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Corrie Street Jun. 16/13

The first four episodes this past week each had more than one contender for “the scene”.  able-to-see-him-soonI cannot narrow it down any further than one from each day.

Monday:  Izzy’s face as she realizes the newborn is not crying and the nurse hustles him off.  Equally good was Izzy standing at the incubator holding the hand of the tiny infant inside it.

Tuesday:  Owen giving way to his fear and sadness.  “Vulnerable and venerable” my husband called Owen after seeing him lose his carefully constructed and maintained façade of bravery and bravado.  With Anna, he can give voice to his inner fears and self-see-him-lying-in-the-incubatorrecriminations.  He blamed himself for “pushing” Izzy and Gary into this surrogacy.  Of course he didn’t.  He was adamantly opposed when they said they were thinking of it and he gave valid reasons for his objections.  But he did make it possible.  They had the idea and he had the ability to figure out how best to do it as well as the resources to make it happen. Owen is the quintessential male in the schema of gender roles found in Men are from Mars, Women… Venus; Mr. Fixit, taking a problem and solving it. Now, with the baby’s prognosis for survival not great and the mess Izzy and Gary have made of their relationship, he blames himself for taking their hare-brained dream and making it a reality.

Wednesday:  Tina entering the nursery where Izzy and Gary are fighting beside the baby’s he-might-have-your-eyesincubator.  She lays down the law to them.  They will sort out their problems somewhere else and, until they do, neither of them will see the baby.  She has deliberately tried to avoid bonding with the child she was carrying, but she will defend him against anyone, including his biological parents.  Good for her.

Thursday:  Carla telling Rob what is going to happen in order for her to not report his theft to the police.  Her performance, as the character, belied Tracy’s earlier jibe that loser-I-grew-up-withbeneath the designer clothes and six inches of makeup, you’re nothing.  You could see Carla collect herself, and her strength, and say everything quickly before she lost her resolve.  She needed that focused composure in light of what Rob had said earlier to her, when she caught him out at the warehouse with the stolen silk.  Showing himself to be a master manipulator, he turned everything she said on its head.  He knew exactly where to poke clear-your-lockerto hit her own self-doubts and her love for him, the little brother she believes she abandoned long ago.  In the Bistro you can see the look of confusion on Rob’s face.  His tricks aren’t working on her.  Rob’s scenes this week have been the best I’ve ever seen from him.  I like him even less but I’m fascinated with watching the narcissist, verging on sociopath, side of him reveal itself.

Corrie Street Jun. 9/13

lineup-outside-new-roversI got quite teary-eyed during Stella’s speech at Friday’s reopening of the Rovers.  I was as pleased as she to see everyone back in there with pints and large reds and Audrey with her G & T.

A couple storylines got advanced during the opening, Ches and Ryan getting in a fight and Izzy finding out what Gary has been so desperate to keep from her.  But Ryan and first-pub-fightKaty bore me stiff and, like Tina, I am tired of the Windass clan hovering around her.  The stress seems to be causing Tina’s baby to be born early.  Perhaps the birth of Rover, as I now call the baby, will well and truly christen the renovated pub.

But it was the subtexts that were most interesting.  Stella has refused to use the words “Grand Opening” or “celebration” in light of the tragedy that caused the rebuilding.  Two people died, one a hero and one believed Devto be a villain.

raise-your-glassesPaul and a fellow firefighter came in honour of Toni who died saving Karl.  Dev, husband of alleged arsonist Sunita, attended reluctantly.  He hadn’t wanted to revisit the place of his loss but Mary convinced him that he needed to face those demons.  Stella acknowledged him and his loss with grace and subtlety.

JasonThe camera reminded us of another story, the end of Jason and Stella’s romance.  As Stella thanks Karl, the camera focuses on Jason, not wanting to watch his former lover kiss the man Jason believes to be responsible for everything that has gone wrong.  Leanne also uses just her eyes to tell her story.  As Stella pulls Gloria and Karl to her, saying she couldn’t have done this without them, Leanne stands behind her.  First she throws a glare Karl’s way, a man she cannot trust no matter how often her mother says he’s changed.  Then she looks down and bottled-beerwalks off-camera, dejected.  Despite her animosity toward Karl, she gave Stella money for the pub fittings.  She and Nick also carried up bottled beer from the Bistro when Stella’s suppliers did not get her order delivered in time.  Surely, I think she was thinking, she deserves some public acknowledgement as well.

