Week 326, Saturday 12th until Friday 18th September 2020.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London & Surrey (via M25 jct 6).

Week 326 Saturday 12th until Friday 18thSeptember 2020.

This week has not been a good one.  Physically I haven’t felt, it’s just a cold not the big “V”.  A lot of the week was spent asleep, to some this may sound lazy, but my body needed rest.  At the time of writing I’m still bunged up.  Blowing my nose, doing something so mundane in public these days is a little strange, because I have seen the worried looks from passers-bye.

“Sadly this week , i lost one of the Testicle Brothers. The remaining one is happily still on the vine”.“.

Mentally I haven’t been well these last few days.  Part of the problem is my head is buzzing all the time with creative ideas, paintings, drawing and stories/scripts. Recently I have wondered if I should stop this blog, because the time I use to write this could be spent on completing stories.  This is something I need to consider.  Recently I have come up with a couple of story/script ideas, which i really like.  But I am realistic, if I did complete them they wouldn’t be read because I am not a professional writer (As you can tell from this shiz) who doesn’t have an agent.  But I have got to an age where I have to try and submit ideas.  I have said this before, I am not after fame and fortune, of course it would be nice to earn a little pocket money from being creative, but I realise I will always have to earn the majority of my money from a normal job.

“One Tom is ready to eat”.

That’s another major problem work.  Even though I am working from home (which is great) a call centre, is still a call centre!  It’s time I re-evaluated my life, unfortunately I suspect I will never really be happy with my employment.  Which is why I have a need to be creative?  A creative side, even part time would help ease the pain of the normal 40 hrs a week of **______________ (** insert job title).

“There small, but perfectly formed”.

This week I have felt like an old fashioned kettle sitting on top of a flame that couldn’t be turned off.  When the kettle boiled the mess was horrible.  I have to knuckle down with my creativity and finally get an answer to the ultimate question is anything I produce any good or total shiz!  If I was told go away, then at least I tried and wouldn’t have a choice but to carry on with the normal job.  Or course it would be lovely if someone liked what I produced and wanted it.  But this is not a movie, its real life.

“Pre-Kettle over flowing”.

This is a very stressful time for everyone.  I have reached out to friends and family.  Don’t be like an old kettle and boil over, speak to people.  Take care, let’s all be good to ourselves.

“Distracted while writing this Shiz”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“3%”, (S1, ep 5).  “Away”, (S1, ep 8 to ep 10).  “Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens”, (S1, ep 1 & ep 2).  “Battlestar Galatica (Mini Series)”, (ep 2).  “Blakes 7”, (S1, ep 1 & ep 2).  “Click”, (12/09/20).  “Criminal (UK)”, (S2, ep 1 & ep 2).  “Gardeners World”, (2020, ep 26, TX: 11/09/20).  “Glitch”, (S2, ep 2).  “Des”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 3).  “Homecoming”, (S1, ep 2 to ep 10)(S2, ep 1 & ep 2).  “Mike Skipper Saturday Coming Out Of Lock Down Quizz”, (FaceBook)(TX: 12/09/20).  “Motherland”, (S2, ep 1).  “Mortimer And Whitehouse Gone Fishing”, (S3, ep 4, TX: 13/09/20).  “September 11th As It Happened: The Definitive Live News Montage”, (YouTube)(TX: 05/10/14).  “Sister Rosetta Tharpe – Didn’t It Rain”, (YouTube)(TX: 10/11/13).  “Strike: Lethal White”, (ep 4).  “The Duchess”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 3).  “The Lost Boys”, (1985).  “The Sky AT Night”, (TX: 14/09/20).  “Van Helsing”, (S4, ep 2 & ep 3).                                     

Doctor Who Watched This Week:

“The Impossible Planet”, (S28 (S2), Prod Code 2.8)(TX: 03/06/06).

“The Satan Pit”, (S28 (S2), Prod Code 2.9)(TX: 10/06/06).

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

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

Gerry Anderson Watched This Week:

“Captain Scarlet And The Mysterons”, (S1, ep 7, TX: 10/11/67).

“Space 1999”, (S1, ep 8, TX: 23/10/75).

 “UFO”, (S1, ep 6, TX: 07/10/70).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“13Cast – Something Who “, (ep 2 to 7, 21/06/19).  “Betamax Video Club”, (ep 38, 19/12/18)(ep 50, 13/06/19)(ep 78, 17/09/20).  “Coronavirus Global Daily Update”, (BBC World Service) (12/09/20) (13/09/20)(14/09/20) (15/09/20)(16/09/20) (17/09/20)(18/09/20)“CNN, Coronavirus: Fact Vs Fiction”, (ep 141, 14/09/20)(ep 142, 15/09/20)(ep 143, 16/09/20)(ep 144, 17/09/20)(ep 145, 18/09/20).  “David Tennant Does A Podcast With….”, (S2, ep 6, 15/09/20).  “Gossipmongers”, (S4, ep 1, 14/09/20).  “Griefcast”, (ep 112, 16/09/20).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (12/09/20)(13/09/20)(18/09/20).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe’s Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (S1, ep 41, 15/09/20)(ep 42, 18/09/20).  “Something Who, (ep 9, 11/01/20)(S12 Extra, 16/01/20)(ep 11, 29/01/20)(ep 12, 06/02/20)(ep 13, 14/02/20)(ep 14, 21/02/20)(ep 15, 26/02/20)(ep 16, 05/03/20).  “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 211, 11/09/20)(ep 212, 18/09/20).  “Space Boffins”, (17/09/20).  “The Bomb”, (BBC World Service)(ep 7, 12/09/20).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (14/09/20).  “The Old Doctor Who Show”, “The Skewer”, (BBC Radio 4)(S2, ep 1, 17/09/20).  “We Will Get Passed This”, (ep 40, 17/06/20)(ep 41, 18/06/20).  “What’s The Problem? With Nick Abbot And Carol McGiffen”, (S1, ep 34, 14/09/20).  “World Wise Web”, (BBC World Service)(Preview, 24/12/19)(ep 1, 10/01/20)(ep 2, 17/01/20)(ep 3, 24/01/20)(ep 4, 31/01/20)(ep 5, 07/02/20)(ep 6, 14/02/20)(ep 7, 21/02/20)(ep 8, 28/02/20)(ep 9, 06/03/20)(ep 10, 13/03/20)(ep 11, 20/03/20)(ep 12, 27/03/20).  “Morrissey”,  “Roxette“,  “The Cardigans”,  “Kate Bush”,  “Bruce Springsteen”,  “Madonna”,  “Journey”,  “Bronski Beat”,  “Pet Shop Boys”,  “The KLF”,  “T. Rex”,  “The Divine Comedy”,  “The Libertines”,  “Florence And The Machine”,  “The Stone Roses”,    “Pearl Jam”,  “Mumford And Sons”,  “Macey Grey”,  “Men Without Hats”,  “Heart”.

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Week 325, Saturday 5th until Friday 11th September 2020.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London & Surrey (via Gatwick Airport, West Sussex).

Week 325 Saturday 5th until Friday 11thSeptember 2020.

Happy Bday this week to Ian. And Happy Anniversary Star Trek.

Working from home really works and suits me.  But if you’re bored of sitting in the living room you could do what so many others are doing and choosing to work remotely not from the living room but further afield.  I read an article which mentioned that the Bahamas has started a special visa which allows a person to live and work on the island for a year.  I’m not a sun lover, but the idea of sitting beside a pool or on a beach while answering the annoying calls I received every day is appealing.

  

This week’s Testicle Brothers update.

This got me thinking if only the thick blue cable that runs from the internet box in the hallway to the work computer was a few hundred metres long instead of just 8.  I would be able to sit under a tree in a local park watching birds, squirrels going about their business while working.  That then conjured up an image of coloured cables criss crossing roads and pavements to parks and greens allowing people to work from a different location, experts have said that being surrounded by nature helps lower stress levels.  I know what you’re thinking, what about the trip hazard to pigeons, cats, urban foxes and other creatures using the pavements.  It wouldn’t take a clever dick long to create a system of covers to stop paws, toesy wosies, and other excuses for feet from getting trapped. These coloured cables would also brighten up the normal grey surroundings of pavements and tarmac.

It’s pretty, it was tasty, it was tiny.

Working from the park would for me be relaxing, but I have to admit that being located in the Caribbean would be much more fun.  If I stock up on factor 50, would you could pay for my visa?

Rescued this little one from being a neighbours cat play thing.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

Its probably not worth much, but to me its treasure.

This week I visited my storage.  I need to start making regularly visits to see what I can sell, keep and junk.  When I unlocked the door my heart sank when confronted with all my treasured (my precious”, said in my best Gollum voice) possessions.

I always wonder what other people are storing.

Certainly bags of old clothes can definitely go to a charity shop (I need to find out if there accepting donations under the current circumstances) these are clothes I haven’t worn in years.  Taser is a reason they have been hidden because if the capitals Metropolitan Fashion Police saw them the wearer would be tasered straight away.

Cheese.

Its time to make tough decisions, I am not able to just store everything for ever, its costing me a small fortune.  Out of all the shiz there are a few gems that are worth some money (not a lot, but something) which i would like to hang on to.  But the majority won’t be worth much because of the quantities produced.  At this time I really need to concentrate on saving and making extra money to fund next year’s travel plans.

I Love to watch the birds, while working.

And Finally……

When I got home on wet evening, walking to and from the car I used the torch making sure that I didn’t tread on any snails wondering around.  I didn’t inspect any found to see it Sandra was out and about in the driveway.

Its always nice to see Chewie.

Bought knee pads for when I do my physio exercises.  When the box arrived I realised that there was one pad.  I naturally (and wrongly) assumed that because I have two knees i was buying two pads.  Lesson learned this week, always read the small print on the screen. 

A classic album in storage.

I spoke to a lady who was very vague while telling me her name and address. Because of data protection issues I was concerned she was being prompted. When asked, she explained that she was breast feeding at the moment which was why her mind was preoccupied.

You looking at Me?

Feeling very excited while travelling through the Dartford tunnel, because I could still hear the radio.  Up until my last visit I always lost the radio signal when entering the tunnel.  Finally the “my” toll money has been spent wisely on a upgrade.

Found out this doodle of John Nathan-Turner (Doctor Who Producer, 1980 to 1989) is to be published with an article about him i have written.

Name of the Week.  I spoke to a Mr Normal, who in my uneducated opinion was far from normal.

