Week 378 Saturday 11th until Friday 17th September 2021.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East & South West London.

Week 378, Saturday 11th until Friday 17th September 2021.

If you have read this ramble for any length of time you will know I am a call centre monkey.  I fell in to this type of work a long time ago, the office I worked in started to take calls which eventually ended up with nothing but calls all day, leaving letters and emails to be dealt with by others.

“A lovely day spent at Kew Gardens, last weekend”.

This week I handed in my noticed.  I have never hid the fact that I hate the job, talking on the phone all day is draining at the end of a busy day I am actually sick of hearing my voice.  Also the constant repeating myself is tiring (an idea I had a long time ago is I should have recorded all the regularly repeated phrases, so I would only need to press various buttons on the keyboard to reply to questions.  That could have been my million pound app solution to call centre hell.  It’s a little late now, bugger).

“I had a lovely few minutes in the hot house with a fellow plant lover”.

The idea of quitting came just before the recent family holiday to Ibiza, I knew immediately the date that I wanted to leave Friday 24th September.  The writing of the resignation email was simple, I didn’t say a lot of things I really wanted to because I might want a good reference in the future.  But I did thank management for all their help, and they have actually helped me over the years.

“Beautiful colours everywhere”.

What’s next is something I have been asking for a while, I have been applying for new roles but so far no one has replied inviting me to an interview.  Whatever I fall into will only be until early January 22 which is when I plan on going travelling.  Earlier this week it did cross my mind that I have lasted in the job this long, surly I could do a few more months.  That thought didn’t last long when another caller annoyed me.  Another reason I felt it was time to go is because staff will be expected back in the office.  One thing I knew for sure is I didn’t want to travel an hour and a half on various trains to then sit in a huge, badly air conditioned, overly lit very noisy (because everyone’s on the phone) office.  I haven’t been there since March 2020 and have not missed it or my colleagues once.

“I am thinking of creating a pond in the garden. If only it could look like this”.

Many times over the years I have thought about quitting, but the moneys good and like a lot of people I have been in a rut.  Pressing send on the resignation email was the best thing I have done in a long time.  I have plans and ideas, while looking for work; hopefully it won’t be for long.  All I want is a nice back office admin role, one that doesn’t involve chatting the same rubbish constantly on the phone.  Roll on January 22.

“That pond is a talented busker”.
“Meet the new Gardeners World reporter”.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

“It was great to see lots of Bees also enjoying the gardens”.

Lorry drivers or the lack of them are in the news a lot at the moment.  I definitely appreciate and try to help my fellow professional drivers such as bus, coach and delivery drivers of all kind when I can.  Of course I get frustrated; it cannot be an easy job at the best of times I definitely couldn’t do it.

“I love ferns, they have been around since the Dinosaurs”.

This week I saw a large lorry waiting to enter a busy main road; a number of cars in front carried on and didn’t let the heavy vehicle out.  Because there was enough space in front I moved into the middle lane so the lorry could enter the flow of traffic.  As I past I just happened to look at the same time as the lorry driver glanced down at me and gave me a thumbs up.  For the rest of my journey I must have had a “special” look on my face, because that thumbs up really made my day.  The rest of the drive was quick and easy possibly because other divers steered when they caught a glance of my strangely happy face, as a rule drivers are not happy.

“A very cute baby”.
“A lovely day of colours”.

Another reason I respect gigantic lorries, with a small turn of the steering wheel they could take me out without blinking.

“A beautiful way to end the day”.

And Finally……

“Stretch to the right”.

A very pretty nervous cat that has recently started to visit the garden, jumped out of the open French windows as I approached after watering the garden.  My friend working in the room had not noticed the intruder.  The look of shock on its cute face made me smile.  For the next couple of hours I kept seeing it walking around the garden looking back at the house. Hopefully in time it will trust me enough to be stroked and made a fuss of.

“Stretch to the left”.

A man on the phone asked if I could text him information because he didn’t have any hands (I resisted saying anything just in case he really didn’t have any hands).  After some rustling I clearly heard the flush of a loo.  A few seconds later he said he was ready to take the information down.  What was more concerning he had not washed his hands.

“MOZ captured this new visitor to the garden. I hope I see it soon”.
“MOZ another happy reader of this ramble”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have watched:

“15 Storeys High”, (S1, ep 3 to ep 6)(S2, ep 1 & ep 2).  “Alma’s Not Normal”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 6).  “Blake’s 7”, (SB, ep 7).  “Click”, (TX: 11/09/22).  “Colony”, (S3, ep 11 & ep 13). “Countdown: Inspiration4  Mission To Space”, (S1, ep 3 & ep 4, TX: 13/09/21). “Entourage”, (S3, ep 12 to ep 20)(S4, ep 1 to ep 12)(S5, ep 1 to ep 4).  “Final Space”, (S3, ep 1 to ep 5).  “Gardeners World “, (2020: ep 17, TX: 10/07/20)(ep 26, TX: 11/09/20)(ep 27, TX: 18/09/20)(ep 28, TX: 25/09/21)(2021: ep 25, TX: 10/09/21).  “Inspiration4 launch: Live”, (SpaceX/YouTube)(TX: 15/09/21).  “Late Night Mash”, (S1, ep 2, TX: 09/09/21)(ep 3, TX: 16/09/21).  “Life Drawing Live!”, (TX: 12/09/21).  “Spitting Image (2021)”, (Britbox)(S2, ep 1, TX: 11/09/21).  “Stargate Atlantis”, (S2, ep 12 & ep 13).  “Star Trek (Original Series)”, (S3, ep 12).  “Star Trek Lower Deck”, (S2, ep 6).  “The Bureau Of Magical Things”, (S1, ep 10).  “The Cleaner”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 6).  “The Golden Girls, (S3, ep 15 to ep 23)(S4, ep 1 to ep 6).  “The Walking Dead”, (S11, ep 4).  “Van Helsing”, (S4, ep 7 to ep 9).  

This week I have listening to:

“30 Animals That Made Us Smarter”, (BBC World Service)(S2, ep 12, 13/09/21).  “Betamax Video Club”, (ep 64, 05/03/20).  “Box Of Delights”, (S3, ep 2, 07/02/20).  “Coronavirus Global Update”, (BBC World Service)(11/09/21)(12/09/21) (13/09/21)(14/09/21)(15/09/21)(16/09/21)(17/09/21).  “Dalek 63•88 PropCast”, (10/09/21).  “Doctor Who”, (The Incomparable/TeeVee)(S11, ep 8, 26/11/18).  “Don’t You Want Me: Trailer (Betamax Video Club)”, (16/09/21).  “Full Disclosure With James O’Brien”, (S2, ep 56, “Joe Lycett”, 29/07/21).  “Mystery Hour”, (16/09/21).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 213, 17/09/21).  “Nick Abbot Whole Show”, (11/09/21)(12/09/21).  “Radio Astronomy (The Sky At Night Magazine)”, (26/09/16) (14/06/21)(17/09/21).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe Parenting Hell”, (S3, ep 19, 14/09/21)(ep 20, 17/09/21).  “Smersh Pod”, (27/07/18).  “Space And Things”, (STP55, 16/09/21).  “Space Soliders Podcast – Flash Gordon’s Trip To Mars”, (Chapter Thirteen, take 1 & take 2, “The Miracle Of Magic”, 04/09/21)(Chapter Fourteen,  “A Beast At Bay”, 11/09/21).  “Star Trek Universe Podcast”, (31/12/18)(13/08/21)(13/09/21).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 160, 13/09/21).  “The Audio Guide To Babylon 5”, (The Incomparable)(ep 45, 26/01/16).  “The Friendship Onion”, (S1, ep 18, 14/09/21).  “The Space Above Us”, (141, 02/09/21)(142, 16/09/21).  “This Week In Time Travel”, (The Incomparable/TeeVee)(26/11/18).  “Toby Hadoke’s Happy Times And Places”, (22.2, “The Forest Of Fear”, 13/09/21)(22.3, “The Firemaker”, 17/09/21).  “WTB”, (S3, ep 5 (ep 48), 17/09/21).  “What’s Your Problem With Nick Abbot And Carol Mcgiffin”, (13/09/21).  “Wolf And Owl”, (ep 41, 15/09/21).

Songs I enjoyed this week, were by:

“Morrissey”, “ABBA (Classics)”.  “Baccara“,  “Cold War Kids”,  “Elastica”,  “Ian Dury”, “Inspiral Carpets”,  “Kate Bush”,  “Kings Of Leon”,  “La Roux”,  “Manic Street Preachers”, “New Order”,  “Nat King Cole”,  “Nik Kershaw”,  “Orange Juice”,  “Pulp”,  “St Etienne”, “Santigold”,  “Shed Seven”,  “Suede”,  “The Beastie Boys “,  “The Happy Mondays”.

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Week 377, Saturday 4th until Friday 10th September 2021.

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

Week 377, Saturday 4th until Friday 10th September 2021.

As a child there were two jobs I wanted to do when I was grew up.  One was a BBC camera person.  I would make models of the large TV studio cameras and pedestals I would see on programmes like “Blue Peter” out of Lego or mums tupplewear containers with cotton or wool trailing out the back representing the thick power umbilical cord.  The other job I wanted to do was an Astronaut.  I don’t need to say I haven’t achieved either job.  Though when I worked for the BBC (a long time ago) I got to see every day and occasionally push a camera round on its heavy pedestal.  If I saw a camera stranded sitting being ignored, I couldn’t resist on touching it.  Even now at my grand age I get giddy when I see a TV camera (rereading this make me sound sadder than I thought) on screen or in real life.

