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Between stints in the intensive care unit at the Norwich and Norfolk hospital, we sat in Norman Foster's Sainsbury Centre. It does some no doubt clever things with light but despite a makeover retains all the ambience of an air conditioning warehouse. I was going to say aircraft hangar, but that would imply the thrill of aviation rather than the somnolent reality of so much grey. Calm yet alienating. Subdued. Limbo. Not unlike the other place. If and when my father in law comes back from his stasis, I think he deserves somewhere far more lively than this.
8th Feb 2009, 18:38   | tags:,,,

factotum says:

I hope your father in law is doing well.

8th Feb 2009, 20:12

OJ nli says:

Thanks. Too soon to say I think.

8th Feb 2009, 20:20

Jane Doe says:

Rather poignant title. Thinking of you and V

8th Feb 2009, 20:33

OJ nli says:

Le Corbusier takes all the credit for the title.

8th Feb 2009, 20:44

Jane Doe says:

Oh, I know, that's just the line of thought I had when little Billy was in the neo-natal unit

8th Feb 2009, 21:33

OJ says:

Ah I didn't realise beautiful little Billy had had a rocky start. So good that he's doing well.

8th Feb 2009, 21:56

stuff says:

Fingers crossed for your Father in law, OJ, and my thoughts to both you and V.

8th Feb 2009, 21:59

Geodyne says:

My thoughts with you all.

It does look a bit too clinical, doesn't it?

9th Feb 2009, 09:49

God bless

9th Feb 2009, 10:50

OJ nli says:

Thanks. Things looking slightly more positive this morning, with some consciousness being regained.

Geo, I have been to the Sainsbury Centre before and it's always felt clinical to me.

9th Feb 2009, 12:24

kel says:

I can't remember any kind of medical place having a great feel to it, sadly.

Hope your father in law gets better soon.

9th Feb 2009, 17:06

OJ nli says:

The prognosis is now looking much better than we'd hoped for and he is waking up. By the way, Kel, I was probably unclear. The Sainsbury Centre is not part of the hospital - it's a nearby art gallery (at UEA) so I'm not quite sure what the excuse for the clinical hush is.

9th Feb 2009, 18:10

MaggieD says:

Glad to hear the prognosis is better than expected :) Thinking of you of all ...

9th Feb 2009, 20:23

crickson says:

Hope your father in law's doing well. I remember quite liking the Sainsbury Centre. I saw an exhibition of Mayan artifacts there once.

15th Feb 2009, 22:06

OJ nli says:

Somewhat belatedly I should say that he is doing incredibly well thanks to some brilliant and swift medical intervention.

16th Feb 2009, 00:24

SLG says:

Hope he is still doing well and improving

22nd Feb 2009, 16:43

OJ says:

He is, thank you SLG.

I think it's the rest of the family who now need the TLC....the process of managing the hospital, the ongoing care plan, the discharge plan, the getting the consultant to talk to the family etc. is pretty tiring. As many people will know from experience.

I hope you're well too.

23rd Feb 2009, 17:29

itchymoblog says:

Gosh. Sending good thoughts and I hope things are better now.

9th Mar 2009, 08:30