Week 277, Saturday 5th until Friday 11th October 2019.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East, South West London. And Surrey (inc Redhill & Sutton) (The NEXT Chapter).

Week 277 Saturday 5th until Friday 11th October 2019.

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It’s” (picture Michael Palin as the it’s man) was 50 years ago on 5th Oct that “Monty Pythons Flying Circus” was first seen on BBC One at 22.55 pm. Unfortunately, I was one year and two days old and my parents thought it was better that I slept through this historic event. Parents, always spoiling the fun!

20190929_141557 If you have lost your baby, it’s in East London“.

I am not sure how old i was when i first discovered Python, I remember listening to cassettes on my Walkman, I knew sketches like friends knew there fave songs. George (Dinsdale) my best friend is also a massive fan, we would pay LPs and tapes and just laugh. We listened to other 60’s and 70’s comedy that we couldn’t have fully understand at the age, but it was funny that’s all that mattered.

20190918_094620 “If you lost your pink bra, its in South West London”.

I probably saw the TV show for the first time on video, the BBC has never been good at repeating the series. Then gradually over time i saw the films on the gogglebox. There is not enough time or space for me to tell you why I love Python so much. Mention “The Dead Parrot Sketch” or “The Spanish Inquisition” and most people have an idea of what you’re talking about. If you were to force me under threat of the “soft cushions” to tell you my fave sketches i would immediately say “The Fish Slapping Dance”, “Climbing the North Face of the Uxbridge Road” and both appearance of “Batley Townswomen’s Guild”.

20191005_16365720191005_163902 “Down on the farm”.

I have only met one of the Python’s. My friend and i were lost on Hampstead heath, when suddenly two dogs bounded out of the trees followed by a man in a pink shirt and white hat. Terry Jones (my favourite Pepperpot) must have overheard us because he told us the way to find our destination without us asking him anything. Being a huge fan, I was totally dumbstruck all I could say was a pathetic “thank you” and “I’m a huge fan”. Being off duty I didn’t want to pester him for a photo or an autograph (of course I regret this) as quickly as he had appeared, he disappeared into the trees after his dogs.

20191005_14353020191005_143522 “Run, my pretties. Don’t look back “.

Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam autographs were given to me when I worked at BBC books and Columbia Tri-Star films (at different times). When they visited, I was hurriedly sent to a long-forgotten basement, maybe they were concerned I would attempt to abduct my comedy heroes locking them in a spare room (it would have been a nice ensuite spare room!). Terry’s visit to Columbia’s was because of his excellent film “The Adventures of Baron Munchausen”. Which I was very lucky to see many times in the small basement preview screening room as well as at couple of huge press screenings. The freebie from those events, including a bottle of wine from the Barons vineyard are in my storage.

20191008_092348(0) “Is it a Horse or a Dog?”.

John Cleese and Eric Idle (not together) where spotted when i worked at BBC TVC (the studios where Python was recorded). Sadly, I never laid eyes on the late great Dr Graham Chapman, but I have had a couple of drinks in “The Angel Inn” Highgate that he drank in. I know this because of the blue plaque on the wall.

20191010_094045 “Not looking forward to another day in the office”.

Python has been a part of my life for so long. In fact, longer than many other things I enjoy. When I was young listening to tapes it felt like I was a member of a secret club. How many other teenagers in the 80s knew or enjoyed Python? Over the years there popularity has grown and grown, i am these days a proud member of a worldwide laughing cult.

20191009_180306 “The changing colours are captivating”.

At this anniversary time I would really like to thank the BBC commissioner in 1969 for not asking for just a pilot or a couple of episodes. Instead the six writers/performers were handed a full series of 13 shows to write. Thank you BBC for changing British TV comedy and help create a number of legends.

20191005_13363420191005_133603 “The Walking Dead: Surrey”.

Lemon Curry?

(Picture John Cleese as the BBC announcer sitting behind a desk with old style microphone) And Now For Something Completely Different……

20191006_211709 “Who ever smelt it, dealt it?”.

Everyone, including me are in a hurry. But there’s no need for rudeness! One day this week while entering the office, struggling with a hot drink and a cup of water I manoeuvred the huge glass door with my foot. Once past the threshold I noticed a woman walking towards the office. Being a nice person (i am sometimes!) I held the door open with my foot. Princess Tippytoes just swanned through not acknowledging me in any way. Next time I might trip her up.

20191011_191253 “The picture says it all”.

And Finally……
My niece moaning that her brother could have a wee easily while out and about in the countryside. I was tempted (but didn’t) to say “Get used to it”.

20191012_010400.jpg “Nish is putting me off writing this shiz”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:
“Batwoman”, (S1, ep 1). “Better Than Us”, (S1, ep 7). “Blakes 7”, (S1, ep 4 to ep 8). “Carmen Santiego”, (S1, ep 2). “Click”, (TX: 05/10/19). “Criminal (Spanish)”, (S1, ep 1). “Dexter”, (S6, ep 9 to ep 12)(S7, ep 1 to ep 5). “Disenchantment”, (S2, ep 8 to ep 10). “Doctor Who: Mission To The Unknown (2019 Remake, University Of Central Lancashire)”, (TX: 09/10/19). “Egypt’s Lost Pyramid”, (TX: 29/09/19). “Eugenics: Science’s Greatest Scandal”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 03/10/19). “Evil”, (S1, ep 1). “Flatemates”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 3). “Have I Got News For You”, (S58, ep 1, TX: 11/10/19). “Ian Hislop’s Fake News: A True History”, (TX: 07/10/19). “Lucy And D.i.C Couch Time: We Should Start A Podcast”, (TX: 10/10/19). “Making Of Doctor Who: Mission To The Unknown (2019 Remake, University Of Central Lancashire)”, (TX: 09/10/19). “Motherland”, (S2, ep 1 to ep 6). “NASA TV LIVE: ISS Spacewalk, 219”, (06/10/19). “The Americas With Simon Reeves”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 06/10/19). “The Apprentice”, (S15, ep 2, TX: 09/10/19). “The Apprentice: Honest Subtitles”, (S5, ep 2, TX: 09/10/19). “The Apprentice: You’re Fired”, (S14, ep 2, TX: 09/10/19). “The Channel Tunnel: Life On The Inside”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 28/08/19)(ep 2, 04/09/19)(ep 3, 11/09/19)(ep 4, 15/09/19). “The Graham Norton Show”, (S26, ep 2, TX: 04/10/19). “The Great British Bake Off”, (S3 (S10), ep 7, TX: 08/10/19). “The Great British Bake Off; An Extra Slice”, (S3 (S6), ep 7, TX: 11/10/19). “The Great Model Railway Challenge”, (S2, ep 5, TX: 05/10/19). “The Mash Report”, (S3, ep 6, TX: 10/10/19). “Van Helsing”, (S4, ep 2).

