Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East, Central, North London and Essex (The NEXT Chapter).
Week 290 Saturday 4th until Friday 10th January 2020.
I am a lifelong Star Wars fan; it’s difficult in such a small number of words to express my love for the worlds that George Lucas created. Once the original film was realised in the UK (27th December 1977) I pestered my parents until they gave in and took me to see the movie that the world was talking about. My love of Star Wars was born, as well the amazing experience of sitting in a large dark room watching a huge screen. One thing I have never liked is busy cinemas and over the years found my ideal seat, in the middle of the front row. It’s a perfect place because “normal” people don’t want to be that close to the screen.
“Dont follow Mr. Bean”.
Last weekend I visited the local fleapit. The ads and trailers (which I enjoy) finished, the film was starting when suddenly in the background voices could be heard. Sure enough the people talking ignored all the empty seats (the screen was not overly busy) and walked down to the front row and joined me. This group consisted of a woman, man and 2 small children. The only one who watched the film (as far as I could tell) was the man. Throughout the film the women looked at her phone. When not studying her small device to prove how bored this experience was she would yarn very loudly (I kept hearing her clearly over the noise of lightsabers and space battles). When the kids talked, they were “shushed” extremely loudly because they were interrupting her social media activities. Talking about the little darlings, they had no interest in the film, and spent the duration running around or rolling on the floor in front of the screen. Though the last 15 mins they sat behind and kicked my friends seats.
“Wearing a fave T-shirt for a fave Podcast (Strange Times)”.
In the past I have asked people to stop being disruptive and occasionally spoken to staff, both have fallen on deaf ears. Last weekend I sat there and attempted to ignore them (which failed). After the above incident I will need to rethink when and where I see a film. The perfect time would seem to be during the week when most people are at work or school. It’s sad that after 40 years of going to the flicks I need to think like this. Of course, I watch lots of films at home, but there is nothing better than seeing a movie on a huge screen. I want to be fully immersed in the story and not be constantly brought back to reality by those around me. Maybe one day, when I’ve made my millions, I’ll have my own state of the art home cinema, so i never have to leave the house or share the silver screen experience again.
“Met this lovely little creature in the backgarden”.
I will be seeing “Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker” again soon. Hopefully I won’t be disturbed and will feel part of a “Galaxy Far Far Away” one last time!
And Now For Something Completely Different……
“What a sweet little girl”.
If you have been reading this ramble for a while you will know that just over a month ago a very special Hamster died. This little creature really did have a huge effect on me and is very much missed.
“Left over roast at work”.
Recently something strange started to happen. It started after my friend and I visited a local funeral home to see if a small plaque can be made for the garden where Aries has been laid to rest. When we came home the lights on a small crimbum tree situated on top of her cage were on, but we hadn’t turned it on. Looking back at that last sentence I realise how this sounds, but it’s true!
“A unplanned shiz doodle drawn at work. Watercolours added at home”.
There have now been 3 occasions we have returned home to find the tree lights on. They were switched off when we left the house; I have checked there is no timer or light sensitive switch which would activate them. A couple of other peculiarities have happened. One morning the living room light was on, and I had definitely turned it off the previous night. As well as a screenshot of a picture I had taken of our little hammy that appeared on my friend’s phone. I didn’t send it to her.
“Being naughty on the Yellow Line, don’t tell anyone”.
If there is a presence in the house (maybe, we brought something (one) back from the funeral home – we were told they were very busy) I’d like to believe that it’s our little Hamster. Again, I know how this reads. This is possibly the strangest thing I have written in this blog ever. The little tree is going to stay out as an experiment to see if the lights carry on being turned on when were out. If there is a sprit, maybe it’s shy to do it when we’re there, which is why occurrences happen when we’re out or during the night.
“The caption says it all”.
And Now Finally……
Walking to work all last year i passed graffiti that read “Slugs Rule”. It now reads “Sluts rule”. Is this a comment about life in 2020?
“Trying to write this Shiz, but distracted by “The Robot”.