This is why i love subtitles.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“Away”, (S1, ep 4 to ep 7).  “Battlestar Galatica (Mini Series)”, (ep 1).  “BBC News Coronavirus Briefing”, (TX: 09/09/20).  “Click”, (05/09/20).  “Dinnerladies”, (S1, ep 6)(S2, ep 1 to ep 10).  “Glitch”, (S2, ep 1).  “Homecoming”, (S1, ep 1).  “Little Fires Everywhere”, (S1, ep 7 & ep 8).  “Mortimer And Whitehouse Gone Fishing”, (S3, ep 3, TX: 06/09/20).  “October Faction”, (S1, ep 8 to ep 10).  “Peter Kay’s Stand Up Comedy Shuffle”, (S1, ep 2, TX: 04/09/20).  “Strike: Lethal White”, (ep 3).  “Sue Perkins: Along The US- Mexico Border”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 07/09/200(ep 2, TX: 08/09/20).  “The Flying Archaeologist”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 29/04/13)“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Extended Edition”, (2012).  “The London 2050 Tube Map”, (YouTube)(TX: 03/09/20).  “The Night Sky Underground Map”, (YouTube)(TX: 03/09/20).  “Van Helsing”, (S4, ep 1).                                    

Doctor Who Watched This Week:

“Tooth And Claw”, (S28 (S2), Prod Code 2.2)(TX: 22/04/06).

“School Reunion”, (S28 (S2), Prod Code 2.3)(TX: 29/04/06).

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

“Rise Of The Cybermen”, (S28 (S2), Prod Code 2.5)(TX: 13/05/06).

“The Age Of Steel”, (S28 (S2), Prod Code 2.6)(TX: 20/05/06).

“The Idiot’s Lantern”, (S28 (S2), Prod Code 2.7)(TX: 27/05/06).

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

Gerry Anderson Watched This Week:

“Captain Scarlet And The Mysterons”, (S1, ep 5, TX: 27/10/67)(ep 6,TX: 03/11/67).

“Space 1999”, (S1, ep 6, TX: 09/10/75)(ep 7, TX: 16/10/75).

 “Thunderbirds”, (S1, ep 3, TX: 14/10/65) .

“UFO”, (S1, ep 5, TX: 14/10/70).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“13Cast – Something Who – Preview Episode – The Podcast That Fell To Earth, (21/06/19).  “13Cast – Sheffield Steel”, (21/06/19).  “Anti Social Show”, (ep 84, 04/09/20).  “Betamax Video Club”, (ep 4, 01/11/17)(ep 11, 14/02/18)(ep 18, 30/05/18)(ep 43, 07/03/19)(ep 44, 21/03/19)(ep 57, 21/11/19)(ep 60, 09/01/20)(ep 66, 02/04/20)(ep 72, 25/06/20).  “Coronavirus Global Daily Update”, (BBC World Service) (05/09/20) (06/09/20)(07/09/20) (08/09/20)(09/09/20) (10/09/20)(11/09/20)“CNN, Coronavirus: Fact Vs Fiction”, (ep 137, 08/09/20)(ep 138, 09/09/20)(ep 139, 10/09/20)(ep 140, 11/09/20).  “David Tennant Does A Podcast With….”, (S2, ep 5, 08/09/20).  “Doctor Who On Trial”, (ep 3 & ep 4, 13/08/17)(ep 5, 18/08/17)(ep 6, 25/08/17)(ep 7, 01/09/17)(ep 8, 09/09/17).  “Griefcast”, (ep 111, 09/09/20).  “In The Village”, (S1, ep 12, 15/12/17).  “Lazy Doctor Who”, (ep 208 & ep 209, 05/09/20).  “NASA: Gravity Assist”, (11/09/20).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 161, 11/09/20).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (05/09/20)(11/09/20).  “Nick Abbot – Virgin Radio”, (YouTube)(TX: 15/09/93).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe’s Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (S1, ep 39, 08/09/20)(ep 40, 11/09/20).  “Something Who, (ep 2, 16/06/19).  “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 210, 04/09/20).  “The Bomb”, (BBC World Service)(ep 5, 29/08/20).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (07/09/20).  “We Will Get Passed This”, (ep 40, 17/06/20)(ep 41, 18/06/20).  “What’s The Problem? With Nick Abbot And Carol McGiffen”, (S1, ep 33, 07/09/20).  “Morrissey”,  “Queen“,  “Annie Lennox”,  “Feeder”,  “Manic Street Preacher”,  “Dave Stewart And Barbara Gaskin”,  “Blur”,  “U2”,  “Coldplay”,  “Razorlight”,  “Stillskin”,  “R.E.M”,  “Placebo”,  “David Bowie”,  “The Cardigans”,    “Gary Newman”,  “The Rolling Stones”,  “The Waterboys”,  “Doves”.

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Week 324, Saturday 29th August until Friday 4th September 2020.

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

Week 324 Saturday 29th  August until Friday 4thSeptember 2020.

Close friends know that if I see a button, I have to press it (there are so many stories I could relate, but these will be saved for future weeks.  It’s all content). When I worked in a Sci-Fi shop in the mid-90’s I couldn’t resist pressing all the buttons on animated action figures and toys.  On many occasions when the shelves were filled with merchandise for the first Toy Story I couldn’t resist setting off all the Woody’s and Buzz Lightyear’s making a real racket.

Other than strangely interested in large friendly buttons, I am also attracted to signs which for instance tell me to “keep out” (Don’t panic, I do have the sense not to be silly and risk life and limb).  Last weekend I visited Lullingstone Castle in Kent with a friend who absolutely loved the beautiful gardens, while I loved enjoyed the coffee/tea and cake tent.  The afternoon became a little more exciting when I discovered a group of Beehives.  There was a sign which just mentioned something like “don’t get too close”, there were no barriers, nothing to stop the hives from being approached.

After reading the last 191 words, I think you can guess what happened next.  Because Bees are a favourite fascinating creature that always makes me smile I crossed the invisible line.  After a couple of steps one of the on duty workers from the hive made it clear that it was unimpressed with my trespassing.  As soon as it buzzed me of course I stepped backwards.  But this Bee wasn’t in a good mood and continued to fly around my head very fast.  I don’t know if it landed on my hair or just got tangled, but either way I could hear the insect buzzing angrily. Nothing I did, including shaking my head from side to side or up and down helped.  I dropped everything I was carrying on the ground and managed to grab my brush from inside my bag to try and gently brush the bee out of my hair.

You will have already guessed the end of this story the Bee stung me on the back of the head. It wasn’t the pain which lasted only a couple of minutes that hurt, it was seeing the Bee that had fallen out of my hair on to the ground with its sting hanging out of its abdomen which was very upsetting.  I really do care for the environment and other creatures that I share the planet with.  We have been told a lot over the last few years about how Bees are endangered.  My foolish ignoring of a warning sign resulted in one less inhabiting the planet.  This sounds all very dramatic I know, but it really was my fault.  It’s time I took notice of a warning sign in the future.  Before leaving I bought two pots of honey made from those very hives, I felt this was my way of paying compensation to the bees.  Of course didn’t admit to being an insect killer.

I think I am a lot safer pressing buttons, than ignoring signs.  Sadly I haven’t been in a shop for a while, next time I come across things/toys with large friendly buttons I will have to press them all, step back and feel satisfied.

P.S… The entire soundtrack of the incident (the sting) can be heard on video because I was filming at the time I encountered the Bee.  When the camera was laid on the floor luckily the lens was face down which is why you can only hear what happened.  Maybe one day I will let you hear the moment I got stung and regretted ignoring a sign.

And Finally……

Queuing in a local shop, I became aware of a smell which made me think of a 1970’s council estate lift or a leaky public loo.  The person in front was wearing gym/sportswear, I couldn’t tell if they had a very hard work out or were rotting. Breathing through my mouth made waiting for the little old lady at the till fumbling for change in her purse a little easier.

The child noise pollution (screaming and shouting) from next door has been extreme over the last seven days.  I’m hoping that they start nursery soon.

Wacthing these two, made me thinking i should fish.

Because I was in such a hurry one lunchtime after doing my physio exercises I stupidly washed my hair with shower gel.   I stood looking at the shampoo bottle trying to work out what I had done wrong for more seconds than I should admit.  For the rest of the day my hair felt and looked even more glossy than normal, “like I had just come out of a salon”.

Name of the week, Mrs Grubb.  Of course I kept a professional call centre calm voice when the name was confirmed.  In my mind I like to think of her looking like a Pepperpot from “Monty Python”.  A silly name really helps working in a call centre so much more bearable.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“3%”, (S1, ep 4).  “Away”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 3).  “FOX 26 Houston: News at 9pm (Central US) With Tom Zizka”, (FaceBook)(TX: 31/08/20).  “Glitch”, (S1, ep 6).  “Justice League”, (2017).  “Little Fires Everywhere”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 6).  “Mortimer And Whitehouse Gone Fishing”, (S3, ep 1, TX: 23/08/20)(ep 2, TX: 30/08/20).  “Peter: The Human Cyborg”, (TX: 26/08/20).  “Plebs”, (S1, ep 4 to ep 6).  “October Faction”, (S1, ep 6 & ep 7).  “Reunited Apart With Josh Gadd: The Lord Of The Rings Reunion”, (YouTube)(ep 4, TX: 31/05/20).  “Strike: Lethal White”, (ep 1 & ep 2).  “The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King”, (Extended Edition)(2004).  “The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers”, (Extended Edition)(2003).  “Tracy Beaker Returns”, (S1, ep 1).  “Van Helsing”, (S3, ep 13).                                    

Doctor Who Watched This Week:

“The Doctor Dances”, (S27 (S1), Prod Code 1.10)(TX: 28/05/05).

“Boom Town”, (S27 (S1), Prod Code 1.11)(TX: 04/06/05).

“Bad Wolf”, (S27 (S1), Prod Code 1.12)(TX: 11/06/05).

“The Parting of the Ways”, (S27 (S1), Prod Code 1.13)(TX: 18/06/05).

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

“New Earth”, (S28 (S2), Prod Code 2.1)(TX: 15/04/06).

Gerry Anderson Watched This Week:

“Captain Scarlet And The Mysterons”, (S1, ep 3, TX: 13/10/67)(ep 4,TX: 20/10/67)(ep 13, 22/12/67).

“Space 1999”, (S1, ep 4, TX: 25/09/75)(ep 5, TX: 02/10/75).

 “Thunderbirds”, (S1, ep 11, TX: 09/12/65)(ep 15, TX: 06/01/66) .

