Where is Napoleon Plural??

HigginsHiggins GermanyPosts: 16,597MI6 Agent
Haven't seen him hanging around here for some time!
President of the 'Misty Eyes Club'.

Dalton - the weak and weepy Bond!
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  • AlphaOmegaSinAlphaOmegaSin EnglandPosts: 10,924MI6 Agent
    Yes, I haven't seen him for a while either ?:) Come to think of it, Chrisno1 has done a Houdini as well.
    1.On Her Majesties Secret Service 2.The Living Daylights 3.license To Kill 4.The Spy Who Loved Me 5.Goldfinger
  • Thunderbird 2Thunderbird 2 East of Cardiff, Wales.Posts: 2,729MI6 Agent
    Pussy and I wete wondering about this last week too.

    Hope Nap is alright. Maybe they are just busy?
    This is Thunderbird 2, how can I be of assistance?
  • Sir MilesSir Miles The Wrong Side Of The WardrobePosts: 25,632Chief of Staff
    I hope it's nothing serious...maybe just a case of taking a rest from the site...?...
    YNWA 97
    Currently Head of Station C: Canada 🇨🇦
  • Napoleon PluralNapoleon Plural LondonPosts: 9,715MI6 Agent
    "Oh, hardly resting, but most satisfying..." :D

    Actually, I had a touch of OCD with AJB, I would be logging in most days in a compulsive sort of way, so I thought I'd give it a rest. I also slightly tired of the inevitably synthetic nature of online relationships, as well as sustaining my own, rather heightened, online persona.

    I have dipped into MI6 forum, using the same name, but only occasionally...

    I also went off Bond really; there was a moratorium on Bond films in the UK when they went over to Sky for a year, and when ITV began showing them again, well, they were like the cool jeans you wear on and off for 20 years, only to find when you come back to them after a break, you realise it's not really on any more. I still love the first three films, they're like real movies, but after that it seems to be eking it out a bit. It didn't help that the films I caught on ITV were OHMSS and TMWTGG, which both suffer imo from a leading man at his least charismatic. But even with TSWLM, it seemed Moore's delivery is steeped in self-regard; at least Connery had mock self-regard. I was a bit shocked, because I always liked the 'classic' Bonds, i.e. for me the first 25 years. Craig's take on Bond seems to have invalidated Moore's arch approach, though as I don't like Craig much either, it's sort of a dead end for me... :#

    Thanks for the interest though. I did have a stressful time three months ago when my Mum went into A&E with severe kidney damage thanks to the rubbish nursing home she was at, and that's a story in itself, but I'm not sure anyone logs into AJB to hear about that... :)
    "This is where we leave you Mr Bond."

    Roger Moore 1927-2017
  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,739MI6 Agent
    {[] Good to have you back -{
    "I've been informed that there ARE a couple of QAnon supporters who are fairly regular posters in AJB."
  • AlphaOmegaSinAlphaOmegaSin EnglandPosts: 10,924MI6 Agent
    Glad to hear from you -{
    1.On Her Majesties Secret Service 2.The Living Daylights 3.license To Kill 4.The Spy Who Loved Me 5.Goldfinger
  • BlackleiterBlackleiter Washington, DCPosts: 5,612MI6 Agent
    Welcome back, Nap! I hope your mom is doing much better.
    "Felix Leiter, a brother from Langley."
  • Sir Hillary BraySir Hillary Bray College of ArmsPosts: 2,172MI6 Agent
    I missed you, NP, especially your sense of humor. It would be great if you can stop by once in a while. Hope things are OK on the personal side. -{
    Hilly...you old devil!
  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,739MI6 Agent
    Sorry NP, forgot to add. I hope your Mum is much improved.
    "I've been informed that there ARE a couple of QAnon supporters who are fairly regular posters in AJB."
  • Napoleon PluralNapoleon Plural LondonPosts: 9,715MI6 Agent
    She is thanks, but it took three trips a day to her room in hospital to get her gradually drinking, then eating again - and that was a private ward! Room rarely less than 80 degrees throughout the day! In comparison, the NHS turned out to be much better. BTW she had advanced Parkinson's and is 81, to put you in the picture.
    "This is where we leave you Mr Bond."

