Week 312 Saturday 6th until Friday 12th June 2020.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London (inc being kept awake one night by urban Foxes, doing it noisily).

Week 312 Saturday 6th until Friday 12th June 2020.

Lockdown (are we still locked down?) Week, wa’maH cha .


Damn you midnight! (Who decided that particular time was the end and beginning of a day?  I want their name and address on my desk in the morning, let’s all go round and post something nasty through there letter box).  I am trying to learn French with the help of a popular App.  Every night for the last few weeks I lied in bed and attempt to recognise words.  I say this because I don’t think I am really learning anything; think of me like a toddler (no offence to any toddlers reading) recognising words without really understanding them.

20200605_193223 Does my nose look big in this shot“.

In bed a few nights ago while enjoying classic 70s “Doctor Who“, I thought I should do my practice before nodding off.  But because it was after midnight, I had lost my daily streak which I had proudly built up.  This streak doesn’t mean anything in reality, it’s the App’s way to make the student feel confident to move from the free platform and pay for the additional extras to help and improve their learning.

“A Parrot visiting one of our Birdfeeders.  I would have viewed for longer, but work gets in the way”.

My practice now takes place as soon as I get into bed, the adventures of my favourite eccentric time traveller has to wait.  I now ensure that I log in to the App at least once during every 24-hr period.  If I am honest, I am not going to learn anything from the app, what I really need is a French girlfriend.  If you are a redheaded lady from a French speaking land and would like to help a lardy old uneducated hag from South London please apply to, youcouldreadanything@becausefrenchsoundsonice.coke.ucake

20200605_152641 “Lock down is finally getting me to”.

And Now For Something Completely Different.

I love TV (look at the bottom of this ramble for proof) as with most people these days I download or watch on “catch up” almost everything?

20200529_233709 “I didn’t go out much this week.  So i really don’t have a lot of pics.  But a Chewie pic is always welcome”.

If there is a downside to lockdown for me personally, it’s the amount of money I have spent on DVD boxsets of classic Film and TV comedies from 60s to 90s.  Before this period I had not bought a DVD in years, now I have a new teetering pile, many waiting still to be viewed.

20200607_200138 “A very healthy evening meal.  Look a small Yorkshire pudding, what a treat”.

Going retro! (Are DVD’s old fashioned?)  Handling the plastic case and shiny disc has been strangely therapeutic during these uncertain times.  It has been really enjoyable watching classic comedies with my friend who I have been locked down with all these weeks.  Most of what we have watched we have seen before, however there are a couple of programmes such as “Yes Minister” which is new to us.  Speaking for myself, when I was young this well remembered comedy completely passed me by, I had absolutely no interest in it.  But watching with older eyes I appreciate the programme and wonder how much of the script was based on real political shenanigans of the early 80s, which probably still happens today in the corridors of power.

“A Frustrating start to a work day.  The computer kept buffering for a long time”.

While writing this section, I remembered that during the middle of Thursday night (and I really mean the early hours of the morning).  I ordered another 70s classic TV comedy boxset.  I am slowly getting through my list of classic Lockdown viewing.  I have even looked at purchasing a couple of Videos; I think we still have a machine that works?  Now that’s retro!

20200531_105930 “Do you like my Cherry”.

And Finally……

Because I am trying to be paperless at work, I decided to email it to myself a note.  The message was being sent and received by the same email address, I wasn’t sure this would work (I’m not a techie, remember I work in a call centre).  When I pressed send, I expected some sort of anti-matter feedback loop resulting in the laptop exploding in a puff of smoke.  Of course, nothing happened apart from the message arriving in the inbox straight away.  But I can’t lie that there was twinge of disappoint that the computer didn’t commit Hara-kiri.  As mentioned earlier, I have seen far too many films.

20200613_140951 “A fraction of a second before this bush was full of birds.  Honest”.


Spoke to a gentleman who is 100 year old.  I wished I could have stopped talking “shop” and asked him questions about things he has seen, experienced over these years.  His name is one I won’t forget in a hurry.


