Dear All, forgive long period of silence. I’m sorry that all I have posted recently have been Guardian columns. They will stop for three months or so I fear as I finish documentary filming with one arm for much of the time. For the grisly amongst you here is a picture of the break (a spiral fracture of the right humerus for those who know about these things) and one of the operation which secured a plate and ten screws along the bone. Quite a smash as you can see and it has taken me some time to recover both tissues and spirits.


Over the next month or so I continue the American documentary, filming my way up from New Orleans to the Great Lakes for Leg 3 which begins on the 3rd February.

I will be posting new blogs, both in audio podcast form and in traditional text blessay mode.


Meanwhile thank you for the tremendous quality and spirit of your own postings and comments, for pointing out my manifold omissions and ignorances, for contributing gracefully and knowledgeably to the various debates and for overlooking my own spasmodic presence.


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196 comments on “Bloggery”

  1. First of all, i’m new to the site and have very much loved reading your blessays and when i find the time between my mum and brother whoring the computer i shall read you Guardian entries as well.

    having suffered a few breaks myself i would like to say ouch and wish you the best and a speedy recovery.

    Lucy x

  2. Ligeia says:

    Ouch!!! I’m getting phantom pain just looking at those x-rays, you poor guy. Have lots of fun in New Orleans. If you’re staying for Mardi Gras, that probably won’t be a problem. Good luck with the documentary and get well soon!!

  3. Airnsky says:

    Please, please remember to rest and to take very good care of yourself! That’s quite a schedule with a break like that–and trying to work one-handed. Please take care.

    As you move into the great American West, that rugged individualism will become more and more apparent. It is quite possible to observe extreme sports (e.g. rock climbing, bull riding) without actually doing them.

    Rest a bit. Heal.

  4. Rosita says:

    As my mum would say;
    “Ooooo, that’s made my crotch go cold”!
    I promise you, that’s the only un-ladylike thing she’s ever spoken…. Impressive scar to show off on Halloween though, hope it heals well & soon.

  5. ladyfromhamburg says:

    Dear Mr. Fry, i am so sorry about your accident in Brazil. As I’m writing from Hamburg i didn’t read anything your broken arm in our German newspapers. On your website I found the x-ray they have taken and – well, it looks extraordinary. You don’t do things by halves, right? Please be assured of my sympathy. I hope the pain will ease off very soon and keep my fingers crossed that you will recover quickly. I only had a broken leg which had to be fixed with 3 screws and from this experience I may tell you that mood will change many times during your recovery. One day you will be in the doldrums or you get hot and bothered when you can’t do all things you like to do, always asking youself if the bones will be okay. Next day you burn the candle at both ends and work tremendously.
    So, please be careful with yourself!

    (PS: please excuse all grammar or vocabulary mistakes I made, but regrettably English is not my mother tongue)

  6. PC Bitseach says:

    Bloody nora, that must have hurt like flubbery at the time. I’m feeling sorry for myself sitting here with a sprained knee medial ligament but with TLC that should be better in a month and luckily doesn’t require any carpentry. [nothing exciting like from chasing criminals - slipped on a wet staircase at work like in one of those parasitic solicitor adverts]

    On the plus side, I think this is the first “Dorktalk” blog entry that I’ve understood in its entirety, being more biological than techie.

    Hope it’s all feeling better soon.
    PC Bitseach
    (desperately resisting making a “humerus” pun)

  7. wow that’s quite a break, hope you’re on the mend =]

  8. nylonhandle says:

    Well that was and is bloody cracker of a break Mr Fry.

    PS next time you are in Bath on the first Monday of the month, fancy a pint and a bit of pub quizery and the food isn’t half bad at the King William (London Road)?

    Anyway good luck on the healing!

  9. Mark Rich says:

    Now that’s just showing off! Not content with a little fracture you had to go and do something different! :-)

    I love the images. When you’re all healed consider getting one turned into a Tattoo! Then you can see inside whenever you wish :-)


  10. thankGodforStephen says:

    Dear Mr. Fry,
    I am so sorry. Hope you get well soon.
    Still my Wagner!
    Best regards,

  11. Trouble says:

    Christ on a bike (or fallen off it). I once fractured my elbow and almost passed out. I’m not even going to ask how much that one hurt. Lots of good karma your way for a speedy recovery Stephen.

