This Week in The Archers – Week Ending 28 March 2014

Yet again the week starts at Brookfield, and it seems David is getting soft in his old age. Maybe Ruth should remind him that she’s pregnant, not ill! But just when Jill is pondering a return to Glebe, will Ruth be asking her to stay now? There’s every reason for her to stay now – if there wasn’t before. Naturally Jill doesn’t want to go, but can she persuade Ruth. She’s coming across – or trying to – as the martyr, I suspect in the hope Ruth will just cave in and order her to move in permanently.

Rob is still reeling from the shock of being on the receiving end of the Sport Relief blow from Ian. Helen is wasting her time trying to get the full story out of Rob. He’s such a comfortable liar, that one more isn’t going to make much difference to him. Rob suggesting that perhaps Helen doesn’t know Ian as well as she thinks she does? Its not Ian she doesn’t know. She reminds herself – and Rob – that Ian, Pat, Tony, Kirsty are all resistant to Rob being in her life. Doesn’t that tell her anything? Is there no hope at all that she will twig? Not much chance of Helen listening to any of them. Doesn’t she think something is wrong when she has to lie to Rob to conceal her whereabouts? Then being ordered home by Rob? Ian is no mug though, but it seems that Rob’s mission to drive a wedge between Helen and her support network is gathering pace nicely.

There’s more trouble brewing for Helen’s side of the Archer family, with Tony having trouble with the Archer cows. This time its not Pat, Helen or Peggy. One of his prized herd pops its clogs, and Alistair has to break the bad news to Tony that it could be TB. Naturally, Tom explodes. He really is worse than Vesuvius. There’s no attempt at understanding how Tony is feeling. No, he’s immediately in finger pointing mode. Tom’s “anger” really is getting boring. Everything that happens is all about him. Irony isn’t dead at Bridge Farm though as Tom has the nerve to say Tony is selfish. Fair play to Tony for pointing it out to Tom that its in fact the other way round. Its all put Tom in another foul mood, and he nicely bursts Kirsty’s mortgage joy bubble.

Ruth is full of doubts and worry after her visit to the GP, and she’s forced to keep the news from Peggy. It was rather unfortunate that to steer Peggy away from questions over how Ruth is, she drops the news that Tony’s cow has died. Well Ruth managed to keep the news of her pregnancy from Peggy’s ears. Just like Tony did over his cows. Well, of course that has Peggy running round to Bridge Farm to get the news from Tony from the cow’s mouth, so to speak. David realises Tony has bad luck, but there’s no hope for Tony that Peggy will see it that way. Does she just have his best interests at heart? Or is she just looking to side line Tony to put Tom in pole position at Bridge Farm? Will he get any sympathy from Peggy? Well of course Peggy gives it to Tony in the only way she knows how. If Tony does have another heart attack, will Peggy admit to her part in it?

Its all got Tom in a big strop through. His precious pigs are under threat following Fencegate. Its his stag night, and he’s hardly in the mood for it. But asking Jazzer to look out for him? Maybe a wise move from Tom with Rob going all out to get the Archer boys into trouble. But his attempt to get Tom into a “Gentleman’s club” is neatly thwarted by Ian who gets a little bit of revenge by taking Rob round to a gay club. All of Ian’s aches and pains just fall away at the sight of Rob’s discomfort. Little wonder he kept it all from Helen! Tom’s hardly enjoying himself, and Helen’s phone call winkles second thoughts for Tom. Is he still holding a torch for Brenda? Well, that ship has sailed Tom, but it hardly sounds the recipe for a lasting marriage for him and Kirsty. Predictably though its Kenton and not Tom who feels the force of a stag night gone wrong. Rob’s duplicity (and his disregard for the dangers of spiking drinks) has Kenton breaking his lent promise to Jolene and gets him en route to Wales. Will Jolene believe any of it? Well, she has absolutely no sympathy for him but maybe she should be looking towards Rob.

Was there any chance that Kirsty’s hen night would be a more placid affair? Well, it didn’t get off to a great start with Jolene reminding Fallon that she’d be replacing Rhys. Fallon’s not too happy still, but a night out with Helen and Hayley would surely sort that? No chance. No doubt her mood was soured with Helen and Hayley’s baby talk. Hayley is a better mother with Phoebe that Helen would ever be with her biological offspring. But that’s not enough to send Fallon off on one. No. But the sight of Rhys with another woman has her in a frenzy. After the fists start flying, she’s unceremoniously flung out by the bouncers. What a coincidence that PC Burns just happens to be in the area on duty. Who would have believed it? She’s subject to a personal interrogation from PC Burns. Seems he’s getting in line for Fallon. What a surprise!

