Week 361, Saturday 15th until Friday 21st May 2021.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London.

Week 361, Saturday 15th until Friday 21st May 2021.

Last year a highlight of Lockdown was growing tomatoes and broccoli.  Looking after the plants and harvesting the end result really was an achievement for me.

“The home of 10 Tommy Seeds”.

Recently I sowed 10 tomato seeds, within a few days 8 of them had sprouted above the surface of the soil.  Sadly only 2 have continued to grow, not sure what went wrong they were well fed, watered and I spoke nicely to them every day.  This week I tried again, using the container that successfully was the initial home to 10 seeds before the plants went outside.  I am not superstitious but that container just seemed appropriate to use again.

“It’s rained a lot, but don’t worry this is not the back garden”.

I really want this new batch of seeds to grow, if I could sing I would attempt that for a few minutes each day.  But as I can’t hold a note and as I really want these to thrive, instead of die I won’t subject the seeds to torture like that.  I will speak to them extra nicely though each day, maybe even a couple of times every day if they’re lucky.  Hopefully it’s not too late to sow the broccoli seeds, as they really were a lot of fun to grow; in fact I got 4 to 5 harvest out of those seeds.

“A very wet journey on the bus”.

I have never had Green fingers, if anything good has come out of this pandemic it that so many of us all over the world have discovered the joy of getting dirty in the garden (covered in factor 50, of course in summer.  If it returns!).  I have also started to enjoy watching Gardeners World, a programme I never thought I would enjoy.  This strange time that we are living through really has left long lasting effects.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

I horrified myself this week when I said “Haitch” instead of “Aitch”, working in a call centre I hear this multiple times a day**.  Please don’t think I am a word Nazi, just look at the state of the spelling and grammar in this ramble.  But the way people say “H” (not the one from Steps) does rub me up a little.  I am sure that when I was in school in the 70s and 80s I heard the 8th letter of the alphabet said this way, but only occasionally.  These days it seems to be all the time.

“This beauty was spotted in the garden this week”.

 After putting the caller on hold I turned to my friend who is also homeworking, she later described the look on my face as if I had been drinking unleaded 4 star direct from the pump.  I really think this was the first time I had said the letter like that.  I suppose there’s a first time for everything.  If I can help it I won’t be saying it again, there are standards which need to be maintained.  But at my great age it’s getting more and more difficult.  Maybe it’s easier to just breath out, let the belly hang over the waist line and be like everyone else and rename the letter “H”.

“Another new visitor this week. I wish I was as relaxed as them.”

**By the way if you say Haitch, that’s fine, I hopefully haven’t come across rude.

And Finally……

While a nice man authorised that I was old enough to buy a bottle of drink (There was food as well).  I thought I was being helpful and moved the shopping trolley backwards slightly.  He stopped pressing buttons on the self-check out machine and said, “Mind my crouch”.  Oops!

“I used a Radish in place of a Cherry in a drink. Cherries will be bought very soon”.

The Hamster woke up one afternoon while I was busy on a call.  My friend got him out and into a large clear crate full of sawdust that he can burrow, hide and generally do Hamster things.  Because I was busy and not seen Chewie, when the call ended he was brought over for me to see him.  It’s always lovely to see his constantly twitching nose; it makes a tough day at work feel better.  He was as usual eating something, my friend handed me a small piece of broccoli one of his fave foods.  Without thinking I popped it in my mouth, my friends face instantly changed and had a look of horror on it.  It turns out the vegetable was for the Hamster, I was supposed to feed it to him.  Yes, I stole broccoli from a tiny innocent Hamster, I am a terrible person.  To say I am sorry, I will purchase for him and a friend expensive tickets to his favourite musical in the West End, it the least I could do.

“Yes, I stole from this little baby”.

Word of the week “Futtock”, (a curved piece of wood, found on the inside of a wooden ship).  And not “Fekkik” (which as everyone know can mean, “Stupid arse”.  In the Farscape universe).  I hope that’s clear, if not please send a post card with a Fifty Pound note taped  to the front to the following address,

“Surly you have better things to do with your time than read this carp”

South Sheep Dip Lave


W12 8QT

“Can you spot the Blue Tit”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have watched:

