Week 336, Saturday 21st until Friday 27th November 2020.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London (Lockdown the Sequel: Week Four).

Week 336 Saturday 21st until Friday 27thNovember 2020.

My favourite television programme Doctor Who turned 57-year-old earlier this week (23November).  There are so many things that I have to thank this very British television drama for.  One of the most important is learning to read, let me explain!

I knew leaving the “Happy Star Wars Day” sign on the wall, would come in handy.

Reading was not something I was very good at when I was young, it didn’t come easily.  This changed in 1977 (ish) when I discovered the Target range of Doctor Who novelisations (Some of this is covered in Blog week 272, as a tribute to the later great Terrance Dicks who wrote so many of these books).  The books were captivating to a young fan, as they told the story of adventure seen on TV years before.  The programme was shown weekly on a Saturday later afternoon/early evening (you decide, what to call that strange time of the day) each series (or season as we say these days) lasted around 6 months.  But because repeats were rare, if an episode was missed then the chances of seeing it again extremely slim.  All of this made these novels so important to an enthusiast.  But to someone that found reading difficult these were books even more special, I found that I actually wanted to read.  This resulted in many hours sitting on the floor of the nearest WH Smiths or the local library, captivated by every word about a time traveler and his (the Doctor was male in those days) companions. 

Not a pleasant image.

It was not long until I started to buy and collected every book, eventually I had them all (there were a handful of stories, which were not published until recently.  But that’s for another time).  Sadly, many years later because I was travelling all the books were given to a fellow Who fan.  Of course I always regretted this, so over the last 10 years I have been rebuying second hand copies at extortionate prices.  One day I will have the complete collection, all the original books (again) and the few newly published adventures.  When that time happens I will be seen sitting on the floor re-enjoying the written adventures of a time travelling Police Box.

Ducks, enjoying there messy part of the river. This really is a river that leads to the Thames in a few miles.

At school I was not an achiever, they couldn’t be bothered with me.  Of course, I have to hold my hand up and say I could/should have tried harder.  Because the school didn’t want to help stimulate my imagination, they pretty much left me to rot with what were regarded the other stupid kids.  These days I wonder what might have happened, would I have got more help and encouragement.  

One of two painful looking roundabouts, that i really like.

Doctor Who was the sparked of my interest in how the entertainment / creative world works.  Over the years I have been lucky to dabble in Film, TV, Radio, Theatre and Magazines.  But it has never been “what I do”.  Recently I have wondered, what might have happened to me if my education experience had been a more positive.  Being 52, I may only have 10 to 30 years left on this ball of rock we call home.  Every year at this time, I say to myself that I need to pull my finger out (and as you have guessed, I never do).  Sadly, I will probably now be a professional creative person, I will always have to rely on a “normal job” to make a living and pay the bills.  Creativity will only ever be a hobby, however if it did result in a little pocket money or made one or two people happy, I believe that would help make the day job a little easier to cope with, helping me feel better about myself.

The bird skating rink seen earlier this week.

Once 2021 has commenced and New Year’s hangover has faded.  I need to make a tough decision; do I continue this blog or stop to give other creative pursuits the time needed for their completion.  From reading this ramble, you would never know that I spend many hours writing and re-writing this shiz.  Believe me I do try to make this mess readable.  The reason for this constant typing, tweaking and adjusting is simply because I didn’t do well at school, grammar and other important tools like that were just not taught.  I have considered going back into education, what puts me off is the cost of. 

A Woodpecker, spotted in the tree next door to the house.

Over the last couple of years, I have been lucky enough to have 8 articles published in the Doctor Who Appreciation Society (DWAS) Magazine “Celestial Toyroom” (hopefully they will accept a few more written pieces next year).  Then there are ideas formulating in the back of my mind about article/features which will be submitted to the official BBC Doctor Who Magazine.  At the present time I have a non “Who” article ready to be sent to a couple of movie magazines.  The there are several drawings and paintings which need to be finished.  As well as a few scripts which I have ideas for (the 6 to 8 short films scripts that I completed a few years ago are always ready to be read.  It would be nice if one day someone would read them (or one) and say “let’s make this as a film”).  Recently I have become more and more depressed with the way my life has panned out (I have no one else to blame, I realise).  Maybe 2021 has to be the year that I make changes, creative changes.

After I broke the ice on the bird feeder, a Robin appeared.

For a long time, I was embarrassed about being an adult who loves Doctor Who.  But I have so much to be grateful of my enthusiasm about a drama wrongly considered children’s one.  The most important one, the Doctor taught me to read.  When other book’s and comics couldn’t persuade me to take an interest in their contents.  If I had not discovered the Target book, I really dread to think what would have happened to me.

Wild roses, spotted while out and about.

There really is nothing more to say, other than Happy 57th Anniversary to a wonderfully wacky influential Television drama.  It’s a programme that goes from strength to strength and has many more years of time travel to come. 

Bernard Lodges original 1963 opening credit have never been bettered.

 My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“Behind The Scenes In Space During The Historic NASA/Space X DM-2 Launch And Docking with ISS”, (YouTube)(TX: 10/07/20).  “Ben Browder Interview 06/07/12 – Farscape, StarGate & Doctor Who”, (YouTube)(TX: 10/07/12).  “Click”, (21/11/20).  “Claudia Black In StarGate Blooper’s 2005 – 07”, (YouTube)(TX: 30/04/13).  “Coffee And Quasers”, (YouTube)(TX: 20/11/20).  “Daleks! (BBC Doctor Who: Time Lord Victorious)”, (YouTube)(S1, ep 3, TX: 26/11/20).  “Edge of Tomorrow: Live Die and Repeat”, (2014).  “Entertainment Insider – How Bodysuits Are Designed To Look Realistic In Movies And Tv”, (YouTube)(TX: 05/10/20).  “Entertainment Insider – What 15 Movies From 2019 Looked Behind The Scenes”, (FaceBook)(TX: 05/12/19).  “Farscape”, (S2, ep 14).  “Farscape: Moya And Pilot Presentation”, (YouTube)(TX: 20/06/11).  “Farscape: Rygel (John Ecclestone) Interview”, (YouTube)(TX: 20/06/11).  “Fringe”, (S1, ep 18 & ep 19).  “His Dark Materials”, (S2, ep 3).  “Inside The Russian Soyuz Spacecraft”, (NASA TV)(TX: 25/04/12).  “Kenneth Williams: In His Own Words”, (TX: 22/11/20).  “Lexx”, (S2, ep 4).  “Return Of The Autons (Katy Manning And Stewart Bevan)”, (YouTube)(TX: 25/11/20).  “Spitting Image (2020)”, (Britbox)(S1, ep 9, TX: 21/11/20).  “Star Trek: Discovery”, (S3, ep 7).  “Syfy 20th Anniversary Special 2012 – Farscape”, (YouTube)(TX: 18/03/13).  “Taskmaster”, (S10 (S1 on C4), ep 7, TX: 26/11/20).  “The Graham Norton Show”, (S28, ep 7, TX: 20/11/20).  “The Great British Bake Off: The Final”, (S11 (S4 on C4), ep 10, TX: 24/11/20).  “The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice: The Final”, (S7 (S4 on C4), ep 10 TX: 27/11/20).  “The Last Leg”, (S20, ep 5, TX: 20/11/20).  “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”, (S1, ep 5 to ep 8)(S2, ep 1 to ep 4).  “The Tomorrow People”, (S1: The Slaves Of Jedikiah, ep 1 to ep 5).  “The Walking Dead: World Beyond”, (S1, ep 9).  “What Happens During An ISS Re-Boost On 24/01/10”, (YouTube)(TX: 29/01/10).  “Why Physics Suggest Other Dimensions Exist”, (BBC News Website)(TX: 24/11/20).  “Z Nation”, (S2, ep 2 & ep 3).                                       

Doctor Who Watched This Week:

“An Unearthly Child (Unaired Pilot)”, (Prod Code A)(Not shown on TV until 26/08/91).

“An Unearthly Child”, (Prod Code A)(ep 1, “ An Unearthly Child”, TX: 23/11/63)(ep 2, “The Cave Of Skulls”, TX: 30/11/63)(ep 3, “The Forest Of Fear”, TX: 07/12/63)(ep 4, “The Firemaker”, TX: 14/12/63).

The Daleks”, (Prod Code B)(ep 1, “The Dead Planet”, TX: 21/12/63)(ep 2, “The Survivors”, TX: 28/12/83)(ep 3, “The Escape”, TX: 04/01/64)(ep 4, “The Ambush”, TX:11/01/64)(ep 5, “The Expedition”, TX: 18/01/64).

Gerry Anderson Watched This Week:

“Captain Scarlet And The Mysterons”, (S1, ep 17, TX: 26/01/68)

“Space 1999”, (S1, ep 20, TX: 01/01/76).

