Week 303, Saturday 4th until Friday 10th April 2020.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London (inc going out to cut the front garden grass).

Week 303 Saturday 4th  until Friday 10th April 2020.

Lockdown, Week Tres.

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This blog’s is SO late.  The reason, is because I am a member of a very small club who doesn’t mind being locked down.  In fact I am never happier than being at home.  I have actually spent years not wanting to go out and desperately tried to find any reason not to go out to see someone, meet others or do something away from the building I call home.  These recent weeks have really made me realise that I have Agoraphobic tendency’s.  Once the lock down is over, of course I will go out and about again, but if I can stay at home and do something remote such as work at home, skype or face time friends then I will.  Don’t worry I don’t think I actually have acrophobia, I am just saying that if I can stay at home and never go out I would.

This week there has been a lot of car action.  My life has almost been like an episode of Top Gear.

20200402_121724 20200402_121927 “Spent a lunch time, trying to siphon petrol out of poor Artie.  Wasn’t able to due to anti siphoning tech”.

IMG-20200324-WA0015 “The courtesy car provided after the accident, i like to call it “The Beast”, its like a tank.  I am stuck with it as the hire car company is closed due to the Lockdown.  Luckily i have some lovely neighbours who have allowed it to be parked in there drive to keep it off road (after this pic was taken).

20200409_110207 “Poor Artie, meeting “The Beast”.

20200412_18293320200412_18304720200412_183146 “The heart breaking moment that we said goodbye to the loyal Artie.  All because a total Frakwit 3 weeks ago wasn’t looking.  Artie was 15yrs old, but had plenty of miles and years left in him.  Very Sad.

20200409_182735 “My friend new car to replace Artie which we have called “Fartie”, because he makes a strange farting noise when locked.  By the way “The Beast” is still round the corner, so technically i am part of a two car household.

That’s enough about cars…

Due to being so late, nothing I have written really seems to appropriate now.  Instead what follows is a handful of pictures from the week.  Let’s hope next week I will be able to produce something a little more interesting, something that could be regarded as content.

20200409_18574220200405_174003I knew i was being watched as i cut the front garden grass while drinking a mocktail”.

20200405_15580020200405_160332 “Enjoying a lunchtime walk”.

20200405_160449 “Seen while walking home, to get back to work in the living room”.

20200324_191648 “I love making a mess with paints.  But the paints and the pallet feel and look like art in there own right”.

20200408_085505 “A doodle stamp, i hope the friend will still talk to me”.

20200327_171916 “Even the birds didn’t want an Apple that had turned.  When this pic was taken the Apple had been outside for a few weeks.  I think it looks a little artist.  Maybe just me then.

IMG-20200326-WA0006 “Thank you Jane for this pic of Spike social distancing himself from Will the Doorstop in Sutton.  Spike will be 19 next month, i’m hoping the lockdown will be over by then so i can visit”.

Screenshot_20200404-141220_Facebook20200404_152636 “Really enjoyed Mike Skippers Saturday Lockdown Quiz, 2pm UK time.  (Mikes screenshot used with permission).

20200405_18021420200408_213329 “I never tire of the Moon.  I really do love seeing the Moon.

IMG-20200329-WA0030 “MOZ made a huge pot of very tasty Broccoli soup”.

Screenshot_20200404-172242_WhatsAppScreenshot_20200404-160037_WhatsApp “Over the course of the week i spoke to a few friends all over the world.  The two that allowed me to use their pics were my friend of 40 yrs George (he doesn’t look old enough to have been my mate that long, I know), and my niece Anoodle, showing me her homemade Tie-Dye clothing.

20200411_015938 “Supermarket self service Jenga”.

20200411_020446 “One more car.  This for Moira, spotted in the supermarket carpark”.  

VideoCapture_20200402-111016 “There needs to be a pic of Chewie”.

 

 

Highlight Of The Week….

There is a pair of Robins that regularly visit the garden.  My highlight this week was seeing one give another a fat juicy worm.  This is something I have seen on TV so many times, but with my own eyes for the first time was truly a delight.

VideoCapture_20200315-193548 “I love to see all the birds that visit the garden.  But there is something so special about a Robin”.

And Finally……

I heard my friend call from the back room one evening “I don’t know what I have done with the Olives”.  Please don’t be concerned about us and send a food parcel, the jar was located and those Olives complemented the meal perfectly.

20200407_125635 “Deffo a reason this ramble is so late.  I spent a lot of time this last week watching Mae Martin and Charlotte Richie in Channel 4’s “Feel Good”. 

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“Alma’s Not Normal, (S1, ep 1).  “Altered Carbon”, (S2, ep 2).  “Ares”, (S1, ep 3).  “Carry On, Cabby”, (1963).  “Carry On, Cruising”, (1962).  “Carry On, Jack”, (1964).   “Cheers”, (S11, ep 18 to ep 25).  “Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina”, (S3, ep 2).  “Click”, (TX: 04/04/20)(TX: 10/04/20).  “Death In Paradise”,(S3, ep 7 & ep 8)(S4, ep 1 & ep 2).  “Diablero”, (S1, ep 8)(S2, ep 1 & ep 2).  “Feel Good”, (S1, ep 4 to ep 6).  “Have I Got News For You”, (S59, ep 2, TX: 10/04/20).  “How Do They Do That: BBC News In The Blue/Glass Era”, (YouTube).  “How To Make”, (S1, ep 2, TX: 09/04/20).  “National Theatre Live: Jane Eyre”, (Original TX: 08/12/15)(Rpt TX: 08/04/20).  “Peter Kay’s Car Share, An Audio Special”, (TX: 10/04/20).  “Raiders Of The Lost Ark”, (1981).  “Mr Winner”, (S1, ep 4 & ep 5).  “Red Dwarf: Promised Land”, (DAVE)(ep 1 & ep 2, TX: 09/04/20).  “The Graham Norton Show”, (S27, ep 1, TX: 10/04/20).  “The Great Celebrity Bake Off For SU2C”, (S3, ep 5, TX: 07/04/20).  “The Mash Report”, (S4, ep 2, TX: 10/04/20).  “The Mike Skipper Saturday Lockdown Quiz”, (Facebook)(04/04/20).  “Whose Doctor Who (The Lovely Arts)”, (YouTube, 9 mins segment)(Original TX: 03/04/77).                         

Doctor Who Watched This Week:

“The Daemon”, (S8, Prod Code JJJ)(ep 4, TX: 12/06/71)(ep 5, TX:19/06/71).

“The Day Of The Daleks”, (S9, Prod Code KKK)(ep 1, TX: 01/01/72)(ep 2, TX: 08/01/72)(ep 3, TX: 15/01/72)(ep 4, TX: 22/01/72).

The Curse Of Peladon”, (S9, Prod Code MMM)(ep 1, TX: 29/01/72)(ep 2, TX 05/02/72)(ep 3, TX: 12/02/72)(ep 4, TX: 19/02/72).

“The Sea Devils”, (S9, Prod Code LLL)(ep 1, TX: 26/02/72)(ep 2, TX: 04/03/72)(ep 3, TX: 11/03/21)(ep 4, TX: 18/03/72)(ep 5, TX: 25/03/72)(ep 6, 01/04/72).