“UFO”, (S1, ep 4, TX: 07/10/70).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“A Wheezing Groaning Sound”, (ep 1, 19/03/20)(ep 2, 26/03/20)(ep 3, 02/04/20).  “Betamax Video Club”, (ep 1, 04/10/17)(ep 12, 28/02/18)(ep 13, 24/03/18)(ep 27, 12/09/18)(ep 32, 07/11/18)(ep 42, 21/02/19)(ep 68, 30/04/20).  “Coronavirus Global Daily Update”, (BBC World Service)(29/08/20)(30/08/20)(31/08/20) (01/09/20)(02/09/20) (03/09/20)(04/09/20)“CNN, Coronavirus: Fact Vs Fiction”, (ep 132, 31/08/20)(ep 133, 01/09/20)(ep 134, 02/09/20)(ep 135, 03/09/20)(ep 136, 04/09/20).  “David Tennant Does A Podcast With….”, (S2, ep 4, 01/09/20).  “Doctor Who On Trial”, (ep 1, 13/07/17)(ep 2, 13/08/17).  “Griefcast”, (ep 110, 02/09/20).  “In The Village”, (S1, ep 11, 08/12/17).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 160, 04/09/20).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (29/08/20)(04/09/20).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe’s Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (S1, ep 36, 29/08/20)(ep 37, 01/09/20)(ep 38, 04/09/20).  “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 209, 28/08/20).  “The Bomb”, (BBC World Service)(ep 5, 29/08/20).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (31/08/20).  “The Supermassive Podcast”, (ep 8, 28/08).  “We Will Get Passed This”, (ep 36, 13/06/20)(ep 37, 14/06/20)(ep 38, 15/06/20)(ep 39, 16/06/20).  “What’s The Problem? With Nick Abbot And Carol McGiffen”, (S1, ep 32, 31/08/20).  “Morrissey”,  “Queen “,  “Florence And The Machine”,  “Nirvana”,  “Feeder”,  “The Undertones”,  “That Petrol Emotion”,  “Electronic”,  “Underworld”,  “Blur”,  “Ash”,  “Massive Attack”,  “Faithless”,  “Pulp”,  “Cornershop”,  “Sixpence None The Richer”,  “Alanis Morissette”,  “Starsailor”,  “The Seahorses”,  “Shed Seven”.

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Week 323, Saturday 22nd until Friday 28th August 2020.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London.

Week 323 Saturday 22nd  until Friday 28thAugust 2020.

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Before lockdown, we were constantly being encouraged to ditch plastic especially single use tatt.  A sign that things were changing just before we were all told to stay at home was the fact that the numerous coffee shops on every high street would only serve drinks in paper (that have a plastic coasting, meaning that they are not very recyclable) cups.   And refusing the expensive reusable containers/flasks that we have been “persuaded” customers to buy to help save the planet.

20200829_105544 “This weeks , photo update of the Testicle Brothers”.

Almost as soon as lock down stared I became aware of the amount of plastic bags being used with supermarket home deliveries.  Before end of March they (certainly the company we use) had pretty much phased out excessive plastic waste.  Once lock down was in place everything was in bags, sometimes bags with in bags containing only a couple of items.  When I attempted to give them back but the driver, he informed me he wasn’t allowed to take them.  It did cross my mind that the bags have been in the back of the van and in the depot far longer than with me unpacking the shopping out of plastic crates on the door step.  Over these last few very serious months, all the hard work of environmentalists seems to have been forgotten especially by big national companies.

20200831_023311 “What you looking at?”.

If you have been out and about recently you can’t have failed to have seen a new waste/recycling issue.  Disused face masks and gloves littering pavements (I even saw them trodden into muddy countryside pathways while visiting my mum and sister recently).  Like most people I have been using disposable masks, the very style seen scattered on a local streets near you.  Because I don’t want to add to the environmental time bomb, I am currently looking a more environmentally friendly face covering which can be washed and reused for much longer.  Also I am hoping not to feel hot, slightly moist and uncomfortable after a few minutes wearing the mask.  When I have a new one, I’ll show it off here.  Maybe this will be the start of my future “London Fashion Week” modelling career.

20200825_174616 “I was not very happy when this was drawn”.

Talking about PPE, earlier this week I went for a physio session, all I could actually see of the therapist was a lot of hair and huge eyes.  He was of course covered in a thin layer of plastic/paper from head to toe.  Even the physio bed/table was covered with paper which meant that when I lay on my front and poked my masked face through the hole at the head of the bed all I could see and feel was a layer of paper.  My neck felt great afterwards, even though the session was uncomfortable because of all the protection.

20200828_170832 “The neighbours cat looking for a free meal in the bush in the rain.  It didn’t get one”.

I’m still trying to get used to this new world.  2020 really is not fun, I wish there was a way we could start all over again.

20200829_222106 “A visitor this week.  Its not Sandra the snail”.

 And Now For Something Completely Different……

20200829_191402 20200829_191448 “I actually pulled a very loose tooth out of my nephews mouth.  He asked me to”.

Working from home has scattered colleagues to living rooms all over the place.  The organisation I work for has tried to keep work “friends” together by organising virtual quizzes and other online events.  All of these take place during normal office hrs.  My department is extremely busy; I assume others are as well.  Who has the time or gets permission to down tools and attend sessions like this.

20200829_164959 “Anoodle proudly showing me her old class room”.

This week I had to laugh, when an email came through informing me that later that afternoon there was the “1st virtual concert”.  I continued to read a list of names (none I knew, I said my department is very busy) what their job title is and what they would be doing in the name of entertainment.  Some were singing, others telling jokes, reading poetry there was even a virtual band.  I suppose there must have been some people that watched but there can’t be many.  If companies, like mine really want to get people together virtually, then surely embarrassing events like the concert should be after work (or during lunchtime).  Thinking about it, I’m glad I missed the concert because I had to take constant phone calls from people moaning.  Talking to those numpties was probably more entertaining than office workers singing show tunes musicals or attempting to tell jokes.  The world really doesn’t make sense any more (thinking about it, did it ever?).

20200822_202058 20200823_205831 “There odd shapes, but all home grown”.

And Finally……

20200826_215925 “Hello…”

How would you say, for example £100.20p?  Personally I would say “One hundred pounds and 20p (or pence)”.  Twice this week on the phone two older sounding people said “spot” for the dot between pound and pence.  Am I behind the times?  Is this how hip and trendy pensioners are talking while queuing masked and socially distancing (of course) while waiting for their pension in the post  office.

20200830_181649 “One of the reasons i enjoy visiting the local dump”.

I spoke to one greedy woman this week, with two hyphens in her name (one in the first, the other in the surname).

20200830_201130 “Rescued from being a play thing to another neighbours cats”.

Name of week, goes to Mrs Grubb.  Silly little things like that are far more entertaining than office workers pretending to be a West End star.

20200826_211736 “It could be Tom Baker.  It wasn’t, but i will pretend it was”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“3%”, (S1, ep 2 & ep 3).  “Click”, (TX: 22/08/20).  “Dinnerladies”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 5).  “FOX 26 Houston: News at 5pm (Central US) With Tom Zizka”, (FaceBook)(TX: 22/08/20)(23/08/20).  “Glitch”, (S1, ep 3 to ep 5).  “Guardians”, (2017).  “K-9 And Company: A Girl’s Best Friend”, (TX: 28/12/81).  “Life”, (2017).  “Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring”, (Extended Edition)(2002).  “Mike Skipper’s Coming Out Of Lockdown Quiz”, (FaceBook)(TX: 22/08/20).  “Plebs”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 3).  “October Faction”, (S1, ep 3 to ep 5).  “The Meg”, (2018).  “The Possession”, (2012).  “The Predator”, (2018).  “The Prodigy”, (2019).  “The Vatican Tapes”, (2015).  “Travel Man’s Greatest Trips”, (ep 4, TX: 21/08/20).  “Van Helsing”, (S3, ep 9 to ep 12).                                    

Doctor Who Watched This Week:

“Rose”, (S27 (S1), Prod Code 1.1)(TX: 26/03/05).

“The End Of The World”, (S27 (S1), Prod Code 1.2)(TX: 02/04/05).

“The Unquiet Dead”, (S27 (S1), Prod Code 1.3)(TX: 09/04/05).

“Aliens Of London”, (S27 (S1), Prod Code 1.4)(TX: 16/04/05).

“World War Three”, (S27 (S1), Prod Code 1.5)(TX: 23/04/05).

“Dalek”, (S27 (S1), Prod Code 1.6)(TX: 30/04/05).

“The Long Game”, (S27 (S1), Prod Code 1.7)(TX:07/05/05).

“Father’s Day”, (S27 (S1), Prod Code 1.8)(TX: 14/05/05).

“The Empty Child”, (S27 (S1), Prod Code 1.9)(TX: 21/05/05).

Gerry Anderson Watched This Week:

“Captain Scarlet And The Mysterons”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 29/04/67)(ep 2, TX: 06/10/67).

“Space 1999”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 04/09/75)(ep 2, TX: 11/09/75)(ep 3, TX: 18/09/75).

 “Thunderbirds”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 30/09/65)(ep 2, TX: 07/10/65).

“UFO”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 16/09/70)(ep 5, TX: 23/09/70 )(ep 19, TX: 30/09/70).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“Coronavirus Global Daily Update”, (BBC World Service)(22/08/20)(23/08/20)(24/08/20) (25/08/20)(26/08/20)(27/08/20)(28/08/20)“CNN, Coronavirus: Fact Vs Fiction”, (ep 127, 24/08/20)(ep 128, 25/08/20)(ep 129, 26/08/20)(ep 130, 27/08/20)(ep 121, 28/08/20).  “David Tennant Does A Podcast With….”, (S2, ep 3, 25/08/20).  “In The Village”, (S1, ep 9, 24/11/170(ep 10, 01/12/17).  “Lazy Doctor Who”,(ep 194, 21/01/20)(ep 195, 25/03/20)(ep 196, 30/03/20)(ep 197, 05/04/20)(ep 198, 07/04/20)(ep 199, 13/04/20)(ep 200 & ep 201, 13/04/20)(ep 202, 17/04/20)(ep 203, 14/04/20)(ep 204, 01/07/20)(ep 205 to 207, 02/07/20).  “NASA: Gravity Assist”, (21/08/20).  “NASA: Houston WE Have A Podcast”, (ep 159, 28/08/20).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (22/08/20) (23/08/20)(28/08/20).  “Poppy Hillstead Has Entered The Chat (Rave)”, (ep 6, 26/08/20).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe’s Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (S1, ep 35, 25/08/20).  “Something Who”, (ep 1, 01/05/19).  “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 208, 22/08/20).  “The All New Angelos And Barry Podcast”, (25/08/20).  “The Bomb”, (BBC World Service)(ep 4, 21/08/20).  “The Froth With Rhod Gilbert and Sian Harris”, (Trailer, 27/05/20)(S1, ep 1, 08/06/20)(ep 2, 15/06/20)(ep 3, 22/06/20)(ep 4, 29/06/20)(ep 5, 06/07/20)(ep 6, 13/07/20)(ep 7, 20/07/20)(ep 8, 27/07/20)(ep 9, 03/08/20)(ep 10, 10/08/20)(ep 11, 17/08/20)(ep 12, 24/08/20).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (24/08/20).  “We Will Get Passed This”, (ep 27, 04/06/20)(ep 28, 05/06/20)(ep 29, 06/06/20)(ep 30, 07/06/20)(ep 31, 08/06/20)(ep 32. 09/06/20)(ep 33, 10/06/20)(ep 34, 11/06/20)(ep 35, 12/06/20).  “What’s The Problem? With Nick Abbot And Carol McGiffen”, (S1, ep 31 24/08/20).  “Morrissey”,  “Byran Adams And Mel C”,  “Manic Street Preachers”,  “Fleetwood Mac”,  “Suede”,  “The Happy Mondays”,  “Madison Avenue”,  “Beck”,  “Shed Seven”,  “The Cranberries”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Week 322, Saturday 15th until Friday 21st August 2020.

