Week 152, Saturday 13th until Friday 19th May 2017.

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

Week 152 Saturday 13thMay until Friday 19thMay 2017.


Homo Sapiens have been on Earth for about 200,000 years. Look around carefully and you will see that even the most confident person does the strangest things. Something happened this week which triggered a memory of strangeness from my past.

20170514_215619  20170514_193615  20170514_151232 Fun in Hertfordshire, i met the green Hedgehog (even though he looks like a Ninja Turtle).

A couple of days ago during the afternoon there was a knock on the door, I was alone in the house and not expecting anyone.  Therefore I did what any Londoner would do, ignored it.  The banging continued this person was being very persistent.  I did wonder if it might be someone calling regarding the forthcoming election, if so I definitely didn’t want to speak to them.  Due to the continued interruption, I thought I better have a look.  Walking on tip toes so as not to make a noise, I peered through the peep hole and saw a ginger kid.

IMG_0058 IMG_0063 Trees around Euston Station need protecting.  Interesting stickers.

What happened next is something i can’t explain.  I stood with my back against the door, pretending I wasn’t there.  Suddenly the letter box opened at shoulder level. I froze like a badger crossing the road blinded by headlights. The longer this standoff continued the more I realised that I couldn’t just open the door with a big smile.  Ideas raced through the soggy matter I call my brain.  I could grab a towel, wet my face and pretend I had been having a shower.  Or rub my eyes continually while yawning complaining he woke me from a well-earned afternoon nap.  No I stood leaning against the wooden door hoping that he would go away.

IMG_0031 “Nuts” anyone.

This is not the first time something like this has happened in my life.  During the 80s I helped organised Doctor Who Conventions.  One day a couple of the friend’s visited.  For some reason myself and other members of the family decided to hide in the front room, trying not to be noticed.  I never found out if they had noticed a group of genetically related people lying on the floor, hiding badly behind furniture.  My family are NOT strange introverted inbred types who didn’t like contact with the outside world, quite the opposite in fact.  But we did live in Croydon, which might explain a few things.

DSCF8501 DSCF8497 Honest, they wanted to watch Doctor Who first thing in the morning.

Later I found out that the boy had kicked a football into the back garden and just wanted to retrieve it.  Don’t worry readers; he got the ball back because another neighbour used a couple of long pieces of wood like chop sticks?

IMG_0149 IMG_0151 Spike and his adopted daddy. Happy 16th Bday Spike….

What was going on inside my head is this something I should investigate further.   All Homo Sapiens are in reality, even the ones that appear to be “normal” screaming on the inside.  Thinking about it I quite like being a little weird, I don’t want to be just another sheep following the arse’s of the herd.  I find it fascinating that one ginger kid was able to transport me back to South London in the mid-80s.

IMG_1208 IMG_1191 Can never have enough pictures of a beautiful 16 year old.

And Now For Something Completely Different,,,,,, 

I have a mobile like everyone, but unlike most people my phone is silent and on vibrate.  When I’m out and about all I seem to hear are stranger and stranger ringtones at full volume, this usually happens when confined on a train or bus.  Of course I realise that there are people who might not hear there devise and need the sound louder, but this is going to be a small percentage of the population.  To everyone else, TURN YOUR BLOODY PHONES DOWN.

20170517_131729.jpg 20170515_104146-2 Paying for swimming all in change, not one of my greatest moments.  I like to think the sign say’s Boob’s.

The annoyance doesn’t end there.  Once the phone has been answered the devices owner feels the need to share their entire conversation and intimate thoughts with everyone around whose ears have just stopped throbbing from the irritation of the ringtone.  These people could save a wedge if they stood by an open window and just shouted. Why waste money on a phone.

20170518_122259 I revisited the hood this week.

And In Other News……

IMG_0110.PNG Writing this shiz. 

Sitting on a bus at a bus stop, for about a minute all I could hear was an old lady repeatedly asking “what the next stop was”.  The driver replied continually “Romford Market”.  This back and forth exchange entertained me for a moment.  That’s how I get my kicks on buses these days.

Asked how much a very cheap pair of shoes would cost to re-sole.  I smiled politely and walked away quickly when I was told £30 would keep my feet dry.

IMG_0076 IMG_0071 IMG_0069 Enjoying Londonmidland trains.

The Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  “Acquitted”, (S1, ep 4 & ep 5)“Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope”, (S1, ep 3).  “Click”, (TX: 13/05/17).  “Dara & Ed’s Road To Mandalay”, (ep 2).  “Detectorist”, (S1, ep 1)“Doctor Who”, (S36/S10, ep 1 & ep 5).  “Eurovision Song Contest 2017, (Results)”, (TX: 13/05/17).  “Have I Got News For You”, (S53, ep 4).  “Have I Got A Bit More News For You”, (S53, ep 4).  “Horizon, The Creative Brain: How Insight Works”, (2012/12, ep 8).  “Horizon: Strange Signals From Outer Space”, (TX: 16/05/17).  “Hospital People”, (S1, ep 4).  “Loaded”, (S1, ep 2).  “Morocco To Timbuktu: An Arabian Adventure”, (S1, ep 2).  “Murder In Successville”, (S3, ep 5).  “Pica Syndrome: The Woman Who Ate A House”, (TX: 18/05/17).  “Power Rangers: Dino Supercharge”, (S2, ep 1 & ep 2).  “Stacey Dooley investigates”, (TX: 16/05/17).  “The Day The Dinosaurs Died”, (TX: 15/05/17).  “The Golden Girls”, (S3, ep 20 to ep 23).  “The Graham Norton Show”, (S21, ep 6).  “The Truth About Stress”, (TX: 04/05/17).  “Timeshift. How Britain Won The Space Race: The Story Of Bernard Lovell And Jodrell Bank”, (S15, ep 6).  “Top Gear, Polar Special”, (TX: 25/07/17).  “Travelman 48hr In….”, (S2, ep 1 to ep 4).  “Would I Lie To You”, (S9, ep 5).     

This week I have mainly been listening to:  “Iain Lee: TalkRADIO (Bonus)”, (01/05 no 4, 12/05/17).  “Iain Lee: TalkRADIO (Bonus Extra)”, (12/05/17).  “Iain Lee: TalkRADIO (Highlights)”, (11/05, 12/05, 15/05, 16/05, 17/05/17).  “LBC Podcast: Mystery Hour”, (17/05/17).  “LBC Podcast: Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (13/05, 14/05/17).  “Scroobius Pip, Distraction Pieces”, (ep 151, 17/05/17).  “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 40, 12/05/17).  “Strange Times”, (ep 189, 19/08/16)(ep 188, 12/08/16)(ep 187, 29/07/16)(ep 186, 15/07/16)(ep 185, 09/07/16)(ep 184, 17/06/16)(ep 183, 10/06/16)(ep 182, 03/06/16)(ep 181, 27/05/16)(ep 180, 20/05/16)(ep 179, 13/05/16)(ep 178, 07/05/16)(ep 177, 06/05/16)(ep 176, 15/04/16)(ep 175, 09/04/16)(ep 174 & ep 173, 01/04/16)(ep 172, 25/03/16)(ep 171, 18/03/16)(ep 170 & ep 169, 11/03/16) (ep 168 & ep 167, 04/03/16)(ep 166, 26/02/16).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 44, 18/05/17).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (ep 6, 19/05/17).  “The Rabbit Hole”, (ep 15, 18/05/17).  “These People Podcast”, (ep 23, 14/07/17) “Morrissey”, “Lady Gaga”,  “Bastille”,  “Manic Street Preachers”,  “Haim”,  ”P.J Harvey”.    







































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