“The Mutants”, (S9, Prod Code NNN)(ep 1, TX: 08/04/72)(ep 2, TX: 15/04/72)(ep 3, TX: 22/04/72)(ep 4, 29/04/72)(ep 5, 06/05/72)(ep 6, 13/05/72)

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“13 Minutes To The Moon (BBC World Services), (S2, ep 5, 06/04/20).  “Blood On The Tracks”, (27/06/19)(04/07/19)(12/07/19)(19/07/19).  “Brian Gittens And Friends: The Greatest Film And TV Quizzer Of The World – Co-Vid19”, (S2, ep 2, 06/04/20).  “CNN, Coronavirus: Fact Vs Fiction”, (ep 27, 06/04/20)(ep 28, 07/04/20)(ep 29, 08/04/20)(ep 30, 09/04/20)(ep 31, 10/04/20). “Daddy Look At Me”, (ep 6, 09/04/20).  “Gossipmongers”, (S3, ep 3, 07/04/20).  “Iain Lee (Bonus)”, (09/04/20).  “Iain Lee (Highlights)”, (06/04, 07/04, 09/04/20).  “In Poor Taste”, (ep 115, 08/04/20).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 139, 10/04/20).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (03/04, 04/04, 10/04/20).  “Rule Of Three”, (S5, ep 11, 09/04/20).  “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 189, 10/04/20).  “Space Rocket History Podcast”, (ep 52, ep 53, 16/03/18).  “Strange Times”, (ep 339, 04/04/20).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 118, 05/04/20).  “The All New Angelos And Barry Podcast”, (07/0420).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (06/04/20).  “Morrissey”,  “Cardiacs”,  “Led Zeppelin”,  “Pink Floyd”,  “The Darkness”,  “The Cure”,  “The KLF”,  “The Beatles”,  “The Beautiful South”,  “Marvin Gaye”,  “P.P. Arnold”,  “Belly”,  “The Juliana Hatfield Three”,  “Fountains Of Wayne”,  “Fine Young Cannibals”,  “David Bowie”,  “Talk Talk”,  “OMD”,  “Mental As Anything”,  “Blondie”, “Deee-Lite”,  “Macey Grey”, “Echobelly”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Week 302, Saturday 28th March until Friday 3rd April 2020.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London (Popping out for a short walk, once a day).

Week 302 Saturday 28th  March until Friday 3rd April 2020.

Lockdown, Week Deux.

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Working from home, I have realised that there is a problem with a group of local hooligans. The bird feeder full of nuts is being attacked by a couple of squirrels.  Until this week I had only seen one, but all this week there have been two travelling in a pair.  One would wait on the fence patiently as the other gripped the metal frame containing the nuts as several birds looking on in frustration.  I am surprised that they haven’t ganged up on the mammals and fought them off.

20200330_104108 “Please print, and put on your lamppost”.

At the start of the week when I tap on the window the culprits would run away.  As the week progressed the gangster rodents have become more and more confident realising that I can’t do anything watching them through the window.  By Wednesday I was rattling the doorknob, which had an effect the first couple of occasions.  But once again, there not stupid and soon ignored me.  On Thursday I started down tools and go outside to chase Laurel and Hardy away.  Once they reach the bottom of the garden they sat on the fence and just stare back at me.  Even though I have a bigger and supposedly more intelligent brain, reading this I suspect you know who was really in control of the situation.

VideoCapture_20200315-19301020200403_095810 “And they keep coming back.  MOZ removing the feeder”.

As a result, I have temporarily removed the feeder, I got great satisfaction (is that pathetic, to feel like a winner against a couple of squirrels) watching them return to find nothing.  Don’t worry we have other feeders for our feathered friends, that at the time of writing this naughty pair haven’t attacked yet.  One good thing about this situation is that the birds are now nibbling at the fat balls which they normally ignore; I spent good money on a huge tub!

20200403_150015 “Little Fatty, from next door just waiting for Brekkie”.

Who would have though working from home would be so dramatic?

 

20200402_18462920200401_16242320200331_183938 “Rubbish that i doodled while at work, coloured after 5pm).

 

And Now For Something Completely Different……

20200405_120210 “A high status, snobby fruit”.

Have you ever thought of the faffiness (if this is not a word, then I want it to trend and be used as much as other words/phrases that until recently no one ever thought of or used, such as “social distancing” or “self-isolation”) of fruit.

20200329_11151420200329_111539 “So very faffy”.

It was while watched a friend peel/prepare a pineapple that I started to think.  If fruit could talk I imagine that a pineapple would consider itself to be very high status, upper class, looking down on everything else in the aisle because of the faffiness around it.  It’s the uneducated very lower class Grapes I feel sorry for, let not mention the seedless ones (they probably don’t get many mentions on a daily basis through the crates and shelves in the fruit and veg section of the supermarket).

20200403_162147 Faffing around”.

Reading the above there is a possibility I should to get out more than once a day, but due to the current government recommendation that’s not going to happen.  I feel sorry for my friend and the Hamster I live with, if the authorities are reading they may need to be extracted soon to preserve there sanity.  Oh by the way the pineapple was lovely, but they really are just so faffy.

20200328_200339 “Thanks MOZ for the lovely Omlette”.

And Finally……

My tipsy friend asked if I needed a something to put my Boombay mix.  She meant Bombay mix.

20200331_143716 “Spotted while out on my one walk a day.  You never know when you might need one”.

The phrase “gusty flaps” has made me laugh a lot over the course of the week.  I’ll leave it to your smutty imagination as to what it means. It’s very innocent, honest.

 

USER_SCOPED_TEMP_DATA_MSGR_PHOTO_FOR_UPLOAD_1583779828292 “The last time i was on the tube a few weeks ago.  Messing around with filters.  Dont worry.”.

Spoke to a man on the phone who mentioned that that after his name was an apostrophe (it hadn’t been put there by myself). I did notice it, but just thought it was dirt on my screen (Yes, I removed it).

chewie “Chewie, makes everything feel better”.

Noticed a few times while typing the date I was putting 30 as in 2030.  I didn’t correct it; I like the idea of screwing with future digital archaeologist minds.

20200322_153026 “My office in the corner of the Living room, has looked a lot like this over the week”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“Alma’s Not Normal: Alma’s Guide To Life”, (YouTube)(TX: 02/04/20).  “Carry On Sergeant”, (1958).  “Carry On, Constable”, (1960).  “Carry On, Nurse”, (1959).  “Carry On, Regardless”, (1960).  “Carry On, Teacher”, (1959).  “Cheers”, (S11, ep 9 to ep 18).  “Chicken Shop Date: Comic Relief (2019): This Country”, (YouTube)(TX: 15/03/19).  “Death In Paradise”,(S3, ep 1 to ep 6).  “Feel Good”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 3).  “Have I Got News For You”, (S59, ep 1, TX: 03/04/20).  “How To Make”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 02/04/20).  “Jimmy Kimmel’s Quarantine Monologue: Samuel l Jackson”, (YouTube)(01/04/20).  “Jimmy Kimmel’s Quarantine Monologue: Trump Tribute & Last Minute April Fools Prank”, (YouTube)(01/04/20)“Mike Skipper, Live”, (FaceBook)(28/03/20).  “National Theatre Live: One Man, Two Guvnors”, (Original TX: 15/09/11)(Repeat TX: 02/04/20).  “Mr Winner”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 3).  “Red Dwarf: Promised Land”, (DAVE)(1st Five Mins)(TX: 03/04/20).  “Stacey Dooley Investigates: Spycam Sex Criminals”, (TX: 01/04/20).  “The Break”, (BBC Northern Ireland)(TX: 09/09/19).  “The Fall”, (BBC Short Film)(27/10/19).  “The Great Celebrity Bake Off For SU2C”, (S3, ep 4, TX: 31/03/20).  “This Country: Season 3 Bloopers”, (23/03/20).  “The Mash Report”, (S4, ep 1, TX: 03/04/20).                       

