Week 365, Saturday 12th until Friday 18th June 2021.

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

Week 365, Saturday 12th until Friday 18th June 2021.

Another week, another trip into the capital.  The reason for this visit, apart from walking around the gardens of Regents Park, a drink in a fave pub was to see an evening performance of Les Miserables: Staged Concert.  This performance has been a long time coming, my friend booked tickets in January this year, which got bumped to March and then moved to last Saturday.  Sadly none of the actors we were originally supposed to see were in the show now.  A staged concert is not the full bells and whistle performance you would normally see with multiple set.  The actors are in full costume and when not performing they tended to be off stage.  The set is striped back and basic, the orchestra was smaller than normal I wondered if some instruments were pre-recorded.

These last 15 months the Arts have suffered terribly, it was so nice to be sat in a theatre watching a live performance.  Though I was glad not to be in the front row because of the litres of spit from a couple of actors singing with full emotion.  Whenever I see a show, I am always in awe of the talent on stage.  In the programme it mentioned what members of this cast had been doing while theatres were dark.  This made me admire them and their performance even more.

“During the interval”.

After the excitement of the show, we were brought down to earth by London’s public transport system.  Getting home was difficult, train delays, cancellations and engineering works meant that the journey home took twice as long as it should.  This didn’t spoil what had been a lovely day in town with my best friend and a great evening of entertainment in one of world’s most exciting cites**.

** If you know a more exciting city, please do not send me a post card at the usual address.  The mail box has been sealed up.

“The only way to enjoy London’s transport system at night”.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

We are constantly being told, we need to recycle more and more to help our suffering choking planet.  Like a lot of people, I try to do my bit.  In the back of the car (I know driving is not helping the planet, but I can’t do everything) is a bag full of bottles, jars and other glass that need to be disposed of.  Normally I trot merrily down to the local glass recycling collection point.  But my part of London appears to not be bothered about saving the planet these days as all the usual glass recycling containers have disappeared.  One has been replaced with one that states clearly “Brown” glass only, which I don’t have.  This week I even drove slowly around a couple of huge supermarkets carparks, looking for a recycling area.  Nothing was found.

“The contents will be overflowing very soon”.

Recently I have brought the bag which gets fuller every day home 3 times.  If the neighbours have notices I wonder what there thinking (“Doris*, that strange women next door has returned with the same full bag of grass for the third time.  It’s very sad what lockdown has done to some people.  Should we contact Social Services”.  *A made-up neighbour’s name).  I am due to visit my sister (by the time this is published) I might take the bag for a trip round the M25 and see if I can dispose of the glass in her area.  I bet they care about the environment.  I really am trying to do my part in saving our delicate ball of rock that we call home.  I bet David Attenborough or Greta Thunburg don’t have problems like this.

“Its more engineering than gardening”.

By the way, I know I could have emptied the bag at the local dump a couple of weeks ago. Unfortunately I stupidly forgot it; lesson learned.

“Sooty checking out the new feeder”,

And Finally……

“This lovely family spotted in Regents Park”.

At the end of a call, the woman (because of what I do I find it tough to say customer) I had been speaking to for 10 minutes called me “Kind” and “Very helpful”.  Once I put the phone down, I laughed out loud, she really doesn’t know me.  The last couple of years I have noticed more and more that I am morphing into a colleague I used to work with. They were a nice person, but could be very grumpy.  I am becoming them.

“Could I get a top up, please”.

Television quote of the week

Person one “There’s nothing more satisfying than a lovely even flange”.

Person two “If I’m going to have a flange I’d like it to be even”.

It’s not funny, but the word Flange is never not amusing.

“I was enjoying myself while at lunch, honest”.
“Its not a great pic I know. But it had to be taken”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have watched:

BBC Archive: Nationwide: Ian Dury, TX: 10/08/1979”, (Facebook)(10/08/20).  “BBC Archive: Wogan: Rik Mayall: TX: 27/10/1984 , (Facebook)(29/10/20).  “Brian Cox’s Adventures In Space And Time”, (S1, ep 3, 13/06/21).  “Click”, (TX: 12/06/21).  “Colony”, (S2, ep 1 & ep 2).  “Farscape”, (S4, ep 12 & ep 13).  “Fringe”, (S4, ep 1 to ep 7).  “Gardeners World”, (2021: ep 8, TX: 07/05/21).  “ISS Spacewalks“, (NASA TV)(TX: 16/06/21). “Inside No. 9”, (S6, ep 6).  “Intelligence”, (S2, ep 6).  “Intergalactic”, (S1, ep 8).  “Notting Hill”, (1999).  “Paddington 2”, (2017).  “Pandora”, (S2, ep 7).  “Raya And The Last Dragon”, (2021).  “Springwatch 2021”, (ep 12, TX: 11/06/21).  “Star Trek (Original Series)”, (S2, ep 21).  “That’s So…1994”, (TX: 01/04/16).  “The Great British Sewing Bee”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 02/04/13)(ep 2, TX: 09/04/13)(ep3 TX: 16/04/13)(ep 4, TX23/04/13)(Crimbum Special, TX: 19/12/13)(S2, ep 1, 18/02/14)(ep 2, TX: 25/02/14(ep 3, TX: 03/03/14)(ep 4, TX: 11/03/14)(ep 5, TX: 18/03/14)(ep 6, TX: 25/03/14)(S7, ep 10, TX: 16/06/21).  “The Last Leg”, (S22, ep 2, TX: 11/06/21).  “The Sky At Night”, (13/06/21). “Us Again”, (2021).  “Van Helsing”, (S2, ep 6 & ep 7).  “Z Nation”, (S5, ep 6 to ep 8).

Live on stage:

“Les Miserables: Staged Concert”, (Sondhiem Theatre London, 12/06/21).

This week I have listening to:

“Betamax Video Club”, (ep 83, 10/12/20).  “Coronavirus Global Update”, (BBC World Service)(12/06/21(13/06/21(14/06/21(15/06/21)(16/06/21)(17/06/21)(18/06/21).  “Doctor Who”, (The Incomparable/TeeVee)(S10, ep 8, 04/06/17).  “Farscape”, (TeeVee)(16/06/21). “Game Of Thrones”, (TeeVee)(S6,ep 4, 16/05/16).  “Griefcast”, (ep 145, 09/06/21(ep 146, 16/06/21).  “Lazy Doctor Who”, (ep 217 ,13/06/21).  “Makes Art Will Travel”, (ep 4, 17/021)(ep 5, 24/02/21).  “Mystery Hour”, (17/11/21).  “NASA: Gravity Assist”, (18/06/21).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 199, 11/06/21)(ep 200, 18/06/21). “Nick Abbot Whole Show”, (11/06/21) (12/06/21) (13/06/21)(18/06/21).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (S2, ep 42 (ep ) 15/06/21).  “Space Boffins”, (14/06/21).  “Space Soliders Podcast – Flash Gordon”, (Chapter Thirteen “Rocketing To Earth”, 05/06/22).  “Space Soliders Podcast – Flash Gordon’s Trip To Mars”, (Chapter One, “New Worlds To Conquer”, 12/06/21).  “The Audio Guide To Babylon 5”, (ep 33, 09/08/15).  “The Friendship Onion”, (S1, ep 5, 15/06/21).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (14/06/21).  “The Old Doctor Who Show”, (ep 113, 16/06/21).  “Smersh Pod”, (05/01/18).  “The Skewer”, (S4, ep 3, 16/06/21).  “The Space Above Us”, (039, 21/09/17) (040, 05/10/17)(041, 19/010/17)(042, 02/11/17(043, 16/11/17)(Supplemental 5, 09/09/19).  “This Week In Time Travel”, (07/06/17).  “Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels – Happy Times And Places”, (16.4, “The Robots Of Death”, 14/06/21)(17.1, “Dragonfire”, 18/06/21). “WTB”, (S2, ep 17 (ep 41) 18/06/21).  “What’s Your Problem With Nick Abbot And Carol Mcgiffin “, (14/06/21).  “Wolf And Owl”, (S1, ep 28, 16/06/21)(Bonus #17, 18/06/21).

Songs I enjoyed this week, were by:

“Morrissey”, “Bjork”, “Culture Club”, “Elbow”, “Foals”, “Groove Armada”, “Ian Dury And The Blockheads”, “Howard Jones”, “Kylie Minogue”, “Madness”, “Mazzy Star”, “Noel Gallaghers High Flying Birds”, “Oaisis”, “Pet Shop Boys”, “Pulp”, “Prince”, Shed Seven”, “Soft Cell”, “Supergrass”, “The Killers”, “The Long Pigs”, “We’ve Got A Fuzzbox And We’re Gonna Use It!!”, “Wolf Alice”, “Youssou N’Dour, ft Neneh Cherry”.

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Week 364, Saturday 5th until Friday 11th June 2021.

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

Week 364, Saturday 5th until Friday 11th June 2021.

This week I had a few days off and went away with family, some of them I haven’t seen in person for a very long time.  Because of this I am just going to post a few pics.  Next Week will be back to normal with all the usual moaning.

“Lovely seeing mum and Hel”.
“It was a lovely surprise to see my brother, who appeared for a few minutes”.
“Pulled over to look at the paper map. Yes i still use paper”.
“Lovely to be back after nearly a year”.
“This brekkie was not all for me, honest”.
“Thanks Tim for taking this pic, hope you got some brekkie as well”.
“SAZ was standing behind the hot tub”.
“I had a short nap after this”.
“A lovely place to have a nap”.
“A lovely Daddy and little ones moment”.
“Just a beautiful site”.
“In the Waffle shop”.
“All mine, I didn’t share”.
“Followed a Pied Wagtail”.
“And a Black Bird”.
“And a gorgeous Moth”.
“What a stunning snail”.
“Look forward to seeing you all again very soon”.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

“In the garden looking up”.
“How beautiful is an eclipse, even a partial one”.