This week I have mainly been listening to:
“30 Animals That Made Us Smarter (BBC World Service)”, (S1, ep 29, 07/10/19). “Brian And Roger”, (S3, ep 8, 08/10)(ep 9, 11/10/19). “Buffy Speak”, (S2, ep 6, 31/07/16). “Goodies Podcast”, (ep 2, 21/01/10) (ep 3, 22/01/10). “Griefcast”, (ep 99, 09/10/19). “Iain Lee (Highlights)”, (03/10, 04/10, 07/10, 08/10, 09/10, 10/10/19). “LBC Podcast: Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (05/10, 11/10/19). “Monty Python’s Filegender Zirkus (BBC Radio 4)”, (07/05/11). “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 113, 11/10/19). “Spacefall: A Blakes 7 Podcast”, (ep 4, 04/04/18) (ep 5, 03/05/18) (ep 6, 08/05/18) (ep 7, 17/05/18)(ep 8, 31/05/18). “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 162, 04/10/19). “Strange Times”, (ep 318, 05/10/19). “The All New Angelos And Barry Podcast”, (11/10/19). “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (07/10/19). “Morrissey”, “Radiohead”, “Ash”, “The Stone Roses”, “Elbow”, “Muse”, “Hairspray (Original Stage Soundtrack)”, “Theme from Blakes 7 (Dudley Simpson)”, “The Chemical Brothers”, “Underworld”, “Portishead”.

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Week 276, Saturday 28th Sept until Friday 4th October 2019.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East, North East, Central, South West London. West Sussex (inc Crawley), Essex (inc Basildon) and Surrey (The NEXT Chapter).

Week 276 Saturday 28th September until Friday 4thOctober 2019.

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In 1979 The Boomtown Rats realised the classic “I Don’t Like Mondays” never has a truer phrase been uttered (in my opinion).  Monday this week (30th September) will always remembered for all the wrong reasons.  The following is how the day deteriorated!

20191005_223326 “This little girl always makes me smile”.

Early morning the District line was suspended between West Ham and Whitechapel due to a scumbag stealing cabling in the Bow area.  There action resulted in a major signal failure causing tens of thousands of commuters and including myself wishing they had stayed in bed (not all together, that would just be smutty).

20190929_15564320190930_172612 “Hanging around in North East London”.

The journey to West Ham normally take 20 mins, that morning it took over an hour of stopping and starting.  The whole journey I stood in a packed carriage with a school child constantly bumping into me.  Seriously I didn’t blame the child for being annoying, there was only one person responsible, the thief that stole the cabling.

20190930_092225 “Its one slow step at a time”.

At West Ham things got worse as a few hundred unhappy people (from a couple of trains, with more arriving regularly) shuffling along the wet platform like Empire penguins.  This torture was made worse when a man pulled out his e-cigarette and started to breathe out huge clouds of vapor.  A number of very frustrated already angry people (inc me) looked on disapprovingly, but of course no one said anything!  I bet I wasn’t the only person who hoped he might trip on the wet stairs leaving the e-cig wedged in his throat.  By the way I did reach work extremely late (I was beyond caring) feeling like i had already completed a full day’s work!

20190930_194458 “I really was at breaking point when this was taken”.

Going home was a little slow, but more normal than the morning until I arrived at Barking and discovered that nothing at that time was running further down the line.  After waiting far too long, I decided to get a bus “because there’s plenty of them!”.  For the next hour I stood under a leaky bus shelter while the electronic timetable continually lied stating that the next bus (that I could use) was “due”, none of them arrived!  During this time I felt so desperate that I considered walking the 40 mins home in the rain.  However after returning to the station because of frustration, I managed to get a tube.  Once I arrived home it had taken a total of three and a half hours to travel across town.

20191001_102527.jpg “My view on Tuesday from bed”.

I have never been a Monday fan, it really is a terrible excuse for a 24 hour period.  For me last Monday will be remembered as one of my worst days ever!  Life really shouldn’t be this difficult living in a major capital city.  By the way I was so upset and depressed on Tuesday, that i didn’t go to work.  Only getting out of bed at five pm to travel to a meeting in Stratford, which then got cancelled.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

20191004_11291320191004_112846 “I love Jodie, I  love this shirt”.

There must have been a group memo that I missed, because so many people have changed their wardrobe this last week.  Not there bedroom furniture, I mean there clothes.  The slight change in temperatures is a cue that autumn has started.  As a result people have started to wear a number of layers.

20190928_14032720190928_140306 “Making new friends”.

Meanwhile I’m still walking around as if its May or June.  I’m very lucky (or cursed) because generally I don’t feel the cold.  Due to not wanting to stand out, I have had to slightly change what I am wearing.  T-shirts are the new norm instead of vest tops, as well as carrying a fleece only wearing it when I really have to!  In a few weeks I’ll unpack the tights (this won’t be for a couple of weeks I suspect).  I realise that I shouldn’t care what others think I just want to blend into the background and not be noticed.  If this can be achieved with a fleece and tights (don’t worry I’ll be wearing other clothes, promise) then that’s good.

20191003_18435820191003_182449 “A beautiful evening meal in central London”.

And Finally……

Driving my nephew and niece travelling at the correct speed limit.  My nephew shouted that we were going as fast as a lawn mower.  He’s only five; and has a bright future in comedy.

20191004_11284020191004_134640Screenshot_20191005-231723_Facebook “Lunge, Calamity and Shuffle back together”.

My niece pulled away as I went to kiss her, saying I smelt!  Giggling slightly embarrassed I laughed, as far as I knew I didn’t!  Later my friend said as I leaned over to tell her something “you really smell of garlic!”.  That’s what Anoodle must have been referring to (at least I hope that’s what she meant).

20191003_152325 “I am always happy to bump in to my first love”.

It was the return of Ariel Yoga last weekend, so lovely seeing Richard (the instructor) again. And great to be hanging upside down in the sling for five mins of the two hour session.

20191003_20063020191003_155306 “We loved Fleabag”.

Oh!…….

20191003_214050 “Cake, and wine, whats not to like”.

This last week I completed another orbit around the sun.  Apart from dodgy knees, a bad back (now and then) and a clicky fingers i don’t feel 51.  I feel 80!

20191006_021959.jpg “No wonder this shiz is so late,  i’m watching to many progs about cake”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

BBC World Service: The Lazy Person (with Lucy Gransbury)”, (TX: 16/04/18).  “Blakes 7”, (S1, ep 2 to ep 3).  “Carmen Santiego”, (S1, ep 1).  “Click”, (28/09/19).  “Criminal (Germany)”, (S1, ep 1 & ep 2).  “Defending the Guilty”, (S1, ep 1).  “Dexter”, (S5, ep 9 to ep 12)(S6, ep 1 to ep 8).  “Disenchantment”, (S2, ep 3 & ep 7).  “Fear The Walking Dead”, (S5, ep 16).  “Fleabag (National Theatre Live)”, (2019).  “How to Act Masterclass: Wine Drinking (with Lucy Gransbury)”, (TX: 11/01/19).  “Judy”, (2019).  “Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King”, (2003).  “Lucy And D.i.C Couch Time: The Slow Game”, (TX: 02/10/19).  “Not Going Out”, (S6, ep 8).  “Pandora”, (S1, ep 12 & ep 13).  “Space 1999”, (S2, ep 18 & ep 19).  “Star Trek: Original Series”, (S1, ep 28)“Strictly Come Dancing”, (S17, ep 2, TX: 28/09/19).  “The Apprentice”, (S15, ep 1, TX: 02/10/19).  “The Apprentice: Honest Subtitles”, (S5, ep 1, TX: 02/10/19).  “The Apprentice: You’re Fired”, (S14, ep 1, TX: 02/10/19).  “The Graham Norton Show”, (S26, ep 1, TX: 27/09/19).  “The Great British Bake Off”, (S3 (S10), ep 6, TX: 01/10/19).  “The Great British Bake Off; An Extra Slice”, (S3 (S6), ep 6, TX: 04/10/19).  “The Great Model Railway Challenge”, (S2, ep 4, TX: 04/10/19).  “The Lion King”, (2019).  “The Mash Report”, (S3, ep 5, TX: 03/10/19).  “The Walking Dead”, (S10, ep 1).  “Top Gear”, (S6, ep 10, TX: 31/07/05).  “Van Helsing”, (S4, ep 1).             

