Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East , West and Central London & Surrey (The NEXT Chapter).
Week 179 Saturday 18th November until Friday 24th November 2017.
In this age of amazing space probes (VOYAGER 1 & 2) which continue to work after 40 yrs of travelling through the hard vacuum of interstellar space. Or the fact that we can travel anywhere within 24 hrs. Or that billions of us are walking around with more computing power in our pockets than what NASA used to get Neil Armstrong and his boys to the moon. Or that Jezzer Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond still have the best jobs in the world. And finally, that after 54 years we will have a female doctor who this Crimbum.
“Saw Paddington 2 with a friend”.
The reason I have rambled on for 108 word is because it’s nice to see that in 2017 some things remain as they were. My nephew “The JBomb” has been cast in his first (I think) nativity. He recently came home with a scrap of paper that stated what his lines were and songs he needed to learn. His part is integral to the plot of this annual fantasy story; he is the “INN KEEPER”.
“I always get a thrill going over the level crossing”.
After all the wonderful things that I mentioned in the first paragraph it’s nice to see that somethings don’t actually change. The note he brought home also mentioned that his costume would consists of a tea towel on his head and a sheet wrapped around him tied up by a dressing gown or piece of string* (* delete as appropriate). I suspect he will be the best dressed “Inn Keeper” the nursery has ever seen.
“Looking toward the big smoke”.
And Now For Something Completely Different…..
My niece “Anoodle” and I have recently been visiting a local coffee shop. She enjoys her juice and biscuit/cake of course, but one thing that gives her more satisfaction from is “driving the lift”. Usually I am carrying not just my bag, but her school bag, occasionally her scooter as well as the tray with hot and cold drinks plus other overly expensive products which will be demolished within seconds of sitting down. So taking the lift makes things a little easier.
“There’s never a ticket inspector around when you want one”.
The lift that she drives is a poor excuse for an elevator; it’s really just a floor and a small control panel that rises up and down the shaft. Anoodle loves to press the button and watch the glass door disappear. Once we’re out the gaze of others she likes to lift her finger off the button (you have to keep the button pressed to make the lift move) so that the lift stops. This allows us a couple of seconds to dance like loons. It is at this time I always remember to look up the shaft at the first floor door above us, anyone looking down would see us.
“Anyone fancy a wildlife fry up”.
Personally I have a thing for a large button, even one printed with large friendly letters saying “DON’T TOUCH”. It’s time to admit that I have previous when it comes to lifts. A long time ago in Paris on the Champs-Elysees “MOZ” and I stopped for directions, while she pulled out a map; I become distracted by a large glass box on the pavement. Of course there were buttons written in French and I pressed one.
“Doctor Who fans, following others”.
The next thing I knew I was descending into what appeared to be an underground carpark. After pressing more buttons in panic, a disembodied female French voice spoke to me. Unfortunately I don’t speak French, it didn’t take long for the voice to realise this. The lift suddenly returned to street level. There was my friend busily studying her map, she hadn’t noticed that I had gone anywhere. I only escaped because a kind passer by altered her to the fact her friend was trapped in a large glass box. This story has been told many times over the years, usually after an incident involving me pressing a strange button.
“Rescue the Reigate Two”.
Back to the coffee shop, my niece now knows what each buttons does. She regularly likes to stop my heart by hovering her hand over the emergency bell button or the twisty one which would stop the lift immediately. One day her hand will slip (accidentally, of course) and the bell will sound around the coffee shop. Of course if that happens, I will do the responsible thing and blame the child. I fear my love for pressing buttons may have been rubbed off on her. I’m sure that’s what an Aunty is for……
“Bumping in to friends in Twickenham”.
Had an interview in a posh part of town, got a job start next week.
“The cards i have designed, under the name Misfitscully”.
My Mid Life Crisis Conts……
“Eating, while supposed to be writing this shiz”.
This week I have mainly been watching:
“Asian Provocateur”, (S1, ep 1: TX 30/09/15)(ep 2: TX 05/10/15)(ep 3: TX 14/10/15)(ep 4: TX 21/10/15)(ep 5:TX 28/10/15)(ep 6: TX 04/11/15). “Bob The Builder”, (S20, ep 22). “Click”, (TX 18/11/17). “Detectorist”, (S3, ep 2 & ep 3). “Fireman Sam”, (S10, ep 6). “I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!”, (S17, ep 3: TX 21/11/17)(ep 4: TX 22/11/17)(ep 5: TX 23/11/17)(ep 6: TX 24/11/17). “Man Down”, (S3, ep 5). “Miracle On 34th Street”, (1994). “Motherland”, (S1, ep 3 & ep 4). “Paddington 2”, (2017). “Star Trek (Original Series)”, (S1, ep 10 to 30)(S2, ep 1). “The Apprentice”, (S13, ep8: TX 22/11/17). “The Apprentice: Honest Subtitles”, (S3, ep 8: TX 22/11/17). “The Apprentice: Your Fired”, (S12, ep 8: TX 22/11/17). “The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader”, (2010). “The Last Leg”, (S12, ep 7: TX 10/11/17)(ep 8: TX 17/11/17). “The League Of Gentlemen”, (S1, ep 2 & ep 3). “Top Gear: Burma Special”, (S21, ep 6, pt 1: TX 09/03/14)(ep 7, pt 2: TX 16/03/14).
This week I have mainly been listening to: “Craigslost (From Dazed And Concicted)”, (ep 121, 30/06/15)(ep 125, 30/05/16). “Don’t Quit Your Daycast”, (ep 4, 25/01/12)(ep 5, 01/02/12)(ep 6, 11/02/12)(ep 7, 18/02/12). “Ghost And Me With David Babcock”, (S1, ep 4, 23/11/17). “Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 20, 22/11/17). “Iain Lee Old Bits: Bad Days And Invisiplanes, 28/03/16”, (20/11/17): “A Super Primal Sexual Experience, 06/12/16”, (21/11/17): “Dexter Fletcher, 16/12/16”, (22/11/17): “Doomsday Steve, 29/03/16”, (23/11/17). “In Poor Taste”, (ep 10, 22/02/15)(ep 76, 02/08/17)(ep 77, 13/08/17)(ep 85, 22/11/17). “LBC Podcast: Mystery Hour”, (23/11/17). “LBC Podcast: Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (18/11, 24/11/17). “NASA Gravity Assist”, (ep 2, 22/11/17). “NASA In Silicon Valley”, (Short, 24/08/16)(ep 5, 26/08/16)(Short, 20/09/16)(ep 18, 22/11/16)(ep 65, 26/10/17)(ep 69, 23/11/17). “Pints And Puzzles”, (S1, ep 1, 13/10/16)(s2, ep 7, 23/11/17). “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 65, 20/11/17). “Strange Times”, (ep 242, 18/11/17). “The Adam Buxton”, (ep 57, 18/11/17). “The Aggy Fox Podcast”, (ep 22, 20/11/17). “The DHB Radio Show”, (ep 223, 20/07/17). “The Mad Scientist Podcast”, (Bonus ep, 07/08/17)(ep 32, 23/11/17). “The Rabbit Hole”, (ep 36, 23/11/17). “Morrissey”, “Yazoo”, “Suede”, “The Spice Girls”, “Delia Derbyshire”, ”The BBC Radiophonic Workshop”, “George Harrison”, “Dusty Springfield”, “ Manic Street Preacher”.