And Finally……

“One last pic, with the Family Stick. We found this last year, and hide it before we left. The same stick was still in the place we hide it in. It has been hidden away again, hoping that we find it during our next visit.. We

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have watched:

“BBC Radio 2 – And Just Like That, Ken Is Back”, (Facebook)(TX: 01/06/21).  “Brian Cox’s Adventures In Space And Time”, (s1, ep 2, 06/04/21).  “Breeders”, (s2, ep 3 to ep 10).  “Building Britain’s Biggest Nuclear Power Station”, (S1, ep 2, TX: 09/06/21). “Click”, (TX: 05/06/21).  “Colony”, (S1, ep 9 & ep 10).  “Farscape”, (S4, ep 11)“Inside no. 9”, (S6, ep 5).  “Intelligence”, (S2, ep 1 to ep 5)“Intergalactic”, (S1, ep 7).  “It’s Gone Viral -Taking A Selfie Every Day For Eight Years”, (Facebook)(TX: 06/11/20). “Paul O’Grady: 25 Years Of Sweet And Savage”, (23/06/17).  “Ragnarok”, (S2, ep 3). “Randle And Hopkirk Deceased”, (1969/70)(s1, ep 15).  “Springwatch 2021”, (ep 9, 08/06/21(ep 10, 09/06/21)(ep 11, TX: 10/06/21)(ep 12, TX: 11/06/21).  “Star Trek”, (Original Series)(S2, ep 20).  “Taskmaster”, (S4, ep 5, 23/05/17).  “Taskmaster Champion Of Champions”, (Pt 1, TX: 13/12/17).  “The Great British Sewing Bee”, (S7, ep 9, TX: 09/06/21).  “The Man In The High Castle”, (S1, ep 8).  “Top Gear” (S20, ep 1, 30/06/13). “Top Gear Africa Special”, (Pt 1, TX: 03/03/13).  “Wonder Woman 1984”, (2020).  “Yes Day”, (2021).  “Van Helsing”, (S2, ep 5).  “Z Nation”, (S5, ep 2 to ep 5).

This week I have listening to:

“Anglophilia”, (s2, ep 5, 13/11/18).  “Coronavirus Global Update”, (BBC World Service) (05/06/21)(06/06/21)(07/06/21)(08/06/21)(09/06/21)(10/06/21)(11/06/21). “Griefcast“, (ep 143, 02/06/21).  “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buddha”, (ep 39, 09/06/21).  “Lazy Doctor Who”, (ep 214, 06/06/21).  “Mystery Hour”, (10/06/21).  “NASA: Gravity Assist”, (11/06/21).  “Nick Abbot Whole Show”, (05/06/21)(06/06/21).  “Rob Beckett and Josh Widdecombe’s Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (S2, ep 40 (ep 110 ), 08/06/21)(ep 41 (ep 111), 11/06/21.  “Smersh Pod” (08/12/17).  “The Audio Guide To Babylon 5”, (S2 ep (ep 32), 26/07/15).  “The Friendship Onion”, (S1, ep 3, 01/06/21).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (07/06/21).  “The Skewer”, (BBC radio 4/Sounds)(S4, ep 2, 09/06/21).  “The Space Above Us”, (026, 23/03/17)(027, 06/04/17)(028, 20/04/17)(029, 04/05/17)(030, 18/05/17)(031, 01/0617)(032, 15/06/17)(033, 29/06/17)(034, 13/07/17)(035, 27/07/17)(036, 10/08/17)(037, 24/08/17)(038, 07/09/17)(Supplemental 4, 20/09/17).  “This Week In Time Travel”, (30/05/17).  “Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels- Happy Times And Places”, (16.3, “The Robots Of Death”, 11/06/21).  “WTB”, (S2, ep 18 (ep 40), 11/06/21).  “Wolf And Owl”, (ep 27, 09/06/21) (Bonus #16, 11/06/21).  “What’s Your Problem With Nick Abbot And Carol Mcgiffin”, (08/06/21).

Songs I enjoyed this week, were by:

“Morrissey”,  “Boston”,  “Coldplay”,  “Death In Vegas”,  “Embrace”,  “Enigma”,  “Glasvegas”, “Guns N Roses”,  “Hole”,  “Reef”,  “Sophie B Hawkins”,  “Space”,  “T-Rex”,  “The Boo Radleys”,  “The Ting Tings”,  “The Wannadies”,  “Wings.   

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Week 363, Saturday 29th May until Friday 4th June 2021.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East, North and Central London & Northamptonshire.

Week 363, Saturday 29th May until Friday 4th June 2021.

Bank holiday weekend last weekend, I went into the capital more than I have in the last 15 months.  In the old days I travelled on public transport twice a day to get to and from work on a number of tubes and trains.  Last weekend on both visits I travelled on a lot of different types of transport.  My friend and I really were excited to be back in London.

“Ding, ding. On the top deck of a bus”.

Part of the fun of course was we were not rushing to work concerned about being late.  The weather was very hot, we were relaxed with nothing was planned.

“Brekkie”.

Highlights of these visits include visiting Hampstead Heath.  First popping in to a lovely café/bakery for brekkie, then just roaming around on the heath lost trying to find Kenwood House (it happens every time).  Walking around St John’s Wood, wondering how much the houses cost and who lived behind the huge gates.  Travelling on the top deck of a bus and passing the world’s most famous zebra crossing at Abbey Road.  Oh, eating cake and drinking coffee in a very small cafe we like to visit in Baker Street.  And enjoying roses in Regents Park.

It really was a lovely couple of visits into town.  I’m not planning on it again soon, maybe that’s the future for me, this is how I will enjoy a city I have never really been a big fan of.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

“We found Kenwood House”.

As I have already mentioned last weekend was an extremely warm, sunny bank holiday.  Due to the recent unlocking I thought that most people would probably have made their way to the beach to sup a cold drinks, lick ice cream and end the day with sore red peeling skin.  Not being a sun worshipper I decided to something different, visit the local dump.  Over the last year of various lockdowns my friend (who I live with) and I have gathered a number of things that we really didn’t need any more.  What better way to spend a bank weekend than going to the tip.

“Primrose Hill was busy”.

I was very wrong; it would seem certainly that people all around my local area also had a lot to dispose of.  The queue outside the dump was long, remember this was the hottest day of the year, the last thing I expected or wanted was a stop/start traffic jam just to so my duty to throw away rubbish away in a responsible way.

“Who lives in a house like this?”.

Just to get the gates took about 15 minutes, of course I considered doing a U-turn, but couldn’t face having to bring the rubbish back on another occasion.  As I steered the vehicle between the gates a man appeared wearing Hi-Viz shouting about how he was going to close the gates, due to the number of cars waiting within the centre (this included us) who still had a wait in a long queue to reach the actual recycling centre.  I could tell that a number of drivers stuck on the road were far from happy from the shouting and the honking of horns.  This was when my friend and I found out that there was only 45 minutes left until the centre closed; no wonder they were locking the gates early.

“Loving the redesign of the Ginger Line”.

Finally I turned into the actual centre, normally when visiting I have to find the right section to throw different materials in so that the rubbish can be sorted.  But that day the staff were just telling everyone to throw everything on to a mountain in the general waste area.  It looks like nothing that afternoon would be sadly recycled.  It was then I noticed that only 3 cars got in behind us before the gates had been locked.

“I really wanted to dive in to the canal”.

That bank holiday Sunday is one I won’t forget in a hurry.  Next time my friend says “let’s visit the tip”, I will drive her in the opposite direction and head for the nearest beach 32 miles away.  Thinking about this, it would have been quicker to drive that distance than go to the dump 4 miles away.  What a strange way to spend a Sunday.  

“Next time, I will get off and crossing the Zebra crossing”.

Next week read about my return to Tuddenham Mill with members of the family.  This trip has been canx twice (Oct 20 and Jan 21) due to “you know what”.  Its finally happening, you can read all about it in next weeks So-Called Blog.

And Finally……

Overheard a man talking about how he woke up recently and was shocked by his reflection, because he looked like a cat.  I was tempted to ask if I could come to his next party.

“Its not neat, but I enjoy cutting the grass”.

At Kenwood House, I heard staff talking on the radios saying “Echo 1 to Echo 2”.  I wonder if they were Empire Strikes Back fans.

“I think this is Pudsey. Deffo not a Banksie”.

When a large bumble bee flew in lost through the open French windows while home working, my friend vacated the room quicker than a bad smell.  Don’t panic, I carefully helped it find its way back into the garden.

“Trust me, it was big. But not this big”.

Due to the extreme heat this week, I left a bowl of cool water outside for all the cats that visit the garden.

“It was great eating more cake”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have watched:

“Breeders”, (S2, ep 1 & ep 2).  “Building Britain’s Biggest Nuclear Power Station”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 02/06/21).  “Brian Cox’s Adventures In Time And Space”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 30/05/21).  “Click”, (TX: 29/05/21).  “Colony”, (S1, ep 8).  “Frasier”, (S4, ep 5).  “Friends”, (S9, ep 23). “Gardeners Worlds”, (2021, ep 5, TX: 16/04/21)(ep 6, TX: 23/04/21)(ep 7, TX: 30/04/21).  “Have I Got News For You”, (S61, ep 9, TX: 04/06/21).  “Hellraiser”, (1987).  “Inside Chernobyl’s Mega Tomb”, (TX: 21/12/16).  “Inside No. 9”, (S6, ep 4).  “Intergalactic”, (S1, ep 6).  “Ragnarok”, (S2, ep 2).  “Springwatch 2021”, (ep 5, TX: 01/06/21(ep 6, TX: 02/06/21)(ep 7, TX: 03/06/21(ep 8, 04/06/21).  “Stargate Atlantis”, (S1, ep 17 to ep 19).  “Star Trek (Original Series)”, (S2, ep 18 & ep 19).  “Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens”, (2015).  “Star Wars: Episode VIII: The Last Jedi”, (2017).  “Star Wars: Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker”, (2019).  “Star Wars Vintage: The Story Of The Faithful Wookie”, (1978).  “The Count Of Monte Cristo”, (S1, ep 2 to ep 4).  “The Great British Sewing Bee“, (S7,ep 8, TX: 02/06/21).  “The Last Leg”, (S22, ep 1, TX: 04/06/21).  “The Masked Dancer (UK)”, (S1, ep 1, 29/05/21).  “The Nevers”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 3).  “This Time With Alan Partridge”, (S2, ep 6). “Van Helsing”, (S2, ep 4).  “We are Lady Parts”, (S1, ep 5 & ep 6).  “Z Nation”, (S5, ep 1).

This week I have listening to:

“Anglophilia”, (S2, ep 4, 06/11/18).  “Betamax Video Club”, (ep 68, 13/05/20).  “Box Of Delights”, (S1, ep 22, 01/11/19)(ep 23, 05/11/19)(ep 24, 08/11/19)(ep 25, 12/11/19).  “Coronavirus Global Update”, (BBC World Service) (29/05/21)(30/05/21) (31/05/21)(01/06/21)(02/06/21)(03/06/21)(04/06/21).  “Doctor Who”, (TeeVee)(The Incomparable)(S10, ep 6, 21/05/17)(ep 7, 28/05/17).  “Game Of Thrones”, (TeeVee)(S6, ep 2, 02/05/16)(ep 3, 09/05/16).  “Griefcast”, (ep 143, 02/056/21).  “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buddha”, (ep 38, 02/06/21).  “NASA: Gravity Assist”, (04/06/21).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 198, 04/06/21).   “Nick Abbot Whole Show”, (29/05/21)(30/05/21) (04/06/21).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (S2, ep 38 (ep 109) 01/06/21)(ep 39 (ep 110) 04/06/21).  “Something Who”, (ep 7, 12/12/19)(ep 8, 19/12/19).  “Space Soliders Podcast”, (Chapter Twelve, “Trapped In The Turret”, 29/06/21).   “The Audio Guide To Babylon 5”, (ep 31, 12/07/15).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (02/06/21).  “The Skewer”, (BBC Radio 4/Sounds)(S4, ep 1, 02/06/21).  “ The Space Above Us”, (012, 08/09/16)(013, 22/09/16)(014, 06/10/16)(015, 20/10/16)(016, 03/11/16) (017, 17/11/16)(018, 01/12/16)(019, 15/12/16)(020, 29/12/16)(021, 12/01/17)(022, 26/01/17)(023, 09/02/17)(024, 23/02/17)(025, 09/03/17).  “The Supermassive Podcast”, (ep 17, 28/05/21).  “This Week In Time Travel”, (23/05/17).  “Taby Hadoke’s Time Travel’s – Happy Times And Places”, (16.1, “Robots Of Death”).   “Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels – Indefinable Magic”, (1.7, 31/05/21).  “WTB”, (S2, ep 17 (ep 39) 04/06/21).  “What’s Your Problem With Nick Abbot And Carol Mcgiffin”, (31/05/21).  “Wolf And Owl“, (02/06/21).

Songs I enjoyed this week, were by:

“Morrissey”,  Elastica”,  “Gene”,  “Hole”,  “Keane”,   “Norman Greenbaum”,  “Panic! At The Disco”,  “Shed Seven”,  “Simple Minds”,  “Space”,  “The Dandy Warhols”,  “The White Stripes”.    

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Week 362, Saturday 22nd until Friday 28th May 2021.

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

Week 362, Saturday 22nd until 28th Friday May 2021.

Let’s start with medical chat.  Happily the foot is better, the Doctor has signed me off and told me to be careful while tap dancing (that’s a joke, I don’t tap dance since I fell in to the sink.  Boom boom!!).  As I expected he didn’t want the crutches or boot back, I am now looking for a good home to donate them to.  I had another X-ray on my back, recently I have had so many X-rays that I would probably glow in the dark or if connected to the National Grid power a small village because of all the radiation that this lardy sack of a body has soaked up.

“I have started to sit outside at lunch time”.

Last weekend I had my second jab, which means in a couple of weeks I will be able to resume licking lamp posts and handrails like I used to pre March 2020.  I can report that at the time of writing Bill Gates hasn’t started to give me instructions, I am still fully in control of this body.  As with the first jab it was very quick, in and out without any faff.  It was outside the temporary vaccination centre my friend shouted “where’s your bag?”

“Only 30 of 130 commemorative coins celebrating DWAS 45th anniversary come boxed and signed by the 6th Doctor Colin Baker. I am number 24″.

Within a minute I was back at the entrance speaking to the lady volunteer who was also wearing a “Doctor Who” facemask (it was because of my DW mask that she remembered me).  I knew the booth number I was injected in and the location of the seat my lardy behind sat in briefly.  A couple of minutes later she reappears, but empty handed.  All the staff were extremely helpful and allowed me to quickly have a look inside for myself, absolutely nothing could be seen.  The helpful volunteer noted my contact info just in case the bag with all my belongings was found.  

“The Tommy plants are doing well, only 4 more need to show for a full house”.

After the high of the second jab, I felt totally deflated with worry about having to cancel cards, get new keys cut and replace everything stuffed in the bag.  This was when my friend said, “you didn’t leave it in the car, did you?”  I thought of course not, my bag is always with me.  You guessed it, I am a total chump, on the backseat was the precious satchel.  This was when I wondered if I should go back and tell the nice lady in the “Doctor Who” mask that everything was ok.  No, we drove off and went straight home.  Luckily she didn’t ring that evening, it really would have been so embarrassing.  Life lesson learned, check the back seat before locking the car.

“My fave people in Surrey”.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

“This really was a good pint”.

Last weekend I was able to visit Surrey for the first time this year, to visit my sister and family.  It’s been so long since I saw them; I had bags of B’day and Crimbum prezzie for the little ones.  Within a couple of minutes my sisters tidy living room was full of shredded wrapping paper looking like a recycling centre, all I could do was apologies and tidy up as quickly as possible.

“Being very socially distanced”.

I had great fun taking the children out, but not together, not because they don’t get on, but due to them being busy socialites who play sport and have friends.  The youngest spent the night at a friend’s; this meant that my niece and I had a lovely evening together taking over my sister’s back room.  The nine year old enjoyed the films she had chosen for us to watch, and shared my Chinese take-a-way.  But I am sure that the highlight of her evening was my introduction of the voting and results section of “The Eurovision Song Contest”.  I seem to remember that I was tortured with the contest for the first time around the same age.  As a responsible aunty I decided it was time she experienced the national yearly disappointment of the UK score.  My next visit now we are unlocked, needs to be Hertfordshire to visit my two nephews.  Of course I will have to sit the oldest down and show him a recording of this year’s results.  Family really is so important.

“This is what happens if you watch Eurovision (the results section only)”.

And Finally……

“It’s moments like this, that keep me sane while working from home”.

During one call this week, a man on the phone said he nearly soiled himself when he received a bill from the organisation I work for.  I may need years of therapy because of that call.  This is a prime example of why working in a call centre (even remotely) is not healthy.

“I would love to spend my afternoon like this”.

I spoke to “The Jackal” (1973, IMDB fans).  The man was far too young to understand the reference.

“I didn’t complain when this happened. In fact it was the best part of the working week”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have watched:

“22 vs Earth”, (2021).  “Bake Off: The Professionals 2021”, (S4, ep 1, TX: 25/05/21).  “Blake’s 7”, (Series A, ep 9).  “Click”, (TX: 22/05/21).  “Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final 2021 (Results Only)”, (TX: 22/05/21).  “Friends”, (S7, ep 14 to ep 18 & ep 22)(S8, ep 5 & ep 12).  “Friends The Reunion”, (TX: 27/05/21).  “Farscape”, (S4, ep 10).  “Fringe”, (S3, ep 14 to ep 22).  “Have I Got News For You”, (S61, ep 8 , TX: 28/05/21).  “Human Universe”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 07/10/14).  “I Was Bored In Lockdown So I Created This Peppa Pig Meme”, (YouTube)(TX: 05/01/21).  “Inside No. 9”, (S6, ep 3).  “Love, Weddings & Other Disasters”, (2020).  “Mike Skipper Coming Out Of Lockdown Quiz”, (Facebook)(TX: 22/05/21).  “Motherland”, (S2, ep 4 to ep 6).  “Peppa Pig Plays Minecraft”, (YouTube)(TX: 19/02/20).  “Pandora”, (S2, ep 6).  “Ragnarok”, (S2, ep 1).  “SOLOS”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 6).  “Sound Waves: The Symphony Of Physics”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 02/03/17(ep 2, TX: 09/03/17).  “Springwatch 2021”, (ep 1, TX: 25/05/21)(ep 2, TX;26/05/21(ep 3, TX: 27/05/21)(ep 4, TX: 28/05/21).  “Stargate Atlantis”, (S1, ep 15 & ep 16).  “Star Trek (Original Series)”, (S2, ep 16 & ep 17).  “Stranger Things”, (S1, ep 2”).  “The Bridge Over The River Kwai”, (1957).  “The Count Of Monte Cristo”, (S1, ep 1).  “The Great British Sewing Bee”, (S7, ep 7, TX: 16/05/21).  “The Man In The High Castle”, (S1, ep 7).  “The Secret Life Of Pets 2” (2019).  “The Thick Of It”, (S2, ep 2 & ep 3).  “This Time With Alan Partridge”, (S2, ep 5).  “Van Helsing”, (S2, ep 1 & ep 2).  “We Are Lady Parts”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 4).  “Z Nation”, (S4, ep 11 & ep 13).

This week I have listening to:

“Anglophilia”, (S2, ep 2, 23/10/18(ep 3, 30/10/18).  “Box Of Delights”, (S1, ep 21, 29/10/19). “Coronavirus Global Update”, (BBC world service) (22/05/21) (23/05/21) (24/05/21)(25/05/21)(26/05/21)(27/05/21)(28/05/21).  “Doctor Who”, (TeeVee/The Incomparable)(15/05/17).  “Game Of Thrones”, (TeeVee) (S6, ep 1, 25/04/16).  “Griefcast”, (ep 143, 26/05/21).  “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buddha “, (ep 37, 26/05/21).  “Make Art Will Travel”, (ep 3, 10/02/21).  “Mystery Hour”, (27/05/21). “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 197, 28/05/21).  “Nick Abbot Whole Show”, (22/05/21)(23/05/21)(28/05/21).  “Space Soliders Podcast”, (Chapter Eleven, “In The Claws Of The Tigron”, 22/05/21).  “Rob Beckett Lockdown Parenting Hell “, (S2, ep 36 (ep 107) 25/05/21)(ep 37 (ep 108) 28/05/21).  “Star Trek Universe Podcast”, (06/12/18).  “The 99p Challenge”, (S3, ep 3, 02/08/2001).  “The Audio Guide To Babylon 5”, (S2, ep   (ep 30) 28/06/15).  “The Friendship Onion”, (S1, ep 2, 25/05/21).  “The Nick Abbot Habit “, (24/05/21).  “The Old Doctor Who Show”, (ep 112, 26/05/21). “The Space Above Us”, (Supplemental 1, 05/05/16)(004, 19/05/16)(Supplemental 2, 19/05/16)(005, 02/06/16)(006, 16/06/16)(007, 30/06/16(008, 14/07/16)(009, 28/07/16(010, 11/08/16)(011, 25/08/16).  “This Week In Time Travel “, (The Incomparable) (16/05/17).  “Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels: Happy Times And Places”, (15.3 Kinda, 26/05/21) (15.4, 28/05/21).  “WTB”, (S2, ep 15 (ep 38) 28/05/21).  “What’s Your Problem With Nick Abbot And Carol Mcgiffin”, (24/05/21).  “Wolf And Owl”, (ep 25, 26/05/21)(Bonus #15, 28/05/21).

Songs I enjoyed this week, were by:

“Morrissey”,  “Athlete”,   “Blur”,  “Erasure“,  “Fleetwood Mac”, “Kasabian”,  “Kate Bush”,  “Manic Street Preachers”,  “Natalie Imbruglia”, “OMD”,  “PJ Harvey”,  “Procol Harum”,  “Sixpence None The Richer “,  “Space”,  “Tasmin Archer”,  “Texas “,  “The B52s,  “Spice Girls”,  “The White Stripes”, The XX”,  “Zoe”.  

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Week 361, Saturday 15th until Friday 21st May 2021.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London.

Week 361, Saturday 15th until Friday 21st May 2021.

Last year a highlight of Lockdown was growing tomatoes and broccoli.  Looking after the plants and harvesting the end result really was an achievement for me.

“The home of 10 Tommy Seeds”.

Recently I sowed 10 tomato seeds, within a few days 8 of them had sprouted above the surface of the soil.  Sadly only 2 have continued to grow, not sure what went wrong they were well fed, watered and I spoke nicely to them every day.  This week I tried again, using the container that successfully was the initial home to 10 seeds before the plants went outside.  I am not superstitious but that container just seemed appropriate to use again.

“It’s rained a lot, but don’t worry this is not the back garden”.

I really want this new batch of seeds to grow, if I could sing I would attempt that for a few minutes each day.  But as I can’t hold a note and as I really want these to thrive, instead of die I won’t subject the seeds to torture like that.  I will speak to them extra nicely though each day, maybe even a couple of times every day if they’re lucky.  Hopefully it’s not too late to sow the broccoli seeds, as they really were a lot of fun to grow; in fact I got 4 to 5 harvest out of those seeds.

“A very wet journey on the bus”.

I have never had Green fingers, if anything good has come out of this pandemic it that so many of us all over the world have discovered the joy of getting dirty in the garden (covered in factor 50, of course in summer.  If it returns!).  I have also started to enjoy watching Gardeners World, a programme I never thought I would enjoy.  This strange time that we are living through really has left long lasting effects.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

I horrified myself this week when I said “Haitch” instead of “Aitch”, working in a call centre I hear this multiple times a day**.  Please don’t think I am a word Nazi, just look at the state of the spelling and grammar in this ramble.  But the way people say “H” (not the one from Steps) does rub me up a little.  I am sure that when I was in school in the 70s and 80s I heard the 8th letter of the alphabet said this way, but only occasionally.  These days it seems to be all the time.

“This beauty was spotted in the garden this week”.

 After putting the caller on hold I turned to my friend who is also homeworking, she later described the look on my face as if I had been drinking unleaded 4 star direct from the pump.  I really think this was the first time I had said the letter like that.  I suppose there’s a first time for everything.  If I can help it I won’t be saying it again, there are standards which need to be maintained.  But at my great age it’s getting more and more difficult.  Maybe it’s easier to just breath out, let the belly hang over the waist line and be like everyone else and rename the letter “H”.

“Another new visitor this week. I wish I was as relaxed as them.”

**By the way if you say Haitch, that’s fine, I hopefully haven’t come across rude.

And Finally……

While a nice man authorised that I was old enough to buy a bottle of drink (There was food as well).  I thought I was being helpful and moved the shopping trolley backwards slightly.  He stopped pressing buttons on the self-check out machine and said, “Mind my crouch”.  Oops!

“I used a Radish in place of a Cherry in a drink. Cherries will be bought very soon”.

The Hamster woke up one afternoon while I was busy on a call.  My friend got him out and into a large clear crate full of sawdust that he can burrow, hide and generally do Hamster things.  Because I was busy and not seen Chewie, when the call ended he was brought over for me to see him.  It’s always lovely to see his constantly twitching nose; it makes a tough day at work feel better.  He was as usual eating something, my friend handed me a small piece of broccoli one of his fave foods.  Without thinking I popped it in my mouth, my friends face instantly changed and had a look of horror on it.  It turns out the vegetable was for the Hamster, I was supposed to feed it to him.  Yes, I stole broccoli from a tiny innocent Hamster, I am a terrible person.  To say I am sorry, I will purchase for him and a friend expensive tickets to his favourite musical in the West End, it the least I could do.

“Yes, I stole from this little baby”.

Word of the week “Futtock”, (a curved piece of wood, found on the inside of a wooden ship).  And not “Fekkik” (which as everyone know can mean, “Stupid arse”.  In the Farscape universe).  I hope that’s clear, if not please send a post card with a Fifty Pound note taped  to the front to the following address,

“Surly you have better things to do with your time than read this carp”

South Sheep Dip Lave

Mogadishu

W12 8QT

“Can you spot the Blue Tit”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have watched:

“60 Minutes: NASA Wasn’t Sure If Perseverance Would Be Able To Slow Itself Down As It Barrelled Towards Mars”, (Facebook)(07/05/21).  “Archive: 1979: Project Apollo: James Burke On Landing The Eagle”, (YouTube)(20/07/20).  “Blake’s 7”, (Series A, ep 8).  “Click”, (TX: 15/05/21).  “Colony”, (S1, ep 7).  “Delia Derbyshire The Myths And The Legendary Tapes”, (TX: 16/05/21).  “Farscape”, (S4, ep 9). “Fringe”, (S3, ep 12 & ep 13).  “Gardeners World”, (2021, ep 2, TX: 26/03/21)(ep 3, TX: 02/04/21)(ep 4, TX: 10/04/21).  “Have I Got News For You”, (S61, ep 7, 21/05/21).  “Inside No. 9”, (S6, ep 2).  “Intergalactic “, (S1, ep 3 to ep 5).  “Mike Skipper Coming Out Of Lockdown Quiz”, (FaceBook)(TX: 15/05/21).  “Pandora”, (S2, ep 4 & ep 5).  “Stargate Atlantis “, (S1, ep 12 to ep 14).  “Star Trek (Original Series)”, (S2, ep 15).  “Star Trek The Next Generation”, (S4, ep 4).  “Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back”, (1980).  “Star Wars Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi”, (1983).  “Taskmaster”, (S11 (S2 on C4) ep 10, 20/05/21).  “The Great British Sewing Bee”, (S7, ep 6, 19/05/21).  “The Man In The High Castle”, (S1, ep 6).  “The Pact”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 6). “V Wars”, (S1, ep 6).  “This Time With Alan Partridge”, (S2, ep 4, 21/05/21).  “Van Helsing “, (S1, ep 10 to 13).  “Z Nation”, (S4, ep 10).  “Zapped”, (S2, ep 3 & ep 4).

Gerry Anderson Watched This Week:

“Space 1999”, (S2, ep 24 TX: 12/11/77)

This week I have listening to:

“13 Minutes To The Moon”, (S1, ep 8, 01/07/19)(ep 9, 08/07/19)(ep 10, 15/07/19(ep 11, 15/07/19).  “Anglophilia”, (S1, ep 6, 16/07/18)(S2, ep 1, 16/10/18).  “Betamax Video Club “, (ep 33, 14/11/18).  “Box Of Delights“, (S1, ep 20, 25/10/19).  “Coronavirus Global Update”, (BBC World Services) (15/05/21) (16/05/21) (17/05/21) (18/05/21) (19/05/21) (20/05/21) (21/05/21).  “Doctor Who”, (TeeVee/The Incomparable) (S10, ep 4, 07/05/17).  “Griefcast”, (ep 142, 19/05/21).  “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buddha”, (ep 36, 19/05/21).  “Makes Art Will Travel”, (S1, ep 2, 03/02/21).  “Mystery Hour”, (20/05/21).  “NASA: Gravity Assist”, (21/05/21).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 196, 21/05/21).  “Nick Abbott Whole Show”, (15/05/21)(16/05/21)(21/05/21).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombes Lockdown Parenting Hell“, (S2, ep 34 (ep 105),18/05/21)(ep 35 (ep 106) 21/05/21).  “Smersh Pod”, (“Dr No”, 31/03/18)(“From Russia With Love”, 01/04/18)(“Goldfinger”, 01/04/18).  “Space Soliders Podcast “, (Chapter Ten, ”The Unseen Peril”, 15/05/21).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (Bonus ep 14/05/21).  “The Audio Guide To Babylon 5”, (S2, ep 7 (ep 29), 14/06/15).  “The Friendship Onion”, (Trailer, 28/04/21)(S1, ep 1, 18/05/21).  “The Nick Abbot Habit “, (17/05/21).  “The Space Above Us”, (001, Intro, 05/05/16)(002, 05/05/16)(003, 05/05/16).  “This Week In Time Travel”, (The Incomparable)(ep 6, 09/05/17).  “Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels – Happy Times And Places” (15.1, “Kinda”, 17/05/21(15.2, 21/05/21).  “WTB”, (S2, ep 15 (ep 37), 21/05/21).  “What’s Your Problem With Nick Abbot And Carol Mcgiffin”, (18/05/21).  “Wolf And Owl”, (ep 24, 19/05/21)(Bonus #14, 21/05/21).

Songs I enjoyed this week, were by:

“Morrissey”,  “Arcade Fore”,  “Cast”,  “Cyndi Lauper”,  “Depeche Mode”, “Embrace”,  “Eurasia”,  “Green Day”,  “Heaven 17”,  “James”,  “Jesus Jones”, “Keane”,  “Kirsty MacColl”,  “Len”,  “Manic Street Preachers”,  “Men Without Hats”,  “Nivana”,  “Pet Shop Boys”,  “Placebo “,  “Pulp”,  “Simple Minds”,  “Smash Mouth”,  “The Cure”,  “The Smiths”,  “The Velvet Underground “,  “Train”.

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Week 360, Saturday 8th until Friday 14th May, 2021.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London.

Week 360, Saturday 8th until Friday 14th May 2021.

This week I visited the hospital again to have my foot looked at. At the entrance there were four queues, one for Covid testing, the second for maternity, the third for general appointments and finally emergencies. My heart sank at the length of queue three, line two and four were a lot shorter. I did wondered if I over inflated my lardy stomach would the security guard take pity on me thinking I was overly preggers, ready to burst and welcome me into the hospital with a smile from behind his mask. Of course I joined queue three and shuffled forward slowly. If this is what it’s like to get in to a hospital, it’s going to be horrible at airports this summer trying to get back in to the country after families have enjoyed their holiday in the Falkland Islands**

If your worried about the foot, it’s doing well, I go back next week and fingers crossed I will be able to return with gratitude the boot and crutches. Towards the end of the appointment I pulled out a large clear empty water bottle that I have repurposed as a sharps container for all the used hypodermic needles that I had to stab myself with. The question of disposed was the first thing I asked when given them, I was told to visit my GP or a Chemist. Both of these and the hospital where I was originally given the medication have turned me away.

As I expected the Doctor at the hospital also didn’t want my present. He did helpfully state that maybe the Red Cross would take them and send them to Africa and I quote “because they don’t have anything”. What I couldn’t work out is did he think the injections were unused, so they might be useful overseas. I had made it clear they were used; I really couldn’t be bothered to try and explain again.

My idea for disposal now is to double or treble bag them and hit them with a hammer. Then wearing thick gardening gloves sift through collect the plastic which could be cleaned and put in the recycling bin. The needles would be collected, taped up and disposed of at a later more suitable date. Or alternatively I could wait until I can visit one of my sisters because she has a number sharps box.

“This scientific scribble is how the Dr described the injury”.

**Seriously this is a location I would love to visit one day.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

There is a beast roaming around at night in this area. I say this as one morning while feeding the birds I discovered that the garden container that the feed is stored in has large scratches indicating that something has tried to get inside. The feed is all in tubs nothing is loose; it’s been like this for over a year.

The guilty party must be one of the regular cats that visit or possibly a fox. TV naturalist Chris Packham would know immediately from the look of the scratches who was guilty, but I suspect he’s busy preparing for Springwatch next week. Nothing has happened since the original incident; I will keep an eye on further damage, and look quizzically at all the neighbours cats I enjoy seeing daily. It’s rare that I see a fox during the day in the garden, there are plenty of them roaming around under cover of dark. Damage like this happens, it can’t be helped it’s more annoying and inconvenient. But this happens when loving and enjoying nature.

As I mentioned last week if you are a Woman who will be 40 on 27 April 2022, then TV documentary director Rachel Tracy really would love to chat about turning this milestone age. All Rachel’s contact info is below.

And Finally……

Flicking through a book about how to gardening in small space. There was a chapter I read initially as “Coronavirus garden”. It actually said “Carnivorous garden”.

While in a well know high street newsagent/bookshop, I overheard an old couple as they passed. The man said “I’ve won £60 on a scratch card. The woman replied “I’m getting half”, after a short pause she said “did you hear me”. Sadly they were out of earshot, so I don’t know if the man responded.

I laughed a lot when my friend said “Tomorrow, I’ll show you my spikey ball“. Don’t worry she was talking about small massage balls that she had ordered.

My friend asked me to trim her hair. Were still talking, maybe that’s the career I could look at doing. Anything’s better than working in the call centre.

“A couple of shiz doodles from this week”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have watched:

“Blake’s 7, (Series A, ep 7).  “Click”, (TX: 08/05/21).  “Colony”, (S1, ep 5).  “Farscape “, (S4, ep 8).  “Fringe”, (S3, ep 4 to ep 11).  “Galloping Guy: BBC Breakfast Time”, (YouTube)(TX: 17/01/84).  “Gardeners world”, (2021: ep 1, TX: 19/03/21).  “Have I Got News For You”, (S61, ep 6, TX: 14/05/21).  “Horizon: 1997-1998: Mir Mortals”, (TX: 23/04/98).  “Horizon: 2016: 17. Cosmic Dawn: The Real Moment Of Creation”, (TX: 09/09/15).  “Horizon: 2017: Mars – A Time Traveller’s Guide, (Edited Highlight)(TX: 12/09/17).  “Inside No. 9”, (S6, ep 1).  “Inside Out”, (2015).  “Ma”, (2019).  “Mamma Mia! The Story Of The World’s Favourite Musical”, (TX: 17/06/18).  “Mike Skipper Coming Out Of Lockdown Quiz”, (Facebook)(TX: 08/05/21).  “Motherland”, (S3, ep 1 to 5). “Pandora”, (S2, ep 1 to ep 3).  “Roald & Bertrix: The Tail Of The Curious Mouse”, (2020).  “Stacey Dooley: Back On The Psych Ward”, (TX: 13/04/21).  “Stargate Atlantis “, (S1, ep 6 to ep 11).  “Star Trek (Original Series)”, (S2, ep 13 & ep 14).  “Star Wars Episode III, Revenge Of The Sith”, (2005).  “Star Wars Episode IV, A New Hope”, (1977).  “Taskmaster”, (s11 (S2 on C4), ep 9, TX: 13/05/21).  “The Great British Sewing Bee “, (S7, ep 5, TX: 12/05/21).  “The Man In The High Castle”, (S1, ep 5).  “The Sky At Night”, (TX: 09/05/21).  “This Time With Alan Partridge “, (S2, ep 3).  “Unforgotten“, (S4, ep 1 to ep 6).  “V Wars”, (S1, ep 6).  “Van Helsing “, (S1, ep 8 & ep 9).

Gerry Anderson Watched This Week:

“Space 1999”, (S2, ep 23, TX: 29/10/78)

This week I have listening to:

“13 Minutes To The Moon”, (BBC World Service)(s1, ep 2, 20/05/19)(ep 3, 27/05/19)(ep 4, 03/06/19)(ep 5, 10/06/19)(ep 6, 17/06/19).  “Betamax Video Club”, (ep 23, 01/08/18).   “Box Of Delights “, (S1, ep 17, 15/10/19)(ep 18, 18/10/19)(ep 19, 22/10/19).  “Coronavirus Global Update “, (BBC World Service)(08/05/21)(09/05/21)(10/05/21) (11/05/21)(12/05/21)(13/05/21)(14/05/21).  “Count Binface Interviewed By Ayesha Hazarika On Times Radio”, (Twitter)(09/05/21).  “Doctor Who”, (TeeVee/The Incomparable)(S10, ep 3, 30/04/17).  “Game Of Thrones”, (TeeVee)(S5, ep 10, 15/06/15). “Griefcast “, (ep 140, 12/05/21).  “Hancock’s Half Hour: The Stolen Petrol”, (BBC Radio 4)(S4, ep 9, 09/12/1956).  “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buddha “, (ep 35, 12/05/21).  “Makes Art Will Travel”, (Trailer, 19/01/21)(S1, ep 1, 27/01/21)(ep 8, 17/03/21)(The Routemaster Results Show, 14/04/21).  “Mystery Hour”, (13/05/21).  “NASA: Gravity Assist“, (14/05/21).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Problem”, (ep 195, 14/05/21).  “Nick Abbot Whole Show”, (08/05/21)(09/05/21)(14/05/21). “Rob Beckett and Josh Widdecombe Lockdown Parenting Hell “, (S2, ep 32 (ep 103) 11/05/21)(ep 33 (ep 104) 14/05/21). “Smersh Pod”, (07/11/17).  “Space Boffins Podcast”, (14/05/21).  “Star Trek Universe Podcast”, (22/11/18)(29/11/18).  “Space Soliders Podcast”, (Chapter Nine, “Fighting The Fire Dragon”, 08/05/21).  “The 99p Challenge “, (S3, ep 2, 26/07/01).  “The Audio Guide To Babylon 5”, (S2, ep 4 (ep 26) 03/05/15)(ep5 (ep 27) 18/05/15).  “The Equal Right Stuff”, (BBC Sounds/World Service(12/04/21).  “The Nick Abbot Habit “, (10/05/21). “This Week In Time Travel”, (02/05/17).  “Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels – Happy Times And Places”, (14.1 “The Eleventh Hour”, 10/05/21).  “WTB”, (S2, ep 14 (ep 36) 14/05/21).  “What’s Your Problem With Nick Abbot And Carol Mcgiffin”, (10/05/21). “Wolf And Owl”, (ep 23, 12/05/21)(Bonus #13, 14/05/21).

Songs I enjoyed this week, were by:

“Morrissey”,  “ABBA”,  “Bastille”,  “Biffy Clyro”,  “Courteeners”,  “Motley Cure”, “Natalie Imbruglia “,  “Queen”,  “The Artic Monkeys”,  ”The Bluetones”,  “The Breeders”,  “The Libertines”,  “The Pet Shop Boys”,  “The Strokes”,  “The XX”,  “Two Door Cinema Club”.

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Week 359, Saturday 1st until Friday 7th May 2021.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London.

Week 359, Saturday 1st until Friday 7th May 2021.

Even though the lockdown here is opening up more and more, I haven’t been out of the house very often.  There are three very simple reasons.  One, I really don’t need to due to home working.  Two, the bad foot just slows me down.  And finally three, over the last 14 or so months I have realised that I just don’t want to go anywhere and be around others.

“Is this classed as a selfie”.

All over the UK this week there were elections, on Thursday I popped out to place my “X” on a ballot paper.  What I have noticed while out and about is how nice people are generally to a temporarily disabled person.  Not only do drivers stop at crossings instead of carrying on, I have had a number of cars slow and stop well before the crossing.  They then wait patiently while I cross a lot slower than normal.  London drivers are really not known for their patients.  Doors have been opened so that I can pass, and have been ushered to the front of queues.  This is the kind of treatment I could get used to.

At the polling station, I was treated like I have never before.  Due to Co-vid the process was slower than normal.  I have never had to queue up outside, but this occasion there was a long line of people all masked clutching their polling cards.  My time in the queue didn’t last long because a polling clerk who was offering a squirt of hand sanitiser to everyone passing the threshold noticed me.  I didn’t really need a seat in the doorway, but didn’t feel I could turn it down.

“The boot has other uses”.

I sat watching each person approach the main desk one at a time.  When it was my turn, I felt like Charlton Heston as Moses because the red sea of voters parted allowing me to hobble over to state my name and address.  My special treatment didn’t end there as a women from behind the desk offered to carry my voting papers, all three of them to the booth.  This I did turn down politely because I could control the crutches and carry the papers at the same time, plus there were a line of people behind all waiting their turn.  Maybe if she had offered a piggy back for the five metre journey then maybe I would have accepted.

“I found this photo while hobbling home. It looks old”

Due to the foot and the above treatment, this is an election I won’t forget.  Another reason is the person (I am not sure they could be called a person.  If you don’t understand, have a look at the London Mayoral Candidates) I wanted to win probably won’t (at the time of writing, no results have been posted).

“I did my duty”.

I visit the hospital next Tuesday, I am hoping that the foot has healed and I am told to go away and never return.  I must remember to take an extra shoe, if they do say the boot can come off for good.  I will need the left shoe to travel home on the bus.  Better write a list so I don’t forget, otherwise things could be difficult.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

Last week I mentioned how I had been contacted by a TV documentary producer/director. This week I had a lovely zoom chat with Rachel Tracy, who has been involved with a number of well-known documentaries such as “Who Dares Wins”, “Hospital”, “One Born Every Minute” and many more, reached out as she had read the blog.  Rachel is making a new documentary about women turning 40 next year (Rachel is celebrating her 40th in 2022).  Even though I am a lot older, I was able to chat about how I felt at that age and beyond.

“Information about contacting Rachel”.

 If you are a lady who will be 40 on 27 April 2022, then get in touch with Rachel, who would really love to chat about this milestone age.  I want to thank Rachel for contacting me and listening to my pointless ramblings.

