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”.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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”.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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”.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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”.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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”.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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”.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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”.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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.

IMG_5830

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”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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.

IMG_5830

Happy 4th Wedding Anniversary to SAZ and Tim.

20200818_134848

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.

20200823_015241

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.

20200816_160750 20200715_120004

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,

Golgafrinchan Ark Fleet, Ship B                                                                                                    Hold 7                                                                                                                                        Telephone Sanitiser                                                                                                                    Second class                                                                                                                                    G.B.T. 6945679.

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”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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.

IMG_5830

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”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment