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Wide Eyed and Legless

Discussion in 'General ME/CFS News' started by Countrygirl, Feb 11, 2017.

  1. Countrygirl

    Countrygirl ME is not MUS

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    For those of you who haven't read the book Wide Eyed and Legless or seen the film about Diana Longden who had ME, here is the TV film on youtube.

    It was shown in the UK more than 25 years ago (at a guess) and was also available in the US under a different name. (The Wedding Gift, I think.)

    It is a good way to pass a Saturday afternoon, especially when it is snowing outside.

    Be warned though: it has a sad ending.


    EDITED : For some reason the full movie which I posted here has reverted to a trailer, even though I viewed it from here. I have tried several times to restore the complete film but I can't; however, if you go to youtube and search for Wide Eyed and Legless starring Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters and Thora Hird you can view it from there.

    Well this is weird: it is working again. I double clicked on the image and hey presto up came the full movie. Good luck!!:thumbdown:
     
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  2. TiredSam

    TiredSam The wise nematode hibernates

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    Wow, never heard of it. Might watch it tonight.
     
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  3. Countrygirl

    Countrygirl ME is not MUS

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    I hope you enjoy it, @TiredSam . It is well worth watching, but is bitter sweet.

    We can all identify with much of it as Diana encounters the medical profession.
    Enjoy!....................and weep a bit too.
     
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  4. AndyPR

    AndyPR Cookies for Tired Sam

    Got to admit the content of this thread is completely different to my assumption based on the title - I'd assumed we'd be reading about @Countrygirl 's state after partying too hard... ;)
     
  5. Dechi

    Dechi Senior Member

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    I would like to watch it but don't want to with a bad ending. I wish it ended well for her. :-(
     
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  6. Countrygirl

    Countrygirl ME is not MUS

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    What makes you think it is NOT my state @AndyPR ????

    The sad thing is that it isn't caused by the after-effects of a party. (Went into a shop today as I had run out of food and had to grip hold of the shelves and leave most of my shopping behind as I nearly slid (gracefully, of course :angel::nervous:) to the floor...............not one party involved though. I think wide eyed and legless described my antics well.
     
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  7. slysaint

    slysaint Senior Member

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    Thanks for this. Just watched it. Thora Hird as funny as ever.
    Sad at the end yes, but not at the very end.
    Well worth watching.
    Deric Longdon was a best selling author; the book of this story is 'Dianas story':
    http://www.thebookbag.co.uk/reviews/index.php?title=Diana's_Story_by_Deric_Longden
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    Narrated by Deric, the book explores the difficulty of getting the medical world to recognise and treat an illness that they seem to imply is all in her mind. We are introduced to Deric and Diana's children, Nick and Sally, with brief appearances by Deric's slightly dotty but lovable and endearing mother, Mrs Longden and her unique phrasing and view of the world.

    Ultimately, Diana dies, but the book is not about her death; rather, it's a celebration of her life and the impact she had on those around her."

    eta: when you watched that one, another of his books "Lost for Words" was also turned into a film also starring Thora Hird as his mother:

    "
    Diana’s Story was followed by Lost for Words (1991), describing life with his elderly mother as she gradually lost her memory. This too was successfully adapted for the small screen by Longden, with Pete Postlethwaite as the dutiful son to Thora Hird’s portrayal of the eccentric and courageous Annie Longden.

    Longden once observed: “I really feel the best humour comes out of despair.” Lost For Words opens with Deric asking: “Do you want to be buried Mum, or shall we have you cremated?” Annie Longden: “Oh, I don’t know, luv. Surprise me.” In another scene, Thora Hird is in hospital when a woman winces with pain as she is pushed past in a wheelchair. “Renal colic,” she says to Thora by way of explanation. “Annie Longden,” replies Thora. “Pleased to meet you.” Thora Hird then whispers to Postlethwaite: “She must be French with a name like that.”"
     
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  8. Countrygirl

    Countrygirl ME is not MUS

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    @slysaint I am glad you enjoyed it! Everyone with ME should watch it!

    Thank you for posting the link to Lost for Words. I saw that when it first came out in about 1999 and it is excellent. Do watch it, folks!

    It is good stuff! You will enjoy it!
     
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  10. sarah darwins

    sarah darwins I told you I was ill

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    ROFL .. now I'm gonna have to watch them both! And Jim Broadbent and Pete Postlethwaite, as well as Thora Hird .. now that's some line-up. How come I never heard of these books / films?
     
  11. slysaint

    slysaint Senior Member

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    ......more like everyone WITHOUT ME should watch it..................maybe an email to the BBC to show it again(?)
     
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  12. Countrygirl

    Countrygirl ME is not MUS

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    You are obviously too young to have watched them first time round @sarah darwins :)
     
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  13. sarah darwins

    sarah darwins I told you I was ill

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    Yes, yes, yes. That's it!

    #AltFact

    :)
     
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  14. Jan

    Jan Senior Member

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    I remember watching this when it was shown on tv, it's a very moving film, a definite 'must see'
     
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    Black humour at its best. I really do believe that humour is one of the most potent survival traits to have evolved in humans.
     
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    Unlike me who is so old that I remember the TV film very clearly - long before I understood what ME was all about - I thought that Diana had some rare exotic illness.. Deric's books used to be very popular when I worked for the library service.
     
  17. Little Bluestem

    Little Bluestem Senescent on the Illinois Prairie ❀❤✿Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ✿❤❀

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    Apparently, not among the medical profession. :aghhh:
     
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  18. Countrygirl

    Countrygirl ME is not MUS

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    Many of us will have seen the excellent film Wide Eyed and legless which is the story of Diana Longden who had ME and who sadly died of it. For those who haven't seen it, I will add the link. Once you have seen it do watch Lost for Words, the story of Diana's husband as he cares for his elderly mother played brilliantly by Thora Hird. Both films are very moving and spiced with great humour and not to be missed.

    Enjoy!




    For those who haven't seen Wide Eyed and Legless, here it is.

     
  19. TiredSam

    TiredSam The wise nematode hibernates

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    Watched them both and would also recommend.

    I watched "Still Alice" last night - I found the portrayal of loss of cognitive function and the reactions of those around the sufferer had many parallels for M.E. sufferers, especially if like me you've ever stood in front of a class wondering what on earth the next word you need to say is supposed to be.
     
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    Countrygirl ME is not MUS

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