Week 349, Saturday 20th until Friday 26th February 2021.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London (Week 8 of Lockdown the Third).

Week 349 Saturday 20thuntil Friday 26thFebruary 2021.

Happy b’day this week to Jbomb and Amelia.

In the past when I have been asked what my favourite season is, I usually reply without thinking “Winter“.  The idea of darkness in the afternoon appeals because I feel I can hide and not be noticed even though there are so many others around.  Of course in the capital it’s never really dark because of all the light pollution.  In the old days sitting at work in the office and seeing the darkness outside always made me happy.

This week I realised that maybe I have a new favourite season, “Spring”.  All round I can see the signs that better weather (if I am honest here in London, winter has not been bad, compared to other areas of the UK) is on the way.  I have mentioned before that over this last year I have got great pleasure from just standing and looking out of the window watching the birds feeding.  Earlier this week while filling up the feeders I noticed buds sprouting on bushes and trees all around.  I have also started to see birds with feathers, grass and other things held in there breaks, are they starting to make nests.  New life is everywhere.

After work one early evening, I popped in to a local park with my Digital SLR camera to see if I could capture the signs of the changing of the season.  Admittedly, I am a little early there wasn’t the amount of blossom on the trees I was expecting.  Over the coming weeks I will have to return and document the beautiful changes taking place.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

Over the next few weeks and mouths we are slowly coming out of lockdown.  I have said before that I am a member of a small exclusive club who has enjoyed staying at home, personally I don’t want to go out and am not looking forward to the “world” returning to the way it was before.

Travelling was something I was looking forward to this year, because of the “the virus” I don’t know if I will be able to visit the locations I had intended.  Over the coming months I will have to make decisions.  If all else fails I am very tempted to get a small campervan and a tent and head to the Scottish Highlands and Islands.  I like the idea of being in a place with a small population, lots of wildlife and beautiful views.  The prospect of bad weather doesn’t bother me; remember I am at heart a winter gal.

Looking up, and dreaming on a jet plane.

And Finally……

I felt really sorry for a delivery man who knocked on the front door late one afternoon.  The poor man must have been very tired as in the few seconds we interacted he called me “love” and “darling”.   I’m hoping he gets professional help soon.  I would like to point out I rarely hear those words spoken in relation to me, so it was nice to hear.

Belly laugh of the week happened while a friend and I tried to remember all the names of the main female characters in “Charmed(1998-2006).  I was convinced my friend said “Poo”, she didn’t it was “Prue”.  Maybe you needed to be.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“Chris Packham’s Animal Einsteins”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 21/02/21).  “Click”, (20/02/21).  “Execution: Lisa Montgomery’s Story”, (TX: 16/01/21).  “Here’s A Look Behind The Scenes Of Superstore’s Cloud 9 Set”, (YouTube)(TX: 07/03/19).  “How I Make Creative Influencer Videos”, (YouTube)(TX: 18/12/20).  “Money Heist”, (Part 1, ep 7 to ep 13)(Part 2, ep 1 to ep 9)(Part 3, ep 1 to ep 8)(Part 4, ep 1 to ep 8).  “Money Heist: El Fenomeno (The Phenomenon)”, (2020).  “Not Going Out”, (S4, ep 1 & ep 2).  “PM (Unlocking Road Plan) Announcement”, (BBC News)(TX: 22/02/21).  “Pretty Little Liars”, (S3, ep 4 to ep 24)(S4, ep 1 to ep 12).  “Star Trek”, (S1, ep 21).  “Superstore”, (S3, ep 7 to ep 14).  “The Graham Norton Show”, (S28, ep 18, TX: 19/02/21).  “The Last Leg”, (S21, ep 6, TX: 19/02/21).  “The Rangernation”, (S3, ep 3, TX: 21/02/21)

Gerry Anderson Watched This Week:

“Space 1999”, (S2, ep 10, TX: 04/11/76).

Pixar (Sparkshorts) Watched This Week:

“Burrow”, (Pixar, Sparkshorts)(2020).

“Making Burrow”, (Pixar, Sparkshorts)(2020).

“Float”, (Pixar, Sparkshorts)(2019).

“Making Float”, (Pixar, Sparkshorts)(2019).

“Kitbull”, (Pixar, Sparkshorts)(2019).

“Making Kitbull”, (Pixar, Sparkshorts)(2019).

“Loop”, (Pixar, Sparkshorts)(2020).

“Making Loop”, (Pixar, Sparkshorts)(2020).

“Out”, (Pixar, Sparkshorts)(2020).

“Making Out”, (Pixar, Sparkshorts)(2020).

“Purl”, (Pixar, Sparkshorts)(2019).

“Making Purl”, (Pixar, Sparkshorts)(2019).

“Smash And Grab”, (Pixar, Sparkshorts)(2019).

“Making Smash And Grab”, (Pixar, Sparkshorts)(2019).

“Wind”, (Pixar, Sparkshorts)(2019).

“Making Wind”, (Pixar, Sparkshorts)(2019).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“A legitimate Salvage (The Expanse)”, (ep 14, 12/11/19).  “Coronavirus Global Daily Update”, (BBC World Service) (20/02/21) (21/02/21) (22/02/21) (23/02/21) (24/02/21) (25/02/21)(26/02/21)“CNN, Coronavirus: Fact Vs Fiction”, (ep 247, 22/02/21)(ep 248, 23/02/21)(ep 249, 24/02/21)(ep 250, 25/02/21)(ep 251, 26/02/21).  “Betamax Video Club”, (ep 88, 25/02/21).  “Daddy Look At Me”, (S4, ep 17, 25/02/21).  “Doctor Who”, (TeeVee)(S9, ep 11, 29/11/15).  “I Don’t Believe It’s Not Buddha”, (S1, ep 24, 24/02/21).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Problem”, (ep 183, 19/02/21)(ep 184, 26/02/21).  “NASA: Curious Universe”, (23/02/21).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (20/02/21) (21/02/21) (26/02/21).  “Poppy Hillstead Has Entered The Chat”, (S3, ep 1, 24/02/21).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (S2, ep 10, 23/02/21)(ep 11, 26/02/21).  “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 234, 19/02/21).  “Star Trek Discovery”, (TeeVee)”, (S2, ep 6, 22/02/19).  “Star Trek Universe Podcast”, (Trailer, 23/10/18)(ep 1, 25/10/18).  “Stranger Things”, (TeeVee)(07/08/16).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 149, 21/02/21).  “The Froth With Rhod Gilbert And Sian Harris”, (S3, ep 3 (ep 27), 23/02/21).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (22/02/21).  “The Skewer”, (BBC Radio 4)(S3, ep 7, 24/02/21).  “The Supermassive Podcast”, (22/02/21).  “This Week In Time Travel”, (Trailer, April 17).  “Toby Hadoke’s Happy Times And Places – Too Much Information – The Cave Of Skulls”, (1.2, 22/02/21).   “WTB”, (S2, ep 3 (ep 25) 26/02/21).  “What’s Your Problem With Nick Abbot And Carol McGiffin”, (S1, ep 55, 22/02/21).  “Wolf And Owl”, (S1, ep 13, 24/02/21).  “Morrissey”,  “Muse ”,  “Natalie Imbruglia”,  “Kings Of Leon”,  “Dubstar”,  “Roisin Murphy”,  “Pixies”,  “Throwing Muses”,  “Shakespeare Sister”,  “Nirvana”,  “Alanis Morissette”.

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Week 348, Saturday 13th until Friday 19th February 2021.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London (Week 7 of Lockdown the Third).

Week 348 Saturday 13thuntil Friday 19thFebruary 2021.

I’ve been unwell all week, not with “The” virus just flu.  Friends and family said “But you had a Flu jab last year”.  Yes I did, I have one most years but still get ill.  As far as I know the flu jab is to help boost our natural defence against flu germs (remember I really know nothing) it doesn’t stop you from getting the virus.  This got me thinking when I was exposed.  In recent weeks I have visited a couple of shops, driving to and from and masked while inside.  I haven’t been strolling around the streets or local parks, though I do pop into the garden to watch the birds and refill the feeders.  As with many people I am being very careful what and how I do things. 

Vaccinations are all-over the news at the moment, I know more and more people who have had their first Covid jab.  I won’t experience that little prick for a long time.  Until then I will continue to do what I need to, to be safe for myself and others around me.  If any good has come out of feeling so ill, I have spent a lot of time in my fave place, bed and asleep (with a number of dreams about the road I grew up in.  A couple set during Crimbum, after one dream I woke up confused, because I couldn’t remember if it was actually Crimbum at the moment.  I really didn’t know what time of year it was, I desperately hope it was the flu and nothing more serious that made me confused).

Porridge, Banana and a dash of Marmite.

And Now For Something Completley Different……

It’s very difficult to orbit or land on Mars, I have read a statistic that 50% of missions to the Red planet fail.  This month Mars has been a very busy location with three successful missions dropping into orbit.  On 9th Feb The UAE “Hope” orbiter reached the 4th planet.  The next day The Chinese “Tianwen-1” orbiter and rover arrived at Mars.  This week NASA’s “Perseverance” rover landed at Jezero Crater after travelling for 203 days, 293 million miles (472 million kilometres).

The fun this week might have been on Mars. But I have enjoyed being here on Earth.

I like millions of other armchair scientist watched and listened to the live coverage, with everything crossed that the plucky little (it’s not little, the rovers the size of a large Mini Van weighing 1,025 Kg (2.260 Ib) rover would make it safely on to the dusty surface.  When confirmation was announced I did let out an audible sigh of relief.  My friend next to me was sadly disappointed when she asked why I was celebrating.

Watching the live stream with friends.