 “UFO”, (S1, ep 17, TX: 10/02/71).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“Anti Social Show”, (ep 88, 10/11/20).  “Betamax Video Club”, (ep 22 TX: 18/07/18) (ep 83, 26/11/20).  “Coronavirus Global Daily Update”, (BBC World Service) (21/11/20) (22/11/20)(23/11/20) (24/11/20)(25/11/20) (26/11/20) (27/11/20)“CNN, Coronavirus: Fact Vs Fiction”, (ep 190, 23/11/20)(ep 191, 24/11/20).  “Daddy Look At Me”, (S4, ep 3, 26/11/20).  “Dear Joan And Jericha (Julia Davis And Vicki Pepperdine)”, (S3, ep 2, 24/11/20).  “Doug And Elly Watch Telly”, (ep 4, 17/07/20) (ep 11, 23/09/20) (ep 12, 02/10/20) (ep 16, 24/11/20).  “Griefcast”, (ep 122, 25/11/20).  “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buddha”, (S1, ep 12, 25/11/20).  “NASA: Curious Universe”, (23/11/20).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 173, 27/11/20).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (21/11/20)(22/11/20(27/11/20).  “Poppy Hillstead Has Entered The Chat”, (S2, ep 4, 25/11/20).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe’s Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (S1, ep 61, 24/11/20) (ep 62, 27/11/20).  “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 220, 13/11/20)(ep 221, 20/11/20)(ep 222, 27/11/20).  “Sue Perkins An Hour Or So With….”, (S3, ep 4, 26/11/20).  “The Froth”, (S2, ep 6, 24/11/20).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (18/11/19) (25/11/19) (23/11/20).  “The Skewer”, (BBC Radio 4)(S2, ep 1 to ep 4).  “Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels: Happy Times And Places”, (The Day Of The Daleks, ep 1.1 & 1.2, 22/11/20)(ep 1.3 & 1.4, 23/11/20)(The Sontaran Experiment, ep 2.1, 25/11/20)(ep 2.2, 27/11/20).  “Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels: Indefinable Magic”, (ep 1.1, 23/11/20).  “Toby Hadokes Time Travels: Too much Information”, (ep 1.0, 23/11/20).  “Verbal Diorama”, (ep 1 16/02/19)(ep 9, 16/06/19)(ep 38, 09/04/20)(ep 70, 26/11/20).  “We Will Get Past This”, (ep 42, 19/06/20)(ep 43, 20/06/20)(ep 44, 21/06/20)(ep 45, 22/06/20)(ep 46, 23/06/20)(ep 47, 24/06/20)(ep 48, 25/06/20).  “What’s The Problem? With Nick Abbot And Carol McGiffen”, (S1, ep 44, 23/11/20).  “Morrissey”,  “Radiohead”,  “Cornershop”,  “Ash”,  “Sigur Ros”,  “Bjork”,  “Weezer”, “Royal Blood”,  “Green Day”,  “St Etienne”,  The Weekend”,  “Tame Impala”,  “Elbow”,  “Terence Trent D’arby”,  “Cat Stevens” .

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Week 335, Saturday 14th until Friday 20th November 2020.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London (Lockdown the Sequel: Week Three).

Week 335 Saturday 14th until Friday 20thNovember 2020.

Once again I haven’t been anywhere during this third week of “Lockdown the Sequel”.  I really am looking forward to the big screen movie version of this period of our lives that is bound to be made in a few years’ time.  I would hope that that Matt Lucas would be cast as Bojo our bumbling leader, his impression at the start of the new series of Bake Off was perfect as an audition piece.  Stephen Mangan would make a wonderful Mat Hancock, because of his panicked rabbit in headlight look (which is exactly how the Right Honourable Member of Parliament for West Suffolk, and the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care looked during daily Downing Street briefings he hosted) that he is well known for.

 

It was raining, i like looking up. No other reason for this pic.

I wonder what archaeologists will make of 2020.  Yes, I really haven’t been anywhere as you can tell during the last seven days. 

And Now For Something Completely Different…….

A new visitor spottted in the garden this week.

The battle against a gang of local squirrels who have been attacking the garden birdfeeders got serious this week.  Before I carry on, I want to stress I love to see these hoppity bushy tailed rodents, they are welcome in the garden.  There is plenty of birdfeed to go around scattered on the various flat table feeders and bowls.  Not content with clearing everything off the horizontal feeders, they climb/jump on to the hanging feeders stopping the birds sitting patiently in a nearby tree waiting for the four legged menace to scurry away.  One of my issues with squirrels is they just keep feeding, stuffing more and more into their cavernous mouths, probably only eating a small amount.  The rest gets buried and forgotten about, only to be uncovered by a different squirrel who if they could think like us would have thought they had won the lottery.

Freshly unwrapped.

This week I took delivery of three (as the advert claimed in large friendly bold letters) “squirrel proof” bird feeders.  When I unwrapped them, my first thought was these will never last, because they felt extremely lightweight and fragile compared to the heavier ones that the gang have recently pulled apart.  A concern is the door on the top that covers the opening used to fill the feeder up has a gap.  I am convinced that a tiny paw pulling and tugging over a period of time could open the door rendering the feeder useless. 

Filled and ready for customers.

Once everything was filled I withdrew and watched in true “Winterwatch” fashion.  The birds appeared eyeing up the new feeders swinging gently in the wind.   Once one sparrow was brave enough to land on the feeder, all its mates soon joined the feeding party.  Things got interesting about when the first squirrel casually zig zagged across the grass towards its cafeteria for brunch.   The birds scattered as it climbed the metal poll and gripped on to one of the new feeders.   From the body language it appeared a little confused and annoyed because the nuts and seeds were inches away, but was out of its grasp.

Spot the unhappy visitor.

Don’t worry, once it realised that the hanging feeders were now of bounds, it scampered on to the table feeders and gorged itself forgetting its panic seconds earlier.  The new feeders have been up most of the week, I have been checking the doors on the top of all of them for signs of damage; so far everything still looks like new.   Though I wonder how long it will be before I see the gang gathered at the bottom of the garden, with the cleverest wearing a white coat holding a small piece of chalk pointing at a black board showing complex diagrams on how to crack open these (fingers crossed) secure feeders.  If anything happens I will let you know.

My garden look.

I’m hoping that next week i might actually go out down the road resulting in proper content to write about.

And Finally……

“I can’t find the slit”. This was said by a friend as she struggled to open a packet of salmon (#firstworldproblems).

Really enjoyed watching NASA/Space X Launch last weekend.

At the end of a work call the man (customer) on the other end said “I was great” (he really doesn’t know me!).  I imagined him in a smoking jacket, lying back in a huge comfy chair smoking a fag satisfied with the call.  It was only just passed 9am.

Looking down in the rain.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“Click”, (14/11/20).  “Coffee And Quasers – Hands On With Virtual Production And UnReal Engine”, (YouTube)(TX: 16/11/20).  “Cornwall With Simon Reeves”, (S1, ep 2, TX: 15/12/20).  “Between”, (S1, ep 4).  “Daleks! (BBC Doctor Who: Time Lord Victorious)”, (YouTube)(S1, ep 2, TX: 18/11/20).  “Farscape”, (S2, ep 6 to ep 13).  “Farscape – Make Up Test”, (YouTube)(TX: 04/08/11).  “Father Ted”, (S2, ep 10).  “FOX 26, 9pm (US Eastern Time) News Hour – With Tom Zizka”, (FaceBook)(TX: 16/11/20).  “Fringe”, (S1, ep 14 to ep 17).  “Glitch”, (S3, ep 4).  “Hanna”, (S1, ep 3 & ep 4).  “Have I Got News For You”, (S60, ep 7, TX: 20/11/20).  “His Dark Materials”, (S2, ep 2).  “Lexx”, (S2, ep 1 to ep 3).  “NASA TV LIVE – Launch of NASA/Space X Crew-1 Dragon (Resilience) (Hopkins/Walker/Glover of NASA and Noguchi of JAXA)”, (NASA TV)(TX: 15/11/20).  “NASA TV LIVE – Tour Inside of NASA/Space X Crew-1 Dragon (Resilience) On Route To The ISS”, (NASA TV)(TX: 16/11/20).  “Paul Merton’s Heroes Of Comedy”, (TX: 15/11/20).  “Spitting Image (2020)”, (Britbox)(S1, ep 8, TX: 14/11/20).  “Star Chamber – Kenny Everett – Unaired Yorkshire TV Pilot”, (YouTube)(TX: 16/11/20).  “Star Trek: Discovery”, (S3, ep 6).  “Taskmaster”, (S10 (S1 on C4), ep 6, TX: 19/11/20).  “The Great British Bake Off”, (S11 (S4 on C4), ep 9, TX: 17/11/20).  “The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice”, (S7 (S4 on C4), ep 9 TX: 20/11/20).  “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 4).  “The Walking Dead: World Beyond”, (S1, ep 8).  “Thoroughbred”, (2016).  “Z Nation”, (S1, ep 13)(S2, ep 1).                                       

Doctor Who Watched This Week:

“Silence In The Library”, (S30 (S4), ep 8,Prod Code 4.9)(TX: 31/05/08).

Gerry Anderson Watched This Week:

 “Space 1999”, (S1, ep 19, TX: 22/01/76).

