Week 386, Saturday 6th until Friday 12th November 2021.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London.

Week 386, Saturday 6th until Friday 12th November 2021.


This last week many of the big budget Crimbum TV adverts have started to be shown, I am sure that this is earlier than normal.  The Retail sector of course has been badly affected over the last 20 months, so I understand why they are reminding people that they have lots of cheap tatt at extortionate prices waiting to be taken home.  In shops shelves have been bulging with glittery rubbish since late August, this gets earlier each year.  When the commercials appear, if I cannot fast forward them, I turn over for a few minutes or mute them.  Personally, I don’t want to be hearing Crimbum carols this early.  At the time of writing, I haven’t heard a festive pop song in the shops, but I suspect it won’t be long.  I love a number of Seasonal pop songs, what makes them special is the fact that they I would only hear a couple of times a year.  Hearing them for longer ruins their appeal.  

“I bought this pot in Southwold a few weeks ago, I have not decided what to put inside. Do you agree she is very pretty”.

There are even a couple of houses nearby that have chains of coloured light all over the outside of the house.  They could of course have been put up for another religious celebration, but because they have remained up, I suspect they will be up until early January now.  Even my icy heart melts at a small number of lights on the exterior of a building, brighten up these dark afternoons.

“I was not able to resist the call from this pie”.

I enjoy the season like most others, but everything over the last few years has started earlier and earlier.  Maybe I am a Grinch, to me Crimbum is a couple of days at the end of December a chance to have a few extra days off work, eats lots and watch even more trash than I normally do.  If I had little ones maybe my attitude would be different, children are excited from September onwards.  Between now and the end of December I will try not to mention the “C” word again.

“This is my studio set up for a Zoom meeting”.

Please don’t think I am a misery (any more than normal) I do enjoy that time of the year.  The season lasting longer and longer than it used to makes it less special.  

“The T-shirt someone liked. Keep reading and find out more”.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

I spend a lot of time in the garden feeding birds.  Originally there was one small feeder, 20 months later there are numinous feeding stations hanging around the garden.  I always make sure that there is plenty of food for my flying friends all year round; feeding the birds (and the gang of squirrels) gives me a real sense of satisfaction.  Recently my friend spotted a hedgehog one evening, typically while I was away. Now I regularly go out most evenings walking around with my phone torch hoping to spot a snuffling hog, so far no luck. 

As with most gardens, it tends to be visited by Sparrows, Starlings, Pigeons and various Tits (I haven’t seen a Tit for a while) plus my fave Robin’s.  Last year there were a few one-off special appearances by a Woodpecker, Parrot (there are plenty of them flying around, but this was the first time seeing one on the feeder) and for a few minutes a Kestrel keeping dry under a tree.

“Has this beauty been digging up the Her garden”.

The reason I mention all of this is that the neighbours are having work done which has so far lasted a few weeks with the same workmen each day.  One of them has spotted me filling up the feeders every day.  Earlier this week he started to excitedly talk about how he spotted an Eagle in the garden.  Since then, he’s mentions it every time he has seen me saying he has seen it again and again.  There could be one hanging around, but I suspect it’s unlikely.  If there was one, I would expect see bodies of small birds that it had predated.  The garden is also visited by several cats that are always patrolling, working from home and having a view of the garden I would have expected to have seen one or two of them being agitated.

“They make a mess and steal all the seed, but Squirrels are very cute”.

I have only been up close to a bird of prey at county fairs, and they are truly magnificent creatures.  I hope that if there is one locally it doesn’t hang around in the garden watching the workmen, because one of them is keeping an eye out for it and has said that he can get a lot of money for the bird.  It all sounds so sinister, but with the way the building trade has been affected by “You Know What” people are desperate for money anyway they can make it. 

“Sooty acting all innocent”.

And Finnally…….

“Brown sauce really goes with everything”.

Browsing in a book shop, remember them.  A woman started to chat; she liked my Star Wars T-shirt.  She mentioned her hubby did a SW podcast.  I have been trying to remember its name.  When she started to talk, I thought “do I know you”, or did she think I was someone else.  It’s very difficult to read a face when both are masked.

“I regret not buying this now. Will have to look in the book shop again”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have watched:

“Alias”, (S1, ep 6 to ep 14).  “Another Life”, (S2, ep 6).  “Babylon 5”, (S1, ep 6).  “Beena And Amrit”, (BBC Wales)(Pilot, TX: 08/11/21).  “Blake’s 7”, (SC, ep 4).  “Cell”, (2016).  “Click”, (TX: 06/11/21).  “Grimm”, (S1, ep 3 to ep 5).  “Let The Right One In”, (2008).  “Mammoth”, (BBC Wales)(Pilot, TX 05/11/21).  “Monsters At Work”, (S1, ep 9 & ep 10).  “NASA/SpaceX: Crew 2, launch to ISS”, (NASA TV))(TX: 10/11/21 (early hours 11/11/21 UK Time).  “Propcast Two: The Human Factor”, (Enhanced Podcast Dalek 63▪88)”, (YouTube)(TX: 29/10/21).  “Sort Your Life Out”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 04/11/21).  “Spitting Image”, (Britbox)(S2, ep 9 , TX: 06/11/21).  “Star Trek, (Original Series)”, (S3, ep 21).  “Stargate Atlantis”, (S3, ep 10 & ep 11).  “Taskmaster”, (S12 (S3 on C4), ep 8, TX: 11/11/21).  “The Golden Girls”, (S6, ep 8 to ep 22).  “The Great British Bake Off”, (S12 (S5 on C4), ep 7, TX: 02/11/21)(ep 8, TX: 09/11/21).   “The Great British Bake Off An Extra Slice “, (S7 (S5 on C4), ep 7, TX: 05/11/21).  “The Graham Norton Show”, (S29, ep 7, TX: 05/11/21).  “The Hermit Of Treig”, (BBC Scotland)(TX: 09/11/21).  “The Jonathan Ross Show”, (S18, ep 3, TX: 06/11/21).  “The Kid”, (2000).  “The Loft”, (2014).  “The Night House”, (2021).  “The Orville”, (S3, ep 3 & ep 4).  “The Orville: Season 2 Gag Reel”, (Twitter)(TX: 30/04/19).  “The Outlaws”, (S1, ep 4 to ep 6).  “Twenty Something”, (Pixar, SparkShorts)(2021).  “Van Helsing”, (S5  ep 11).  “What We Do In The Shadows”, (S2, ep 5 to ep 7).  “Worzel Gummidge”,(S2, ep 1, “Guy Forks”, TX: 06/11/21).

“Doctor Who watched this week”……

“Flux: Chapter Two: War Of The Sontarans”, (S13 (S39 since 1963), Chapter Two, TX: 07/11/210).

“Rob & Romesh Vs, Watched This Week……

(S3), “Golf”, (ep 2, TX: 11/02/21), “Drag”, (ep 3, TX: 18/02/21), “Andy Murray”, (TX: 08/07/21).  “Team GB – Part 1”, (TX: 15/07/21), “Team GB – Part 2”, (TX: 22/07/21).  “Almost Everything”, (TX: 29/07/21).  

This week I have listening to:

“30 Animals That Made Us Smarter“(BBC World Service)(S2, ep 20, 08/11/21).  “Box Of Delights”, (S3, ep 9, 03/03/20).  “ Brian and Roger”, (S5, ep 7, 10/11/21).  “Clinton Baptiste Paranormal Podcast”, (S4, ep 6, 09/11/21).  “Coronavirus Global Update “, (BBC World Service) (06/11/21)(07/11/21)(08/11/21)(09/11/21)(10/11/21) (11/11/21) (12/11/21).  “Doctor Who”, (The Incomparable/TeeVee)(New Year Special, “Revolution Of The Daleks”, 02/01/21).  “Don’t You Want Me?”, (S1, ep 8, 11/11/21).  “Griefcast”, (S8, ep 6 (ep 154)10/11/21).  “Lazy Doctor Who”, (ep 223, 11/11/21).  “Maximum Power – A Blake’s 7 Podcast”, (SA, ep 8, 07/11/21).  “Mystery Hour”, (11/11/21).  “Nick Abbot Whole Show”, (06/11/21) (07/11/21).  “Radio Astronomy (The Sky At Night Magazine)”, (08/11/21).   “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe Parenting Hell”, (S3, ep 35, 09/11/21).  “Smersh Pod – Dr No”, (Pt 1, 29/09/20)(Pt 2, 29/09/20).  “Smersh Pod  – From Russia With Love”, (Pt 1, 12/10/20)(Pt 2, 13/10/21).  “Space And Things”, (STP14, 03/12/20)(STP63, 11/11/21). “Space Soliders – Flash Gordon’s Conquers The Universe”, (Chapter Seven, “The Land Of The Dead”, 06/11/21).  “Star Trek Universe Podcast”, (05/01/19)(08/11/21).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 168, 09/11/21).  “The Audio Guide To Babylon 5”, (The Incomparable)(ep 53, 15/05/16).  “The Friendship Onion”, (S1, ep 26, 09/11/21).   “The Froth With Rhod Gilbert And Sian Harries”, (S4, ep 7(ep 43), 09/11/21).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (09/11/21).  “The Old Doctor Who Show”, (Ep 120, 10/11/21).  “The Space Above Us”, (146, 11/11/21).  “The Skewer”, (BBC Radio 4/Sounds)(S5, ep 2, 10/11/21).  “Toby Hadoke’s  – Happy Times And Places”, (25.5, “Genesis Of The Daleks, Pt 5″, 08/11/21)(25.6, Pt 6, 12/11/21).  “WTB”, (S3, ep 13 (ep 56), 12/11/21). “Wolf And Owl”, (ep 49, 10/11/21).

Songs I enjoyed this week, were by:

“Morrissey”,  “Blondie”,  “Delays”,  “Florence And The Machine”,  “Garbage”,  “Irene Cara”,  “Kate Bush”,  “Lana Del Rey”,  “London Grammar”,  “Mcalmont And Butler”,  “Meredith Brooks”,  “M.I.A”,  “Moloko”,  “OMD”,  “Peter Gabriel”,  “Plup”,  “Queen”,  “Rage Against The Machine”,  “Shed Seven”,  “Smiths”,  “Snow Patrol”,  “Spandau Ballet”,  “The Go Go Dolls”,  “The Hives”,  “Voice Of The Beehive”,

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