“Out with SAZ”.

Whenever NASA or ESA (European Space Agency) do a call for a new class of Astronauts (more than 22,000 recently applied when ESA advertised) I have a look at the application process.  Sadly because of a combination of not being a US citizen (for NASA, and just not being clever enough for both space agencies) I never submit an application.  Being an interested and enthusiastic an armchair scientist is not enough to get a foot in the doorway (which of course I totally understand).

“Visited a location that was used to film a classic Doctor Who cliff hanger. Ep 3 of Deadly Assassin, I had to get in”.

My love of space is probably the main reason I learnt to Scuba dive, floating neutrally buoyant is the nearest to being weightless I will feel.  It really is such an unbelievable feeling which sadly I haven’t experienced in years; I am still qualified and should get wet soon.  I am absolutely fascinated by space and space travel, one thing that bugs me is that there are so many missions currently being planned that I may not be around to either witness happen or read/see the results of.  One thing I desperately hope is that human set foot on Mars in my lifetime (currently planned for the mid-2030s).

“I am starting a new trend, Hug a collumn”.

I don’t fool myself that I will ever reach for the stars.  But next week there is a mission “Inspiration4” which give a small glimmer of hope for ordinary (though the crew are still extraordinary) people.  At midnight UK time (8pm EDT) on 15th September a SpaceX Falcon 9 carrying a Dragon capsule will launch from Cape Canaveral’s historic launch pad 39a carrying 4 civilians for into low Earth orbit for 3 to 5 days.  These people will become real Astronaut, I say this as there is still a lot of debate as to whether Branson and Bezo and their respective crews are considered astronauts after their recent journeys.

“Trying to do some tidying up in the garden”.

This week the first two episodes of a new very interesting Netflix documentary about all aspects of the “Inspiration4” flight called “Countdown: Inspiration4 Mission To Space” became available.  Of course, I watched them straight away, and can’t wait for the next two next week.  The crew are ordinary people, they are civilians who genuinely have the “Right Stuff”, they really will be the first civilian crew to travel into space.  I plan to watch the launch live and follow the whole mission closely until splashdown.

“It had been a very tough morning, as you can see”.

 One day “normal” people will go into space regularly, maybe even people like me. However, I don’t think space travel will ever be as routine as science fiction or space agencies and government like to think.  No amount of money will stop this from being a very expensive and dangerous form of travel.

“If you can’t beat them, join them”.

I am currently looking for another job, is it too late to try and become a TV Camera person, even just for a couple of years.  Sadly, as with being an astronaut just having an interesting in TV and film production and how programmer or film is made is not good enough.  People say to children all the time that dreams come true, in my case they didn’t.  But I will continue to dream about reaching for the stars, and working on a studio floor.

“Very nice motor seen in London”.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

“What a privilege to see this baby being fed”.

Recently I have noticed a horrifying trend at work; minutes before a break or lunch I get a complicated call which results in me going late, in some cases a delay of up to 10 to 15 minutes.

“Genuine e-mail received by my friend”.

On the upside being late means there is less time to work until either the next break/lunch or the end of the day.  The switchboard randomly allocates calls, it doesn’t deliberately check the time and put a call through to me because I am about to have a break.  Or is this the start of the machines taking over.  Should we all be worried?

And Finally……

“The set of When Darkness Falls”.

Saying to MOZ “It’s a good job you’re not a man”, after she tried to put her card in to the wrong hole.  That evening we went to the theatre, in the dark auditorium before the show she tripped after not seeing the edge of a step.  Don’t worry she recovered and rescued her drink only spilling a very small amount.

“As you can see, the step is not clear in the dark”.

Felt so embarrassed to tell someone they had a refund of 69p.  I jokingly said I’d leave the credit in an envelope on their doorstep, because even with a small amount like that it will take a couple of weeks to show in there account.

“These Lion’s and more are all around London. These are what I have spotted”.

Like proud parents my friend and I were counting Hamsters poohs next to his wheel.  It’s nice to see he does get some exercise during the night (See last week’s ramble if you don’t understand).

“Enjoying brekkie”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have watched:

“15 Storeys High”,(S1, ep 1 & ep 2).  “Blake’s 7”, (S2, ep 6).  “Chris And Meg’s Wild Summer”, (S1, ep 2, TX: 05/09/21).  “Class Dismissed”, (S5, ep 1 to 3).  “Click”, (TX: 04/09/21). “Colony”, (S3, ep 8 to ep 10).  “Countdown: Inspiration4 Mission To Space”, “(S1, ep 1 and 2, TX: 06/09/21).  “Entourage”, (S3, ep 1 to ep 12).  “Farscape: The Peacekeepers Wars”, (ep 1 & ep 2).  “Gardeners World”, (2021, ep 21, TX: 13/08/21)(ep 22, 20/08/21)(ep 23, TX: 27/08/21)(ep 24, TX: 03/09/21).  “H20: The Molecule That Made Us”, (S1, ep 2, TX: 01/09/21)(ep 3, TX: 08/09/21).  “James Blunt: You’re Beautiful, (Official Video)”, (2004).  “James Blunt – You’re Beautiful (Making Of)”, (YouTube)(TX: 17/05/07).  “Missions”, (S2, ep 6 to ep 8).  “Money Heist”, (S5, ep 4 & ep 5).  “Monsters At Work”, (S1, ep 6).  “Mortimer And Whitehouse Gone Fishing”, (S4, ep 2, TX: 05/09/21).  “Natalie  Imbruglia: Torn, (Official Video)”, (YouTube)(1997).  “Sia – Chandelier (Live At ”We Can Survive”, Hollywood Ball) SIA Showed Her Face Finally!!!”, (YouTube)(TX: 15/12/14).  “Sixpence None The Richer: Kiss Me“, (Official Video)”, (1997).  “Stargate Atlantis”, (S2, ep 12).  “Star Trek (Original Series)”, (S3, ep 10 & ep 11).  “Star Trek: Lower Decks”, (S2, ep 5).  “The Golden Girls”, (S3, 1 to ep 12).  “The Guardians Of The Galaxy”, (2014).  “The Hitckhickers Guide To The Galaxy”, (BBC TV, 1981)(S1, ep 1 to ep 6).  “The Sarah Jane Adventures”, (S1, ep 2 & ep 3). “The Last Leg Of Tokyo 2020”, (ep 12, TX: 04/09/21).  “The Umbrella Academy “, (S2, ep 7). “The Walking Dead”, (S11, ep 3).  “Van Helsing”, (S4, ep 5 & ep 6).

This Week I saw live on stage:

“When Darkness Falls”, (Park Theatre, Finsbury Park)(04/09/21).

This week I have listening to:

“30 Animals That Made Us Smarter”,(BBC World Service)(S2, ep 11, 06/09/21).  “Betamax Video Club “, (ep 32, 28/11/18)(ep 39, 09/01/19).  “Coronavirus Global Update”, (BBC World Service)(04/09/21)(05/09/21)(06/09/21)(07/09/21)(08/09/21)(09/09/21)(10/09/21).  “Doctor Who”, (The Incomparable/TeeVee)(S11, ep 7, 19/11/18).  “Farscape”, (The Incomparable/TeeVee)(08/09/21).  “Game Of Thrones”, (TeeVee)(S7, ep 1, 18/07/17).  “Lazy Doctor Who”, (The Incomparable)(ep 221, 06/09/21).  “Maureen & Jen”, (26/09/13). “Mystery Hour”, (09/09/21).  “NASA Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 212, 10/09/21). “Nick Abbot Whole Show”, (04/09/21)(05/09/21)(10/09/21).  “Radio Astronomy (The Sky At Night Magazine)”, (09/08/16) (21/06/21)(26/06/21).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe Parenting Hell”, (S3, ep 17, 07/09/21)(ep 18, 10/09/21).  “Smersh Pod”, (01/04/18)(13/04/18). “Something Who”, (16/01/20).  “Space Boffins”, (10/09/21).  “Space And Things”, (STP9, 29/0/20)(STP48, 29/07/21)(STP 54, 09/09/21).  “Star Trek Universe Podcast”, (27/21/18)(09/09/21).  “The 99p Challenge “, (BBC Radio 4)(S2,  ep 3, 02/08/01)(ep 4, 09/08/01)(ep 5, 16/08/01)(ep 6, 23/08/01).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 159, 04/09/21).  “The Audio Guide To Babylon 5”, (The Incomparable)(ep 44, 11/01/16).  “The Friendship Onion”, (S1, ep 17, 07/09/21).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (07/09/21).  “The Old Doctor Who Show”, (ep 117, 08/09/21).  “The Space Above Us”, (137, 08/07/21)(138, 22/07/21)(139, 05/08/21)(140, 19/08/21).  “This Week In Time Travel”, (The Incomparable)(23/11/18).  “Toby Hadoke’s – Happy Times And Places”, (22.1, “The Cave Of Skulls”, 10/09/21).  “WTB”, (S1, ep 18, 20/11/20)(ep 19, 27/11/20)(ep 20, 04/12/20)(ep 21, 11/12/20)(S3, ep 4 (ep 47) 10/09/21). “What’s Your Problem With Nick Abbot And Carol Mcgiffin”, (06/09/21).  “Wolf And Owl”, (ep 40, 08/09/21).  

