Week 301, Saturday 21st until Friday 27th March 2020

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London (The Lock Down Begins).

Week 301 Saturday 21st  until Friday 27th March 2020.


20200322_01505320200322_01493020200322_015008 Happy Mother’s Day earlier this week to Mum, SAZ and Sigrida.

This week’s blog is being dictated, after 300 weeks of bashing away at various keyboards I have decided to embrace modern technology and speak this ramble. However there will have to be some typing to correct mistakes, because either I’m not talking clearly enough or the tablet doesn’t like what I’m saying (I even bore my small electronic device). However from next week I will probably return to writing this using a good old keyboard.

20200327_171055Robin, looking for Batman”.

The last week has been the first full week of working from home, or lockdown as I think this is officially known. I still hate my job with a passion, but working from home suits me. I travel to the office (a corner of the living room) in about 30 seconds and spend the rest of day in my PJ’s (I do have a wash and brush my teeth, honest). While speaking to the numpties who ring up I can look out of the window to watch the birds feeding or the greedy squirrel trying to break into the nut there container (it’s become used to me knocking on the glass, next week I will have to start going outside when it appears). In-between calls I can listen to podcasts or even watch snippets of classic 1970 Doctor who.


VideoCapture_20200315-193010 “Caught him/her before they attached the feeder again”.

The last 10 days life here in the UK really has changed beyond belief. One thing that’s noticeable is how shopping has changed. The expression “just popping out quickly to the shops” doesn’t really mean anything these days. The bigger the shop the longer the queue to enter, many establishment are limiting the number of people inside resulting in “social distancing “ queues snaking across pavements with everyone standing 2 metres (6 ft 6in, in old money) apart. It was while waiting in a queue minding my own business doing some shopping for some elderly neighbours that I got the idea of dictating this week’s ramble. Just so that you know I did get pretty much all of what was on their shopping list including loo roll.

20200329_032920 “A doodle of a person i saw queuing up in a shop.  They looked like an extra of the set of Chernobyl”.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

Even more important than working from home or dealing with the new ways that we shop. I became a parent again in the last 7 days. My friend and I came home last weekend with a tiny hamster that we have adopted. Within a few days we realised that the perfect name for him is Chewie.


At this time I must mention the 3 other hamsters who were also up for adoption separately but would have each been very challenging to look after. First there was “Hank” who likes to scream and hiss when approached, which he did (imagine the Predator when its face mandibles opened wide). Mr Grey also didn’t like to be touched. The third that was nameless was on his own because he was fighting. These were all very cute looking but I think we made the right choice. I do hope that the above get adopted and live happy lives.


Bringing Chewie home (at that time he didn’t have a name, he was just “the little boy”) was eventful and won’t be forgotten in a hurry. While waiting at a roundabout another car smashed directly into the back of us, making my already painful neck and back a little worse. Personally I am really annoyed about the other drive’s couple of seconds of stupidity at this time when where encouraged not to use public transport. I’m not surprised my motto has always been to regard all other divers as numpties, you can quote me on that.


That’s all for now, stay safe and I hope that you and your family are ok during these unsettling times.

And Finally……

Thank you Jenny Hammond for allowing me to use this that she posted.


My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“Beyond Baby Yoda- World Of Puppets”, (YouTube)(20/03/20).  “Carry On Sergeant”, (1958).  “Cheers”, (S10, ep 19 to ep 25)(S11, ep 1 to ep 8).  “Click”, (TX: 21/03/20)(28/03/20).  “Death In Paradise”,(S2, ep 7 & ep8).  “Disclosure: A Deadly Trade, (BBC Scotland)”, (S2, ep 7, TX: 16/03/20).  “Early Man”, (2018).  “Fracture”, (2007).  “Jimmy Kimmel’s Live!: With Courtney Cox”, (YouTube)(26/03/20).  “Little Miss Sunshine”, (2006).  “Manta”, (YouTube)(2013).  “Star Trek: Picard”, (S1, ep 10).  “The Great Celebrity Bake Off For SU2C”, (S3, ep 3, TX: 24/03/20).  “This Country”, (S3, ep 6).                       

Doctor Who Watched This Week:

Inferno”, (S7, Prod Code DDD)(ep 4, TX: 30/05/70)(ep 5, TX 06/06/70)(ep 6, TX: 13/06/70)(ep 7, TX: 20/06/70)(BBC Bonus: “Can You Hear The Earth Scream- Making Inferno, Deleted Scene, The Pertwee Years – Intro, The UNIT Family: Part 1, Visual Effects in TV”, 27/05/13).

“Terror Of The Autons”, (S8, Prod Code EEE)(ep 1, TX: 02/01/71)(ep 2, TX: 09/01/70)(ep 3, TX: 16/01/70)(ep 4, TX: 23/01/70)(BBC Bonus: Life On Earth, Plastic Fantastc, The Doctor’s Moriarty”, 09/05/11).

“The Mind Of Evil”, (S8, Prod Code FFF)(ep 1, TX: 30/01/71)(ep 2, TX:06/02/71)(ep 3, TX: 13/02/70).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“13 Minutes To The Moon (BBC World Services), (S2, ep 3, 23/03/20).  “Blood On The Tracks”, (06/06/19)(13/06/19).  “Brian And Roger”, (25/03, 27/03/20).  “Brian Gittens And Friends”, (S2, ep 1, 25/03/20).  “CNN, Coronavirus: Fact Vs Fiction”, (Intro, 29/02/20)(ep 1, 02/03/20)(ep 2, 03/03/20)(ep 3, 04/03/20)(ep 4, 05/03/20)(ep  5, 06/03/20)(ep 6, 09/03/20)(ep 7, 10/03/20)(ep 8, 11/03/20)(ep 9, 12/03/20)(ep 10, 13/03/20)(ep 11, 16/03/20)(ep 12, 17/03/20)(ep 13, 18/03/20)(ep 14, 19/03/20)(ep 15, 20/03/20)(ep 16, 23/03/20)(ep 17, 24/03/20)(ep 18, 25/03/20)(ep 19, 26/03/20)(ep 20, 27/03/20).  “Daddy Look At Me”, (S3, Voicemail From Daddy and Helen, 25/03/20)(ep 4, 26/03/20).  “Gossipmongers”, (S3, ep 1, 24/03/20).  “Iain Lee (Highlights)”, (20/03, 23/03, 24/03, 25/03, 26/03/20).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 136, 20/03/20)(ep 137, 27/03/20).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (27/03/20).  “Rule Of Three”, (S5, ep 8 Remain-indoors, ep 9, Eddie Izzard Pt 2, 26/03/20).   “Strange Times”, (ep 338, 23/03/20).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (26/03/20).  “The All New Angelos And Barry Podcast”, (23/03, 26/03/20).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (23/03/20).  “The Supermassive Podcast”, (ep 3, 19/03/20).  “What’s Your Problem? With Nick Abbot And Carol McGiffin”, (S1, ep 11, 23/03/20).  “Morrissey”,  “Talk Talk”,  “R.E.M”,  “Heaven 17”,  “The Cure”,  “The Style Council”,  “SEcho And The Bunnymen”,  “New Order”,  “Azrec Camera”,  “Joy Division”,  “Joe Jackson”,  “Hansen”, “Adam And The Ants”, “Duran Duran”, “The Artic Monkeys”, “Pulp.





































































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