Week 340 Saturday 19th until Friday 25th December 2020.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London.

HAPPY CRIMBUM

Week 340 Saturday 19th until Friday 25thDecember 2020.

Happy Crimbum wherever you are in the world.

Cheers.

This blog, week 340 is the last one of 2020.  Since March because of working from home, I haven’t had a huge amount to say as you may know from reading this shiz, but have still produced something for you to read weekly.  I’m not competitive, except with this ramble because I always hope that I can beat the previous year’s stats.  Early this week I needed 206 views to beat 2019s total of 2536.  Afterwards I posted a couple S.O.S messages asking if anyone had a couple of minutes spare to help massage my fragile ego, could they have a look and came to the rescue of the stat.  At the time of writing this small unimportant blog has had 2646 views during 2020, that’s 110 above last year’s total (A huge special thanks must be given to the lovely Eileen Rowson for all her help).  The final total will be announced in next week’s ramble, the first of 2021.

I had to pull over when i saw this, what a beautiful site. I don’t mean the scaffolding

Thank you to everyone for reading this badly worded, grammatically incorrect mess.  Everyone has far more important things to be doing (especially these days) so the fact that you have looked at this does make me feel it’s worthwhile.   I have been thinking that from January I might reduce the frequency from weekly to twice monthly.  My worry is that the lists at the end would be even longer than they already are.  Unless I just publish the lists, at least that’s content I wouldn’t don’t need to think or stress about.  Decisions will be made over the next couple of weeks.

Don’t drink kids.

I have always said that the reason this blog exists is so that my beautiful niece and 3 handsome nephews will one day be able to read about what there mad old aunty got up to while they were young.  Until they are old enough to have a look, I hope you my audience will continue to enjoy what I have to say.

My Mum, picture by my lovely sister Hel.

I really hope that you had a good Crimbum in these difficult times, and I do wish you a happy new year.

And Finally……

Had a flu jab, at least i think it was the flu jab.

Speaking to Leo a 10 year old fellow geek/nerd (his words) from Harare, who was visiting Tofo in Mozambique.  Such a lovely surprise to get a call from my friend Jenny, who thought Leo should speak to a very old geek.

Taken on 20th December the day before the Great Conjunction. It was sadly totally cloudy on the 21st, so this is my best picture.

Cut my friends hair.  Ok, it was more of a trim, I but I took the responsibility very seriously. 

“The tips quite veiny”, my friend said this as she opened a packet of blue stilton.  I did of course snigger like a naughty schoolchild at the back of the class.

Looking up a few days before Crimbum.

 My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“Animal Park”, (TX: 23/12/20).  “Anne Of Windy Poplars”, (1940).  “BBC Sports Personality Of The Year 2020 – Captain Sir Tom Moore Segment Only”, (TX: 20/12/20).  “Blankety Blank: 2020 Crimbum Special”, (TX: 25/12/20).  “Blythe Sprit”, (1945).  “Crazyhead”, (S1, ep 1),  “Crimbum At The (Snow) Globe”, (The Globe Website)(TX: 21/12/20).  “Click”, (19/11/20).  “Educating Rita”, (1983).  “Farscape”, (S2, ep 21 to ep 22).  “Fringe”, (S2, ep 7 to ep 9).  Ghost: The Ghost Of Crimbum”, (TX: 23/12/20).  “Hanna”, (s2, ep 5).  “His Dark Materials”, (S2, ep 7).  “King Gary: Crimbum Special”, (TX: 23/12/20).  “Lexx”, (S2, ep5).  Martin’s Corner”, (TX: 24/12/20).  ““Motherland”, (23/12/20).  “Mrs Browns Boys: Crimbum Special – 2020”, (ep 1, TX: 25/12/20).  “One Foot In The Grave: The Wisdom Of The Witch”, (TX: 25/12/95).  “Pointless Celebrities”, (S14, ep 1, TX: 23/12/20).  “Some Like It Hot”, (1959).  “Star Trek”, (S1, ep 4 & 5).  “Star Trek: Discovery”, (S3, ep 11).  “Star Trek The Motion Picture: Vintage”, (FaceBook)(TX: 20/12/20).  “The Box Of Delights”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 6).  “The Dead Room”, (2018).  “The Great British Bake Off: The Winners”, (ep 2, TX: 235/12/20).  The Great Crimbum Bake Off”, (TX: 24/12/20).  “The Greatest Title Sequence I’ve Ever Seen”, (YouTube)(TX: 21/12/20).  “The Farthest”, (2017).  “The Frighteners”, (1996).  “The Lost Ghost Story With Mark Gatiss”, (TX: 25/12/20).  “The Show That Goes Wrong: The Nativity”, (TX: 22/12/20).  “The Vicar Of Dibley”, (S1, ep 3).  “The Vicar Of Dibley In Lockdown”, (S1, ep 3, TX: 21/12/20).  “Upstart Crow – Crimbum Lockdown 1603”, (TX: 21/12/20).  “Waterhole: Africa’s Animal Oasis”, (S1, ep 3, TX: 18/12/20).  “What We Did On Our Holiday”, (2014).  “Worzel Gummidge: Saucy Nancy”, (TX: 24/12/20).                                     

Doctor Who Watched This Week:

“The Keys Of Marinus”, (Prod Code E)(ep 1, “The Sea Of Death”, TX: 11/04/64)(ep 2, “The Velvet Web”, TX: 18/04/64).

Gerry Anderson Watched This Week:

“Captain Scarlet And The Mysterons”, (S1, ep 20, TX: 16/02/68).

“Space 1999”, (S2, ep 2, TX: 11/09/76).

 “UFO”, (S1, ep 21, TX: 15/05/71).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“A Legitimate Salvage (The Expanse)”, (ep 4, 02/09/19).  “An Audio Guide To Babylon 5”, (S1, ep 3, 14/06/14)(ep 4, 29/06/14).  “Betamax Video Club”, (ep 10, 31/01/18)(ep 78, 01/10/20)(ep 84, 19/12/20).  “Coronavirus Global Daily Update”, (BBC World Service) (19/12/20) (20/12/20)(21/12/20) (22/12/20)(23/12/20) (24/12/20)“CNN, Coronavirus: Fact Vs Fiction”, (ep 207, 19/12/20)(ep 208, 21/12/20)(ep 209, 22/12/20).  “Daddy Look At Me”, (S4, ep 7, 24/12/20).  “Dear Joan And Jericha (Julia Davis And Vicki Pepperdine)”, (S3, ep 6, 22/12/20).  “Doctor Who”, (TeeVee)”, (S8, ep 7, 05/10/14)(ep 8, 12/10/20).  “Doug And Elly Watch Telly”, (ep 18, 22/12/20).  “Game Of Thrones”, (TeeVee)”, (S4, ep 4, 28/045/140)(ep 5, 05/05/14).  “Game Of Thrones: Rewind”, (TeeVee)”, (S1, ep 4, 26/08/18).  “Griefcast”, (ep 126, 23/12/20).  “Grounded With Louis Theroux”, (BBC Radio 4)(S2, ep 4, 21/12/20).  “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buddha”, (S1, ep 16, 23/12/20).  “Mystery Hour”, (21/12/20).  “NASA: Gravity Assist”, (18/12/20)(22/12/20).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (19/12/20)(20/12/20) (24/12/20) (25/12/20).  “Relatively”, (Trailer, 09/12/20)(ep 1, 22/12/20).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe’s Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (S1, ep 69, 23/12/20)(ep 70, 25/12/20).  “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 224, 12/12/20)(ep 225, 18/12/20)(ep 226, 25/12/20.  “Star Trek Discovery”, (TeeVee)”, (S1, ep 5, 16/10/17) (ep 6, 23/10/17).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 145, 25/12/20).  “The Froth”, (S2, ep 10, 22/12/20).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (21/12/20).  “Toby Hadoke’s Happy Times And Places – The Evil Of The Daleks”, (5.1, 21/12/20)(5.2, 23/12/20).  “Tody Hadoke’s Happy Times And Places: Too Much Information”, (1.1, 24/12/20).  “Verbal Diorama”, (ep 5, 22/04/19)(ep 6, 06/05/19)(ep 49, 02/07/20)(ep 74, 24/12/20).  “What’s The Problem? With Nick Abbot And Carol McGiffen”, (S1, ep 48, 21/12/20).  “Wolf And Owl”, (S1, Pilot #1, 23/12/20).  “Morrissey”,  “Blue Oyster Cult”, “Boney M”,  “WIngs”,  “Band Aid (1984)”,  “East 17”,  “The Darkness”, “Journey”,  “Dubstar”,  “Arcade Fire”,  “The Prentenders”,  “David Byrne”,  “Nirvana”,  “Greg Lake”, “Roxette”,  “Erasure”,  “Gabrielle”,  “Aztec Camera”,  “John and Yoko / Plastic Ono Band With The Harlem Community Choir”,  “Seasick Steve”,  “Kate Bush”.

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Week 339, Saturday 12th until Friday 18th December 2020.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London.

Week 339 Saturday 12th until Friday 18thDecember 2020.

I’m not the biggest Crimbum fan; it’s for excited smiling kids not jaded tired old people like me.  But even I this week felt a sparkle of excitement while in a very busy supermarket because in the background I could hear a number of classic Crimbum songs around the superstore.  These songs take me back to when I was a child in the 70s when my parents would decorate the living room with a large number of paper chains and strings of lights criss crossing from corner to corner.  So many that mum and dad had to duck when walking through the middle of the room.  I can picture my dad making the house feel extra special and cosy, mum cooked up a feast during that time.  The memories are so clear I can smell the food, and see the condensation on the windows from the warmth of the house that I would run a finger through drawing on the window.  As well as all the family around the dining table pulling crackers telling terrible jokes and wearing cheap paper hats.  As you can see I actually used to enjoy this time of year, I haven’t always been a grumpy Icey hearted poor excuse for a human.

I have really been in the house all week. So very few interesting pictures to share.

