Week 353, Saturday 20th until Friday 26th March 2021.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London (Week 12 (the Third of our slowly coming out of lockdown).

Week 353 Saturday 20th until Friday 26thMarch 2021.

Last week I talked about a couple of anniversaries, this week that theme continues.  It’s been one year since I was involved in a small car accident which sadly saw Artie ending up going to the great scrapyard in the sky.  A really lovely old car which had many more miles still to travel.  My friend sitting in the passenger seat was holding a small box that contained a tiny Hamster (both of them were ok, by the way).  Ten minutes before the Hamster had been living in an enclosure in a large chain pet store waiting for adoption.

“Very cute”.

Yes it’s been a whole year since little Chewie came in to our lives.  To many people a small creature that spends most of the day asleep /hidden in a burrow is not a lot of fun to be around.  But this little creature has given us something else to think about and look after during these trying last 12 months of being pretty much locked in the house.

I can gush just as much over a tiny rodent as I can at a group of orphaned Elephants seen in Sri Lanka or waking up to find Zebras wondering around outside the bedroom in South Africa.  Or nearer to home seeing visiting neighbours cats (including the young bird murderer) stalking grass hoppers in the back garden.  A small Hamster is a delight and every time I see him or any interaction with him really makes my heart burst with joy.

The ungrateful little sod, I say this as he really doesn’t want to know us at times.  But is happy to pop his head out grab a piece of Broccoli or Melon, then rush back inside whatever is home and totally ignoring our smiles and love.  Seriously this small creature has really helped my sanity over the last year.  I have read how other animals such as Cats, Dogs and Horses have helped there owners.  I’ve never seen any mention to a Hamster; here I am publicly stating that a small rodent has been a real tonic these last twelve months.

“This blossom looks artificial, its real honest”.

My friend and I are so pleased that Chewie came to live with us, I am sure that the pet store were looking after him, and he would have found a good home eventually.  But I am pleased that we saw him and picked him.  If we had waited another couple of days he would have been locked in the shop due to the first lockdown.  Of course I am sad about Artie the car, but giving Chewie a happy home was so important.

R.I.P Artie (2005 to 2020).

And Now For Something Completely Different……

I’ve had my first jab.  It all happened very quickly after I got a text inviting me to receive the prick.  A couple of days later I was sat in a local theatre having my temperature checked, asked repeatedly a couple of questions and then being injected.

A lot of people have said that they were quite emotional at the time of the vaccination.  For me it was just turn up, feel the pinch and prick, then leave.  Maybe I should have felt more about the occasion.  My thinking is if this vaccination is the key to returning to a near normal (pre March 2020) life, then of course I need to have it.  I am very grateful to the scientists all over the world who have worked so fast in developing this vaccination in record time.  The following couple of days I did feel unwell, this soon passed.  My arm ached for nearly a week.

My second injection is in early June, if I feel overwhelmed and emotional then I will let you know.

“Possibly the only side effect is I became Black and White”.

And Finally……

Plenty of Blue Tits seen this week.  They like to sit in the bush beside the window, normally facing the opposite direction.  That’s right this week I have managed to get a lot of pictures of Blue Tits arse.  I really had to be careful while typing that.


My friend was cooking; I walked in to the kitchen she said “do you want to that”.  She pointed to a pan that had just been used to heat up beans.  Who doesn’t love fingering a pan that has warm baked bean juice inside?

