Week 382, Saturday 9th until Friday 15th October 2021.

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

Week 382, Saturday 9th until Friday 15th October 2021.

But everything this year has changed with private companies Blue Origin, Space X and Virgin Galactic who have all successfully travelled into sub orbit for a few minutes (Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic), or low orbit for several days and long visits to the ISS (Space X).

“We are ready for you Mr. Bond”.

One day I dream of seeing a launch with my own eyes for real standing a few miles away following the rocket uphill as it passes through the clouds as vibrations rattle through my chest.  All the launches I have witnessed live have been over the internet, including watching in secret at work with the bosses sitting nearby.  Every time I watch a live launch/landing or Spacewalk is a thrill.  These last couple of weeks I watched two launches that captivated me in a way that others haven’t.  Space X’s Insprisation4 low Earth orbit three-day mission (max altitude of 364 miles – 585km) and Blue Origin’s second passenger sub orbital flight which lasted about 10 minutes up and down (which reached an altitude of 66 miles – 107 km).  These really have made me feel that Space flight will become at some point in the near future (30 to 50 years) as routine as travelling on a Jumbo.

“Lovely seeing Mum”.

Watching actor William Shatner travel with Blue Origin this week gives me hope that I might get the chance to view Earth as he did.  Of course this won’t be for years to come, but if technology continues to improve, resulting in more and more launches this should bring the price down.  Think of how expensive airplane travel was between the 1940s to 70s, better and bigger planes made travel more affordable (not always cheap) for many.  There is a real possibility that ordinary people will be able to travel into orbit and look back in wonderment at our home slowly turning in space.  The type of trip I am talking about is what Captain Kirk did this week, straight up have a look out of the window experience micro gravity for a couple of minutes before strapping in and return to terra firma.  Sadly longer journeys to the Moon and beyond won’t be possible for a very long time.  Maybe my nephews and niece future children will have the chance to travel to places I can only dream of today.

“Such a lovely day beside the canal”.

Space flight will become routine one day, I desperately hope that I will be around to strap in and experience the pull of multiple G’s before seeing the blue our of fragile atmosphere above the land passing below.  If I do manage to suddenly make a bucket of money because of being arty, writing a bestseller and/or directing a movie I will be contacting Elon, Jeff and Richard straight away to book my seat.  If my arm was twisted and I had to say who would I really like to travel with, it would be Space X because I want to go as fast and as high as possible and wear a funky launch and landing pressure suit.

“This is a rush hour I could get used to”.
“I got very excited seeing this pass”.

William Shatner has always been a favourite actor; Captain Kirk is a hero to me and many others.  This week I think he touched many more people’s hearts with his passionate speech about what he experienced.

“What a landing”.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

“No one will realise that this picture is backwards”.

The temporary admin job has commenced and I am enjoying it, bet you never thought you would read a comment like that.  All I am doing is moving specific data from one system to a spreadsheet which is submitted daily by email.  Sounds very boring, but after feeling so stressed for years working in a call centre boring is good.  At the moment I suspect I have a couple of weeks of work left, after that I really don’t know.  Because it’s part time I really must use the extra spare time I have wisely, it’s all in preparation for next year.

“I am being paid to find these numbers, what do they mean? I really don’t care”.

And Finally……

After spending time (weeks and months) befriending a couple of neighbour’s cats that regularly visit the garden.  This week they both realised I was not a threat and approached close enough to be stroked.  In the grand scheme of life it’s not much of an achievement, but both occasions pleased me so much.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have watched:

“Click”, (TX: 09/10/21).  “Babylon 5”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 4).  “Blakes 7”, (SB, ep 11).  “Blue Origins – NS-18 Shepard Space Flight Mission With William Shatner – Live Launch and Touchdown”, (YouTube)(TX: 13/10/21).  “Entertainment Insider – How Hollywood Twins Scenes Have Evolved Over 100 Years”, (FaceBook)(TX: 12/02/21).  ”Entourage”, (S8, ep 2 to ep 8).  “Final Space”, (S3, ep 6).  “Fort Salaam”, (S2, ep 1 & ep 2).  “Futurama”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 3).  “Guilt”, (S2, ep 1 & ep 2).  “Late Night Mash”, (S1, ep 7, TX: 14/10/21).  “Monkey World”, (S11, ep 2, TX: 2018).  “No Time To Die”, (2021).  “Only Murders In The Building”, (S1, ep 8).  “Orangutan Jungle School”, (S2, ep 1, TX: 31/07/19).  “Rich House, Poor House”, (S2, ep 2, TX: 26/10/17).  “Spitting Image”, (Britbox)(S2, ep 5, TX 09/10/21).  “Star Trek (Original Series)”, (S3, ep 17).  “Stargate Atlantis”, (S3, ep 1 to ep 3).  “Starship Troopers”, (1997).  “Taskmaster” (S12 (S3 on C4), ep 4, TX: 14/10/21).  “The Blob: A Genius Without A Brain”, (TX: 29/09/21).  “The Bureau Of Magical Things”, (S1, ep 14).  “The Conjuring”, (2013).  “The Conjuring 2”, (2016).  “The Goes Wrong Show”, (S2, ep 4 & ep 5).  “The Golden Girls “, (S5, ep 11 & ep 12).  “The Great British Bake Off”, (S12 (S5 on C4) ep 4, TX: 12/10/21).  “The Orville”, (S1, ep 10).  “The Ranganation”, (S4, ep 2, TX: 10/10/21).  “The Sky At Night”, (TX: 10/10/21).  “The Walking Dead”, (S11, ep 8).  “Whose Line Is It Anyway”, (S10, ep 7 to ep 9).  “Van Helsing”, (S5, ep 3 & ep 4).

“Doctor Who watched this week”……

“Skyfall, Part 1”, (S12, ep 1, TX: 01/01/20).

“Skyfall, Part 2”, (S12, ep 2, TX: 05/01/20).

“Orphan 55”, (S12, ep 3, TX: 12/01/20).

This week I have listening to:

“30 Animals That Made Us Smarter”, (BBC World Service/Sounds)(S2, ep 16, 11/10/21).  “Box Of Delights”, (S3, ep 7, 25/02/20).  “Brian And Roger”, (S5, ep 3, 13/10/21).  “Clinton Baptiste Paranormal Podcast”, (S4, ep 2, 12/10/21).  “Coronavirus Global Update”, (BBC World Service) (09/10/21)(10/10/21)(11/10/21)(12/10/21) (13/10/21)(14/10/21)(15/10/21).  “Doctor Who”, (The Incomparable/TeeVee)(S12, ep 3, 13/01/20)(ep 4, 20/01/20)(ep 5, 26/01/20).  “Don’t You Want Me?”, (ep 4, 14/10/21).  “Full Disclosure With James O’Brien”, (S1, ep 3, Simon Amstell, 18/03/19).  “Griefcast”, (S8, ep 2 (ep 150) 13/10/21).  “In Poor Taste”, (ep 124, 13/10/21).  “Lazy Doctor Who”, (ep 222, 12/10/21).  “Maximum Power: A Blakes 7 Podcast”, (SA, ep 4, 10/10/21).  “Mystery Hour”, (14/10/21).  “NASA Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 217, 15/10/21).  “Nick Abbot Whole Show”, (09/10/21)(10/10/21)(15/10/21).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdicombe’s Parenting Hell”, (S3, ep 27, 12/10/21)(ep 28, 15/10/21).  “Smersh Pod  –  The Living Daylights”, (Pt 1, 04/05/20)(Pt 2, 05/05/20).  “Smersh Pod – The Man With The Golden Gun”, (Pt 1, 18/05/20).  “Space And Things”, (STP12, 19/11/20)(STP59, 14/10/21).  “Space Soldiers Podcast – Flash Gordon Conquers The Universe”, (Chapter Three, “Walking Bombs”, 09/10/21).  “Star Trek Universe”, (11/10/21)(14/10/21).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 164, 10/10/21).  “The Audio Guide To Babylon 5”, (The Incomparable)(ep 49, 20/03/16).  “The Friendship Onion”, (S1, ep 22, 11/10/21).  “The Froth With Rhod Gilbert And Sian Harries”, (S4, ep 3 (ep 39) 12/10/21).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (11/10/21).  “The Space Above Us”, (144, 15/10/21). “Toby Hadokes Happy Times And Places”, (24.1, “Dalek”, 11/10/21).  “WTB”, (S3, ep 10 (ep 52),15/10/21).  “What’s Your Problem With Nick Abbot And Carol McGiffin”, (11/10/21).  “Wolf And Owl”, (ep 45, 13/10/21).

Songs I enjoyed this week, were by:

“Morrissey”,  “Air”,  “Arlo Parks”,  “Artic Monkey”,  “Aztec Camera”, “Catatonia”,  “Del Shannon”,  “First Aid Kit”,  “Fleetwood Mac”,  “Florence And The Machine”,  “Jean-Michel Jarre”,  “My Morning Jacket”,  “Pixies”,  “Shakespeare Sister”,  “Shed Seven”,  “Sixpence None The Richer”,  “Tame Impala”,  “The Beautiful South”,  “The Clash”,  “They Might Be Giants”,  “Thompson Twins”,  “Yazoo”.

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Week 381, Saturday 2nd until Friday 8th October 2021.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures In East, Central & South West London, Essex and Northamptonshire.

Week 381, Saturday 2nd until Friday 8th October 2021.

This week’s ramble will be short and sweet.  I am spending the weekend at mum’s house and have left my tablet at home which has all the various drafts and lists on that I use to assemble and write the blog.  Thank you, Hel, for letting me use your computer to type this.

“Thank you baby sister for letting me use your computer “.

Usually at this time of the year I am moaning about getting another year older.  Not this year, my friend MOZ made sure I had the best time.  We did plenty of things that basically took my mind off the fact that I had orbited the sun once again.  Thank you so much MOZ for all you did, it really was a wonderful few day.

“Love you mum”.

If I think about the next 365 days, there is a lot that I want to achieve that’s another reason this ramble should be short and sweet.  Some of my future plans depend on other people and bureaucracy going my way.  Others really are in my hands, I need to stop just talking about “doing this or doing that”, and actually put things in to place.

“MOZ eating some cake and I want it”.

I am not big on b’days, when I have lived on my own or abroad it’s not something I usually did not bother with.  But living with my friend, it’s always an occasion, which I am so grateful for and about.  I am another year older; age really is only a number.  I need to stay positive and happy and try my best that’s all I can do.

“I didn’t share any of this”.

That’s it’s for now.  The TV/Film, Radio/Podcast lists that normally appear at the bottom of each week’s blog will be added when I return home and have access to my tablet.

My mid-life crisis conts……..

This Week I Have Watched…...

