Week 355, Saturday 3rd until Friday 9th April 2021.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London.

Week 355 Saturday 3rd until Friday 9thApril 2021.

Hope everyone had a good Easter and ate lots of chocolate.

“I did a family Easter Doodle”.

This week I was going to tell you about a virtual Easter Egg hunt, the egg was found at my old family home which looks exactly the same from the picture on the website.  During Mike Skippers weekly on-line quiz, I got full marks for Round 4 all about Doctor Who.  I was interviewed about my interest in Doctor Who by a friend who presents a programme on an Internet Radio Station.  Due to sound issues, we are re-recording this coming weekend.  No, I’m not going to tell you any of that.

“This was how i spent the week before hospital”.

If you read last week’s ramble you will know I had a little fall and sprained an ankle.  Over the course of the week the swelling and bruising got worse.  One of my sisters and mum are both ex nurses, my sister did tell me the day I had the accident that I should go and have it looked at.  I didn’t, because the NHS is very busy, and a sprain will get better given time and rest.  Because I am working from home I don’t need to be on that ankle very much.  If I was travelling on public transport, walking to and from work maybe I would have gone and had it looked at straight away.

“These were only shoes i could wear that morning”.

To cut a long story short, on bank holiday Monday I sent my sister and mum a picture.  My baby sister rang me immediately saying I needed to get this looked at straight away.  The next morning I went to a local hospital, because I knew there would be a long wait I made sure I had lots of TV and films, podcasts downloaded.  The nurse I saw initially kept poking and prodding while asking repeatedly asking how I did the damage, it felt like she didn’t believe I was just out shopping.  It was back to the waiting room to watch more downloads for what seemed like ages until I was called for a number of X-rays.  After this I watched more in the very busy waiting room, getting concerned as my tablet battery was low and I was running out of downloads.

“I read the warnings”.

My name was called, this was when thing turned a little surreal.  In the examination room I was asked to lay down in order for a plaster cast to be put on my foot and lower leg.  This meant that my skinny jean’s needed to be cut along the seam up to my knee.  The shock on my face said must have said everything, the nurse about to plaster me asked if I have been told earlier about the fracture and what was to be done, I replied an honest “no”.  Once the plaster was fitted, I was issue crutches, this was when the original nurse (who should have informed me about what was happening) handed me a prescription saying that I needed to go straight away to another hospital (3 miles away) to be shown how to take the blood thinning meds.  I replied “surely it’s a pill”.  Just as the original nurse was leaving she informed me that this medication was a daily injection.  Because I didn’t want to have to wait another 6hrs at a different hospital, I got a crash course from the nice nurse that plastered me.

“Freshly plastered”.

The next problem how to get home, I couldn’t drive.  While being plastered I did think I might be able to manage it, but once I saw the size of the cast I realised that was out of the question.  Ringing home my friend stopped work and made her way to meet me.  When she arrived all she could do was laugh, I sat in a wheelchair in the doorway on the phone with my sister, what a site.  No wonder she pissed herself laughing, by the way I was laughing as well.  At the car I lay across the back seat as my friend took control of the vehicle, but after a couple of minutes while still in the car park we realised that because she hadn’t driven in 20yrs this was not practical.

“in the car park waiting for the neighbour to arrive”,

There really was no one I could ring, then I thought of our neighbour.  Luckily I had his number and he was home, a few hours later he was due to start a night shift as a London fire fighter.  In his job he daily helps and saves people, he definitely helped and saved us that afternoon.  Once again I lay across the back seats with my bad leg resting on the arm rest of the crutches, every time a London Bus went passed I wondered what a passenger must have seen and thought.

“How graceful”.

When we arrived home that’s when I found out that simple things, I do all the time and take for granted are not as easy with one good leg and crutches (Sandy (Roger Tonge) on Crossroads, made it look so easy when I was a child).  The injecting has been an issue, it’s not normal to stab a 1 cm hypodermic needle into your own folds of fat.  I have been daily WhatsApping my sister for help and encouragement.  The first 2 evenings my friend had to do it, because I just couldn’t.  On day 3, I was a brave girl picking up the small cylinder and without thinking just jabbed myself.  My sister on screen and friend were both very happy, think of proud parents celebrating when a child has used the potty correctly the first time.

“Just a little prick”.

At the time of writing this is day 4.  I have a phone call from the fracture clinic next week, which I hope will give me an idea of how long I may be like this.  This week I really have learned a major life lesson, I should have listened to my sister Hel (And Mum) and gone to have my ankle looked at after the accident and not waited.  My message to every one reading this is, always listen to the medical professionals in the family.  Remember they’re the qualified one.

“A post hospital treat”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“9 to 5”, (1980).  “2036 Origins Unknown”, (2018).  “Battlestar Galatica”, (S1, ep 10, TX: 26/11/78).  “Brotherhood: The Inner Life Of Monks”, (TX: 28/03/21).  “Click”, (TX: 03/04/21).  “Damn I Wish I was Your Lover – Sophie B. Hawkins – In Memory Of Producer Ralph Schuckett”, (YouTube)(TX: 07/04/21).  “Fright Night”, (2011).  “Mike Skipper Coming Out Of Lockdown Quiz”, (FaceBook)(TX: 03/04/21).  “Moana”, (2016).  “Neil Webster On TV Success With Would I Lie To You & SKY Arts’ Urban Myths”, (YouTube)(TX: 26/03/21).  “Not Going Out”, (S9, ep 4 to ep 7)(Crimbum Special: LIVE, TX 21/12/18).  “Outbreak”, (1995).  “Revenge”, (S1, ep 7 to ep 13).  “Run”, (2020).  “Spies In Disguise”, (2019).  “Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace”, (1999).  “TOTP: 1981 Big Hits”, (TX: 08/01/16).  “Taskmaster”, (S11 (S2 on C4), ep 4, TX: 08/04/21).  “The Fox And The Hound”, (1981).  “The Great Celebrity Bake Off For SU2C”, (S4, ep 5, TX: 06/04/21).  The Mauritanian”, (2021).  “Top Gear”, (S30, ep 4, TX: 04/04/21).  “Top Gear: A Tribute To Sabine Schmitz”, (04/04/21).  “V Wars”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 3).  “Van Helsing”, (S1, ep 1).  “Why The Speed of Light Can’t Be Measured”, (YouTube)(TX: 31/10/20).  “Z Nation”, (S3, ep 10 to ep 14).

Gerry Anderson Watched This Week:

“Space 1999”, (S2, ep 16, TX: 16/12/76)(ep 17, TX: 23/12/76).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“A legitimate Salvage”, (ep 21,19/01/20)(ep 22, 24/01/20).  “Anti Social Show”, (ep 91, 03/04/21).  “Betamax Video Club”, (ep 16, 02/05/18)(ep 70, 11/06/20).  “Braving Babylon 5”, (ep 1, 05/02/14)(ep 2, 12/02/14(ep 3, 19/02/19)(ep 4, 12/03/14).  “Coronavirus Global Update”, (BBC World Service) (03/04/21) (04/04/21) (05/04/21) (06/04/21) (07/04/21) (08/04/21) (09/04/21).  “Game Of Thrones”, (TeeVee)(S5, ep 6, 18/05/15).  “Griefcast”, (ep 136, 07/04/21).  “NASA: Gravity Assist”, (S5, Trailer, 09/04/21).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 190, 09/04/21).  “Nick Abbot Whole Show”, (03/04/21) (05/04/21) (09/04/21).  “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buddha”, (ep 30, 07/04/21).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (S2, ep 22, 06/04/21)(ep 23, 09/04/21).  “Something Who”, (ep 17, 20/03/20)(ep 18, 25/03/20).  “Space Boffins”, (09/04/21).  “Space Soldiers Podcast”, (Chapter Four, “Battling The Sea Beast”, 03/04/21).  “Star Trek Discovery”, (TeeVee)(S2, ep 13, 12/04/19).  “Star Trek Universe Podcast”, (25/10/18)(14/11/19)(04/12/19)(16/12/19) (07/04/21).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 155, 05/04/21).  “The Froth With Rhod Gilbert And Sian Harris”, (S3, ep 8 (ep 33) 06/04/21).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (09/12/19)(06/04/21).  “Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels – Happy Times And Places”, (13.1, “The Chase”, 05/04/21)(13.2, 09/04/21).  “WTB”, (S2, ep 9 (ep 31) 09/04/21).  “What’s Your Problem With Nick Abbot And Carol Mcgiffin”, (06/04/21).  “Wolf And Owl”, (S1, ep 19, 07/04/21).  “Morrissey”,  “New Order” ,  “ABC”,  “Heaven 17”,  “XTC”,  “Supergrass”,  “Stereo MC’s”,  “Muse”,  “Def Leppard”,  “Depeche Mode”,  “OMD”,  “Spandau Ballet”,  “Altered Images” ,  “The Human Leauge”,  “Ultravox”,  “The Teardrop Explodes”,  “Duran Duran”,  “Tenpole Tudor”,  Foster The People”,  Dolly Parton”,  Sophie B. hawkins”.

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Week 354, Saturday 27th March until Friday 2nd April, 2021.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London (The rule of 6 has returns).

Week 354 Saturday 27th March until Friday 2ndApril 2021.

On 1st April, I was hoping that someone would announce that the last twelve months had been one big April fools.

“Spikes sings in the garden”.

The seven days that this blog covers really wasn’t the most interesting, so I have decided to keep this short.  I really want you to read and come back another week.

“Cliffy appearing to say wheres the food”.

A real highlight over the last year has been the birds in the garden.  I enjoy filling up the various feeders and watching the birds which come to feed.  This week I decided to clean and do some maintenance to all the feeders we have.  I regularly inspect and make sure that everything is fit for use, giving a general wipe down because dirty feeders can attract vermin.  Mice and rats make me smile when I see them scurrying around a local park, or on tracks and in tunnels of the London Underground (It’s been so long since I was on the network these are dim and distant memories).  I really don’t want them in my friend’s garden or near the house.