I really am so happy for all the scientist around the world that have worked on these three amazing missions.  The difficult work is still to come now they have arrived, the journey there was in many ways the easy part of the mission.  I really will be watching all of them with a lot of interest.  However Perseverance is my personal fave (the rover contains a microchip with millions of people’s names, including mine, MOZ, sister Hel and all my Nephews and Niece) and is packed with science.  One of the most interesting projects is “sample return”.  The rover will drill into rocks and soil identified as scientifically interesting, looking for signs of past microbial life.  Each sample will be about half an ounce (15 grams) photographed, weighed and analysed before being sealed inside a small tube.  Eventually the tubes (approx. 30 of them) will be left on the surface to be retrieved by a joint NASA/ESA mission in the early 2030s and returned to the Earth to be studied for decades.

Little people in my family boarding passes to Mars.

Regularly I read that human’s first boot prints could touch the Martian regolith during the middle of the 2030s.  Hopefully I will be around to witness this historic moment.  Until then I will watch and read with interest about what Perseverance discovers.  At this moment I must mention that NASA’s Curiosity rover is still active and contributing to growth in knowledge of Mars since it landed on 6 August 2012.  Watching the landing, reading about the missions does also make me a little sad, that I was and am not clever enough to have been a scientist.  Oh well, I’ll let the clever people do all the magic, I enjoy soaking it up and pretending that I understand everything.

A screenshot the moment that Perseverance landed on Mars, info and graphics from (c) NASA 2021.

(One thing I haven’t mentioned is “Ingenuity”, a 50cm tall helicopter (with contra-rotating coaxial rotors) currently strapped to the underside of Perseverance. The craft once detached is a demonstrator to show that future missions might not need wheels, but hover and fly over the landscape scientist are interested in. I will write more about this incredible flying machine when the first flight takes place.)

The first picture from the rover, seconds after landing. (c) NASA 21.

And Finally……

MOZ popping in with a gift.

While watching something I could have sworn I heard the line “Do you wish you could taste her Cherry chop stick”.  Rewinding and putting on sub-titles the end of that line was “Chap stick”.  I really was not well that evening, but it made us laugh.

I love my print of Spike, he will be put up on the wall very soon.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“0121”, (Comedy Threesomes)(BBC Three)(S1, ep 1 to ep 3).  “Click”, (13/02/21).  “Death In Paradise”, (S10, ep 8, TX: 18/02/21).  “Farscape”, (S3, ep 14).  “Have I Got A Bit More News For You”, (S58, ep 6, 25/11/19).  “Money Heist”, (S1, ep 1 t ep 6).  “NASA: Perseverance Mars Rover Landing”, (NASA TV)(YouTube)(TX: 18/02/21).  “Not Going Out”, (S3, ep 3 to 1 & ep 8).  “Pretty Little Liars”, (S2, ep 6 to ep 25)(S3, ep 1 to ep 3).  “Rhod Gilbert: Stand up to Infertility”, (TX: 25/01/21).  “Star Trek”, (S1, ep 20).  “Superstore”, (S2, ep 15 to ep 22)(S3, ep 1 to ep 6).  “The Last Leg”, (S21, ep 5, TX: 12/02/21).  “The Rangernation”, (S3, ep 2, TX: 14/02/21).  “The Tomorrow People”, (S3, Secret Weapon, ep 1 Lost And Found, TX: 26/02/75).  “Z Nation”, (S3, ep 2).  “Zapped”, (S2, ep 1).                                          

Gerry Anderson Watched This Week:

“Space 1999”, (S2, ep 9, TX: 28/10/76).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“A legitimate Salvage (The Expanse)”, (ep 12, 28/10/19)(ep 13, 04/11/19)(ep 35, 15/02/21).  “Coronavirus Global Daily Update”, (BBC World Service) (13/02/21) (14/02/21) (15/02/21) (16/02/21) (17/02/21) (18/02/21)(19/02/21)“CNN, Coronavirus: Fact Vs Fiction”, (ep 242, 15/02/21)(ep 243, 16/02/21)(ep 244, 17/02/21)(ep 245, 18/02/21)(ep 246, 19/02/21).  “Betamax Video Club”, (ep 46, 02/05/19).  “Daddy Look At Me”, (S4, ep 16, 18/02/21).  “Dear Joan And Jericha (Julia Davies And Vicki Pepperdine)”, (14/02/21)“Doctor Who”, (TeeVee)(S9, ep 9, 15/11/15)(ep 10, 22/11/15).  “Game Of Thrones”, (S5, ep 3, 27/04/15).  “Game Of Thrones, Rewind”, (Teevee)(S1, ep 9, 30/09/18).  “Griefcast”, (S7, ep 3 (ep 129), 17/02/20).  “I Don’t Believe It’s Not Buddha”, (S1, ep 23, 17/02/21).  “Mystery Hour”, (11/02/21).  “NASA: Gravity Assist”, (12/02/21).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Problem”, (ep 182, 12/02/21).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (13/02/21) (14/02/21) (19/02/21).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (S2, ep 8, 16/02/21)(ep 9, 19/02/21).  “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 233, 12/01/21).  “Star Trek Discovery”, (TeeVee)”, (S2, ep 4, 08/02/19)(ep 5, 19/02/19).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 148, 14/02/21).  “The Audio Guide To Babylon 5”, (ep 13, 02/11/14)(ep 14, 16/11/14).  “The Froth With Rhod Gilbert And Sian Harris”, (S3, ep 2 (ep 26), 16/02/21).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (15/02/21).  “The Skewer”, (BBC Radio 4)(S3, ep 6, 18/02/21).  “Toby Hadoke’s Happy Times And Places – “Timelash, ep 2, (10.2, 15/02/21).  “WTB”, (S2, ep 2 (ep 24), 19/02/21).  “What’s Your Problem With Nick Abbot And Carol McGiffin”, (S1, ep 54, 15/02/21).  “Wolf And Owl”, (S1, ep 12, 17/02/21)(Bonus #4, 19/02/21).  “Morrissey”,  “Arlo Parks”,  “Natalie Imbruglia”,  “Fleetwood Mac”,  “Bob Marley And The Wailers”,  “Artic Monkeys”,  “Guns N Roses”,  “Starship”,  “Bloc Party”,  “Ash”,  “ABC”,  “Erasure”,  “The Cure”, “Massive Attack”,  “David Bowie”,  “Jamie T”,  “Viola Beach”,  “Tears For Fears”.

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Week 347, Saturday 6th until Friday 12th February 2021.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London (Week 6 of Lockdown the Third).

Week 347, Saturday 6thuntil Friday 12thFebruary 2021.

As I have mentioned before I take photos of anything that moves, usually using my phone, tablet or small digital camera.  However the last couple of weeks I have been pointing out of the window looking on to the garden my Cannon Digital SLR camera.  Shamefully this has sat in my bedroom for the last few years without being used.  All of this has changed, in fact this week it has sat next to the work laptop, regularly zooming in on the bushes and feeders a few metres away enjoying the life walking, hopping and flapping in the small amount of snow that fell.

Talking about snow, when I had to travel to work on public transport it was a major annoyance and irritation.  Because of working from home, this week it was a delight to watch from the warmth of the living room. 

Because this week once again I haven’t been anywhere I present a series of photos taken with the Cannon camera.  Maybe next week I will have some real content (don’t count on it; I have had any for the last 347 weeks, why should I find some in the next seven days).

And Finally……

One day at work, while cutting and pasting the surname “Dickson”, all that appeared was “Dick”.  Having a childish sense of humour, this made me laugh.  By the way the person really was a dick.

While driving back from the shops my friend and I enjoyed a song playing on the radio, the problem was we couldn’t remember the singer’s name.  Suggestions that we throw back and forth included “Bin Bag Man”, Garbage Man”, Scrap Metal Man and my personal fave “Ball Bag Man”.  In the end my friend had to look it up.  It is now that I would like to publicly apologise to Rory Charles Graham who is known professionally as “Rag ‘n’ Bone Man” for forgetting who he was.  This won’t happen again.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“Click”, (06/02/21).  “Cocoon”, (1985).  “Death In Paradise”, (S10, ep 7, TX: 12/02/21).   “Farscape”, (S3, ep 12).  “Flo & Joan: Handforth Parish Council The Musical”, (FaceBook)(06/02/20).  “Farscape”, (S3, ep 13).  “Fringe”, (S2, ep 15 to ep 17).  “Les Miserables In Concert 25th Anniversary”, (2010).  “Musicals: The Greatest Show”, (TX: 07/02/21).  “Not Going Out”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 6)(S2, ep 1 to ep 8)(S3, ep 1 & ep 2).  “Pretty Little Liars”, (S1, ep 10 to ep 22)(S2, ep 1 to ep 5).  “Sings Musicals”, (TX: 15/01/12).  “Space Sweepers”, (2021).  “Sputnik”, (2020).  “Star Trek”, (S1, ep 19).  “Stonehenge: The Lost Circle Revealed”, (TX: 12/02/21).  “Superstore”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 14).  “The Expanse”, (S5, ep 8 to ep 10).  “The Graham Norton Show”, (S28, ep 17, TX: 12/02/21).  “The Rangernation”, (S3, ep 1, TX: 07/02/21).  “Travelers”, (S2, ep 8 to ep 12)(S3, ep 1 to ep 10).  “Watching The World’s Heaviest Aircraft Take Off Is Something Quite Shocking”, (FaceBook)(TX: 05/02/21).  “Z Nation”, (S3, ep 1).                                         

Gerry Anderson Watched This Week:

“Space 1999”, (S2, ep 8, TX: 23/10/76).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“A legitimate Salvage (The Expanse)”, (ep 11, 23/10/19)(ep 32, 21/01/21)(ep 33, 30/01/21)(ep 34, 05/02/21).  “Coronavirus Global Daily Update”, (BBC World Service) (06/02/21) (07/02/21) (08/02/21) (09/02/21) (10/02/21) (11/02/21)(12/02/21)“CNN, Coronavirus: Fact Vs Fiction”, (ep 237, 08/02/21)(ep 238, 09/02/21)(ep 239, 10/02/21)(ep 240, 11/02/21)(ep 241, 12/02/21).  “Betamax Video Club”, (ep 86, 11/02/21).  “Daddy Look At Me”, (S4, ep 14, 11/02/21).  “Doctor Who”, (TeeVee)(S9, ep 5, 18/10/15)(ep 6, 25/10/15)(ep 7, 01/11/15)(ep 8, 08/11/15).  “Griefcast”, (S7, ep 2 (ep 128), 10/02/20).  “I Don’t Believe It’s Not Buddha”, (S1, ep 22, 10/02/21).  “Mystery Hour”, (11/02/21).  “NASA: Gravity Assist”, (12/02/21).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Problem”, (ep 182, 12/02/21).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (06/02/21) (07/02/21) (12/02/21).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (S2, ep 6, 09/02/21)(ep 7, 12/02/21).  “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 232, 05/01/21).  “Space Boffins”, (11/02/21).  “Star Trek Discovery”, (TeeVee)”, (Short Trek, #2, 13/11/20(#3, 19/12/18)(#4, 04/01/19)(S2, ep 1, 18/01/19)(ep 2, 25/01/19)(ep 3, 01/02/19).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 147, 07/02/21).  “The Audio Guide To Babylon 5”, (ep 12, 19/10/14).  “The Froth With Rhod Gilbert And Sian Harris”, (S3, ep 1 (ep 25), 09/02/21).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (08/02/21).  “The Old Doctor Who Show”, (ep 107, 10/02/21).  “The Skewer”, (BBC Radio 4)(S3, ep 5, 11/02/21).  “Toby Hadoke’s Happy Times And Places – “Timelash, ep 1”, (10.1, 08/02/21).  “WTB”, (S1, ep 9, 18/09/20)(S2, ep 1 (ep 23), 12/02/21).  “What’s Your Problem With Nick Abbot And Carol McGiffin”, (S1, ep 53, 08/02/21).  “Wolf And Owl”, (S1, ep 11, 10/02/21)(Bonus #3, 12/02/21).  “Morrissey”,  “Manic Street Preachers”,  “Green Day”,  “The Beatles”,  “Dusty Springfield”,  “Pink”,  “Rag ‘n’ Bone Man”,  “Suede”,  “McAlmont & Butler”,  “The Killers”,  “Florence And The Machine”.

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Week 346, Saturday 30th January until Friday 5th February 2021.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London (Week 5 of Lockdown the Third).

Week 346 Saturday 30thJanuary until Friday 5thFebruary 2021.

Happy b’day this week George.

Its not Russell T Davies, unless RTD liked the doodle.

Since March last year the view out of the window in to the garden has become so important. I sit in the living room working while watching the neighbours’ cats, gangs of squirrels and birds on the feeders.  Something I have learned these last 11 months is that you don’t need to go anywhere special to appreciate nature.

A rough Doodle I did for a bank holiday that friends and family in Sri Lanka enjoyed this week.

Some days the feeders are crammed with Sparrows, Starlings, Magpies, Blue and Cole Tits, Pigeons and a couple of regular Robins.  Highlight’s last summer was spotting a Green Parrot and a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, not at the same time of course.

Cliffy enjoying the Robin feeder.

Last weekend people all over the country took part in the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) Annual Big Garden Birdwatch.  All participants had to do was count the number of birds seen in an hour of their choice.  It didn’t matter where you were any open space could be used.

A new visitor this week.

I decided to spend an hour on Saturday and another on Sunday using the best results.  With all the bird feeders full I sat inside because of the rain and waited.  Within a few minutes of me topping up the feeders, they become a hot spot of activity, last Saturday nothing.  It might have been the rain that kept the birds away.  I like to imagine them keeping dry in trees and bushes around waiting for a gap in the rain and daring each other to be the first to fly down.

My results.

Sundays counting session proved a lot more lively, here are the results that I submitted,

12 Starlings

2 Woodpigeons

1 Collard Dove

1 Feral Pigeon

1 Magpie

1 Robin

I get a lot of pleasure watching the birds; something so simple gives me so much joy.  This really has made all of the lockdowns easier, and work much more bearable.

The national results.

Thursday this week while on the phone talking to another annoying customer I noticed what I thought was another squirrel.  I soon realised it was a bird, pressing the mute button I called my friend over who identified the stranger as a Kestrel.  Sadly I didn’t get a picture (blame the caller) by the time I got to the window the bird of prey had taken flight annoying our regular population of birds as it passed over head.

Don’t drink and fly.

I really enjoyed taking part in The Big Garden Bird Watch; next month when I have some spare money I might join the RSPB.  Once I am unlocked I am planning on visiting a number of nature reserves to do some serious bird watching, until then I am very happy looking out of the window watching the birds hopping around the garden.

Such a pretty bird.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

Felt very sad to hear that Captain Sir Tom Moore had passed away.  During the last year he has been such an inspiration a hero to millions who will never forget him.  Of course I haven’t forgotten all the everyday heroes in the NHS at all levels, the emergency services, bus and train drivers, supermarket staff.  There are so many people that I don’t have time to mention who have stepped up these last 11 months to help keep all our lives as normal as possible.

A screenshot from BBC News.

Captain Sir Tom Moore is a different kind of a hero, the ultimate influencer, a man that should be looked at as an example of what is good in the human race.  I never met him, but like so many others I felt I did, that he was indestructible.  Every one of the 111,264 (as of 4.49pm 5th Feb, source Direct.gov.com) deaths is sad and upsetting, but there was something even more sad about the passing of a man who raised so much money to help people he would never meet.

The 4th Broccoli crop from the garden.

And Finally……

Flicking through channels last weekend, I caught a glimpse of The Blob singing on The Masked Singer.  I said to my friend that’s xxxxxxx (I won’t name them, as there may be people reading this who has not seen it) to me the voice so recognisable.  The next day readings the entertainment news i discovered I had been correct.  If ITV would like to hire me as a judge, I’m very much available at a reasonable rate.

Problems with computers can be so annoying.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“Bonding”, (S1, ep 4 to ep 7)(S2, ep 1 to ep 8).  “BTS: The Conjuring 2 (Behind The Scenes)”, (FaceBook)(22/11/17).  “Click”, (30/01/21).  “Dead Pixels”, (S2, ep 4 to ep 6).  “Death In Paradise”, (S10, ep 5, TX: 04/02/21)(ep 6, TX: 05/02/21).  “Enteebe”, (2018).  “Farscape”, (S3, ep 12).  “Fringe”, (S2, ep 15 to ep 17).  “Hidden Secrets Of Air Force One”, (FaceBook)(26/09/20).  “Mike Skipper Still In Lockdown Quiz”, (FaceBook)(30/01/21).  “Nebula 75”, (FaceBook)(S1, ep 1, 15/05/20)(ep 2, 16/05/20)(ep 3, 17/05/20)(ep 4, 31/05/20).  “Nobody’s Looking”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 8).  “Not Going Out”, (S11, ep 5, TX: 05/02/21).  “Pretty Little Liars”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 9).  “Star Trek”, (S1, ep 18).  “Superstore”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 11).  “The Expanse”, (S5, ep 6 & ep 7).  “The Graham Norton Show”, (S28, ep 15, TX: 29/01/21)(ep 16, TX: 05/02/21).  “The Last Leg”, (S21, ep 3, TX: 29/01/21)(ep 4, 05/02/21).  “The Royle Family”, (The Golden Egg Cup, TX: 25/12/09)(Joe’s Crackers, TX: 25/12/10)(Barbara’s Old Ring, TX: 25/12/12).  “Travellers”, (S2, ep 2 to ep 7).  “Z Nation”, (S2, ep 14 & ep 15).  “Zapped”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 3).                                       

Gerry Anderson Watched This Week:

“Space 1999”, (S2, ep 7, TX: 16/10/76).

“Thunderbirds: Behind The Scenes: Thunderbirds The Anniversary Episodes”, (FaceBook)(23/08/20).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“A legitimate Salvage (The Expanse)”, (ep 31, 16/01/21).  “Anti Social Show”, (ep 90, 15/01/21).  “Changes With Annie Macmanus”, (S4, ep 10, 09/11/20).  “Coronavirus Global Daily Update”, (BBC World Service) (30/01/21) (31/01/21) (01/02/21) (02/02/21) (03/02/21) (04/02/21)(05/02/21)“CNN, Coronavirus: Fact Vs Fiction”, (ep 232, 01/02/21)(ep 233, 02/02/21)(ep 234, 03/02/21)(ep 235, 04/02/21)(ep 236, 05/02/21).  “Daddy Look At Me”, (S4, ep 13, 04/02/21).  “Doctor Who”, (TeeVee)(S9, ep 2, 27/09/15)(ep 3, 04/10/15)(ep 4, 11/10/15).  “Doug And Elly Watch Telly”, (ep 5, 31/07/20)(ep 7, 22/08/20)(ep 19, 28/01/21).  “Game Of Thrones”, (S5, ep 1, 13/04/15)(ep 2, 20/04/20).  “Game Of Thrones, Rewind”, (TeeVee)(S1, ep 7, 16/09/18).  “Griefcast”, (S7, ep 1 (ep 127), 03/02/20).  “Grounded With Louis Theroux”, (BBC Radio 4)(S2, ep 10, 01/02/21).  “I Don’t Believe It’s Not Buddha”, (S1, ep 21, 03/02/21).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Problem”, (ep 181, 05/02/21).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (30/01/21) (31/01/21) (05/02/21).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (S2, ep 4, 02/02/21)(ep 5, 05/02/21).  “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 228, 08/01/21)(ep 229, 15/01/21)(ep 230, 22/01/21)(ep 231, 29/01/21).  “Star Trek Discovery”, (TeeVee)”, (S1, ep 15, 12/02/18)(Short Trek, #1, 12/10/20).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 146, 31/01/21).  “The Audio Guide To Babylon 5”, (ep 11, 06/10/14).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (01/02/21).  “The Skewer”, (BBC Radio 4)(S3, ep 4, 03/02/21).  “The Smart 7”, (Trailer, 02/04/20)(ep 249, 02/02/20).  “Toby Hadoke’s Happy Times And Places – “Partners In Crime”, (9.1, 01/02/21).  “WTB”, (S1, ep 7, 04/09/20)(ep 8, 11/09/20)(S2, Trailer, 05/02/20).  “What’s Your Problem With Nick Abbot And Carol McGiffin”, (S1, ep 52, 03/02/21).  “Wolf And Owl”, (S1, ep 10, 03/02/21)(Bonus ep 2, 05/02/21).  “Morrissey”,  “Gary Newman”, “Aha”,  “Christine And The Queens”,  “The Housemartins”,  “Lilly Allen”,  “Peter Bjorn And John”, “Electronic”,  “Madness”,  “Laurie Anderson”,  “We’ve got A Fuzzbox And We’re Gonna Use It”.

