Terri’s Blogs: Personal

Occasionally, I have thoughts that have either have nothing to do with theatre – astonishing – or that cross other private boundaries. You can find these ramblings here.

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What I learned today: Hopi ear candles are a con (probably)

I first came across Hopi ear candles about 15 years ago at a new age festival at Alexandra Palace in London where an exhibitor was selling, for my pocket, far-too-pricey therapy sessions. Shortly after, while at a meeting in Willesden Green, I happened upon a homeopathic shop that stocked ear candles by Biosun, the leading supplier since 1986, and I snapped up a supply to use at home. The “candles” are wickless, hollow tubes, about 22cm long, usually made from cotton, flax, beeswax and infused with St John’s wart, chamomile…
By Terri Paddock | 30 April 2014 | , , | 0 comments | Read More >


What I learned today: Help! SOS doesn’t mean anything

With all the blood and gore – and fantastically poetic staging care of director John Tiffany and choreographer Steven Hoggett – Morse code may not be the first thing you associate with the National Theatre of Scotland’s production of vampire Let the Right One, now playing at the West End’s Apollo Theatre. But it nevertheless plays a key role in the love story between lonely lad Oskar and his mysteriously pale paramour Eli, whose bedroom in the neighbouring house adjoins his. Oskar’s father educated him in Morse Code, and Oskar…
By Terri Paddock | 29 April 2014 | , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


What I learned today: How to feel more powerful in two minutes

Even if you’re not a great reader of it, you will know that your body language communicates volumes to others. First impressions are formed in less than ten seconds and, overall, the actual content of what we say to someone will only comprise about 11% of the message they take away about us after an interaction – the rest is all about what social scientists call “non-verbals”. But did you know that your body language can also change your own thinking and performance? Research shows that if you adopt a…
By Terri Paddock | 28 April 2014 | , , | 2 comments | Read More >


What I learned today: Nespresso latte making for dummies in 7 steps (with BIG pictures)

I’m currently holed up in a small seaside village in Mallorca – no Starbucks or any other type of coffee chain round here – and my live-in barista Peter is about to abandon me to return to the real world (aka London). So What I Learned Today is of immediate benefit: how to make my own latte. After a practice run-through overseen by Peter, I flew solo this morning – and managed not to burn anything. (Note: You’ll have gleaned that I don’t spend a lot of time in the…
By Terri Paddock | 25 April 2014 | , , | 2 comments | Read More >


What I learned today: Why you recognise a face before you remember a name

The past two blogs have been pretty serious – and long! – so here’s a shorter one for a change of pace. Ever run into someone you know but haven’t seen in awhile. You know you know them, you recognise their face. But you can’t for the life of you recall their name. Maybe it comes to you – with a Eureka!-slap to the forehead – five minutes or five hours later… or, frustratingly, not at all. Why does that happen? Our brain contains a massive database of memory “files”…
By Terri Paddock | 24 April 2014 | , , | 0 comments | Read More >


What I learned today: How to care for someone with delirium

Yesterday, I told you about what’s been happening with my father, who slipped into an extended Delirium following knee replacement surgery. For the family, seeing a loved one in Delirium can be highly distressing, but for the sufferer, it can be absolutely terrifying, and that terror can increase their confusion. Their best chance at recovery is you and how well you cope with the situation. My family rallied round my father during his Delirium. Here are some of the things we learned in terms of how best to help Dad…
By Terri Paddock | 23 April 2014 | , , | 1 comments | Read More >


What I learned today: The difference between delirium and dementia – and how it can affect your parents

(Preface: After a two-week, medically-necessitated hiatus, I'm able to resume my learning blog challenge - with a serious topic. I urge you to read this one, especially if you have elderly parents facing an operation at any point in the future.) On Tuesday 1 April 2014, I launched my personal “What I Learned Today” blog challenge, to learn and share something new every day. Six blogs later, I crashed to a halt. I don’t abandon commitments lightly. With references in my last two blogs to my father’s hospitalisation and a…
By Terri Paddock | 22 April 2014 | , , | 7 comments | Read More >


What I learned today: Free wifi at Heathrow … 45 minutes and counting

The follow-up family call came last night so this morning I’m at Heathrow waiting for my flight to Huntsville, Alabama via Washington DC. (In case you ever wondered, there are no direct flights from London – or anywhere international – to Hunstville. I can travel to San Francisco in half the time, despite Huntsville being 1,100 miles nearer.) One useful thing about not being able to have a job at the moment is that, when a family emergency occurs, I don’t have to ask anyone’s permission to take off at…
By Terri Paddock | 9 April 2014 | , , | 0 comments | Read More >


What I learned today: How to file away your worries

The plan today was to tell you what I’ve learned about Morse Code… Then this morning, I woke up to a clutch of worrying texts from my family back in the States. What was meant to be a routine operation on my father has gone wrong with some truly horrific, unforeseen consequences. After various phone calls, including a very long one trying to reinstate airmiles with United to try to make an emergency trip home slightly more affordable, by mid-afternoon I had a reservation on a standby flight to Alabama…
By Terri Paddock | 8 April 2014 | , , | 0 comments | Read More >


What I learned today: How to get the best bits of church with pop songs and no mention of God

Having just posted about St Paul's Cathedral, it may seem a little odd to immediately follow up with an apparently "anti-church" blog, but I did warn you that my topics, and the scheduling of them, would be random as part of this month's challenge! So here goes on today's... I have many deeply religious relatives back in the US, dotted along the Bible Belt (Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas, etc). I love them dearly, even though I’m pretty certain they believe I’m going to hell. I quietly, without any fuss, gave…
By Terri Paddock | 7 April 2014 | , , | 1 comments | Read More >