“60 Minutes: NASA Wasn’t Sure If Perseverance Would Be Able To Slow Itself Down As It Barrelled Towards Mars”, (Facebook)(07/05/21).  “Archive: 1979: Project Apollo: James Burke On Landing The Eagle”, (YouTube)(20/07/20).  “Blake’s 7”, (Series A, ep 8).  “Click”, (TX: 15/05/21).  “Colony”, (S1, ep 7).  “Delia Derbyshire The Myths And The Legendary Tapes”, (TX: 16/05/21).  “Farscape”, (S4, ep 9). “Fringe”, (S3, ep 12 & ep 13).  “Gardeners World”, (2021, ep 2, TX: 26/03/21)(ep 3, TX: 02/04/21)(ep 4, TX: 10/04/21).  “Have I Got News For You”, (S61, ep 7, 21/05/21).  “Inside No. 9”, (S6, ep 2).  “Intergalactic “, (S1, ep 3 to ep 5).  “Mike Skipper Coming Out Of Lockdown Quiz”, (FaceBook)(TX: 15/05/21).  “Pandora”, (S2, ep 4 & ep 5).  “Stargate Atlantis “, (S1, ep 12 to ep 14).  “Star Trek (Original Series)”, (S2, ep 15).  “Star Trek The Next Generation”, (S4, ep 4).  “Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back”, (1980).  “Star Wars Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi”, (1983).  “Taskmaster”, (S11 (S2 on C4) ep 10, 20/05/21).  “The Great British Sewing Bee”, (S7, ep 6, 19/05/21).  “The Man In The High Castle”, (S1, ep 6).  “The Pact”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 6). “V Wars”, (S1, ep 6).  “This Time With Alan Partridge”, (S2, ep 4, 21/05/21).  “Van Helsing “, (S1, ep 10 to 13).  “Z Nation”, (S4, ep 10).  “Zapped”, (S2, ep 3 & ep 4).

Gerry Anderson Watched This Week:

“Space 1999”, (S2, ep 24 TX: 12/11/77)

This week I have listening to:

“13 Minutes To The Moon”, (S1, ep 8, 01/07/19)(ep 9, 08/07/19)(ep 10, 15/07/19(ep 11, 15/07/19).  “Anglophilia”, (S1, ep 6, 16/07/18)(S2, ep 1, 16/10/18).  “Betamax Video Club “, (ep 33, 14/11/18).  “Box Of Delights“, (S1, ep 20, 25/10/19).  “Coronavirus Global Update”, (BBC World Services) (15/05/21) (16/05/21) (17/05/21) (18/05/21) (19/05/21) (20/05/21) (21/05/21).  “Doctor Who”, (TeeVee/The Incomparable) (S10, ep 4, 07/05/17).  “Griefcast”, (ep 142, 19/05/21).  “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buddha”, (ep 36, 19/05/21).  “Makes Art Will Travel”, (S1, ep 2, 03/02/21).  “Mystery Hour”, (20/05/21).  “NASA: Gravity Assist”, (21/05/21).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 196, 21/05/21).  “Nick Abbott Whole Show”, (15/05/21)(16/05/21)(21/05/21).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombes Lockdown Parenting Hell“, (S2, ep 34 (ep 105),18/05/21)(ep 35 (ep 106) 21/05/21).  “Smersh Pod”, (“Dr No”, 31/03/18)(“From Russia With Love”, 01/04/18)(“Goldfinger”, 01/04/18).  “Space Soliders Podcast “, (Chapter Ten, ”The Unseen Peril”, 15/05/21).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (Bonus ep 14/05/21).  “The Audio Guide To Babylon 5”, (S2, ep 7 (ep 29), 14/06/15).  “The Friendship Onion”, (Trailer, 28/04/21)(S1, ep 1, 18/05/21).  “The Nick Abbot Habit “, (17/05/21).  “The Space Above Us”, (001, Intro, 05/05/16)(002, 05/05/16)(003, 05/05/16).  “This Week In Time Travel”, (The Incomparable)(ep 6, 09/05/17).  “Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels – Happy Times And Places” (15.1, “Kinda”, 17/05/21(15.2, 21/05/21).  “WTB”, (S2, ep 15 (ep 37), 21/05/21).  “What’s Your Problem With Nick Abbot And Carol Mcgiffin”, (18/05/21).  “Wolf And Owl”, (ep 24, 19/05/21)(Bonus #14, 21/05/21).

Songs I enjoyed this week, were by:

“Morrissey”,  “Arcade Fore”,  “Cast”,  “Cyndi Lauper”,  “Depeche Mode”, “Embrace”,  “Eurasia”,  “Green Day”,  “Heaven 17”,  “James”,  “Jesus Jones”, “Keane”,  “Kirsty MacColl”,  “Len”,  “Manic Street Preachers”,  “Men Without Hats”,  “Nivana”,  “Pet Shop Boys”,  “Placebo “,  “Pulp”,  “Simple Minds”,  “Smash Mouth”,  “The Cure”,  “The Smiths”,  “The Velvet Underground “,  “Train”.

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Week 360, Saturday 8th until Friday 14th May, 2021.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London.

Week 360, Saturday 8th until Friday 14th May 2021.

This week I visited the hospital again to have my foot looked at. At the entrance there were four queues, one for Covid testing, the second for maternity, the third for general appointments and finally emergencies. My heart sank at the length of queue three, line two and four were a lot shorter. I did wondered if I over inflated my lardy stomach would the security guard take pity on me thinking I was overly preggers, ready to burst and welcome me into the hospital with a smile from behind his mask. Of course I joined queue three and shuffled forward slowly. If this is what it’s like to get in to a hospital, it’s going to be horrible at airports this summer trying to get back in to the country after families have enjoyed their holiday in the Falkland Islands**

If your worried about the foot, it’s doing well, I go back next week and fingers crossed I will be able to return with gratitude the boot and crutches. Towards the end of the appointment I pulled out a large clear empty water bottle that I have repurposed as a sharps container for all the used hypodermic needles that I had to stab myself with. The question of disposed was the first thing I asked when given them, I was told to visit my GP or a Chemist. Both of these and the hospital where I was originally given the medication have turned me away.