Songs I enjoyed this week, were by:

“Morrissey”,  “Biffy Clyro”,  “Blondie”,  “Blur”,  “Divinyls”,  “Elton John”,  “James”, “Kirsty McColl”,  “Lana Del Rey”,  “M.I.A”,  “Natalie Imbruglia”,  “Nena”,  “Sixpence None The Richer”,  “Sugababes”,  “The Charlatans”,  “The Clash”,  “The Coral”,  “The Rolling Stones”,  “The Teardrop Explodes”,  “The Vaccines”,  “The Waitresses”,  “T-Rex”, “Ultravox”.

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Week 376, Saturday 28th August until Friday 3rd September 2021.

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

Week 376, Saturday 28th August until Friday 3rd September 2021.

My friend and I seem to be living with a teenage boy.  Let me explain, the Hamster recently has hardly comes out showing his face.  I know he is naturally nocturnal but he used to come out during the day even if only for a short period of time.  All our previous Hammy’s would make an appearance at each day, some wanted more contact than others but we saw them daily (in reality I know all these little creatures have really been in control inside the house.  I have seen and read “The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy” enough to know that the Mice are really in charge on this planet.  And they would have asked other small “so-called” domesticated animals to keep an eye on us in our homes and report the results of their experiments).

“Very cute”.

Aries the little girl that we had before our current boy would make it very clear when she wanted to come out.  Sometimes she would keep climbing the wire walls of the cage and watch us until we noticed her.  Or occasionally she could be found hanging by her tiny paws, monkey barring across the top of her huge enclosure/cage/home.  She absolutely loved the contact with us.

“It looks like a class reunion”.

Our little boy couldn’t be more different, he likes attention but on his terms.  Over the last month we have seen less and less of him during the day, this could be possibly because the temperature has decreased recently or is he just getting older.  He really is in my mind acting like a teenager staying in his bedroom for days at a time (we know he comes out during the night as all the food left has disappeared in the morning).  His favourite place is the penthouse on the top of the cage; occasionally we catch a glimpse of him through the Perspex walls as he nudges food around completely ignoring us talking to him.

“MOZ and I visited Beth Chatto, gardens and nursery this week”.

The difference with our teenager and boys of a certain age is he doesn’t smell.  I say this as over the years I have known a number of teenage boys who don’t come out of there pits for days at a time.  When they do emerge from the room the first thing I/you want/need is to open a window because of the stale smell.  Its lovely having a small creature in the house I just wished we had more contact.  We adopted him on the day that the first lock down started in March 2020.  Personally he has really helped me over these last 18 months.  These little creatures don’t live long, all any human can do is make them happy and enjoy them more than I can express.

“She was having a good time, honest”.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

“Yes, I was in the Capital again”.

Last weekend I did something for the second time ever.  All bank holiday weekend Trafalgar Square was turned in to an open air cinema showing films set in London or filmed in or near the capital.  The film I saw was “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” (which I first saw with my parents when it was originally released here in the UK in 1978).  The continual threat of rain couldn’t dampen mine or any other person’s excitement at seeing this classic once again.  What made this even more special was a video message from Luke Skywalker, Mark Hamill just before the film commenced.

“Mark Hamill appearing was a real surprise”.

This has nothing to do with the pandemic, but I really want to see more films like this.  Going to the cinema is always exciting and special, but watching a movie outside feels even more of an occasion.  I bet the new Bond film, “No Time To Die” would be even better outside with the sound cranked up to eleven.

Before leaving I had to snap this”.

And Finally……

“Very few of us stayed until the very end of the credits”.

While watering plants after work mid-week my sense of smell was working overtime.  Not because of the flowers, but because of the neighbours.  On one side someone was also enjoying their garden; I knew this because of the fruity smelling smoke drifting over the fence.  From another house a neighbour was cooking something spicy and exotic smelling.  While at my feet in the grass was a lump of something deposited by one of the regular feline visitors to the garden?

“People Tweeted pictures of themselves in the audience, which were then shown on the big screen. That’s me and my friend at the end of the yellow arrow. We were caught in the background of a picture of three smiling ladies looking forward to the film”.

The scent that interested me was the one that made my large wobbly stomach rumble (part of me hoped the neighbour would notice me standing sniffing the air and bring me a plate or a tupplewear container of the food they have cooked.  Maybe next time).

My Brother-in-law Tim as Bond”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have watched:

“Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled”, (S6, ep 5, TX: 24/08/21).  “Bea Arthur Interview (“This Morning”, TX: 7 July 1995)”, (YouTube)(04/07/17).  “Blake’s 7”, (SB, ep 5).  “Chris And Meg’s Wild Summer”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 29/08/21).  “Colony”, (S3, ep 6 & ep 7).  “Cruella”, (2021).  “Entourage”, (S1, ep 7 & ep 8)(S2, ep 1 to ep 14).  “Farscape“, (S4, ep 21 & ep 22).  “Gardeners World”, (2021:, ep 19, TX: 30/07/21)(ep 20, TX: 06/08/21).  “H20: The Molecule That Made Us”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 25/08/21).  “Ladybaby”, (BBC Three Pilot)(TX: 24/08/21).  “Late Night Mash”, (S1, ep 1, 02/09/21).  “Money Heist”, (S5, ep 1 to ep 3).  “Mortimer And Whitehouse: Gone Fishing”, (S4, ep 1, TX 29/08/21).  “Rue McClanahan On The Casting Of The Golden Girls”, (YouTube)(TX: 10/06/10).  “Stargate Atlantis”, (S2, ep 10 & ep 11).  “Star Trek (Original Series)”, (S3, ep 9).  “Star Trek Lower Decks”, (S2, ep 4).  “Snowpiercer”, (S2, ep 9 & ep 10).  “The Bureau Of Magical Things”, (S1, ep 9).  “The Golden Girls”, (S2, ep 19 to ep 26).  “The Golden Girls At PaleyFest LA 03/10/06″, (YouTube)(TX: 13/05/20).  “The Last Leg Of Tokyo 2020”, (ep 5, TX: 28/08/21)(ep 6, TX: 29/08/21)(ep 7, TX: 30/08/21)(ep 8, TX: 31/08/21)(ep 9, TX: 01/09/21)(ep 10, TX: 02/09/21)(ep 11, TX: 03/09/21).  “The Umbrella Academy”, (S2, ep 6).  “The Walking Dead”, (S11, ep 2).  “Van Helsing”, (S4, ep 3 & ep 4).

This Week I Sat In Trafalgar Square And Watched:

“Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope”, (1977)(1997 Special Edition).  

This week I have listening to:

“30 Animals That Made Us Smarter”, (S2, ep 10, 30/08/21).  “Box Of Delights”, (S3, ep 1, 04/02/20).  “Brian And Roger: Summer Special: Fishy Business”, (01/09/21).  “Coronavirus Global Update”, (BBC World Service)(28/08/21)(29/08/21) (30/08/21)(31/08/21)(01/09/21)(02/09/21)(03/09/21).  “Doctor Who”, (The Incomparable/TeeVee)(S11, ep 6, 12/11/18).  “Mystery Hour”, (02/09/21).  “NASA’s Curious Universe”, (30/08/21).  “NASA Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 211, 03/09/21).  “Nick Abbot Whole Show”, (28/07/21)(29/08/21)(30/08/21) (03/09/21).  “Rachel Johnson’s Difficult Women”, (ep 16, “Ruby Wax”, 23/08/21).  “Radio Astronomy, (The Sky At Night Magazine)”, (01/07/21) (19/07/21).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe Parenting Hell”, (S3, ep 15, 31/08/21)(ep 16, 03/09/21).  “Smersh Pod”, (01/04/18).  “Space And Things”, (STP49, 05/08/21)(STP53, 02/09/21).  “Space Soliders Podcast  – Flash Gordon’s Trip To Mars”, (Chapter Twelve, “Ming The Merciless”, 28/08/21).  “Talking Bottom”, (03/09/21).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 158, 28/08/21).  “The Audio Guide To Babylon 5”, (ep 43, 27/12/15).  “The Friendship Onion”, (S1, ep 15, 24/08/21)(ep 16, 31/08/21).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (30/08/21).  “The Space Above Us”, (130, 01/04/21)(131, 15/04/21)(132, 29/04/21)(133, 13/05/21)(134, 27/05/21)(135, 10/06/21)(136, 26/06/21).  “This Week In Time Travel”, (16/11/18).  “Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels – Indefinable Magic”, (1.9, 30/08/21).  “WTB”, (s3, ep 3 (ep 46) 03/09/21).  “What’s Your Problem With Nick Abbot And Carol Mcgiffin”, (30/08/21).  “Wolf And Owl”, (ep 39, 01/09/21).

Songs I enjoyed this week, were by:

“Morrissey”,  “ABC”,  “ABBA”(Classic Songs).  “Crosby, Stills & Nash”,  “Duran Duran“,  “ELO”,  “Fergal Sharkey“, “Frans Ferdinand”,  “Jane’s Addiction”,  “Lush”,  “Men At Work”,  “Mental As Anything”,  “Muse”,  “Pet Shop Boys”,  “Pixies”,  “Saint Etienne”,  “Shed Seven”,  “Soft Cell”,  “Sugarcubes”,  “The B-52’s”,  “The Cure”,  “The Lightning Seeds”,  “The Rolling Stones”,  “Throwing Muses”,  “Toto”.

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Week 375, Saturday 21st until Friday 27th August 2021.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East & Surrey.

Week 375, Saturday 21st until Friday 27th August 2021.

Something I have been very good at over the years is biting my finger nails, if there were qualifications in how to chew the ends of a finger, I would be highly qualified.

“I only went in for Bamboo canes and Compost”.

A few days before the recent Ibiza family trip I was determined to have fingers that I am not ashamed of allowing others to see.  I coloured the nail stumps and went on holiday.  Just over a month later I have nice small nails.  The problem is the nail varnish after all this time was scrappy and chipped and needed a new coat.  Over the course of stressful work day while answering calls I managed to scrap off all the old varnish.  The nails didn’t look that bad and would be coloured later.

“The herb garden has been planted”.

That night I woke up horrified to find a little finger inside my cavernous gob, the nail had been sacrificed while I dreamed.  The repainting didn’t happen, I jumping out of bed and immediately coloured all the nails including what’s left of that little finger.  The ends of my fingers will never look pretty or glamorous but I don’t want to be ashamed of what others think.  Nail biting is something I have done since I was small, as an adult all I need is a couple of coats of colour to stop me chewing them.  Over the years I have tried a number of the nasty tasting nail coatings that are supposed to help stop nail biting.  None of them have worked for me.  But putting on a thin coating of colour does seem to distract me from putting my fingers in my mouth.

“Coffee shop visit with fave people”.

Sadly it’s only a matter of time before I slip back in to old bad habits.  This might be a few months or years’ time, but it will come.  I will be found with a fingertip in my mouth as I chew the nail as if it’s the most important things in the world.  Because of this addiction I am determined to enjoy the small growth that I currently have.  The nails are looking quite nice, I am actually happy.

“During bath time, I was supposed to be the responsible adult. I failed”.

And Finally……

This week I enjoyed the first episode of the final season (the 11th) of The Walking Dead.  That means for the next 24 weeks I smile when I see Co-Executive Producer Caleb Womble name at the start of the show.  

“Caught red handed”.

One day this week within an hour I spoke to a “Lady(that really was her title) and a foreign Princes personal assistant.

“The rain can be pretty”.

Another caller gave me some valuable travel advice (we had talked about travelling; I had mentioned my future plans).  She said to visit Bali her homeland, because it’s beautiful.  But don’t think about travelling to Thailand because it’s full of prostitutes.

“I think of this as a good harvest”.

One evening this week there was an alcohol related incident at home.  My friend picked up my glass and took a big sip.  After I pointed this out (twice) instead of swallowing and enjoying the taste she spat it back in to the glass and handed it to me with a guilty giggle.

“Lovely pic taken by MOZ. This beauty was spotted at a Garden Centre”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

“This was to good not to post”.

This week I have watched:

“102 Minutes That Changed America”, (2008).  “ABBA’s 30 Greatest Moments”, (TX: 2020).  “Blake’s 7”, (SB, ep 4).  “After Midnight”, (2019).  “Colony”, (S3, ep 3 to ep 5).  “Did Covid Leak From A Lab In China”, (TX: 22/08/21).  “Entourage”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 6).  “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story Of Fire Saga”, (2020).  “Gardeners World”, (2021, ep 15, TX: 25/08/21)(ep 16, TX: 2/07/21)(ep 17, TX: 09/07/21)(ep 18, TX: 23/07/21).  “Jaws 3”, (1983).  “Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back”, (S3, ep 2, TX: 26/08/21).  “Missions”, (S1, ep 10)(S2, ep 1 to ep 5).  “Randle And Hopkirk (Deceased)”, (1969)(S1, ep 1).  “Snowpiercer”, (2013).  “Snowpiercer”, (S2, ep 2 to ep 8).  “Star Trek (Original Series)”, (S3, ep 7 & ep 8).  “Star Trek Lower Decks”, (S2, ep 3).  “The Bureau Of Magical Things”, (S1, ep 7 & ep 8).  “The Decoy Bride”, (2011). “The Empty Man”, (2020).  “The Golden Girls”, (S2, ep 4 to ep 18).  “The Last Leg Of Tokyo 2020”, (ep 1, TX: 24/08/21)(ep 2, TX: 25/08/21)(ep 3, TX: 26/08/21)(ep 4, TX: 27/08/21).  “The Simpsons The Good, The Bart And The Loki”, (2021).  “The Titfield Thunderbolt”, (1953).  “The Walking Dead”, (S11, ep 1).  “Van Helsing”, (S4, ep 1 to ep 2).  “Wreck-It Ralph”, (2012).

I Also Watched An Interesting Series Of Science Shorts On BBC Iplayer:

“Rethink The Future”:

“Will We All Live In ‘Plyscrapers’ In The Future?”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 21/04/21).  “What’s The Future For The Office?”, (S1  ep 2, TX: 21/04/21).  “What If The Whole World Went Vegan?”, (S1, ep 3, TX: 21/04/21).  “Is Coronavirus A Chance To Reset The World?”, (S1, ep 4, TX: 21/04/21).  “Welcome To The Smart City Of The Future”, (S1, ep 5, TX: 21/04/21).  “What If Everyone In The World Planted A Tree?”, (S1, ep 6, TX: 21/04/21).   “The Extraordinary Power Of Poo”, (S1, ep 7, TX: 18/08/21).  “The Nuclear Dilemma”, (S1, ep 8, TX: 18/08/21). 

This week I have listening to:

“30 Animals That Made Us Smarter”, (BBC World Service)(S2, ep 9, 22/08/21).  “Betamax Video Club”, (ep 80, 29/10/20).  “Box Of Delights”, (S2, ep 11, 23/12/19)(ep 12, 24/12/19).  “Brian And Roger: Summer Special, Athena”, (25/08/21).  “Coronavirus Global Update”, (BBC World Service) (21/08/21) (22/08/21)(23/08/21)(24/08/21)(25/08/21)(26/08/21)(27/08/21).  “Doctor Who”, (The Incomparable/ TeeVee)( S11, ep 5, 05/11/18).  “Farscape”, (The Incomparable/TeeVee) (25/08/21).  “Game Of Thrones”, (The Incomparable/TeeVee)(S6, ep 10, 27/06/16).  “NASA’s Curious Universe”, (S2, ep 6,16/11/20)(S3, ep3, 26/07/21)(ep 4, 02/08/21)(ep 5, 09/08/20)(ep 6, 16/08/21).  “NASA Gravity Assist”, (27/08/21).  “NASA Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 210, 27/08/21).  “Nick Abbot Whole Show”, (21/08/21)(22/08/21)(27/08/21).  “Radio Astronomy (The Sky At Night Magazine)”, (29/07/21)(12/08/21)(26/08/21).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe Parenting Hell”, (S3, ep 13, 24/08/21)(ep 14, 27/08/21).  “Smersh Pod”, (“Moonraker”, 01/04/21)( “For Your Eyes Only”, 01/04/18).  “Space And Things”, (STP7, 15/10/20)(STP 8, 22/10/20)(STP 50, 12/08/21)(STP52, 26/08/21).  “Space Soliders Podcast – Flash  Gordon’s Trip To Mars”, (Chapter Eleven, “Human Bait”, 21/08/21).  “Star Trek Universe Podcast“, (23/12/18).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (23/08/21).  “The Space Above Us “, (124, 07/01/21)(125, 21/01/21)(126, 04/02/21)(127, 18/02/21)(128, 02/0/21)(129, 18/03/21).  “The Supermassive Podcast “, (ep 20, 27/08/21).  “This Week In Time Travel”, (The Incomparable)(05/11/18).  “Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels – Happy Times And Places”, (21.1, “Tooth And Claw”,22/08/21).  “What’s Your Problem With Nick Abbot And Carol Mcgiffin”, (23/08/21).  “WTB”, (S3, ep 2 (ep 45) 27/08/21).  “Wolf And Owl”, (ep 38, 25/08/21).

Songs I enjoyed this week, were by:

“Morrissey”,  “Aerosmith”,  “Air”,  “Anthony And The Johnsons”,  “Ash”,  “Bastille”,  “Biffy Clyro”,  “Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine”,  “Doves”,  “Garbage”,  “Green Day”,  “Kings Of Leon”,  “Lilly Allen”,  “Lorde”,  “Mercury Rev”,  “Mick Jagger And David Bowie”,  “Natalie Imbruglia”,  “Paul Hardcastle”,  “Placebo”,  “Roxette”,  “Simple Minds”,  “Stereophonics”,  “The Temper Trap”,  “The XX”,  “Visage”.

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Week 374, Saturday 14th until Friday 20th August 2021.

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

Week 374, Saturday 14th until Friday 20th August 2021.

“Happy Anniversary this week to my sister and her lovely hubby”.

Coming back from an appointment around noon last Sunday I noticed something on the pavement, more fly tipping I thought.  As I drove past I realise it was a person.  At home I wondered should I have a look and get involved.  After deciding I needed to investigate standing in the front garden looking down the road my neighbour a London fireman appeared with his children.  He was taking them out for the afternoon, as he pulled away; I desperately hoped that he would notice the body and spring into emergency/work mode. He didn’t.

“A wonderful bundle was delivered this week”.