Fallon’s night ends at Blossom Hill Cottage, but it hardly seems that Rob is too pleased. He can’t wait to get her out of the way. It seems though that Fallon is in the anti Rob camp as she’d rather walk that be in Rob’s company any longer. She makes it back to the Bull though just in time for another run in with PC Burns. Fallon makes a poor job of convincing Tom there’s nothing there, but she’s not too quick in binning PC Burns’ contact details. Arresting times ahead for Fallon no doubt.

Once again the week began at Brookfield, and ended there too. Jill is happy playing Wonder Woman. Her time with Ruth has her reminiscing over times gone by at Brookfield. It seems more and more likely that her move there will eventually become permanent. But the week ends in tragedy for Ruth and what seemed like just being under the weather ends up with a potential miscarriage and tears all round at Brookfield. It seems that Ruth will need Jill more than ever.

Week Ending 21 March 2014

Lemon Drizzle Cake saves the day.

ASD Mummy with issues.

About a week ago, a friend of mine shared a recipe from a site she follows on Facebook.    It was for Lemon Brownies, and they looked delicious.      I had never come across a Brownie recipe that wasn’t chocolate before – let’s be honest when you get as far as chocolate you don’t go out of your way to look much beyond it!         The recipe was from an American site, but the measurements look easy enough, and so I decided to give it a go.

What can I say?    They were awful!     I followed the recipe exactly, with the only translation I needed to do being the oven temperature was in fahrenheit and I needed it in celsius, but other than that, I did what they told me.    I used my faithful measuring cups – but I  do think weighing things is far more accurate when baking, and mixed it as…

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M is doing well.

ASD Mummy with issues.

M is doing really well at the moment.

He is settled at school.     He now has more time with additional support that he has had at any previous point in his school life, and I think it is paying off for him.

At the start of the week it was report time.     When I was at school, I always dreaded this.   I was never a bad student, and in certain subjects, such as maths, I was above average, but I wasn’t as clever as my brilliant brother, and many of the teachers used his high standards as something to judge me by – we are only a year apart academically, and therefore I never could reach this pole, which is why I believe I switched off at school.      Luckily I am blessed with common sense and a lot of bloody mindedness, which has seen me into having had quite a…

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This Week in The Archers – Week Ending 21 March 2014

The start of the week sees us still at Brookfield with Ruth still sounding frazzled and Jill still walking on eggshells around her. Still, Jill is brave and bold, and there’s no telling her to give Ruth any space, although I’d suggest to Jill that buying your daughter-in-law a pregnancy testing kit is a huge liberty! Jill is a shrewd character though, and always gets to the point. She’s as good a mother-in-law as they come for Ruth, and is a great shoulder for her. Jill’s instinct of course was always going to be proven right and Ruth gets the shock of her life. Not as much as a shock as it might be for David! He is shocked of course, but predictably delighted that he’s “still got it” no doubt. I think its easy to tell who’s actually having the baby!

Ruth is in shock over it all, and David’s fussing over her isn’t helping even though Ruth would surely regret going on with her life as if nothing had happened. Interesting timing though. Just as Jill had been pondering a return to Glebe, the baby news will surely result in Jill staying put at Brookfield for the foreseeable future. Maybe not the way Ruth wanted to persuade Jill to stay, but it will be job done. But the baby news has Ruth pondering the future as the passage of time is clearly having its effect. David is in reflective mood though and manages to reassure Ruth nicely.

Tom is starting to take Sport Relief seriously, and there’s an outbreak of competitive spirit all over the village. Will and Ed, Emma and Nic and more are locking horns, but its Lynda’s hackles that are raised the most. A village event happening without her being at the forefront of it? She’s not happy! But Lynda has her ways of getting involved, whether anyone likes it or not. Lynda may be in for a surprise with the celebrity guest, but she does manage to come up with the goods to involve the less athletically able of the village. Maybe Lynda was trying to step on Fallon’s toes, but it turned out their unexpected team up came up with the goods. Helen does notice that the competitive spirit has brought Ian and Rob together nicely. Is she entirely blind? Well, when it comes to Rob, of course she is! At least its all getting Ian outdoors for a change although he’s still fizzing about Rob’s treatment of Helen at their supper evening and Rob’s little sexist remarks over Helen’s place being (more-or-less) in the kitchen really doesn’t help Ian’s mood. Adam is way too laid back about it for Ian’s liking. Adam is close to Helen but trusting her heart hasn’t exactly worked out before for her. Adam, until she uses her head, listen to Ian!

