Thursday, 29 September 2011

MJ Trial

I have never been a fan of Michael Jackson or his music but that's not to say his death and life didn't shock me. Last night when I got in from an evening out I turned on the news and the trial Dr Conrad Murray was on air.

I decided to watch it and one hour in I was still hooked. There have been some things that have already nearly reduced me to tears. The fact that his children saw the whole thing, that there was clearly a delay in getting the emergency services and that horrendous photo on MJ lying dead on a hospital bed. For all intent and purposes keep it in the trial room and not for public viewing. 

Any trial on this scale can only generate a lot of speculation and opinion. Outside the courtroom there were MJ fans holding placards saying "Murderer" and "Dr's don't kill". He is being trialled for manslaughter which in my MY opinion is what he should be trialled for. I don't think he murdered him because to murder someone means you have intent to end their life. I don't think Dr Murray intended to kill MJ at all.

He was just very foolish and I believe he deserves to lose his medical licence. 

I think the thing that has shocked me most about the whole case was the drug Dr Murray used. As soon as I heard it I screamed "PROPOFOL! Who the heck uses that to help someone sleep?!" I have seen propofol used a lot.

In an anaesthetic room, in a hospital. It is only licensed (here in the UK anyway) for use in medical facilities only. Even if a small dose is used a patient should be intubated. It's an anaesthetic, it will stop you breathing and it is certainly not a sleeping pill. I find it hard to get my head around how a doctor does not know that?!

I am not a lawyer, have no law background and I most certainly don't know all the facts. But it sounds like MJ was very impressionable and Dr Murray was very unprofessional. I do believe your're innocent until proven guilty but I do think MJ's death was totally preventable. I believe his kids could still have their father today and I really hope justice happens. 

I'm interested, what do you guys think of all this?

Monday, 26 September 2011

Weekend Away

I have just returned from an awesome weekend away up north to see Sacha, Kevin and baby Kaleb. It is incredible how Kaleb has gone from teeny tiny at 12 days.

To this at 11 weeks.

He is an absolute joy! He loves to smile and sit in his bouncer. He is interested in everything and anything. He can be transfixed on one thing for so long. Motherhood suits Sacha so well and has taken to it like a duck to water. I still find it weird that one of my closest friends is a mummy! When we arrived on Saturday we had lots of cuddles and then took Sacha out for her first time away from Kaleb. We had a really nice meal and then went out for some drinks. We were out for about 6 hours but that's the longest she's been away from him. When we returned she said she missed him but felt so much better for going out!

In fact when we got back to our hotel room she text me saying "Had such a nice evening out with you guys. Thanks so much for coming to visit us. It was much needed!" It meant the world to me that we made her weekend.

Then on Sunday we could not resist going for more cuddles and watching the Irish rugby world cup match. Here Kaleb is in his St. Paddy's gear.

Doesn't he have the most beautiful blue eyes?

Sacha and Kevin are both South African but Sacha grew up in Ireland. So Kaleb has to support both countries haha. I miss them already!

Monday, 19 September 2011

Bloggy Update.

I have been having a blog slump lately. I just haven't felt in the mood to blog at all and I don't have any interesting topics either. It's mainly because work has been insanely busy. All of a sudden everyone in Surrey seems to have appendicitis or a bowel obstruction! My ward has been non stop non stop...and I am just keeping afloat with home life and social life as well. So I thought I would just do a bloggy update of what's been happening in my little life lately.

  • This weekend just gone I went and saw British comedian Lee Evans. He. Cracks. Me. Up. I have not belly laughed and cried with tears that much for so long! His humour has me in stitches. (beware he does swear a lot but still hilarious!)
  • Also 2 weeks ago I went and saw The Wizard of Oz up in the London west end. Amazingly well produced show! It still amazes me how talented people are to bring stories from a book to life. Incredible! 
  • Last Friday I had the worst nursing shift I've had in my short career. It's the first time I have genuinely wanted to quit and not come back. I was crying in front of patients, in the car on the way home and back at home to my Mum! It was all because of a doctors stupid mistake but I copped the blame for it from the relatives of the patient. I have never felt so insulted and vindicated by someone I was honestly trying to help. They're are some people that genuinely enjoy making peoples lives miserable aren't there?! Since then work is better and I feel better equipped for next time (just fingers crossed the doc THINKS in future!)
  • I am so EXCITED for this weekend. It's my first weekend off in a while and I am going up north to see Sacha. You might remember Sach being the person who I threw the surprise hen/baby shower for in April. Well she moved in June a month before Kaleb was born. I can't wait to see her and have lots of baby time with this cutie!
  • I have started boxing at the gym. Oh my it's the best stress reliever ever! Over the summer the gym got ignored a lot. I just wanted to spend time in the sunshine and outside with friends rather than sweat away in a gym. However, due to work being more stressful lately the gym has been my best pal! I feel so much better mentally and it sure is cool to learn about jabs, hooks and upper cuts!
  • I'm feeling really down for my little brother at the moment. He and his girlfriend of 18 months broke up (for an 18 yr old lad that's a long time). Plus, he has been unemployed for 6 months now and he is applying everywhere. Just no such luck yet. He has a job interview this Thursday. Please please hope with me that he is successful!
  • Finally my good friend Laura Anne is hosting a community blog party about the importance of community. Hop on over and get inspired!
And that's life in a nutshell at the moment. September is whizzing around so fast! The guy on the radio today said it's less than a 100 days to go until Christmas. It's mad how time flies!!!

