It’s rare I post a photo on here with a celeb these days because I swear to god some random people just loved to hate that time I met Tom Hiddleston at a party and posted it on here (like you don’t know me and you deffo wasn’t at the party to gtfo of here ya muggy little c*nts, excuse my French) last year.
Annnnnyway!! I just really wanted to share this one because it was at a charity event the other night and about a month before this I’d seen James McAvoy for the first time since Ruling Class and to my shock he actually remembered me and my friend, asked how we were and told us he was doing more theatre next year. Then at this event the other evening we had spotted him arrive but wanted to play it cool. At one point we walked right past each other and I could tell he was looking but avoided eye contact but I know he recognised us because then when my friend behind me past, she must have made eye contact because I heard him say ‘hey’ and something to the effect of ‘you’re here’ but we didn’t stop and talk.
Finally, later in that evening, after I’d had a load of champagne courage he was returning inside after going outside for a bit and I just intercepted him with a light backhanded slap on his chest/shoulder (I really need to learn not to do that oops) and then the following happened:
Me: Hey James!
James: Hey you! *holds out hand to shake*
Me: *goes to fist bump instead because that’s how I roll*
James: Nah, come here! *proceeds to pull me in for a hug*
And inner me is freaking the fuck out because James McAvoy just hugged me like I was his bro (and I am happy with being his bro if anything) That’s when I also realised I’ve got to not screw up now and come across like a major fangirl, I’ve got to act chill AHHH but I somehow managed.
So, then I spoke to him for what seemed like forever about how we’ve both been, theatre and other stuff. It’s so easy to get caught up talking to this wonderful man that I nearly forgot to bring my mate in on the convo but then I got him to wish her a happy birthday and we continued to talk about theatre and stuff. (Theatre is my passion of you hadn’t noticed oops) And then he was so nice with taking photos afterwards and I legit feel like I’ve upgraded from random James fan to random acquaintance that James recognises but not in a bad way! Then later that night I went to talk to him again and he took some classic James McAvoy selfies with us, because he’s a photo beast when he gets hold of your phone!
Oh and he also remembered telling us a month before he was doing theatre because turns out he probably isn’t now until 2018 because everyone is doing he show he wanted to do next year already!
It had been nearly eighty years since he was last in a large human city. Back then he had found it too noisy, busy, and dirty for his liking. But standing there in nothing but trousers as vehicles screamed by, he wished he was back in the city of old. He wasn’t sure how he got there or where “here” was. He was disoriented, confused, alone. Signs were flashing at him, people were talking non-stop and the vehicles…he had never seen anything like it.
It got to be too much and he squatted down, putting his hands over his ears as he curled inward, and praying someone found him and took him back to his home.
On February 14th 1929, Alexander Fleming introduced his discovery of Penicillin to the world.
Working at St. Mary’s Hospital in London the Scottish bacteriologist found that cultures of Staphylococcus Aureus (a common bacterium found in humans) had been contaminated with a mould and the Staphylococcus growth around the mould had been dissolved. On closer inspection of the mould Fleming identified the mould as penicillium notatum as found on bread.
Fleming introduced his findings of a cheap and easy to reproduce antibiotic to the world and this discovery has saved countless lives. Antibiotics are natural chemicals released by bacteria and moulds to inhibit growth of other organisms.
On February 15 1848 the Caledonian Railway company opened.
In spite of its initial promotion and capital subscription being largely English, the Caledonian Railway became the most Scottish of the pre-grouping companies: its blue locomotives reflected the Saltire, and its adoption of both the “Lion of Scotland” and the Royal Arms of Scotland as the Company Coat of Arms meant that these appeared on everything from locomotives and carriages to buildings, timetables, stationery, and hotel crockery. Later it became part of the London, Midland and Scottish (LMS) group.
The more things change, the more they stay the same
Sir John Soane’s Museum, located in the heart of London at the architect’s former residence, is a beautifully preserved snapshot of 19th century British antiquarianism and collecting. Soane published what could be called an early guidebook to his house and collection in 1835, full of engravings of numerous treasure-filled rooms. The library of the Royal Scottish Academy holds a copy of one of these rare books (only 150 total were printed), made even more special by the fact that Soane himself signed and inscribed it.