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“30 Animals That Made Us Smarter (BBC World Service)”, (S1, ep 28, 30/09/19).    “Apollo 11 Legacies (WHNT19 News Podcast)”, (ep 11, 19/07/19) (ep 12, 31/07/19) (ep 13, 14/08/19) (ep 15, 12/09/19).  “Brian And Roger”, (S3, ep 6, 02/10)(ep 7, 04/10/19).  “Buffy Speak”, (S2, ep 1, 26/06/16) (ep 2, 04/07/16) (ep 3, 10/07/16) (ep 4, 17/07/16).  “Goodies Podcast”, (ep 1, 15/01/10) (ep 65, 13/08/11) (ep 66, 19/08/11).  “Griefcast”, (ep 98, 02/10/19).  “Iain Lee (Highlights)”, (27/09, 30/09, 01/10, 02/10/19).  “LBC Podcast: Mystery Hour”, (03/10/19).  “LBC Podcast: Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (28/09, 04/10/19).  “NASA: Gravity Assist”, (27/09/19).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 112, 04/10/19).  “Rule Of Three”, (21/06/19).  “Spacefall: A Blakes 7 Podcast”, (ep 0, 20/02/18) (ep 1, 21/02/18) (ep 2, 07/03/17) (ep 3, 21/03/17).  “Space Rocket History Archive”, (ep 20, 17/10/17) (ep 21 to ep 23, 08/11/17) (ep 24 & ep 25, 22/11/17).  “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 161, 27/09/19).  “The All New Angelos And Barry Podcast”, (02/10/19).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 102, 04/10/19).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (30/09/19).  “The Rabbit Hole”, (ep 90, 30/09/19).  “The Sitcom Club”, (ep 65: The Goodies at LWT, 09/07/15).  “Morrissey”,  “Echo And The Bunnymen”, “Blur”,  “Stereophonics”, “Monaco”, “Blondie”, “The Killers”, “Biffy Clyro”, “The Artic Monkeys”, “No Doubt”, “Simple Minds”, “Pulp”, “Ultravox”, “Jet”, “Talking Heads”, “It Bites”, “The Boomtown Rats”, “Journey”, “Johnny Vaughan (Radio X)”.

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Week 275, Saturday 21st until Friday 27th September 2019.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East and South West London, Hertfordshire (inc Leavesden) and Surrey (The NEXT Chapter).

Week 275 Saturday 21st until Friday 27thSeptember 2019.

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Many years ago, i went to Euro Disney. One thing I really had no Interest in were the costumed characters around the park. That changed when I saw a six-foot mouse! Yes I had spotted Mickey walking towards me. My friend likes to say that I gave her all the bags and rushed away like a five year old. The magic of the park gripped me, I loved it.

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“Tea and Dragons”.

This week I felt the same excitement all over again when I visited the Harry Potter Studio Tour in Hertfordshire with MOZ and RAC. I need to get this off my chest now! Everything about the place is expensive. There were no shortage of people walking around taking pictures, eating and drinking in the restaurant (I did enjoy a goblet of “butterbeer) or buying merch. Surely even more “Potterheads” would visit if the entry price was cheaper. I’m sure that the vaults of Gringotts would continue to fill with riches just as quickly. But what do I know! I’m a call centre monkey and not a participant in the new series of “The Apprentice”?

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“Fancy a Butterbeer at home”.

Part of the excitement is that Leavesden is where the films were made. The other reason I was like an overactive child high on E-numbers was because of all the props and sets are the ones seen on screen. Standing within Dumbledore’s office I couldn’t help but knock on a huge stone column which of course was made of wood. It doesn’t matter if it’s a blockbuster about a boy wizard or a small TV sitcom or cheap chat show; i get so much of a thrill from being near or on a set (one reason I am still single).

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“Could this be the new Wallace and Grommit”.

The sets are as expected beautiful, the detail is amazing most of which would never register on screen on its own. But together the jigsaw of objects scattered around helps make the environment appear real. Unlike most visitors I got more of a kick from seeing the off-screen sections such of bare wood, scaffolding, polystyrene, resins whatever was used to fabricate it. The behind the scenes of a studio or programme has fascinated me since I was small because of watching programmes like “Blue Peter”. When I worked at the BBC i spent so much time roaming around the scenic store and the ring road where dismantled sections of well know sets were stored just looking at them. Throughout the fun of the day, there was a little sadness. I hope that in a parallel universe there is a version of me still working in the TV and film and having a great time enjoying the magic behind the camera.

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“I love the look of wood”.

As with employees of Disneyland everyone who worked at Leavesden really did appear to love their job. They talked so enthusiastically about the subject to anyone that would listen. Yes, I know there being paid, but you can’t hide and fake that enthusiasm. Disneyland Paris might have fairy dust constantly falling to the ground. But these two soundstages in Hertfordshire really are full of magic, silver screen magic! Don’t worry muggles with all levels of knowledge of the “Potterverse” are welcome. Just make sure you have a wheelbarrows full of “Broze Knuts”, “Silver Sickles” or “Golden Galleons” to spend.

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“Beautiful sets! I said Set”.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

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“Members of the Blakey cosplay society”.

Most weeks i visit my sister in Surrey, which involves buying an extension ticket. Normally I just rock up to the booking office say what I want and leave a few minutes later. This week was different! The smiley member of staff wanted to know if I had a valid pass to the zone boundary, then actually checked my Oyster card. They wanted to know what time I was returning the next morning, even though I said it would be early so I know I wouldn’t be applicable for a reduction. I then had to spell the station name i was travelling to.

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“With these riches, i could buy the train”.

After 22 months of buying the same ticket, having to spend a little extra time when I am in a hurry (yes, to get to the hell that is work. But more importantly I wanted to visit the coffee shop and see if the pretty redhead barista was on duty) was frustrating. For all I know what happened this week is what should happen each week! Maybe that member of staff who I didn’t recognise was new and training, or they like to do things by the book. It will be interesting to see what happens next week.

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“Wigs and bits”.

And Finally……
I had to laugh when MOZ said there’s a couple of poos on her ring. She was talking about the Hamster who has left a couple of tiny droppings on her fave nut ring. Just the mention of Poo and ring got me laughing.

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“Are these better than lightsabers?”.

Overheard Two Harry Potter cosplayers in the Studio Tour shop. “Harry’s really has some weight to his”! While the other was impressed at the size of Ron’s! They were talking about magic wands.

