Week 242, Saturday 2nd until Friday 8th February 2019.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in Isle of Wight, Hampshire (Southampton), East and West London & Surrey (The NEXT Chapter).

Week 242 Saturday 2nd until Friday 8th February 2019.


This week is an Isle Of Wight Special.


Happy bady to George.

Tuesday to Friday this week I have felt very sad, this is because last weekend I visited the Isle of Wight and had a wonderful time. The reason for my visit was because a friend who I have known for decades was having a party to celebrate his bday.

IMG-f220a7dc1fa4906f0b71dd6ad0bf48a0-V “Dancing on Ice”.

There was a little sleet and snow on the way to Southampton, but this didn’t stop me from arriving in time for an earlier ferry. The journey is quick; as soon as I sat down (after mooching around, taking pictures inside and outside and of course spending money) it was time to return to the car to disembark. During the weekend it was mentioned a couple of times that people swim the Solent for charity. It’s something to think about as the ferry is not cheap. I’m a good swimmer, but I would be concerned about keeping the car afloat!

20190202_131802 20190202_171353 “Its pretty in the morning and early evening”.

The island of course is extremely pretty; this is particularly obvious when standing on top of one of the many hills looking out over land and sea. Some fields high up still had patches of snow from the recent bad weather, which only enhanced the surround beauty in my eyes.

20190202_122724 IMG-20190203-WA0005 “Sunshine and Snow”.

When I wasn’t pestering my friends or eating them out of house and home. I spent time on my own observing the rise and fall of the river Medina. Watching seagulls, ducks and pigeons doing what they do best for far too long! In Newport harbour there are a lot of very expensive boats, a number of them out of the water propped up precariously on blocks of wood in what would have been a car park. Plus, I might have spent time looking for a chip shop! Reading back this last paragraph, i realise how strange I really am and I deffo need to get a life.

20190203_140101 20190202_105431.jpg 20190203_125624 “Potato Ships”.

George’s party (which actually was a joint one with his mother-in-law also celebrating her bday) was a lot of fun. Especially because I met a fellow Whovian! How did I know that he was a fan, I hear you ask? This was very easy because we all carry something which proves our credentials as an enthusiast. He had a small Lego ® TARDIS while I swiftly produced my DWAS membership card. Seriously it was really nice chatting with someone younger who has as much love for Doctor who as I do. We continued to chat about Science Fiction in general while others danced to the “Birdie Song” and “Black Lace”. Though I will admit to singing (or screeching along to) loudly to the classic “Chicken song” by Spitting Image (you really had to be there!). The party was a great success, everyone left very happy.

IMG-20190202-WA0004 Screenshot_20190202-114522_Gallery “This little lady is 81 years old”.

Personal highlight was traveling on the islands railway. The trains were originally used on the London Underground and built in 1938, making them the oldest trains currently in use in the UK (thank you Wikipedia). During my next visit I want to travel the entire line, its only 8 stations so won’t take long. There will still be plenty of time afterwards to stare at seagulls, ducks and pigeons as well as eat chips.

20190202_115433 20190202_112508 “what a treat to see these old work horses”.

There was a thick mist over the Solent when I was due to leave, deep down I hoped that the ferry would be cancelled. Sadly the trip to Southampton was once again quick and efficient. Tuesday to Friday this week I have suffered so badly from post travel blues. Waking up early to travel on the tube or sitting in the office has made me do a lot of rethinking and sole searching about life. I get so much enjoyment from travelling. The answer of course is not to go anywhere, so that I am not affected by this disorder. But travel is very much part of my DNA. I have threatened my friends on the island that I will return after Easter. Maybe a farmer will let me pitch a tent in a field (the weather will be better then) where I could live a basic life (with wifi of course). Seeing that amazing view each day would be very relaxing. Deep down i like the idea of living an isolated existence.

Huge thank you to George and Fiona for inviting me to their little paradise, and putting up with me all weekend.

20190203_184001 “Thank you so much”.

And Finally……

20190202_193840 20190202_211145 “Party time”.

Spoke to a man who sounded just like comedian and writer David Walliams. Re-reading this confirms that I need proper content and have to find something to do with my life.


20190201_134724 20190201_135055 “Row, row, row the boat”.

A women speaking unnecessarily loudly on the train asked a friend what rhubarb taste like? The person she was speaking to was in Canberra, OZ. I visited Canberra in 1990 and saw the fabulous B-52’s live on stage. Luckily I was only on the train for one stop, so I never discovered how the taste of rhubarb was described.

IMG-20190201-WA0006 20190201_134656 “I see a sign, i have to”.

If you love rhubarb, crumble and custard and want to connect with others, please email


20190204_133929.jpg “Writing this shiz on the Solent”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“Better Things”, (S2, ep 5).  “Catastrophe”, (S4, ep 5).  “Charmed (2019)”, (S1, ep 5).  “Click”, (TX: 02/02/19).  “Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them”, (2016)“Les Miserable”, (S1, ep 6).  “Mrs Brown’s Boys”, (2002).  “Only Fools And Horses”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 4).  “Star Trek: Discovery”, (S2, ep 3 & ep 4).  “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope”, (1977).  “The Big Bang Theory”, (S4, ep 9 to ep 24)(S5, ep 1 to ep 24)(S6, ep 1 to ep 2).  “The Graham Norton Show”, (S24, ep ep 16, TX: 01/02/19).  “The Handmaids Tale”, (S2, ep 4 to ep 6).  “The Last Leg”, (S16, ep 2, TX: 01/02/19)(ep 3, TX: 08/02/19).  “The Orville”, (S2, ep 7).  “The Walking Dead”, (S4, ep 8 to ep 16).                    

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“Anti Social Show (Hope, Instrumental 2019)”, 05/02/19).  “David Tennant Does A Podcast….”, (S1, ep 2, 05/02/19).  “Griefcast”, (ep 66, 06/02/19).  “Iain Lee (Bonus), (06/02, 07/02/19).  “Iain Lee (Highlights)”, (31/01/19)(02/02, 04/02/19, 06/02 x 2, 07/02/19).  “LBC Podcast: Mystery Hour”, (07/02/18).  “LBC Podcast: Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (01/02, 02/02, 08/02/19).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 78, 08/02/19).  “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 126, 01/02/19)(ep 127, 04/02/19).  “Strange Times”, (ep 289, 01/02/19).  “The All New Angelos & Barry Podcast”, (05/02/19).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (08/02/19).  “The Rabbit Hole”, (ep 75, 07/02/19).  “Morrissey”,  “Jade Bird”,   “INXS”,  “Howard Jones”,  “Nik Kershaw”,  “Adam And The Ants”,  “Whigfield”, “Spitting Image”, “The Proclaimers”, The Beatles”.









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