Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London, Essex & Surrey (The NEXT Chapter).
Week 160 Saturday 8th July until Friday 14th July 2017.
I spent Saturday morning in a library, the last time I visited one was to use the internet. I shamefully suspect that I haven’t borrowed a book from one since before the end of the last century.
Visiting another world on a Saturday morning.
Libraries in the beige days of the 70s, were staffed by Hinge and Bracket cosplay look-a-likes who fondled strings of pearls while ready to shhh anyone who exhaled too loudly. This was all done as they run their fingers through racks of small cards at extreme speed looking for a specific library ticket.
Lunge showing Calamity the view she is treated to daily.
Things have changed a lot; libraries of the 21st century are modern shiny buildings full of flat screen TVs and computers with glossy magazines plus those new-fangled DVDs and CDs which can be borrowed. The staff was young and trendy, none of them appeared to have pearls round their necks and when they smiled you could see they have all their own teeth none of which none are missing or yellow. Looking around I didn’t see one sign held up with old Sellotape (™) threatening “KEEP QUIET or Else”. Yes, libraries in 2017 are friendly and welcoming places.
Jigging in the car, not heard this in years.
I love books and own a huge number that are locked away in my expensive storage, because I can’t throw them away. I love everything about a book, the look and feel, the smell of the pages as I thumbed through them. But these days I admit to being a downloader, I admit that I buy books which are made of “1” and “0”.
Happy Bday Lunge..
The reason I was visiting a library on a Saturday, was because I was offered a relaxing free head massage. But more importantly my friend Lunge is a Librarian, and it was her bday. It’s always strange seeing someone you know sociably in their place of work. This reminded me of when I was small and would visit my dad at the train station he worked at. I used to love to watch him at work, while I pulled all the paper tickets out of the racks which of course he put back.
“First Aid Monkey” was on duty when i visited.
After a quick tour behind the scenes and being introduced to “First Aid monkey”, the three of us (the bowling team with no name) went off to celebrate Lunges special day in style. We had a window table booked in a vintage tea shop; one of those establishments full of miss matched crookery and oddly placed antiques. Our mouths dropped when a huge mountain of food was placed in front of us. This was when I heard the quote of the week from the waitress who said the food was for “two veggies and a normal”, that was no surprise I’ve never been normal. Of course, I can only speak for myself but I enjoyed the day and climbing the food mountain. I am confident that the Lunge enjoyed herself as well.
One moment the food was there, the next it was gone.
It was also enjoyable being in the library looking over racks of books, seeing a number that I should read. I believe that libraries are under threat of extinction in many areas. I would feel sad if my local one suddenly had to close due to lack of use. Even if we only borrowed a book now or then or used another of their valuable services maybe these buildings of knowledge will continue to be open for generations to come.
Calamity just checking on her Cake.
And Now For Something Completely Different……
The last couple of years I have become addicted to podcasts, if you scroll down to the bottom of this ramble you will see a list of pods I enjoy. A number of the podcast have been going for years clocking up a large number episode. One show I am obsessed with is “Strange Times” *, which contains very funny adult content. Because there are so many episodes I listen to new ones as they come out, but I am also listening to all the old ones in reverse order.
Anoodle picked the episode she wanted to watch before bed.
What I really find interesting is how all these Podcast have developed over time, many have a DIY feel about them. When I was young my best friend George and I would write and produce Doctor Who stories recording them on to cassette tape (remember them). We used sound effects records and tapes as well as other recording devices in his bedroom producing audio masterpieces. If today’s technology had been around, I am pretty sure we would have been making podcasts.
Everyone hates traffic.
I have recently been asked on to a couple of podcast which has been totally unexpected, including “Strange Times”. Sitting on the bed powering up the studio (the laptop) and talking complete and utter balls with other people is a lot of fun. This is definitely something I would like to do more of; I’m really good at talking shite.
Treating ourselves to an adult drink on a school night.
Nearly being run over by a mobility scooter. I had to step off the pavement quickly, because an elderly disabled driver clearly wasn’t going to slow down.
Overheard colleague, who said that a customer had said ”he was as useful as a snowball on crutches”.
Writing this Shiz.
My Mid Life Crisis Conts……
This week I have mainly been watching:
“50 Shades Of Gay”, (TX: 03/07/17). “60 Day’s In Jail”, (S2, ep 1). “Being Human”, (S1, ep 1). “Buffy The Vampire Slayer”, (S6, ep 7 to ep 13). “Click”, (TX: 08/07/17). “Destination Titan”, (TX: 10/04/11). “Detectorist”, (S2, ep 2). “Doctor Who”, (S36/S10, ep 4). “Game Of Thrones”, (S5, ep 10)(S6, ep 1 & ep 2). “Have I Got A Little More News For You”, (S52, ep 1). “Horizon: Space Volcanoes”, (2017, TX: 23/05/17). “Horizon: Strange Signals From Outer Space”, (TX: 16/05/17). “Science And Islam”, (ep 1, TX: 05/01/09)(ep 2, TX: 12/01/09). “Terry And Julian”, (S1, ep 3 & ep 4). “The British Garden: Life And Death On Your Lawn”, (11/07/17). “The Handmaids Tale”, (S1, ep 10). “The Last Leg”, (S11, ep 8). “The Life Swap Adventures”, (S1, ep 5 & ep 6). “The Search For Life: The Drake Equation”, (TX: 14/12/10). “The Sky At Night”, (TX: 09/07/17). “Tokyo Girls”, (TX: 27/06/17).
This week I have mainly been listening to: “Iain Lee: TalkRADIO (Bonus)”, (07/07, 10/07/17). “Iain Lee: TalkRADIO (Highlights)”, (06/07, 07/07, 10/07, 11/07, 12/07, 13/07/17). “LBC Podcast: Mystery Hour”, (13/07/17). “LBC Podcast: Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (13/07, 14/07/17). “Scroobius Pip’s Distraction Pieces Podcast”, (ep 159: pt1, 13/07/17). “Strange Times”, (ep 227, 07/07/17)(ep 112, 02/06/15)(ep 111, 01/06/15)(ep 110, 26/05/15)(ep 109, 25/05/15)(ep 108, 18/05/17)(ep 107, 08/05/15)(ep 106, 05/05/15). “Strange Times ExtraCrap”, (ep 32, 06/06/17). “The Aggy Fox Podcast”, (ep 2, 13/03/17)(ep 15, 12/07/17). “The Angelos And Barry Show”, (27/01/15)(09/02/15)(13/07/17). “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (ep 10, 13/07/17). “The Rabbit Hole”, (ep 19, 13/07/17). “Morrissey”, “Beck”, “Moby”, “The Killers”, “LCD Soundsystem”, ”The Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Once More With Feeling (OST)”, “Sigur Ros”, “Sleeper”, “St Etienne”, “Mental As Anything”.
* Link for “Strange Times” strangetimesshow.com.gridhosted.co.uk