“Click”, (TX: 02/10/21).  “Countdown: Inspiration4 Mission to Space”, (S1, ep 5, TX: 30/09/21).  “Davros Rises! – The Collection: Season 17 Announcement Trailer – Doctor Who”, (YouTube)(TX: 07/10/21). “Entourage”, (S7, ep 1 to 10)(S8, ep 1).  “Expedition 65, Soyuz “MS 19 launch”, (YouTube)(NASA TV)(TX  05/10/21).  “Gardeners World”, (2021: ep 17, TX: 01/10/21).  “Ghost: Series 3 Bloopers”, (YouTube)(TX: Sept 21).  “Goes Wrong Along – The Mischief Cast On Peter Pan Goes Wrong”, (DVD, 2021, Special Feature).  “Have I Got News For You”, (S62, ep 1, TX: 08/10/21). “Late Night Mash”, (S1, ep 6, TX: 07/10/21). “Live And Let Die”  (1973).  “Only Murder In The Building”, (S1, ep 7).  “Peter Pan Goes Wrong”, (DVD, 2021).  “Spitting Image”, (Britbox)(S2, ep 4, 02/10/21).  “Star Trek (Original Series)”, (S3, ep 16).  “Star Trek Lower Decks”, (S2, ep 8 & ep 9).  “Stargate Atlantis”, (S2, ep 18 to ep 20). “Taskmaster”, (S12 )S3 on C4) ep 3, TX:07/10/21).  “The Bureau Of Magical Things”, (S1, ep 13).  “The Graham Norton Show”, (S29, ep 2, TX: 08/10/21).  “The Great British Bake Off”, (S12, ep 3 (S5 on C4), TX: 05/10/21).  “The Golden Girls”, (S5, ep 3 to ep 10).  “The Last Leg”, (S23, ep 2, TX:02/10/21)(ep 3, 08/10/21). “The Ranganation”, (S4, ep 1, TX: 03/10/21).  “The Umbrella Academy”, (S2, ep 10).  “Van Helsing”, (S5, ep 1 & ep 2).  “The Walking Dead”, (S11, ep 7).

Doctor Who Watched This Week……

“The Witchfinders”, (S11, ep 8, TX: 25/11/18). “It Takes You Away”, (S11, ep 9, TX: 02/12/18). “The Battle Of Ranskoor Av Kolos”, (S11, ep 10, TX: 09/12/18). “Resolution”, (TX: 01/01/19).

This Week I Listened to……

“30 Animals That Made Us Smarter”, (BBC World Service)(S2, ep 15, 04/10/21).  “Anti Social Show”, (ep 96, 03/10/21).  “Babylon 5 – The Gathering”, (S1, Pilot). “Box Of Delights”, (S3, ep 6, 21/02/20).  “Brian & Roger”, (S5, ep 2, 06/10/21). “Clinton Baptiste’s Paranormal Podcast”, (S4, ep 1, 05/10/21).  “Coronavirus Global Update”, (BBC World Service) (02/10/21)(03/10/21) (04/10/21) (05/10/21)(06/10/21)(07/10/21)(08/10/21).  “Doctor Who”, (The Incomparable/TeeVee)(S12, ep 1, 02/01/20)(ep 2, 06/01/20).  “Don’t You Want Me?”, (ep 3, 07/10/21).  “Farscape (Muppets In Space)”, (The Incomparable)(06/10/21).  “Full Disclosure With James O’Brien”, (S2, ep 47, “Nish Kumar”, 22/04/21).  “Griefcast”, (S8, ep 1 (ep 149) 06/10/21).  “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buddha”, (ep 41, 08/10/21).   “Liza Tarbuck”, (BBC Radio 2/Sounds)(02/10/21). “Maximum Power: A Blake’s 7 Podcast”, (ep 3, 03/10/21).  “Mystery Hour”, 07/10/21).  “NASA Gravity Assist”, (08/10/21).  “NASA Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 216, 08/10/21).  “Nick Abbot Whole Show”, (02/10/21)(03/10/21)(08/10/21).  “Radio Astronomy (BBC Sky At Night Magazine)”, (08/11/16)(07/10/21).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe Parenting Hell”, (S3, ep 25, 05/10/21)(ep 26, 08/10/21).  “Smersh Pod – Octopussy”, (Pt 1, 20/04/20)(Pt 2, 21/04/20).  “Smersh Pod – On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”, (Pt 1, 27/04/20)(Pt 2, 28/04/20).  “Something Who”, (ep 10, 23/01/20)(ep 11, 29/01/20).  “Space and Things”, (STP46, 15/07/21)(STP58, 07/10/21). “Space Soliders Podcast – Flash Gordon Conquers The Universe”, (Chapter Two, “Freezing Torture”, 02/10/21).  “Star Trek Universe”, (04/10/21).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 163, 05/10/21). “The Audio Guide To Babylon 5”, (ep 48, 06/03/16)(Extra ep, 15/03/16).  “The Friendship Onion”, (S1, ep 21, 06/10/21).  “The Froth With Rhod Gilbert And Sian Harris”, (S4, ep 2(ep 38) 06/10/21). “The Most Googled Questions On Google”, (ep 1, 07/02/20)(ep 2, 26/02/20)(ep 3, 23/04/20)(ep 4, 16/05/20). “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (04/10/21).  “The Supermassive Podcast”, (ep 20, 01/10/21).  “This Week In Time Travel “, (16/07/17).  “Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels – Indefinable  Magic”, (1.10, 04/10/21).  “WTB”, (S3, ep 9 (ep 51), 08/10/21).  “What On Earth? With Count Binface”, (BBC Radio 4/Sounds)(30/09/21).  “What’s Your Problem With Nick Abbot And Carol Mcgiffin”, (04/10/21).  “Wolf And Owl”, (ep 44, 06/10/21).

“Aretha Franklin”, “David Bowie”,  “David Essex”,  “ELO”,  “Elbow”, “John Travolta And Olivia Newton John”,  “Hairspray: Original Broadway Cast”, “Ladyhawke”,  “Leo Sawyer”,  “M.I.A”,  “Sylvester”, “XTC”.

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Week 380, Saturday 25th September until Friday 1st October 2021.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East & Central London and Kent.

Week 380, Saturday 25th September until Friday 1st October 2021.

Since March 2020 I have taken part in a number of Zoom calls with usually 3 or 4 others.  That changed this week when I was part of a huge celebration from all over the world.  On 28th September my cousin Bevo celebrated a special B’day, because family and friends are scattered around the world a virtual meeting was arranged.  At 11am I clicked on the link and was presented with faces I knew and others I didn’t.  Of course I knew my camera was live all the time and because I desperately did not want to look a plonker, I smiled all the time as I watched and listened to others with interest.  If I needed to pick my nose, blow it or something else that wouldn’t look good on camera, I ensured that I leant out of shot.

“Loved this statue on sale in a shop. It looks like an award”.

I said a few words because I sort of (very unofficially) representing the family here in the UK.  When a chorus of “Happy B’day” was sung of course I left my mic muted, and mimed like I was on “Top Of The Pops” in the 70s and 80s.  Bevo was genuinely happy to see all these faces; I don’t think she knew quite who would be appearing, there really were a number of surprises.

“Smile your on view”.

This really was a wonderful way to spent 30 to 40 minutes.  As I have said I am not an experienced user of this system / platform / application (whatever it’s called) and didn’t consider or think about what was in view behind me.  Before the celebrations commenced another cousin said “You are still in to that?”, she was talking about the “Doctor Who” posters on the wall.  I have to remember I am not a teenager anymore and think more carefully in future.

“Sadly I don’t have any Dragons”.

It felt so nice to have been invited and included in this special occasion for my dear cuz who I last saw in person two years ago when my sisters and I visited her and other family  in Sri Lanka.  Hopefully if all goes to plan I will see her once again face to face in 2022.

“Paddington, did not want to share his marmalade sandwich”.

 And Now For Something Completely Different……

“I loved how this woman sat next to this Mr. Bean statue”.

Petrol or lack of it has been the number one story this last week.  I don’t think I have ever seen fuel panic buying or queues outside petrol stations like this before.  On Sunday I needed to top up because during this week there were a number of journeys I needed (wanted) to do.

“Rochester Castle, with an open air cinema in the grounds”.

After passing a number of empty petrol stations I found one near the M25, which of course charged more than normal.  I had heard that many people had to queue for a long time to reach the forecourt; my wait was 20 minutes which really was not that bad.  The only problem I encountered was when a car slowed in the next lane indicating it wanted to park.  This of course caused a small tail back of annoyed drivers, I couldn’t move out of the way and had to wait for a gap in front.  Once this happened the car slipped in and parked, I assumed it was a resident coming home, I was wrong; it was in fact a take-a-way delivery.  Sure enough within 30 seconds the driver wanted to leave and re-joined the busy carriageway.  Once again I had to make a space which annoyed the people behind me, what did they really think I could do about the situation, lift off, and hover a few metres above the tarmac.

“My fave coffee shop in Rochester”.

Once at the pump I filled up with what I needed, I wasn’t greedy and I made sure that I gave Mr. Grumpy behind me a big smile.  I really enjoy driving, these next few days I will be careful and not waste a drop of that precious go faster juice.  I genuinely look forward to the day that I have an electric vehicle, but that’s for another ramble. 

“Oh no!”.

And Finally……

“Everytime I see this show I leave with a smile”.

Noticed a couple on a busy train looking lovingly at baby scans.

“The curtain call”.

In a shop a small, a child was going round showing anyone he came across including me, his large “Oaker” action figure in a colourful box.  What I saw was “The Joker” from Batman.  Later he could be heard asking his mummy for an Alien.  I wonder if he went home with both.

“An interesting planter”.

Walking down a road I saw a cyclist pass slowly past a parked white van.  As the driver got out, this was genuinely what I heard.

Cyclists: “Hello, Sam”.

White Van Man: “Hello Sun”.  After a pause, “Who are you?”.

Cyclists: (shouting behind him), “John”.

“Loving the new animated Patrick Troughton”.
“Smile”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have watched:

“Blake’s 7”, (SB, ep 9 & ep 10).  “Chris And Meg’s Wild Summer, (S1, ep 5, TX: 26/09/21).  “Click”, (TX: 25/09/21).  “Entourage”, (S6, ep 1 to ep 12).  “Gunpowder Milkshake”, (2021).  “Late Night Mash”, (S1, ep 5, TX: 30/09/21).  “Looking For Mr Bond: 007 At The BBC – Timeshift”, (TX: 28/10/15).  “Measuring Mass: The Last Artefact”, (TX: 15/09/21).  “Monsters At Work”, (S1, ep 7 & ep 8).  “Mortimer And Whitehouse Gone Fishing”, (S4, ep 5, TX: 26/09/21).  “Only Murders In The Building”, (S1, ep 6).  “RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2021”, (ep 1, TX: 19/09/21)(ep 14, TX: 24/09/21).  “Spitting Image”, (Britbox)(S2, ep 3, TX: 25/09/21).  “Stargate Atlantis”, (S2, ep 16 & ep 17).  “Star Trek (Original Series)”, (S3, ep 15).  “Taskmaster”, (S12 (S3 on C4), ep 1, TX: 23/09/21)(ep 2, TX: 30/09/21).  “The Bureau Of Magical Things “, (S1, ep 13).  “The Graham Norton Show”, (S29, ep 2, TX: 01/10/21).  “The Great British Bake Off”, (S12 (S5 on C4), ep 2, TX: 30/09/21).  “The Great Britain Bake Off – An Extra Slice”, (S7 (S5 on C4), ep 2, TX: 01/10/21).  “The Goes Wrong Show”, (S2, ep 1 to ep 3).  “The Golden Girls”, (S4, ep 16 to ep 26).  “The Guilty”, (2021).  “The Last Leg”, (S23, ep 1, TX: 24/09/21).   “The Orville”, (S1, ep 7 to ep 9).  “The Umbrella Academy”, (S2, ep 9).  “The Walking Dead”, (S11, ep 6).

“Doctor Who watched this week”……

“Evil Of The Daleks”, (BBC DVD)(animated ep 1, ep 3 to 7)(ep 2 original B&W, S4, TX: 27/05/67)(Prod code LL).