Back to the present of course I still love to spend time with family.  But these days the most important part of Crimbum is that I don’t have to get up early for work.  Every year I put in my leave request a number of months in advance and cross everything hoping that I get the leave I have asked for.  Friday 18th at 5pm I logged off and packed up the temp office which has been situated in the corner of the living room since March.  This year I was lucky to get a full 2 weeks off, a time I will use wisely to relax, decompress from another year of working in a call centre (during 2021 I have to find a more satisfying and less stressful job).  During these couple of weeks I intend on sleeping as much as I can and getting up as late as possible.  I wish I was able to enjoy the holiday like a lot of friends who just love Crimbum for what it is.

I watched a VHS, remember them.

Hearing classic Crimbum songs a small number of times on the radio or in shops during the end of each December really does help make holiday feel special for me.  I am transport back to a time when I had very little to worry about, a time I would was happy.  Crimbum is for kids, it really isn’t for people like me.  But seasonal songs which might be cheesy and not very cool, do bring a smile to my face and make me realise that not everything is bad about being an adult.

A very special brekkie, i know how to start the day.

And Finally……

My mum. This picture was taken by my sister. I defaced it with out there permission.

I spoke to a nice woman who told me how she grew up writing with a chalk and slate when I asked if she had the internet at home.

While at work, i tried to put some ideas together.

This week I did say in a conversation “Soggy bottom, steamy pudding”.  Sadly I can’t remember why this was uttered. Maybe that’s a good thing.

Before I go……

This was taken on 17th December 2020. The Moon with Saturn (top white spot) and Jupiter in one photo.

I wrote the above about 24hrs before Tier 4 came into existence here in the UK.  When millions of people in London and the South East plans for later this coming week suddenly changed.  I do intend on posting the next blog Week 340 on Friday (as it usually appears.  I realise this one is very late) even though it’s the big day.  However you do Crimbum, I hope you have a good one. If you just enjoy a good rest, I hope that goes well.  Chat soon.

I haven’t spotted any fairies at the bottom of the garden yet.

 My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“Blue Peter – Invaded By Dads Army (Capt Mainwaring and Sergent Wilson)”, (Original BBC 1 TX: 22/02/73)(FaceBook)(13/12/20).  “Click”, (12/11/20).  “Celebrity Crystal Maze”, (S8, ep 1, TX: 03/12/20)(ep 2, 10/12/20)(ep 3, 17/12/20)(ep 4 to be shown on TX: 21/12/20)(ep 5 to be shown on TX: 24/12/20)(ep 6 to be shown on TX: 31/12/20).  “Farscape”, (S2, ep 18 to ep 20).  “Fringe”, (S2, ep 4 to ep 6).  “Glitch”, (S3, ep 6).  “Have I Got News For You: Have I Got 2020 News For You”, (S60, ep 11, TX: 18/12/20).  “His Dark Materials”, (S2, ep 6).  “Internal (BBC) Gallery Awareness Training Video (Circa 2005)”, (FaceBook)“Macaulay Culkin Eating A Slice Of Pizza”, (2013)(YouTube).  “Mortimer And Whitehouse: Gone Fishing – Gone Crimbum Fishing”, (TX: 13/12/20).  “Parasite”, (2019).  “Piers Morgan’s Life Stories”, (S4, ep 1 “Barbara Windsor”, TX: 09/10/10).  “Richie Rich”, (1994).  “Richie Rich”, (S1, ep 1 & ep 2).  “Star Trek”, (Pilot: The Cage)(S1, ep 1 to ep 3).  “Star Trek: Discovery”, (S3, ep 10).  “Taskmaster”, (S6, ep 8, TX: 20/06/18)(S10 (S1 on C4), ep 10, TX: 17/12/20).  “The Graham Norton Show”, (S28, ep 10, TX: 11/12/20)(ep 11, TX: 18/12/20).  “The Great British Bake Off: The Winners”, (ep 1, TX: 15/12/20).  “The Last Leg”, (S20, ep 8, TX: 11/12/20).  “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”, (S3, ep 4 to ep 8).  “The Misadventures Of Romesh Ranganation: Crimbum – The Hebrides”, (TX:13/12/20).  “The Royle Family”, (S2, ep 7, TX: 25/12/99).  “The Tomorrow People”, (S2, “A Rift In Time”,, ep 1, “Vase Of Mystery”, TX: 11/03/74)(ep 2, “Turn On The Thumb”, TX: 18/03/74)(ep 3, “From Little Acorns”, TX: 25/03/74)(ep 4, “Rise Of The Roman Empire”, TX: 01/04/74).  “The Sky At Night”, (13/12/20).  “The Vicar Of Dibley In Lockdown”, (S1, ep 2, TX: 14/12/20).  “Tomorrows World – 21st Anniversary”, (Original BBC One TX: 08/05/86).  “Waterhole: Africa’s Animal Oasis”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 04/12/20)(ep 2, TX: 11/12/20).  “Z Nation”, (S2, ep 6).                                    

Doctor Who Watched This Week:

“Marco Polo”, (Prod Code D)(Loose Cannon Recons)(ep 1, “The Roof Of The World”, TX: 22/02/64)(ep 2, “The Singing Sands”, TX: 29/02/64)(ep 3, “Five Hundred Eyes”, TX: 07/03/64)(ep 4, “The Wall Of Lies”, TX: 14/03/64)(ep 5, “Rider From Shang-Tu”, TX: 21/03/64)(ep 6, “Mighty Kublai Khan”, TX:  28/03/64)(ep 7, “Assassin At Peking”, TX: 04/04/64).

Gerry Anderson Watched This Week:

“Space 1999”, (S2, ep 1, TX: 04/09/76).

 “UFO”, (S1, ep 20, TX: 01/05/71).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“A Legitimate Salvage (The Expanse)”, (ep 3, 26/08/19).  “An Audio Guide To Babylon 5”, (S1, ep 2, 01/04/14).  “Betamax Video Club”, (ep 40, 06/02/19)(ep 72, 09/07/20).  “Brian & Roger: Crimbum Special Pete And Eric”, (16/12/20).  “Coronavirus Global Daily Update”, (BBC World Service) (12/12/20) (13/12/20)(14/12/20) (15/12/20)(16/12/20) (17/12/20) (18/12/20)“CNN, Coronavirus: Fact Vs Fiction”, (ep 202, 14/12/20)(ep 203, 15/12/20)(ep 204, 16/12/20)(ep 205, 17/12/20)(ep 206, 18/12/20).  “Daddy Look At Me”, (S4, ep 6, 17/12/20).  “Dear Joan And Jericha (Julia Davis And Vicki Pepperdine)”, (S3, ep 5, 15/12/20).  “Doctor Who”, (TeeVee)”, (S8, ep 5, 21/09/14)(ep 6, 28/09/14).  “Doug And Elly Watch Telly”, (ep 13, 24/12/20).  “Game Of Thrones: Rewind”, (TeeVee)”, (S1, ep 3, 21/08/18).  “Griefcast”, (ep 125, 16/12/20).  “Grounded With Louis Theroux”, (BBC Radio 4)(S2, ep 3, 14/12/20).  “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buddha”, (S1, ep 15, 16/12/20).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 176, 18/12/20).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (12/12/20)(13/12/20(18/12/20).  “Poppy Hillstead Has Entered The Chat”, (S2, ep 6, 16/12/20).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe’s Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (S1, ep 67, 15/12/20)(ep 68, 18/12/20).  “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 223, 05/12/20).  “Space Boffins”, (15/12/20).  “Star Trek Discovery”, (S1, ep 4, 09/10/17).   “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 144, 11/12/20).  “The Expanse”, (TeeVee)”, (09/02/16)(05/02/17)(13/03/17)(03/05/17).  “The Froth”, (S2, ep 9, 15/12/20).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (14/12/20).  “Toby Hadoke’s Happy Times And Places – Time Flight”, (4.2, 11/12/20)(4.3, 13/12/20)(4.4, 17/12/20).  “WTB”, (ep 4, 14/08/20).  “What’s The Problem? With Nick Abbot And Carol McGiffen”, (S1, ep 47, 14/12/20).  “Wolf And Owl”, (S1, ep 4, 16/12/20).  “Morrissey”,  “The Smiths”, “INXS”,  “Electric Six”,  “The Beloved”,  “Queen”,  “The Killers”, “Elton John”,  “Nick Cage And The Bad Seeds”,  “Inspiral Carpets”,  “Kylie”,  “Len”,  “David Bowie”,  “Kate Bush”, “The Pretenders”,  “Jona Lewie”,  The Waitresses”,  “St Etienne (ft Tim Burgess)”.

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Week 338, Saturday 5th Until Friday 11th December 2020.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London.

Week 338 Saturday 5th until Friday 11thDecember 2020.

HAPPY B’DAY to Nico and Sigrida

I don’t think my Nephew was impressed with this.

I have never been fashionable; in fact I have fought against fashion ever since I was able to dress myself.  Looking in my wardrobe I don’t have  a huge amount of outfits, I know what’s comfortable and wear those clothes regularly.  It’s taken me a long time to not care what others think of how I dress.  This includes facemasks.  It was only while thinking about this week’s ramble did I realise how many face coverings I have.  A year ago, if you had told me that I would own a number of different masks, I probably would have laughed and told you not to have another drink.

If any modeling agencies would like to sign me up, get in touch.

The big issue I have with masks is it’s very difficult to tell the emotions of other people.  Because of this I seem to be overly emoting with my eyes and forehead.  Could this over use of these muscles be a new exercise fad, I wonder how much eye movement would be needed to burn a single calorie.

This mince pie, committed suicide in the microwave.

I have got some disposable masks, but try to use reusable / washable ones.  The problem with more masks being worn is the extra rubbish on the streets.  All over the capital pavement are littered discarded masks, especially the blue and white surgical looking ones.  Dropping rubbish has always annoys me, why does someone think it’s acceptable to just drop a mask.  Are they walking round without one on, or are they carrying a number of spares changing into a fresh one at regular intervals.  Masks are being sold everywhere; everyone is desperate for a slice of the PPE pie.  Mask manufacturers must be making a mint out of the current situation.

Lovely seeing family.

As I mentioned at the start, I really have no fashion sense.  My fave face covering is one with the 13th Doctor and companions from Doctor Who printed on the material.  Others my age might be embarrassed, I really don’t care.  I do spread the love (not the virus) and wear all my mask collection equally.  During this weather a face covering keeps the face cosy and snug, I’m not looking forward to wearing one next summer when its 30c.  Maybe I can store some ice cubes or chips between the mask and my face to cool me down.  Could that be an idea that makes be Millions?