My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

BBC Archive: Behind The Scenes At Blue Peter”, (YouTube)(Part of ep TX: 25/03/68)“Click”, (TX: 06/06/20).  “Comedians: Home Alone”, (S1, ep 2).  “Death In Paradise”,(S7, ep 3 to ep 8).  “DEVS”, (S1, ep 4).  “Horizon 2016: Oceans Of The Solar System”, (TX: 06/04/16).  “I May Destroy You”, (S1, ep 1 & ep 2).  “National Theatre Live: Nottingham Play House’s The Madness Of George III”, (Original TX: 20/11/18)(Rpt TX: 11/06/20).  “Springwatch 2020”, (ep 9, TX: 09/06/20)(ep 10, TX: 10/06/20)(ep 11 TX: 11/06/20).  “The Last Leg: Lock Down Under”, (20, ep 5, TX: 05/06/20).  “The Mike Skipper Lockdown Saturday Quiz”, (FaceBook)(TX: 06/06/20).  “The Other One”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 5).  “The Quiet Ones”, (2014).  “The Ranganation”, (S2, ep 5, TX: 07/06/20).  “Sideways”, (2004).  “Staged”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 6).  “The Wiz, Live!, The Show Must Go On – Stay Home #withme”, (Original TX: 03/12/15).  “Trigonometry”, (S1, ep 2).  “What We Do In The Shadows”, (S2, ep 1 to ep 3).  “Yes Minister”, (S2, ep 1 to ep 7)(S3, ep 1 to ep 7)(Crimbum Special 1984).  “Yes Prime Minister”, (S1, ep 1).                                

Doctor Who Watched This Week:

“The Pirate Planet”, (S16, Prod Code 5B)(ep 1, TX: 30/09/78)(ep 2, TX: 07/10/78)(ep 3, TX: 14/10/78)(ep 4, TX: 21/10/78).

“The Stones Of Blood”, (S16, Prod Code 5C)(ep 1, TX: 28/10/78)(ep 2, TX: 04/11/78)(ep 3, TX: 11/11/78)(ep 4, TX: 18/11/78).

“The Androids Of Tara”, (S16, Prod Code 5D)(ep 1, TX: 25/11/78)(ep 2, TX: 02/12/77)(ep 3, TX: 09/12/78)(ep 4, TX: 16/12/78).

“The Power Of Krull”, (S16, Prod Code 5E)(ep 1, TX: 23/12/78)(ep 2, TX 30/12/78)(ep 3, TX: 06/01/79)(ep 4, TX: 13/01/79).

“The Armageddon Factor”, (S16, Prod Code 5F)(ep 1, TX: 20/01/79)(ep 2, TX: 27/01/79)(ep 3, TX: 03/02/79)(ep 4, TX: 10/02/79)(ep 5, TX: 17/02/79)(ep 6, TX: 24/02/79).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“13 Minutes To The Moon”, (BBC World Service)(s2, ep 7, 08/06/20).  “Anti Social Show”, (ep 82, 09/06/20).  “Coronavirus Global Daily Update”, (BBC World Service)(06/06/20 x 2)(07/06/20 x 2)(08/06/20 x 2)(09/06/20 x 2)(10/06/20 x 2)(11/06/20 x 2)(12/06/20 x 2)“CNN, Coronavirus: Fact Vs Fiction”, (ep 72, 08/06/20)(ep 73, 09/06/20)(ep 74, 10/06/20)(ep 75, 11/06/20)(ep 76, 12/06/20).  “Dear Joan And Jericho (Julia Davis And Vicki Pepperdine)”, (S1, 1, ep 1, 25/04/18)(ep 2, 07/05/18)(ep 3, 14/05/18)(ep 4, 21/05/18).  “Grounded With Louis Theroux”, (BBC Radio 4)(Trailer, 20/04/20)(ep 1, 27/04/20)(ep 2, 04/05/20)(ep 3, 11/05/20)(ep 7, 08/06/20).  “In Poor Taste”, (ep 120, 05/06/20).  “Lazy Doctor Who”, (ep 62, 26/08/16).  “NASA: Gravity Assist”, (12/06/20).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 147, 05/06/20)(ep 148, 12/06/20).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (06/06, 12/06/20).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe’s Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (Trailer, 26/04/20)(ep 1, 28/04/20)(ep 2, 01/05/20).  “Spacefall A Blakes 7 Podcast”, (ep 26, 11/06/20).  “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 197, 06/06/20).  “Strange Times”, (ep 346, 06/06/20).  “Sue Perkins An Hour Or So With…. (S2, ep 1, 10/06/20).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”,(08/06/20).  “What’s The Problem? With Nick Abbot And Carol McGiffen”, (S1, ep 20, 08/06/20).  “Morrissey”,  “Peter Bjorn And John”,  “Artic Monkeys”,  “Blur”,  “Pulp”,  “The Style Council”,  “The Mama And The Papas”,  “Culture Club”,  “Boy George”,  “Sigue Sigue Sputnik”,  “Air”,  “The Wombats”.














































































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