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

Week 322 Saturday 15th  until Friday 21thAugust 2020.

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Happy 4th Wedding Anniversary to SAZ and Tim.

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First this week the final SNAIL WATCH.

20200818_171531 20200823_015307 “Saying goodbye”.

 Earlier this week I said goodbye to Sandra the snail.  Her shell felt solid when i picked her up, she was ready to be realised.  A big question over the last couple of weeks, where to leave her?  Originally my plan was to visit a local park that has knee high grass, an area which doesn’t have (from what I have observed) a lot of people aimlessly tramping around.  In the end I let her go in my friend’s garden beside the base of a rickety old shed.  Once free nothing happened for a couple of minutes, then gradually she emerged fully from her shell (how amazing is Mother Nature) and wondered off slowly into the darkness underneath the shed.

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I won’t lie, I was sad to see her go.  However, I feel I did a good thing helping a tiny helpless creature.  These last few weeks I have spent more time noticing what’s on the ground, especially looking for small slightly slimy animals.  Hopefully Sandra will go on to live a happy gastropod life.

DSCF5473 “I met this tiny country bumpkin while out walking”.

And now this…

IMG-20200814-WA0005 “Two of my fave ladies”.

When I visit my mum and sister, I love to spend time beside the canal watching the world go by (probably looking more gormless than normal).  When the rain became like bullets on both days last weekend I made my way to a cafe beside a couple of busy canal locks.  Upon entering the eatery on both days my temperature and contact information were recorded for contact tracing.  This made my coffee and muffin even more satisfying knowing that if there was an issue I could be traced.  Even though I enjoyed looking through the window, nothing tops actually being beside the water.  One day I will take a trip on a boat, I’m sure being on the water is as much fun as beside it.

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Even though there was rain in the air I walked back to my mum’s on both day (about 3 miles on Saturday and 5 on Sunday).  After covering my backpack in old plastic bags I stomped my way along country roads/lanes all the time keeping an eye out for cars.  At one point while walking a busy “A” road a car slowed, the passenger leaned out and shouted “you should get a car”, I smiled and waved as they sped away.  What I have learned from last weekend, I need more substantial footwear because I passed a number of footpaths and bridleways I would like to investigate.

20200823_022307 20200816_153148 “I needed the energy while walking”.

I really do love to be out and about in the countryside side.  I am already looking forward to my next visit to see mum and my baby sister, but with better footwear.

20200817_221047 20200816_163014(0) “Look closely, you can see it was raining hard in the right hand pic, taken from the cafe”.

Due to the length of this blog, I don’t have time to tell you the following story in detail.  This is a precis….

DSCF5424 “Imagine a little old lady standing inside this old village bus shelter”.

My sister and I spend some time searching for a little old lady (a neighbour of my mum) wearing pink with a walking stick that was making her way to the village chemist.  We found her taking a breather in a disused bus shelter which has become a community book swap/outdoor library.  It was while she was inside the pharmacy that I discovered my sister couldn’t remember her name, this meant during the drive home i steered any conversation away from names.  It was once we were back at mum’s that my sister remembered the ladies name (I don’t remember it).

DSCF5474 DSCF5425 “i really enjoyed my walks.  I had to keep stopping”.

If you would like to read this story in full, please send a postcard wrapped around a gold brick with a lemon tied to it, to the following address,

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DSCF5444 DSCF5443 “I really wasn’t dressed for the weather, but i didn’t care”. 

And Finally……

IMG-20200815-WA0022 “Relaxing in the cafe beside the canal”.

In between calls while working from the living room, I was being entertained by Channel 4’s “Travel man”.  During a segment in Florence (Italy) which featured “David” by Michelangelo.  I innocently said, “I didn’t realise how big he was”.  After a slight pause my friend also working in the same room started to laugh.  Honestly, I meant the actual size (17 ft or 5.17 metre) of the statue and not his marble winky.

IMG-20200815-WA0019 “One day i will travel on a canal boat, and operate a lock”.

I noticed that when my niece was playing a game on a tablet her avatar was wearing a mask, I innocently asked “why the mask”?  Without looking up from the screen she replied “Coronavirus! “  I kept quiet and carried on doing old peoples things.

IMG-20200815-WA0027 20200821_175138 “An update on the Testicle Brothers growing in the garden.  The picture on the right is the latest, there getting bigger”.

On the phones this week….

20200821_110215 “The invasion has started.  Head for the hills”.

I spoke to a landlady which had new tenants with the family name of Dalek.  As a lifelong Doctor Who i couldn’t help smile and was tempted to ask if their previous address was downtown “Skaro”.

20200819_102110 20200822_195114 “Writing this shiz while at work.  At my sisters on the left.  In the living room at my friends house on the right”. 

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“3%”, (S1, ep 1).  “ABC News: Tom Baker Visits Aussie Schoolkids”, (YouTube)(TX: 18/02/79, I think).  “Big Jet TV (Live): From Heathrow Airport”, (FaceBook)(2 x TX: 21/08/20).  “Click”, (TX: 15/08/20).  “Buffy The Vampire Slayer”, (S4, ep 18 & ep 19).  “Confessions Of A Serial KillerWith Piers Morgan”, (S1, ep 2, TX: 01/03/18)(ep 3, TX: 13/09/18).  “FOX 26 Houston: News at 5pm (Central US) With Tom Zizka”, (FaceBook)(TX: 15/08/20).  “Glitch”, (S1, ep 1 7 ep 2).  “Guardians Of The Galaxy”, (2014).  “Not Going Out”, (S10, ep 3 & ep 4).  “October Faction”, (S1, ep 1 & ep 2).  “Orphan Black”, (S5, ep 3 & ep 10).  “Prodigal Son”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 3).  “Red Dwarf: The First Three Million Years”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 06/08/200(ep 2, TX: 13/08/20).  “Semi-Detached”, (S1, ep 3 to ep 6).  “The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 6).  “The Lost Boys”, (1987).  “The Mike Skipper Saturday Lockdown Quiz”, (FaceBook)(TX: 15/08/20).  “The Peanuts Movie”, (2015).  “Top Gear”, (S12, ep 3, TX: 16/11/08)(ep 4, TX: 14/12/08).  “Travel Man’s Greatest Trips”, (ep 3, TX: 14/08/20).  “Van Helsing”, (S3, ep 4 to ep 8).                                    

Doctor Who Watched This Week:

“Battlefield”, (S26, Prod Code 7N)(ep 1, TX: 06/09/89)(ep 2, TX:13/09/89)(ep 3, TX: 20/09/89)(ep 4, TX: 27/09/89).

“Ghost Light”, (S26, Prod Code 7Q)(ep 1, TX: 04/10/89)(ep 2, TX: 11/10/89)(ep 3, TX: 18/10/89).

“The Curse Of Fenric”, (S26, Prod Code 7M)(ep 1, TX: 25/10/89)(ep 2, TX: 01/11/89)(ep 3, TX: 08/11/89)(ep 4, TX: 15/11/89).

“Survival”, (S26, Prod Code 7P)(ep 1, TX: 22/11/89)(ep 2, TX: 29/11/89)(ep 3, 06/12/89).

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

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

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“Coronavirus Global Daily Update”, (BBC World Service)(15/08/20)(16/08/20)(17/08/20) (18/08/20)(19/08/20)(20/08/20)(21/08/20)“CNN, Coronavirus: Fact Vs Fiction”, (ep 122, 17/08/20)(ep 123, 18/08/20)(ep 124, 19/08/20)(ep 125, 20/08/20)(ep 126, 21/08/20).  “David Tennant Does A Podcast With….”, (S2, 18/08/20).  “Jonathan Vernon-Smith, Mini Treasure Quest”, (15/08/20).  “Lazy Doctor Who”,(ep 181, 20/07/19)(ep 182 to ep 184, 05/08/19)(ep 185, 25/08/19)(ep 186, 01/09/19)(ep 187, 02/09/19)(ep 188 & ep 189, 25/12/19)(ep 190 & ep 191, 26/12/19)(ep 192, 04/01/20)(ep 193, 11/01/20).  “Mystery Hour”, (20/08/20).  “NASA: Gravity Assist”, (14/08/20).  “NASA: Houston WE Have A Podcast”, (ep 157, 14/08/20)(ep 158, 21/08/20).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (15/08/20) (21/08/20).  “Poppy Hillstead Has Entered The Chat”, (ep 5, 19/08/20).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe’s Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (S1, ep 32, 14/08/20)(ep 33, 18/03/20)(ep 34, 21/08/20).  “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 207, 14/08/20).  “The Bomb”, (BBC World Service)(ep 3, 15/08/20).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (05/07/19)(15/07/19)(22/07/19)(29/07/19)(17/08/20).  “We Will Get Passed This”, (ep 24, 01/06/20)(ep 25, 02/06/20)(ep 26, 03/06/20).  “What’s The Problem? With Nick Abbot And Carol McGiffen”, (S1, ep 30 17/08/20).  “Morrissey”,  “Bee Gees”,  “The Bay City Rollers”,  “The Village People”,  “The Stereophonics”,  “The Strokes”,  “The Black LIps”,  “Moby”,  “The Vaccines”,  “The Charlatans”,  “James”,  “Echo And The Bunnymen”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Week 321, Saturday 8th until Friday 14th August 2020.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London & Northamptonshire (I sat through queue after queue on the M25 and M1).

