Week 394, Saturday 1st until Friday 7th January 2022.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London.

Week 394, Saturday 1st until Friday 7th January 2022.


By the time this is published New Year will seem like a long time ago; however you celebrated I hope it went well.  Because this is the start of the year, it’s another excuse for a slightly shorter blog and the traditional look back at the previous year’s stats.

“A lovely frosty start to the year”.

Once again I didn’t miss a single week of last year, the majority were published on a Friday but some were admittedly a few days late, but each week there was a new blog.  2021 started with blog 341 on 1st January and ended with number week 393 published on the last day of December.  Writing this blog is always fun and a little challenging because on the day after publishing a new one I start to think ‘what can I write about next week’.  It’s always very personal because I am writing essentially for my nephews and niece.  This blog commenced when I was living and working in Mozambique during 2014, my thinking was that that someday in the future small members of the family might want to read about my adventures abroad.  Once I started as you can see it never stopped.  I like to think of this as a written Time Capsule (with pictures) for my sister and brothers children and maybe grandchildren in the future.

“Dexter from next door has found a new place to spy on my while I feed the birds”.

For the last few months I have felt that week 400 due on 18th February 2022 will be the last ramble.  Personally I am still unsure what to do, if this version does come to an end, I could possibly come up with something more themed once or twice a month that might appeal to a bigger audience.  This year I have plans and objectives which will need a lot of my time, time I would normally devote to writing this.  These next few weeks I really do need to consider what is more important to me.

“My friend and Chewie”.

My head is constantly spinning with ideas for stories that I want to turn into short film scripts (next to me as I type is a pile already completed).  A couple of years ago I sent scripts off to a number of agents unsuccessfully, this is something I would like to try again.  Something I have considered is filming and editing one of my favourite scripts myself, partly to prove I can do it, but also the finished product could be shown to agents and other industry professionals as a proof of concept.  I would like to have more time to draw and paint which I didn’t do as often last year as I would have liked.  Later this year I want to travel abroad once again, this will need a lot of time to plan.  I suppose I shouldn’t forget normal boring work that actually pays me money to keep dreaming.  All of the above take time, time that I have used these last few years to write this weekly.  As you can see I do have a lot to consider these next few weeks.

“Even though this was all I could see of this amazing sky, it still made me happy”.

Before this week comes to a close, here are the stats for 2021.

“On the exercise bike watching the First Doctor”.

In 2020 this blog got a total number of views of 2,712.  Last year the ramble managed to get 2,951 which is 239 more than the previous year (about 8%).

In 2020 people from 42 different countries passed by.  During 2021 that number fell slightly to a still respectable 36.

I am not a competitive person in anything I do, apart from this blog always hoping that I get a few views that add up to beating the previous year.

“I am taking over the world, very slowly”.

That’s it for the first week of 2022, next week will be back to normal I suspect.  When I have made decisions about what the future holds, you will be one of the first I tell.

“The birds didn’t have to skate around for long. I melted this ice during my break”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have watched:

“8 Places On Earth Planes Are Banned To Fly Over”, (Facebook/Bright Side)(TX: 12/10/21).  “Around The World In 80 Days”, (S1, ep 3 to ep 7).  “Babylon 5”, (S1, ep 13).  “Betty White Has Died At The Age Of 99″, (Facebook/ News.Com.Au)(TX: 31/12/21).  “Big Jet TV – BA Smack Down!”, (Facebook)(TX: 28/09/20).  “Big Jet TV – Tail Strike!”, (Facebook)(TX: 04/01/22).  “Blake’s 7”, (SC, ep 11 to ep 13).  “Click – Short Edition”, (TX: 01/01/22).  “Elves”, (S1, ep 6).  “Four Lives”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 3).  “Four Weddings And A Funeral”, (1994).  “Have I Got 2021 News For You”, (TX: 31/12/21).  “Happy New Year David Tennant & Michael Sheen – Staged”, (Britbox)(TX: 31/12/21).  “Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull”, (2008).  “Indiana Jones And The Last Crusader”, (1989).  “Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom”, (1984).  “Jaws”, (1975).  “Lexx”, (S2, ep 13).  “Love Thy Neighbour”, (S1, ep 4 to ep 7)(S2, ep 1).  “Mandy”, (S2, ep 1 to ep 6).  “Mrs Brown’s Boys – Mammy’s Mickey”, (TX: 01/01/22).  “One Night In… London Zoo”, (S1, ep 3, TX: 30/12/21).  “Paddy And Christine McGuinness: Our Family And Autism”, (TX: 01/12/21).  “Rail Grinder Train In Action”, (Facebook/Fossbytes)(TX: 31/12/21).  “Skydivers Perform Incredible Synchronised Jump”, (Facebook/National Geographic Adventures)(TX: 10/08/20).  “Stargate Atlantis”, (S4, ep 6).  “Superstore”, (S6, ep 7 to ep 8).  “Taskmaster’s New Years Treat”, (TX: 01/01/22).  “The African Continent Is Slowly Splitting Apart, Giving Birth To A New Ocean”, (Facebook/Hashem Al-Ghaili)(TX: 30/07/20).  “The Apprentice”, (TX: S16, ep 1, TX: 06/01/22).  “The Apprentice: Meet The Candidate (S16)”, (TX: 04/01/22).  “The Apprentice: You’re Fired”, (S16, TX: 06/01/22).  “The Good Life”, (S2, ep 1 to ep 7).  “The Graham Norton Show”, (S29,“New Years Eve”, TX: 31/12/21).  “The Great New Year Bake Off”, (TX: 01/01/22).  “The I-Land”, (S1, ep 7).  “The Last Leg – The Leg Of The Year”, (TX: 31/12/21).  “The Man In The High Castle”, (S2, ep 2).  “The Mike Skipper New Years Quiz”, (Facebook)(TX: 01/01/22).  “The Story Behind – Love Thy Neighbour”, (YouTube)(TX: 13/04/15).  “The Tourist”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 6).  “The Weakest Link”, (S14 (S1 of Revival) ep 6, TX: 31/12/21)(ep 7, 01/01/22).  “Toast Of Tinseltown”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 6).  “Walking Dead: Beyond World”, (S2, ep 6).  “William Shatner Talks Star Trek V With Adrian ‘The Highlander’ Paul”, (YouTube)(TX: 02/09/21).

“Doctor Who Watched This Week”……

“The Reign Of Terror”, (S1, Prod Code H).  Ep 1, “A Land Of Fear”, (TX: 08/08/64).  Ep 2, “Guests Of Madame Guillotine”, (TX: 15/08/64).  Ep 3, “A Change Of Identity”, (TX: 22/08/64).  Ep 4, Tyrant Of France”, (Animated Recon, DVD 2013)(TX: 29/08/64).   Ep 5, “A Bargain Of Necessity”, (Animated) (TX: 05/09/64).  Ep 6, “Prisoners Of Conciergerie”, (TX: 12/09/64).

“Planet Of Giants”, (S2, Prod Code J).  Ep 1, “Planet Of Giants”, (TX: 31/10/64).  Ep 2, “Dangerous Journey”, (07/11/64).  Ep 3, “Crisis”, (TX: 14/11/64).

“The Dalek Invasion Of Earth”, (S2, Prod Code K).  Ep 1, “Worlds Ends”, (TX: 28/11/64).

“Eve Of The Daleks”, (TX: 01/01/22).

This week I have listening to:

“30 Animals That Made Us Smarter”, (BBC World Service/Sounds)(s2, ep 28, 03/01/22).  “Anglophilia”, (S3, ep 4, 11/06/19).  “Box Of Dlelights”, (S3, ep 11, 10/03/20)(ep 12, 13/03/20)(ep 13, 17/03/20).  “Coronavirus Global Update”, (BBC World Service/Sounds)(01/01/22)(02/01/22)(03/01/22)(04/01/22)(05/01/22)(06/01/22) (07/01/22).  “Doctor Who Flashcast”, (The Incomparable)(01/01/22).  “Doctor Who Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels – Happy Times And Places”, (Crimbo Bonus ep, “The Next Doctor”, 25/12/21)(28.4, “Warriors Of The Deep”, (03/01/22).  “Doctor Who Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels – Indefinable Magic”, (12, 07/01/22).  “Game Of Thrones”, (The Incomparable/TeeVee)(S7, ep 4, 07/08/17).  “Mystery Hour”, (06/01/22).  “NASA Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 226, 07/01/22).  “Nick Abbot Whole Show: A to Z”, (V to Z, 31/12/21).  “Nick Abbot Whole Show”, (01/01/22) (02/01/22) (03/01/22) (07/01/22).  “Producing The Beatles”, (ep 7, 31/12/18)(ep 8, 11/03/19).  “Radio Astronomy (The Sky At Magazine)”, (20/04/18).  “Radio Times Doctor Who Podcast”, (21/10/20)(23/04/21)(27/10/21)(01/01/21).  “Screw It, We’re Just Gonna Talk About The Beatles”, (ep 5, 09/02/17).  “Something Who”, (ep 13, 14/02/20).  “Space And Things”, (STP21, 21/01/21)(STP71, 06/01/21).  “Star Trek Universe”, (04/1/22).  “The All New Angelos And Barry Podcast”, (07/01/22).  “The Audio Guide To Babylon 5”, (The Incomparable)(ep 59, 07/08/16).  “The Friendship Onion”, (S1, ep 34, 04/01/22).  “The Space Above Us”, (Supplement 7, 06/01/22).  “Wolf And Owl”, (Bonus New Year Ep, 07/01/22).

Songs I Enjoyed This Week, Were By:

“Morrissey”,  “Bronski Beat”,  “Cataonia”,  “David Bowie”,  “Deacon Blue”,  “Dinah Washington And Brook Denton”,  “Dusty Springfield”,  “Elbow”,  “Elvis Presley”, “Kim Carnes”,  “Nancy Sinatra”,  “Pet Shop Boys ft Dusty Springfield”,  “Pulp”,  “Soft Cell”,  “Suede”,  “Terry Blair And Anoushka”,  “The Chemical Brothers”,  “The Cranberries”,  “The Communards”,  “The Divine Comedy”,  “The Police”,  “They Might Be Giants”.

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