    Though I have to say to you, once it’s healed, you’ll have to keep it warm in winter, and never carry heavy shopping with it for too long … I’m on about your arm btw. Perhaps you and your good friends at QI could verify that the oft spouted “broken bones heal stronger” line is a myth. My elbow has never been the same.

    Anyway, I do hope you’re not in too much pain, and just think of the story you can tell when people are comparing injuries. Have fun going through the airport scanners and take it easy for a while.

  12. Typo says:

    That’s brutal. Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery.

  13. Susan P. says:

    I am curious to know whether you might road test voice to text programs? I have used a couple (one for PC and one for Mac) with mixed results although I rarely persist long enough. I did however find the PC program better and more responsive to training than the Mac program I used.

  14. Susan P. says:

    Rorschach roll over. That took me a while. I was looking at the second image wondering why you were showing a picture of a metal fence in snow. Even the hospital name didn’t click as such. I thought it was looking out one of those porthole style windows that have in hospital doors.

    NOW I see what it is. Gosh!

  15. mizchris says:

    Dear Stephen,
    I am really sorry. This looks awful, and I only can imagine how painful it must be (never broken any part of me, only once the heart but that was broken by someone else). Speedy recovery and give some time to yourself, take care while travelling and try to look on the bright side of it (if there is any). Someone advised you to keep your screws, well, do, because if there will be a Stephen Fry museum one day, they will obviously need it :)
    Kind regards, best wishes and a very gentle, delicate hug, excluding the broken arm
    Beatrice from Hungary

  16. Alethea says:

    More well-wishing from another distant (physically, and by degrees) friend whom you have yet to meet in person. May you heal quickly and painlessly. May you be able to get on with what you want to get done. As the eloquent ladyfromhamburg said, such attempts on one’s physical integrity do play havoc with one’s mood. May you be patient with yourself, also.

    Looking forward to your audio podcast.

  17. bookwench says:

    I’d express my sympathetic pain, but 161 people have done so before me so straight to the gruesome and completely voyeuristic questions. Will they be taking the screws out or leaving them in? If they leave them in, you will have permanent bone-bumps; which you can feel under the skin. It’s very neat. Some people pay loads of money to get metal implants just for those bumps… of course, they tend to pick shapes like stars and unicorns, but you could always claim is was morse code for something.

    I hope you get snowed in up by the lakes – As bad as that sounds, it’s a wonderful experience. Stuck in a room with hot cocoa and a book, looking out at piles and piles of snow – I lived in upstate NY as a kid and it would snow deeper than I was tall. It was wonderful. I used to dream of tunneling out and bumping into other people tunneling to get to the store.

    And besides, snow’s an endangered species these days.

  18. breadbox says:

    Good luck with the broken arm — I did the same thing a year ago, and wouldn’t wish it on anyone! But I can say that a year on it gives me little trouble any more.
    When the physio tells you that you are supposed to do exercises, *do them*: they hurt like hell, but they do help. In the long term.


  19. cx5 says:

    Hope everything goes well with the old arm.
    I broke my ankle once and I keep spraining it. Which is a problem. Be glad that you don’t have to walk on your arms.
    Get well soon!

  20. lbalazs says:

    I don’t really like the word fan, it makes me think of Britney Spears. So, an admirer wishes you a speedy recovery from Hungary.
    Btw, congratualtions on Moab. It is in the 10 best books I have ever read and I do read a lot.
    All the best,

  21. Narkito says:

    Oh Stephen, that looks terrible!! I hope you’re feeling better now, wish you the very best in the rest of your journey and please, do take care of yourself.

    Greetings from the south of the world,

    PS: Just like Alethea, looking forward to your podcasts.

  22. Anastacia says:

    Oh, God, these photos look so nasty. Hope you`ll get well soon. Wish you, dear mr Fry, to recover as soon as possible! I had my hand broken some year ago and would like to advise you train your hand more after taking out the screws. And I`m sure everything will be all right with you.
    Looking forward to your new blessays.
    With love, greetings from Russia

  23. At least when you break an arm, you do it right!

  24. Susan P. says:

    Is there a wrong way to break an arm?

    Or perhaps his arm was just ‘broken in’. If so, it took a while didn’t it.