Week 321 Saturday 8th  until Friday 14thAugust 2020.

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First this week I want to mention Ellis Harold Arthur Melder who passed away in the early hours of Friday 14th August 2020 aged 92. To me he was Uncle Ellis, the last of that generation of our family.  I have many fond memories of him during my visits to Sri Lanka and when he and Aunty Carmen came to the UK several times in the late 70s and early 80s.  A specific memory is of Uncle and Aunty buying fish and chips wrapped in newspaper from a chippy they really liked in Melford Road south London.  They both really enjoyed visiting that chippy and eating the famous UK delicacy.  

FB_IMG_1597528031351[1] “Uncle Ellis”.

Exactly one year ago my sisters and I were in Sri Lanka and visited Uncle several times.  I had not seen him in a very long time, he wasn’t well but I still saw the twinkle in his eye I remember when I was younger.

20200815_101001 “Uncle Ellis and Aunty Carmen 60th Wedding Anniversary”.

Uncle Ellis really was a wonderful man; my heart goes out to my cousin his daughters and their families.  All of the relatives here in the UK send our love and condolences.  Personally I would like to say, thank you Uncle Ellis for always being so welcoming.

FB_IMG_1597528059655[1] “Personally I would like to say, thank you Uncle Ellis for always being so welcoming”.

Thank you to my cousins Nicola and Rochelle and my sister Helen for letting me use these pictures.

And now Snail Watch…..

20200809_135407 “Sandra is looking better”.

Sandra the garden snail is still living in an old large yogurt pot.  The plan was to realise her back into the big bad world last weekend.  But because of the extremely temperatures, and a small section of her shell that still looked fragile, I decided that she should stay with us a little longer.  The patient is doing well and will be set free very soon.

20200815_214747 “I didn’t sign up for temps like this in London”. 

In other Gastropod news. This week I was asked to relocate a very small snail that was found sheltering inside a garden storage box.  If the squatter had not been noticed it definitely wouldn’t have survived while large heavy garden “things” were moved around.  It was gently taken to another part of the garden.

20200809_182655 “I started out with Three”.

And finally 3 large “juicy looking” slugs were found living under the bird bath when I moved it in order to cut the grass.  All of them were carefully placed in a plastic container and relocated.  Before I mowed the grass I actually searched the whole garden (the grass) looking for other slugs and snails that needed moving before I dragged the large cutting device around the garden (none were found).  After finishing making the garden look nice, I returned to the recycled container finding only one slug left, the other two had slithered off.  The single gastropod was returned to continue to live under the bird bath.

20200809_182841 “Only one returned”. 

And Now For Something Completely Different……

20200812_164019 “I know how to party while working”.

This week I had my 7th piece (in nearly 2 yrs) accepted for the Doctor Who Appreciation Society (DWAS) magazine Celestial Toyroom or CT.  I was a little worried it was long and rambley but they seemed to like it and said it will appear in the Sept issue.  I also submitted a doodle related to the piece which the editor has said if there is room (fingers crossed) will also be published (I did have two paintings printed with my last article).  I won’t lie, I get a fizzy feeling when something I thought up is printed, in an alternative universe there is a Dana who makes her living as a writer.

20200814_101924 “I finally found out who has been leaving dirty protest in the garden”.

Over the last couple of years I have had the idea of writing non Doctor Who related articles for other publications and see if I can get published.  Due to current circumstances I know that Magazines and newspapers are suffering with dropping circulations (this is not new; sales have been dropping for a number of years).  Only last month “Q” the monthly music glossy that had been published since 1986 printed its final edition.

20200814_114115 “I always enjoy visiting the dump”. 

After doing a little research, it’s become obvious that magazine websites need more content than what appears in the digital edition.  I am not saying that what they publish online is of a lower quality than in the magazine.  But because they need a lot more “stuff” there might be a small chance that I could be published professionally.  It’s worth a try.

IMG-20200815-WA0027 “Meet the Testicle Brothers, growing in the garden”.

I probably should keep this ramble quiet; I don’t want the blog to influence an editor’s decision to add anything I write to their growing rejection pile.

20200811_125200 “The rain when it finally came, was very welcome”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“Click”, (TX: 08/08/20).  “FOX 26 Houston: News at 5pm (Central US) With Tom Zizka”, (FaceBook)(TX: 08/08/20)(TX: 09/08/20).  “Horizon: 2018 – Mars –  A Travellers Guide”, (TX: 12/09/17).  “Killer Women With Piers Morgan”, (S2, ep 1, TX: 22/06/17)(ep 2, TX: 29/06/17)(ep 3, TX: 06/07/17).  “Lucy And DiC: DiC Does MMA”, (YouTube)(TX: 07/08/20).  “Maleficent 2 Mistress Of Evil: Behind The Scenes, Clips And Bloopers”, (YouTube)(TX: 12/10/19).  “Mandy”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 6).  “Miriam Margolyes: Almost Australian”, (S1, ep 3, TX: 07/08/20).  “Motherland: Fort Salam”, (S1, ep 9 to ep 10).  “Netflix Film Club: Why The Matrix Is A Trans Story According To Lilly Wachowski”, (YouTube)(TX: 04/08/20).  “Orphan Black”, (S4, ep 1 to ep 10)(S5, ep 1 & ep 2).  “Semi-Detached”, (S1, ep 2).  “Space Force”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 10).  “The Inbetweeners Movie”, (2011).  “The Mike Skipper Saturday Lockdown Quiz”, (FaceBook)(TX: 08/08/20).  “The New Legends Of Monkey”, (S2, ep 1 to ep 10).  “The Sky At Night: Mars Special”, (TX: 09/08/20).  “Van Helsing”, (S3, ep 1 to ep 3).                                     

Doctor Who Watched This Week:

“The Happiness Patrol”, (S25, Prod Code 7L)(ep 2, TX: 09/11/88)(ep 3, TX:16/11/88).

“Silver Nemesis”, (S25, Prod Code 7K)(ep 1, TX: 23/11/88)(ep 2, TX: 20/11/88)(ep 3, TX: 07/12/88).

“The Greatest Show In The Galaxy”, (S25, Prod Code 7J)(ep 1, TX: 14/12/88)(ep 2, TX: 21/12/88).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“13cast ep 8 – Summat Who Pilot”, (28/03/19).  “Anti Social Show”, (ep 83, 02/08/20).  “Coronavirus Global Daily Update”, (BBC World Service)(08/08/20)(09/08/20)(10/08/20) (11/08/20)(12/08/20)(13/08/20)(14/08/20)“CNN, Coronavirus: Fact Vs Fiction”, (ep 117, 10/08/20)(ep 118, 11/08/20)(ep 119, 12/08/20)(ep 120, 13/08/20)(ep 121, 14/08/20).  “Doctor Who: The Missing Episodes Podcast”, (ep 7, 01/08/20).  “In The Village”, (ep 7, 10/11/17).  “Lazy Doctor Who”,(ep 168, 10/03/19)(ep 169, 14/03/19)(ep 170 to 174, 16/03/19)(ep 175, 17/03/19)(ep 176, 02/05/19)(ep 177, 05/05/19)(ep 178, 08/05/19)(ep 179, 11/05/19)(ep 180, 20/05/19).  “Mystery Hour”, (13/08/20).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (08/08/20) (14/08/20).  “Poppy Hillstead Has Entered The Chat”, (ep 4, 13/08/20).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe’s Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (S1, ep 31, 11/08/20).  “Space Boffins Podcast”, (ep 100, 12/08/20).  “Sue Perkins: An Hour Or So With…”, (S2, ep 9 (ep 21), 12/08/20).  “The All New Angelos And Barry Podcast”, (11/08/20).  “The Bomb”, (BBC World Service)(Prologue, 23/07/20)(ep 1, 01/08/20)(ep 2, 08/08/20).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (10/08/20).  “The Offcuts Drawer”, (ep 10, 11/08/20).  “We Will Get Passed This”, (ep 16, 24/05/20)(ep 17, 25/05/20)(ep 18, 26/05/20)(ep 19, 27/05/20)(ep 20, 28/05/20)(ep 21, 29/05/20)(ep 22, 30/05/20)(ep 23, 31/05/20).  “What’s The Problem? With Nick Abbot And Carol McGiffen”, (S1, ep 29, 10/08/20).  “Morrissey”,  “Biffy Clyro”,  “Texas”,  “Kate Bush”,  “Kate Nash”,  “The Killers”,  “MGMT”,  “Fleetwood Mac”,  “The New Radicals”,  “The Artic Monkeys”,  “Oasis”,  “Blur”,  “Pulp”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Week 320, Saturday 1st until Friday 7th August 2020.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London & Suffolk (passing through Cambridgeshire).

Week 320 Saturday 1st  until Friday 7th August 2020.

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Over the last few months, like a huge percentage of office workers I have been based at home and continued to find something to write (bore you) with each week.  I won’t lie this week I needed a little break from spending hours bashing out a few hundred words.  
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What follows are pictures and comments of a trip with various family members who were supposed to have been in Ibiza this week spending time lazing beside the swimming pool. Because that trip couldn’t take, they decided to revisit the location my sister got married at almost 4 yrs ago.  Because their lovely people and took pity on me sitting in the living room answering the phone all the time, they let me stow-a-way on their trip and escape the drudgery of the “real world” for a couple of days.

20200802_14111020200802_141125 “Anoodle dared me to eat a huge chilli.  I love chilli’s, but that one was very hot.  I smiled and didn’t let on the my mouth and lips tingled for quite a while.  The last thing i wanted was to disappoint my little girl”.

20200803_185144(0)20200803_123734 “Out and about with the “Family Stick” as we called this long branch.  We left it for others to find, and use it as their “Family Stick”.

20200803_101940 “What a beautiful location”.

20200802_19082920200802_200405 “Smiles all around”.

20200803_14590120200803_145835 “Investigating the old Mill equipment”.

20200802_190626 “SAZ kicking back and relaxing”.

20200803_130816 “Can you see me”.

20200803_123355 “If you need the loo, your not getting in”.

20200802_16101420200803_185849 “Drinking while walking”.

20200803_17191920200803_151242 “The soup was lovely”.

20200804_20240720200803_172136 “Bring them to the boil”.

20200803_15475520200803_154730 “Anyone for a second course”.

