Well, lookie here! Johnny Depp and I have something in common!

I’m sure we have a lot of things in common, really; I mean, we are both members of the human race, and we both have children, for one thing. Both of us like insects. He has more than one house, I have more than one house*. Neither of us are amputees, Russian citizens, lovers of clowns, or have a habit of running around the town square shouting ‘Take me – I’m yours!’**. Stuff like that.

And now it seems I can add something to the list which is a tad more interesting! Both Johnny and I have worn spectacle frames made in the same factory. The difference being that he wore his for a movie, and I wear mine all day, every day.

Those of you who have seen The Ninth Gate might remember the round-framed glasses that the main character, Dean Corso, wore. He had an accident with them, and an iconic still from the movie shows him wearing them with one cracked lens.


There it is in a little mini cinema poster which hangs above my utility room door. Now I can look at it and say to myself ‘Hey – those are exactly the same glasses as I’m wearing right now!’

And that amuses me somewhat and makes me smile.

Not that I wish to be considered anything like Dean Corso. He’s a character the Depp Ladies always referred to as ‘Sleazy Dean’ because .. well, because he is.

However sleazy Dean might be, those frames are classy. Not only do they carry the prestigious ‘Savile Row’ monicker, but they are actually made by a small team of craftsmen on antique, specialist machines in the only frame-making company in England. Not only that, but I have the exact same colour shell on mine, which I call ‘tortoiseshell’ but is officially ‘chestnut’.

I tell you this today because OH just sent me a news video from the BBC site. It is all about the company that makes these Savile Row frames. Here is a link to the video – it’s not very long and it’s really fascinating!

I also tell you this because I’m picking up again on my How To Be Happy posts and today is Thursday.

Another thing that made me happy this week was seeing a pair of Red Hawks circling right over our house, really quite low. I’m sure they were looking for lunch, and so were all the birds on our patio, because they suddenly just disappeared as they took cover from the menacing shapes overhead. But sadly, I didn’t find my camera in time to get a shot, so you’ll just have to imagine the awesome sight that I saw.

What else? Oh yes – I won an Acumag massager on eBay.


These things are heavy duty, hand-held massagers and my vet recommended I try to get one for Sid. They are £180 new, but I got this one for £25 (plus shipping) and it’s only been used a few times. It arrived yesterday. Sid wasn’t sure about the different, pounding type action, at first, but after Jeffie had muscled his way in for a go, shouting ‘ME FIRST, ME FIRST!’ in dog body language, he decided he’d like a turn too, and actually really enjoyed it.


So, there you go. All those things – plus the wisteria being in full bloom and full scent – have made me happy in their own small way this week. As many of you know, I’ve been made happy in a BIG way recently too, having become the grandmother of twins, but that is a big ‘happy’ and not in the spirit of this little meme.


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* In our case, one family home plus one small two-bedroomed terrace in Sheffield, bought for our younger son while he was studying there, and now rented out because we couldn’t sell it. Depp has several prestigious homes and one Caribbean island. Unless Vanessa got that in the settlement.

** More’s the pity. Well … more’s the pity in his case. In mine, probably a damn good thing and saves us all a lot of embarrassment.