Week 370, Saturday 17th until Friday 23rd July 2021.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in Ibiza and Northamptonshire

Hi my name is Helen, Dana’s sister. I have kidnapped the blog for this week.

This week has been a strange one, we got back from Ibiza thinking that Dana would go home on Tuesday. This all changed when we received calls from NHS Test and Trace stating that we needed to isolate for 10 days. All info before we travelled was that because the Balearics were in green (for those outside of the UK. The British government have a traffic light system of red, amber and green. Green countries don’t require a period of isolation. Two days after we returned Ibiza did fall back in to Amber. But it was green when we were there) we wouldn’t need to isolate. The person on the phone was confident and very convincing that Dana should live with us for this period. Also Dana didn’t want Priti Patel knocking angrily on mums front door.

“My sister is older than me and should have known that if she was going to skinny dip, I would take a snap”.

This mean that Dana was going to be living with us for a lot longer than anyone thought. Mum and I live in a bungalow which is great for two, but makes things a little more difficult with three. She has taken over the living room leaving her belongings all over the place, trying to trip myself and mum up.

The last sunset we enjoyed together before coming home to isolate.”.

Other issues, she has eaten us out of house and home. Resulting in a bigger than normal supermarket delivery just to cope with her oversized appetite. She wouldn’t want the world to know that the small village we live in has had to have its drains unblocked at least twice due to the amount that she has flushed away (she really spends far to long in the loo. Playing the radio very loud to mask uncomfortable sounds). One thing my sister enjoys is napping during the day. Napping many, many times every day, she really needs to get back to work. Mum dreads how much extra electricity she has costs us, staying up into the small hours watching multiple screens at the same time. I have suggested sending her the bill when it arrives.

“Isolating is having an affect on my sister. Could someone take her away”.

In reality it has been a joy to have Dana with us this week (she actually doesn’t leave until next Tuesday. My opinion may have changed by then). We have spent the week introducing each other to films and tv shows that we had not seen before. And sitting in the garden watching a very large black bird chick that sits with its mouth open waiting to be fed.

“Please will someone take the onions away from her. This is a small house”.

Dana has her uses, she enjoys watering the garden, which I don’t. Rereading my list, that is the only task that she has been useful for. Maybe next time (if we allow her to stay again) we will find other talents that she claims to have.

“We would say cheese, but Dana ate it all”.

I suppose I should remove the gag and untie her, I don’t want the neighbours being disturbed. I hope you have enjoyed this kidnapping of her So-Called blog, if you would prefer me to write this more regularly then please contact Dana at the following email address.

helenwritesabetterblogthanyou@hotfemail.coke.

“Mum zooming”.

Thank you for reading, that’s all from me here in Northamptonshire. Sadly normal blogging service will resume next week. Lots of love Helen xxxxx.

“Dana made a friend”.

This is what Dana has watched this week……

“Alien Deep With Bob Ballard”, (S1, ep 5, TX: 17/09/12). “Annabelle Comes Home”, (2019). “Army Of The Dead”, (2021). “BBC News At Ten – Wally Funk/Blue Origin (Package)”, (TX: 20/07/21). “Black Summer”, (S2, ep 4). “Blue Origin Launch”, (YouTube)(TX: 20/07/21). “Click”, (TX: 10/07/21) (TX: 17/07/21). “Colony”, (S2, ep 9). “Creating An Army Of The Dead”, (2021). “Craig And Bruno’s Great British Road Trips”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 14/07/21)(ep 2, TX: 21/07/21). “Cunk On Britain”, (S1, ep 3). “Drain The Ocean”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 28/05/18). “Farscape”, (S4, ep 15 & ep 16). “How Its Made”, (S19, ep 1, TX: 19/04/12 & ep 2, TX: 26/04/12)(S21, ep 10 TX: 09/07/13)(S32, ep 16, TX: 24/03/19). “Loki”, (S1, ep 4). “Manifest”, (S1, ep 1). “Mindscape”, (2013). “Monkey Life”, (S5, ep 3, TX: 01/08/12)(ep 4, TX: 02/08/12). “My Floating Home”, (S3, ep 2). “Newsnight – Wally Funk/Blue Origin (Package)”, (TX: 20/07/21). “Penny Dreadful”, (S1, ep 1 & ep 2). “Ride With Juno As It Flies Past The Solar System’s Biggest Moon and Jupiter”, (Facebook) (14/07/21). “Rhino Orphanage”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 2016). “Rob And Romesh Vs.”, (S3, ep 3, “Drag”, TX: 18/02/21)(ep 4,”Team GB”, Pt 1, TX: 15/07/21 & ep 5, Pt 2, TX: 22/07/21)(ep 7,”Almost Everything”, TX: 29/07/21). “SAS: Red Notice”, (2021). “Stargate SG1″, (S10, ep 6). “Stargate Atlantis”, (S2, ep 1 & ep 2). “Star Trek, (Original Series)”, (S3, ep 3). “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”, (S2, ep 14). “Star Trek: The Next Generation bloopers And Outtakes in the 1980s”, (YouTube)(TX: 07/05/20). “Sykes”, (S3, ep 2, TX: 24/10/74). “Taskmaster”, (S3, ep 5, TX: 01/11/16)(S4, ep 1, TX: 25/04/17)(ep 2, TX: 02/05/17)(ep 3, TX: 09/05/17)(ep 4, TX: 16/05/17). “The Bureau Of Magical Things”, (S1, ep 4). “The Haunting Of Margam Castle”, (2013). “The Last Leg”, (S22, ep 7, TX: 16/07/21). “This Way Up”, (S2, ep 1 to ep 2). “Travel man 48 hrs in…..”, (S2, ep 3, TX: 19/01/16)(ep 4, TX: 26/01/16)(ep 7, TX: 08/04/16)(ep 8, TX: 15/04/16). “Tribes Of Europa”, (S1 ep 3). “Van Helsing”, (S3, ep 6 & ep 7). “What Happened Immediately After The Challenger Launch?”, (Facebook) (10/03/20). “What New Air Force Cadets Go Through On Day One At The Academy”, (Facebook)(15/07/21).

This is what Dana has listened to this week…..

“30 Animals That Made Us Smarter”, (BBC World Service)(S2, ep 2, 19/07/21). “Anglophilia”, (S3, ep 1, 21/05/19). “Box Of Delights”, (S2, ep 3, 15/12/19). “Coronavirus Global Update “, (17/07/21) (18/07/21)(19/07/21)(20/07/21)(21/07/21)(22/07/21)(23/07/21). “Doctor Who”, (The Incomparable/TeeVee) (26/12/17). “NASA: Gravity Assist”, (23/07/21). “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 204, 16/07/21)(ep 205, 23/07/21). “Nick Abbott Whole Show”, (17/07/21) (18/07/21)(23/07/21). “Rob Beckett and Josh Widdecombe Parenting Hell”, (S3, ep 3, 20/07/21)(ep 4, 23/07/21). “Space And Things”, (STP3, 17/09/20). “Space Soliders Podcast – Flash Gordon’s Trip To Mars”, (Chapter 5, “The Boomarang”, 10/07/20)(Chapter 6, “Tree Men Of Mars”, 17/07/21). “The All New Angelos And Barry Podcast”, (21/07/21). “The Audio Guide To Babylon 5”, (ep 38, 18/05/15). “The Friendship Onion”, (S1, ep 10, 21/07/21). “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (20/07/21). “The Skewer”, (BBC Radio 4/Sounds)(S4, ep 8, 21/07/21). “The Space Above Us”, (073, 10/09/19) (074, 24/01/19)(075, 07/02/19)(076, 21/02/19)(077, 07/03/19)(078, 21/03/19)(079, 04/04/19)(080, 18/04/19)(081, 02/05/19)(082, 30/05/19)(083, 13/06/19)(084, 27/06/19)(085, 11/07/19)(086, 25/07/19)(087, 08/08/19)(088, 22/08/19)(089, 05/09/19). “This Week In Time Travel”, (The Incomparable)(11/07/17)(26/12/17). “Toby Hadoke’s Happy Time Travels – Happy Times And Places”, (19.2, “Time And The Rani”, ep 2, 19/07/21)(19.3, ep 3, 21/07/21)(19.4, ep 4, 23/07/21). “Vulcan Hello”, (The Incomparable)(24/01/20). “WTB”, (S1, ep 13, 16/10/20). “What’s Your Problem With Nick Abbot And Carol Mcgiffin”, (20/07/21). “Wolf And Owl”, (Bonus #20, 17/07/21)(ep 33, 21/07/21)(Bonus #21, 23/07/21).

Dana has listened to songs by the following artist……

“Altered Images”, “Blur”, “Dodgy”, “Dream Academy”, “Dubstar”, “Elbow”, “First Aid Kit”, “Ian Brown”, “Iggy Pop”, “James”, “Lorde”, “McAlmont And Butler”, “Manic Street Preachers”, “MonaLisa Twins”, “Nirvana”, “Sam Smith”, “Suede”, “The Beat”, “Underworld”, “Wonderstuff”.

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Week 369, Saturday 10th until Friday 16th July 2021.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in Northamptonshire & IBIZA.

All the pictures this week are screenshots off another device, which is why the quality of some is not good. This is due to tech issues (for the second week running) with the internet and lack of memory (I am unable to clear it until I return home). That’s enough of the excuse.

This is my 3rd trip to the white island with a few members of the family, each time we hire the same villa with a pool and plenty of space for us to do whatever we want. The trip in 2020 was as you wont be surprised to read didn’t happen. This years trip was booked months ago, but until the very last minute we really didnt know if it was actually going to happen.

This is a placemat in a lovely restaurant, Bar Ulivans we like to visit

I realise how lucky we have been, I really have appreciated every moment. Dated have been looked at dates next year and hope to confirm soon. I have a lot of things I need to make decisions about over the coming months, one of them is my intention to travel. I have said this a lot over the last 4 years, I really could live here on the paradise island of Ibiza. Who knows what’s going to happens.

What follows are more pictures from the last week, I know looking at a persons holiday snaps is not really that interesting, but that’s all the content. It’s possible next week will continue the holiday theme, as I have lots more pictures. I warn you now, you may have not seen the last of me in a swimming cozzie.