20200803_164416 “I was so proud of this smoking stack.  I didn’t think more wood = higher temperature.  At one point the water was 47c, we had to cool it to 42/43 before anyone could get in again”.

20200807_234859 “The location was also extremely popular with Slugs.  There were so many of them visiting at the same time”.

20200803_164636 “Yes the “Family Stick” was in attendance”.

20200802_212332 “Not everyone is sober in this pic.  Would you like to guess who?”.

20200802_14015120200802_140331 “Not a bad way to spend a work day”.

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A huge thank you to Mum, Hel, SAZ and Anoodle and Jbomb for putting up with me.

20200803_19035520200803_190359 “Which do you prefer.  Smiling or silly”.

Next week should be back to normal, moaning about nothing in particular as I stare out of the window watching the world go by.

20200806_212705 “Everyone’s a winner in this race”.

Before I go…… Snail Watch

20200721_234243 “An old picture of Sandy.  She’s very shy”.

An update on Sandra the garden snail, that my friend and I rescued a few weeks ago which had a slightly crushed shell.  Looking at her this week, she appears to be completely healed.  Over the coming weekend I am looking to release her into the big bad world and wish her luck as she slithers away leaving a pretty slivery trail.

20200807_233939 “I have a Tomato”.

I’ve grown quite attached to her and will be sorry to say goodbye.  But she can’t live in her temporary home of an empty yogurt pot situated in the bath for ever.  I’ll update you on the emotional farewell next week.

20200801_164414 “Noooooooooooo!!!!!  Its only early August!”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“Click”, (TX: 01/08/20).  “FOX 26 Houston: News at 5pm (Central US) With Tom Zizka”, (FaceBook)(TX: 01/08/20)(TX: 02/08/20).  “Hiroshima”, (2005).  “Miriam Margolyes: Almost Australian”, (S1, ep 2, TX: 31/07/20).  “Motherland: Fort Salam”, (S1, ep 6 to ep 8).  “Orphan Black”, (S2, ep 10)(S3, ep 1 to ep 10).  “Rhod Gilbert’s Work Experience”, (S7, ep 2, TX: 17/03/17)(ep 3, TX: 31/03/17)(S8, ep 1, TX: 22/03/18)(ep 2, TX: 29/03/18)(ep 3, TX: 05/05/18)(ep 4, TX: 12/04/18)(S9, ep 1, TX: 17/04/20).  “Semi-Detached”, (S1, ep 1).  “The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina”, (S3, ep 7 to ep 8).  “Travel Man’s Greatest Trips”, (ep 1, TX: 31/07/20)(ep 2, TX: 07/08/20).                                  

Doctor Who Watched This Week:

“The Trial Of A Time Lord: Terrior Of The Vervoids”, (S23, Prod Code 7C)(ep 1, TX: 01/11/86)(ep 2, TX: 08/11/86)(ep 3, TX: 15/11/86)(ep 4, TX: 22/11/86).

“The Trial Of A Time Lord: The Ultimate Foe”, (S23, Prod Code 7C)(ep 1, TX: 29/11/86)(ep 2, TX: 06/12/86).

“Time And The Rani”, (S24, Prod Code 7D)(ep 1, TX: 07/09/87)(ep 2, TX: 14/09/87)(ep 3, TX: 21/09/87)(ep 4, TX: 28/09/87).

“Paradise Towers”, (S24, Prod Code 7E)(ep 1, TX: 05/10/867(ep 2, TX: 12/10/87)(ep 3, TX: 19/10/87)(ep 4, TX: 26/10/87).

“Delta And The Bannerman”, (S24, Prod Code 7F)(ep 1, TX: 02/11/87)(ep 2, TX: 09/11/87)(ep 3, TX: 16/11/87).

“Dragonfire”, (S24, Prod Code 7G)(ep 1, TX: 23/11/87)(ep 2, TX: 30/11/87)(ep 3, TX: 07/12/87).

“Remembrance Of The Daleks”, (S25, Prod Code 7H)(ep 1, TX: 05/10/88)(ep 2, TX: 12/10/87)(ep 3, TX: 19/10/88)(ep 4, TX: 26/10/88).

“The Happiness Patrol”, (S25, Prod Code 7L)(ep 1, TX: 02/11/88).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“Coronavirus Global Daily Update”, (BBC World Service)(01/08/20)(02/08/20)(03/08/20) (04/08/20)(05/08/20)(06/08/20)(07/08/20)“CNN, Coronavirus: Fact Vs Fiction”, (ep 112, 03/08/20)(ep 113, 04/08/20)(ep 114, 05/08/20)(ep 115, 06/08/20)(ep 116, 07/08/20).  “Lazy Doctor Who”,(ep 162, 28/02/19)(ep 163, 02/03/19)(ep 164, 04/03/19)(ep 165, 07/03/19)(ep 166, 09/03/19)(ep 167, 10/03/19).  “Mystery Hour”, (16/07/20) (23/07/20) (30/07/20).  “NASA: Gravity Assist”, (07/08/20).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 156, 07/08/20).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (01/08/20) (03/08/20) (04/08/20) (05/08/20) (06/08/20) (07/08/20).  “Poppy Hillstead Has Entered The Chat”, (ep 3, 05/08/20).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe’s Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (S1, ep 29, 04/08/20)(ep 30, 07/08/20).  “Something Who”, (ep 5.5/A, 22/10/19).  “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 205, 31/07/20)(ep 206, 07/08/20).  “Sue Perkins: An Hour Or So With…”, (S2, ep 8 (ep 20), 05/08/20).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 130, 05/08/20).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (15/07/19)(03/08/20).  “The Old Doctor Who Podcast”, (ep 98, 05/08/20).  “We Will Get Passed This”, (ep 13, 21/05/20)(ep 14, 22/05/20)(ep 15, 23/05/20).  “What’s The Problem? With Nick Abbot And Carol McGiffen”, (S1, ep 28, 03/08/20).  “Morrissey”,  “Noel Gallaghers High Flying Birds”,  “Snow Patrol”,  “Phil Oakley And Giorgio Moroder”,  “Florence And The Machine”,  “Beck”,  “Tears For Fears”,  “Radiohead”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Week 319, Saturday 25th until Friday 31st July 2020

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

Week 319 Saturday 25th until Friday 31st July 2020.

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First this week, Snail Watch…

20200801_132642 “Still a little shy, after three weeks”.

This week, as with last week i want to update you on Sandra the snail, whose shell was slightly crushed in a recent incident with a garden wheelie bin?  Since then she has been living in a temporary habitat in the bathroom.  During the week I managed to look at her shell it appears to be healing, but there is a small section which still looks weak.  Next week, hopefully she will be well enough to be set free in a local park with very tall grass for her to hide in and give her a chance to live a happy life.  Another update next week.

20200801_130520 “Cleaning out her messy temp home”.

And Now For Something Completely Different….

20200726_19123420200726_191118 “I loved meeting the mighty Nero”.

One of the first calls early this week came from an 85yr old.  Because he needed a pen, he took the phone with him into a different room.  All of a sudden, I could hear loudly “Tea for two” (composed by Vincent Youmans with lyrics by Irvin Caesar in 1924. According to searching on the WWW) playing in the background.  The wait for him to find a writing implement wasn’t as frustrating as normal. I imagined him shuffling around in a smoking jacket, puffing on a pipe while he searched for a fountain pen.  With a small white dog (possibly called “Nipper”) sitting beside a gramophone playing a 78rpm disc.

20200726_141714 “Who lives n a house like this?”. 

My mind runs away sometimes while I wait for people to get pens or the info they should have had when making the call.  If I am honest this really annoys me normally, but on this occasion listening to the music eased the waiting time.  When he returned, I was tempted to ask him to go away again and do another lap around the room so I could keep listening.  If only every call during the working week was as pleasant.

20200726_151750 “The Three Stooges”. 

And Finally….

20200731_182932 “I wish i could say i grew this.  It was on the plant when i bought it”.

Speaking to a friend, I asked what there postcode was.  After a slight pause they said “Why”.  I wasn’t sure what to say; apart from I wanted to send something to them.  They then explained that “Y” was the start of the code.  Yes, I felt like a chump.

20200726_142929 “Does anyone else see 70s children cartoon Barbapapa in this picture?”.

I said to my friend “I don’t like to rush a movement”.  From a dark corner of the room the smart speaker who is listen to everything suddenly piped up about a song with Time in the title.  If someone is listening to our conversations, they must be extremely bored by the amount of toilet talk that takes place.

20200716_230139 “The noise started early morning.  But luckily didn’t last long”.

Spoke to a man with the same name as a BBC presenter/reporter in the 70s/80s.  I asked if they were related.  Sadly they weren’t.

20200726_105936 “Beautiful plumage”.

Thank you NASA for arranging the launch (that was actually 10 milliseconds late) of the Perseverance Rover to Mars during my lunch time.  It was wonderful to be able to watch without being bothered by numpties ringing me.

20200730_121931 “A lunchtime i wont forget”.

 

Next week’s ramble will include a report on a mini break for the Clouting/Lucas clan, who were supposed to have been in Ibiza at this time.  Were staying closer to home, read all about it in Week 320 of this blog.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“10 Cloverfield Lane”, (2016).  “13hrs (Night Wolf)”, (2010).  “Better Than Us”, (S1, ep 15 & ep 16).  “Click”, (TX: 25/07/20).  “FOX 26 Houston: News at 5pm (Central US) With Tom Zizka”, (FaceBook)(TX: 26/07/20).  “Miriam Margolyes: Almost Australian”, (S1, TX: 24/07/20).  “Motherland: Fort Salam”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 5).  “Orphan Black”, (S1, ep 6 to ep 10)(S2, ep 1 to ep 9).  “Perseverance Mars Rover Launch”, (NASA TV Live)(TX: 30/07/20).  “Rhod Gilbert’s Work Experience”, (S6, ep 3, TX: 01/03/16)(ep 4, TX: 08/03/16)(S7, ep 1, TX: 07/03/17).  “The Arrival”, (1996).  “The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina”, (S3, ep 3 to ep 6).  “The Mike Skipper Lockdown Saturday Quiz”, (FaceBook)(TX: 25/07/20).  “The Misadventures Of Ramesh Ranganation: From My Sofa”, (ep 3, TX: 26/07/20).  “Warrior Nun”, (S1, ep 10).  “You’re Only Young Twice”, (S4, ep 5 to ep 7).                                

Doctor Who Watched This Week:

“Timelash”, (S22, Prod Code 6Y)(ep 1, TX: 09/03/85)(ep 2, TX: 16/03/85).