“Demons Of The Punjab”, (S11, ep 6, TX: 11/11/18).

“Kerblam!”, (S11, ep 7, TX: 18/11/18)

This week I watched live on stage…..

“Hairspray”, (London Coliseum, ENO)(29/09/21).

This week I have listening to:

“30 Animals That Made Us Smarter”, (BBC World Service)(S2, ep 14, 27/09/21).  “Betamax Video Club”, (ep 49, 30/05/19).  “Brian & Roger”, (29/09/21).  “Clinton Baptiste’s Paranormal Podcast”, S4 – Coming Soon, (30/09/21).  “Coronavirus Global Update”, (BBC World Service)(25/09/21)(26/09/21) (27/09/21)(28/09/21)(29/09/21)(30/09/21) (01/10/21).  “Doctor Who”, (The Incomparable/TeeVee)(S11, ep 10, 10/12/18) (02/01/19).  “Don’t You Want Me”, (ep 2, 30/09/21).  “Full Disclosure With James O’Brien”, (S2, ep 16, “Kathy Burke”, 05/06/20).  “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buddha”, (ep 40, 29/09/21).  “Maximum Power: A Blake’s 7 Podcast”, (S1, ep 2, 26/09/21).  “NASA Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 215, 01/10/21).  “Nick Abbot Whole Show”, (25/09/22) (26/09/21).  “Radio Astronomy (The Sky At Night Magazine)”, (29/09/21).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe Parenting Hell”, (S3, ep 23, 28/09/21)(ep 24, 01/10/21).  “Smersh Pod – Goldfinger”, (Pt 1, 13/04/20)(Pt 2, 14/04/20).  “Space And Things”, (STP11, 12/11/20)(STP57, 30/09/21).  “Space Soldiers Podcast – Flash Gordon Conquers The Universe”, (Chapter One, “The Purple Death”, 25/09/21).  “Star Trek Universe”, (24/08/21) (27/09/21).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 162, 26/09/21).  “The Audio Guide To Babylon 5”, (The Incomparable)(ep 47, 21/02/16).  “The Friendship Onion”, (S1, ep 20, 28/09/21).  “The Froth”, (S4, ep 1 (ep 37), 28/09/21).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (27/09/21).  “The Old Doctor Who Podcast”, (ep 118, 29/09/21).  “The Space Above Us”, (143, 30/09/21).  “This Week In Time Travel”, (The Incomparable) (10/12/18) (02/01/19).  “Toby Hadoke’s Happy Times And Places’, (23.3, “Nightmare Of Eden”, 27/09/21)(23.4, 01/10/21).  “WTB”, (S3, ep 7 (ep 50), 01/10/21).  “What’s Your Problem With Nick Abbot And Carol Mcgiffin”, (27/09/22).  “Wolf And Owl”, (S1, ep 65, 29/09/21)

Songs I enjoyed this week, were by:

“Morrissey”,  “ABBA (Classic and New)”,  “Bikini Kill”,  “Dr Feelgood”,  “First Aid Kit”,  “Hole”,  “Ian Dury And The Blockheads”,  “Lush”,  “Muse”,  “Shed Seven”,  “Shania Twain”,  “Scissor Sisters”,  “Sneaker Pimps”,  “The Automatic”,  “The Clash”,  “The Cure”,  “The Stone Roses”.

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Week 379, Saturday 18th until Friday 24th September 2021.

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

Week 379, Saturday 18th until Friday 24th September 2021.

“Previously, on the So-Called blog…….

“Evicted from the bedroom”.

This week is a sort of continuation of last week.  Over the last 379 weeks there have been connections to a previous ramble, but I think this is the first time that 2 consecutive weeks are related.

Where was I…. “Previously on the So-Called Blog”, I sent an email quitting my job on 24th September…..

“I got a young person to press the button, just in case”.

The plan was to pop in to the office early next week for the first time since March 2020 to return all the equipment that has allowed me to work remotely.  Everything changed first thing on my last day because I of an e-mail from my boss, informing me that there is a back-office admin role for a few weeks if I want it.  Of course, I said yes, it’s part time, remote and the money is the same.  The most important aspect is I won’t be working in the call centre taking call after call.  For once I actually feel positive about the changes ahead.

“On safari in the garden”.

Strangely I was looking forward to popping into town because after handing over the electronics I was going to mooch around and visit my fave shop Forbidden Planet.  Every time as soon as I cross the threshold in my mind I have spent thousands of imaginary pounds on comics, books, magazines, action figures, other toys and clothes.  Basically tatt!  I already have enough in storage and definitely don’t need any more crap which will eventually end up in land fill and wont breakdown/biodegrade for thousands of years helping to pollute the planet.

“Is it wrong I enjoyed this”.

I have a lot of planning over the next few months and must not spend real money on more stuff, that’s why the hypothetical money is good.  This job may only last a few weeks, it give me a little more time to find something more permanent until Jan 22.  This is when I intend on travelling, so any work I do over these next few months really doesn’t have to be the most stimulating.  The position has been described as “just” a boring admin role, but that is exactly what I am looking for.  It will allow me time to clear my storage, plan the trip and distress from years of chatting rubbish on the phone in a call centre.

“This beauty was spotted one lunch time”.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

“I know how to have fun in bed”.

I have mentioned several times since March 2020 that gardening has become a something that for the first time I really enjoy.  It’s a tonic that has helped keep me grounded (pun intended) in reality during these strange time.  I never thought that I would enjoy the feeling of soil/compost in my hands or spending time watering the garden every day after work, but I do.  What I have found most satisfying is watching the plants that I have looked after to grow and flourish.

“I am so proud of these toms, that i grew”.

Last year’s crop of Tomato’s, Broccoli and Carrots was pretty good for someone who had no knowledge at all.  This year I sowed Tomato and Carrot seeds late.  It’s only now that 4 tomatoes have started to ripen, hopefully the other will before the colder weather arrives.  If not, I will have to learn how to make chutney, I am not a cook and doubt I ever will be, but I do not want to waste anything that I have grown.

“Working at my sisters”.

Just looking below you will see that I love TV.  Until recently a genre you wouldn’t have seen notes are Gardening programmes.  These days I never miss Gardens World; I am watching older episodes as well and am not ashamed to say that Monty Don is my new hero.  Don’t worry I still love my Sci-fi, and am never happier when aliens are attempting to destroy the planet yet again.  But I really have a new appreciation for gentle programmes about plants.  Maybe this is another sign of getting old, I would like to think it’s more a case of me settling down and becoming comfortable with who I am and less stress about the world.

“Who’s washing is this?”.

And Finally……

Helping Jbombs with his maths homework, he had to write a series of sentences which will reveal a number.  Right from the start I worked out a 4 digit number, coming up with interesting sentences that the reader need to think about to come up with the answer.  When I proudly showed him the results he just looked and pointed out the final number only had 3 digits.  Lesson learned, next time I won’t butt in, he really didn’t need my help.

“Anoodle found her homework very tiring”.

It was only when he finished did he realise that this was written in the wrong work book.  He was resigned to the fact that he would have to copy everything word for word into the correct exercise book.  I mentioned to his mum as she passed who stopped pulled out the page only to glued it into the correct book.  Jbomb and I looked at each other in surprise.

“Spotted a beautiful old banger”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have watched:

“15 Storeys High”, (S2, ep 3 to ep 6).  “Blake’s 7”, (SB, ep 8).  “Chris And Meg’s Wild Life Summer”, (S1, ep 4, TX: 19/09/21).  “Click”, (TX: 18/09/21).  “Entourage”, (S5, ep 5 to ep 12).  “Gardeners World”, (2021: ep 26, TX: 17/09/21).  “Inspiration4: Splashdown: Live”, (SpaceX/YouTube)(TX: 18/09/21).  “Jack Whitehall Travels With My Father”, (S5, ep 1 & ep 2, best of ep).  “Late Night Mash”, (S1, ep 4, TX: 23/09/21).  “Mortimer And Whitehouse Gone Fishing”, (S4, ep 4, TX: 19/09/21).  “Neutrino: Hunting The Ghost Particle”, (TX: 22/09/21).  “Only Murders In The Building”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 5).  “RHS: Chelsea Flower  Show”, (2021: ep 9, TX: 23/09/21).  “Spitting Image (2021)”, (Britbox)(S2, ep 2, TX: 18/09/21).  “Stargate Atlantis”, (S2, ep 13 to ep 15).  “Star Trek, (Original Series)”, (S3, ep 13 & ep 14).  “Star Trek Lower Decks”, (S2, ep 7).  “The Bureau Of Magical Things”, (S1, ep 11 & ep 12).  “The Golden Girls”, (S4, ep 7 to ep 15).  “The Great British Bake Off”, (S12 (S5 on C4), ep 1, TX: 21/09/21).  “The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice”, (S7 (S5 on C4), ep 1, TX: 24/09/21).  “The Graham Norton Show”, (S29, ep 1, TX: 24/09/21).  “The Orville”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 6).  “The Sky At Night – Question Time”, (TX: 19/09/21).  “The Umbrella Academy”, (S2, ep 8).  “The Walking Dead”, (S11, ep 5).  “V War”, (S1, ep 8).  “Van Helsing”, (S4, ep 10 to ep 12).

“Doctor Who Watched this Week”……

“The Women Who Fell To Earth”, (S11(S37), ep 1, TX: 07/10/18).

“The Ghost Monument”, (S11(S37), ep 2, TX: 14/10/18).

“Rosa”, (S11(S37), ep 3, TX: 21/10/21).

“Arachnids In The UK”, (S11(S37), ep 4, TX: 28/10/18).

“The Tsurang Conundrum”, (S11(S37), ep 5, TX: 04/11/18). 

This week I have listening to:

“13 Minutes To The Moon, (BBC World Service)(S1, ep 1, 13/05/19)(ep 2, 20/05/19).  “30 Animals That Made Us Smarter”, (BBC World Service)(S2, ep 13, 20/09/21).  “Betamax Video Club”, (ep 51, 11/07/19).  “Box Of Delights”, (S3, ep 3, 11/02/20)(ep 4, 14/02/20)(ep 5, 18/02/20).  “Coronavirus Global Update”, (BBC World Service) (18/09/21) (19/09/21) (20/09/21)(21/09/21)(22/09/21)(23/09/21)(24/09/21).  “Doctor Who”, (The Incomparable/TeeVee)(S11, ep 9, 03/12/18).   “Don’t You Want Me?”, (ep 1, 23/09/21).  “Farscape (Muppets In Space)”, (The Incomparable)(23/09/21).  “Full Disclosure With James O’Brien”, (S2, ep 26, “Monty Don”, 01/10/20).  “Maximum Power”, (ep 1, 19/09/21).  “Mystery Hour”, (23/09/21).  “NASA Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 214, 24/09/21).  “Nick Abbot Whole Show”, (18/09/21) (19/09/21) (24/09/21).  “Radio Astronomy (The Sky At Night Magazine)”, (04/06/21) (24/09/21).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe Parenting Hell”, (S3, ep 21, 21/09/21)(ep 22, 24/09/21).  “Smersh Pod – A View To A Kill”, (Pt 1, 06/04/20)(Pt 2, 07/04/20).  “Smersh Pod – For Your Eyes Only”, (Pt 1, 22/03/20)(Pt 2, 23/03/20).  “Space And Things”, (STP10, 05/11/20)(STP47, 22/07/21)(STP56, 22/09/21).  “Space Soliders Podcast – Flash Gordon’s Trip To Mars”, (Chapter Fifteen, “An Eye For An Eye”, 18/09/21).  “Star Trek Universe Podcast”, (05/01/19)(31/08/21)(02/09/21)(18/09/21).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 161, 20/09/21).  “The All New Angelos And Barry Podcast”, (22/09/21).  “The Audio Guide To Babylon 5”, (ep 46, 07/02/16).  “The Friendship Onion”, (S1, ep 19, 21/21).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (21/09/21).  “This Week In Time Travel”, (The Incomparable) (03/21/18).  “Toby Hadoke’s – Happy Times And Places”, (23.1, “Nightmare Of Eden”, 20/09/21)(23.2, 24/09/21).  “WTB”, (S3, ep 6 (ep 49) 24/09/21).  “What’s Your Problem With Nick Abbot And Carol Mcgiffin”, (20/09/21).  “Wolf And Owl”, (ep 42, 22/09/21)(Bonus #22, 24/09/21).  