“I actually had to put on my small desk fan. Its getting warmer”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“Can Kids Navigate Their Way Across London Alone?”, (YouTube)(ITV)(TX: 27/05/19). “Click”, (TX: 20/03/21).  “Chris Packham’s Animal Einsteins”, (S1, ep 5, TX: 21/03/21). “Comic Relief 2021”, (“2020 The Movie Trailer”, “Back To The Future The Musical”, “Bond Meets Nan”, “Bridget Jones Spoof”, “Celebrities Sing Opera“, “Jack Whitehall Host The BIGGEST Celebrity Zoom Call Ever!”, “Kids Ask Difficult Questions For Comic Relief: Top Gear”, “Normal People vs Fleabag, “Staged”, “The Vicar Of Dibley”, “Tim Vine”), (TX: 19/03/21).  “Ghost Series 1 Bloopers”, (YouTube)(TX: 02/06/19). “Ghost, Series 2 Bloopers”, (YouTube)(TX: 23/12/20).  “Intelligence”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 6). “Mike Skipper Coming Out Of Lockdown Quiz”, (FaceBook)(TX: 20/03/21).  “Not Going Out”, (S7, ep 8 to ep 10)(Out Take Episode, TX: 27/12/14)(Crimbum Special, TX: 24/12/15) (S8, ep 1 to ep 7).  “One Minute National Silence”, (BBC News)(TX: 23/03/21).  “Party Central (A Monsters Uni Short)”, (Pixar)(2014).  “Pretty Little liars: The Perfectionists”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 10).  “Star Trek”, (S1, ep 26 & ep 27).  “Superstore”, (S5, ep 7 to ep 15).  “Taskmaster”, (S11 (S2 on C4), ep 2, TX: 25/03/21).  “The Favourite”, (2018).  “The Graham Norton Show”, (S28, ep 22, TX: 26/03/21).  “The Great Celebrity Bake Off For SU2C”, (S4, ep 3, TX: 23/03/21).  “The Muppet Show”, (S1, ep 2, TX: 12/02/77).  “Top Gear”, (S10, ep 3, TX: 28/10/07)(S30, ep 2, TX: 21/03/21).  “Unforgotten”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 6)(S2, ep 1 to ep 6)(S3, ep 1 to ep 6).  “V, (Mini Series)”, (ep 1, Original UK TX: 30/07/84)( ep 2, UK TX: 31/07/84).  “ V: The Final Battle”, (ep 1, UK TX: 01/08/84)(ep 2, UK TX: 02/08/84(ep 3, UK TX: 03/08/84).  “Z Nation”, (S3, ep 8).

Classic Disney Watched This Week:

“Aladdin”, (1992).  “Lady And The Tramp”, (1955).  “The aristocats”, (1970).

Gerry Anderson Watched This Week:

“Space 1999”, (S2, ep 14, TX: 02/12/76).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“A legitimate Salvage”, (ep 18, 09/12/19).  “Coronavirus Global Update”, (BBC World Service) (20/03/21) (21/03/21) (22/03/21) (23/03/21) (24/03/21) (25/03/21) (26/03/21).  “Mystery Hour”, (25/03/21).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast “, (ep 188, 26/03/21).  “Nick Abbot Whole Show”, (20/03/21)(21/03/21)(26/03/21).  “Poppy Hillstead Has Entered The Chat”, (24/03/21).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (S2, ep 18, 23/03/21)(ep 19, 26/03/21).  “Space Soldiers Podcast”, (Chapter Two, The Tunnel Of Terror, 20/03/21).  “Star Trek Discovery”, (TeeVee)(S2, ep 10, 22/03/19).  “The All New Angelos And Barry Podcast”, (26/03/21).  “The Audio Guide To Babylon 5”, (ep 18, 13/01/15).  “The Froth With Rhod Gilbert And Sian Harris”, (S3, ep 6 (ep 31) 24/03/21).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (22/03/21).  “The Old Doctor Who Show”, (ep 109, 24/03/21).  “The Skewer”, (BBC Radio 4)(S3, ep 11, 24/03/210).  “Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels – Happy Times And Places”, (12.4, Terror Of The Autons 22/03/21).  “Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels – Indefinable Magic”, (1.5, Terror Of The Onions, 26/03/21).  “WTB”, (S2, ep (ep 29) 26/03/21).  “What’s Your Problem With Nick Abbot And Carol Mcgiffin”, (22/03/21).  “Wolf And Owl”, (ep 17, 24/03/21). “Morrissey”,  “Billy Bragg” ,  “The Cure”,  “The Zutons”,  “Belinda Carlisle”,  “Bob Marley And The Wailers”,  “Kate Bush”,  “Scritti Politti”,  “The Stranglers”,  “Altered Images”,  “Deacon Blue”,  “The Killers” ,  “The Proclaimers”,  “Hewy Lewis And The News”,  “The Wonder Stuff”,  “Billy idol”,  “Richard Marx”,  “Kenny Loggins”,  “Bon Jovi”,  “The Voice Of The Beehive”,  “Sixpence Non The Richer”,  “Lisa Loeb.

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