Normal service will resume soon.

Yes, I am naked.
I loved just floating around the pool.
Watching our final sunset. Until next year.

My Mid Life Crisis Continues……

This Week I Have Watched……

“Adam Savage Meets Original Statler And Waldorf Muppet!”, (Facebook)(TX: 26/06/21). “Ask Adam Savage: Working On R2D2 At ILM”, (Facebook)(TX: 08/03/21). “Bang Theory, Season 5, Behind The Scenes”, (Facebook)(TX: 04/09/12). “Clarkson’s Farm”, (s1, ep 3 to ep 6). “Colony”, (S2, ep 8). “Crazy Craig’s Pearls And Jewellery- 4th Year Anniversary Video”, (Facebook)(TX: 15/07/21). Kathy Burke: Money Talks”, (S1, ep 1, TX 05/07/21). “Loki”, (s1, ep 1 to ep 3). “Mortician Teaches Embalming”, (Facebook)(TX: 10/07/21). “Pandora”, (S2, ep 10). “South Korea ‘s Female Funeral Undertakers”, (Facebook)(TX: 18/11/20). “Spaced”, (S1, ep 1). “Star Trek”, (S3, ep 1 & ep 2). “The Man In The High Castle”, (S1, ep 10). “The Watch”, (S1, ep 8). “Tribes Of Europa”, (s1, ep 1 & ep 2). “The Bureau Of Magical Things”, (s1, ep 3). “The Umbrella Academy”, (s2, ep 3 & ep 4). “TV Centre – The Birth Of A Building”, (YouTube)(TX: 13/06/13). “Van Helsing”, (s2, ep 3 to ep 5). “Yes, God, Yes”, (2019).

This Week I Have Listened To……

“30 Animals Makes Us Smarter”, (BBC World Service/Sounds)(S2, ep 2, 12/07/21). “Anti Social Show”, (ep 94, 10/07/21). “Betamax Video Club”, (ep xx, 23/01/20). “Box Of Delights”, (S2, ep 2, 14/12/19). “Coronavirus Global Update”, (BBC World Service/Sounds) (10/07/21) (11/07/21)(12/07/21)(13/07/21)(14/07/21)(15/07/21)(16/07/21). “Doctor Who”, (The Incomparable/TeeVee)(S10, ep 12, 02/07/17). “Farscape”, (The incomparable/TeeVee)(15/07/21). “Makes Art Will Travel”, (S1, ep 7, 10/03/21). “Mystery Hour”, (15/07/21). “Nick Abbot Whole Show”, (10/07/21)(11/07/21)(16/07/21). “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe Parenting Hell”, (S3, ep 1, 13/07/21)(ep 2, 16/07/21). “Smersh Pod”, (01/04/18). “Space And Things”, (STP2, 10/09/20). “Space Boffins”, (13/07/21). “Star Trek Universe”, (12/12/18). “The All New Angelos And Barry Podcast”, (11/07/21). “The Friendship Onion”, (S1, ep 9, 13/07/21). “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (12/07/21). “The Skewer”, (BBC Radio 4/Sounds)(S4, ep 7, 14/07/21). “The Space above Us”, (ep 71, 13/12/18)(ep 72, 27/12/18). “This Week In Time Travel “, (04//7/17). “Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels – Happy Times And Places”, (18.4, “The Highlanders”, ep 4, 12/07/21)(19.1, “Time And The Rani”, ep 1, 16/07/21). “What’s Your Problem With Nick Abbot And Carol Mcgiffin”, (12/07/21). “Wolf And Owl”, (ep 32, 14/07).

This Week I Have Enjoyed Music By……

“Morrissy”, “Air”, “Ash”, “Hole”, “Groove Armada”, “Johnny Marr”, Kula Shaker”, “LCD Soundsystem, “Manic Street Preachers”, “Manyelo Dafro”, “Smoke City”, “Saint Etienne”, “Sixpence None The Richer”, “Sophie B Hawkins”, “Strawberry Switchblade”, “The Rolling Stones”, “The Stone Rose’s“, and lots of “Ibiza Live Radio – 103.7 Fm”.

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Week 368, Saturday 3rd until Friday 9th July 2021.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London, Essex, East Sussex (Twice) and Northamptonshire.

This is being published at my mums, I can’t seem to add any pictures.  Keep reading maybe this is a good thing.


Last Saturday my friend and I went to Hastings, we spent the day pottering around nick-nack shops, walking on the beach, dodging the miniature train and enjoying chips and donuts (not together).  One thing that shock me was the size of the Seagulls, they are absolutely massive.  I dropped a chip (by accident) and littered the pavement for less than a second because a couple of these flying giants landed and fought over my lost food.  Very little goes to waste in Hastings, could these be the cleanest streets in the UK.


I did come away with a few purchases that had been cluttering the shelves of an antique shop, which will now clutter mine in my bedroom.  It was while driving home I said to my friend that there were a few other bits and bob’s that I wanted to buy but didnt.  Sunday I was on the phone to the shop at opening time, within a few minutes I had spent more money.  The plan was to collect these on Thursday morning (I finished work on Wednesday for nearly two weeks, woo hoo).


Thursday came, my plan was as follows.
Get up early, drive to Hastings (about an hour and a half) grab my stuff  drive straight back to East London.  Once in the doorway drop the purchases (not literally) then drive to mums (two hours away).


I opened the curtains and saw two of the regular local cats sitting on the grass with a pile of feathers between them.  The feathers moved, the bird was alive.  I rushed outside, the cats disappeared, the clump of feathers moved around without any coordination.  The Pigeon was badly injured and covered in blood.  After picking it up I felt its claws gently grip my fingers, and its heart beating fast.  The left wing was twisted awkwardly, the right wing was mostly missing.  All over the body were horrible scratches, with deep gouged areas.


With help from my friend the bird was placed in a box (with plenty of ventilation).  The Pigeon would struggle occasionally making the box move a little, this didnt happen after I put a boot on top to ensure the box was firmly closed.  We left the bird to calm down, both of us would gently have a look now and then making sure it was still alive.  I got straight onto the internet looking up charities and organisations for help.  I left text and voice messages as requested.  I even rang Battersea Dogs and Cats home to see if they were able to suggest organisation who might be able to assist.


None of the charities got back to me, luckily my friend found a wildlife hospital about half an hour from home, who said to come round.  The vet examined the Pigeon saying he would X-ray and clean up the casualty and see what he could do.  My worry is that “its just a Pigeon”, the hospital will do what they can, but who is really going to rehabilitate a feral Pigeon?  I drove to Hastings feeling upset, wandering if I could look after the bird and care for it with the help from the hospital.  Of course these thoughts were totally impractical. I hope I did the best for the animal.


Once at Hastings I picked up my tatt, then drove straight home. My trip to mum would have to be on Friday morning, because I was knackered

Friday early morning I made my way up the M1. In the afternoon with my sister beside the canal I rang the hospital to see if there was any update, good or bad. Sadly the volunteer was very busy and wasn’t able to tell me anything. I leave for Ibiza with mum and sister early Saturday morning. I will try to contact the wildlife hospital again, I just need to find out what happened. As I have said sadly I am prepared for bad news. When I return from this short break I am going to find out about volunteering at the wildlife hospital (if they will have me) maybe I can actually do some good for a sick animal. It’s been a really stressful couple of days. I am looking forward to this break in Ibiza with family even more now, but in the back of my mind will be the image of a injured bloody bird my hands.

And Finally…..
A number of neighbours have been singing (I think they call it singing) “its coming home” extremely loudly in there gardens. Personally I will locked the door, leave an Oyster card on the door step and tell it to go away.

Next week is the Ibiza 2021 special, and am not able to promise there wont be a picture of me in a swimming cozzie (I can’t be responsible if your eyes burn and you need years of therapy. You have been warned).

This week I have watched…..

12 Facts You Didnt Know About North Korea”, (Facebook)(14/09/20). “Black Summer”, (S2, ep 3). Click”, (03/07/21). “Colony”, (S2, ep 6 & ep 7). “Discovering Queen”, (2013). “Family Finally Opens Mysterious Safe That’s Been In House For Years”, (Facebook)(07/06/21). “Friends”, (S7, ep 11 & ep 12, 21 to ep 24)(S8, ep 15 to 18, ep 23 to ep 24)(S9, ep 1 to ep 6). “Fringe”, (S5, ep 12 & ep 13). “Gardens World”, (2021, ep 9, TX: 14/05/21). “Hangman”, (20XX). “Ice Rinks Aren’t Really White”, (Facebook)(11/06/21). “Monsters At Work”, (S1, ep 1 & ep 2). “Parallel Worlds Probably Exist. Here’s Why”, (Facebook)(16/06/21). “Star Trek, (Original Series)”, (S2, ep 25 & ep 26). “The Bureau Of Magical Things” (S1, ep 1 to ep 2). “The Golden Girl”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 6). “The Tomorrow War”, (2021). “The Umbrella Academy” (S2, ep 1 to ep 2). “Van Helsing”, (S3, ep 2). “V Wars”, (S1, ep 7). “What It’s Loke Being A Mortician”, (Facebook)(27/06/21). “What The Last 24 Hours Of A Death Row Prisoner Look Like”, (Facebook)(06/06/20).