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“Watching this while i should have been writing this shiz”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:
“Better Than Us”, (S1, ep 6). “Blakes 7”, (S1, ep 1). “Carnival Row”, (S1, ep 5). “Click”, (21/09/19). “Coca Cola Vs Pepsi: Cola Wars”, (23/09/19). “Criminal (UK)”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 3). “Criminal (France)”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 3). “Dexter”, (S4, ep 7 & ep 12)(S5, ep 1 to ep 8). “Disenchantment”, (S2, ep 1 & ep 2). “Fear The Walking Dead”, (S5, ep 15). “Final Space”, (S2, ep 13). “Japan With Sue Perkins”, (S1, ep 2, TX: 24/09/19). “Lucy And D.i.C”, (S1, ep 8). “McDonalds Vs Burger King: Burger Wars”, (TX: 17/09/19). “Marianne”, (S1, ep 2). “Pandora”, (S1, ep 11). “State Of The Union”, (S1, ep 5 & ep 10). “Stath Lets Flats”, (S2, ep 6). “The Apprentice: Meet The Candidates”, (S15, TX: 24/09/19). “The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance”, (S1, ep 10). “The Great British Bake Off”, (S3 (S10), ep 5, TX: 24/09/19). “The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice”, (S3 (S6), ep 4, TX: 27/09/19). “The Great Model Railway Challenge”, (S2, ep 2, 20/09/19)(ep 3, TX: 27/09/19). “The Mash Report”, (S3, ep 4, TX: 26/09/19). “Top Of The Pops”, (TX: 09/06/88)(TX: 16/06/88).

This week I have mainly been listening to:
“30 Animals That Made Us Smarter (BBC World Service)”, (S1, ep 27, 23/09/19). “Apollo 11 Legacies (WHNT19 News Podcast)”, (ep 7 to 9, 03/07/19) (ep 10, 17/076/19). “Brian And Roger”, (S3, ep 4, 25/09)(ep 5, 27/09/19). “Griefcast”, (ep 97, 25/09/19). “Iain Lee (Bonus)”, (26/09/19). “Iain Lee (Highlights)”, (20/09, 23/09, 26/09/19). “In Poor Taste”, (ep 108, 24/09/19). “LBC Podcast: Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (21/09, 27/09/19). “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 111, 27/09/19). “Rule Of Three”, (LIVE ep, 26/09/19). “Space Boffins Podcast: The Naked Scientist”, (10/01/15) (10/02/15) (10/03/15) (16/04/15) (10/05/15) (10/06/15) (13/07/15) (12/08/15) (10/09/15) (10/10/15) (10/11/15) (10/01/17). “Space Rocket History Archive”, (ep 18 & 19, 15/10/17). “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 160, 21/09/19). “Strange Times”, (ep 317, 24/09/19). “The All New Angelos And Barry Podcast”, (27/09/19). “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (16/09/19). “Morrissey”, “Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds”, “Manic Street Preachers”, “Ash”, Pj Harvey”, “Voice Of The Beehive”, The Timelords”, “Erasure”, David Guetta ft SIA”, Lana Del Ray”, “Elbow”, “Shed Seven”, “Pink Floyd”, “Pulp”, “Journey”, “Liam Gallagher”, “Snow Patrol”, “David Bowie”, Pet Shop Boys”.

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Week 274, Saturday 14th until Friday 20th September 2019.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East and South West London, Essex (inc Colchester) and Surrey (The NEXT Chapter).

Week 274 Saturday 14th  until Friday 20thSeptember 2019.

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There are many things I don’t understand.  Such as how a computer really works (in my mind there must have been a Hamster running in a wheel inside the old style box screens?  Of course fish turning a water wheel or ants on a treadmill power modern flat screen technology).  Why didn’t the Mona Lisa demand that Leo paint eyebrows and lashes on her portrait?  Why didn’t Chewie get a medal in Star Wars a New Hope?  And how in the 21st century are TV soaps and (so-called) talent shows still popular, in this multi-channel environment when every classic is available in one format or another.

20190920_15253820190920_152647 “Loving the car wash”.

However something a little more important I have trouble with is if someone likes me.  For the last year every two weeks I have attended a meeting where people can talk in a non-judgmental environment about what makes them feel “frazzled”.  Over these 12 months i have become a regular only missing two meetings.  Among the other regulars is a woman, who until a month ago i had never spoken to on a one to one basis.  Four weeks ago at the end of the meeting she approached me and started to talk.  Once the usual pleasantries were out of the way, we were just left with silence.  Panicking I quickly filled the void with my usual brand of verbal diarrhoea.

20190914_170509DSCF4484 “The lake is not part of the garden.  But its still pretty”.

It happened again this week, I don’t know if she’s just being nice, wants to be friends.  My imagination run wild most of the time I know, but is there a possibility (even the smallest) that she might “like” me.  If this happens again should I drop hints that I am single and looking for the love of a good women.  But what if I am completely wrong (which I probably am).  I need to think about this carefully, I enjoy the meetings and don’t want to jeopardise either mine or her feelings about attending.

20190914_162715 “How many bottle of white could i make out of these”.

The next meeting is in a couple of weeks’ time, I need to have a good think and see what does or doesn’t happen.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

DSCF4488 “Standing to attention”.

Any opportunity to be away from the city and in the countryside is welcome.  Twice this week I have heard about shrinrin-yoku or “Forest bathing”.  An activity that in Japan is prescribed by their national health service as a therapy to try to relieve stress.  Here in the UK it’s very new, though there are groups/organisations already taking people into the countryside for sessions.  Within the next couple of years, the term “forest bathing” will be heard all over the place.  And it will become a fashionable activity, helping to make a small number of people very rich. Bookshelves (physical and online) will heave under the strain because of all the self-help and guidebook that will be published.

DSCF4544DSCF4533 “These two seen on the same bush”.

Personally I don’t think that anyone needs to consult an “expert” or a book.  My advice (which I need to take) is everyone should try to spend quality time in the countryside, if possible with animals near by.  This is one of the reasons why I love to spend time beside the canal when I visit mum.

20190919_21075820190919_204017 “These two Spiders found in the house are now happy in the garden”.

Something else I that I find relaxing is being with animals.  Big ones are of course amazing and majestic.  But I get as much pleasure from an close encounter with a mini beasts.  This might be helping to rehome into the garden a spider found wondering across the living room. Or picking up a snail spotted stupidly strolling across a busy pavement.  Before cutting the grass this week I did actually check for slugs and snails, all that were found were gently moved to a different part of the garden.

DSCF4605DSCF4601 “You never know what delight you will find in the countryside”.

This has given me an idea; maybe I’ll take slugs and snails with me to a local wood or forest for a bathing session and watch them fight very slowly and quietly.  I could become an expert, publish a book, make a TV series and charge people an outrageous sum for the privilege of visiting a place they could go to for free.  That’s how I will make millions!  If you want you can purchase an early bird tickets, send me your bank details to the usual address.

20190916_05215520190916_052114 “Whats not to like”.

And Finally……

Misheard a DJ while driving on the M25, because the window was wide open.  I through they said “text in and well stretch your genitals”!  It was commercial radio so anything is possible.

20190919_07313420190919_184708 “Chocolate Spread!  What Chocolate spread!”.

While hoovering the stairs, I shouted down to MOZ “you only have to work from the bottom up”.  Her face was a picture as she mouthed “bottom up” looking very confused!

20190914_154217 “Emmmmm, cake”.