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Week 345, Saturday 23rd until Friday 29th January 2021.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London (Week 4 of Lockdown the Third).

Week 345 Saturday 23rd until Friday 29th January 2021.

Happy 9th birthday this week Anoodle.

The Office and The Royle Family are comedies that regularly appear high in lists of favourite classic British TV sitcoms.  Both programmes have never appealed to me.  I’ve worked in a lot of offices and been around real life characters very much like the ones in The Office.  The Royle Family didn’t interest me because in every clips I have seen, all the family do is sit watching the TV doing very little.

A couple of Foxes not happy in the sleet.

Recently I saw all episodes of The Office, and am currently coming to the end of The Royle Family.  Both series I binged very quickly and can report that I absolutely loved them both. Because of lockdown I haven’t been in an office for nearly a year, maybe that’s why the antics of David Brent and colleagues at Wernham Hogg are palatable.  I have become desensitised to the daily grind of being cooped up with others that you only see during work hours, people you know, but don’t really know.  If I was still working in a building with lots of others it’s possible that the programme would still not appeal.

Riffy’s Irises still look beautiful in the sleet/snow.

As you know from the list below I love watching TV, maybe that’s why The Royle Family didn’t seem funny.  What is amusing about a group of people sitting watching the box in the corner of the room.  I now know the programme is about the relationships, the connections between the family, friends and neighbours.  Most episodes take place within the confines of the Royle’s small (beautiful studio interior sets filmed at Granada Studios in Manchester) house.  The programme is so well written, acted and beautifully directed (all of series 3 and most of the specials were directed by co-creator, writer and actor the late Caroline Aherne).  My sense of humour has not changed over the last 20 years, quite why these programme are now watchable is something I would need to think about.  On the other hand maybe I should just accept that I find them funny now and will definitely re-watch both especially The Royle Family again.

Cliff a regular visitor to the garden.

Lockdown will be remembered for many different reasons, a lot of them sad.  I will definitely look back at this time fondly because it opened my eyes to a couple of classics.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

The thief looking very cute.

With 30 mins of the working week left, there was a slight air of smugness around me (I won’t mention the other smell because this is a family blog).  This was because I was due to have a virtual 1 to 1 during the morning, which didn’t happen.  Since last March I haven’t had any proper contact with my manager at all.  That’s the way I like it, just knuckle down and do the job.  But the manager had not forgotten, I really was surprised when they called because all the previous meetings while working from home have not happened.

Relaxing for a moment, before rushing off.

The meeting went well, sadly it didn’t last until 5pm my clocking off time.  Next time I’ll have to do something for them to complain about, resulting in a longer meeting. Seriously it’s good that they have no issues with how I am doing the job remotely.  But I really have to start looking for something less stressful and demanding over the coming months.  It would be nice if this was the last meeting I had to have for this job.

The cork is for scale only. That’s a large piece of ice.

And Finally……

I said to my friend “that pussy is in your bush“.  A neighbour’s kitten was a little too interested in the birds (I know its nature) hopping around the bush beside the living room window.  These birds have seriously helped keep me sane (or what sanity I have left) over the last 10 months, I am quite protective of the little population I feed every day.

Here is that Pussy.

And

This week I visited the dentist.  If you have read this ramble before, you will know I fancy my dentist.  I can confirm she is still very good looking even with all the extra PPE on.

The Starlings will do anything to stop the Squirrel from occupying their house.

 My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

BBC Archive: Blue Peter: DIY TV Kit”, (Facebook)(TX: 1969).  “Bonding”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 3).  “Bridgerton”, (S1, ep 5 to ep 8).  “Click”, (23/01/21).  “Dead Pixels”, (S2, ep 1 to ep 3).  “Death In Paradise”, (S10, ep 4, TX: 28/01/21).  “Dune”, (1984).  “Farscape”, (S3, ep 10 to ep 11).  “Fringe”, (S2, ep 12 to ep 14).  “Junior Bake Off”, (S6 (S2 on C4), ep 11, TX: 25/01/21)(ep 12, TX: 26/01/21)(ep 13, TX: 27/01/21)(ep 14, TX: 28/01/21) (ep 15 TX: 29/01/21).  “Not Going Out”, (S11, ep 4).  “Star Trek”, (S1, ep 17).  “Star Trek: Enterprise”, (S1, ep 7).  “The Expanse”, (S5, ep 4 & ep 5).  “The Graham Norton Show”, (S28, ep 14, TX: 22/01/21).  “The Great Escapists”, (S1, ep 1 & ep 2).  “The Last Leg”, (S21, ep 1 (The First Leg Of The Year), TX: 15/01/21)(ep 2, TX: 22/01/21).  “The Netflix Afterparty: Bridgerton”, (TX: 21/01/21).  “The Royle Family”, (S2, ep 5 & ep 7)(S3, ep 1 to ep 7)(The Queen Of Sheba, TX: 29/10/06)(The New Sofa, TX: 25/12/08).  “Three Billboard’s Outside Ebbing, Missouri”, (2018).  “Travellers”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 12)(S2, ep 1).  “What Actually Happens During An Autopsy”, (Facebook)(TX: 22/06/20).  “Winterwatch: 2021”, (S9, ep 1, TX: 19/01/21)(ep 2, 20/01/21)(ep 3, TX: 21/01/21)(ep 4, 22/01/21).  “Z Nation”, (S2, ep 12 & ep 13).                                       

Gerry Anderson Watched This Week:

“Space 1999”, (S2, ep 6, TX: 09/10/76).

“UFO”, (S1, ep 25, TX: 03/03/73)(ep 26, TX: 15/03/73).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“A Legitimate Salvage (The Expanse)”, (ep 10, 15/10/19)(ep 30, 31/12/20).  “Betamax Video Club”, (ep 15, 19/04/18)(ep 86, 28/01/21).  “Coronavirus Global Daily Update”, (BBC World Service) (23/01/21) (24/01/21) (25/01/21) (26/01/21) (27/01/21) (28/01/21)(29/01/21)“CNN, Coronavirus: Fact Vs Fiction”, (ep 227, 25/01/21)(ep 228, 26/01/21)(ep 229, 27/01/21)(ep 230, 28/01/21)(ep 231, 29/01/21).  “Daddy Look At Me”, (S4, ep 12, 28/01/21).  “Doctor Who”, (TeeVee)(26/12/14)(S9, ep 1, 20/09/15).  “From Now”, (ep 1, 21/12/20)(ep 2, 28/12/20).  “Game Of Thrones”, (S4, ep 10, 16/06/14).  “Game Of Thrones: Rewind”, (TeeVee)(S1, ep 7, 16/09/18).  “Grounded With Louis Theroux”, (BBC Radio 4)(S2, ep 9, 25/01/21).  “I Don’t Believe It’s Not Buddha”, (S1, ep 20, 27/01/21).  “Mystery Hour”, (14/01/21)(28/01/21).  “NASA: Houston We Have A  Podcast”, (ep 180, 29/01/21).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (23/01/21) (24/01/21) (29/01/21).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (S2, ep 2, 26/01/21)(ep3, 29/01/21).  “Star Trek Discovery”, (TeeVee)”, (S1, ep 14, 05/02/18).  “Stargate SG-1”, (TeeVee)(25/01/21).  “The Audio Guide To Babylon 5”, (S1, ep 9, 08/09/14)(ep 10, 21/09/14).  “The Old Doctor Who Podcast”, (ep 106, 20/01/21).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (25/01/21).  “The Skewer”, (BBC Radio 4)(S3, ep 3, 28/01/21).  “Toby Hadoke’s Happy Times And Places – “Battlefield”, (8.3, 25/01/21)(8.4, 29/01/21).  “WTB”, (S1, ep 6, 28/08/20).  “Walking The Dog”, (ep 15, 03/11/17)(ep 70, 25/01/21).  “What’s Your Problem With Nick Abbot And Carol McGiffin”, (S1, ep 51, 26/01/21).  “Wolf And Owl”, (S1, ep 9, 27/01/21)(ep 10, Bonus, 29/01/21).  “Morrissey”,  “Skunk Anansie”, “Waterboys”,  “Catatonia”,  “Muse”,  “Edwin Collins”,  “Artic Monkeys”, “James”,  “Oasis”,  “The Flaming Lips”,  “Lush”,  “No Doubt”,  “L7”.

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Week 344, Saturday 16th until Friday 22nd January 2021.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London (Week 3 of Lockdown the Third).

Week 344 Saturday 16th until Friday 22nd January 2021.

