Week 155, Saturday 3rd until Friday 9th June 2017.

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

Week 155 Saturday 3rd June until Friday 9th June 2017.

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I mentioned a couple of weeks ago after the terrible incident in Manchester I was not qualified to talk about incidents like that.  I’m still not, but I have to acknowledge what happened in London, the city I currently living in.  I know the London Bridge area well(ish), it’s a place I visit often.  Of course what I say doesn’t mean a damn thing in the grand scheme of life, but my heart really does go out to the families that lost loved ones, and all people that were sadly involved in something so sad.

20170603_154030 20170603_154143 Congratulations to Mr and Mrs……….. seen at Regent’s Park.

There is so much more visible security around the capital, as you would expect after an incident like the one last weekend.  However if you have lived in London for any length of time over the last 30 years you will be used to more and more security whether it be CCTV or varying degrees of people in Hi-Viz clothing looking official, or bored and on their phone.  I’m not intimidated by the added security it’s there to protect everyone.  But the armed Police do scare me a little.

20170603_160546.jpg 20170603_160413 Regent’s Park on a very sunny hot day.

My first experience of seeing a gun would have been sometime during 1992 to 94, I was unemployed and having to go on a “back to work” course in Brixton.  I remember walking ideally to the location because I really couldn’t be bothered.  As a man walked passed me he lifted his top slightly, i could clearly see stuffed in the top of his jeans the handle of a gun.  I didn’t look back, I started to walk double fast it was at that moment I decided that I really wanted to be on the course.

20170604_173448-1.jpg At the hospital, this person should have looked down.

Incidents like last Saturday won’t change Londoners attitude to enjoying themselves.

20170604_190735-1 These wheelchairs did have patients sat in them, until they had to rush off to answer there phones or have a fag.

And now for something completely different….. 

20170606_105612 You can also get this exclusive summer look from M&S.

Sunday evening was spent sitting on uncomfortable plastic seating in a packed hospital waiting room.  I was there helping my best friend who a few hours earlier had stepped off a bus and twisted her foot.  We made it back home but both of us knew that her foot needed to be looked at.  Once at the hospital we joined the members of that elite club of people sitting and waiting to be seen.  The initial X-ray was quick and easy, it was afterwards that the fun started.

20170606_111751 20170606_111651 I just couldn’t decide what colour suited me better.

The waiting room was rammed full of people, in fact they spilled all the way down the corridor.  The building is new(ish) and poorly designed as a hospital (in my opinion, of course I’m not an architect but I did technical drawing as a kid) the passageways are tiny which makes navigating a wheelchair passed row after row of bored, in pain people difficult.  If two wheelchairs meet travelling in opposite direction it can becomes a standoff, who will give in first.  We sat in that waiting room for about three and a half hours before my friend was told she had broken a 5th metatarsal.

IMG_0538 20170605_093203.jpg All touchscreens were ganging up against me.

Sitting in a packed room for any length of time has very few moments of entertainment.  I read every sign and information board scattered around.  Most of these seemed to state what would happen if a person abused staff, the building or equipment.  Of course this is a serious and an important subject, no one should be subjected to abuse when there trying to just do their job.  I didn’t realise that the problem was so bad and it needed that many signs constantly reminding patients how to behave.  The other subject on the signs was whether a patient would recommend hospital services to family and friend.  I wouldn’t recommend the waiting room experience to my worst enemy; I didn’t pick up a loyalty card on the way out.

20170603_124517.jpg Anyone fancy a cup.

Another thing to take your mind off the wait, is watching other people.  Some people love to tell strangers especially in a confined room there entire life story revealing every intimate secret.  One woman who had been waiting like us for hours, did try to get seen earlier by mentioned very loudly she was diabetic and needed something to eat.  A sandwich was handed to her, after smelling it and taking a tentative bite she informed the entire room that it was disgusting.  Say what you want about the NHS, but another free sandwich was swiftly provided.  She later tried to use the diabetic card again which backfired, this amused a number of people who had also been sitting for hours bored but waiting their turn to be seen.

