Week 282, Saturday 9th until Friday 15th November 2019.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East, South West, South London. And Surrey (The NEXT Chapter).

Week 282 Saturday 9th until Friday 15th November 2019.

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Leaving work is the best part of the working day.  The last hour of the day is the most stressful, going through my mind are things like “will a telephone call come through seconds before 5pm” and “will I manage to rush up the road in time for the train”.  As soon as I can leave there’s no looking back, I only have one thing on my mind, to get home!

20191107_172210 “Now that’s what i call train delays”.

Earlier this week something strange happened.  5pm came, I left, caught the train, made my connection onto the tube and sat there and allowed my brain to melt as I watched rubbish on the tablet.  As I reached my home station I realised that there was nothing on my lap. Normally there is a brightly coloured rucksack which contains my entire world resting on my legs.  That evening nothing! Luckily everyone else was so wrapped up with their own shiz, no one noticed me looking around confused.  I hadn’t fallen asleep, but also couldn’t remember having it on the earlier train!

20191111_173708 “This is my regular look now”.

Because I don’t get home until late there was no one to ring, I had to be patient and wait for the next morning.  At this point I am pleased to report that the bag was on my desk.  This however made me think (yes that’s a new concept I know).  Didn’t anyone in the office question the fact that a bag was left on its own (maybe they knew it was mine and thought I was returning).  If there is security do they patrol, they didn’t appear to notice a bright large pack sitting on a desk!

20191112_080341(0)20191114_181000 “Gold stars to both”.

It had been a practically stressful day; my mind really was frazzled and couldn’t take much more.  The bag incident makes me realise even more that I need to find alternative work. Leaving a bag that I always have and really does hold everything important is a little worrying really.  It’s a little like leaving home in the morning without certain important clothes on.  Early next year I have to find something less stressful and nearer home (I realises this was being moaned about 12 months ago).  I am now a lot more careful with the bag; if I lost it life would be a lot more difficult than I already make it.  I need to slow down and think before just racing away like famed cartoon sprinter “Road Runner “.

20191111_174016 “Taken at about 6pm.  I love this time of year”.

And Now For Something Completley Different……

20191112_14564020191112_103631 “So-called Food art at work”.

Over the years I have had some nightmare neighbours.  One of the worst was a man that banged on our shared wall at all hours of the day and night.  I moved soon after he knocked at my door in a puddle of blood because he had passed a couple of kidney stone.  Yes, I did call an ambulance! And no, I never found out about the banging on the wall!

20191113_15061120191114_180722 “Excellent street art in Croydon”.

Living in the capital is stressful enough without having to worry about the neighbours.  Are they going to be nosey and a pain in the arse?  Because our walls are thin I can often hear the young children destroying their house.  They are a lovely friendly family, the young children are nice.  This all changed last weekend! Sitting minding my own busy mid-afternoon, I suddenly heard something that made all the hairs on my neck stand up.  I could hear faintly a monotonous tune “Baby Shark doo doo, doo doo doo doo Baby Shark doo doo, doo doo doo doo”.

20191110_185608 “A friend in the bathroom”.

I remember when my nephew and niece discovered this in 2017 as this so-called song spread across the world like a plague.  Because I don’t live with them it wasn’t too bad I was able to leave them with their poor parents having to listening to the mundane lyrics on constant loop.  But having it next door is different; I can’t remember how long it took my little ones to grow out of the craze.

20191110_190237 “In bed chatting with Hel”.

Next weekend if all I hear is that tune I may have to buy lots of eggs.  The empty boxes could be used to soundproof the walls.  While the eggs will come in handy if I need to throw them at the neighbour’s windows.  Maybe this might wake the parents up.  The kids might have had enough of parental rule and overthrown them surely no sensible adult would look on the web for this.  Of course I am just jealous that someone came up with a very simple idea and made squillions from the torture of everyday upstanding citizens all over the world.

20191108_074359 “Early morning”.

This got me thinking, it’s only a matter of time before those children discover the Lego movies “everything is awesome“.  I’m not sure what’s worse.  Maybe it’s time to build an underground shelter in the garden for future use.

And Finally……

IMG_7evl50 “MOZ shaking and milking her nut”.

MOZ said “do you want to put your thing on”.  I looked at her confused and said “my thing?” She repeated “Your thing”.  There was a pause as she finally said “You’re new DVD, The Thing” (a deluxe version of the 1982 classic).  After the bag incident I really am starting to about myself.

20191109_120411 “This little lady send her love”.

This week nephew Jbomb learnt to whistle.  His dad sent me a video, but during the recording he forgot how to do it saying with frustration “my lips don’t work”.

20191115_220058.jpg “Writing this Shiz with a smile as Jodie and co appear on Children in Need 2019”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“A Monster Calls”, (2016).  “Blakes 7”, (SB, ep 10 to ep 13).  “Bottom”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 6)(S2, ep 1 to ep 6)(S3, ep 1 to ep 6).  “Cheers”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 6).  “Children In Need 2019 (Jodie Whittaker, Tosin Cole & Mandip Gill)”, (TX: 15/11/19).  “Click”, (TX: 09/11/19).  “Doctor Who: Evil Of The Daleks”, (S4, Prod Code LL, ep 2, TX: 27/05/67).  “Doctor Who: The Web Of Fear”, (S5, Prod Code QQ, ep 1, TX: 03/02/68).  “Giri/Haji”, (S1, ep 4 to ep 6).  “Have I Got News For You”, (S58, ep 5, TX: 08/11/19).  “His Dark Materials”, (S1, ep 2).  “Junior Bake Off”, (S1 (S5), ep 6, TX: 11/11/19)(ep 7, 12/11)(ep 8, 13/11)(ep 9,14/11)(ep 10, 15/11).  “Legend Of The Seeker”, (S1, ep 1).  “Lucy And D.i.C: Left Handed (YouTube)”, (14/11/19).  “Mars”, (S2, ep 1 to ep 4).  “Spiral”, (S7, ep 9 & ep 10).  “Terry Nation Army Extra: Blasting From Exxilon To Tatooine (YouTube)”, (TX: 14/11/19).  “The Apprentice”, (S15, ep 7, TX: 13/11/19).  “The Apprentice: Honest Subtitles”, (S5, ep 7, TX: 13/11/19).  “The Apprentice: You’re Fired”, (S14, ep 7, TX: 13/11/19).  “The Great Barrier Reef”, (S1, ep 3, TX: 15/01/12).  “The Last Leg”, (S18, ep 3, TX: 08/11/19).  “The Making of Doctor Who: Silver Nemesis (The New Jersey Network)(YouTube)”, (TX: 19/11/88).  “The Sky At Night”, (TX: 10/11/19).  “The Thing”, (1982).  “This Is Your Life: Tom Baker”, (S40, ep 20, TX: 18/03/2000).  “Tomorrows World: Review Of The 70s”, (TX: 27/12/79).  “Travelman 48hrs In….. Madrid”, (S9, ep 4, TX: 11/11/19).  “Why Sweden Is Better Than Britain (BBC One/Radio 4)(YouTube)”, (TX: 26/11/18).                 