Due to the continual lockdown, I have very little to say this week.  This really could be the shortest ramble in the history of the blog.

Met a new neighbour checking out our bird feeders.

Since March last year I have hardly got dressed.  For instance, this week all I have worn are my PJ’s.  Over the last 10 months I have bought a number of new sets, so I have plenty of clean comfy nightwear to wear all day long.  I have no knowledge of business, but it wouldn’t surprise me if sales of bed clothes have shot up, while normal clothes have plummeted.  If this is correct, I am available to talk about my new collection of PJ’s on BBC News if there looking for anyone to interview for their business/money segment.

JD and a choc Orange slice.

Over the last 10 months I have heard so much about people dressing smartly at home because of Zoom and other virtual meetings and classes.  But out of shot, they are slumming it in PJ’s and fluffy slippers.  This week I finally joined the Zoom revolution, because I am taking part in a new weekly group meeting over the next few months.  But because I really don’t care what others see, I still wore my PJ’s.  I like to think that I am a trail blazer encouraging others attending to relax and just stay as they have been all day.  Why rush around panicking just for a 30 to 40 min meeting.  Maybe it’s because of this attitude that’s why I really haven’t made anything of my life.  So if you do work from home and have been getting dressed every day, maybe you should continue to and don’t listen to me.

I’m ready for my close up.

A few evenings ago I needed to pop out to post a card; the post box is only a few minutes away.  In the past I probably would have gone to the bother of getting dressed only to change back when I returned.  On this occasion I just pulled a coat and boots and left for the post box.  Anyone that passed really wouldn’t have noticed if I was wearing a glittery ball gown and a feather boa, because they are so engrossed with their small electronic device or just trying to dodge others not making contact with strangers.  I knew no one would notice my PJ trousers.

Dreaming of the cat walk.

I used to be bothered how I looked while out, trying to make an effort.  During this pandemic I have realised that there are far more important things to think and worry about than appearance.  

And Finally……

Confirming the Moon is made of Cheese.

During the animal round in Mike Skipper’s quiz, I said out loud to my friend that the answer to a question was “Windmill”.  She looked with pity and said “the answer is an animal”.  Oops!!!

Taken Friday evening.

 My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“Biden And Harris Inauguration Ceremony Swearing in”, (BBC News)(TX: 20/01/21).  “Bridgerton”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 4).  “Children of Dune”, (S1, ep2).  “Clash Of The Titans”, (1981).  “Click”, (16/01/21).  “Death In Paradise”, (S10, ep 3, TX: 21/01/21).  “Disenchantment”, (S3, ep 7 to ep 10).  “Farscape”, (S3, ep 6 to ep 9).  “Fringe”, (S2, ep 10 & ep 11).  “Hanna”, (S2, ep 6 to ep 8).  “Horizon: 2016”, (S52, ep 5, The End Of The Solar System, TX: 13/04/16).  “Horizon: 2021”, (S57, ep 1, Feast To Save The Planet, TX: 04/01/21).  “Junior Bake Off”, (S6 (S2 on C4), ep 6, TX: 18/01/21)(ep 7, TX: 19/01/21)(ep 8, TX: 20/01/21)(ep 9, TX: 21/01/21)(ep 10 TX: 22/01/21).  “Mike Skipper’s Back in Lockdown Quiz”, (FaceBook)(TX: 16/01/21).  “Not Going Out”, (S11, ep 3).  “Star Trek”, (S1, ep 12 to ep 16).  “Star Trek: Enterprise”, (S1, ep 2).  “Star Trek: Lower Decks”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 10).  “Sweet Home”, (S1, ep 5).  “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”, (Ext Ed)(2012).  “The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies”, (Ext Ed)(2014).  “The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug”, (Ext Ed)(2013).  “The Royle Family”, (S1, ep 5 & ep 6)(S2, ep 1 to ep 4).  “The Sky At Night”, (TX: 18/01/21).  “Travellers”, (S1, ep 1).  “Winterwatch: 2021”, (S9, ep 1, TX: 19/01/21)(ep 2, 20/01/21)(ep 3, TX: 21/01/21)(ep 4, 22/01/21).  “Z Nation”, (S2, ep 10 & ep 11).                                       

Gerry Anderson Watched This Week:

“Space 1999”, (S2, ep 5, TX: 02/10/76).

“UFO”, (S1, ep 24, TX: 17/06/71).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“A Legitimate Salvage (The Expanse)”, (01/10/19)(07/10/19)(27/12/20).  “Betamax Video Club”, (ep 85, 14/01/21).  “Coronavirus Global Daily Update”, (BBC World Service) (16/01/21) (17/01/21) (18/01/21) (19/01/21) (20/01/21) (21/01/21)(22/01/21)“CNN, Coronavirus: Fact Vs Fiction”, (ep 222, 18/01/21)(ep 223, 19/01/21)(ep 224, 20/01/21)(ep 225, 21/01/21)(ep 226, 22/01/21).  “Daddy Look At Me”, (S4, ep 11, 21/01/21).  “From Now”, (Trailer, 10/12/20).  “Grounded With Louis Theroux”, (BBC Radio 4)(S2, ep 8, 18/01/21).  “I Don’t Believe It’s Not Buddha”, (S1, ep 19, 20/01/21).  “In Poor Taste”, (ep 123, 10/01/21).  “Mystery Hour”, (21/01/21).  “NASA: Houston We Have A  Podcast”, (ep 179, 22/01/21).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (16/01/21)(17/01/21)(22/01/21).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (S2, ep 1, 19/01/21).  “Star Trek Discovery”, (TeeVee)”, (S1, ep 13, 29/01/19).  “Sue Perkins And Hour Or So With”, (S3, ep 8, 20/01/21).  “Stargate SG-1”, (TeeVee)(14/12/20).  “The All New Agelos And Barry Podcast”, (21/01/21).  “The Audio Guide To Babylon 5”, (S1, ep 8, 24/08/14).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (19/01/21).  “The Skewer”, (BBC Radio 4)(S3, ep 2, 19/01/21).  “The Supermassive Podcast”, (ep 13, 22/01/21).  “Toby Hadoke’s Happy Times And Places – “Battlefield”, (8.1, 18/01/21)(8.2, 22/01/21).  “WTB”, (S1, ep 5, 21/08/20).  “What’s Your Problem With Nick Abbot And Carol McGiffin”, (S1, ep 50, 18/01/21).  “Wolf And Owl”, (S1, ep 8, 20/01/21).  “Morrissey”,  “Frank Sinatra”, “The Police”,  “Blondie”,  “Monaco”,  “Blur”,  “Skunk Anansie”, “New Order”,  “Sleeper”,  “Neneh Cherry”,  “The XX”,  “Ian Brown”,  “London Grammar”.

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Week 343, Saturday 9th until Friday 15th January 2021

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London (Week 2 of Lockdown the Third).

Week 343 Saturday 9th until Friday 15th January 2021.

This week would have been dad 92 B’day, gone but never forgotten.

The last seven days has been a week of technical problems.

I take a lot of pictures on my phone, small digital camera and tablet.  People who know me get fed up as I am always stopping to take another pointless picture that no one will ever see.  Every few weeks I dump them off the individual device on to a portable drive.  Towards the end of the most recent “dump” a horrifying message “the file or directory is corrupted and readable” appeared on the screen.  No matter what I did the same message kept being displayed.  Sadly I soon became resigned to the fact that I have lost not only all the recent pictures, but the actual file containing a total of 3000 images.  It’s possible I have watched far too many films, but I am sure that if I had the know how there is a way of recovering pictures from a corrupted file.  Its times like this I wish I knew more about how a computer works.

Does this mean anything to you?

Working from home since March last year the multiple computer systems I use daily have worked most of the time, there have of course been little hiccups now and then but nothing to really be stressed about.  Tuesday this week was a terrible day, every system played up, nothing worked as it should.  Working in a call centre talking to people on the phone I use the computer to answer their enquiries, without it I can do nothing.  While waiting for a page to buffer, change, connect in some cases logging off and on again I had to waffle and ad-lib as much as possible.  The hold button was over used when I couldn’t think of anything to say, or I just didn’t want to listen to the moaning at the other end.  Watching the birds outside while I struggled with the laptop must have helped keep my blood pressure lower than it might have been.

The work lap top, which I wanted to snap in half.

Knowing how a computer works need to be added to my list of others basic skills such as plumbing, house and car maintenance.  Problems that can cost a fortune could in some cases with a little knowledge be sorted much easier than thought.  These days I suppose the quickest thing to do is a search and watch a video on “How to fix……???”.  Of course the work issues were completely out of my control, I had to wait for I.T to sort things out.

It really was cold this week.

Another technical issue this week happened while driving to a funeral.  About 15 minutes before arriving at the location the Sat-Nav had a fit.  Luckily my friend and I had good old fashioned paper maps and of course our phones.  We made it in time to pay our respects.  But I won’t lie that I really was very stressed towards the end of the drive there.

My under 10 year old niece and nephews probably know more about computers than me.  When were unlocked I should see if one of them can recover my pictures.

I love looking out the window.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

Made a nurse a little emotional while she was taking some of my blood.  I chatted about working from home; she mentioned number of jobs that she had undertaken since March.  She was excited about doing her first vaccinations this week.  Just before I left, I had to thank her for all her hard work, is keeping people safe.

Mum had her first jab. (Thanks Hel for the pic).

And Finally……

Heard a loud noise early Tuesday afternoon, which I assumed was the noisy children next door.  I later discovered it was a sonic boom caused by military aircraft intercepting a civilian plane.  This was heard all over the east, south east of the UK and as far as Sweden.

Yes i am wearing Crimbum sock/slipper, why not. Oh, thanks SAZ for the clothes.