This week I listened to……

30 Animals That Made Us Smarter”, (BBC World Service/Sounds)(S2, ep 2, 05/07/21). “Anglophilia”, (11/12/18). “Betamax Video Club”, (ep 17, 16/05/18). “Box Of Delights”, (S1, ep 29, 22/11/19)(S2, ep 1, 13/12/19). “Coronavirus Global Update”, (BBC World Service) (03/07/21) (04/07/21) (05/07/21) (06/07/21)(07/07/21)(08/07/21)(09/07/21). “Doctor Who”, (The incomparable/TeeVee) (S10 ep 11, 25/06/17). “Game Of Thrones”, (TeeVee)(S6, ep 7, 06/06/16). “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buddha”, (bonus, 05/07/21). “Liza Tarbuck”, (BBC Radio 2/Sounds). “Makes Art Will Travel”, (S1, ep 9, 24/03/21). “Mystery Hour”, (08/07/21). “NASA: Gravity Assist”, (09/07/21). “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 204, 09/07/20). “Nick Abbot Whole Show”, (03/07/21)(04/07/21)(09/07/21). “Smersh Pod”, (ep 4 & ep 6, 01/04/18). “Space And Things”, (Trailer, 27/08/20)(STP1, 03/09/20). “Space Soliders Podcast – Flash Gordon’s Trip To Mars”, (Chapter Four, “Ancient Enemies”, 03/07/21). “Talking Bottom”, (03/07/21)(05/07/21). “The All New Angelos And Barry Podcast”, (04/07/21)(09/07/21). “The Audio Guide To Babylon 5”, (ep 36, 20/09/15)(ep 37, 05/10/15). “The Friendship Onion”, (S1, ep 6, 06/07/21). “The Incomparable”, (The Incomparable)(ep 572, 04/07/22). “The Old Doctor Who Show”, (ep 114, 07/07/21). “The Space Above Us”, (053, 05/04/18)(054, 19/04/18)(055, 03/05/18)(056, 17/05/18)(057, 31/05/18)(058, 14/06/18)(059, 28/06/18)(060, 12/07/18)(061, 26/07/18)(062, 09/08/18)(063, 23/08/18)(064, 06/09/18)(065, 20/09/18)(066, 04/10/18)(067, 18/10/18)(068, 01/11/18)(069, 15/11/18)(070, 29/11/18)(071, 13/12/18). “Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels – Happy Times And Places”, (18.2, “The Highlanders”, pt 2, 05/07/21)(18.3, “The Highlanders”, 09/07/21). “The Skewer”, (BBC Radio 4/Sounds)(S4, ep 6, 07/07/21). “This Week In Time Travel”, (The Incomparable)(27/06/17). “WTB”, (S1, ep 10, 25/09/20)(ep 11, 02/10/20)(ep 12, 09/10/20). “What’s Your Problem With Nick Abbot And Carol Mcgiffin”, (05/07/21). “Wolf And Owl”, (S1, ep 31, 07/07/21). “

I also heard songs by……

Bad Manners”, “Bananarama”, “Beck”, “Broadcast”, “Elbow”, “Florence And The Machine”, “Lilly Allen”, “Odyssey”, “Queen”, “Smiths”, “Suede”, “The Communards Ft Sarah Jane Morris”, “The Foo Fighters”, “The Specials”, “The Subways

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Week 367, Saturday 26th June until Friday 2nd July 2021.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in Surrey, Gloucestershire, Northamptonshire and East London.

Week 367, Saturday 26th June until Friday 2nd July 2021.

Can I say sorry now, because this has been written in a hurry.  Hope it makes scene.

This last week has been so busy in the call centre, a lot of the time it really has been call after call after call with very little breathing space in between.  When a call starts I just want to get on with business, answer the enquiry end the call as soon as possible.  After this I can write my notes and enjoy the precious seconds of nothing as the clock on the screen counts down to zero allowing the next call to come through.

Occasionally a caller throws a curveball at me and says “how are you” or something like that.  On Friday this happened and I panicked and said “just glad it’s Friday, it’s nearly the weekend”.  The person replied straight away saying loudly “It’s coming Home”.  For a fraction of a second I really didn’t understand, then realised this was a Kicky Ball reference.  Anyone who knows me will know that I have absolutely no interest in sport; it doesn’t register with me in any way.

“My look while talking sport”.

At the end of the call the very nice person asked me excitedly how I was watching the game. Because there was no time to think I just said “with friends and beer”, I must have sounded convincing as the caller approved of this response saying again “It’s coming home”.  I did wonder if he wanted me to say it back to him, I think this is a phrase that like-minded people say to identify each other.  I couldn’t say it, I couldn’t lie that much.  I wonder what they would have said if I had references sporting names I can remember such as “Steve Cram”, “Daley Thompson”, “Fatima Whitbread” or “Zola Budd”.  Yes I am old and can only name a few sports personalities from the last century.  It might have made the call more interesting.

“Working on a Doodle for next week”.

 It’s lovely that the caller is happy and enthusiastic about sport; I am just not one of them.  Don’t worry I won’t be totally out of the loop, because neighbours all around will make there feeling’s very clear.  I will endeavour to have my ear buds pushed in as far as possible to drown out the noise.

“I thought these should finally be eaten, as new stock will be in the shops soon”.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

“This is a screen shot as we continued to pass by”.

My sister was taking mum and her twin home last weekend, I was with them we realised that a slight detour on route would take us passed Jezzer Clarkson’s farm.  We had all recently enjoyed while watching Clarksons Farm so thought why not pop in.  We left early thinking we could arrive around the time the shop opened, we could buy a few gifts, maybe see the great man and still get mum and my baby sister home for lunchtime.

“It seems everyone had the same idea”.

Sat in the back I navigated using two phones (don’t ask) only causing my sister who to make a couple of U-turns on small country lanes, we still arrived minutes after 9.30 am.  Looking out of the window we were all stunned, it would seem lots of others had the same idea; the queue was already snaking around the small carpark.  Seeing this we came to our senses and continue on our journey to mums house.  It would have been lovely to stretch our legs at Casa Clarkson, but let’s be realistic we would have been waiting to cross the threshold of the shop for a couple of hours and would Jezzer really be at the shop on a Sunday.

“On the left is Jezzer’s farm”.

About 10 mins further down the road we did stop when we saw a sign for a farm shop (Fenemore Farms).  I would have loved to have visited Clarksons farm properly, but I think we choose wisely (still a fave quote from a great film.  D you know it?).  This lovely little shop was empty (though there were a couple of people waiting, when we left) it sold very reasonably priced products which originated from the farm or surrounding ones.  Plus the lady behind the counter was so nice and loved to chat.

“Fenemore Farm, with a lovely little farm shop”.

It was a lovely morning with family, we did visit Diddly Squat in a way.  One day when the popularity has died (in reality it won’t) down, we will visit with the hope that we might see a tall man with fuzzy hair stubbornly doing what he wants and not listening to the experts around him.  I will definitely return to Fenemore Farm when I need more of their beautiful honey.  

And Finally……

Eating porridge early one morning, my friend said from the other side of the room, “I’m looking up Simon Bates“.  After swollening I questioned this.  It turns out she said, “I’m looking up side gates”.  My only excuse is I didn’t get a lot of sleep the night before and it really was early.

“My niece drew this on my hand. Its a picture of me, she wants me to have this tattooed somewhere”.

Next week’s ramble will probably include something about my forthcoming return to the White Isle.  Don’t worry I won’t inflict on you a picture of me in my new swimming cozzie.

“We didn’t buy this lovely in the farm shop”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

“My fave quote this week while watching Sewing Bee”.

This week I have watched:

“CHiPs”, (S2, ep 4 & ep 5).  “Click”, (TX: 26/06/21).  “Colony”, (S2, ep 4 & ep 5).  “Dinosaur”, (2021).  “Friends”, (S6, ep 9 to ep 11)(S7, ep 6 to ep 10 & ep 12 to ep 13 & ep 20 to ep 22)(S8, ep 4 to ep 6 & ep 10 & ep 12 to ep 14).  “Fringe”, (S5, ep 1 to ep 11).  “Glastonbury: Legends Of Glastonbury”, (TX: 27/06/21).  “Kaleb Cooper Reveals All About Working On Clarkson’s Farm – This Morning”, (YouTube)(TX: 21/06/21).  “Live At Worthy Farm: Backstage“, (TX: 27/06/21).  “Star Trek, (Original Series)”, (S2, ep 23 & ep 24).  “The Curse of Mr. Bean”, (S1, ep 3).  “The Great British Sewing Bee”, (S4, ep 5, TX: 13/06/16)(ep 6, TX: 20/06/16)(ep 7, TX: 27/06/16(ep 8, TX: 04/07/16)(S5, ep 1, TX: 12/02/19) (ep 2, TX: 19/02/19)(ep 3, TX: 26/02/19)(ep 4, TX: 05/03/19)(ep 5, TX: 12/03/19)(ep 6, TX: 19/03/19)(ep 7, TX: 26/03/19)(ep 8, TX: 02/04/19).  “The  Last Leg”, (S22, ep 5, TX: 02/07/21).  “The Watch”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 6).  “Van Helsing”, (S2, ep 11 to ep 13)(S3, ep 1).

This week I have listening to:

“30 Animals That Made Us Smarter “, (BBC News/World Service)(S2, ep 1, 28/06/21).  “Betamax Video Club”, (ep 61, 06/02/20).  “Box Of Delights”, (S1, ep 26, 15/11/19(ep 27, 19/11/19). “Coronavirus Global Update”, (BBC World Service) (26/06/21) (27/06/21) (28/06/21) (29/06/21) (30/06/21)(01/07/21)(02/07/21).  “Doctor Who”, (The Incomparable)(S10, ep 10, 18/06/17). “Farscape”, (TeeVee)(30/06/21).  “Game Of Thrones”, (TeeVee)(S6, ep 5, 23/05/16)(ep 6, 30/05/16).  “Griefcast”, (ep 139, 30/06/21).  “Lazy Doctor Who”, (ep 218, 27/06/22).  “Makes Art Will Travel”, (ep 6, 03/03/21).  “Mystery Hour”, (01/07/21).  “NASA: Gravity Assist”, (02/07/21).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep202, 02/07/21).  “Nick Abbot Whole Show”, (26/06/21) (27/06/21)(02/07/21).  “Space Soliders Podcast – Flash Gordon’s Trip To Mars”, (Chapter Three, “Queen Of Magic”, 26/06/21).  “Star Trek Universe Podcast “, (10/12/18).  “Smersh Pod”, (02/03/18). Talking Bottom”, (28/06/21) (29/06/21) (30/06/21).  “The Audio Guide To Babylon 5”, (ep 35, 07/09/15).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (28/06/21).  “The Skewer”, (BBC Radio 4/Sounds)(S4, ep 5, 30/06/21).  “The Space Above Us”, (050, 22/02/18)(051, 08/03/18)(052, 22/03/18).  “This week In Time Travel”, (The Incomparable) (20/06/17).  “Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels – Edward Peel Interview”, (28/06/21).  “Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels- Happy Times And Places”, (18.1, “The Highlanders, Pt 1″, 02/07/21).  “WTB”, (End Of Series 2: Best Bits, 02/07/21).  “What’s Your Problem With Nick Abbot And Carol Mcgiffin”, (28/06/21).  “Wolf And Owl”, (ep 30, 30/06/21)(Bonus #19, 02/07/21).