As I expected the Doctor at the hospital also didn’t want my present. He did helpfully state that maybe the Red Cross would take them and send them to Africa and I quote “because they don’t have anything”. What I couldn’t work out is did he think the injections were unused, so they might be useful overseas. I had made it clear they were used; I really couldn’t be bothered to try and explain again.

My idea for disposal now is to double or treble bag them and hit them with a hammer. Then wearing thick gardening gloves sift through collect the plastic which could be cleaned and put in the recycling bin. The needles would be collected, taped up and disposed of at a later more suitable date. Or alternatively I could wait until I can visit one of my sisters because she has a number sharps box.

“This scientific scribble is how the Dr described the injury”.

**Seriously this is a location I would love to visit one day.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

There is a beast roaming around at night in this area. I say this as one morning while feeding the birds I discovered that the garden container that the feed is stored in has large scratches indicating that something has tried to get inside. The feed is all in tubs nothing is loose; it’s been like this for over a year.

The guilty party must be one of the regular cats that visit or possibly a fox. TV naturalist Chris Packham would know immediately from the look of the scratches who was guilty, but I suspect he’s busy preparing for Springwatch next week. Nothing has happened since the original incident; I will keep an eye on further damage, and look quizzically at all the neighbours cats I enjoy seeing daily. It’s rare that I see a fox during the day in the garden, there are plenty of them roaming around under cover of dark. Damage like this happens, it can’t be helped it’s more annoying and inconvenient. But this happens when loving and enjoying nature.

As I mentioned last week if you are a Woman who will be 40 on 27 April 2022, then TV documentary director Rachel Tracy really would love to chat about turning this milestone age. All Rachel’s contact info is below.

And Finally……

Flicking through a book about how to gardening in small space. There was a chapter I read initially as “Coronavirus garden”. It actually said “Carnivorous garden”.

While in a well know high street newsagent/bookshop, I overheard an old couple as they passed. The man said “I’ve won £60 on a scratch card. The woman replied “I’m getting half”, after a short pause she said “did you hear me”. Sadly they were out of earshot, so I don’t know if the man responded.

I laughed a lot when my friend said “Tomorrow, I’ll show you my spikey ball“. Don’t worry she was talking about small massage balls that she had ordered.

My friend asked me to trim her hair. Were still talking, maybe that’s the career I could look at doing. Anything’s better than working in the call centre.

“A couple of shiz doodles from this week”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have watched:

“Blake’s 7, (Series A, ep 7).  “Click”, (TX: 08/05/21).  “Colony”, (S1, ep 5).  “Farscape “, (S4, ep 8).  “Fringe”, (S3, ep 4 to ep 11).  “Galloping Guy: BBC Breakfast Time”, (YouTube)(TX: 17/01/84).  “Gardeners world”, (2021: ep 1, TX: 19/03/21).  “Have I Got News For You”, (S61, ep 6, TX: 14/05/21).  “Horizon: 1997-1998: Mir Mortals”, (TX: 23/04/98).  “Horizon: 2016: 17. Cosmic Dawn: The Real Moment Of Creation”, (TX: 09/09/15).  “Horizon: 2017: Mars – A Time Traveller’s Guide, (Edited Highlight)(TX: 12/09/17).  “Inside No. 9”, (S6, ep 1).  “Inside Out”, (2015).  “Ma”, (2019).  “Mamma Mia! The Story Of The World’s Favourite Musical”, (TX: 17/06/18).  “Mike Skipper Coming Out Of Lockdown Quiz”, (Facebook)(TX: 08/05/21).  “Motherland”, (S3, ep 1 to 5). “Pandora”, (S2, ep 1 to ep 3).  “Roald & Bertrix: The Tail Of The Curious Mouse”, (2020).  “Stacey Dooley: Back On The Psych Ward”, (TX: 13/04/21).  “Stargate Atlantis “, (S1, ep 6 to ep 11).  “Star Trek (Original Series)”, (S2, ep 13 & ep 14).  “Star Wars Episode III, Revenge Of The Sith”, (2005).  “Star Wars Episode IV, A New Hope”, (1977).  “Taskmaster”, (s11 (S2 on C4), ep 9, TX: 13/05/21).  “The Great British Sewing Bee “, (S7, ep 5, TX: 12/05/21).  “The Man In The High Castle”, (S1, ep 5).  “The Sky At Night”, (TX: 09/05/21).  “This Time With Alan Partridge “, (S2, ep 3).  “Unforgotten“, (S4, ep 1 to ep 6).  “V Wars”, (S1, ep 6).  “Van Helsing “, (S1, ep 8 & ep 9).