20170605_105127 Croc’s not a good look on anyone.

When we finally left around 10pm I heard that the waiting time was 5 hour.  I know it was a Sunday and that budgets are tight, but this was a prime example that more staff are needed.  There I got a little political, once again that is a subject I’m not qualified to talk about that, so I’ll keep quiet.

IMG_0602.JPG Finished my sisters wedding cake.

And Finally…… 

Heard a woodpecker while in the garden hanging out washing, would have loved to have seen it.

20170606_125647.jpg Writing this shiz.

The Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  “Buffy The Vamprie Slayer”, (S4, ep 15 to ep 22).  “Catching History’s Criminals: The Forensics Story”, (ep 3).  “Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope”, (S1, ep 6).  “Click”, (TX: 04/06/17).   “Detectorist”, (S1, ep 4)“Doctor Who”, (S36/S10, ep 8).  “Election Spy”, (ep 4 to ep 9).  “Engineering Giants”, (ep 2).  “Have I Got News For You”, (S53, ep 7 & ep 8).  “Horizon: Antarctica – Ice Station Rescue”, (TX: 07/06/17).  “Inside Einstein’s Mind: The Enigma Of Space And Time”, (TX: 14/12/15).  “Life Swap Adventure”, (S1, ep 2).  “Loaded”, (S1, ep 5)“Queer Britain”, (S1, ep 5).  “Sgt Pepper’s Musical Revolution With Howard Goodal”, (TX: 04/06/17).  “Springwatch 2017”, (ep 5 to ep 8).  “Springwatch Unsprung 2017”, (ep 1 to ep 5).  “The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway”, (S1, ep 1).  “The Golden Girls”, (S4, ep 1).  “The Good Dinosaur”, (2015).  “The Graham Norton Show”, (S21, ep 9).  “The Last Leg”, (S11, ep 3).  “The Mystery Of Murder: A Horizon Guide”, (TX: 09/03/15).  “The Wonderful World Of Blood With Michael Mosley”, (TX: 25/03/15).  “Timeshift.  Bridging The Gap: How The Severn Bridge Was Built”, (S16, ep 1).  “Wonder Woman”, (2017).          

This week I have mainly been listening to:  “Eddie Mair”, (BBC Radio 4, 06/06/17).  “Iain Lee: TalkRADIO (Bonus)”, (01/06 x 2, 06/06/17 x 2).  “Iain Lee: TalkRADIO (Highlights)”, (01/06, 05/06, 06/06/17) “LBC Podcast: Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (04/06, 09/06/17).  “Paul Merton’s Beatles: An Alternative History Of The Beatles”, (ep 1, 29/05/17).  “Scroobius Pip, Distraction Pieces”, (ep 154, 07/06/17).  “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 43, 02/06/17).  “Strange Times”, (ep 224, 30/05/17)(ep 223, 26/05/17)(ep 138, 12/10/15)(ep 137, 11/10/15)(ep 136, 02/10/15)(ep 135, 28/09/15)(ep 134, 22/09/15).  “Toby Hadokes: Who’s Round”, (ep 200, 04/2017).  “The Kimanchi Chronicles”, (ep 16, 29/05/17)(ep 15, 15/05/17)(ep 14, 08/05/17)(ep 13, 24/01/16)(ep 12, 12/01/16).  “The Kimanchi Chronicles: Seriously – What?”, (#5, 22/05/16)(#4, 03/02/16)”.  “The Rabbit Hole”, (ep 18, 08/06/17).  “These People Podcast”, (ep 26, 04/06/17).  “Morrissey”,  “Delia Derbyshire”,  “The Radiophonic Workshop”,  “The Beatles”,  “Muse”,  ”The Stereophonics”,  “Jimi Hendrix”,  “SAI”,   “M.I.A”.    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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