“Sooty, from next door arriving for duty in the garden”.

I dismantled and cleaned everything laying all the pieces on the grass.  While I did this all around me in the surrounding trees and bushes our regular customers were being very vocal about the fact they were waiting to be fed.  We have a wooden house (table feeder) that regularly has Squirrels and Pigeons inside or sitting on top (not together, that would be silly) which has really been battered this last year and needed repairing.  My motor skills can be very fine when I am drawing and painting something small.  Give me a hammer and a nail, that’s a different story.  I kept hitting the wood near the intended target or as you wouldn’t be surprised my fingers.  I loved doing woodwork at school during the early 80s, but I have no woodworking skills.  After a lot of banging and a few choice words uttered under my breath the feeder was ready for use.  My fingers were slightly battered and red, but it is worth it.

“Oops, i need to buy a new water dish. Luckily there is another. I promise to be more careful”.

Once all the feeders were back up, within 10 minutes all our customers had returned eating as much as they could, while dropping the same amount on the grass to be grazed on later.  Bird watching has become a real tonic to me personally this last year, if a little scrubbing, cleaning and basic maintenance (including minor finger damage) will keep them returning on a daily basis it’s worth it.

“My indoor cactus, has flowers”.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

The clocks went forward, it happened every year at this time.  But every year I have to stop and think about what’s happened.  At my great age, this really should creep up on me (I don’t have issues with the clock change at the end of October).  I am enjoying having the light longer later in the day.  This will allow me to start to get out in the garden after work and see if I can grow green things like I did last year.  That’s was another delight of last year’s lockdowns and homeworking, getting messy on the garden after a stressful day of taking calls

I am determined that next March the clocks changing won’t make me stop and scratch my head.

And Finally……

Spoke to a lady with a surname of a “Sesame Street” character, wondered if she got teased a lot growing up.  Of course I didn’t ask or mention the TV show.

“Ouch”.

While out in a local shopping centre, I slipped and have sprained an ankle.  After a week it’s still swollen, bruised and painful.  After a call from my sister who used to be a nurse and looked at a picture I sent her I will go and have the foot looked at.  Just for the record she did tell me to get it looked at the day I did it, but I’m a little stubborn, I would like to say sorry to my baby sister Hel here and now.

“The nearest i will get to a halo”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“Buffy The Vampire Slayer”, (S3, ep 14, TX: 09/02/99).  “Byzantium”, (2013).  “Can You Forgive Me?”, (2018).  “Click”, (TX: 27/03/21).  “Clovehitch Killer”, (2017).  “Chris Packham’s Animal Einsteins”, (S1, ep 6, TX: 28/03/21).  “Cold Creek Manor”, (2003).  “Dark Water”, (2019).  “Fringe”, (S2, ep 18 to ep 23).  “Greta”, (2018).  “Mike Skipper Coming Out Of Lockdown Quiz”, (FaceBook)(TX: 27/03/21).  “Not Going Out”, (“The True Meaning Of Crimbum”, TX: 24/12/17)(S9, ep 1 to ep 3).  “One Hour Photo”, (2002).  “Passengers”, (2016).  “Pinocchio”, (1940).  “Revenge”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 6).  “Sanjays Super Team”, (Pixar)(2015).  “Star Trek”, (S1, ep 28 to ep 30).  “Star Trek The Motion Picture: Abandoned Scene Restored”, (YouTube)(TX: 13/11/16).  “Superstore”, (S5, ep 16 to ep 21).  “Taskmaster”, (S11 (S2 on C4), ep 3, TX: 01/04/21).  “The Communards – Don’t Leave Me This Way (With Sarah Jane Morris)”, (YouTube)(TX: 28/09/17).  “The Graham Norton Show”, (S28, ep 23, TX: 02/04/21).  “The Great Celebrity Bake Off For SU2C”, (S4, ep 4, TX: 30/03/21).  “The Irregulars”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 8).  “The Man In The Castle”, (S1, ep 1 & ep 2).  “The Muppet Show”, (S1, ep 3, TX: 05/09/76)(ep 4, TX: 06/10/76).  “Top Gear”, (S30, ep 3, TX: 28/03/21).  “Z Nation”, (S3, ep 9).  “Zapped”, (S2, ep 2)

Gerry Anderson Watched This Week:

“Space 1999”, (S2, ep 15, TX: 09/12/76).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“A legitimate Salvage”, (ep 19, 23/12/19)(ep 20, 03/01/20).  “Betamax Video Club”, (ep 90, 25/03/21).  “Coronavirus Global Update”, (BBC World Service) (27/03/21) (28/03/21) (29/03/21) (30/03/21) (31/03/21) (01/04/21) (02/04/21).  “Doctor Who”, (TeeVee)(S9, ep 12, 06/12/15).  “Doctor Who: The Missing Episodes Podcast”, (ep 8, 15/03/21)(Bonus, 25/03/21).  “Griefcast”, (ep 134, 24/03/21)(ep 135, 31/03/21).  “Mystery Hour”, (11/03/21).   “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 189, 02/04/21).   “Nick Abbot Whole Show”, (27/03/21)(28/03/21)(02/04/21).  “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buddha”, (ep 29, 31/03/21).  “Poppy Hillstead Has Entered The Chat”, (Bonus, 31/03/21)(S3, ep 6, 02/04/21).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (S2, ep 20, 30/03/21)(ep 21, 02/04/21).  “Something Who”, (13/03/21).  “Space Soldiers Podcast”, (Chapter Three, “Captured By Shark Men”, 27/03/21).  “Star Trek Discovery”, (TeeVee)(S2, ep 11, 29/03/19).  “Supermassive Podcast”, (ep 15, 26/03/21).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 154, 28/03/21).  “The Audio Guide To Babylon 5”, (ep 19, 26/01/15)(ep 20, 08/02/15).  “The Froth With Rhod Gilbert And Sian Harris”, (S3, ep 7 (ep 32) 30/03/21).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (29/03/21).  “The Skewer”, (BBC Radio 4)(S3, ep 12, 31/03/21).  “Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels – Happy Times And Places”, (17.1, “The Highlanders”, 18/06/21**  That Really Is The Date Against The Pod!).  “Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels – Too Much Information”, (1.3, “The Forest Of Fear”, 29/03/21).  “WTB”, (S2, ep 8 (ep 30) 02/04/21).  “What’s Your Problem With Nick Abbot And Carol Mcgiffin”, (29/03/21).  “Wolf And Owl”, (Bonus #8, 26/03/21)(ep 18, 31/03/21)(Bonus #9, 02/04/21).  “Morrissey”,  “The XX” ,  “The Cure”,  “Skunk Anansie”,  “Bruce Hornsby And The Range”,  “The White Stripes”,  “Jimmy Sommerville”,  “Bronski Beat”,  “The Communards”,  “Natalie Imbruglia”,  “The Cranberries”,  “Demis Roussos” ,  “Adam Faith”,  “Chesney Hawkes”,  “Voice Of The Beehive”,  “Erasure”,  “Fatboy Slim”, “Lisa Loeb”,  “Foster The People”.

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Week 353, Saturday 20th until Friday 26th March 2021.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London (Week 12 (the Third of our slowly coming out of lockdown).

Week 353 Saturday 20th until Friday 26thMarch 2021.

Last week I talked about a couple of anniversaries, this week that theme continues.  It’s been one year since I was involved in a small car accident which sadly saw Artie ending up going to the great scrapyard in the sky.  A really lovely old car which had many more miles still to travel.  My friend sitting in the passenger seat was holding a small box that contained a tiny Hamster (both of them were ok, by the way).  Ten minutes before the Hamster had been living in an enclosure in a large chain pet store waiting for adoption.

“Very cute”.

Yes it’s been a whole year since little Chewie came in to our lives.  To many people a small creature that spends most of the day asleep /hidden in a burrow is not a lot of fun to be around.  But this little creature has given us something else to think about and look after during these trying last 12 months of being pretty much locked in the house.

I can gush just as much over a tiny rodent as I can at a group of orphaned Elephants seen in Sri Lanka or waking up to find Zebras wondering around outside the bedroom in South Africa.  Or nearer to home seeing visiting neighbours cats (including the young bird murderer) stalking grass hoppers in the back garden.  A small Hamster is a delight and every time I see him or any interaction with him really makes my heart burst with joy.

The ungrateful little sod, I say this as he really doesn’t want to know us at times.  But is happy to pop his head out grab a piece of Broccoli or Melon, then rush back inside whatever is home and totally ignoring our smiles and love.  Seriously this small creature has really helped my sanity over the last year.  I have read how other animals such as Cats, Dogs and Horses have helped there owners.  I’ve never seen any mention to a Hamster; here I am publicly stating that a small rodent has been a real tonic these last twelve months.

“This blossom looks artificial, its real honest”.

My friend and I are so pleased that Chewie came to live with us, I am sure that the pet store were looking after him, and he would have found a good home eventually.  But I am pleased that we saw him and picked him.  If we had waited another couple of days he would have been locked in the shop due to the first lockdown.  Of course I am sad about Artie the car, but giving Chewie a happy home was so important.

R.I.P Artie (2005 to 2020).

And Now For Something Completely Different……

I’ve had my first jab.  It all happened very quickly after I got a text inviting me to receive the prick.  A couple of days later I was sat in a local theatre having my temperature checked, asked repeatedly a couple of questions and then being injected.

A lot of people have said that they were quite emotional at the time of the vaccination.  For me it was just turn up, feel the pinch and prick, then leave.  Maybe I should have felt more about the occasion.  My thinking is if this vaccination is the key to returning to a near normal (pre March 2020) life, then of course I need to have it.  I am very grateful to the scientists all over the world who have worked so fast in developing this vaccination in record time.  The following couple of days I did feel unwell, this soon passed.  My arm ached for nearly a week.

My second injection is in early June, if I feel overwhelmed and emotional then I will let you know.

“Possibly the only side effect is I became Black and White”.

