with someone who stayed up until 5am to watch the Chilean miners being rescued.
Incredible to watch, I couldn't tear myself away - just one more half hour, I kept saying, just one more half hour. Make it another hour.OK, make it another hour. Spoke to my mum at 4am as the first miner was on his way up, she couldn't bear to watch it 'just in case' .
I suspect today will be a day of kipping on the settee on and off, and this house is a pig sty, must have a serious hoover round and polish, in between watching the news online (slightly surreal last night, before BBC1 started broadcasting it, all I could find was - er - a WHAM! special on BBC2 ...
Not quite the same.
I am sure these men and their families will have incredible emotional, mental and physical issues to deal with from now on - they are the most famous men in the world right now - and I hope life treats them all very gently and with compassion and respect.
Predictably there is a fair amount of 'well done XYZ' going on - and at the risk of offending my XYZ friends go on, just let Chile have it's day. I am no expert and I am sure every bit of help was absolutely essential, but by hell there's an incredible amount of national pride, faith and support going on in Chile and it is wonderful to watch.
I do wish the fellas reporting for the BBC would understand that actually it's OK to SHUT UP for five minutes, watching the filming is riveting, we don't need to hear you wittering on nonstop! Argh!
Some excellent comments though - such as 'the miners' wives, husbands and loved ones - well, not their husbands!', and one along the lines of 'he looks very pale except for his eyes which are dark. He has sunglasses on'. Got to love the 'I can speak this language wonderfully, listen to me pronounce these names!'
Oh how could I forget - my personal favourite.
'My colleague has gone to answer a call of nature, and there is nothing wrong with that. I have availed myself of a cup of tea, I apologise; - brilliant!
Miner number seven is about to appear (hopefully), fingers, eyes and legs crossed that every single one of them, rescuers included, makes it out safely.
Brave brave men.