“Revelation Of The Daleks”, (S22, Prod Code 6Z)(ep 1, TX: 23/03/85)(ep 2, TX: 30/03/85).

“The Trial Of A Time Lord: The Mysterious Planet”, (S23, Prod Code 7A)(ep 1, TX: 06/09/86)(ep 2, TX: 13/09/86)(ep 3, TX: 20/09/86)(ep 4, TX: 27/09/86).

“The Trial Of A Time Lord: Mindwarp”, (S23, Prod Code 7B)(ep 1, TX: 04/10/86)(ep 2, TX 11/10/86)(ep 3, TX: 18/10/86)(ep 4, TX: 25/10/86).

“Mission To The Unknown (Full Recreation): University Of Lancashire”, (YouTube)(TX: 09/10/19).

“The Making Of Mission To The Unknown (Full Recreation): University Of Lancashire”, (YouTube)(TX: 09/10/19).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“Coronavirus Global Daily Update”, (BBC World Service)(25/07/20)(26/07/20)(27/07/20) (28/07/20)(29/07/20)(30/07/20)(31/07/20).   “CNN, Coronavirus: Fact Vs Fiction”, (ep 107, 27/07/20)(ep 108, 28/07/20)(ep 109, 29/07/20)(ep 110, 30/07/20)(ep 111, 31/07/20).  “David Tennant Does A Podcast With…..”, (S2, Trailer, 28/07/20).  “Doctor Who: The Missing Episode Podcast”, (ep 6, 27/07/20).  “Lazy Doctor Who”,(ep 152, 01/02/19)(ep 153 & ep 154,  03/02/19)(ep 155 to  ep 157, 04/02/19)(ep 158, 10/02/19)(ep 159, 21/02/19)(ep 160, 27/02/19)(ep 161, 28/02/19).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 155, 31/07/20).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (25/07/20)(31/07/20).  “Poppy Hillstead Has Entered The Chat”, (Trailer, 01/07/200(ep 1, 22/07/20)(ep 2, 29/07/20).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe’s Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (S1, ep 27, 28/07/20)(ep 28, 31/07/20).  “Something Who”, (ep 5.5, 15/10/19).  “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 203, 18/07/20)(ep 204, 24/07/20).  “Sue Perkins: An Hour Or So With…”, (S2, ep 7 (ep 19), 29/07/20).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 129, 27/07/20).  “The Late Night Alternative With Iain Lee And Katherine Boyle”, (27/07/20)(28/07/20)(29/07/20).  “The Late Night Alternative With Iain Lee And Katherine Boyle, (Bonus)”, (25/07/20)(26/07/20)(27/07/20)(29/07/20).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (27/07/20).  “The Supermassive Podcast”, (ep 7, 23/07/20).  “We Will Get Passed This”, (ep 1, 27/04/20)(ep 2 to ep 4, 12/05/20)(ep 5, 13/05/20)(ep 6, 14/05/20)(ep 7, 15/05/20)(ep 8, 16/05/20)(ep 9, 17/05/20)(ep 10, 18/05/20)(ep 11, 19/05/20)(ep 12, 20/05/20).   “What’s The Problem? With Nick Abbot And Carol McGiffen”, (S1, ep 27, 27/07/20).  “Morrissey”,  “Texas”,  “Suede”,  “Ocean Colour Scene”,  “Alanis Morissettte”,  “Nirvana”,  “Shed Seven”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Week 318, Saturday 18th until Friday 24th July 2020.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London.

Week 318 Saturday 18th until Friday 24th July 2020.

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Happy 8 Wedding Anniversary this week to my brother Paul and the lovely Sigrida

 

20200721_234243 “Can you see, Sandra is smiling”.

First this week an update on Sandra the garden snail, who was the star of last week’s ramble.  She is recovering in her temporary habitat of an empty yogurt pot in the bathroom.  Peering inside, her shell appears to be healing, and I have been pleased to see her on top of the cuttlefish (that wasn’t cheap) or eggshell scattered around, because calcium is very important in her recovery.  In another weeks’ time I will check her out and see if she has healed enough to be set free.  A further update will follow next week.

20200725_214536 “I’ve been locked down so long.  I popped to an elderly  neighbours house with some shopping in my PJ’s”.

 

And Now For Something Completely Different….

Lately I have been doing something in bed with lights out for far longer than I should. Especially on week nights as I am up early in the morning for work.

20200722_134451 “Next doors cat is looking for an agent.  If he keeps appearing in this ramble”.

The above is not as mucky as it sounds.  I recently discovered the delight/horror (you decide) of Facebook live broadcasts/videos.  There are transmissions with people playing video games, music or spinning vinyl or CDs as part of a DJ set.  As expected there is a lot of selling – semi precious gems, CBT oils, bags, scarves, jewellery even on-line Psychics (just don’t tell them your FB profile info).  There are also plenty of live auctions which appear to feature unwanted storage locker items, from the condition of many I have seen.

20200722_140119 “He really wasn’t impressed with my latest Doctor Who shiz painting”.

There are two types of live broadcast that I have found strangely mesmerising (you really need to watch them – I will never be able to do them justice in the small number of words available here).  There are people selling rings (for fingers, and I suppose toes) which are inside bath bombs.  And others who open oysters live, if you want to buy a coloured pearl.

20200725_215127 “Mr Z broadcasting, while i write this shiz”.

All of the above entertain me from a few seconds to a couple of minutes, until I move on to the next.  However, recently on a Saturday and Sunday night between 11pm to midnight UK time (5pm US Central) I have been watching a broadcast from a house in Houston Texas.  Let me explain.  A few weeks ago I stumbled across a man on screen standing in a room talking to someone off camera.  As with a lot of these videos everything is reversed, what caught my eye was a sign which read VT XOF (FOX TV); this prompted me to turn up the volume.  I was watching a news broadcast on FOX 26 Houston, being presented by anchor Tom Zizka from his house.  That was why he appeared to be ignoring his electronic device because he was reading the news looking down the lens of the professional camera in front of him.

20200725_215226 “Mr Z chatting to the Facebook kids, while an advert was on in the Houston area”.

As a lifelong fan of TV and film behind the scenes it grabbed my attention straight away.  What makes the broadcasts even more interesting for me is, while adverts, VT clips or the weather are being transmitted, Tom looks into his device and interacts with the Facebook audience who text questions (yes I have said hello and “chatted”).  Being a geek, I love it when he shows the FB audience around the equipment he is using to present the news from home, or talks about how the show works.

20200725_21482020200725_120633 “Peanut butter straight from the jar.  After this i enjoyed toasted Bagel’s smeared thickly with Peanut butter topped with grated cheese (both Canadian Cheddar and Red Leicester).  All that was missing to make this a truly wonderful snack was chopped Banana”.  This recipe will of course be included in my future Times bestselling Crimbum cookbook”. 

On one occasion I brought up the FOX 26 live feed on another screen so I was able to see the actual programme being transmitted.  While at the same time on my tablet I had the usual FB behind the scenes view.  Sometimes his daughter/s or wife will sit just out of shot of the TV camera but in view of his personal device, the FB audience will text them questions which Tom will read.  Being a professional, very little flusters him, such as breaking news or a last minute running order change.  This includes his dog barking outside the makeshift studio because it wants to join the FB live party.  It’s a really interesting way to spend an hour in bed.

20200719_193914 “Everything is growing.  Will there ever be a harvest”.

Watching the news has never been so much fun.  If you want to watch a FB live video that wont persuade you to buy an artificially coloured pearl, then search for Tom Zizka on Fox 26 (Saturday and Sunday 11pm to midnight in the UK, that’s 5pm US central. Tell him I sent you).

20200718_211113 “Night night”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“Baywatch”, (2017).  “Big Jet TV: Live From Headcorn Aerodrome”, (FaceBook)(TX: 24/07/20).  “Click”, (TX: 18/07/20).  “Doctor Sleep”, (2019).  “Donald Trump: All American Billionaire: A Money Programme Special”, (TX: 29/11/10).  “Fawlty Towers”, (S2, ep 3 to ep 6).  “FOX 26 Houston: News at 5pm (Central US) With Tom Zizka”, (FaceBook)(TX: 18/07/20)(19/07/20).  “ISS Spacewalk: Expedition 63: #68 (Astronauts, Behnken And Cassidy)”, (NASA TV Live)(TX: 21/07/20).  “Orphan Black”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 5).  “Rhod Gilbert’s Work Experience”, (S6, ep 1, TX: 16/02/16)(ep 2, TX: 23/02/16).  “The Art Of Persia”, (S1, ep 3, TX: 29/06/20).  “The Luminares”, (S1, ep 5).  “The Mike Skipper Lockdown Saturday Quiz”, (FaceBook)(TX: 18/07/20).  “The Misadventures Of Ramesh Ranganation: From My Sofa”, (ep 2, TX: 19/07/20).  “The Young Offenders”, (S2, ep 1 to ep 6)(S3, ep 1 to ep 6).  “Warrior Nun”, (S1, ep 9).  “You’re Only Young Twice”, (Crimbum Special, TX: 23/12/80)(S4, ep 1 to ep 4).                                

Doctor Who Watched This Week:

“The Twin Dilemma”, (S21, Prod Code 6S)(ep 1, TX: 22/03/84)(ep 2, TX: 23/03/84)(ep 3, TX: 29/03/84)(ep 4, TX: 30/03/84).

“Attack Of The Cybermen”, (S22, Prod Code 6T)(ep 1, TX: 05/01/85)(ep 2, TX: 12/01/85).

“Vengeance On Varos”, (S22, Prod Code 6V)(ep 1, TX: 19/01/85)(ep 2, TX: 26/01/85).

“The Mark Of The Rani”, (S22, Prod Code 6X)(ep 1, TX: 02/02/85)(ep 2, TX 09/02/85).

