can’t pull themselves together, no matter how much they want to and no matter how hard they try to.

Robin Williams, was the funny guy, we his fans expected every time he was on our screens or in an interview to be funny, but did we fail to see that at times, that the funny guy just didn’t feel like being funny?

The person who is strong and who everyone turns to in times of need, at times in their lives feel that they have enough to contend with their own lives, yet alone anyone else’s, yet they feel obliged to help and listen, because they want to help others.  Do we fail at times to notice that they too may be suffering and they need us once in a while?

When depression hits, even simple thoughts playing heavily on a dark and saddened mind that is being tortured through anxiety, fear and depression.

By all accounts Robin Williams, tried to deal with his depression and other issues he had with alcohol, but unfortunately he could only see a dark side to everything… He couldn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, which inevitably led him to taking his own life.

No one will know what his thoughts were, what made him take his life… But us, those of us he has left behind, must learn that someone with depression needs help and we shouldn’t make mental illness feel like it is a stigma.  A stigma that a depressed person feels that they have to hide and not seek help from.  We shouldn’t make a person feel guilty or inadequate because they have a mental illness.

And each of us should remember that there are days when the funny guy doesn’t feel like being funny, and the strong person doesn’t feel like being strong…. But above all we must banish the feeling that people have when they are depressed… We must not make depression feel like a stigma and we must encourage people to seek help.  Failing to do so, will be like hiding depression in the cupboard behind everything and making depression a taboo subject and people fearful of seeking help.

Rest in Peace Robin Williams my thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends and colleagues at this sad time…. May they be allowed to come to terms with their loss and to deal with their grief in their own way and time, and most of all away from the glare of the media.


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Things are looking positive…

Accu-Chek Aviva Blood GlucoseAs I have mentioned under two weeks ago I was diagnosed as being Diabetic.. I don’t know what it was but I felt guilty for being diabetic… I thought it was a stigma; a result of not looking after yourself and living an unhealthy lifestyle. Years of eating the wrong thing, eating things that you knew were not good for you… Ice cream, sweets, sticky puddings etc.

And of course the years I smoked… Which I did give up in 2010.  Mind you I didn’t have half go wrong with me when I smoked as I have since I stopped smoking.  I never went to the Doctors, only if I felt so ill, and I couldn’t deal with it with over the counter medicines. My normal way of dealing with minor ailments would be to patch myself up, and carry on… Doctors were for real sick people; not me.

But the last four years, since giving up smoking I have done nothing but become a pin cushion and sat in surgery’s and hospital outpatients being diagnosed with one thing then another and then something else.  Makes me wonder whether I should’ve given up smoking. :D

nhs_prescriptionMy prescriptions were being produced in novel form now due to the number of items :D Thank God the NHS runs a Pre Payment certificate system, because having 8 different drugs to take a day, without the Diabetic one is very costly when each item on a prescription is charged at £8.05.

So paying for a yearly Prepayment Certificate at just over £10 a month was beneficial to me.

However, my Doctor did inform me, that now that I am Diabetic I don’t have to pay for prescriptions or eye tests.  Mind you I think I’d prefer to pay the £10 a month at times than having to give up things like a trifle and strawberry cheesecake.

The directions for taking this Diabetic drug Metformin was:

  • One tablet for seven days, 30 mins before breakfast
  • One tablet twice a day for seven days, 30 mins before breakfast and evening meal
  • One tablet three times a day for seven days, 30 mins before breakfast, lunch, and evening meal
  • And then 2 tablets twice a day, 30 mins before breakfast and evening meal.

I have done the first stage and am on the second stage… Come Tuesday I will be on the third stage before finally reaching the full dosage.  Anyway, when we went to town the other week I did purchase an Accu-Check Blood Glucose Tester from Boots, which wasn’t bad at just under £16.  Of course I tried it when I got home and because we had lunch out… I nearly died when the test strip said 20.1.

Anyway, when I had my initial fasting (12 hour) blood test the result was 18.3.  Way, way too high.  So today because I hadn’t eaten or drank anything within the last 10 hours, when I got up I got hubby to do a test.  And I was so pleased when the machine bleeped at me to say it was now 8.6.  Not perfect, but a whole lot better than it was three weeks ago.

And what makes that figure even more important to me is that last night we went out for a meal, and when it came to ordering a desert, my hubby ordered profiteroles and I asked for two spoons and I stole two of those profiteroles.  That waitress must have thought that we were tight buggers asking for two spoons. :D

I have found people, especially on Facebook and Twiiter, to be so helpful, people who either have diabetes or know someone who has.  Their tips about what you can and can’t eat really do help.  Especially today when this kind lady told me about how I could have something sweet at times, but after a meal and even better if I took a walk after it.

Friday, last week I received two letters, one enclosing my 5 year Medical Exemption Certificate and the other to phone for an appointment for the Diabetic 6 week course. Due to high demand I can’t go on mine until the end of October.

It is not a stigma to be diagnosed with Diabetes… It is just one of those things and in all probability mine was probably caused by taking steroids for a long period of time.

The only fear I have to overcome is the fear of doing the self-check…. I can’t bring myself to prick my finger.  Thank God hubby is on hand… He pricks my finger and I does the test for me.  That is what you get when you have a phobia of needles and blood.  You get a scaredy cat. :D

Sky News

Facebook crashes …

And the world comes to an end… and it is breaking news. Oh yes there was mass hysteria as Facebook crashed at 9am… and for half an hour the world ended for those who spend all their time on Facebook, poking, liking and sharing as if there is no tomorrow.

Breaking News

The crash happened at around 9am, with the Facebook blue branding displayed alongside the message: “Sorry, something went wrong.”