Doctor Who Watched This Week:

“The Mind Of Evil”, (S8, Prod Code FFF)(ep 4, TX: 20/02/71)(ep 5, TX: 27/02/71)(ep 6, TX: 06/03/71).

The Claws Of Axos”, (S8, Prod Code GGG)(ep 1, TX: 13/03/71)(ep 2, TX 20/03/71)(ep 3, TX: 27/03/71)(ep 4, TX: 03/04/71)(BBC Bonus: “Deleted And Extended Scenes, Directing Who – Michael Ferguson, Now And Then, Reverse Standard Conversion – The Axon Legacy”, 22/10/12).

“Colony In Space”, (S8, Prod Code HHH)(ep 1, TX: 10/04/71)(ep 2, TX: 17/04/71)(ep 3, TX: 24/04/71)(ep 4, TX: 01/05/71)(ep 5, TX: 08/05/71)(ep 6, 15/05/71)

“The Daemon”, (S8, Prod Code JJJ)(ep 1, TX: 22/05/71)(ep 2, TX:29/05/71)(ep 3, TX: 05/06/71).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“13 Minutes To The Moon (BBC World Services), (S2, ep 4, 30/03/20).  “Blood On The Tracks”, (06/06/19)(13/06/19).  “Brian And Roger”, (01/04/20).  “Brian Gittens And Friends: The Greatest Film And TV Quizzer Of The World – Co-Vid19”, (30/03/20).  “CNN, Coronavirus: Fact Vs Fiction”, (ep 21, 28/03/20)(ep 22, 30/03/20)(ep 23, 31/03/20)(ep 24, 01/04/20)(ep  25, 02/04/20)(ep 26, 03/04/20).  “Daddy Look At Me”, (ep 5, 02/04/20).  “Gossipmongers”, (S3, ep 2, 30/03/20).  “Iain Lee (Bonus)”, (27/03/20).  “Iain Lee (Highlights)”, (29/03, 30/03, 31/03, 01/04/20).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 138, 03/04/20).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (26/01/19)(28/03/20).  “Rule Of Three”, (S5, ep 10, 02/04/20).  “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 187, 27/03/20)(ep 188, 03/04/20).  “Talking Bottom”, (S4, ep 1, 01/04/20).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 117, 31/03/20).  “The All New Angelos And Barry Podcast”, (28/03, 2630/03, 31/03, 03/0420).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (23/03/20).  “The Old Doctor Who Podcast”, (ep 92, 01/04/20).  “What’s Your Problem? With Nick Abbot And Carol McGiffin”, (S1, ep 12, 30/03/20).  “Morrissey”,  “Smiths”,  “Kate Bush”,  “Matt Lucas”,  “The Cranberries”,  “David Bowie”,  “ABC”,  “Shed Seven”,  “Starsailor”,  “The B-52’s”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Week 301, Saturday 21st until Friday 27th March 2020

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London (The Lock Down Begins).

Week 301 Saturday 21st  until Friday 27th March 2020.

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20200322_01505320200322_01493020200322_015008 Happy Mother’s Day earlier this week to Mum, SAZ and Sigrida.

This week’s blog is being dictated, after 300 weeks of bashing away at various keyboards I have decided to embrace modern technology and speak this ramble. However there will have to be some typing to correct mistakes, because either I’m not talking clearly enough or the tablet doesn’t like what I’m saying (I even bore my small electronic device). However from next week I will probably return to writing this using a good old keyboard.

20200327_171055Robin, looking for Batman”.

The last week has been the first full week of working from home, or lockdown as I think this is officially known. I still hate my job with a passion, but working from home suits me. I travel to the office (a corner of the living room) in about 30 seconds and spend the rest of day in my PJ’s (I do have a wash and brush my teeth, honest). While speaking to the numpties who ring up I can look out of the window to watch the birds feeding or the greedy squirrel trying to break into the nut there container (it’s become used to me knocking on the glass, next week I will have to start going outside when it appears). In-between calls I can listen to podcasts or even watch snippets of classic 1970 Doctor who.

 

VideoCapture_20200315-193010 “Caught him/her before they attached the feeder again”.

The last 10 days life here in the UK really has changed beyond belief. One thing that’s noticeable is how shopping has changed. The expression “just popping out quickly to the shops” doesn’t really mean anything these days. The bigger the shop the longer the queue to enter, many establishment are limiting the number of people inside resulting in “social distancing “ queues snaking across pavements with everyone standing 2 metres (6 ft 6in, in old money) apart. It was while waiting in a queue minding my own business doing some shopping for some elderly neighbours that I got the idea of dictating this week’s ramble. Just so that you know I did get pretty much all of what was on their shopping list including loo roll.

20200329_032920 “A doodle of a person i saw queuing up in a shop.  They looked like an extra of the set of Chernobyl”.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

Even more important than working from home or dealing with the new ways that we shop. I became a parent again in the last 7 days. My friend and I came home last weekend with a tiny hamster that we have adopted. Within a few days we realised that the perfect name for him is Chewie.

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At this time I must mention the 3 other hamsters who were also up for adoption separately but would have each been very challenging to look after. First there was “Hank” who likes to scream and hiss when approached, which he did (imagine the Predator when its face mandibles opened wide). Mr Grey also didn’t like to be touched. The third that was nameless was on his own because he was fighting. These were all very cute looking but I think we made the right choice. I do hope that the above get adopted and live happy lives.

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Bringing Chewie home (at that time he didn’t have a name, he was just “the little boy”) was eventful and won’t be forgotten in a hurry. While waiting at a roundabout another car smashed directly into the back of us, making my already painful neck and back a little worse. Personally I am really annoyed about the other drive’s couple of seconds of stupidity at this time when where encouraged not to use public transport. I’m not surprised my motto has always been to regard all other divers as numpties, you can quote me on that.

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That’s all for now, stay safe and I hope that you and your family are ok during these unsettling times.

And Finally……

Thank you Jenny Hammond for allowing me to use this that she posted.

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My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“Beyond Baby Yoda- World Of Puppets”, (YouTube)(20/03/20).  “Carry On Sergeant”, (1958).  “Cheers”, (S10, ep 19 to ep 25)(S11, ep 1 to ep 8).  “Click”, (TX: 21/03/20)(28/03/20).  “Death In Paradise”,(S2, ep 7 & ep8).  “Disclosure: A Deadly Trade, (BBC Scotland)”, (S2, ep 7, TX: 16/03/20).  “Early Man”, (2018).  “Fracture”, (2007).  “Jimmy Kimmel’s Live!: With Courtney Cox”, (YouTube)(26/03/20).  “Little Miss Sunshine”, (2006).  “Manta”, (YouTube)(2013).  “Star Trek: Picard”, (S1, ep 10).  “The Great Celebrity Bake Off For SU2C”, (S3, ep 3, TX: 24/03/20).  “This Country”, (S3, ep 6).                       

Doctor Who Watched This Week:

Inferno”, (S7, Prod Code DDD)(ep 4, TX: 30/05/70)(ep 5, TX 06/06/70)(ep 6, TX: 13/06/70)(ep 7, TX: 20/06/70)(BBC Bonus: “Can You Hear The Earth Scream- Making Inferno, Deleted Scene, The Pertwee Years – Intro, The UNIT Family: Part 1, Visual Effects in TV”, 27/05/13).

“Terror Of The Autons”, (S8, Prod Code EEE)(ep 1, TX: 02/01/71)(ep 2, TX: 09/01/70)(ep 3, TX: 16/01/70)(ep 4, TX: 23/01/70)(BBC Bonus: Life On Earth, Plastic Fantastc, The Doctor’s Moriarty”, 09/05/11).