  25. fangedwolf says:

    Dear Stephen,

    I was deeply sorry to hear of your misfortune with your arm being broken. I hope that it isnt causing you too much pain, and that it will heal soon. Is your trip otherwise going well? Travelling is fun to see new places, though a bit tiring if you are on a schedule. Are you are still enjoying it?

    Anyway, Happy Valentines Day, Stephen!

    Would have liked to send you a card, but what with your being away, it would not have got to you on time. Yay for the anonymity of the internet!

  26. (1) Agree with AxmxZ about the not-too-well-hidden opportunity for a princess joke.
    (2) Wonder whether that scaffold with all the screws and stuff inside your arm is magnetic – which would at least offer a useful application of all this mess as a kind of portable magnet board.
    (3) Hope that those dear old bones don’t cause you too much pain right now and have the decency to mend soon without itching!

  27. eliza says:

    Very sorry to hear about (and see) your nasty break – get well soon! I really enjoy your blog

  28. vingus says:

    Oh no, how gruesome! I hope you are feeling much better or that you are medicated to not feel much of anything at all. Forget RFID implants, I’m still awed and impressed with screws.

  29. vingus says:

    Oh no, how gruesome! I hope you are feeling much better or that you are medicated to not feel much of anything at all. Forget RFID implants, I’m still awed and impressed with screws being accepted by the body.

  30. amyvdh says:

    Dear Mr. Fry,

    I had the great pleasure to meet you a few months ago when you came to our offices to visit Tim Berners-Lee. He asked me to forward you this message:


    Sorry to hear of the fall. Sounds as though you have a lot of metal in your arm now! So we are taking the liberty of sending a couple of get well soon fridge magnets which should, hopefully, cling to the injured limb.

    With very best wishes.

    Amy and Tim”

    (of course there is a URI:

    If you’d like them, if you let us know the best address, we’d love to send them to you. I hope you are feeling better and that you’re enjoying your trip.

    With very best regards,
    Amy van der Hiel

  31. vingus says:

    Oh no, how gruesome! I hope you are feeling much better or that you are properly medicated to not feel much of anything at all. Forget RFID implants, I’m still awed and impressed by screws being accepted by the body.

  32. betamax says:

    get well soon stephen. having screws and a titanium plate in my head havent did me anee hurmmmm.

  33. Kevinsays says:

    just out of interest, will you get some sort of cool scare?
    Real men collect scares not tattoo.

  34. wyldturtle says:

    Well, that is quite the spectacular break. Having broken my arm once myself I can empathize with your discomfort and frustration with your damaged limb. I do wish you speed in healing and hope your spirits stay up knowing that you have all these people across the world supporting you during your recovery.

    ~all the best

  35. juliandavis29 says:

    Dear Stephen

    Sorry to hear about your accident.Sounds Nasty just downloaded your podcast on my new Ipod.Look forward to hear more.Hope you get well soon I wish you a speedy recovery.

    All The Best


  36. sai says:

    Dear Mr. Fry,
    I had not heard about you until I borrowed a Jeeves and wooster DVD from the library recently. I thoroughly enjoyed your part in the series and have become addicted to it. I have been watching all the episodes with great interest and admiration. I was curious to know more about you after watching the series and my curiosity brought me to this web page. I wanted to tell you that I have become an ardent fan of yours and that it will be impossible to erase your magnificient performances from my memory. I am nearing completion of my PhD in cellular biology and watching some of your performances is very refreshing and thought provoking. I have become a great fan of yours and intend to borrow more DVDs of your works. I know that you might not even read this comment but I feel good now that I have left a comment on your website about my admiration for the actor you are and that such an account exists.
    Wishing you a quick recovery from your injury and hoping to hear and watch you more in the future.

  37. Philhellene says:

    I am just catching up on your blog after a gap.

    I recently fractured my arm, after falling when going to help someone who had rolled their car (they weren’t hurt), mine hurt but it was nothing like yours!

    I am going to listen to Podgrams 1 & 2 while at the fracture clinic.



  38. Helena S says:

    OOooooo thank you!
    Trying SO hard to resist opening the Chocolate Hobnobs here-
    one look at that X-ray and I lost my appetite.

    Best wishes for your full recovery. Go see if that Dr House reprobate can help while you’re over there.