Songs I enjoyed this week, were by:

“Morrissey”,  “10cc”,  “Amy Grant”,  “Art Of Noise”,  “David Bowie”,  “Erasure”,  “Keith Urban ft Nile Rodgers,  “Madonna”,  “Natalie Imbruglia”,  “Nirvana”,  “Punjabi MC”,  “Soft Cell”,  “Terence Trent D’Arby”,  “Texas”,  “The XX”. 

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Week 366, Saturday 19th until Friday 25th June 2021.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in Surrey, East and Central London.

Week 366, Saturday 19th until Friday 25th June 2021.

I did say sorry to both these great dads”.

I have worked from home since mid-March 2020, Monday to Friday I unfurl a long wire, one end is connected to the router the other into the work phone.  Gradually that wire has got bent, twisted looking a little sad.  I mentioned this to my manager who said to come in and pick up a new one.  This proved more difficult than I thought.

“This was flying above work”.

The building I had to visit is one I know well and worked in a lot (it was not my main office, I was able to use this office as a backup if trains were late or adverse weather disrupted London’s delicate transport system) was locked down tighter than the “Del Boys” wallet.  The doors were firmly closed, covered in warning signs and stickers saying “Go Away, Don’t Even Think About Coming In”.  Security were not interested, even when I told them I was staff and dangled my pass at a clear patch on the glass double doors which remained firmly locked.  Under normal circumstances the building would be busy with members of the public visiting to see people or attend meetings.  I suspect this has been a good way for management to push everyone to use the online service that people previously didn’t want to use.

“Fake Crimbum”.

Luckily I was able to contact a colleague inside the secure bunker of a building, but just as I started to explain what door I was locked out of my battery died.  Security were too busy doing Sudoku, defluffing each other’s belly buttons or watching constant repeats of 20 year old comedies to be bothered with my plight.  It was then I remembered my long pink fully charged external power pack, which allowed me to speak to my colleagues who directed me to a dodgy side door that appeared to only be used by smokers from the mountain of fag butts on the floor.  Once the technology was handed over I made my way home as quickly as possible, I didn’t want to get caught up in the rush hour crush on the tube.  I really don’t miss that daily commute, if I can work from home as long as possible I really will be happy.

“These youngsters are growing fast”.

The wire is great, it’s extremely long.  I had mentioned I needed at least 8 metres; this replacement must be 20 metres long.  If the washing line ever gives up I could string the excess out of the window and put it to good use to stop it from being a coiled trip hazard in the hallway.

“They will find there way down in the end”.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

“Hot & Spicy, just the way I like it”.

In front of the house I live in is a green, with houses on all sides.  It’s only since I have worked from home that I have noticed that every month (sometimes every couple of weeks at this time of the year) a man in a Hi-Viz vest rides around on an industrial mower cutting the grass.  As I write, this machine is traveling back and forth in front of me, again!  Surely not all local government grass is cut as often, this patch is better maintained than the hallowed turf at Wimbledon.  Maybe my local council has extra money hidden away behind the sofa in the break room; cutting the grass constantly this balances the books.  I don’t go out much these days; maybe I will keep one eye on the calendar and the other on the green.  Stay tuned for more in coming weeks (I bet you can’t wait).….

Have You Room For A Small One……

Lovely seeing some of the family last weekend for a pretend Crimbum, because the last one didn’t happen.  Even though the weather was not as hot as it had been I still brought my cozzie and was determined to get in the inflatable pool in my sisters garden.  Mum shook her head wondering where she went wrong, but the nephew and niece laughed as they squirted me with the hose.  I might be old physically, but mentally I am very young at heart.  I hope I am a fun aunty.

“A couple of cards I drew very quickly to say thank you to my Niece and Nephew”.

And Finally……

“I really was very proud of this homegrown chilli. It tasted great”.

I am on Tik Tok only because my niece does little videos.  Every time she downloads a new one she lets me know so I can view and comment.  A couple of nights ago I thought I would have a scroll through for the first time in a month.  One video I stumbled across and caught my attention because it featured a person I knew over 20 years ago.  It was definitely him because his name was shouted out in full a few times.

“Look at the size of these”.

That minute’s excitement really was far too much, and sadly I will never get that time back. Unless I am told by my niece that I need to view a new video of hers, I won’t be visiting the platform for a while.  Personally I really don’t see the point of miming badly to songs, dancing in sync or filming random strangers falling over.  If I want to see that I’ll just look out of window.  Of course I will always watch my niece videos and comment; I know my responsibility as an aunty.  My I would never hear the end of it from my niece if I didn’t view them.  I like to think I take my aunty responsibility seriously.

“I highly recommend this excellent graphic novel. Available on-line, at you know where”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have watched:

 “Black Summer”, (S2, ep 1 to ep 2).  “Brian Cox’s Adventures In Space And Time”, (S1, ep 4, TX: 20/06/21).  “Clarksons Farm”, (S1, Chapter 1 to Chapter 8, TX: 21/06/21).  “Click”, (19/06/21).  “Colony”, (S2, ep 3).  “Farscape”, (S4, ep 14).  “Friends”, (S5, ep 14 to ep 15).  “Fringe”, (S4, ep 10 to ep 22).  “Horizon: 2021: 1 – Special, The Vaccine”, (TX: 16/06/21).  “Luca”, (2021).  “Manic Street Preachers: Escape From History”, (2017).  “Pandora”, (S2, ep 8 & ep 9).  “Star Trek (Original Series)”, (S2, ep 22).  “The Great British Sewing Bee”, (S2, ep 7, TX: 01/04/14)(ep 8, TX: 08/04/14) (S3, ep 1, TX: 05/02/15)(ep 2, TX: 12/02/15)(ep 3, TX: 19/02/15)(ep 4, TX, 26/02/15)(ep 5, TX, 05/03/15)(ep 6, TX, 12/03/15(S4, ep 1, TX: 16/05/16)(ep 2,2TX: 23/05/16)(ep 3, TX: 30/05/16).  “The Last Leg”, (S22, ep 3, TX: 18/06/21)(ep 4, TX: 25/06/21).  “The Man In The High Castle”, (S1, ep 9).  “Top Of The Pops – 1983 Big Hits”, (TX: 06/01/17).  “Van Helsing”, (S2, ep 8 to ep 10).  “What.If : What If There Is Life On Venus?”, (Facebook)(TX: 20/09/20).  “Wonder Woman”, (2017).  “Z Nation”, (S5, ep 9 to ep 13).

This week I have listening to:

“30 Animals That Made Us Smarter”, (BBC World Service) (S2,Trailer, 21/06/21).  “Anglophilia”, (S2, ep 6, 20/11/18).  “Anti Social Show “, (ep 93, 019/06/21).  “Betamax Video Club”, (ep 75, 20/08/20).  “Coronavirus Global Update”, (World Service)(19/06/21) (20/06/21) (21/06/21) (22/06/21) (23/06/21) (24/06/21) (25/06/21).  “Doctor Who”, (TeeVee/The Incomparable)(S10, ep 9, 11/06/17).  “Griefcast”, (ep 147, 23/06/21).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 201, 25/06/21).  “Nick Abbot Whole Show”, (19/06/21)(20/06/21(25/06/21).  “Smersh Pod”, (02/02/18).  “Space Soliders Podcast: Flash Gordon’s Trip To Mars”, (Chapter Two, “The Living Dead”, 19/06/21).  “Star Trek Universe”, (07/12/18).  “The Audio Guide To Babylon 5”, (ep 34, 22/08/15).  “The All New Angelos And Barry Podcast”, (21/06/21).  “The Friendship Onion”, (S1, ep 6, 22/06/21).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (21/06/21).  “The Skewer”, (BBC Radio 4/Sounds)(S4, ep 4, 23/06/21).  “The Space Above Us”, (044, 30/11/17) (045, 14/12/17)(046, 28/12/17)(047, 11/01/18)(048, 25/01/18)(049, 08/02/18).  “The Supermassive Podcast”, (ep 18, 25/06/21).  “This Week In Time Travel “, (The Incomparable) (13/06/17).  “Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels – Happy Times And Places”, (17.2, ”Dragonfire”, Pt 2, 21/06/21)(17.3, “Dragonfire”, Pt 3, 25/06/21).  “WTB”, (S2, ep 20 (ep 42), 25/06/21).  “What’s Your Problem With Nick Abbot And Carol Mcgiffin”, (21/06/21).  “Wolf And Owl”, (ep 29, 23/06/21)(Bonus #18, 25/06/21).

Songs I enjoyed this week, were by:

“Morrissey”,  “All About Eve”,  “All Saints”,  “Blur”,  “Cocteau Twins,  “Malcolm McLaren”,  “Manic Street Preachers”,  “Mike Oldfield ft Maggie Reilly”,  “Oasis”,  “Orbital”,  “Paul Young”,  “Pulp”,  “Siouxsie And The Banshees”,  “The Corrs”,  “The Creatures”,  “The Cure”.

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Week 365, Saturday 12th until Friday 18th June 2021.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East and Central London and Surrey.

Week 365, Saturday 12th until Friday 18th June 2021.

Another week, another trip into the capital.  The reason for this visit, apart from walking around the gardens of Regents Park, a drink in a fave pub was to see an evening performance of Les Miserables: Staged Concert.  This performance has been a long time coming, my friend booked tickets in January this year, which got bumped to March and then moved to last Saturday.  Sadly none of the actors we were originally supposed to see were in the show now.  A staged concert is not the full bells and whistle performance you would normally see with multiple set.  The actors are in full costume and when not performing they tended to be off stage.  The set is striped back and basic, the orchestra was smaller than normal I wondered if some instruments were pre-recorded.