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“Daddy Look At Me”, (S2, ep 5, 14/11/19).  “Gossipmongers”, (S2, ep 7, 09/11/19).  “Griefcast”, (ep 104, 13/11/19).  “Iain Lee (Highlight)”, (07/11, 08/11, 12/11 x 2, 13/11/19).  “LBC Podcast: Mystery Hour”, (14/11/19).  “LBC Podcast: Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (09/11, 15/11/19).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 118, 15/11/19).  “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 167, 08/11/19).  “Space Boffins”, (10/11/19).  “Strange Times”, (ep 323, 11/11/19).  “Sue Perkins: An Hour Or So With….”, (ep 7, 14/11/19).  “Talking Bottom”, (S1, ep 3, 20/07/18)(ep 4, 27/07/18)(ep 5, 03/08/18)(ep 6, 10/08/18)(S1 Round Up, 15/11/18)(S2, ep 1, 22/11/18)(ep 2, 29/11/18)(ep 3, 06/12/18)(ep 4, 13/12/18)(ep 5, 21/1218)(ep 6, 28/12/18).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (04/11, 11/11/19).  “The Old Doctor Who Show”, (ep 8, 02/06/15).  “Morrissey”,  “Groove Armada”, “Franz Ferdinand”, “Tegan And Sara”,  “The XX”, “The Whites Stripes”, “Kate Bush”, “Tangerine Dream”,  “Basement Jaxx”, “Underworld”,  “Massive Attack”.

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Week 281, Saturday 2nd until Friday 8th November 2019.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in Surrey. East, North East & South West London (The NEXT Chapter).

Week 281 Saturday 2nd until Friday 8th November 2019.

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Last week’s Southwold trip seems like a distant dream now.  The family are planning on returning at the same time next year, I will be there if I am in the country.  Even if I’m not I’ll do my best to return to that lovely sleepy location on the Suffolk coast, it really is the best week of my year.

20191107_163008 “It’s harmless call centre fun, honest!”.

If you have read this ramble for any length of time you will know that travel is important, it’s like a drug.  In fact, that’s why this blog was originally started, so that family and friends could keep up to date on my adventures in Mozambique.  Next March I have been back in the UK for 4 years, that’s far too long!  I am currently suffering from a terrible case of ants in my travel elasticless pants.

20191104_183607 “Could this have been a vintage Batmobile under the tarp?”

Every time I save up a decent amount of cash, it gets spent on just surviving in the capital. But there is another reason that cash is rarer than a snow leopard, that is because I have had more holidays this year than a member of the royal family.  Currently I am not booked on any of the family trips planned for 2020.  I need to be sensible save money, make plans and then disappear.  Where to go is still to be decided.  I am not necessarily talking about travelling or being away for life (that would be nice. But I can’t imagine that ever happening). In reality a few months maybe a year would be lovely.  I have been lucky enough to taste a morsel of freedom during past travels that makes me want more.  It really is like a drug!  I won’t lie I am jealous of people who can just go away and stay for as long as they want.  But my life is totally different, I need to work hard in the office I hate and save.  Those travel ants are biting harder and harder, does anyone want to rub some soothing cream on to my lardy arse.

20191108_074154 “First foggy morning this winter”.

And Now For Something Completley Different……

Early November, there are many signs that the madness of Crimbum is approaching faster than Usain Bolt on a good day.  Shelves are heaving under the weight of tat that people won’t want to unwrap on Dec 25th.

20191104_153715 “Whats, Banksey trying to say!”.

For me a reminder that the so-called “season to be jolly” is nearly here, are the appearance of multi coloured graffiti on the pavements all over the capital (I can only speak for London). The markings haven’t been sprayed by a drunken Banksy, but are to identify cables and shiz below the surface.  For me I actually think they look pretty.  If the mysterious street artist was to spraying lines on a street, that patch of pavement would be worth squillions!

20191104_152915 “Loving BT new invisible tent technology.  I still hope a Hoverboard is next”. 

Highstreets all over the city are being prepared to be dug up.  Forget fat men in red suits and bushy white beards, the streets will soon be filled with fat (and thin ones) men in Hi-Vis clothing and hard hats.  In March there is often a flurry of activity because councils need to spend all their money before the new financial year commences in April (that’s what I and many others have heard over the years).  Londoners, be prepared for the seasonal dodging of diggers, jack hammers and squeezing past temporary barriers making small pavements even.  Let’s all celebrate the inconvenience, with that usual London smile!

20191103_015313 “This was at 2am.  They could have invited me, i was awake!”.

And Finally……

20191102_195418 R.I.P Sidney the Munchkin Pumpkin”.

MOZ said “a carrot was poking through the crack”.  This of course made me laugh.  Just to explain, she had microwaved a couple of **munchkin pumpkins.  One of them committed suicide by exploding.  MOZ held the skin together while attempting to stuff the pumpkin, pieces of carrot were trying to escape.  The vegetable were fighting back that evening.

20191102_203457 “Get stuff!”.

This really hasn’t been very interesting!  I’ll try again next week!  Please come back for Week 282 when I *** promise better content.

20191030_183016 “Last week’s Southwold pumpkin.  I’m not a virgin carver anymore”.

** When i see these tiny pumpkins, I can’t help imaging them being taken away from their parents screaming in the middle of the night (I really have watch to many films).  Especially at this time of year when so many large (adult) pumpkins were culled for Halloween.  This year for the first time I was one of those who took a knife and carved up a large orange vegetable for the enjoyment of small children.  How nasty am I?

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*** I can’t really of course promise anything, but I’ll try my best. If you are upset or annoyed at the lack of content this week, please do not come round and do a dirty protest like the above-mentioned small vegetable.  And remember folks, playing with Microwaves or any electrical device can be extremely dangerous if misused.  Of course if you do decide to mess around with any device then do the responsible thing, film it.  That clip could go viral and make you a lot of money.

20191108_215107[1] “Laughing a lot about the madness of the weeks politics”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“Better Than Us”, (S1, ep 9).  “Blakes 7”, (SB, ep 6 to ep 9).  “Click”, (TX: 02/11/19).  “Daybreak”, (S1 ep 7 to ep 8).  “Dexter”, (S8, ep 4 to ep 12).  “Dive, Dive, Dive!”, (TX: 03/05/10).  “Have I Got News For You”, (S58, ep 5, TX: 08/11/19).  “His Dark Materials”, (S1, ep 1).  “Junior Bake Off”, (S1 (S5), ep 1, TX: 04/11/19)(ep 2, 05/11)(ep 3, 06/11)(ep 4, 07/11)(ep 5, 08/11).  “Living With Yourself”, (S1, ep 3 to ep 5).  “Lucy And D.i.C: Anatomy Of D.i.C:  D.i.C Deconstructed (YouTube)”, (07/11/19).  “Man Like Mobeen”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 4)(S2, ep 1 to ep 4).  “Megamind”, (2010).  “Not Going Out”, (TX: 30/10/19).  “Portrait Of Lottie From 0 to 20, by Frans Hofmeester (YouTube)”, (28/10/19).  “Spiral”, (S7, ep 7 & ep 8).  “Sugar Rush (US TV)”, (S2, ep 1 & ep 2).  “Terry Nation Army Extra: The Abyss Of The Black Jellyfish (YouTube)”, (TX: 30/10/19).  “The Apprentice”, (S15, ep 6, TX: 06/11/19).  “The Apprentice: Honest Subtitles”, (S5, ep 6, TX: 06/11/19).  “The Apprentice: You’re Fired”, (S14, ep 6, TX: 06/11/19).  “The End Of The Fxxking World”, (S2, ep 1 to ep 8).  “The House With A Clock In Its Walls”, (2018).  “The Meg”, (2018).  “The Name Of The Rose”, (S1, 3 & ep 4).  “Travelman 48hrs In….. Krakow”, (S9, ep 3, TX: 04/11/19).                 

