Prima Ballerina

This is particularly touching.
A New York City prima ballerina with alzheimer’s in a nursing home listens to Swan Lake on someone’s cellphone and her mind remembers.

 

Thanks Stanley! I knew it would be heartbreaking and that’s why it took awhile to make up my mind.

Rest in beauty…

22 thoughts on “Prima Ballerina

  1. Mugwump

    I think it gives us all a moment to reflect away from all the political we are all so concerned about these days. After all, we shall all die one day. Our lives, and all we have striven for will come to an end on that very day.

    God bless us, every one.

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    1. Unfuck U

      Amen to that, brother.
      Though I really rather take a walk to the forest with no intention of returning before ending in a similar institution.

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      1. Johno

        You’re not the only bloke to think that, Unfuck. Best to take along a packet of painkillers and a bottle of good grog but, rather than a gun. Or the alternative, keep corresponding with Cederq and Deathray, that would soon kill a black dog!

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      2. Unfuck U

        Oh I know a bit about local herbal remedies growing in our forests. But some nice blankets and a load of good stuff to drink are surely a good idea.
        Right now they’re clamping down on nursing homes, locking the elderly up again!

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  2. Johno

    BTW Unfuck, what did you think of Miss Glock, pictured in the link I put in the comments on your ‘So, who are you?’ post a few days ago? Couldn’t find a better looking Austrian girl huh? Strewth, I hope Miss Steyr is better looking.

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    1. Unfuck U

      Well, I guess Mr. Gaston Glock married her when she was young and beautiful.
      Ever since he’s together with her and still holds her dearly.
      To me that’s a sign of faith and speaks for his character.
      Nuff said.

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  3. Johno

    I can’t speak for your society, but ours sound similar. We (the State, and therefore society) subject those we should treasure, to a standard worse than we allow animals to be treated. There are specific rules against cruelty to animals, but seemingly less so for ourselves. I hope that I get to choose my end. Unfuck, maybe you’d better put a bottle of that Slivovitz aside!

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  4. Johno

    Yairs, it’d be a bugger to hang on to alcohol poisoning for eternity! Re the Hürtgenwald (can never remember the words where the bloody umlaut goes), I read that despite a fulltime crew of EOD techs, the sheer numbers of unexploded US and German munitions from that long slaughter seems a never-ending job. Well, it would serve to keep you focused on your job! The report said that militaria collectors fossicking there sometimes found more than they bargained for.

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    1. Unfuck U

      Oh, ok. I understand now what you meant.
      We‘ve had a little Hürtgenwald just about twenty minutes by car from where I live.
      It’s a strip of forest which runs along both sides of a river for about thirty miles.
      There’s both a former Luftwaffe training area dotted with bomb craters that were filled with ammunitions of all sorts after the war by the American forces. They did a pretty shabby job blowing that shit up and consequently a pretty large area became contaminated with duds and unexploded ammunition.
      Then there’s a spot where a Hungarian SS-cavalry set up tents and barracks towards the end of the war. Then the American troops came in and the unit fled along the river constantly fighting at the right flank and the rear. Pretty close to the former Luftwaffe training ground they met their doom thereby enriching the ground further with military hardware.
      There were deaths recorded right after the war when craters of unexploded infantry ammunition accidentally blew up along with the scrap metal collectors who worked there.
      In the early sixties three of a group of four children died when one of them found a hand grenade.
      When I was a kid, I could very easily have become another victim when I explored that forest with two friends. We happened to find a small crater filled up with a rare variety of german hand grenades. These were not the potato masher type but fist sized and egg shaped. One end had some kind of cap to which a ring was firmly attached and the other end sported a screw-in-detonator.
      We started to sift through the grenades:
      with ring, without detonator – with ring, with detonator – with detonator, without ring… er…yes. We really were that stupid. Everything was fine until one of my friend shrieked: „Oh shit! I pulled off the ring!“
      All of us ran away from the crater and if there would have been an explosion we couldn’t possibly have survived the blast.
      Exhausted, we reached a path in the forest where we tried to catch our breath – until the other friend lost his nerve and shouted at me: „are you mad? Do you want to kill us all!?!“ and pointed to my right fist that still clenched around a hand grenade…🥶

