Week 245, Saturday 23rd February until Friday 1st March 2019.

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

Week 245 Saturday 23rd February until Friday 1st March 2019.


I love sleep; it’s one of my fave activities. Normally I try to be in bed by 10 or 11 so I can watch something before turning in.  Most people are completely knackered, every morning I see so many commuter’s snoozing on the train.  That’s not something I am comfortable doing because I really don’t want to wake up resting on the shoulder of the person next to me, and then wipe all my dribble off their clothes!  Plus, I am told (by my niece and nephews) that I snore badly!  Some mornings I can make a 20 minute TV comedy last 30 to 40 minutes, because I have to keep going over the same scene again and again due to sleep wanting to overcome me.

20190228_235817.jpg 20190228_235932.jpg “I wont ever argue again.  Ok, i snore”.

Last Sunday night the adopted hamster didn’t come out until late in the evening.  Before anyone sends me a postcard wrapped around a gold brick through the living room window, I realise that Hammy’s are nocturnal!  Most evenings she loves to run up and down my arms, sit in my palm and occasionally give me a “Hamster blessing” by pooing or weeing in my hand.  I am deffo her biatch!  When we adopted her, we were instructed that wouldn’t want contact.  Everything that we were told was wrong, she loves to be around us.

20190225_224829 “The little girl and me enjoying new Alan Partridge”.

Back to the story!  The little darling spent the evening asleep in a large tube which is situated in a big plastic storage crate with sawdust, toys and other things she can burrow and hide inside.  Only occasionally popping her face out to see if we had left any treats.  It was just past my bedtime typically that she wanted to play; if I went to sleep I would feel bad because she wouldn’t get as much contact as normal.  By the time my head did hit the pillow it was well after midnight.  When I set the alarm it enthusiastically informed me that it would wake me up in exactly 7hrs time.  That’s the same amount of time spent sat at my desk!  Regularly I hear and read about a healthy work/life balance, I definitely don’t have one.  There is no scientific basis to my next comment, but I am going to type it.  Why does a night’s sleep pass so quickly (this includes going to sleep early) and I still wake up feeling as just as knackered as I did before?  When a working day of usually 7hrs shackled to the desk passes so slowly. It really should be the other way around!

20190228_210228 “If she could talk, i think shes complaining about the noise being made in the living room.  She was trying to sleep”.

I realise that only a very small percentage of people enjoy what they do.  Only I can change my life, which I know is a constant theme regularly in this ramble.  The Hamster is a start and makes my life more relaxing.  Looking after and playing with this tiny creature really makes my heart gush with love and gives me a reason to continue.  However more importantly is a good night’s sleep, even I know this is essential for good mental health.  If I have to go to bed early resulting in the Hamster not getting as much play, I’ll make it up to her another evening.

20190227_171306 “It was a genuine error, the train was packed!.  I didn’t realise i had upgraded myself”.

‘The dark raincloud hanging over me is my lack of work/life balance.  When I think back 3yrs, I was happy in Tofo Mozambique, commuting to and from work walking on the beach, visiting the market for fresh fruit and of course diving in the Indian Ocean.  If I am ever going to return and feel good about myself I must make changes now.  Though I suspect the Hamster will have to stay, but I could Skype with her.  Seriously the things that need to be worked on and changed immediately are changing my job, travelling less to and from work and of course getting lots of sleep. Oh, and plenty of rodent love.

20190228_082307 “its been unseasonably warm recently”.

And Finally……

20190225_170531 20190225_170508 “Saw this lovely old lady this week”.

In a major department store (Yes, there are a few still around) mooching round the electronic section.  A teenage girl and an older woman stopped and stood next to me.  I heard the girl say, “I really need a panini maker”.  The older women just walked away without saying anything, leaving the teenager to look at objects she desired but couldn’t afford. #firstworldproblems

20190226_171600 “Survived another week, just!”.

A little later.

Queuing up in another part of the same shop waiting to pay.  As a couple of women walked passed I heard one giggle to her friend “that’s the first time in a long while a young man has handled my knickers”.  They had just purchased new ones and the cashier was a young man.  I wonder what the man would have said if he had heard that comment.

20190226_195230.jpg “Writing this shiz, while recording something for a podcast”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“Click”, (TX: 23/02/19).  “Charmed (2019)”, (S1. Ep 7 & ep 8).  “Cuckoo”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 6).  “Cunk On Britain”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 03/04/18)(ep 2, TX: 10/04/18).  “Jerk”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 4).  “Only Fools And Horses”, (S5, ep 1 to ep 6)(S6, ep 1 to 6)(S7, ep 1).  “Russian Doll”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 8).  “Star Trek: Discovery”, (S2, ep 7).  “The Big Bang Theory”, (S8, ep 7 to ep 13).  “The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway”, (S3, ep 2, TX: 20/02/19).  “The Last Leg”, (S16, ep 5, TX: 22/02/19).  “The Real Marigold On Tour: Argentina”, (S3, ep 2, TX: 20/02/19).  “The Real Marigold On Tour: Vietnam”, (S3, ep 3, TX: 27/02/19).  “The Orville”, (S2, ep 9).  “The Walking Dead”, (S7, ep 1 to ep 16)(S8, ep 1 & ep 2).  “The Umbrella Academy”, (S1, ep 3 & ep 4).  “This Time With Alan Partridge”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 25/02/19).  “Top Gear”, (S26, ep 2, TX: 24/02/19).                      

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“Anti Social Show”, (ep 69, 24/02/19).  “Brian And Roger”, (S2, ep 1,27/02/19)(ep 2, 01/03/19).  “Brian Gittens And Friends”, (ep 52, 25/02/19).  “David Tennant Does A Podcast”, (S1, ep 5, 26/02/19).  “Griefcast”, (ep 69, 28/02/19).  “Iain Lee (Bonus)”, (28/02/19).  “Iain Lee (Highlights)”, (22/02, 27/02, 28/02/19).  “LBC Podcast: Mystery Hour”, (28/02/19).  “LBC Podcast: Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (23/02, 24/02, 01/03/19).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 81, 01/03/19).  “Rule Of Three”, (28/02/18).  “Strange Times”, (ep 292, 22/02/19)(ep 293, 23/02/19).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (28/02/19).  “Morrissey”,  “Muse”,   “Manic Street Preachers”, “The Libertines”, “Biffy Clyro”,  “Smiths”, “The Stone Roses”, The Lighting Seeds”, “Simple Minds”, “The KLF”.















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