Week 319, Saturday 25th until Friday 31st July 2020

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London & Essex.

Week 319 Saturday 25th until Friday 31st July 2020.



First this week, Snail Watch…

20200801_132642 “Still a little shy, after three weeks”.

This week, as with last week i want to update you on Sandra the snail, whose shell was slightly crushed in a recent incident with a garden wheelie bin?  Since then she has been living in a temporary habitat in the bathroom.  During the week I managed to look at her shell it appears to be healing, but there is a small section which still looks weak.  Next week, hopefully she will be well enough to be set free in a local park with very tall grass for her to hide in and give her a chance to live a happy life.  Another update next week.

20200801_130520 “Cleaning out her messy temp home”.

And Now For Something Completely Different….

20200726_19123420200726_191118 “I loved meeting the mighty Nero”.

One of the first calls early this week came from an 85yr old.  Because he needed a pen, he took the phone with him into a different room.  All of a sudden, I could hear loudly “Tea for two” (composed by Vincent Youmans with lyrics by Irvin Caesar in 1924. According to searching on the WWW) playing in the background.  The wait for him to find a writing implement wasn’t as frustrating as normal. I imagined him shuffling around in a smoking jacket, puffing on a pipe while he searched for a fountain pen.  With a small white dog (possibly called “Nipper”) sitting beside a gramophone playing a 78rpm disc.

20200726_141714 “Who lives n a house like this?”. 

My mind runs away sometimes while I wait for people to get pens or the info they should have had when making the call.  If I am honest this really annoys me normally, but on this occasion listening to the music eased the waiting time.  When he returned, I was tempted to ask him to go away again and do another lap around the room so I could keep listening.  If only every call during the working week was as pleasant.

20200726_151750 “The Three Stooges”. 

And Finally….

20200731_182932 “I wish i could say i grew this.  It was on the plant when i bought it”.

Speaking to a friend, I asked what there postcode was.  After a slight pause they said “Why”.  I wasn’t sure what to say; apart from I wanted to send something to them.  They then explained that “Y” was the start of the code.  Yes, I felt like a chump.

20200726_142929 “Does anyone else see 70s children cartoon Barbapapa in this picture?”.

I said to my friend “I don’t like to rush a movement”.  From a dark corner of the room the smart speaker who is listen to everything suddenly piped up about a song with Time in the title.  If someone is listening to our conversations, they must be extremely bored by the amount of toilet talk that takes place.

20200716_230139 “The noise started early morning.  But luckily didn’t last long”.

Spoke to a man with the same name as a BBC presenter/reporter in the 70s/80s.  I asked if they were related.  Sadly they weren’t.

20200726_105936 “Beautiful plumage”.

Thank you NASA for arranging the launch (that was actually 10 milliseconds late) of the Perseverance Rover to Mars during my lunch time.  It was wonderful to be able to watch without being bothered by numpties ringing me.

20200730_121931 “A lunchtime i wont forget”.


Next week’s ramble will include a report on a mini break for the Clouting/Lucas clan, who were supposed to have been in Ibiza at this time.  Were staying closer to home, read all about it in Week 320 of this blog.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“10 Cloverfield Lane”, (2016).  “13hrs (Night Wolf)”, (2010).  “Better Than Us”, (S1, ep 15 & ep 16).  “Click”, (TX: 25/07/20).  “FOX 26 Houston: News at 5pm (Central US) With Tom Zizka”, (FaceBook)(TX: 26/07/20).  “Miriam Margolyes: Almost Australian”, (S1, TX: 24/07/20).  “Motherland: Fort Salam”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 5).  “Orphan Black”, (S1, ep 6 to ep 10)(S2, ep 1 to ep 9).  “Perseverance Mars Rover Launch”, (NASA TV Live)(TX: 30/07/20).  “Rhod Gilbert’s Work Experience”, (S6, ep 3, TX: 01/03/16)(ep 4, TX: 08/03/16)(S7, ep 1, TX: 07/03/17).  “The Arrival”, (1996).  “The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina”, (S3, ep 3 to ep 6).  “The Mike Skipper Lockdown Saturday Quiz”, (FaceBook)(TX: 25/07/20).  “The Misadventures Of Ramesh Ranganation: From My Sofa”, (ep 3, TX: 26/07/20).  “Warrior Nun”, (S1, ep 10).  “You’re Only Young Twice”, (S4, ep 5 to ep 7).                                