I like to think these out of work road cones were meeting up for a Crimbum party (decoration added by me in post production).

And Now For Something Completely Different……

I’m not sure how I spell my name.  My nephews and niece call me Dee Dee or is it Di Di or DD.  This confusion has arisen because I have been wrapping gifts that Santa has sent round for them and asked me to wrap because he is extremely busy.  What do I write on the tags?  What is my name?

Happy B’day this week to my lovely Sister-In-Law.

And Finally……

I love this mask.

Crouching down in the rain between a Bush and the car trying to untie the cover over the car.  I shouted to my friend a little too loudly that “the bush was wet and dripping all over me”.

My friend said “she couldn’t get her finger in to pinch the end”. She was trying to find the end of the kitchen foil in the dispenser.  Later she said “my tip got stuck!”.  I looked up she was fiddling with an interchangeable head screwdriver.   

Night night.

 My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“42nd Street: #The Show Must Go On (Theatre Royal Dury Lane)”, (YouTube)(2019).  Between”, (S1, ep 5).  “Classic Foam Rubber Doll Making”, (British Pathe 1957) (FaceBook)(TX: 13/04/20).  “Click”, (05/11/20).  “Cynthia Spencer Hospice Virtual Tree Of Love Service”, (FaceBook)(TX: 10/12/20).  “Daleks! (BBC Doctor Who: Time Lord Victorious)”, (YouTube)(S1, ep 5, TX: 10/12/20).  “Farscape”, (S2, ep 16 & ep 17).  “Fringe”, (S2, ep 2 & ep 3).  “Glitch”, (S3, ep 5).  “Have I Got News For You”, (S60, ep 9, 04/12/20)(ep 10, 11/12/20).  “His Dark Materials”, (S2, ep 4 & ep 5).  “I Was Trapped Underwater For 3 Days”, (FaceBook)(TX: 02/07/20).  “Pastry”, (Vimo)(2016)“Star Trek: Discovery”, (S3, ep 9).  “Taskmaster”, (S6, ep 4, TX: 23/05/18)(S10 (S1 on C4), ep 9, TX: 10/12/20).  “The Graham Norton Show”, (S28, ep 9, TX: 04/12/20).  “The Last Leg”, (S20, ep 7, TX: 04/12/20).  “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”, (S2, ep 6 to ep 10)(S3, ep 1 to ep 3).  “The Old Vic: A Crimbum Carol (Cast) In The Ultimate Crimbum Film Challenge?”, (FaceBook)(TX: 08/12/20).  “The Tomorrow People”, (S1: The Medusa Strain, ep 3, TX: 25/06/73)(ep 4, TX:02/07/73)(S2, The Blue And The Green, ep 1, An Apple For The Teacher, TX: 04/02/74)(ep 2, The Changing Picture, TX: 11/02/74)(ep 3, The Trojan Horse, TX: 18/02/74)(ep 4, Cuckoo In The Nest, TX: 25/02/74)(ep 5, The Swarming Season,  TX: 04/03/74).  “The Vicar Of Dibley”, (S1, ep 2).  “The Vicar Of Dibley In Lockdown”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 07/12/20).  “Tomorrows World”, (Original BBC One TX: 21/03/91)(YouTube)(TX: 03/12/15).  “Z Nation”, (S2, ep 5).                                    

Doctor Who Watched This Week:

“Edge Of Destruction”, (Prod Code C)(ep 1, “Edge Of Destruction”, TX: 08/02/64)(ep 2, “Brink Of Disaster”, TX: 15/02/64.

Gerry Anderson Watched This Week:

“Captain Scarlet And The Mysterons”, (S1, ep 19, TX: 09/02/68)

“Space 1999”, (S1, ep 22, TX: 05/02/76)(ep 23, TX: 12/02/76)(ep 24, TX: 19/02/76).

 “UFO”, (S1, ep 19, TX: 24/04/71).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“A Legitimate Salvage (The Expanse)”, (ep 2, 19/08/19).  “Anti Social Show”, (ep 89, 04/12/20). “Betamax Video Club”, (ep 8, 04/01/18).  “Coronavirus Global Daily Update”, (BBC World Service) (05/12/20) (06/12/20)(07/12/20) (08/12/20)(09/12/20) (10/12/20) (11/12/20)“CNN, Coronavirus: Fact Vs Fiction”, (ep 197, 07/12/20)(ep 198, 08/12/20)(ep 199, 09/12/20)(ep 200, 10/12/20)(ep 201, 11/12/20).  “Daddy Look At Me”, (S4, ep 5, 10/12/20).  “Dear Joan And Jericha (Julia Davis And Vicki Pepperdine)”, (S3, ep 4, 08/12/20).  “Doctor Who”, (TeeVee)”, (S8, ep 4, 14/09/14).  “Doug And Elly Watch Telly”, (ep 17, 10/12/20).  “Game Of Thrones”, (TeeVee)”, (S4, ep 3, 21/04/14).  “Game Of Thrones: Rewind”, (TeeVee)”, (S1, ep 1, 07/08/18)(ep 2, 13/08/18).  “Griefcast”, (ep 124, 09/12/20).  “Grounded With Louis Theroux”, (BBC Radio 4)(S2, ep 2, 07/12/20).  “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buddha”, (S1, ep 14, 09/12/20).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 175, 11/12/20).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (05/12/20)(06/12/20(11/12/20).  “Poppy Hillstead Has Entered The Chat”, (S2, ep 6, 09/12/20).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe’s Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (S1, ep 64, 05/12/20)(ep 65, 08/12/20)(ep 66, 11/12/20).  “Something Who”, (ep 7, 12/12/19).  “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 223, 05/12/20).  “Star Trek Discovery”, (S1, ep 3, 03/10/17).  “Sue Perkins An Hour Or So With….”, (S3, ep 6, 10/12/20).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 143, 06/12/20).   “The Froth”, (S2, ep 8, 08/12/20).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (07/12/20).  “The Old Doctor Who Podcast”, (ep 104, 09/12/20).  “Toby Hadoke’s Happy Times And Places”, (ep 4.1, Time Flight, ep 1, 07/12/20).  “Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels: Indefinable Magic”, (ep 1.2, 09/12/20).  “WTB”, (ep 2, 31/07/20)(ep 3, 07/08/20).  “What’s The Problem? With Nick Abbot And Carol McGiffen”, (S1, ep 46, 08/12/20).  “Wolf And Owl”, (S1, ep 3, 09/12/20).  “Morrissey”,  “Manic Street Preachers”,  “The Beatles”,  “Pet Shop Boys”,  “Tormorrow’s World Theme (1986 to 1991) Composed by Paul Hart”,  “Sia”,  “Ian Dury And The Blockheads”, “Wizard”,  “The Pouges And Kirtsy McCall”,  “Ladyhawke”,  “M.I.A”,  “Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine”.

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Week 337, Saturday 28th November until Friday 4th December 2020.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London (The End of Lockdown the Sequel).

Week 337 Saturday 28th November until Friday 4thDecember 2020.

HAPPY B’DAY to MOZ, SAZ and Hel

Doodle stamps sent to my sisters and best friend.

It’s been a good week, because most of it was spent on holiday.  Believe me I wrote lots, but nothing made any sense.  As I mentioned recently (in a previous blog) I really do spend hour’s writing and rewriting this shiz attempting to make it readable.  Due to my lack of education (YES I AM THICK) I have sat here getting more and more frustrated with this week shiz.

Therefore I have made an executive decision, to abandon what was written and just publish the pictures instead.  Hopefully next week, I will feel more secure with myself physically and mentally to publish a ramble that makes sense.

The B’day girl shared this plate of starters.
Don’t worry she wasn’t drunk. Just caught in mid blink.
Would she catch me if I fell.
My friend looks good for her age.
Enjoyed the art on the 4th Plinth.
Maybe the tree looks better when lit up in the dark.
Spotted in the window of London Transports Lost Property office.
Always enjoy seeing a broadcast camera, i have to stop and look.
I like to think he/she/it was smiling.
This fuzzy blog, is the Red planet Mars. I am really proud of this picture.
Special pic of my baby sisters taken last year. I know they had a good b’day separately. Looking forward to seeing you both soon.

 Fingers crossed that next week, I have a proper blog to present. Hopefully I wont get too upset at my shameful lack of reading and writing skills.  I really am stupid and feeling very angry at the time of writing this.

Thank you to @claytonhickman for pasting me in to the original TARDIS console room from Doctor Who in 1963. If only I had a time machine, to take me back to the 1970s to get help at school. Maybe today I wouldn’t struggle so much.

 My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

 “277 Days”, (Vimo)(TX: Mid November 2020).  “Ann Of Green Gables”, (1934).  “Blue Peter, (Original BBC One TX: 28/02/91)”, (YouTube)(TX: 01/12/20).  “Click”, (28/11/20).  “Back To The Future”, (1985).  “Back To The Future: Part II”, (1989).  “Back To The Future: Part III”, (1990).  “Daleks! (BBC Doctor Who: Time Lord Victorious)”, (YouTube)(S1, ep 4, TX: 03/12/20).  “Farscape”, (S2, ep 15).  “Fringe”, (S1, ep 20 to ep 22)(S2, ep 1).  “Have I Got News For You”, (S60, ep 8, 27/11/20).  “How Fake Money Is Made For Movies And TV”, (FaceBook)(TX: 13/10/20).  “Movie Extras That Totally Ruined The Scene”, (FaceBook)(TX: 21/11/20).  “Portrait Artist Of The Year 2020”, (S6, ep 6, TX: 02/12/20).  “Spitting Image (2020)”, (Britbox)(S1, ep 10, TX: 28/11/20).  “Star Trek: Discovery”, (S3, ep 8).  “Star Wars: A New Hope”, (Special Edition, DVD, 2006).  “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back”, (Special Edition, DVD, 2006).  “Star Wars: The Return Of The Jedi”, (Special Edition, DVD, 2006).  “Taskmaster”, (S10 (S1 on C4), ep 8, TX: 03/12/20).  “The Crystal Maze”, (S7, ep 1, TX: 15/11/20)(ep 2, TX: 22/11/20)(ep 3, TX: 29/11/20).  “The Graham Norton Show”, (S28, ep 8, TX: 27/11/20).  “The Last Leg”, (S20, ep 6, TX: 27/11/20).  “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”, (S2, ep 5).  “The Tomorrow People”, (S1: The Medusa Strain, ep 1, TX: 11/06/73)(ep 2, TX:18/06/73).  “The Walking Dead: World Beyond”, (S1, ep 10).  “The Vicar Of Dibley”, (S1, ep 1).                                      

Doctor Who Watched This Week:

“Dead Planet (The Daleks)”, (Prod Code B)(ep 6, “The Ordeal”, TX: 25/01/64)(ep 7, “The Rescue”, TX: 01/02/64.

