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Life at № 42

Film, Dance and Life – not necessarily in that order

Peter Finch & Tamara Tchinarova

The great dancer Tamara Tchinarova died two days ago. She was the first wife of actor Peter Finch (remember Network?) It was all very peaceful. She went to bed Thursday night and didn’t wake up Friday morning. She had a most extraordinary early life, middle life and later life – detailed in her book Dancing into the Unknown. It’s not everyone who has their husband stolen by Vivien Leigh, right? She had exceptional presence, even after her mind started to wander.

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool film still

There’s a new film that’s just come out with Annette Bening & Jamie Bell. It’s called Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, based on Peter Turner’s memoir of the same name. A Guardian critic gave it 4 out of 5 stars yesterday. It’s a very interesting story about an exceedingly unlikely match (Hollywood star Gloria Grahame, as in It’s a Wonderful Life + Peter). Neither the book nor the film get into it (which is a shame) but Peter is gay. He says bisexual, but I’d say Birdcage 😀 He and Mike met at the Glasgow Citizens which was the first theatre company Mike joined after university. In any event I hope the film is a huge success and that the revival of the book goes just as well. Peter is charming, as is his partner, Yannick. That’s the one who, after me being the young pretty one in the group for many years, arrived to dethrone me. Taller, younger, prettier and nicer. My consolation is people like that usually die young, and people like me live forever. I’m kidding. That doesn’t console me.

Mike is at the hospital for his hip surgery which is tomorrow morning. For some reason they want patients to go in the night before an operation. I’ve checked every possible statistic and there is virtually no risk – nothing for me to worry about. But of course, I’m me, and worry I shall.

We watched Feud this past week. The whole thing. I was terribly moved by it. Especially the last few episodes. It was scripted so it would be easy for the general public to identify with Bette Davis. I didn’t. The person I related to was Joan Crawford. I completely understand her level of detachment. For some it’s necessary.

Tonight is the first night ever I spend alone at number 42. Even with the days Mike will be spending at the hospital this time, the total number of days we’ve spent apart in the last +16 years is still less than 30.

 

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31 comments on “Film, Dance and Life – not necessarily in that order

  1. john zande
    September 3, 2017

    Serious or not, hospitals are horrid places. Speedy recovery.

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  2. liquidheliumblog
    September 3, 2017

    Lol!
    ” He says bisexual, but I’d say Birdcage”

    There’s a pot of gold at both ends of the rainbow, I always say. 👬

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  3. Scottie
    September 3, 2017

    Best wishes. Can you stay at the hospital with him? Just had my right hip replaced and Ron stayed with me. They even had a guest bed in the room. I was in only one overnight. Hugs

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    • The Pink Agendist
      September 3, 2017

      Mike would hate that. Plus, there are three dogs at home. Were you able to walk the next day?

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      • Scottie
        September 3, 2017

        No weight on that leg but I was up and around on a walker. In fact I was up that day but again only walked with a walker. I had to do two Physical Therapy classes before they would let me go home, so did those the day after surgery and was home that evening. I slept in the recliner for two weeks so I wouldn’t have to use the leg immobilizer ( flashbacks with that were fierce. ) and then by week five I was walking unassisted or with a cane. For me the greatest frustration was not being able to tire my own shoe on that side. Hugs

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  4. karenjane
    September 3, 2017

    Best wishes to Mike…& I hope you are able to sleep ok on your own. I’ve known a few people who have had hips replaced, & all have been a huge success, though you have to keep doing to exercises afterwards. One elderly man who had his hip done when he was 85 was like a youngster afterwards, so much energy & freedom from pain. xxxxx

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  5. Clare Flourish
    September 3, 2017

    “Nicer”??? How could anyone be nicer than you?

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  6. coteetcampagne
    September 3, 2017

    Last night my first night here alone, and my partner had only rolled off for a stag night, not surgery. I was bereft, basically.

    I wish Mike a speedy recovery and I wish you two would consider coming to our blog-moot next Spring

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    • The Pink Agendist
      September 4, 2017

      Co-dependence can be a wonderful thing! 😀
      Spring is usually a busy period for us as it’s when we normally have our first guests of the year, so at this point I can’t confirm anything, but will definitely leave the possibility of attending open 😉

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      • coteetcampagne
        September 4, 2017

        I am glad you will consider this gig. My followers are a diverse and interesting bunch I promise

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  7. vjc1000
    September 3, 2017

    Wishing Mike a successful operation and a quick recovery. Good job you got extra-fit just in time to run around after him – at least a tiny bit – when he comes home.

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  8. acflory
    September 3, 2017

    -hugs- Please pass the hug on to Mike as well and tell him to get well soon. I suspect he’ll want to get home asap if hospital food in France is as bad as it is here.
    Will you be able to manage re transport while Mike is laid up?

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    • The Pink Agendist
      September 4, 2017

      We stocked up on all big things we might need last week. For small things I can walk into town. There’s a discount supermarket and a fancy mini-market at about 400 metres from the house.

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  9. Helen Devries
    September 3, 2017

    Mother had a hip replacement when she was 95…she was up and about in a week, so there`s hope!
    You will be glad to have him home…and he will be glad to escape French hospital food which seems to consist of chocolate mousse and green beans.

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    • The Pink Agendist
      September 4, 2017

      He called to complain about the food last night, and that was only the first meal. I’m hoping Mike follows in your mother’s footsteps 😀 he’ll go insane if he doesn’t.

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      • Helen Devries
        September 4, 2017

        It`s a fine thing when you look forward to the pre op period because then you won`t be served disgusting food.

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  10. acflory
    September 5, 2017

    How’s Mike doing? Updates?

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    • The Pink Agendist
      September 5, 2017

      All is well! He’s supposed to get a bit of physio this afternoon. He was in moderate pain when they took away the morphine machine this morning, but the pills have now kicked in. Thanks for asking 😉

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      • acflory
        September 5, 2017

        So glad he’s over the worst of it. You sound happier too. -hugs-

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      • The Pink Agendist
        September 5, 2017

        Well, yes. Even though I look good in black, the prospect of widowhood is wholly unattractive. I’d never be able to find a substitute at Mike’s level.

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      • acflory
        September 6, 2017

        lmao- oh you are awful [as Muriel would say].
        Luckily I totally approve of your dress sense. :p

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  11. Steve Ruis
    September 5, 2017

    There is no such thing as completely worry-free surgery, so I don’t even try. I will keep a kind thought in mind during this time.

    And I adore the work of Annette Bening. I may just go see that movie.

    Stiff upper lip, now. We must keep up appreances, even though inside we are frightened.

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    • The Pink Agendist
      September 5, 2017

      All is well. He’ll be back tomorrow evening or Thursday morning depending on how well he does in physio.

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  12. Bela Johnson
    September 5, 2017

    Well, there’s another good film recommend or three, thanks for that. As for Mike, I hope he heals quickly and soon. And as for being alone? We’re all built differently – though Chris and I, best of companions, both still love our alone time. And so we work it out for that to happen as well. ❤

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  13. theoccasionalman
    September 7, 2017

    I have a terribly uncomfortable reaction to hospitals. I hope all is well.

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