These last 15 months the Arts have suffered terribly, it was so nice to be sat in a theatre watching a live performance.  Though I was glad not to be in the front row because of the litres of spit from a couple of actors singing with full emotion.  Whenever I see a show, I am always in awe of the talent on stage.  In the programme it mentioned what members of this cast had been doing while theatres were dark.  This made me admire them and their performance even more.

“During the interval”.

After the excitement of the show, we were brought down to earth by London’s public transport system.  Getting home was difficult, train delays, cancellations and engineering works meant that the journey home took twice as long as it should.  This didn’t spoil what had been a lovely day in town with my best friend and a great evening of entertainment in one of world’s most exciting cites**.

** If you know a more exciting city, please do not send me a post card at the usual address.  The mail box has been sealed up.

“The only way to enjoy London’s transport system at night”.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

We are constantly being told, we need to recycle more and more to help our suffering choking planet.  Like a lot of people, I try to do my bit.  In the back of the car (I know driving is not helping the planet, but I can’t do everything) is a bag full of bottles, jars and other glass that need to be disposed of.  Normally I trot merrily down to the local glass recycling collection point.  But my part of London appears to not be bothered about saving the planet these days as all the usual glass recycling containers have disappeared.  One has been replaced with one that states clearly “Brown” glass only, which I don’t have.  This week I even drove slowly around a couple of huge supermarkets carparks, looking for a recycling area.  Nothing was found.

“The contents will be overflowing very soon”.

Recently I have brought the bag which gets fuller every day home 3 times.  If the neighbours have notices I wonder what there thinking (“Doris*, that strange women next door has returned with the same full bag of grass for the third time.  It’s very sad what lockdown has done to some people.  Should we contact Social Services”.  *A made-up neighbour’s name).  I am due to visit my sister (by the time this is published) I might take the bag for a trip round the M25 and see if I can dispose of the glass in her area.  I bet they care about the environment.  I really am trying to do my part in saving our delicate ball of rock that we call home.  I bet David Attenborough or Greta Thunburg don’t have problems like this.

“Its more engineering than gardening”.

By the way, I know I could have emptied the bag at the local dump a couple of weeks ago. Unfortunately I stupidly forgot it; lesson learned.

“Sooty checking out the new feeder”,

And Finally……

“This lovely family spotted in Regents Park”.

At the end of a call, the woman (because of what I do I find it tough to say customer) I had been speaking to for 10 minutes called me “Kind” and “Very helpful”.  Once I put the phone down, I laughed out loud, she really doesn’t know me.  The last couple of years I have noticed more and more that I am morphing into a colleague I used to work with. They were a nice person, but could be very grumpy.  I am becoming them.

“Could I get a top up, please”.

Television quote of the week

Person one “There’s nothing more satisfying than a lovely even flange”.

Person two “If I’m going to have a flange I’d like it to be even”.

It’s not funny, but the word Flange is never not amusing.

“I was enjoying myself while at lunch, honest”.
“Its not a great pic I know. But it had to be taken”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have watched:

BBC Archive: Nationwide: Ian Dury, TX: 10/08/1979”, (Facebook)(10/08/20).  “BBC Archive: Wogan: Rik Mayall: TX: 27/10/1984 , (Facebook)(29/10/20).  “Brian Cox’s Adventures In Space And Time”, (S1, ep 3, 13/06/21).  “Click”, (TX: 12/06/21).  “Colony”, (S2, ep 1 & ep 2).  “Farscape”, (S4, ep 12 & ep 13).  “Fringe”, (S4, ep 1 to ep 7).  “Gardeners World”, (2021: ep 8, TX: 07/05/21).  “ISS Spacewalks“, (NASA TV)(TX: 16/06/21). “Inside No. 9”, (S6, ep 6).  “Intelligence”, (S2, ep 6).  “Intergalactic”, (S1, ep 8).  “Notting Hill”, (1999).  “Paddington 2”, (2017).  “Pandora”, (S2, ep 7).  “Raya And The Last Dragon”, (2021).  “Springwatch 2021”, (ep 12, TX: 11/06/21).  “Star Trek (Original Series)”, (S2, ep 21).  “That’s So…1994”, (TX: 01/04/16).  “The Great British Sewing Bee”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 02/04/13)(ep 2, TX: 09/04/13)(ep3 TX: 16/04/13)(ep 4, TX23/04/13)(Crimbum Special, TX: 19/12/13)(S2, ep 1, 18/02/14)(ep 2, TX: 25/02/14(ep 3, TX: 03/03/14)(ep 4, TX: 11/03/14)(ep 5, TX: 18/03/14)(ep 6, TX: 25/03/14)(S7, ep 10, TX: 16/06/21).  “The Last Leg”, (S22, ep 2, TX: 11/06/21).  “The Sky At Night”, (13/06/21). “Us Again”, (2021).  “Van Helsing”, (S2, ep 6 & ep 7).  “Z Nation”, (S5, ep 6 to ep 8).

Live on stage:

“Les Miserables: Staged Concert”, (Sondhiem Theatre London, 12/06/21).

This week I have listening to:

“Betamax Video Club”, (ep 83, 10/12/20).  “Coronavirus Global Update”, (BBC World Service)(12/06/21(13/06/21(14/06/21(15/06/21)(16/06/21)(17/06/21)(18/06/21).  “Doctor Who”, (The Incomparable/TeeVee)(S10, ep 8, 04/06/17).  “Farscape”, (TeeVee)(16/06/21). “Game Of Thrones”, (TeeVee)(S6,ep 4, 16/05/16).  “Griefcast”, (ep 145, 09/06/21(ep 146, 16/06/21).  “Lazy Doctor Who”, (ep 217 ,13/06/21).  “Makes Art Will Travel”, (ep 4, 17/021)(ep 5, 24/02/21).  “Mystery Hour”, (17/11/21).  “NASA: Gravity Assist”, (18/06/21).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 199, 11/06/21)(ep 200, 18/06/21). “Nick Abbot Whole Show”, (11/06/21) (12/06/21) (13/06/21)(18/06/21).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (S2, ep 42 (ep ) 15/06/21).  “Space Boffins”, (14/06/21).  “Space Soliders Podcast – Flash Gordon”, (Chapter Thirteen “Rocketing To Earth”, 05/06/22).  “Space Soliders Podcast – Flash Gordon’s Trip To Mars”, (Chapter One, “New Worlds To Conquer”, 12/06/21).  “The Audio Guide To Babylon 5”, (ep 33, 09/08/15).  “The Friendship Onion”, (S1, ep 5, 15/06/21).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (14/06/21).  “The Old Doctor Who Show”, (ep 113, 16/06/21).  “Smersh Pod”, (05/01/18).  “The Skewer”, (S4, ep 3, 16/06/21).  “The Space Above Us”, (039, 21/09/17) (040, 05/10/17)(041, 19/010/17)(042, 02/11/17(043, 16/11/17)(Supplemental 5, 09/09/19).  “This Week In Time Travel”, (07/06/17).  “Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels – Happy Times And Places”, (16.4, “The Robots Of Death”, 14/06/21)(17.1, “Dragonfire”, 18/06/21). “WTB”, (S2, ep 17 (ep 41) 18/06/21).  “What’s Your Problem With Nick Abbot And Carol Mcgiffin “, (14/06/21).  “Wolf And Owl”, (S1, ep 28, 16/06/21)(Bonus #17, 18/06/21).

Songs I enjoyed this week, were by:

“Morrissey”, “Bjork”, “Culture Club”, “Elbow”, “Foals”, “Groove Armada”, “Ian Dury And The Blockheads”, “Howard Jones”, “Kylie Minogue”, “Madness”, “Mazzy Star”, “Noel Gallaghers High Flying Birds”, “Oaisis”, “Pet Shop Boys”, “Pulp”, “Prince”, Shed Seven”, “Soft Cell”, “Supergrass”, “The Killers”, “The Long Pigs”, “We’ve Got A Fuzzbox And We’re Gonna Use It!!”, “Wolf Alice”, “Youssou N’Dour, ft Neneh Cherry”.

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Week 364, Saturday 5th until Friday 11th June 2021.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in Northamptonshire, Suffolk and East London.

Week 364, Saturday 5th until Friday 11th June 2021.

This week I had a few days off and went away with family, some of them I haven’t seen in person for a very long time.  Because of this I am just going to post a few pics.  Next Week will be back to normal with all the usual moaning.

“Lovely seeing mum and Hel”.
“It was a lovely surprise to see my brother, who appeared for a few minutes”.
“Pulled over to look at the paper map. Yes i still use paper”.
“Lovely to be back after nearly a year”.
“This brekkie was not all for me, honest”.
“Thanks Tim for taking this pic, hope you got some brekkie as well”.
“SAZ was standing behind the hot tub”.
“I had a short nap after this”.
“A lovely place to have a nap”.
“A lovely Daddy and little ones moment”.
“Just a beautiful site”.
“In the Waffle shop”.
“All mine, I didn’t share”.
“Followed a Pied Wagtail”.
“And a Black Bird”.
“And a gorgeous Moth”.
“What a stunning snail”.
“Look forward to seeing you all again very soon”.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

“In the garden looking up”.
“How beautiful is an eclipse, even a partial one”.

And Finally……

“One last pic, with the Family Stick. We found this last year, and hide it before we left. The same stick was still in the place we hide it in. It has been hidden away again, hoping that we find it during our next visit.. We

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have watched:

“BBC Radio 2 – And Just Like That, Ken Is Back”, (Facebook)(TX: 01/06/21).  “Brian Cox’s Adventures In Space And Time”, (s1, ep 2, 06/04/21).  “Breeders”, (s2, ep 3 to ep 10).  “Building Britain’s Biggest Nuclear Power Station”, (S1, ep 2, TX: 09/06/21). “Click”, (TX: 05/06/21).  “Colony”, (S1, ep 9 & ep 10).  “Farscape”, (S4, ep 11)“Inside no. 9”, (S6, ep 5).  “Intelligence”, (S2, ep 1 to ep 5)“Intergalactic”, (S1, ep 7).  “It’s Gone Viral -Taking A Selfie Every Day For Eight Years”, (Facebook)(TX: 06/11/20). “Paul O’Grady: 25 Years Of Sweet And Savage”, (23/06/17).  “Ragnarok”, (S2, ep 3). “Randle And Hopkirk Deceased”, (1969/70)(s1, ep 15).  “Springwatch 2021”, (ep 9, 08/06/21(ep 10, 09/06/21)(ep 11, TX: 10/06/21)(ep 12, TX: 11/06/21).  “Star Trek”, (Original Series)(S2, ep 20).  “Taskmaster”, (S4, ep 5, 23/05/17).  “Taskmaster Champion Of Champions”, (Pt 1, TX: 13/12/17).  “The Great British Sewing Bee”, (S7, ep 9, TX: 09/06/21).  “The Man In The High Castle”, (S1, ep 8).  “Top Gear” (S20, ep 1, 30/06/13). “Top Gear Africa Special”, (Pt 1, TX: 03/03/13).  “Wonder Woman 1984”, (2020).  “Yes Day”, (2021).  “Van Helsing”, (S2, ep 5).  “Z Nation”, (S5, ep 2 to ep 5).