Gerry Anderson Watched This Week:

“Captain Scarlet And The Mysterons”, (S1, ep 18, TX: 02/02/68)

“Space 1999”, (S1, ep 21, TX: 29/01/76).

 “UFO”, (S1, ep 18, TX: 17/02/71).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“A Legitimate Salvage”, (ep 0, 11/08/19)(ep 1, 09/12/19).  “Betamax Video Club”, (ep 35 ,21/11/18).  “Coronavirus Global Daily Update”, (BBC World Service) (28/11/20) (29/11/20)(30/11/20) (01/12/20)(02/12/20) (03/12/20) (04/12/20)“CNN, Coronavirus: Fact Vs Fiction”, (ep 192, 30/11/20)(ep 193, 01/12/20)(ep 194, 02/12/20)(ep 195, 03/12/20)(ep 196, 04/12/20).  “Daddy Look At Me”, (S4, ep 4, 03/12/20).  “Dear Joan And Jericha (Julia Davis And Vicki Pepperdine)”, (S3, ep 3, 01/12/20).  “Doctor Who”, (TeeVee)”, (S8, ep 1, 24/08/14)(ep 2, 13/08/14)(ep 3, 07/09/14).  “Game Of Thrones”, (TeeVee)”, (S4, ep 1, 07/04/14)(ep 2, 14/04/14).  “Game Of Thrones: Rewind”, (TeeVee)”, (S1, ep 1, 07/08/18)(ep 2, 13/08/18).  “Griefcast”, (ep 123, 02/12/20).  “Grounded With Louis Theroux”, (BBC Radio 4)(S2, ep 1, 30/11/20).  “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buddha”, (S1, ep 13, 02/12/20).  “In The Village”, (ep 13, 24/12/17)(ep 14, 29/12/17)(Interview with Nick Briggs, 11/01/18)(ep 15, 18/01/18)(ep 16, 25/01/18)(ep 17, 01/02/18).  “In The Village – The Prisoner (2009)”, (Teaser, 04/06/18). “Lazy Doctor Who”, (ep 214, 28/11/20).  “NASA: Gravity Assist”, (05/12/20).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 174, 05/12/20).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (28/11/20)(29/11/20(05/12/20).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe’s Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (S1, ep 63, 01/12/20).  “Star Trek Discovery”, (TeeVee), (S1, ep 1, 25/08/17)(ep 2, 26/09/17).  “Sue Perkins An Hour Or So With….”, (S3, ep 5, 02/12/20).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 142, 29/11/20).  “The Audio Guide To Babylon 5”, (TeeVee)”, (ep 0, 05/05/14)(ep 1, 18/05/14).  “The Expanse”, (TeeVee)”, (S1, ep 1, 09/12/15)(ep 2, 31/12/15)(ep 3, 30/01/16).  “The Froth”, (S2, ep 7, 01/12/20).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (30/11/20).  “The Supermassive Podcast”, (ep 11, 20/11/20).  “Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels: Happy Times And Places”, (Turn Left, ep 3.0, 29/11/20).  “WTB”, (Trailer)(ep 1, 24/07/20).  “What’s The Problem? With Nick Abbot And Carol McGiffen”, (S1, ep 45, 30/11/20).  “Wolf And Owl”, (Trailer)(ep 1, 25/11/20)(ep 2, 02/12/20).  “Morrissey”,  “The Cranberries”,  “Manic Street Preachers”,  “David Bowie”,  “Transvision Vamp”,  “Elastica”,  “Suede”, “It Bites”,  “Prince”,  “Oasis”,  “Pet Shop Boys”,  “Sneaker Pimps”,  “Biffy Clyro”,  “The Beautiful South”,  “Queen”,  “The Wonderstuff”,  “The Libertines”,  “Gorillaz”,  “The Delays”,  Guns and Roses”.

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Week 336, Saturday 21st until Friday 27th November 2020.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London (Lockdown the Sequel: Week Four).

Week 336 Saturday 21st until Friday 27thNovember 2020.

My favourite television programme Doctor Who turned 57-year-old earlier this week (23November).  There are so many things that I have to thank this very British television drama for.  One of the most important is learning to read, let me explain!

I knew leaving the “Happy Star Wars Day” sign on the wall, would come in handy.

Reading was not something I was very good at when I was young, it didn’t come easily.  This changed in 1977 (ish) when I discovered the Target range of Doctor Who novelisations (Some of this is covered in Blog week 272, as a tribute to the later great Terrance Dicks who wrote so many of these books).  The books were captivating to a young fan, as they told the story of adventure seen on TV years before.  The programme was shown weekly on a Saturday later afternoon/early evening (you decide, what to call that strange time of the day) each series (or season as we say these days) lasted around 6 months.  But because repeats were rare, if an episode was missed then the chances of seeing it again extremely slim.  All of this made these novels so important to an enthusiast.  But to someone that found reading difficult these were books even more special, I found that I actually wanted to read.  This resulted in many hours sitting on the floor of the nearest WH Smiths or the local library, captivated by every word about a time traveler and his (the Doctor was male in those days) companions. 

Not a pleasant image.

It was not long until I started to buy and collected every book, eventually I had them all (there were a handful of stories, which were not published until recently.  But that’s for another time).  Sadly, many years later because I was travelling all the books were given to a fellow Who fan.  Of course I always regretted this, so over the last 10 years I have been rebuying second hand copies at extortionate prices.  One day I will have the complete collection, all the original books (again) and the few newly published adventures.  When that time happens I will be seen sitting on the floor re-enjoying the written adventures of a time travelling Police Box.

Ducks, enjoying there messy part of the river. This really is a river that leads to the Thames in a few miles.

At school I was not an achiever, they couldn’t be bothered with me.  Of course, I have to hold my hand up and say I could/should have tried harder.  Because the school didn’t want to help stimulate my imagination, they pretty much left me to rot with what were regarded the other stupid kids.  These days I wonder what might have happened, would I have got more help and encouragement.  

One of two painful looking roundabouts, that i really like.

Doctor Who was the sparked of my interest in how the entertainment / creative world works.  Over the years I have been lucky to dabble in Film, TV, Radio, Theatre and Magazines.  But it has never been “what I do”.  Recently I have wondered, what might have happened to me if my education experience had been a more positive.  Being 52, I may only have 10 to 30 years left on this ball of rock we call home.  Every year at this time, I say to myself that I need to pull my finger out (and as you have guessed, I never do).  Sadly, I will probably now be a professional creative person, I will always have to rely on a “normal job” to make a living and pay the bills.  Creativity will only ever be a hobby, however if it did result in a little pocket money or made one or two people happy, I believe that would help make the day job a little easier to cope with, helping me feel better about myself.

The bird skating rink seen earlier this week.

Once 2021 has commenced and New Year’s hangover has faded.  I need to make a tough decision; do I continue this blog or stop to give other creative pursuits the time needed for their completion.  From reading this ramble, you would never know that I spend many hours writing and re-writing this shiz.  Believe me I do try to make this mess readable.  The reason for this constant typing, tweaking and adjusting is simply because I didn’t do well at school, grammar and other important tools like that were just not taught.  I have considered going back into education, what puts me off is the cost of. 

A Woodpecker, spotted in the tree next door to the house.

Over the last couple of years, I have been lucky enough to have 8 articles published in the Doctor Who Appreciation Society (DWAS) Magazine “Celestial Toyroom” (hopefully they will accept a few more written pieces next year).  Then there are ideas formulating in the back of my mind about article/features which will be submitted to the official BBC Doctor Who Magazine.  At the present time I have a non “Who” article ready to be sent to a couple of movie magazines.  The there are several drawings and paintings which need to be finished.  As well as a few scripts which I have ideas for (the 6 to 8 short films scripts that I completed a few years ago are always ready to be read.  It would be nice if one day someone would read them (or one) and say “let’s make this as a film”).  Recently I have become more and more depressed with the way my life has panned out (I have no one else to blame, I realise).  Maybe 2021 has to be the year that I make changes, creative changes.

After I broke the ice on the bird feeder, a Robin appeared.

For a long time, I was embarrassed about being an adult who loves Doctor Who.  But I have so much to be grateful of my enthusiasm about a drama wrongly considered children’s one.  The most important one, the Doctor taught me to read.  When other book’s and comics couldn’t persuade me to take an interest in their contents.  If I had not discovered the Target book, I really dread to think what would have happened to me.

Wild roses, spotted while out and about.

There really is nothing more to say, other than Happy 57th Anniversary to a wonderfully wacky influential Television drama.  It’s a programme that goes from strength to strength and has many more years of time travel to come. 

Bernard Lodges original 1963 opening credit have never been bettered.