Songs I enjoyed this week, were by:

“Morrissey”,  “Alanis Morissette”,  “Arcade Fire”,  “Carly Simon”,  “Catatonia”,  “Deacon Blue”,  “Doves”,  “ELO”, “Everything But The Girl”,  “Keane”,  “Nirvana”,  “REM”,  “Radiohead”,  “Sophie B Hawkins”,  “Snow Patrol”,  “Travis”,  “Texas”,  “The Beatles”,  “The Cranberries”,  “The Lightning Seeds”,  “The Fratellis”,  “The Smiths”,  “The Spice Girls”.  

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Week 378 Saturday 11th until Friday 17th September 2021.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East & South West London.

Week 378, Saturday 11th until Friday 17th September 2021.

If you have read this ramble for any length of time you will know I am a call centre monkey.  I fell in to this type of work a long time ago, the office I worked in started to take calls which eventually ended up with nothing but calls all day, leaving letters and emails to be dealt with by others.

“A lovely day spent at Kew Gardens, last weekend”.

This week I handed in my noticed.  I have never hid the fact that I hate the job, talking on the phone all day is draining at the end of a busy day I am actually sick of hearing my voice.  Also the constant repeating myself is tiring (an idea I had a long time ago is I should have recorded all the regularly repeated phrases, so I would only need to press various buttons on the keyboard to reply to questions.  That could have been my million pound app solution to call centre hell.  It’s a little late now, bugger).

“I had a lovely few minutes in the hot house with a fellow plant lover”.

The idea of quitting came just before the recent family holiday to Ibiza, I knew immediately the date that I wanted to leave Friday 24th September.  The writing of the resignation email was simple, I didn’t say a lot of things I really wanted to because I might want a good reference in the future.  But I did thank management for all their help, and they have actually helped me over the years.

“Beautiful colours everywhere”.

What’s next is something I have been asking for a while, I have been applying for new roles but so far no one has replied inviting me to an interview.  Whatever I fall into will only be until early January 22 which is when I plan on going travelling.  Earlier this week it did cross my mind that I have lasted in the job this long, surly I could do a few more months.  That thought didn’t last long when another caller annoyed me.  Another reason I felt it was time to go is because staff will be expected back in the office.  One thing I knew for sure is I didn’t want to travel an hour and a half on various trains to then sit in a huge, badly air conditioned, overly lit very noisy (because everyone’s on the phone) office.  I haven’t been there since March 2020 and have not missed it or my colleagues once.

“I am thinking of creating a pond in the garden. If only it could look like this”.

Many times over the years I have thought about quitting, but the moneys good and like a lot of people I have been in a rut.  Pressing send on the resignation email was the best thing I have done in a long time.  I have plans and ideas, while looking for work; hopefully it won’t be for long.  All I want is a nice back office admin role, one that doesn’t involve chatting the same rubbish constantly on the phone.  Roll on January 22.

“That pond is a talented busker”.
“Meet the new Gardeners World reporter”.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

“It was great to see lots of Bees also enjoying the gardens”.

Lorry drivers or the lack of them are in the news a lot at the moment.  I definitely appreciate and try to help my fellow professional drivers such as bus, coach and delivery drivers of all kind when I can.  Of course I get frustrated; it cannot be an easy job at the best of times I definitely couldn’t do it.

“I love ferns, they have been around since the Dinosaurs”.

This week I saw a large lorry waiting to enter a busy main road; a number of cars in front carried on and didn’t let the heavy vehicle out.  Because there was enough space in front I moved into the middle lane so the lorry could enter the flow of traffic.  As I past I just happened to look at the same time as the lorry driver glanced down at me and gave me a thumbs up.  For the rest of my journey I must have had a “special” look on my face, because that thumbs up really made my day.  The rest of the drive was quick and easy possibly because other divers steered when they caught a glance of my strangely happy face, as a rule drivers are not happy.

“A very cute baby”.
“A lovely day of colours”.

Another reason I respect gigantic lorries, with a small turn of the steering wheel they could take me out without blinking.

“A beautiful way to end the day”.

And Finally……

“Stretch to the right”.

A very pretty nervous cat that has recently started to visit the garden, jumped out of the open French windows as I approached after watering the garden.  My friend working in the room had not noticed the intruder.  The look of shock on its cute face made me smile.  For the next couple of hours I kept seeing it walking around the garden looking back at the house. Hopefully in time it will trust me enough to be stroked and made a fuss of.

“Stretch to the left”.

A man on the phone asked if I could text him information because he didn’t have any hands (I resisted saying anything just in case he really didn’t have any hands).  After some rustling I clearly heard the flush of a loo.  A few seconds later he said he was ready to take the information down.  What was more concerning he had not washed his hands.

“MOZ captured this new visitor to the garden. I hope I see it soon”.
“MOZ another happy reader of this ramble”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have watched:

“15 Storeys High”, (S1, ep 3 to ep 6)(S2, ep 1 & ep 2).  “Alma’s Not Normal”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 6).  “Blake’s 7”, (SB, ep 7).  “Click”, (TX: 11/09/22).  “Colony”, (S3, ep 11 & ep 13). “Countdown: Inspiration4  Mission To Space”, (S1, ep 3 & ep 4, TX: 13/09/21). “Entourage”, (S3, ep 12 to ep 20)(S4, ep 1 to ep 12)(S5, ep 1 to ep 4).  “Final Space”, (S3, ep 1 to ep 5).  “Gardeners World “, (2020: ep 17, TX: 10/07/20)(ep 26, TX: 11/09/20)(ep 27, TX: 18/09/20)(ep 28, TX: 25/09/21)(2021: ep 25, TX: 10/09/21).  “Inspiration4 launch: Live”, (SpaceX/YouTube)(TX: 15/09/21).  “Late Night Mash”, (S1, ep 2, TX: 09/09/21)(ep 3, TX: 16/09/21).  “Life Drawing Live!”, (TX: 12/09/21).  “Spitting Image (2021)”, (Britbox)(S2, ep 1, TX: 11/09/21).  “Stargate Atlantis”, (S2, ep 12 & ep 13).  “Star Trek (Original Series)”, (S3, ep 12).  “Star Trek Lower Deck”, (S2, ep 6).  “The Bureau Of Magical Things”, (S1, ep 10).  “The Cleaner”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 6).  “The Golden Girls, (S3, ep 15 to ep 23)(S4, ep 1 to ep 6).  “The Walking Dead”, (S11, ep 4).  “Van Helsing”, (S4, ep 7 to ep 9).  

This week I have listening to:

“30 Animals That Made Us Smarter”, (BBC World Service)(S2, ep 12, 13/09/21).  “Betamax Video Club”, (ep 64, 05/03/20).  “Box Of Delights”, (S3, ep 2, 07/02/20).  “Coronavirus Global Update”, (BBC World Service)(11/09/21)(12/09/21) (13/09/21)(14/09/21)(15/09/21)(16/09/21)(17/09/21).  “Dalek 63•88 PropCast”, (10/09/21).  “Doctor Who”, (The Incomparable/TeeVee)(S11, ep 8, 26/11/18).  “Don’t You Want Me: Trailer (Betamax Video Club)”, (16/09/21).  “Full Disclosure With James O’Brien”, (S2, ep 56, “Joe Lycett”, 29/07/21).  “Mystery Hour”, (16/09/21).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 213, 17/09/21).  “Nick Abbot Whole Show”, (11/09/21)(12/09/21).  “Radio Astronomy (The Sky At Night Magazine)”, (26/09/16) (14/06/21)(17/09/21).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe Parenting Hell”, (S3, ep 19, 14/09/21)(ep 20, 17/09/21).  “Smersh Pod”, (27/07/18).  “Space And Things”, (STP55, 16/09/21).  “Space Soliders Podcast – Flash Gordon’s Trip To Mars”, (Chapter Thirteen, take 1 & take 2, “The Miracle Of Magic”, 04/09/21)(Chapter Fourteen,  “A Beast At Bay”, 11/09/21).  “Star Trek Universe Podcast”, (31/12/18)(13/08/21)(13/09/21).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 160, 13/09/21).  “The Audio Guide To Babylon 5”, (The Incomparable)(ep 45, 26/01/16).  “The Friendship Onion”, (S1, ep 18, 14/09/21).  “The Space Above Us”, (141, 02/09/21)(142, 16/09/21).  “This Week In Time Travel”, (The Incomparable/TeeVee)(26/11/18).  “Toby Hadoke’s Happy Times And Places”, (22.2, “The Forest Of Fear”, 13/09/21)(22.3, “The Firemaker”, 17/09/21).  “WTB”, (S3, ep 5 (ep 48), 17/09/21).  “What’s Your Problem With Nick Abbot And Carol Mcgiffin”, (13/09/21).  “Wolf And Owl”, (ep 41, 15/09/21).

Songs I enjoyed this week, were by:

“Morrissey”, “ABBA (Classics)”.  “Baccara“,  “Cold War Kids”,  “Elastica”,  “Ian Dury”, “Inspiral Carpets”,  “Kate Bush”,  “Kings Of Leon”,  “La Roux”,  “Manic Street Preachers”, “New Order”,  “Nat King Cole”,  “Nik Kershaw”,  “Orange Juice”,  “Pulp”,  “St Etienne”, “Santigold”,  “Shed Seven”,  “Suede”,  “The Beastie Boys “,  “The Happy Mondays”.

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Week 377, Saturday 4th until Friday 10th September 2021.

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

Week 377, Saturday 4th until Friday 10th September 2021.

As a child there were two jobs I wanted to do when I was grew up.  One was a BBC camera person.  I would make models of the large TV studio cameras and pedestals I would see on programmes like “Blue Peter” out of Lego or mums tupplewear containers with cotton or wool trailing out the back representing the thick power umbilical cord.  The other job I wanted to do was an Astronaut.  I don’t need to say I haven’t achieved either job.  Though when I worked for the BBC (a long time ago) I got to see every day and occasionally push a camera round on its heavy pedestal.  If I saw a camera stranded sitting being ignored, I couldn’t resist on touching it.  Even now at my grand age I get giddy when I see a TV camera (rereading this make me sound sadder than I thought) on screen or in real life.

“Out with SAZ”.

Whenever NASA or ESA (European Space Agency) do a call for a new class of Astronauts (more than 22,000 recently applied when ESA advertised) I have a look at the application process.  Sadly because of a combination of not being a US citizen (for NASA, and just not being clever enough for both space agencies) I never submit an application.  Being an interested and enthusiastic an armchair scientist is not enough to get a foot in the doorway (which of course I totally understand).

