Week 289, Saturday 28th December 2019 until Friday 3rd January 2020.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East, Central, North London and Essex (The NEXT Chapter).

Week 289 Saturday 28th  December 2019 until Friday 3rd January 2020.


20200101_012615 Happy B’day this week, Tim”.

The end of another year (don’t worry next week will be back to normal moaning about life in the capital) this gives me a chance to look back at how this blog has during 2019.  I won’t lie, due to stuffing my face with food and drink for the last 10 days; I really don’t have much in the way of content.  During 2019 the blog got a total number of 2536 views, that’s 764 more than 2018.  These visits were from 41 countries, which is an increase of 12 on the previous year.  The pressure is on for 2020, can I get 2700 views.


I have produced a blog every week for 289 weeks.  Usually this consists of 800 to 900 words (which I realise is not very impressive, but you have to remember I lead boring life, so there’s not a lot to work with!  Plus, I have to be proud of something!).  The entertainment lists at the very bottom adds a few hundred extra word (It’s all content!) but I am aware that these are only of interest to me and possibility a couple of other people who never leave their bedrooms (these lists take so long to complied and type up.  Have a look you might find it interesting……. probably not!).

20200101_140203[1]20200101_140230[1]20200101_140304[1] “Round the world”.

I have said several times before, I consider this blog to be a weekly time capsule for my young ** niece and nephews.  One day they might like to read about what they’re mad, lardy aunty got up to when they were small.

20200103_07225220200103_072155 “Meeting up with cuz Nicola (and her hubby) after about 30 years.

In conclusion, it’s been a good year for this ramble; hopefully I will be able to continue to produce something for you to read on a weekly basis in 2020.  Which as always, I can’t promise will be interesting, but I’ll try!  Thank you for reading this, whether it’s your first visit, or you’re a regular offender.  When I notice that the stats have increased it does make me feel that this is worth it.


Happy New Year.

20191231_213652 “MOZ practicing her skill”, 

(** Hope your enjoying what you’re reading.  Now you understand why I am/was so strange! If you visit me regularly in the nursing home, thank you for spending some of your valuable time with your old aunty.  If you don’t what’s your excuse?  You live in the future with *** Hoverboards and Star Trek style transporter tech!).

20191231_132556  “Lunge, doing what she does best.  Winning!”

(*** If these have still not been invented, there’s still no excuse with your driverless cars. No pressure kids!!!!).

20200103_163713 “Very distracted while writing this, shiz”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“A Crimbum Carol”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 3).  “Attack The Block”, (2011).  “Celebrity Mastermind 2019/20”, (ep 2,TX: 27/12/19).  “Cheers”, (S5, ep 2).  “Click”, (TX: 28/12/19).  “Dame Edna Rules The Waves”, (TX: 31/12/19).  “Dracula”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 3).  “Finding Your Feet”, (2018).  “Four Lions”, (2010).  “Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom”, (1984).  “IT”, (2017).  “Lost In Space”, (S2, ep 1).  “Martin’s Close”, (TX: 24/12/19).  “Mortimer & Whitehouse Gone Fishing”, (S2, ep 3 & ep 4).  “Mrs Brown’s Boys, Crimbum 2019: A Wonderful Mammy”, (TX: 25/12/19).  “Mrs Brown’s Boys: New Year 2020: Orange Is The New Mammy”, (TX: 01/01/20).  “Possessing Piper Rose”, (2011).  “R.I.P.D”, (2013).  “Royal Institution Crimbum Lectures 2019”, (ep 3, TX: 28/12/19).  “Shrill”, (S1, ep 1 & ep 2).   “Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakes”, (2015).  “Star Wars: Episode VIII: The Last Jedi”, (2017).  “The Detectorist”, (S1, ep 3).  “The Goes Wrong Show”, (S1, ep 2).  “The Graham Norton Show”, (S26, ep 11, TX: 13/12/19)(ep 12, TX: 20/12/19).  “The Graham Norton Show: Graham Norton’s Good Show Business Guide”, (TX: 03/01/2020).  “The Grand Tour”, (S4, ep 1, TX: 13/12/19).  “The Great British Bake Off: The Great Festive Bake Off: New Year”, (TX: 01/01/20).  “The Last Leg Of The Year (S18, ep 10, TX: 31/12/19).  “The Sky At Night: Guides 4: Commits And Asteroids”, (TX: 10/04/19).  “Timeless”, (S1, ep 12 & ep 13).  “Top Gear: Nepal Special”, (29/12/19).  “Two Faces Of January”, (2014).               

Doctor Who Watched This Week:

 “The Chase”, (S2, Prod Code R)(ep 1, The Executioners, TX: 22/05/65)(ep 2, The Death Of Time, TX: 29/05/65)(ep 3, Flight Through Eternity, TX: 05/06/65)(ep 4, Journey Into Terror, TX: 12/06/65)(ep 5, The Death Of Doctor Who, TX 19/06/65)(ep 6,The Planet of Decision, TX: 26/06/65).

Spyfall, (S38/S12, ep 1, TX: 01/01/20).

This Week I Saw Live:

“Peter Pan Goes Wrong”, (Alexandra Palace, 28/12/19).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

 “Anti Social Show”, (ep 78.5, 30/12/19).  “Brian Gittens And Friends: The Lost Episode”, (ep 67, 23/12/19).  “Daddy Look At Me: Daddy’s 2019 Favourite”, (31/12/19).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 124, 30/12/19)(ep 125, 03/01/20).  “Nick Abbot A to Z 2019 (LBC)”, (M to O, 28/12/19)(P to Q, 29/12/19)(S to U, 30/12/19)(V to Z, 31/12/19).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (01/01, 02/01, 03/01/20).  “The Rabbit Hole”, (ep 70: Bonus, General Election Special, 27/12/19).  “Morrissey”, “Dub Star”,  “Supergrass”,  “Ash”,  “Inex”,  “R.E.M”, “The Cure”,  “Suede”,  “Shed Seven”,  “Neil Innes (R.I.P)”,  “Julian Cope”,   “The Bangles”, “Toploader”, “The Communards”, “Simple Minds”.

























































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Week 288, Saturday 21st until Friday 27th December 2019.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London, Surrey and Essex (The NEXT Chapter).

Week 288 Saturday 21st  until Friday 27th December 2019.


Its Crimbum (hope you had a good one) but you knew that from the last few months of shopping madness.  Due to my excessive eating and drinking this week I thought I would look through the last 52 weeks of this blog and pluck out a few of the “And Finally” stories that made me chuckle.


And Finally for 2019……

20191222_124658 “MOZ a true angel”.

Overheard a women in the supermarket talking about Bottom Muffins, this of course made me smile and snigger as if I was at school.  A few mins later I realised that I had egg on my face when I saw what she was looking at, a packet of Bottom Muffins.


20191225_174956 “My lovely mum”.

Blonde moment of the week!  Arriving home in the car, MOZ (Who was sitting in the front passenger seat) suddenly said looking at the empty driveway.  Where’s the car?


20191225_182825 “A very proud grand mother”.

A man and his pug sat next to me on the tube.  The musty breath and slight vibrating purring I think we’re coming from the pug.  Though these days I have learned never assume.


20191225_135452 “My baby sisters”.

Thought MOZ said “so shits”, she actually said “associates”.


20191225_141707 “My brother”.

Saw a man walk into a bollard, hitting his Bollocks.  That will teach him to look where he is going and not concentrate on his small electronic device.


20191225_174940 “Whats funny?”.