  39. Helena S says:

    Oh! Princess Grace Hospital London? That’s where I had my hands operated on! You are, as I was, in very good hands, as mine are now, since being there.

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  41. jonk says:

    I think I’ve been edited!

  42. Ye gods.

    Stephen, Get Well Soon. (Assuming that the command of a semi-random stranger can effect your wellbeing in any way. Although, I hope in this case…)

    In the same vein, I have no reason to expect that you should pay attention to any advice I might offer. But unfortunately I’m going to offer it anyway, even though I’ve no idea what I am talking about.

    We all want another “Last Chance to See”. Presumably that includes you, since you and Bop Add were mates. But: put your own health first, yeah? That’s a nasty break. Sod the career; health first.

    I’ll shut up now. Sorry; it’s none of my business.

  43. QF says:

    By the way how is your arm, sir? I care for it. I mean you))

    +1 for the first post )

    I wonder why don’t guys speak with each other? Is it against the rules?

  44. 33hurrli says:

    So this is my third try to write a comment, I never blogged before…anyway.. dear Stephen Fry, hope your arm is getting better by now…and you are off to new adventures…I’m very much enjoying your blessays…and looking foreward to the next episode of lively comments and concerns on live on this planet.

  45. Alecsy says:

    Dear Mr. Fry: I’ve only just found your podcast/gram, and beyond my sincere thanks for the entertainment (thanks!) I wanted to add my sympathies for the nuisance and pain of your injury. I had the same break (though possibly closer to the elbow rather than the shoulder than yours?) and had the same surgery, complete with stainless steel plate and ‘pins’ (nails, more like).

    Though I’m more a work-to-live type, sadly, I had no need to schedule in physical therapy, due only to a misunderstanding about how often I was supposed to wear a sling after the surgery. I’m not sure what they told me exactly, but somehow I got the sense that I was supposed to wear it only for a few days, and after that, only if I was really tired. As a result, I wore it while on the subway, mostly to let people know they shouldn’t bump into me there, because, well, OW. Otherwise I didn’t use it at all after three or four days. At an examination maybe a month later, they seemed surprised at two things: 1. that I had healed and regained my range of motion so well and so fast, and 2. where was my sling? Of course I hadn’t worn the sling in weeks.

    In any case, if your long-term recovery is anything like my own has been after 4 or so years, range of motion will return nearly 95%, strength (mine was never great anyway) perhaps 85%. Any action putting a sort of torque on the bone– opening a jar, say– remains difficult for me, and knocking that elbow in just the wrong way, though a rare occurrence, hurts beyond the expressive reach of all my profanity. And then there is the lovely Frankenstein-esque scar, an addition to my already, ahem, eccentric appearance I really didn’t need. But you are right, in the grand scheme of things, such injures only serve to show us how much worse things could and can be.

    Enjoyed your outpourings on/against dance. Keep in mind that others’ entreaties to convert you come from love, and a wish to share pleasure. Evelyn Waugh had no appreciation for music, but could you have resisted trying to change that? I don’t think I could have.

  46. dannya says:

    I found this article whilst doing some research on breaking your humerus as I have suffered the same fate 3 weeks ago… Same result, metal plate and a few more screws, 12 in total in my left arm! (At least I’m right handed) Can’t imagine how you got out of the jungle with the pain, as any movement is agonising. I was only a few minutes from a hospital in Manchester but couldn’t wait to get there in a taxi, no time to wait for the ambulance to arrive, always reading about how they take 30 mins to arrive. The pain is like no other I’ve felt but nothing morphine and gas and air can’t fix initially… I can go one better thaty x-ray photos as the girl that took me to the hospital filmed me having my initial treatment whilst under heavy sedation, not sure if this is slightly sick or very funny?! (Or both)

    I’d be interested to hear how you’ve recovered and how the arm/hand works, I’m lucky I’ve got full movement in my hand etc but still get dull aches and occasional sharp pain after 3 weeks on some strong painkillers and the occasional beverage in-between… Looking forward to the cast being off in the New Year and doing some physio, any tips on what worked well, thinking swimming etc??

    Anyway, always enjoyed watching you on tv, never read any of your books, so maybe now is a good time to do this whilst off work. Hope you now a fully functioning 2 armed person again and can enjoy doing your own shoe-laces up and showering without the use of a bin liner and elastic bands (my own invention)


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