“Visited a location that was used to film a classic Doctor Who cliff hanger. Ep 3 of Deadly Assassin, I had to get in”.

My love of space is probably the main reason I learnt to Scuba dive, floating neutrally buoyant is the nearest to being weightless I will feel.  It really is such an unbelievable feeling which sadly I haven’t experienced in years; I am still qualified and should get wet soon.  I am absolutely fascinated by space and space travel, one thing that bugs me is that there are so many missions currently being planned that I may not be around to either witness happen or read/see the results of.  One thing I desperately hope is that human set foot on Mars in my lifetime (currently planned for the mid-2030s).

“I am starting a new trend, Hug a collumn”.

I don’t fool myself that I will ever reach for the stars.  But next week there is a mission “Inspiration4” which give a small glimmer of hope for ordinary (though the crew are still extraordinary) people.  At midnight UK time (8pm EDT) on 15th September a SpaceX Falcon 9 carrying a Dragon capsule will launch from Cape Canaveral’s historic launch pad 39a carrying 4 civilians for into low Earth orbit for 3 to 5 days.  These people will become real Astronaut, I say this as there is still a lot of debate as to whether Branson and Bezo and their respective crews are considered astronauts after their recent journeys.

“Trying to do some tidying up in the garden”.

This week the first two episodes of a new very interesting Netflix documentary about all aspects of the “Inspiration4” flight called “Countdown: Inspiration4 Mission To Space” became available.  Of course, I watched them straight away, and can’t wait for the next two next week.  The crew are ordinary people, they are civilians who genuinely have the “Right Stuff”, they really will be the first civilian crew to travel into space.  I plan to watch the launch live and follow the whole mission closely until splashdown.

“It had been a very tough morning, as you can see”.

 One day “normal” people will go into space regularly, maybe even people like me. However, I don’t think space travel will ever be as routine as science fiction or space agencies and government like to think.  No amount of money will stop this from being a very expensive and dangerous form of travel.

“If you can’t beat them, join them”.

I am currently looking for another job, is it too late to try and become a TV Camera person, even just for a couple of years.  Sadly, as with being an astronaut just having an interesting in TV and film production and how programmer or film is made is not good enough.  People say to children all the time that dreams come true, in my case they didn’t.  But I will continue to dream about reaching for the stars, and working on a studio floor.

“Very nice motor seen in London”.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

“What a privilege to see this baby being fed”.

Recently I have noticed a horrifying trend at work; minutes before a break or lunch I get a complicated call which results in me going late, in some cases a delay of up to 10 to 15 minutes.

“Genuine e-mail received by my friend”.

On the upside being late means there is less time to work until either the next break/lunch or the end of the day.  The switchboard randomly allocates calls, it doesn’t deliberately check the time and put a call through to me because I am about to have a break.  Or is this the start of the machines taking over.  Should we all be worried?

And Finally……

“The set of When Darkness Falls”.

Saying to MOZ “It’s a good job you’re not a man”, after she tried to put her card in to the wrong hole.  That evening we went to the theatre, in the dark auditorium before the show she tripped after not seeing the edge of a step.  Don’t worry she recovered and rescued her drink only spilling a very small amount.

“As you can see, the step is not clear in the dark”.

Felt so embarrassed to tell someone they had a refund of 69p.  I jokingly said I’d leave the credit in an envelope on their doorstep, because even with a small amount like that it will take a couple of weeks to show in there account.

“These Lion’s and more are all around London. These are what I have spotted”.

Like proud parents my friend and I were counting Hamsters poohs next to his wheel.  It’s nice to see he does get some exercise during the night (See last week’s ramble if you don’t understand).

“Enjoying brekkie”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have watched:

“15 Storeys High”,(S1, ep 1 & ep 2).  “Blake’s 7”, (S2, ep 6).  “Chris And Meg’s Wild Summer”, (S1, ep 2, TX: 05/09/21).  “Class Dismissed”, (S5, ep 1 to 3).  “Click”, (TX: 04/09/21). “Colony”, (S3, ep 8 to ep 10).  “Countdown: Inspiration4 Mission To Space”, “(S1, ep 1 and 2, TX: 06/09/21).  “Entourage”, (S3, ep 1 to ep 12).  “Farscape: The Peacekeepers Wars”, (ep 1 & ep 2).  “Gardeners World”, (2021, ep 21, TX: 13/08/21)(ep 22, 20/08/21)(ep 23, TX: 27/08/21)(ep 24, TX: 03/09/21).  “H20: The Molecule That Made Us”, (S1, ep 2, TX: 01/09/21)(ep 3, TX: 08/09/21).  “James Blunt: You’re Beautiful, (Official Video)”, (2004).  “James Blunt – You’re Beautiful (Making Of)”, (YouTube)(TX: 17/05/07).  “Missions”, (S2, ep 6 to ep 8).  “Money Heist”, (S5, ep 4 & ep 5).  “Monsters At Work”, (S1, ep 6).  “Mortimer And Whitehouse Gone Fishing”, (S4, ep 2, TX: 05/09/21).  “Natalie  Imbruglia: Torn, (Official Video)”, (YouTube)(1997).  “Sia – Chandelier (Live At ”We Can Survive”, Hollywood Ball) SIA Showed Her Face Finally!!!”, (YouTube)(TX: 15/12/14).  “Sixpence None The Richer: Kiss Me“, (Official Video)”, (1997).  “Stargate Atlantis”, (S2, ep 12).  “Star Trek (Original Series)”, (S3, ep 10 & ep 11).  “Star Trek: Lower Decks”, (S2, ep 5).  “The Golden Girls”, (S3, 1 to ep 12).  “The Guardians Of The Galaxy”, (2014).  “The Hitckhickers Guide To The Galaxy”, (BBC TV, 1981)(S1, ep 1 to ep 6).  “The Sarah Jane Adventures”, (S1, ep 2 & ep 3). “The Last Leg Of Tokyo 2020”, (ep 12, TX: 04/09/21).  “The Umbrella Academy “, (S2, ep 7). “The Walking Dead”, (S11, ep 3).  “Van Helsing”, (S4, ep 5 & ep 6).

This Week I saw live on stage:

“When Darkness Falls”, (Park Theatre, Finsbury Park)(04/09/21).

This week I have listening to:

“30 Animals That Made Us Smarter”,(BBC World Service)(S2, ep 11, 06/09/21).  “Betamax Video Club “, (ep 32, 28/11/18)(ep 39, 09/01/19).  “Coronavirus Global Update”, (BBC World Service)(04/09/21)(05/09/21)(06/09/21)(07/09/21)(08/09/21)(09/09/21)(10/09/21).  “Doctor Who”, (The Incomparable/TeeVee)(S11, ep 7, 19/11/18).  “Farscape”, (The Incomparable/TeeVee)(08/09/21).  “Game Of Thrones”, (TeeVee)(S7, ep 1, 18/07/17).  “Lazy Doctor Who”, (The Incomparable)(ep 221, 06/09/21).  “Maureen & Jen”, (26/09/13). “Mystery Hour”, (09/09/21).  “NASA Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 212, 10/09/21). “Nick Abbot Whole Show”, (04/09/21)(05/09/21)(10/09/21).  “Radio Astronomy (The Sky At Night Magazine)”, (09/08/16) (21/06/21)(26/06/21).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe Parenting Hell”, (S3, ep 17, 07/09/21)(ep 18, 10/09/21).  “Smersh Pod”, (01/04/18)(13/04/18). “Something Who”, (16/01/20).  “Space Boffins”, (10/09/21).  “Space And Things”, (STP9, 29/0/20)(STP48, 29/07/21)(STP 54, 09/09/21).  “Star Trek Universe Podcast”, (27/21/18)(09/09/21).  “The 99p Challenge “, (BBC Radio 4)(S2,  ep 3, 02/08/01)(ep 4, 09/08/01)(ep 5, 16/08/01)(ep 6, 23/08/01).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 159, 04/09/21).  “The Audio Guide To Babylon 5”, (The Incomparable)(ep 44, 11/01/16).  “The Friendship Onion”, (S1, ep 17, 07/09/21).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (07/09/21).  “The Old Doctor Who Show”, (ep 117, 08/09/21).  “The Space Above Us”, (137, 08/07/21)(138, 22/07/21)(139, 05/08/21)(140, 19/08/21).  “This Week In Time Travel”, (The Incomparable)(23/11/18).  “Toby Hadoke’s – Happy Times And Places”, (22.1, “The Cave Of Skulls”, 10/09/21).  “WTB”, (S1, ep 18, 20/11/20)(ep 19, 27/11/20)(ep 20, 04/12/20)(ep 21, 11/12/20)(S3, ep 4 (ep 47) 10/09/21). “What’s Your Problem With Nick Abbot And Carol Mcgiffin”, (06/09/21).  “Wolf And Owl”, (ep 40, 08/09/21).  

Songs I enjoyed this week, were by:

“Morrissey”,  “Biffy Clyro”,  “Blondie”,  “Blur”,  “Divinyls”,  “Elton John”,  “James”, “Kirsty McColl”,  “Lana Del Rey”,  “M.I.A”,  “Natalie Imbruglia”,  “Nena”,  “Sixpence None The Richer”,  “Sugababes”,  “The Charlatans”,  “The Clash”,  “The Coral”,  “The Rolling Stones”,  “The Teardrop Explodes”,  “The Vaccines”,  “The Waitresses”,  “T-Rex”, “Ultravox”.

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Week 376, Saturday 28th August until Friday 3rd September 2021.

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

Week 376, Saturday 28th August until Friday 3rd September 2021.

My friend and I seem to be living with a teenage boy.  Let me explain, the Hamster recently has hardly comes out showing his face.  I know he is naturally nocturnal but he used to come out during the day even if only for a short period of time.  All our previous Hammy’s would make an appearance at each day, some wanted more contact than others but we saw them daily (in reality I know all these little creatures have really been in control inside the house.  I have seen and read “The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy” enough to know that the Mice are really in charge on this planet.  And they would have asked other small “so-called” domesticated animals to keep an eye on us in our homes and report the results of their experiments).

“Very cute”.

Aries the little girl that we had before our current boy would make it very clear when she wanted to come out.  Sometimes she would keep climbing the wire walls of the cage and watch us until we noticed her.  Or occasionally she could be found hanging by her tiny paws, monkey barring across the top of her huge enclosure/cage/home.  She absolutely loved the contact with us.

“It looks like a class reunion”.

Our little boy couldn’t be more different, he likes attention but on his terms.  Over the last month we have seen less and less of him during the day, this could be possibly because the temperature has decreased recently or is he just getting older.  He really is in my mind acting like a teenager staying in his bedroom for days at a time (we know he comes out during the night as all the food left has disappeared in the morning).  His favourite place is the penthouse on the top of the cage; occasionally we catch a glimpse of him through the Perspex walls as he nudges food around completely ignoring us talking to him.

“MOZ and I visited Beth Chatto, gardens and nursery this week”.

The difference with our teenager and boys of a certain age is he doesn’t smell.  I say this as over the years I have known a number of teenage boys who don’t come out of there pits for days at a time.  When they do emerge from the room the first thing I/you want/need is to open a window because of the stale smell.  Its lovely having a small creature in the house I just wished we had more contact.  We adopted him on the day that the first lock down started in March 2020.  Personally he has really helped me over these last 18 months.  These little creatures don’t live long, all any human can do is make them happy and enjoy them more than I can express.