And Finally……

Plenty of Blue Tits seen this week.  They like to sit in the bush beside the window, normally facing the opposite direction.  That’s right this week I have managed to get a lot of pictures of Blue Tits arse.  I really had to be careful while typing that.

“Smile”.

My friend was cooking; I walked in to the kitchen she said “do you want to that”.  She pointed to a pan that had just been used to heat up beans.  Who doesn’t love fingering a pan that has warm baked bean juice inside?

“I actually had to put on my small desk fan. Its getting warmer”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“Can Kids Navigate Their Way Across London Alone?”, (YouTube)(ITV)(TX: 27/05/19). “Click”, (TX: 20/03/21).  “Chris Packham’s Animal Einsteins”, (S1, ep 5, TX: 21/03/21). “Comic Relief 2021”, (“2020 The Movie Trailer”, “Back To The Future The Musical”, “Bond Meets Nan”, “Bridget Jones Spoof”, “Celebrities Sing Opera“, “Jack Whitehall Host The BIGGEST Celebrity Zoom Call Ever!”, “Kids Ask Difficult Questions For Comic Relief: Top Gear”, “Normal People vs Fleabag, “Staged”, “The Vicar Of Dibley”, “Tim Vine”), (TX: 19/03/21).  “Ghost Series 1 Bloopers”, (YouTube)(TX: 02/06/19). “Ghost, Series 2 Bloopers”, (YouTube)(TX: 23/12/20).  “Intelligence”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 6). “Mike Skipper Coming Out Of Lockdown Quiz”, (FaceBook)(TX: 20/03/21).  “Not Going Out”, (S7, ep 8 to ep 10)(Out Take Episode, TX: 27/12/14)(Crimbum Special, TX: 24/12/15) (S8, ep 1 to ep 7).  “One Minute National Silence”, (BBC News)(TX: 23/03/21).  “Party Central (A Monsters Uni Short)”, (Pixar)(2014).  “Pretty Little liars: The Perfectionists”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 10).  “Star Trek”, (S1, ep 26 & ep 27).  “Superstore”, (S5, ep 7 to ep 15).  “Taskmaster”, (S11 (S2 on C4), ep 2, TX: 25/03/21).  “The Favourite”, (2018).  “The Graham Norton Show”, (S28, ep 22, TX: 26/03/21).  “The Great Celebrity Bake Off For SU2C”, (S4, ep 3, TX: 23/03/21).  “The Muppet Show”, (S1, ep 2, TX: 12/02/77).  “Top Gear”, (S10, ep 3, TX: 28/10/07)(S30, ep 2, TX: 21/03/21).  “Unforgotten”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 6)(S2, ep 1 to ep 6)(S3, ep 1 to ep 6).  “V, (Mini Series)”, (ep 1, Original UK TX: 30/07/84)( ep 2, UK TX: 31/07/84).  “ V: The Final Battle”, (ep 1, UK TX: 01/08/84)(ep 2, UK TX: 02/08/84(ep 3, UK TX: 03/08/84).  “Z Nation”, (S3, ep 8).

Classic Disney Watched This Week:

“Aladdin”, (1992).  “Lady And The Tramp”, (1955).  “The aristocats”, (1970).

Gerry Anderson Watched This Week:

“Space 1999”, (S2, ep 14, TX: 02/12/76).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“A legitimate Salvage”, (ep 18, 09/12/19).  “Coronavirus Global Update”, (BBC World Service) (20/03/21) (21/03/21) (22/03/21) (23/03/21) (24/03/21) (25/03/21) (26/03/21).  “Mystery Hour”, (25/03/21).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast “, (ep 188, 26/03/21).  “Nick Abbot Whole Show”, (20/03/21)(21/03/21)(26/03/21).  “Poppy Hillstead Has Entered The Chat”, (24/03/21).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (S2, ep 18, 23/03/21)(ep 19, 26/03/21).  “Space Soldiers Podcast”, (Chapter Two, The Tunnel Of Terror, 20/03/21).  “Star Trek Discovery”, (TeeVee)(S2, ep 10, 22/03/19).  “The All New Angelos And Barry Podcast”, (26/03/21).  “The Audio Guide To Babylon 5”, (ep 18, 13/01/15).  “The Froth With Rhod Gilbert And Sian Harris”, (S3, ep 6 (ep 31) 24/03/21).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (22/03/21).  “The Old Doctor Who Show”, (ep 109, 24/03/21).  “The Skewer”, (BBC Radio 4)(S3, ep 11, 24/03/210).  “Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels – Happy Times And Places”, (12.4, Terror Of The Autons 22/03/21).  “Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels – Indefinable Magic”, (1.5, Terror Of The Onions, 26/03/21).  “WTB”, (S2, ep (ep 29) 26/03/21).  “What’s Your Problem With Nick Abbot And Carol Mcgiffin”, (22/03/21).  “Wolf And Owl”, (ep 17, 24/03/21). “Morrissey”,  “Billy Bragg” ,  “The Cure”,  “The Zutons”,  “Belinda Carlisle”,  “Bob Marley And The Wailers”,  “Kate Bush”,  “Scritti Politti”,  “The Stranglers”,  “Altered Images”,  “Deacon Blue”,  “The Killers” ,  “The Proclaimers”,  “Hewy Lewis And The News”,  “The Wonder Stuff”,  “Billy idol”,  “Richard Marx”,  “Kenny Loggins”,  “Bon Jovi”,  “The Voice Of The Beehive”,  “Sixpence Non The Richer”,  “Lisa Loeb.

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Week 352, Saturday 13th until Friday 19th March 2021.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London (Week 11 (the second of our slowly coming out of lockdown).

Week 352 Saturday 13thuntil Friday 19thMarch 2021.

This last week, here in the UK we celebrated Mother’s Day.

L to R, Sigrida (my sister-in-law), my Mum and SAZ (my sister). Three great mums.

This week I celebrated ONE year of working from home.  March 13th last year everyone in the office was told that from the next week we were all to work at home.  On Monday 16th I collected the equipment I would need, a laptop, large desk phone and various wires which I colour coded so I knew where they had to be plugged in.  Then there was all the papers I use daily with names and telephone numbers (internal and external) which make me sound like I know what I am doing.

Always lovely to see Cliff in the garden.

The next morning (Tuesday 17th) there was a lot of fiddling, crossing fingers and desperately hoping that I.T had done there magic.  One of the biggest issues was where was I going to sit in the living room.  Once I realised that I would be able to spend a lot of each day looking out of the window enjoying the birds that visit the various feeders in the garden, I knew that this would work.  By the end of the first week the new routine of getting up as late as possible, make it down the stairs to log on and sit in my PJ’s all day felt normal.

A recent newcomer to the garden.

Over the last year there haven’t been any major tech issues, now and then one of the systems would go down for a short period of time, sadly for never long enough.  On one great occasion the telephone system failed for three to four hours, that really was one of the best working days ever.

Spring really is on the way.

Working from home is the new normal; personally I hope to work from the living room for as long as possible.  There is nothing about the office I miss; I haven’t been back at all.  I still hate the job, but working from home does make things a little less stressful.

And Now This……

Another recent newcomer who visits the garden.

This week it was Five years since I returned to the UK from Mozambique.  When I arrived back at Heathrow Airport I really was confident that I would return to Tofo that summer.  Sadly due to money issues it has never happened.  Honestly not a day goes by when I don’t think of that beautifully peaceful location looking out on to the Indian Ocean.  The daily Facebook memories I see do hurt, in fact I can’t look at them properly because I would rather be there than here.  Each of the three or four visits (for six to nine months at a time) were amazing; I really miss everything, the diving, people (especially Jenny and all at Liquid), food, dogs (Rusty, Tank, Sunto, Alfie, Sally) running around dirt tracks and the beach, travelling in hot cramped buses, water and power shortages.  There is nothing not to like about Mozambique.

“Hello”.

I do hope I return, partly to see if any of the possessions including all my dive gear is still there.  But because I really was so happy, less stressed, I actually enjoyed life.  In 2019 I had planned to return following year, but the virus had other plans.  As I write I really have no idea what I am doing, I still want (need) to travel and Tofo is high on the list.  It’s not on its own as I want to return to Sir Lanka and would like to see if I could make a life there.

Matching mask and top, am i fashionable.

Tofo will always have a special place in my heart and mind.  I hope I will return, if I don’t end up living there it will be a place I return to again and again.

When it rained this week, it really rained.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“A Discovery Of Witches”, (S2, ep 6 to ep 10).  “Beep”, (Pilot: TX: 12/03/21).  “Chris Packham’s Animal Einstein”, (S1, ep 4, TX: 14/03/21).  “Click”, (TX: 13/03/21).  “Farscape”, (S3, ep 21 to ep 22).  “Horizon: 2021: The Secret Science Of Sewage”, (TX: 18/03/21).  “I Care A Lot”, (2020).  “Marvel Studios Assembled: The Making Of WandaVision”, (TX: 12/03/21).  “Mike Skippper’s Coming Out Of Lockdown Quiz”, (FaceBook)(TX: 13/03/21).  “Not Going Out”, (S4, ep 6)(S5, ep 1 to ep 6)(S6, ep 1 to ep 8)(Crimbum Special, TX: 25/12/13)(S7, ep 1 to  ep 7).  “Planes”, (2013).  “Star Trek”, (S1, ep 24 & ep 25).  “Summer Of Sam”, (1999).  “Superstore”, (S4, ep 11 to ep 22)(S5, ep 1 to ep 6).  “Taskmaster”, (S11 (S2 on C4), ep 1, TX: 18/10/19).  “The Graham Norton Show”, (S28, ep 21, 12/03/21).  “The Great Celebrity Bake Off for SU2C”, (S4, ep 2, TX: 16/03/21).  “The Muppet Show”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 16/01/1977).  “The Puppet Masters”, (1994).  “The Rangernation”, (S3, ep 6, TX: 14/03/21).  “The Terror”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 10).  “Top Gear”, (S30, ep 1, TX: 14/03/21)Z nation”, (s3, ep 6 & ep 7)

