Week 316, Saturday 4th until Friday 10th July 2020.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London (Watching birds in the garden).

Week 316 Saturday 4th until Friday 10th July 2020.

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Over these last few months I have got used to all kinds of distractions while working in a corner of the living room.  Such as the neighbour who has been constructing a man cave from scratch in his back garden.  Another neighbour has developed shed envy and this week started to convert an existing shed into his own private hide-a-way.

stamp “Happy Bday this week to RAC”.

Then there are the small children in the house next door, which since March have gone completely feral.  Their poor tired parents have lost control and occasionally turn up the volume up of children’s TV to 11 trying to drown out the screams and shouts.

20200705_124317 “I had a metal cat in a (my) hat”.

There is a new noise, something potentially very annoying threatening to disrupt me while I work.  Last weekend road working barriers and equipment appeared all the way down the road.  A letter fell on the doormat stating for 3 weeks there will be essential maintenance taking place.  Sure enough Monday morning at 7.30, I could hear drilling and pounding further down the road.  Over the course of the coming weeks this Hi-Viz fashion parade will make its way towards me getting louder and more upsetting all the time!

20200710_132844 “This sticker was on a package delivered to a friend.  Yes there really was a retro time piece inside”. 

If I had to choose which noise or disruption from those previously mentioned I would prefer.  It would have to be the neighbours banging and screwing!  Even the singing of Mr Tumble through the wall is preferable to the sound of heavy plant machinery.  Let’s not mention the smell of the chemical port-a-loo sat on the pavement (I wonder how long it will be before that is tipped over by bored teenagers for a laugh).  

And Now For Something Completely Different.

20200710_194057 “Bread has been made (in a machine) this week”.

Lockdown felt like a period of hibernation, personally I am still locked down, I don’t really want to be out and about. This week I had an experience which made me want to hide under the under the duvet even more.

20200711_015436 “MOZ modelling her new Bread bin”.

One lunchtime while visiting a local shop a man approached with his dog.  He had obviously been enjoying the recent reopening of local drinking establishment because he was totally pissed (he was apologetic about this).  The alcoholic fumes mixed with stale nicotine made my eyes water.  I nodded and smiled as he slurred and spluttered random words in my direction, while I worried about the computer at home counting down the 60 minutes of free time I enjoy daily in the afternoon.  I really needed to rush off but didn’t want to appear rude and upset him.

20200702_140753 “No, drunks in the park”.

Things became very uncomfortable when he stepped towards me reached up and touched my forehead and hair.  Of course I stepped back straight away.  Luckily the man then became distracted by something shiny (the dog, if you were wondering was minding its own business licking its balls) I saw this as my opportunity to escape.  Anyone watching me as I rushed down the hill constantly looking over my shoulder must have wondered if I was wanted by the authorities.

20200625_104949 “I wish my afternoon was this much fun”.

This experience has confirmed what I already knew; I am not ready to be out and about.  My lockdown continues (if I can stay in bed even better).

And Finally……

Quote of the week “Thick and Gloopy”.  This was said by a very clever scientist on a new Horizon documentary about Pluto. I repeated that line a number of times with a smile.

20200706_113345 “This week i have been enjoying…… Arrack”

And

One evening I found several tiny baby Spiders. With the help of a disposable coffee cup I use when attempting to paint, the family where collected and relocated to the garden to roam through the grass.

20200615_090552 “This is me rushing home”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“A Touch Of Class”, (1973).  “Alex Brooker: Disability And Me”, (TX: 05/07/20).  “Big Jet TV: Live From Heathrow Airport”, (Facebook)(TX: 06/07/20).  “Blinky”, (YouTube)(TX: 14/10/12).  “California Suite”, (1978).  “Click”, (TX: 04/07/20).  “Comedians: Home Alone”, (S1, ep 6).  “DEVS”, (S1, ep 8).  “Fox 26 Houston News Hour Live at 5pm, With Tom Zizka”, (Facebook)(TX: 04/07/20).  “Genius Of The World”, (ep 3, TX: 19/08/15).  “Horizon 2020: Pluto Back From The Dead”, (TX: 06/07/20).  “I May Destroy You”, (S1, ep 9 & ep 10).  “Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, (Original TX: 05/04/2000)(Rpt TX 10/07/20).  “National Theatre Live: The Deep Blue Sea”, (Original TX: 01/09/16)(Rpt TX: 09/07/20).  “Rhod Gilbert’s Work Experience”, (S4, ep 3, TX: 26/06/13)(ep 4, TX: 03/07/13).  “Storyville: Collage Behind Bars”, (Pt 1 & Pt 2, TX: 15/06/20).  “The Art Of Persia”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 15/06/20)(ep 2, TX: 22/06/20).  “The Long Song”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 3).  “The Mike Skipper Lockdown Saturday Quiz”, (FaceBook)(TX: 04/07/20).  “Two’s Company”, (S3, ep 2 to ep 8)(S4, ep 1 & ep 2).  “Warrior Nun”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 4).  “You’re Only Young Twice”, (S3, ep 1 to ep 5).                                

Doctor Who Watched This Week:

“Arc Of Infinity”, (S20, Prod Code 6E)(ep 1, TX: 03/01/83)(ep 2, TX: 05/01/83)(ep 3, TX: 11/01/83)(ep 4, TX: 12/01/83).

“Snakedance”, (S20, Prod Code 6D)(ep 1, TX: 18/01/83)(ep 2, TX: 19/01/83)(ep 3, TX: 25/01/83)(ep 4, TX: 26/01/83).

“Mawdryn Undead”, (S20, Prod Code 6F)(ep 1, TX: 01/02/83)(ep 2, TX: 02/02/83)(ep 3, TX: 08/03/83)(ep 4, TX: 09/03/83).

“Terminus”, (S20, Prod Code 6G)(ep 1, TX: 15/02/83)(ep 2, TX 16/02/83)(ep 3, TX: 22/02/83)(ep 4, TX: 23/02/83).

“Enlightenment”, (S20, Prod Code 6H)(ep 1, TX: 01/03/83)(ep 2, TX: 02/03/83)(ep 3, TX: 08/03/83)(ep 4, 09/03/83).

“The King’s Demons”, (S20, Prod Code 6J)(ep 1, TX: 15/03/83)(ep 2. TX: 16/03/83).

“The Five Doctors”, (20th Anniversary Special)(Prod Code 6K)(TX: 25/11/83).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“Coronavirus Global Daily Update”, (BBC World Service)(04/07/20)(05/07/20)(06/07/20) (07/07/20)(08/07/20)(09/07/20)(10/07/20)“CNN, Coronavirus: Fact Vs Fiction”, (ep 92, 06/07/20)(ep 93, 07/07/20)(ep 94, 08/07/20)(ep 95, 09/07/20)(ep 96, 10/07/20).  “Doctor Who: The Missing Episode Podcast”, (ep 5, 05/07/20).  “Dear Joan And Jericha (Julia Davis And Vicki Pepperdine)”, (S2, ep 1, 03/10/19)(ep 2, 10/10/19).  “In Poor Taste”, (ep 121, 08/07/20).  “In The Village”, (Intro, 05/09/17)(ep, 29/09/17)(ep 2, 06/10/17)(ep 3, 13/10/13).  “Lazy Doctor Who”, (ep 92, 06/08/17)(ep 93, 09/08/17(ep 94, 16/08/17)(ep 95, 24/08/17)(ep 96, 02/08/17)(ep 97, 11/09/17)(ep 98, 13/09/17)(ep 99, 06/10/17)(ep 100, 07/10/17)(ep 101, 15/10/17)(ep 102, 16/10/17)(ep 103, 26/10/17)(ep 104, 14/12/17).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 152, 10/07/20).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (04/07/20)(11/07/20).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe’s Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (ep 21, 07/07/20)(ep 22 10/07/20).  “Strange Times”, (ep 349, 04/07/20).  “Sue Perkins: An Hour Or So With…”, (S2, ep 5 (ep 16), 08/07/20).  “The All New Angelos And Barry Podcast”, (10/07/20).  “The Late Night Alternative With Iain Lee”, (06/07/20)(07/07/20(09/07/20).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”,(04/05/19)(10/05/19)(06/07/20).   “What’s The Problem? With Nick Abbot And Carol McGiffen”, (S1, ep 24, 06/07/20).  “Morrissey”,  “James”,  “The Strokes”,  “The Wombats”,  “Ocean Colour Scene”,  “Blur”,  “Bloc Party”,  “Linkin Park”,  “Bastille”,  “Blink 182”,  “Jamie T”,  “The XX”,  “The Bangles”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Week 315, Saturday 27th June until Friday 3rd July 2020.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London, Essex & Surrey (I wanted an ice cream while out in Essex.  But the people in the van didn’t have gloves on, so went without).

Week 315 Saturday 27th June until Friday 3rd July 2020.

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Like most people, I haven’t been anywhere these the last few months other than a visit to the occasional shop/supermarket, queuing up outside rushing around as quickly as possible then going straight home.  If I am honest, I haven’t missed being around other wheezing, groaning, complaining walking meatsacks.

20200628_202238 “Mary, Mungo and Midge the next generation”. 

Last Sunday my friend and I ventured further away from home than we have been since March. It was only a journey of 30 to 40 minutes, but seeing more and more cars and people was a little bit of a shock.  We were meeting up with Rac an old (she’s actually younger than us) friend.  Standing in the car park seeing people walking around, getting in and out of cars or on and off horses did make me feel a little uncomfortable.

20200628_143321 “Dirk Turpin, looks different in real life!”.

That inner stress only got worse, when we couldn’t get the car park ticket machine to work, or get a signal (yes, we probably looked silly waving our small electronic devise around hoping to catch a whisp of a stray signal drifting above our heads) to pay on-line.  In the end RAC saved us, she really was the responsible adult that afternoon.

20200628_155704 “Just beautiful”.

All the stress of getting there, trying to pay disappeared once we were led into the woods. Being surrounded by grass, trees, birds and squirrels really is the best therapy.  Even when it was raining, I was happy hearing the sound of the water falling on to the canopy of leaves above, watching drips fall on to the carpet of ferns and grass.

20200628_135026 “Singing in the rain”.

I don’t know really where we were, I didn’t need to, it was beautiful.  I wasn’t cold in only shorts, a vert top and a shawl, what was important was that I was with friends surrounded by nature and happier than I have been for a long time.  Thank you Rac!

20200628_130423 “One moment the sun shone, then it rained.  Followed by more sun.  A really enjoyable afternoon”.

While we were in the woods a little girl stopped (she was with her family) and asked us if we had seen the Gruffalo (normally there is a trail in those woods, that you follow to discover statues of characters from the story).  We hadn’t and wished her (We didn’t tell her that the statues have been put on to storage at the moment, so she won’t find The Gruffalo sadly).

20200628_122820 “Is some one re-filming Carry on Cowboy”.

And Now For Something Completely Different.

20200628_131333 “Not my hand.  But if you want to hire it to model your product, get in touch.  Special rates for mates”.

 Working from home is great, I have mentioned this a lot over the last few months.  While speaking to numpties on the phone, I get great pleasure watching birds on the feeders in the garden.  Other activities during a working day might include chasing a gang of local hooligan (squirrel) of the bird feeders (in a nice way of course. Which is why they probably keep returning, I am soft with animals).  Or stroking a neighbour’s cat that visits the garden, rubbing its face on everything including me (I realise this is its way of saying “I own this, this and you”.  I really don’t have a problem being its Baaaaaaitch.  I told you I liked animals). All of this is so much nicer than being cooped up in a large stuffy extremely noisy office. However, the main reason I enjoy working from home, is my commute down the stairs from the bedroom to the living room.  That journey never gets boring.