Monday, 12 September 2011

Our Heroes.

I think yesterday for 9/11 was a trying day for many people. I know I am one of millions of people who cannot believe it was 10 years ago. It's extraordinary how time flies and it's so sad to think that that's years of memories that were never made for the thousands of people who died that day.

I know the terrorist attacks largely affected America but from those thousands of people who died, Great Britain lost 67 Britons. That's 67 people too many and yesterday I had the privilege from my sofa to watch a memorial service dedicated to them.

I cried, it was so beautiful.

In Grosvenor Square in London the families of those affected opened up a garden. A garden of remembrance to the 67 people the UK have lost forever. Who were so cruelly and pointlessly taken away from us. 

 It's incredibly beautiful that people have their own special corner to remember them. Simply because most of the names on that plaque below don't have a grave. This is the only place where their family and friends will seek solace and peace from now on. 

If there is one thing I have learnt over these last 10 years since the atrocities happened. Is that revenge will never have it's desired outcome. It will never create the peace of mind the terrorists wanted. They wanted to divide us, they wanted to kill people to prove something when all they did was out of the ashes bring people closer together. We cannot change the past but we can heal the future. 

The victims were the heroes we miss terribly, and the thousands of people who tried to save them were the un-sung heroes whom we will thank forever. We will never forget them.

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Rome: Part 2.

This is the second instalment to my trip to Rome. If you haven't read about my first day there then click here.

On Sunday we headed straight to The Vatican City and St. Peters Basilica. We had to prepare ahead because The Vatican has strict rules. You cannot have bare legs or have shoulders showing inside the Basilica. It is seen as disrespectful. When your're outside it is okay. I wore a dress and my leggings, oh my I was BOILING in my leggings. It was 33 degrees outside and I was sweltering. 

I don't mean this harshly but I wasn't overly impressed by the Vatican. I was expecting this massive wow factor but to be honest I didn't feel like I was in the smallest city in the world. I just sort of felt like I was in the middle of a grey square with lots of pillars.

People should not be discouraged because I say this. I don't regret going at all I just thought I would be more impressed. Since we went on a Sunday 'Holy Day' it was really busy which we expected. As we were queuing to go into the Basilica we noticed there were MASSIVE crowds forming with flags and crosses. I turned round to Lotte and joked 'Maybe the Pope is coming?' but no lie as we were about to enter the Basilica there was an uproar of cheers and screaming!!! Then the TV screens switched on and there you had it.

The Pope Benedict. He was talking from a window above us that was shielded by pillars so we couldn't actually see him but we could have done if we were on the other side of The Vatican. Even though I am not religious and to be perfectly honest barely agree with any of the Roman Catholics views. I was touched. There were people on the ground as people heard the pope give a sermon to the crowd. We didn't realise that he did a 5 minute sermon (in Latin so I didn't have a clue what he was on about!) every first Sunday of the month. There were people crying as this was obviously a huge deal to them and I was there. Now I find that pretty special and very unexpected.

Before entering St. Peters Basilica. The view of The Vatican behind me. I found this view pretty darn spectacular!

Inside the basilica. We had to be quiet as Mass was taking place at the back with the Pope's bishops. It was really cool to see some of the tombs like the late pope John Paul II who recently had his beatification in May. (Sorry it's so blurry!)

You do not need a passport to visit the Vatican but you do have to go through a sort of customs so if you ever do go take note of that. Since the Vatican is it's own city it has it owns rules, laws and legislation set out by the Pope himself. It has it's own army, police, postal service and post office which we saw. I do like the fact that I have set foot in the smallest country on Earth too!

After lunch we headed to the Pantheon in central Rome. This is one of the 354 churches Rome has (so you could technically visit one church a day for a year!). 

The Pantheon was built in 126 AD and was initially built as a dedication to the Roman Gods. It is now famous for housing the tombs of the original Roman royal family before Italy turned a republic in 1946. It also houses the body of the famous Italian painter Raphael. 