In a garden centre tearoom I overheard a women say to another “I couldn’t screw it in (pause) the pole up the middle”.  This made her friend laugh loudly.

DSCF4618 “Writing this shiz, but distracted by my hero Hup the brave Podling brandishing a spoon”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“Ad Astra”, (2019).  “BBC Stories: HIV Positive But Proud”, (TX: 19/07/19).  “Better Than Us”, (S1, ep 6).  “Big School”, (S1, ep 3 & ep 4)(S2, ep 4 to ep 6).  “Carnival Row”, (S1, ep 4).  “Click”, (14/09/19).  “Climbing: Climbing World Championships 2019 Lead Finals”, (TX: 15/08/19).  “Comedy Threesomes (BBC Three) Fully Blown”, (ep 1 to ep 3).  “Comedy Threesomes (BBC Three) Hunter”, (ep 1 to ep 3).  “Comedy Threesomes (BBC Three) Oi, Pussy!”, (ep 1 to ep 3).  “Dexter”, (S3, ep 8 & ep 12)(S4, ep 1 to ep 6).  “Doctor Who: Revenge Of The Cybermen”, (S12, Story 5, ep 4, TX: 10/05/75).  “Fear The Walking Dead”, (S5, ep 14).  “Final Space”, (S2, ep 12).  “Happy Death Day”, (2017).  “Japan With Sue Perkins”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 18/09/19).  “Lucy And D.i.C”, (S1, ep 7).  “Marianne”, (S1, ep 1).  “Nationwide: Doctor Who”, (TX: 17/03/83).  “On Becoming A God In Central Florida”, (S1, ep 1).  “Pandora”, (S1, ep 10).  “Panorama: Apollo 11 The impact On Earth”, (TX: 21/07/69).  “Return To Scatterbrook – Memories Of Worzel (Trailer)”, (2019).  “Scatterbrook Days: A Worzel Gummidge 40th Anniversary Celebration”, (2019).  “State Of The Union”, (S1, ep 3 & ep 4).  “Stath Lets Flats”, (S2, ep 5).  “The Crystal Calls The Making Of The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance”, (2019).  “The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance”, (S1, ep 7 to ep 9).  “The Extra-Terrestrial Funeral Service”, (TX: 10/09/19).  “The Great British Bake Off”, (S3 (S10), ep 4, TX: 17/09/19).  “The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice”, (S3 (S6), ep 4, TX: 20/09/19).  “The Mash Report”, (S3, ep3, TX: 19/09/19).  “Toast Of London”, (S1, ep 1 & ep 2).  “Who Are The Flat Earthers?”, (TX: 10/09/19).           

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“30 Animals That Made Us Smarter (BBC World Service)”, (S1, ep 26, 16/09/19).    “Apollo 11 Legacies (WHNT19 News Podcast)”, (ep 4, 19/06/19) (ep 5, 19/06/19) (ep 6, 03/07/19).  “Brian And Roger”, (S3, ep 2, 18/09)(ep 3, 20/09/19).  “Griefcast”, (ep 96, 18/09/19).  “Iain Lee (Bonus)”, (12/09, 16/09, 17/09/19).  “Iain Lee (Highlights)”, (13/09, 16/09, 17/09, 18/09, 19/09/19).  “LBC Podcast: Mystery Hour”, (11/09, 19/09/19).  “LBC Podcast: Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (14/09, 20/09/19).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 110, 20/09/19).  “Rule Of Three”, (12/09/19) (LIVE ep, 19/09/19).  “Space Boffins Podcast: The Naked Scientist”, (14/11/14) (10/12/14) (10/12/15) (10/01/16) (10/02/16) (10/03/16) (10/04/16) (10/05/16) (10/06/16).  “Space Rocket History Archive”, (ep 5 to ep 7, 10/08/17) (ep 8, 01/09/17) (ep 13, 26/09/17) (ep 14, 01/10/17) ( ep 15 to ep 17, 15/10/17).  “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 159, 13/09/19).  “The All New Angelos And Barry Podcast”, (16/09/19).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (16/09/19).  “The Rabbit Hole”, (ep 89, 19/09/19).  “Morrissey”,  “Smiths”, “Manic Street Preachers”,  “Ocean Colour Scene”,  “Blondie”, “Supergrass”,  “Delirium”,  “New Order”,  “Electronic”, “Kula Shaker”,  “Talking Heads”, “Stereophonics”, St Etienne”, “The Stranglers”, Kirsty McCall”, “Depeche Mode”, “Gary Newman”.

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Week 273, Saturday 7th until Friday 13th September 2019.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East and South West London, Northamptionshire (inc Blakesley) and Surrey (The NEXT Chapter).

Week 273 Saturday 7th until Friday 13thSeptember 2019.

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And now part 42 of my occasional series: “Why Village life is better?”.

This week: The Surgery!

I found myself early one morning this week sitting in a village Dr’s surgery (I was accompanying the patient). I knew this visit was different to what I am used to straight away, when greeted by a smiling receptionist. The surprises continued in the waiting room when a man walked in and said loudly “hello”. Because everyone acknowledged him, i didn’t want to appear out of place so mimed an embarrassed “morning”. He sat down and continued to talk about traffic, parking issues and his aches and pains. The friendly atmosphere felt a little uncomfortable just because I’m use to a totally different experience.

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“Inside a village pub with Catherine and Suz. Outside trying not to fall in the gutter (it was non-alcoholic)!!!”.

At home in the concrete jungle, when I visit the local quack. The first obstacle in seeing a Dr is being interrogated by the miserable looking receptionist who hates her** job and every individual who phones or walks in complaining that their ill. At this point i should mention my mum was a Doctors receptionist (you would expect me to say the following, but it’s true!) who didn’t have the usual receptionist face; you know the type that appears to have been slapped by a large wet Trout. You’ll just have to believe me, mum really was a rare kind of city receptionist who knew how to smile!

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“On the way to Catherine’s i stopped to admire the moon. I wasn’t Dogging honest!”.

Once through the hurdle that is reception, the next challenge is the horror of the waiting room! A room scarier than any gladiatorial arena. A room full of people trying to prove that they are the sickest. This might include coughing louder than another or clutching the part of the body where the pain is situated while moaning! This is when my years of travelling on London’s transport network come’s in useful. While in this room the last thing i or anyone want to do is look at another patient directly in the eye.

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“A successful house warming”.

Thank the maker” for small handheld electronic devices that i can look at instead touching the magazines scattered around, that are always years out of date. And are probably crawling with more germs than the filthiest public loo. If my phone is dead, then there are plenty of horrific posters on the walls. The posters warn of various medical conditions, but reading them over and over could convince anyone that they have every serious decease under the sun. If all else fails i could just stare at my shoes and hope no one has noticed the holes in the soles. My current surgery has a radio (padlocked to the wall) tuned into a truly terrible radio station (if you pay me enough, ill name it). This awful noise can be useful because it drowns out the screams of children and the occasional adult (including staff) from behind consultation doors.

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“Meet my cuz, Catherine the Great Baked Spud Queen!”.

It’s only after my name is called that i can relax, i passed every challenge to see the medical professional behind door number Two. Of course, a few minutes later while walking outside I wonder if it was all worth it as the GP made it very clear they would rather be checking “deals of the day” on-line than speaking to sick people all day.

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“Hay, Hay!”.