    Roger Moore 1927-2017
  • Sir MilesSir Miles The Wrong Side Of The WardrobePosts: 25,632Chief of Staff
    Nice to see you back, NP - however temporary you decide it to be...I hope your mum is as comfortable as can be expected.
    YNWA 97
    Currently Head of Station C: Canada 🇨🇦
  • Charmed & DangerousCharmed & Dangerous Posts: 7,354MI6 Agent
    Difficult times, and I Sympathise as I know how hard it is, as do many of us - our thoughts are with you, Nap.
    "How was your lamb?" "Skewered. One sympathises."
  • Rainier WolfcastleRainier Wolfcastle Posts: 484MI6 Agent
    Hi Nap, great to see you back! :)
    And as the others have said I hope everything is now fine with your mum.
  • Thunderbird 2Thunderbird 2 East of Cardiff, Wales.Posts: 2,729MI6 Agent
    Welcome home Nap!

    I echo M's comments re your Mum, wishing the best for both of you.

    Re feeling out of sorts with Bond, I think we all go through periods like that. I know I do. That's why my films and series interests are a mixed bag of Sci Fi, keeps some variety if I do get a bit tired of one, I switch to another.

    I recommend dropping into Pussy's online pub. Massive line of drinks, some grub and good company. Only trouble is if Barbel has woken up the landlord early post gig, for breakfast. :s
    This is Thunderbird 2, how can I be of assistance?
  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 33,426Chief of Staff
    :)) Guilty as charged, your honour.
  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,739MI6 Agent
    Sadly I think Nap is not a fan of the Craig or Brosnan film, so it has been a long
    time for him to get a Bond film he can get excited about. That's a tough place to
    be. I lost intrest during the wait between LTK and Goldeneye, but luckily for me
    I was excited again with Goldeneye. I hope I'm not putting words in his mouth
    but to paraphrase Gen Gogol, " No one ever leaves the A J B " :))
    "I've been informed that there ARE a couple of QAnon supporters who are fairly regular posters in AJB."
  • always shakenalways shaken LondonPosts: 6,287MI6 Agent
    yes, hi NP ,glad your still here :)
    By the way, did I tell you, I was "Mad"?
  • Napoleon PluralNapoleon Plural LondonPosts: 9,715MI6 Agent

    More evidence that something is afoot... 'But why not stay gone? You had the perfect opportunity...'

    "This is where we leave you Mr Bond."

    Roger Moore 1927-2017
  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 33,426Chief of Staff

    You're still here, but many of the above names have checked out.

  • Silhouette ManSilhouette Man The last refuge of a scoundrelPosts: 7,893MI6 Agent

    That's the irony, yes. Members of forums seem to come and go as the whim, or more accurately, life takes them. I was away for a good few years myself. It's always good to see @Napoleon Plural contribute though as he seems to be one of the select few members still active who joined AJB before me! 🙂

    "The tough man of the world. The Secret Agent. The man who was only a silhouette." - Ian Fleming, Moonraker (1955).
  • chrisno1chrisno1 LondonPosts: 2,060MI6 Agent

    And where on earth did I go in 2014 ?

    Classified.... ? Unlikely... but, you know, I like to come and go as I please...

  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 19,978MI6 Agent

    Section 26, paragraph 5. Need-to-know. We understand. 😆

  • Napoleon PluralNapoleon Plural LondonPosts: 9,715MI6 Agent

    What were the Rolling Stones doing in 2014?

    My writing was a bit tighter back then. Poignant to read my posts about my now late mother. But what happened after that - well, that really is a story.

    "This is where we leave you Mr Bond."

    Roger Moore 1927-2017
  • Silhouette ManSilhouette Man The last refuge of a scoundrelPosts: 7,893MI6 Agent

    Yes, I'm sure that is poignant for you. All I can say is you were a wonderful son to your mother and your interventions on her behalf certainly helped her to live longer and have a better quality of life while doing so. I don't think a parent could ask for more than that and you are a credit to her.

    "The tough man of the world. The Secret Agent. The man who was only a silhouette." - Ian Fleming, Moonraker (1955).
  • Napoleon PluralNapoleon Plural LondonPosts: 9,715MI6 Agent

    Ah, well, I wouldn't go that far! 😁

    But thanks for your kind words. I will now offer the tip to readers I make at every given opportunity - ffs get your parents to grant you Lasting Power of Attorney in Health and Welfare - and Finance too - while they still can. Otherwise, at a later date you will no longer be the decision maker for their care. The State will be, even if you are self-funding - and the State profits from your parent's death, saving money in pensions and prescriptions. You? You will not even be able to read their medical notes. Anyone else can - some nurse in the care home who'd known her a day and only worked their a week - but not you. They could have your parent under the chemical cosh, they wouldn't have to tell you.