It really is amazing to see how little has changed in the museum since the publication of the book- if the ghost of John Soane took to haunting the halls of the museum, I’m sure he would find his favorite artifacts right where he left them!
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Auschwitz Survivor and Her Scottish Soldier Sweetheart Celebrate 71st Valentine’s Day Together: ‘It Was Love at First Sight’
It was “love at first sight” when John Mackay, 96, met his wife of 71 years, Eci Mackay, 91, at a displaced persons camp in Germany back in 1945.
Eci and her mother, Edith, had miraculously survived six weeks at one of WWII’s most horrific extermination camps, Auschwitz, before they were liberated by a group of Russian soldiers. Their 39 immediate family members were murdered by Nazi soldiers. The lone survivors of their Jewish family, Eci and Edith sought temporary living arrangements at the displaced persons camp, where weekly dances were held.
It was at one of these gatherings that Eci, a shy and beautiful 19-year-old met John, a commando in the London Scottish 1st Battalion, who was deployed in Germany.
“It was love at first sight,” John tells PEOPLE. “It was her beautiful looks and smile that caught my eye.”
Adds Eci, “Yes, we will be together forever!”
The two got married in 1946 and moved to John’s native Scotland, where they raised two children. They now reside together in Balcarres Care Home in Dundee, where they will celebrate their 71st Valentine’s Day together.
“They have an amazing, great love story,” their daughter, Sharon Mackay, tells PEOPLE. “They’ve always been very close. They are so incredibly devoted to each other.”
Sharon, 62, describes her father as a “big character” — outgoing and bold. But, when he first met Eci in September 1945, the handsome Scottish soldier was “at a loss for words.”
“He was very intimidated!” she says. “He was bowled over by her beauty.”
John was so nervous that he asked his fellow soldier to approach Eci and ask if she’d dance with him.
“She told him that he had to come ask her himself!” says Sharon with a laugh. “So, he did. And the rest is history!”
Eci and John quickly became inseparable. The two got married in July 1946 in Germany. John decided it was best to try and bring Eci and her mother to Scotland, to avoid further possible persecution. With permission from the Scottish government, the family moved to Edinburgh, where John got a job as a hotel manager in 1947.
Two years later, the couple welcomed their first child, Peter. And six years later, Sharon was born. Eci and John, described by Sharon as “very good parents,” were very protective of their children.
“I knew very little about what happened to them,” Sharon says of her mother and grandmother’s past. “I was 15 when mom first gave me a book and said, ‘This was my life.’ But it was a big secret, their past life. They never talked about it growing up, and neighbors never asked.
“She lived in fear her whole life, that someone would come back for her. But being with dad helped alleviate some of that fear.”
Sharon says that Eci was actually on a death march at the time that she and her mother were set free by the Russians.
“They were with 500 girls,” explains Sharon. “They were woken up because the soldiers had run off and they were liberated by Russians.”
John and Eci still prefer not to talk about their time during WWII (John’s story is chronicled in the book Friendship in a Time of War) — instead they focus on the positives in their life, like their children and their love for each other.
This Valentine’s Day, John is gifting Eci, who was diagnosed with dementia five years ago, gifts and a card. The two are still “very much in love,” according to Sharon who says her father was heartbroken when he suffered a stroke two years ago and was no longer able to care for Eci.
“That was the hardest thing for him to do, to not take care of her,” she says. “Sure, they’ve had their ups and downs like any other couple, and who knows about the future. But right now they have each other and that’s all that matters.”
Adds Eci, “Yes, together forever as that’s where we are meant to be.”
John says their trick to a long, happy life together has been to make every day as special as Valentine’s Day.
“We make our love work by loving each other and our beautiful family,” says John. “And we are romantic all the time, not just on special occasions!”
Last Friday at the British Museum - the museum stays open late and it was dark inside, with the exhibits strategically lit - everything there was glimpses through and past and from afar. Stolen treasures. So crowded and busy. And now, here we are home to Autumn proper - a chill in the air and geese circling in the blue skies.