And Finally……

“It’s a terrible pic, but i wanted to show it off”.

Sent myself an email, because I need to remember something important.  I signed it as if I was writing to someone else, D xx.  What an idiot, I really need a holiday.

“If i had a twin”.

While looking round a local gym, I had to concentrate and be very careful beside the pool.  In my mind I saw myself slipping because of the boot and crutches falling in fully clothed.  I am pleased to announce I remained calm and didn’t become an accident statistic.  A funny story the guide told us, she recently discovered a women lying on a toning table eating from a bag of Doritos.  What I really wanted to know, is what flavour were the tasty snacks.  That’s an exercise programme I could do.

“There was a bird up in the tress, honest”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have watched:

“Breeders”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 10).  “Click”, (TX: 01/05/21).  “Colony”, (s1, ep 4).  “Could You Make A Space Suit From Duct Tape?”, (YouTube)(02/05/21).  “Farscape”, (S4, ep 7).  “Father Ted”, (“A Christmassy Ted”, TX: 24/12/96) (S3, ep 1 to ep 8).  “Fringe”, (S3, ep 1 to ep 3).  “Have I Got News For You”, (S61, ep 5, TX: 07/05/21).  “How Toilet Paper Is Made”, (YouTube)(TX: 27/03/07).  “Intergalactic”, (S1, ep 1 & ep 2).  “Maggie Simpson In The Force Awakens From Its Nap”, (2021).  “Mike Skipper Coming Out Of Lockdown Quiz”, (FaceBook) (TX: 01/05/21).  “Moonbase 8”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 5).  “Nomadland”, (2021).  “Qi XL”, (Series R, ep 2, TX: 05/09/20).  “Revenge”, (S4, ep 13 to ep 23). “Stargate Atlantis”, (S1, ep 1 pt 1 & pt 2)(ep 2 to ep 5).  “Star Trek (Original Series)”, (S2, ep 11 & ep 12).  “Solo: A Star Wars Story”, (2018). “Taskmaster “, (S11 (S2 on C4), TX: 06/05/21).  “The Creation Of The Doctor Who Title Sequence “, (YouTube) (06/05/21).  “The Great British Sewing Bee”, (S7, ep 4, 05/05/21).  “The Man In The High Castle”, (S1, ep 4).  “This Time With Alan Partridge “, (S2, ep 2, TX: 07/05/21).  “V Wars”, (S1, ep 5).  “Van Helsing, (S1, ep 6 & ep 7).  “What.If. Could We Build A Dyson Sphere”, (FaceBook)(TX: 12/10/18).  “What.If. What If you Were The Last Human And Trapped In Space?”, (FaceBook)(TX: 16/05/20).  “What.If. What Would You Do To Survive If You Were On Mars?”, (FaceBook)(TX: 29/04/20).  “Z Nation”, (s4, ep 6 to ep 8).

Gerry Anderson Watched This Week:

“Space 1999”, (S2, ep 22, TX: 01/09/77). 

This week I have listening to:

“13 minutes to the moon”, (BBC World Service)(S1 trailer T- minus 4, 12/04/19)(trailer T- minus 3, 22/04/19)(trailer T- minus 2, 26/04/19)(trailer T- minus 1, 29/04/19)(ep 1, 13/05/19). “Anglophilia”, (S1, ep 4, 2/07/18).  “Anti Social Show”, (ep 92 Which Is Really ep 100, 01/05/21).  “Box of delights”, (S1, ep 14, 04/10/19)(ep 15, 08/10/19(ep 16, 11/10/19). “Braving Babylon 5”, (ep 6, 16/04/14)(ep 7, 01/05/14).  “Coronavirus Global Update”, (BBC World Service) (01/05/21) (02/05/21)(03/05/21)(04/05/21) (05/05/21) (06/05/21) (07/05/21). “Doctor Who”, (TeeVee / The Incomparable)(S10, ep 2, 23/04/17).  “Game Of Thrones”, (TeeVee)(S5, ep 9, 08/06/15).  “Griefcast”, (ep 140, 05/05/21).  “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buddha”, (ep 34 , 05/05/21).  “Mystery Hour”, (06/05/21).  “NASA- Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 195, 07/05/21).  “Nick Abbott Whole Show”, (01/05/21)(02/05/21).  “Rob Beckett and Josh Widdecombe Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (S2, ep 30 (ep 101), 04/05/21) (ep 31 (ep 102) 07/05/21).  “The 99p challenge”, (S3, ep 1, 19/07/01).  “Taskmaster The Podcast”, (ep 31, 06/05/21).  “The Froth With Rhod Gilbert And Sain Harris”, (S3 ep 12, (ep 36) 04/05/21).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (04/05/21).  “The Old Doctor Who Show”, (ep 111, 05/05/21).  “Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels”, (S2, Preview, 07/05/21).  “Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels- Too Much Information”, (1.4, 03/05/21).  “Space Soldiers Podcast”, (Chapter Eight “Tournament Of Doom”, 01/05/21).  “Vulcan Hello”, (The Incomparable)(11/01/20).  “WTB”, (S2, ep 13 (ep 35) 7/05/21).  “What’s Your Problem With Nick Abbot And Carol Mcgiffin”, (03/05/21).  “Wolf And Owl”, (ep 22, 05/05/21)(bonus #12, 07/05/21).

Songs I enjoyed this week, were by:

“Morrissey”,  “ABC”,  “Bananarama”,  “Bastille”,  “Buzzcocks”,  “Dee-Lite”,  “Echo And The Bunnymen”,  “Green Day”,  “Jeff Buckley”,  “Ladyhawke”,  “M.I.A”,  “Muse”,  “SIA”,  “Spin Docotrs”,  “T’Pau”,  “The Housmartins”,  “The Bangles”,  “The Smashing Pumpkins”,  “Travis”.

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Week 358, Saturday 24th until 30th April 2021.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London.

Week 358 Saturday 24th until 30th April 2021.

I was hobbling around east London on crutches with a friend last weekend when I became the centre of attention.  In the busy street were a group of people preaching, as I passed a man with a microphone started to ask if he could prey for my foot.  Of course I was polite in saying no; we picked up the pace and continued on our way.  A few seconds later passing a bench occupied by a number of men who had been sitting in the sun enjoying a number of drinks noticed what had happened.  One of them laughed about praying for the foot; once again I smiled and nodded as I limped past.

“I don’t remember ever seeing a blue eyed cat before”.

The next thing my friend and I knew we were accosted by three of the preachers, who were being very nice about my injured foot and really wanted to heal it with prey.  This was when a number of the drinkers approached on the other side, pointing out that I had, had to stop and was standing on the bad leg.  It was all very good natured there was no bad feelings from either side, but I didn’t want anything to escalate.  All I could do was say my thanks to both parties for caring and hobbled off as quickly as my good leg and crutches would carry me, without looking back.

“Very pretty”.

Being the centre of attention is not something I want at all; I spent my life trying to blend in to the background, for a few minutes I really felt uncomfortable being out and about.  The foot is getting better, it might take longer to heal without the power of prey, I don’t mind I’m patient.  

One thing I realised this week.  I get the same satisfaction taking off the boot at the end of the day, as I used to whipping off my bra after a long day in the office and travelling on public transport.  Is that too much information!

“I love to look up and wish I was flying away”.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

This week I was contacted by a TV documentary producer/director who has read this ramble and wanted to talk about their new production.  I think the idea is that people reading may then apply to participate in the forthcoming documentary.  It certainly sounds like an interesting programme idea.

“I spotted the murderer”.

My immediately concern was have they contacted the wrong person.  This blog has a very small audience and I have no influence online or in the real world.  I didn’t want them to think I was someone I wasn’t, but they still seem to want to chat.  Sadly real life has got in the way a couple of times so we are now chatting virtually next week.

As you may know if you have read this ramble for any period of time I have written a number of short film scripts.  In 2019 I approached a number of agents, of course none replied even to say go away you untalented call centre monkey.  The small pile of finished stories continues to grow as I am still coming up with ideas.  What I have decided to do is ask the documentary producer if they know anyone that would at least have a read.  There’s always a tiny possibility someone might like one, and maybe want to help me develop a script.  I have read time and time again you don’t get if you don’t ask.  It’s not in my nature to ask for help like this, which is why I have never achieved anything.

“One of the gardens many customers, who visit for lunch”.

I will keep you informed of any developments over the coming weeks.  If it’s never mentioned again then you know that the producer realised there mistake, I wasn’t the person they thought and never got I touch.  Or they didn’t know anyone that could spare a few minutes to read my pages.

There is a possibility that the documentary producer might actually read this.  Hopefully this won’t stop them contacting me.  I am not saying the scripts are wonderful, but the stories are good and I think there is something that could be worked on.

“Beautiful Plumage”.

And Finally……

Said, while yawning “Daddy Grayson” (this is with ref to a character in Revenge, which I am currently bingeing).  My friend laughter because she thought in said Larry Grayson.  You have to be a certain age to really appreciate this I suppose.

“Standing in the front garden, getting strange looks from passers by”.

I was having issues dumping photographs off an SD card.  I said out load while turning the laptop around “I wonder if I stick it in to a different hole, the card might work”.  Behind me on the floor exercising my friend just started to laugh loudly for many minutes.

“A beautiful site”.

TV quote of the week. “I’ve got my peak stuck in the machine”.  Looking at the list of what I watched (below).  Which programme do you think this is from?  There is no prize other than the fact that you watch the same things, or just guessed correctly.  Either way you will have my full respect.

“It was supposed to be Pink”,

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have watched:

“BBC Archive – 1972 – Nationwide: Flying Saucer”, (FaceBook) (TX: 22/09/20).  “BBC Nationwide – 1970: Nationwide: Shopping In The 70s”, (FaceBook) (TX: 24/09/20).  “Click”, (TX: 24/04/21).  “Colony”, (S1, ep 3) “Don Rodolfo”, (TX: 22/04/21).  “Farscape”, (S4, ep 6).  “Father Ted”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 6) (S2, ep 1 to ep 10). “Frank Of Ireland”, (S1, ep 3).  “Friends”, (S2, ep 19).  “Have I Got News For You”, (S61, ep 4, 30/04/21).  “Not Going Out”, (S11, ep 1 to ep 5).  “Revenge”, (S3, ep 10 to ep 22) (S4, ep 1 to ep 13).  “Shelter (6 Souls)”, (2010)“Star Trek (The Original Series)”, (S2, ep 9 & 10).  “Starstruck”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 6).  “Taskmaster”, (S11 (S2 on C4), ep 7, TX: 29/04/21)“The Graham Norton Show”, (S28, ep 26 (Compilation Pt 2), TX: 30/04/21).  “The Great British Sewing Bee”, (S7, ep 3, TX: 28/04/21)The Thick Of It”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 3)(S2, ep 1 & ep 2)V Wars”, (S1, ep 5)“This Time With Alan Partridge”, (s2, ep 1, 30/04)“What. If. Could Chernobyl Really Kill You?”, (FaceBook) (24/04/21)“Van Helsing”, (S1, ep 5)“Z Nation”, (S4, ep 5).