After a couple more minutes of further procrastination I walked towards the person.  Across the road there were a couple of people standing talking and watching.  I don’t know how long it was before they disappeared because soon after I arrived I was sat on the pavement talking to a 65 year old man who had been walking home, felt dizzy and stumbled.  The vodka he had been drinking since 7am had not helped, his bag for life was full of alcohol.  A couple of minutes of talking Reg (Not his real name) told me that he did have a heart issues as well as history of falling over.

“I love spending time in the garden”.

999 are of course extremely busy all the time.  The very helpful operator asked me a number of questions about Reg, who because he was fully conscious was able to answer everything.  It was decided by the dispatcher that his condition was not life threatening and assistance would take a number of hours.  Because Reg didn’t have a phone on him, I would get an update in 90 minutes time informing how long help would take.  My problem, I was due to go into London and see a show (2:22 A Ghost Story) that afternoon, I had plans.  What was I to do?  This really was a massive quandary.  Between the emergency dispatcher, Reg and myself it was agreed that I would walk him home as he lived a couple of road away.  After helping him to his feet and making sure he was steady, I picked up his bag (I didn’t look to see if anything was broken, the bag was not leaking). And looped an arm around his and slowly walked him home, stopping when needed.

“Spotted while out in the Capital, loved this design”.

He really didn’t live far, as we walked we chatted about his family and friends, sadly most had died.  Reg asked about mine and where I from, my answer South London (it’s not a lie, I grew up there. I just haven’t lived that side of the River Thames in a long while.  I also didn’t point out that he had been almost lying outside the house I currently live in).  We talked about work, he used to be an accountant and both agreed that very few really do what they enjoy as a career.  My arm continued to be support one of his, until he decided to hold my hand for the rest of our slow stroll in the sun.

“A couple of outfits spotted while in town”.

At his front door I asked him to have something to eat rest and try to resist the contents of his bag for life.  Plus ring 999 if he felt ill.  Once Reg had stepped over the threshold I wished him well.  The rest of the day I continued to think about him, as you can tell he is still on my mind.  An idea I have had is to pop a card through his letterbox, just saying hello and that he has not been forgotten.

“The Tommy plants have small testicles growing”.

After talking to friends, I might actually pluck the courage up and knock on his door and have a chat.  A couple of people have pointed out that on a daily basis maybe he doesn’t have a lot of contact with others.  I really didn’t want to get involved, standing in the front garden I was so desperate for someone, anyone to go over and investigate.  In reality I knew what I had to do and am glad that I did.

“It’s small, but i am impressed with this Pepper growing in the kitchen”.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

“I really enjoyed my first visit to this theatre”.

The rest of Sunday was great. My friend and I enjoyed the play “2:22 A Ghost Story” gripping from start to finish.  Afterwards, while having a lovely Thai meal, I managed to see by total chance Michael Ball getting in to his car after a matinee performance of Hairspray.  My friend quickly moved to the window but all she glimpsed was his left hand waving to the crowds gathered around the stage door as his car passed.

“The show was sold out, these seats were filled shortly after I snapped this”.

However, next month we will see a lot more of Mr Ball when we see Hairspray for the 5th time in 14 years.  That performance will be extra special as it’s the last of the current run.

“This was the meal I was eating, when I spotted a celebrity outside”.

And Finally……

This week I spoke to a person with the same name as a 1980s actor who played a popular Doctor Who companion (I met that person a number of times, back then) for a few years.

“Lions….”.

Sadly it was someone much younger who really wouldn’t have been very interested.  Thinking about this, you’re probably not interested, I’ll stop writing now.

“….all over London”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

“One last pic of SAZ and Tim on there wedding day 5 years ago. Love you both so much xx”.

This week I have watched:

“Blake’s 7”, (SB, ep 2 & ep 3).  “Click”, (TX: 14/08/21).  “Colony”, (S3, ep 2).  “Craig And Bruno’s Great British Road Trip”, (S1, ep 6, TX: 18/08/21).  “Diamonds Are Forever”, (1971).  “Ethan Hawke And Lisa Loeb Tell The Story Of The “Stay” Video”, (YouTube)(16/08/19).  “Eye For An Eye”, (2019).  “Farscape”, (S3, ep 19).  “Gardeners World”, (2021, ep 13, TX: 11/06/21)(ep 14, TX: 18/06/21).  “Lisa Loeb Reminisces On Her Hit “Stay” 25 Years later (On KTLA TV)”, (YouTube)(28/08/19).  “Lisa Loeb “Stay” On Pop-Up Video”, (YouTube)(TX: 2002).  “Snowpiercer”, (S1, ep 7 to ep 10)(S2, ep1).  “Star Trek (Original Series)”, (S3, ep 6).  “Star Trek: Lower Decks”, (S2, ep 1 & ep 2).  “Taskmaster”, (S3, ep 3, TX: 18/10/16)(ep 4, TX: 25/10/16)(ep 5, TX: 01/11/16)(S4, ep 6, TX: 30/05/17)(ep 7, TX: 06/06/17).  “The Call Of The Wild”, (2020).  “The Curse Of La Llorona”, (2019).  “The Golden Girls”, (S1, ep 16 to ep 25)(S2, ep 1 to ep 3).  “The Other Guys”, (2010).  “The Sarah Jane Adventures”, (S1, ep 1).  “The Umbrella Academy”, (S2, ep 5).  “The Walking Dead”, (S10, ep 7 to ep 22).  “Tribes Of Europa”, (S1, ep 6).  “Van Helsing”, (S3, ep 11 to ep 13).  

This Week I Saw Live On Stage:

“2:22, A Ghost Story”, (Noel Coward Theatre)(15/08/21).

This week I have listening to:

“30 Animals That Made Us Smarter“, (BBC World Service/Sounds)(S2, ep 8,16/08/21). “Betamax  Video Club”, (ep 28, 24/10/18).  “Box Of Delights”, (S2, ep 7, 19/12/19)(ep 8, 20/12/19)(ep 9, 21/12/19)(ep 10, 22/12/19).  “Coronavirus Global Update”, (BBC World Service)(14/08/21) (15/08/21) (16/08/21)(17/08/21)(18/08/21)(19/08/21)(20/08/21).  “Doctor Who”, (The Incomparable/TeeVee)(S11, ep 4, 29/10/18).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 209, 20/08/21)“NASA’s Curious Universe”, (S3, ep 7, 20/08/21). “Nick Abbot Whole Show”, (14/08/21)(15/08/21)(18/08/21)(20/08/21).  “Radio Astronomy (The Sky At Night Magazine)”, (ep 2, 08/07/16)(19/08/21).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe Parenting Hell “, (S3, ep 11, 17/08/21)(ep 12, 20/08/21).  “Smersh Pod”, (01/04/18).  “Space And Things”, (STP6, 08/10/20)(STP51, 19/08/21).  “Space Soldiers – Flash Gordon’s Trip To Mars”, (Chapter Ten, “Incense Of Forgetfulness”, 14/08/21).  “Star Trek Universe”, (21/12/18).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 157, 20/08/21). “The Audio Guide To Babylon 5”, (The Incomparable/TeeVee)(ep 42, 13/12/15).  “The All New Angelos And Barry Podcast”, (19/08/21).  “The Friendship Onion”, (S1, ep 14, 17/08/21).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (16/12/21).  “The Old Doctor Who Show”, (ep 116, 18/08/21).  “The Space Above Us”, (119, 29/10/20)(120, 12/11/20)(121, 26/11/20)(122, 10/12/20)(123, 24/12/20)(124, 07/01/21).  “This Week In Time Travel”, (The Incomparable)(29/10/18).  “Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels – Too Much Information”, (2.1, “The Dead Planet”, 16/08/21).  “WTB”, (S1, ep 19, 20/11/20)(S3, ep 1 (ep 44),20/08/21).  “What’s Your Problem With Nick Abbot And Carol Mcgiffin”, (16/08/21).  “Wolf And Owl”, (ep 37, 18/08/21).

Songs I enjoyed this week, were by:

“Morrissey”,  “Bran Van 3000”,  “Crowded House”,  “Deacon Blue”, “Dubstar”, “Goldfrapp”,  “Lisa Loeb”,  “ New Radicals”, “Pulp”,  “Sugarcubes”,  “Supergrass”, “TLC”,  The Bangles”, “The Foo Fighters”,  “The Mamma And The Pappas”,  “The Smashing Pumpkins”,  “The Pretenders”,  “The White Stripes”,  “Whitesnake”,  “Wilson Phillips”,

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Week 373, Saturday 7th until Friday 13th August 2021.

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

Week 373, Saturday 7th until Friday 13th August 2021.

A work e-mail arrived this week, one I have been expecting for the last six weeks. In late September/Early October staff will be expected to return to the office. It was not said if this will be for a few days each week on a rota basis or permanently. Anyone continuing to choose to homework will have to sign an agreement. I desperately do not want to return to the office, on a busy day there were 50 to 60 people in there, imagine NASA mission control (sadly nowhere near as exciting) full of people staring at screen talking into headsets. 

“I treated myself to a special brekkie, one morning this week”.

The e-mail confirmed what I had been thinking for a while that I desperately do not want to step foot in that office again. My feelings have nothing to do with the virus, I just don’t want to sit in a huge office, more importantly I cannot bear the ridiculously long commute there and back. Receiving that e-mail force me to send a message to my manager saying that I intend to leave towards the end of September. I have been thinking of this for well over a month now, it was only a matter of time before I would have to say something. Receiving that e-mail just confirmed what I have needed to do. As expected my boss was on the phone a few minutes later, he totally understood my feelings.

