Week 292, Saturday 25th until Friday 31st January 2020.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East, South West, Central London (The NEXT Chapter).

Week 293 Saturday 25th  until Friday 31st January 2020.


I am a little worried that a friend and I may have been responsible for a national treasure’s death.  This week Nicholas Parsons died aged 96, like many people in the UK I grew up watching and listening to him as he entertained millions over many decades.  But, why could I be responsible I hear you cry!

A few years ago, my friend and I were chatting and mentioned classic sitcom writer Carla Lane.  A few days later she passed aged 87.  Last Sunday the same friend and I were talking about old TV quiz shows and it wasn’t long before Nicholas Parsons entered the conversation.  My friend wasn’t sure (as with Clara Lane) if he was still alive, after consulting my small electronic device I confirmed that he was.

20200130_091026 “A posh art deco lamp shade seen in central London”.

On Tuesday during my break when I read that the “Sale of the Century” (1971 to 1983) host had passed away, I had to message to my friend who replied straight away saying “the curse had struck again”.  Just to point out I am not making light of either Clara Lane or Nicholas Parsons deaths, they were both very talented and I enjoyed their work.  But maybe the curse could be put to good use.  Just think of the pond scum, so-called celebrities and politicians who (in my VERY uneducated opinion) appear to get away with all kinds of wrong and immoral activities.  Maybe if my friend and I had a conversation naming them, then maybe there card might be marked.

If there is someone that you would like us to add into a conversation (nudge nudge, wink wink), then please send your nominations to…

20200125_175446 “Boo!”. 


And Now For Something Completely Different……

Picture Bond or Bauer from “24” desperately trying to download information while nervously looking around waiting for the percentage to gradually reach 100%.  Once they have what they wanted each hero can escape a shower of bullets completely unharmed.  Of course the get-a-way vehicle will have more holes in it than a kitchen sieve.

If James or Jack had the issues I have while out and about in the “so-called” real world they would hand in their licenses to kill (I think Bauer has a badge, which is a “sort of” licence) retire to sip cocktails (shaken not stirred) while watching babes.

20200128_193243Tuesday about 17.10 pm”.

I used to be able to download a whole series (that’s what it felt like) of TV shiz I enjoy.  As well as plenty of Podcast to keep me occupied whilst suffering London’s public transport system.  Recently though the tablet has started to inform me helpfully “insufficient memory “ while downloading.  There have been days when I have to re-watched a show because I was unable to hop onto the Wi-Fi at work to download something new.  When I do manage to access the internet in the office its so slow and could take all afternoon to download a 30 min comedy.

On morning this week, while in a corporate coffee shop sipping my bucket of gulp I attempted to squirt a drama on to my electronic device.  With one eye on the clock because I should have been rushing to work.  I saw the percentage of the download slowly climb.  Eighty seven is now a number i don’t like; this was when the download stalled.  No matter how hard I stared at the screen that number wouldn’t change.  My internal mantra attempted to keep me calm by telling myself that this won’t take long.

20200129_171438 “Wednesday about 17.10 pm”.

Minutes later I could be seen rushing through the street dodging anything and anyone who dared to get in my way.  All the time fuming that the download had to be abandoned.  This is when my thoughts turned to Bond and Bauer who would never have had the same issue.  Of course I didn’t confess the real reason I was late, the boss would never have understood.

20200102_214635 “Hidden doorways on the tube are always intriguing” 

Happily I can report that a friend saved my sanity by discovering that an APP has been sucking up a large amount of memory after an update.  Once again my travelling through the city is more pleasurable due to the number of downloads to choose from.

And Finally……

Trying to turn off the alarm on my circular topped smart speaker.  The annoying tone continued to sound, even though i was asking it to stop.  It sounded like it was actually getting louder.  In the end after stumbling out of bed i just pulled the plug.  That evening my friend told me in her bedroom she heard my predicament and laughed.

20200128_230111 “The lady is in charge.  And it was nice to see”. 

While driving I misheard the radio, I thought the fruity voiced said “the home of Flaccid Rock”.  It was “Classic Rock”.  Flaccid felt more appropriate from the music heard (I changed the station as soon as I was stationary).

DSCF4428 “I always enjoy a spot of bird spotting.  This one was flying low probably looking for a feeder to perch on”.

Waiting excitedly for new Doctor Who to begin, I became aware of a sucking sound.  I walked into the kitchen holding the tablet (I wasn’t going to miss the opening credits) only to see my friend sucking up split red wine through a metal (she cares about the planet and doesn’t use plastic) straw.