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“Buffy Speak”, (S2, ep 7, 14/08/16).  “Daddy Look At Me”, (S2, ep 3, 31/10/19)(ep 4, 07/11/19).  “Gossipmongers”, (S2, ep 6, 02/11/19).  “Griefcast”, (ep 103, 06/11/19).  “Iain Lee (Highlight)”, (01/11, 04/11, 05/11, 06/11/19).  “In Poor Taste”, (ep 108, 31/10/19).  “John Dredge Nothing To Do With Anything Show”, (S1, ep 1, 20/12/12)(ep 2, 30/06/13)(ep 3, 07/07/13)(ep 4, 14/07/13)(ep 5, 21/07/13)(ep 6, 28/07/13).  “LBC Podcast: Mystery Hour”, (31/10/19)(07/11/19).  “LBC Podcast: Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (02/11, 08/11/19).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 116, 01/11/19)(ep 117, 08/11/19).  “Spacefall: A Blakes 7 Podcast”, (SB, ep 5, 14/05/19)(ep 6, 01/07/19)(ep 7, 28/08/19)(ep 8, 13/10/19).  “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 166, 02/11/19).  “Space Rocket History Archive”, (ep 35, 14/12/17).  “Strange Times”, (ep 322, 27/10/19).  “Sue Perkins: An Hour Or So With….”, (ep 5, 31/10/19)(ep 6, 07/11/19).  “Talking Bottom”, (ep 1, 28/06/18)(ep 2, 13/07/18).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 107, 01/11/19)(ep 108, 08/11/19).  “The All New Angelos And Barry Podcast”, (06/11/19).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (29/10/19).  “The Old Doctor Who Show”, (ep 6, 22/04/15)(ep 7, 13/05/15).  “Walking The Dog With Emily Dean”, (ep 30, 02/02/19)(ep 42, 01/07/19).  “Morrissey”,  “Groove Armada”, “London Grammar”,  “Catfish And The Bottlemen”, “Alt-J”, “PIM (Micky)”, “Toni Basil”,  “Divinyls”, “The Lumineers”,  “The Waterboys”, “Oasis”, “The Communards”, “Bronski Beat”, Paul McCartney And The Frog Chorus”, “The Cribs”.

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Week 280, Saturday 26th October until Friday 1st November 2019.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in Suffolk (Southwold) and Surrey (The NEXT Chapter).

Week 280 Saturday 26th October until Friday 1st November 2019.

 

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This week has been the annual family (most of them anyway!) migration to the Suffolk coast. Every year I look forward to this week more than any other (Ibiza and Sri-Lanka were wonderful holidays, but nothing beats this week). Southwold is a small sleepy seaside location that we fell in love with a number of years ago and have returned each year. This week’s blog is really a few comments and lots of pictures. Normal service of moaning about travelling and living in the capital will resume next week.

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Highlights and traditions over the last week have included.  Everyone converging at “The Soul Bay Inn” when we first arrive.  Watching my nephew and niece rushing to the small traditional sweet shop.  Walking along the beach, past multi-coloured beach huts and visiting the pier to have a go on Tim Hunkin’s homemade arcade machines.  Smelling hops (and other smells I can’t name because I don’t brew the stuff, just drink it!) drift across the town from the brewery.  Visiting Warbleswkck (one of the most haunted places in the county, according to my mum) and looking at every person who passed just in case it was one of the many celebrities that live there.  Being visited by Bingo and his lovely greyhounds Flo-Jo and George.  And of course spotting the lighthouse “where the lighthouse Jbomb? His reply, “over there!”.

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Lowlights terrible Wi-fi in the house that drifted in and out more than the sea.  Though I did enjoy excellent Wi-fi at James Paget University Hospital (I wasn’t the patient).  Driving back to Southwold while in the middle of “Oulton Broad North” railway level crossing the lights and alarms started to sound.  Due to not wanting to return to the hospital I of course hit the accelerator.

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Every year I intend on visiting Sizewell Nuclear power station, which can be seen from Southwold beach.  Sadly this year it didn’t happen due to a car deciding to breakdown.  Maybe next year!

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I would also like to publicly say sorry to my family for eating all the nacho dip on our first day.  I saw the nachos were finished and didn’t want the remaining dip to be wasted.  Not long later another bag of crispy goodness was produced while everyone wondered what happened to all the dip!  Over the last week I have eaten everything put in front or near me.  From next week it’s back to ingesting dust!

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I genuinely loved my week beside the sea with family. No one knows what will happen during the in the next year, but I really will do my best to be with the family for Southwold 2020.

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And Finally……

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Last Saturday morning this blogs total number of views for 2019 reached 2000 (it’s very possible that my sister Hel was the person that tipped the counter over that milestone). 

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Thanks to everyone, please keep reading or looking at the pictures and press SHARE.

Thanks xx.

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My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

20191029_205821 “Writing this shiz, thinking of CAKE”.

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“Autumnwatch 2019”, (ep 1, TX: 29/10/19)(ep 2, TX: 30/10/19)(ep 3, TX: 31/10/19)(ep 4, 01/11/19).  “Batwomen”, (S1, ep 3 & ep 4).  “Blakes 7”, (SB, ep 1 to ep 5).  “Click”, (TX: 26/10/19).  “Cul-De-Sac?”, (S1, ep 3).  “Daybreak”, (S1 ep 3 to ep 6).  “Evil”, (S1, ep 4).   “Harry Hill’s Clubnite”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 24/10/19).  “Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire”, (2005).  “Have I Got News For You”, (S58, ep 4, TX: 01/11/19).  “How Do They Do It?”, (S3, ep 2, TX: 21/02/07).  “Living With Yourself”, (S1, ep 3 to ep 5).  “Lucy And D.i.C: A Big Cheers! You’re All Legends (YouTube)”, (TX: 29/10/19).  “Richie Rich”, (S1, ep 5 & ep 10)(S2, ep 1).  “Spiral”, (S7, ep 5 & ep 6).  “Star Trek (Original Series)”, (S2, ep 25).  “Strictly Come Dancing: Results Show”, (S17, ep 5, TX: 27/10/19).  “Terry Nation Army Extra: How Remembrance Of The Daleks Was Fixed In The Edit (YouTube)”, (TX: 30/10/19).  “The Americas With Simon Reeves”, (S1, ep 3, TX: 27/10/19).  “The Apprentice”, (S15, ep 5, TX: 30/10/19).  “The Apprentice: Honest Subtitles”, (S5, ep 5, TX: 30/10/19).  “The Apprentice: You’re Fired”, (S14, ep 5, TX: 30/10/19).  “The Graham Norton Show”, (S26, ep 6, TX: 01/11/19).  “The Great British Bake Off: 2019 Final”, (S3 (S10), ep 10, TX: 28/10/19).  “The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice”, (S3 (S6) ep 10, TX: 01/11/19).  “The Great Model Railway Challenge: Grand Final 2019”, (S2, ep 8, TX: 26/10/19).  “The Jonathon Ross Show”, (S15, ep 7, TX: 26/10/19).  “The Last Leg: SU2C Special”, (S18, ep 1, TX: 25/10/19)(ep 2, 01/11/19).  “The Met: Policing London”, (S3, ep 5, TX: 31/10/19).  “The One Show”, (TX: 31/10/19).  “The Walking Dead”, (S10, ep 4).  “Travelman 48hrs In….. Bergen”, (S9, ep 2, TX: 28/10/19).  “Van Helsing”, (S4, ep 5).               