A man walked past me (I was sitting) on the tube.  His finger briefly touched me, which gave me an electric shock.  Damn people and their superpowers.


20191225_122201 “Now that’s what i call a spread”.

Stuck at traffic lights I was entertained by looking in my rear-view mirror watching a man on a motorbike.  Who was staring at his mirror, looking up his nose from different directions.


20191225_160822 “Star baker is Sigrida”.

After dealing with an enquiry on the phone (at work), I asked “if there was anything else I could do”.  The woman on the other end of the line said that she had recently been involved in a messy break up and wanted to know if I could arrange for her ex hubby to be killed.


20191225_174928 “My lovely sister-in-law”.

While fondling a sharp pronged forked implement in a garden centre.  An old man walked past just as i said loudly “just think of the damage I could do with this”!  He gave me a wide berth.


20191225_105422 “Loved watching this early morning visitor”.

Walking into the kitchen holding a paperback I proudly stated, “I’ve read an entire paragraph, that’s more than I have done in years”.  My friend looking confused said, “Do you mean chapter?”  (Just to clarify all my reading these days involves e-books.  It was nice to be walking round with an actual paperback).


20191225_103101 “JBomb started early”.

A man passed with a two small children.  I heard him say “unless you eat all your dinner, you won’t get any sweets “. I’ll have to try that with a few hobbits I know!


20191226_173837 “Thanks George”.

Heard a woman say to her friend as she climbed out of a car.  “Careful, I can see your Onion bagel!


20191225_075231 “Very talented”.

Passing a bus stop one morning i watched as a double-decker speed by.  That’s when the 2 individuals (who didn’t appear to be together) realised what had happened.  Both had been concentrating on their phones and not looking down the road.  The look they gave each other silently said “why didn’t you stop the bus?”  It was a priceless moment.


20191225_143024 “On your marks, get set….”

I walked into the middle of a slightly shocking sounding conversation; the first thing I heard was a woman saying “tits on nuts”.  I was assured that this wasn’t as interesting as it sounded.  She was talking about Blue tits on her birdfeeder.


20191225_135523 “Double trouble!”

I wrote the following in an email “sorry, so busty”.  I meant to say “sorry, so busy”.  Luckily this was to a friend.


20191226_210333 “No.  I didnt share!”.

MOZ said “do you want to put your thing on?”  I looked at her confused and said “my thing?” She repeated “Your thing!”  After a pause as she said “You’re new DVD, The Thing” (a deluxe version of the 1982 classic).


20191225_22142220191225_221251 “Grandma poker face”.

If you don’t agree with the above and think this was a total waste of your time, and would like a festive **refund (** refund not available in this reality).  Please send your complaint to the North Pole (this will give a drunken fat man with a white beard something to do. Plus he will be able to keep warm by using your letters as fuel his fire).

Next week will be the final blog of 2019 (and the decade).  If you would like a New Year (new decade) mention then get in contact via Facebroke or Twatter at the usual address.

20191228_033629.jpg “One of the best progs this Crimbum was the new Worzel Gummidge.  I love it”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“Animals Babies: First Year On Earth”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 24/07/19).  “Beauty And The Beast”, (2017).  “Becoming Jane”, (2006).  “Cheers”, (S4, ep 22to ep 26)(S5, ep 1).  “Click: Clickmass 2019”, (TX: 21/12/19).  “Comedy Blaps: The Diary of My Broken Vagina”, (Channel 4)(YouTube)(13/12/19).  “Cowboys Vs Aliens”, (2011).  “Cuck & Other Humans On 2019”, (S1, ep 5 & ep 6).  “Evil Under The Sun”, (1982).  “Father Crimbum”, (1991).  “Frozen”, (2013).  “Gavin And Stacey: Crimbum Special”, (TX: 25/12/19).  “Green Book”, (2018).  “Guardians”, (2017).  “Have I Got 2019 News For You”, (S58, 27/12/19).  “His Dark Materials”, (S1, ep 8).  “Is It Quicker To Walk Londons Shortest Tube Journey?”, (YouTube)(30/08/19).  “Lucy & D.i.C: Couch Time: The Eye Of The Dic”, (YouTube)(24/12/19).  “Medium”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 3).  “Night At The Museum”, (2006).  “Not Going Out: Driving Home For Crimbum”, (TX: 24/12/19).  “Only Fools And Horses: To Hull And Back”, (TX: 25/12/85).  “Only Fools And Horses: A Royal Flush”, (TX: 25/12/86).  “Royal Institution Crimbum Lectures 2019”, (ep 1, TX: 26/12/19)(ep2, TX: 27/12/19).  “Secrets Of Skin”, (S1, ep 6, 20/12/19).  “Star Trek”, (S1, ep 4).  “Susan Hill’s, Ghost Story – The Small Hand”, (2019).  “Terry Nation Army Extra: Terry And Donald’s Crimbum Special”, (YouTube)(25/12/19).  “The Billionaire Boy”, (2016).  “The Crystal Maze; Crimbum 2019 Special”, (TX: 23/12/19).  “The Good Dinosaur”, (2015).  “The Great British Bake Off: The Great Crimbum Bake Off”, (TX: 25/12/19).  “The Last Leg: Crimbum Special”, (S18, ep 9, TX: 20/12/19).  “The Misadventures Of Romesh Ranganathan: Crimbum, The Sahara”, (TX: 22/12/19).  “The Most Out Of Station Interchanges In One Journey”, (YouTube)(16/12/19).  “The New December 2019 Tube Map”, (YouTube)(19/12/19).  “The Show That Goes Wrong”, (S1, ep 1).  “The Tiger Who Came To Tea”, (2019).  “The Witcher”, (S1, ep 1).  “The Women In Black”, (2011).  “Top Of The Pops: Crimbum 2019”, (TX: 25/12/19).  “Wallace & Gromit: The Wrong Trousers”, (1993).  “Weird Things Only British People Do”, (Channel 4)(YouTube)(16/12/19…ish).  “Which Is Faster? High Speed 1 vs The Tube”, (YouTube)(08/11/19).  “Worzel Gummidge (2019)”, (S1, ep 1 & ep 2).        

Classic Doctor Who Watched This Week:

 “The Crusade”, (S2, Prod Code P)(ep 2, The Knights of Jaffa, Loose Cannon Recon, Dec 2000)(TX: 03/04/65)(ep 2 summary, William Russell, BBC Video July 1999)(ep 3, The wheel of Fortune, TX: 10/04/65)(Loose Cannon, summary, Julian Glover, Dec 2000)(ep 4, The Warlords, Loose Cannon Recon, Dec 2000)(TX: 17/04/65)(ep 4 summary, William Russell, BBC Video July 1999)(Loose Cannon, Julian Glover Outro, Dec 2000).

“The Space Museum”, (S2, Prod CodeQ)(ep1, The Space Museum, TX: 24/04/65)(ep 2, The Dimensions of Time, TX: 01/05/65)(ep 3, The Search, TX: 08/05/65)(ep 4, The Final Phase, TX: 15/05/65).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

 “13 Minutes To The Moon”, (BBC World Service)(Bonus, Hans Zimmer, 23/12/19)(Making The Music, 23/12/19).  “Brian And Roger: Crimbum Cookoo”, (23/12/19).  “Gossipmongers: Crimbum Special”, (22/12/19).  “LBC Podcast: Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (21/12, 22/12, 23/12/19).  “Nick Abbot A to Z 2019 (LBC)”, (A to C, 24/12/19)(D to F, 25/12/19)(G to I, 26/12/19)(J to L, 27/12/19).  “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 173, 20/12/19).  “Strange Times”, (Crimbum 2019, Special Message, 24/12/19).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 115, Crimbum, 25/12/19).  “The Old Doctor Who Show”, (ep 35, 21/12/16)(ep 36, 11/01/17).  “Morrissey”, “Lilly Allen”,  “Kate Nash”,  “Keene”,  “The B52’s”,  “Kate Bush”, “Frankie Goes To Hollywood”,  “Elbow”,  “The Pretenders”,  “Paul McCartney And The Frog Chorus”,  “Simple MInds”,   “The Cure”, “Little Richard”.
























































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Week 287, Saturday 14th until Friday 20th December 2019.