“The Mind Of Evil”, (S8, Prod Code FFF)(ep 1, TX: 30/01/71)(ep 2, TX:06/02/71)(ep 3, TX: 13/02/70).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“13 Minutes To The Moon (BBC World Services), (S2, ep 3, 23/03/20).  “Blood On The Tracks”, (06/06/19)(13/06/19).  “Brian And Roger”, (25/03, 27/03/20).  “Brian Gittens And Friends”, (S2, ep 1, 25/03/20).  “CNN, Coronavirus: Fact Vs Fiction”, (Intro, 29/02/20)(ep 1, 02/03/20)(ep 2, 03/03/20)(ep 3, 04/03/20)(ep 4, 05/03/20)(ep  5, 06/03/20)(ep 6, 09/03/20)(ep 7, 10/03/20)(ep 8, 11/03/20)(ep 9, 12/03/20)(ep 10, 13/03/20)(ep 11, 16/03/20)(ep 12, 17/03/20)(ep 13, 18/03/20)(ep 14, 19/03/20)(ep 15, 20/03/20)(ep 16, 23/03/20)(ep 17, 24/03/20)(ep 18, 25/03/20)(ep 19, 26/03/20)(ep 20, 27/03/20).  “Daddy Look At Me”, (S3, Voicemail From Daddy and Helen, 25/03/20)(ep 4, 26/03/20).  “Gossipmongers”, (S3, ep 1, 24/03/20).  “Iain Lee (Highlights)”, (20/03, 23/03, 24/03, 25/03, 26/03/20).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 136, 20/03/20)(ep 137, 27/03/20).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (27/03/20).  “Rule Of Three”, (S5, ep 8 Remain-indoors, ep 9, Eddie Izzard Pt 2, 26/03/20).   “Strange Times”, (ep 338, 23/03/20).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (26/03/20).  “The All New Angelos And Barry Podcast”, (23/03, 26/03/20).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (23/03/20).  “The Supermassive Podcast”, (ep 3, 19/03/20).  “What’s Your Problem? With Nick Abbot And Carol McGiffin”, (S1, ep 11, 23/03/20).  “Morrissey”,  “Talk Talk”,  “R.E.M”,  “Heaven 17”,  “The Cure”,  “The Style Council”,  “SEcho And The Bunnymen”,  “New Order”,  “Azrec Camera”,  “Joy Division”,  “Joe Jackson”,  “Hansen”, “Adam And The Ants”, “Duran Duran”, “The Artic Monkeys”, “Pulp.

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Week 300, Saturday 14th until Friday 20th March 2020.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East, South West London (The NEXT Chapter).

Week 300 Saturday 14th  until Friday 20th March 2020.

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Its week 300 of this ramble, and possibly the toughest post to write.  Most of what follows was not expected to be typed.  One thing I have always tried to be with this is honest.

20200315_173947 “Don’t panic, she is working.  Honest!”.

Six weeks ago, while standing in the rain at Clapham Junction station early morning on the way to work, I desperately tried to work out why my life had led to that location at that specific time.  As rain dripped of the front of my hoodie on to my nose, I realised that I had made so many mistakes over the years.  This was the moment I decided to make changes. That night at my sister’s place I booked a one-way ticket to Paris.  Last year I had looked at travelling through France to Spain ending up in Ibiza.  In July this year my family will be on the island for the 3rd year running and I wanted to be there and meet them at the airport.  Over the course of the next few days maps were bought and studied with a number of routes being considered.  The decision to quit work on 22nd May was made, which would give me a week to tie up loose ends before heading off on 1st June.  Once the family had left the island I would stay for a while, eventually making my way back seeing the sites of Spain and France.  The important thing was there was no time limit.

20200320_223055 “How i am fighting the Virus”.

When I booked the one-way ticket of course I was aware of the Coronavirus in China that was spreading to other locations in Asia.  Over the following weeks as I made more and more decisions, such as should I hitchhike, walk the pilgrim route, buy a tent, take coaches and/or trains Corvid 19 moved nearer to home.  When it reached Italy I think deep down I knew I wouldn’t be going.  I continued to plan and secretly hoped that all would be ok.

20200307_122150 “Whats not to smile about looking out of the window, while working from home”.

While working on the prep for the adventure I was aware that week 300 of this ramble was fast approaching and I needed to do something special.  That’s when the idea of bringing this ramble to an end started to formulate in the soggy mush, I call my brain.  I would then have a blog free period to concentrate on the trip, which would also allow me to come up with a new ramble that would be published while travelling documenting my attempt to reach Ibiza airport for early July.  The joke with family was that if I took a wrong turn I might end up in Switzerland.  To cut a long boring story short, my trip is off.  A couple of friends have said by delaying my plans, it will enable me to save more money meaning that, when I do bugger off, I will be able to do it for a longer period.

20200314_110218 “Riffy has been very prolific this winter“.

These last few weeks working in the call centre haven’t been too stressful because I had an end date in site.  I’m my mind I had started to dig an escape tunnel with a rusty spoon ready to squeeze my lardy bulk out of the building.  At the start of this week that tunnel felt like it had collapsed around me.  How quickly things have changed.  By the end of the week I have escaped the office, in fact everyone has, because we’re all working from home (their own homes, before anyone makes a comment and a joke about everyone squeezed into one living room).  My commute has gone from an hour and a half on the tube to a couple of minutes down the stairs.  This is being written at my new desk in a corner of the living room in my PJ’s.  During the day I can look out of the window and watch the birds and the occasional squirrel on the garden feeders.  As well as laugh at the neighbour’s very fat cat trying to creep through the grass towards them.  The virus is terrible, but if there is any good because of it I am less stressed in a job I hate because I can work from home.  But the need to escape is still there.  During these uncertain times, I will continue to plan a future foreign adventure, I will keep you posted.

20200322_142028 “Making friends, with a cat that really reminds me of an old friend.  By the way, this is not the Fat Cat mentioned above”.

Week 300 of this blog is a real achievement, no matter where I have been (Mozziebeak, South Africa, Ibiza, Sri Lanka, The Isle of Wight or London) I posted my thoughts, feelings and just bored the hell out of anyone who cared to look.  As mentioned above this So-called Blog was going to come to an end, but because of the circumstances that’s changed.  This ramble will continue (for now).  The new improve ramble from next week will probably be shorter due to the fact I will be spending most of the time at home (working and watching nature) there won’t be a huge amount to say.  I will probably post drawing, paintings and doodles maybe even bore you with some of my story writing.  At the moment I will continue to post something every week.

20200318_112648 “Originally, i started to work from home on my lap.  By midday i was very uncomfortable”.

It doesn’t matter if you’re new to this ramble or have read this before; I just wanted to say Thanks.  Oh, stay safe, wash your hands and look after yourself and family and friends.

20200322_153026 “My homeworking desk end of the week.  Writing this distracted by 1970 colour TV”. 