 “UFO”, (S1, ep 16, TX: 03/02/71).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“Betamax Video Club”, (ep 3, TX: 27/10/17) (ep 9, 17/01/18) (ep 15, 19/04/18).  “Coronavirus Global Daily Update”, (BBC World Service) (14/11/20) (15/11/20)(16/11/20) (17/11/20)(18/11/20) (19/11/20) (20/11/20)“CNN, Coronavirus: Fact Vs Fiction”, (ep 185, 16/11/20)(ep 186, 17/11/20)(ep 187, 18/11/20)(ep 188, 19/11/20)(ep 189, 20/11/20).  “Daddy Look At Me”, (S4, ep 2, 19/11/20).  “Dear Joan And Jericha (Julia Davis And Vicki Pepperdine)”, (S3, ep 1, 17/11/20).  “Doug And Elly Watch Telly”, (ep 1, 25/06/20) (ep 2, 03/07/20) (ep 3, 17/07/20) (ep 8, 08/09/20) (ep 9, 08/09/20) (ep 10, 15/09/20) (ep 15, 10/11/20).  “Griefcast”, (ep 121, 18/11/20).  “Grounded With Louis Theroux”, (BBC Sounds)(S2, Trailer, 16/11/20).  “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buddha”, (S1, ep 11, 17/11/20).   “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 172, 20/11/20).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (14/11/20)(15/11/20(20/11/20).  “Poppy Hillstead Has Entered The Chat”, (S2, ep 3, 17/11/20).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe’s Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (S1, ep 58, 14/11/20) (ep 59, 17/11/20) (ep 60, 20/11/20).  “Something Who”, (ep 6A, Pt1, 23/11/19) (ep 6B, Pt2, 05/12/19).  “Space Boffins”, (17/11/20).  “Sue Perkins An Hour Or So With….”, (S3, ep 3, 17/11/20).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 140, 14/11/20) (ep 141, 20/11/20).  “The Old Doctor Who Show”, (ep 103, 18/11/20).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (17/11/20).  “Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels – Preview”, (20/11/20).  “Verbal Diorama”, (ep 2 10/03/19)(ep 3, 17/03/19)(ep 14, 13/08/19)(ep 53, 30/07/20)(ep 54, 06/08/20).  “What’s The Problem? With Nick Abbot And Carol McGiffen”, (S1, ep 43, 16/11/20).  “Morrissey”,  “Toto”,  “Fleetwood Mac”,  “Journey”,  “Bruce Springsteen”,  “ACDC”,  “Pink Floyd”, “Prince”,  “Kenny Loggins”,  “Queen”,  Tracy Chapman”,  “The Bangels”,  “Roxette”,  “Soft Cell”,  “Siouxsie And The Banshees .

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Week 334, Saturday 7th until Friday 13th November 2020.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London (Lockdown the Sequel: Week Two).

Week 334 Saturday 7th until Friday 13thNovember 2020.

This week looks like it will the shortest ramble ever (hurrah!  I can imagine some readers thinking).  I won’t lie; I haven’t felt mentally great (everyone’s talking about their mental health these days. So why shouldn’t I).  Also I have posted a blog every week over the last Three Hundred and Thirty Four weeks, and I didn’t want this one to be the first week I missed.

A reminder e-maili sent myself.

This is the second week of lockdown the sequel.  I haven’t been out of the house apart from nipping in the garden to keep the bird feeders topped up.  Or to rush out and politely ask the local gang of squirrel vandal from stealing all the nuts and destroying the feeders meant for birds.

Squirrel damage.

Since March I have been part of an employee virtual wellness group that shares pictures and comments about being crafty and creative while locked down and working from home.  Some people publish pictures of baking, knitting and sewing, model making, general photography and art.  The only things I have posted are my attempts at making a mess on paper and calling them drawings and paintings.

I didn’t make these, I ate them.

The group is doing a virtual exhibition; I was asked if I would submit some pictures.  Because I couldn’t decide on what to send, I emailed a number of pictures and said “pick what you like”.  I also needed to write a piece about how drawing has helped my mental health and wellbeing during this period.  I got lovely reply saying that the pictures were “great” (not my choice of word) but the passage I wrote was a little too negative.  Yes I smiled at that, and replied that they could write what they wanted; it really didn’t matter how they described the pictures.

Not getting rid of the evidence, honest.

I’m not sure when this exhibition is taking place, what drawings and paintings they will use.  It will also be interesting to see what they wrote.  I suspect this is not a public exhibition, its probably going to only be available on the work closed loop internet.  Exhibiting is something I have wanted to do for a while; maybe in the future I could arrange one somewhere.  Maybe this virtual one will persuade me to pull my finger out (That’s a positive ending).

Do you like my new boots. That have not been outside yet.

And Finally……

An email I received this week started “Sorry for adding this to your crazy workload during this time”.  Luckily there enquiry was simple, they didn’t add extra work to my already over the top workload.

Spotted a few berries growing. Emergency netting was quickly deployed.

I spoke to a person with the surname “Boggle“.  Apologies to anyone reading this with the noble family name Boggle.  Surly this is the reason deed polls were created.  During a week when I haven’t smiled a lot, talking to this person brightened things up for a few minutes.

Vintage cherries found in the back of a cupboard, have been used. They were fine.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“Attack The Block”, (2011).  “BBC News: Biden/Harris Victory Speeches”, (TX: 07/11/20).  “Children In Need, 2020”, (TX: 13/11/20).  “Click”, (07/11/20).  “Cornwall With Simon Reeves”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 08/12/20).  “Between”, (S1, ep 3).  “Blakes 7”, (SA, ep 5).  “Daleks! (BBC Doctor Who: Time Lord Victorious)”, (YouTube)(S1, ep 1, TX: 12/11/20).  “Dude, Where’s My Car?”, (2000).  “Fringe”, (S1, ep 8 to ep 13).  “Hanna”, (S1, ep 1 & ep 2).  “His Dark Materials”, (S2, ep 1).  “Identity Thief”, (2013).  “James May Oh Cook!”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 7).  “Lexx”, (S1, ep 3 & ep 4).  “Rising Damp”, (S4, ep 1 to ep 6).  “Rising Damp”, (1980).  “Spitting Image (2020)”, (Britbox)(S1, ep 7, TX: 07/11/20).  “Star Trek: Discovery”, (S3, ep 5). “Taskmaster”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 28/07/15)((S10 (S1 on C4), ep 5, TX: 12/11/20).  “The Great British Bake Off”, (S11 (S4 on C4), ep 8, TX: 10/11/20).  “The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice”, (S7 (S4 on C4), ep 8, TX: 12/11/20).  “The Last Leg”, (S20, ep 4, TX: 13/11/20)“The Sky At Night”, (TX: 08/11/20).  “The Walking Dead: World Beyond”, (S1, ep 7).  “To The Lake”, (S1, ep 4).  “Z Nation”, (S1, ep 10 to ep 12).                                       

Doctor Who Watched This Week:

“The Doctor’s Daughter”, (S30 (S4), ep 6,Prod Code 4.6)(TX: 10/05/08).

“The Unicorn And The Wasp”, (S30 (S4), ep 7, Prod Code 4.7)(TX: 17/05/08).

Gerry Anderson Watched This Week:

“Captain Scarlet And The Mysterons”, (S1, ep 16, TX: 19/01/68).

“Space 1999”, (S1, ep 18, TX: 15/01/76).

 “UFO”, (S1, ep 15, TX: 20/01/71).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“Adam & Joe – BBC6 Music”, (20/08/07).  “Adam & Joe- Xfm”, (27/03/04) (17/04/04) (01/05/04).  “Betamax Video Club”, (ep 7, TX: 12/12/17) (ep 63, 20/02/20) (ep 65, 19/03/20) (ep 82, 12/11/20).  “Coronavirus Global Daily Update”, (BBC World Service) (07/11/20) (08/11/20)(09/11/20) (10/11/20)(11/11/20) (12/11/20) (13/11/20)“CNN, Coronavirus: Fact Vs Fiction”, (ep 180, 09/11/20)(ep 181, 10/11/20)(ep 182, 11/11/20)(ep 183, 12/11/20)(ep 184, 13/11/20).  “Daddy Look At Me”, (S4, Trailer, 09/11/20)(S4, ep 1 Answerphone Message & ep 1, 12/11/20).  “Gossipmongers”, (S4, ep 9, 09/11/20).  “Griefcast”, (ep 120, 11/11/20).  “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buddha”, (S1, ep 10, 11/11/20).  “Lazy Doctor Who”, (ep 212, 12/11/20)(ep 213, 13/11/20).  “Mystery Hour”, (12/11/20).  “NASA: Curious Universe”, (S2, ep 5, 07/11/20).  “NASA: Gravity Assist”, (13/11/20).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 171,13/11/20).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (08/11/20)(13/11/20).  “Poppy Hillstead Has Entered The Chat”, (S2, ep 2, 11/11/20).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe’s Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (S1, ep 57, 10/11/20).  “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 219, 06/11/20).  “Sue Perkins An Hour Or So With….”, (S3, ep 2, 11/11/20).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 139, 08/11/20).  “The All New Angelos And Barry Podcast”, (12/11/20).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (05/08/19) (12/08/19) (19/08/19) (26/08/19) (09/09/19) (16/09/19) (23/09/19) (30/09/19) (07/10/19) (14/10/19) (21/10/19) (28/10/19) (04/11/19) (11/11/19) (09/11/20) (13/11/20).  “Verbal Diorama”, (ep 4, 07/04/19)(ep 14, 13/08/19).  “We Will Get Past This”, (ep 52, 12/11/20).  “What’s The Problem? With Nick Abbot And Carol McGiffen”, (S1, ep 42, 09/11/20).  “Morrissey”,  “M.I.A”,  “Suede”,  “Pulp”,  “The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster”,  “Melanie C”,  “Pet Shop Boys”,  “Queen”,  “Starsailor”,  “The Bluetones”,  “Scissor Sisters”,  “Manic Street Preachers”,  “Travis”.

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Week 333, Saturday 31st October until Friday 6th November 2020.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London (Lockdown the Sequel).

Week 333 Saturday 31st October until Friday 6thNovember 2020.

This week the second national lockdown in England started, which is due to end on 2nd of December.  If I am honest I am upset that the PM, Bojo the Clown didn’t announce that everyone should just stay in bed (getting up only for a loo break).  Hopefully our politicians will see sense and make the right decision over the next few weeks.

The one time of the year, i look good.

A conversation I have bored family and friends regularly over the last couple of years is “how can anyone keep a business/shop going”.  2020 really must have been terrible year for most business owners.  There are a number of local shops that never reopened after the first lock down.  Surly what every business needs is money.

Sadly not everyone made it through the evening.