A developing story was touched on, that of Gloria as financial “angel” with her £80,000.  without-youBefore the opening, Stella continually had to rein Gloria in from buying balloons and banners and bunting.  Not a celebration but a ‘marking’, she repeatedly told her, to little avail.  After Stella thanks everyone for helping and for being there, Gloria says “what am I, chopped liver?” just loud enough for Stella to hear.  It’s wishful thinking if Stella isn’t aware her mother will be adding “Gloria” to the landlady sign.

bettyLastly, Rita bringing a new photo of Betty to hang in the bar makes it truly the Rovers Return.  As Stella said, “Buildings store memories in bricks and mortar, and I reckon this pub’s got lots of those already.  But now it’s got a few more that we’ll never forget.  So will you raise your glasses to present and absent friends.”   I think Jack and Vera and many others would have loved it.  I hadn’t store-memoriesrealized how much I’d missed the Rovers.  I wish only that they’d had a panoramic sweep of it with everyone quiet, so I could get a good look.  If you do want to see it and read about its real-life construction, check out this at Bluenose Corrie Blogger.

Corrie Street Jun. 2/13

A two-year-old letter from Roy’s father has produced amazing scenes.  It began with Mr-Cropper's-letterSylvia going to the hated Home to pick it up, then to her telling Hayley not to pressure Roy into reading it, then Roy dithering about what to do once he knew about it and more dithering when he learned his father was no longer at the address given in the letter.

Thursday he unwillingly went to a newer Cropper-houseaddress he had found for his father, where he met his father’s widow.  Three months earlier Mr. Cropper Sr. had died, believing that Roy wanted nothing to do with him.  That was indeed the case, although Roy had not known that his father was trying to reach him.  Four remarkable scenes followed Roy and Hayley’s entry into his father’s house.

Roy-and-mantle-photosRoy in the sitting room, surrounded by photos of his father’s other family.  The three children, one in New Zealand, one in Cornwall and one near the parental home.  No photos of the child Roy, his father’s firstborn.  Hayley, herself flummoxed, trying to talk normally and drink tea, trying to find out as much as possible about Roy’s Croppersfather and his life and hoping against hope that Roy can somehow find the answers he needs in light of his father’s death.  Mrs. Cropper explaining that Roy’s father truly regretted leaving his eldest son and never contacting him, trying to explain that his family – all members – were truly important to him.  Roy listening but keeping very still as if he were just trying to hold himself together.

train-set-in-caseAs they prepare to leave, Mrs. Cropper gives him a suitcase saying his father had wanted Roy to have it.  That St. John had spent hours playing with it and that none of his other children were interested but he knew Roy would want it.  A train set like the one Roy had when a child.  Roy refused it saying maybe a grandchild would take it.  Mrs. Cropper pressed it on him, saying it was his.  Roy took it reverentially.

how-was-heBack home, Sylvia wants to know everything.  What happened, had he lost his hair because balding ran in his family, that Roy took after her side in that and he needn’t worry because he was nothing like that man, Roy would never run out on those who relied on him. When she ran out of steam, Roy said  “He’s dead”.

Last scene, Roy closing himself off again in when-one-is-abandonedorder to cope.  Sylvia quiet, trying to keep herself together and, I think, giving Roy room to be quiet too.  Hayley seeing the anguish in them both, but wanting to talk about it, to not keep it bottled up, sorry if what she’d done in showing him the letter caused him grief.  “If I’m in any way to blame,” she said.  Roy couldn’t take any you-are-Hayley-you-aremore.  “You are, Hayley, you are to blame,” he said, after giving her a summing up of the unnecessary need felt by modern society to explore feelings, come to terms with things, find closure.  He left the room, presumably to find silence.  Sylvia, looking a bit shocked by Roy’s explosion, said to Hayley “I did try to warn you.”  And she had.

I-did-warn-youThese three actors, and characters, are wonderful.  These scenes were among the best ever from them.  This is what Coronation Street does so well.  In the storylines, there’s often something that may especially resonant for individuals. This one is a story about abandonment of a child and a spouse.  That is a fear, and maybe reality, for many or all of us.

Corrie Street May 26/13

day-after-he-nearly-cutMy ‘aha’ moment this week was Wednesday, when Rita wondered why David was so exhausted.  “But he’s a young lad, he should be able to manage a blow-dry and an hour or two waiting tables.”  Yes, Rita, thank you!  I’d been thinking the same thing.