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“A Quiet Place”, (2018).  “Ad Vitam”, (S1, ep 6).  “Altered Carbon”, (S2, ep 1).  “Blur: Out of Time (Video), Out Of Time (E4, TX: 06/04/03), The Universal”, (YouTube).  “Cheers”, (S10, ep 13 to ep 18).  “Click”, (TX: 14/03/20).  “Christine And The Queens : Live Stream”, (Instagram).  “Death In Paradise”,(S2, ep 4 to ep 6).  “Dubstar: Not So Manic Now”, (YouTube).  “Electronic: Getting Away With It”, (YouTube).  “Hidden”, (S2, ep 6).  “Last Tango In Halifax”, (S5, ep 4).  “Life Lessons: Oysters Are Vegan (BBC Three)”, (YouTube)(TX: 19/12/19).  “Our World, Wuhan: Life Under Lockdown, (BBC News)”, (TX: 13/03/20).   “Peter Kay’s Car Share”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 6)(S2, ep 1 to ep 6).  “Sports Relief 2020: A Question Of Sport, A Round With Rom And Andy Murray, Celebrity Boat Race, Killing Steve’s”, (TX: 13/03/20).  “St Etienne: Hobart Paving”, (YouTube).  “Star Trek: Picard”, (S1, ep 9).  “The Beautiful South: A Little Time, Rotterdam, Song For Whoever”, (YouTube).  “The Divine Comedy: National Express”, (YouTube).  “The Graham Norton Show: Compilation Show”, (S26, ep 19, TX: 21/02/20).  “The Great Celebrity Bake Off For SU2C”, (S3, ep 2, TX: 17/03/20).  “The Kings Speech”, (2010).  “The Last Leg”, (S19, ep 9, TX: 13/03/20)(ep 10, TX: 20/03/20).  “This Country”, (S3, ep 5).                       

Doctor Who Watched This Week:

The War Games”, (S6, Prod Code ZZ)(BBC Bonus: “Devious (Fan Made Ep btw War Zone And Spearhead), Now and Then, Stripped for Action – The Second Doctor, Talking About Regeneration, War Zone (Making Of)”, 06/07/09).

“Spearhead From Space”, (S7, Prod Code AAA)(ep 1, TX: 03/01/70)(ep 2, TX: 10/01/70)(ep 3, TX: 17/01/70)(ep 4, TX: 24/01/70)(BBC Bonus: “Down To Earth, Regeneration From Black And White to Colour, UNIT Recruitment”, 09/05/11).

“The Silurians”, (S7, Prod Code BBB)(ep 1, TX: 31/01/70)(ep 2, TX: 07/02/70)(ep 3, TX: 14/02/70)(ep 4, TX: 21/02/70)(ep 5, TX: 28/02/70)(ep 6, TX: 07/03/70)(ep 7, TX: 14/03/70)(BBC Bonus: Colour Silurian Overlay (Restoring the Story To Colour), Going Underground (Making Of), Musical Scales, Now And Then, What Lies Beneath – The Stories Background”, 14/01/08).

The Ambassadors Of Death”, (S7, Prod Code CCC)(ep 1, TX: 21/03/70)(ep 2, TX: 28/03/70)(ep 3, TX: 04/04/70)(ep 4, TX: 11/04/70)(ep 5, TX: 18/04/70)(ep 6, TX: 25/04/70)(ep 7, TX: 02/05/70)(BBC Video Bous: “Restoring Black And White Prints to Colour”, May 2002).  

Inferno”, (S7, Prod Code DDD)(ep 1, TX: 09/05/70)(ep 2, TX 16/05/70)(ep 3, TX: 23/05/70).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“13 Minutes To The Moon (BBC World Services), (S2, ep 2, 16/03/20).  “Anti Social Show”, (ep 80, 14/03/20).  “Blood On The Tracks”, (06/06/19)(13/06/19).  “Brian And Roger”, (06/03, 11/03, 13/03, 18/03, 20/03/20).  “Daddy Look At Me”, (S3, ep 3, 19/03/20).  “Iain Lee (Highlights)”, (12/03, 16/03, 17/03, 18/03, 19/03/20).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 135, 13/03/20).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (14/03, 15/03, 20/03/20).  “Rule Of Three”, (S5, ep 7, Eddie Izzard Pt 1, 19/03/20).  “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 185, 13/03/20)(ep 186, 20/03/20).  “Spacefall: A Blakes 7 Podcast”, (ep 24, 20/03/20).  “Strange Times”, (ep 337, 18/03/20).  “The All New Angelos And Barry Podcast”, (17/03/20).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (16/03/20).  “Walking The Dog With Emily Dean”, (ep 58,19/03/20).  “What’s Your Problem? With Nick Abbot And Carol McGiffin”, (S1, ep 10, 17/03/20).  “Morrissey”,  “James”,  “Belly”,  “Red Hot Chilli Peppers”,  “Kula Shaker”,  “Oasis”,  “Skunk Anansie”,  “Blur”,  “Arrested Development”,  “Julian Cope”,  “Shed Seven”,  “The Lightening Seeds”, “The La’s”, “The Black Crows”, “Smashing Pumpkins”, “The View”, “St Etienne”, “The Divine Comedy”, “Electronic”, “The Beautiful South”, “The KLF” and lots more Absolute 90s.

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Week 299, Saturday 7th until Friday 13th March 2020.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East, South West London (The NEXT Chapter).

Week 299 Saturday 7th  until Friday 13th March 2020.

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This week happy 5th B’day to my little lion boy

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And remember this week.

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Joan who passed away 4 yrs ago and David 10 yrs ago.  Both will never be forgotten.

There is nothing good about the virus that’s spreading the world, expect it may have emptied my local doctors’ surgery.  Normally when I ask for an appointment, it’s never a shock that I have to wait a week or more to be seen.  This week I walked in on Tuesday morning and walked out with an appointment for Thursday morning.  My shock may have surprised the receptionist, hopefully in a nice way.  You may remember I had a fall in December; this old saggy body has not recovered.  Of course, friends and family kept saying I should have it looked at, but as usual I wouldn’t listen and did my own thing.  This week due to pain I gave ***

20200313_233354Are they asleep or self isolating?”.

In other virus related news…..

The story of people buying huge amounts of loo roll got as much press last weekend as the virus itself.  Sunday afternoon my friend and I went shopping and bog roll was on the list. Standing In front of almost empty shelves was a little surprising as I had wondered if this was just the news being a little over sensational.

20200309_141525 “If my spine was made of Satsuma pieces i would feel better”.

Everyone I saw seemed to be carrying packets of toilet paper.  This is when I actually started to feel embarrassed and a little self-conscious and wanting to tell everyone especially the cashiers who were probably thinking “here comes another one!!!”  That I did need to buy the product, I wasn’t just stockpiling.  While in the shop I really couldn’t look people in the eye and was so glad to get out once we had paid.

20200313_233640 “Strip, then walk through the door”.

*** Just in case you’re interested (If you’re not interested – and why would you be?  Then skip the next line).  The Doctor sent me to hospital for X-rays to see if I have a fractured rib.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

20200312_110632 “The thief has been caught”. 

Next week is week 300 of this ramble, the end of the current journey.  I will explain why this is coming to an end, there’s a good reason.  In late May / early June a new blog will be published all about my new adventure.  When I know more, you will be the first to know (I bet you can’t wait).

Next week really does feel like the end of one journey and the start of a new one, the next phase of my mid-life crisis.

20200308_175120 “Love a Daff”.

If you’re reading this for the first time, then come back next week for the final instalment and have a look back at previous weeks.  If you have been reading this for a while thank you for tagging along for the ride and we’ll talk more next week.

20200308_224438 “The B’day boys, doodle stamp”.

And Finally……

Sitting in a fave pub in central London, I overheard the following behind me when two people met “what do I have to drink this week to get a cuddle“.

20200307_23103220200313_200718 “A lovely night of culture”.

Another person in the same pub was heard to say “didn’t you cosplay once as a My Little Pony”.  The man had a very long and impressive ginger beard; I would have loved to have known what his Pony name was.

20200310_095521 “Its how i relax in the morning”.