Last weekend something happened twice which in the current economic climate surprised me.  Within the space of a few minutes two large high street coffee shops turned away cash.  I popped out without my bag which had my cards in, but I did have a few coins in my pocket.   The way the baristas’ in different establishment looked at the money in my hand it might as well have been a fresh steaming pile of manure.  I didn’t give up and visited a third coffee shop; I really was determined to give these coins away.  The women behind the counter replied very quickly of course they took change.  From the look on her face she must have thought I had escaped my carer that was wondering up and down the high street looking for me.

Spotted on the garden path. Not sure what the white ball is.

Just in case you’re worried, when I exchanged the coins, I placed them on a small saucer and the barista wore gloves.  There was no hand to hand contact at all, everything was socially distanced and Covid safe.

A pretty new face was seen this week.

I realise that everyone is being extremely careful at the moment, not wanting close contact with strangers.  But turning away hard earned money can’t be good for any business.  Regularly on the news it is reported that huge well-known brands are suffering just like small family run business from lack of profits.  I wouldn’t have though that the refusal of cash was a head office policy.  Plastic is the preferred method of payment these days, but money is still money.

A second small harvest, but all home grown.

And Finally……

“The tips soft”.  I overheard this while sitting in the coffee shop, a women was not impressed with the paper strew she had been given.

A very random shiz doodle drawn while at work in the living room.

A work e-mail ended with “Kind Retards”.

My friend working in the living room looked up shocked when I said “his hole is soft and so warm”.  The adopted hamster had finally woken up; there was a small hole in the bedding that he had been sleeping in all day.  This is what I stuck my finger into.  No wonder he didn’t get up until late, his bed was extremely warm and cosy. 

The Adams Family: The Next Generation.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“Andromeda”, (S1, ep 6).  “Autumnwatch 2020”, (ep 5, TX: 03/11/20)(ep 6, TX: 04/11/20)(ep 7, TX: 05/11/20)(ep 8, 06/11/20).  “BBC News PM Briefing”, (TX: 31/10/20).  “Click”, (31/10/20).  “Between”, (S1, ep 1 & ep 2).  “Blakes 7”, (SA, ep 4).  “Farscape”, (S2, ep 4 & ep 5).  “Fringe”, (S1, ep 6 & ep 7).  “Glitch”, (S3, ep 3).  “Have I Got News For You”, (S60, ep 6, TX: 06/11/20).  “Knowing”, (2009).  “Lexx”, (S1, ep 1 & ep 2).  “Living With Monkey”, (YouTube)(TX: 21/10/14).  “Maxxx”, (Comedy Blaps, ep 1 to ep 3)(S1, ep 2 to ep 6).  “Our Food, Our Family With Michela Chiappa”. (S1, ep 1, TX: 06/12/19).  “Out Of Her Mind”, (S1, ep 5 & ep 6).  “Rising Damp”, (S3, ep 1 to ep 7).  “Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Halloween Kitchen Disco”, (Instagram/YouTube)(TX: 30/10/20).  “Spitting Image (2020)”, (Britbox)(S1, ep US Election Specials, ep 5 & ep 6, TX: 31/10/20).  “Star Trek: Discovery”, (S3, ep 4). “Taskmaster”, (S10 (S1 on C4), ep 4, TX: 05/11/20).  “The Graham Norton Show”, (S28, ep 6, TX: 06/11/20).  “The Great British Bake Off”, (S11 (S4 on C4), ep 7, TX: 03/11/20).  “The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice”, (S7 (S4 on C4), ep 7, TX: 06/11/20).  “The Last Leg”, (S20, ep 2, TX: 30/10/20)The Last Leg: US Elegtion Special”, (ep 3, TX: 06/11/20).  “The Walking Dead: World Beyond”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 6).  “To The Lake”, (S1, ep 3).  “Top Gear”, (S29, ep 5, TX: 01/11/20).  “Truth Seekers”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 8).  “Z Nation”, (S1, ep 6 to ep 9).                                       

Doctor Who Watched This Week:

“Planet Of The Ood”, (S30 (S4), ep 3,Prod Code 4.2)(TX: 19/04/08).

“The Sontaran Stratagem”, (S30 (S4), ep 4, Prod Code 4.4)(TX: 26/04/08).

“The Poison Sky”, (S30 (S4), ep 5, Prod Code 4.5)(TX: 03/05/08).

Gerry Anderson Watched This Week:

“Captain Scarlet And The Mysterons”, (S1, ep 15, TX: 05/01/68).

“Space 1999”, (S1, ep 17, TX: 01/01/76).

 “UFO”, (S1, ep 14, TX: 13/01/71).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“Adam & Joe- Xfm”, (20/09/03)(04/10/03).  “Betamax Video Club”, (ep 46, TX: 18/04/190(ep 48, 16/05/19)(ep 51, 27/06/19)(ep 53, 25/07/19)(ep 55, 22/08/19)(ep 67, 16/04/20).  “Clinton Baptiste’s Paranormal Podcast”, (S3, ep 6, 04/11/20).  “Coronavirus Global Daily Update”, (BBC World Service) (31/10/20) (01/11/20)(02/11/20) (03/11/20)(04/11/20) (05/11/20) (06/11/20)“CNN, Coronavirus: Fact Vs Fiction”, (ep 175, 02/11/20)(ep 176, 03/11/20)(ep 177, 04/11/20)(ep 178, 05/11/20)(ep 179, 06/11/20).  “Gossipmongers”, (S4, ep 8, 02/11/20).  “Griefcast”, (ep 119, 04/11/20).  “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buddha”, (S1, ep 9, 04/11/20).  “Mystery Hour”, (05/11/20).  “NASA: Curious Universe”, (S2, ep 4, 02/11/20).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 169, 03/11/20)(ep 170, 06/11/20).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (31/10/20)(01/11/20).  “Poppy Hillstead Has Entered The Chat”, (S2, ep 1, 04/11/20).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe’s Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (S1, ep 55, 04/11/20)(ep 56, 06/11/20).  “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 218, 30/10/20).  “Sue Perkins An Hour Or So With….”, (S2, ep 1, 04/11/20).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 137, 31/10/20)(ep 138, 04/11/20).  “The Froth”, (S2, ep 5, 03/11/20).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (ep 98, 03/11/20).  “Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels – Happy Times And Places”, (Trailer, 02/11/20).  “Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels – Indefinable Magic”, (Trailer, 02/11/20).  “Toby Hadoke’s Time travels – Too Much Information”, (Trailer, 28/10/20).  “What’s The Problem? With Nick Abbot And Carol McGiffen”, (S1, ep 41, 02/11/20).  “Morrissey”,  “Goldfrapp”,  “The Strokes”,  “Athlete”,  “The Delays”,  “Muse”,  “Snow Patrol”,  “David Bowie”,  “Keane”,  “The Cure”,  “Lorde”,  “The Verve”.

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Week 332, Saturday 24th until Friday 30th October 2020.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in Suffolk and Surrey.

Week 332 Saturday 24th until Friday 30thOctober 2020.

This week I really have nothing to say, because it was the annual Southwold visit.  As with everything during 2020, the best week of my year was different to normal.

But none of the new ways that we have become accustomed to living ruined the visit.  As a result what follows are a few of my favourite pictures.

Next week, I promise I will have something to moan about.

Rough weather didn’t dampen my spirits.
Our cottage near the sea.
We always drop spare change in to the old mine.
In our favourite….
boozer….
The brolly was old.
Moo!
Duck and cover.
Sizewell B Nuclear Power station.
Mars is top left of this shot.
The Moon always looks lovely above the sea.
Something was very funny.
I wonder if anyone would notice if i became a squatter.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“Annie”, (2014).  “Autumnwatch 2020”, (ep 1, TX: 27/10/20)(ep 2, TX: 28/10/20)(ep 3, TX: 29/10/20)(ep 4, 30/10/20).  “Click”, (24/10/20).  “Enola Holmes”, (2020).  “Farscape”, (S2, ep 1 to ep 3).  “FOX 26, News at 5pm (US Central) With Tom Zizka”, (FaceBook)(TX: 25/10/20).  “Have I Got News For You”, (S60, ep 5, TX: 30/10/20).  “Hope Frozen:  A Quest To Live Twice”, (2019).  “Horrible Histories”, (S7, ep 14, TX: 07/05/18).  “London Has Fallen”, (2016).  “Out Of Her Mind”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 4).  “Maxxx”, (S1, ep 1).  “Paddington Station 24/7: Back On The Tracks”, (S4, ep 1, TX: 26/10/20).  “Remembering Leonard Nimoy”, (2017).  “Spitting Image (2020)”, (Britbox)(S1, ep 4, 24/10/20).  “Star Trek: Discovery”, (S3, ep 3).  “Star Trek: Short Treks”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 4).  “Taskmaster”, (S10 (S1 on C4), ep 3, TX: 29/10/20).  “The Da Vinci Code”, (2006).   “The Expanse”, (S4, ep 1 to 10)(Kevin Smith Explains The Expanse).  “The Graham Norton Show”, (S28, ep 5, TX: 30/10/20).  “The Great British Bake Off”, (S11 (S4 on C4), ep 6, TX: 27/10/20).  “The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice”, (S7 (S4 on C4), ep 6, TX: 30/10/20).  “The Good Burger”, (1997).  “The Secret Garden”, (2020).  “Top Gear”, (S29, ep 4, TX: 25/10/20).                                         

Doctor Who Watched This Week:

“The Fires Of Pompeii”, (S30 (S4), ep 2,Prod Code 4.3)(TX: 12/04/08).

Gerry Anderson Watched This Week:

“Space 1999”, (S1, ep 16 TX: 18/12/75).