Gerry Anderson Watched This Week:

“Space 1999”, (S2, ep 23, TX: 29/10/78)

This week I have listening to:

“13 Minutes To The Moon”, (BBC World Service)(s1, ep 2, 20/05/19)(ep 3, 27/05/19)(ep 4, 03/06/19)(ep 5, 10/06/19)(ep 6, 17/06/19).  “Betamax Video Club”, (ep 23, 01/08/18).   “Box Of Delights “, (S1, ep 17, 15/10/19)(ep 18, 18/10/19)(ep 19, 22/10/19).  “Coronavirus Global Update “, (BBC World Service)(08/05/21)(09/05/21)(10/05/21) (11/05/21)(12/05/21)(13/05/21)(14/05/21).  “Count Binface Interviewed By Ayesha Hazarika On Times Radio”, (Twitter)(09/05/21).  “Doctor Who”, (TeeVee/The Incomparable)(S10, ep 3, 30/04/17).  “Game Of Thrones”, (TeeVee)(S5, ep 10, 15/06/15). “Griefcast “, (ep 140, 12/05/21).  “Hancock’s Half Hour: The Stolen Petrol”, (BBC Radio 4)(S4, ep 9, 09/12/1956).  “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buddha “, (ep 35, 12/05/21).  “Makes Art Will Travel”, (Trailer, 19/01/21)(S1, ep 1, 27/01/21)(ep 8, 17/03/21)(The Routemaster Results Show, 14/04/21).  “Mystery Hour”, (13/05/21).  “NASA: Gravity Assist“, (14/05/21).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Problem”, (ep 195, 14/05/21).  “Nick Abbot Whole Show”, (08/05/21)(09/05/21)(14/05/21). “Rob Beckett and Josh Widdecombe Lockdown Parenting Hell “, (S2, ep 32 (ep 103) 11/05/21)(ep 33 (ep 104) 14/05/21). “Smersh Pod”, (07/11/17).  “Space Boffins Podcast”, (14/05/21).  “Star Trek Universe Podcast”, (22/11/18)(29/11/18).  “Space Soliders Podcast”, (Chapter Nine, “Fighting The Fire Dragon”, 08/05/21).  “The 99p Challenge “, (S3, ep 2, 26/07/01).  “The Audio Guide To Babylon 5”, (S2, ep 4 (ep 26) 03/05/15)(ep5 (ep 27) 18/05/15).  “The Equal Right Stuff”, (BBC Sounds/World Service(12/04/21).  “The Nick Abbot Habit “, (10/05/21). “This Week In Time Travel”, (02/05/17).  “Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels – Happy Times And Places”, (14.1 “The Eleventh Hour”, 10/05/21).  “WTB”, (S2, ep 14 (ep 36) 14/05/21).  “What’s Your Problem With Nick Abbot And Carol Mcgiffin”, (10/05/21). “Wolf And Owl”, (ep 23, 12/05/21)(Bonus #13, 14/05/21).

Songs I enjoyed this week, were by:

“Morrissey”,  “ABBA”,  “Bastille”,  “Biffy Clyro”,  “Courteeners”,  “Motley Cure”, “Natalie Imbruglia “,  “Queen”,  “The Artic Monkeys”,  ”The Bluetones”,  “The Breeders”,  “The Libertines”,  “The Pet Shop Boys”,  “The Strokes”,  “The XX”,  “Two Door Cinema Club”.

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Week 359, Saturday 1st until Friday 7th May 2021.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London.

Week 359, Saturday 1st until Friday 7th May 2021.

Even though the lockdown here is opening up more and more, I haven’t been out of the house very often.  There are three very simple reasons.  One, I really don’t need to due to home working.  Two, the bad foot just slows me down.  And finally three, over the last 14 or so months I have realised that I just don’t want to go anywhere and be around others.

“Is this classed as a selfie”.

All over the UK this week there were elections, on Thursday I popped out to place my “X” on a ballot paper.  What I have noticed while out and about is how nice people are generally to a temporarily disabled person.  Not only do drivers stop at crossings instead of carrying on, I have had a number of cars slow and stop well before the crossing.  They then wait patiently while I cross a lot slower than normal.  London drivers are really not known for their patients.  Doors have been opened so that I can pass, and have been ushered to the front of queues.  This is the kind of treatment I could get used to.

At the polling station, I was treated like I have never before.  Due to Co-vid the process was slower than normal.  I have never had to queue up outside, but this occasion there was a long line of people all masked clutching their polling cards.  My time in the queue didn’t last long because a polling clerk who was offering a squirt of hand sanitiser to everyone passing the threshold noticed me.  I didn’t really need a seat in the doorway, but didn’t feel I could turn it down.

“The boot has other uses”.