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

Week 287 Saturday 14th until Friday 20th December 2019.

This week i caused a scene, and flashed innocent passers-by, be honest you wouldn’t expect anything else from me! At my local tube station, I slipped on a step (before any barrack-room lawyer pipes up “you should take TFL to the cleaners” I was wearing shoes that don’t have great traction in damp weather. So, it is 100% my fault!). I wasn’t rushing; don’t be silly I am never that enthusiastic to be at work. Being a visual thinking person the best way to describe what happened is in the form of a script.

20191220_19081120191220_191412 “Shiz doodle of what happened to me this week”.
Picture the scene.

Ext. Morning, Tube Station Staircase.
We see a staircase, busy with commuters going up one side and down the other.
A woman appears at the top of the stairs, she is dressed smart casual for another day in the office (note to wardrobe, the skirt is knee length, or just above the knee. Nothing overly tarty for a Tuesday in East London). The woman is minding her own business enjoying a podcast. She makes her way down the stairs, a route that she has trudged thousands of times.

Cut to shot of women slipping (note to props the layer of water on the step must not be very noticeable).

The women falls directly on to her back and continues to bounce down a further couple of steps (note to stunt team, because we can see her face, the actress is going to have to do the stunt. There is no CGI face match moving budget). The fall needs to look painful. People (supporting artist) stop and look.

End of scene.

20191220_115046 “nuff said”.

These days I don’t have a lot of faith in humanity. I have seen enough of the news recently to feel very totally frustrated with the human race, how we treat each other people, animals and of course the planet! That morning my faith was partially restored as a couple of men and surprisingly school children came to my aid. They not only asked if I was ok but helped this old lardy battered sack of rotting flesh upright. Due to the embarrassment I don’t think I thanked them properly. After spending time leaning against the wall, partly to compose myself but also to allow the good Samaritan’s time to disappear into the crowd, because I didn’t want to face them again. I limped home and went straight to bed. At the time of writing I ache all over, every muscle from my bum up to my neck is sore and hurting. If I need someone to rub a pain-relieving cream on those hard to reach areas can I call on you?

20191218_102853 “Sicko”.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

Due to a month of train strikes (the strikers obviously needed extra Crimbum shopping time! It’s a hectic month after all) my office has moved from its normal location to a different building nearer the centre of the capital. This has been good for travel, as the journey is not as long as the normal one I have done for the last 2 years.

20191213_125826 “Need more than elbow grease to shift that dirt”.

But, as expected there are downsides. The new office is in what appears to be an attic with no natural light. There are dirty skylights, which I discovered is a false ceiling; the real one with even dirtier windows is a number of feet above. There is no hot water! Well there is if you have the time to go down numinous flights of steps and security doors. The desks are hobbit sized barely big enough for the keyboard and a piece of the cheapest copier paper to make notes on. Because the move took place while I was sick, I didn’t get to bring my pens and nicer (but still cheap) copier paper that I use these to draw with during the day. The travel may be better, but I actually do miss the other office even if the journey is a pain in my lardy arse.

20191213_125851 “There’s enough room to hide in the ceiling”.

Once the festive season is over and everything is back to normal, ill be happier doodling away in-between calls that frustrate me. That is until summer when there will probably be further strikes (more time for holidays).

20191212_130414 “Either executives are getting younger.  Or executive toys are far too expensive these days”.

And Finally……

20191214_15040520191214_163852 “Iain Lee and his split jeans”. “Iain and Katherine are always a joy to meet”.

In a supermarket I overheard a woman say with frustration “He’s chewed through the wires again and shorted all the lights!” I assume she was talking about a dog or cat destroying her Crimbum lights. But I like to imagine a feral child with razor-sharp fangs crawling around drawn to the bright lights. No, just me then!!!

20191214_14175020191214_134729 “Out and about in town”.

Overhead a man says to another “I really admire your hair”. He did have lovely curly flowing locks, and would look great as a Klingon from Star Trek if he was a cosplayer.

20191218_18563620191218_185639 “Budgie and Phantom meet up again”.

The following is genuinely a line I put into an email (non work related).

20191218_150128 “Its pretty much rained all week”.

“I have a huge smile on my face (that might be because of the image of the two of you in swimming cozzies, fighting in an inflatable pool filled with jelly)”.

Next week will be the Crimbum blog. Due to excessive food and drink (I hope) there might not be a lot of content (some would say there never is much in the way of content). Happy Crimbum xx

20191218_112907.jpg “In bed, feeling ill writing this shiz”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:
“Blakes 7”, (SC, ep 11). “Car Park Love Note”, (Short, YouTube)(2018). “Cheers”, (S4, ep 8 to ep 21). “Click”, (TX: 14/12/19). “Cuck & Other Humans In 2019”, (S1, ep 1 to 4). “First Dates”, (S13, ep 3, TX: 26/11/16). “Have I Got News For You”, (S58, ep 10, TX: 20/12/19). “His Dark Materials”, (S1, ep 7). “House Of Fools: House Of Fools Crimbum Special”, (TX: 28/12/14). “Jack Whitehall: Crimbum With My Father”, (TX: 12/12/19). “Rouge One: A Star Wars Story”, (2016). “Ruben Kaye Project: Kids React To Drag”, (Channel 4). “Secrets Of Skin”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 15/12/19)(ep 2, TX: 16/12/19)(ep 3, TX: 17/12/19)(ep 4, TX: 18/12/19)(ep 5, 19/12/19). “Star Trek”, (S1, ep 2 & ep 3). “Star Wars: The Mandalorian”, (S1, ep 6). “The Apprentice: The Final”, (S15, ep 14, TX 18/12/19). “The Apprentice: Honest Subtitles”, (S5, ep 12, TX: 18/12/19). “The Apprentice: You’re Hired”, (S14, ep 12, TX: 18/12/19). “The Last Leg: Elegtion Special”, (S18, ep 8, TX: 13/12/19). “The One Show (Star Wars)”, (TX: 19/12/19). “Timeless”, (S1, ep 10 & ep 11). “Vic & Bob’s Big Night Out”, (S2, ep 3 & ep 4). “Zombie Petrol Can – 15 Second Horror Film Challenge”, (Short, YouTube)(2018).

Doctor Who Watched This Week:
“The Dalek Invasion Of Earth”, (S2, Prod Code K)(ep 1, The Worlds End, TX: 21/11/64)(ep 2, The Daleks”, TX: 28/11/64)(ep 3, Day Of Reckoning, TX: 05/12/64)(ep 4, The End Of Tomorrow, TX: 12/12/64)(ep 5, The Walking Alley, TX: 19/12/65)(ep 6, Flashpoint, TX: 26/12/64)(BBC DVD Bonus, CGI SFX, Future Memories, Future Visions, Now And Then, Talking Daleks, (16/06/03).