Outside of the pub very near Covent Garden I saw a boob, a real boob!  Walking past minding my own business, I couldn’t help witnessing what happened.  A woman taking a photograph of (I assume) a friend who on cue flashed her right boob.  Somewhere on social media (again I am assuming that the picture ended up on-line) there is a photo of the logo for a very famous high street noodle establishment who’s menu just happened to be at nipple level.

20200313_234119 “Abby Road, 21st Century”.

During the week I said “will it get bigger if you touch it?”.  This was to my friend who was looking at a map on her small electronic device and having trouble making the map large.

20200313_223004 “Distracted by my new BBC obsession, while writing this shiz”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“Cheers”, (S9, ep 14  to ep 26)(S10, ep 1 to ep 12).  “Click”, (TX: 06/03/20).  “Death In Paradise”, (S1, ep 4 to ep 8)(S2, ep 1 to ep 3).  “Diablero”, (S1, ep 6 & ep 7).  “Hidden”, (S2, ep 5).  “Inside No.9”, (S5, ep 6).  “James May Our Man In Japan”, (S1, ep 2).  “Last Tango In Halifax”, (S5, ep 3).  “Miriam’s Big Fat Adventure”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 09/03/20)(ep 2, TX: 10/03/20).  “My Left Nut”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 3).  “Panorama: Spying On The Scammers”, (TX: 02/03/20).  “Ragnarok”, (S1, ep 5 & ep 6).  “Sports Relief 2020: All-Star Netball”, (TX: 20/07/19).  Sports Relief 2020: Some Mothers Do Have Em”, (TX: 18/03/16).  “Sports Relief 2020: Stranger Things”, (TX: 13/03/20).  “Star Trek: Picard”, (S1, ep 8).  “The Great Celebrity Bake Off For SU2C”, (S3, ep 1, TX: 10/03/20).  “The Last Leg”, (S19, ep 8, TX: 06/03/20).  “This Country”, (S3, ep 4).                       

Doctor Who Watched This Week:

“The Invasion”, (S6, Prod Code VV)(ep 5, TX: 30/11/68)(ep 6, TX: 07/12/68)(ep 7, TX: 14/12/68)(ep 8, TX: 02/12/68)(BBC Bonus: Evolution Of The Invasion, Flash Frames-Reanimating The Invasion, Love Off-Air, 06/11/2006).

“The Krotons”, (S6, Prod Code WW)(ep 1, TX: 28/12/68)(ep 2, TX: 04/01/69)(ep 3, TX: 11/01/69)(ep 4, TX: 18/01/69).

The Seeds Of Death”, (S6, Prod Code XX)(ep 1, TX: 25/01/69)(ep 2, TX: 01/02/69)(ep 3, TX: 08/02/69)(ep 4, TX: 15/02/69)(ep 5, TX: 22/02/69)(ep 6, TX: 01/03/69)(BBC Bonus: Lords Of The Red Planet, Monster Masterclass, Monsters Who Came Back For More, Sssowing The Ssseedsss, 17/03/2003).    

The Space Pirates”, (S6, Prod Code YY)(ep 1, TX: 08/03/69, LC Recon)(ep 2, TX 15/03/69)(ep 3, TX: 22/03/69, LC Recon)(ep 4, TX: 29/03/69, LC Recon)(ep 5, TX: 05/04/69, LC Recon)(ep 6, TX: 12/04/69, LC Recon)(Loose Cannon: Intro, Outro, Mini Production Featurette, George Clayton Remembers The Space Pirates, Intv Donald Gee, Dec 07)(BBC Bonus: The Missing Years, 2004).

The War Games”, (S6, Prod Code ZZ)(ep 1, TX: 19/04/69)(ep 2, TX: 26/04/69)(ep 3, TX: 03/05/69)(ep 4, TX: 10/05/69)(ep 5, TX: 17/05/69)(ep 6, TX: 24/05/69)9ep 7, TX: 31/05/69)(ep 8, TX: 07/06/69)(ep 9, TX: 14/06/69)(ep 10, 21/06/69 .

This Week I saw Live on Stage:

“The Play That Goes Wrong”, (Duchess Theatre, 07/03/20).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“13 Minutes To The Moon (BBC World Services), (S2, Trailer, 09/02/20)(ep 1, 09/03/20).  “Blood On The Tracks”, (16/05/19)(23/05/19)(30/05/19).  “Daddy Look At Me”, (S3, ep 2,12/03/20).  “Iain Lee (Highlights)”, (05/03, 06/03, 08/03, 09/03, 10/03/20).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 135, 13/03/20).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (07/03, 13/03/20).  “Rule Of Three”, (S5, ep 6, 11/03/20).  “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 184, 06/03/20).  “The All New Angelos And Barry Podcast”, (12/03/20).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (09/03/20).  “The Old Doctor Who Show”, (ep 91, 11/03/20).  “The Super Massive Podcast(Never Mind The Space Rocks)”, (ep 1, 17/01/20)(ep 2, 20/02/20).    “What’s Your Problem? With Nick Abbot And Carol McGiffin”, (S1, ep 8, 09/03/20)(ep 9, 10/03/20).  “Morrissey”,  “Natalie Imbruglia”,  “REO Speedwagon”,  “Ash”,  “Hole”,  “Nirvana”,  “The Happy Mondays”,  “Biffy Clyro,  “Arcade Fire”,  “Ladyhawk”,  “M.I.A”,  “The Sex Pistols”,  “Bob Marley”,  “The Chemical Brothers”.

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Week 298, Saturday 29th February until Friday 6th March 2020.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East, South West, Essex (inc Chelmsford) & Surrey (The NEXT Chapter).

Week 298 Saturday 29th  February until Friday 6th March 2020.

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Walking around Hyland house in Essex last weekend, listening to Diane the very knowable guide talking about the history of the building and the people who have owned it, got me thinking about the future.

20200301_161919 “Hyland House”.

What will the future make of me?  These days we are all more aware that what we write on-line could come back to haunt them.  If digital archaeologists in the future look at my online footprint, I hope that they would think I was an “ok” person.  Reading this blog, they would see I like to moan, but I am careful never to name names.  Hopefully they will get an idea of who I was, what I liked and what life was like during this period.

20200301_162111 “Getting very muddy, taking pics”.

When I pop my clogs, I would like to cremated (not in a wooden box, something more echo friendly. Recently I read about “Human Composting” which sounds appealing, if that’s available when needed that would be a good choice).  If money was not an option Cryogenics would be my number one storage choice (it’s a lot cheaper if just the head is preserved. The saggy useless excuse for a body can be thrown away).  The reason for cremation is partly because over the years I have watched a lot of Time Team and seen a number of very clever muddy faced diggers waving their trowels around explaining their theories about the remains discovered.  Scientist have wonderful technology which helps them build a picture of what the person’s life was like by dating remains, and looking at minute chemical information.  But they do still have to make a lot of it up.

20200301_162541 “Pretty, pointless”.

If I had to be buried, could I request that I am implanted with a microchip (this may already be possible, I haven’t researched it! If not, then this is my idea and I will make Squillions) so that any future archaeologist finding what’s left of me won’t need to make up stories.  All they will need to do is download the info (which of course would only be the truth.  I would never lie claiming to be rich, beautiful and a superstar!!).  This would lead them to a dusty corner of the net where they would find this blog and all my socials.  When they realise, that they have discovered the remains of the most boring biped to have ever walked the earth that chip will either suddenly be lost in a dusty corner of the lab, or “accidently fall” into an industrial shredder.  While my remains would be ground into a fine powder and snorted by student archaeologists for a dare one night.