 My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“Children of Dune”, (S1, ep 1).  “Click”, (09/01/21).  “Crazyhead”, (S1, ep 4 to ep 6).  “Dads Army”, (S1, ep 1).  “Death In Paradise”, (S10, ep 2, TX: 14/01/21).  “Disenchantment”, (S3, ep 1 to ep 6).  “Farscape”, (S3, ep 4 & ep 5).  “Guilt”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 4).  “Hairy Bikers Best Of British”, (S2, ep 10, TX: 12/04/13).  “Junior Bake Off”, (S6 (S2 on C4), ep 1, TX: 11/01/21)(ep 2, TX: 12/01/21)(ep 3, TX: 13/01/21)(ep 4, TX: 14/01/21)(ep 5, TX: 15/01/21).  “Last Women On Earth With Sara Pascoe”, (S1, ep 3, TX: 10/01/21).  “Lexx”, (S2, ep 7).  “Mike Skipper’s Back in Lockdown Quiz”, (FaceBook)(TX: 09/01/21).  “Not Going Out”, (S11, ep 2).  “Star Trek”, (S1, ep 9 to ep 11).  “Sweet Home”, (S1, ep 3 & ep 4).  “The Expanse”, (S5, ep 1 to ep 3).  “The Final Frontier! Testing Several Objects In Space!”, (FaceBook)(TX: 28/12/20).  “The Graham Norton Show (S28, ep 12, TX: 08/01/21)(ep 13, 15/01/21).  “The Great British Sewing Bee”, (S6, ep 6, TX: 27/05/20)(ep 7, TX: 03/06/20)(ep 8, 10/06/20)(ep 9, TX: 17/06/20)(ep 10, TX: 24/06/20).  “The Leg Of The Year: 2020”, (TX: 31/12/20).  “The Pembrokeshire Murders”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 3).  “The Royle Family”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 4).  “The Tomorrow People”, (S2, Story 3: The Doomsday Men, (ep 4, The Shuttlecock, TX: 06/05/74).  “The Vicar Of Dibley: Crimbum Speicals 2004”, (1: Merry Crimbum, TX: 25/12/04)(2: Happy New Year, TX 01/01/05).  “The Vicar Of Dibley: Crimbum Speicals 2006”, (1: The Handsome Stranger, TX: 25/12/06)(2: The Vicar In White, TX: 01/01/07).  “Uncle Vanya”, (2020).  “War Of The Worlds”, (2005).  “Z Nation”, (S2, ep 8 & ep 9).                                       

Gerry Anderson Watched This Week:

“Space 1999”, (S2, ep 4, TX: 25/09/76).

“UFO”, (S1, ep 23, TX: 24/07/71).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“A Legitimate Salvage (The Expanse)”, (ep 7, 23/09/19).  “Betamax Video Club”, (ep 5, 16/11/17).  “Coronavirus Global Daily Update”, (BBC World Service) (09/01/21) (10/01/21) (11/01/21) (12/01/21) (13/01/21) (14/01/21)(15/01/21)“CNN, Coronavirus: Fact Vs Fiction”, (ep 217, 11/01/21)(ep 218, 12/01/21)(ep 219, 13/01/21)(ep 220, 14/01/21)(ep 221, 15/01/21).  “Daddy Look At Me”, (S4, ep 10, 14/01/21).  “Doctor Who”, (TeeVee)”, (S8, ep 12, 09/11/14).  “Game Of Thrones”, (TeeVee)”, (S4, ep 9, 09/06/14).  “Game Of Thrones: Rewind”, (TeeVee)”, (S1, ep 6, 10/09/18).  “Grounded With Louis Theroux”, (BBC Radio 4)(S2, ep 7, 11/01/21).  “I Don’t Believe It’s Not Buddha”, (S1, ep 18, 13/01/21).  “NASA: Houston We Have A  Podcast”, (ep 178, 15/01/21).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (09/01/21)(10/01/21)(15/01/21).  “Star Trek Discovery”, (TeeVee)”, (S1, ep 11, 15/01/18) (ep 12, 22/01/18).  “Sue Perkins And Hour Or So With”, (S3, ep 7, 13/01/21).  “Stargate SG-1”, (TeeVee)(29/11/20).  “The All New Agelos And Barry Podcast”, (15/01/21).  “The Audio Guide To Babylon 5”, (S1, ep 7, 10/08/14).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (11/01/21).  “The Skewer”, (BBC Radio 4)(S3, ep 1, 13/01/21).  “Toby Hadoke’s Happy Times And Places – “The Ribos Operation”, (7.4, 11/01/21).  “Toby Hadoke’s Happy Times And Places – Indefinable Magic”, (1.3, 15/01/21).  “The Space Boffins Podcast”, (13/01/21).  “What’s Your Problem With Nick Abbot And Carol McGiffin”, (S1, ep 49, 11/01/21).  “Wolf And Owl”, (S1, ep 7, 13/01/21).  “Morrissey”,  “Suede”, “Echobelly”,  “Shed Seven”,  “Yeah Yeah Yeahs”,  “David Bowie”,  “Manic Street Preachers”, “Fun Boy Three”,  “Oasis”,  “Razorlight”,  “Jake Bug”.

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Week 342, Saturday 2nd until Friday 8th January 2021.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London (Week 1 of Lockdown the Third).

Week 342 Saturday 2nd until Friday 8th January 2021.

A New Year, a new Me.  Nawww, not at all especially now that we (in the UK) are fully locked down for a third time.  This week is the traditional look back at pictures from the last twelve months.  You can’t really expect very much, It’s the first week of the year and I really have no content being stuck at home.

What follows is my version of a boring power point presentation of pictures that only mean something to me.  Sit back with your fave beverage and enjoy.  Hopefully next week there will be proper content.

Meeting up with my cuz Nicola and hubby Usman
Early in 2020. I look forward to cuddles again soon.
Do you like the new house, its a bugger to clean!!
Sorry about the dirty feet.
Looking after Sandra the Snail.
I enjoyed meeting htis family.
Socially distanced in the rain with RAC.
Home grown food.
With Mum early in 2020 (same top as the previous pic, oops).
Seen on the M1, dont worry i was not driving.

And Finally……

I’m number #1, in buying Marmite Cheddars in my area.  Pity they didn’t send me a complimentary pack.

It’s official.

While watching a scary programme with my friend.  The power went out for a fraction of a second, total darkness.  When the lights returned both of us were looking at each other, heads still looking in the direction of the TV.  Maybe you had to be there…

 My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“Ball And Boe: Back Together”, (DVD)(2020).  “BBC News: PM Statement”, (BBC News)(TX: 04/01/21)“Between”, (S1, ep 6).  “Click”, (02/01/21).  “Crazyhead”, (S1, ep 2 & ep 3).  “Death In Paradise”, (S10, ep 1).  “Farscape”, (S3, ep 2 & ep 3).  “Last Women On Earth With Sara Pascoe”, (S1, ep 2, TX: 03/01/21).  “Lexx”, (S2, ep 6).  “Mike Skipper’s New Year Lockdown Quiz”, (FaceBook)(TX: 02/01/21).  “Mrs Browns Boys: Mammy’s Memories: 2020 Special”, (TX: 01/01/21)“Not Going Out”, (S1, ep 1)(S11, ep 1).  “Saying Goodbye To Bradley Walsh And Tosin Cole / Revolution Of The Daleks / Doctor Who”, (YouTube)(TX: 02/01/21).  “Staged”, (S1, ep 2 to ep 6)(S2, ep 1 to ep 8).  “Star Trek”, (S1, ep 6 to ep 8).  “Star Trek: Discovery”, (S3, ep 13).  “Sweet Home”, (S1, ep 1 & ep 2).  “Taskmaster: New Year Treat”, (TX: 01/01/21).  “The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina”, (Chapter 4, ep 1).  “The Graham Norton Show: New Yea Special”, (S28, ep 12, TX: 31/12/20).“The Great British Sewing Bee”, 2020 Special (1: Celebrity Crimbum Special, TX: 26/12/20)(2: Celebrity New Year Special, TX: 31/12/20).  “The Great British Sewing Bee”, (S6, ep 1, TX: 22/04/20)(ep 2, TX: 29/04/20)(ep 3, 06/05/20)(ep 4, TX: 13/05/20)(ep 5, TX: 20/05/20).  “The Happy Prince”, (2018).  “The Illusion Only Some Can See”, (YouTube)(TX: 31/12/20).  “The Jonathan Ross Crimbum Show”, (S16, ep 11, TX: 24/12/20).  “The Serpent”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 8).  “The Tomorrow People”, (S2, Story 3: The Doomsday Men, ep 1: Dressed To Kill, TX: 08/04/74)(ep 2: The Burning Sword, TX: 15/04/74)(ep 3, Run Rabbit Run, TX: 29/04/74).  “The Vicar Of Dibley”, (S2, ep 4)(S3, ep 1 to ep 4).  “Traces”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 6).  “What Does landing A TARDIS Look Like? / Revolution Of The Daleks / Doctor Who”, (YouTube)(TX: 02/01/21).  “Z Nation”, (S2, ep 7).                                       

Doctor Who (and related videos) Watched This Week:

 “Doctor Who: Revolution Of The Daleks”, (TX: 01/01/21).

Gerry Anderson Watched This Week:

“Space 1999”, (S2, ep 3, TX: 18/09/76).

“UFO”, (S1, ep 22, TX: 10/07/71).

James Bond Watched This Week:

“You Only Live Twice”, (1967).

“On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”, (1969).