Tom though is still being a titanic pillock up at Bridge Farm. His obsession to get away from there, no matter how much it costs him (or is that how much it costs Peggy?) But his reaction to one of Tony’s cows dying was completely over the top. No thought whatsoever about Tony or his feelings, and always with Tom, its me, me, me. It certainly made the middle of the week a low point for listeners having to put up with Tom’s ridiculous moaning. Thanks go to Kirsty for setting him off again but Tom’s comments about Tony being incompetent were utterly ridiculous. Tom sure does have a short memory about competency when he’s been bailed out on numerous occasions. I’m still at a loss as to why Peggy considers him to be such an astute businessman. He just throws money at things until they work. Doesn’t take much genius for that. Still. he and Kirsty are ploughing on with their plan to move away from Bridge Farm. Will there be more trouble coming for Tom if they do? He never stops mentioning the financial struggles it’ll bring. He maybe realises its a bad idea but he is so ready to cut off his nose to spite his face over Tony that he’ll risk it all. Well, either it’ll go pear-shaped for him, or he’ll think again. Money is still on the former! Pat cast reasonable doubts on their plan – seeing the danger of it – but Tom is so blinkered that even any reasonable objection is seen as outright opposition and hostility to their plans. Must everyone instantly – and blindly – agree with him? He’s beyond childish, and its a mystery why he thinks he knows best.

Alice is right in the swing of it with Kirsty’s wedding plans – even though Kirsty still doesn’t sound overly excited. There’s no stopping Alice, and will Tom and Kirsty regret getting her involved when they survey the cost of their bash particularly when Tom is obsessed with how much the wedding, house, honeymoon will all cost him. Kirsty is persuaded into her £2000 dress and Alice’s insistence. It seems money is no object for them at the moment, but when Peggy finally says enough is enough, what then? Who will bail out Tom yet again?

Kitchen Wars are still raging at Home Farm. How is Jennifer going to entertain Alice & Chris, let alone the movers and shakers of Borsetshire society with her aging kitchen? She needs Kingsley’s magic touch! Alice, its and Albion, don’t you know anything? If Alice’s reaction to the quote is anything to go by, then David won’t be the only one getting a shock this week in Ambridge. Predictably, Brian is choking, and its not over hot coffee after he see’s Kingsley’s quote. Sadly for Brian, Jennifer is in no mood for being denied, and her only recourse is industrial action. No hot meals for our Brian, and Jennifer’s description of her meal out with Lillian hits hit where it hurts. Jennifer definitely knows the way to Brian’s wallet is through his stomach!

Inevitably though Brian is suffering the effects of Jennifer’s strike, and he resorts to almost begging Adam for some chocolate. Its not long before he caves into Jennifer’s demands for her Albion. But despite Brian’s objections, maybe it can go ahead – but only if he can have a beer fridge, wine cooler and ice dispenser. He’ll be thanking Kingsley in the end!

Sport Relief finally arrives, and the competition between Fallon and Lynda is almost as intense at that between Ian and Rob. Ian can’t keep it in anymore and finally lays it out to Rob. Rob’s reaction more-or-less gave the game away and confirmed Ian’s suspicions. Will Helen see it? Right now, there’s no way. But the competition gets to Ian. His determination to beat Rob to the finish line finally extends to physically beating him after it with him landing one on Rob right in front of Sir Wiggo. Ian is caught between fury at Rob, embarrassment in front of Wiggo, and horror at actually belting Rob. Wiggo’s arrival was the big moment for Fallon though, and Lynda can only land on her backside! But with a little bit of help from Lynda, Fallon’s big day is a huge success for her and Ambridge. Lynda is thrilled to meet Wiggo, and is so full of that – and her win – that she’s handing out deserved praise for Fallon’s efforts.

The week ends though where it started, with Ruth and Jill. The day has infected Ruth and she’s finally come to the realisation that the baby is the blessing David thinks it is. Jill is thrilled with her realisation, and you can bet that it will anchor Jill at Brookfield for a while now. A satisfactory outcome for all involved!

Week Ending 14 March 2014

South London Tory MP gets attacked in a hospital by a pensioner

Pride's Purge

(not satire – it’s the Tories!)

This hilarious status has just been posted on Facebook:

Sitting in the blood test department waiting to be seen when my MP walks in sits down. I get called in so does he, he sits in the chair next to me….nurse says to him you look familiar, he looks uncomfortable, he said his name, she said you are an MP arent you? One of them tory ones. The room goes deathly quiet.

A voice pipes up, yeah hes one of the bastards who signed clause 119 last week to shut this hospital down. An elderly lady walked up to him and hits him with her handbag and calls him a shit….and a few other choice words…..made the start of monday and the week a pretty lively one.

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Big thanks to Paula Peters for the laugh.

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