 My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“Behind The Scenes In Space During The Historic NASA/Space X DM-2 Launch And Docking with ISS”, (YouTube)(TX: 10/07/20).  “Ben Browder Interview 06/07/12 – Farscape, StarGate & Doctor Who”, (YouTube)(TX: 10/07/12).  “Click”, (21/11/20).  “Claudia Black In StarGate Blooper’s 2005 – 07”, (YouTube)(TX: 30/04/13).  “Coffee And Quasers”, (YouTube)(TX: 20/11/20).  “Daleks! (BBC Doctor Who: Time Lord Victorious)”, (YouTube)(S1, ep 3, TX: 26/11/20).  “Edge of Tomorrow: Live Die and Repeat”, (2014).  “Entertainment Insider – How Bodysuits Are Designed To Look Realistic In Movies And Tv”, (YouTube)(TX: 05/10/20).  “Entertainment Insider – What 15 Movies From 2019 Looked Behind The Scenes”, (FaceBook)(TX: 05/12/19).  “Farscape”, (S2, ep 14).  “Farscape: Moya And Pilot Presentation”, (YouTube)(TX: 20/06/11).  “Farscape: Rygel (John Ecclestone) Interview”, (YouTube)(TX: 20/06/11).  “Fringe”, (S1, ep 18 & ep 19).  “His Dark Materials”, (S2, ep 3).  “Inside The Russian Soyuz Spacecraft”, (NASA TV)(TX: 25/04/12).  “Kenneth Williams: In His Own Words”, (TX: 22/11/20).  “Lexx”, (S2, ep 4).  “Return Of The Autons (Katy Manning And Stewart Bevan)”, (YouTube)(TX: 25/11/20).  “Spitting Image (2020)”, (Britbox)(S1, ep 9, TX: 21/11/20).  “Star Trek: Discovery”, (S3, ep 7).  “Syfy 20th Anniversary Special 2012 – Farscape”, (YouTube)(TX: 18/03/13).  “Taskmaster”, (S10 (S1 on C4), ep 7, TX: 26/11/20).  “The Graham Norton Show”, (S28, ep 7, TX: 20/11/20).  “The Great British Bake Off: The Final”, (S11 (S4 on C4), ep 10, TX: 24/11/20).  “The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice: The Final”, (S7 (S4 on C4), ep 10 TX: 27/11/20).  “The Last Leg”, (S20, ep 5, TX: 20/11/20).  “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”, (S1, ep 5 to ep 8)(S2, ep 1 to ep 4).  “The Tomorrow People”, (S1: The Slaves Of Jedikiah, ep 1 to ep 5).  “The Walking Dead: World Beyond”, (S1, ep 9).  “What Happens During An ISS Re-Boost On 24/01/10”, (YouTube)(TX: 29/01/10).  “Why Physics Suggest Other Dimensions Exist”, (BBC News Website)(TX: 24/11/20).  “Z Nation”, (S2, ep 2 & ep 3).                                       

Doctor Who Watched This Week:

“An Unearthly Child (Unaired Pilot)”, (Prod Code A)(Not shown on TV until 26/08/91).

“An Unearthly Child”, (Prod Code A)(ep 1, “ An Unearthly Child”, TX: 23/11/63)(ep 2, “The Cave Of Skulls”, TX: 30/11/63)(ep 3, “The Forest Of Fear”, TX: 07/12/63)(ep 4, “The Firemaker”, TX: 14/12/63).

The Daleks”, (Prod Code B)(ep 1, “The Dead Planet”, TX: 21/12/63)(ep 2, “The Survivors”, TX: 28/12/83)(ep 3, “The Escape”, TX: 04/01/64)(ep 4, “The Ambush”, TX:11/01/64)(ep 5, “The Expedition”, TX: 18/01/64).

Gerry Anderson Watched This Week:

“Captain Scarlet And The Mysterons”, (S1, ep 17, TX: 26/01/68)

“Space 1999”, (S1, ep 20, TX: 01/01/76).

 “UFO”, (S1, ep 17, TX: 10/02/71).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“Anti Social Show”, (ep 88, 10/11/20).  “Betamax Video Club”, (ep 22 TX: 18/07/18) (ep 83, 26/11/20).  “Coronavirus Global Daily Update”, (BBC World Service) (21/11/20) (22/11/20)(23/11/20) (24/11/20)(25/11/20) (26/11/20) (27/11/20)“CNN, Coronavirus: Fact Vs Fiction”, (ep 190, 23/11/20)(ep 191, 24/11/20).  “Daddy Look At Me”, (S4, ep 3, 26/11/20).  “Dear Joan And Jericha (Julia Davis And Vicki Pepperdine)”, (S3, ep 2, 24/11/20).  “Doug And Elly Watch Telly”, (ep 4, 17/07/20) (ep 11, 23/09/20) (ep 12, 02/10/20) (ep 16, 24/11/20).  “Griefcast”, (ep 122, 25/11/20).  “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buddha”, (S1, ep 12, 25/11/20).  “NASA: Curious Universe”, (23/11/20).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 173, 27/11/20).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (21/11/20)(22/11/20(27/11/20).  “Poppy Hillstead Has Entered The Chat”, (S2, ep 4, 25/11/20).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe’s Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (S1, ep 61, 24/11/20) (ep 62, 27/11/20).  “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 220, 13/11/20)(ep 221, 20/11/20)(ep 222, 27/11/20).  “Sue Perkins An Hour Or So With….”, (S3, ep 4, 26/11/20).  “The Froth”, (S2, ep 6, 24/11/20).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (18/11/19) (25/11/19) (23/11/20).  “The Skewer”, (BBC Radio 4)(S2, ep 1 to ep 4).  “Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels: Happy Times And Places”, (The Day Of The Daleks, ep 1.1 & 1.2, 22/11/20)(ep 1.3 & 1.4, 23/11/20)(The Sontaran Experiment, ep 2.1, 25/11/20)(ep 2.2, 27/11/20).  “Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels: Indefinable Magic”, (ep 1.1, 23/11/20).  “Toby Hadokes Time Travels: Too much Information”, (ep 1.0, 23/11/20).  “Verbal Diorama”, (ep 1 16/02/19)(ep 9, 16/06/19)(ep 38, 09/04/20)(ep 70, 26/11/20).  “We Will Get Past This”, (ep 42, 19/06/20)(ep 43, 20/06/20)(ep 44, 21/06/20)(ep 45, 22/06/20)(ep 46, 23/06/20)(ep 47, 24/06/20)(ep 48, 25/06/20).  “What’s The Problem? With Nick Abbot And Carol McGiffen”, (S1, ep 44, 23/11/20).  “Morrissey”,  “Radiohead”,  “Cornershop”,  “Ash”,  “Sigur Ros”,  “Bjork”,  “Weezer”, “Royal Blood”,  “Green Day”,  “St Etienne”,  The Weekend”,  “Tame Impala”,  “Elbow”,  “Terence Trent D’arby”,  “Cat Stevens” .

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Week 335, Saturday 14th until Friday 20th November 2020.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London (Lockdown the Sequel: Week Three).

Week 335 Saturday 14th until Friday 20thNovember 2020.

Once again I haven’t been anywhere during this third week of “Lockdown the Sequel”.  I really am looking forward to the big screen movie version of this period of our lives that is bound to be made in a few years’ time.  I would hope that that Matt Lucas would be cast as Bojo our bumbling leader, his impression at the start of the new series of Bake Off was perfect as an audition piece.  Stephen Mangan would make a wonderful Mat Hancock, because of his panicked rabbit in headlight look (which is exactly how the Right Honourable Member of Parliament for West Suffolk, and the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care looked during daily Downing Street briefings he hosted) that he is well known for.

 

It was raining, i like looking up. No other reason for this pic.

I wonder what archaeologists will make of 2020.  Yes, I really haven’t been anywhere as you can tell during the last seven days. 

And Now For Something Completely Different…….

A new visitor spottted in the garden this week.

The battle against a gang of local squirrels who have been attacking the garden birdfeeders got serious this week.  Before I carry on, I want to stress I love to see these hoppity bushy tailed rodents, they are welcome in the garden.  There is plenty of birdfeed to go around scattered on the various flat table feeders and bowls.  Not content with clearing everything off the horizontal feeders, they climb/jump on to the hanging feeders stopping the birds sitting patiently in a nearby tree waiting for the four legged menace to scurry away.  One of my issues with squirrels is they just keep feeding, stuffing more and more into their cavernous mouths, probably only eating a small amount.  The rest gets buried and forgotten about, only to be uncovered by a different squirrel who if they could think like us would have thought they had won the lottery.

Freshly unwrapped.

This week I took delivery of three (as the advert claimed in large friendly bold letters) “squirrel proof” bird feeders.  When I unwrapped them, my first thought was these will never last, because they felt extremely lightweight and fragile compared to the heavier ones that the gang have recently pulled apart.  A concern is the door on the top that covers the opening used to fill the feeder up has a gap.  I am convinced that a tiny paw pulling and tugging over a period of time could open the door rendering the feeder useless. 

Filled and ready for customers.

Once everything was filled I withdrew and watched in true “Winterwatch” fashion.  The birds appeared eyeing up the new feeders swinging gently in the wind.   Once one sparrow was brave enough to land on the feeder, all its mates soon joined the feeding party.  Things got interesting about when the first squirrel casually zig zagged across the grass towards its cafeteria for brunch.   The birds scattered as it climbed the metal poll and gripped on to one of the new feeders.   From the body language it appeared a little confused and annoyed because the nuts and seeds were inches away, but was out of its grasp.

Spot the unhappy visitor.

Don’t worry, once it realised that the hanging feeders were now of bounds, it scampered on to the table feeders and gorged itself forgetting its panic seconds earlier.  The new feeders have been up most of the week, I have been checking the doors on the top of all of them for signs of damage; so far everything still looks like new.   Though I wonder how long it will be before I see the gang gathered at the bottom of the garden, with the cleverest wearing a white coat holding a small piece of chalk pointing at a black board showing complex diagrams on how to crack open these (fingers crossed) secure feeders.  If anything happens I will let you know.

My garden look.

I’m hoping that next week i might actually go out down the road resulting in proper content to write about.

And Finally……

“I can’t find the slit”. This was said by a friend as she struggled to open a packet of salmon (#firstworldproblems).

Really enjoyed watching NASA/Space X Launch last weekend.

At the end of a work call the man (customer) on the other end said “I was great” (he really doesn’t know me!).  I imagined him in a smoking jacket, lying back in a huge comfy chair smoking a fag satisfied with the call.  It was only just passed 9am.

