Week 362, Saturday 22nd until Friday 28th May 2021.

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

Week 362, Saturday 22nd until 28th Friday May 2021.

Let’s start with medical chat.  Happily the foot is better, the Doctor has signed me off and told me to be careful while tap dancing (that’s a joke, I don’t tap dance since I fell in to the sink.  Boom boom!!).  As I expected he didn’t want the crutches or boot back, I am now looking for a good home to donate them to.  I had another X-ray on my back, recently I have had so many X-rays that I would probably glow in the dark or if connected to the National Grid power a small village because of all the radiation that this lardy sack of a body has soaked up.

“I have started to sit outside at lunch time”.

Last weekend I had my second jab, which means in a couple of weeks I will be able to resume licking lamp posts and handrails like I used to pre March 2020.  I can report that at the time of writing Bill Gates hasn’t started to give me instructions, I am still fully in control of this body.  As with the first jab it was very quick, in and out without any faff.  It was outside the temporary vaccination centre my friend shouted “where’s your bag?”

“Only 30 of 130 commemorative coins celebrating DWAS 45th anniversary come boxed and signed by the 6th Doctor Colin Baker. I am number 24″.

Within a minute I was back at the entrance speaking to the lady volunteer who was also wearing a “Doctor Who” facemask (it was because of my DW mask that she remembered me).  I knew the booth number I was injected in and the location of the seat my lardy behind sat in briefly.  A couple of minutes later she reappears, but empty handed.  All the staff were extremely helpful and allowed me to quickly have a look inside for myself, absolutely nothing could be seen.  The helpful volunteer noted my contact info just in case the bag with all my belongings was found.  

“The Tommy plants are doing well, only 4 more need to show for a full house”.

After the high of the second jab, I felt totally deflated with worry about having to cancel cards, get new keys cut and replace everything stuffed in the bag.  This was when my friend said, “you didn’t leave it in the car, did you?”  I thought of course not, my bag is always with me.  You guessed it, I am a total chump, on the backseat was the precious satchel.  This was when I wondered if I should go back and tell the nice lady in the “Doctor Who” mask that everything was ok.  No, we drove off and went straight home.  Luckily she didn’t ring that evening, it really would have been so embarrassing.  Life lesson learned, check the back seat before locking the car.

“My fave people in Surrey”.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

“This really was a good pint”.

Last weekend I was able to visit Surrey for the first time this year, to visit my sister and family.  It’s been so long since I saw them; I had bags of B’day and Crimbum prezzie for the little ones.  Within a couple of minutes my sisters tidy living room was full of shredded wrapping paper looking like a recycling centre, all I could do was apologies and tidy up as quickly as possible.

“Being very socially distanced”.

I had great fun taking the children out, but not together, not because they don’t get on, but due to them being busy socialites who play sport and have friends.  The youngest spent the night at a friend’s; this meant that my niece and I had a lovely evening together taking over my sister’s back room.  The nine year old enjoyed the films she had chosen for us to watch, and shared my Chinese take-a-way.  But I am sure that the highlight of her evening was my introduction of the voting and results section of “The Eurovision Song Contest”.  I seem to remember that I was tortured with the contest for the first time around the same age.  As a responsible aunty I decided it was time she experienced the national yearly disappointment of the UK score.  My next visit now we are unlocked, needs to be Hertfordshire to visit my two nephews.  Of course I will have to sit the oldest down and show him a recording of this year’s results.  Family really is so important.

“This is what happens if you watch Eurovision (the results section only)”.

And Finally……

“It’s moments like this, that keep me sane while working from home”.

During one call this week, a man on the phone said he nearly soiled himself when he received a bill from the organisation I work for.  I may need years of therapy because of that call.  This is a prime example of why working in a call centre (even remotely) is not healthy.

“I would love to spend my afternoon like this”.

I spoke to “The Jackal” (1973, IMDB fans).  The man was far too young to understand the reference.

“I didn’t complain when this happened. In fact it was the best part of the working week”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have watched:

“22 vs Earth”, (2021).  “Bake Off: The Professionals 2021”, (S4, ep 1, TX: 25/05/21).  “Blake’s 7”, (Series A, ep 9).  “Click”, (TX: 22/05/21).  “Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final 2021 (Results Only)”, (TX: 22/05/21).  “Friends”, (S7, ep 14 to ep 18 & ep 22)(S8, ep 5 & ep 12).  “Friends The Reunion”, (TX: 27/05/21).  “Farscape”, (S4, ep 10).  “Fringe”, (S3, ep 14 to ep 22).  “Have I Got News For You”, (S61, ep 8 , TX: 28/05/21).  “Human Universe”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 07/10/14).  “I Was Bored In Lockdown So I Created This Peppa Pig Meme”, (YouTube)(TX: 05/01/21).  “Inside No. 9”, (S6, ep 3).  “Love, Weddings & Other Disasters”, (2020).  “Mike Skipper Coming Out Of Lockdown Quiz”, (Facebook)(TX: 22/05/21).  “Motherland”, (S2, ep 4 to ep 6).  “Peppa Pig Plays Minecraft”, (YouTube)(TX: 19/02/20).  “Pandora”, (S2, ep 6).  “Ragnarok”, (S2, ep 1).  “SOLOS”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 6).  “Sound Waves: The Symphony Of Physics”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 02/03/17(ep 2, TX: 09/03/17).  “Springwatch 2021”, (ep 1, TX: 25/05/21)(ep 2, TX;26/05/21(ep 3, TX: 27/05/21)(ep 4, TX: 28/05/21).  “Stargate Atlantis”, (S1, ep 15 & ep 16).  “Star Trek (Original Series)”, (S2, ep 16 & ep 17).  “Stranger Things”, (S1, ep 2”).  “The Bridge Over The River Kwai”, (1957).  “The Count Of Monte Cristo”, (S1, ep 1).  “The Great British Sewing Bee”, (S7, ep 7, TX: 16/05/21).  “The Man In The High Castle”, (S1, ep 7).  “The Secret Life Of Pets 2” (2019).  “The Thick Of It”, (S2, ep 2 & ep 3).  “This Time With Alan Partridge”, (S2, ep 5).  “Van Helsing”, (S2, ep 1 & ep 2).  “We Are Lady Parts”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 4).  “Z Nation”, (S4, ep 11 & ep 13).

This week I have listening to:

“Anglophilia”, (S2, ep 2, 23/10/18(ep 3, 30/10/18).  “Box Of Delights”, (S1, ep 21, 29/10/19). “Coronavirus Global Update”, (BBC world service) (22/05/21) (23/05/21) (24/05/21)(25/05/21)(26/05/21)(27/05/21)(28/05/21).  “Doctor Who”, (TeeVee/The Incomparable)(15/05/17).  “Game Of Thrones”, (TeeVee) (S6, ep 1, 25/04/16).  “Griefcast”, (ep 143, 26/05/21).  “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buddha “, (ep 37, 26/05/21).  “Make Art Will Travel”, (ep 3, 10/02/21).  “Mystery Hour”, (27/05/21). “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 197, 28/05/21).  “Nick Abbot Whole Show”, (22/05/21)(23/05/21)(28/05/21).  “Space Soliders Podcast”, (Chapter Eleven, “In The Claws Of The Tigron”, 22/05/21).  “Rob Beckett Lockdown Parenting Hell “, (S2, ep 36 (ep 107) 25/05/21)(ep 37 (ep 108) 28/05/21).  “Star Trek Universe Podcast”, (06/12/18).  “The 99p Challenge”, (S3, ep 3, 02/08/2001).  “The Audio Guide To Babylon 5”, (S2, ep   (ep 30) 28/06/15).  “The Friendship Onion”, (S1, ep 2, 25/05/21).  “The Nick Abbot Habit “, (24/05/21).  “The Old Doctor Who Show”, (ep 112, 26/05/21). “The Space Above Us”, (Supplemental 1, 05/05/16)(004, 19/05/16)(Supplemental 2, 19/05/16)(005, 02/06/16)(006, 16/06/16)(007, 30/06/16(008, 14/07/16)(009, 28/07/16(010, 11/08/16)(011, 25/08/16).  “This Week In Time Travel “, (The Incomparable) (16/05/17).  “Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels: Happy Times And Places”, (15.3 Kinda, 26/05/21) (15.4, 28/05/21).  “WTB”, (S2, ep 15 (ep 38) 28/05/21).  “What’s Your Problem With Nick Abbot And Carol Mcgiffin”, (24/05/21).  “Wolf And Owl”, (ep 25, 26/05/21)(Bonus #15, 28/05/21).

Songs I enjoyed this week, were by:

“Morrissey”,  “Athlete”,   “Blur”,  “Erasure“,  “Fleetwood Mac”, “Kasabian”,  “Kate Bush”,  “Manic Street Preachers”,  “Natalie Imbruglia”, “OMD”,  “PJ Harvey”,  “Procol Harum”,  “Sixpence None The Richer “,  “Space”,  “Tasmin Archer”,  “Texas “,  “The B52s,  “Spice Girls”,  “The White Stripes”, The XX”,  “Zoe”.  

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