20200704_213726 “My owner, the neighbours pussy”.

But there are down sides. Because of this quick journey and work know that I am at home they can exploit it.  Earlier this week I got an email informing me I had an online appraisal later this month at 8am.  When I read that time all I could hear in my head was “Whaaaaaaaaat!!!!”  I don’t start until 9, at the time of the appt I am normally fast asleep. 

20200703_20412020200703_204130 “I am happy after eating a huge curry”.

I have spent most of lockdown in my PJ’s, only getting dressed when I really need to.  And am very tempted to attend the appraisal in my PJ’s sat up in bed.  I have sent an email asking if this time is correct, will I get paid or time off in leu.  At this time I haven’t had a reply!  Reading this back, I do seem to just be moaning about nothing.  But it’s the principle of having a meeting an hour before the actual time that the office opens.  My managers have children (that’s their fault) and have probably up before sparrow fart, but not me!

20191218_102853 “An old picture.  How i might look during my Appraisal”.

Apart from this gripe working from home is the best thing to have happened (personally) in years.  I know plenty of “office workers” who would not be upset if they never stepped foot in another badly over lit, air-conditioned work place.  This period of lockdown may have changed the way many of us work for ever.  My only issue is that it can be exploited, as with my appraisal.  I’ll keep you informed; maybe even take a screen shot for you. 

20200701_150757 “Always a fave moment when homeworking”.

And Finally……

Spoke to a nice woman who lives in the same street as my brother.  She probably could have opened a window and shouted to him and his family.

20200704_213601 “Even a small creature is beautiful”.

And

This week I was heard to say with shock “I just splashed coffee on Jon Pertwee’s face” (Liz Sladen and him are the cover stars of the latest Doctor Who Magazine).

20200702_092110Very distracted at an emotional moment in classic Who, while writing this shiz”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“Better Than Us”, (S1, ep 14).  “Click”, (TX: 27/06/20).  “Comedians: Home Alone”, (S1, ep 5).  “Crazy Craig’s Pearls – Year 3 Anniversary Video”, (Facebook)(TX: 01/07/20).  “Creeped Out”, (S1, ep 1).  “DEVS”, (S1, ep 7).  “Genius Of The World”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 05/08/15)(ep 2, TX: 12/08/15).  “Hidden Wilds Of The Motorway”, (TX: 30/06/20).  “I May Destroy You”, (S1, ep 7 & ep 8).  “Lost Pyramids Of The Aztec”, (ep 2, TX: 28/06/20).  “National Theatre Live: Les Blancs”, (Original TX: 2020)(Rpt TX: 02/07/20).  “Rhod Gilbert’s Work Experience”, (S3, ep 3, TX: 21/06/12)( ep4, TX: 28/05/12)(S4, ep 1, TX: 05/06/13)(ep 2, TX: 12/06/13).  “The Adam’s Family”, (2019).  “The Luminaries”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 3).  “The Mike Skipper Lockdown Saturday Quiz”, (FaceBook)(TX: 27/06/20).  “Two’s Company”, (S3, ep 1).  “You’re Only Young Twice”, (S1, ep 6 & ep 7)(S2, ep 1 to ep 8).                                 

Doctor Who Watched This Week:

“Catrovalva, (S19, Prod Code 5Z)(ep 1, TX: 04/01/82)(ep 2, TX: 05/01/82)(ep 3, TX: 11/01/82)(ep 4, TX: 12/01/82).

“Four To Doomsday”, (S19, Prod Code 5W)(ep 1, TX: 18/01/82)(ep 2, TX: 19/01/82)(ep 3, TX: 25/01/82)(ep 4, TX: 26/01/82).

“Kinda”, (S19, Prod Code 5Y)(ep 1, TX: 01/02/82)(ep 2, TX: 02/02/82)(ep 3, TX: 08/03/82)(ep 4, TX: 09/03/82).

“The Visitation”, (S19, Prod Code 5X)(ep 1, TX: 15/02/82)(ep 2, TX 16/02/82)(ep 3, TX: 22/02/82)(ep 4, TX: 23/02/82).

“Black Orchid”, (S19, Prod Code 6A)(ep 1, TX: 01/03/82)(ep 2, TX: 02/02/82).

“Earthshock”, (S19, Prod Code 6B)(ep 1, TX: 08/03/82)(ep 2. TX: 09/03/82)(ep 3, TX: 15/03/82)(ep 4, TX: 16/03/82).

“Time-Flight”, (S19, Prod Code 6C)(ep 1, TX: 22/03/82)(ep 2, TX: 23/03/82)(ep 3, 29/03/82)(ep 4, 30/03/82).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“Coronavirus Global Daily Update”, (BBC World Service) (27/06/20) (28/06/20) (29/06/20) (30/06/20)(01/07/20)(02/07/20)(03/07/20)“CNN, Coronavirus: Fact Vs Fiction”, (ep 87, 29/06/20)(ep 88, 30/06/20)(ep 89, 01/07/20)(ep 90, 02/07/20)(ep 91, 03/07/20).  “Dear Joan And Jericha (Julia Davis And Vicki Pepperdine)”, (S1, ep 7, 11/06/18)(ep 8, 20/06/18)(Special, 29/06/20).  “Grounded With Louis Theroux”, (BBC Radio 4)(ep 10, 29/06/20).  “Lazy Doctor Who”, (ep 83, 04/03/17)(ep 84, 05/03/17(ep 85, 10/03/17)(ep 86, 18/03/17)(ep 87, 26/03/17)(ep 88, 21/05/17)(ep 89, 17/06/17)(ep 90, 27/06/17)(ep 91, 23/07/17).  “Mystery Hour”, (02/07/20).  “NASA: Gravity Assist”, (S4, ep 13, 26/06/20).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 151, 02/07/20).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (27/06, 03/07/20).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe’s Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (ep 10, 29/05/20)(ep 11 02/06/20)(ep 12, 05/06/20)(ep 13, 09/06/20)(ep 14, 12/06/20)(ep 16, 19/06/20)(ep 17, 23/06/20)(ep 18, 26/06/20)(ep 19, 30/06/20)(ep 20, 03/07/20).  “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 200, 26/06/20)(201, 03/07/20).  “Strange Times”, (Public Announcement, 20/06/20)(ep 348, 26/06/20).  “Sue Perkins: An Hour Or So With…”, (S2, ep 3 (ep 14), 24/06/20)(ep 4 (ep 15), 01/07/20).  “The All New Angelos And Barry Podcast”, (01/07/20).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 126, 30/06/20).  “The Late Night Alternative With Iain Lee”, (ep 6, 29/06/20)(ep 7, 30/06/20(ep 8, 01/07/20).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”,(29/06/20).   “What’s The Problem? With Nick Abbot And Carol McGiffen”, (S1, ep 23, 30/06/20).  “Morrissey”,  “Christine And The Queens”,  “Elbow”,  “My Life Story”,  “Haim”,  “Echo And The Bunnymen”,  “R.E.M”,  “Shed Seven”,  “Blondie”,  “Queen”,  “Suede”,  “Keane”,  “ABBA”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Week 314, Saturday 20th until Friday 26th June 2020.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London (though it felt like The Mediterranean on Thursday and Friday).

Week 314 Saturday 20th until Friday 26th June 2020.

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I didn’t have a good start to the working week.  When I became conscious the first thing I heard was myself saying two words (not, “frak off) I say at the start of every call while working Monday to Friday.  I’m not sure what’s worse dreaming about taking telephone calls at work or waking up and saying those “words”.

20200624_094326 “I really did feel like this”.

Once up, I rush around prepping for another day tied to the telephone.  Everything is done as quickly as possible while trying to make as little noise as I can.  Admittedly if I got up earlier, I wouldn’t have to rush around like such a fool.  When lockdown began I calculated how late I could stay in bed, and still be ready for work at 9am.

20200625_10493820200624_170852 “A couple of locals who enjoy my friends garden.  I was tempted to join them”.

Here is a list of what went wrong that particular Monday morning within about of 20 minutes. During that time I mumbled many colourful metaphors, and considered changing my name to “Calamity Dana”.

20200626_20254620200626_202537 “Its Bread”.

  • I stubbed my little toe on a 5k weight I stupidity left on the floor the previous day.
  • Scrapped my arm against the metal part of the living room door lock.
  • Inserted main password wrong.
  • Walked into a chair and bruised my left knee.
  • Missed the brekkie bowl while pouring milk (I did consider getting a strew and sucking it up! I didn’t).
  • Got the password wrong a second time.
  • Opened a kitchen curtain too far, that it ended hanging off the curtain rail.
  • Had to scrabble for a piece of paper with my password written on (Yes, I realise this is not good practice).
  • At 9 am I was seated at the table waiting for the phone to ring.  However 5 minutes later I realised that the thick blue cable which snakes through the house that plugs into the phone had not been unfurled.  It was only then that I though how lucky that no one in the household has tripped over that damn wire during lockdown.

All I could hope for was that the week would get better.

20200624_094351 “Will send this to mum”.

And Now For Something Completely Different.

Friday morning, busy at work when the doorbell rang.  Standing outside was one of the neighbours who asked if I am good with birds?  Especially Pigeons!  My face erupted into a huge smile, because I really am a Pigeon fan.  Years ago, I decided that because most people hate them, I would embrace them.  Forget the image of Trafalgar Square in London during the 70s, stop and have a look at one, they really are rather pretty birds.

20200628_025242 “Yes i am in my PJ’s”.

The neighbours had discovered one hiding with in there large flowerpots with an injured wing.  Because no one wanted to approach they called me.  It really was a privilege to have this freighted creature’s complete trust.  When I had it in my hands, I noticed a ring on one foot.  This is why it allowed me to pick it up.

20200628_025207 “My secret is out.  Why get dressed or brush hair when working from home”.

Once I had secured the box in the neighbour front passenger seat (with the seat belt around it, of course), the Pigeon was taken to a local vet.  I asked my neighbour to point out the ring because from previous experience vets are sadly not interested in a street pigeons.  But a bird with a ring means the owner can be traced.  Sadly, I didn’t make a note of the number on the ring, I was busy trying to ensure that the bird was as happy as it could be while being handled.

20200628_025516 “End of week, celebration”.

The start of the working week was really stressful.  The rest of the week was “ok”.  Those few minutes on Friday morning with a beautiful bird made everything better.

And Finally……

A friend’s package arrived on the doorstep during an extremely hot afternoon.  From another room I heard her shout “oh, my knickers are warm!”.  The plastic bag that her pants were delivered in really was warm to the touch.

20200628_000323 “Chewie picture of the Week”.

And

I did say “looks like a top shelf tubby Theresa” during the week!