This experience of the village surgery has made me realise even more how unhealthy city life is. If you live in a village, is there room for another occupant? I promise I won’t make a noise after 10pm, unless you are invited of course.

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“Sunday veggie roast in the Cock”.

(** At all the surgery’s I have been registered with, the receptionist have been older ladies who rule reception with a stare that could melt Halley’s Comet).

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“This was at 23.00 pm on 7th Sept!”.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

Since April 1st this year I have been sending myself e-mails during the night, sometimes more than one. These are brief notes are descriptions of my dreams. So far i have about 20 pages of these paragraphs which reading back make very little sense.

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“Love being beside the canal”.

I’m not really sure what i will do with them, maybe they could be incorporated into this ramble! Or i could create a new blog, a dream one! They also might be useful in my so-called attempts at script writing. Currently i have a collection of short films which I am trying to persuade agents that they need me as a client. So far (as expected) no one is impressed! Maybe the sentences written in bed, in the dark squinting through tired eyes might just be what agents wants. Stranger things have happened i suppose!

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“I really enjoy dark tunnels!”.

And Finally……

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“Yes, i can get all these in my gob at once!”.

Travelling on the M25 i chuckled to myself (i was on my own) as I passed a monster of an articulated lorry, which had written on the back and sides in the biggest writing I’ve ever seen “STOPTRANS”. Hopefully this is a company name and not a moving demonstration against trans people in the UK.
This is not a particularly funny paragraph, it’s just an observation. Thinking about it I’ve never claimed this ramble was funny. Please don’t all apply for a refund?

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“I was supposed to be writing this shiz.  Instead i travelled through the Stargate!”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:

“Andre Rieu: Dance The Night Away”, (S2, ep 10, TX: 10/09/19). “Better Than Us”, (S1, ep 4 & ep 5). “Big School”, (S1, ep 1 & ep 2, ep 5 & ep 6)(S2, ep 1 to ep 3). “Carnival Row”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 3). “Celebs On The Farm: Eggs-Tra Time“, (S2, ep 1, TX: 26/08/19)(ep 2, TX: 27/08/19)(ep 3, TX: 28/08/19). “Click”, (07/09/19). “Dexter”, (S3, ep 6 & ep 7). “Dragons’ Den”, (S17, ep 5, TX: 08/09/19). “Fear The Walking Dead”, (S5, ep 13). “Final Space”, (S2, ep 11). “Jack Whitehall: Travels With My Father”, (S3, ep 1 & ep 2). “Joe Pera Talks With You”, (S1, ep 1). “Lucy And D.i.C”, (S1, ep 6). “Monty Python Almost The Truth: The BBC Lawyer’s Cut”, (TX: 03/10/09). “Monty Python’s Flying Circus”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 05/10/69). “Pandora”, (S1, ep 9). “Python At 50: Silly Talks And Holy Grails”, (TX: 07/09/19). “Sink Or Swim”, (S1, ep 2, TX: 03/09/19)(ep 3, TX: 10/09/19). “Stargate SG1”, (S5, ep 1, ep 13 to ep 22). “Stargate Atlantis”, (S3, ep 10). “State Of The Union”, (S1, ep 1 & ep 2). “Stath Lets Flats”, (S2, ep 4). “Taskmaster”, (S9, ep 1, TX: 10/09/19). “The Great British Bake Off”, (S3 (S10), ep 3, TX: 10/09/19). “The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice”, (S3 (S6), ep 3, TX: 13/09/19). “The Great British Model Railway Challenge”, (S2, ep 1, TX: 13/09/19). “The Mash Report”, (S3, ep 1, TX: 05/09/19(ep 2, TX: 12/09/19). “The Real Thing (Short)”, (2017). “The Sky AT Night”, (ep 793, TX: 08/09/19). “Tomorrow’s World: Computers In The 60s”, (TX: 11/09/15). “Tomorrow’s World: Shuttle/Mir Special”, (S30, TX: 23/06/95). “Treasure Island With Bear Grylls”, (S6, ep 1, TX: 08/09/19).

This week I have mainly been listening to:

“30 Animals That Made Us Smarter (BBC World Service)”, (S1, ep 25, 09/09/19). “Apollo 11 Legacies (WHNT19 News Podcast)”, (Trailer 29/05/19)(ep 1 to ep 3, 05/09/19). “Brian And Roger”, (S3, 13/09/19). “Brian Gittens And Friends”, (ep 64, 11/09/19). “Daddy Look At Me”, (S1, ep 15, 12/09/19). “Griefcast”, (ep 95, 11/09/19). “Iain Lee (Bonus)”, (05/09, 06/09, 11/09/19). “Iain Lee (Highlights)”, (05/09, 06/09, 11/09, 12/09/19). “LBC Podcast: Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (07/09, 13/09/19). “Monty Python At 50: The Self Abasement Taps (BBC Radio 4)”, (ep 1, 04/09/19)(ep 2 to ep 5, on BBC iplayer Radio). “NASA: Gravity Assist”, (12/09/10). “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 109, 13/09/19). “Rule Of Three”, (22/08/19). “Space Boffins Podcast: TheNakedScientist”, (10/09/14) (10/07/16) (10/08/14) (10/08/16) (10/12/16) (10/09/19). “Space Rocket History Archive”, (ep 1 & ep 2, 07/08/17)(ep 3 & ep 4, 10/08/19)(ep 9 to ep 12, 01/09/17). “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 158, 06/09/19). “Strange Times”, (ep 316, 07/09/19). “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (09/09/19). “What We Saw: Apollo 11”, (ep 1, 13/07/19)(ep 2, 15/07/19)(ep 3, 17/09/19)(ep 4, 20/07/19). “Morrissey”, “Lush”, “Placebo”, “Ash”, “L7”, “Hole”, “Toto”, “A-ha”, “Tears For Fears”, “Men At Work”, “Journey”.

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Week 272, Saturday 31st August until Friday 6th September 2019.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East and South West London, Surrey and Kent (Penshurst) (The NEXT Chapter).

Week 272 Saturday 31st August  until Friday 6thSeptember 2019.

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This week it was announced that the world of Doctor Who lost a creative giant, Terrance Dicks died (29th August) at the age of 84.  You might not recognise his name, but to fans of the programme (especially of a certain age) he was known as “Uncle Terrance” who was responsible for so many aspects of the classic series which continue to influence the current adventures with Jodie Whittaker.  He was the script editor from 1969 until 1975. And wrote forty five episodes between 1969 to 1983.  However, he is possibly more famous as the author of more than 60 novelisations of TV stories published by Target (he wrote many, many more Doctor Who novels well in to the 00s).

20190906_210935 “Big girl, new school”. 

Terrance Dicks is the reason i learnt to enjoy reading!  When I was young reading wasn’t something that I found easy.  I read comics (ok! Mainly looking at the pictures), but preferred to be either watching TV (black and white, of course) or outside playing “Doctor Who”, “The Tomorrow People”, “The Six Million Dollar Man” or “Chips”.

20190903_113502 “A naughty treat to make work less boring”.

Everything changed when I discovered the Target range of Doctor Who books.  Remember this was a time when there was no video or internet and most television show (on the 3 channels) were rarely repeated.  These novels were the only way of enjoying previous adventures of the Doctor (in various incarnations).  That’s how my lifelong love affair with reading started.