The problem also affected Facebook’s apps.

By 9.20am, the site refused to load at all, with the message “service unavailable” shown on a white background.

However, by 9.30am users reported the site was functioning again.

And across our screens, Sky News classed this as a breaking news event

Facebook crashes

Seriously though, how can you call this Breaking News…. for the life of me I don’t know why any news channel would even warrant this as breaking news.  It is not as if the world would grind to a halt, or we had to take shelter, or we had only 5 minutes to live before everything we know was obliterated.  It is a social media platform… something we can live without. Believe it or not.

Do you know what?  Before Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and all other social networking platforms became part of our lives… we survived.  Instead of sitting there and posting what we had for breakfast… we actually went out and spoke to real people, face to face.  How nice it was.

Before sitting there, waiting to get to the next level of some game, we interacted with family and played games where all the family could join in.

Before kids sat there glued to the computer or TV screen playing some role-playing game or other, they went to the park; kicked a ball around; played with other kids.

No wonder kids are pasty looking and piling on the pounds… the most exercise some of them get is getting up to switch the computer on or getting the laptop out of its bag.

Yes I am on Facebook… but if it crashes it crashes… end of…   No need to get my bowels in an uproar because I can’t like a post where someone has just checked in to McDonalds or Burger King and going for the 99p whooper.

Sky NewsFacebook is good to speak to friends and communicate with family… but it isn’t the be and end all of life.  And for the life of me it isn’t breaking news.  Come on Sky News… get some perspective here… Breaking News is real news stories… stories that affect real people and that highlight all the atrocities in this world.  It isn’t to report that there was a mass of people pulling their hair out because they couldn’t poke one another on Facebook.



Absolutely hilarious… had to share this

A judge was interviewing a woman regarding her pending divorce, and asked, “What are the grounds for your divorce?”

She replied, “About four acres and a nice little house in the middle of the property with a stream running by.”

“No,” he said, “I mean what is the foundation of this case?”

“It’s made of concrete, brick and mortar,” she responded.

“I mean,” he continued, “What are your relations like?”

“I have an aunt and uncle living here in town, and so do my husband’s parents.”

He said, “Do you have a real grudge?”

“No,” she replied, “We have a two-car carport and have never really needed a garage.”

“Please,” he tried again, “is there any infidelity in your marriage?”

“Yes, both my son and daughter have stereo sets. We don’t necessarily like the music, but the answer to your questions is yes.”

“Madam, does your husband ever beat you up?”

“Yes,” she responded, “about twice a week he gets up earlier than I do.”

Finally, in frustration, the judge asked, “Madam, why do you want a divorce?”

“Oh, I don’t want a divorce,” she replied. “I’ve never wanted a divorce. My husband does. He said he can’t communicate with me.”

Stephen Sutton

Stephen’s story

Stephen’s story

What an inspirational young man… kudos to you Stephen for raising so much money.



Kicking and Screaming…

KickingAndScreamingMy god this is seriously hard-work..  We are now in the 21st century and no-way is my other half going to welcome it by tuning into social media.

The closest I have got him to social media is by signing him up on Twitter.. and that was only because he wanted to moan about a particular point during one of the Moto GP races. And I wouldn’t let him use my Twitter account to moan. :D Continue reading


She is off again..

That is our mama… and him of course… All she keeps doing is this tweeting lark.. But when little sis and I look at her twitter timeline she is tweeting about what other people’s dogs can do..

First of all it was a baby giggling.. because one of my furry friends is trying to catch bubbles. Continue reading


The war on Twitter: Social media sites threaten justice system, warns Attorney General

See on Scoop.itOn My Front Porch

Twitter and Facebook users are to be warned about the dangers of prejudicing high-profile prosecutions in a historic move designed to make contempt of court laws fit for the social media age.

Bren‘s insight:

I said it wouldn’t be long before something was done.. Trouble is he can release all the guidelines he likes.. but until some people are hauled before the courts and dealt with harshly then nothing is going to change.

See on www.independent.co.uk


The Decapitation of Facebook

Yfacebook1es we are all on it.. aren’t we? Facebook. The social networking site where you can share videos, pictures, chat to your friends and now watch a beheading.. that is providing you condemn it.

Facebook has upset quite a few people.. including old DishFace, who turned to Twitter to show his condemnation at the decision made by Facebook.. Yes Disface wrote on his Twitter timeline. Continue reading



Aask.fmnother week and another death due to cyberbullying.  Yes a young girl decided enough was enough and hung herself.. all because some mindless feckin idiots thought it was OK to harass and persecute a person online.

Well it is not.. another family this week are having to face the future without someone they love being close to them.. Another family is going to have to lay to rest their child… not due to illness or a tragic accident but due to mindless thugs thinking that it is acceptable and perfectly OK to tell someone to go and kill themselves. Continue reading


Twitter Button – Will it work?

Ntwitter-adds-report-abuse-buttonow after witnessing first hand the abuse on Twitter I did wonder how long before something would be introduced, where people can report directly from a tweet that they are being abused.

Yes Twitter have had a report abusive user forms to fill in, but unless you have the link saved as a bookmark you have to keep finding the relevant page in order to report someone.

So will the new report button work? Continue reading


Daily Prompt: Freedom of Facebook

WFreedom_of_Speech.hat a toughie this is… WordPress for their Daily Prompt today is speaking about Freedom of Speech and ask this: Facebook has recently come under attack for failing to enforce its own guidelines on hate speech and violent imagery. Is it a website’s job to moderate the content users post, or should users have freedom to say what they want? Is there a happy medium? If so, how would you structure it? Continue reading