“The Two Doctors”, (S22, Prod Code 6W)(ep 1, TX: 16/02/85)(ep 2, TX: 23/02/85)(ep 3, TX: 02/03/85).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“Coronavirus Global Daily Update”, (BBC World Service)(18/07/20)(19/07/20)(20/07/20) (21/07/20)(22/07/20)(23/07/20)(24/07/20).   “CNN, Coronavirus: Fact Vs Fiction”, (ep 102, 20/07/20)(ep 103, 21/07/20)(ep 104, 22/07/20)(ep 105, 23/07/20)(ep 106, 24/07/20).  “In The Village”, (ep 6, 03/11/17).  “Lazy Doctor Who”,(ep 130, 19/08/18)(ep 131, 04/09/18)(ep 132, 05/09/18)(ep 133, 09/09/18)(ep 134, 01/10/18)(ep 135, 08/10/18)(ep 136, 21/10/18)(ep 137, 01/11/18)(ep 138, 03/11/18)(ep 139, 04/11/18)(ep 140 & ep 141, 10/11/18)(ep 142, 11/11/18)(ep 143, 22/12/18)(ep 144, 26/12/18)(ep 145 & ep 146, 05/01/19)(ep 147, 06/01/19)(ep 148, 07/01/19)(ep 149, 16/01/19)(ep 150 & ep 151, 31/01/19).  “NASA: Gravity Assist”, (17/07/20).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 153, 17/07/20)(ep 154, 24/07/20).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (18/07/20)(24/07/20).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe’s Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (S1, ep 24, 18/07/20)(ep 25, 21/07/20)(ep 26, 24/07/20).  “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 203, 18/07/20)(ep 204, 24/07/20).  “Sue Perkins: An Hour Or So With…”, (S2, ep 6 (ep 17), 15/07/20).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 128, 19/07/20).  “The Late Night Alternative With Iain Lee And Katherine Boyle”, (14/07/20)(23/07/20)(24/07/20).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (24/05/19) (31/05/19) (07/06/19) (21/06/19) (28/06/19) (05/07/19) (20/07/20).   “What’s The Problem? With Nick Abbot And Carol McGiffen”, (S1, ep 26, 13/07/20).  “Morrissey”,  “Right Said Fred”,  “Razorlight”,  “Coldplay”,  “The Frank And Walters”,  “Kajagoogoo”,  “Haircut 100”,  “ABC”,  “Heaven 17”,  “Sophie Ellis-Bextor”,  “Radiohead”,  “St Etienne”,  “Travis”,  “Arcade Fire”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Week 317, Saturday 11th until Friday 17th July 2020.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London, Northampton (the first time since February) and Surrey.

Week 317 Saturday 11th until Friday 17th July 2020.

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Last week’s blog obviously wasn’t very good, as the number of views was really low.  Because I really would like you to keep reading (please press share) I haven’t written as much as normal.

20200718_210539 “Ahhhhh, so cute”.

And now this….

20200712_150641 “Attempting to garden, hiding from the sun”.

I hate the idea of any animal in pain or suffering.  Who wouldn’t stop to help a Cat or Ddog which needed help?  What about a Snail?  Yes, you read that correct, I am talking about a typical garden Snail.  Last weekend my friend and I were busy in the garden.  As she closed the garden wheelie bin she hadn’t notice a Snail minding its own business on the rim of the bin.  My friend called me over, because she remembered I recently mentioned a video I had seen about how to help a snail with a crushed/cracked shell.

20200713_093029 “Sandra”.

For the last week Sandra (I had to call it something) has been living in the bathroom (the humidity is good) in an old large yogurt pot filled with leaves and other greenery which gets sprayed regularly with tepid water.  Inside I have scattered small bits of fruit and importantly crushed pieces of Cuttlefish (bought specially for her), calcium is very important in helping a gastropod heal/rebuild its delicate home.

20200718_203907 “I like to think she’s happy”.

One question is what happens once she has healed (for once I am being positive).  I won’t want to let her loose in the garden because the birds we encourage to feed might get her.  Or one of my huge plates of meat might crush her.  She can’t live in the yogurt pot indefinitely, I would have to realise her at a different location and wish her luck.  Think of those wildlife programmes where, for example Michaela Strachan realises a Beaver into the wild after it’s been rehabilitated.  I know this will sound strange but I am growing quite attached to her.  How many people reading this can say they have seen and cleared up Snail poop, I have!  I’ll keep you informed on her progress.

20200715_183823 “Lovely seeing mum again”.

In other animal related news……

20200714_153931 “Really enjoyed spending time with Mum and Hel”.

I visited my mum and sister for the first time since March.  While driving my sister to the pub we had to stop quickly as a baby Deer just finished crossing the country road.  Standing on the grass verge its huge eyes looked at us, as we stared at it.  What a beautiful baby, hopefully mum was nearby; they are known to watch their young from a distance.  I said to my sister that we would come back via a different route because I didn’t want to risk seeing the deer crossing again, or worse it injured.

20200715_12172520200715_121852 “Being beside the canal is always relaxing”.

And finally…….

20200715_120658 “An intimate moment seen beside the Grand Union”. 

Sadly I saw a Cat in the garden first thing one morning with a small Mouse in its mouth.  Of course I rushed outside, but the kitty with its prize had gone.  In happier news, I did successfully rescue a butterfly/moth from drowning in one the birdbaths.  After it dried its wings in the sunshine while sitting on my finger, it flew off.

20200715_114644 “Whats not to like”.

Trying to help (I realise I failed the Mouse) the various creature I encountered this last week, definitely helped me.  All animals big and beautiful or small and slimy deserve a chance to live a happy existence on this ball of rock we all call home.

20200716_225739 “Very pretty”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“Buck Rogers In The 25th Century”, (S1, ep 21).  “Celebrity Gogglebox”, (S2, ep 4, TX: 26/06/20)(ep 5, TX: 03/07/20).  “Click”, (TX: 11/07/20).  “Comedians: Home Alone”, (S1, ep 7).  “Fawlty Towers”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 6)(s2, ep 1 & ep 2).  “How It’s Made”, (S8, ep 10, TX: 13/03/07).  “I May Destroy You”, (S1, ep 11 & ep 12).  “National Theatre Live: Amadeus (With Lucian Msamati And Adam Gillen)”, (Original TX: 02/02/17)(Rpt TX: 16/07/20).  “Peter Kay’s Car Share”, (S2, ep 3).  “Rhod Gilbert’s Work Experience”, (S5, ep 1, TX: 17/09/14)(ep 2, TX: 23/09/14)(ep 3, TX: 01/10/14)(ep 4, 08/10/14).  “Sophie Ellis-Bextor: End Of School Kitchen Disco”, (Facebook)(TX: 17/07/20).  “Spides”, (S1, ep 5).  “Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens”, (2015).  “Stuart Little 2”, (2002).  “Taskmaster”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 15/08/15)(ep 2, TX: 08/08/15).  “The Luminares”, (S1, ep 4).  “The Mike Skipper Lockdown Saturday Quiz”, (FaceBook)(TX: 11/07/20).  “The Misadventures Of Ramesh Ranganation: From My Sofa”, (ep 1, TX: 12/07/20).  “The Sky At Night”, (TX: 12/07/20).  “The Young Offenders”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 6)(Crimbum Special, TX: 14/12/18).  “There She Goes”, (S2, ep 1 to ep 5).  “Top Gear”, (S11, ep 5, TX: 20/07/08).  “Two’s Company”, (S4, ep 3 to ep 7).  “Warrior Nun”, (S1, ep 5 to ep 8).  “You’re Only Young Twice”, (S3, ep 6 &  ep 7)(Crimbum Special, TX: 24/12/79).                                

Doctor Who Watched This Week:

“Warriors Of The Deep”, (S21, Prod Code 6L)(ep 1, TX: 05/01/84)(ep 2, TX: 06/01/84)(ep 3, TX: 12/01/84)(ep 4, TX: 13/01/84).

“The Awakening”, (S21, Prod Code 6M)(ep 1, TX: 19/01/84)(ep 2, TX: 20/01/84).

“Frontios”, (S21, Prod Code 6N)(ep 1, TX: 26/01/84)(ep 2, TX: 27/01/84)(ep 3, TX: 02/02/84)(ep 4, TX: 03/02/84).

“Resurrection Of The Daleks ”, (S21, Prod Code 6P)(ep 1, TX: 08/02/84)(ep 2, TX 15/02/84).

“Planet Of Fire”, (S21, Prod Code 6Q)(ep 1, TX: 23/02/84)(ep 2, TX: 24/02/84)(ep 3, TX: 01/03/84)(ep 4, 02/03/84).

“The Caves Of Androzani”, (S21, Prod Code 6R)(ep 1, TX: 08/03/84)(ep 2, TX: 09/03/84)(ep 3, TX: 15/03/84)(ep 4, TX: 16/03/84).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“Coronavirus Global Daily Update”, (BBC World Service)(11/07/20)(12/07/20)(13/07/20) (14/07/20)(15/07/20)(16/07/20)(17/07/20)“CNN, Coronavirus: Fact Vs Fiction”, (ep 97, 13/07/20)(ep 98, 14/07/20)(ep 99, 15/07/20)(ep 100, 16/07/20)(ep 101, 17/07/20).  “Dear Joan And Jericha (Julia Davis And Vicki Pepperdine)”, (S2, ep 3, 17/10/19)(ep 4, 24/10/19)(ep 5, 31/10/19)(ep 6, 07/11/19)(ep 7, 14/11/19)(ep 8, 21/11/19).  “In The Village”, (ep 4, 20/10/17)(ep 5, 27/10/17).  “Lazy Doctor Who”,(ep 105 & 106, 25/12/17)(ep 107, 27/12/17)(ep 108, 31/12/17)(ep 109, 01/01/18)(ep 110, 07/01/18)(ep 111, 11/01/18)(ep 112, 13/01/18)(ep 113 & 114, 31/01/18)(ep 115, 04/02/18)(ep 116, 04/02/18)(ep 117, 30/03/18)(ep 118, 02/04/18)(ep 119, 20/05/18)(ep 120, 02/06/18)(ep 121, 04/06/18)(ep 122, 10/06/18)(ep 123, 25/06/18)(ep 124, 01/07/18)(ep 125 to ep 127, 02/07/18)(ep 128, 29/07/18)(ep 129, 05/08/18).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (10/07/20)(11/07/20)(12/07/20)(17/07/20).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe’s Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (ep 23, 14/07/20).  “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 202, 11/07/20).  “Sue Perkins: An Hour Or So With…”, (S2, ep 6 (ep 17), 15/07/20).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 127, 13/07/20).  “The All New Angelos And Barry Podcast”, (10/07/20).  “The Late Night Alternative With Iain Lee”, (13/07/20).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”,(17/05/19)(13/07/20).  “The Old Doctor Who Show”, (ep  97, 17/07/20).  “The Space Boffins Podcast”, (14/07/20).  “What’s The Problem? With Nick Abbot And Carol McGiffen”, (S1, ep 25, 13/07/20).  “Morrissey”,  “Carly Simon”,  “Fleetwood Mac”,  “The Beatles”,  “Shed Seven”,  “Skunk Anansie”,  “Madonna”,  “Soundgarden”,  “Florence And The Machine”,  “ELO”,  “Feeder”,  “Kate Bush”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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