“She was having a good time, honest”.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

“Yes, I was in the Capital again”.

Last weekend I did something for the second time ever.  All bank holiday weekend Trafalgar Square was turned in to an open air cinema showing films set in London or filmed in or near the capital.  The film I saw was “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” (which I first saw with my parents when it was originally released here in the UK in 1978).  The continual threat of rain couldn’t dampen mine or any other person’s excitement at seeing this classic once again.  What made this even more special was a video message from Luke Skywalker, Mark Hamill just before the film commenced.

“Mark Hamill appearing was a real surprise”.

This has nothing to do with the pandemic, but I really want to see more films like this.  Going to the cinema is always exciting and special, but watching a movie outside feels even more of an occasion.  I bet the new Bond film, “No Time To Die” would be even better outside with the sound cranked up to eleven.

Before leaving I had to snap this”.

And Finally……

“Very few of us stayed until the very end of the credits”.

While watering plants after work mid-week my sense of smell was working overtime.  Not because of the flowers, but because of the neighbours.  On one side someone was also enjoying their garden; I knew this because of the fruity smelling smoke drifting over the fence.  From another house a neighbour was cooking something spicy and exotic smelling.  While at my feet in the grass was a lump of something deposited by one of the regular feline visitors to the garden?

“People Tweeted pictures of themselves in the audience, which were then shown on the big screen. That’s me and my friend at the end of the yellow arrow. We were caught in the background of a picture of three smiling ladies looking forward to the film”.

The scent that interested me was the one that made my large wobbly stomach rumble (part of me hoped the neighbour would notice me standing sniffing the air and bring me a plate or a tupplewear container of the food they have cooked.  Maybe next time).

My Brother-in-law Tim as Bond”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have watched:

“Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled”, (S6, ep 5, TX: 24/08/21).  “Bea Arthur Interview (“This Morning”, TX: 7 July 1995)”, (YouTube)(04/07/17).  “Blake’s 7”, (SB, ep 5).  “Chris And Meg’s Wild Summer”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 29/08/21).  “Colony”, (S3, ep 6 & ep 7).  “Cruella”, (2021).  “Entourage”, (S1, ep 7 & ep 8)(S2, ep 1 to ep 14).  “Farscape“, (S4, ep 21 & ep 22).  “Gardeners World”, (2021:, ep 19, TX: 30/07/21)(ep 20, TX: 06/08/21).  “H20: The Molecule That Made Us”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 25/08/21).  “Ladybaby”, (BBC Three Pilot)(TX: 24/08/21).  “Late Night Mash”, (S1, ep 1, 02/09/21).  “Money Heist”, (S5, ep 1 to ep 3).  “Mortimer And Whitehouse: Gone Fishing”, (S4, ep 1, TX 29/08/21).  “Rue McClanahan On The Casting Of The Golden Girls”, (YouTube)(TX: 10/06/10).  “Stargate Atlantis”, (S2, ep 10 & ep 11).  “Star Trek (Original Series)”, (S3, ep 9).  “Star Trek Lower Decks”, (S2, ep 4).  “Snowpiercer”, (S2, ep 9 & ep 10).  “The Bureau Of Magical Things”, (S1, ep 9).  “The Golden Girls”, (S2, ep 19 to ep 26).  “The Golden Girls At PaleyFest LA 03/10/06″, (YouTube)(TX: 13/05/20).  “The Last Leg Of Tokyo 2020”, (ep 5, TX: 28/08/21)(ep 6, TX: 29/08/21)(ep 7, TX: 30/08/21)(ep 8, TX: 31/08/21)(ep 9, TX: 01/09/21)(ep 10, TX: 02/09/21)(ep 11, TX: 03/09/21).  “The Umbrella Academy”, (S2, ep 6).  “The Walking Dead”, (S11, ep 2).  “Van Helsing”, (S4, ep 3 & ep 4).

This Week I Sat In Trafalgar Square And Watched:

“Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope”, (1977)(1997 Special Edition).  

This week I have listening to:

“30 Animals That Made Us Smarter”, (S2, ep 10, 30/08/21).  “Box Of Delights”, (S3, ep 1, 04/02/20).  “Brian And Roger: Summer Special: Fishy Business”, (01/09/21).  “Coronavirus Global Update”, (BBC World Service)(28/08/21)(29/08/21) (30/08/21)(31/08/21)(01/09/21)(02/09/21)(03/09/21).  “Doctor Who”, (The Incomparable/TeeVee)(S11, ep 6, 12/11/18).  “Mystery Hour”, (02/09/21).  “NASA’s Curious Universe”, (30/08/21).  “NASA Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 211, 03/09/21).  “Nick Abbot Whole Show”, (28/07/21)(29/08/21)(30/08/21) (03/09/21).  “Rachel Johnson’s Difficult Women”, (ep 16, “Ruby Wax”, 23/08/21).  “Radio Astronomy, (The Sky At Night Magazine)”, (01/07/21) (19/07/21).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe Parenting Hell”, (S3, ep 15, 31/08/21)(ep 16, 03/09/21).  “Smersh Pod”, (01/04/18).  “Space And Things”, (STP49, 05/08/21)(STP53, 02/09/21).  “Space Soliders Podcast  – Flash Gordon’s Trip To Mars”, (Chapter Twelve, “Ming The Merciless”, 28/08/21).  “Talking Bottom”, (03/09/21).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 158, 28/08/21).  “The Audio Guide To Babylon 5”, (ep 43, 27/12/15).  “The Friendship Onion”, (S1, ep 15, 24/08/21)(ep 16, 31/08/21).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (30/08/21).  “The Space Above Us”, (130, 01/04/21)(131, 15/04/21)(132, 29/04/21)(133, 13/05/21)(134, 27/05/21)(135, 10/06/21)(136, 26/06/21).  “This Week In Time Travel”, (16/11/18).  “Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels – Indefinable Magic”, (1.9, 30/08/21).  “WTB”, (s3, ep 3 (ep 46) 03/09/21).  “What’s Your Problem With Nick Abbot And Carol Mcgiffin”, (30/08/21).  “Wolf And Owl”, (ep 39, 01/09/21).

Songs I enjoyed this week, were by:

“Morrissey”,  “ABC”,  “ABBA”(Classic Songs).  “Crosby, Stills & Nash”,  “Duran Duran“,  “ELO”,  “Fergal Sharkey“, “Frans Ferdinand”,  “Jane’s Addiction”,  “Lush”,  “Men At Work”,  “Mental As Anything”,  “Muse”,  “Pet Shop Boys”,  “Pixies”,  “Saint Etienne”,  “Shed Seven”,  “Soft Cell”,  “Sugarcubes”,  “The B-52’s”,  “The Cure”,  “The Lightning Seeds”,  “The Rolling Stones”,  “Throwing Muses”,  “Toto”.

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Week 375, Saturday 21st until Friday 27th August 2021.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East & Surrey.

Week 375, Saturday 21st until Friday 27th August 2021.

Something I have been very good at over the years is biting my finger nails, if there were qualifications in how to chew the ends of a finger, I would be highly qualified.

“I only went in for Bamboo canes and Compost”.

A few days before the recent Ibiza family trip I was determined to have fingers that I am not ashamed of allowing others to see.  I coloured the nail stumps and went on holiday.  Just over a month later I have nice small nails.  The problem is the nail varnish after all this time was scrappy and chipped and needed a new coat.  Over the course of stressful work day while answering calls I managed to scrap off all the old varnish.  The nails didn’t look that bad and would be coloured later.

“The herb garden has been planted”.

That night I woke up horrified to find a little finger inside my cavernous gob, the nail had been sacrificed while I dreamed.  The repainting didn’t happen, I jumping out of bed and immediately coloured all the nails including what’s left of that little finger.  The ends of my fingers will never look pretty or glamorous but I don’t want to be ashamed of what others think.  Nail biting is something I have done since I was small, as an adult all I need is a couple of coats of colour to stop me chewing them.  Over the years I have tried a number of the nasty tasting nail coatings that are supposed to help stop nail biting.  None of them have worked for me.  But putting on a thin coating of colour does seem to distract me from putting my fingers in my mouth.

“Coffee shop visit with fave people”.

Sadly it’s only a matter of time before I slip back in to old bad habits.  This might be a few months or years’ time, but it will come.  I will be found with a fingertip in my mouth as I chew the nail as if it’s the most important things in the world.  Because of this addiction I am determined to enjoy the small growth that I currently have.  The nails are looking quite nice, I am actually happy.

“During bath time, I was supposed to be the responsible adult. I failed”.

And Finally……

This week I enjoyed the first episode of the final season (the 11th) of The Walking Dead.  That means for the next 24 weeks I smile when I see Co-Executive Producer Caleb Womble name at the start of the show.  

“Caught red handed”.

One day this week within an hour I spoke to a “Lady(that really was her title) and a foreign Princes personal assistant.

“The rain can be pretty”.

Another caller gave me some valuable travel advice (we had talked about travelling; I had mentioned my future plans).  She said to visit Bali her homeland, because it’s beautiful.  But don’t think about travelling to Thailand because it’s full of prostitutes.

“I think of this as a good harvest”.

One evening this week there was an alcohol related incident at home.  My friend picked up my glass and took a big sip.  After I pointed this out (twice) instead of swallowing and enjoying the taste she spat it back in to the glass and handed it to me with a guilty giggle.

“Lovely pic taken by MOZ. This beauty was spotted at a Garden Centre”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

“This was to good not to post”.

This week I have watched:

“102 Minutes That Changed America”, (2008).  “ABBA’s 30 Greatest Moments”, (TX: 2020).  “Blake’s 7”, (SB, ep 4).  “After Midnight”, (2019).  “Colony”, (S3, ep 3 to ep 5).  “Did Covid Leak From A Lab In China”, (TX: 22/08/21).  “Entourage”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 6).  “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story Of Fire Saga”, (2020).  “Gardeners World”, (2021, ep 15, TX: 25/08/21)(ep 16, TX: 2/07/21)(ep 17, TX: 09/07/21)(ep 18, TX: 23/07/21).  “Jaws 3”, (1983).  “Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back”, (S3, ep 2, TX: 26/08/21).  “Missions”, (S1, ep 10)(S2, ep 1 to ep 5).  “Randle And Hopkirk (Deceased)”, (1969)(S1, ep 1).  “Snowpiercer”, (2013).  “Snowpiercer”, (S2, ep 2 to ep 8).  “Star Trek (Original Series)”, (S3, ep 7 & ep 8).  “Star Trek Lower Decks”, (S2, ep 3).  “The Bureau Of Magical Things”, (S1, ep 7 & ep 8).  “The Decoy Bride”, (2011). “The Empty Man”, (2020).  “The Golden Girls”, (S2, ep 4 to ep 18).  “The Last Leg Of Tokyo 2020”, (ep 1, TX: 24/08/21)(ep 2, TX: 25/08/21)(ep 3, TX: 26/08/21)(ep 4, TX: 27/08/21).  “The Simpsons The Good, The Bart And The Loki”, (2021).  “The Titfield Thunderbolt”, (1953).  “The Walking Dead”, (S11, ep 1).  “Van Helsing”, (S4, ep 1 to ep 2).  “Wreck-It Ralph”, (2012).

