Iron Lady

We went to see The Iron Lady this evening. Meryl Streep was brilliant, and has to win an Oscar. Not sure what to think of the movie, though. It focused more on Thatcher’s current state (Alzheimer’s/dementia) than her career. I’d have liked to have seen more of the latter. On the other hand, the whole thing was very moving.

Gonna have to sleep on this one.

Dental implant

Upper right molar, next to where a wisdom tooth might be. Am I the first Hab to get a dental implant? Had the tooth pulled five months ago and missed it an awful lot so decided to go ahead with a replacement. The initial appointment involved drilling into the jaw bone and placement of a titanium screw.


The surgeon was great, though. He took a a good ten minutes to numb the area, and I never felt a thing. He sent me home with prescriptions for antibiotics and pain killers. I’ve made a huge pot of leek and potato soup and am waiting to see what happens when the Novocain wears off.

2011 numbers

In 2011 I took 269 90-minute hot yoga classes. Lifetime total: 2312 (first class was March 21st, 2003).

In 2011 I taught 250 Bikram yoga classes. Lifetime total: 875 (first class was December 28th, 2007)

I’ve been practicing occasionally at a non-Bikram studio near our house. Bikram Yoga will always be the best yoga for me, but sometimes it’s good to get away to somewhere quiet where nobody knows your name. I talked about this place a year ago. The kinks I mentioned have been ironed out. The instructors show up on time now, and the room is hot hot hot! The sequence of postures is different and it’s a tougher workout. Very few savasanahs and those are short. Also, there are a couple of hip-opening poses that I love, Eye of the Needle and King Pigeon. Taking a class at this studio gives me ten extra minutes on a weekday morning. Very valuable!

So, Habs, another year has gone by. How many of you have tried a Bikram class? They’re popping up all over the place in England.

Property of Mervyn Fudge

Have any of you ever seen anything like this? I suppose you’ve probably had enough of quizzes for now, so I’ll just get on with it and tell you that it’s a percolator. Not only is it a percolator, but it’s THE percolator that resided in the Directors’ dining room at J.J. Habershon & Sons Limited. Here’s the full story from Angela Power (lifted from the Message Book):

My late Father, Mr. Mervyn Fudge, worked at Habershons’ as an accountant in the 1960s. I am hoping that you may pass on this message to one of your relatives who was involved with Habershons’ Rotherham. They may be interested in this item that I am going to tell you about. When my late Father left Habershons’ he acquired a most impressive looking coffee percolator that was regularly used at lunch time in the Habershons’ Directors dining room. The coffee percolator has some special significance within the steel industry as being (and this is where I need some answers as I am somewhat vague) the first, cold rolled steel and there was some connection with Sweden I think? I was only about 10 years old at the time and didn’t take much notice of its importance. However, I would like either some more information about it if anyone in your family remembers it. It is made of stainless steel, with a little burner underneath to heat the water. It is still in working order. We used to use it at Christmas time as it was quite an extraordinary piece of equipment and made the most peculiar noises, which would have family and friends in fits of laughter. I have added a photo but not sure if it will transfer to your website [it didn’t]. I can send you a photo via email if anyone is interested [she did]. I really feel it belongs in a museum or with the Habershon family.

Many thanks for taking the time to read this very odd message!
Kindest regards,
Angela Power.

(sigh) Where’s Dad when we need him? Can anyone shed any light on this percolator? What’s its history? And I wonder if anyone remembers Mervyn Fudge (such a great name for an accountant)? Angela advises that he was born in 1923.

Angela, if you read this, thank you so much for coming by It makes it all worth it. And Habs, check out her website, Angela Power, Beauty Therapist and pay her a visit if you’re in the Bromsgrove area!