“Making Vodka Jellies”.

The surprise came the next day, when the boss rang again asking if I would be interested in (if there are any) back office admin roles in the same organisation. All I want is to escape the call centre environment. My answer came out of my mouth straight away; I didn’t need to think. Any admin role would probably be in an office, unless I can work from home of course. Importantly it would definitely be a less stressful job than taking call after call all day. Over the last month or so I have applied for a number of jobs and will continue to do so (unless my boss can arrange a new role). My fingers are constantly crossed that someone might like my CV and give me a chance.

“Looks cute, before attempting to destroy a bird feeder”.

Any new job won’t be for long, because my plan is to go travelling in January 22. The money earned will help go towards my travel fund so I can stay away for as long as possible.  I really think that the next couple of months work wise will to be challenging, but very exciting.

“Silly unplanned doodle, I don’t think she likes greens”.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

“Just some of my construction work”.

Over the last 17 months I have really enjoyed the garden. One task out the back I particularly like is watering the plants I am attempting to grow. Until this week I have done this using a watering can, making multiple trips through the garden. Everything has changed, because a tap has been plumbed in on the outside wall. Recently I enjoyed watering my mum and sisters garden with a hose. Now I get to use a hose every day, something so simple for me is therapeutic and satisfying. As soon as I logged off after a stressful day, I rush outside to feed the birds then water the garden. I have never been a gardener, I don’t have green fingers but I am enjoying getting messy.

On Monday I moved the Tomato plants and a couple of other planters to a sunnier part of the garden. I spent the best part of 3 hours amusing myself with bamboo canes and string creating structures to be covered with netting. When the rain started I naturally thought “it will pass”, for days before it had rained for periods before stopping.

“A home grown Pepper”.

Not that day, it got harder and harder.  If the neighbours saw me in my shorts, vest top with sunglasses and hat (made of paper, according to the label. And it shouldn’t get wet) they would have through that I had finally flipped. I soldered on determined to finish the job. Because I didn’t want my phone to get wet (it was playing podcasts) I rushed in and put a cost on. By the time I had finished I was totally drenched, the coat clinged to every contour of my lardy frame. I ending up stripping off in the kitchen, the clothes went straight in to the washing machine. Monty Don would not be impressed with what I had done in the garden, but I don’t care. I am not particularly bothered if fruit doesn’t appear, personally I love to look and watch the plants growing because of my care and attention.  

“Every thing I wore in the rain, after being washed”.

And Finally……

“This mess was dropped off over night. Some people are pigs, it was reported and collected with in 24hrs”.

Last week at my sisters while going up to bed I found an apple in my bag. Without thinking I put it on top of her fruit bowl as I passed. I love apples but, thought her kids would like the fruit. The next day working in her living room, my sister approached and placed my apple in front of me saying “have this on your break”. She didn’t know I had placed it there the night before; she was being caring and not wanting me to pass out from being hungry. All I could do was laugh. Karma is a bitch, I was destined to consume that apple. I did and it was good.

“Looking up. Interesting clouds”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have watched:

“Antares Rocket & Cygnus launch (ISS Resupply Mission)”, (NASA TV)((TX: 10/08/21). “Bad Samaritans”, (2018). “Best Of The Best, Provides New Views, Commentary Of Space Shuttle Launches”, (YouTube)(TX: 16/12/10). “Blake’s 7”, (SA, ep 12 & ep 13)(SB, ep 1). “Challenger Shuttle Disaster – RAW Uncut Footage”, (YouTube)(TX: 30/09/09). “Chef”, (2014). “Clementine”, (2019). “Click”, (TX: 07/08/21). “Colony”, (S2, ep 13)(S3, ep 1). “Craig And Bruno’s Great British Road Trips”, (S1, ep 5, TX: 11/08/21). “Farscape” (S4, ep 18). “Ghosts”, (S3, ep 1 to ep 6). “How Deep Is The Earth’s Core”, (Facebook)(TX: 11/10/20). “In The Heart Of The Sea”, (2015). “Jerk”, (S2, ep 1 to ep 4). “Monsters At Work”, (S1, ep 4 & ep 5). “Old Dogs”, (2009). “Please Help”, (BBC Three short)(07/07/21). “Roger And Val Have Just Got In”, (S2, ep 5 & ep 6). “Safelight”, (2015). “Shuttle Atlantis STS-132 – Amazing Shuttle Launch Experience”, (YouTube)(TX: 14/05/10). “Snowpiercer”, (S1,ep 4 to 6). “Soyuz Rendezvous And Docking Explained”, (YouTube)(TX: 21/11/14). “Soyuz Undocking, Reentry And Landing Explained”, (YouTube)(TX: 11/11/13). “Space Shuttle Cockpit Video STS-118 Endeavour”,(YouTube)(TX: 13/02/16). “Space Shuttle Columbia STS-107, Cockpit Footage Just Before The Accident”, (YouTube)(TX: 13/02/16). “Space Shuttle Discovery Landing STS-128 Edward’s Air Force Base”, (YouTube)(TX: 03/04/10). “Stargate Atlantis”, (S2, ep 9). “Sunshine”, (2007). “Take off With Bradley and Holly”, (S1, ep 3, TX: 08/08/21). “Taskmaster”, (S2, ep 2, TX: 28/06/16)(ep 3, TX: 05/07/16)(ep 4, TX: 12/07/16)(ep 5, TX: 19/07/16)(S3, ep 1, TX: 04/10/16)(ep 2, TX: 11/10/16). “The Bureau Of Magical Things”, (S1, ep 6). “The Grand Tour Presents: A Massive Hunt”, (S4, ep 1, TX: 17/12/20). “The Grand Tour Presents: Seamen”, (S4, ep 2, TX: 13/12/19). “The Other Woman”, (2014). “The Sky At Night”, (TX: 08/08/21). “The Soyuz Launch Sequence Explained”, (YouTube)(TX: 08/08/13). “The Walking Dead”, (S10, ep 1 to ep 6). “Three Space Station Crew Members Return Home Aboard Soyuz Spacecraft”, (YouTube)(TX: 17/04/21). “Tomorrowland: A World Beyond”, (2015). “Tribes of Europa”, (S1, ep 5). “Van Helsing”, (S3, ep 9 to ep 11).  

This week I have listening to:

“30 Animals That Made Us Smarter”,(BBC World Service/Sounds)(S2, ep 7, 09/08/21). “Anti Social Show”, (ep 95, 07/08/21). “Betamax Video Club“, (ep 2, 13/10/17). “Coronavirus Global Update”, (BBC World Service/Sounds)(07/08/21) (08/08/21)(09/08/21)(10/08/21)(11/08/21)(12/08/21)(13/08/21). “Doctor Who”, (The Incomparable/TeeVee)(S11, ep 3, 22/10/18). “Farscape”, (The Incomparable) (11/08/21). “Mystery Hour”, (12/08/21). “Nick Abbot Whole Show”, (07/08/21) (08/08/21)(13/08/21). “Radio Astronomy, (The Sky At Night Magazine Podcast)”, (ep 1, 10/06/16)(ep 103, 12/08/21). “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe Parenting Hell”, (S3, ep 9, 10/08/21)(ep 10, 13/06/21). “Smersh Pod”, (01/04/18). “Space Boffins”, (12/08/21). “Space Soldiers Podcast – Flash Gordon’s Trip To Mars“, (Chapter Eight,“The Black Sapphire Of Kalu”, 31/07/21)(Chapter Nine,“Symbol Of Death”, 07/08/22) . “The Audio Guide To Babylon 5”, (The Incomparable/TeeVee)(ep 41, 29/11/15). “The Friendship Onion”, (S1, ep 13, 10/08/21). “The Incomparable”, (The Incomparable)(ep 575, 08/08/21). “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (09/08/21).  “The Space Above Us”, (112, 23/07/20)(113, 06/08/20)(114, 20/08/20)(115, 03/09/20)(116, 17/09/20)(117, 01/10/20)(118, 15/10/20). “This Week In Time Travel”, (The Incomparable)(22/10/18). “Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels – Happy Times And Places”, (20.3, “The Time Warrior”, pt 3, 09/08/21) (20.4 “The Time Warrior”, pt 4, 13/06/21). “WTB”, (S1, ep 17, 13/11/20). “What’s Your Problem With Nick Abbot And Carol Mcgiffin”, (09/08/21). “Wolf And Owl”, (ep 36, 11/08/21)

Songs I enjoyed this week, were by:

“Morrissey”, “Alanis Morissette”, “Catatonia”, “Coldplay”, “Dexys Midnight Runners”, “Dusty Springfield”, “Elbow”, “Electronic”, “Grace Jones”, “Kirsty MacCall”, “Lilly Allen”, “Lulu”, “Ocean Colour Scene”, “Radiohead”, “Saint Etienne”, “Travis”, “The Stone Roses”, “Underworld”.

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Week 372, Saturday 31st July until Friday 6th August 2021.

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

Week 372, Saturday 31st July until Friday 6th August 2021.

This week is a hotch potch of ideas, it really is a very ramble.

“I do love Pooh”.

Driving to my sisters this week it took an hour and a half to travel 2 miles, it was one of those queue when I would have to turn off the engine, just sit and waited.  Luckily I had a great CD compilation and podcasts to keep me entertained.  There were children in the car in front who were so bored that they were waving at anyone who was a fool enough to respond.  You have guessed it, i was that fool.  This resulted in them to continue to wave back again and again and again.  I never want to appear rude, especially to children so I felt I had to wave back, when I wasn’t crawling a couple of metres forward of course.