I Also Watched An Interesting Series Of Science Shorts On BBC Iplayer:

“Rethink The Future”:

“Will We All Live In ‘Plyscrapers’ In The Future?”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 21/04/21).  “What’s The Future For The Office?”, (S1  ep 2, TX: 21/04/21).  “What If The Whole World Went Vegan?”, (S1, ep 3, TX: 21/04/21).  “Is Coronavirus A Chance To Reset The World?”, (S1, ep 4, TX: 21/04/21).  “Welcome To The Smart City Of The Future”, (S1, ep 5, TX: 21/04/21).  “What If Everyone In The World Planted A Tree?”, (S1, ep 6, TX: 21/04/21).   “The Extraordinary Power Of Poo”, (S1, ep 7, TX: 18/08/21).  “The Nuclear Dilemma”, (S1, ep 8, TX: 18/08/21). 

This week I have listening to:

“30 Animals That Made Us Smarter”, (BBC World Service)(S2, ep 9, 22/08/21).  “Betamax Video Club”, (ep 80, 29/10/20).  “Box Of Delights”, (S2, ep 11, 23/12/19)(ep 12, 24/12/19).  “Brian And Roger: Summer Special, Athena”, (25/08/21).  “Coronavirus Global Update”, (BBC World Service) (21/08/21) (22/08/21)(23/08/21)(24/08/21)(25/08/21)(26/08/21)(27/08/21).  “Doctor Who”, (The Incomparable/ TeeVee)( S11, ep 5, 05/11/18).  “Farscape”, (The Incomparable/TeeVee) (25/08/21).  “Game Of Thrones”, (The Incomparable/TeeVee)(S6, ep 10, 27/06/16).  “NASA’s Curious Universe”, (S2, ep 6,16/11/20)(S3, ep3, 26/07/21)(ep 4, 02/08/21)(ep 5, 09/08/20)(ep 6, 16/08/21).  “NASA Gravity Assist”, (27/08/21).  “NASA Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 210, 27/08/21).  “Nick Abbot Whole Show”, (21/08/21)(22/08/21)(27/08/21).  “Radio Astronomy (The Sky At Night Magazine)”, (29/07/21)(12/08/21)(26/08/21).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe Parenting Hell”, (S3, ep 13, 24/08/21)(ep 14, 27/08/21).  “Smersh Pod”, (“Moonraker”, 01/04/21)( “For Your Eyes Only”, 01/04/18).  “Space And Things”, (STP7, 15/10/20)(STP 8, 22/10/20)(STP 50, 12/08/21)(STP52, 26/08/21).  “Space Soliders Podcast – Flash  Gordon’s Trip To Mars”, (Chapter Eleven, “Human Bait”, 21/08/21).  “Star Trek Universe Podcast“, (23/12/18).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (23/08/21).  “The Space Above Us “, (124, 07/01/21)(125, 21/01/21)(126, 04/02/21)(127, 18/02/21)(128, 02/0/21)(129, 18/03/21).  “The Supermassive Podcast “, (ep 20, 27/08/21).  “This Week In Time Travel”, (The Incomparable)(05/11/18).  “Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels – Happy Times And Places”, (21.1, “Tooth And Claw”,22/08/21).  “What’s Your Problem With Nick Abbot And Carol Mcgiffin”, (23/08/21).  “WTB”, (S3, ep 2 (ep 45) 27/08/21).  “Wolf And Owl”, (ep 38, 25/08/21).

Songs I enjoyed this week, were by:

“Morrissey”,  “Aerosmith”,  “Air”,  “Anthony And The Johnsons”,  “Ash”,  “Bastille”,  “Biffy Clyro”,  “Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine”,  “Doves”,  “Garbage”,  “Green Day”,  “Kings Of Leon”,  “Lilly Allen”,  “Lorde”,  “Mercury Rev”,  “Mick Jagger And David Bowie”,  “Natalie Imbruglia”,  “Paul Hardcastle”,  “Placebo”,  “Roxette”,  “Simple Minds”,  “Stereophonics”,  “The Temper Trap”,  “The XX”,  “Visage”.

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Week 374, Saturday 14th until Friday 20th August 2021.

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

Week 374, Saturday 14th until Friday 20th August 2021.

“Happy Anniversary this week to my sister and her lovely hubby”.

Coming back from an appointment around noon last Sunday I noticed something on the pavement, more fly tipping I thought.  As I drove past I realise it was a person.  At home I wondered should I have a look and get involved.  After deciding I needed to investigate standing in the front garden looking down the road my neighbour a London fireman appeared with his children.  He was taking them out for the afternoon, as he pulled away; I desperately hoped that he would notice the body and spring into emergency/work mode. He didn’t.

“A wonderful bundle was delivered this week”.

After a couple more minutes of further procrastination I walked towards the person.  Across the road there were a couple of people standing talking and watching.  I don’t know how long it was before they disappeared because soon after I arrived I was sat on the pavement talking to a 65 year old man who had been walking home, felt dizzy and stumbled.  The vodka he had been drinking since 7am had not helped, his bag for life was full of alcohol.  A couple of minutes of talking Reg (Not his real name) told me that he did have a heart issues as well as history of falling over.

“I love spending time in the garden”.

999 are of course extremely busy all the time.  The very helpful operator asked me a number of questions about Reg, who because he was fully conscious was able to answer everything.  It was decided by the dispatcher that his condition was not life threatening and assistance would take a number of hours.  Because Reg didn’t have a phone on him, I would get an update in 90 minutes time informing how long help would take.  My problem, I was due to go into London and see a show (2:22 A Ghost Story) that afternoon, I had plans.  What was I to do?  This really was a massive quandary.  Between the emergency dispatcher, Reg and myself it was agreed that I would walk him home as he lived a couple of road away.  After helping him to his feet and making sure he was steady, I picked up his bag (I didn’t look to see if anything was broken, the bag was not leaking). And looped an arm around his and slowly walked him home, stopping when needed.

“Spotted while out in the Capital, loved this design”.

He really didn’t live far, as we walked we chatted about his family and friends, sadly most had died.  Reg asked about mine and where I from, my answer South London (it’s not a lie, I grew up there. I just haven’t lived that side of the River Thames in a long while.  I also didn’t point out that he had been almost lying outside the house I currently live in).  We talked about work, he used to be an accountant and both agreed that very few really do what they enjoy as a career.  My arm continued to be support one of his, until he decided to hold my hand for the rest of our slow stroll in the sun.

“A couple of outfits spotted while in town”.

At his front door I asked him to have something to eat rest and try to resist the contents of his bag for life.  Plus ring 999 if he felt ill.  Once Reg had stepped over the threshold I wished him well.  The rest of the day I continued to think about him, as you can tell he is still on my mind.  An idea I have had is to pop a card through his letterbox, just saying hello and that he has not been forgotten.

“The Tommy plants have small testicles growing”.

After talking to friends, I might actually pluck the courage up and knock on his door and have a chat.  A couple of people have pointed out that on a daily basis maybe he doesn’t have a lot of contact with others.  I really didn’t want to get involved, standing in the front garden I was so desperate for someone, anyone to go over and investigate.  In reality I knew what I had to do and am glad that I did.

“It’s small, but i am impressed with this Pepper growing in the kitchen”.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

“I really enjoyed my first visit to this theatre”.

The rest of Sunday was great. My friend and I enjoyed the play “2:22 A Ghost Story” gripping from start to finish.  Afterwards, while having a lovely Thai meal, I managed to see by total chance Michael Ball getting in to his car after a matinee performance of Hairspray.  My friend quickly moved to the window but all she glimpsed was his left hand waving to the crowds gathered around the stage door as his car passed.

“The show was sold out, these seats were filled shortly after I snapped this”.

However, next month we will see a lot more of Mr Ball when we see Hairspray for the 5th time in 14 years.  That performance will be extra special as it’s the last of the current run.

“This was the meal I was eating, when I spotted a celebrity outside”.

And Finally……

This week I spoke to a person with the same name as a 1980s actor who played a popular Doctor Who companion (I met that person a number of times, back then) for a few years.

“Lions….”.

Sadly it was someone much younger who really wouldn’t have been very interested.  Thinking about this, you’re probably not interested, I’ll stop writing now.

“….all over London”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

“One last pic of SAZ and Tim on there wedding day 5 years ago. Love you both so much xx”.

This week I have watched:

“Blake’s 7”, (SB, ep 2 & ep 3).  “Click”, (TX: 14/08/21).  “Colony”, (S3, ep 2).  “Craig And Bruno’s Great British Road Trip”, (S1, ep 6, TX: 18/08/21).  “Diamonds Are Forever”, (1971).  “Ethan Hawke And Lisa Loeb Tell The Story Of The “Stay” Video”, (YouTube)(16/08/19).  “Eye For An Eye”, (2019).  “Farscape”, (S3, ep 19).  “Gardeners World”, (2021, ep 13, TX: 11/06/21)(ep 14, TX: 18/06/21).  “Lisa Loeb Reminisces On Her Hit “Stay” 25 Years later (On KTLA TV)”, (YouTube)(28/08/19).  “Lisa Loeb “Stay” On Pop-Up Video”, (YouTube)(TX: 2002).  “Snowpiercer”, (S1, ep 7 to ep 10)(S2, ep1).  “Star Trek (Original Series)”, (S3, ep 6).  “Star Trek: Lower Decks”, (S2, ep 1 & ep 2).  “Taskmaster”, (S3, ep 3, TX: 18/10/16)(ep 4, TX: 25/10/16)(ep 5, TX: 01/11/16)(S4, ep 6, TX: 30/05/17)(ep 7, TX: 06/06/17).  “The Call Of The Wild”, (2020).  “The Curse Of La Llorona”, (2019).  “The Golden Girls”, (S1, ep 16 to ep 25)(S2, ep 1 to ep 3).  “The Other Guys”, (2010).  “The Sarah Jane Adventures”, (S1, ep 1).  “The Umbrella Academy”, (S2, ep 5).  “The Walking Dead”, (S10, ep 7 to ep 22).  “Tribes Of Europa”, (S1, ep 6).  “Van Helsing”, (S3, ep 11 to ep 13).  

This Week I Saw Live On Stage:

“2:22, A Ghost Story”, (Noel Coward Theatre)(15/08/21).

This week I have listening to:

“30 Animals That Made Us Smarter“, (BBC World Service/Sounds)(S2, ep 8,16/08/21). “Betamax  Video Club”, (ep 28, 24/10/18).  “Box Of Delights”, (S2, ep 7, 19/12/19)(ep 8, 20/12/19)(ep 9, 21/12/19)(ep 10, 22/12/19).  “Coronavirus Global Update”, (BBC World Service)(14/08/21) (15/08/21) (16/08/21)(17/08/21)(18/08/21)(19/08/21)(20/08/21).  “Doctor Who”, (The Incomparable/TeeVee)(S11, ep 4, 29/10/18).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 209, 20/08/21)“NASA’s Curious Universe”, (S3, ep 7, 20/08/21). “Nick Abbot Whole Show”, (14/08/21)(15/08/21)(18/08/21)(20/08/21).  “Radio Astronomy (The Sky At Night Magazine)”, (ep 2, 08/07/16)(19/08/21).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe Parenting Hell “, (S3, ep 11, 17/08/21)(ep 12, 20/08/21).  “Smersh Pod”, (01/04/18).  “Space And Things”, (STP6, 08/10/20)(STP51, 19/08/21).  “Space Soldiers – Flash Gordon’s Trip To Mars”, (Chapter Ten, “Incense Of Forgetfulness”, 14/08/21).  “Star Trek Universe”, (21/12/18).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 157, 20/08/21). “The Audio Guide To Babylon 5”, (The Incomparable/TeeVee)(ep 42, 13/12/15).  “The All New Angelos And Barry Podcast”, (19/08/21).  “The Friendship Onion”, (S1, ep 14, 17/08/21).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (16/12/21).  “The Old Doctor Who Show”, (ep 116, 18/08/21).  “The Space Above Us”, (119, 29/10/20)(120, 12/11/20)(121, 26/11/20)(122, 10/12/20)(123, 24/12/20)(124, 07/01/21).  “This Week In Time Travel”, (The Incomparable)(29/10/18).  “Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels – Too Much Information”, (2.1, “The Dead Planet”, 16/08/21).  “WTB”, (S1, ep 19, 20/11/20)(S3, ep 1 (ep 44),20/08/21).  “What’s Your Problem With Nick Abbot And Carol Mcgiffin”, (16/08/21).  “Wolf And Owl”, (ep 37, 18/08/21).