20200626_224454 “Writing this shiz, while distracted by a live Spacewalk”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“Click”, (TX: 20/06/20).  “Comedians: Home Alone”, (S1, ep 4).  “Death In Paradise”, (S8, ep 7 &  ep 8)(S9, ep 1 to ep 8).  “DEVS”, (S1, ep 5 & ep 6).  “Game Night”, (2018).   “I May Destroy You”, (S1, ep 5 & ep 6).  “Jack Whitehall’s Father’s Day”, (TX: 19/06/20).  “NASA Spacewalk #63 (Cassidy & Behnken)”, (NASA TV)(TX: 26/06/20).  “National Theatre Live: A Midsummer’s Night Dream (From The Bridge Theatre)”, (Original TX: 17/10/19)(Rpt TX: 25/06/20).  “Peter Pan Live! – The Show Must Go On #withme”, (Original TX: 04/12/140(Rpt TX: 20/06/20).  “Rhod Gilbert’s Work Experience”, (S1, ep 4, TX: 09/02/10)(S2, ep 1, TX: 07/03/11)(ep 2, TX: 14/03/11)(ep 3, TX: 21/03/11)(ep 4, TX: 28/03/11)(S3, ep 1, TX: 07/05/12)(ep 2, TX: 14/05/12)(S9, ep 3, TX: 19/06/20).  “The Aviator”, (2004).  “The Mike Skipper Lockdown Saturday Quiz”, (FaceBook)(TX: 20/06/20).  “Timeslip – The Wrong End Of Time”, (ep 1, TX: 28/09/70).  “The Wizard Of OZ”, (1939).  “What We Do In The Shadows”, (S2, ep 6 to ep 10).  “Yes Prime Minister”, (S2, ep 4 to ep 8).  “You’re Only Young Twice”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 5).                                 

Doctor Who Watched This Week:

“The Leisure Hive, (S18, Prod Code 5N)(ep 1, TX: 30/08/80)(ep 2, TX: 06/09/80)(ep 3, TX: 13/09/80)(ep 4, TX: 20/09/80).

“Meglos”, (S18, Prod Code 5Q)(ep 1, TX: 27/09/80)(ep 2, TX: 04/10/80)(ep 3, TX: 11/10/80)(ep 4, TX: 18/10/80).

“Full Circle”, (S18, Prod Code 5R)(ep 1, TX: 25/10/80)(ep 2, TX: 01/11/80)(ep 3, TX: 08/11/80)(ep 4, TX: 15/11/80).

“State Of Decay”, (S18, Prod Code 5P)(ep 1, TX: 22/11/80)(ep 2, TX 29/11/80)(ep 3, TX: 06/12/80)(ep 4, TX: 13/12/80).

“Warriors Gate”, (S18, Prod Code 5S)(ep 1, TX: 03/01/81)(ep 2, TX: 10/01/81)(ep 3, TX: 17/01/81)(ep 4, TX: 24/01/81).

“The Keeper Of Traken”, (S18, Prod Code 5T)(ep 1, TX: 31/01/81)(ep 2. TX: 07/02/81)(ep 3, TX: 14/02/81)(ep 4, TX: 21/02/81).

“Logopolis”, (S18, Prod Code 5V)(ep 1, TX: 28/02/81)(ep 2, TX: 07/03/81)(ep 3, 14/03/81)(ep 4, 21/03/81).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“Coronavirus Global Daily Update”, (BBC World Service) (20/06/20) (21/06/20) (22/06/20) (23/06/20)(24/06/20)(25/06/20)(26/06/20)“CNN, Coronavirus: Fact Vs Fiction”, (ep 82, 22/06/20)(ep 83, 23/06/20)(ep 84, 24/06/20)(ep 85, 25/06/20)(ep 86, 26/06/20).  “Daddy Look At Me – It’s Daddy’s Day!”, (21/06/20).  “Dear Joan And Jericha (Julia Davis And Vicki Pepperdine)”, (S1, ep 5, 28/05/18)(ep 6, 04/07/18).  “Grounded With Louis Theroux”, (BBC Radio 4)(ep 8, 15/06/20)(ep 9, 22/06/20).  “Lazy Doctor Who”, (ep 68, 06/09/16)(ep 69, 24/09/16)(ep 70, 25/09/16)(ep 71, 05/11/16)(ep 72 & ep 73, 11/11/16)(ep 74 & ep 75, 12/11/16)(ep 76, 18/11/16)(ep 77, 20/11/16)(ep 78, 23/11/16)(ep 79, 11/12/16)(ep 80, 08/01/17)(ep 81, 27/01/17)(ep 82, 10/02/17).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 150, 26/06/20).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (20/06, 26/06/20).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe’s Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (ep 7, 19/05/20)(ep 8, 22/05/20)(ep 9, 26/05/20).  “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 199, 19/06/20).  “Sue Perkins: An Hour Or So With…”, (S2, ep 2, 24/06/20).  “The Late Night Alternative With Iain Lee”, (ep 4, 22/06/20)(ep 5, 23/06/20).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”,(22/06/20).  “The Old Doctor Who Show Podcast”, (ep 96, 24/06/20).  “What’s The Problem? With Nick Abbot And Carol McGiffen”, (S1, ep 22, 22/06/20).  “Morrissey”,  “The Monkees”,  “Kings Of Leon”,  “The KLF”,  “Elbow”,  “P.J.Harvey”,  “The Velvet Underground”,  “M.I.A”,  “Florence And The Machine”,  “David Bowie”,  “The Mock Turtles”,  “The Cribs”,  “The Enemy”,  “Supergrass”,  “Pixies”,  “Ash”,  “Hard-Fi”,  “Pulp”,  “Foals”,  Harvey Danger”,  “Faithless”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Week 313, Saturday 13th until Friday 19th June 2020.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London And Surrey (inc worrying about the bike on the back of the car while on the M25).

Week 313 Saturday 13th until Friday 19th June 2020.

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Is the lockdown over?  For me I am very much still locked in, working from home only going out when I absolutely need to.  Even before this period I generally tried to keep away from people, so not having contact with others suits me fine.

20200620_180718 “I visited a local Hospital this week”.

On Monday I had to go out, there was a moment when I stood still on the pavement looking up wide eyed like a tiny child as a train rushed over a very busy road.  That’s the nearest I have been to a train in 3 months.  When I used to travel into the office I sat/stood in tubes and trains for more hours than comfortable every week.  Even though I enjoy a train, I definitely don’t miss being a sardine! Sorry a commuter.  I was very happy to stand on the pavement and just watch the train speed past.

20200614_21542620200614_220109 “I felt very naked for a few hours”.

The start of the last week was when all “non-essential” (I suspect that every owner/manager thinks their shop and products are essential) shops reopened.  When I parked there were already queues of people waiting for the doors to open, which must have been a welcome sight to staff inside, who had probably wondered if anyone would turn up after spending months at home on-line shopping.

20200620_182907 “Various DW paintings, at different stages of completion”.

As with trains I don’t particularly want to be trudging around browsing “things” either these days.  For me Lockdown is continuing, it’s my own personal hibernation.  Maybe in a couple of months’ time, I will pop my head out of the burrow and see if things have got better.

And Now For Something Completely Different.

20200613_185054 “Booze”.

Last Saturday my friend heard a noise behind her old heater in the living room.  In the dark of the disused chimney cavity she saw a beady eye look back at her, when she pulled the heater away from the wall.  Just like Scott and Virgil Tracy from International Rescues we sprang straight into action.  An old sheet was employed as the safety net, objects, furniture and loved knick-knacks were moved safely out of the way.  A rescue plan was hatched to set the captive free.

20200613_111303 “Meal of the week.  Banana and Marmite Cheddar Bagels, a great brekkie”.

As you might expect nothing went as we had planned.  The terrified Starling managed to get through a tiny gap between the sheet and the chimney edge which was uncovered for a billionth of a second.  The bird flew around the room leaving soot marks on the walls and ceiling before it had the sense to fly out of the open French windows to freedom.

20200613_180656 “The un-named Starlings 24hr prison”.

We suspect that the poor bird had probably been trapped for about 24hrs, the previous evenings weather had been blustery.  The reason the Starling had been so quiet (in my opinion) was because the chimney was dry and dark.  Thankfully my friend heard movement when she did.  I love to be close to nature, especially birds, but I prefer to see them in the garden/outside than panicking in the living room.  My only complaint is the Starling didn’t hang around to help with the 40 minutes clear up afterwards!

20200613_182225 “The clean up started”.

And Finally……

20200620_160637 “Brought home “Shadowfax”, we haven’t been together for years.  Needs a clean and some maintenance before i can straddle it”.

One afternoon, there appeared to be so much extra noise coming from every direction while I worked in the living room.  On one side there was the hum of the generator from a jet washer being used a few doors down.  On the other side, a neighbour continues to drill while building a shed that would withstand a direct hit by a nuclear bomb from how long it’s taken to build.  While overhead flocks of pretty green parrots flew back and forth from tree to tree squawking loudly.

20200620_160334 “The corner of the new Bunker shed that next door are making.  The Parrots sit in that tree, and just watch”.

I was hoping that the parrots might get bored and do something useful by dive bombing both noisy neighbours to teach them a lesson.  They didn’t, but they did shiz on my friend’s car – I’m talking about the Parrots, not the neighbours.  Bloody nature!

20200616_001133 “Very distracted by this classic moment, when i should have been writing this shiz”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“BIG Jet TV – Red Arrows & Patrouille de France Display Team, London Fly Past”, (YouTube)(TX: 18/06/20).  “Click”, (TX: 13/06/20).  “Comedians: Home Alone”, (S1, ep 3).  “Dark Docs – The President Who Forgot Their Nuclear Launch Codes – Dropping The Nuclear Football”, (YouTube)(TX: 19/05/20).  “Death In Paradise”, (S8, ep 1 to ep 6).  “I May Destroy You”, (S1, ep 1 & ep 2).  “Killing Eve”, (S3, ep 8).  “Midsommar”, (2019).  “National Theatre Live: Small IslandI”, (Original TX: 27/06/19)(Rpt TX: 18/06/20).  “Ocean Autopsy: The Secrets Of Our Seas”, (TX: 09/06/20).  “Rhod Gilbert’s Work Experience”, (S1, ep 3, TX: 02/02/10)(S9, ep 2, TX: 11/06/20).  “Springwatch 2020”, (ep 12 TX: 12/06/20).  “The Mike Skipper Lockdown Saturday Quiz”, (FaceBook)(TX: 13/06/20).  “Some Like It Hot”, (1959).  “Television Centre – End Of Days”, (YouTube)(TX: 15/03/13).  “The Other One”, (S1, ep 6 &  ep 7).  “The Ranganation”, (S2, ep 6, TX: 14/06/20).  “The Sky At Night”, (ep 801, TX: 14/06/20).  “Trigonometry”, (S1, ep 3 to ep 8).  “What We Do In The Shadows”, (S2, ep 4 & ep 5).  “Yes Prime Minister”, (S1, ep 2 to ep 8)(S2, ep 1 to ep 3).                                

Doctor Who Watched This Week:

“The Destiny Of The Daleks, (S17, Prod Code 5J)(ep 1, TX: 01/09/79)(ep 2, TX: 08/09/79)(ep 3, TX: 15/09/79)(ep 4, TX: 22/09/79).

“City Of Death”, (S17, Prod Code 5H)(ep 1, TX: 29/09/79)(ep 2, TX: 06/10/79)(ep 3, TX: 13/10/79)(ep 4, TX: 20/10/79).

“The Creature From The Pit”, (S17, Prod Code 5G)(ep 1, TX: 27/10/79)(ep 2, TX: 03/11/79)(ep 3, TX: 10/11/79)(ep 4, TX: 17/11/79).

