A Positively Good Week.....

It's been a pretty good week, starting with a trip to see West Side Story in the Bord Gais Energy Theatre last week with a friend. An enjoyable night with some memorable performances. And indeed some not so memorable too. Including my 'singing-along' sub-consciously to the truly iconic tunes. It simply couldn't be helped.

Okay, the positivity was somewhat mired by the little trip over my own two feet that I, again sub-consciously, took on the walk home from the Dart that night, resulting in a very sprained ankle! Trying to re-enact the fabulous dance steps was my friend's response..... and she's probably right! On some sub-conscious level.

So, what does one do when enforced captivity is thrusted upon one all of a sudden? One could be quite upset..... or one could choose to see the bright side. And one could be very kind and decide to share all her random and insignificant 'Positives of a Twisted Ankle' thoughts with the world.  Well, that's what facebook and twitter are there for after all. Right?  No, you don't agree? Oops..... too late. My bad. But I had fun and well, I was soooo bored that I had to do something to amuse myself. And just in case you missed them here they all are, all gathered together in a nice neat little bunch, or two!

As a result of my enforced captivity and mindless facetweeting I came to some conclusions.

*I was not smothered in offerings of cups of tea, I was perfectly capable of hobbling into the kitchen to make them myself and therefore capable of attending to all family meals. Just wait until anyone else in this house suffers a sprained anything!

*Certain people can get the bus home from school without the world caving in. It is a very good independence and social activity too, you know ;-)

*I must schedule more regular 'ailment' or 'injury' days. It's amazing what jobs you can get done that would not otherwise happen. Plus you get some 'me-time' too. Well, if paid employees can get Personal or Sick Days, why not?

Twisted ankle or not, NOTHING was going to prevent my attendance at a much anticipated reunion of a group of show friends. All of whom had taken part in the legendary John Player Tops of the Town variety show competitions from years back. Just to give you an idea, the last Tops show I did was in 1992 and the last Tops show ever (in this national format) was in 1996. I met people that I hadn't seen in over 20 years...

It was said that: 'The lads have all gone grey but the girls have all kept their colours'.         

Which was subsequently updated with the astute observation that: 'The girls may have kept their hair colour but they are all swapping specs to see the photos!' Unfortunately that was oh, so true! Not only that but I also learned a new terminology that perfectly, and hilariously, describes the action of holding an item down low and away from you in order to view it! They should include that observation in a certain musical  :-) 

I've heard a lot of bemoaning facebook talk on the airwaves recently but do you know what? It was thanks to the creation of the  John Player Tops of the Town Facebook page that this reunion took place.

A wonderful night was had by all. Staying until the early hours just catching up with friends of old. Chatting with them as if you'd only talked to them yesterday and having such a laugh that you end up with a pain in your face. Another memorable occasion to store away in the mental memory box, along with all your Tops of the Town and indeed, all your Stage Show, recollections.

There was a lot of understated talent in that room last Saturday night. Some still involved in the show business world, in a professional  capacity and others still dabbling in it in their own way. Once bitten by the stage bug you just cannot escape.

Maybe we should all get back on stage for one final hurrah?

One more for the road, so to speak.

Stranger things have happened ;-)



  1. So sorry about your ankle- hope you heal quickly! Loved the list and had some chuckles. What a great reunion, and if I had ween WSS with you all, I would have been singing at the top of my lungs!

  2. The photos look like you're proving that even with a sprained ankle, the show must go on! Funny I was going to diss Facebook in a planned post, but it's still in drafts….

    Glad you had a great time xx

  3. Well I hope the ankle is recovering - sounds like you're being well looked after *cough* #familyfail

    I have to laugh at the mental image of you twinkle-toeing it home though. I'll bet you're great fun on a night out and looks like you had a blast :) Beadzoid x x

  4. Love the sound of the reunion, what fun! Liking the sound of the twisted ankle much less so. Hope you are OK xx

  5. @Shelly: My ankle is thankfully almost better. It was a fab reunion and I suspect I wasn't the only one quietly singing along! It's one of my favourite musicals of all time :-)

    @Looking for Blue Sky: Hah! Well spotted! It's in our training... Dahling.... in our training ;-)
    Oh, I'd be interested to hear your 'dissing' thoughts? Most likely I'd agree with most of them but I'd love to have the nerve to share my real thoughts about being personally (kind of) dissed on my facebook activity. Let me just say: 'Sod the begrudgers.... and the damn irritating lurkers who feel they they have a right to comment in real life'.
    I guess that's it in a nutshell!!

    @Beadzoid: I may have 'twinkle-toed it home' on the WSS story night but I most certainly (hic) did NOT on the reunion night!! Yes, I kind of like to have fun when I'm out ;-)

    @BavarianSojourn: It was immense fun! Getting there thanks. Thinking of trying to get back to the gym tomorrow :-)

    Thanks so much for your comments :-)

    xx Jazzy

  6. Loved to see these pics of you clearly having so much fun despite the ankle - well done you!! I agree with number #4. Chocolate cures everything :)

  7. Sorry to hear about your ankle .... hope it feels better soon. And loved your lists, they made me laugh. X


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