 This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“A Legitimate Salvage (The Expanse)”, (ep 6, 18/09/19).  “Betamax Video Club”, (ep 20, 27/06/18).  “Coronavirus Global Daily Update”, (BBC World Service) (02/01/21) (03/01/21) (04/01/21) (05/01/21) (06/01/21) (07/01/21)(08/01/21)“CNN, Coronavirus: Fact Vs Fiction”, (ep 212, 04/01/21)(ep 213, 05/01/21)(ep 214, 06/01/21)(ep 215, 07/01/21)(ep 216, 08/01/21).  “Daddy Look At Me”, (S4, ep 9, 07/01/21).  “Dear Joan And Jericha (Julia Davis And Vicki Pepperdine)”, (S3, ep 8, 05/01/21).  “Doctor Who”, (TeeVee)”, (S8, ep 11, 02/11/14)(Revolution Of The Daleks, 02/01/21).  “Doug And Elly Watch Telly”, (ep 6, 15/08/20)(ep 14, 01/11/20).  “Game Of Thrones”, (TeeVee)”, (S4, ep 8, 02/06/14).  “Game Of Thrones: Rewind”, (TeeVee)”, (S1, ep 5, 02/09/18).  “Grounded With Louis Theroux”, (BBC Radio 4)(S2, ep 6, 04/01/21).  “Human Style People (Stargate SG-1)”, (TeeVee)(13/11/20)“I Don’t Believe It’s Not Buddha”, (S1, ep 17, 06/01/21).  “NASA: Houston We Have A  Podcast”, (ep 177, 08/01/21).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (02/01/21)(03/01/21) (08/01/21).  “Relatively”, (ep 3, 05/01/21).  “Star Trek Discovery”, (TeeVee)”, (S1, ep 9, 13/11/17) (ep 10, 08/01/18).  “The All New Agelos And Barry Podcast”, (06/01/21).  “The Audio Guide To Babylon 5”, (S1, ep 6, 27/06/14).  “The Froth”, (S2, ep 12, 05/01/21).  “Toby Hadoke’s Happy Times And Places – The Evil Of The Daleks”, (5.7, 02/01/21)-“The Rescue”, (6.1 & 6.2, 02/01/21)– “The Ribos Operation”, (7.1, 03/01/21)(7.2, 04/01/21)(7.3, 08/01/21).  “Wolf And Owl”, (S1, ep 6, 06/01/21).  “Morrissey”,  “The Beatles”, “The White Stripes”,  “Baby Bird”,  “Keane”,  “Duran Duran”,  “Frankie Goes To Hollywood”, “Florence And The Machine”,  “Bee Gees”,  “Petula Clark”,  “ABBA”.

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Week 341, Saturday 26th December 2020 until Friday 1st January 2021

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in Tier 4 (East London).

HAPPY NEW YEAR

Week 341 Saturday 26th December 2020 until Friday 1stJanuary 2021.

Happy New Year and Happy Bday Tim (my Brother-in-law).

Phew, we made it, 2020 is over!  It’s a year that none of us will forget in a hurry.  This is technically the first blog of 2021, but because I have been over exercising my arm and jaw muscles (eating and drinking) this week, I really haven’t got much to say.  So what follows is the traditional misfitsmidlifecrisis.com (I don’t think in 340 weeks, I have ever said the name of this blog in the actual ramble) round up.  

The total number of views in 2020 was 2712 which is 176 more than in 2019.  As mentioned last week, I did put out a couple of S.O.S’s due to worrying that the number of views wouldn’t beat the previous year for the first time.  Thank you once again to everyone who has read, or just looked at the/a pictures over the last year.

During the year this blog was viewed from in 42 (in 2019 it was 41) countries.  In the picture you can see all the countries in order from the largest number of views to the fewest.  As you can see I am popular I’m China, sadly it’s probably some form of net bot.  But a view is a view; it’s on the list, so it counts.

At the moment I intend on continuing to publish a new blog every week (normally on a Friday).  But as you may have noticed, because of homeworking and general lockdowns (since March last year) I might not have a huge amount to say, and worry I am repeating myself (and worry I am repeating myself, repeating myself…!).  If I don’t have anything to say then I might just published a few short paragraphs of things I may have heard, plus of course the usual lists at the end (somethings don’t change, even during a pandemic).  Fingers crossed every week you will see something from me (whether you like it or not.  That sounds like a threat, oops).

Hopefully I will post more next week.  Until then, let me wish you Happy New Year again.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

I have found another use for face masks (I will be excepting sponsorship deals, please contact my agent who is situated in the recycling skip behind the shut shops down the road). While in a huge supermarket I realised I was singing (softly) and miming to the music being played.  Its official, face masks are perfect for situations like that.  You or I can continue to sing away even if the lyrics are not known.

A picture i took a few days ago. I love looking up at night.

Something else which crossed my mind, but have not tried.  A facemask is the perfect place to insert for instance a veggie pie/pasty (or food of your choice) so that it can be munched on while out and about.  Think of this as a human version of a horse’s nose bag.  Could this idea be the one that makes me squillions of quid’s?

Behind the scenes of the above shoot.

And Finally for 2020……

My friend said, “I’ll get my little stick out, rub the ends and then lay it down”.  I think she was talking about rubbing away corrosion in an old battery operated toy (not that kind of toy, you mucky lot).

Cheers.

In the early hours on the New Year’s Day, my phone rang (luckily I was up, watching rubbish) it was a call from Mozzibeak.  A friend who I worked with when I was there could be heard talking to friends having a great time.  It made me smile, laugh, but also sad that I was not over there.  Hopefully later in 2021 I will return.

I dont know if you knew i was a Pooh fan.

 My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“Black Narcissus”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 3).  “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”, (1968).  “Cinderella: A Comic Relief Pantomime For Crimbum”, (TX: 24/12/20).  “Clickmass”, (26/11/20).  “Deepfake Queen 2020 Alternative Crimbum Message”, (TX: 25/12/20).  “Deepfake Queen; The Making Of Our (C4) 2020 Crimbum Message”, (YouTube)(TX: 26/12/20).  “Disney Star Wars Sequel Trilogy Erased From Investor Day / Get Excited For The Next Product”, (YouTube)(TX: 15/12/20).  “Farscape”, (S3, ep 1).  “Have I Got News For You: Have I Got 30 Years For You”, (TX: 24/12/20).  “Inside Out”, (2015).  “La La Land”, (2016).  “Last Women On Earth With Sara Pascoe”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 27/12/20). “Madagascar”, (2005).  “Mike Skipper’s Crimbum Lockdown In Tiers Quiz”, (FaceBook)(TX: 26/12/20).  “Monsters Uni”, (2013).  “Not Going Out: Resolutions”, (TX: 30/12/20).  “Pandemonium”, (TX: 30/12/20).  “Royal Institution Crimbum Lectures 2020: Planet Earth”, (ep 1, TX: 28/12/20)(ep 2, TX: 29/12/20)(ep 3, TX: 30/12/20).  “Staged”, (S1, ep 1).  “Star Trek: Discovery”, (S3, ep 12).  “The Midnight Sky”, (2020).  “The Phoenix And The Carpet”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 8).  “The Vicar Of Dibley”, (S1, ep 4 to ep 6)(Easter Special, TX: 08/04/96)(Crimbum Special, TX 25/12/96)(S2, ep 1 to ep 3).                                       

Doctor Who (and related videos) Watched This Week:

 “Doctor Who And The BBC On The Brink Of Collapse / Shows Destruction Planned From The Start”,(YouTube)(TX: 21/12/20).

“Doctor Who – The Feast Of Steven”,(Animation)(TX: 10/12/15).

“Doctor Who: Revolution Of The Daleks”, (TX: 01/01/21).

James Bond Watched This Week:

“Dr No”, (1962).

“From Russia With Love”, (1963).

“Goldfinger”, (1964).

“Thunderball”, (1965).

Winnie The Pooh Watched This Week:

“Pooh’s Heffalump Movie”, (2005).

“The Mini Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh”, (1977).

 “The Piglet Movie”, (2003).

“The Tigger Movie”, (2000).

“Winnie The Pooh: Springtime With Roo”, (2004).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“A Legitimate Salvage (The Expanse)”, (ep 5, 09/09/19).  “Coronavirus Global Daily Update”, (BBC World Service) (26/12/20) (27/12/20)(28/12/20) (29/12/20)(30/12/20) (31/12/20)(01/01/21)“CNN, Coronavirus: Fact Vs Fiction”, (ep 210, 28/12/20)(ep 211, 29/12/20).  “Daddy Look At Me”, (S4, ep 8, 31/12/20).  “Dear Joan And Jericha (Julia Davis And Vicki Pepperdine)”, (S3, ep 7, 29/12/20).  “Doctor Who”, (TeeVee)”, (S8, ep 9, 19/10/14)(ep 10, 26/10/14).  “Doug And Elly Watch Telly”, (ep 18, 22/12/20).  “Game Of Thrones”, (TeeVee)”, (S4, ep 6, 12/05/14)(ep 7, 19/05/14).  “Game Of Thrones: Rewind”, (TeeVee)”, (S1, ep 5, 02/09/18).  “Grounded With Louis Theroux”, (BBC Radio 4)(S2, ep 5, 28/12/20).  “I Don’t Know What Wapping Is”, (TeeVee)(16/08/16).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (26/12/20)(27/12/20) (28/12/20) (29/12/20)(30/12/20)(31/12/20) (01/01/21).  “Relatively”, (ep 2, 28/12/20).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe’s Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (S1, ep 71, 27/12/20).  “Star Trek Discovery”, (TeeVee)”, (S1, ep 7, 30/10/17) (ep 8, 06/11/17).  “Thanks, Send More (SG-1)”, (TeeVee)(ep 1, 27/10/20).  “The All New Agelos And Barry Podcast”, (31/12/20).  “The Audio Guide To Babylon 5”, (S1, ep 5, 13/07/14).  “The Froth”, (S2, ep 11, 29/12/20).  “The Muppets At Crimbum: It’s Time To Play The Music”, (BBC Radio 2)(25/12/20).  “The Old Doctor Who Podcast”, (ep 105, 30/12/20).  “The Supermassive Podcast”, (ep 12, 18/12/20).  “Toby Hadoke’s Happy Times And Places – The Evil Of The Daleks”, (5.3, 28/12/20)(5.4, 30/12/20)(5.5, 31/12/20)(5.6, 01/01/21).  “Morrissey”,  “The Fratellis”, “The Cranberries”,  “Fergal Sharkey”,  “Fleetwood Mac”,  “David Guetta Ft SIA”,  “Manic Street Preachers”, “Chris Rea”,  “Of Monsters And Men”,  “The Boomtown Rats”,  “Queen”,  “Pizzicato Five”,  “They Might Be Giants”,  “Roxy Music”, “Pulp”,  “Ash”,  “U2”,  “Kate Bush”,  “Van Halen”,  “Caesars”,  “Sole Asylum”.