I sat watching each person approach the main desk one at a time.  When it was my turn, I felt like Charlton Heston as Moses because the red sea of voters parted allowing me to hobble over to state my name and address.  My special treatment didn’t end there as a women from behind the desk offered to carry my voting papers, all three of them to the booth.  This I did turn down politely because I could control the crutches and carry the papers at the same time, plus there were a line of people behind all waiting their turn.  Maybe if she had offered a piggy back for the five metre journey then maybe I would have accepted.

“I found this photo while hobbling home. It looks old”

Due to the foot and the above treatment, this is an election I won’t forget.  Another reason is the person (I am not sure they could be called a person.  If you don’t understand, have a look at the London Mayoral Candidates) I wanted to win probably won’t (at the time of writing, no results have been posted).

“I did my duty”.

I visit the hospital next Tuesday, I am hoping that the foot has healed and I am told to go away and never return.  I must remember to take an extra shoe, if they do say the boot can come off for good.  I will need the left shoe to travel home on the bus.  Better write a list so I don’t forget, otherwise things could be difficult.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

Last week I mentioned how I had been contacted by a TV documentary producer/director. This week I had a lovely zoom chat with Rachel Tracy, who has been involved with a number of well-known documentaries such as “Who Dares Wins”, “Hospital”, “One Born Every Minute” and many more, reached out as she had read the blog.  Rachel is making a new documentary about women turning 40 next year (Rachel is celebrating her 40th in 2022).  Even though I am a lot older, I was able to chat about how I felt at that age and beyond.

“Information about contacting Rachel”.

 If you are a lady who will be 40 on 27 April 2022, then get in touch with Rachel, who would really love to chat about this milestone age.  I want to thank Rachel for contacting me and listening to my pointless ramblings.

And Finally……

“It’s a terrible pic, but i wanted to show it off”.

Sent myself an email, because I need to remember something important.  I signed it as if I was writing to someone else, D xx.  What an idiot, I really need a holiday.

“If i had a twin”.

While looking round a local gym, I had to concentrate and be very careful beside the pool.  In my mind I saw myself slipping because of the boot and crutches falling in fully clothed.  I am pleased to announce I remained calm and didn’t become an accident statistic.  A funny story the guide told us, she recently discovered a women lying on a toning table eating from a bag of Doritos.  What I really wanted to know, is what flavour were the tasty snacks.  That’s an exercise programme I could do.

“There was a bird up in the tress, honest”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have watched:

“Breeders”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 10).  “Click”, (TX: 01/05/21).  “Colony”, (s1, ep 4).  “Could You Make A Space Suit From Duct Tape?”, (YouTube)(02/05/21).  “Farscape”, (S4, ep 7).  “Father Ted”, (“A Christmassy Ted”, TX: 24/12/96) (S3, ep 1 to ep 8).  “Fringe”, (S3, ep 1 to ep 3).  “Have I Got News For You”, (S61, ep 5, TX: 07/05/21).  “How Toilet Paper Is Made”, (YouTube)(TX: 27/03/07).  “Intergalactic”, (S1, ep 1 & ep 2).  “Maggie Simpson In The Force Awakens From Its Nap”, (2021).  “Mike Skipper Coming Out Of Lockdown Quiz”, (FaceBook) (TX: 01/05/21).  “Moonbase 8”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 5).  “Nomadland”, (2021).  “Qi XL”, (Series R, ep 2, TX: 05/09/20).  “Revenge”, (S4, ep 13 to ep 23). “Stargate Atlantis”, (S1, ep 1 pt 1 & pt 2)(ep 2 to ep 5).  “Star Trek (Original Series)”, (S2, ep 11 & ep 12).  “Solo: A Star Wars Story”, (2018). “Taskmaster “, (S11 (S2 on C4), TX: 06/05/21).  “The Creation Of The Doctor Who Title Sequence “, (YouTube) (06/05/21).  “The Great British Sewing Bee”, (S7, ep 4, 05/05/21).  “The Man In The High Castle”, (S1, ep 4).  “This Time With Alan Partridge “, (S2, ep 2, TX: 07/05/21).  “V Wars”, (S1, ep 5).  “Van Helsing, (S1, ep 6 & ep 7).  “What.If. Could We Build A Dyson Sphere”, (FaceBook)(TX: 12/10/18).  “What.If. What If you Were The Last Human And Trapped In Space?”, (FaceBook)(TX: 16/05/20).  “What.If. What Would You Do To Survive If You Were On Mars?”, (FaceBook)(TX: 29/04/20).  “Z Nation”, (s4, ep 6 to ep 8).

Gerry Anderson Watched This Week:

“Space 1999”, (S2, ep 22, TX: 01/09/77). 