Gerry Anderson Watched This Week:

“Space 1999”, (S2, ep 13, TX: 25/11/76).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“A legitimate Salvage (The Expanse)”, (ep 16, 26/11/19)(ep 17, 02/12/19).  “Betamax Video Club”, (ep 6, 29/11/17).   “CNN Coronavirus Fact vs Fiction”, (15/03/21) (16/03/21) (17/03/21) (18/03/21) (19/03/21).  “Coronavirus Global Daily Update”, (BBC World Service) (13/03/21) (14/03/21) (15/03/21) (16/03/21) (17/03/21) (18/03/21) (19/03/21).  “Dear Joan And Jericha, RHLSTP (Richard Herring) Comic Relief Mashup 2021”, (14/03/21).  “Game Of Thrones”, (TeeVee)(S5, ep 5, 11/05/15).  “Game Of Thrones: Rewind”, (TeeVee)(S1, ep 10, 02/10/18).  “Griefcast”, (ep 133, 17/03/21).  “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buddha”, (s1, ep 27, 17/03/21) “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 187, 19/03/21).  “Nick Abbot Whole Show”, (13/03/21) (14/03/21) (19/03/21).  “Poppy Hillstead Has Entered The Chat”, (S3, ep 4, 17/03/21).  “Random Telly Vision”, (ep 1, 01/01/20) (ep 17, 22/06/20).  “Rob Beckett and Josh Widdecombe Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (s2, ep 16, 16/03/21)(ep 17, 19/03/21).  “Space Soldiers Podcast”, (ep 1, The Planet Of Peril, 13/03/21).  “Star Trek Discovery”, (TeeVee)(S2, ep 9, 15/03/19).  “The Audio Guide To Babylon 5”, (s1, ep 17, 28/12/14).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”,  (ep 153, 14/03/21).  “The All New Angelos And Barry Podcast”, (13/03/21).  “The Froth With Rhod Gilbert And Sian Harris”, (s3, ep 6 (ep 30) 16/03/21).  “The Mid Point”, (ep 4, 16/09/20).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (15/03/21).  “The Skewer”, (BBC Radio 4)(s3, ep 10, 17/03/21).  “Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels – Happy Times And Places”, (“Terror Of The Autons”, 12.2, 15/03/21)(12.3, 18/03/21).  “WTB”, (S2, ep 6 (ep 28), 19/03/21).  “What’s Your Problem With Nick Abbot And Carol Mcgiffin”, (S1, ep 58, 15/03/21).  “Wolf And Owl”, (ep 16, 17/03/21)(#7, 19/03/21).  “Morrissey”, “ABBA”,  “Oasis”,  “Blur”,  “Stone Roses”, “Shed Seven”, “James”, “David Bowie”, “Skunk Anansie”, “Right Said Fred”, “Florence And The Machine” , “The WHo”,  “Peter Sarstedt”,  Supergrass”,  “The Communards”,  “The Human League”,  “Culture Club”,  “Howard Jones”,  “Kajagoogoo”,  “Haircut 100”,  “ABC”, “Limahl”.

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Week 351, Saturday 6th until Friday 12th March 2021.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London (Week 10 (the first of our slowly coming out of lockdown).

Week 351 Saturday 6thuntil Friday 12thMarch 2021.

This week it was my nephew Leo’s 6th B’Dday.

Another week of doing very little apart from work, at home.  Don’t worry next week there are two anniversaries I want to bore you about.

The Bird Killer from last week has been back.

This week Parents all over UK breathed a sigh of relief as children went back to school.  I’m not a parent, but I also felt a little more relaxed as two of the very noisy (but sweet) children from next door have returned to education.  However there very young shouty and screaming sister remains at home.  There have been times when I am convinced she has upped the volume to 11.

This is how the Bird Killer should be tagged.

My friend and I have fought back by having the on from late morning, turning it off or pausing when I receive a call.  I am hoping that the little one will be going to nursery soon, if the parents don’t sign her up for one, I might have to it instead.

The neighbour’s garden looks lovely.

The noise next door (I have only been next door once many months ago when the little ones got hold of the remote and turned up the volume to 12) seems to be directly behind the wall where I sit (moving to a different part of the room or room would be difficult).   Normally I dampen stray noise drifting through the wall by having an earbud in my left ear playing either a podcast or watching a programme when not on a call.  This is also how I get through yet another working day.  You only have to look at the bottom of this or any of the other rambles to see that in a seven day period I tend to listen and watch a lot, it really is therapy for me.

Looking up.

As the weather gets better, the kids from next door will start to play in the garden more, so there shouldn’t be as much noise inside the actual house.  Of course I shouldn’t really complain, I could be inside next doors house where it must be deafening at times.

I like to think this women was carrying her own personal Stargate.

And Now For Something Completely Different…..

Earlier this week just after Twelve noon, I head the letter box flick open and closed quickly.  On the door mat was a take-a-way menu.  Walking away I noticed a man on the green next to the house with a cardboard box, he appeared to be flat packing it.  I wasn’t sure if he had been passing and had seen the box and became interested in it.  Then I noticed in his hand was a bundle of leaflets, he was the man visiting house after house posting the menus.  He put his backpack (which I assume was full of menus) on the damp grass, he then carefully positions the cardboard on the ground.  It was when he took his shoes off did I realise that he was about to pray.

The first Daff in the front garden.

I didn’t want to intrude, he was not aware that I had seen him.  This was happening during my lunch so I walked away to eat another mouthful, but did return every few minutes partly because I was interested but also I was a little concerned that he might get grief from someone passing.  I don’t have a faith, but I do respect anyone and everyone who does.  It would have been terrible if this man was abused because of his devotion. I am pleased to report that 15 mins or so later he had left and taken his cardboard with him.  Seeing this man spend a few minutes in silent prayer and meditation during his busy day did give me a little hope in humanity.

Chewie is entertaining even when sitting quiet eating.

And Finally……

My friend while washing a large Courgette, rubbing it up and down suggestively looked at me and said she felt a little dirty (I know this is pathetic,  but its content).

The Ben & Jerry’s free scoop spade, is just for scale.

Is it wrong I didn’t enjoy the first few episodes of WandaVision as much as I should have. Does this mean I will have to start watching drippy programmes like “Heartbeat(1992 until 2010. How did this drama run for so long!!!!) instead.

I am ready for another “Comic Relief”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“A Discovery Of Witches”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 8)(S2, ep 1 to ep 5).  “Ben Fogle: Inside Chernobyl”, (TX: 23/02/21).  “Chris Packham’s Animal Einstein”, (S1, ep 3, TX: 07/03/21).  “Click”, (TX: 06/03/21).  “Farscape”, (S3, ep 17 to ep 20).  “Horizon: 2021: Coronavirus Special – What We Know Now”, (TX: 25/02/21).  “Mary Poppins Returns”, (2018).  “Mike Skippper’s Coming Out Of Lockdown Quiz”, (FaceBook)(TX: 06/03/21).  “Not Going Out”, (S4, ep 3 to ep 5).  “Pretty Little Liars”, (S7, ep 2 to ep 20 (On Iplayer ep 20 was pt 1 & pt 2).  “Star Trek”, (S1, ep 22 & ep 23).  “Superstore”, (s4, ep 5 to ep 10).  “Taskmaster”, (S9, ep 7, TX: 16/10/19).  “The Last Leg”, (S21, ep 8, TX: 05/03/21).  “The Graham Norton Show”, (S28, ep 20, 05/03/21).  “The Great British Bake Off: SU2C Celebrity Special”, (S4, ep 1, TX: 09/03/21).  “The Greatest Escapists”, (S1, ep 2 & ep 2).  “The Rangernation”, (S3, ep 5, TX: 07/03/21).  “Vis a Vis (Locked up)”, (S1, ep 5)“WandaVision”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 9)Z nation”, (s3, ep 4 & ep 5)

Gerry Anderson Watched This Week:

“Space 1999”, (S2, ep 12, TX: 18/11/76).

Pixar watched this week;

“Auntie Edna”, (2018).  “Boundin”, (2003).  “Dug’s Special Mission”, (2009).  “For The Birds”, (2000).  “La Luna”, (2011). “Lifted”, (2006).  “Mike’s New Car”, (2002).  “Night & Day”, (2010).  “One Man Band”, (2005).  “Partly Cloudy”, (2009).  “Presto”, (2008).  “Riley’s First Date”, (2015).  “Soul”, (2020).  “The Blue Umbrella”, (2013).  “Your Friend The Rat”, (2007)

Pixar Popcorn shorts watched this week:

“A Day In The Life Of The Dead”,  “Chore Day The Incredibles Way”,  “Cookie Num Num”,  “Dancing With The Cars”,  “Dory Finding”,  “Fluffy Stuff With Ducky And Bunny: Love”,  “Fluffy Stuff With Ducky And Bunny: Three Heads”,  “Soul And The City”,  “To Fitness And Beyond”,  “Unparalleled  parking”, (All TX: 22/01/21).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“A legitimate Salvage (The Expanse)”, (ep 15, 12/11/19).  “Betamax Video Club”, (ep 89, 11/03/21).  “Bros Watch PLL Too”, (S1, ep 1, 06/11/13).  “CNN Coronavirus Fact vs Fiction”, (08/03/21) (09/03/21) (10/03/21) (11/03/21) (12/03/21).  “Coronavirus Global Daily Update”, (BBC World Service) (06/03/21) (07/03/21) (08/03/21) (09/03/21) (10/03/21) (11/03/21) (12/03/21).  “Griefcast”(ep 131, 03/03/21)(ep 132, 10/03/21).  “I Don’t Believe It’s Not Buddha”, (s1, ep 26, 10/03/21)  “Mystery Hour”, (25/02/21)(05/03/21).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 186, 12/03/21).  “Nick Abbot Whole Show”, (06/03/21) (07/03/21) (12/03/21).  “Poppy Hillstead Has Entered The Chat”, (S3, ep 3, 10/03/21).  “Random Telly Vision”, (Trailer, Dec 19)(ep 33, 12/10/20)(ep 33 extra, 18/10/20)(ep 39, 23/11/20)(ep 39 extra, 29/11/20).  “Rob Beckett and Josh Widdecombe Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (s2, ep 13, 05/03/21)(ep 14, 09/03/21)(ep 15, 12/03/21).  “Space Boffins”, (12/03/21).  “Star Trek Discovery”, (TeeVee)(S2, ep 7, 01/05/19)(ep 8, 08/03/19).  “The Audio Guide To Babylon 5”, (s1, ep 16, 14/12/14).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”,  (ep 153, 08/03/21).  “The Froth With Rhod Gilbert And Sian Harris”, (s3, ep 5 (ep 29) 09/03/21).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (08/03/21).  “The Skewer”, (BBC Radio 4)(s3, ep 9, 10/03/21).  “Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels – Happy Times And Places”, (12.1 , “Terror Of The Autons”, 08/03/21).  “Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels – Indefinable Magic”, (1.4, 08/03/21).  “Vison On Sound, Andy And Martin Discuss Flash Gordon (1930s)”, (08/03/21).  “WTB”, (S2, ep 5 (ep 27), 12/03/21).  “What’s Your Problem With Nick Abbot And Carol Mcgiffin”, (S1, ep 57, 08/03/21).  “Wolf And Owl”, (ep 15, 10/03/21)(#6, 12/03/21).  “Morrissey”, “Cast”,  “MGMT”,  “Beck”,  “LCD Soundsystem”, “Haim”, “The Cranberries”, “Fleetwood Mac”, “Suede”, “New Order”, “Electronic” , “Patrick Macnee And Honor Blackman”.

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Week 350, Saturday 27th February until Friday 5th March 2021.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London (Week 9 of Lockdown the Third).

Week 350 Saturday 27thFebruary until Friday 5thMarch 2021.

This week is the 350th week of this blog.  Personally I can’t believe that I have written something usually between 600 to 800 words every seven days without missing a single week.

More nuts please.

Because of the current restrictions of course I have spent the last week at home and really don’t have much to say.  But after writing the above paragraph, the blog is like a drug compelling me to type.  What follows are random thoughts over the last seven days.  If what I’ve written is boring maybe the nice pictures looking out in the garden will make this a lot more interesting.

Great Tit in the rain.

I have a neighbour that plays music loudly at inappropriate times.  Earlier this week standing in a quiet house before work, I could feel a pounding vibrating feeling.  After making my way to the backdoor I opened it quickly expecting to hear music playing behind the fence.  Everything was silent because everything sensible including the neighbour was still asleep.  It was only when I returned to the living room did I realised this thumping was the beating of my heart.  That feeling should be a comfort, that I am still alive.  But it actually disturbs me; I really don’t like the sensation of its rhythmic beating.  I used to sleep on my left, but in the last few months I have had to change sides because the vibrations in my chest made me feel uncomfortable.  

A regular beauty.

At this great age I should embrace the beating of the organ that has kept me alive all these years.  This regular rhythm I suppose should be a comfort, however I would prefer not to be aware of its working.

And now other stuff……

All week I have had a very bad back.  During a break I decided to spend 5 minutes lying flat on the floor.  After setting the timer on my small electronic device, I lay down and closed my eyes enjoying the silence.  The timer didn’t go off; I kept thinking that it would sound any moment.  It didn’t!  Eventually I sat up and discovered I had set the timer for 5 hours not minutes.  Luckily I was still on my break, I wonder if my manager would believe me if I had just laid there for longer returning late for work.  I really need to learn now to work my small electronic device.  Laying on the floor is something I might do more often, I have read a lot about people enjoying meditation and it’s after effects.

A random unplanned doodle in progress.

And there’s more……

A new cat that has started to visits the garden caught a bird earlier in the week.  I was sadly unsuccessful in rescuing it.  The rest of the week when I see the cat I have rushed out and gently squirted water near it to try and discourage it from visiting the garden.

This is not the killer pussy. This one we call “Fatty”, and is no threat to any bird.

I did see another casualty this week.  A Pigeon spotted on one of the feeders had definitely been in a skirmish recently.  It was good to see that it could fly and was eating and drinking, hopefully what I saw was just feather/ plumage damage.

The casualty feeding.

As a nature fan I do have to remind myself that this is all very natural and must not demonise the cat or other creatures.  But it is upsetting to see especially as I do encourage the birds in to the garden.

This is “Sooty”, who also is not really a threat. But if they could catch a bird they probably would.

And Finally……

In the kitchen, a drink was passed through hatch from the living room by my friend I live with.  Of course I picked it up and drank it in one.  Opps, the drink wasn’t mine; she was passing hers through to drink in the kitchen while cooking.  I did apologise and poured her another straight away.

At work one afternoon this week the computer and phone suddenly died.  I sat there for a second with a smile on my face.  That faded very quickly when I realised that this power cut was because my friend pulled out the wrong plug.  Was this payback for drinking her drink?

Chewie is happy.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“Chris Packham’s Animal Einstein”, (S1, ep 2, TX: 28/02/21).  “Click”, (TX: 27/02/21).  “Farscape”, (S3, ep 15 & ep 16).  “Mike Skippper’s Coming Out Of Lockdown Quiz”, (FaceBook)(TX: 27/02/21).  “Plebs”, (s2, ep 2 to ep 6).  “Pretty Little Liars”, (S4, ep 13 to ep 24)(S5, ep 1 to ep 25)(S6, ep 1 to ep 20)(S7, ep 1).  “Superstore”, (s3, ep 15 to ep 22)(s4, ep 1 to ep 4).  “The Last Leg”, (S21, ep 7, TX: 26/02/21).  “The Graham Norton Show”, (S28, ep 19, 26/02/21).  “The Rangernation”, (S3, ep 4, TX: 28/02/21).  “Vis a Vis (Locked up)”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 4).  “Z nation”, (s3, ep 3)

Gerry Anderson Watched This Week:

“Space 1999”, (S2, ep 11, TX: 11/11/76).

The Royle Family watched this week;

“The Royle Family  – Barbara’s Old Ring Outtakes”, (YouTube)(24/02/20).

“The Royle Family- Golden Eggcup Outtakes”, (YouTube)(13/03/10).

“The Royle Family  – Joe’s Crackers Outtakes”, (YouTube)(23/01/18).

“The Royle Family Outtakes (The Very Best Of)”, (YouTube)(TX: 27/01/18)

“The Royle Family  – The New Sofa Outtakes”, (YouTube)(31/08/09).

“The Royle Family  – The Queen Of Sheba Outtakes”, (YouTube)(26/12/16).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“Betamax Video Club”, (ep 14, 04/04/18).  “CNN Coronavirus Fact vs Fiction”, (01/03/21)(02/03/21)(03/03/21)(04/03/21)(05/03/21).  “Coronavirus Global Daily Update”, (BBC World Service) (27/02/21) (28/02/21) (01/03/21) (02/03/21) (03/03/21) (04/03/21) (05/03/21).  “Don’t Interrupt Me, Por Favor (Money Heist’s- Alba Flores)”, (29/01/19).  “For Your Reference (Money Heist – And Denver Were None)”, (26/02/19).  “Game Of Thrones”, (teevee) (s5, ep 4, 04/05/15).  “Griefcast”(ep 130, 23/02/21).  “I Don’t Believe It’s Not Buddha”, (s1, ep  25, 03/03/21) “Lazy Doctor Who, (CarCast!)”, (ep 215, 03/03/21).  “Mystery Hour”, (18/02/21).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 185, 05/03/21).  “Nick Abbot Whole Show”, (27/02/21)(28/02/21)(05/03/21).  “Old Time Radio, Sci-Fi, Buck Roger’s Origin Story”, (06/03/17).  “Poppy Hillstead Has Entered The Chat”, (S3, ep 2, 05/03/21).  “Rob Beckett and Josh Widdecombe Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (s2, ep 12, 02/03/21).  “The Audio Guide To Babylon 5”, (s1, ep 15, 30/11/14).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”,  (ep 150, 28/02/21)(ep 151 03/03/21).  “The All New Angelos And Barry Podcast”, (27/02/21).  “The Froth With Rhod Gilbert And Sian Harris”, (s3, ep 4 (ep 28) 02/03/21).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (01/03/21).  “The Old Doctor Who Show”, (ep 108, 03/03/21).  “The Pilot Podcast – Money Heist (Netflix)”, (30/07/20).  “The Skewer”, (BBC Radio 4)(s3, ep 8, 03/03/21).  “Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels – Happy Times And Places”,  (11.1 , “The End Of The World”, 01/03/21).  “WTB”, (S2, ep 4 (ep 26, 05/03/21).  “What’s Your Problem With Nick Abbot And Carol Mcgiffin”, (S1, ep 56, 01/03/21). “Wolf And Owl”, (ep 14, 03/03/21)(#5, 05/03/21).  “Morrissey”, “T’Pau”,  “Belinda Carlisle”,  “Heart”,  “Aerosmith”, “Razorlight”, “The Eagles”, “Doves”, “Ocean Colour Scene”, “Manic Street Preachers”, “Alanis Morissette” , “Len”,  “Girl In Red.

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Week 349, Saturday 20th until Friday 26th February 2021.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London (Week 8 of Lockdown the Third).

Week 349 Saturday 20thuntil Friday 26thFebruary 2021.

Happy b’day this week to Jbomb and Amelia.

In the past when I have been asked what my favourite season is, I usually reply without thinking “Winter“.  The idea of darkness in the afternoon appeals because I feel I can hide and not be noticed even though there are so many others around.  Of course in the capital it’s never really dark because of all the light pollution.  In the old days sitting at work in the office and seeing the darkness outside always made me happy.