20200201_003910 “Distracted by these puffed up puffer jackets”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:

“Bridesmaids”, (2011).  “Cheers”, (S5, ep 21 to ep 26)(S3, ep 1 to ep 14).  “Click”, (TX: 25/01/20).  “Him & Her”, (S2, ep 5 to ep 7)(S3, ep 1).  “Man Like Mobeen”, (S3, ep 1 to ep 5).  “Omniscient”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 5).  “Star Trek: Picard”, (S1, ep 2).  “Storyville The Gene Revolution: Changing Human Nature”, (TX: 27/01/20).  “The Goes Wrong Show”, (S1, ep 4 & 5).  “The Graham Norton Show”, (Happy New Year, TX: 31/12/19)(S26, ep 15, TX: 24/01/20).  “The Last Leg”, (S19, ep 1, TX: 17/01/20)(ep 2, TX: 24/01/20).  “Top Gear”, (S28, ep 1, TX: 26/01/20).  “Winterwatch 2019”, (S8, ep 1, TX: 28/01/20)(ep 2, TX: 29/01/20)(ep 3, TX: 30/01/20)(ep4, TX: 31/01/20).  “Wisting”, (S1, ep 7 & ep 8).                  

Doctor Who Watched This Week:

“The Savages”, (S3, Prod Code AA)(ep 3, TX: 11/06/66, LC Recon)(ep 4, TX 18/06/66, LC Recon)(Loose Cannon, “Outro: Peter Purves”, “Mini Production Featurette”, “Interview Peter Purves”, “Interview Sonia Markham”, Feb 08).

The War Machines”, (S3, Prod Code BB)(ep 1, TX: 25/06/66)(ep 2, TX: 02/07/66)(ep 3, TX: 09/07/66)(ep 4, TX: 16/07/66)( BBC DVD Bonus, “One Foot In The Past”, “WOTAN Assembly”, 25/08/08).

“The Sumgglers”, (S4, Prod Code CC)( Loose Cannon, “Into: George C Cooper”, Aug 08)( ep 1, TX: 10/09/66, LC Recon)(ep 2,  TX: 17/10/66, LC Recon).

 “Fugitive Of The Judoon”, (S38/S12, ep 5, TX: 26/01/20).

This week I have mainly been listening to:

“Daddy Look At Me”, (S2, ep 14, 30/01/20).  “Iain Lee (Highlights”, (24/01, 28/01, 29/01, 30/01/20).  “LBC: Mystery Hour”, (31/01/20).  “Matt Berry Intv “Nicholas Parsons” (Alex Lowe)(Absolute Radio)”.  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 129, 31/01/20).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (25/01, 31/01/20).  “Strange Times”, (ep 332, 28/01/20).  “The Old Doctor Who Podcast”, (ep 65, 12/09/18)(ep 66, 03/10/18)(ep 67, 24/10/18)(ep 68, 14/11/18)(ep 69, 05/12/18)(ep 70, 26/12/18)(ep 71, 16/01/19)(ep 72, 06/02/19)(ep 73, 27/02/19)(ep 74, 20/03/19)(ep 75, 10/04/19)(ep 76, 01/05/19)(ep 77, 22/05/19)(ep 78, 12/06/19)(ep 79, 03/07/19).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (27/01/20).  “The Skewer”, (BBC Radio 4)(S1, ep 4, 29/01/20).  “The Skewer: Podcast”, (BBC Radio 4)(S1,ep 2, pt 1 & pt 2: 22/01/20)(ep 3, pt 1 & pt 2: 28/01/20) .  “Walking The Dog With Emily Dean”, (ep 43, 19/07/19)(Message From Emily, 23/01/20).  “What’s Your Problem? With Nick Abbot And Carol Mcgiffin”, (S1, ep 2, 27/01/20).  “Woke Up! And Enter The Maelstrom”, (S1, ep 2, 26/01/20).  Morrissey”, “Pet Shop Boys”,  “Cyndi Lauper”,  “Kasabian”,  “Cocteu Twins”,  “The Beautiful South”, “Stereo MC’s”, “Pat Benatar”, “Bran Van 3000”, “The Cure”.




























































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2 Responses to Week 292, Saturday 25th until Friday 31st January 2020.

  1. George Mitchell says:

    Is this your first view from Cape Verde? Hopefully another dot on the map!

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