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The Plaster Is Off & Other News

September 7, 2019
by the gentle author

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I AM VERY GRATEFUL to the doctors at the Royal London Hospital who fitted a steel plate to hold my writing arm together. I shall remember them all fondly for the rest of my life, whenever I pass through airport security. On Thursday, the plaster was cut off and in a few weeks I shall be fully recovered.


PLEASE DO NOT FORGET the public meeting to Save The Whitechapel Bell Foundry at the East London Mosque this Monday 9th September at 6:30pm. This will be a chance to hear from UK Historic Building Preservation Trust and Factum Foundation about their plans to reopen the Whitechapel Bell Foundry as a working foundry.  Click here to confirm your attendance.

“The foundry is one of the East End’s most treasured institutions, stretching back to the 16th century. We must not let it be lost forever. Together we can save this important feature of East End life. The council must prevent them turning this much-loved historic site into a private hotel.” Rushanara Ali, MP for Bethnal Green & Bow


MY APOLOGIES to everyone who ordered books and has not received them yet. Usually I aim to post orders within twenty-four hours, but the delay has been due to my broken arm. I am pleased to report that all outstanding orders were posted this morning and each one contains a free gift as a gesture of apology and in appreciation of your patience.


WE ARE TAKING BOOKINGS for the next writing course on 9th & 10th November. Spend a weekend with me in an eighteenth century weaver’s house in Fournier St, enjoy delicious lunches, savour freshly baked cakes from historic recipes, discover the secrets of Spitalfields Life and learn how to write your own blog. Click here for more information.


23 Responses leave one →
  1. William Willans permalink
    September 7, 2019

    Delighted to hear you’ve been “fixed”, and that such good progress has been made. Keep mending…

  2. Jill permalink
    September 7, 2019

    Thankyou Gentle Author and I wish you a very speedy recovery from your broken arm. Whilst writing I often wonder – how many followers you must have ….?

  3. Jill Wilson permalink
    September 7, 2019

    Glad to hear you are no longer plastered!

  4. Marie-Anne Knight permalink
    September 7, 2019

    Good news that your arm is healing well!

    Unfortunately, I am unable to attend Monday’s meeting about the Whitechapel Bell Foundry. I hope that it is a grand success and that the Foundry can be saved and returned to what it was created to do. Good luck for Monday!

  5. Margaret Mcdermott permalink
    September 7, 2019

    Get well soon Gentle Author.xxxx.

  6. September 7, 2019

    Good news indeed, take care Gentle Author….especially during the next few weeks.

  7. Sue permalink
    September 7, 2019

    Glad to see you are on the mend. If only Schrödinger had opposable thumbs.

  8. John permalink
    September 7, 2019

    We are all grateful to the hospital for keeping you going.
    Best wishes for a speedy complete restoration.

  9. September 7, 2019

    good news, stay strong, and go slow.

  10. Pritam Singh permalink
    September 7, 2019

    My good wishes, dear sir.
    Mend well.

  11. Susan Martin permalink
    September 7, 2019

    Oh get well soon. I do hope your arm improves quickly and that schrodinger is being a good cat for you.

  12. Tom French permalink
    September 7, 2019

    Very glad to hear that you are on the mend. Look forward to attending the ELHS meeting when you give your talk on Ghastly Fascadism in December.

  13. Paul Loften permalink
    September 7, 2019

    Now the plaster is off you can scratch that itch at your leisure. Tower Hamlets wishes the same but unfortunately it will get worse by Monday

  14. Helen Breen permalink
    September 7, 2019

    Greetings from Boston,

    GA, great that you are out of your cast. What a long time to be so incapacitated when taking a shower and doing everyday things.

    Jill, I often wonder about the number of Spitalfields followers too. Just recall that when Mr. Pussy died a few years back, there were about 300 responses. I suspect GA’s audience is huge although most folks do not post that often.

  15. Amanda permalink
    September 7, 2019

    Yippeeee ! the plaster if off.

    Well done for sending out our book orders and keeping up the momentum for The Bells campaign even while ‘armless and supposedly taking a break.
    Pun intended.

    Looking forward to hearing the amazing plans at the meeting including Factum from Madrid to amalgamate several highly specialised skills and not allow genuine top class creativity to die.

    The video clip is wonderful.

  16. Linda Granfield permalink
    September 7, 2019

    Such wonderful news this morning!
    May your arm respond well to therapy and your life become a bit easier these days.

    And thank you for the efforts you made to deliver ‘fresh blog’ to us every day, despite the arm issues.
    You are a thoughtful GA who cares about the SLife readers.

  17. Judy Harris permalink
    September 7, 2019

    Perhaps you should raise this petition in the USA, after all the Liberty Bell, so important to Americans, was cast and designed at the Whitechapel Bell Foundry.

  18. Gregg permalink
    September 7, 2019

    Although I live in the USA at the moment my dad was brilliantly looked after in the Royal London Hospital in 1959 when suffering with cancer and likewise my cousin last year. By coincidence your kind comments about the staff at the Royal London Hospital coincides with National Grateful Patient Day [Sept. 7th] here in the USA. Today is also National Beer Lovers Day. I hope your injury doesn’t prevent you from enjoying that one. Good luck.

  19. Pauline Taylor permalink
    September 7, 2019

    Like a previous contributor, I am very pleased to hear that you are no longer plastered!! The Royal London seems to have done a brilliant job at fixing you together again. We also had reason to be grateful to them as they saved our friend’s life with a triple by-pass giving him many mote years of an active life. Well done to the Royal London.

  20. Saba permalink
    September 7, 2019

    Gentle Author, I am hoping that you shall also be a Gentle Patient, giving your body the time it needs to heal. Despite the metal in your arm, you are not a robot. Everyone heals at a different rate. Respectfully, Gentle Reader, who now thinks she can give out medical advice!

  21. Eric Forward permalink
    September 8, 2019

    Good news on recovery and I would loved to have attended meeting Monday, but am caught up in Scotland. Had to comment on main picture, what an incredible engraving of The Royal London and Whitechapel. I could only barely recognise it from the building. Wish I could get in a time machine and just walk around in that time for a day. Incredible.

  22. Pamela Traves permalink
    September 8, 2019

    Oh the Pussy is So Lovely!! I wish He was Mine!!???????

  23. Sigrid permalink
    September 8, 2019

    Congratulations on the plaster off. I know from my own experience how liberating this feels. And ditto to the doctors and nurses at the Royal London, who also fixed mine. I , too, had a very good experience at the Fracture Clinic there. Hope the arm carries on healing well!

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