This week I realised that maybe I have a new favourite season, “Spring”.  All round I can see the signs that better weather (if I am honest here in London, winter has not been bad, compared to other areas of the UK) is on the way.  I have mentioned before that over this last year I have got great pleasure from just standing and looking out of the window watching the birds feeding.  Earlier this week while filling up the feeders I noticed buds sprouting on bushes and trees all around.  I have also started to see birds with feathers, grass and other things held in there breaks, are they starting to make nests.  New life is everywhere.

After work one early evening, I popped in to a local park with my Digital SLR camera to see if I could capture the signs of the changing of the season.  Admittedly, I am a little early there wasn’t the amount of blossom on the trees I was expecting.  Over the coming weeks I will have to return and document the beautiful changes taking place.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

Over the next few weeks and mouths we are slowly coming out of lockdown.  I have said before that I am a member of a small exclusive club who has enjoyed staying at home, personally I don’t want to go out and am not looking forward to the “world” returning to the way it was before.

Travelling was something I was looking forward to this year, because of the “the virus” I don’t know if I will be able to visit the locations I had intended.  Over the coming months I will have to make decisions.  If all else fails I am very tempted to get a small campervan and a tent and head to the Scottish Highlands and Islands.  I like the idea of being in a place with a small population, lots of wildlife and beautiful views.  The prospect of bad weather doesn’t bother me; remember I am at heart a winter gal.

Looking up, and dreaming on a jet plane.

And Finally……

I felt really sorry for a delivery man who knocked on the front door late one afternoon.  The poor man must have been very tired as in the few seconds we interacted he called me “love” and “darling”.   I’m hoping he gets professional help soon.  I would like to point out I rarely hear those words spoken in relation to me, so it was nice to hear.

Belly laugh of the week happened while a friend and I tried to remember all the names of the main female characters in “Charmed(1998-2006).  I was convinced my friend said “Poo”, she didn’t it was “Prue”.  Maybe you needed to be.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“Chris Packham’s Animal Einsteins”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 21/02/21).  “Click”, (20/02/21).  “Execution: Lisa Montgomery’s Story”, (TX: 16/01/21).  “Here’s A Look Behind The Scenes Of Superstore’s Cloud 9 Set”, (YouTube)(TX: 07/03/19).  “How I Make Creative Influencer Videos”, (YouTube)(TX: 18/12/20).  “Money Heist”, (Part 1, ep 7 to ep 13)(Part 2, ep 1 to ep 9)(Part 3, ep 1 to ep 8)(Part 4, ep 1 to ep 8).  “Money Heist: El Fenomeno (The Phenomenon)”, (2020).  “Not Going Out”, (S4, ep 1 & ep 2).  “PM (Unlocking Road Plan) Announcement”, (BBC News)(TX: 22/02/21).  “Pretty Little Liars”, (S3, ep 4 to ep 24)(S4, ep 1 to ep 12).  “Star Trek”, (S1, ep 21).  “Superstore”, (S3, ep 7 to ep 14).  “The Graham Norton Show”, (S28, ep 18, TX: 19/02/21).  “The Last Leg”, (S21, ep 6, TX: 19/02/21).  “The Rangernation”, (S3, ep 3, TX: 21/02/21)

Gerry Anderson Watched This Week:

“Space 1999”, (S2, ep 10, TX: 04/11/76).

Pixar (Sparkshorts) Watched This Week:

“Burrow”, (Pixar, Sparkshorts)(2020).

“Making Burrow”, (Pixar, Sparkshorts)(2020).

“Float”, (Pixar, Sparkshorts)(2019).

“Making Float”, (Pixar, Sparkshorts)(2019).

“Kitbull”, (Pixar, Sparkshorts)(2019).

“Making Kitbull”, (Pixar, Sparkshorts)(2019).

“Loop”, (Pixar, Sparkshorts)(2020).

“Making Loop”, (Pixar, Sparkshorts)(2020).

“Out”, (Pixar, Sparkshorts)(2020).

“Making Out”, (Pixar, Sparkshorts)(2020).

“Purl”, (Pixar, Sparkshorts)(2019).

“Making Purl”, (Pixar, Sparkshorts)(2019).

“Smash And Grab”, (Pixar, Sparkshorts)(2019).

“Making Smash And Grab”, (Pixar, Sparkshorts)(2019).

“Wind”, (Pixar, Sparkshorts)(2019).

“Making Wind”, (Pixar, Sparkshorts)(2019).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“A legitimate Salvage (The Expanse)”, (ep 14, 12/11/19).  “Coronavirus Global Daily Update”, (BBC World Service) (20/02/21) (21/02/21) (22/02/21) (23/02/21) (24/02/21) (25/02/21)(26/02/21)“CNN, Coronavirus: Fact Vs Fiction”, (ep 247, 22/02/21)(ep 248, 23/02/21)(ep 249, 24/02/21)(ep 250, 25/02/21)(ep 251, 26/02/21).  “Betamax Video Club”, (ep 88, 25/02/21).  “Daddy Look At Me”, (S4, ep 17, 25/02/21).  “Doctor Who”, (TeeVee)(S9, ep 11, 29/11/15).  “I Don’t Believe It’s Not Buddha”, (S1, ep 24, 24/02/21).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Problem”, (ep 183, 19/02/21)(ep 184, 26/02/21).  “NASA: Curious Universe”, (23/02/21).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (20/02/21) (21/02/21) (26/02/21).  “Poppy Hillstead Has Entered The Chat”, (S3, ep 1, 24/02/21).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (S2, ep 10, 23/02/21)(ep 11, 26/02/21).  “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 234, 19/02/21).  “Star Trek Discovery”, (TeeVee)”, (S2, ep 6, 22/02/19).  “Star Trek Universe Podcast”, (Trailer, 23/10/18)(ep 1, 25/10/18).  “Stranger Things”, (TeeVee)(07/08/16).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 149, 21/02/21).  “The Froth With Rhod Gilbert And Sian Harris”, (S3, ep 3 (ep 27), 23/02/21).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (22/02/21).  “The Skewer”, (BBC Radio 4)(S3, ep 7, 24/02/21).  “The Supermassive Podcast”, (22/02/21).  “This Week In Time Travel”, (Trailer, April 17).  “Toby Hadoke’s Happy Times And Places – Too Much Information – The Cave Of Skulls”, (1.2, 22/02/21).   “WTB”, (S2, ep 3 (ep 25) 26/02/21).  “What’s Your Problem With Nick Abbot And Carol McGiffin”, (S1, ep 55, 22/02/21).  “Wolf And Owl”, (S1, ep 13, 24/02/21).  “Morrissey”,  “Muse ”,  “Natalie Imbruglia”,  “Kings Of Leon”,  “Dubstar”,  “Roisin Murphy”,  “Pixies”,  “Throwing Muses”,  “Shakespeare Sister”,  “Nirvana”,  “Alanis Morissette”.

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Week 348, Saturday 13th until Friday 19th February 2021.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London (Week 7 of Lockdown the Third).

Week 348 Saturday 13thuntil Friday 19thFebruary 2021.

I’ve been unwell all week, not with “The” virus just flu.  Friends and family said “But you had a Flu jab last year”.  Yes I did, I have one most years but still get ill.  As far as I know the flu jab is to help boost our natural defence against flu germs (remember I really know nothing) it doesn’t stop you from getting the virus.  This got me thinking when I was exposed.  In recent weeks I have visited a couple of shops, driving to and from and masked while inside.  I haven’t been strolling around the streets or local parks, though I do pop into the garden to watch the birds and refill the feeders.  As with many people I am being very careful what and how I do things. 

Vaccinations are all-over the news at the moment, I know more and more people who have had their first Covid jab.  I won’t experience that little prick for a long time.  Until then I will continue to do what I need to, to be safe for myself and others around me.  If any good has come out of feeling so ill, I have spent a lot of time in my fave place, bed and asleep (with a number of dreams about the road I grew up in.  A couple set during Crimbum, after one dream I woke up confused, because I couldn’t remember if it was actually Crimbum at the moment.  I really didn’t know what time of year it was, I desperately hope it was the flu and nothing more serious that made me confused).

Porridge, Banana and a dash of Marmite.

And Now For Something Completley Different……

It’s very difficult to orbit or land on Mars, I have read a statistic that 50% of missions to the Red planet fail.  This month Mars has been a very busy location with three successful missions dropping into orbit.  On 9th Feb The UAE “Hope” orbiter reached the 4th planet.  The next day The Chinese “Tianwen-1” orbiter and rover arrived at Mars.  This week NASA’s “Perseverance” rover landed at Jezero Crater after travelling for 203 days, 293 million miles (472 million kilometres).

The fun this week might have been on Mars. But I have enjoyed being here on Earth.

I like millions of other armchair scientist watched and listened to the live coverage, with everything crossed that the plucky little (it’s not little, the rovers the size of a large Mini Van weighing 1,025 Kg (2.260 Ib) rover would make it safely on to the dusty surface.  When confirmation was announced I did let out an audible sigh of relief.  My friend next to me was sadly disappointed when she asked why I was celebrating.

Watching the live stream with friends.

I really am so happy for all the scientist around the world that have worked on these three amazing missions.  The difficult work is still to come now they have arrived, the journey there was in many ways the easy part of the mission.  I really will be watching all of them with a lot of interest.  However Perseverance is my personal fave (the rover contains a microchip with millions of people’s names, including mine, MOZ, sister Hel and all my Nephews and Niece) and is packed with science.  One of the most interesting projects is “sample return”.  The rover will drill into rocks and soil identified as scientifically interesting, looking for signs of past microbial life.  Each sample will be about half an ounce (15 grams) photographed, weighed and analysed before being sealed inside a small tube.  Eventually the tubes (approx. 30 of them) will be left on the surface to be retrieved by a joint NASA/ESA mission in the early 2030s and returned to the Earth to be studied for decades.

Little people in my family boarding passes to Mars.