This week I have listening to:

“13 minutes to the moon”, (BBC World Service)(S1 trailer T- minus 4, 12/04/19)(trailer T- minus 3, 22/04/19)(trailer T- minus 2, 26/04/19)(trailer T- minus 1, 29/04/19)(ep 1, 13/05/19). “Anglophilia”, (S1, ep 4, 2/07/18).  “Anti Social Show”, (ep 92 Which Is Really ep 100, 01/05/21).  “Box of delights”, (S1, ep 14, 04/10/19)(ep 15, 08/10/19(ep 16, 11/10/19). “Braving Babylon 5”, (ep 6, 16/04/14)(ep 7, 01/05/14).  “Coronavirus Global Update”, (BBC World Service) (01/05/21) (02/05/21)(03/05/21)(04/05/21) (05/05/21) (06/05/21) (07/05/21). “Doctor Who”, (TeeVee / The Incomparable)(S10, ep 2, 23/04/17).  “Game Of Thrones”, (TeeVee)(S5, ep 9, 08/06/15).  “Griefcast”, (ep 140, 05/05/21).  “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buddha”, (ep 34 , 05/05/21).  “Mystery Hour”, (06/05/21).  “NASA- Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 195, 07/05/21).  “Nick Abbott Whole Show”, (01/05/21)(02/05/21).  “Rob Beckett and Josh Widdecombe Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (S2, ep 30 (ep 101), 04/05/21) (ep 31 (ep 102) 07/05/21).  “The 99p challenge”, (S3, ep 1, 19/07/01).  “Taskmaster The Podcast”, (ep 31, 06/05/21).  “The Froth With Rhod Gilbert And Sain Harris”, (S3 ep 12, (ep 36) 04/05/21).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (04/05/21).  “The Old Doctor Who Show”, (ep 111, 05/05/21).  “Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels”, (S2, Preview, 07/05/21).  “Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels- Too Much Information”, (1.4, 03/05/21).  “Space Soldiers Podcast”, (Chapter Eight “Tournament Of Doom”, 01/05/21).  “Vulcan Hello”, (The Incomparable)(11/01/20).  “WTB”, (S2, ep 13 (ep 35) 7/05/21).  “What’s Your Problem With Nick Abbot And Carol Mcgiffin”, (03/05/21).  “Wolf And Owl”, (ep 22, 05/05/21)(bonus #12, 07/05/21).

Songs I enjoyed this week, were by:

“Morrissey”,  “ABC”,  “Bananarama”,  “Bastille”,  “Buzzcocks”,  “Dee-Lite”,  “Echo And The Bunnymen”,  “Green Day”,  “Jeff Buckley”,  “Ladyhawke”,  “M.I.A”,  “Muse”,  “SIA”,  “Spin Docotrs”,  “T’Pau”,  “The Housmartins”,  “The Bangles”,  “The Smashing Pumpkins”,  “Travis”.

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Week 358, Saturday 24th until 30th April 2021.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London.

Week 358 Saturday 24th until 30th April 2021.

I was hobbling around east London on crutches with a friend last weekend when I became the centre of attention.  In the busy street were a group of people preaching, as I passed a man with a microphone started to ask if he could prey for my foot.  Of course I was polite in saying no; we picked up the pace and continued on our way.  A few seconds later passing a bench occupied by a number of men who had been sitting in the sun enjoying a number of drinks noticed what had happened.  One of them laughed about praying for the foot; once again I smiled and nodded as I limped past.

“I don’t remember ever seeing a blue eyed cat before”.

The next thing my friend and I knew we were accosted by three of the preachers, who were being very nice about my injured foot and really wanted to heal it with prey.  This was when a number of the drinkers approached on the other side, pointing out that I had, had to stop and was standing on the bad leg.  It was all very good natured there was no bad feelings from either side, but I didn’t want anything to escalate.  All I could do was say my thanks to both parties for caring and hobbled off as quickly as my good leg and crutches would carry me, without looking back.

“Very pretty”.

Being the centre of attention is not something I want at all; I spent my life trying to blend in to the background, for a few minutes I really felt uncomfortable being out and about.  The foot is getting better, it might take longer to heal without the power of prey, I don’t mind I’m patient.  

One thing I realised this week.  I get the same satisfaction taking off the boot at the end of the day, as I used to whipping off my bra after a long day in the office and travelling on public transport.  Is that too much information!

“I love to look up and wish I was flying away”.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

This week I was contacted by a TV documentary producer/director who has read this ramble and wanted to talk about their new production.  I think the idea is that people reading may then apply to participate in the forthcoming documentary.  It certainly sounds like an interesting programme idea.

“I spotted the murderer”.

My immediately concern was have they contacted the wrong person.  This blog has a very small audience and I have no influence online or in the real world.  I didn’t want them to think I was someone I wasn’t, but they still seem to want to chat.  Sadly real life has got in the way a couple of times so we are now chatting virtually next week.

As you may know if you have read this ramble for any period of time I have written a number of short film scripts.  In 2019 I approached a number of agents, of course none replied even to say go away you untalented call centre monkey.  The small pile of finished stories continues to grow as I am still coming up with ideas.  What I have decided to do is ask the documentary producer if they know anyone that would at least have a read.  There’s always a tiny possibility someone might like one, and maybe want to help me develop a script.  I have read time and time again you don’t get if you don’t ask.  It’s not in my nature to ask for help like this, which is why I have never achieved anything.

