Achilles Blog 41 – 8.8.14. One-legged heroism

Met an awesome guy at the gym yesterday… I know he was awesome, cos his t-shirt said so. The equally awesome Orrin (Bannatyne’s trainer who helped me lose 10Kg last year) spotted my slightly awkward gait as soon as I walked in…. where have you been? he said. I gave him the story…and he said there must have been a pre-existing problem – I agreed with him. I suggested to him that this is my opportunity to make a better leg than I had before… only if you do the physio every single day he said. So there it is… my work is cut out…

Jay’s grandfather lost a leg in World War I after 3 days lying abandoned on a battlefield. On one leg, he went on to become instrumental in WWII’s Dunkirk evacuation and a wonderful artist (see pic)… so when after dinner with old neighbours Eve (the most fun 70-something I know) and Karen (gorgeous blond and still 49), Jay suggested we take a drive over to Victoria to see the WWI commemorative light sculpture ‘Spectra’ (see pics), we hurtled down my absolute favourite road in London, the Embankment, and took in a beautiful night-time skyline. We decided we were the luckiest people, to be living in London… in a place where there is no war.
jx

WWI candle beamsWWI candle shine

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About aintwegotitmade

Who am I?.......well, I'm getting to that age where I have to think about that before I answer... My name is J, I'm married to Jay and we live in the great city of London. I started this blog as an update to family and friends when I completely ruptured my Achilles tendon a few years ago (see The first post). I am so fortunate in every possible way...and in all honesty, I'm just using this blog to remind myself... Why is it called Ain't we got it made?: this is a line from one of my favourite songs (Sing Baby Sing - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtTgtkDLNys). Have I got it made? Well - I've got a roof over my head, running water right into my house, a fully-stocked supermarket round the corner, free and readily available healthcare; and I live with my lovely husband in a great city, in a beautiful country, where I feel safe and secure.... I rest my case. Fact or opinion: I am not an expert on anything… but I can confirm that everything in this blog is either fact or opinion. I hope to post regularly, mostly about things I find uplifting, positive, amusing, optimistic, important..or perhaps just about regular daily life...but I won't bother you too much. Thanks for stopping by... jx
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