“Enjoyed the cinema with (L to R) Will, Jbomb, Anoodle and Lizzie”.

The highway authorities really were trolling me and each and every driver, as the speed limit signs above our heads said 50 miles an hour.  I was barely doing 10 when I rolled forward every now and then.  I have travelled over the Dartford Bridge many times; this was a rarity because I was able to actually appreciate the view (when the kids were not waving) every time I stopped for 30 seconds or so.  Crossing the bridge I always feel like I have been held up by Dick Turpin because of the toll (currently £2.50 between 6am to 10 PM.  This is the same travelling in the opposite direction when using one of the two Dartford tunnels).  I was told a long time ago that the toll was originally supposed to have ended when the cost of the bridge had been recouped.  In the old days there were terrible queue every day because to pay the toll cash would be handed to a person in a booth.  Nowadays it’s a lot quicker because of Number Plate Recognition, but sitting in that long queue reminded me of the days of handing hard earned cash over to a hot and miserable highways employee stuck in a booth for hours on end.  When I arrived at my sisters before I could say hello, I needed to rush into the smallest room in the house.

“I didn’t let them play with the superglue, honest”.

That really wasn’t very interesting.  Let’s try this.

“It’s always nice to see small creatures”.

I enjoy watering the garden.  When I was up at mums recently my sister (my other sister) was pleased that I wanted to go out and do this daily chore.  At home I go back and forth filling up a 10 litre watering can multiple times to ensure that the plants and growing veg stay alive.  But this week all that has changed, because an outside tap has been fitted.  The delight of turning the tap and walking around with a hose is great.  I am such a simple creature with simple pleasures; this action really makes my attempt at gardening so much better.

 Maybe this will be more interesting.

“.“Someone locally has been very creative”.

The start of my working week was stressful; during the very first call I had a nose bleed.  I struggled, but managed to finish the call while shoving tissues up my nose as blood dripped on the calendar and plain white scrap paper.  After the call I was able to take a few minutes out to stop the flow, then carrying on with the rest of another horrible working day.  That wasn’t the start of the week I expect.

No.  None of the above has really been very good.

“Further down the road”.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

In the shower this week (I have had more than one shower over the last seven days.  In fact I actually had a bath with bubbles, my first in many years which was relaxing and lovely) I started to think about week 400 of this ramble.  Afterwards I worked that milestone will be on 18th February 2022, I really need to do something very special for that blog.

“This blog is affecting me”.

The idea I have come up with is to find out how many words I have written since 2014.  Maybe look at the TV/films and music list working out what I have enjoyed the most (and least).  Week 400 will probably not interest anyone but me.  But it’s a project that will keep me occupied and off the streets.  At the time of writing there are just 28 weeks left (20 until Crimbum, if you’re interested). I have watched.  It could be really interesting to me and no one else.

“Looking up”.

Maybe this is my queue to stop writing this shiz, and start compiling the anniversary ramble.

And Finnally……

“He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother”.

My fave line in a prog/film watched this week was….

“You know they call it hippity-hop music, but it don’t make me wanna go hippity-hop!”.

Are you able to guess from the list below, what piece of visual entertainment this speech came from?  There is no prize, just the fact that you watch the same rubbish as me.  And if you’re really strange, close your eyes and imagine me puckering up and coming in for a sloppy snog.

“What’s that smell?”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have watched:

“A Year In Ghe Beacons”, (S1, ep 2, TX:15/03/21).  “Ant-Man”, (2015).  “Beatriz At Dinner”, (2017).  “Blake’s 7”, (S:A: ep 10 & ep 11).  “Chris Packham: The Walk That Made Me”, (TX: 09/07/21).   “Click”, (TX: 31/07/21).  “Colony”, (S2, ep 11 & ep 12).  “Craig and Bruno’s Great British Road Trips”, (S1, ep 3, TX: 28/07/21)(ep 4, TX: 04/08/21).  “Daddy’s Home”, (2015).  “Deadpool 2”, (2018).  “Farscape”, (S4, ep 17).  “Gardeners World”, (2021: ep 10, TX: 21/05/21)(ep 11, TX: 28/05/21)(ep 12, TX: 04/06/21).  “How Construction Tower Cranes Are Built – Interesting Engineering”, (Facebook)(TX: 18/11/20).  “I Wish I Had A Professor Like This – Student Problems”, (Facebook)(TX: 05/10/18).  “Kathy Burke: Money Talks”, (S1, ep 2, TX: 12/07/21).  “King Gary”, (S2, ep 1 to ep 6).  “Roger and Val Have Just Got Got In”, (S2, ep 1 to ep 4).  “Secrets Of An ISIS Smartphone”, (TX: 15/07/21).  “Snowpiercer”, (S1, ep 2 & ep 3).  “Stargate Atlantis”, (S2, ep 7 & ep 8).  “Star Trek (Original Series)”, (S3, ep 5).  “Taskmaster”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 28/07/15)(ep 2, TX: 04/08/15)(ep 3, TX: 11/08/15)(ep 4, TX: 18/08/15)(ep 5, TX: 25/08/15)(ep 6, TX: 01/09/15)( S6, ep 4, TX: 23/05/18)(ep 5, TX: 30/05/18)(ep 6, TX: 07/06/18)(ep 7, TX: 13/06/18)(ep 8, TX: 20/06/18)(ep 9, TX: 27/06/21)(ep 10, TX: 04/07/18)(S7, ep 1, TX: 05/09/18)(ep 2, TX: 12/09/18).  “The Bureau Of Magical Things”, (S1, ep 5).  “The Croods 2”, (2020).  “The Enemy Of The State”, (1998).  “The Golden Girls”, (S1, ep 11 to 14).  “The Ladykillers”, (2004).  “The Man Who Killed Pluto”, (BBC News Website)(TX: 31/07/21).  “Tribes Of Europa”, (S1, ep 4).  “Undercover Big Boss”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 06/07/21).  “Van Helsing”, (S3, ep 8).  “Where And How Nuclear Waste is Stored – Interesting Engineering”, (Facebook)(TX: 17/02/21).

This week I have listening to:

“30 Animals That Made Us Smarter”, (BBC World Service/Sounds)(S2, ep 6, 02/08/21).  “Betamax Video Club”, (ep 28, 26/09/18).  “Brian Gittins And Friends – Green Hope”, (ep 6, 24/07/21).  “Coronavirus Global Update”, (BBC  world Service) (31/07/21) (01/08/21) (02/08/21) (03/08/21) (04/08/21)(05/08/21)(06/08/21).  “Doctor Who”, (The Incomparable)(S11, ep 2, 15/10/18).  “Game Of Thrones”, (S6, ep 9, 20/06/16).  “Lazy Doctor Who”, (ep 219 & 220, 01/01/21).  “Mystery Hour”, (05/08/21).  “NASA: Gravity Assist”, (06/08/21).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 207, 06/08/21).  “Nick Abbot Whole Show”, (31/07/21)(01/08/21)(06/08/21).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe Parenting Hell”, (S3, ep 7, 03/08/21) (ep 8, 06/08/21).  “Smersh Pod”, (17/11/17).  “Space And Things”, (STP5, 01/10/20).  “Star Trek Universe”, (18/12/18).  “The All New Angelos And Barry Podcast”, (03/08/21).  “The Audio Guide To Babylon 5”, (ep 40, 15/11/15).  “The Friendship Onion”, (S1, ep 12, 03/08/21).  “The Incomparable”, (The Incomparable)(31/07/21).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (02/08/21).  “The Space Above Us”, (102, 05/03/20)(103, 19/03/20)(104, 02/04/20)(105, 16/04/20)(106, 30/04/20)(107, 14/05/20)(108, 28/05/20)(109, 11/06/20)(110, 25/06/20)(111, 09/07/20).  “The Supermassive Podcast”, (ep 19, 30/06/21).  “This Week In Time Travel”, (The Incomparable)(15/10/18).  “Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels – Happy Times And Places”, (20.1, “The Time Warrior, pt 1”, 02/08/21)(20.2, “The Time Warrior,  pt 2”, 06/08/21).  “What’s Your Problem With Nick Abbot  And Carol Mcgiffin”, (02/08/21).  “Wolf And Owl”, (ep 35, 04/08/21).

Songs I enjoyed this week, were by:

“Morrissey”, “Artic Monkeys”,  “Blind Melon”,  “Bloc Party”,  “Climie Fisher”,  “Gerry Cinnamon”,  “Haim”,  “Joan Osborne”,  “KLF”,  “Ladyhawke”,  “MIA”,  “Mental As Anything”,  “Pat Benatar,  “Pet Shop Boys”,  “Queens Of The Stone Age”,  “Sixpence None The Richer”,  “Smiths”,  “Sonic Youth”,  “Starship”,  “Tears For Fears”,  “The Cure”,  “The Farm”,  “World Party”.

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Week 371, Saturday 24th until Friday 30th July 2021.

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

Week 371, Saturday 24th until Friday 30th July 2021.

First I want to thank my sister for last week’s takeover blog.  I will have to ask her to kidnap this more often.

“I have taken back the blog from Helen, i hope she has been untied”.

