Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East, West, Central, North East London, Surrey & Northamptonshire (The NEXT Chapter).
Week 261 Saturday 15th until Friday 21stJune 2019.
When driverless cars are part of all our lives, we’ll look back at the way that we drive today and wonder how anyone got to their destination. Of course, that technology for people like me is a long way off. When the tech is reliable and affordable I’ll embrace it. The thought of doing nothing on a long journey other than sitting in the back watching several episodes of the latest rubbish I am enjoying, is exciting. Of course, by then I won’t need a screen because information will be download directly into the soggy mass I call a brain!
“Trying to look human, early morning”.
Until then I like to be in control and know where I am going. To do this I like to use a paper map, I have a Sat Nav but I prefer to look at a traditional map if possible. Driving is an adventure; getting lost is part of the fun if you’re not in a hurry of course!
“My signature position during Ariel Yoga”.
Sunday my friend and I were headed to North East London for the last Ariel Yoga session until September. Due to train issues it was decided that I would drive. Looking at the map a route was planned. During the first 30 minutes of the journey everything went to plan and then I took a wrong turn. Looking on the map I knew exactly where I had gone wrong but turning around was not an option on that road. The Sat Nav was no use due to its age and all the new buildings being built in the capital, it couldn’t hold its signal. This meant that my friend who normally sits enjoying the view had to use her phone and become the sat nav.
“I enjoy hanging around in this room”.
The rest of this journey for me was so stressful. The main issue about navigating by the phone is that the map is always a little behind where we were! These resulted in either turning around or continuing to the next junction and re planning the route a number of times. I can happily confirm that my navigator did an excellent job of working out a route as well as putting up with my continual moaning. In fact, we arrived with a couple of minutes to spare which meant that we got our normal corner of the studio. Driverless tech would have made that journey so much easier; I certainly wouldn’t have arrived looking sweatier than I do after the yoga session! But like everyone I’ll just have to wait until that becomes a reality.
“Very proud of this artist, inspired by Warhol”.
Until then I’ll continue to use an old-fashioned map. Realistically in London, even I can’t get really lost. Forget GPS and mobiles there’s always a sign around the next corner. Alternatively, I could stop a black cab and ask the driver for directions. Though thinking they use Sat Nav’s these days I think!
“I spotted three very small Fox cubs in this grass”.
And Now For Something Completely Different……
“Woke up tired, really didn’t sleep well”.
The diet is continuing to go well. In a few weeks’ time I return to Ibiza with family. Last year my brother-in-law and I swam out to a huge rock a few hundred meters from the shore. This year I intend on doing the same, but I haven’t been swimming for a long time. If you have read this shiz before you will know I love to swim and used to do it regularly.
“At work i found the place where photocopiers come to die”.
This week I discovered a new 50-meter pool locally to where I live. It has four lanes for people who just want to swim back and forth. No one is bobbing around like an iceberg chatting with friends. Or children messing around and getting in the way. After my 30 lengths, I felt like I had found my new pool. That feeling soon disappeared when I read a sign informing me that the opening times were changing. The only people that will be using the pool Monday to Friday (Its closed at weekends) will be those bored of watching Morning daytime TV. I find the perfect pool almost on the doorstep and I won’t be able to use it.
“Full of Pride”.
The swimming will of course help with the weight loss, but I need to show my nephew and niece that their old aunty can swim as well as their young daddy to the rock and back. It’s a lot of pressure being an aunty; I take my responsibility very seriously. If this means visiting the local skummy pool 25 metre pool instead, then so be it.
A couple of new guys at Ariel yoga wore jogging bottoms that left nothing to the imagination (I have a good imagination). After the initial shock my eyes remained above the waist for the rest of the session. I’m a vegetarian so not interested in meat sausages anyway! Should I mention there off putting moans, grunts and sighs throughout the session. No, that’s probably far too much for you to cope with!
“Trying to write this shiz on a bus”.
My Mid Life Crisis Conts……
This week I have mainly been watching:
“Alien 3”, (1992). “Click”, (TX: 15/06/19). “DC: Swamp Thing”, (S1, ep 3). “Fear The Walking Dead”, (S3, ep 4 to ep 15)(S4, ep 1 & ep 2). “In The Dark”, (S1, ep 11). “IZombie”, (S5, ep 7). “Krypton”, (S2, ep 2). “Light As A Feather”, (S1, 5 & ep 6). “MARVEL: Cloak & Dagger”, (S1, ep 3). “MARVEL’s Jessica Jones”, (S3, ep 1 to ep 3). “MISFITS”, (S3, ep 7 & 8)(S4, ep 1 & ep 2). “NOS4A2”, (S1, ep 3). “Papillon”, (1973). “The Crystal Maze: Celebrity Crystal Maze”, (S6, ep 1, TX: 21/06/19). “The Graham Norton Show”, (S25, ep 11, TX: 14/06/19). “The Last Leg”, (S10, ep 5, TX: 14/06/19)(ep 6, TX: 21/06/19). “The Planets”, (S1, ep 4, TX 18/06/19). “The Ranganation”, (S1, ep 5, TX: 16/06/19). “Top Gear”, (S27, ep 1, TX: 16/06/19). “Year Of The Rabbit”, (S1, ep 2). “Years And Years”, (S1, ep 6).
This week I have mainly been listening to:
“13 minutes To The Moon (BBC World Service)”, (S1, ep 6, 17/06/19). “30 Animals That Made Us Smarter (BBC World Service)”, (S1, ep 13, 17/06/19). “Anti Social Show”, (ep 74, 19/06/19). “Buffy Speak”, (ep 4, 10/04/16)(ep 5, 17/04/16)(ep 6, 25/04/16). “Daddy Look At Me”, (Trailer, 16/06/19)(Bonus, 19/06/19)(ep 1 to ep 3, 20/06/19). “Griefcast”, (ep 85, 19/06/19). “Iain Lee (Highlights)”, (14/06, 17/06, 2x 19/06, 20/06/19). “In Poor Taste”, (107, 12/06/19). “LBC Podcast: Mystery Hour”, (13/06/19, 20/06/19). “LBC Podcast: Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (15/06, 21/06/19). “Like Minded Friends”, (ep 3, 28/10/15). “NASA: Gravity Assist”, (13/06/19). “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 96, 14/06/19). “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 146, 14/06/19). “Space (BBC World Service)”, (ep 1, 14/12/15)(ep 2, 16/12/15)(ep 3, 17/12/15)(ep 4 & ep 5, 18/12/15)(ep 6, 20/12/15)(ep 7, 21/12/15)(ep 8, 23/12/15)(ep 9, 26/12/15)(ep10, 27/12/15)(ep 11, 30/12/15). “Strange Times”, (ep 307, 19/06/19). “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 97, 15/06/19). “The All New Angelos And Barry Podcast”, (17/06/19). “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (15/06/19). “The Rabbit Hole”, (ep 83, 20/06/19). “Morrissey”, “Biffy Clyro”, “Starship”, “Elastica”, “Suede”, “Elbow”, “Manic Street Preachers”, “David Bowie”, “Nirvana”, “Smith”, “Madness: Live at the Isle Of Wight (Absolute Radio)”, “Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds”, “Vampire Weekend”.