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  5. Johno

    That is a good story Unfuck! I know it is still quite common for unexploded British and Yank aerial bombs to hold up construction work in sites around western Europe, until disposal. There were many AIF, RAN, RAAF and American Army, Navy and USAAF bases, training areas and depots in north Qld during WWII. Every once in a while someone finds things that were disposed of without records properly kept. I’d say that the inlet for Cairns harbour would have produced a few sights in those years. The Japs bombed to south and north, not in Cairns itself, but in ’42 when the Yanks arrived, they took over the air defence of the harbour, wharves and fuel farm, considering it a vital resource to supply the southwest Pacific and New Guinea. Now with most locals off serving in the forces since late ’39, it only took a few years of no hunting pressure for estuarine crocodiles to become more common. You can well imagine a young Yank kid from Brooklyn or Bumfuck, Arkansas, bored silly on duty, suddenly spotting a croc cruising up the middle of Smith’s Creek! It was known to start an instant firestorm of .45 pistol and submachinegun, .30 carbine and rifle, .30 and .50 calibre machinegun, 20mm auto-cannon and 40mm Bofors fire from many directions, all at one hapless croc, who would merely submerge. Remaining civilians would duck for hard cover, sheds or ships might get an extra hole or two, farmers across the inlet at East Trinity and the RAAF flying-boat base on Admiralty Island would be alarmed by streams of tracer bullets, but to my knowledge nobody was shot or anything blown skyhigh. Despite common claims of “I got him!”, no crocs were ever hurt in the prodigious expenditure of ammo of all types, the US taxpayer footing the bill. Who knows, they might have been enemy crocs, those bloody sneaky Japs! Apart from a few extra skidmarks in some innocent party’s underdaks, no real damage resulted, unlike the many civilian deaths around Pearl Harbor on 7/12/41, none by fire from IJN aircraft!

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  6. Johno

    I didn’t mean to divert from your post about the aged Prima Ballerina. One more story about the dangers of unexploaded munitions, a couple of months ago two Aussie bomb disposal techs died when a WWII mortar shell exploded inside their apartment in the Solomons! The heavy fighting between Imperial Japanese Navy Landing Force Detachments (like marines) and Imperial Japanese Army forces with their Korean and Formosan slave labour, and the US Marine Corps infantry, later relieved by US Army forces, together with ground attack and aerial battle from IJN and IJA aircraft, and USMC, USN, USAAF and RAAF and RNZAF aeroplanes, and pounding by IJN naval vessels, it’s a wonder there was anything of the islands left. They were well enriched by many human remains, much later exhumed for proper burial, but thousands lie among shells from the war. I’ve not heard what or why the circumstances were behind the two needless deaths. Island nations in the Pacific can’t provide their own bomb disposal teams, so the ADF have an unending job making dangerous areas safe again for native peoples to access. I’d have thought that nearly 80 years exposure in the tropical climate would have degraded the performance of the explosive, but apparently not.

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    1. Unfuck U

      Yes. These things are still dangerous.
      I believe it was two years ago that a bomb defuse team died when an American bomb with a chemical timer fuze blew up in Salzburg.

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  7. Johno

    Unfuck, I finally made it into the library, and was able to watch your ballerina video, yes, moving. I sent you a couple of old bottle-caps and some (unused) condoms to help with your blog bill, you should be able to sell them to Cederq for cash. I see that Phil has notified his blog readers that you need a hand. Good luck.

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    1. Unfuck U

      Aww… you should have sent used condoms, mate!
      There are so many scientists nowadays collecting DNA samples through people’s noses! Extracting your DNA from one of your condoms might have proven helpful.
      They might have cloned you.
      After all the National Zoo in Vienna is always on the lookout for a new and never seen before species!

      Thanks for your donation, pal!

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  8. Johno

    No worries Unfuck, when my next pension gets paid, I’ll send more. I reckon many others will, you’ll see. Now I’ll have to make it back into the library to watch your Cederq videos, the librarian ladies may be ‘shooshing’ me then!

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