Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London (The NEXT Chapter).
Week 120 Saturday 1stOctober until Friday 7thOctober 2016.
It takes the earth 365.25 days to orbit the sun, the source of all our power. This is the time of the year when I morn the fact that I have travelled through space 584,336,233 miles over the last 12 months. I love the fact that we are all space traveller’s living on a ball of rock floating through space 1,599,825 miles every day.
I love the CAKE and pretty Shark earrings.
I’m not big with b’days I keep it quiet and try to forget about it. I really don’t see why people celebrate another orbit round our star, and another year nearer death. There are plans that in a couple of years’ time MOZ and RAC and myself will go to the US to celebrate our special days by visiting New York and especially California to do the Sideways tour (your homework this week is to watch the film “Sideways”, I want a full review on my desk Monday morning).
Adult drinks at the O2, excited about a soon to be relised film.
Looking back I realise that I have done a lot in the last 8760 hours, but not really achieved much. In October 2015 I was living in Mozambique diving in the Indian Ocean looking for Octopus in nooks and crannies, oh and big things like Mantas and Whalesharks. I lived in a hut 90 seconds from the beach; my daily commute was along the beach populated by lots of scurrying crabs. Even my uncomfortable monthly visits to the MOZ/South Africa border ended up as fun because I would spend a day sitting in the cinema in Nelspruit watching as many films I as possible. Living in Africa was so relaxing I felt I had very little to worry about.
I have been back in blighty since March, living with friends in East London. I managed to get a job back in the office I worked in last year; this meant my commute involved various tubes and trains which were never comfortable. As grey London passed by I would look dreamily out for the window and imagine the Indian Ocean with dolphins jumping and playing outside. During the hour I made my way to the office, I had in fact travelled 66,559 miles on spaceship planet Earth. Working in an aircon(less) office, the stress of doing the amount of work required every hour and the ever increasing demands of management really got to me. When an opportunity came to leave I took it, and jumped feet first into the sea of unemployment. Over the last few weeks I have applied for a number of jobs none of which I have secured.
It was chilly on the 16th floor in Chelsea.
Being out of work has allowed me to look in to other opportunities things that I have wanted to for years, but never had the chance. I have become an unpaid (so far) supporting artist in TV/film. In the last 7 days I have worked on two films one short in which I spent an evening on the 16th floor of a tower block in Chelsea trying to stand as still as possible without blinking. In contrast I worked on a bigger budget film in glamorous Dagenham, in one scene spending over an hour holding a sandwich and a drink but never eating or drinking the props, just pretending. I have applied for loads more roles/jobs which hopefully might lead to something that’s paid, I still have bills to pay.
On set in Dagenham, a great looking dolly, brekkie and call sheet, the wardrobe dept.
Over the next 365.25 days there are a number of things that I need to knuckle down and complete, such as a sort out my storage and finally finish my children’s book. Every second I travel 18.51 miles through space on spaceship Earth. I really need to make this next year count for something, I want to be able to look back and feel satisfied that I have not wasted any more of this thing called life. I need to feel that in 584,336,233 miles time I will be able to be happy and satisfied with life.
My cozzie, the production liked it. What, no Dr Peppers…
In other news…..
On set heard a wardrobe woman speak to a guy and asked him if he had a change of clothes, he replied “I have a hat”. Saw 2 security guards in a major London shopping centre riding mobility scooters following each other; I really wanted them to race “Top Gear” style.
I wonder if you rub two plastic notes together, do you get a tenner. i might have to try it.
The Mid Life Crisis Conts……
This week I have mainly been watching: “A World Without Down’s Syndrome”. “Bridget Jones Baby”, (2016). “Bricks”. “Britain’s Starmen: Heroes of Astronomy”. Cleverman”, (Season 1, ep 5). “Conviction: Murder At The Station”, (ep 1 & 2). “Damned”, (Season 1, ep 2). “Gaga For Dada: The Original Art Rebels”. “Horizon: How Small Is The Universe”, (2012/13, ep 15). “Josh”, (Season 2, ep 3). “Louis Theroux: Saville”. “National Treasure”, (ep 2). “Red Dwarf”, (Season XI, ep 4). “Ripper Street”, (Season 4, ep 6 & 7). “The Chase”, (ep 1000, 29/09/16). “The Graham Norton Show”, (Season 20, ep 1). “The Great British Bake Off”, (Season 7, ep 7). “The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice”, (Season 3, ep 7). “The Sky At Night Special: Goodbye Rosetta”, “Travelman, 48hrs In…”, (Season 3, ep 2).
This week I have mainly been listening to: “Iain Lee: TalkRADIO (Bonus)”, (04, 05/10, 06/10/16). “Iain Lee: TalkRADIO (Highlights)”, (29/09, 30/09)(03/10, 04/10, 05/10, 06/10/16). “Iain Lee: TalkRADIO (Live)”, (03/10, 04/10, 05/10, 06/10/16). “LBC Podcast: Mystery Hour”, (06/10/16). “LBC Podcast: Mystery Hour: A Charity Special”,(07/10/16). ”LBC Podcast: Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (30/09, 01/10, 07/10/16). ”The Barry From Watford Podcast”, (05/07, 06/07, 08/07, 19/07, 20/07, 22/07/11)(04/08, 05/08, 12/08/11). “Toby Hadoke’s Who’s Round”,(ep 43, 44, 45. 02/14)(ep46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52. 03/14)(ep 53, 54, 55. 04/14). “Morrissey”, “Smiths”, “The Beatles”, “Two Door Cinema Club”, “Alanis Morrissette”, “Gorillaz”, “Tatu”, “M.I.A”, “The Pixies”, ”Black Box Recorder” .
I loved Bridget aJones baby too. Just as well you are not in the ‘office’ we have had new kit – it’s been a nightmare as you can imagine!!!!
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Did enjoy the film, thought Renee didn’t look right, I don’t mean that rudely. But did enjoy the film, loved spotting locations around London that I knew. Including my swimming pool In Stratford. The new kit has arrived at last, hope it’s not a huge prob. Yes I’m so pleased not to be there. Love to you and everyone, please hug Rogers from me.
thanks for reminding us what real bravery is all about. Looking in the mirror with no rose coloured glasses and stepping of the ‘safe’ path and attempting to respond to the call of your heart and soul. I believe (at least in this moment) that our dreams can be brought into reality if we show the courage required to challenge ourselves and conventionality. Keep keeping on!
Thank you Rogers, so much. Stepping out of the safety of the office is scary but I had to do it. I hope this works out all I can do is have a go, I don’t want to regret things when I am even older.