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My Nan’s Story

Posted: October 31, 2018 in Off the Record
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You might wonder what set me off on this journey, and quite simply put it was my Nan. My grandmother was a very practical woman, she was an incredibly astute lady, when she felt her driving wasn’t up to scratch she handed over her license. She was always very practical about the home but she was also a staunch believer, and I am going to impart some of why.

My Nan was a nurse who served in the Second World War, I can only give my respect to the serving members who put themselves on the line for their fellow men and their country. Regardless of your opinion I believe this, and I would rather not open a debate about the war etc. I just wanted to give you context as she explained to me that she was in France at the time.

One of the things the nurses did was leave the soldiers to have their own private time in the bathroom, a soak in the bath or whatever else you men do in the bathroom (wink, wink, nudge, nudge) would be given as their own time. They would shut/lock the bathroom door and then they would leave them whilst they carried on changing beds or making busy whilst the men were alone.

She said that on this occasion there were four men in the tubs, she was on duty with another nurse and they saw the handle to the door go. They prepared themselves to help the men and get them out of the bath, although they were expecting it to be one of them in need of assistance because it was very rare they wouldn’t want their own time alone. When they opened the door there was no soldier there, the men were still in the tubs  and they joked about the women trying to catch them misbehaving etc. It was very light-hearted so they carried on with their duties and went back to it all.

The following night the same thing happened, only this time the other nurse on duty swore blind she had seen a man in the corridor. This time they didn’t touch the door handle and listened, the men were still in the bathroom talking and they were, quite rightly, confused! As they stood there debating on whether or not to bother the men again the door handle rattled, they both sprung the door open, surely now they would catch their practical joker! But no! Again the soldiers in their bathtubs were quite surprised by them springing open the door and their equally surprised faces at no man being there trying to give them a little scare.

I found this story fascinating and my Nan was the one that brought me ghost stories, let me sit with her when the ghostly shows were on. I remember the GhostWatch show and how me and my mother sat watching it, I was very young and I had to go to bed, it was probably a good thing but I am one of those people that grew up with the thought it was real, I never got to see the end credits! So there you go, a short but beautfil memory of a nurses ghost story, from her own mouth and now that my Nan is on the other side I hope she’s telling that naught spirit off for interrupting the poor men’s personal time!

Happy Halloween, please be safe and please enjoy whatever you do, celebrating or not.

 This wonderful little picture can be brought online 

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Picture was taken at the Yorvik Centre, York, England.  We visited and it was a very good couple of hours spent.

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I don’t intend to link or provide anything that will directly provide views to anything surrounding this drama unless I believe it has a positive effect, as a person who has a blog that covers darker subject matters I do however feel that I should address the situation and explain why. Firstly, if I spend more than ten minutes with something rattling in my brain it seems only productive to be releasing that to the wild.

 

On my blog I have featured subjects that are sensitive, I hope and pray that I have always tried to address my subjects with respect where it is needed and deserved. I’ve been around dead bodies, I have not taken pictures, they cannot give me their permission. It is however down to a family to decide what they think that person might think or do given personal circumstance.

 

We live in the digital age, before that people still did share photographs of their dead, a whole plethora of Victorian images can easily be picked up on that matter. People take pictures of their deceased, professionals seek pictures of the dead for shock, exploitation and even, lets be honest, their own personal enthusiasm on the subject.

 

The reason this is news in regards to Logan Paul, in my opinion, is not that there is a body involved but the manner under which it was handled. I think that the medium of how it is shared is just as important, you can search up bodies on Everest and all manner of things, or even look up a variety of things you want online but it was his delivery that seems to have caused an uproar. The body was that of a man who had taken his life, and it was clearly a fairly recent event.

 

I wish the person that was found the peace he felt he needed, I hope his family can seek support and I hope that if you are affected by this matter you seek help too.  Don’t shy away from the discussion if you need to reach out. Trust me, I’ve been there. You need help – you are not weak for asking, you are actually showing a great deal of strength. You are seeking a release from something that is hurting, you cannot feel release without coming out the other side and I would like to think you do.

 

Let’s not dwell on his mistakes, let’s not argue if his apology was false or not. If you want to help then you can donate to suicide helplines or even just ask someone you know who is feeling low “how are you?” These are things that you can do.