This week I have listening to:

“Anglophilia”, (s2, ep 5, 13/11/18).  “Coronavirus Global Update”, (BBC World Service) (05/06/21)(06/06/21)(07/06/21)(08/06/21)(09/06/21)(10/06/21)(11/06/21). “Griefcast“, (ep 143, 02/06/21).  “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buddha”, (ep 39, 09/06/21).  “Lazy Doctor Who”, (ep 214, 06/06/21).  “Mystery Hour”, (10/06/21).  “NASA: Gravity Assist”, (11/06/21).  “Nick Abbot Whole Show”, (05/06/21)(06/06/21).  “Rob Beckett and Josh Widdecombe’s Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (S2, ep 40 (ep 110 ), 08/06/21)(ep 41 (ep 111), 11/06/21.  “Smersh Pod” (08/12/17).  “The Audio Guide To Babylon 5”, (S2 ep (ep 32), 26/07/15).  “The Friendship Onion”, (S1, ep 3, 01/06/21).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (07/06/21).  “The Skewer”, (BBC radio 4/Sounds)(S4, ep 2, 09/06/21).  “The Space Above Us”, (026, 23/03/17)(027, 06/04/17)(028, 20/04/17)(029, 04/05/17)(030, 18/05/17)(031, 01/0617)(032, 15/06/17)(033, 29/06/17)(034, 13/07/17)(035, 27/07/17)(036, 10/08/17)(037, 24/08/17)(038, 07/09/17)(Supplemental 4, 20/09/17).  “This Week In Time Travel”, (30/05/17).  “Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels- Happy Times And Places”, (16.3, “The Robots Of Death”, 11/06/21).  “WTB”, (S2, ep 18 (ep 40), 11/06/21).  “Wolf And Owl”, (ep 27, 09/06/21) (Bonus #16, 11/06/21).  “What’s Your Problem With Nick Abbot And Carol Mcgiffin”, (08/06/21).

Songs I enjoyed this week, were by:

“Morrissey”,  “Boston”,  “Coldplay”,  “Death In Vegas”,  “Embrace”,  “Enigma”,  “Glasvegas”, “Guns N Roses”,  “Hole”,  “Reef”,  “Sophie B Hawkins”,  “Space”,  “T-Rex”,  “The Boo Radleys”,  “The Ting Tings”,  “The Wannadies”,  “Wings.   

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Week 363, Saturday 29th May until Friday 4th June 2021.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East, North and Central London & Northamptonshire.

Week 363, Saturday 29th May until Friday 4th June 2021.

Bank holiday weekend last weekend, I went into the capital more than I have in the last 15 months.  In the old days I travelled on public transport twice a day to get to and from work on a number of tubes and trains.  Last weekend on both visits I travelled on a lot of different types of transport.  My friend and I really were excited to be back in London.

“Ding, ding. On the top deck of a bus”.

Part of the fun of course was we were not rushing to work concerned about being late.  The weather was very hot, we were relaxed with nothing was planned.

“Brekkie”.

Highlights of these visits include visiting Hampstead Heath.  First popping in to a lovely café/bakery for brekkie, then just roaming around on the heath lost trying to find Kenwood House (it happens every time).  Walking around St John’s Wood, wondering how much the houses cost and who lived behind the huge gates.  Travelling on the top deck of a bus and passing the world’s most famous zebra crossing at Abbey Road.  Oh, eating cake and drinking coffee in a very small cafe we like to visit in Baker Street.  And enjoying roses in Regents Park.

It really was a lovely couple of visits into town.  I’m not planning on it again soon, maybe that’s the future for me, this is how I will enjoy a city I have never really been a big fan of.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

“We found Kenwood House”.

As I have already mentioned last weekend was an extremely warm, sunny bank holiday.  Due to the recent unlocking I thought that most people would probably have made their way to the beach to sup a cold drinks, lick ice cream and end the day with sore red peeling skin.  Not being a sun worshipper I decided to something different, visit the local dump.  Over the last year of various lockdowns my friend (who I live with) and I have gathered a number of things that we really didn’t need any more.  What better way to spend a bank weekend than going to the tip.

“Primrose Hill was busy”.

I was very wrong; it would seem certainly that people all around my local area also had a lot to dispose of.  The queue outside the dump was long, remember this was the hottest day of the year, the last thing I expected or wanted was a stop/start traffic jam just to so my duty to throw away rubbish away in a responsible way.

“Who lives in a house like this?”.

Just to get the gates took about 15 minutes, of course I considered doing a U-turn, but couldn’t face having to bring the rubbish back on another occasion.  As I steered the vehicle between the gates a man appeared wearing Hi-Viz shouting about how he was going to close the gates, due to the number of cars waiting within the centre (this included us) who still had a wait in a long queue to reach the actual recycling centre.  I could tell that a number of drivers stuck on the road were far from happy from the shouting and the honking of horns.  This was when my friend and I found out that there was only 45 minutes left until the centre closed; no wonder they were locking the gates early.

“Loving the redesign of the Ginger Line”.

Finally I turned into the actual centre, normally when visiting I have to find the right section to throw different materials in so that the rubbish can be sorted.  But that day the staff were just telling everyone to throw everything on to a mountain in the general waste area.  It looks like nothing that afternoon would be sadly recycled.  It was then I noticed that only 3 cars got in behind us before the gates had been locked.

“I really wanted to dive in to the canal”.

That bank holiday Sunday is one I won’t forget in a hurry.  Next time my friend says “let’s visit the tip”, I will drive her in the opposite direction and head for the nearest beach 32 miles away.  Thinking about this, it would have been quicker to drive that distance than go to the dump 4 miles away.  What a strange way to spend a Sunday.  

“Next time, I will get off and crossing the Zebra crossing”.

Next week read about my return to Tuddenham Mill with members of the family.  This trip has been canx twice (Oct 20 and Jan 21) due to “you know what”.  Its finally happening, you can read all about it in next weeks So-Called Blog.

And Finally……

Overheard a man talking about how he woke up recently and was shocked by his reflection, because he looked like a cat.  I was tempted to ask if I could come to his next party.

“Its not neat, but I enjoy cutting the grass”.

At Kenwood House, I heard staff talking on the radios saying “Echo 1 to Echo 2”.  I wonder if they were Empire Strikes Back fans.

“I think this is Pudsey. Deffo not a Banksie”.

When a large bumble bee flew in lost through the open French windows while home working, my friend vacated the room quicker than a bad smell.  Don’t panic, I carefully helped it find its way back into the garden.

“Trust me, it was big. But not this big”.

Due to the extreme heat this week, I left a bowl of cool water outside for all the cats that visit the garden.

“It was great eating more cake”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have watched:

“Breeders”, (S2, ep 1 & ep 2).  “Building Britain’s Biggest Nuclear Power Station”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 02/06/21).  “Brian Cox’s Adventures In Time And Space”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 30/05/21).  “Click”, (TX: 29/05/21).  “Colony”, (S1, ep 8).  “Frasier”, (S4, ep 5).  “Friends”, (S9, ep 23). “Gardeners Worlds”, (2021, ep 5, TX: 16/04/21)(ep 6, TX: 23/04/21)(ep 7, TX: 30/04/21).  “Have I Got News For You”, (S61, ep 9, TX: 04/06/21).  “Hellraiser”, (1987).  “Inside Chernobyl’s Mega Tomb”, (TX: 21/12/16).  “Inside No. 9”, (S6, ep 4).  “Intergalactic”, (S1, ep 6).  “Ragnarok”, (S2, ep 2).  “Springwatch 2021”, (ep 5, TX: 01/06/21(ep 6, TX: 02/06/21)(ep 7, TX: 03/06/21(ep 8, 04/06/21).  “Stargate Atlantis”, (S1, ep 17 to ep 19).  “Star Trek (Original Series)”, (S2, ep 18 & ep 19).  “Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens”, (2015).  “Star Wars: Episode VIII: The Last Jedi”, (2017).  “Star Wars: Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker”, (2019).  “Star Wars Vintage: The Story Of The Faithful Wookie”, (1978).  “The Count Of Monte Cristo”, (S1, ep 2 to ep 4).  “The Great British Sewing Bee“, (S7,ep 8, TX: 02/06/21).  “The Last Leg”, (S22, ep 1, TX: 04/06/21).  “The Masked Dancer (UK)”, (S1, ep 1, 29/05/21).  “The Nevers”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 3).  “This Time With Alan Partridge”, (S2, ep 6). “Van Helsing”, (S2, ep 4).  “We are Lady Parts”, (S1, ep 5 & ep 6).  “Z Nation”, (S5, ep 1).