“One of the gardens many customers, who visit for lunch”.

I will keep you informed of any developments over the coming weeks.  If it’s never mentioned again then you know that the producer realised there mistake, I wasn’t the person they thought and never got I touch.  Or they didn’t know anyone that could spare a few minutes to read my pages.

There is a possibility that the documentary producer might actually read this.  Hopefully this won’t stop them contacting me.  I am not saying the scripts are wonderful, but the stories are good and I think there is something that could be worked on.

“Beautiful Plumage”.

And Finally……

Said, while yawning “Daddy Grayson” (this is with ref to a character in Revenge, which I am currently bingeing).  My friend laughter because she thought in said Larry Grayson.  You have to be a certain age to really appreciate this I suppose.

“Standing in the front garden, getting strange looks from passers by”.

I was having issues dumping photographs off an SD card.  I said out load while turning the laptop around “I wonder if I stick it in to a different hole, the card might work”.  Behind me on the floor exercising my friend just started to laugh loudly for many minutes.

“A beautiful site”.

TV quote of the week. “I’ve got my peak stuck in the machine”.  Looking at the list of what I watched (below).  Which programme do you think this is from?  There is no prize other than the fact that you watch the same things, or just guessed correctly.  Either way you will have my full respect.

“It was supposed to be Pink”,

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have watched:

“BBC Archive – 1972 – Nationwide: Flying Saucer”, (FaceBook) (TX: 22/09/20).  “BBC Nationwide – 1970: Nationwide: Shopping In The 70s”, (FaceBook) (TX: 24/09/20).  “Click”, (TX: 24/04/21).  “Colony”, (S1, ep 3) “Don Rodolfo”, (TX: 22/04/21).  “Farscape”, (S4, ep 6).  “Father Ted”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 6) (S2, ep 1 to ep 10). “Frank Of Ireland”, (S1, ep 3).  “Friends”, (S2, ep 19).  “Have I Got News For You”, (S61, ep 4, 30/04/21).  “Not Going Out”, (S11, ep 1 to ep 5).  “Revenge”, (S3, ep 10 to ep 22) (S4, ep 1 to ep 13).  “Shelter (6 Souls)”, (2010)“Star Trek (The Original Series)”, (S2, ep 9 & 10).  “Starstruck”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 6).  “Taskmaster”, (S11 (S2 on C4), ep 7, TX: 29/04/21)“The Graham Norton Show”, (S28, ep 26 (Compilation Pt 2), TX: 30/04/21).  “The Great British Sewing Bee”, (S7, ep 3, TX: 28/04/21)The Thick Of It”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 3)(S2, ep 1 & ep 2)V Wars”, (S1, ep 5)“This Time With Alan Partridge”, (s2, ep 1, 30/04)“What. If. Could Chernobyl Really Kill You?”, (FaceBook) (24/04/21)“Van Helsing”, (S1, ep 5)“Z Nation”, (S4, ep 5).

Gerry Anderson Watched This Week:

“Space 1999”, (S2, ep 21, TX: 25/08/77)“Space 1999 – BBC Mastermind Quizzes Samira Ahmed On Her Favourite Sci-Fi Show Space 1999”, (YouTube) (TX: 12/01/20).

“Space 1999 – Brian Johnson Behind The Scenes Eagle”, (YouTube) (TX: 01/04/14).

“The Metamorphosis of Space 1999”, (YouTube) (TX: 06/03/21).

This week I have listening to:

“A legitimate Salvage”, (ep 27, 27/04/20) (ep 28, 14/05/20).  “Anglophilia”, (S1, ep 2, 18/06/18) (ep 3, 25/06/18)“Betamax Video Club”, (ep 30, 17/10/18) (ep 91, 26/04/21) (ep 92, 29/04/21)“Box Of Delights”, (S1, 17/09/19) (24/09/19) (26/09/19) (27/09/19) (01/10/19) “Coronavirus Global Update”, (BBC World Service) (24/04/21) (25/04/21) (26/04/21) (27/04/21) (28/04/21) (29/04/21) (30/04/21).  “Game Of Thrones”, (TeeVee) (S5, ep 8, 25/05/15)“Griefcast”, (ep 139, 28/04/21).  “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buddha”, (ep 33, 28/04/21)“NASA: Gravity Assist”, (S5, ep 3, 30/0421)Nick Abbot Whole Show”, (24/04/21) (25/04/21) (30/04/21)I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buddha”, (S1, ep 32, 21/04/21) “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (S2, ep 28, 26/04/21) (ep 29 (ep 100) 30/04/21).  “Smersh Pod”, (ep 15, 27/07/17).  “Space Soldiers Podcast”, (Chapter Seven, “Shattering Doom”, 24/04/21).  “Star Trek Universe Podcast”, (ep 6, 16/11/18)Supermassive Podcast”, (ep 16, 23/04/21)“The 99p Challenge”, (BBC Radio 4) (ep 4, 13/07/2000) (ep 5, 20/07/2000)“The Audio Guide To Babylon 5”, (S2, ep 2 (ep 24) 05/04/15) (ep 3 (ep 25) 19/04/15)“The Nick Abbot Habit”, (26/04/21)“This Week In Time Travel”, (The Incomparable) (ep 3, 18/04/17(ep 4, 25/04/17)Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels – Indefinable Magic”, (1.6, 30/04/21) “WTB”, (S2, ep 12 (ep 34) 30/04/21)“What’s Your Problem With Nick Abbot And Carol Mcgiffin”, (26/04/21)“Wolf And Owl”, (ep 21, 28/04/21) (Bonus #11, 30/04/21). 