Gerry Anderson Watched This Week:

“Space 1999”, (S2, ep 21, TX: 25/08/77)“Space 1999 – BBC Mastermind Quizzes Samira Ahmed On Her Favourite Sci-Fi Show Space 1999”, (YouTube) (TX: 12/01/20).

“Space 1999 – Brian Johnson Behind The Scenes Eagle”, (YouTube) (TX: 01/04/14).

“The Metamorphosis of Space 1999”, (YouTube) (TX: 06/03/21).

This week I have listening to:

“A legitimate Salvage”, (ep 27, 27/04/20) (ep 28, 14/05/20).  “Anglophilia”, (S1, ep 2, 18/06/18) (ep 3, 25/06/18)“Betamax Video Club”, (ep 30, 17/10/18) (ep 91, 26/04/21) (ep 92, 29/04/21)“Box Of Delights”, (S1, 17/09/19) (24/09/19) (26/09/19) (27/09/19) (01/10/19) “Coronavirus Global Update”, (BBC World Service) (24/04/21) (25/04/21) (26/04/21) (27/04/21) (28/04/21) (29/04/21) (30/04/21).  “Game Of Thrones”, (TeeVee) (S5, ep 8, 25/05/15)“Griefcast”, (ep 139, 28/04/21).  “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buddha”, (ep 33, 28/04/21)“NASA: Gravity Assist”, (S5, ep 3, 30/0421)Nick Abbot Whole Show”, (24/04/21) (25/04/21) (30/04/21)I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buddha”, (S1, ep 32, 21/04/21) “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (S2, ep 28, 26/04/21) (ep 29 (ep 100) 30/04/21).  “Smersh Pod”, (ep 15, 27/07/17).  “Space Soldiers Podcast”, (Chapter Seven, “Shattering Doom”, 24/04/21).  “Star Trek Universe Podcast”, (ep 6, 16/11/18)Supermassive Podcast”, (ep 16, 23/04/21)“The 99p Challenge”, (BBC Radio 4) (ep 4, 13/07/2000) (ep 5, 20/07/2000)“The Audio Guide To Babylon 5”, (S2, ep 2 (ep 24) 05/04/15) (ep 3 (ep 25) 19/04/15)“The Nick Abbot Habit”, (26/04/21)“This Week In Time Travel”, (The Incomparable) (ep 3, 18/04/17(ep 4, 25/04/17)Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels – Indefinable Magic”, (1.6, 30/04/21) “WTB”, (S2, ep 12 (ep 34) 30/04/21)“What’s Your Problem With Nick Abbot And Carol Mcgiffin”, (26/04/21)“Wolf And Owl”, (ep 21, 28/04/21) (Bonus #11, 30/04/21). 

Songs I enjoyed this week, were by:

“Morrissey”,  “Alanis Morissette”,  “Baby Bird”,  “Blur”,  “Catatonia”,  “Echobelly”, “Frankie Goes To Hollywood”,  “Gin Blossoms”,  “McAlmont & Butler”,  “Manic Street Preachers”,  “Natalie Imbruglia”,  “Nik Kershaw”,  “Prince”,  “R.E.M”,  “Radiohead”, “Republica”,  “Roxy Music”,  “Suede”,  “Suzanne Vega And Dna”,  “The Bluetones”, “The Breeders”,  “The Lightening Seeds”,  “The Shaman”.

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Week 357, Saturday 17th until Friday 23rd April 2021.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London.

Week 357 Saturday 17th until Friday 23rdApril 2021.

I am of an age where I am still in control of how and where I want to sit down.  By this I mean I see a location, and then in a calm and steady manor my lardy arse is positioned on the imaginary X that marks the spot.  These last few weeks everything changed with my left foot in a cast and using the power of crutches.  I see the spot and have to rely on gravity, hoping that the landing is as soft as expected.  These last couple of week I really could have used the Sky Crane system that NASA recently used for the second time to successfully land a rover (Perseverance) on Mars.  The way I have been sitting down recently is what you expect from someone 20 or more years older than I am.

“Feet are ugly”.

Sadly I haven’t had contact with my three nephews and niece so the cast has not been covered in graffiti.  It’s remained as white as it was when it had been applied.  This all changed last Sunday while attempting to water plants on a window sill, when I knocked over a small plastic cup that I fill with water while attempting to paint.  The small amount of pistachio coloured liquid landed on the cast (damn you gravity!) and soaked in the plaster before I was able to do anything.  I won’t lie I really was very annoyed with my normal general incompetence after keeping the cast looking like it had been freshly applied.  The only good thing was the colour wasn’t red because that would have looked like blood, brown far too much like shiz and yellow as If I had pissed myself.

“This is how I would decorate the crutches, if I was on them long term”.

In the end all was fine, because when I visited the fracture clinic later this week the cast was removed and has been replaced with a boot (that reminds constantly of Spock’s hover boots in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989) which I can take off at night and when I want a shower.  The Dr did comment on the greenish stain, which I really tried to not bring too much attention to.  If some people can claim an unmade bed is art, I could have said it was a portable art project I was working on.  I didn’t and changed the subject as quickly as possible.

“Honest we are smiling”.

I return in three week, fingers crossed all is going to be good, because I have a couple of events coming in June and July that I intend on getting both legs fully immersed in water.  Plus I would like to drive myself to the locations.

“A little exercise”.

Finally while being wheeled around the hospital in a wheel chair (my friend drove very well, only colliding with doors and wedging me in corner a couple of times) I tried to assist my friend by grabbing hold of a plastic rail (wall guard) that ran along the middle of the wall to aid our locomotion in the opposite direction.  The rail was probably about 4 to 5 inches in height (maybe 1 or 2 inches wide).  When my friend pushed the chair towards the exit, the rail stayed in my hand as it came off the wall.  We stopped looked at each other in shock and could only laugh.  Luckily no one was around to see this vandalism to NHS property, as we passed a row of empty chairs I gently left the hard plastic behind.  Next time I visit I won’t need the chair, and will definitely keep away from the walls and all rails.

“Such a beautiful time of year”.

And Finally……

“Making a pick n mix for the birds”.

I had to suppress a chuckle as I spoke to a lovely person with the surname of a popular tall hairy character from Star Wars.  I wanted to say something because I am a huge fan of the films (especially Episodes IV to VI).  Of course I didn’t, but I did wonder if they had been teased all their life.  Of course as soon as the call was over, I did mention the name to my friend the other side of the living room who is also a lifelong fan of the movies.

“I can see you”.

Also work related, asked a man (nicely, but sternly) to stop shouting at me on the phone.  It was only 9,30am; I told him it was far too early to be that angry and upset.  He did apologise before he ended the call, hopefully he had a good rest of day after he calmed down.

“can used injections, be art”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have watched:

BBC News Channel”, (TX: 17/04/21).  “Blakes 7”, (S1, ep 5 & ep 6).  “Click”, (17/04/21).  “Coherence”, (2013).  “Festival Of Funny: Asparagus Tips, Girls Night, Mondeo, Mum Of The Year, Powerwash (I Love You), Princess De Woking, Straight Faces, The Procedure, Verisimilitude, W(*)nk Wiggle”, (TX: 06/03/21).

“Inanimate”, (2015).  “Mike Skipper Coming Out Of Lockdown Quiz”, (FaceBook)(TX: 10/04/21).  “Not Going Out”, (S10, ep 4 to ep 6) (Halloween Special, TX: 30/09/19) (“Driving Home For Crimbum”, TX: 24/12/19) (“Resolutions”, TX: 30/12/20) “Releasing A Stranded Octopus And It Thanked Me”, (YouTube) (08/08/13).  “Revenge”, (S2, ep 9 to ep 22) (S3, ep 1 to ep 9).  “Shutter”, (2008).  “Star Trek (The Original Series)”, (S2, ep 6 to ep 8).  “Star Wars: Episode II: Attack Of The Clones”, (2002).  “Stephens King: A Good Marriage ”, (2015). “Stowaway”, (2021).  “Taskmaster”, (S11 (S2 on C4), ep 6, TX: 21/04/21).  “The Graham Norton Show”, (S28, ep 24, TX: 16/04/21).  “The Great British Sewing Bee”, (S7, ep 2, TX: 21/04/21).

Gerry Anderson Watched This Week:

“Space 1999”, (S2, ep 20, TX: 18/08/77).

NASA TV Watched Live This Week:

“Ingenuity First Powered Flight On Mars, Mission Control (Live)”, (TX: 19/04/21).  “Ingenuity, Post Flight Briefing/Press Conference (Live)”, (TX: 19/04/21).  “NASA/Space X, Crew 2, Launch (Live)”, (23/04/21).