“The Rescue”, (S2, Prod Code L)(ep 1, The Powerful Enemy, TX: 02/01/65)(ep 2, Desperate Measures, TX: 09/01/65)(BBC DVD Bonus, Mounting The Rescue, (23/02/09).
“The Romans”, (S2, Prod Code M)(ep 1, The Slave Traders, TX: 16/01/65)(ep 2, All Roads Lead To Rome, TX: 23/01/65)(ep 3, Conspiracy, TX: 30/01/65)(ep 4, Inferno, TX: 06/02/65)(BBC DVD Bonus, Roma Parva, And What Have “The Romans” Ever Done For Us (23/02/09).

“The Web Planet”, (S2, Prod Code N)(ep 1, The Wed Planet, TX: 13/02/65)(ep 2, The Zarbi, TX: 20/02/65)(ep 3, Escape To Danger, TX: 27/02/65)(ep 4, Crater Of Needles, TX: 06/03/65)(ep 5, The Invasion, TX: 13/06/65)(ep 6, The Centre, 20/03/65)(BBC DVD Bonus, Tales Of Isop, The Lair Of The Zarbi Supremo (03/10/05).

“The Crusade”, (S2, Prod Code P)(Loose Cannon Intro Julian Glover, Dec 2000)(BBC DVD intro William Russell, 01/11/04)(ep 1, The Lion, 27/03/65).

This Week I saw Live On Stage:
“The Rabbit Hole” Podcast Live at The Half Moon Putney, (14/12/19).

This week I have mainly been listening to:
“Anti Social Show”, (ep 78, 13/12/19). “Blood On The Tracks (BBC)”, (S1, ep 3, 10/04/18)(ep 4, 17/04/18)(S2, ep 1, 22/11/18). “Daddy Look At Me”, (S2, ep 10, 19/12/19). “Gossipmongers: Top 10, Best of 2019”, (14/12/19). “Griefcast (Now That’s What I Call Griefcast Part 4)”, (ep 109, 18/12/19). “Iain Lee (Bonus)”, (13/12/19). “LBC Podcast: Mystery Hour”, (19/12/19). “LBC Podcast: Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (14/12, 20/12/19). “NASA: Gravity Assist”, (19/12/19). “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 123, 20/12/19). “Nick Abbot (Talkradio)”, (YouTube, Audio only)(03/04/98). “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 172, 13/12/19). “Strange Times”, (ep 326, 13/12/19)(ep 327, 16/12/19). “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 114, 14/12/19). “The All New Angelos And Barry Podcast”, (20/11/19). “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (18/12/19). “The Old Doctor Who Show”, (ep 28, 27/07/16)(ep 29, 17/08/16)(ep 30, 07/09/16)(ep 31, 28/09/16)(ep 32, 19/10/16)(ep 33, 06/01116)(Mini ep 1, 22/11/16)(ep 34, 30/11/16). “Morrissey”, “Carpenters”, “New Order”, “USA For Africa”, “The Pretenders”, “Band Aid (Original)”, “East 17”, “Greg Lake”, “Catatonia”, “The Darkness”, “Alanis Morissette”, “Guns N’ Roses (Live And Let Die)”, “Wings”, “Kirsty MacColl (R.I.P 18/12/2000)”, “Ian Dury & The Blockheads”, “The Specials”, “Madness”, “Kate Bush”.

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Week 286, Saturday 7th until Friday 13th December 2019.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in Northamptionshire, East and Central London, Hertfordshire (inc Elstree, Tesco Carpark) and Surrey (The NEXT Chapter).

Week 286 Saturday 7th  until Friday 13th December 2019.


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


Last weekend I visited a very new university campus, from what was said it’s only a year old and cost more money than many small countries.  I (and mum) accompanied one my sisters who is looking to study a short refresher course.

20191207_095929 “Wonder if they would miss that lovely clock”.

Dotted around were little groups of people who were interested in studying different subjects. A banner stating “Criminology”, I wonder if that’s an interesting subject to study.  When I was young I don’t remember that there was any opportunity for to go to Art College or study film and TV production.  During the visit, I spent time looking at an exhibition by students of the Uni.  This did make me think, how my life may have been completely different if I had gone to University!

20191207_101624 “Not sure everything on display is actually Art.  I didn’t touch just in case”.

As expected virtually all of the potential students were young.  Could an old, lardy slightly bitter person become a student?  The main problem is the cost, nothing is free these days. At the moment it’s just an idea, which I suspect will remain just stay an idea!

DSCF5184 “Such a peaceful location”.

Good luck to my sister with regards her application. I’ll keep you informed on her progress.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

I take pictures all the time; in fact I annoy friends and family constantly because I’m always pulling out one of three cameras that I usually carry. There are thousands of them stored on a drive, maybe one day I might be able to do something creative with at least one of them!

20191211_173538 “So many of my fave films were made in that studio”.

Earlier this week I got a chance to revisit Elstree film studios to meet a friend that works there. I love any excuse to be near a film set. Because I arrived early, I parked next door in the huge carpark of a massive supermarket. Even though I have multiple pics of the studio from that carpark I had to take more (it’s an addiction).

20191211_173927 “The offending picture”. 

As I took the above picture, a police car passed.  Due to it being a little chilly, I went into the superstore and found the coffee shop.  As I was about to enter the caffeine watering hole two Police officers appeared and stopped me.  These were the officers in the patrol car who had seen me taking this photo.  They had returned to the carpark, parked and hunted me down inside the shop.

20191211_184210 “I have no idea what was being filmed behind this wall.  That doesn’t stop me from taking a pic”.

The officers wanted to know why I had been taking a picture of a “sensitive area”.  If this had been a government or military building, I would have understood why the rozzers were so interested in what i had been doing.  But the snap, as you can see is mainly of a boundary wall.  To prove my story, I showed them my friend’s texts about my visit and my replies using the picture to illustrate I was early.  From the looks on their faces I disappointed them by the truth. I didn’t admit that the reason I took that particular picture is because in the background you can just make out “George Lucas Stage”.  If you have read this shiz before you will know I am a huge Star Wars fan, plus “Uncle George” (I still dream) and myself have the same surname.  If I had told them that, they might have called an ambulance resulting in me being dragged off in a straitjacket.

20180916_142714 “The Saint, taking on a previous visit”.

I suspect the truth of this “sensitive location” is because these officers were part of a crack “Strictly Come Dancing” (which is filmed in The Uncle George stage) squad.  I could have confirmed this if they had got there glittery truncheons out.

20191211_174634 “I needed this after the shock”.

My contact with the long arm of the law didn’t last long.  They left happy because they didn’t have to fill out a huge amount of paperwork.  Within minutes I happily guzzled a hot choc full of sugar and other additives.  One hour later I was within the gates of the studio complex and I took several of various brick walls!

20191211_184156 “The Saint”.

Oh, Something Topical And Political……

The morning of the election I was at the polling station at 8am to vote, it had been open for one hour.  As I put my “X” against the candidate and party of choice, I overheard the polling clerks talking (who are well paid to sit in a cold and drafty school/community hall drinking tea from a flask and homemade sandwiches until 10pm).  It appeared I was only the 20th person to cast my vote during that first hour.  For such an important election, in a busy part of London that’s a poor show (in my opinion).

20191208_093240 “A couple of prezzies for my sister”.



We now know which numpty is in charge for the next few years.  Personally I think we have to pick ourselves up off the floor and get on with our lives.  This ends the political section of the blog!

20191208_17312820191208_171819 “Took mum and Hel to see some local Crimbum lights”.