20190902_212607 “The season is changing”.

I regularly could be found sitting on the floor in WH Smiths Croydon, soaking up every word of each book I opened and bought.  The more I read, the more Terrance Dicks name appeared.  Over time i learned how important he was to the programme.  In the 80s while working as a steward at a DWAS (Doctor Who Appreciation Society) convention, I was lucky to meet and spend some time with the great man.  My only evidence of this is his autograph in the convention programme.

20190831_112211 “I found a hitchhiker on the car”.

Recently i have fallen back in love with physical books all over again and already have a growing pile of new books waiting to be read.  This has come about because of the recent 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing and all the news books seen in shops.  Most of my reading over the last few years has been on a tablet, which is a very sterile way of enjoying words that creates pictures in my mind.  Looking around on the tube these days i appear to not be the only person rediscovering the love of a physical book.

DSCF3699 “This little love, really enjoyed my nuts”.

The Doctor Who world is a little quieter now.  But because we have so many hours of the programme (plus numinous DVD commentaries and documentaries) and page after page of Terrance books to enjoy (I should say, he wrote so much more than just Doctor Who) his legacy continues.  Most writers would be jealous of the body of work.  His name may not be as recognisable as JK Rowling or Tolkien, but in the eyes of Doctor Who fans he was as big a creative genius.  Its time i did my bit for the next generation of fans by introducing my nephews and niece to his Doctor Who novels.  This will give me an excuse to unbox the collection and enjoy them all over again for myself.

Thank you, Uncle Terrance for helping me and other to read and enjoy books.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

20190831_122913 “Always a good show”.

Last weekend i visited The Weald of Kent Country Craft Show, an event i have been to many times over the last few years.  The marquees are full of arts and crafts made out of every kind of material you can think of, as always my friend and myself walked away at the end of the day after spending a lot more than planned.

20190831_152534 “Its a mini me”.

Speaking to a number of exhibitors this is very much a hobby (not for all of them of course!). They have a proper job; this means that the products are made during any spare time.  Then there’s the travelling around the country to shows at weekends.  I think of myself as a crafty person but the thought of working full time and then making “things” when I get home just makes me feel even more tired than I already am.

20190831_141317.jpg “I did ask if i could snap this excellent tatt”.

But that’s my problem, I’m not committed!  If I am going to sell something or be noticed, I have to just get on with being creative and pull my thumb out!

20190831_154304 “Smiling while swotting wasps”.

And Finally……

Walking into the kitchen, MOZ was rubbing her face.  She had opened a kitchen cabinet quickly and had been hit in the face by the wooden willy I bought in Ibiza.  The lesson learned is don’t rush around the kitchen, accidents with wood can happen.

20190831_192237 “Ive called these Stephen and his mum Stephanie”.

Passing a bus stop one morning i watched as a double decker sailed past.  That’s when the 2 individuals (who didn’t appear to be together) realised what had happened.  Both had been concentrating on their phones and not looking down the road.  The look they gave each other silently said “why didn’t you stop the bus?”  It was a priceless moment.

20190906_220350 “I blame my mum, for my enjoyment of this second series.  So camp, so much fun.  I better get back to writing this shiz”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“Better Than Us”, (S1, ep 2 & ep 3).  “Captive”, (1994).  “Celebs On The farm “, (S2, ep 2, TX: 27/08/19)(ep 3, TX: 28/08/19)(ep 4, TX: 29/08/19)(ep 5, TX: 30/08/19)(ep 6, TX: 02/09/19)(ep 7, TX: 03/09/19)(ep 8, TX: 04/09/19)(ep 9, TX: 05/09/19)(ep 10, TX: 06/09/19).  “Dexter”, (S2, ep 11&  ep 12)(S3, ep 1 to ep 5).  “Doctor Who: The Five Doctors”, (S20, TX: 25/11/1983).  “Domino”, (2005).  “Fear The Walking Dead”, (S5, ep 12).  “Haters Back Off”, (S1, ep 7 to ep 8)(S2, ep 1 to ep 8).  “Lucy And D.i.C”, (S1, ep 5).  “Mortimer & Whithouse: Gone Fishing”, (S2, ep 6, TX:06/09/19).  “Not Going Out”, (S2, ep 2).  “Pandora”, (S1, ep 8).  “Ralph Bakshi: Animation’s New Wave”.  “Revolutions: The Ideas That Changed The World”, (S1, ep 6, TX: 27/08/19).  “Scotland Unsolved”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 3).  “Skies Above Britain”, (S1, ep 5, TX: 14/09/15).  “Stath Lets Flats”, (S2, ep 3).  “Storyville: The Farthest: Voyagers Interstellar Journey”, (TX: 30/11/17).  “The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance”, (S1, ep 3 to ep 6).  “The Great British Bake Off”, (S3 (S10), ep 2, TX: 03/09/19).  “The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice”, (S3 (S6), ep 2, TX: 06/09/19).  “Tomorrow’s World: The Race To Mars”, (S22, TX: 27/01/1987).         

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“30 Animals That Made Us Smarter (BBC World Service)”, (S1, ep 24, 02/09/19).  “Apollo 11 Beyond The Moon (CNN Films Podcast)”, (Trailer, 29/05/19)(ep 1, 03/06/19)(ep 2, 06/06/19)(ep 3, 10/06/19)(ep 4, 13/06/19)(ep 5, 17/06/19).  “Brian And Roger: Trailer, London Podcast Festival”, (03/09/19).  “Daddy Look At Me”, (S1, ep 14, 05/09/19).  “Griefcast”, (ep 94, 04/09/19).  “Iain Lee (Bonus)”, (02/09/19).  “Iain Lee (Highlights)”, (30/08, 02/09/19).  “LBC Podcast: Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (31/08, 06/09/19).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 108, 06/09/19).  “NASA In Silicon Valley Live”, (06/09/19).  “Rule Of Three”, (22/08/19).  “Space Boffins Podcast: TheNakedScientist”, (10/03/14) (10/07/14) (10/08/14) (10/09/16) (10/10/16) (14/11/16).  “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 157, 30/08/19).  “Strange Times”, (ep 315, 01/09/19).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (02/09/19).  “Morrissey”,  “Lady Gaga”, “The Style Council”,  “Biffy Clyro”,  “The KLF”, “Travis”,  “The Charlatans”,  “Inspiral Carpets”,  “Ash”, “Van Morrision”.

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Week 271,Saturday 24th until Friday 30th August 2019.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East and South West (Inc Kew) London, Surrey and Essex (Hyland House) (The NEXT Chapter).

Week 271 Saturday 24th  until Friday 30thAugust 2019.

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Since January apart from holidays and special occasions I haven’t drank alcohol.  I thought that more and more people were choosing to not drink the hard stuff.  But look in most supermarkets and you’ll find it’s not easy to locate the small amount of shelf space with non-alcoholic drinks.  Some people decided to go down this route for health reasons, others for fitness or people like me who just fancied saving a few pennies and hoping to lose weight (more about that later).

20190826_15043720190826_142012 “A bloody hot bank holiday Monday”.