Looking down in the rain.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“Click”, (14/11/20).  “Coffee And Quasers – Hands On With Virtual Production And UnReal Engine”, (YouTube)(TX: 16/11/20).  “Cornwall With Simon Reeves”, (S1, ep 2, TX: 15/12/20).  “Between”, (S1, ep 4).  “Daleks! (BBC Doctor Who: Time Lord Victorious)”, (YouTube)(S1, ep 2, TX: 18/11/20).  “Farscape”, (S2, ep 6 to ep 13).  “Farscape – Make Up Test”, (YouTube)(TX: 04/08/11).  “Father Ted”, (S2, ep 10).  “FOX 26, 9pm (US Eastern Time) News Hour – With Tom Zizka”, (FaceBook)(TX: 16/11/20).  “Fringe”, (S1, ep 14 to ep 17).  “Glitch”, (S3, ep 4).  “Hanna”, (S1, ep 3 & ep 4).  “Have I Got News For You”, (S60, ep 7, TX: 20/11/20).  “His Dark Materials”, (S2, ep 2).  “Lexx”, (S2, ep 1 to ep 3).  “NASA TV LIVE – Launch of NASA/Space X Crew-1 Dragon (Resilience) (Hopkins/Walker/Glover of NASA and Noguchi of JAXA)”, (NASA TV)(TX: 15/11/20).  “NASA TV LIVE – Tour Inside of NASA/Space X Crew-1 Dragon (Resilience) On Route To The ISS”, (NASA TV)(TX: 16/11/20).  “Paul Merton’s Heroes Of Comedy”, (TX: 15/11/20).  “Spitting Image (2020)”, (Britbox)(S1, ep 8, TX: 14/11/20).  “Star Chamber – Kenny Everett – Unaired Yorkshire TV Pilot”, (YouTube)(TX: 16/11/20).  “Star Trek: Discovery”, (S3, ep 6).  “Taskmaster”, (S10 (S1 on C4), ep 6, TX: 19/11/20).  “The Great British Bake Off”, (S11 (S4 on C4), ep 9, TX: 17/11/20).  “The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice”, (S7 (S4 on C4), ep 9 TX: 20/11/20).  “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 4).  “The Walking Dead: World Beyond”, (S1, ep 8).  “Thoroughbred”, (2016).  “Z Nation”, (S1, ep 13)(S2, ep 1).                                       

Doctor Who Watched This Week:

“Silence In The Library”, (S30 (S4), ep 8,Prod Code 4.9)(TX: 31/05/08).

Gerry Anderson Watched This Week:

 “Space 1999”, (S1, ep 19, TX: 22/01/76).

 “UFO”, (S1, ep 16, TX: 03/02/71).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“Betamax Video Club”, (ep 3, TX: 27/10/17) (ep 9, 17/01/18) (ep 15, 19/04/18).  “Coronavirus Global Daily Update”, (BBC World Service) (14/11/20) (15/11/20)(16/11/20) (17/11/20)(18/11/20) (19/11/20) (20/11/20)“CNN, Coronavirus: Fact Vs Fiction”, (ep 185, 16/11/20)(ep 186, 17/11/20)(ep 187, 18/11/20)(ep 188, 19/11/20)(ep 189, 20/11/20).  “Daddy Look At Me”, (S4, ep 2, 19/11/20).  “Dear Joan And Jericha (Julia Davis And Vicki Pepperdine)”, (S3, ep 1, 17/11/20).  “Doug And Elly Watch Telly”, (ep 1, 25/06/20) (ep 2, 03/07/20) (ep 3, 17/07/20) (ep 8, 08/09/20) (ep 9, 08/09/20) (ep 10, 15/09/20) (ep 15, 10/11/20).  “Griefcast”, (ep 121, 18/11/20).  “Grounded With Louis Theroux”, (BBC Sounds)(S2, Trailer, 16/11/20).  “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buddha”, (S1, ep 11, 17/11/20).   “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 172, 20/11/20).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (14/11/20)(15/11/20(20/11/20).  “Poppy Hillstead Has Entered The Chat”, (S2, ep 3, 17/11/20).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe’s Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (S1, ep 58, 14/11/20) (ep 59, 17/11/20) (ep 60, 20/11/20).  “Something Who”, (ep 6A, Pt1, 23/11/19) (ep 6B, Pt2, 05/12/19).  “Space Boffins”, (17/11/20).  “Sue Perkins An Hour Or So With….”, (S3, ep 3, 17/11/20).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 140, 14/11/20) (ep 141, 20/11/20).  “The Old Doctor Who Show”, (ep 103, 18/11/20).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (17/11/20).  “Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels – Preview”, (20/11/20).  “Verbal Diorama”, (ep 2 10/03/19)(ep 3, 17/03/19)(ep 14, 13/08/19)(ep 53, 30/07/20)(ep 54, 06/08/20).  “What’s The Problem? With Nick Abbot And Carol McGiffen”, (S1, ep 43, 16/11/20).  “Morrissey”,  “Toto”,  “Fleetwood Mac”,  “Journey”,  “Bruce Springsteen”,  “ACDC”,  “Pink Floyd”, “Prince”,  “Kenny Loggins”,  “Queen”,  Tracy Chapman”,  “The Bangels”,  “Roxette”,  “Soft Cell”,  “Siouxsie And The Banshees .

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Week 334, Saturday 7th until Friday 13th November 2020.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London (Lockdown the Sequel: Week Two).

Week 334 Saturday 7th until Friday 13thNovember 2020.

This week looks like it will the shortest ramble ever (hurrah!  I can imagine some readers thinking).  I won’t lie; I haven’t felt mentally great (everyone’s talking about their mental health these days. So why shouldn’t I).  Also I have posted a blog every week over the last Three Hundred and Thirty Four weeks, and I didn’t want this one to be the first week I missed.

A reminder e-maili sent myself.

This is the second week of lockdown the sequel.  I haven’t been out of the house apart from nipping in the garden to keep the bird feeders topped up.  Or to rush out and politely ask the local gang of squirrel vandal from stealing all the nuts and destroying the feeders meant for birds.

Squirrel damage.

Since March I have been part of an employee virtual wellness group that shares pictures and comments about being crafty and creative while locked down and working from home.  Some people publish pictures of baking, knitting and sewing, model making, general photography and art.  The only things I have posted are my attempts at making a mess on paper and calling them drawings and paintings.

I didn’t make these, I ate them.

The group is doing a virtual exhibition; I was asked if I would submit some pictures.  Because I couldn’t decide on what to send, I emailed a number of pictures and said “pick what you like”.  I also needed to write a piece about how drawing has helped my mental health and wellbeing during this period.  I got lovely reply saying that the pictures were “great” (not my choice of word) but the passage I wrote was a little too negative.  Yes I smiled at that, and replied that they could write what they wanted; it really didn’t matter how they described the pictures.

Not getting rid of the evidence, honest.

I’m not sure when this exhibition is taking place, what drawings and paintings they will use.  It will also be interesting to see what they wrote.  I suspect this is not a public exhibition, its probably going to only be available on the work closed loop internet.  Exhibiting is something I have wanted to do for a while; maybe in the future I could arrange one somewhere.  Maybe this virtual one will persuade me to pull my finger out (That’s a positive ending).

Do you like my new boots. That have not been outside yet.

And Finally……

An email I received this week started “Sorry for adding this to your crazy workload during this time”.  Luckily there enquiry was simple, they didn’t add extra work to my already over the top workload.

Spotted a few berries growing. Emergency netting was quickly deployed.

I spoke to a person with the surname “Boggle“.  Apologies to anyone reading this with the noble family name Boggle.  Surly this is the reason deed polls were created.  During a week when I haven’t smiled a lot, talking to this person brightened things up for a few minutes.

Vintage cherries found in the back of a cupboard, have been used. They were fine.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“Attack The Block”, (2011).  “BBC News: Biden/Harris Victory Speeches”, (TX: 07/11/20).  “Children In Need, 2020”, (TX: 13/11/20).  “Click”, (07/11/20).  “Cornwall With Simon Reeves”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 08/12/20).  “Between”, (S1, ep 3).  “Blakes 7”, (SA, ep 5).  “Daleks! (BBC Doctor Who: Time Lord Victorious)”, (YouTube)(S1, ep 1, TX: 12/11/20).  “Dude, Where’s My Car?”, (2000).  “Fringe”, (S1, ep 8 to ep 13).  “Hanna”, (S1, ep 1 & ep 2).  “His Dark Materials”, (S2, ep 1).  “Identity Thief”, (2013).  “James May Oh Cook!”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 7).  “Lexx”, (S1, ep 3 & ep 4).  “Rising Damp”, (S4, ep 1 to ep 6).  “Rising Damp”, (1980).  “Spitting Image (2020)”, (Britbox)(S1, ep 7, TX: 07/11/20).  “Star Trek: Discovery”, (S3, ep 5). “Taskmaster”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 28/07/15)((S10 (S1 on C4), ep 5, TX: 12/11/20).  “The Great British Bake Off”, (S11 (S4 on C4), ep 8, TX: 10/11/20).  “The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice”, (S7 (S4 on C4), ep 8, TX: 12/11/20).  “The Last Leg”, (S20, ep 4, TX: 13/11/20)“The Sky At Night”, (TX: 08/11/20).  “The Walking Dead: World Beyond”, (S1, ep 7).  “To The Lake”, (S1, ep 4).  “Z Nation”, (S1, ep 10 to ep 12).                                       

Doctor Who Watched This Week:

“The Doctor’s Daughter”, (S30 (S4), ep 6,Prod Code 4.6)(TX: 10/05/08).

“The Unicorn And The Wasp”, (S30 (S4), ep 7, Prod Code 4.7)(TX: 17/05/08).

Gerry Anderson Watched This Week:

“Captain Scarlet And The Mysterons”, (S1, ep 16, TX: 19/01/68).

“Space 1999”, (S1, ep 18, TX: 15/01/76).