My Mid Life Crisis Conts……
This week I have mainly been watching:
“Blakes 7”, (SC, ep 12). “Click”, (TX: 04/01/20). “Him & Her”, (S1, ep 1 & ep 2). “In Search Of Dracula With mark Gatiss”, (TX: 03/01/20). “Lost In Space”, (S2, ep 2 to 9). “Only Fools And Horses: Dates”, (TX: 25/12/88). “Only Fools And Horses: Miami Twice (ep 1 The American Dream)”(TX: 24/12/91)”(ep 2 Oh To Be In England)”(TX: 25/12/91). “Only Fools And Horses: Mother Nature’s Son”, (TX: 25/12/92). “Only Fools And Horses: Rodney Come Home”, (25/12/90). “Only Fools And Horses: The Frog Legacy”, (TX: 25/12/87). “Only Fools And Horses: The Jolly Boy’s Outing”, (25/12/89). “Prospect”, (2018). “Shrill”, (S1, ep 3). “Star Trek (Original Series)”, (S1, ep 5). “Star Wars: Episode XI: Rise Of Skywalker”,(2019). “The Goes Wrong Show”, (S1, ep 2). “The Witcher”, (S1, ep 2 to ep 4). “Timeless”, (S1, ep 14 to 16)(S2, ep 1). “Wisting”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 4).
Doctor Who Watched This Week:
“The Chase”, (S2, Prod Code R)(BBC DVD Bonus: 01/03/10, Cusack In Cardiff, Daleks Beyond The Screen, Daleks Conquer And Destroy, Last Stop White City, Shawcraft-The Original Monster Maker, The Thrill Of The Chase).
“The Time Meddler”, (S2, Prod Code S)(ep 1, The Watcher, TX: 03/07/65)(ep 2, The Meddling Monk, TX: 10/07/65)(ep 3, A Battle Of Wits, TX: 17/07/65)(ep 4, Checkmate, 24/07/65)( BBC DVD Bonus: 04/08/08, Restoration, Stripped For Action-The First Doctor, The Lost 12 Seconds).
“Galaxy Four”, (S3, Prod Code T)(Loose Cannon Intro & Outro, Peter Purves, Dec 99)(ep 1, Four Hundred Dawns, LC Recon , TX: 11/09/65)(ep 2, Trap Of Steel, LC Recon, TX: 18/09/65)(ep 3, Airlock, LC Recon, TX: 25/09/65)(ep 4, Exploding Planet, LC Recon, TX: 02/10/65).
“Mission To The Unknown”, (S3, Prod Code T/A)(Loose Cannon Intro & Outro, Edward De Souza, Sep 2000)(ep 1, Mission To The Unknown, LC Recon, TX: 09/10/65).
“The Myth Makers”, (S3, Prod Code U)( Loose Cannon Intro & Outro, Frances White, Sept 06)(ep 1, Temple Of Secrets, LC Recon,TX: 16/10/65)(ep 2, Small Prophet, Quick Return, LC Recon, TX: 23/10/65)(ep 3, Death Of A Spy, LC Recon, TX: 30/10/65)(ep 4, Horse Of Destruction, LC Recon, TX: 06/11/65).
“The Dalek Masterplan”, (S3, Prod Code V) Loose Cannon Intro Kevin Stoney, Dec 03)( ep 1, The Nightmare Begins, LC Recon, TX: 13/11/65)(ep 2, Day Of Armageddon, TX: 20/11/65)(ep 3, Devil’s Planet, LC Recon, 27/11/65)(ep 4, The Traitors, LC Recon, TX: 04/12/65).
“Spyfall”, (S38/S12, ep 2, TX: 05/01/20).
This week I have mainly been listening to:
“Daddy Look At Me: Daddy’s introductions”, (02/01/20(S2, ep 11, 09/01/20). “Iain Lee (Highlights”, (31/12/19, 06/01, 09/01/20). “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 126, 10/01/20). “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (04/01, 10/01/20). “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 174, 28/12/19)(ep 175, 03/01/20)(ep 176, 10/01/20). “Space Boffins”, (10/01/20). “Strange Times”, (ep 329, 08/01/20). “The Old Doctor Who Podcast”, (ep 37, 01/02/170)(ep 38, 22/02/170)(ep 39, 15/03/17)(ep 40, 05/04/17)(ep 41, 26/04/17)(ep 42, 17/05/17)(ep 43, 07/06/17)(ep 44, 28/06/17). The Nick Abbot Habit”, (06/01/20). “The Skewer”, (BBC Radio 4)(S1, ep 1, 08/01/20). “Morrissey”, “Queen”, “The Pet Shop Boys”, “Manic Steet Preachers”, “Catfish And The Bottlemen”, “The Flaming Lips”, “Ok Go”.