    I became aware that care homes can kill off residents via covert end-of-life care. This is mainly done via dehydration. It's similar to the now illegal Liverpool Care Pathway, the difference being is it's arguably worse because if they estimate your parent has only three months to live, it can be 'hurried along'. Often fast-track NHS Continuing Healthcare - which encompasses free nursing care in a care home - is used to utilise this, it's the sweetner for many families.

    My sister and I took it and continued to enter the care home to give mum drink, not realising we'd be treated as scabs crossing the picket line. Surrey Social Services got involved to build a case against us and have us barred from the care home - presumably so the job could be finished. We outwitted them without quite realising they were behind it all or what was going on - we just thought the care home had gone mad

    It wasn't all like this but the stuff you find out - you can't unlearn it. But once they learn you don't have LPA in Health and Welfare, well, they can have a laugh and toy with you. So download the forms from the Gov website, print them out, get the signatures in right order and witnessed and send it off with a cheque for about £80 or so. It also applies to spouses, it's not an age thing. TV presenter Kate Garraway struggled with her husband having long Covid because he hadn't granted her LPA. You can't get it retrospectively once your relative is in a coma or deemed to have 'lost mental capacity' - a very vague area to define. It doesn't have to mean they're completely ga-ga.

    Ah well, here endeth the lesson!

    "This is where we leave you Mr Bond."

    Roger Moore 1927-2017
  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 19,978MI6 Agent

    I'm sorry to hear about your mother, NP. I'm sorry you lost her and the end of her life was so difficult.

  • Silhouette ManSilhouette Man The last refuge of a scoundrelPosts: 7,893MI6 Agent
    edited July 30

    Yes, I was going to say about the Lasting Power of Attorney and how you raised it in a thread here and what goes on in hospitals and care homes. My own mother is elderly and showing some signs of possible dementia or Alzheimers so these are things I have to think about too.

    I suppose the policy of keeping elderly Covid-19 patients in care homes and nursing homes rather than in hospitals has put this issue at the top of the agenda again. It did seem that during the height of the pandemic the protection of the NHS was paramount and if that meant sending frail and elderly patients home to die in care homes or nursing homes, so be it. There was surely a more humane way of dealing with people by treating them in a hospital setting but the sad reality is that the state doesn't really seem to value the elderly and (off the record of course) mostly sees them as a financial and resource burden. This is all the while conveniently forgetting that they contributed taxes to the NHS and social care for all of their working lives and deserve to be treated with the same dignity, respect, care and humanity as any other patient.

    "The tough man of the world. The Secret Agent. The man who was only a silhouette." - Ian Fleming, Moonraker (1955).
  • Napoleon PluralNapoleon Plural LondonPosts: 9,715MI6 Agent

    Thanks everyone - it's good to take a level headed approach to this, I'm afraid I can't based on what I learned. It's bad. As for LPA in Health and Welfare, it's not a case of waiting til you need it, as then it's too late. I mean, you can grant it to your wife or what have you - don't see it as some kind of thing to be done by a deadline, or even age- or decline-related, that said it's the easiest thing to put off. It's the classic thing of get ahead while you can. Leave it to when there's some signs of decline and that could be the time when a parent may dig their heels in and refuse to grant it.

    I think the Covid deaths in care homes were deliberate at some level but so many are culpable that nobody will be held to account. I don't recall any Safeguardin heads or NHS Chief Executive protesting or throwing their toys out of the pram over it. It reminds me of the prescient drama Years and Years which has never been re-shown at the BBC, where they allow a disease into the refugee camps to kill them off.

    Things could have been worse for Mum generally and we gave her every chance. The chilling realisation that the State had it in for her and others of her ilk, and were targeting me as well after I took her case to the local press, well, it does sort of sour things a bit. The wrongdoers are all still in their posts. The regulators - the CQC and NMC - are corrupt. Your MP is unlikely to be any help - mine, Chris Grayling, certainly wasn't. Naturally however I say this to tip others off to give them a heads up.

    Back on topic, I may disappear again! I rather envy @Lady Rose and @Thunderpussy maintaining their air of mystery.

    "This is where we leave you Mr Bond."

    Roger Moore 1927-2017
  • chrisno1chrisno1 LondonPosts: 2,060MI6 Agent

    Don't disappear! Who's going to take the proverbial out of my Elvis reviews ???

    🤔🤔

  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 19,978MI6 Agent

    Yes, don't disapear. Not being active on AJB isn't very mysterious to be honest. There are billions of people who aren't.

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