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JusJoJan 13th

Linda’s daily prompt for JusJoJan is up, protocol’, courtesy of John Hilton. Please visit them and give them a follow if you’re not already a follower.


As a former science student, my life was ruled by lab protocols, designed to keep us safe and stop us from inadvertently causing chaos. I though I’d seen the last of them once I’d graduated. But no, my working life is governed by them. Sometimes I long to ignore them, but the true scientist within won’t let me.

In reality, my mind first went to Tom Cruise when I read the word for today… Ghost Protocol! I’m a secret (not so secret) Cruise fan, and have been since the days of Top Gun. (Starts humming… Kenny Loggins Danger Zone) and now you have it stuck in your head too! Sorry (not sorry)!

Then my warped mind wandered off quotes I remembered…

Protocol is etiquette with a government expense account.

Judith S. Martin

Given the state of affairs here in the UK… Protocol needs to have its expense account suspended, banished to the naughty step, and not allowed any more parties until it can prove it can behave itself with a modicum of decorum!

(Steps off soap box!)

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#SoCS…. aargh no! Get out of my head!

So Linda’s writing prompt popped up on my reader feed and I laughed. Not because the topic “earworm” is hilarious, but because I was already in the grip of one.

Usually I develop earworms from singing along to the radio (how retro) or from a good movie sound track. However, todays earworm was passed on to me, like a Chinese whisper.

There I was, midway through a training run (my fun run race is in two weeks, eeeek!) when another runner approached from the opposite direction. Being the sociable runner I am I said “Hi”. He blanked me. How rude! And then I spotted his earbuds. Aha. He’s listening to music. As he got closer I realised he was singing along. I wondered what he was listening to. And that, dear readers, is when I caught it.

He was only singing the blooming “baby shark” song.

What the actual heck?!! Some playlist!

As we passed each other I swear that bloody song jumped into my ears and it’s been there ever since. I know what I need to do to get rid of it but am afraid I might make it worse by doing the actions!

Anyhoo…. here’s what’s stuck in my head… sorry.

Baby Shark Song