Week 166, Saturday 19th until Friday 25th August 2017.

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

Week 166 Saturday 19th August  until Friday 25th August  2017.

 

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     The Anniversary Weekend Special: 19/20 August 2017 

IMG_2027.JPG 20170819_192438.jpg Eve wasn’t coughing up a hairball.

We have no control over the passage of time, it’s probably the only thing that we cannot control in this modern age and the one aspect of our life’s that we wish we could slow down, even stop.  My niece and nephews are aged between 2 ½ and nearly 6.  I remember my mum saying how sad it is that they will grow up so quickly.  At this point in this ramble I would like to publicly apologise to my mum (of course I should have remembered that mothers are always correct).  Those little ones are not so small now, it won’t be long before they will be as tall as me and I’ll be asking them for lifts.  Also I wonder what they will think when they read these weekly rants.

20170819_202630.jpg 20170819_202635.jpg Who’s farted, MOZ, Paul, Sigrida or Joleen.  You decide.

And Now For Something Completely Different…… 

IMG_2049.JPG  IMG_1973 SAZ and the seating plan.  If your name’s not on your not coming in.

At this time of year, you hear people saying “I can’t believe it’s nearly the end of August, where has the year gone”.  I have been thinking of this because on 19th August it was the first wedding anniversary of my sister and her lovely hubby.  The thought that 365 days has passed since that memorable occasion is difficult to fathom even though I experienced them and remember how tedious and monotonous most of them were.

20170819_192413 20170819_200332 DSCF8671 DSCF8659 I slaved for hours over these.    

To celebrate the anniversary and the fact that my sister reached a milestone last December (I should point out that my sister is a twin, and spookley they both reached the same milestone. I’m not sure who is copying who) she organised a party.  If you have read or seen “Lord of the Rings” you might remember “Bilbo’s” bday jamboree, SAZ’s shindig was far more impressive very much like a mini festival, all that was missing were rows of portable chemical loos (though one was spotted on a drunken walk through the village).

DSCF8629.JPG DSCF8685.JPG These cool kats know how to party.

I don’t want to embarrass my sister but she had arranged a chef who prepared wonderful food in her kitchen which was brought to the tables by waiters.  There was lovely selection of wines to taste, plus of course everyone brought bottles this meant that no one’s glass was empty for long.  The effort my sister went into decorating the house and garden was appreciated by all.  Most of the people in attendance I have known for many years but many I haven’t seen since that special day last year.  For me it was a great occasion to catch up and continue conversations about a shared love of “Morrissey” and “Doctor Who”.  I danced, chatted and drank throughout the night, enjoyed a walk through the village with SAZ, cuz Catherine and Joleen as the sun came up finally going to sleep at 7.14am on Sunday morning.

DSCF8746  DSCF8747 Now a moment with our sponsor. This week’s Blog is brought to by Toilets Plus.

Thanks, SAZ and Tim for a really great time, look forward to the next anniversary.

DSCF8669 Huh-huh-huh-huh, snogging.

And In Other News…… 

DSCF8737.JPG Please call a responsible adult, the kids have escaped.

On Sunday 20th August, it was the 40 anniversary of the launch of Voyager 2 (her sister Voyager 1 launched on 5 September 1977).  I have been captivated by these two space probes ever since they took off from Cape Canaveral.  Like millions of others I fell in love with the beautiful images the on-board cameras took of the four gas giants Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune between 1979 and 1989.  Plus I have enjoyed programmes, magazines, books and in recent years I am a regular visitor to the NASA website checking up on how the crafts are faring in void.

20170819_092823 20170819_094059 IMG_2050 One of these outfits was vetod, and quite rightly   

Both probes continue to transmit vital data back to Earth about the environment its travelling through.  A number of instruments have been deactivated over the years to conserve energy from the nuclear power plant which produces electrical power.  In 2025 it is predicted that Voyager 2 final science instrument will be deactivated due to lack of energy.  However, NASA believes that they may still receive engineering data well into the 2030s.

IMG_2162.PNG Screen shot taken at 19:00pm (see below).  

As of 19:00pm on 25 August 2017, Voyager 2 was 10,654,999,412 miles from earth, of course that figure grows every second as probe speeds further away.  These examples of 1960s/70s technology are the ultimate ambassadors of the human race.  Even if you don’t know much about the Voyager project you probably have heard of the golden record secured to the side of each of the spacecraft’s that contains music, images and greetings from “The planet Earth”.  Once the human race has become extinct, those gold-plated copper discs (as well as the plaques on Pioneer 10 and 11 launched in the early 70s) will be the only signs that humans ever existed.

IMG_2161.JPG  My tattoo of the Solar System map as seen on Pioneer 10 & 11.

Voyager 2 is expected to pass Sirus the brightest star in the sky in 296.000 years’ time.  In my opinion, the Voyager twins are greatest “hunks of junk” humans have thought off and human hands have made.  Happy bday Voyager 2, travel safe, you’re not forgotten. 

20170825_072724 Writing this Shiz.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts…… 

20170819_194555.jpg Party lushes.

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“60 Day’s In Jail”, (S2, ep 7).  “Angel”, (S1, ep 9 to ep 14). “Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes?”, (S1, ep 1: TX: 20/08/17).  “BBC News Special: Solar Eclipse”, (TX: 21/08/17).  “Being Human”, (S4, ep 3 to ep 6).  “Cleverman”, (S2, ep 6).  “Click: 2 x India Specials”, (TX: 19/03/17).  “Game Of Thrones”, (S7, ep 4 to ep 6).  “People Just Do Nothing”, (S4, ep 2).  “The Brain With Dr David Eagleman”, (S1, ep 1: TX 21/01, ep 2: TX 28/01, ep 3: TX 04/02/16).  “Trust Me”, (S1, ep 3).  “Utopia: In Search Of The Dream”, (ep 3, TX: 22/08/17).  “Wonders Of The Universe”, (S1, ep 1: TX 06/03, ep 2: TX 13/03/11)         

This week I have mainly been listening to:   “Anarchic Audio: Open Mic At The Frog And Backpack”, (pt 1: 25/07/18)(pt 2: 24/08/17).  “Iain Lee: TalkRADIO (Bonus)”, (21/08/17).  “Iain Lee: TalkRADIO (Highlights)”, (15/08, 16/08, 17/08, 21/08, 22/08, 23/08/17).  “Keith And The Girl”, (ep 2653, 16/06/17).  “LBC Podcast: Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (19/08, 25/08/17).  “Soundtracking With Edith Bowmen”, (ep 52,18/08/17).  “Strange Times”, (ep 231, 18/08/17)(ep 70, 30/08/14)(ep 169, 25/08/14)(ep 68, 11/08/140)(ep 67, 28/07/14)(ep 66, 22/07/14)(ep 65, 14/07/14).  “Strange Times: ExtraCRAP”, (#20, 14/08/14)(#19, 03/08/14).  “The Aggy Fox Podcast”, (ep 8, 13/03/17)(ep 17, 24/08/17).  “The Angelos And Barry Podcast”, (23/08/17).  “The Documentary: Cassini’s Last Adventure”, (BBC World Service, TX: 22/08/17).  “The Rabbit Hole”, (ep 25, 24/08/17).  “These People Podcast: We Need YOU For Summer”, (19/08/17).  “Morrissey”,  “Wombats”,  “Biffy Clyro”,  “Alanis Morissette”,  “Snow Patrol”,  ”The B-52’s”,  “Lady Gaga”.    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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