We never actually saw David finish a double shift.  Maybe he did so in days we missed on the street.  What we saw was him starting his evening shift at the Bistro, doing something low-blood-sugarklutzy or looking tired and Nick sending him home – with pay – to get some rest.  Then Audrey sent him home – with pay – from his day job at the salon after he nicked Dennis’ ear repeatedly during a hair trim.   She then popped in to check on him less than an hour later and woke him up from the sleep she had recommended he get!  Probably David would be a lot less exhausted if his grandmother, mother and wife just let him alone to work and stopped pay-his-flaming-wagesfretting at him.

Anyway, I was at the screaming point before Rita gave voice to my objections.  He wasn’t actually finishing any of his double shifts.  What is the problem here?  Or, as Rita put it, “Does a day’s work, half kills him!”

Then it was as if the writer of the next episode read what Rita had said.  Hmm, that person may have realized, yes, David is a strong young man and he hasn’t appeared to be actually working even one job, let alone two.  And, even if he had, why would this be so difficult for him so proves-what-we-have-been-sayingquickly?  We need a reason for his extreme exhaustion (apart from the relentless nagging from Gail and Kylie).

So David’s epilepsy is revisited.  That is good.  He was diagnosed with the disease after he appeared to have deliberately tried to run down his best friend Graeme Proctor.  That got Evil David off the hook for attempted murder, but then his epilepsy was never again mentioned.  Until now.  David, reasonably enough, is wondering if there are tests so that they can know if the baby also has epilepsy.  Kylie, Nick and Gail don’t want the baby tested at all for anything at any time.

We all, viewers and writers alike, have known that somehow the baby had to have tests that would show paternity.  David was diagnosed with epilepsy and has been living with it david-having-seizuresince late 2010, so why not use that from the start of the current storyline?  It would be a realistic continuation of character history.   It is awkward, if not sloppy, writing to dwell on his overwhelming exhaustion with no adequate explanation.  Just a line from Gail to David or even Audrey or Kylie about the worry of stress compounded with epilepsy would have sufficed.

Corrie Street May 19/13

With the longshot Oxbow winning yesterday’s Preakness over the favourite Orb, it’s time to-my-way-of-thinkingto think about betting.  Peter and Rob are using the betting shop as their venue for butting heads.  In the course of that, some discussion of the bookmaking business does occur.

Barlow’s Bookies is as much an anachronism in today’s real England as Underworld is.  In reality, Carla would be having knickers stitched in Bangladesh, not on the street near where she lives, and Peter would be manager of a Ladbrokes betting love-the-new-coffee-machineshop, not an independent bookie with a single backstreet shop.

In both businesses, Rob has given voice to the new economic reality.  When he set up business on his own after Carla returned, he was soliciting orders and filling them without having a bricks and mortar building.  Was he using manufacturers in the Third World or hiring local seamstresses on a piecework basis?  Carla soon brought him back into Underworld so we don’t really know how his independent business panned out.

Barlow's-Bookies-old-sign-coronationstreet.wikiaNow, after buying out Leanne’s share of Barlow’s Bookies, Carla installed Rob as Creative Consultant to improve Peter’s rapidly failing business.  Rob was the one to mention the competition given by on-line gambling.  The popularity of internet betting has contributed to the financial woes of large bookie chains in England for quite a few years.  Internet betting, along with the large chains themselves, would cause major headaches for a small independent bookie like Peter.  It says a lot about the unseen gambling habits, and lack of luck, of the citizens of Weatherfield that Barlow’s Bookies is still in business at all!

peter-pulls-computer-cordThe conflict between Peter and Rob is between old ways and new.  This was illustrated by Peter unplugging the new computer and handing Rob a pad and pencil to figure out the payout on Steve’s each way bet.  Since taking over in 2009, I doubt Peter has ever calculated odds and payouts by hand.  The point that he is trying to make, however, is that pad-and-penhe can and Rob ought to be able to.  Rob gets him back later in the week when he calculates on paper Tommy’s accumulator winnings on a 50 pence bet.

