Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East, North East and West London & Surrey (The NEXT Chapter).
Week 254 Saturday 27th April until Friday 3rd May 2019.
First, a trailer for the next two weeks of this blog! From the 8th until 14th of May, I have a friend from Canada visiting the capital for the first time. This means that during the next couple of weeks I will write about seeing London through the eyes of a tourist. Living in the city I have been to a lot of the top tourist attractions, but of course I see them from a Londoners point of view. Maybe queuing for extortionately priced London tatt “made in China” with a visitor might give me a new appreciation for the city.
“I am officially A Late Night Loser” #89″.
So, join my friend April (as a Canadian I wonder if I can bribe her with as many pictures of Michael Palin as a Lumberjacks in women’s clothes as she can stand, to write about her experience here. It saves me coming up with content) MOZ and myself as we go on the tourist trail of a city that many consider one of the most exciting in the world (personally, I don’t!). You never know this might change my opinion of London.
“Its Chocolate! Don’t worry, I am a good Aunt”.
And now for this week’s ramble.
“7pm Thursday evening”.
Every couple of weeks I attend a Frazzled Café (http://www.frazzledcafe.org), during the meeting the facilitator could hold up a white piece of paper if the subject of the conversation goes off topic or a speaker is hogging the conversation. Please don’t imagine that this is being used all the time, it’s an aid to help the conversation between participants flow and to allow all to speak if they want.
“Noticed an interesting message scrolling along the bottom of the call info board at work”.
Could this be the future of communication, forget expensive folding phone and other wizardry! Just think if we all carried instead of a piece of paper or small white card to inform the people that the conversation has dried up and should be put out of everyone’s misery. Picture the scene you’re with a person who is droning on and on, your eyes have glazed over your only response is the occasionally grunt to confirm that you are still conscious. Even this doesn’t stop them from continuing to yak! That would be an ideal time to pull out a little white card. Maybe the system could be adapted so that on one side in large friendly letters the word “STOP” is printed in red! This would be perfect for those occasions when you need to end a conversation in an emergency.
“Spring really is coming”.
Life really would be so much easier for all if we all had a little card. Here are examples that immediately spring to mind. Sitting in a team meeting where nothing of any importance is being said, hold up the card! A Skype conversation has run its course, then show the card! A card like this would be invaluable on public transport, for instance when annoying people conducted very loud phone conversations. If a group of commuters all held up their cards maybe the person might realise that they should either end the call or move to a different carriage or alight from the train! Imagine sitting in a job interview, you have heard enough about how wonderful it is to work in an open plan office, then hold up the card! How about when you are sitting in a famous corporate coffee establishment, enjoying a sugary bucket of gloop. The person you are with or another customer nearby is chatting away and not allowing you to sip your over expensive beverage. Then whip out the card, which afterwards it could serve as a coaster to protect the furniture.
“Rushing through Abney Park Cemetery. Will return to spend more time, very interesting place”.
Eventually there would be white card emojis on computers, phones and all social media sites. Think of all the pointless typing that you do because you can’t bring a text conversation to an end. All the time saved because of using the card emoji would allow you to do something less boring instead.
“A peaceful walk before the madness of work”.
Don’t get me wrong, I spend a huge amount of time boring people (not just with this blog) for instance when I ramble on about obscure 60s black and white Doctor Who. Even though I can sense that the person in front would rather poke their eyes out with a cocktail stick, they politely allow me to carry on boring them. If they produced a white card, I wouldn’t subject them to anymore torture and move on and find a fresh victim! During a Frazzled cafe meeting if I see the facilitators hand crawl towards the paper/ card it makes me smile, and certainly keeps me “on topic”. I seriously think this could be a good idea, let me know what you think. Let’s start a trend!
“Not my hat!”.
“This is how i get through the day at work”.
At work I listened to a recorded message to ring a customer back. Due to the recording being unclear I didn’t want to say what I though the name was. For once I was cautious and “choose wisely” as the women’s name was nothing like Miss Sexton. Phew only “just” dodged that bullet.
“Writing this Shiz, on the move”.
My Mid Life Crisis Conts……
This week I have mainly been watching:
“Being Human”, (S5, ep 5 & ep 6). “Black Summer”, (S1, ep 2 to ep 8). “Click”, (TX: 27/04/19). “Coco”, (2017). “Doom Patrol”, (S1, ep 6 to ep 10). “Forensics The Real CSI”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 01/05/19). “Game Of Thrones”, (S8, ep 3). “Ghosts”, (S1, ep 3). “Happy!”, (S2, ep 6). “Have I Got News For You”, (S57, ep 4, TX: 26/04/19)(ep 5, 03/05/19). “Have I Got A Bit More News For You”, (S52, ep 11, TX: 23/12/16). “In The Dark”, (S1, ep 4 & ep 5). “IZombie”, (S5, ep 1). “Killing Eve”, (S2, ep 4). “Light As A Feather”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 3). “Living Differently”, (S5, ep 3, TX: 29/04/19). “Miriam’s Dead Good Adventures”, (S1, ep 2, TX: 28/04/19). “Night & Day”, (2010). “Not Going Out”, (S10, ep 3). “The Graham Norton Show”, (S25, ep 4, TX: 26/04/19). “The Looming Tower”, S1, ep 1). “The Orville”, (s2, ep 14). “Toy Story 3”, (2010). “Travelman 48hrs in… Tallinn”, (S9, ep 3, TX: 29/04/19). “Trust Me”, (S2, ep 3). “Would I Lie To You?”, (S7, ep 3, TX: 17/03/15). “Z Nation”, (S1, ep 3 & ep 13)(S2, ep 1 to ep 3).
This week I have mainly been listening to:
“30 Animals That Made Us Smarter”, (S1, ep 1, 25/03/19)(ep 2, 01/04/19)(ep 3, 08/04/19)(ep 4, 15/04/19)(ep 5, 22/04/190(ep 6, 29/04/19). “Brian Gittens And Friends”, (ep 57, 01/05/19). “Clinton Baptiste Paranormal Podcast”, (S2, ep 5, 29/04/19). “Griefcast”, (ep 77, 24/04/19)(ep 78, 01/05/19). “Iain Lee (Bonus)”, (24/04/19). “Iain Lee (Highlights)”, (26/04, 29/04,30/04,01/05/19). “In Poor Taste”, (ep 106, 01/05/19). “LBC Podcast: Mystery Hour”, (01/05/19). “LBC Podcast: Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (27/04, 03/05/19). “NASA: Gravity Assist”, (01/05/19). “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 89, 26/04/19)(ep 90, 03/05/19). “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 139, 26/04/19). “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (29/04/19). “The Rabbit Hole”, (ep 79, 02/05/19). “Morrissey”, “Shed Seven”, “Baby Bird”, “Elbow”, “Leftfield ft John Lydon”, “Stereophonics”, “Elestica”, “Echobelly”, “Belly”, “Manic Street Preachers”, “Florence And The Machine”, “The Stylistics”.