Sophie (stumpy_thedwarf) wrote,


Well, holy mother of mong. I can't actually believe I have to go back to Durham on Friday. After spending 6 months back here doing not much at all and generally farting away my year abroad, it seems weird going back into a situation where I'm going to actually have to work. Bloody hard too, seeing as it's my final year.

I still have so much to do - completely ignoring everything I have to buy before I go back, there's tons of reading to do and a year abroad essay to complete (which needs so much more work doing to it - why oh why did I leave it until the last minute?!?!??!).

Currently going through UCAS applying for Midwifery courses. It looks like I'll probably end up in London because I don't think I meet the entry requirements for the Manchester course. Still, I've always wanted to live in London and I've got friends there, so it could be a good thing. My personal statement for it sounds a little bit cheesy - I'm not too sure I wanted to go down the whole "I just want to make a difference" route but, no matter how many times I screwed it up and re-started it, invariably that's how it ended up. I guess all personal statements are a bit like that, though. Especially for the health professions - job satisfaction, personal rather than financial rewards blah blah blah. I managed to cram in all the relevant experience I've ever had, which is a bonus, especially the bit about me being a nanny (even though it was informal and only for about 2 weeks all in all!)
I really hope I get in *somewhere*. I've never really had this much focus for anything else ever, and I think I'd be really good at it.

Speaking of which, congratulations on broomster and caz on their new arrival - the pics of which only made me more excited about possibly being able to help future new mums squeeze out massive baby beasts.

Got my mp3 player working again. It just needed a good charge. Well, don't we all?

If anyone wants to come and stay in Durham you're more than welcome! I have a floor!!!!

Right. Packing.
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it really is quite ridiculous that I've not been to durham yet, all the chances I have had. and considering my friend james goes there too.
'I was always fixing things, so they gave me a show'

John Plunkett
Thursday October 26, 2006

Twelve years after he last fixed it, Jimmy Savile is returning to his big leather armchair for a new series of Jim'll Fix It.

The show that made youngsters' dreams come true ran in a Saturday teatime slot on BBC1 for 19 years until 1994.

The new series, called Jim'll Fix It: Now and Then, will air on UKTV Gold and will revisit classic fix-its with celebrity guests and contributors to the original show.

"It is something I have been looking to do for some time," said Savile. "We will bring some of the fixes back, show what we did, and see how the people have fared 20 or 30 years on.

"I have got a team out now looking for people who were on Fix It so we can bring them back. I am always bumping into people who were on the show. I have got a pretty good memory. For some of them it was the biggest thing that happened in their life."

Classic "fixes" involved the group of cub scouts who asked to eat their packed lunch on a rollercoaster, with predictably messy results.

But the programme did not just fix it for children - actor Peter Cushing wrote to the show in 1986 to ask if a variety of rose could be named after his late wife.

The new show will also invite viewers who wrote in to the original, but didn't have their wish granted, to have another go.

Savile, who recently returned to BBC1 to present the final edition of Top of the Pops, said the show was successful because of its broad appeal.

"I was walking down the corridor at the BBC and someone said to me, 'You've been fixing things all your life so why don't you turn it into a show?' I said, 'Why don't we call it Jim'll Fix It?' and that was how it started.

"I set the moral standard incredibly high. I am not a prude by any means but I didn't want any bad language or nudge nudge wink wink.

"Before the first show even went out, someone wrote in saying 'My children have always wanted to throw custard pies at their teacher.' I said that's out. Someone said to me, 'You are not going to draw the line at custard pies, are you?' I said I am going to draw a line a long way before custard pies.

"You could watch it with your eight-year-old daughter and 80-year-old auntie. We hovered between 19 and 21 million viewers a week for 20 years. Tell me any show which ran for that long."