Week 307, Saturday 2nd May until Friday 8th May 2020.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London (inc one trip to a local park at lunchtime).

Week 307 Saturday 2nd  May until Friday 8th May 2020.

Lockdown Week, Otto.


Happy Bday Claire, this week.

20200508_182857Happy Bday Claire, 3 friends chatting on Zoom, with an old bag joining in”.

Two days before Lock down (is this one word or two, I keep seeing it written differently) my friend who I live with and myself adopted a tiny hamster.  During the following weeks we have really got to know our new housemate.  I like to think of him as a teenage boy, this is because he spends pretty much all day in bed only getting up to eat.  Sometimes he doesn’t actually get up, his head pokes out of the bedding and if he can reach food he will pull it under, like an aquatic predator dragging prey under the water.  It was because of an occasion like that, that he earned his nickname “little musty bum shiz face“.  His extremely cute face appeared looking around to see what tasty treat he could nibble on.  But what made us laugh was stuck to his cheek was a small oval shaped poo.  We really are embarrassing adopted parents.

20200508_18240920200508_182351 “Our little boy, just having a look around.  But staying in bed”.

At this point I must say I do realise that these delightful mammals are generally nocturnal, but our previous adopted Hamster liked to be out and appeared to want contact with us.  I suppose we hoped that our boy would be like our little girl used to be.  But of course, they are very much individual with different likes and dislikes.

20200508_022202 “Lock down art.  I like to think its art, but i’m not fooling myself”.

During these last weeks the living room has become our office as we are both working from home.  But all work stops whenever a sounds comes from the direction of his cage, or penthouse as I like to think of it.  We stand over it trying to locate where he has hidden himself.  The Hamster might be small, but he knows how to play us, he really is the head of this household.

20200506_144354 “My stunt double looks almost presentable in the park at lunchtime”.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

20200506_185418 “The Rat running along the waterline was far more interesting than the Squirrel”.

Early one morning I opened the window expecting to hear the birds singing as they feed on the various feeders in the garden.  Instead what I heard was a sound that can only describe as multiple metal springs being stretched back and forth very quickly.  Somewhere near there was a trampoline being abused?  I am happy to report that it stopped after 10 mins, and so far I haven’t heard that metal against metal grating sound again.  But If I do and it becomes an annoyance, I might have to try and bribe the growing number of urban foxes (due to less traffic and people milling around these last few weeks) to locate the trampoline in the middle and put it out of its misery.  Surly one of the Foxes must have a circular saw or an oxyacetylene torch.  British wildlife is known for being very clever and inventive.

20200507_215147 “Another busy home worker”.

And Finally……

20200506_144249 “And the winner of the Lock Down Kenneth Williams impersonation competition is…..”

Just before watching the terrible (recently I have been re-watching all of the Carry On films,1958 to 1978 and 1992) “Carry On, Emmannuelle”, my friend called the female lead Suzanne Dildo, her surname is Danielle.  Somehow this seemed fitting considering the (lack of) storyline.

20200507_161150[1] “How cute is this little one.  Don’t worry the birds on feeders are always looking out”.

This week I noticed that this ramble got its first view from Venezuela.  Bueno dias, burns trades or burns noches.

20200508_181924[1]20200508_182028[1] “Mum and Hel enjoying the VE day celebrations in there road.  The house was decorated by mums lovely neighbours”. 

A couple of weeks ago a relative sent me a message saying that they didn’t think that particular blog was very good.  Last week they got in contact again, telling me how much better the blog was.  I’m a little concerned about what they will make of this week’s ramble.  If there isn’t a blog next week, you know I have had to go into witness protection.  It’s been fun while it lasted.

20200507_172055 “Writing this Shiz, but very distracted by planes landing on BIG Jet TV”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

20200506_095911 “During a break, i thought it would be fund to sync up the opening credits of my fave show.  I really need a life”.