And Finally……

A friend said “You licking my flap”.  I was licking an envelope to help them, honest.

IMG-20191213-WA0001 “I should have been writing this shiz,  but was completely distracted on way in to London”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“Ad Vitam”, (S1, ep 4).  “Annabelle Comes Home”, (2019).  “Big Jet TV: Live (Heathrow)”, (YouTube)(TX: 07/12/19).  “Blakes 7”, (SC, ep 8 to ep 10).  “CBeebies Bedtime Story: Jodie Whitaker”, (ep 678, TX: 31/12/18).  “Cheers”, (S3, ep 21 to ep 25)(S4, ep 1 to 7).  “Click”, (TX: 07/12/19).  “Have I Got News For You”, (S58, ep 9, TX: 13/12/19).  “His Dark Materials”, (S1, ep 6).  “Living With Yourself”, (S1, ep 6).  “Michael McIntyre’s Big Show”, (S5, ep 3, TX: 07/12/19).  “Space 1999”, (S1, ep 4).  “Star Trek”, (Pilot: The Cage)(S1, ep 1).  “Star Wars: The Mandalorian”, (S1, ep 5).  “The Americas With Simon Reeves”, (S1, ep 5, TX: 10/11/19).  “The Apprentice: The Final Five”, (S15, ep 11, TX: 10/12/19).  “The Apprentice”, (S15, ep 12, TX 11/12/19).  “The Apprentice: Honest Subtitles”, (S5, ep 11, TX: 11/12/19).  “The Apprentice: You’re Fired”, (S14, ep 11, TX: 11/12/19).  “The Graham Norton Show”, (S26, ep 10, TX: 06/12/19).  “The Kapil Sharma Show”, (S2, ep 93, TX: 23/11/19).  “The One Show”, (TX: 10/12/19).  “The Sky At Night: Review Of The Year 2019”, (TX: 08/12/19).  “Timeless”, (S1, ep 5 & ep 9).  “Top Gear”, (S16, ep 6, TX: 01/03/11).  “Upstart Crow: A Crow Cimbum Special”, (25/12/18).  “V War”, (S1, ep 1).      

Doctor Who watched this week:

“The Sensorites”, (S1, Prod Code G)(ep 4, Race Against Time, 18/07/64)(ep 5, Kidnap, 25/07/64)(ep 6, A Desperate Venture, 01/07/64).     

 “The Reign Of Terror”, (S1, Prod Code H)( Loose Cannon Intro & Outro: Carol Ann Ford, Sept 2000) )(Loose Cannon John Peel Interview)(ep 1, A Land Of Fear, TX: 08/08/64)(ep 2, Guests Of Madame Guillotine, TX: 15/08/64)(ep 3, A Change Of Identity, TX: 22/08/64)(ep 4, The Tyrant Of France, TX: 29/08/64)(ep 5, A Bargain Of Necessity (Loose Cannon Recon)(Sept 2000)(ep 6, Prisoners Of Conciergerie (Loose Cannon Recon)(Sept 2000

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

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

 “Blood On The Tracks”, (Trailer: 26/03/18)(Trailer: Welcome Back To Blood On The Tracks: 19/11/18)(S1, ep 1, 27/03/18)(ep 2, 03/04/18).  “Clinton Baptiste Paranormal Podcast: Crimbum Special”, (13/12/19).  “Daddy Look At Me”, (S2, ep 9, 12/12/19).  “Griefcast (Now That’s What I Call Griefcast Part 3)”, (ep 108, 11/12/19).  “Iain Lee (Highlight)”, (06/12, 09/12, 10/12, 11/12/19).  “LBC Podcast: Mystery Hour”, (05/12/19).  “LBC Podcast: Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (07/12, 13/12/19).  “NASA: Gravity Assist”, (10/12/19).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 122, 13/12/19).  “RHLSTP”, (ep 215, 12/06/19).  “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 171, 06/12/19).  “Space Boffins”, (13/12/19).  “Space Rocket History Archive”, (ep 47 & ep 48, 06/02/18)(ep 49, 06/03/18)(ep 50 & ep 51, 16/03/18).  “Sue Perkins: Best of Series 1”, (07/12/19).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 113, 08/12/19).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (09/12/19).  “The Old Doctor Who Show”, (ep 20, 10/02/16)(ep 21, 02/03/16)(ep 22, 23/03/16)(ep 23, 13/04/16)(ep 24, 04/05/16)(ep 25, 25/05/16)(ep 26, 15/06/16)(ep  27, 06/07/16).  “Treasure Quest”, (BBC Three Counties Radio)(07/12/19)“Walking The Dog With Emily Dean”, (ep 6, 05/05/17).  “Morrissey”,  “ELO”,  “The White Stripes”,  “Edwin Collins”,  “Madonna”,  “Roxette”, “U2”,  “East 17”,  “The Charlatans”,  “ Inspiral Carpets”,  “Toploader”,   “The Bluetones”, “Skunk Anansie”, “Blur”, “Yeah Yeah Yeahs”, “John Lennon/Yoko Ono And The Plastic Ono Band”.






















































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Week 285, Saturday 30th November until Friday 6th December 2019.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East, Central, South (inc Purley) London.  Essex, Surrey and Northamptionshire (The NEXT Chapter).

Week 285 Saturday 30th  November until Friday 6th December 2019.


This week Happy bday to MOZ, SAZ, Hel on 2nd and Nico on 5th.


First an update on last weeks ramble.


Aries the Hamster sadly died at 17.32pm on Saturday 30th November. That last day she lay curled up warmly in a mound of bedding occasionally stirring, but never actually getting up. I am no expert, but I felt she was in a coma state. My friend and I had been nursing her for the last week night and day didn’t see her eat or drink that last day. It was obvious late morning that her quality of life was not going to improve. The tough decision was made to make an appointment for Sunday morning to take her to the vets one last time! Around 17.15pm we became aware of a unusual sound that I can only described as a vibrating which we suspected was something to do with her breathing. We sat on the floor talking and stroking her, which was a comfort to us. Personally I would like to think this comforted her, but i don’t think she was aware of what was happening. As I stated at the top at 17.32pm her little body became still, Aries had left us.

20191203_105130[1].jpg “Sleep well little girl”.

Even though we were very upset, there was a relief that we didnt have to take her to the vets the next morning. I like to think that she had not wanted to put us through the stress and upset of that visit. During the week we buried her in the garden, she is gone but not forgotten. I am not going to apologise for sounding so soppy over a small Hamster, a creature that many think of disposable. One dies, another can be bought for a few pounds the next day. As I said last week that very small special mammal had really helped me a person who suffers with mental health issues to feel better. Just looking after her gave me pleasure. Its silly little things I really miss such as her running up and down my arms. We have plenty of pics and video, plus our own memories to remember her.

20191203_094248 “This Santa cake, couldn’t take anymore”.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

20191204_231703.jpg “Emmmm, Cake”.

On Monday I helped to celebrate my best friend’s b’day (fact fans, the same day as my sisters).  As mentioned above we were feeling very sad, but I wanted my friend to enjoy her special day.  We visited a favourite central London pub that serves lovely Thai food with indie music playing in the background.  One of the best things about this drinking establishment is that a major central London cop shop is almost opposite. We like nothing more when visiting than to watch London’s Metropolitan Police driving the cream of the capital’s criminals into the back courtyard.  You wouldn’t expect much else from me; I have mentioned before that I am a simple organism.  Plus occasions like this makes me realise that even though I feel my life is shiz, it’s better than the people in the back of the police vans (who of course are innocent, or so they claim).

