Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in Northamptonshire, East & West London and Surrey (The NEXT Chapter).
Week 249 Saturday 23rd until Friday 29th March 2019.
First a trailer for next week….
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That excrement is for next week!
“Which one is the little monster”.
Continue reading for this week’s drivel.
“Relaxing in the sticks”.
Last weekend I relaxed and recharged my batteries in the countryside at my mum and sisters house. However, all the positive energy drained away as soon as I arrived at Euston station, when I discovered that my plastic top up Oyster card was missing. Everything in my bag got pulled out for all the passing well organised passengers to see as they alighted. All the usual rubbish was there, but the small plastic card I really needed couldn’t be seen. The last time it was used was the previous Friday at the very same station, so it could be anywhere. Even as I write this there is a little part of me hoping that it will be found at mums under the sofa or in a corner of the living room playing the greatest game of hide and seek ever. Be careful people! Those plastic wallets are crafty, keep an eye on them!
“One day i’ll take a trip on the canal”.
Over the last few years there has been a lot in the news about how tube station ticket offices are closing, because you can buy tickets from an army of machines. This has resulted in more staff at the ticket gates or on platforms. Whatever the pros and cons of this decision, it is not for me to say. One thing I do now know, is how difficult it is to buy a new Oyster card in the centre of town early evening on a Sunday. Walking around I discovered that at Euston, St Pancras (the travel centre was closed) and Kings Cross there doesn’t appear to be a facility to buy a new Oyster card. I even tried good old reliable W.H Smiths in each of the stations and was told with a smile that they didn’t sell them. When I don’t want a newsagent, they seem to be on every street corner. Try finding one when you really need it! Maybe the newsagents are in league with the plastic wallets and are taking part in the game of hide and seek. An hour after arriving back in the big smoke I found somewhere to buy a new pass, i was finally on the last leg home.
“Can you smell the countryside”.
This got me thinking. As a Londoner if I i had this much trouble buying a pass what must it be like for a visitor! No wonder they have put extra staff on the ticket gates if they are constantly telling people that they need to go back up to street level to buy one. Local stations that still have an office which used to sell tickets might issue them, I don’t know! The first problem would be getting the persons attention through the extra thick slightly tinted glass. After that, they would need to be persuaded to put down there phone as they like pictures of friend’s meals and laugh at videos of babies or old people falling over. In May, I have a Canadian friend visiting the capital. I think I’ll get her Oyster card in advance so that she doesn’t have the problems I had. This is her first visit to London; I don’t want to put her off straight away.
“Trifle and pub grub”.
What happened to the pass at the time of writing is still a mystery. For once in my life I can say that I didn’t do anything stupid with the wallet. If it’s not playing hide and seek, then maybe it fell through a rip in the space/time continuum at mums, she does live in the sticks after all! If this is the case I hope it found a nicer reality with other plastic travel pass holders. It can’t be fun being stuffed in to a sweaty pocket or a packed dark bag.
“Saw this beauty and fell in love”.
“Sprung is coming”.
I asked a colleague if he “wanted to see my hamster”. After a slight pause I hurriedly handed him my phone, so he could see how cute the adopted hamster was. I only did this as he mentioned a hamster and thought he might be interested. He wasn’t!
“Cute Hammy pic of the week”.
One morning this week a man and his pug sat next to me on the tube. The musty breath and slight vibrating purring I think we’re coming from the pug. These days I have learned never assume.
“Writing this shiz, with a horny pony”.
My Mid Life Crisis Conts……
This week I have mainly been watching:
“Beeny’s Restoration Nightmare”, (S2, ep 6, TX: 24/11/11). “Being Human”, (S1, ep 5 & ep 6)(S2, ep 1 to ep 4). “Blue Planet Live”, (S1, ep 2, TX: 27/03/19)(ep 3, TX: 28/03/19). “Click”, (TX: 23/03/19). “Fleabag”, (S2, ep 4). “Into The Badlands”, (S1, ep 1). “Love Death & Robots”, (S1, ep 6). “Outnumbered”, (S3, ep 4 to ep 6)(S4, ep 1 to ep 6)(Crimbum Special 2011)(Crimbum Special 2012)(S5, ep 1 to ep 6)(Crimbum Special 2016). “Rick And Morty”, (S1, ep 7 to ep 11)(S2, ep 1 to ep 4). “Road To Brexit”, (TX: 26/03/19). “Santa Clarita Diet”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 4). “Star Trek: Discovery”, (S2, ep 11). “The Grand Tour”, (S3, ep 1 to ep 3). “The Great Celebrity Bake Off For SU2C”, (S2, ep 4, TX: 26/03/19). “The OA”, (S2, ep 1 to ep 8). “The Unexplainers”, (S1, ep 1). “The Walking Dead”, (S9, ep 15). “This Time With Alan Partridge”, (S1, ep 5). “Top Gear: India Special”, (TX: 28/12/11).
This week I have mainly been listening to:
“Brian And Roger”, (S2, ep 9, 27/03 & ep 10, 29/03/19). “Brian Gittens And Friends”, (ep 54, 28/03/19). “David Tennant Does A Podcast”, (S1, ep 9, 26/03/19). “Griefcast”, (ep 73, 27/03/19). “Iain Lee (Bonus)”, (19/03, 20/03, 12/03, 22/03, 25/03/19). “Iain Lee (Highlights)”, (19/03, 20/03, 21/03, 22/03, 25/03, 26/03, 27/03, 28/03/19). “How To Burn A Million Quid”, (S1, ep 3 to ep 5, 21/01/19). “LBC Podcast; Mystery Hour”, (28/03/19). “LBC Podcast: Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (23/03, 29/03/19). “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 84, 22/03/19)(ep 85, 29/03/19). “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 134, 22/03/19). “Strange Times”, (ep 296, 09/03/19). “The All New Angelos And Barry Podcast”, (24/03/19). “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (29/03/19). “Treasure Quest”, (BBC Three Counties/Northampton)(TX: 23/03/19). “Morrissey”, “ELO”, “Skunk Anansie”, “Elastica”, “The Cranberries”, “Run-D.M.C & Aerosmith”, “Shed Seven”, “Minnie Riperton”, “Nina Simone”, “Aqualung”.