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Week 340 Saturday 19th until Friday 25th December 2020.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London.

HAPPY CRIMBUM

Week 340 Saturday 19th until Friday 25thDecember 2020.

Happy Crimbum wherever you are in the world.

Cheers.

This blog, week 340 is the last one of 2020.  Since March because of working from home, I haven’t had a huge amount to say as you may know from reading this shiz, but have still produced something for you to read weekly.  I’m not competitive, except with this ramble because I always hope that I can beat the previous year’s stats.  Early this week I needed 206 views to beat 2019s total of 2536.  Afterwards I posted a couple S.O.S messages asking if anyone had a couple of minutes spare to help massage my fragile ego, could they have a look and came to the rescue of the stat.  At the time of writing this small unimportant blog has had 2646 views during 2020, that’s 110 above last year’s total (A huge special thanks must be given to the lovely Eileen Rowson for all her help).  The final total will be announced in next week’s ramble, the first of 2021.

I had to pull over when i saw this, what a beautiful site. I don’t mean the scaffolding

Thank you to everyone for reading this badly worded, grammatically incorrect mess.  Everyone has far more important things to be doing (especially these days) so the fact that you have looked at this does make me feel it’s worthwhile.   I have been thinking that from January I might reduce the frequency from weekly to twice monthly.  My worry is that the lists at the end would be even longer than they already are.  Unless I just publish the lists, at least that’s content I wouldn’t don’t need to think or stress about.  Decisions will be made over the next couple of weeks.

Don’t drink kids.

I have always said that the reason this blog exists is so that my beautiful niece and 3 handsome nephews will one day be able to read about what there mad old aunty got up to while they were young.  Until they are old enough to have a look, I hope you my audience will continue to enjoy what I have to say.

My Mum, picture by my lovely sister Hel.

I really hope that you had a good Crimbum in these difficult times, and I do wish you a happy new year.

And Finally……

Had a flu jab, at least i think it was the flu jab.

Speaking to Leo a 10 year old fellow geek/nerd (his words) from Harare, who was visiting Tofo in Mozambique.  Such a lovely surprise to get a call from my friend Jenny, who thought Leo should speak to a very old geek.

Taken on 20th December the day before the Great Conjunction. It was sadly totally cloudy on the 21st, so this is my best picture.

Cut my friends hair.  Ok, it was more of a trim, I but I took the responsibility very seriously. 

“The tips quite veiny”, my friend said this as she opened a packet of blue stilton.  I did of course snigger like a naughty schoolchild at the back of the class.

Looking up a few days before Crimbum.

 My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“Animal Park”, (TX: 23/12/20).  “Anne Of Windy Poplars”, (1940).  “BBC Sports Personality Of The Year 2020 – Captain Sir Tom Moore Segment Only”, (TX: 20/12/20).  “Blankety Blank: 2020 Crimbum Special”, (TX: 25/12/20).  “Blythe Sprit”, (1945).  “Crazyhead”, (S1, ep 1),  “Crimbum At The (Snow) Globe”, (The Globe Website)(TX: 21/12/20).  “Click”, (19/11/20).  “Educating Rita”, (1983).  “Farscape”, (S2, ep 21 to ep 22).  “Fringe”, (S2, ep 7 to ep 9).  Ghost: The Ghost Of Crimbum”, (TX: 23/12/20).  “Hanna”, (s2, ep 5).  “His Dark Materials”, (S2, ep 7).  “King Gary: Crimbum Special”, (TX: 23/12/20).  “Lexx”, (S2, ep5).  Martin’s Corner”, (TX: 24/12/20).  ““Motherland”, (23/12/20).  “Mrs Browns Boys: Crimbum Special – 2020”, (ep 1, TX: 25/12/20).  “One Foot In The Grave: The Wisdom Of The Witch”, (TX: 25/12/95).  “Pointless Celebrities”, (S14, ep 1, TX: 23/12/20).  “Some Like It Hot”, (1959).  “Star Trek”, (S1, ep 4 & 5).  “Star Trek: Discovery”, (S3, ep 11).  “Star Trek The Motion Picture: Vintage”, (FaceBook)(TX: 20/12/20).  “The Box Of Delights”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 6).  “The Dead Room”, (2018).  “The Great British Bake Off: The Winners”, (ep 2, TX: 235/12/20).  The Great Crimbum Bake Off”, (TX: 24/12/20).  “The Greatest Title Sequence I’ve Ever Seen”, (YouTube)(TX: 21/12/20).  “The Farthest”, (2017).  “The Frighteners”, (1996).  “The Lost Ghost Story With Mark Gatiss”, (TX: 25/12/20).  “The Show That Goes Wrong: The Nativity”, (TX: 22/12/20).  “The Vicar Of Dibley”, (S1, ep 3).  “The Vicar Of Dibley In Lockdown”, (S1, ep 3, TX: 21/12/20).  “Upstart Crow – Crimbum Lockdown 1603”, (TX: 21/12/20).  “Waterhole: Africa’s Animal Oasis”, (S1, ep 3, TX: 18/12/20).  “What We Did On Our Holiday”, (2014).  “Worzel Gummidge: Saucy Nancy”, (TX: 24/12/20).                                     

Doctor Who Watched This Week:

“The Keys Of Marinus”, (Prod Code E)(ep 1, “The Sea Of Death”, TX: 11/04/64)(ep 2, “The Velvet Web”, TX: 18/04/64).

Gerry Anderson Watched This Week:

“Captain Scarlet And The Mysterons”, (S1, ep 20, TX: 16/02/68).

“Space 1999”, (S2, ep 2, TX: 11/09/76).

 “UFO”, (S1, ep 21, TX: 15/05/71).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“A Legitimate Salvage (The Expanse)”, (ep 4, 02/09/19).  “An Audio Guide To Babylon 5”, (S1, ep 3, 14/06/14)(ep 4, 29/06/14).  “Betamax Video Club”, (ep 10, 31/01/18)(ep 78, 01/10/20)(ep 84, 19/12/20).  “Coronavirus Global Daily Update”, (BBC World Service) (19/12/20) (20/12/20)(21/12/20) (22/12/20)(23/12/20) (24/12/20)“CNN, Coronavirus: Fact Vs Fiction”, (ep 207, 19/12/20)(ep 208, 21/12/20)(ep 209, 22/12/20).  “Daddy Look At Me”, (S4, ep 7, 24/12/20).  “Dear Joan And Jericha (Julia Davis And Vicki Pepperdine)”, (S3, ep 6, 22/12/20).  “Doctor Who”, (TeeVee)”, (S8, ep 7, 05/10/14)(ep 8, 12/10/20).  “Doug And Elly Watch Telly”, (ep 18, 22/12/20).  “Game Of Thrones”, (TeeVee)”, (S4, ep 4, 28/045/140)(ep 5, 05/05/14).  “Game Of Thrones: Rewind”, (TeeVee)”, (S1, ep 4, 26/08/18).  “Griefcast”, (ep 126, 23/12/20).  “Grounded With Louis Theroux”, (BBC Radio 4)(S2, ep 4, 21/12/20).  “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buddha”, (S1, ep 16, 23/12/20).  “Mystery Hour”, (21/12/20).  “NASA: Gravity Assist”, (18/12/20)(22/12/20).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (19/12/20)(20/12/20) (24/12/20) (25/12/20).  “Relatively”, (Trailer, 09/12/20)(ep 1, 22/12/20).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe’s Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (S1, ep 69, 23/12/20)(ep 70, 25/12/20).  “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 224, 12/12/20)(ep 225, 18/12/20)(ep 226, 25/12/20.  “Star Trek Discovery”, (TeeVee)”, (S1, ep 5, 16/10/17) (ep 6, 23/10/17).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 145, 25/12/20).  “The Froth”, (S2, ep 10, 22/12/20).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (21/12/20).  “Toby Hadoke’s Happy Times And Places – The Evil Of The Daleks”, (5.1, 21/12/20)(5.2, 23/12/20).  “Tody Hadoke’s Happy Times And Places: Too Much Information”, (1.1, 24/12/20).  “Verbal Diorama”, (ep 5, 22/04/19)(ep 6, 06/05/19)(ep 49, 02/07/20)(ep 74, 24/12/20).  “What’s The Problem? With Nick Abbot And Carol McGiffen”, (S1, ep 48, 21/12/20).  “Wolf And Owl”, (S1, Pilot #1, 23/12/20).  “Morrissey”,  “Blue Oyster Cult”, “Boney M”,  “WIngs”,  “Band Aid (1984)”,  “East 17”,  “The Darkness”, “Journey”,  “Dubstar”,  “Arcade Fire”,  “The Prentenders”,  “David Byrne”,  “Nirvana”,  “Greg Lake”, “Roxette”,  “Erasure”,  “Gabrielle”,  “Aztec Camera”,  “John and Yoko / Plastic Ono Band With The Harlem Community Choir”,  “Seasick Steve”,  “Kate Bush”.

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