20191203_151516 “The B’day girl and her hot toddy”.

Other highlights of her bday were going g to the cinema to see Les Miserables: The Staged Concert.  A woman behind us during the interval kept commenting to her friend about the show being live.  I was tempted to inform that it was recorded the week before, but decided it wasn’t worth it.  Plus this kept us entertained during the interval.  Then there was £21 on lovely Lindt (who do not sponsoring this shiz, but if they would like to I’ll be very pleased to tastes all of their products) chocolate.  Maybe I should mention all the Whittard (if they would like to be the drinks sponsor of the blog, I wouldn’t say no) fruit drinks.  These will last years, we only recently finished the last lot which took long enough to use up.  It was an emotional day; I hope these distractions helped MOZ enjoyed herself.

20191203_12363720191203_133056 “Lunge and Calamity choosing balls”.

And Finally……

20191202_18542420191202_202519 “Sitting comfortably in the Cinema, ready for the show”.

Being sold alcohol by a 16yr old who was being trained.  I know she was that age as the supervisor who had to give permission for the “girl” to sell the drink go me asked her.  Just before the manager walked away, she said to the trainee to ask me for ID.  Once we were on our own, the young girl looked me up and down and just carried on scanning the items.  I obviously look so old that there was no point in wasting breath asking for my age.  Walking away I realised I was probably older than her parents.  That was a shopping trip I won’t forget.

20191202_234242 “The Pic n Mix part of my Chocolate horde”.

I saw an unsympathetic GP.  My heart sank when I saw the name on the door (this was a walk-in consultation so I didn’t have a choice of Dr) as I had an unsatisfactory consultation last year with them.  I am thinking of making an official complaint, what do you think?

20191202_17243120191202_172155 “Enjoying the Capital by night”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

20191206_113921 “Writing this shiz, but the Shat is so distracting”.

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“Ad Vitam”, (S1, ep 3).  “All Tube Stations Have Fifteen Floors (YouTube)”, (16/01/18).  “Blakes 7”, (SC, ep 6 & ep 7).  “Bonus Secrets Of The Underground (YouTube)”, (01/10/15).  “Cheers”, (S3, ep 7 to ep 20).  “Click”, (TX: 30/11/19).  “Have I Got News For You”, (S58, ep 7, TX: 29/11/19)(ep 8, TX: 06/12/19).  “Heathrow To Upminster (YouTube)”, (25/01/18).  “His Dark Materials”, (S1, ep 5).  “Kill Your TV, Jim Moir’s Weird World Of Video Art”, (TX: 24/11/19).  “Les Miserables: The Staged Concert: Recorded At The Gielgud Theatre London, 30/11/19)”, (Shown 02/12/19).  “Living With Yourself”, (S1, ep 5).  “More Secrets Of The Underground (YouTube)”, (04/11/16).  “NASA TV Live: ISS Spacewalk #224 (Parmitano & Morgan)”, (TX: 02/12/19).  “People Of Science With Professor Brian Cox”, (S2, ep 1 to ep 6, TX: 05/12/19).  “Secrets Of The Central Line (YouTube), (TX: 03/07/13).  “Secrets Of The Trams (YouTube), (TX: 04/03/16).  “Stargate SG-1”, (S5, ep 1).  “Star Trek”, (S3, ep 24).  “Star Wars: The Mandalorian”, (S1, ep 3 & ep 4).  “Suede: The Insatiable Ones”, (2018).  “The Apprentice”, (S15, ep 10, TX: 04/12/19).  “The Apprentice: Honest Subtitles”, (S5, ep 10, TX: 04/12/19).  “The Apprentice: You’re Fired”, (S14, ep 10, TX: 04/12/19).  “The Crimbum Misadventures Of Romesh Ranganathan”, (TX: 20/12/18).  “The Graham Norton Show”, (S26, ep 7, TX: 08/11/19)(ep 8, TX: 22/11/19)(ep 9, TX: 29/11/19).  “The Last Leg”, (S18, ep 6, TX: 29/11/19)(ep 7 “Pre-Elegtion Special”, TX: 06/12/19).  “The War Of The Worlds”, (S1, ep 3).  “Timeless”, (S1, ep 2 & ep 4).  “Time Team”, (S19, ep 2, TX: 29/01/12).  “Vic & Bob’s Big Night Out”, (S2, ep 1 & ep 2).     

Doctor Who watched this week:

“Marco Polo (Loose Cannon Recon)”, (S1, Prod Code D)(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, 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)(Bonus: End+Outro, Feb 02)(Bonus: Condense BBC Version, 30/01/06)(Bonus: Making Of Marco Polo).

“The Keys Of Marinus”, (S1, Prod Code E)( ep 1, The Sea Of Death, TX: 11/04/64)(ep 2, The Velvet Web, TX: 18/04/64)(ep 3, The Screaming Jungle, TX: 25/04/64)(ep 4, The Snow Of Terror, TX: 02/05/64)(ep 5, Sentence Of Death, TX: 09/05/64)(ep 6, The Keys Of Marinus,TX: 16/05/64)(Bonus: The Sets Of Marinus, 21/09/09).

“The Aztecs”, (S1, Prod Code F)(ep 1, The Temple Of Evil, TX: 23/05/64)(ep 2, The Warriors Of Death, TX: 30/05/64)(ep 3, The Bride Of Sacrifice, TX: 06/06/64)(ep 4, The Day Of Darkness, TX: 13/06/64).

“The Sensorites”, (S1, Prod Code G)(ep 1, Strangers In Space, 20/06/64)(ep 2, Unwilling Warrior, 27/06/64)(ep 3, Hidden Danger, 11/07/06).     

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

 “Brian Gittens And Friends”, (ep 66, 02/12/19).  “Daddy Look At Me”, (S2, ep 8, 05/12/19).  “Griefcast LIVE”, (ep 107, 04/12/19).  “Iain Lee (Bonus)”, (02/12/19).  “Iain Lee (Highlight)”, (28/11, 02/12, 03/12, 04/12, 05/12/19).  “LBC Pobcast: Mystery Hour”, (28/11, 02/12/19).  “LBC Podcast: Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (30/11, 06/12/19).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 121, 06/12/19).  “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 170, 29/11/19).  “Space Rocket History Archive”, (ep 39 to ep 43, 13/01/18)(ep 44 to 46, 06/02/18).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 112, 02/12/19).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (02/12/19).  “The Old Doctor Who Show”, (ep 15, 28/10/15)(ep 16, 18/11/15)(ep 17, 09/12/15)(ep 18, 30/12/15)(ep 19, 20/01/16).  “Walking The Dog With Emily Dean”, (ep 13, 19/10/17)(ep 20, 29/06/18).  “Morrissey”,  “Athlete”,  “The Associates”,  “Hall & Oats”,  “The Divine Comedy”,  “Kate Bush”, “Prefab Sprout,  “The Libertines”,  “The Lighthouse Family”,  “Paul Hardcastle”,  “Dido”,   “Dusty Springfield”, “The Housemartins”, “They Might Be Giants”, “Keith Thomas, feat Halston Dare (Getaway)”, “Wheatus”.





















































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Week 284, Saturday 23rd until Friday 29th November 2019.

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

Week 284 Saturday 23rd until Friday 29th November 2019.


This week has been a tough one.  Last Saturday Aries the adopted Hamster didn’t seem very well.  A trip to the vets confirmed that she has a couple of tumors on her tummy and that nothing can be done.  There had not been any indication of discomfort when she sat/walked or ran in my hands!