This week I have listening to:

“A legitimate Salvage”, (ep 24, 03/03/20)(ep 25, 19/03/20)(ep 26, 15/04/20).  “Anglophilia”, (S1, ep 1, 06/06/18)(S5, ep 5, 16/06/20).  “Betamax Video Club”, (ep 53, 08/08/19).  “Box Of Delights”, (S1, ep 8, 13/09/19).  “Coronavirus Global Update”, (BBC World Service) (17/04/21) (18/04/21) (19/04/21) (20/04/21) (21/04/21) (22/04/21) (23/04/21).  “Doctor Who”, (TeeVee)(The Return Of Doctor Mysterio, 26/12/16 (S10, ep 1, 16/04/17).  “Game Of Thrones”, (TeeVee)(S5, ep 7, 25/05/15).  “Griefcast”, (ep 138, 21/04/21).  “Have I Got News For You”, (S61, ep 3, TX: 23/04/21).  “NASA: Gravity Assist”, (S5, ep 2, 23/0421).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 192, 23/04/21).  “Nick Abbot Whole Show”, (17/04/21) (18/04/21) (23/04/21).  “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buddha”, (S1, ep 32, 21/04/21).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (S2, ep 25, 16/04/21) (ep 26, 20/04/21) (ep 27, 23/04/21).  “Space Soldiers Podcast”, (Chapter Six, “Flaming Torch”, 17/04/21).  “Star Trek”, (The Incomparable) (Short Trek, #5 Review, 10/10/19) (#6, 19/10/19).  “Star Trek Universe Podcast”, (ep 4, 30/10/18) (ep 5, 09/11/18).  “The 99p Challenge”, (BBC Radio 4) (22/06/2000) (29/06/2000) (06/07/2000).  “The Audio Guide To Babylon 5”, (ep 23, 22/03/15) (Bonus ep, 30/03/15).  “The Froth With Rhod Gilbert And Sian Harris”, (S3, ep 10 (ep 35) 20/04/21) “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (19/04/21).  “This Week In Time Travel”, (The Incomparable) (Trailer, 22/03/17) (ep 1, 04/04/17) (ep 2, 11/04/17).  “Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels – Happy Times And Places”, (“The Chase”, 13.5, 19/04/21) (13.6, 23/4/21) “Vulcan Hello”, (The Incomparable) (Trailer, 25/01/20) (ep 1, 14/11/19) (ep 2, 14/12/19).  “WTB”, (S2, ep 11 (ep 33) 23/04/21) “What’s Your Problem With Nick Abbot And Carol Mcgiffin”, (19/04/21) 

Songs I enjoyed this week, were by:

“Morrissey”,  “Artic Monkey”,  “Biffy Clyro”,  “Big Country”,  “Crowded House”,  “Eels”,  “Faithless”,  “Foo Fighters”,  “Garbage”,  “James”,  “Jamie T”,  “Massive Attack”,  “Nena”,  “Queen”,  “Portishead”,  “Radiohead”,  “Royal Blood”,  “Skunk Anansie”,  “Stereophonics”,  “Supergrass”,  “The Lemonheads”,  “The Lumineers”,  “The Rolling Stones”,  “The Wannadies”,

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Week 356, Saturday 10th until Friday 16th April 2021.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London (10 days in plaster).

Week 356 Saturday 10th until Friday 16thApril 2021.

On 12th April, I celebrated the 60th Anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s first orbit.  And the 40th of the launch of the first Space Shuttle Columbia’s (STS1), by painting this.

Wednesday started out very normal and boring.  Everything changed late morning when I received a call from the fracture clinic to inform me of my appointment with them next week. Just before the call ended I asked about the blood thinning injections I am taking daily.  The very nice lady went to check and on her return confirmed that I did need to keep jabbing myself.  The problem was the initial prescription was due to run out the next day.  After putting me on pause a second time the receptionist returned saying I needed to speak to my GP.

“The crutches, don’t make me smile often”.

This is when the day started to unravel.  My local surgery said they couldn’t give me the meds, I needed to speak to the A&E.  At this point I thought I would ring A&E for advice, it’s a good thing I did as they informed me I should go back to the hospital/medical centre that saw me originally.

“I legitimately sat in this seat”.

After emailing my boss, saying that even though we were extremely busy I had to stop work immediately, my friend and I left the house.  I have only used the crutches in and around the house and the garden.  The outside world is a different matter.  Every five to 10 metre I would stop to have a breather then move on.  Walking the bus stop is only a couple of minutes away; on the sticks it took ten minute.  The walk to the hospital after the quarter of an hour bus journey was just so painful, the closer I got to the medical centre the more I wanted to just sit on the floor and cry.  Once inside and finally getting the attention of a receptionist I was told to sit down and wait.  What made the two hour wait painful was the communal TV showing nothing but soap after soap episodes (boring continuing dramas made here in the UK, not the classic US sitcom which ran from 1977 until 1981).  I suspect that channel is deliberately on to placate all the patients waiting.

“A nice view leaving the hospital”.

Eventually my name was called; I sat and explained to the Dr, who really was not happy or impressed with my story.  It turns out both the GP and the A&E could have helped me, it’s possible that they just didn’t like the sound of my voice.  However the real problem is the fracture clinic, who she said was supposed to have seen me in a week.  Instead of ringing a week later, to book an appointment in another seven day’s time.  This is why I had only nine days medication.

“Lovely rose from my sister Hel and Mum”.

Getting home was slow, after another bus ride that final hobble towards the house really was so painful.  Have you ever needed the loo, the closer you get the more you just need to pee.  That’s sort of how I felt, the closer I got, I could see the house the more painful my hands, arms, right leg and hip felt.  The closer I got the slower I became; it was almost after every step I had to stop for a few seconds.  I have never been happier to be working from home, if I wasn’t of course I would have travelled to and from work, I wouldn’t have had a choice.  I am genuinely thankful that I am homeworking at the moment.

“A thank you to MOZ from Hel and Mum”.

I did get the medication, but it wasn’t easy.  My poor friend had to visit the chemist three days running, to put in the prescription, collect part of the amount due, then pick up the rest on the third day.  Thank you so much MOZ for doing that and generally helping me at the moment.  The last few days have been a little stressful, but all is ok.  Next week I will get to the clinic, hopefully I will leave with a better idea of how long I will be hopping around on sticks.  Fingers crossed next week is better and a little more stressful.

“it really was a busy week at work”.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

Feeding the birds has helped keep me sane (or what’s left of my sanity) these last 12 months. Afterwards I would enjoy watching the regular customers hop out of the bushes to enjoy the grub.

“This is the ice removed form the bird bath. It has been cold this week”.

At the moment with one foot in plaster everything is taking so much longer.  One occasion this week I listened to an entire 30 min podcast while hobbling, hopping back and forth, huffing and puffing and generally trying not to fall over as I filled everything up.  This week it felt like the birds were getting impatient over how long it was taking for me to dish out there food, from the noise coming from the bushes.  Of course what I need to remember is the customer is always right.

“Lovely to see nature only a few metres away”.

And Finally……

“Enjoying a dose of double Shatner during one lunchtime”,

If you thought that the world had been turned upside enough during this last year.  It’s about to get worse. This week on a number of news reports I heard that there is a terrible shortage of garden gnomes to buy.  Please look after your small friends in the garden, there difficult to replace.

“A doodle, drawn after listening to the latest ep of the excellent The Old Doctor Who Show podcast“.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“Alien Covenant”, (2017).  “Blockaboots”, (YouTube)(TX: 09/04/07).  “Colony”, (S1, ep 1 & ep 2).  “Entertainment Insider: The Anatomy And History Of A Car Chase”, (FaceBook)(TX: 06/04/21).  “Farscape”, (S4, ep 1 to ep 5).  “Frank Of Ireland”, (S1, ep 1 & ep 2).  “Jo Brands: Britain’s Fave TV Of The 70s”, (TX: 09/04/21).  “Have I Got News For You”, (S61, ep 2, TX: 16/04/21).  “Have I Got A Bit More News For You”, (S61, ep 1, TX: 09/04/21).  “Identity”, (2003).  “Mike Skipper Coming Out Of Lockdown Quiz”, (FaceBook)(TX: 10/04/21).  “Not Going Out”, (S10, ep 1 to ep 3).  “Revenge”, (S1, ep 14 to ep 22)(S2, ep 1 to ep 8).  “Sound Of Metal”, (2019).  “Star Trek (The Original Series)”, (S2, ep 1 to ep 5).  “Taskmaster”, (S11 (S2 on C4), ep 5, TX: 15/04/21).  “The Electric Mist”, (2009).  “The Great British Sewing Bee”, (S7, ep 1, TX: 14/04/21).  “The Man In The Castle”, (S1, ep 3).  “The Nun”, (2005).  “The Sky At Night”, (TX: 11/04/21).  “Thunder Force”, (2021)“Total Recall”, (2012).  “Trip Hazard: My Great British Adventure”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 09/04/21)(ep 2 to ep 4, TX on All4, 09/04/21).  “V Wars”, (S1, ep 4).  “Van Helsing”, (S1, ep 2 to ep 4).  “What Did Jack Do?”, (2017).  “Z Nation”, (S4, ep 1 to ep 4).

Gerry Anderson Watched This Week:

“Space 1999”, (S2, ep 18, TX: 04/08/77)(ep 19, TX: 11/08/77).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“A legitimate Salvage”, (ep 23,11/02/20).  “Betamax Video Club”, (ep 26, 29/08/18).  “Box Of Delights”, (Trailer)(S1, ep 1, 20/08/19)(ep 2, 23/08/19)(ep 3, 27/09/19)(ep 4, 30/08/19)(ep 5, 03/08/19)(ep 6, 06/09/19)(ep 7, 10/09/19).  “Braving Babylon 5”, (ep 5,6/03/14).  “Coronavirus Global Update”, (BBC World Service) (10/04/21) (11/04/21) (12/04/21) (13/04/21) (14/04/21) (15/04/21) (16/04/21).  “Doctor Who”, (TeeVee)(The Husbands Of River Song)(26/12/15).  “Griefcast”, (ep 137, 14/04/21).  “NASA: Gravity Assist”, (S5, ep 1,16/04/21).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 191,16/04/21).  “Nick Abbot Whole Show”, (11/04/21)(16/04/21).  “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buddha”, (S1, ep 31, 14/04/21).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (S2, ep 24, 13/04/21).  “Smersh Pod”, (26/04/17)(30/06/17)(24/08/17)(30/08/17).  “Space Soldiers Podcast”, (Chapter Five, “The Destroying Ray”, 10/04/21).  “Star Trek Discovery”, (TeeVee)(S2, ep 14, 19/04/19).  “Star Trek universe Podcast”, (25/10/18).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 156,14/04/21).  “The Audio Guide To Babylon 5”, (S1, ep 21, 23/02/15)(ep 22, 08/03/15).  “The Froth With Rhod Gilbert And Sian Harris”, (S3, ep 9 (ep 34) 13/04/21).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (12/04/21).  “The Old Doctor Who Show”, (ep 110, 14/04/21).  “Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels – Happy Times And Places”, (13.3, “The Chase”, 12/04/21)(13.4, 16/04/21).  “Vulcan Hello”, (The Incomparable)(Trailer, 25/01/20)(ep 1, 14/11/19)(ep 2, 14/12/19).  “WTB”, (S2, ep 10 (ep 32) 16/04/21).  “What’s Your Problem With Nick Abbot And Carol Mcgiffin”, (12/04/21).  “Wolf And Owl”, (S1, ep 20, 14/04/21)(Bonus #10, 16/04/21).  “Morrissey”,  “Seal” ,  “Sophie B. Hawkins”,  “Manic Street Preachers”,  “Pulp”,  “The Cranberries”,  “ABC”,  “Smiths”,  “Eurythmics”,  “World Party”,  “Suede”,  “EMF”,  “Edwyn Collins” ,  “Black Grape”,  “Republica”,  “David Bowie”,  “Aerosmith”,  “Shed Seven”,  “Dario G”, “INXS”,  “Blur”,  “Stone Temple Pilots”,  “Groove Armada”.

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