 “UFO”, (S1, ep 13, TX: 06/01/71).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“Clinton Baptiste’s Paranormal Podcast”, (S3, ep 5, 28/10/20).  “Coronavirus Global Daily Update”, (BBC World Service) (24/10/20) (25/10/20)(26/10/20) (27/10/20)(28/10/20) (29/10/20) (30/10/20)“CNN, Coronavirus: Fact Vs Fiction”, (ep 170, 26/10/20)(ep 171, 27/10/20)(ep 172, 28/10/20)(ep 173, 29/10/20)(ep 174, 30/10/20).  “David Tennant Does A Podcast With….”, (S2, ep 12, 27/10/20).  “Gossipmongers”, (S4, ep 7, 26/10/20).  “Griefcast”, (ep 118, 28/10/20).  “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buddha”, (S1, ep 8, 28/10/20).  “NASA: Curious Universe”, (S2, ep 3, 26/10/20).  “NASA: Gravity Assist”, (30/10/20).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 168, 30/10/20).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (24/10/20) (25/10/20) (30/10/20).  “Q The Winged Podcast”, (Brief Chat/Preview, 07/10/20).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe’s Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (S1, ep 52, 23/10/20)(ep 53, 27/10/20)(ep 54, 30/10/20).  “Something Who”, (ep 5, 05/10/20).  “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 217, 23/10/20).  “Sue Perkins An Hour Or So With….”, (S2, Trailer, 28/10/20).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 136, 25/10/20).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (26/10/20).  “The Old Doctor Who Show”, (ep 102, 28/10/20).  “The Super-Massive Podcast”, (ep 10, 23/10/20).  “What’s The Problem? With Nick Abbot And Carol McGiffen”, (S1, ep 40, 26/10/20).  “Morrissey”,  “Haim”,  “Nico”,  “Velvet Underground”,  “T’Pau”,  “The Spice Girls”,  “MGMT”,  “LCD Soundsystem”,  “Blondie”,  “Daft Punk”,  “Daniel Avery”,  “Blur”,  “Pulp”,  “SIA”,  “The Verve”,  “The B52’s”,  “Biffy Clyro”,  “Kate Bush”,  “Radiohead”.

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Week 331, Saturday 17th until Friday 23rd October 2020.

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

Week 331 Saturday 17th until Friday 23rdOctober 2020.

I had this week’s blog all written and planned.  But On Thursday evening I received the following text which changed everything.

(Last week I told you about my visit to see Spike my 19 year old cat that now lives with friends).

Dear Dana, I am very sorry to be the bearer of bad news but Spike has now joined the elite few puss cats in heaven.  He went downhill very quickly after Sunday, off his food drinking a lot.  Very wobbly & weak.  Not like himself at all.  Took him to see his normal vet.  He was very concerned he’d lost a lot of weight.  He said he could do blood tests but due to his age what could be done when results come back.  He thinks he may have had kidney problems or pancreatitis.  He was losing his balance a lot as well.  Amazing how fast he declined.  At least it was not a long drawn illness.  We are of course devastated and don’t know what to do at home without him.  I’ve just put down some fresh water for him in case his spirit is still here.  So sorry to tell you.  Vet was very impressed he had done so well for so long.  We were very grateful to have him in our lives. xxxxx💖💜💗💛💝💓

Some people will think and say, it’s just a cat!  But to me Spike was so much more, a friend, a companion when I lived alone in a flat feeling stressed and depressed about the world.  He was always there when I needed comfort.  I would like to think that he was happy and knew how special he was.  I know he loved my friends, and lived a wonderful retirement these last few years with them.  I feel extremely sad and upset at his passing, but have so many happy memories from the very first day in May 2001 until the last.

Thank you Spike for everything XXXX.                                              

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“After Life”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 3).  “Blake’s 7”, (S:A, ep 3).  “Click”, (17/10/20).  “Farscape”, (S1, ep 21 to ep 22).  “Fringe”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 5).  “Glitch”, (S3, ep 2).  “Have I Got News For You”, (S60, ep 4, TX: 23/10/20).  “NASA & Space X: Journey To The Future”, (2020).  “Schitt’s Creek”, (S1, ep 10 & ep 11).  “Spitting Image (2020)”, (Britbox)(S1, ep 3, 17/10/20).  “Stargate SG1”, (S2, ep 5 & ep 6).  “Star Trek: Discovery”, (S3, ep 2).  “Strictly Come Dancing: Launch Show”, (S18, ep 1, TX: 17/10/20).  “Taskmaster”, (S10 (S1 on C4), ep 1, TX: 15/10/20)(ep 2, TX: 22/10/20).  “The Expanse”, (S2, ep 6 to 13)(S3, ep 1 to ep 12).  “The Graham Norton Show”, (S28, ep 4, TX: 23/10/20).  “The Great British Bake Off”, (S11 (S4 on C4), ep 5, TX: 20/10/20).  “The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice”, (S7 (S4 on C4), ep 5, TX: 23/10/20).  “The Last Leg: SU2C Special”, (S20, ep 1, TX: 23/10/20).  “The Pink Panther”, (1963).  “To The Lake”, (S1, ep 2).  “Top Gear”, (S29, ep 3, TX: 18/10/20).  “Who Do You Think You Are?”, (S17, ep 1, TX: 12/10/20).  “Z Nation”, (S1, ep 3 to ep 5).                                       

Doctor Who Watched This Week:

“Partners In Crime”, (S30 (S4), ep 1,Prod Code 4.1)(TX: 05/04/08).

Gerry Anderson Watched This Week:

“Captain Scarlet And The Mysterons”, (S1, ep 13, TX: 22/12/67)(ep 14, TX: 29/12/67).

“Space 1999”, (S1, ep 15 TX: 11/12/75).

 “UFO”, (S1, ep 12, TX: 30/12/70).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“Clinton Baptiste’s Paranormal Podcast”, (S3, ep 4, 21/10/20).  “Coronavirus Global Daily Update”, (BBC World Service) (17/10/20) (18/10/20)(19/10/20) (20/10/20)(21/10/20) (22/10/20) (23/10/20)“CNN, Coronavirus: Fact Vs Fiction”, (ep 165, 19/10/20)(ep 166, 20/10/20)(ep 167, 21/10/20)(ep 168, 22/10/20)(ep 169, 23/10/20).  “David Tennant Does A Podcast With….”, (S2, ep 11, 20/10/20).  “Gossipmongers”, (S4, ep 6, 19/10/20).  “Griefcast”, (ep 117, 21/10/20).  “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buddha”, (Trailer, 08/09/20)(ep 1 & ep 2, 16/09/20)(ep 3, 23/09/20)(ep 4, 30/09/20)(ep 5, 07/10/20)(ep 6, 14/10/20)(ep 7, 21/10/20).  “In Poor Taste”, (ep 122, 21/10/20).  “Mystery Hour”, (22/10/20).  “NASA: Curious Universe”, (S1, ep 3, 27/04/20)(ep 4, 03/05/20)(ep 6, 17/05/20)(ep 7, 21/07/20)(S2 Intro, 05/10/20)(ep 1, 12/10/20)(ep 2, 19/10/20).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 167, 23/10/20).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (17/10/20) (18/10/20) (23/10/20).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe’s Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (S1, ep 51, 20/10/20).   “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 216, 17/10/20).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 135, 17/10/20).  “The All New Angelos And Barry Podcast”, (23/10/20).  “The Froth”, (S2, ep 4, 20/10/20).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (05/08/19)(19/10/20).  “The Skewer”, (BBC Radio 4)(S2, ep 6, 22/10/20).  “What’s The Problem? With Nick Abbot And Carol McGiffen”, (S1, ep 39, 19/10/20).  “Morrissey”,  “Simple Minds”,  “Soft Cell”,  “The Damned”,  “The Sex Pistols”,  “Kate Nash”,  “Annie Lennox”,  “Eurythmics”,  “Betty Boo”,  “The Beatles”,  “The Rolling Stones”.

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Week 330, Saturday 10th until Friday 16th October 2020.

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

Week 330 Saturday 10th until Friday 16thOctober 2020.

Due to a tech issue I can’t use a lot of the pictures I wanted, plus the blog does look a little different this week (maybe its better like this).  Hopefully next week will be back to normal.

He is old, but still beautiful.

Last Saturday I visited a 19yr old, who for 14 years lived with me, he really was my constant companion in a lovely flat in Surrey.  Spike is a beautiful black cat who I met when he was one day old with his two sisters.  The reason he doesn’t live with me anymore is simply because I had the opportunity to go travelling, and I really had to go.  Luckily a couple of work colleague were able to take him.  I regard this as his well-earned retirement; he now lives in a lovely house with a garden with people who adore him.  For 19 he is in pretty good health, his main issues are his eyes.

He remembers me.

Seeing “the boy” is always emotional.  I think of the good times, all the unconditional love he gave me, the occasions I spent looking for him around the flat, worrying that he escaped, only to find him relaxing asleep on top of an open door.  Or the times I helped to remove his paw from the video recorder (remember them kids) because he was bored while I yakked away on the phone.  He knew I would have to end the call straight away and attend to him. He was, and still is, a clever boy.

The camera still loves him.

He really did look after me and kept me sane; I have so much to thank him for.  The fact that he is, in my opinion, having a even better life with my friends makes me so pleased.  I think of Spike often, especially when I see another black cat.

He is older and slower now.  As I am planning on going away next year I have to make the effort to visit him more often.  I have faced up to the upsetting fact that he probably won’t be here when I return, but there will always be a small purry place in my heart for this very special black cat.

And Finally……

After reading a headline about the American president, I looked up at and said to my friend “President crump“.  It was an honest mistake, if the White House is monitoring this ramble.

Took part in a Zoom call, all the way through i hope the tablet wouldn’t topple over. It didn’t.

This week I managed to get tickets for two big theatre productions in Jan and May next year. Fingers crossed that nothing gets cancelled.

Thief….