Doctor Who Watched This Week:

“Timelash”, (S22, Prod Code 6Y)(ep 1, TX: 09/03/85)(ep 2, TX: 16/03/85).

“Revelation Of The Daleks”, (S22, Prod Code 6Z)(ep 1, TX: 23/03/85)(ep 2, TX: 30/03/85).

“The Trial Of A Time Lord: The Mysterious Planet”, (S23, Prod Code 7A)(ep 1, TX: 06/09/86)(ep 2, TX: 13/09/86)(ep 3, TX: 20/09/86)(ep 4, TX: 27/09/86).

“The Trial Of A Time Lord: Mindwarp”, (S23, Prod Code 7B)(ep 1, TX: 04/10/86)(ep 2, TX 11/10/86)(ep 3, TX: 18/10/86)(ep 4, TX: 25/10/86).

“Mission To The Unknown (Full Recreation): University Of Lancashire”, (YouTube)(TX: 09/10/19).

“The Making Of Mission To The Unknown (Full Recreation): University Of Lancashire”, (YouTube)(TX: 09/10/19).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“Coronavirus Global Daily Update”, (BBC World Service)(25/07/20)(26/07/20)(27/07/20) (28/07/20)(29/07/20)(30/07/20)(31/07/20).   “CNN, Coronavirus: Fact Vs Fiction”, (ep 107, 27/07/20)(ep 108, 28/07/20)(ep 109, 29/07/20)(ep 110, 30/07/20)(ep 111, 31/07/20).  “David Tennant Does A Podcast With…..”, (S2, Trailer, 28/07/20).  “Doctor Who: The Missing Episode Podcast”, (ep 6, 27/07/20).  “Lazy Doctor Who”,(ep 152, 01/02/19)(ep 153 & ep 154,  03/02/19)(ep 155 to  ep 157, 04/02/19)(ep 158, 10/02/19)(ep 159, 21/02/19)(ep 160, 27/02/19)(ep 161, 28/02/19).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 155, 31/07/20).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (25/07/20)(31/07/20).  “Poppy Hillstead Has Entered The Chat”, (Trailer, 01/07/200(ep 1, 22/07/20)(ep 2, 29/07/20).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe’s Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (S1, ep 27, 28/07/20)(ep 28, 31/07/20).  “Something Who”, (ep 5.5, 15/10/19).  “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 203, 18/07/20)(ep 204, 24/07/20).  “Sue Perkins: An Hour Or So With…”, (S2, ep 7 (ep 19), 29/07/20).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 129, 27/07/20).  “The Late Night Alternative With Iain Lee And Katherine Boyle”, (27/07/20)(28/07/20)(29/07/20).  “The Late Night Alternative With Iain Lee And Katherine Boyle, (Bonus)”, (25/07/20)(26/07/20)(27/07/20)(29/07/20).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (27/07/20).  “The Supermassive Podcast”, (ep 7, 23/07/20).  “We Will Get Passed This”, (ep 1, 27/04/20)(ep 2 to ep 4, 12/05/20)(ep 5, 13/05/20)(ep 6, 14/05/20)(ep 7, 15/05/20)(ep 8, 16/05/20)(ep 9, 17/05/20)(ep 10, 18/05/20)(ep 11, 19/05/20)(ep 12, 20/05/20).   “What’s The Problem? With Nick Abbot And Carol McGiffen”, (S1, ep 27, 27/07/20).  “Morrissey”,  “Texas”,  “Suede”,  “Ocean Colour Scene”,  “Alanis Morissettte”,  “Nirvana”,  “Shed Seven”.



















































































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