This week I have listening to:

“Anglophilia”, (S2, ep 4, 06/11/18).  “Betamax Video Club”, (ep 68, 13/05/20).  “Box Of Delights”, (S1, ep 22, 01/11/19)(ep 23, 05/11/19)(ep 24, 08/11/19)(ep 25, 12/11/19).  “Coronavirus Global Update”, (BBC World Service) (29/05/21)(30/05/21) (31/05/21)(01/06/21)(02/06/21)(03/06/21)(04/06/21).  “Doctor Who”, (TeeVee)(The Incomparable)(S10, ep 6, 21/05/17)(ep 7, 28/05/17).  “Game Of Thrones”, (TeeVee)(S6, ep 2, 02/05/16)(ep 3, 09/05/16).  “Griefcast”, (ep 143, 02/056/21).  “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buddha”, (ep 38, 02/06/21).  “NASA: Gravity Assist”, (04/06/21).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 198, 04/06/21).   “Nick Abbot Whole Show”, (29/05/21)(30/05/21) (04/06/21).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (S2, ep 38 (ep 109) 01/06/21)(ep 39 (ep 110) 04/06/21).  “Something Who”, (ep 7, 12/12/19)(ep 8, 19/12/19).  “Space Soliders Podcast”, (Chapter Twelve, “Trapped In The Turret”, 29/06/21).   “The Audio Guide To Babylon 5”, (ep 31, 12/07/15).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (02/06/21).  “The Skewer”, (BBC Radio 4/Sounds)(S4, ep 1, 02/06/21).  “ The Space Above Us”, (012, 08/09/16)(013, 22/09/16)(014, 06/10/16)(015, 20/10/16)(016, 03/11/16) (017, 17/11/16)(018, 01/12/16)(019, 15/12/16)(020, 29/12/16)(021, 12/01/17)(022, 26/01/17)(023, 09/02/17)(024, 23/02/17)(025, 09/03/17).  “The Supermassive Podcast”, (ep 17, 28/05/21).  “This Week In Time Travel”, (23/05/17).  “Taby Hadoke’s Time Travel’s – Happy Times And Places”, (16.1, “Robots Of Death”).   “Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels – Indefinable Magic”, (1.7, 31/05/21).  “WTB”, (S2, ep 17 (ep 39) 04/06/21).  “What’s Your Problem With Nick Abbot And Carol Mcgiffin”, (31/05/21).  “Wolf And Owl“, (02/06/21).

Songs I enjoyed this week, were by:

“Morrissey”,  Elastica”,  “Gene”,  “Hole”,  “Keane”,   “Norman Greenbaum”,  “Panic! At The Disco”,  “Shed Seven”,  “Simple Minds”,  “Space”,  “The Dandy Warhols”,  “The White Stripes”.    

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Week 362, Saturday 22nd until Friday 28th May 2021.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London & Surrey.

Week 362, Saturday 22nd until 28th Friday May 2021.

Let’s start with medical chat.  Happily the foot is better, the Doctor has signed me off and told me to be careful while tap dancing (that’s a joke, I don’t tap dance since I fell in to the sink.  Boom boom!!).  As I expected he didn’t want the crutches or boot back, I am now looking for a good home to donate them to.  I had another X-ray on my back, recently I have had so many X-rays that I would probably glow in the dark or if connected to the National Grid power a small village because of all the radiation that this lardy sack of a body has soaked up.

“I have started to sit outside at lunch time”.

Last weekend I had my second jab, which means in a couple of weeks I will be able to resume licking lamp posts and handrails like I used to pre March 2020.  I can report that at the time of writing Bill Gates hasn’t started to give me instructions, I am still fully in control of this body.  As with the first jab it was very quick, in and out without any faff.  It was outside the temporary vaccination centre my friend shouted “where’s your bag?”

“Only 30 of 130 commemorative coins celebrating DWAS 45th anniversary come boxed and signed by the 6th Doctor Colin Baker. I am number 24″.

Within a minute I was back at the entrance speaking to the lady volunteer who was also wearing a “Doctor Who” facemask (it was because of my DW mask that she remembered me).  I knew the booth number I was injected in and the location of the seat my lardy behind sat in briefly.  A couple of minutes later she reappears, but empty handed.  All the staff were extremely helpful and allowed me to quickly have a look inside for myself, absolutely nothing could be seen.  The helpful volunteer noted my contact info just in case the bag with all my belongings was found.  

“The Tommy plants are doing well, only 4 more need to show for a full house”.

After the high of the second jab, I felt totally deflated with worry about having to cancel cards, get new keys cut and replace everything stuffed in the bag.  This was when my friend said, “you didn’t leave it in the car, did you?”  I thought of course not, my bag is always with me.  You guessed it, I am a total chump, on the backseat was the precious satchel.  This was when I wondered if I should go back and tell the nice lady in the “Doctor Who” mask that everything was ok.  No, we drove off and went straight home.  Luckily she didn’t ring that evening, it really would have been so embarrassing.  Life lesson learned, check the back seat before locking the car.

“My fave people in Surrey”.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

“This really was a good pint”.

Last weekend I was able to visit Surrey for the first time this year, to visit my sister and family.  It’s been so long since I saw them; I had bags of B’day and Crimbum prezzie for the little ones.  Within a couple of minutes my sisters tidy living room was full of shredded wrapping paper looking like a recycling centre, all I could do was apologies and tidy up as quickly as possible.

“Being very socially distanced”.

I had great fun taking the children out, but not together, not because they don’t get on, but due to them being busy socialites who play sport and have friends.  The youngest spent the night at a friend’s; this meant that my niece and I had a lovely evening together taking over my sister’s back room.  The nine year old enjoyed the films she had chosen for us to watch, and shared my Chinese take-a-way.  But I am sure that the highlight of her evening was my introduction of the voting and results section of “The Eurovision Song Contest”.  I seem to remember that I was tortured with the contest for the first time around the same age.  As a responsible aunty I decided it was time she experienced the national yearly disappointment of the UK score.  My next visit now we are unlocked, needs to be Hertfordshire to visit my two nephews.  Of course I will have to sit the oldest down and show him a recording of this year’s results.  Family really is so important.

“This is what happens if you watch Eurovision (the results section only)”.

And Finally……

“It’s moments like this, that keep me sane while working from home”.

During one call this week, a man on the phone said he nearly soiled himself when he received a bill from the organisation I work for.  I may need years of therapy because of that call.  This is a prime example of why working in a call centre (even remotely) is not healthy.

“I would love to spend my afternoon like this”.

I spoke to “The Jackal” (1973, IMDB fans).  The man was far too young to understand the reference.

“I didn’t complain when this happened. In fact it was the best part of the working week”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have watched:

“22 vs Earth”, (2021).  “Bake Off: The Professionals 2021”, (S4, ep 1, TX: 25/05/21).  “Blake’s 7”, (Series A, ep 9).  “Click”, (TX: 22/05/21).  “Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final 2021 (Results Only)”, (TX: 22/05/21).  “Friends”, (S7, ep 14 to ep 18 & ep 22)(S8, ep 5 & ep 12).  “Friends The Reunion”, (TX: 27/05/21).  “Farscape”, (S4, ep 10).  “Fringe”, (S3, ep 14 to ep 22).  “Have I Got News For You”, (S61, ep 8 , TX: 28/05/21).  “Human Universe”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 07/10/14).  “I Was Bored In Lockdown So I Created This Peppa Pig Meme”, (YouTube)(TX: 05/01/21).  “Inside No. 9”, (S6, ep 3).  “Love, Weddings & Other Disasters”, (2020).  “Mike Skipper Coming Out Of Lockdown Quiz”, (Facebook)(TX: 22/05/21).  “Motherland”, (S2, ep 4 to ep 6).  “Peppa Pig Plays Minecraft”, (YouTube)(TX: 19/02/20).  “Pandora”, (S2, ep 6).  “Ragnarok”, (S2, ep 1).  “SOLOS”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 6).  “Sound Waves: The Symphony Of Physics”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 02/03/17(ep 2, TX: 09/03/17).  “Springwatch 2021”, (ep 1, TX: 25/05/21)(ep 2, TX;26/05/21(ep 3, TX: 27/05/21)(ep 4, TX: 28/05/21).  “Stargate Atlantis”, (S1, ep 15 & ep 16).  “Star Trek (Original Series)”, (S2, ep 16 & ep 17).  “Stranger Things”, (S1, ep 2”).  “The Bridge Over The River Kwai”, (1957).  “The Count Of Monte Cristo”, (S1, ep 1).  “The Great British Sewing Bee”, (S7, ep 7, TX: 16/05/21).  “The Man In The High Castle”, (S1, ep 7).  “The Secret Life Of Pets 2” (2019).  “The Thick Of It”, (S2, ep 2 & ep 3).  “This Time With Alan Partridge”, (S2, ep 5).  “Van Helsing”, (S2, ep 1 & ep 2).  “We Are Lady Parts”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 4).  “Z Nation”, (S4, ep 11 & ep 13).

This week I have listening to:

“Anglophilia”, (S2, ep 2, 23/10/18(ep 3, 30/10/18).  “Box Of Delights”, (S1, ep 21, 29/10/19). “Coronavirus Global Update”, (BBC world service) (22/05/21) (23/05/21) (24/05/21)(25/05/21)(26/05/21)(27/05/21)(28/05/21).  “Doctor Who”, (TeeVee/The Incomparable)(15/05/17).  “Game Of Thrones”, (TeeVee) (S6, ep 1, 25/04/16).  “Griefcast”, (ep 143, 26/05/21).  “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buddha “, (ep 37, 26/05/21).  “Make Art Will Travel”, (ep 3, 10/02/21).  “Mystery Hour”, (27/05/21). “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 197, 28/05/21).  “Nick Abbot Whole Show”, (22/05/21)(23/05/21)(28/05/21).  “Space Soliders Podcast”, (Chapter Eleven, “In The Claws Of The Tigron”, 22/05/21).  “Rob Beckett Lockdown Parenting Hell “, (S2, ep 36 (ep 107) 25/05/21)(ep 37 (ep 108) 28/05/21).  “Star Trek Universe Podcast”, (06/12/18).  “The 99p Challenge”, (S3, ep 3, 02/08/2001).  “The Audio Guide To Babylon 5”, (S2, ep   (ep 30) 28/06/15).  “The Friendship Onion”, (S1, ep 2, 25/05/21).  “The Nick Abbot Habit “, (24/05/21).  “The Old Doctor Who Show”, (ep 112, 26/05/21). “The Space Above Us”, (Supplemental 1, 05/05/16)(004, 19/05/16)(Supplemental 2, 19/05/16)(005, 02/06/16)(006, 16/06/16)(007, 30/06/16(008, 14/07/16)(009, 28/07/16(010, 11/08/16)(011, 25/08/16).  “This Week In Time Travel “, (The Incomparable) (16/05/17).  “Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels: Happy Times And Places”, (15.3 Kinda, 26/05/21) (15.4, 28/05/21).  “WTB”, (S2, ep 15 (ep 38) 28/05/21).  “What’s Your Problem With Nick Abbot And Carol Mcgiffin”, (24/05/21).  “Wolf And Owl”, (ep 25, 26/05/21)(Bonus #15, 28/05/21).