One thing I have noticed is that there is very little difference in taste I don’t feel I’m missing anything.  Because of drink I have met lovely people, with many happy memories and experiences.  But there are several incidents that I am still mortified by; these include the time I was in my sister in laws car.  Or when I missed my young nephew by millimetres as I projectile vomited outside his school (sorry Thomas).  Plus the advantage of a 100% alcohol free drink is I can drive and have a sip or two (not at the same time of course).

20190826_16534120190826_165326 “I love a pretty bird”.

Price tends to be the same.  That was until I visited Kew Gardens on Bank Holiday Monday this week.  The small bottle of water in my bag was warm and not refreshing.  Standing in one of the many food stalls around the gardens, l worried that I might need the use of a defibrillator after I saw the prices.  All the 330ml cans (the size of a standard can cola) of non- alcohol or alcoholic drink cost just over £5!  While a normal can of pop was £2.80, there were cans of water (yes, water in a can) for £1.80. Due to the heat of the day, the tills were continuously busy.  Next time I visit I will pop in to the small express supermarket situated near the tube station and smuggle my own supplies inside.  On a positive note, the gardens are spectacular and well worth a visit.

20190826_14110120190826_141305 “Taken from the balcony in a hot house, on a very hot day”.

Back to the non-alcoholic drink.  I am enjoying drinking them; one of the main advantage is that the next morning I don’t wake up feeling like I’ve been bit by a gold brick with a slice of lemon wrapped around it and covered in sick.

DSCF4369 “Found free water at Kew, handy to know for next time”.

And Now For Something Completley Different……

20190826_15422620190826_153853 “Not a lot to say, its a Pagoda in London”. 

I sometimes sit at work and wonder what it would be like if I had an attack of amnesia.  What would it be like to completely forget something?

Earlier this week I needed to speak to a manager sitting a couple of feet across the desks. That’s when I didn’t know his name, I looked at his face but I just couldn’t remember his name.  He saw me looking so I was honest, luckily he found this funny, but I really had no idea of the name I use most days.  I could almost feel areas of my brain desperately trying to reconnect with each other, it was as if a plug had been pulled out and the signal couldn’t reach the receiver.  I told him he looked like a Steven or Andrew!

20190826_123420DSCF4394 “The glass houses have a cathedral”. 

It was only after i restarted talking to the customer that my memory snapped in to place, “Peter”!.  No, the customer didn’t have the same name.  Hopefully this is not the start of brain deterioration, the family have healthy ones.  I must be ok because I can I still remember in the correct order all the companions that have travelled with the Doctor.  Or quote my favourite obscure “Monty Python” sketches.  It’s really been a very busy couple of week, my brain was just having moment.

20190828_185626 “That’s more money from the Tooth Fairy”.

A Diet Newsflash……

I haven’t bored you recently about how the diet is going (its all content).  You may remember a few months ago i started a low carb diet.  At the time of the Sri Lanka trip a few weeks ago i had lost just over a stone and a half.  However, during the 7 days in away i gained 5lb, it’s not all my fault I kept being give tasty food! (It would have been rude not to have eaten everything given to me).

20190826_074134 “Seen at Hyland House, Essex”.

At the start of this week i reached the pre holiday weight and have actually now at the time of publishing this shiz lost a further two pounds. It’s slow progress but I am shrinking. More exciting updates soon!

20190825_23591620190825_174211 “MOZ, knocking dowing this is one!”. 

Scare Of The Week……

DSCF4428DSCF4421DSCF4426 “I spent a lot of time at Kew looking up”.

Sitting at traffic lights with a car in front and another on my left.  I suddenly saw in the rear view mirror a fire engine flashing both red and blue lights as well as its siren blearing.  The image of the engine got bigger and bigger as it raced towards me.  At the very last moment (or so it seemed) it swerved to the right and passed at speed on the wrong side of the road (the junction was clear due to the traffic lights).

DSCF4419DSCF4302 “Emmmm, even more planes”.

Of course, I knew they weren’t going to hit me, London fire brigade drivers/crews are so well trained. But I can’t lie, nearly shizzed myself.

DSCF4420 “Don’t worry its a glass sculpture, not a monster after the plane”.

And Finally……

Heard a woman say to her friend as she climbed out of a car.  “Careful I can your Onion bagel!

20190830_211709.jpg “Loving the return of Fizzgig”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“Arena: Cindy Sherman #Untitled”, (TX: 28/07/19).  “Better Than Us”, (S1, ep 1).  “Building Cars: Secrets Of The Assembly Line”, (ep 1, TX: 20/10/15)(ep 2, TX: 21/10/15).  “Celebs On The farm “, (S2, ep 1, TX: 26/08/19).  “Click”, (TX: 24/11/18, rpt 24/08/19).  “Dexter”, (S2, ep 8 to 10).  “Doctor Who, The Invisible Enemy”, (S15, ep 1, TX: 01/10/1977).  “Fear The Walking Dead”, (S5, ep 11).  “Final Space”, (S2, ep 10).  “From Dusk Till Dawn”, (S1, ep 4).  “Haters Back Off”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 6).  “Horizon: Cannabis Miracle Medicine Or Dangerous Drug?”, (2019, ep 6, TX: 28/08/19).  “Kathy Burke’s All Women”, (S1, ep 3, TX: 29/08/19).  “Legion”, (2010).  “Lucy And D.i.C”, (S1, ep 4).  “Mercury 13”, (2018).  “Mission Control The Unsung Heroes Of Apollo”, (2016).   “Mortimer & Whithouse: Gone Fishing”, (S2, ep 5, TX: 30/08/19).  “Pandora”, (S1, ep 7).  “Red”, (2010).  “Stacey Dooley Face To Face With The Arm Dealers”, (TX: 29/08/19).  “Stath Lets Flats”, (S2, ep 2).  “Step Up To The Plate”, (S1, ep 6, TX 19/08/19)(ep 7, TX: 20/08/19).  “The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance”, (S1, ep 1 & ep 2).  “The Great British Bake Off”, (S3 (S10), ep 1, TX: 27/08/19).  “The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice (S3 (S6), ep 1, TX: 30/08/19).  “Toy Story 4”, (2019).  “Wu Assassins”, (S1, ep 2).         

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“30 Animals That Made Us Smarter (BBC World Service)”, (S1, ep 23, 26/08/19).  “Brian Gittens And Friends”, (ep 63, 27/08/19).  “Daddy Look At Me”, (S1, ep 13, 29/08/19).  “Iain Lee (Highlights)”, (26/08, 27/08, 28/08, 29/08/19).  “LBC Podcast: Mystery Hour”, (29/08/19).  “LBC Podcast: Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (24/08, 25/08, 30/08/19).  “NASA: Gravity Assist”, (23/08/19).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 107, 30/08/19).   “Rule Of Three”, (22/08/19).  “Space Boffins Podcast: TheNaked Scientist”, (08/11/13) (10/12/13) (10/01/14) (10/02/14) (10/04/14) (10/05/14) (10/06/14) (10/02/17) (10/03/17).  “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 157, 30/08/19).  “Strange Times”, (ep 313, 26/08/19)(ep 314, 27/08/19).  “The Angelos And Barry Show”, (26/09/18).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (26/08/19).  “Morrissey”,  “Echo And The Bunnymen”, “Black Grape”,  “Happy Mondays”,  “The Stone Roses”, “Petula Clark”,  “Aerosmith”,  “The Coral”,  “Beck”, “Oasis”, “Erasure”.

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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