“Nightmare Of Eden”, (S17, Prod Code 5K)(ep 1, TX: 24/11/79)(ep 2, TX 01/12/79)(ep 3, TX: 08/12/79)(ep 4, TX: 15/12/79).

“The Horns Of Nimon”, (S17, Prod Code 5L)(ep 1, TX: 22/12/79)(ep 2, TX: 29/12/79)(ep 3, TX: 05/01/80)(ep 4, TX: 12/01/80).

“Shada”, (S17, Prod Code 5M)(Intended TX 19/01/80 to 23/02/80)(BBC DVD Version, 04/12/17).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“Coronavirus Global Daily Update”, (BBC World Service) (13/06/20) (14/06/20) (15/06/20) (16/06/20)(17/06/20)(18/06/20)(19/06/20)“CNN, Coronavirus: Fact Vs Fiction”, (ep 77, 15/06/20)(ep 78, 16/06/20)(ep 79, 17/06/20)(ep 80, 18/06/20)(ep 81, 19/06/20).  “Grounded With Louis Theroux”, (BBC Radio 4)(ep 4, 18/05/20)(ep 5, 25/05/20)(ep 6, 01/06/20).  “Lazy Doctor Who”, (ep 63, 27/08/16)(ep 64, 03/09/16)(ep 65 & ep 66, 04/09/16)(ep 67, 05/09/16).  “Mystery Hour”, (18/06/20).  “NASA: Gravity Assist”, (19/06/20).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 149, 19/06/20).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (13/06, 19/06/20).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe’s Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (ep 3, 05/05/20)(ep 4, 08/05/20)(ep 5, 12/05/20)(ep 6, 15/05/20)(ep 15, 16/06/20).  “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 198, 12/06/20).  “Space Boffins”, (15/06/20).  “Strange Times”, (ep 347, 13/06/20).  “Sue Perkins An Hour Or So With…. (S2, ep 2, 17/06/20).  “The All New Angelos And Barry Podcast”, (13/06/20).  “The Late Night Alternative With Iain Lee”, (15/06/20)(16/06/20)(17/06/20)(18/06/20)(19/06/20).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”,(29/04/19)(15/06/20).  “What’s The Problem? With Nick Abbot And Carol McGiffen”, (S1, ep 21, 16/06/20).  “Morrissey”,  “Air”,  “Sideways (Original Soundtrack Score – Rolfe Kent, 12/10/04)”,  “Manic Street Preachers”,  “Suede”,  “Blondie”,  “Natalie Imbruglia”,  “The Monkees”,  “Skunk Anansie”,  “Sandie Shaw”,  “Louis Armstrong”,  “Marilyn Monroe”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Week 312 Saturday 6th until Friday 12th June 2020.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London (inc being kept awake one night by urban Foxes, doing it noisily).

Week 312 Saturday 6th until Friday 12th June 2020.

Lockdown (are we still locked down?) Week, wa’maH cha .

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Damn you midnight! (Who decided that particular time was the end and beginning of a day?  I want their name and address on my desk in the morning, let’s all go round and post something nasty through there letter box).  I am trying to learn French with the help of a popular App.  Every night for the last few weeks I lied in bed and attempt to recognise words.  I say this because I don’t think I am really learning anything; think of me like a toddler (no offence to any toddlers reading) recognising words without really understanding them.

20200605_193223 Does my nose look big in this shot“.

In bed a few nights ago while enjoying classic 70s “Doctor Who“, I thought I should do my practice before nodding off.  But because it was after midnight, I had lost my daily streak which I had proudly built up.  This streak doesn’t mean anything in reality, it’s the App’s way to make the student feel confident to move from the free platform and pay for the additional extras to help and improve their learning.

“A Parrot visiting one of our Birdfeeders.  I would have viewed for longer, but work gets in the way”.

My practice now takes place as soon as I get into bed, the adventures of my favourite eccentric time traveller has to wait.  I now ensure that I log in to the App at least once during every 24-hr period.  If I am honest, I am not going to learn anything from the app, what I really need is a French girlfriend.  If you are a redheaded lady from a French speaking land and would like to help a lardy old uneducated hag from South London please apply to, youcouldreadanything@becausefrenchsoundsonice.coke.ucake

20200605_152641 “Lock down is finally getting me to”.

And Now For Something Completely Different.

I love TV (look at the bottom of this ramble for proof) as with most people these days I download or watch on “catch up” almost everything?

20200529_233709 “I didn’t go out much this week.  So i really don’t have a lot of pics.  But a Chewie pic is always welcome”.

If there is a downside to lockdown for me personally, it’s the amount of money I have spent on DVD boxsets of classic Film and TV comedies from 60s to 90s.  Before this period I had not bought a DVD in years, now I have a new teetering pile, many waiting still to be viewed.

20200607_200138 “A very healthy evening meal.  Look a small Yorkshire pudding, what a treat”.

Going retro! (Are DVD’s old fashioned?)  Handling the plastic case and shiny disc has been strangely therapeutic during these uncertain times.  It has been really enjoyable watching classic comedies with my friend who I have been locked down with all these weeks.  Most of what we have watched we have seen before, however there are a couple of programmes such as “Yes Minister” which is new to us.  Speaking for myself, when I was young this well remembered comedy completely passed me by, I had absolutely no interest in it.  But watching with older eyes I appreciate the programme and wonder how much of the script was based on real political shenanigans of the early 80s, which probably still happens today in the corridors of power.

“A Frustrating start to a work day.  The computer kept buffering for a long time”.

While writing this section, I remembered that during the middle of Thursday night (and I really mean the early hours of the morning).  I ordered another 70s classic TV comedy boxset.  I am slowly getting through my list of classic Lockdown viewing.  I have even looked at purchasing a couple of Videos; I think we still have a machine that works?  Now that’s retro!

20200531_105930 “Do you like my Cherry”.

And Finally……

Because I am trying to be paperless at work, I decided to email it to myself a note.  The message was being sent and received by the same email address, I wasn’t sure this would work (I’m not a techie, remember I work in a call centre).  When I pressed send, I expected some sort of anti-matter feedback loop resulting in the laptop exploding in a puff of smoke.  Of course, nothing happened apart from the message arriving in the inbox straight away.  But I can’t lie that there was twinge of disappoint that the computer didn’t commit Hara-kiri.  As mentioned earlier, I have seen far too many films.

20200613_140951 “A fraction of a second before this bush was full of birds.  Honest”.

Also,

Spoke to a gentleman who is 100 year old.  I wished I could have stopped talking “shop” and asked him questions about things he has seen, experienced over these years.  His name is one I won’t forget in a hurry.

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My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

BBC Archive: Behind The Scenes At Blue Peter”, (YouTube)(Part of ep TX: 25/03/68)“Click”, (TX: 06/06/20).  “Comedians: Home Alone”, (S1, ep 2).  “Death In Paradise”,(S7, ep 3 to ep 8).  “DEVS”, (S1, ep 4).  “Horizon 2016: Oceans Of The Solar System”, (TX: 06/04/16).  “I May Destroy You”, (S1, ep 1 & ep 2).  “National Theatre Live: Nottingham Play House’s The Madness Of George III”, (Original TX: 20/11/18)(Rpt TX: 11/06/20).  “Springwatch 2020”, (ep 9, TX: 09/06/20)(ep 10, TX: 10/06/20)(ep 11 TX: 11/06/20).  “The Last Leg: Lock Down Under”, (20, ep 5, TX: 05/06/20).  “The Mike Skipper Lockdown Saturday Quiz”, (FaceBook)(TX: 06/06/20).  “The Other One”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 5).  “The Quiet Ones”, (2014).  “The Ranganation”, (S2, ep 5, TX: 07/06/20).  “Sideways”, (2004).  “Staged”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 6).  “The Wiz, Live!, The Show Must Go On – Stay Home #withme”, (Original TX: 03/12/15).  “Trigonometry”, (S1, ep 2).  “What We Do In The Shadows”, (S2, ep 1 to ep 3).  “Yes Minister”, (S2, ep 1 to ep 7)(S3, ep 1 to ep 7)(Crimbum Special 1984).  “Yes Prime Minister”, (S1, ep 1).                                

Doctor Who Watched This Week:

“The Pirate Planet”, (S16, Prod Code 5B)(ep 1, TX: 30/09/78)(ep 2, TX: 07/10/78)(ep 3, TX: 14/10/78)(ep 4, TX: 21/10/78).

“The Stones Of Blood”, (S16, Prod Code 5C)(ep 1, TX: 28/10/78)(ep 2, TX: 04/11/78)(ep 3, TX: 11/11/78)(ep 4, TX: 18/11/78).

“The Androids Of Tara”, (S16, Prod Code 5D)(ep 1, TX: 25/11/78)(ep 2, TX: 02/12/77)(ep 3, TX: 09/12/78)(ep 4, TX: 16/12/78).

“The Power Of Krull”, (S16, Prod Code 5E)(ep 1, TX: 23/12/78)(ep 2, TX 30/12/78)(ep 3, TX: 06/01/79)(ep 4, TX: 13/01/79).

“The Armageddon Factor”, (S16, Prod Code 5F)(ep 1, TX: 20/01/79)(ep 2, TX: 27/01/79)(ep 3, TX: 03/02/79)(ep 4, TX: 10/02/79)(ep 5, TX: 17/02/79)(ep 6, TX: 24/02/79).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“13 Minutes To The Moon”, (BBC World Service)(s2, ep 7, 08/06/20).  “Anti Social Show”, (ep 82, 09/06/20).  “Coronavirus Global Daily Update”, (BBC World Service)(06/06/20 x 2)(07/06/20 x 2)(08/06/20 x 2)(09/06/20 x 2)(10/06/20 x 2)(11/06/20 x 2)(12/06/20 x 2)“CNN, Coronavirus: Fact Vs Fiction”, (ep 72, 08/06/20)(ep 73, 09/06/20)(ep 74, 10/06/20)(ep 75, 11/06/20)(ep 76, 12/06/20).  “Dear Joan And Jericho (Julia Davis And Vicki Pepperdine)”, (S1, 1, ep 1, 25/04/18)(ep 2, 07/05/18)(ep 3, 14/05/18)(ep 4, 21/05/18).  “Grounded With Louis Theroux”, (BBC Radio 4)(Trailer, 20/04/20)(ep 1, 27/04/20)(ep 2, 04/05/20)(ep 3, 11/05/20)(ep 7, 08/06/20).  “In Poor Taste”, (ep 120, 05/06/20).  “Lazy Doctor Who”, (ep 62, 26/08/16).  “NASA: Gravity Assist”, (12/06/20).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 147, 05/06/20)(ep 148, 12/06/20).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (06/06, 12/06/20).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe’s Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (Trailer, 26/04/20)(ep 1, 28/04/20)(ep 2, 01/05/20).  “Spacefall A Blakes 7 Podcast”, (ep 26, 11/06/20).  “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 197, 06/06/20).  “Strange Times”, (ep 346, 06/06/20).  “Sue Perkins An Hour Or So With…. (S2, ep 1, 10/06/20).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”,(08/06/20).  “What’s The Problem? With Nick Abbot And Carol McGiffen”, (S1, ep 20, 08/06/20).  “Morrissey”,  “Peter Bjorn And John”,  “Artic Monkeys”,  “Blur”,  “Pulp”,  “The Style Council”,  “The Mama And The Papas”,  “Culture Club”,  “Boy George”,  “Sigue Sigue Sputnik”,  “Air”,  “The Wombats”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Week 311, Saturday 30th May until Friday 5th June 2020.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London & Surrey (inc, getting my hair trimmed in a garden).