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“Gossipmongers”, (S2, ep 5, 26/10/19).  “Griefcast”, (ep 102, 30/10/19).  “Iain Lee (Bonus)”, (31/10/19).  “Iain Lee (Highlight)”, (18/10, 28/10, 30/10, 31/10/19).  “LBC Podcast: Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (26/10, 01/11/19).  “Spacefall: A Blakes 7 Podcast”, (SB, ep 1, 17/12/18)(ep 2, 31/01/19)(ep 3, 08/03/19)(ep 4, 12/04/19).  “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 165, 25/10/19).  “Space Rocket History Archive”, (ep 32 to ep 34, 14/12/17).  “Sue Perkins: An Hour Or So With….”, (ep 4, 17/10/19).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 106, 25/10/19).  “The Halloween Skewer (BBC Radio 4)”, (31/10/19).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (29/10/19).  “The Old Doctor Who Show”, (ep 5, 25/03/15).  “Walking The Dog With Emily Dean”, (ep 8, 27/07/17).  “Morrissey”,  “Gwen Stefani”, “The Specials”,  “Deacon Blue”, “Radiohead”, “R.E.M”, “The B-52’s”,  Limahl”.

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Week 279, Saturday 19th until Friday 25th October 2019.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in Northamptonshire, East, South & South West London. Surrey & Suffolk (Southwold) (The NEXT Chapter).

Week 279 Saturday 19th until Friday 25thOctober 2019.

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I have $10, 000,000 waiting for me, that’s about £7,781,000. This week I received an email from a total stranger, let’s call him Mr Banker (pronounced at the start with a silent “W”) who works for a US bank and recently found during an audit, the account of a man who died years ago with no family, and 10m dollars in the account. 50% of that total (£3, 890.500) would be mine at the end of the transaction.

20191025_232652.jpg“Lovely visit to mums for her special day (which was actually a couple of days before this meeting)”.

Mr Banker is obviously a fine judge of character; he said that he chose me out of everyone on the internet, because he knew that I am a totally trustworthy person! As soon as I digested the email I started to imagine what I could do with that money. Unfortunately, it’s not enough for a visit to the International Space Station. But i could probably hire a Hollywood A-list actress for a few minutes to pretend to be my friend and be seen in the local Sainsbury’s. Or maybe the “Hoff” needs some spare change to be my naked bicycle rack for a few days. I would be able to buy a screen used full sized TARDIS for the garden and a handful of Daleks (does anyone have a full sized “Mechonoid” they don’t want?) scattered around the house. The friend I live with would absolutely love these cluttering up her lovely home (she wouldn’t!). With that amount of money I might also be able to buy one or more of the actual actors who played the Doctor, and have them stand in a corner in full costume. Of course when I’m not in the room they would be able to sit down, I’m not that nasty!

DSCF495620191019_153106 “Everyone arrived at the pub. My Little Lion boy was not impressed at my camera work”.

Mr Banker explained that he needed to move the money from the US into a foreign account. If my bank account wasn’t suitable, he kindly suggested that I open a special account just for this transaction. Being a caring banker, he would ensure that all legalities and any taxes incurred would be dealt with. I won’t lie for a fraction of a billionth of a second I did wonder if this was the once in a lifetime chance I have always hoped for! Millions would be lovely, but a couple of thousand or even a few hundred pounds would help make a difference. Sadly I didn’t listen very often to advice that my parents gave me. But the one thing I do remember is, if I want anything I have to work for it.

 

20191019_154105 “Quick, call a Doctor”.

It was a surprise to get this e-mail; they were very popular a few years ago. Surely there are quicker digital ways of obtaining someone’s bank account info. But these phishing email must get replies otherwise why send them? If you would like a share of $10m then I can point you in the direction of the very nice and honest Banker. E-mail me your bank account and sort code to the following dedicated email address I have set up.

DSCF496720191018_170024 “Fun at mums”.

havemybankaccountnumberandsortcodebecauseitrustacompletestranger@iamamug.coke.ucake

VideoCapture_20191019-190442 “My sister the firestarter, twisted firestarter”.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

VideoCapture_20191019-19034520191019_201002 “Tim, we can see you”.

This week a friend has been working for the same company for 29 years (you get less for murder!). I’m sure that they never thought they would still be there all these years later.

20191019_024726 “Mum, still claims this is coffee”.

When I grew up the phrase “a job for life” was heard all the time. A young person left school went to work and stayed in the job until they retired. That is not the case these days, with zero hour contracts and temp work. As technology has improved, getting faster and smaller, working practices have changed completely, even during my time of going to work day after day.

20190910_13514720191020_142042 “There is about 6 weeks between these pics”.

When my young nephews and niece (who hopefully will one day read this shiz) are working everything will have changed again. There may not be Hoverboards and flying cars, but I would imagine that almost everyone will works from home, never meeting their actual colleagues or travelling on public transport.

20190910_112547 “What’s not to love about the Grand Union Canal”.

29 years with the same company is a long time. My friend could definitely tell interesting stories, maybe she should write this blog. I hate work, but of course I realise why I do it. Forget the reward of pay; I am contributing in a very small way to the greater good of the country. I’ve been in my current post for a couple of years and it’s definitely time to move on. There is a part of me that would like to be established in one place for such a long time like my friend. Maybe in another lifetime?

20190930_172701 “Watching this Duck go round in circles was amusing”.

And Finally……

Stuck at lights the three cars in front had number plates that ended with “BOB”, “LWT” and “NOG”. Being a simple organism seeing these made me smile. When I see or hear the name “BOB” I think of “Blackadder”. “LWT” (London Weekend Television) makes me think of a favourite TV ident from the 70s and 80s. And “NOG” was a great character from Star Trek DS9, one of the few Trek characters that really grew over the years. Sadly the actor Aron Eisenberg died on the 21st September this year, aged 50.

20190705_1544021592278166732894017.jpg “Cheers Mum. It was lovely seeing you and all the family”.

It would seem, I wrote the following “sorry so busty” in an email. Luckily it was to a friend, of course I meant “sorry so busy”. Honest!

20191021_210247.jpg “This tiny beauty was found roaming across the wheelie bin, when i needed it. It was re homed on the grass. I kept its money”.

Next week. Suffolk be afraid! Be very afraid! It’s the annual family migration to Southwold.

IMG_20191023_205435_193 “I really do love Southwold, you wouldn’t know it from this shiz doodle”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

20191025_230736 “Sitting in Southwold, watching BBC twice??????? While trying to write this shiz “.