Songs I enjoyed this week, were by:

“Morrissey”,  “Bran Van 3000”,  “Crowded House”,  “Deacon Blue”, “Dubstar”, “Goldfrapp”,  “Lisa Loeb”,  “ New Radicals”, “Pulp”,  “Sugarcubes”,  “Supergrass”, “TLC”,  The Bangles”, “The Foo Fighters”,  “The Mamma And The Pappas”,  “The Smashing Pumpkins”,  “The Pretenders”,  “The White Stripes”,  “Whitesnake”,  “Wilson Phillips”,

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Week 373, Saturday 7th until Friday 13th August 2021.

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

Week 373, Saturday 7th until Friday 13th August 2021.

A work e-mail arrived this week, one I have been expecting for the last six weeks. In late September/Early October staff will be expected to return to the office. It was not said if this will be for a few days each week on a rota basis or permanently. Anyone continuing to choose to homework will have to sign an agreement. I desperately do not want to return to the office, on a busy day there were 50 to 60 people in there, imagine NASA mission control (sadly nowhere near as exciting) full of people staring at screen talking into headsets. 

“I treated myself to a special brekkie, one morning this week”.

The e-mail confirmed what I had been thinking for a while that I desperately do not want to step foot in that office again. My feelings have nothing to do with the virus, I just don’t want to sit in a huge office, more importantly I cannot bear the ridiculously long commute there and back. Receiving that e-mail force me to send a message to my manager saying that I intend to leave towards the end of September. I have been thinking of this for well over a month now, it was only a matter of time before I would have to say something. Receiving that e-mail just confirmed what I have needed to do. As expected my boss was on the phone a few minutes later, he totally understood my feelings.

“Making Vodka Jellies”.

The surprise came the next day, when the boss rang again asking if I would be interested in (if there are any) back office admin roles in the same organisation. All I want is to escape the call centre environment. My answer came out of my mouth straight away; I didn’t need to think. Any admin role would probably be in an office, unless I can work from home of course. Importantly it would definitely be a less stressful job than taking call after call all day. Over the last month or so I have applied for a number of jobs and will continue to do so (unless my boss can arrange a new role). My fingers are constantly crossed that someone might like my CV and give me a chance.

“Looks cute, before attempting to destroy a bird feeder”.

Any new job won’t be for long, because my plan is to go travelling in January 22. The money earned will help go towards my travel fund so I can stay away for as long as possible.  I really think that the next couple of months work wise will to be challenging, but very exciting.

“Silly unplanned doodle, I don’t think she likes greens”.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

“Just some of my construction work”.

Over the last 17 months I have really enjoyed the garden. One task out the back I particularly like is watering the plants I am attempting to grow. Until this week I have done this using a watering can, making multiple trips through the garden. Everything has changed, because a tap has been plumbed in on the outside wall. Recently I enjoyed watering my mum and sisters garden with a hose. Now I get to use a hose every day, something so simple for me is therapeutic and satisfying. As soon as I logged off after a stressful day, I rush outside to feed the birds then water the garden. I have never been a gardener, I don’t have green fingers but I am enjoying getting messy.

On Monday I moved the Tomato plants and a couple of other planters to a sunnier part of the garden. I spent the best part of 3 hours amusing myself with bamboo canes and string creating structures to be covered with netting. When the rain started I naturally thought “it will pass”, for days before it had rained for periods before stopping.

“A home grown Pepper”.

Not that day, it got harder and harder.  If the neighbours saw me in my shorts, vest top with sunglasses and hat (made of paper, according to the label. And it shouldn’t get wet) they would have through that I had finally flipped. I soldered on determined to finish the job. Because I didn’t want my phone to get wet (it was playing podcasts) I rushed in and put a cost on. By the time I had finished I was totally drenched, the coat clinged to every contour of my lardy frame. I ending up stripping off in the kitchen, the clothes went straight in to the washing machine. Monty Don would not be impressed with what I had done in the garden, but I don’t care. I am not particularly bothered if fruit doesn’t appear, personally I love to look and watch the plants growing because of my care and attention.  

“Every thing I wore in the rain, after being washed”.

And Finally……

“This mess was dropped off over night. Some people are pigs, it was reported and collected with in 24hrs”.

Last week at my sisters while going up to bed I found an apple in my bag. Without thinking I put it on top of her fruit bowl as I passed. I love apples but, thought her kids would like the fruit. The next day working in her living room, my sister approached and placed my apple in front of me saying “have this on your break”. She didn’t know I had placed it there the night before; she was being caring and not wanting me to pass out from being hungry. All I could do was laugh. Karma is a bitch, I was destined to consume that apple. I did and it was good.

“Looking up. Interesting clouds”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have watched:

“Antares Rocket & Cygnus launch (ISS Resupply Mission)”, (NASA TV)((TX: 10/08/21). “Bad Samaritans”, (2018). “Best Of The Best, Provides New Views, Commentary Of Space Shuttle Launches”, (YouTube)(TX: 16/12/10). “Blake’s 7”, (SA, ep 12 & ep 13)(SB, ep 1). “Challenger Shuttle Disaster – RAW Uncut Footage”, (YouTube)(TX: 30/09/09). “Chef”, (2014). “Clementine”, (2019). “Click”, (TX: 07/08/21). “Colony”, (S2, ep 13)(S3, ep 1). “Craig And Bruno’s Great British Road Trips”, (S1, ep 5, TX: 11/08/21). “Farscape” (S4, ep 18). “Ghosts”, (S3, ep 1 to ep 6). “How Deep Is The Earth’s Core”, (Facebook)(TX: 11/10/20). “In The Heart Of The Sea”, (2015). “Jerk”, (S2, ep 1 to ep 4). “Monsters At Work”, (S1, ep 4 & ep 5). “Old Dogs”, (2009). “Please Help”, (BBC Three short)(07/07/21). “Roger And Val Have Just Got In”, (S2, ep 5 & ep 6). “Safelight”, (2015). “Shuttle Atlantis STS-132 – Amazing Shuttle Launch Experience”, (YouTube)(TX: 14/05/10). “Snowpiercer”, (S1,ep 4 to 6). “Soyuz Rendezvous And Docking Explained”, (YouTube)(TX: 21/11/14). “Soyuz Undocking, Reentry And Landing Explained”, (YouTube)(TX: 11/11/13). “Space Shuttle Cockpit Video STS-118 Endeavour”,(YouTube)(TX: 13/02/16). “Space Shuttle Columbia STS-107, Cockpit Footage Just Before The Accident”, (YouTube)(TX: 13/02/16). “Space Shuttle Discovery Landing STS-128 Edward’s Air Force Base”, (YouTube)(TX: 03/04/10). “Stargate Atlantis”, (S2, ep 9). “Sunshine”, (2007). “Take off With Bradley and Holly”, (S1, ep 3, TX: 08/08/21). “Taskmaster”, (S2, ep 2, TX: 28/06/16)(ep 3, TX: 05/07/16)(ep 4, TX: 12/07/16)(ep 5, TX: 19/07/16)(S3, ep 1, TX: 04/10/16)(ep 2, TX: 11/10/16). “The Bureau Of Magical Things”, (S1, ep 6). “The Grand Tour Presents: A Massive Hunt”, (S4, ep 1, TX: 17/12/20). “The Grand Tour Presents: Seamen”, (S4, ep 2, TX: 13/12/19). “The Other Woman”, (2014). “The Sky At Night”, (TX: 08/08/21). “The Soyuz Launch Sequence Explained”, (YouTube)(TX: 08/08/13). “The Walking Dead”, (S10, ep 1 to ep 6). “Three Space Station Crew Members Return Home Aboard Soyuz Spacecraft”, (YouTube)(TX: 17/04/21). “Tomorrowland: A World Beyond”, (2015). “Tribes of Europa”, (S1, ep 5). “Van Helsing”, (S3, ep 9 to ep 11).  

This week I have listening to:

“30 Animals That Made Us Smarter”,(BBC World Service/Sounds)(S2, ep 7, 09/08/21). “Anti Social Show”, (ep 95, 07/08/21). “Betamax Video Club“, (ep 2, 13/10/17). “Coronavirus Global Update”, (BBC World Service/Sounds)(07/08/21) (08/08/21)(09/08/21)(10/08/21)(11/08/21)(12/08/21)(13/08/21). “Doctor Who”, (The Incomparable/TeeVee)(S11, ep 3, 22/10/18). “Farscape”, (The Incomparable) (11/08/21). “Mystery Hour”, (12/08/21). “Nick Abbot Whole Show”, (07/08/21) (08/08/21)(13/08/21). “Radio Astronomy, (The Sky At Night Magazine Podcast)”, (ep 1, 10/06/16)(ep 103, 12/08/21). “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe Parenting Hell”, (S3, ep 9, 10/08/21)(ep 10, 13/06/21). “Smersh Pod”, (01/04/18). “Space Boffins”, (12/08/21). “Space Soldiers Podcast – Flash Gordon’s Trip To Mars“, (Chapter Eight,“The Black Sapphire Of Kalu”, 31/07/21)(Chapter Nine,“Symbol Of Death”, 07/08/22) . “The Audio Guide To Babylon 5”, (The Incomparable/TeeVee)(ep 41, 29/11/15). “The Friendship Onion”, (S1, ep 13, 10/08/21). “The Incomparable”, (The Incomparable)(ep 575, 08/08/21). “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (09/08/21).  “The Space Above Us”, (112, 23/07/20)(113, 06/08/20)(114, 20/08/20)(115, 03/09/20)(116, 17/09/20)(117, 01/10/20)(118, 15/10/20). “This Week In Time Travel”, (The Incomparable)(22/10/18). “Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels – Happy Times And Places”, (20.3, “The Time Warrior”, pt 3, 09/08/21) (20.4 “The Time Warrior”, pt 4, 13/06/21). “WTB”, (S1, ep 17, 13/11/20). “What’s Your Problem With Nick Abbot And Carol Mcgiffin”, (09/08/21). “Wolf And Owl”, (ep 36, 11/08/21)

Songs I enjoyed this week, were by:

“Morrissey”, “Alanis Morissette”, “Catatonia”, “Coldplay”, “Dexys Midnight Runners”, “Dusty Springfield”, “Elbow”, “Electronic”, “Grace Jones”, “Kirsty MacCall”, “Lilly Allen”, “Lulu”, “Ocean Colour Scene”, “Radiohead”, “Saint Etienne”, “Travis”, “The Stone Roses”, “Underworld”.

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