Week 311 Saturday 30th  May until Friday 5th June 2020.

Lockdown Week, Одиннадцать.

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The good weather this week has brought all the usual pleasant sights and sounds of Spring in the garden.  A large number of birds on the feeders, Squirrels trying to steal from the feeders that run along the top of the fence at speed when discovered.  All the local cats can be seen patrolling or relaxing in the sun.  Sadly, birds and cats are not a perfect combination.  On a couple of occasions I have used my CSI skills (I knew watching hundreds of hours of the US TV forensics drama would come in useful one day) when confronted by a pile of feathers.  No bodies were found!

20200605_21053920200605_210611 “Cheese”.

With every positive, there are negatives.  A number of neighbours this week, saw the sun shining and decided to opened their windows and entertain everyone around by cranking up the volume to 11.  I love music, but would never impose my (lack of) taste on others!

20200606_205855 “Evening view from the office”.

Then there are bonfires.  Lockdown has given people time to work on their homes and gardens.  Due to recent restrictions concerning travel or the closure of recycling centres (which have reopened, though some I believe have restricted opening hours) households have an excess of shiz to get rid of.  Because the hot yellow ball in the sky is out, what better way to do that, set fire to it!  There are rules and regs about when a bonfire can be lit, but who in 2020 bother with them anymore.

I have said before that personally lockdown has been good for me.  I like working from home and hope that I will be able to continue to do so for a long time.  It’s just the actions of other that make working from home is warmer weather a little uncomfortable.  The simple answer, I’ll shut the window put the desk fan on and continue watching nature through the window and carry on with work.  As soon as the coast is clear I’ll open everything up and enjoy spring at its best.

20200606_170619That’s not 2 Metres“.

And Finally……

20200607_021858 “Dobby, wasn’t impressed”.

Loved watching the successful launch (second attempt) on Saturday of Space X/NASA Demo-2.  I particularly enjoyed the hours of pre-launch programming on NASA TV.  The highlight was a video message from Sci-fi legend Bill Shatner to astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley wishing them a safe journey.  As the Falcon 9 lifted off the historic pad 39a, I toasted the occasion with a shot glass full of “JD Fire”.

20200607_022055 “Distracted by a drink and a rocket, while writing this”.

Also,

Sitting at work late Tuesday morning, being distracted by the lovely smell of cooking from next door.

20200607_021518 “Interesting PPE, JBomb.”

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

BBC Television Centre Camera Crane Training, “Weekend In New England”, (YouTube)(TX: 31/05/20).  “Better Than Us”, (S1, ep 13).  “Click”, (TX: 30/05/20).  “Comedians: Home Alone”, (S1, ep 1).  “Death In Paradise”,(S6, ep 5 to ep 8)(S7, ep 1 & ep 2).  “DEVS”, (S1, ep 2 & ep 3).  “Killing Eve”, (S3, ep 5 to ep 7).  “NASA/Space X: Demo-2 Launch (2nd Attempt)”, (NASA TV)(TX: 30/05/20).  “National Theatre Live: Coriolanus”, (Original TX: 30/01/14)(Rpt TX: 04/06/20).  “Rhod Gilbert’s Work Experience”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 19/01/10)(ep 2, TX: 26/01/10).  “Sophie Ellis-Bextor: Kitchen Disco #10”, (Facebook)(29/05/30).  “Springwatch 2020”, (ep 5, TX: 02/06/20)(ep 6, TX: 03/06/20)(ep 7, TX: 04/06/20)(ep 8, TX: 05/06/20).  “The Graham Norton Show”, (S27, ep 8, TX: 29/05/20).  “The Last Leg: Lock Down Under”, (20, ep 4, TX: 29/05/20).  “The Mike Skipper Lockdown Saturday Quiz”, (FaceBook)(TX: 30/05/20).  “The Ranganation”, (S2, ep 4, TX: 31/05/20).  “Trigonometry”, (S1, ep 1).  “Two’s Company”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 6)(Crimbum Special, TX: 25/12/76)(S2, ep 1 to ep 6).  “Yes Minister”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 7).                                

Doctor Who Watched This Week:

“The Invisible Enemy”, (S15, Prod Code 4T)(ep 3, TX: 15/10/77)(ep 4, 22/10/77).

“Image Of The Fendahl”, (S15, Prod Code 4X)(ep 1, TX: 29/10/77)(ep 2, TX: 05/11/77)(ep 3, TX: 12/11/77)(ep 4, TX: 19/11/77).

“The Sun Makers”, (S15, Prod Code 4W)(ep 1, TX: 26/11/77)(ep 2, TX: 03/12/77)(ep 3, TX: 10/12/77)(ep 4, TX: 17/12/77).

“Underworld”, (S15, Prod Code 4Y)(ep 1, TX: 07/01/78)(ep 2, TX 14/01/78)(ep 3, TX:21/01/78)(ep 4, TX: 28/01/78).

“The Invasion Of Time”, (S15, Prod Code 4Z)(ep 1, TX:04/02/78)(ep 2, TX: 11/02/78)(ep 3, TX: 18/02/78)(ep 4, TX: 25/02/78)(ep 5, TX: 04/03/78)(ep 6, TX: 11/03/78).

“The Ribos Operation”, (S16, Prod Code 5A)(ep 1, TX: 02/09/78)(ep 2, 09/09/78)(ep 3, TX: 16/09/78)(ep 4, TX: 23/09/78).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“Coronavirus Global Daily Update”, (BBC World Service)(30/05/20 x 2)(31/05/20 x 2)(01/06/20 x 2)(02/06/20 x 2)(03/06/20 x 2)(04/06/20 x 2)(05/06/20 x 2)“CNN, Coronavirus: Fact Vs Fiction”, (ep 67, 01/06/20)(ep 68, 02/06/20)(ep 69, 03/06/20)(ep 70, 04/06/20)(ep 71, 05/06/20).  “David Tennant Does A Podcast With…. (S2, Trailer “Oh Hello”, 03/06/20).  “Doctor Who: The Missing Episodes Podcast”, (ep 4, 04/06/20).  “Iain Lee (Highlights)”, (29/05, 01/06/20).  “Lazy Doctor Who”, (ep 57, 09/07/16)(ep 58, 17/07/16)(ep 59, 24/07/16)(ep 60, 02/08/16)(ep 61, 21/08/16).  “Mystery Hour”, (27/05, 04/06/20).  “NASA: Gravity Assist”, (05/06/20).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (30/05, 05/06/20).  “Strange Times”, (ep 345, 31/05/20).  “Sue Perkins An Hour Or So With…. (S2, Trailer, 03/06/20).  “The All New Angelos And Barry Podcast”, (02/06/20).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”,(29/03/19)(12/04/19)(01/06/20).  “The Old Doctor Who Podcast”, (ep 95, 03/06/20).  “True Spies”, (Trailer, 17/04/20)(ep 1, 28/04/20).  “What’s The Problem? With Nick Abbot And Carol McGiffen”, (S1, ep 19, 01/06/20).  “Morrissey”,  “Kings Of Leon”,  “The Black Lips”,  “The Vaccines”,  “Shed Seven”,  “The Cocteau Twins”,  “The Cure”,  “Boomtown Rats”,  “The B52’s”,  “The Beatles”,  “The KLF”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Week 310, Saturday 23rd until Friday 29th May 2020.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London (inc, buying a massive Melon in a local Fruit and Veg shop).

Week 310 Saturday 23rd  May until Friday 29th May 2020.

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Lockdown Week, Dahaya.

Happy Bday, Paul on 29th

20200525_233607 “A very quick rough Doodle stamp went to my brother”.

I was off last week, holidaying at home.  Getting up for work last Tuesday was tough especially when the bin men (I am not blaming them; they do a vital job) woke me up 20 mins before my smart speakers was due to shout at me (it’s great for listening to music. But as an alarm “she’s” a pain in my lardy ass.  Of course, I realise there are other alarm options, but this one is convenient, and I am lazy).  That extra 20 mins in bed would have been nice though if I was really honest.

20200530_21524220200530_191333 “Look at the size of this”.

During the 10 weeks of lockdown I have got used to a routine while setting up my little office in the corner of the living room.  But that week of relaxing and doing nothing has had the effect that when I returned to work I really didn’t seem to remember anything I normally do five days a week.  And don’t get me started about remembering all the bloody passwords!  Typing seemed to be something that I had forgotten (not that I have ever been good at it) luckily my chubby digits are better at remembering than the sponge in my skull, within a few minutes of jabbing at the keyboard the screen started to make sense.  And this blog was able to be written.

20200528_151439 “Thanks Hel, for this pic of mum on Zoom”.

Holidays are great, returning to work is always tough.  Working and holidaying at home makes things even more different.

20200527_115149 “Yes, i did enjoy brekkie one morning this week”.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

20200526_183024 “Just keep peddling, just keep peddling”.

Last year I lost weight because I was as heavy as a baby Elephant.  However over the last 12 months sadly I have regained a little (though I am still a stone lighter than last summer).  A couple of weeks ago I decided that I should try to use this lockdown productively.

Screenshot_20200525-150007_Video Player “Don’t panic, this is in the back garden”.

Recently I have been doing 30 mins during lunchtime and an additional 15 minutes after work on the exercise bike, as well as a couple of different weight routines.  It’s not just me but my friend who I live with who has started to exercise.  All of this is done in the living room, because we work in the same room there are times when one of use might be stretching and pumping iron while the other is busy working.

20200529_195306 “Thursday around 20.00pm”.

On Wednesday, while speaking to a customer on the phone I became aware that behind me I could hear moaning and groaning as my friend was standing directly behind exercising.  It went through my mind that the person on the phone might think A/ I was watching porn or B/ friends were nearby “at it”!  The man on the phone didn’t comment on the strange sounds if they did hear.  I did have a problem keeping a straight face while trying to talking total shiz.

20200529_194839 “Various pieces of shiz in different stages of development.  Don’t worry, non will be seen in a gallery”.

After the call, I mentioned all of this to my friend who was on the floor huffing and puffing.  I am actually enjoying this hard sweaty working out.  Maybe this might be another reason lockdown is good for me.

20200525_220618 “See i am enjoying Lockdown”.

And Finally……

On Friday I ripped a toenail off while rushing to shut off the morning alarm.  I desperately didn’t want to wake the household or the neighbours up.  But in the end I think I made even more noise due to my swearing. 