For Ten days I stayed with my mum and sister in the bungalow they live in.  This was because I developed a stinker of a cold after the wonderful holiday in “Ibeaver”.  It wasn’t “The Virus”, because I was tested 48 hours before leaving the paradise Island and 2 days after returning. As well as doing a home test.  Staying at mums I normally like to visit the canal, go for country walks and relax.  This visit was mainly spent in bed, sniffing and coughing in the living room leaving tissues on the floor behind me.  However my fave moments were sitting in the garden watching the birds or watering the plants.

“It really was/is a flu I have at the mo”.

There was another reason I stayed at mums (I could have just come home and been ill here) was because I kept getting calls from NHS test and trace, checking I was self-isolating.  Each call I mentioned that The Balearic was Green when I was there, and according to the government website people returning from a Green or Amber location didn’t need to isolate.  All the Operators who called eventually agree, but the calls continue.  The last person (the 7th call) confirmed I was correct telling me to ignore further calls.  That was on day 8, the phone never rang again.

My other sister and hubby (who travelled separately to me, mum and Hel my other sister) didn’t get a single call (as far as I know).  We all know that the system is broken, but considering the amount of our money the government spent it really should work better.  For me personally the calls became routine, in fact they made me laugh (that might have been the over the counter medication I was on).  With each call I couldn’t help feel for the call centre monkey (I can say this as I am one) how many I unnecessary calls were they making each day. These people are just doing an already difficult job in unusual circumstances, it can’t be fun. I hope it pays well.

This period of Isolation served a purpose, allowing me to have lots of naps, which I am thankful for. Before I returned to the capital, I had a very quick visit just to check that the canal was still there.

“This boat really did bash in to the side of the Canal, making a loud scraping noise”.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

“Rubbish, art”.

Being back at work, was a real downer after the excitement of the last couple of weeks.  This has meant that I have started to look for a new job once again.  I realise how lucky I am to be employed during these strange times, but it really is time to move on.  A new challenge and adventure is required.

“My friend got sent sock that look like a Pizza. They were not from me”.

Unfortunately all the jobs I am interested in are out of reach because employers are either looking for A, young people.  B, people (of any age) with a list of qualifications which boggle my mind.  Sadly mine are so old they were carved on stone tablets.

“Sweet Peas growing in the garden”.

Apart from the last 17 months of homes working, I have sat Monday to Friday for so any years in badly lit air conditioned offices.  It’s time for a change, this week I attempted to apply for a very different job with a well-known company.  I said attempted, because the website won’t accept my mobile number.  Before you ask I have been putting it in correctly, and have tired other numbers and different devices, but each time, nothing.  For assistance I rung the helpline (I was surprised I wasn’t told to just “turn it on and off”).  I have emailed, receiving and automated response that I would hear from them within in 24hrs (that never happened).  I even sent a Tweet, the helpful person on the private massages also couldn’t help.  At the time of writing I still do not know how to add my very normal UK mobile number to there website to create a profile so I can apply for the job. I am genuinely frustrated that no one from this company has been able to help me.  Maybe this is karma, trying to tell me not to bother.

“The killer was spotted in the back of the garden, hiding in the wild grass”.

I am not desperate (this does depend on the time of day, and how annoying or stressful the last call was) to leave my current position, but it’s good to look around.  If I was to find something I wouldn’t hesitate to jump ship straightaway.  If no one takes me on, I have decided to hang on in the current role for a couple of months.

This time last year, I was looking to start planning my 2021 travels.  It’s now time to start planning my adventures in 2022.  All the money I have saved since March 2020 will help fund my trip abroad for as long as possible.  Changing job is the start of the return to travel plan.  But I really need to find something I don’t hate, It’s time I was honest with you, my lovely reader.

“Keep an eye on the floor, be careful when walking”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have watched:

“1986: CNN’s Coverage Of The Challenger Explosion”, (YouTube)(03/06/13).  “A New Set Debuts On WPTV – Check It Out”, (YouTube)(23/07/21).  “Challenger Disaster Live on CNN”, (YouTube) (25/07/07).  “Click”, (24/07/21).  “Colony”, (S2, ep 10).  “Doctor Who – Series 13 Trailer”, (Facebook/YouTube, BBC Website)(25/07/21).  “Doom Patrol”, (S2, ep 1 to ep 9).  “Evil”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 6).  “Friends”, (S5, ep 2 & ep 5 to ep 7).  “Jacqui Abbott And Paul Heaton – Bedroom Rehearsals”, (Twitter)(TX: 30/07/21).  ”Jeff Bezos In Space: Blue Origin Takes Flight”, (YouTube)(21/07/21).  “Loki”, (S1, ep 5).  ”Monsters At Work”, (S1, ep 3).  “Mulan”, (2020).  “Penny Dreadful”, (S1, ep 3).  “Roger And Val Have Just Got In”, (S1. ep 1 to ep 6).  “Snowpiercer”, (S1, ep 1).  “Space Shuttle Challenger – The First Space Tourist Disaster – BBC News & Nature”, (16/10/08).  “Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster – NBC Nightly News”, (YouTube) (28/01/19).  “Stargate SG1″, (S10, ep 14).  “Stargate Atlantis”, (S2, ep 4 & ep 5).  “Star Trek, (Original Series)”, (S2, ep 4).  “Taskmaster”, (S6, ep 1, TX: 02/05/18)(ep 2, TX: 09/05/18)(ep 3, TX: 16/05/18)(S7, ep 3, TX: 19/09/18)(ep 4, TX: 26/09/18)(ep 5, TX: 03/10/18)(ep 6, TX: 10/10/18)(ep 7, TX  17/10/18)(ep 8, TX: 24/10/18)(ep 9, TX: 31/10/18)(ep 10, TX: 07/11/18).  “The Challenger Disaster: CBS News Radio Coverage”, (YouTube)(25/01/16).  “The Golden Girls”, (S1, ep 8 to ep 10).  “The Kid Who Would Be King”, (2019).  “The Man In The High Castle”, (S2, ep 1).  “The Sky At Night”, (TX: 11/07/21).  “Tom Hanks Took Big Bird’s Seat! – 2019 Kennedy Centre Honours”, (Facebook)(TX: 02/09/20).  “Travel Man 48hrs in….”, (S5, ep 1, TX: 20/10/17)(ep 2, TX: 27/10/17).

This week I have listening to:

“30 Animals That Made Us Smarter”, (BBC World Service/Sounds)(S2, ep 5, 26/07/21).  “Anglophilia”, (S3, ep 2, 28/05/19).  “Betamax Video Club “, (ep 25, 22/08/18).  “Box Of Delights”, (S2, ep 4, 16/12/19(ep 5, 17/12/19)(ep 6, 18/12/19).  “Brian Gittens And Friends – Hope Green”, (ep 1 to ep 5, 24/07/21).  “Coronavirus Global Update”, (BBC World Service/Sounds)(24/07/21) (25/07/21) (26/07/21) (27/07/21)(28/07/21)(29/07/21)(30/07/21).  “Doctor Who”, (The Incomparable/TeeVee) (S11, ep 1, 07/10/18).  “Farscape”, (TeeVee)(28/07/21).  “Game Of Thrones”, (TeeVee) (S6, ep 8, 13/06/16).  “Males Art Will Travel”, (S1, ep 10, 31/03/21).  “Mystery Hour”, (29/07/21).  “NASA: Gravity Assist”, (30/07/21).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 206, 29/07/21).  “Nick Abbot Whole Show”, (24/07/21)(25/07/21)(30/07/21).  “Space And Things”, (STP4, 24/09/20)(STP5, 01/10/20).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe Parenting Hell”, (S3, ep 5, 27/07/21)(ep 6, 30/07/21).  “Smersh Pod”, (01/04/18).  “Space Soliders Podcast – Flash Gordon’s Trip To Mars”, (Chapter Seven, “The Prisoner Of Mongo”, 24/07/21).  “Star Trek Universe”, (15/12/18).  “The Audio Guide To Babylon 5”, (ep 39, 01/11/15).  “The Friendship Onion”, (S1, ep 11, 27/07/21).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (27/07/21).  “The Old Doctor Who Show”, (ep 115, 28/07/21).  “The Space Above Us”, (090, 19/09/19)(091, 03/10/19)(092, 17/10/19)(093, 31/10/19)(094, 14/11/19) (Supplement 6, 25/11/19)(095, 28/11/19)(096, 12/12/19)(097, 26/12/19)(098, 09/01/20)(099, 23/01/20)(100, 06/02/20)(101, 20/02/20).  “This Week In Time Travel” , (The Incomparable)(08/10/18).  “Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels- Indefinable Magic”, (ep 8, 26/07/21).  “WTB”, (S1, ep 14, 23/10/20)(ep 15, 30/10/20)(ep 16, 06/11/20).  “What’s Your Problem With Nick Abbot And Carol Mcgiffin”, (26/07/21).  “Wolf And Owl”, (ep 34, 28/07/21).

Songs I enjoyed this week, were by:

“Morrissey”,  “Artic Monkeys”,  “Catatonia”,  “Crash Test Dummies”,  “Cure”,  “Eurasia”,  “Fat Boy Slim”,  “House Of Love”,  “James”,  “Inspiral Carpets”,  “KLF”,  “Len”,  “Marc Almond”,  “Natalie Imbruglia”,  “PM Dawn”,  “Soft Cell”,  “The Beautiful South”,  “The Cranberries”,  “The Housemartins”,  “The Waterboys”.

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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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