In modernizing the business, Rob is probably right.  In respecting the basics of bookmaking – horses, courses and mental acuity – Peter is right too.  It would be nice to see them succeed as a team, Rob upgrading the ambience and the technical equipment and Peter keeping the traditions of betting and betting shops.  This bookie shop could use both horses running both courses.  But the dramatic point is to have two massive male Barlow's-Bookies-new-signegos, and two massive adult crybabies, clash.  Still, I will hope that each can see the value of the other’s “skill-set” (a term Rob probably loves) and they can keep Barlow’s Bookies, a lone bastion of a past age, alive and thriving.

Corrie Street May 12/13

oh-eileenFriday episode, Eileen in despair.  Paul is leaving for Yorkshire.  There’s nothing she can or will do about it.  Jason asks Deirdre to see her, maybe cheer her up.

Afternoon, a scene of long-time friends commiserating.  Deirdre sized up the situation on entry:  Eileen feeling sorry for herself, still lying on the couch.  Deirdre opens a bottle, pushes Eileen over so she has room to sit beside her and pours two glasses of red.

deirdre-and-eileenThey talk about Eileen’s bad luck with men.  Eileen gives a synopsis of her relationship history.  That is useful for newer viewers who may not know the story of the fathers of her sons or remember the wonderful Dennis.  For viewers like me who do remember, it was nice to hear about them again, but it was especially nice to see a simple quiet scene of two friends just being with each other.

second-bottleWe haven’t seen Deirdre and Eileen together much recently and it was a reminder that they are good friends and have shared a lot over the years.  We haven’t seen many quiet scenes of any two people lately so this one was a pleasant interlude between the strife and action that love-of-my-lifefollows most of the characters.

The wine, the talk, the reliving of past experiences prompts Eileen to action.  So the last we saw this week was her running down the station platform looking for Paul onboard the Yorkshire-bound train. Depending on how that turns out, she may need Deirdre’s shoulder to cry on once again.  Like the song says, that’s what get-to-the-stationfriends are for.

And the line of the week came from Deirdre when Jason stopped her on the street.  “Just the woman I’m looking for,” he said, to which she replied, “Can I have that on film and play it back on a daily basis?”

Coronation Street May 5/13

Friday, in the café Anna comments to Tina about both of them having “other peoples’ kids, hope you owen-faye-annahave better luck than I’ve had.”

The story of the week was Anna and Faye and Tim – and police and social workers.  Tim having bought a sofa bed, Faye took that as her cue to have sleepovers at Dad’s.  When Anna refused that, Faye escalated it to moving in to Dad’s.  After Anna refused that, Faye alleged Anna had hit her.  After having been removed from her home during the investigation, it finally dawned on Faye that she was being taken very seriously and maybe this was going to have consequences greater than just her getting her own way with her mother.  Waiting at the police station, Izzy, Faye’s temporary guardian, responded beautifully to a difficult situation.  Asked by faye-giving-statementFaye if Anna would go to jail, Izzy said “that depends on you.”  Faye retracted her allegations, and all agreed that Faye was a very troubled child.  I’ll say!  I’d go back to sleeping with one eye open.

Faye got her way in the end, and Anna really had no choice.  Faye has moved temporarily to Tim’s sofa bed.  We’ll see how that goes.  Very real issues affecting adoptive children and parents are being raised in this story.  A Guardian article talks about the new minefields presented by social media like Facebook, which of course was how Faye found Tim in the first place.

Tim gives my husband and me the creeps.  But then so does Faye, so maybe it’s just a family trait.  So as of Thursday, my only dilemma was which gut-wrenching scene to choose.

izzy-gary-tinaThen Friday the story moved to another complicated parentage story – Izzy, Gary and Tina.  Tina had a prenatal class and Izzy and Gary were going with her.  Makes sense they’d go, even though Beth questioned why Izzy was taking time off work for it.  After all, she pointed out, it was Tina who had to know about childbirth.

Beth’s words came to Izzy’s mind, and ours, when they were actually in the class.  Pregnant women and partners all sat on the floor and Izzy in her chair.  Tina and Gary sat on the floor.  Tina, like the other expectant mothers, needed a partner for the exercises people-moving-for-izzyand, of course, for the forthcoming big event.  Izzy realized she was in the way, so she had to navigate her way across a floor filled with pregnant women-and-their-partners to sit in the back, out of the way, out of sight, out of mind.  Tears came to her eyes as she sat off to the side like a fifth wheel.  Beautiful camera work and acting in too-late-to-change-your-mindconveying the emotion.