20200301_155039(0) “Cheers, hand off my slice”.

Walking round the Hyland House, I was fascinated by the beautiful portraits of various owners over the years. Even though our guide told us a lot about these people I wondered what they were really like.  Sadly, we can never know.  But arachnologist of the future will know everything about me and others alive today.  Our throw-a-way social posts, blogs even selfies will become important social document of what life was like in 2020.  The clever people of the future will never need to stroke their chins and make up stories ever again. This might take some of the fun out their job, but what an interesting job to do.

20200304_085812 “Cheese”.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

20200305_220018 “Seeing Double”.

I spend a lot of time at work explaining complicated figures to people on the phone that are busy doing something more important at the same time.  Some of the regular activities include eating, yarning loudly, travelling on noisy public transport or sitting on the loo!  They make it very clear they are not actually listening to me.  There are occasions I am tempted to thrown into the conversation the name of an obscure Doctor Who alien race such as “Voord”, “Drashigs” to see if they notice.

20200305_194721 “Homemade Sri-Lankan Curry from one of my bosses”.

Strangely for a person that hardly uses the phone in real life; I have worked with phones a lot.  Every day a small piece of my sole dies working in a call centre.  This is a promise to myself and you, that when I am looking for a new job it will not involve phones.

Over the last year I have collected stories under the title of “Call Centre Karma”, maybe one day ill spill the beans and earn Zillions.

20200306_214329 “Found a picture of my Granny from 1988 this week”.

And Finally……

20200301_204133 “I couldnt find a pot of gold”.

I heard a passing person say, “A toot on your whistle and a hand on your wheel”.  It’s probably better we don’t know more.

Thought the Sat Nav said “turn right on to Defecation Street”.  It was “Navigation Street”. Should gave realised I was wrong; Chelmsford has more class than that.

20200301_161537 “Ive no idea what this is, but i like it”.

Next week’s blog number 299 is the penultimate one as week 300 will be the end of what I am considering the first season of this ramble.  But don’t panic there will new a new blog late May / early June to document my new adventure which I am currently planning.

VideoCapture_20200305-203159 “Writing this shiz, but distracted by Zoe’s arse”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“Ad Vitam”, (S1, ep 5).  “Cheers”, (S9, ep 2 to ep 13).  “Click”, (TX: 29/02/20).  “Death In Paradise”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 3).  “Diablero”, (S1, ep 5).  “Dirty Streaming: The Internet’s Dirty Secret”, (TX: 05/03/20).  “Hidden”, (S2, ep 4).  “Him & Her: The Wedding”, (ep 2 to ep 5).  “I Am Not Okay With This”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 7).  “Inside No.9”, (S5, ep 5).  “Last Tango In Halifax”, (S5, ep 1 & ep 2).  “Ragnarok”, (S1, ep 4).  “Star Trek: Picard”, (S1, ep 7).  “Terry Nation Army Extra: Inventions Of Future Earth”, (YouTube)(28/02/20).  “The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug”, (Extended DVD Edition)(2013).  “The Last Leg”, (S19, ep 7, TX: 28/02/20).  “This Country”, (S3, ep 3).  “Top Gear”, (S28, ep 6, TX: 01/03/20).                     

Doctor Who Watched This Week:

“Fury From The Deep”, (S5, Prod Code RR)(ep 4, TX: 04/04/68, LC Recon)(ep 5, TX: 13/04/68, LC recon)(Loose Cannon, “Outro” ,”Making Of Fury From The Deep”,  Feb 05).

The Wheel In Space”, (S5, Prod Code SS)(Joint Venture Recon Intro, BBC Trailer)(ep 1, TX: 27/04/68, JV Recon)(ep 2, TX: 04/05/68, JV Recon)(ep 3, TX: 11/05/68)(ep 4, TX: 18/05/68, JV Recon)(ep 5, TX: 25/05/68, JV Recon)(ep 6, TX: 01/06/68).

The Dominators”, (S6, Prod Code TT)(ep 1, TX: 10/08/68)(ep 2, TX 17/08/68)(ep 3, TX: 24/08/68)(ep 4, TX: 31/08/68)(ep 5, TX: 07/09/68)(BBC DVD Bonus: Recharge And Equalise, Tomorrows Times: The Second Doctor, 2010).

The Mind Robber”, (S6, Prod Code UU)(ep 1, TX: 14/09/68)(ep 2, TX: 21/09/68)(ep 3, TX: 28/09/68)(ep 4, TX: 05/10/68)(ep 5, TX: 12/10/68 .

“The Invasion”, (S6, Prod Code VV)(Nicholas Courtney Intro, BBC Video, 1993)(ep 1, TX: 02/11/68, BBC/Cosgrove Hall Recon)(ep 2, TX: 09/11/68)(ep 3, TX: 16/11/68)(ep 4, TX: 23/11/68, BBC/Cosgrove Hall Recon)

“The Timeless Children”, (S12/S38, ep 10, TX: 01/03/20).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“Anti Social Show”, (ep 79.5, 29/02/20).  “Blood On The Tracks”, (S2, ep 7, 20/12/18)(ep 8, 27/12/18)(ep 9, 03/01/19).  “Daddy Look At Me”, (S3, Trailer 03/03/20)(Calling Romesh 04/03/20)(ep 1 05/03/20).  “Iain Lee (Bonus)”, (02/03/20).  “Iain Lee (Highlights)”, (27/02, 28/02, 02/03, 03/03, 04/03/20).  “LBC: Mystery Hour”, (05/03/20).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 134, 06/03/20).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (29/02, 06/03/20).  “Rule Of Three”, (S5, ep 5, 05/03/20).  “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 183, 29/02/20).  “Strange Times”, (ep 336, 01/03/20).  “The All New Angelos And Barry Podcast”, (01/03/20).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (02/03/20).  “Walking The Dog With Emily Dean”, (ep 37, 27/05/19)(ep 47, 17/09/19).  “What’s Your Problem? With Nick Abbot And Carol McGiffin”, (S1, ep 7, 02/03/20).  “Morrissey”,  “Men At Work”,  “The Specials”,  “Madness”,  “Kate Bush”,  “Pulp”,  “Suede”,  “The Mock Turtles”,  “The Gin Blossoms”,  “The La’s”,  “Keane”,  “Bombay Bicycle Club”,  “Supergrass”,  “Travis”,  “A Flock Of Seagulls”,  “The Cure”,  “Echo And The Bunnymen”,  “New Order”,  “Blossoms”,  “Hanson”.

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Week 297, Saturday 22nd until Friday 28th February 2020.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East, South West, Central London, Essex & Surrey (The NEXT Chapter).

Week 297 Saturday 22nd until Friday 28th February 2020.

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A date for your diary is Friday 20th March; this is when week 300 of this ramble will be published. That will also be the last So-Called blog for a few months. I started this ramble when I went to Mozzibeak and wanted family and friends to know what I was getting up to. In early March I have been back in London 4 years, that’s a lot longer than planned. But every week I have written about my life, experiences, things that have made me happy, sad even angry. The nice thing is that people other than family have dipped in and read this.

20200225_19225720200224_144506 “Winston’s very handsome, and he knows it!”

The mid-life crisis has not stopped in fact its only just starting (again). This incarnation of the blog is coming to an end; the new version will appear towards the end of May, early June which I hope will be even better. If you have read this for any period, you may have picked up that I am a huge lifelong Doctor Who fan. The key to the success of the programme is the ability for the lead actor to be replaced. For this blog (or a version of it) to continue it needs to regenerate, hopefully what comes next will be even more interesting. I hope the new version will be weekly, it will all depend on what connection I have. But if all goes to plan then you will still get a weekly dose from me.