This week I have mainly been watching:
“Astronauts Escape Failing Rocket-Soyuz Did Not Go To Space Today (Scott Manley)”, (YouTube), (TX: 11/10/18). “Avengers: Infinity War”, (2018). “Big School”, (S2, ep 6). “Blakes 7”, (S1, ep 12 & ep 13). “Brian Gittens Challenged – Charles Petrescu Meltdown, (YouTube)”, (22/05/14). “Click”, (TX: 19/10/19). “Cul-De-Sac”, (S1, ep 2). “Daybreak”, (S1 & ep 2). “Dexter”, (S8, ep 1 to ep 3). “Fare Dodgers At War With The Law”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 21/10/19). “Giri/Haji”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 3). “Have I Got News For You”, (S58, ep 3, TX: 25/10/19). “Living With Yourself”, (S1, ep 1 & ep 2). “Lucy And D.i.C Couch Time: Who Chose Your Voice?”, (TX: 23/10/19). “NASA TV: Introducing Artemis Generation Spacesuits”, (TX: 15/10/19). “Own The Sky: Jet Pack Dreamer”, (TX: 17/10/19). “Poppy Hillstead: The Watch”, (ep 1 & ep 2). “Spiral”, (S7, ep 3 & ep 4). “Stargate SG1”, (S1, ep 17 to ep 19). “Terry Nation Army Extra: A Mechanical Appendix”, (TX: 22/10/19). “Terry Nation Army Mechonoid Special”, (TX: 14/10/19). “The Apprentice”, (S15, ep 4, TX: 23/10/19). “The Apprentice: Honest Subtitles”, (S5, ep 4, TX: 23/10/19). “The Apprentice: You’re Fired”, (S14, ep 4, TX: 23/10/19). “The Graham Norton Show”, (S26, ep 5, TX: 25/10/19). “The Great British Bake Off”, (S3 (S10), ep 9, TX: 22/10/19). “The Great British Bake Off; An Extra Slice”, (S3 (S6), ep 9, TX: 25/10/19). “The Great Model Railway Challenge”, (S2, ep 7, TX: 19/10/19). “The Hulu Hoop Challenge, Ft Charles Petrescu And Brian Gittens, (YouTube)”, (23/10/14). “The Little Rascals”, (1994). “The Name Of The Rose”, (S1, ep 2). “The Purge”, (S1, ep 2 to ep 4). “The Walking Dead”, (S10, ep 3). “Timeless”, (S1, ep 1). “Toast Of London”, (S2, ep 3). “Travelman 48hrs In….. Dubrovnik”, (S9, ep 1, TX: 21/10/19). “Van Helsing”, (S4, ep 4). “What Makes NASA’s Artemis Spacesuit The Best Spacesuit Yet? (Scott Manley)”, (YouTube), (TX: 18/10/19).

This week I have mainly been listening to:
“30 Animals That Made Us Smarter: LIVE (BBC World Service)”, (S1, ep 31, 21/10/19). “Daddy Look At Me”, (S2, ep 2, 24/10/19). “Gossipmongers”, (ep 5, 10/05/19)(ep 6, 20/05/19)(S2, Trailer 20/09/19)(ep 1, 28/09/19)(ep 2, 05/10/19)(ep 3, 12/10/19)(ep 4, 19/10/19). “Griefcast”, (ep 101, 23/10/19). “In Poor Taste”, (ep 109, 24/10/19). “LBC Podcast: Mystery Hour”, (24/10/19). “LBC Podcast: Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (19/10, 25/10/19). “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 114, 18/10/19). “Spacefall: A Blakes 7 Podcast”, (ep 12, 21/09/18)(ep 13, 28/108/18)(ep 14, Series A Special, 19/11/18). “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 164, 18/10/19). “Space Boffins”, (15/10/19). “Space Rocket History Archive”, (ep 29, 06/12/17)(ep 30 & ep 31, 11/12/17). “Strange Times”, (ep 321, 23/10/19). “Sue Perkins: An Hour Or So With….”, (ep 4, 17/10/19). “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 106, 25/10/19). “The All New Angelos And Barry Podcast”, (24/10/19). “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (21/10/19). “The Old Doctor Who Show”, (ep 2, 21/01/15)(ep 3, 16/02/15)(ep 4, 04/03/15). “Walking The Dog With Emily Dean”, (ep 26, 21/12/18)(ep 28, 14/01/19)(ep 46,21/08/19)(Diane Morgan Sequel, 09/09/19). “Morrissey”, “Lana Del Rey”, “Soft Cell”, “Artic Monkeys”, “Village People”, “Pet Shop Boys”, “Manic Street Preachers”, “David Bowie”, “Foals”, “Matt Berry And The Maypoles”, “Daft Punk”, “Elbow”, “Portishead”, “ELO”, “Stereophonics, Air”.

20191025_232652.jpg “I love my mum”.

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Week 278, Saturday 12th until Friday 18th October 2019.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East, South West London. Surrey, Buckinghamshire (Beaconsfield Services, M40) and Northamptonshire (The NEXT Chapter).

Week 278 Saturday 12th until Friday 18thOctober 2019.

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First this….

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“From me to Mum”.
At the time of writing i only need 83 views to reach 2000 this year. A few weeks ago when the stats showed that the figures had passed the grand total for 2018 of 1772, there a small spark of pride for a couple of seconds. Thank you for reading and helping to beat 2018’s total. It would be lovely if you could help me reach (and pass) 2000 views by the end of the year. Thanking you in advance.
Now, let’s carry on with the ramble….

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21 again”.
It’s my mums B’day on 17th October, Happy B’day Mum. There will be more about those celebrations next week; it’s all content, after all! This week is also the 1st anniversary that my friend and I adopted a hamster, who we were told was 4 months old when we decided to bring her home. This small creature is so much more than a tiny ball of fluff that runs around eating (and pooing) all the time. She’s very much therapy, I have read serious articles which state that being close or around animals can help relieve stress.

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“From the twins”.
I can confirm this dwarf hamster has really helped me. For instance, I get home regularly late due to trains being messed up (yet again!), or just stressed because of work. But how can I not smile and feel better when I see her face poking out of the mound of bedding that she has molded into her nest. We have a large clear storage crate full of sawdust with plenty of things for her to play with and hide inside. Sometimes she craves interaction running up and down my arms or from hand to hand (which we call juggling. Don’t worry she is never thrown into the air). Other occasions she just burrows into the sawdust and sleeps. Knowing that this little creature is completely reliant on me to look after her, keep her healthy and happy helps me with my emotional state. It’s really a two-way relationship, but I definitely feel I have the better deal.

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“This little lady is a real tonic for me”.
It is at this point i should give an honorary mention to Spike the Cat who put up with me for 15 years living in a flat in Surrey. He now lives a happy retirement with friends. Hopefully I will see him before Crimbum.

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“Watching me at work”.
In conclusion, if you are feeling stressed I prescribe quality time with any animal. It doesn’t matter whether it’s stroking a Cat, seeing a Humpback beach the surface of the mighty ocean or watching a Hamster scurry around! It makes me feel better.

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“Pretty evening going home”.
And Now For Something Completely Different……
This week I suspect I looked like the village idiot that had been given enough change or found it in the gutter to buy a ticket and escape the village (and no before anyone asks, I wasn’t being chased by a weather balloon!). I was trying to write this shiz while sitting on a train but found that I couldn’t concentrate because the podcast I was listening to was just making me laugh so much (for full transparency I was listening to Gossipmongers).

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“A hitchhiker”.
At the next station stop the carriage filled up, this is when I became a little self-conscious about giggling like a naughty schoolchild at the rude things being said on the podcast. Even staring out of the window watching the world pass by didn’t stop me from laughing and smirking like a loon. It was at this point I felt disapproving side glances from others (this would be about 14 mins into the podcast). It doesn’t normally bother me that I look stupid, you only have to look at any picture to understand that. But that particular morning, on that train I really felt very on show. All I could do was quickly change the podcast to something interesting and less funny. When it was time to get off I actually felt relieved.
Not to self, be careful what I listen to in public in future!
And Finally……

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“Jbomb is very proud of his new picture”.
Said very innocently to my friend that, “there was moisture in the crack”. Of course there was a smutty laugh. That stopped when she turned around and I showed her my reusable bendy straw. I’m only trying to save the planet!

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“Looking up during the morning”.
I walked into the middle of a slightly shocking sounding conversation; the first thing I heard was a woman saying “tits on nuts”. I was assured that this wasn’t as interesting as it sounded. She was talking about Blue tits on her birdfeeder.