“Andrew Lloyd Webber – 50th Bday Celebration Show From The Royal Albert Hall, The Show Must Go On – Stay Home #withme”, (Original TX: 07/04/98)(Rpt TX: 01/05/20).  “Andy Serkis: Hobbitathon – Live”, (YouTube)(TX: 08/05/20, up to Chapter 8 at time of publishing).  “Anne Of Green Gables”, (1985)(ep 1 & ep 2).  “Anne Of Green Gables: The Sequel”, (1987).  “Better Than Us”, (S1, ep 12).  “Ares”, (S1, ep 4).  “Big Jet Tv: Live From Home”, (Facebook)(Day 40, TX: 03/05/20)(Day 44, TX: 07/05/20)(Day 45 – VE Day, TX: 08/05/20).  “Blue Peter – Behind The Scenes”, (TX: 40/04/20).  “Carry On, Behind”, (1975).  “Carry On, Dick”, (1974).  “Carry On, Emmannuelle”, (1978).  “Carry On, England”, (1976).  “Carry On, Girls”, (1973).  “Catweazel”, (S1, ep 1).  “Click”, (TX: 02/05/20).  “Death In Paradise”,(S5, ep 1 to ep 3).  “Diablero”, (S2, ep 6).  “Five Bedrooms”, (S1, ep 1).  “Have I Got News For You”, (S59, ep 5, TX: 01/05/20).  “Hurray For Fish”, Story Time With Thurrock Libraries”, (YouTube)(TX: 07/05/20).  “Michael Parkinson Interviews Sid James At “Love Story” Premiere (Thames TV)”, (YouTube)(TX: 08/03/71).  “National Theatre Live: Frankenstein With Jonny Lee Miller As The Creature”, (Original TX: 24/03/11)(Rpt TX: 08/05/20).  “On Location: The Carry On’s”, (2001).  “On Set Report, Carry On Henry”, (DVD Bonus – Southern TV)(TX: 05/11/70).  “Panorama: The Real War In Space: We Are Entering The Post-Nuclear Era”, (TX: 23/10/78).  “Phil King”, (FaceBook)(TX: 07/05/20).  “Sophie Ellis-Bextor: Lockdown Disco”, (FaceBook)(TX: 01/05/20).  “The Mash Report”, (S4, ep 5, TX: 01/05/20).  “The Mike Skipper Lockdown Saturday Quiz”, (FaceBook)(TX: 02/05/20).  “The Real Marigold Hotel”, (S4, ep 1, TX: 30/04/20).  “TISWAS”, (YouTube)(TX: 05/04/80).  “VE Day – National Two Mins Silence (BBC NEWS)”, (TX: 08/05/20)                            

Doctor Who Watched This Week:

“The Sontaron Experiment”, (S12, Prod Code 4B)(ep 1, TX: 22/02/75)(ep 2, TX: 01/03/75).

“Genesis of the Daleks”, (S11, Prod Code 4E)(ep 1, TX: 08/03/75)(ep 2, TX: 15/03/75)(ep 3, TX: 22/03/75)(ep 4, TX: 29/03/75)(ep 5, TX: 05/04/75)(ep 6, TX: 12/04/75).

“Revenge Of The Cybermen”, (S12, Prod Code 4D)(ep 1, TX: 19/04/75)(ep 2, TX 26/04/75)(ep 3, TX: 03/05/75)(ep 4, TX: 10/05/75).

“Terror Of The Zygons”, (S13, Prod Code 4F)(ep 1, TX: 30/08/75)(ep 2, TX: 06/09/75)(ep 3, TX: 13/09/75)(ep 4, TX: 20/09/75).

“Planet Of Evil”, (S13, Prod Code 4H)(ep1, TX: 27/09/75)(ep 2, 04/10/75)(ep 3, TX: 11/10/75)(ep 4, TX: 18/10/75).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“Brian Gittens And Friends: Year After Year”, (ep 2, 06/05/20).  “Coronavirus Global Daily Update (BBC World Service)”, (05/03/20)(07/04/20)(08/04/20)(09/04/20)(12/04/20)(30/04/20)(01/05/20×2)(02/05/20×2)(03/05/20×2)(04/05/20×2)(05/05/20×2)(06/05/20×2)(07/05/20×2)“CNN, Coronavirus: Fact Vs Fiction”, (ep 47, 04/05/20)(ep 48, 05/05/20)(ep 49, 06/05/20)(ep 50, 07/05/20).  “Daddy Look At Me”, (ep 12, 07/05/20).  “Gossipmongers”, (S3, ep 7, 04/05/20).  “Iain Lee (Highlights)”, (29/04, 30/04, 01/05, 04/05, 05/05/20).  “Lazy Doctor Who”, (ep 26, 10/01/16)(ep 27, 10/01/16)(ep 28, 31/01/16)(ep 29, 01/02/16).  “Monty Python’s Flying Circus (Album)”, (Released 06/11/70)(Audio Book Version 1996).  “Monty Python Sings (Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life,  Every Sperm Is Sacred,  Knights Of The Round Table (Camelot Song),  Medical Love Song,  Penis Song (Not The Noel Coward Song),  Sit On My Face”, (Released 11/12/89).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (02/05, 08/05/20).  “Rule Of Three: Live”, (S5, ep 15, 07/05/20).  “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 192, 01/05/20).  “Space Boffins – Special: The Loneliest Human”, (01/05/20).  “Space Rocket History Archive”, (ep 54, 16/03/18)(ep 55, 04/04/18).  “Talking Bottom: Bottom Live, The Big Number 2 Tour”, (08/05/20).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 121, 02/05/20).  “The All New Angelos And Barry Podcast”, (04/05/20).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (04/05/20).  “What’s The Problem? With Nick Abbot And Carol McGiffen”, (S1, ep 15, 04/05/20).  “Morrissey”,  “Muse”,  “Shakespear Sister”,  “Terry, Blair & Anouchka”,  “The Cure”,  “Blur”,  “Kraftwork”,  “The Kooks”,  “Keane”  “The Colourfield”,  “Culture Club, Terrovision”.










































































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