Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East and London & Surrey (The NEXT Chapter).
Week 161 Saturday 15th July until Friday 21st July 2017.
Since late last year I have been going regularly to Ariel yoga hoping that I might strengthen the muscles around my increasing equatorial region. This is a gentle, meditative way of stretching muscles, which involves occasionally standing but most of the time sitting or lying in a sling made of parachute material hanging from the ceiling. Every time I go my favourite part of the session is hanging upside down, which I have been told I have a good tolerance for.
This is not me, or my pic. But it gives you an idea of what i like to do at the weekend.
Last weekend whist upside down I tried a new exercise in which I took a leg out of the sling to stretch a tight hamstring. Being upside down can sometimes be a little confusing and disorientating, or at least that’s my excuse. I skilfully unwrapped my leg from around the material that allowed me to defy gravity, when immediately and unceremoniously I slipped out of the sling and hit the floor landing on the top of my head. However, I was congratulated as my forward roll recovery was quite impressive. Of course, this all hurt, but I laughed and smiled all embarrassed as I climbed straight back into the sling and returned to a relaxed upside down posture. As I did this of course, I glanced up to check that the sling hadn’t suffered a catastrophic rip, it hadn’t. The accident was my fault.
Enjoyed a drink, as my head, neck and back hurt.
Note to self: Always keep at least one leg wrapped around the thin but very strong sling material when upside down”.
Then we enjoyed a really lovely and well earned meal.
Luckily, I didn’t concuss myself. This reminded me of an occasion in the mid-90s when I worked in a sci-fi shop. One day there was a long square box left empty on the shop floor, just asking for me to climb inside and wear it. The next thing I remember I was inside the box running around with a small hole just big enough for me to see where I was going. Of course, a situation like that could only end in tears, and shortly after I had entertained anyone watching I tripped and fell forward. The box completely covered me from head to toe with my arms held firmly against my side, as I fell towards the carpet I had no way of breaking my fall. The next couple days were spent feeling confused and spaced out at home on the sofa. I learnt a major lesson that day not to trust a random cardboard box inviting me to play, I needed real friends.
I am certain i wasn’t concussed when i saw a real Moomin in London.
With both these incidents I was lucky that there were no phones around. Of course, back in the mid-90s there were no smart phones and social media didn’t exist so I was saved the embarrassment of becoming a viral sensation.
Stylish as ever.
There are people that say exercise is bad for you; I would imagine that they would class falling from a low height directly on to the head as proof. But I am really looking forward to the next yoga session, plus I need to be active. Running is an activity I haven’t done for a while due to worry about dodgy knees, but I have decided to enquire about into joining a local running club. My spreading equatorial region must be halted.
Everyday i pass this can, and i want to lick it. I love the colour.
And Now For Something Completely Different……
Celebrating the arrival of the 13th Doctor, with a Cornetto.
One of my short films scripts is currently being turned into a radio play. I sent a few scripts to a guy who contacted me saying he would like to adapt one of the most visual stories into an audio short play. He asked if I could get my niece to record a line and sing a nursery rhyme, because early in the script there is a flashback to a character when she was young.
One of us will be a star one day.
The original short story was written long before my niece was born, I only adapted it into a short film script recently. We sat together listening and singing the nursery rhyme until it was in her head. As I recorded her I mimed the words and did actions to help her, but she didn’t really need me. She’s a star in the making that needed no direction. Later that evening I recorded my sister and myself because there are a couple of additional characters who needed voices, and I love to show off.
The Jbomb was looking up how to be a voice over agent. While Anoodle made a prezzie for Uncle Ian.
For me this is all very exciting, I am really looking forward to seeing my niece’s reaction to hearing herself in a radio play. Being a creative person, I am fully aware that I will always have to do a normal boring job to pay the bills and just survive. But my head has so many creative ideas floating around all wanting me to do something with them. I need to sit down and concentrate on one thing at a time; this is why nothing ever gets finished. It’s time to go a little old school and write a list of ideas of what can and can’t actually be completed and achieved.
Writing this shiz, while being distracted.
Quote of the week, overheard a woman say to a friend “Amazons deals of the day is my new porn”.
For the first time ever I got asked for ID when buying alcohol in a supermarket, I thought it was so funny.
Caught red handed just after 7am, now i know who’s been digging in MOZ’s garden.
My Mid Life Crisis Conts……
This week I have mainly been watching:
“60 Day’s In Jail”, (S2, ep 2). “Being Human”, (S1, ep 2 to ep 5). “Buffy The Vampire Slayer”, (S6, ep 14 to ep 22)(S7, ep 1 to ep 3). “Click”, (TX: 15/07/17). “Detectorist”, (S2, ep 3). “Dissected”, (ep 1). “Doctor Who: Meet The Thirteenth Doctor”, (TX: 16/07/17). “Emu’s World”, (S3, ep 3). “Game Of Thrones”, (S6, ep 3 to ep 6). “Horizon: Dippy And The Whale”, (TX: 13/07/17). “Stacey Dooley Investigates: Kids Selling Drugs Online”, (TX: 14/07/17). “Strange Times VideoCast”, (ep 7, 01/04/14)(ep 8, 23/04/14)(ep 9, 24/12/14)(ep 10, 01/05/15). “Storyville: The Great European Cigarette Mystery”, (TX: 17/07/17). “Terry And Julian”, (S1, ep 5 & ep 6). “The Last Leg”, (S11, ep 9). “The Mash Report”, (S1, ep 1). “Upstate Purgatory”, (TX: 11/07/17).
This week I have mainly been listening to: “Iain Lee: TalkRADIO (Bonus)”, (17/07/17). “Iain Lee: TalkRADIO (Highlights)”, (13/07, 14/07, 18/07, 19/07/17). “Iain Lee: TalkRADIO (Offcuts)”, (13/07/17). “LBC Podcast: Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (15/07, 21/07/17). “Secret Cave Podcast”, (S2, ep 11)(S2: Bonus Ep). “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 48, 15/07/17). “Strange Times”, (ep 228, 14/07/17)(ep 105 & ep 104, 03/05/15)(ep 103, 27/04/15)(ep 102, 21/04/15)(ep 101, 20/04/15)(Ep 100, 12/04/15)(ep 99, 06/04/15)(ep 98, 30/03/15)(ep 97, 23/03/15). “Strange Times ExtraCrap”, (#30, 28/04/15)(#29, 21/04/15)(#28, 15/04/15)(#27, 31/03/15)(#26, 30/12/14). “The Aggy Fox Podcast”, (ep 3, 13/03/17). “The Angelos And Barry Show”, (09/02/15)(21/07/17). “The Rabbit Hole”, (ep 20, 20/07/17). “The Spectacular mango Chuffy Show”, (ep 1 to ep 3, 01/09/14). “These People Podcast”, (ep 31, 18/07/17). “Morrissey”, “Air”, “Garbage”, “Cornershop”, “P.J Harvey”, ”The Velvet Underground”, “Fun Boy Three”, “Marc Almond”, “All About Eve”, “Cocteau Twins”.