20200529_171153 “This little toenail on the right”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

BBC Breakfast: Actor Jason Watkins And Sarah Parish Talk About Their Coronavirus W1A Meeting!”, (YouTube)(TX: 22/05/20).  “Click”, (TX: 23/05/20).  “Death In Paradise”,(S6, ep 1 to ep 4).  “Doctor In Clover”, (1966).  “Doctor In Distress”, (1963).  “Doctor In Large”, (1957).  “Doctor In Love”, (1960).  “Doctor In Trouble”, (1970).  “Five Bedrooms”, (S1, ep 5 to ep 8).  “Gerry Anderson Primer:  The Investigator”, (YouTube)(TX: 30/11/19)“Hairspray, Live!, The Show Must Go On – Stay Home #withme”, (Original TX: 07/12/16)(Rpt TX: 29/05/20).  “Have I Got News For You”, (S59, ep 9, TX: 29/05/20).  “Initial Lockdown Zoom Meeting (W1A)”, (YouTube)(TX: 20/05/20).  “Jane Eyre intro – Devising From A Classic Novel – National Theatre At Home”, (YouTube)(TX: 08/04/20).  “NASA/Space X: Demo-2 Launch (1st Attempt)”, (NASA TV)(TX: 27/05/20).  “National Theatre Live: This House”, (Original TX: 16/05/13)(Rpt TX: 28/05/20).  “Officer Crabtree (Allo Allo) Lockdown Instructions Clarified”, (YouTube)(TX: 14/05/20).  “Official Intro To Treasure Island – National Theatre At Home”, (YouTube)(TX: 16/05/20).  “Our House”, (S1, ep 2, TX: 18/09/60).  “Pointless Celebrities (Sci-fi And Fantasy)”, (S13, TX: 23/05/20).  “Rhod Gilbert’s Work Experience (Care Worker)”, S9, ep 1, TX: 17/04/20).  “Sophie Ellis-Bextor: Kitchen Disco #9”, (Facebook)(22/05/30).  “Springwatch 2020”, (ep 1, TX: 26/05/20)(ep 2, TX: 27/05/20)(ep 3, TX: 28/05/20)(ep 4, TX: 29/05/20).  “Springwatch 2020, Live Wildlife Camera’s”, (TX: 24/05/20).  “The Graham Norton Show”, (S27, ep 7, TX: 22/05/20).  “The Last Leg: Lock Down Under”, (20, ep 4, TX: 29/05/20).  “The Mike Skipper Lockdown Saturday Quiz”, (FaceBook)(TX: 23/05/20).  “The Ranganation”, (S2, ep 3, TX: 24/05/20).  “The Real Marigold Hotel”, (S4, ep 4, TX: 28/05/20).  “Walking With Elephants”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 10/05/20)(ep 2, TX: 17/05/20)(ep 3, TX: 24/05/20).                               

Doctor Who Watched This Week:

“The Face Of Evil”, (S14, Prod Code 4Q)(ep 3, TX: 15/01/77)(ep 4, TX: 22/01/77).

“The Robots Of Death”, (S14, Prod Code 4R)(ep 1, TX: 29/01/77)(ep 2, TX: 05/02/77)(ep 3, TX: 12/02/77)(ep 4, TX: 19/02/77).

“The Talons Of Weng-Chiang”, (S14, Prod Code 4S)(ep 1, TX: 26/02/77)(ep 2, TX 05/03/77)(ep 3, TX:12/03/77)(ep 4, TX: 19/03/77)(ep 5, TX: 26/03/77)(ep 6, TX: 02/04/77).

“The Horror Of Fang Rock”, (S15, Prod Code 4V)(ep 1, TX:03/09/77)(ep 2, TX: 10/09/77)(ep 3, TX: 17/09/77)(ep 4, TX: 24/09/77).

“The Invisible Enemy”, (S15, Prod Code 4T)(ep 1, TX: 01/10/77)(ep 2, 08/10/77).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“Anti Social Show”, (ep 81, 23/05/20).  “Carry On Up The Podcast”, (Trailer, 29/05/20).  “Coronavirus Global Daily Update”, (BBC World Service)(23/05/20 x 2)(24/05/20 x 2)(25/05/20 x 2)(26/05/20 x 2)(27/05/20 x 2)(28/05/20 x 2)(29/05/20 x 2)“CNN, Coronavirus: Fact Vs Fiction”, (ep 62, 26/05/20)(ep 63, 27/05/20)(ep 64 & ep 65, 28/05/20 x 2)(ep 66, 29/05/20).  “Daddy Look At Me: Daddy Bids Farewell to Season 3”, (S3, ep 15, 24/05/20).  “Doctor Who: The Missing Episodes Podcast”, (ep 3 & Bonus ep 3, 22/05/20).  “Doctor Who, Verity!”, (Trailer, 21/12/12)(ep 0, 30/12/12).  “Happy Little Trees”, (BBC Radio 4)(11/05/20)“Iain Lee (Highlights)”, (25/05, 26/05, 27/05, 28/05/20).  “Lazy Doctor Who”, (ep 49, 22/05/16)(ep 50, 02/06/16)(ep 51 & ep 52, 03/06/16)(ep 53 to ep 56, 02/07/16).  “NASA: Gravity Assist”, 29/05/20).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 146, 29/05/20).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (23/05, 29/05/20).  “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 195, 22/05/20)(ep 196, 29/05/20).  “Strange Times”, (ep 344, 24/05/20).  “Talking Bottom: Guest HouseParadiso”, (22/05/20).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 124 & ep 125, 26/05/20).  “The All New Angelos And Barry Podcast”, (20/05/20).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (25/05/20).  “The Super Massive Podcast”, (ep 5, 21/05/20).  “What’s The Problem? With Nick Abbot And Carol McGiffen”, (S1, ep 18, 25/05/20).  “Morrissey”,  “Shed Seven”,  “P.J Harvey”,  “David Bowie”,  “The Prodigy”,  “Underworld”,  “Suede”,  “Kate Bush”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Week 309, Saturday 16th until Friday 22nd May 2020.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London (The Lockdown Holiday Special).

Week 309 Saturday 16th  May until Friday 22nd May 2020.

Lockdown Week, Neder.

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Happy B’day to Spike, who was 19 years old on 18th May.

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This week I have been on holiday.  Of course I didn’t go anywhere, apart from a walk around a local park and a couple of visits to the shops (I can’t say a quick shopping trip, due to all the queuing).

Screenshot_20200518-163755_WhatsApp[1] “Lovely lockdown chat with the Isle of Wight”. 

This last week I have really enjoyed sleeping in late every morning (of course most nights I went to bed extremely late.  On a couple of occasions it was dawn outside and the birds had started to sing as I lay down to close my eyes).

20200521_151443 “Broccoli on the left, Carrots on the right”.

I am not a natural gardener but have spent a lot of time the last few days in the sunshine (smothered in my favourite brand of factor 50 of course) trying to help my friend in her garden.  A couple of months ago I was given lots of seeds in small biodegradable pots for kids to grow.  This week because I don’t know when I’ll see the little ones again, I thought I might as well have a go.  Sitting in the shade for a couple of hours getting muddy, sowing the seeds really was enjoyable.  Fingers crossed that something grows.

20200520_23043320200523_190014 “Something is growing”.

While in the garden I also made sure that the bird feeders were clean and well stocked up.  Plus built a new one, which is much taller than I thought (hopefully the skilled pilots circling above the house in the Lambourne stack, waiting to approach and land at London Heathrow will navigate around the feeder).  Note to self, read the box for height next time.

20200523_162117 “Cheese”.

It’s been a nice relaxing week; yes it would have been good to have visited family or gone away.  I was originally meant to be finishing work this week, and going off on my trip in Europe on 1st June.  But of course all of that is on hold now.  Next week I will continue to homework, while sitting in the living room I must be grateful that I have a job.  Recently so many have lost there’s, I must be mindful of this and not complain that I don’t enjoy what I do.  Plus the additional money will allow me to spend more time away in 2021.

20200523_192542 “Is this the culprit who knocked over the old feeding station.  The authorities have been informed and are looking for this scoundrel”. 

Yes, I had a good week with nothing to moan about. In all the years of this ramble this must be a first.  I’ll make sure that next week is back to normal, moaning about everything.

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My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

 “BBC Writers Room – Ian Fletcher (W1A) And The BBC Concert Orchestra”, (YouTube)(TX: 19/05/20.  “Click”, (TX: 16/05/20).  “Death In Paradise”, (S5, ep 7 to ep 8).  “Doctor At Sea”, (1955).  “Doctor In The House”, (1954).  “Five Bedrooms”, (S1, ep 4).  “Hamilton Cast Tribute To The 40th Anniversary of A Chorus Line”, (YouTube)(TX: 17/04/15).  “Have I Got News For You”, (S59, ep 8, TX: 22/05/20).  “Horizon: 2020, Coronavirus Special, Pt 2”, (TX: 19/05/20).  “Horizon: 2020, What’s The Matter With Tony Slattery”, (TX: 21/05/20).  “Knives Out”, (2019).  “Les Miserables At The Classic Brit Awards 2011”, (YouTube)(TX: 16/05/12).  “National Theatre Live: Official Young Vic’s A Streetcar Named Desire (Gillian Anderson)”, (Original TX: 16/09/14)(Rpt TX: 21/05/20).  “Please Sir”, (1971).  “Sophie Ellis-Bextor: Lockdown Disco”, (FaceBook)(TX: 15/05/20).  “Stacey Dooley, Lockdown Heroes”, (TX: 06/05/20).  “The Doors – Light My Fire (Steptoe & Son Remix)”, (YouTube)(TX: 2016).  “The Graham Norton Show”, (S27, ep 6, TX: 15/05/20).  “The Joy Of Painting”, (S9, ep 9, Orig TX 25/06/86)(Rpt 20/04/20).  “The Last Leg: Lock Down Under”, (20, ep 2, TX: 15/05/20)(ep 3, TX: 22/05/20).  “The Mike Skipper Lockdown Saturday Quiz”, (FaceBook)(TX: 16/05/20).  “The Plane Crash”, (Orig TX: 11/10/12)(Rpt TX: 14/05/20).  “The Ranganation”, (S2, ep 2, TX: 17/05/20).  “The Real Marigold Hotel”, (S4, ep 3, TX: 21/05/20).  “The Sound Of Music Live!”, The Show Must Go On – Stay Home #withme”, (Original TX: 05/12/13)(Rpt TX: 22/05/20).  “Two-Time, Doctor Who: Leaked B&M Sets Confirmed For June 2020! – Reveal/Breakdown/Analysis”, (YouTube)(TX: 19/05/20).                                  

Doctor Who Watched This Week:

“The Masque Of Mandragora”, (S14, Prod Code 4M)(ep 1, TX: 04/09/76)(ep 2, TX: 11/09/76)(ep 3, TX: 18/09/76)(ep 4, TX: 25/09/76).

“The Hand Of Fear”, (S14, Prod Code 4N)(ep 1, TX: 02/10/76)(ep 2, TX: 09/10/76)(ep 3, TX: 16/10/76)(ep 4, TX: 23/10/76).

“The Deadly Assassin”, (S14, Prod Code 4P)(ep 1, TX: 30/10/76)(ep 2, TX 06/11/76)(ep 3, TX:13/11/76)(ep 4, TX: 20/11/76).

“The Face Of Evil”, (S14, Prod Code 4Q)(ep 1, TX:01/01/77)(ep 2, TX: 08/01/77).

Gerry Anderson, related programmes:

“Gerry Anderson, Primer: Captain Scarlet And The Mysterons (1967)”, (YouTube)(TX: 03/08/19).

“Gerry Anderson, Primer: Dick Spanner”, (YouTube)(TX: 09/11/19).

“Gerry Anderson, Primer: Frieball XL5”, (YouTube)(TX: 07/09/19).

“Gerry Anderson, Primer: Four Feathers Falls”, (YouTube)(TX: 12/10/19).

“Gerry Anderson, Primer: Joe 90”, (YouTube)(TX: 23/08/19).

“Gerry Anderson, Primer: Space 1999”, (YouTube)(TX: 10/08/19).

“Gerry Anderson, Primer: Space Precinct”, (YouTube)(TX: 28/09/19).

“Gerry Anderson, Primer: Stingray”, (YouTube)(TX: 19/10/19).