Regularly I read that human’s first boot prints could touch the Martian regolith during the middle of the 2030s.  Hopefully I will be around to witness this historic moment.  Until then I will watch and read with interest about what Perseverance discovers.  At this moment I must mention that NASA’s Curiosity rover is still active and contributing to growth in knowledge of Mars since it landed on 6 August 2012.  Watching the landing, reading about the missions does also make me a little sad, that I was and am not clever enough to have been a scientist.  Oh well, I’ll let the clever people do all the magic, I enjoy soaking it up and pretending that I understand everything.

A screenshot the moment that Perseverance landed on Mars, info and graphics from (c) NASA 2021.

(One thing I haven’t mentioned is “Ingenuity”, a 50cm tall helicopter (with contra-rotating coaxial rotors) currently strapped to the underside of Perseverance. The craft once detached is a demonstrator to show that future missions might not need wheels, but hover and fly over the landscape scientist are interested in. I will write more about this incredible flying machine when the first flight takes place.)

The first picture from the rover, seconds after landing. (c) NASA 21.

And Finally……

MOZ popping in with a gift.

While watching something I could have sworn I heard the line “Do you wish you could taste her Cherry chop stick”.  Rewinding and putting on sub-titles the end of that line was “Chap stick”.  I really was not well that evening, but it made us laugh.

I love my print of Spike, he will be put up on the wall very soon.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“0121”, (Comedy Threesomes)(BBC Three)(S1, ep 1 to ep 3).  “Click”, (13/02/21).  “Death In Paradise”, (S10, ep 8, TX: 18/02/21).  “Farscape”, (S3, ep 14).  “Have I Got A Bit More News For You”, (S58, ep 6, 25/11/19).  “Money Heist”, (S1, ep 1 t ep 6).  “NASA: Perseverance Mars Rover Landing”, (NASA TV)(YouTube)(TX: 18/02/21).  “Not Going Out”, (S3, ep 3 to 1 & ep 8).  “Pretty Little Liars”, (S2, ep 6 to ep 25)(S3, ep 1 to ep 3).  “Rhod Gilbert: Stand up to Infertility”, (TX: 25/01/21).  “Star Trek”, (S1, ep 20).  “Superstore”, (S2, ep 15 to ep 22)(S3, ep 1 to ep 6).  “The Last Leg”, (S21, ep 5, TX: 12/02/21).  “The Rangernation”, (S3, ep 2, TX: 14/02/21).  “The Tomorrow People”, (S3, Secret Weapon, ep 1 Lost And Found, TX: 26/02/75).  “Z Nation”, (S3, ep 2).  “Zapped”, (S2, ep 1).                                          

Gerry Anderson Watched This Week:

“Space 1999”, (S2, ep 9, TX: 28/10/76).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“A legitimate Salvage (The Expanse)”, (ep 12, 28/10/19)(ep 13, 04/11/19)(ep 35, 15/02/21).  “Coronavirus Global Daily Update”, (BBC World Service) (13/02/21) (14/02/21) (15/02/21) (16/02/21) (17/02/21) (18/02/21)(19/02/21)“CNN, Coronavirus: Fact Vs Fiction”, (ep 242, 15/02/21)(ep 243, 16/02/21)(ep 244, 17/02/21)(ep 245, 18/02/21)(ep 246, 19/02/21).  “Betamax Video Club”, (ep 46, 02/05/19).  “Daddy Look At Me”, (S4, ep 16, 18/02/21).  “Dear Joan And Jericha (Julia Davies And Vicki Pepperdine)”, (14/02/21)“Doctor Who”, (TeeVee)(S9, ep 9, 15/11/15)(ep 10, 22/11/15).  “Game Of Thrones”, (S5, ep 3, 27/04/15).  “Game Of Thrones, Rewind”, (Teevee)(S1, ep 9, 30/09/18).  “Griefcast”, (S7, ep 3 (ep 129), 17/02/20).  “I Don’t Believe It’s Not Buddha”, (S1, ep 23, 17/02/21).  “Mystery Hour”, (11/02/21).  “NASA: Gravity Assist”, (12/02/21).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Problem”, (ep 182, 12/02/21).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (13/02/21) (14/02/21) (19/02/21).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (S2, ep 8, 16/02/21)(ep 9, 19/02/21).  “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 233, 12/01/21).  “Star Trek Discovery”, (TeeVee)”, (S2, ep 4, 08/02/19)(ep 5, 19/02/19).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 148, 14/02/21).  “The Audio Guide To Babylon 5”, (ep 13, 02/11/14)(ep 14, 16/11/14).  “The Froth With Rhod Gilbert And Sian Harris”, (S3, ep 2 (ep 26), 16/02/21).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (15/02/21).  “The Skewer”, (BBC Radio 4)(S3, ep 6, 18/02/21).  “Toby Hadoke’s Happy Times And Places – “Timelash, ep 2, (10.2, 15/02/21).  “WTB”, (S2, ep 2 (ep 24), 19/02/21).  “What’s Your Problem With Nick Abbot And Carol McGiffin”, (S1, ep 54, 15/02/21).  “Wolf And Owl”, (S1, ep 12, 17/02/21)(Bonus #4, 19/02/21).  “Morrissey”,  “Arlo Parks”,  “Natalie Imbruglia”,  “Fleetwood Mac”,  “Bob Marley And The Wailers”,  “Artic Monkeys”,  “Guns N Roses”,  “Starship”,  “Bloc Party”,  “Ash”,  “ABC”,  “Erasure”,  “The Cure”, “Massive Attack”,  “David Bowie”,  “Jamie T”,  “Viola Beach”,  “Tears For Fears”.

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Week 347, Saturday 6th until Friday 12th February 2021.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London (Week 6 of Lockdown the Third).

Week 347, Saturday 6thuntil Friday 12thFebruary 2021.

As I have mentioned before I take photos of anything that moves, usually using my phone, tablet or small digital camera.  However the last couple of weeks I have been pointing out of the window looking on to the garden my Cannon Digital SLR camera.  Shamefully this has sat in my bedroom for the last few years without being used.  All of this has changed, in fact this week it has sat next to the work laptop, regularly zooming in on the bushes and feeders a few metres away enjoying the life walking, hopping and flapping in the small amount of snow that fell.

Talking about snow, when I had to travel to work on public transport it was a major annoyance and irritation.  Because of working from home, this week it was a delight to watch from the warmth of the living room. 

Because this week once again I haven’t been anywhere I present a series of photos taken with the Cannon camera.  Maybe next week I will have some real content (don’t count on it; I have had any for the last 347 weeks, why should I find some in the next seven days).

And Finally……

One day at work, while cutting and pasting the surname “Dickson”, all that appeared was “Dick”.  Having a childish sense of humour, this made me laugh.  By the way the person really was a dick.

While driving back from the shops my friend and I enjoyed a song playing on the radio, the problem was we couldn’t remember the singer’s name.  Suggestions that we throw back and forth included “Bin Bag Man”, Garbage Man”, Scrap Metal Man and my personal fave “Ball Bag Man”.  In the end my friend had to look it up.  It is now that I would like to publicly apologise to Rory Charles Graham who is known professionally as “Rag ‘n’ Bone Man” for forgetting who he was.  This won’t happen again.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“Click”, (06/02/21).  “Cocoon”, (1985).  “Death In Paradise”, (S10, ep 7, TX: 12/02/21).   “Farscape”, (S3, ep 12).  “Flo & Joan: Handforth Parish Council The Musical”, (FaceBook)(06/02/20).  “Farscape”, (S3, ep 13).  “Fringe”, (S2, ep 15 to ep 17).  “Les Miserables In Concert 25th Anniversary”, (2010).  “Musicals: The Greatest Show”, (TX: 07/02/21).  “Not Going Out”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 6)(S2, ep 1 to ep 8)(S3, ep 1 & ep 2).  “Pretty Little Liars”, (S1, ep 10 to ep 22)(S2, ep 1 to ep 5).  “Sings Musicals”, (TX: 15/01/12).  “Space Sweepers”, (2021).  “Sputnik”, (2020).  “Star Trek”, (S1, ep 19).  “Stonehenge: The Lost Circle Revealed”, (TX: 12/02/21).  “Superstore”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 14).  “The Expanse”, (S5, ep 8 to ep 10).  “The Graham Norton Show”, (S28, ep 17, TX: 12/02/21).  “The Rangernation”, (S3, ep 1, TX: 07/02/21).  “Travelers”, (S2, ep 8 to ep 12)(S3, ep 1 to ep 10).  “Watching The World’s Heaviest Aircraft Take Off Is Something Quite Shocking”, (FaceBook)(TX: 05/02/21).  “Z Nation”, (S3, ep 1).                                         

Gerry Anderson Watched This Week:

“Space 1999”, (S2, ep 8, TX: 23/10/76).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“A legitimate Salvage (The Expanse)”, (ep 11, 23/10/19)(ep 32, 21/01/21)(ep 33, 30/01/21)(ep 34, 05/02/21).  “Coronavirus Global Daily Update”, (BBC World Service) (06/02/21) (07/02/21) (08/02/21) (09/02/21) (10/02/21) (11/02/21)(12/02/21)“CNN, Coronavirus: Fact Vs Fiction”, (ep 237, 08/02/21)(ep 238, 09/02/21)(ep 239, 10/02/21)(ep 240, 11/02/21)(ep 241, 12/02/21).  “Betamax Video Club”, (ep 86, 11/02/21).  “Daddy Look At Me”, (S4, ep 14, 11/02/21).  “Doctor Who”, (TeeVee)(S9, ep 5, 18/10/15)(ep 6, 25/10/15)(ep 7, 01/11/15)(ep 8, 08/11/15).  “Griefcast”, (S7, ep 2 (ep 128), 10/02/20).  “I Don’t Believe It’s Not Buddha”, (S1, ep 22, 10/02/21).  “Mystery Hour”, (11/02/21).  “NASA: Gravity Assist”, (12/02/21).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Problem”, (ep 182, 12/02/21).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (06/02/21) (07/02/21) (12/02/21).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (S2, ep 6, 09/02/21)(ep 7, 12/02/21).  “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 232, 05/01/21).  “Space Boffins”, (11/02/21).  “Star Trek Discovery”, (TeeVee)”, (Short Trek, #2, 13/11/20(#3, 19/12/18)(#4, 04/01/19)(S2, ep 1, 18/01/19)(ep 2, 25/01/19)(ep 3, 01/02/19).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 147, 07/02/21).  “The Audio Guide To Babylon 5”, (ep 12, 19/10/14).  “The Froth With Rhod Gilbert And Sian Harris”, (S3, ep 1 (ep 25), 09/02/21).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (08/02/21).  “The Old Doctor Who Show”, (ep 107, 10/02/21).  “The Skewer”, (BBC Radio 4)(S3, ep 5, 11/02/21).  “Toby Hadoke’s Happy Times And Places – “Timelash, ep 1”, (10.1, 08/02/21).  “WTB”, (S1, ep 9, 18/09/20)(S2, ep 1 (ep 23), 12/02/21).  “What’s Your Problem With Nick Abbot And Carol McGiffin”, (S1, ep 53, 08/02/21).  “Wolf And Owl”, (S1, ep 11, 10/02/21)(Bonus #3, 12/02/21).  “Morrissey”,  “Manic Street Preachers”,  “Green Day”,  “The Beatles”,  “Dusty Springfield”,  “Pink”,  “Rag ‘n’ Bone Man”,  “Suede”,  “McAlmont & Butler”,  “The Killers”,  “Florence And The Machine”.