Oh, I sneezed into my own mask.  It wasn’t the nice “Doctor Who” one, it just the normal blue paper type.

Looks like she’s been up the Chimney.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“Click”, (10/10/20).  “Crazy Rich Asians”, (2018).  “Farscape”, (S1, ep 13 to ep 20).  “Fringe”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 5).  “Glitch”, (S3, ep 1).  “Have I Got News For You”, (S60, ep 3, TX: 16/10/20).  “Love Life”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 5).  “Rising Damp”, (S2, ep 1 to ep 6).  “Spitting Image (2020)”, (Britbox)(S1, ep 2, 10/10/20).  “Star Trek: Discovery”, (S3, ep 1).  “The Expanse”, (S2, ep 1 to 5).  “The Graham Norton Show”, (S28, ep 3, TX: 16/10/20).  “The Great British Bake Off”, (S11 (S4 on C4), ep 4, TX: 13/10/20).  “The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice”, (S7 (S4 on C4), ep 4, TX: 16/10/20).  “The Haunting Of Bly Manor”, (S1, ep 1).  “The Sky At Night”, (TX: 11/10/20).  “To The Lake”, (S1, ep 1).  “Top Gear”, (S29, ep 2, TX: 11/10/20).  “Z Nation”, (S1, ep 1 & ep 2).                                       

Doctor Who Watched This Week:

“Blink”, (S29 (S3), ep 10,Prod Code 3.10)(TX: 09/06/07).

“Utopia”, (S29 (S3), ep 11,  Prod Code 3.11)(TX: 16/06/07).

“The Sound Of Drums”, (S29 (S3), ep 12, Prod Code 3.12)(TX: 23/06/07).

“The Last Of The Timelords”, (S29 (S3), ep 13, Prod Code 3.13)(TX: 30/06/20).

“Voyage Of The Damned”, Prod code 4.X)(TX: 25/12/07)

Gerry Anderson Watched This Week:

“Captain Scarlet And The Mysterons”, (S1, ep 12, TX: 15/12/67).

“Space 1999”, (S1, ep 14 TX: 04/12/75).

 “UFO”, (S1, ep 11, TX: 16/12/70).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“Betamax Video Club”, (ep 24, 08/08/18)(ep 40, 23/01/19)(ep 45, 04/04/19)(ep 59, 18/12/19)(ep 70, 28/05/20)(ep 75, 06/08/20)(ep 79, 15/10/20).  “Clinton Baptiste’s Paranormal Podcast”, (S3, ep 3, 13/10/20).  “Coronavirus Global Daily Update”, (BBC World Service) (10/10/20) (11/10/20)(12/10/20) (13/10/20)(14/10/20) (15/10/20) (16/10/20)“CNN, Coronavirus: Fact Vs Fiction”, (ep 160, 12/10/20)(ep 161, 13/10/20)(ep 162, 14/10/20)(ep 163, 15/10/20)(ep 164, 16/10/20).  “David Tennant Does A Podcast With….”, (S2, ep 10, 13/10/20).  “Gossipmongers”, (S4, ep 5, 12/10/20).  “Griefcast”, (ep 116, 14/10/20).  “Lazy Doctor Who”, (ep 210, 12/10/20)(ep 211, 13/10).  “NASA: Curious Universe”, (Trailer, 31/03/20)(ep 1, 12/04/20)(ep 2, 19/02/20).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 167, 16/10/20).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (10/10/20) (11/10/20) (16/10/20).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe’s Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (S1, ep 49, 13/10/20)(ep 50, 16/10/20).  “Something Who”, (ep 3, 03/08/19)(ep 4, 23/08/19)(ep 4.5, 03/09/19).  “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 214, 02/10/20)(ep 215, 09/10/20).  “Space Boffins”, (14/10/20).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 133, 09/10/20)(ep 134, 12/10/20).  “The All New Angelos And Barry Podcast”, (15/10/20).  “The Froth”, (S2, ep 3, 13/10/20).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (12/10/20).  “The Skewer”, (BBC Radio 4)(S2, ep 5, 15/10/20).  “What’s The Problem? With Nick Abbot And Carol McGiffen”, (S1, ep 38, 12/10/20).  “Morrissey”,  “Kate Bush”,  “Franz Ferdinand”,  “Shed Seven”,  “Underworld”,  “The Cure”,  “Artic Monkeys”,  “Snow Patrol”,  “Tom Petty”,  “Ash”,  P.J Harvey”,  “Michael Kiwanuka”.

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Week 329, Saturday 3rd until Friday 9th October 2020.

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

Week 329 Saturday 3rd until Friday 9thOctober 2020.

I recently celebrated another orbit around the sun.  My family and friends know I’m not big at celebrating the moment I caused my mum a lot of pain during the end of the Black and white era of British TV.  If I had my way, I would sit at home probably in bed watching the tablet while eating cake, eating anything if honest!  Luckily I live with a lovely friend who always makes early October special without feeling too stressful.

Yum.

Last weekend I ate various slices of cake, and chips in the rain.  As well as a lovely Thai meal in a small central London pub we visit two or three time a year, which is usually very quiet that plays indie music in the background.  This visit was slightly different.  Upstairs in the small dining room next to our table were a group of four women (of course everything was very socially distanced and safe, so please don’t panic) who chatted amongst themselves, just as my friend and I did.  Our peace was shattered when two men appeared turned on the huge flat screen to watch football.  Though most of the time they seemed to ignore the kicky ball on the screen and just chat loudly to each other.  I noticed that one of women occasionally glance at them, giving them an evil eye.  Of course none of us complained about the noise pollution.  We carried on with our meals and ignored them the best as we could.

Kicky ball and chat, what’s not to like in a previously quiet room.

This was my second visit to the capital in seven days; it’s starting to become a habit.  Over the special weekend I realised two other habits.  One I became addicted to collecting screenshots of the QR codes for the government track and trace (i think that’s what the system is called) system.  Every time I saw one at the entrance to an establishment I wanted to go in and scan the code even if the shop sold tatt I was not remotely interested in.  The second thing was enjoying more and more the smell of hand sanitiser with an alcohol content of 75% or more.  By the time I got home I had the cleanest hands in the south east, even if they were a little rough looking.  I’m glad I don’t go out often these day’s, my hands wouldn’t be able to take enjoyment of that level.  I really need to get proper hobbies.

Thank you MOZ for a lovely weekend.

I really did have a good bday (thank you so much MOZ).  There are many things I enjoy and wish would last for longer or come around quicker.  But i am so pleased b’days are only a year.  If all goes to plan, next year I will be abroad travelling, this will mean my friend will have to virtually tempt me away from staying in bed all day.  Bed is very much my happy place.  That’s in a year’s time; maybe I will have changed and become a social butterfly.  If the blog is still going in early October 2021 I will report back then.

Who’s papping who.

And Finally……

Very wet, but beautiful view over Essex.

Instead of saying “kack handed”, I said “cock handed”. I’m blaming it on my great age and not any drink I may have consumed.

I couldn’t help buy someones unwanted tatt.

If there is something that gets me very excited it’s seeing a TV camera on a pedestal.  While at the O2 travelling down an escalator I looked through the glass walled Sky TV studio and get hot and sweaty at seeing a lone powered down camera.  When I mentioned what I saw to my friend waiting at the bottom of the moving staircase she said that I am addicted to TV camera pedestal porn (I really had to be careful writing that).  I’ve been an addict since the 1970s, somethings really never change.  I wonder if there is a pedestal support group.

As you as excited as i am at the site of this TV camera on a ped.

Walking into a small antique shop, I noticed behind the counter a cute bulldog puppy which snored loudly.  While browsing through the unwanted nik naks, I overheard the women also behind the counter say to a man reading a newspaper (making it clear he wanted to be left along) that the dog “had farted again”.

I’ll have them all.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“Click”, (03/10/20).  “Crocodile Dundee”, (1986).  “Dog Soldiers”, (2002).  “Dumbo”, (2019).  “Farscape”, (S1, ep 10 to ep 12).  “FOX 26 Houston: News at 9pm (Central US) With Tom Zizka”, (FaceBook)(TX; 05/10/20).  “Frozen 2”, (2019).  “Glitch”, (S2, ep 6).  “Have I Got News For You”, (S60, ep 2, TX: 09/10/20).  “I Survived Spitting Image, (The Puppet’s Not For Turning)(Labour – All Washed Up?)(Thatcher’s Gallery Of Grotesques)”, (Britbox).  “Rising Damp”, (S1, ep 5 to ep 7).  “Les Miserables: 10th Anniversary Concert At The Royal Albert Hall”, (2006).  “Les Miserables: In Concert, The 25th Anniversary Concert At The O2”, (2010).  “New York Comic Con: Doctor Who Spotlight With Jodie Whittaker, Mandip Gill And Bradley Walsh”, (BBC America)(YouTube)(TX: 08/10/20).  “Onward”, (2020).  “Spitting Image (2020)”, (Britbox)(S1, ep 1, 03/10/20).  “The Expanse”, (S1, ep 1 to 10).  “The Graham Norton Show”, (S28, ep 2, TX: 09/10/20).  “The Great British Bake Off”, (S11 (S4 on C4), ep 3, TX: 06/10/20).  “The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice”, (S7 (S4 on C4), ep 3, TX: 09/10/20).  “Top Gear”, (S29, ep 1, TX: 04/10/20).  “Van Helsing”, (S4, ep 10 to ep 13).                                     

Doctor Who Watched This Week:

“42”, (S29 (S3), ep 7,Prod Code 3.7)(TX: 19/05/07).

“Human Nature”, (S29 (S3), ep 8, Prod Code 3.8)(TX: 26/05/07).