Leaving aside where this story looks to be heading with Gary getting too interested in Tina, this moment was heartbreaking.  Izzy, feeling extraneous to her child’s development, watching her partner busy partnering with the woman who is carrying the baby.  What, she must be wondering, are the next months going to be like?

izzy-leaving-roomAnna’s comment about other peoples’ kids was fair enough, but she might find she could also extend her sympathy to Izzy.  She too feels like ‘her’ child is not really hers after all.

Coronation Street Apr. 28/13

Karl the local hero, having a hard time with doing everything right while really he’s done I-know-how-you-feeleverything wrong.  He has been hailed as a hero since he attempted to pull Stella out of the burning Rovers.  Of course, it was actually Paul who hauled her out, then Toni went in for Karl and died before she could get out herself.  But especially for Gloria and Stella, Karl’s the hero.  So that’s all right because he did it all for Stella anyway.

Asha-feetHe’s praised now, after the fire, for other reasons too.  He has been wonderful with Sunita’s twins.  They may not have liked him much when he lived with their mother and them, but he’s done wonders for Asha this week.  Reassuring her that her mother was a good person and that she had nothing to do with setting the fire at the Rovers.

Asha-in-shedDev may not have liked Karl much either.  It was Karl for whom Sunita left him.  But seeing how he has helped Asha come to terms with her mother’s death and seeing as how he was willing to put aside his traumatic experience in the fire (being a hero) and come to Sunita’s funeral for Dev’s sake, even Dev has to admit that Karl’s a stand-up guy.

Right now Karl could get away with anything in Weatherfield, his standing is so high.  He could get away with murder.  Wait – that’s exactly what he’s done.  Police accept that Sunita likely started the Rovers’ fire and she likely died by accident or suicide.  The case is closed.  Karl got away with arson and murder.

Asha-opening-doorBut those kids!  Having to look at them trying to make sense of their mother’s death and life.  Seeing Dev’s desperation in trying to understand why his knowledge of Sunita and the facts as the police give them don’t add up.  Dev trying to explain to his children that Mummy had nothing to do with the fire, no matter where she was found, no matter what Simon or anyone else says.  Seeing the gratitude in all Alahan eyes, so relieved at his words of understanding, of solidarity.

I-miss-my-mummyIn the back garden, he tells Asha unconditionally that her mother had nothing to do with the fire.  She believes him, probably wants to anyway but Karl is so convincing about it that she has no room left for doubt.  The irony is that he is telling her the absolute truth and he is the only living being that knows it.

I think he would have cracked with Asha.  I not-her-fault-was-itthink he would have told her if she had asked why he was sure, how he knew Mummy didn’t do it.  I don’t know what Asha would have done with that information if he had, but I’m sure she would have listened and let him tell her.  Not like Stella when he nearly told her at Sunita’s funeral.  As an adult and a mother, feeling her job is always to comfort and console, she wouldn’t let him talk.  She Asha-and-Karl-in-yardgot too busy saying you’re not to blame, no need to feel guilt, there there, it will all be ok.  Sometimes the ability to just shut up and let someone talk can pay big dividends.  This would have been one of them.

Coronation Street Apr. 21/13

waitress-sylviaTuesday, Dennis asks Sylvia about the effectiveness of her hash brownies for pain relief.  Works a treat she said as she swiftly cleared and cleaned tables using her previously painful wrist.  Having wrenched his back, Dennis stops scoffing about the expected effects of marijuana and pleads for some for his back pain.

Sylvia baked them herself, using ingredients given to her by Stan the brownie “pusher man”.  Hers rita-pulls-dennis-off-floorclearly were stronger than his, and Dennis keeled over in a happy stoned heap after just a bite or two.  Rita found him, then saw the leftover brownie.  One sniff of it and she knew. Sylvia and Dennis were trotted off to Dr. Carter’s office for a talk on ‘proper’ pain control and unanticipated physiological dangers of marijuana.

Did producers fear a spike in marijuana purchase and usage by elderly Britons?  Have rita-finds-browniephysicians written to Coronation Street asking them to stop this storyline?  Because if I suffered from chronic pain, I’d be at my local One O’Clock Club right quick looking for a Stan!