 “UFO”, (S1, ep 15, TX: 20/01/71).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“Adam & Joe – BBC6 Music”, (20/08/07).  “Adam & Joe- Xfm”, (27/03/04) (17/04/04) (01/05/04).  “Betamax Video Club”, (ep 7, TX: 12/12/17) (ep 63, 20/02/20) (ep 65, 19/03/20) (ep 82, 12/11/20).  “Coronavirus Global Daily Update”, (BBC World Service) (07/11/20) (08/11/20)(09/11/20) (10/11/20)(11/11/20) (12/11/20) (13/11/20)“CNN, Coronavirus: Fact Vs Fiction”, (ep 180, 09/11/20)(ep 181, 10/11/20)(ep 182, 11/11/20)(ep 183, 12/11/20)(ep 184, 13/11/20).  “Daddy Look At Me”, (S4, Trailer, 09/11/20)(S4, ep 1 Answerphone Message & ep 1, 12/11/20).  “Gossipmongers”, (S4, ep 9, 09/11/20).  “Griefcast”, (ep 120, 11/11/20).  “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buddha”, (S1, ep 10, 11/11/20).  “Lazy Doctor Who”, (ep 212, 12/11/20)(ep 213, 13/11/20).  “Mystery Hour”, (12/11/20).  “NASA: Curious Universe”, (S2, ep 5, 07/11/20).  “NASA: Gravity Assist”, (13/11/20).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 171,13/11/20).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (08/11/20)(13/11/20).  “Poppy Hillstead Has Entered The Chat”, (S2, ep 2, 11/11/20).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe’s Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (S1, ep 57, 10/11/20).  “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 219, 06/11/20).  “Sue Perkins An Hour Or So With….”, (S3, ep 2, 11/11/20).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 139, 08/11/20).  “The All New Angelos And Barry Podcast”, (12/11/20).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (05/08/19) (12/08/19) (19/08/19) (26/08/19) (09/09/19) (16/09/19) (23/09/19) (30/09/19) (07/10/19) (14/10/19) (21/10/19) (28/10/19) (04/11/19) (11/11/19) (09/11/20) (13/11/20).  “Verbal Diorama”, (ep 4, 07/04/19)(ep 14, 13/08/19).  “We Will Get Past This”, (ep 52, 12/11/20).  “What’s The Problem? With Nick Abbot And Carol McGiffen”, (S1, ep 42, 09/11/20).  “Morrissey”,  “M.I.A”,  “Suede”,  “Pulp”,  “The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster”,  “Melanie C”,  “Pet Shop Boys”,  “Queen”,  “Starsailor”,  “The Bluetones”,  “Scissor Sisters”,  “Manic Street Preachers”,  “Travis”.

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Week 333, Saturday 31st October until Friday 6th November 2020.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London (Lockdown the Sequel).

Week 333 Saturday 31st October until Friday 6thNovember 2020.

This week the second national lockdown in England started, which is due to end on 2nd of December.  If I am honest I am upset that the PM, Bojo the Clown didn’t announce that everyone should just stay in bed (getting up only for a loo break).  Hopefully our politicians will see sense and make the right decision over the next few weeks.

The one time of the year, i look good.

A conversation I have bored family and friends regularly over the last couple of years is “how can anyone keep a business/shop going”.  2020 really must have been terrible year for most business owners.  There are a number of local shops that never reopened after the first lock down.  Surly what every business needs is money.

Sadly not everyone made it through the evening.

Last weekend something happened twice which in the current economic climate surprised me.  Within the space of a few minutes two large high street coffee shops turned away cash.  I popped out without my bag which had my cards in, but I did have a few coins in my pocket.   The way the baristas’ in different establishment looked at the money in my hand it might as well have been a fresh steaming pile of manure.  I didn’t give up and visited a third coffee shop; I really was determined to give these coins away.  The women behind the counter replied very quickly of course they took change.  From the look on her face she must have thought I had escaped my carer that was wondering up and down the high street looking for me.

Spotted on the garden path. Not sure what the white ball is.

Just in case you’re worried, when I exchanged the coins, I placed them on a small saucer and the barista wore gloves.  There was no hand to hand contact at all, everything was socially distanced and Covid safe.

A pretty new face was seen this week.

I realise that everyone is being extremely careful at the moment, not wanting close contact with strangers.  But turning away hard earned money can’t be good for any business.  Regularly on the news it is reported that huge well-known brands are suffering just like small family run business from lack of profits.  I wouldn’t have though that the refusal of cash was a head office policy.  Plastic is the preferred method of payment these days, but money is still money.

A second small harvest, but all home grown.

And Finally……

“The tips soft”.  I overheard this while sitting in the coffee shop, a women was not impressed with the paper strew she had been given.

A very random shiz doodle drawn while at work in the living room.

A work e-mail ended with “Kind Retards”.

My friend working in the living room looked up shocked when I said “his hole is soft and so warm”.  The adopted hamster had finally woken up; there was a small hole in the bedding that he had been sleeping in all day.  This is what I stuck my finger into.  No wonder he didn’t get up until late, his bed was extremely warm and cosy. 

The Adams Family: The Next Generation.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“Andromeda”, (S1, ep 6).  “Autumnwatch 2020”, (ep 5, TX: 03/11/20)(ep 6, TX: 04/11/20)(ep 7, TX: 05/11/20)(ep 8, 06/11/20).  “BBC News PM Briefing”, (TX: 31/10/20).  “Click”, (31/10/20).  “Between”, (S1, ep 1 & ep 2).  “Blakes 7”, (SA, ep 4).  “Farscape”, (S2, ep 4 & ep 5).  “Fringe”, (S1, ep 6 & ep 7).  “Glitch”, (S3, ep 3).  “Have I Got News For You”, (S60, ep 6, TX: 06/11/20).  “Knowing”, (2009).  “Lexx”, (S1, ep 1 & ep 2).  “Living With Monkey”, (YouTube)(TX: 21/10/14).  “Maxxx”, (Comedy Blaps, ep 1 to ep 3)(S1, ep 2 to ep 6).  “Our Food, Our Family With Michela Chiappa”. (S1, ep 1, TX: 06/12/19).  “Out Of Her Mind”, (S1, ep 5 & ep 6).  “Rising Damp”, (S3, ep 1 to ep 7).  “Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Halloween Kitchen Disco”, (Instagram/YouTube)(TX: 30/10/20).  “Spitting Image (2020)”, (Britbox)(S1, ep US Election Specials, ep 5 & ep 6, TX: 31/10/20).  “Star Trek: Discovery”, (S3, ep 4). “Taskmaster”, (S10 (S1 on C4), ep 4, TX: 05/11/20).  “The Graham Norton Show”, (S28, ep 6, TX: 06/11/20).  “The Great British Bake Off”, (S11 (S4 on C4), ep 7, TX: 03/11/20).  “The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice”, (S7 (S4 on C4), ep 7, TX: 06/11/20).  “The Last Leg”, (S20, ep 2, TX: 30/10/20)The Last Leg: US Elegtion Special”, (ep 3, TX: 06/11/20).  “The Walking Dead: World Beyond”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 6).  “To The Lake”, (S1, ep 3).  “Top Gear”, (S29, ep 5, TX: 01/11/20).  “Truth Seekers”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 8).  “Z Nation”, (S1, ep 6 to ep 9).                                       

Doctor Who Watched This Week:

“Planet Of The Ood”, (S30 (S4), ep 3,Prod Code 4.2)(TX: 19/04/08).

“The Sontaran Stratagem”, (S30 (S4), ep 4, Prod Code 4.4)(TX: 26/04/08).

“The Poison Sky”, (S30 (S4), ep 5, Prod Code 4.5)(TX: 03/05/08).

Gerry Anderson Watched This Week:

“Captain Scarlet And The Mysterons”, (S1, ep 15, TX: 05/01/68).

“Space 1999”, (S1, ep 17, TX: 01/01/76).

 “UFO”, (S1, ep 14, TX: 13/01/71).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“Adam & Joe- Xfm”, (20/09/03)(04/10/03).  “Betamax Video Club”, (ep 46, TX: 18/04/190(ep 48, 16/05/19)(ep 51, 27/06/19)(ep 53, 25/07/19)(ep 55, 22/08/19)(ep 67, 16/04/20).  “Clinton Baptiste’s Paranormal Podcast”, (S3, ep 6, 04/11/20).  “Coronavirus Global Daily Update”, (BBC World Service) (31/10/20) (01/11/20)(02/11/20) (03/11/20)(04/11/20) (05/11/20) (06/11/20)“CNN, Coronavirus: Fact Vs Fiction”, (ep 175, 02/11/20)(ep 176, 03/11/20)(ep 177, 04/11/20)(ep 178, 05/11/20)(ep 179, 06/11/20).  “Gossipmongers”, (S4, ep 8, 02/11/20).  “Griefcast”, (ep 119, 04/11/20).  “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buddha”, (S1, ep 9, 04/11/20).  “Mystery Hour”, (05/11/20).  “NASA: Curious Universe”, (S2, ep 4, 02/11/20).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 169, 03/11/20)(ep 170, 06/11/20).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (31/10/20)(01/11/20).  “Poppy Hillstead Has Entered The Chat”, (S2, ep 1, 04/11/20).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe’s Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (S1, ep 55, 04/11/20)(ep 56, 06/11/20).  “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 218, 30/10/20).  “Sue Perkins An Hour Or So With….”, (S2, ep 1, 04/11/20).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 137, 31/10/20)(ep 138, 04/11/20).  “The Froth”, (S2, ep 5, 03/11/20).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (ep 98, 03/11/20).  “Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels – Happy Times And Places”, (Trailer, 02/11/20).  “Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels – Indefinable Magic”, (Trailer, 02/11/20).  “Toby Hadoke’s Time travels – Too Much Information”, (Trailer, 28/10/20).  “What’s The Problem? With Nick Abbot And Carol McGiffen”, (S1, ep 41, 02/11/20).  “Morrissey”,  “Goldfrapp”,  “The Strokes”,  “Athlete”,  “The Delays”,  “Muse”,  “Snow Patrol”,  “David Bowie”,  “Keane”,  “The Cure”,  “Lorde”,  “The Verve”.

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Week 332, Saturday 24th until Friday 30th October 2020.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in Suffolk and Surrey.

Week 332 Saturday 24th until Friday 30thOctober 2020.

This week I really have nothing to say, because it was the annual Southwold visit.  As with everything during 2020, the best week of my year was different to normal.

But none of the new ways that we have become accustomed to living ruined the visit.  As a result what follows are a few of my favourite pictures.

Next week, I promise I will have something to moan about.