“The Family Of Blood”, (S29 (S3), ep 9, Prod Code 3.9)(TX: 02/06/07).

Gerry Anderson Watched This Week:

“Captain Scarlet And The Mysterons”, (S1, ep 11, TX: 08/12/67).

“Space 1999”, (S1, ep 12 TX: 20/11/75)(ep 13, TX: 27/11/75).

 “UFO”, (S1, ep 10, TX: 09/12/70).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“Betamax Video Club”, (ep 37, 12/12/18).  “Clinton Baptiste’s Paranormal Podcast”, (S3, ep 2, 07/10/20).  “Coronavirus Global Daily Update”, (BBC World Service) (03/10/20) (04/10/20)(05/10/20) (06/10/20)(07/10/20) (08/10/20) (09/10/20)“CNN, Coronavirus: Fact Vs Fiction”, (ep 155, 05/10/20)(ep 156, 06/10/20)(ep 157, 07/10/20)(ep 158, 08/10/20)(ep 159, 09/10/20).  “David Tennant Does A Podcast With….”, (S2, ep 9, 06/10/20).  “Doctor Who On Trial”, (ep 10, 23/08/19).  “Gossipmongers”, (S4, ep 4, 05/10/20).  “Griefcast”, (ep 115, 07/10/20).  “Mystery Hour”, (01/10/20).  “NASA: Gravity Assist”, (09/10/20).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 165, 09/10/20).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (03/10/20) (04/10/20) (09/10/20).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe’s Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (S1, ep 47, 06/10/20)(ep 48, 09/10/20).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 132, 03/10/20).  “The Froth”, (S2, ep 2, 06/10/20).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (05/10/20).  “The Old Doctor Who Show”, (ep 101, 07/10/20).  “The Skewer”, (BBC Radio 4)(S2, ep 2, 08/10/20).  “What’s The Problem? With Nick Abbot And Carol McGiffen”, (S1, ep 37, 05/10/20).  “Morrissey”,  “U2“,  “The Killers”,  “Gorillaz”,  “Alanis Morissette”,  “The Primitives”,  “Madness”,  “The Smiths”,  “Lush”,  “Pixies”,  “The White Stripes”,  “Pulp”,  “Muse”,  “EMF”,  The Strokes”,  The Cure”,  The Cocteau Twins”,  The Cranberries”,  “Cyndi Lauper”.

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Week 328, Saturday 26th September until Friday 2nd October 2020.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East and Central London, Surrey and Kent (for coffee and cake).

Week 328 Saturday 26th September until Friday 2ndOctober 2020.

I used to travel across London on tubes twice a day.  Since mid-March I haven’t been on any mode of public transport or anywhere near central London.  It’s not that I have deliberately kept away; I just haven’t needed to make the journey because of working from the living room.

All aboard.

Last Saturday (26th Sept) I returned to the capital.  I sat on the train like an excited youngster as if it was my first time.  I was genuinely excited to be back on the rails, traveling with one of my sisters who let me tag along to an appointment of hers.

Tickets please.

It was very nice to see that most passengers had masks / face coverings, some even had them covering their nose and mouth.  I lost count the number who wore the mask to protect their delicate chin (in some cases multiple chins) and beards.  Others used the mask as a fashion accessory dangling it stylishly from one ear.  I’m sure it won’t be long before hip fashionable people have a mask hanging from each lughole.

My sister was not happy we were late for her appointment.

Seriously it was good to so many people being sensible, looking after themselves and others.  Travelling into London that day may have looked a little different, but it was comforting to know that somethings have not changed.  There were plenty of train delays, cancellations, with numinous apologetic recorded and live announcements echoing around the platforms, it’s as if the last 6 months had never happened.  My sister was very late for her appointment due to the train crawling mile after mile; a slug would have completed the journey faster.   I enjoyed my few hours in the capital; one thing I realised that morning is I don’t miss the daily commute and the expense.  I am very happy to stay at home.

I didn’t need telling twice.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

I hope this lost lamb found a home.

Mid-morning Monday to Friday an email arrives which provides call stats from the previous day.  It lists the total number of calls each person answered during that day, as well as other very boring call centre info that even after all these years I don’t fully understand.

MOZ made treats.

Every day I scan the list, not to see who took the most calls, but to check that my name is “NOT” there.  Yes you read that correct!  Since these emails started 6 weeks ago my name has never appeared.  I genuinely have no interest in how many calls others took, and definitely don’t want to see how many I took.  The bosses know I am working, if they have an issue it’s for them to contact me and say something. 

Always enjoy Kent.

I really am not a competitive person, these e-mail conjures images of all the people I used to see in the office every day in their living rooms, bedrooms, attics, garden sheds/dens, sex dungeons (it’s a big team, one of them must be in to kinky things) getting all excited at the number of calls they took and studying who did or didn’t do better.  I have said it once and I will say it again in capital letters; I AM SO GLAD NOT TO BE IN THE OFFICE, MIXING WITH OTHERS.  Does that make me a bad person?

Its coffee, honest.

And Finally……

I love the cake.

I spoke to a man who was a little confused why we had called him Mr Angeljack.  Of course I corrected his surname, but I couldn’t help comment how Angeljack sounded like a 1950s American detective.  Luckily he agreed.

Later in the week I talked to a women with a title (not the usual, Ms, Ms or Mrs) hers was extremely posh and privileged.  I didn’t know if I should have been curtsying while she spoke over the phone.

As a treat, I enjoyed a cone of chopped up Potatoes.

Passed a car on another carriageway engulfed in flames.  Initially I thought it was a bomb fire on the hard shoulder.  As I passed I could clearly see it was a car, the occupant (I assume) stood well out of the way just watching.  

Not since 21st December 1980 on BBC One.

A driver passed me on a busy road (a different one to the above), enjoying a large white ice cream.  It wasn’t a particularly warm day.

Took home an ophan.

Overheard two workmen wearing Hi-viz, reminiscing about Miss Diane and Benny from Midlands ITV soap “Crossroads” (1964 to 1988).

TV has not been the same since 1988, for these two.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

BBC News Special”, (BBC News)(TX: 30/09/20).  “Britain’s Biggest Dig”, (S1, ep 3, TX: 29/09/20).  “Click”, (26/09/20).  “Farscape”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 9).  “Farscape: 1st Chiana (Gigi Edgley) Interview (About S1)”, (YouTube)(TX: 22/10/11).  “Farscape: Bloopers Pt 1 & Pt 2”, (YouTube)(TX: 08/07/07).  “Gardeners World”, (S, 2020, ep 29, TX: 02/10).  “Glitch”, (S2, ep 5).  “Have I Got News For You”, (S60, ep 1, TX: 02/10/20).  “McQueen”, (2018).  “Mortimer And Whitehouse Gone Fishing”, (S3, ep 6, TX: 27/09/20).  “Mr Men”, (S1, “Mr Happy”, TX: 31/12/74.  “Mr Silly”, TX: 28/01/75.  “Mr Jelly”, TX: 14/01/75.  “Mr Snow”, TX: 25/02/75.  “Mr Bounce”, TX: 11/07/75.  “Mr Forgetful”, TX: 22/08/75.  “Mr Funny”, TX:12/09/75.  “Mr Bump”, TX: 14/01/76)“Reality Z”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 10).  “Rising Damp”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 4).  “Penguin TV Live (Phillip Island National Park, Australia)”, (FaceBook)(TX: 28/09/20)(TX: 30/09/20).  “The Graham Norton Show”, (S28, ep 1, TX: 02/10/20)The Great British Bake Off”, (S11 (S4 on C4), ep 2, TX: 29/09/20).  “The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice”, (S7 (S4 on C4), ep 2, TX: 02/10/20).  “The Lost  Room”, (S1, ep 4 to ep 6).  “The Office”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 6)(S2, ep 1 to ep 3).  “Van Helsing”, (S4, ep 6 to ep 9).                                     

Doctor Who Watched This Week:

“The Shakespear Code”, (S29 (S3), ep 2,Prod Code 3.2)(TX: 07/04/07).

“Gridlock”, (S29 (S3), ep 3, Prod Code 3.3)(TX: 14/04/07).

“Daleks in Manhattan”, (S29 (S3), ep 4, Prod Code 3.4)(TX: 21/04/07).

“Evolution Of The Daleks”, (S29 (S3), ep 5, Prod Code 3.5)(TX: 28/04/07).

“The Lazarus Experiment”, (S29 (S3), ep 6, Prod Code 3.6)(TX: 05/05/067.

Gerry Anderson Watched This Week:

“Captain Scarlet And The Mysterons”, (S1, ep 10, TX: 01/12/67).

“Space 1999”, (S1, ep 11 TX: 13/11/75),

“Thunderbirds”, (S1, ep 5, TX: 28/10/65).