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“I know how to enjoy myself while on the road”.
Travelling away from London on the M40, I saw a car that had a second registration plate under its actual number plate which said “OLD FART”. I also noticed that some clever dick had written in the dirt on the back of a van “David Yogurt”.

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“Trying to write this shiz, while laughing a lot to this podcast”.
My Mid Life Crisis Conts……
This week I have mainly been watching:

“Alpha: 2014 – Space 1999 Model Display Room Video (YouTube)”, (TX: 18/09/14). “Batwoman”, (S1, ep 2). “Better Than Us”, (S1, ep 8 & ep 9). “Blakes 7”, (S1, ep 9 to ep 11). “Click”, (TX: 12/10/19). “Criminal (Spanish)”, (S1, ep 2). “Cul-De-Sac”, (S1, ep 1). “Dexter”, (S7, ep 6 to ep 12). “Eugenics: Science’s Greatest Scandal”, (S1, ep 2, TX: 10/10/19). “Evil”, (S1, ep 2 & ep 3). “Flatemates”, (S1, ep 4 to ep 10). “Fleabag”, (S1, ep 3). “Have I Got News For You”, (S58, ep 2, TX: 18/10/19). “Jimmy Cage (Movie Review): Chained For Life (YouTube)”, (TX: 29/09/19). “Lucy And D.i.C Couch Time: Good Jam”, (TX: 16/10/19). “Motherland”, (S2, ep 5 & ep 6). “NASA TV LIVE: ISS Spacewalk (Astronauts: Koch & Meir) #221”, (18/10/19). “Space 1999”, (S1, ep 5). “Space 1999: Original Spacesuit Costume (YouTube)”, (TX: 14/12/09). “Spiral”, (S7, ep 1 & ep 2). “Star Trek: The Next Generation”, (S7, ep 12 to ep 14). “The Americas With Simon Reeves”, (S1, ep 2, TX: 13/10/19). “The Apprentice”, (S15, ep 3, TX: 16/10/19). “The Apprentice: Honest Subtitles”, (S5, ep 3, TX: 16/10/19). “The Apprentice: You’re Fired”, (S14, ep 3, TX: 16/10/19). “The Graham Norton Show”, (S26, ep 3, TX: 11/10/19)(ep 4, 18/10/19). “The Great British Bake Off”, (S3 (S10), ep 8, TX: 15/10/19). “The Great British Bake Off; An Extra Slice”, (S3 (S6), ep 8, TX: 18/10/19). “The Great Model Railway Challenge”, (S2, ep 6, TX: 12/10/19). “The Live Lounge (BBC Radio One)”, (S3, ep 2, TX: 11/10/19). “The Name Of The Rose”, (S1, ep 1). “The Purge”, (S1, ep 1). “The Sky At Night: Question Time”, (TX: 13/10/19). “The Walking Dead”, (S2, ep 2). “Top Of The Pops: Mankind: Theme To Doctor Who”, (TX: 14/12/78). “Van Helsing”, (S4, ep 3). “Have I Got News For You?”, (S13, ep 1, TX: 18/10/19). “Zombieland”, (2009).

This week I have mainly been listening to:
“30 Animals That Made Us Smarter (BBC World Service)”, (S1, ep 30, 14/10/19). “Anti-Social Show”, (ep 76, 11/10/19). “Brian And Roger”, (S3, ep 8, 08/10)(ep 9, 11/10/19). “Brian Gittens And Friends”, (ep 65, 12/10/19). “Buffy Speak”, (S2, ep 6, 31/07/16). “Daddy Look At Me”, (S2 trailer, 16/10/19)(S2, ep 1, 17/10/19). “Gossipmongers”, (ep 1, 01/03/19)(ep 2, 01/04/19)(ep 3, 12/04/19)(ep 4, 26/04/19). “Griefcast”, (ep 100, 16/10/19). “Iain Lee (Highlights)”, (11/10, 14/10, 15/10/19). “LBC Podcast: Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (12/10, 18/10/19). “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 114, 18/10/19). “Python Up The Misses”, (Trailer 16/09/19)(Coming Soon…25/09/19). “Spacefall: A Blakes 7 Podcast”, (ep 9, 26/06/18) (ep 10, 16/08/18) (ep 11, 04/09/18). “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 163, 11/10/19). “Strange Times”, (ep 319, 12/10/19)(ep 320, 13/10/19). “Sue Perkins: An Hour Or So With….”, (Trailer 24/09/19)(ep 1 & ep 2, 10/10/19)(ep 3, 17/10/19). “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 103, 11/10/19)(ep 104, 14/10/19)(ep 105, 18/10/19). “The All New Angelos And Barry Podcast”, (11/10/19). “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (14/10/19). “The Old Doctor Who Show”, (ep 1, 04/01/15). “The Rabbit Hole”, (ep 91, 10/10/19). “Morrissey”, “Lana Del Rey”, “Kasabian”, “R.E.M”, “Smiths”, “ABBA”, “Feeder”, “No Doubt”, “Echobelly”, “Shed Seven”, “Doves”, “Mankind”, “Pixies”, “The Breeders”, “Transvision Vamp”, “The Ting Tings”, Elton John”, “Kate Bush”, First Aid Kit”.

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Week 277, Saturday 5th until Friday 11th October 2019.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East, South West London. And Surrey (inc Redhill & Sutton) (The NEXT Chapter).

Week 277 Saturday 5th until Friday 11th October 2019.

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It’s” (picture Michael Palin as the it’s man) was 50 years ago on 5th Oct that “Monty Pythons Flying Circus” was first seen on BBC One at 22.55 pm. Unfortunately, I was one year and two days old and my parents thought it was better that I slept through this historic event. Parents, always spoiling the fun!

20190929_141557 If you have lost your baby, it’s in East London“.

I am not sure how old i was when i first discovered Python, I remember listening to cassettes on my Walkman, I knew sketches like friends knew there fave songs. George (Dinsdale) my best friend is also a massive fan, we would pay LPs and tapes and just laugh. We listened to other 60’s and 70’s comedy that we couldn’t have fully understand at the age, but it was funny that’s all that mattered.

20190918_094620 “If you lost your pink bra, its in South West London”.

I probably saw the TV show for the first time on video, the BBC has never been good at repeating the series. Then gradually over time i saw the films on the gogglebox. There is not enough time or space for me to tell you why I love Python so much. Mention “The Dead Parrot Sketch” or “The Spanish Inquisition” and most people have an idea of what you’re talking about. If you were to force me under threat of the “soft cushions” to tell you my fave sketches i would immediately say “The Fish Slapping Dance”, “Climbing the North Face of the Uxbridge Road” and both appearance of “Batley Townswomen’s Guild”.

20191005_16365720191005_163902 “Down on the farm”.

I have only met one of the Python’s. My friend and i were lost on Hampstead heath, when suddenly two dogs bounded out of the trees followed by a man in a pink shirt and white hat. Terry Jones (my favourite Pepperpot) must have overheard us because he told us the way to find our destination without us asking him anything. Being a huge fan, I was totally dumbstruck all I could say was a pathetic “thank you” and “I’m a huge fan”. Being off duty I didn’t want to pester him for a photo or an autograph (of course I regret this) as quickly as he had appeared, he disappeared into the trees after his dogs.

20191005_14353020191005_143522 “Run, my pretties. Don’t look back “.

Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam autographs were given to me when I worked at BBC books and Columbia Tri-Star films (at different times). When they visited, I was hurriedly sent to a long-forgotten basement, maybe they were concerned I would attempt to abduct my comedy heroes locking them in a spare room (it would have been a nice ensuite spare room!). Terry’s visit to Columbia’s was because of his excellent film “The Adventures of Baron Munchausen”. Which I was very lucky to see many times in the small basement preview screening room as well as at couple of huge press screenings. The freebie from those events, including a bottle of wine from the Barons vineyard are in my storage.

20191008_092348(0) “Is it a Horse or a Dog?”.

John Cleese and Eric Idle (not together) where spotted when i worked at BBC TVC (the studios where Python was recorded). Sadly, I never laid eyes on the late great Dr Graham Chapman, but I have had a couple of drinks in “The Angel Inn” Highgate that he drank in. I know this because of the blue plaque on the wall.

20191010_094045 “Not looking forward to another day in the office”.

Python has been a part of my life for so long. In fact, longer than many other things I enjoy. When I was young listening to tapes it felt like I was a member of a secret club. How many other teenagers in the 80s knew or enjoyed Python? Over the years there popularity has grown and grown, i am these days a proud member of a worldwide laughing cult.

20191009_180306 “The changing colours are captivating”.

At this anniversary time I would really like to thank the BBC commissioner in 1969 for not asking for just a pilot or a couple of episodes. Instead the six writers/performers were handed a full series of 13 shows to write. Thank you BBC for changing British TV comedy and help create a number of legends.

20191005_13363420191005_133603 “The Walking Dead: Surrey”.

Lemon Curry?

(Picture John Cleese as the BBC announcer sitting behind a desk with old style microphone) And Now For Something Completely Different……

20191006_211709 “Who ever smelt it, dealt it?”.

Everyone, including me are in a hurry. But there’s no need for rudeness! One day this week while entering the office, struggling with a hot drink and a cup of water I manoeuvred the huge glass door with my foot. Once past the threshold I noticed a woman walking towards the office. Being a nice person (i am sometimes!) I held the door open with my foot. Princess Tippytoes just swanned through not acknowledging me in any way. Next time I might trip her up.

20191011_191253 “The picture says it all”.

And Finally……
My niece moaning that her brother could have a wee easily while out and about in the countryside. I was tempted (but didn’t) to say “Get used to it”.

20191012_010400.jpg “Nish is putting me off writing this shiz”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:
“Batwoman”, (S1, ep 1). “Better Than Us”, (S1, ep 7). “Blakes 7”, (S1, ep 4 to ep 8). “Carmen Santiego”, (S1, ep 2). “Click”, (TX: 05/10/19). “Criminal (Spanish)”, (S1, ep 1). “Dexter”, (S6, ep 9 to ep 12)(S7, ep 1 to ep 5). “Disenchantment”, (S2, ep 8 to ep 10). “Doctor Who: Mission To The Unknown (2019 Remake, University Of Central Lancashire)”, (TX: 09/10/19). “Egypt’s Lost Pyramid”, (TX: 29/09/19). “Eugenics: Science’s Greatest Scandal”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 03/10/19). “Evil”, (S1, ep 1). “Flatemates”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 3). “Have I Got News For You”, (S58, ep 1, TX: 11/10/19). “Ian Hislop’s Fake News: A True History”, (TX: 07/10/19). “Lucy And D.i.C Couch Time: We Should Start A Podcast”, (TX: 10/10/19). “Making Of Doctor Who: Mission To The Unknown (2019 Remake, University Of Central Lancashire)”, (TX: 09/10/19). “Motherland”, (S2, ep 1 to ep 6). “NASA TV LIVE: ISS Spacewalk, 219”, (06/10/19). “The Americas With Simon Reeves”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 06/10/19). “The Apprentice”, (S15, ep 2, TX: 09/10/19). “The Apprentice: Honest Subtitles”, (S5, ep 2, TX: 09/10/19). “The Apprentice: You’re Fired”, (S14, ep 2, TX: 09/10/19). “The Channel Tunnel: Life On The Inside”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 28/08/19)(ep 2, 04/09/19)(ep 3, 11/09/19)(ep 4, 15/09/19). “The Graham Norton Show”, (S26, ep 2, TX: 04/10/19). “The Great British Bake Off”, (S3 (S10), ep 7, TX: 08/10/19). “The Great British Bake Off; An Extra Slice”, (S3 (S6), ep 7, TX: 11/10/19). “The Great Model Railway Challenge”, (S2, ep 5, TX: 05/10/19). “The Mash Report”, (S3, ep 6, TX: 10/10/19). “Van Helsing”, (S4, ep 2).

This week I have mainly been listening to:
“30 Animals That Made Us Smarter (BBC World Service)”, (S1, ep 29, 07/10/19). “Brian And Roger”, (S3, ep 8, 08/10)(ep 9, 11/10/19). “Buffy Speak”, (S2, ep 6, 31/07/16). “Goodies Podcast”, (ep 2, 21/01/10) (ep 3, 22/01/10). “Griefcast”, (ep 99, 09/10/19). “Iain Lee (Highlights)”, (03/10, 04/10, 07/10, 08/10, 09/10, 10/10/19). “LBC Podcast: Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (05/10, 11/10/19). “Monty Python’s Filegender Zirkus (BBC Radio 4)”, (07/05/11). “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 113, 11/10/19). “Spacefall: A Blakes 7 Podcast”, (ep 4, 04/04/18) (ep 5, 03/05/18) (ep 6, 08/05/18) (ep 7, 17/05/18)(ep 8, 31/05/18). “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 162, 04/10/19). “Strange Times”, (ep 318, 05/10/19). “The All New Angelos And Barry Podcast”, (11/10/19). “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (07/10/19). “Morrissey”, “Radiohead”, “Ash”, “The Stone Roses”, “Elbow”, “Muse”, “Hairspray (Original Stage Soundtrack)”, “Theme from Blakes 7 (Dudley Simpson)”, “The Chemical Brothers”, “Underworld”, “Portishead”.

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Week 276, Saturday 28th Sept until Friday 4th October 2019.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East, North East, Central, South West London. West Sussex (inc Crawley), Essex (inc Basildon) and Surrey (The NEXT Chapter).

Week 276 Saturday 28th September until Friday 4thOctober 2019.

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In 1979 The Boomtown Rats realised the classic “I Don’t Like Mondays” never has a truer phrase been uttered (in my opinion).  Monday this week (30th September) will always remembered for all the wrong reasons.  The following is how the day deteriorated!

20191005_223326 “This little girl always makes me smile”.

Early morning the District line was suspended between West Ham and Whitechapel due to a scumbag stealing cabling in the Bow area.  There action resulted in a major signal failure causing tens of thousands of commuters and including myself wishing they had stayed in bed (not all together, that would just be smutty).

20190929_15564320190930_172612 “Hanging around in North East London”.

The journey to West Ham normally take 20 mins, that morning it took over an hour of stopping and starting.  The whole journey I stood in a packed carriage with a school child constantly bumping into me.  Seriously I didn’t blame the child for being annoying, there was only one person responsible, the thief that stole the cabling.

20190930_092225 “Its one slow step at a time”.

At West Ham things got worse as a few hundred unhappy people (from a couple of trains, with more arriving regularly) shuffling along the wet platform like Empire penguins.  This torture was made worse when a man pulled out his e-cigarette and started to breathe out huge clouds of vapor.  A number of very frustrated already angry people (inc me) looked on disapprovingly, but of course no one said anything!  I bet I wasn’t the only person who hoped he might trip on the wet stairs leaving the e-cig wedged in his throat.  By the way I did reach work extremely late (I was beyond caring) feeling like i had already completed a full day’s work!