Rough weather didn’t dampen my spirits.
Our cottage near the sea.
We always drop spare change in to the old mine.
In our favourite….
boozer….
The brolly was old.
Moo!
Duck and cover.
Sizewell B Nuclear Power station.
Mars is top left of this shot.
The Moon always looks lovely above the sea.
Something was very funny.
I wonder if anyone would notice if i became a squatter.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“Annie”, (2014).  “Autumnwatch 2020”, (ep 1, TX: 27/10/20)(ep 2, TX: 28/10/20)(ep 3, TX: 29/10/20)(ep 4, 30/10/20).  “Click”, (24/10/20).  “Enola Holmes”, (2020).  “Farscape”, (S2, ep 1 to ep 3).  “FOX 26, News at 5pm (US Central) With Tom Zizka”, (FaceBook)(TX: 25/10/20).  “Have I Got News For You”, (S60, ep 5, TX: 30/10/20).  “Hope Frozen:  A Quest To Live Twice”, (2019).  “Horrible Histories”, (S7, ep 14, TX: 07/05/18).  “London Has Fallen”, (2016).  “Out Of Her Mind”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 4).  “Maxxx”, (S1, ep 1).  “Paddington Station 24/7: Back On The Tracks”, (S4, ep 1, TX: 26/10/20).  “Remembering Leonard Nimoy”, (2017).  “Spitting Image (2020)”, (Britbox)(S1, ep 4, 24/10/20).  “Star Trek: Discovery”, (S3, ep 3).  “Star Trek: Short Treks”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 4).  “Taskmaster”, (S10 (S1 on C4), ep 3, TX: 29/10/20).  “The Da Vinci Code”, (2006).   “The Expanse”, (S4, ep 1 to 10)(Kevin Smith Explains The Expanse).  “The Graham Norton Show”, (S28, ep 5, TX: 30/10/20).  “The Great British Bake Off”, (S11 (S4 on C4), ep 6, TX: 27/10/20).  “The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice”, (S7 (S4 on C4), ep 6, TX: 30/10/20).  “The Good Burger”, (1997).  “The Secret Garden”, (2020).  “Top Gear”, (S29, ep 4, TX: 25/10/20).                                         

Doctor Who Watched This Week:

“The Fires Of Pompeii”, (S30 (S4), ep 2,Prod Code 4.3)(TX: 12/04/08).

Gerry Anderson Watched This Week:

“Space 1999”, (S1, ep 16 TX: 18/12/75).

 “UFO”, (S1, ep 13, TX: 06/01/71).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“Clinton Baptiste’s Paranormal Podcast”, (S3, ep 5, 28/10/20).  “Coronavirus Global Daily Update”, (BBC World Service) (24/10/20) (25/10/20)(26/10/20) (27/10/20)(28/10/20) (29/10/20) (30/10/20)“CNN, Coronavirus: Fact Vs Fiction”, (ep 170, 26/10/20)(ep 171, 27/10/20)(ep 172, 28/10/20)(ep 173, 29/10/20)(ep 174, 30/10/20).  “David Tennant Does A Podcast With….”, (S2, ep 12, 27/10/20).  “Gossipmongers”, (S4, ep 7, 26/10/20).  “Griefcast”, (ep 118, 28/10/20).  “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buddha”, (S1, ep 8, 28/10/20).  “NASA: Curious Universe”, (S2, ep 3, 26/10/20).  “NASA: Gravity Assist”, (30/10/20).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 168, 30/10/20).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (24/10/20) (25/10/20) (30/10/20).  “Q The Winged Podcast”, (Brief Chat/Preview, 07/10/20).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe’s Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (S1, ep 52, 23/10/20)(ep 53, 27/10/20)(ep 54, 30/10/20).  “Something Who”, (ep 5, 05/10/20).  “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 217, 23/10/20).  “Sue Perkins An Hour Or So With….”, (S2, Trailer, 28/10/20).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 136, 25/10/20).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (26/10/20).  “The Old Doctor Who Show”, (ep 102, 28/10/20).  “The Super-Massive Podcast”, (ep 10, 23/10/20).  “What’s The Problem? With Nick Abbot And Carol McGiffen”, (S1, ep 40, 26/10/20).  “Morrissey”,  “Haim”,  “Nico”,  “Velvet Underground”,  “T’Pau”,  “The Spice Girls”,  “MGMT”,  “LCD Soundsystem”,  “Blondie”,  “Daft Punk”,  “Daniel Avery”,  “Blur”,  “Pulp”,  “SIA”,  “The Verve”,  “The B52’s”,  “Biffy Clyro”,  “Kate Bush”,  “Radiohead”.

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Week 331, Saturday 17th until Friday 23rd October 2020.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London and Suffolk.

Week 331 Saturday 17th until Friday 23rdOctober 2020.

I had this week’s blog all written and planned.  But On Thursday evening I received the following text which changed everything.

(Last week I told you about my visit to see Spike my 19 year old cat that now lives with friends).

Dear Dana, I am very sorry to be the bearer of bad news but Spike has now joined the elite few puss cats in heaven.  He went downhill very quickly after Sunday, off his food drinking a lot.  Very wobbly & weak.  Not like himself at all.  Took him to see his normal vet.  He was very concerned he’d lost a lot of weight.  He said he could do blood tests but due to his age what could be done when results come back.  He thinks he may have had kidney problems or pancreatitis.  He was losing his balance a lot as well.  Amazing how fast he declined.  At least it was not a long drawn illness.  We are of course devastated and don’t know what to do at home without him.  I’ve just put down some fresh water for him in case his spirit is still here.  So sorry to tell you.  Vet was very impressed he had done so well for so long.  We were very grateful to have him in our lives. xxxxx💖💜💗💛💝💓

Some people will think and say, it’s just a cat!  But to me Spike was so much more, a friend, a companion when I lived alone in a flat feeling stressed and depressed about the world.  He was always there when I needed comfort.  I would like to think that he was happy and knew how special he was.  I know he loved my friends, and lived a wonderful retirement these last few years with them.  I feel extremely sad and upset at his passing, but have so many happy memories from the very first day in May 2001 until the last.

Thank you Spike for everything XXXX.                                              

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“After Life”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 3).  “Blake’s 7”, (S:A, ep 3).  “Click”, (17/10/20).  “Farscape”, (S1, ep 21 to ep 22).  “Fringe”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 5).  “Glitch”, (S3, ep 2).  “Have I Got News For You”, (S60, ep 4, TX: 23/10/20).  “NASA & Space X: Journey To The Future”, (2020).  “Schitt’s Creek”, (S1, ep 10 & ep 11).  “Spitting Image (2020)”, (Britbox)(S1, ep 3, 17/10/20).  “Stargate SG1”, (S2, ep 5 & ep 6).  “Star Trek: Discovery”, (S3, ep 2).  “Strictly Come Dancing: Launch Show”, (S18, ep 1, TX: 17/10/20).  “Taskmaster”, (S10 (S1 on C4), ep 1, TX: 15/10/20)(ep 2, TX: 22/10/20).  “The Expanse”, (S2, ep 6 to 13)(S3, ep 1 to ep 12).  “The Graham Norton Show”, (S28, ep 4, TX: 23/10/20).  “The Great British Bake Off”, (S11 (S4 on C4), ep 5, TX: 20/10/20).  “The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice”, (S7 (S4 on C4), ep 5, TX: 23/10/20).  “The Last Leg: SU2C Special”, (S20, ep 1, TX: 23/10/20).  “The Pink Panther”, (1963).  “To The Lake”, (S1, ep 2).  “Top Gear”, (S29, ep 3, TX: 18/10/20).  “Who Do You Think You Are?”, (S17, ep 1, TX: 12/10/20).  “Z Nation”, (S1, ep 3 to ep 5).                                       

Doctor Who Watched This Week:

“Partners In Crime”, (S30 (S4), ep 1,Prod Code 4.1)(TX: 05/04/08).

Gerry Anderson Watched This Week:

“Captain Scarlet And The Mysterons”, (S1, ep 13, TX: 22/12/67)(ep 14, TX: 29/12/67).

“Space 1999”, (S1, ep 15 TX: 11/12/75).

 “UFO”, (S1, ep 12, TX: 30/12/70).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“Clinton Baptiste’s Paranormal Podcast”, (S3, ep 4, 21/10/20).  “Coronavirus Global Daily Update”, (BBC World Service) (17/10/20) (18/10/20)(19/10/20) (20/10/20)(21/10/20) (22/10/20) (23/10/20)“CNN, Coronavirus: Fact Vs Fiction”, (ep 165, 19/10/20)(ep 166, 20/10/20)(ep 167, 21/10/20)(ep 168, 22/10/20)(ep 169, 23/10/20).  “David Tennant Does A Podcast With….”, (S2, ep 11, 20/10/20).  “Gossipmongers”, (S4, ep 6, 19/10/20).  “Griefcast”, (ep 117, 21/10/20).  “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buddha”, (Trailer, 08/09/20)(ep 1 & ep 2, 16/09/20)(ep 3, 23/09/20)(ep 4, 30/09/20)(ep 5, 07/10/20)(ep 6, 14/10/20)(ep 7, 21/10/20).  “In Poor Taste”, (ep 122, 21/10/20).  “Mystery Hour”, (22/10/20).  “NASA: Curious Universe”, (S1, ep 3, 27/04/20)(ep 4, 03/05/20)(ep 6, 17/05/20)(ep 7, 21/07/20)(S2 Intro, 05/10/20)(ep 1, 12/10/20)(ep 2, 19/10/20).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 167, 23/10/20).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (17/10/20) (18/10/20) (23/10/20).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe’s Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (S1, ep 51, 20/10/20).   “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 216, 17/10/20).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 135, 17/10/20).  “The All New Angelos And Barry Podcast”, (23/10/20).  “The Froth”, (S2, ep 4, 20/10/20).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (05/08/19)(19/10/20).  “The Skewer”, (BBC Radio 4)(S2, ep 6, 22/10/20).  “What’s The Problem? With Nick Abbot And Carol McGiffen”, (S1, ep 39, 19/10/20).  “Morrissey”,  “Simple Minds”,  “Soft Cell”,  “The Damned”,  “The Sex Pistols”,  “Kate Nash”,  “Annie Lennox”,  “Eurythmics”,  “Betty Boo”,  “The Beatles”,  “The Rolling Stones”.

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