“Gerry Anderson, Primer: Supercar”, (YouTube)(TX: 23/11/19).

“Gerry Anderson, Primer: Terrahawks”, (YouTube)(TX: 31/08/19).

“Gerry Anderson, Primer: The Adventures Of Twizzle And Torchy The Battery Boy”, (YouTube)(TX: 21/12/19).

“Gerry Anderson, Primer: The Protectors”, (YouTube)(TX: 05/10/19).

“Gerry Anderson, Primer: The Secret Service”, (YouTube)(TX: 21/09/19).

“Gerry Anderson, Primer: Thunderbirds”, (YouTube)(TX: 27/07/19).

“Gerry Anderson, Primer: UFO”, (YouTube)(TX: 20/07/19).

“Space 1999 – Eagles Crashed & Lost: year 1”, (YouTube)(TX: 02/05/20).

“Space 1999 – Eagles Crashed & Lost: Year Two”, (YouTube)(TX: 16/05/20).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“Coronavirus Global Daily Update (BBC World Service)”, (16/05/20 x 2)(17/05/20 x 2)(18/05/20 x 2)(19/05/20 x 2)(20/05/20 x 2)(21/05/20 x 2)(22/05/20 x 2)“CNN, Coronavirus: Fact Vs Fiction”, (ep 57, 18/05/20)(ep 58, 19/05/20)(ep 59, 20/05/20)(ep 60, 21/05/20)(ep 61, 22/05/20).  “Daddy Look At Me”, (S3, ep 14, 21/05/20).  “Gossipmongers”, (S3, ep 9, 18/05/20).  “Iain Lee (Highlights)”, (18/05, 19/05, 21/05/20).   “Lazy Doctor Who”, (ep 38, 25/02/16)(ep 39 & ep 40, 28/02/16)(ep 41 to ep 44, 03/03/16)(ep 45 to ep 47, 01/05/16).  “NASA: Gravity Assist”, (16/05/20)(22/05/20).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 145, 22/05/20).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (16/05, 22/05/20).  “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 194, 15/05/20).  “Space Boffins”, (10/05/20).  “Strange Times”, (ep 343, 17/05/20).  “Talking Bottom: Bottom Live 3: Hooligans Island”, (15/05/20).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 123, 17/05/20).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (08/02/19) (15/02/19) (22/02/19) (01/03/19) (08/03/19) (15/03/19) (22/03/19) (29/03/19)(05/04/19) (18/05/20).  “What’s The Problem? With Nick Abbot And Carol McGiffen”, (S1, ep 17, 19/05/20).  “Morrissey”,  “Atom Bomb Yoga”,  “The Cranberries”,  “Fleetwood Mac”,  “The Artic Monkeys”,  “Terry, Blair & Anouchka”,  “Joy Division (40th Anniversary on 18/05/20 of the death of Ian Curtis)”,  “The Beatles”,  “The Barry Grey Orchestra”,  “Shed Seven”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Week 308, Saturday 9th until Friday 15th May 2020.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London (inc one trip to the Post Office, to send a very special B’day greeting for next week).

Week 308 Saturday 9th  May until Friday 15th May 2020.

Lockdown Week, Astuoniu.

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This week I realised that lockdown is having an effect on me.  I am really having issues remembering what day it is, I regularly sit in the corner of the living room wondering “is it Tuesday or Wednesday” and finding that it’s “Thursday”.  This lockdown phenomenon is not just confined to me, it appears to be spreading.  My friend homeworking across the same living room is also suffering this “lockdown memory loss”.  It’s probably good that we are locked down and only going out occasionally, I wouldn’t want others to catch this problem.

20200509_153904 “Someones proud of her Tomatoes”,

Seriously the reason this is happening is I am less stressed, lockdown suits me.  The fact that I don’t have to travel for 15 hrs on a good week on the tube, then sitting in an extremely noisy office Monday to Friday is making me feel more relaxed.  For the first time in a very long time my work / life balance is dare I say, “balanced”.  If any good is coming out of the current circumstances, it’s the way “we” (not everyone I realise, but certainly a huge percentage of working people) work and commute, these changes are suiting me and many others.

20200509_164504 “Lots more seeds planted.  Its the start of being self  sufficient”.

Forgetting the day is really is not an issue; it’s a funny side effect of the way I am living at the moment.  I am sure that there are a lot of people out there who also scratch their heads trying to remember something as simple as is it Tuesday or Wednesday?

20200515_084344 “Still no talent”.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

20200512_154113 “Always room for a Chewie pic”.

Have you noticed that so many people are using lockdown to be creative?  I am not talking about professional singers, actors and other “lovey darling” type people switching on their small electronic device to say hello to the world.  A great many of them are doing this to raise money for charity and not just to inflate there already over engorged ego, so there is some good in the world.  I’m talking about “us” the normal people who are using downtime that they have during lockdown to present to the world what they have made or can (and in some case cannot) do.

20200513_143856 “Would you believe me if i said this was a new Banksy”.

There really has been an explosion in podcasts, vlogs, blogs and live presentations on all your favourite socials.  People just want to have a go, maybe make others smile and just to say “things are not so bad really”.  Ever since this uncertain period commenced, I have wanted to produce a pod or vlog (don’t worry I wouldn’t be singing or dancing. Stripping! Emmmm that might make people laugh).  But as usual time has passed and our lockdown has been loosened (like a tight belt) slightly, all I have done (apart from work) is sit on my lardy behind (though, I have been painting and writing this shiz every week).  If these last few weeks have taught me anything, I need to stand up more, walk around and press record on my electronic device and hope for the best.

20200506_201039 “Popped out for a few essential supplies”.

And Finally……

My friend has possibly created a new word “tiffy”, a combo of tipsy and squiffy.  She might have been drinking; I am not at liberty to confirm or deny this (however if you send me a 1 pound note taped to a gold brick with a lemon wrapped around it. And leave it beside the 3rd bin on the left outside “Anoodles & Jbombs” closed Kabab establishment on the high street, and I’ll tell you everything).  If “tiffy” is not in the Oxford English Dictionary by the end of the year, I’ll eat your hat! #letsmaketiffyawordintheOED

20200509_151226 “Hard at work, honest!”,

Lockdown slob, diary “day, 53”.  My mug had been drained and I needed another injection of caffeine (I am definitely drinking more, coffee.  Nothing more serious, yet!).  Walking to the kitchen I glanced into my mug (let’s be honest this is not something I/you/we normally do) and felt queasy, because at the bottom was what can only be described as chucks.  I didn’t remember spewing that morning and the Hamster had not been up, so he wasn’t responsible for leaving me a gift.  That’s when I remembered I had used the same spoon in my porridge and the coffee!  Such a rookie lockdown mistake I must remember to use two spoons, which might result in me, being nicknamed “Dana, Two Spoons Lucas”. 

20200512_124150 “Distracted by a unfranked stamp, when i should have been writing this”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

 “Anne Of Green Gables: The Continuing Story”, (2000).  “Big Jet Tv: Live From Home”, (Facebook)(Day 49, TX: 12/05/20)(Day 51, TX: 14/05/20)(Special Live #PPE News Report With Cargo Logic Air, TX: 15/05/20).  “Bless This House”, (1972).  “Bringing It Home – A Les Mis Stay At Home Special”, (YouTube)(TX: 21/04/20).  “By Jeeves, The Show Must Go On – Stay Home #withme”, (Original TX: 2001)(Rpt TX: 08/05/20).  “Cats, The Show Must Go On – Stay Home #withme”, (Original TX: 1998)(Rpt TX: 15/05/20).  “Charlie Brooker’s Antiviral Wipe”, (TX: 14/05/20).  “Classic Doctor Who Lockdown – The Original “The Three Doctors”, (YouTube)(TX: 09/05/20).  “Click”, (TX: 09/05/20).  “Dave”, (S1, ep 1).  “Death In Paradise”,(S5, ep 4 to ep 6).  “Doctor Who: Lockdown – Farewell, Sarah Jane – Message From Elisabeth Salden’s Daughter Sadie Miller”, (YouTube)(TX: 19/04/20).  “Doctor Who: Lockdown – The Zygon Isolation”, (YouTube)(TX: 10/05/20).  “Five Bedrooms”, (S1, ep 2 & ep 3).  “Have I Got News For You”, (S59, ep 6, TX: 07/05/20)(ep7, 15/05/20).  “Horizon: 2020, The Great British Intelligence Test”, (TX: 04/05/20).  “Inside The Factory”, (S5, ep 10, TX: 05/05/20).  “Killing Eve”, (S3, ep 4 & ep 5).  “Les Miserable –  10th Anniversary Dream Cast In Concert”, (YouTube)(TX: 01/12/17).  “Love Thy Neighbour”, (1973).  “National Theatre Live: Anthony And Cleopatra”, (Original TX: 06/12/18)(Rpt TX: 09/05/20).  “National Theatre Live: Barber Shop Chronicles”, (Original TX: Jan 18)(Rpt TX: 15/05/20).   “Sophie Ellis-Bextor: Lockdown Disco”, (FaceBook)(TX: 08/05/20).  “The Graham Norton Show”, (S27, ep 4, TX: 01/05/20)(ep 5, TX: 14/05/20).  “The Last Leg: Lock Down Under”, (20, ep 1, TX: 08/05/20).  “The Mash Report”, (S4, ep 6, TX: 08/05/20).  “The Mike Skipper Lockdown Saturday Quiz”, (FaceBook)(TX: 09/05/20).  ”The Old Doctor Who Show (Podcast) Live”, (Instgram)(ep 94, TX: 09/05/20).  “The Ranganation”, (S2, ep 1, TX: 10/05/20).  “The Real Marigold Hotel”, (S4, ep 2, TX: 14/05/20).  “The Sky At Night”, (ep 800, TX: 10/05/20).                             

Doctor Who Watched This Week:

“Pyramids Of Mars”, (S13, Prod Code 4G)(ep 1, TX: 25/10/75)(ep 2, TX: 01/11/75)(ep 3, TX: 08/11/75)(ep 4, TX: 15/11/75).

“The Android Invasion”, (S13, Prod Code 4J)(ep 1, TX: 22/11/75)(ep 2, TX: 29/11/75)(ep 3, TX: 06/12/75)(ep 4, TX: 13/12/75).

“The Brain Of Morbius”, (S13, Prod Code 4K)(ep 1, TX: 03/01/76)(ep 2, TX 10/01/76)(ep 3, TX:17/01/76)(ep 4, TX: 24/01/76).