Afterwards we went on a Roman bus tour which is largely where I learnt all the historic facts haha! I am not one of these tourists that reads books as I go a long but I found it VERY interesting. 

On the bus.

 There was one thing I had to before we left Rome for the last time. I had to see the Trevi Fountain at night and it was the most perfect way to end our time in the city. 

It was so beautiful...

that I couldn't not have one last ice cream outside by it :)

On our last day when we were picked up to go to the airport. I was sat next to these two animated American ladies from Ohio. Boy they made me laugh when I was sad to be leaving!!! One of them asked me "How does Rome make you feel?" and I initially said "um I don't know how to answer that question" - I mean who asks that?!

So I asked her instead and she what she said summed up exactly how I felt. American lady: "It's so charming. I feel so charmed and enchanted by it all don't you?"

She was so right and at the moment on the bus we were sat at the top of a high street. You could see The Vatican to your right, the Colosseum in front of us and all these beautiful churches and architecture surrounding it. It honestly felt like it had been photo-shopped! But it was real and so authentic.

If you go to Rome I promise you will be so enchanted by it all. It is a charming city and it has so far been my favourite city I have seen in my life.

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Rome: Part 1.

I came home last night and when I woke up I looked out of my window and honestly thought I would see the tip of the Colosseum outside. Instead it was cloudy, grey and wet. I'm back in England after a magical trip to Rome, Italy. I have never been to Italy before so it was a new country to see as well as a new city. I have to do two posts about my trip to Rome because I saw so much in my 2 full days there it would be a hellish post to read. So I'll start with my first day - warning picture overload to come (and a lot of history talk!)!

We got up really early (5am) Friday morning to catch two flights. One to Milan (fashion capital of Italy) and then a connecting flight to Rome. One of the first things I noticed when we landed was the heat shining down on me. I knew right then I was going to love this city so much more. Also we saw this sign e-v-e-r-y-w-h-e-r-e!

I can't really blame them. Have you smelt Emporio Armani Diamonds perfume? - heavenly! We eventually got to Rome about 7pm and we were shattered .Bed time it was!

On Saturday we hopped straight on the metro and went to the Colosseo (Colosseum). This was our first proper view of Rome on foot and with this view to start with - pretty magnificent.

The Colosseo was the first Amphitheatre built in Rome in 70 AD. It was renovated in the early 21st century due to Earthquakes so it remains partially damaged. Inside is the basic structure built on 4 levels but you can only travel up 2 levels. 

It was mainly used as an entertainment theatre where Gladiators (prisoners of war) were put in the arena to fight dangerous animals and other prisoners. If you killed the animal or your opponent you were classed as a hero and were popular with women. If the gladiator won 10 fights they were freed and no longer a prisoner. It really is a remarkable monument to the city!

Next stop after lunch was the Fontana di Trevi (Trevi Fountain). This is what I was most excited about seeing. I have always seen pictures of it in brochures and films and thought I want to toss a coin in there! And I did!

It was packed, you had to wait to get your seat by the fountain to toss your coin in. The Trevi Fountain is famous because it was the first main supply of water to the city of Rome from 19BC. The Tiber river was used as a sewage depot. Since then it is just a beautiful and iconic feature to the Roman city. I love how it is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the streets.

This is me after I threw my coin in. The legend has it that if you throw a coin over your left shoulder you are granted an eternal pass to the city. This is where the city gets it's nickname The Eternal City. I could have sat there in the sunshine all day. Even though it was SO busy there was something very calming about it there. 

Lotte and I's last stop of the day was Piazza di Spagna (The Spanish Steps). It is made up of 138 steps which links two divisions of the city. It was built in 1723 by two Spanish men hence the name.  

At the bottom of the steps is when you notice your in the expensive part of the city. It is surrounded by Prada, Gucci, Armani and Louis Vuitton etc. However I noticed an even more important place here. 

Rome is famous for it's ice cream (geleterias) and it did not disappoint. There were over 50 flavours to choose from and it just ended the day so nicely.

In the evening we went out to dinner to a Pizzeria. I felt really in the mood for Pasta so had traditonal Spag bol!!! It was yummy and very filling.

Plus when you have a view this good when eating out who can complain right? The Colosseo lit up at night was amazing. It was the perfect way to end our first day in Rome! 

Part 2 of Rome will be up in a few days. Anyone who wants to visit Italy or go to Rome should not hesitate for a second. It's worth every penny.

Friday, 2 September 2011

Roma, sto arrivando!

I'm off to Rome, Italy today. I cannot wait to spend four days being a tourist, enjoying the sunshine and eating copious amount of pasta and ice cream.

I will share my adventures when I am back next week. Have a good weekend :)

In the meantime I am taking part in Laura Anne's blog community party. Check out my post over here!

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