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Week 346, Saturday 30th January until Friday 5th February 2021.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London (Week 5 of Lockdown the Third).

Week 346 Saturday 30thJanuary until Friday 5thFebruary 2021.

Happy b’day this week George.

Its not Russell T Davies, unless RTD liked the doodle.

Since March last year the view out of the window in to the garden has become so important. I sit in the living room working while watching the neighbours’ cats, gangs of squirrels and birds on the feeders.  Something I have learned these last 11 months is that you don’t need to go anywhere special to appreciate nature.

A rough Doodle I did for a bank holiday that friends and family in Sri Lanka enjoyed this week.

Some days the feeders are crammed with Sparrows, Starlings, Magpies, Blue and Cole Tits, Pigeons and a couple of regular Robins.  Highlight’s last summer was spotting a Green Parrot and a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, not at the same time of course.

Cliffy enjoying the Robin feeder.

Last weekend people all over the country took part in the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) Annual Big Garden Birdwatch.  All participants had to do was count the number of birds seen in an hour of their choice.  It didn’t matter where you were any open space could be used.

A new visitor this week.

I decided to spend an hour on Saturday and another on Sunday using the best results.  With all the bird feeders full I sat inside because of the rain and waited.  Within a few minutes of me topping up the feeders, they become a hot spot of activity, last Saturday nothing.  It might have been the rain that kept the birds away.  I like to imagine them keeping dry in trees and bushes around waiting for a gap in the rain and daring each other to be the first to fly down.

My results.

Sundays counting session proved a lot more lively, here are the results that I submitted,

12 Starlings

2 Woodpigeons

1 Collard Dove

1 Feral Pigeon

1 Magpie

1 Robin

I get a lot of pleasure watching the birds; something so simple gives me so much joy.  This really has made all of the lockdowns easier, and work much more bearable.

The national results.

Thursday this week while on the phone talking to another annoying customer I noticed what I thought was another squirrel.  I soon realised it was a bird, pressing the mute button I called my friend over who identified the stranger as a Kestrel.  Sadly I didn’t get a picture (blame the caller) by the time I got to the window the bird of prey had taken flight annoying our regular population of birds as it passed over head.

Don’t drink and fly.

I really enjoyed taking part in The Big Garden Bird Watch; next month when I have some spare money I might join the RSPB.  Once I am unlocked I am planning on visiting a number of nature reserves to do some serious bird watching, until then I am very happy looking out of the window watching the birds hopping around the garden.

Such a pretty bird.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

Felt very sad to hear that Captain Sir Tom Moore had passed away.  During the last year he has been such an inspiration a hero to millions who will never forget him.  Of course I haven’t forgotten all the everyday heroes in the NHS at all levels, the emergency services, bus and train drivers, supermarket staff.  There are so many people that I don’t have time to mention who have stepped up these last 11 months to help keep all our lives as normal as possible.

A screenshot from BBC News.

Captain Sir Tom Moore is a different kind of a hero, the ultimate influencer, a man that should be looked at as an example of what is good in the human race.  I never met him, but like so many others I felt I did, that he was indestructible.  Every one of the 111,264 (as of 4.49pm 5th Feb, source Direct.gov.com) deaths is sad and upsetting, but there was something even more sad about the passing of a man who raised so much money to help people he would never meet.

The 4th Broccoli crop from the garden.

And Finally……

Flicking through channels last weekend, I caught a glimpse of The Blob singing on The Masked Singer.  I said to my friend that’s xxxxxxx (I won’t name them, as there may be people reading this who has not seen it) to me the voice so recognisable.  The next day readings the entertainment news i discovered I had been correct.  If ITV would like to hire me as a judge, I’m very much available at a reasonable rate.

Problems with computers can be so annoying.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“Bonding”, (S1, ep 4 to ep 7)(S2, ep 1 to ep 8).  “BTS: The Conjuring 2 (Behind The Scenes)”, (FaceBook)(22/11/17).  “Click”, (30/01/21).  “Dead Pixels”, (S2, ep 4 to ep 6).  “Death In Paradise”, (S10, ep 5, TX: 04/02/21)(ep 6, TX: 05/02/21).  “Enteebe”, (2018).  “Farscape”, (S3, ep 12).  “Fringe”, (S2, ep 15 to ep 17).  “Hidden Secrets Of Air Force One”, (FaceBook)(26/09/20).  “Mike Skipper Still In Lockdown Quiz”, (FaceBook)(30/01/21).  “Nebula 75”, (FaceBook)(S1, ep 1, 15/05/20)(ep 2, 16/05/20)(ep 3, 17/05/20)(ep 4, 31/05/20).  “Nobody’s Looking”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 8).  “Not Going Out”, (S11, ep 5, TX: 05/02/21).  “Pretty Little Liars”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 9).  “Star Trek”, (S1, ep 18).  “Superstore”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 11).  “The Expanse”, (S5, ep 6 & ep 7).  “The Graham Norton Show”, (S28, ep 15, TX: 29/01/21)(ep 16, TX: 05/02/21).  “The Last Leg”, (S21, ep 3, TX: 29/01/21)(ep 4, 05/02/21).  “The Royle Family”, (The Golden Egg Cup, TX: 25/12/09)(Joe’s Crackers, TX: 25/12/10)(Barbara’s Old Ring, TX: 25/12/12).  “Travellers”, (S2, ep 2 to ep 7).  “Z Nation”, (S2, ep 14 & ep 15).  “Zapped”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 3).                                       

Gerry Anderson Watched This Week:

“Space 1999”, (S2, ep 7, TX: 16/10/76).

“Thunderbirds: Behind The Scenes: Thunderbirds The Anniversary Episodes”, (FaceBook)(23/08/20).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“A legitimate Salvage (The Expanse)”, (ep 31, 16/01/21).  “Anti Social Show”, (ep 90, 15/01/21).  “Changes With Annie Macmanus”, (S4, ep 10, 09/11/20).  “Coronavirus Global Daily Update”, (BBC World Service) (30/01/21) (31/01/21) (01/02/21) (02/02/21) (03/02/21) (04/02/21)(05/02/21)“CNN, Coronavirus: Fact Vs Fiction”, (ep 232, 01/02/21)(ep 233, 02/02/21)(ep 234, 03/02/21)(ep 235, 04/02/21)(ep 236, 05/02/21).  “Daddy Look At Me”, (S4, ep 13, 04/02/21).  “Doctor Who”, (TeeVee)(S9, ep 2, 27/09/15)(ep 3, 04/10/15)(ep 4, 11/10/15).  “Doug And Elly Watch Telly”, (ep 5, 31/07/20)(ep 7, 22/08/20)(ep 19, 28/01/21).  “Game Of Thrones”, (S5, ep 1, 13/04/15)(ep 2, 20/04/20).  “Game Of Thrones, Rewind”, (TeeVee)(S1, ep 7, 16/09/18).  “Griefcast”, (S7, ep 1 (ep 127), 03/02/20).  “Grounded With Louis Theroux”, (BBC Radio 4)(S2, ep 10, 01/02/21).  “I Don’t Believe It’s Not Buddha”, (S1, ep 21, 03/02/21).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Problem”, (ep 181, 05/02/21).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (30/01/21) (31/01/21) (05/02/21).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (S2, ep 4, 02/02/21)(ep 5, 05/02/21).  “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 228, 08/01/21)(ep 229, 15/01/21)(ep 230, 22/01/21)(ep 231, 29/01/21).  “Star Trek Discovery”, (TeeVee)”, (S1, ep 15, 12/02/18)(Short Trek, #1, 12/10/20).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 146, 31/01/21).  “The Audio Guide To Babylon 5”, (ep 11, 06/10/14).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (01/02/21).  “The Skewer”, (BBC Radio 4)(S3, ep 4, 03/02/21).  “The Smart 7”, (Trailer, 02/04/20)(ep 249, 02/02/20).  “Toby Hadoke’s Happy Times And Places – “Partners In Crime”, (9.1, 01/02/21).  “WTB”, (S1, ep 7, 04/09/20)(ep 8, 11/09/20)(S2, Trailer, 05/02/20).  “What’s Your Problem With Nick Abbot And Carol McGiffin”, (S1, ep 52, 03/02/21).  “Wolf And Owl”, (S1, ep 10, 03/02/21)(Bonus ep 2, 05/02/21).  “Morrissey”,  “Gary Newman”, “Aha”,  “Christine And The Queens”,  “The Housemartins”,  “Lilly Allen”,  “Peter Bjorn And John”, “Electronic”,  “Madness”,  “Laurie Anderson”,  “We’ve got A Fuzzbox And We’re Gonna Use It”.

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