20190421_225903 “Happier times, hanging with my friend”.

Unfortunately we had to stop the painkiller medication after a 1 am visit to the surgery because of diarrhoea (this cleared up soon after).  Over the course of the week we visited the surgery a couple of times for her to be examined and for us to learn how to care for such a small creature.  A heating pad underneath the clear plastic storage crate (filled with sawdust, bedding and other things that are familiar to her) to keep her warm has really been beneficial.

20191130_00021320191127_214840 “Keeping her warm”.

As an animal lover all I want is for her to be happy and comfortable.  Sadly her quality of life has gone downhill in the last 24 hrs.  This has meant that my friend and I have made the very tough and upsetting decision to take her one last time to the vets on Sunday morning. Of course we would prefer her to fall asleep naturally, but if not we are booked in for that final appointment.

20191125_001847 “Sitting in the waiting room, on broken chairs”.

It’s so sad that will never understand how special she has been to this sufferer of mental health issues.  She has given me so much and never asked for anything.  When I rang work I did feel a little silly because I wasn’t talking about a cat, dog or something large.  This is a tiny Hamster!  But that Hamster has really helped me.  I am not ashamed to say that I feel very sad and have already started to grieve the loss of something (one) I love.

20191128_132429 “I think she knows shes loved”.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

20191129_162249Dreaming of nuts”.

Last Saturday was the 56th Anniversary of my fave TV of all time Doctor Who.  In honour (and not, because I am boring and don’t go out very often) I have started a full (all 56 years) re-watch.  I know it’s just a TV programme and not important in the grand scheme of life.  But the programme has not only entertained but even been a comfort during bleak times.

20190509_230657 “I wonder what she was thinking when this was taken”.

I could go on and on about why I love the show so much!  But I better save that for my 5th article for DWAS due out in Feb next year.  For now I’ll enjoy lying in bed watching the black and white adventures of a slightly grumpy 1st Doctor (William Hartnell), travelling in time and space with his granddaughter and her two teachers on a small production budget. On the anniversary we were treated to the first full trailer for series 12 (or 38 for old fans like me) which premieres on New Year’s Day 2020.  I am really looking forward to big budget, all colour adventures of the 13th Doctor (Jodie Whitaker) and her friends.

20191109_12041320191109_120423 “Thank you, little girl for everything.  Its time for you to rest”.

And Finally……

20191125_185644 “A pre show pint and Ice Cream”.

MOZ said “my little thing is so sensitive”.  She was talking about her tablet!

20191125_19280820191125_215311 “Cast and crew signed the wall.  I spotted Miriam”.

My friend it seems is fluent in gibberish because she said “batch wattery” instead of watch battery.  Her guide to this special language will be available at Crimbum in a rubbish bin near you!

20191125_204907 “The set is ready for the second half”.

“There’s a little ice round your ring”!  MOZ was talking about a frozen bagel she had been defrosting. 

VideoCapture_20191125-170348 “Should be writing this, but very distracted.  By the original”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“Blakes 7”, (SC, ep 4 &  ep 5).  “Cheers”, (S1, ep 19 to ep 22)(S2, ep 1 to ep 22)(S3, ep 1 to ep 6).  “Click”, (TX: 23/11/19).  “Have I Got News For You”, (S58, ep 6, TX: 22/11/19).  “His Dark Materials”, (S1, ep 4).  “Ladhood”, (S1, ep 1).  “Live At The Apollo”, (S15, ep 4, TX: 26/11/19).  “Meat: A Threat To The Planet?”, (TX: 25/11/19).  “Secrets Of The Circle Line (YouTube), (TX: 06/06/14).  “Secrets Of The District Line (YouTube), (TX: 23/05/13).  “Secrets Of The Metropolitan Line (YouTube), (TX: 13/06/14).  “Secrets Of The Northern Line (YouTube), (TX: 06/04/13).  “Secrets Of The Piccadilly Line (YouTube), (TX: 17/02/14).  “Secrets Of The Victoria Line (YouTube), (TX: 18/03/13).  “Secrets Of The Waterloo And City Line (YouTube), (TX: 16/06/14).  “The Americas With Simon Reeves”, (S1, ep 4, TX: 03/11/19).  “The Apprentice”, (S15, ep 9, TX: 27/11/19).  “The Apprentice: Honest Subtitles”, (S5, ep 9, TX: 27/11/19).  “The Apprentice: You’re Fired”, (S14, ep 9, TX: 27/11/19).  “The Last Leg”, (S18, ep 5, TX: 22/11/19).  “The War Of The Worlds”, (S1, ep 2).  

Doctor Who watched this week:

“An Unearthly Child”, (S1, 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 Fire Maker, TX: 14/12/63).

“The Daleks”, (S1, Prod Code B)(ep 1, The Dead Planet, TX: 21/12/63)(ep 2, The Survivors, TX: 28/12/63)(ep 3, The Escape, TX: 04/01/64)(ep 4, The Ambush, TX: 11/01/64)(ep 5, The Expedition, TX: 18/01/64)(ep 6, The Ordeal, 25/01/64)(ep 7, The Rescue, 01/02/64)(Bonus: Creation Of The Daleks, 30/01/06).

“The Edge Of Destruction”, (S1, Prod Code C)(ep 1, The Edge Of Destruction, 08/02/64)(ep 2, The Brink Of Disaster, 15/02/64)(Bonus: Origins, 30/01/06)(Bonus: Over The Edge, 30/01/06).     

This week I saw live on stage:

“Sydney And The Old Girl”, Starring Miriam Margolyes at the Park Theatre.         

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“Anti Social Show”, (ep 77, 23/11/19).  “Daddy Look At Me”, (S2, ep 7, 28/11/19).  “Gossipmongers”, (S2, ep 9, 23/11/19).  “Iain Lee (Highlight)”, (22/11, 25/11, 26/11, 27/11, 28/11/19).  “In Poor Taste”, (ep 111, 27/11/19).  “LBC Podcast: Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (23/11, 29/11/19).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 120, 29/11/19).  “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 169, 22/11/19).  “Strange Times”, (ep 324, 15/11/19)(ep 325, 26/11/19).  “Sue Perkins: An Hour Or So With….”, (ep 9, 28/11/19).  “Talking Bottom”, (S3, ep 5, 22/11/19)(ep 6, 29/11/19).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 110, 22/11/19)(ep 111, 26/11/19).  “The All New Angelos And Barry Podcast”, (23/11/19).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (25/11/19).  “The Old Doctor Who Show”, (ep 11, 05/08/15)(ep 12, 26/08/15)(ep 13, 16/09/15)(ep 14, 07/10/15).  “Morrissey”,  “Pudde Of Mud”,  “Roxy Music”,  “The Bluetones”,  “Manic Street Preachers”,  “David Bowie”, “Len”,  “Sixpence None The Richer”,  “The Cranberries”,  “Wilson Phillips”,  “The XX”, “The Vaccine”, “The New Radical”, The Verve”, “The Smashing Pumpkins”.




















































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Week 283, Saturday 16th until Friday 22nd November 2019.

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

Week 283 Saturday 16th until Friday 22nd November 2019.


This week’s blog is being published on Black Friday.  That means that you, yes you are guaranteed** even more enjoyment than normal.  With extra special bonus content.

20191122_162227 “A remembrance roundel”.