Anyone who has read about the social impact of Coronation Street knows that its stories affect people’s attitudes and behaviours. Two examples that come to my mind are increased in inquiries from men to nursing schools when Martin Platt went into nursing and, years before that, law suits against town councils about stubbed toes after Stan Ogden sued Weatherfield council for an injury to his toe from uneven cobbles on the street.

every-sprinkleGoogling Sylvia and hash brownies didn’t produce anything from medical and substance abuse professions about the current storyline.  I did find this article about Stephanie Cole’s thoughts on her character’s actions.  She indicates that it will treat the subject seriously and not just be a funny story about pensioner stoners.

I don’t know if the story has ended with Dr. Carter’s warnings about increased blood pressure and other health risks. Possibly, since they were using it for medicinal rather than recreational purposes and marijuana is not physiologically addicting in the way that opiates and cocaine are.

sylvia-looks-at-candySo this story begs to be compared with the one about Ryan and cocaine.  Within a couple months, Ryan began using cocaine to the point he was dangerous to himself and others, then he stopped.  End of story.  Sylvia and Dennis ceasing their brownie consumption immediately would be more realistic than Ryan apparently never having another thought about cocaine.

I’d like to know what Dr. Carter counsels for chronic pain relief.  I hope it is not percocet or with-dr-carteroxycodone unless Corrie writers are going to delve into the real nastiness of those legal and heavily prescribed painkillers.  They could do that; the continuing serial format allows for presentation of multiple sides of an issue and this is an important one.  I am so sorry, though, that we didn’t get to see Norris and Mary stoned.

Coronation Street Apr. 14/13

Kirsty-with-phoneTuesday, Kirsty’s face as Ruby cries upstairs.  You know that this is the end of the storyline and the end of the road for Kirsty.  The only question is what is she going to do.  Is she going to end the cycle of familial physical violence or perpetuate it?  Is she going to admit she was lying or start hitting the baby?  She looks for help at Dr. Carter’s office.  He won’t give her sleeping pills.  She won’t consider a therapist.  She goes home.  Ruby sleeps, until Julie comes to confront Kirsty.  The baby begins crying again.

She carries Ruby down from upstairs, cooing at her to try to comfort her.  But her sh-sh-sh sounds become words:  “shut up shut up” still said in a soothing voice.  Her patience is at the snapping screams-at-babypoint.  And indeed, she snaps.  The murmured “shut up” becomes a loud scream right in the baby’s face:  SHUT UP.

She stops herself, horrified at what she’s done.  Then picks up the baby in her carrier.  Where is she going?  Next door to beg Julie to take the baby?  No, she doesn’t knock at Eileen’s door where inside Julie is crying on Sean’s shoulder after Kirsty hit her hard. (Why they didn’t try to rescue Ruby, I don’t know.)  They hear the baby cry, then sudden silence. I fear Kirsty is headed for the Canal, where so many Weatherfield evil-doers end the stories of themselves and their victims.

in-courtroomMy guesses are wrong.  Next episode she goes to the courtroom, baby in arms, and asks that Tyrone take the child.  It was she, Kirsty says, who battered Tyrone and she feared she would do the same to Ruby.  After some strange and convoluted judicial outrage about decorum, she is charged with perjury and obstruction of justice.  Tyrone is released and Ruby is returned to him.  As she is taken to the cells, through a window she sees Tyrone walking down the street, carrying the baby with Fizz hanging off his arm.  My heart broke for Kirsty.

All the actors in this story have been brilliant, but Natalie Gumede has been stunning.  She has illustrated all sides of the cycle of domestic abuse.  She has recollected the young girl, terrified of Kirsty-horrifiedher father and frightened for her mother’s safety.  She has shown us the young girl confused and let down by her mother’s unwillingness to protect herself and her child.  She has also shown us a vicious abuser, able to hit someone she loves with anything that comes to hand and make him feel it is his fault that she is “forced” to do this.  She then has shown the regret and horror that an abuser feels after their loss of control and the nightmare that she has become exactly the same as the person she feared and hated.

But she stopped the cycle, early enough that probably it will not affect Ruby in later life.  I thought it would be her mother who stopped it, who said I can’t let another generation of abuse exist.  But by stupid-stupidnot telling the court what she knew, her mother was continuing the cycle of abuse and convicting an innocent man.  She was allowing her own victimization to destroy more lives, and calling it protecting her child.  But two wrongs don’t make a right.  Kirsty put more on the line than she had ever asked of her mother.  She declared herself an abuser and put herself behind bars in order to save her child.  All she had asked of her mother was for her to leave an abusive husband and father.  I think her mother has as much self-examination to do as Kirsty has.