 “UFO”, (S1, ep 9, TX: 02/12/70).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“Adam And Joe (XFM)”, (Original TX: 30/08/03).  “Anti Social Show”, (ep 85, 28/09/20).  “Betamax Video Club”, (ep 21, 11/07/18).  “Clinton Baptiste’s Paranormal Podcast”, (S3 Coming Soon trailer, 22/09/20)(ep 1, 30/09/20).  “Coronavirus Global Daily Update”, (BBC World Service) (26/09/20) (27/09/20)(28/09/20) (29/09/20)(30/09/20) (01/10/20)(02/10/20)“CNN, Coronavirus: Fact Vs Fiction”, (ep 151, 28/09/20)(ep 152, 29/09/20)(ep 153, 30/09/20)(ep 154, 01/10/20)(ep 154, 02/10/20).  “David Tennant Does A Podcast With….”, (S2, ep 8, 29/09/20).   “Gossipmongers”, (S4, ep 3, 28/09/20).  “Griefcast”, (ep 114, 30/09/20).  “Grounded With Louis Theroux : The Joe Wicks Podcast: Teaser Ep”, (28/09/20).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 164, 02/10/20).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (26/09/20) (27/09/20) (25/09/20).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe’s Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (S1, ep 45, 29/09/20)(ep 46, 02/10/20).  “Something Who, (ep 3, 03/09/19).  “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 213, 26/09/20).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 131, 25/09/20).  “The Froth”, (S2, ep 1, 29/09/20).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (28/09/20).  “The Skewer”, (BBC Radio 4)(S2, ep 1, 01/10/20).  “The Supermassive Podcast”, (ep 9, 25/09/20).  “What’s The Problem? With Nick Abbot And Carol McGiffen”, (S1, ep 36, 30/09/20).  “Morrissey”,  “The Polixce“,  “The Stereophoinc”,  “Gorillaz”,  “The Killers”,  “Bob Marley And The Wailers”,  “ABC”,  “R.E.M”,  “Soft Cell”,  “Bon Jovi”,  “Dire Straits”,  “Fleetwood Mac”,  “Keane”,  “We’ve Got A Fuzzbox And We’re Gonna Use It”,  “They Might Be Giants”,  “Mirillion”,    “Richard Marx”,  “Starship”,  “Starsailor”.

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Week 327, Saturday 19th until Friday 25th September 2020.

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

Week 327 Saturday 19th until Friday 25thSeptember 2020.


I am not overly political and try not to rant about what’s going on in the world in this ramble.  But something happened this week that I need to mention.  I have been asked to have a couple of routine blood tests, as with a lot of things I had to use an app to book an appointment.  The earliest slot at the local medical centre is 24th December however after looking around I managed to find an earlier appt on 14th Dec at another location.

A fully grown, juicy homegrown Testicle Brother.

The NHS celebrated it 72nd anniversary this year and 2020 has been its busiest year ever due to the Covid crisis.  We were told from the start of the pandemic that by “washing our hands, staying at home would save the NHS”.  The problem in my opinion is that saving the NHS should have been done years ago, it’s been on life support for a number of years because of budget cuts and job losses.  But the people in power knew that a huge number of additional patients ill with coronavirus suddenly turning up would bring the world-famous health system to its knees, so they panicked.

Preparing of the Testicle Brother.

The NHS has done a sterling job as the nation’s primary Covid fighting force; its staff (medical and non) have worked harder than ever trying to save lives.  But this meant that other services/clinics/treatment have been put on hold resulting in already long waiting getting even larger.  The life support machine keeping the NHS alive needs an upgrade, in simple terms the government should divert billions being used for a number of very controversial high-profile projects and inject this in to our ailing medical system.  That money would help the NHS become even stronger and better than ever.

Seen on the M1.

If I am having to wait 3 months for a couple of routine blood tests then god knows how long people with heart issues, cancer, knee replacements, cataracts are having to wait.  We are constantly being told that the NHS is working well but waiting months for a simple blood test proves it’s not.  This got me thinking because December is very much a wind down month for a lot of people, my test results won’t be available until after crimbum and will probably get lost after a well-earned end of year (socially distances) festive piss up.

Popping in to see Mum and Hel.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

This is what happens to visitors, who pretend there local people in a small village. Spotted near my cuz house.

I’ve signed up for a TFEL (Teaching English as a foreign language) course.  My thinking is I might be able to use this when abroad to help fund my trip.  I was never officially told that I am dyslexic, but I suspect I am because of the issues I have with spelling and grammar (as you will know if you have read this for a while).  The main problem will be committing to the number of guided study hours to complete the various modules, because I am not very organised.

Love a Pussy.

Because of current circumstances it’s very difficult to make future travel plans.  There are a number of routes I am considering, but it won’t be until the end of the year or early 2021 before I actually start to plan.  Teaching English as a foreign language could be very interesting and rewarding; maybe I could incorporate some art as well.  Anything to make money last a little longer while living out of a bag.

Yes, he enjoyed this lots.

And Finally (what I overheard  this week)……

Listening to my 6yr old nephew and his almost 8yr old neighbour talking in the garden mentioning Twitter, computer updates and new games going viral.  When I was there age i would have been talking about my favourite flavour crisps, Doctor Who, Star Wars or why mum wants me to have another bath!

An improvised mask will do.

A mother said to her son in a playground (I was with my niece and nephew) that they had to leave “NOW” to catch the last train home (it was a Sunday later afternoon).  The little boy said he didn’t care and could live in the playground.  The last time I saw them, the stressed women was dragging the little boy away who continued to protest loudly.

My Nephew enjoying the adventures of the 10th Doctor.

Overheard a couple telling friends that during the recent very hot weather they had trays of cold water and ice on the bedroom floor so they could cool their feet.  Next time we have a heatwave I will steal that idea.

I found this blog on my friends new huge TV.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens”, (S1, ep 3).  “BBC Archive #On This Day 1983, Blue Peter (TX: 11/09/83) Gets A New Set”, (YouTube)(TX: 12/09/19).  “BBC News Special”, (BBC News)(TX: 21/09/20).  “Britain’s Biggest Dig”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 15/09/20)(ep 2, TX: 22/09/20).  “Challenger: The Final Flight”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 4, TX: 16/09/20).  “Click”, (19/09/20).  “Criminal (UK)”, (S2, ep 3 & ep 4).  “Ghosts”, (S2, ep 1 to ep 6).  “Glitch”, (S2, ep 3 & ep 4).  “Homecoming”, (S2, ep 3 to ep 7).  “Jack Whitehall Travels With My Father”, (S4, ep 1 & ep 2, TX: 22/09/20).  “Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom”, (2018).  “Les Miserable, 25th Anniversary Live AT The O2”, (2010).  “Mortimer And Whitehouse Gone Fishing”, (S3, ep 5, TX: 20/09/20).  “Remembering Seven Keys To Doomsday”, (YouTube)(TX: 28/10/17).  “The Duchess”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 6).  “The Gentlemen”, (2020).  “The Great British Bake Off”, (S11 (S4 on C4), ep 1, TX: 22/09/20).  “The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice”, (S7 (S4 on C4), ep 1, TX: 25/09/20).  “The Lost Room”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 3).  “Van Helsing”, (S4, ep 4 & ep 5).  “When Bob Marley Came To Britain”, (TX: 29/08/20).                                   

Doctor Who Watched This Week:

“The Crimbum Invasion”, Prod Code 2.X)(TX: 25/12/05).

“The Girl In The Fireplace”, (S28 (S2), Prod Code 2.4)(TX: 06/05/06).

“Love And Monsters”, (S28 (S2), Prod Code 2.10)(TX: 17/06/06).

“Fear Her”, (S28 (S2), Prod Code 2.11)(TX: 24/06/06).

“Army Of Ghosts”, (S28 (S2), Prod Code 2.12)(TX: 01/07/06).

“Doomsday”, (S28 (S2), Prod Code 2.13)(TX: 08/07/06).

“The Runnaway Bride”, Prod Code 3.X)(TX: 25/12/06).

“Smith And Jones”, (S29 (S3), Prod Code 3.1)(TX: 31/03/07).

Gerry Anderson Watched This Week:

“Captain Scarlet And The Mysterons”, (S1, ep 8, TX: 17/11/67)(ep 9, TX: 24/11/67).

“Space 1999”, (S1, ep 9, TX: 30/10/75)(ep 10, 06/11/75)

“Thunderbirds”, (S1, ep 4, TX: 21/10/65).

 “UFO”, (S1, ep 7, TX: 04/11/70)(ep 8, TX: 11/11/70).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“Betamax Video Club”, (ep 29, 04/10/18)(ep 58, 05/12/19)(ep 74, 30/07/20).  “Clinton Baptiste’s Paranormal Podcast”, (S3 trailer, 22/09/20).  “Coronavirus Global Daily Update”, (BBC World Service) (19/09/20) (20/09/20)(21/09/20) (22/09/20)(23/09/20) (24/09/20)(25/09/20)“CNN, Coronavirus: Fact Vs Fiction”, (ep 146, 21/09/20)(ep 147, 22/09/20)(ep 148, 23/09/20)(ep 149, 24/09/20)(ep 150, 25/09/20).  “David Tennant Does A Podcast With….”, (S2, ep 7, 21/09/20).  “Doctor Who On Trial”, (Love letter: The Night Of The Doctor, 13/09/17)(ep 9, 16/09/20).  “Gossipmongers”, (S4, ep 2, 21/09/20).  “Griefcast”, (ep 113, 23/09/20).  “Homecoming”, (Preview, 30/10/16).  “Mystery Hour”, (17/09/20).  “NASA: Gravity Assist”, (25/09/20).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 162, 18/09/20)(ep 163, 25/09/20).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (19/09/20) (20/09/20) (25/09/20).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe’s Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (S1, ep 43, 22/09/20)(ep 44, 25/09/20).  “Something Who, (ep 2.5, 18/07/19).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 131, 25/09/20).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (22/09/20).  “The Skewer”, (BBC Radio 4)(S2, ep 2, 24/09/20).  “What’s The Problem? With Nick Abbot And Carol McGiffen”, (S1, ep 35, 21/09/20).  “Morrissey”,  “Dead Or Alive“,  “Join MItchell”,  “The Stone Roese”,  “Yeah Yeah Yeahs”,  “Scarlet”,  “The Cocteau Twins”,  “The Charlatans”,  “Fall Out Boy”,  “Blossoms”,  “Hot Chip”,  “Biffy Clyro”,  “Pulp”,  “Royal Blood”,  “Blur”,  “Suede”,    “ABC”,  “Duran Duran”.

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