I need to start this week by saying hearing Crimbum songs this early is ridiculous (in my opinion, which I realise doesn’t count for much).  I love to hear “The Pouges and Kirsty MacColl” like any sensible music lover, but not in November!  Business is tough for many companies at this time I know, which is possibly why Crimbum appears to start earlier and earlier each year.  But playing songs that traditionally used to be heard only over a two to three-week period might have to reverse effect, shoppers staying at home to order online, resulting in companies losing even more money and further physical shops closing.  I enjoy a seasonal tune, you be surprised at the songs that make me (a old grumpy boot) feel warm and fuzzy inside.  But hearing them in November is a little much.

20191117_155651 “Im tickled pink”.

Rants over!  If you would like to know what Crimbum songs make me feel uncharacteristically cheerful, please send a cheque for 42 Altairian Dollars payable to “You Grumpy old Grinch, an occasional smile now and again might make things not feel so bad” to the usual address, P.O.BOX 666, the bus stop opposite Betelgeuse Cash and Carry, Helsinki, W12 8QT.

20191117_160111 “MOZ, just hanging around”.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

20191117_160459 “My view looking up from the Yoga sling”.

I did a lot of driving last weekend and noticed that drivers seem to be even more impatient than normal.  There were a couple of times when I let out a panicked yelp because the car behind approached faster expected, or weaving in and out of traffic as if the driver was playing a game.  Something that happened twice was being flashed (no not that type of flashing. That’s for another week) by impatient drivers.  I was driving at the speed limit (this feel like I am making a police statement. Just to be clear I never have.  It’s because i watch too much TV) if the signs say 50 mph, I travel at that speed.  But the person behind who needs to get to the shops to secure that bargain of something they probably don’t need, spending money that they don’t have needs to be faster.  Last weekend I was determined not to be bullied by nodding a defiant “NO” in the rear view.  Of course, the flasher wouldn’t have seen my protest, but it made me feel better.  After a few seconds they got bored and overtook speeding away until they were stuck a couple of car lengths in front at lights.  Its times like that I would have asked them if that aggressive behaviour was worth it considering how much further it got them.  Instead I sat at the lights enjoying the moment with satisfaction that karma won.

20191120_113356 “Look in to my eyes……”.

Please don’t think I am an angel on the road, if I make a mistake I always apologies (mouthing “Sorry “like a demented goldfish always makes things better).  Being behind the wheel i am aware that I control a couple of tonnes of metal that could kill.  Driving in London is stressful enough, the last thing anyone needs are adults acting like child having a strop who are also in control of a killing machine.  There’s not a lot in life I am confident about, but ending up as a smear on tarmac is not something I want to happen.  If these people do play video games I wonder if they have realised that real life unlike what’s on the screen can have terrible consequences.

20191121_081425 “Hello, mum”.

With a lot of things in life I have always liked to be a rebel the outcast, it’s what makes me who I am.  But when it comes to pushing the accelerator pedal, I do what the signs tell me. Yes, I’m boring!

20191121_081244 “Go to school”.

And Finally……

20191122_162423 “Interesting rush hour attire”.

I commented to a friend I wonder how soon in 2020 will Prince Charles have a marathon of all nine Star Wars films (not including Rouge One and Solo.  There welcome to be added to the bill.  There great!).  MOZ laughed as she realised, I was talking about The Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square and not the person.

Licking a foil lid that I had pierced so that the container could be microwaved. I said out load to a friend, “I don’t want to cut my mouth on that gash”!

DSCF5017 “A pretty time of the year”.

MOZ said “get your hands off my muff”.  While I cleared a messy table we sat at in a coffee shop.  I had picked up a bag with her muffin in.

Saw a puppy in a different coffee shop that had been given a tiny cup of cream.  Nice to see on a chilly morning in the capital. The environmental issues of the paper cup, and is cream good for the dog, never crossed my mind.

20191118_224200 “How i felt at work a couple of days ago”.


Shopping for “things” that little ones can unwrap in about four and a half weeks’ time.  I overheard one teenager say to another “Heard you told your dad to Fuck off”.  That’s one prezzie list thrown into the recycling bin.

20190925_224125 “What a beautiful couple”.

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Oh, this is the special extra content. Hope you enjoyed it.

DSCF5137 “Writing this shiz, but very distracted by a Galaxy far, far away…”

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“Ad Vitam”, (S1, ep 1 & ep 2).  “Better Than Us”, (S1, ep 10).  “Blakes 7”, (SC, ep 1 to ep 3).  “Cheers”, (S1, ep 7 to ep 18).  “Click”, (TX: 16/11/19).  “Cul-De-Sac”, (S1, ep 4 to ep 6).  “Giri/Haji”, (S1, ep 7 & ep 8).  “His Dark Materials”, (S1, ep 3).  “Horizon: Jupitar Revealed”, (2018, ep 5, TX: 07/08/18).  “Hot Fuzz”, (2007).  “Junior Bake Off”, (S1 (S5), ep 11 TX: 18/11/19)(ep 12, 19/11)(ep 13, 20/11)(ep 14,21/11)(ep 15, 22/11).  “Lucy And D.i.C: D.i.C Auditions For Mortal Kombat (YouTube)”, (23/07/19).  “Mars”, (S2, ep 5 & ep 6).  “Spiral”, (S7, ep 11 & ep 12).  “Star Wars: The Mandalorian”, (S1, ep 1 & ep 2).  “Terry Nation Army Extra: Q&A On Props, Research And More! (YouTube)”, (TX: 19/11/19).  “The Apprentice”, (S15, ep 8, TX: 20/11/19).  “The Apprentice: Honest Subtitles”, (S5, ep 8, TX: 20/11/19).  “The Apprentice: You’re Fired”, (S14, ep 8, TX: 20/11/19).  “The Last Leg”, (S18, ep 4, TX: 15/11/19).  “The Name Of The Rose”, (S1, ep 5).  “The Richard Dimbleby Lecture: Sir Tim Berners-Lee – The World Wide Webb A Mid-Course Correction”, (TX: 17/11/19).  “The War Of The Worlds”, (S1, ep 1).  “Timeless”, (S1, ep 3).                   

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“Daddy Look At Me”, (S2, ep 6, 21/11/19).  “Gossipmongers”, (S2, ep 8, 16/11/19).  “Griefcast”, (ep 105, 19/11/19).  “Iain Lee (Highlight)”, (15/11, 18/11, 19/11, 20/11, 21/11/19).  “LBC Podcast: Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (16/11, 22/11/19).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 119, 22/11/19).  “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 168, 15/11/19).  “Space Rocket History Archive”, (ep 36 to ep 38, 05/01/18).  “Sue Perkins: An Hour Or So With….”, (ep 8, 21/11/19).  “Talking Bottom”, (S2, ep 6, 28/12/18)(Bottom Live, The Stage Show, 19/07/19)(Ed Bye Interview, 26/07/19)(S2 Round Up, 18/10/19)(S3, ep 1, 25/10/19)(ep 2, 31/10/19)(ep 3, 08/11/19)(ep 4, 15/11/19).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 109, 16/11/19).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (18/11/19).  “The Old Doctor Who Show”, (ep 9, 25/06/15)(ep 10, 15/07/15).  “Walking The Dog With Emily Dean”, (ep 23, 27/07/18).  “Morrissey”,  “Pouges And Kirsty MacCall”,  “ACDC”,  “Van Halen”,  “Talking Heads”,  “The Red Hot Chilli Peppers”, “Liam Gallagher”,  “Artic Monkeys”,  “T. Rex”,  “The Dandy Warhols”,  “Mott The Hoople”,  “The Black Keys”.



















































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