Songs I enjoyed this week, were by:

“Morrissey”,  “Athlete”,   “Blur”,  “Erasure“,  “Fleetwood Mac”, “Kasabian”,  “Kate Bush”,  “Manic Street Preachers”,  “Natalie Imbruglia”, “OMD”,  “PJ Harvey”,  “Procol Harum”,  “Sixpence None The Richer “,  “Space”,  “Tasmin Archer”,  “Texas “,  “The B52s,  “Spice Girls”,  “The White Stripes”, The XX”,  “Zoe”.  

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Week 361, Saturday 15th until Friday 21st May 2021.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London.

Week 361, Saturday 15th until Friday 21st May 2021.

Last year a highlight of Lockdown was growing tomatoes and broccoli.  Looking after the plants and harvesting the end result really was an achievement for me.

“The home of 10 Tommy Seeds”.

Recently I sowed 10 tomato seeds, within a few days 8 of them had sprouted above the surface of the soil.  Sadly only 2 have continued to grow, not sure what went wrong they were well fed, watered and I spoke nicely to them every day.  This week I tried again, using the container that successfully was the initial home to 10 seeds before the plants went outside.  I am not superstitious but that container just seemed appropriate to use again.

“It’s rained a lot, but don’t worry this is not the back garden”.

I really want this new batch of seeds to grow, if I could sing I would attempt that for a few minutes each day.  But as I can’t hold a note and as I really want these to thrive, instead of die I won’t subject the seeds to torture like that.  I will speak to them extra nicely though each day, maybe even a couple of times every day if they’re lucky.  Hopefully it’s not too late to sow the broccoli seeds, as they really were a lot of fun to grow; in fact I got 4 to 5 harvest out of those seeds.

“A very wet journey on the bus”.

I have never had Green fingers, if anything good has come out of this pandemic it that so many of us all over the world have discovered the joy of getting dirty in the garden (covered in factor 50, of course in summer.  If it returns!).  I have also started to enjoy watching Gardeners World, a programme I never thought I would enjoy.  This strange time that we are living through really has left long lasting effects.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

I horrified myself this week when I said “Haitch” instead of “Aitch”, working in a call centre I hear this multiple times a day**.  Please don’t think I am a word Nazi, just look at the state of the spelling and grammar in this ramble.  But the way people say “H” (not the one from Steps) does rub me up a little.  I am sure that when I was in school in the 70s and 80s I heard the 8th letter of the alphabet said this way, but only occasionally.  These days it seems to be all the time.

“This beauty was spotted in the garden this week”.

 After putting the caller on hold I turned to my friend who is also homeworking, she later described the look on my face as if I had been drinking unleaded 4 star direct from the pump.  I really think this was the first time I had said the letter like that.  I suppose there’s a first time for everything.  If I can help it I won’t be saying it again, there are standards which need to be maintained.  But at my great age it’s getting more and more difficult.  Maybe it’s easier to just breath out, let the belly hang over the waist line and be like everyone else and rename the letter “H”.

“Another new visitor this week. I wish I was as relaxed as them.”

**By the way if you say Haitch, that’s fine, I hopefully haven’t come across rude.

And Finally……

While a nice man authorised that I was old enough to buy a bottle of drink (There was food as well).  I thought I was being helpful and moved the shopping trolley backwards slightly.  He stopped pressing buttons on the self-check out machine and said, “Mind my crouch”.  Oops!

“I used a Radish in place of a Cherry in a drink. Cherries will be bought very soon”.

The Hamster woke up one afternoon while I was busy on a call.  My friend got him out and into a large clear crate full of sawdust that he can burrow, hide and generally do Hamster things.  Because I was busy and not seen Chewie, when the call ended he was brought over for me to see him.  It’s always lovely to see his constantly twitching nose; it makes a tough day at work feel better.  He was as usual eating something, my friend handed me a small piece of broccoli one of his fave foods.  Without thinking I popped it in my mouth, my friends face instantly changed and had a look of horror on it.  It turns out the vegetable was for the Hamster, I was supposed to feed it to him.  Yes, I stole broccoli from a tiny innocent Hamster, I am a terrible person.  To say I am sorry, I will purchase for him and a friend expensive tickets to his favourite musical in the West End, it the least I could do.

“Yes, I stole from this little baby”.

Word of the week “Futtock”, (a curved piece of wood, found on the inside of a wooden ship).  And not “Fekkik” (which as everyone know can mean, “Stupid arse”.  In the Farscape universe).  I hope that’s clear, if not please send a post card with a Fifty Pound note taped  to the front to the following address,

“Surly you have better things to do with your time than read this carp”

South Sheep Dip Lave

Mogadishu

W12 8QT

“Can you spot the Blue Tit”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have watched:

“60 Minutes: NASA Wasn’t Sure If Perseverance Would Be Able To Slow Itself Down As It Barrelled Towards Mars”, (Facebook)(07/05/21).  “Archive: 1979: Project Apollo: James Burke On Landing The Eagle”, (YouTube)(20/07/20).  “Blake’s 7”, (Series A, ep 8).  “Click”, (TX: 15/05/21).  “Colony”, (S1, ep 7).  “Delia Derbyshire The Myths And The Legendary Tapes”, (TX: 16/05/21).  “Farscape”, (S4, ep 9). “Fringe”, (S3, ep 12 & ep 13).  “Gardeners World”, (2021, ep 2, TX: 26/03/21)(ep 3, TX: 02/04/21)(ep 4, TX: 10/04/21).  “Have I Got News For You”, (S61, ep 7, 21/05/21).  “Inside No. 9”, (S6, ep 2).  “Intergalactic “, (S1, ep 3 to ep 5).  “Mike Skipper Coming Out Of Lockdown Quiz”, (FaceBook)(TX: 15/05/21).  “Pandora”, (S2, ep 4 & ep 5).  “Stargate Atlantis “, (S1, ep 12 to ep 14).  “Star Trek (Original Series)”, (S2, ep 15).  “Star Trek The Next Generation”, (S4, ep 4).  “Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back”, (1980).  “Star Wars Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi”, (1983).  “Taskmaster”, (S11 (S2 on C4) ep 10, 20/05/21).  “The Great British Sewing Bee”, (S7, ep 6, 19/05/21).  “The Man In The High Castle”, (S1, ep 6).  “The Pact”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 6). “V Wars”, (S1, ep 6).  “This Time With Alan Partridge”, (S2, ep 4, 21/05/21).  “Van Helsing “, (S1, ep 10 to 13).  “Z Nation”, (S4, ep 10).  “Zapped”, (S2, ep 3 & ep 4).

Gerry Anderson Watched This Week:

“Space 1999”, (S2, ep 24 TX: 12/11/77)

This week I have listening to:

“13 Minutes To The Moon”, (S1, ep 8, 01/07/19)(ep 9, 08/07/19)(ep 10, 15/07/19(ep 11, 15/07/19).  “Anglophilia”, (S1, ep 6, 16/07/18)(S2, ep 1, 16/10/18).  “Betamax Video Club “, (ep 33, 14/11/18).  “Box Of Delights“, (S1, ep 20, 25/10/19).  “Coronavirus Global Update”, (BBC World Services) (15/05/21) (16/05/21) (17/05/21) (18/05/21) (19/05/21) (20/05/21) (21/05/21).  “Doctor Who”, (TeeVee/The Incomparable) (S10, ep 4, 07/05/17).  “Griefcast”, (ep 142, 19/05/21).  “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buddha”, (ep 36, 19/05/21).  “Makes Art Will Travel”, (S1, ep 2, 03/02/21).  “Mystery Hour”, (20/05/21).  “NASA: Gravity Assist”, (21/05/21).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 196, 21/05/21).  “Nick Abbott Whole Show”, (15/05/21)(16/05/21)(21/05/21).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombes Lockdown Parenting Hell“, (S2, ep 34 (ep 105),18/05/21)(ep 35 (ep 106) 21/05/21).  “Smersh Pod”, (“Dr No”, 31/03/18)(“From Russia With Love”, 01/04/18)(“Goldfinger”, 01/04/18).  “Space Soliders Podcast “, (Chapter Ten, ”The Unseen Peril”, 15/05/21).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (Bonus ep 14/05/21).  “The Audio Guide To Babylon 5”, (S2, ep 7 (ep 29), 14/06/15).  “The Friendship Onion”, (Trailer, 28/04/21)(S1, ep 1, 18/05/21).  “The Nick Abbot Habit “, (17/05/21).  “The Space Above Us”, (001, Intro, 05/05/16)(002, 05/05/16)(003, 05/05/16).  “This Week In Time Travel”, (The Incomparable)(ep 6, 09/05/17).  “Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels – Happy Times And Places” (15.1, “Kinda”, 17/05/21(15.2, 21/05/21).  “WTB”, (S2, ep 15 (ep 37), 21/05/21).  “What’s Your Problem With Nick Abbot And Carol Mcgiffin”, (18/05/21).  “Wolf And Owl”, (ep 24, 19/05/21)(Bonus #14, 21/05/21).

Songs I enjoyed this week, were by:

“Morrissey”,  “Arcade Fore”,  “Cast”,  “Cyndi Lauper”,  “Depeche Mode”, “Embrace”,  “Eurasia”,  “Green Day”,  “Heaven 17”,  “James”,  “Jesus Jones”, “Keane”,  “Kirsty MacColl”,  “Len”,  “Manic Street Preachers”,  “Men Without Hats”,  “Nivana”,  “Pet Shop Boys”,  “Placebo “,  “Pulp”,  “Simple Minds”,  “Smash Mouth”,  “The Cure”,  “The Smiths”,  “The Velvet Underground “,  “Train”.

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