“The Seeds Of Doom”, (S13, Prod Code 4L)(ep 1, TX:31/01/76)(ep 2, TX: 07/02/76)(ep 3, TX: 14/02/76)(ep 4, TX: 21/02/76)(ep 5, TX: 28/02/76)(ep 6, TX: 06/03/76).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“Anti Social Show”, (ep 80.5, 09/05/20).  “Coronavirus Global Daily Update (BBC World Service)”, (08/05/20 x 2)(09/05/20 x 2)(10/05/20 x 2)(11/05/20 x 2)(11/05/20 x 2)(12/05/20 x 2)(13/05/20 x 2)(14/05/20 x 2)(15/05/20 x 2)“CNN, Coronavirus: Fact Vs Fiction”, (ep 51, 08/05/20)(ep 52, 11/05/20)(ep 53, 12/05/20)(ep 54, 13/05/20)(ep 55, 14/05/20)(ep 56, 15/05/20).  “Daddy Look At Me”, (S3, ep 13, 14/05/20).  “Gossipmongers”, (S3, ep 8, 11/05/20).  “Iain Lee (Highlights)”, (07/05, 13/05, 14/05/20).  “In Poor Taste”, (ep 119, 14/05/20).  “Lazy Doctor Who”, (ep 30 to ep 34, 08/02/16)(ep 35 & ep 36, 18/02/16)(ep 37, 25/02/16).  “Mystery Hour”, (14/05/20).  “NASA: Gravity Assist”, (08/05/20).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 143, 08/05/20)(ep 144, 15/05/20).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (09/05, 15/05/20).  “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 193, 09/05/20).  “Strange Times”, (ep 342, 09/05/20).  “Sue Perkins, An Hour Or So With…. Special”, (12/05/20).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 122, 10/05/20).  “The Bitter Sound: The Diary Of A  Sad Ape”, (13/05/20).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (11/05/20) (31/01/19)(08/02/19)(25/01/19)(18/01/19)(13/12/18)(05/12/18)(29/11/18)(21/11/18)(09/11/18)(01/10/18).  “The Old Doctor Who Show”, (ep 94, 13/05/20).  “What’s The Problem? With Nick Abbot And Carol McGiffen”, (S1, ep 16, 11/05/20).  “Morrissey”,  “M.I.A”,  “Portishead”,  “Basement Jaxx”,  “Laura Marling”,  “The Hollies”,  “Manfred Man”,  “The Monkees”,  “Transvision Vamp”,  “Arcade Fire”,  “James”,  “Prefab Sprout”,  “David Bowie”,  “Billie Eliish”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Week 307, Saturday 2nd May until Friday 8th May 2020.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London (inc one trip to a local park at lunchtime).

Week 307 Saturday 2nd  May until Friday 8th May 2020.

Lockdown Week, Otto.

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Happy Bday Claire, this week.

20200508_182857Happy Bday Claire, 3 friends chatting on Zoom, with an old bag joining in”.

Two days before Lock down (is this one word or two, I keep seeing it written differently) my friend who I live with and myself adopted a tiny hamster.  During the following weeks we have really got to know our new housemate.  I like to think of him as a teenage boy, this is because he spends pretty much all day in bed only getting up to eat.  Sometimes he doesn’t actually get up, his head pokes out of the bedding and if he can reach food he will pull it under, like an aquatic predator dragging prey under the water.  It was because of an occasion like that, that he earned his nickname “little musty bum shiz face“.  His extremely cute face appeared looking around to see what tasty treat he could nibble on.  But what made us laugh was stuck to his cheek was a small oval shaped poo.  We really are embarrassing adopted parents.

20200508_18240920200508_182351 “Our little boy, just having a look around.  But staying in bed”.

At this point I must say I do realise that these delightful mammals are generally nocturnal, but our previous adopted Hamster liked to be out and appeared to want contact with us.  I suppose we hoped that our boy would be like our little girl used to be.  But of course, they are very much individual with different likes and dislikes.

20200508_022202 “Lock down art.  I like to think its art, but i’m not fooling myself”.

During these last weeks the living room has become our office as we are both working from home.  But all work stops whenever a sounds comes from the direction of his cage, or penthouse as I like to think of it.  We stand over it trying to locate where he has hidden himself.  The Hamster might be small, but he knows how to play us, he really is the head of this household.

20200506_144354 “My stunt double looks almost presentable in the park at lunchtime”.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

20200506_185418 “The Rat running along the waterline was far more interesting than the Squirrel”.

Early one morning I opened the window expecting to hear the birds singing as they feed on the various feeders in the garden.  Instead what I heard was a sound that can only describe as multiple metal springs being stretched back and forth very quickly.  Somewhere near there was a trampoline being abused?  I am happy to report that it stopped after 10 mins, and so far I haven’t heard that metal against metal grating sound again.  But If I do and it becomes an annoyance, I might have to try and bribe the growing number of urban foxes (due to less traffic and people milling around these last few weeks) to locate the trampoline in the middle and put it out of its misery.  Surly one of the Foxes must have a circular saw or an oxyacetylene torch.  British wildlife is known for being very clever and inventive.

20200507_215147 “Another busy home worker”.

And Finally……

20200506_144249 “And the winner of the Lock Down Kenneth Williams impersonation competition is…..”

Just before watching the terrible (recently I have been re-watching all of the Carry On films,1958 to 1978 and 1992) “Carry On, Emmannuelle”, my friend called the female lead Suzanne Dildo, her surname is Danielle.  Somehow this seemed fitting considering the (lack of) storyline.

20200507_161150[1] “How cute is this little one.  Don’t worry the birds on feeders are always looking out”.

This week I noticed that this ramble got its first view from Venezuela.  Bueno dias, burns trades or burns noches.

20200508_181924[1]20200508_182028[1] “Mum and Hel enjoying the VE day celebrations in there road.  The house was decorated by mums lovely neighbours”. 

A couple of weeks ago a relative sent me a message saying that they didn’t think that particular blog was very good.  Last week they got in contact again, telling me how much better the blog was.  I’m a little concerned about what they will make of this week’s ramble.  If there isn’t a blog next week, you know I have had to go into witness protection.  It’s been fun while it lasted.

20200507_172055 “Writing this Shiz, but very distracted by planes landing on BIG Jet TV”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

20200506_095911 “During a break, i thought it would be fund to sync up the opening credits of my fave show.  I really need a life”.

“Andrew Lloyd Webber – 50th Bday Celebration Show From The Royal Albert Hall, The Show Must Go On – Stay Home #withme”, (Original TX: 07/04/98)(Rpt TX: 01/05/20).  “Andy Serkis: Hobbitathon – Live”, (YouTube)(TX: 08/05/20, up to Chapter 8 at time of publishing).  “Anne Of Green Gables”, (1985)(ep 1 & ep 2).  “Anne Of Green Gables: The Sequel”, (1987).  “Better Than Us”, (S1, ep 12).  “Ares”, (S1, ep 4).  “Big Jet Tv: Live From Home”, (Facebook)(Day 40, TX: 03/05/20)(Day 44, TX: 07/05/20)(Day 45 – VE Day, TX: 08/05/20).  “Blue Peter – Behind The Scenes”, (TX: 40/04/20).  “Carry On, Behind”, (1975).  “Carry On, Dick”, (1974).  “Carry On, Emmannuelle”, (1978).  “Carry On, England”, (1976).  “Carry On, Girls”, (1973).  “Catweazel”, (S1, ep 1).  “Click”, (TX: 02/05/20).  “Death In Paradise”,(S5, ep 1 to ep 3).  “Diablero”, (S2, ep 6).  “Five Bedrooms”, (S1, ep 1).  “Have I Got News For You”, (S59, ep 5, TX: 01/05/20).  “Hurray For Fish”, Story Time With Thurrock Libraries”, (YouTube)(TX: 07/05/20).  “Michael Parkinson Interviews Sid James At “Love Story” Premiere (Thames TV)”, (YouTube)(TX: 08/03/71).  “National Theatre Live: Frankenstein With Jonny Lee Miller As The Creature”, (Original TX: 24/03/11)(Rpt TX: 08/05/20).  “On Location: The Carry On’s”, (2001).  “On Set Report, Carry On Henry”, (DVD Bonus – Southern TV)(TX: 05/11/70).  “Panorama: The Real War In Space: We Are Entering The Post-Nuclear Era”, (TX: 23/10/78).  “Phil King”, (FaceBook)(TX: 07/05/20).  “Sophie Ellis-Bextor: Lockdown Disco”, (FaceBook)(TX: 01/05/20).  “The Mash Report”, (S4, ep 5, TX: 01/05/20).  “The Mike Skipper Lockdown Saturday Quiz”, (FaceBook)(TX: 02/05/20).  “The Real Marigold Hotel”, (S4, ep 1, TX: 30/04/20).  “TISWAS”, (YouTube)(TX: 05/04/80).  “VE Day – National Two Mins Silence (BBC NEWS)”, (TX: 08/05/20)                            

Doctor Who Watched This Week:

“The Sontaron Experiment”, (S12, Prod Code 4B)(ep 1, TX: 22/02/75)(ep 2, TX: 01/03/75).

“Genesis of the Daleks”, (S11, Prod Code 4E)(ep 1, TX: 08/03/75)(ep 2, TX: 15/03/75)(ep 3, TX: 22/03/75)(ep 4, TX: 29/03/75)(ep 5, TX: 05/04/75)(ep 6, TX: 12/04/75).

“Revenge Of The Cybermen”, (S12, Prod Code 4D)(ep 1, TX: 19/04/75)(ep 2, TX 26/04/75)(ep 3, TX: 03/05/75)(ep 4, TX: 10/05/75).

“Terror Of The Zygons”, (S13, Prod Code 4F)(ep 1, TX: 30/08/75)(ep 2, TX: 06/09/75)(ep 3, TX: 13/09/75)(ep 4, TX: 20/09/75).

“Planet Of Evil”, (S13, Prod Code 4H)(ep1, TX: 27/09/75)(ep 2, 04/10/75)(ep 3, TX: 11/10/75)(ep 4, TX: 18/10/75).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“Brian Gittens And Friends: Year After Year”, (ep 2, 06/05/20).  “Coronavirus Global Daily Update (BBC World Service)”, (05/03/20)(07/04/20)(08/04/20)(09/04/20)(12/04/20)(30/04/20)(01/05/20×2)(02/05/20×2)(03/05/20×2)(04/05/20×2)(05/05/20×2)(06/05/20×2)(07/05/20×2)“CNN, Coronavirus: Fact Vs Fiction”, (ep 47, 04/05/20)(ep 48, 05/05/20)(ep 49, 06/05/20)(ep 50, 07/05/20).  “Daddy Look At Me”, (ep 12, 07/05/20).  “Gossipmongers”, (S3, ep 7, 04/05/20).  “Iain Lee (Highlights)”, (29/04, 30/04, 01/05, 04/05, 05/05/20).  “Lazy Doctor Who”, (ep 26, 10/01/16)(ep 27, 10/01/16)(ep 28, 31/01/16)(ep 29, 01/02/16).  “Monty Python’s Flying Circus (Album)”, (Released 06/11/70)(Audio Book Version 1996).  “Monty Python Sings (Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life,  Every Sperm Is Sacred,  Knights Of The Round Table (Camelot Song),  Medical Love Song,  Penis Song (Not The Noel Coward Song),  Sit On My Face”, (Released 11/12/89).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (02/05, 08/05/20).  “Rule Of Three: Live”, (S5, ep 15, 07/05/20).  “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 192, 01/05/20).  “Space Boffins – Special: The Loneliest Human”, (01/05/20).  “Space Rocket History Archive”, (ep 54, 16/03/18)(ep 55, 04/04/18).  “Talking Bottom: Bottom Live, The Big Number 2 Tour”, (08/05/20).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 121, 02/05/20).  “The All New Angelos And Barry Podcast”, (04/05/20).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (04/05/20).  “What’s The Problem? With Nick Abbot And Carol McGiffen”, (S1, ep 15, 04/05/20).  “Morrissey”,  “Muse”,  “Shakespear Sister”,  “Terry, Blair & Anouchka”,  “The Cure”,  “Blur”,  “Kraftwork”,  “The Kooks”,  “Keane”  “The Colourfield”,  “Culture Club, Terrovision”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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