20190930_194458 “I really was at breaking point when this was taken”.

Going home was a little slow, but more normal than the morning until I arrived at Barking and discovered that nothing at that time was running further down the line.  After waiting far too long, I decided to get a bus “because there’s plenty of them!”.  For the next hour I stood under a leaky bus shelter while the electronic timetable continually lied stating that the next bus (that I could use) was “due”, none of them arrived!  During this time I felt so desperate that I considered walking the 40 mins home in the rain.  However after returning to the station because of frustration, I managed to get a tube.  Once I arrived home it had taken a total of three and a half hours to travel across town.

20191001_102527.jpg “My view on Tuesday from bed”.

I have never been a Monday fan, it really is a terrible excuse for a 24 hour period.  For me last Monday will be remembered as one of my worst days ever!  Life really shouldn’t be this difficult living in a major capital city.  By the way I was so upset and depressed on Tuesday, that i didn’t go to work.  Only getting out of bed at five pm to travel to a meeting in Stratford, which then got cancelled.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

20191004_11291320191004_112846 “I love Jodie, I  love this shirt”.

There must have been a group memo that I missed, because so many people have changed their wardrobe this last week.  Not there bedroom furniture, I mean there clothes.  The slight change in temperatures is a cue that autumn has started.  As a result people have started to wear a number of layers.

20190928_14032720190928_140306 “Making new friends”.

Meanwhile I’m still walking around as if its May or June.  I’m very lucky (or cursed) because generally I don’t feel the cold.  Due to not wanting to stand out, I have had to slightly change what I am wearing.  T-shirts are the new norm instead of vest tops, as well as carrying a fleece only wearing it when I really have to!  In a few weeks I’ll unpack the tights (this won’t be for a couple of weeks I suspect).  I realise that I shouldn’t care what others think I just want to blend into the background and not be noticed.  If this can be achieved with a fleece and tights (don’t worry I’ll be wearing other clothes, promise) then that’s good.

20191003_18435820191003_182449 “A beautiful evening meal in central London”.

And Finally……

Driving my nephew and niece travelling at the correct speed limit.  My nephew shouted that we were going as fast as a lawn mower.  He’s only five; and has a bright future in comedy.

20191004_11284020191004_134640Screenshot_20191005-231723_Facebook “Lunge, Calamity and Shuffle back together”.

My niece pulled away as I went to kiss her, saying I smelt!  Giggling slightly embarrassed I laughed, as far as I knew I didn’t!  Later my friend said as I leaned over to tell her something “you really smell of garlic!”.  That’s what Anoodle must have been referring to (at least I hope that’s what she meant).

20191003_152325 “I am always happy to bump in to my first love”.

It was the return of Ariel Yoga last weekend, so lovely seeing Richard (the instructor) again. And great to be hanging upside down in the sling for five mins of the two hour session.

20191003_20063020191003_155306 “We loved Fleabag”.

Oh!…….

20191003_214050 “Cake, and wine, whats not to like”.

This last week I completed another orbit around the sun.  Apart from dodgy knees, a bad back (now and then) and a clicky fingers i don’t feel 51.  I feel 80!

20191006_021959.jpg “No wonder this shiz is so late,  i’m watching to many progs about cake”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

BBC World Service: The Lazy Person (with Lucy Gransbury)”, (TX: 16/04/18).  “Blakes 7”, (S1, ep 2 to ep 3).  “Carmen Santiego”, (S1, ep 1).  “Click”, (28/09/19).  “Criminal (Germany)”, (S1, ep 1 & ep 2).  “Defending the Guilty”, (S1, ep 1).  “Dexter”, (S5, ep 9 to ep 12)(S6, ep 1 to ep 8).  “Disenchantment”, (S2, ep 3 & ep 7).  “Fear The Walking Dead”, (S5, ep 16).  “Fleabag (National Theatre Live)”, (2019).  “How to Act Masterclass: Wine Drinking (with Lucy Gransbury)”, (TX: 11/01/19).  “Judy”, (2019).  “Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King”, (2003).  “Lucy And D.i.C Couch Time: The Slow Game”, (TX: 02/10/19).  “Not Going Out”, (S6, ep 8).  “Pandora”, (S1, ep 12 & ep 13).  “Space 1999”, (S2, ep 18 & ep 19).  “Star Trek: Original Series”, (S1, ep 28)“Strictly Come Dancing”, (S17, ep 2, TX: 28/09/19).  “The Apprentice”, (S15, ep 1, TX: 02/10/19).  “The Apprentice: Honest Subtitles”, (S5, ep 1, TX: 02/10/19).  “The Apprentice: You’re Fired”, (S14, ep 1, TX: 02/10/19).  “The Graham Norton Show”, (S26, ep 1, TX: 27/09/19).  “The Great British Bake Off”, (S3 (S10), ep 6, TX: 01/10/19).  “The Great British Bake Off; An Extra Slice”, (S3 (S6), ep 6, TX: 04/10/19).  “The Great Model Railway Challenge”, (S2, ep 4, TX: 04/10/19).  “The Lion King”, (2019).  “The Mash Report”, (S3, ep 5, TX: 03/10/19).  “The Walking Dead”, (S10, ep 1).  “Top Gear”, (S6, ep 10, TX: 31/07/05).  “Van Helsing”, (S4, ep 1).             

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“30 Animals That Made Us Smarter (BBC World Service)”, (S1, ep 28, 30/09/19).    “Apollo 11 Legacies (WHNT19 News Podcast)”, (ep 11, 19/07/19) (ep 12, 31/07/19) (ep 13, 14/08/19) (ep 15, 12/09/19).  “Brian And Roger”, (S3, ep 6, 02/10)(ep 7, 04/10/19).  “Buffy Speak”, (S2, ep 1, 26/06/16) (ep 2, 04/07/16) (ep 3, 10/07/16) (ep 4, 17/07/16).  “Goodies Podcast”, (ep 1, 15/01/10) (ep 65, 13/08/11) (ep 66, 19/08/11).  “Griefcast”, (ep 98, 02/10/19).  “Iain Lee (Highlights)”, (27/09, 30/09, 01/10, 02/10/19).  “LBC Podcast: Mystery Hour”, (03/10/19).  “LBC Podcast: Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (28/09, 04/10/19).  “NASA: Gravity Assist”, (27/09/19).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 112, 04/10/19).  “Rule Of Three”, (21/06/19).  “Spacefall: A Blakes 7 Podcast”, (ep 0, 20/02/18) (ep 1, 21/02/18) (ep 2, 07/03/17) (ep 3, 21/03/17).  “Space Rocket History Archive”, (ep 20, 17/10/17) (ep 21 to ep 23, 08/11/17) (ep 24 & ep 25, 22/11/17).  “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 161, 27/09/19).  “The All New Angelos And Barry Podcast”, (02/10/19).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 102, 04/10/19).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (30/09/19).  “The Rabbit Hole”, (ep 90, 30/09/19).  “The Sitcom Club”, (ep 65: The Goodies at LWT, 09/07/15).  “Morrissey”,  “Echo And The Bunnymen”, “Blur”,  “Stereophonics”, “Monaco”, “Blondie”, “The Killers”, “Biffy Clyro”, “The Artic Monkeys”, “No Doubt”, “Simple Minds”, “Pulp”, “Ultravox”, “Jet”, “Talking Heads”, “It Bites”, “The Boomtown Rats”, “Journey”, “Johnny Vaughan (Radio X)”.

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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