20200224_205217 “This Leia, really is a princess”.

There is a lot that I must look into, advice taken from friends before the next adventure happens. But week 300 will be the last of what could be considered Season 1 of this blog. Season 2 is going to be so much better. If you have liked the blog, then continue to read until week 300 and then have a look at the new version in a few months’ time. I think it’s going to be a real adventure.

And Now For Something Completely Different……
High streets all over the UK are suffering. Shops closing all over the place, some stay boarded up and left to rot, while others become another charity shop, betting shop or worse an estate agent! The news regularly blames on-line shopping for the bad health of high streets.

20200226_192021 “Lovely meeting the Big Fellow again”.

A few days ago, I visited a small local convenience store with a friend, the type that sells everything an Aladdin’s cave of “stuff”! As we perusing the shelves chatting, my friend moved a couple of metres in front. Suddenly the space between us was filled with a pram that had swerved around the corner of the end of an aisle. The “Stig”, sorry mother in control appeared completely oblivious that I was about to occupy the same space as her.

20200223_174112 “The birds are loving the expensive Mealworms”.

Because the aisle was not big enough for me to squeeze my lardy ass past and mum was not interested in anything other than what was on the shelves. I had to back up and dashed down a parallel aisle to reappear in the original one slightly further up. My grand entrance was blocked by the pram that had been moved forward blocking the T junction of aisles. Craning my neck to the left I saw my friend further down; who didn’t appear to notice I was gone.

20200227_221507 “The Moon and Venus”.

Turning around again, I walked to the very back of the shop, to appear at the start of the original aisle. My friend was holding a box; however I couldn’t offer her the empty basket because the mother and pram had also made their way to that end of the shop. Unlike me, my friend is very slim which allowed the wide load on wheels to pass by without causing her an issue. This was when I caught site of the baby; the cute smile said it all! He/she/it** the “dribbling one” was the boss; mum really was just the engine. Putting down the box my friend spotted me and indicted with a nod to the exit. We left the way we entered with an empty reusable bag!

20200228_082135 “Love a Daff”.

This kind of problem has happened before in a small local shop, I try to buy local whenever possible. But because clicking a mouse or touching the screen is so easy, plus most products arrive on the doorstep within a few hours on-line shopping is just so convenient. No wonder high streets are becoming ghost towns. The real problem is shops like my local one need wider aisle. We are told that we are a nation of fatties, were getting wider (except my friend). Small shops need to find a way to make a little more room for wobbly bottomed customers like me full access. Maybe prams the size of a small tank needs to be left at the front. There is a real need to save our high streets; no one wants even more estate agents popping up. In some areas there like a spreading disease no one wants that do they?

20200228_232219 “Made for her Brother”.

** it’s not for me to say how the little one identified, its 2020 after all!

And Finally……

20200228_231950 “Cheese”.

While asking for a person’s title, the women I was talking to thought I asked, “what’s were her vitals”, she sounded very puzzled.

I said, “shall I lick the flap, or tuck it in”. This was about an envelope; I didn’t want to make a mess.

20200229_000017 “Really enjoying this, lots.  Buts should be writing this shiz instead”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:
“Age Of Outrage”, (BBC Wales). “Astronaut Chris Hadfield Debunks Space Myths”, (YouTube)(Wired)(TX: 23/04/18). “Astronauts Likely Survived Challenger Explosion”, (YouTube)(WESH 2 News)(TX: 28/01/11). “Bumps”, (BBC Pilot). “Cheers”, (S8, ep 15 to ep 26)(S9, ep 1). “Click”, (TX: 22/02/20). “Haunt”, (2019). “Hidden”, (S2, ep 3). “Him & Her: The Wedding”, (ep 1). “Inside No.9”, (S5, ep 4). “Last Tango In Halifax”, (S2, ep 6)(S3, ep 1 to ep 5)(S4, ep 1 & ep 2). “Star Trek: Picard”, (S1, ep 6). “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”, (Extended DVD Edition)(2012). “The Last Leg”, (S19, ep 6, TX: 21/02/20). “This Country”, (S3, ep 1 & ep 2). “Top Gear”, (S28, ep 5, TX: 23/02/20).

Doctor Who Watched This Week:
“The Missing Episodes, Pt 1, Marco Polo, The Reign Of Terror And The Crusades”, (YouTube)(17/01/19).

“The Missing Episodes, Pt 2, Galaxy 4, The Mission To The Unknown and The Myth Makers”, (YouTube)(24/01/19).

The Ice Warriors”, (S5, Prod Code OO)(ep 2, TX: 18/11/67, LC Recon)(ep 2 & ep 3, BBC Recon)(ep 3, TX: 25/11/67, LC Recon)(ep 4, TX: 02/12/67)(ep 5, TX: 09/12/67)(ep 6, TX: 16/12/67)(Loose Cannon, Outro, Intv: Peter Barkworth, Nov 04).

The Enemy Of The World”, (S5, Prod Code PP)(ep 2, TX: 30/12/67, LC Recon)(ep 3, TX 06/01/68)(ep 4, TX: 16/09/68, LC Recon)(ep 5, TX: 20/01/68, LC Recon)(ep 6, TX: 27/01/68, LC recon)(Loose Cannon, Intro, Outro, Intv: Mary Peach, Mar 01)(A Change Of Identity, Recon, 1998??, Intro, Outro, Recon of BBC Trailer for ep 1).

The Web Of Fear”, (S5, Prod Code QQ)(ep 1, TX: 03/01/68)(ep 2, TX: 10/02/68, JV Recon)(ep 3, TX: 17/02/68, JV Recon)(ep 4, TX: 21/10/67, JV Recon)(ep 5, TX: 28/10/67, JV Recon)(ep 6, TX: 04/11/67, JV Recon)(Joint Venture Recon Mar 98, “Intro (JNT & Nick Courtney, BSB), BBC Trailer/Recon) .

“Fury From The Deep”, (S5, Prod Code RR)(ep 1, TX: 16/03/68, LC Recon)(ep 2, TX: 23/03/68, LC recon)(ep 3, TX: 30/03/68, LC recon) (Loose Cannon, “Intro, Roy Spencer” , Feb 05).

“Ascension Of The Cybermen”, (S12/S38, ep 9, TX: 23/02/20).

This week I have mainly been listening to:
“Blood On The Tracks”, (S2, ep 4, 29/11/18)(ep 5, 07/12/18)(ep 6, 13/12/18). “Iain Lee (Highlights)”, (20/02, 21/02, 24/02, 25/02. 26/02/20). “In Poor Taste”, (ep 113, 23/02/20). “LBC: Mystery Hour”, (20/02. 28/02/20). “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 133, 28/02/20). “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (22/02, 28/02/20). “Rule Of Three”, (S5, ep 4, 27/02/20). “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 182, 21/02/20). “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (24/02/20). “Walking The Dog With Emily Dean”, (ep 31, 08/03/19). “What’s Your Problem? With Nick Abbot And Carol McGiffin”, (S1, ep 6, 24/02/20). “Morrissey”, “Billie Eilish”, “Take That”, “R.E.M”, “Simple Minds”, “Kyu Sakamoto”, “Adam Faith”, “Tasmin Archer”, “Fleetwood Mac”, “Nancy Sinatra”, “Guns N’ Roses”, “Bob Crewe (Barbarella)”, “Toad The Wet Sprocket”, “The Teardrop Explodes”, “Tears For Fears”, “Soft Cell”, “P.M Dawn”.

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