Songs I enjoyed this week, were by:

“Morrissey”,  “Alanis Morissette”,  “Baby Bird”,  “Blur”,  “Catatonia”,  “Echobelly”, “Frankie Goes To Hollywood”,  “Gin Blossoms”,  “McAlmont & Butler”,  “Manic Street Preachers”,  “Natalie Imbruglia”,  “Nik Kershaw”,  “Prince”,  “R.E.M”,  “Radiohead”, “Republica”,  “Roxy Music”,  “Suede”,  “Suzanne Vega And Dna”,  “The Bluetones”, “The Breeders”,  “The Lightening Seeds”,  “The Shaman”.

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Week 357, Saturday 17th until Friday 23rd April 2021.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London.

Week 357 Saturday 17th until Friday 23rdApril 2021.

I am of an age where I am still in control of how and where I want to sit down.  By this I mean I see a location, and then in a calm and steady manor my lardy arse is positioned on the imaginary X that marks the spot.  These last few weeks everything changed with my left foot in a cast and using the power of crutches.  I see the spot and have to rely on gravity, hoping that the landing is as soft as expected.  These last couple of week I really could have used the Sky Crane system that NASA recently used for the second time to successfully land a rover (Perseverance) on Mars.  The way I have been sitting down recently is what you expect from someone 20 or more years older than I am.

“Feet are ugly”.

Sadly I haven’t had contact with my three nephews and niece so the cast has not been covered in graffiti.  It’s remained as white as it was when it had been applied.  This all changed last Sunday while attempting to water plants on a window sill, when I knocked over a small plastic cup that I fill with water while attempting to paint.  The small amount of pistachio coloured liquid landed on the cast (damn you gravity!) and soaked in the plaster before I was able to do anything.  I won’t lie I really was very annoyed with my normal general incompetence after keeping the cast looking like it had been freshly applied.  The only good thing was the colour wasn’t red because that would have looked like blood, brown far too much like shiz and yellow as If I had pissed myself.

“This is how I would decorate the crutches, if I was on them long term”.

In the end all was fine, because when I visited the fracture clinic later this week the cast was removed and has been replaced with a boot (that reminds constantly of Spock’s hover boots in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989) which I can take off at night and when I want a shower.  The Dr did comment on the greenish stain, which I really tried to not bring too much attention to.  If some people can claim an unmade bed is art, I could have said it was a portable art project I was working on.  I didn’t and changed the subject as quickly as possible.

“Honest we are smiling”.

I return in three week, fingers crossed all is going to be good, because I have a couple of events coming in June and July that I intend on getting both legs fully immersed in water.  Plus I would like to drive myself to the locations.

“A little exercise”.

Finally while being wheeled around the hospital in a wheel chair (my friend drove very well, only colliding with doors and wedging me in corner a couple of times) I tried to assist my friend by grabbing hold of a plastic rail (wall guard) that ran along the middle of the wall to aid our locomotion in the opposite direction.  The rail was probably about 4 to 5 inches in height (maybe 1 or 2 inches wide).  When my friend pushed the chair towards the exit, the rail stayed in my hand as it came off the wall.  We stopped looked at each other in shock and could only laugh.  Luckily no one was around to see this vandalism to NHS property, as we passed a row of empty chairs I gently left the hard plastic behind.  Next time I visit I won’t need the chair, and will definitely keep away from the walls and all rails.

“Such a beautiful time of year”.

And Finally……

“Making a pick n mix for the birds”.

I had to suppress a chuckle as I spoke to a lovely person with the surname of a popular tall hairy character from Star Wars.  I wanted to say something because I am a huge fan of the films (especially Episodes IV to VI).  Of course I didn’t, but I did wonder if they had been teased all their life.  Of course as soon as the call was over, I did mention the name to my friend the other side of the living room who is also a lifelong fan of the movies.

“I can see you”.

Also work related, asked a man (nicely, but sternly) to stop shouting at me on the phone.  It was only 9,30am; I told him it was far too early to be that angry and upset.  He did apologise before he ended the call, hopefully he had a good rest of day after he calmed down.

“can used injections, be art”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have watched:

BBC News Channel”, (TX: 17/04/21).  “Blakes 7”, (S1, ep 5 & ep 6).  “Click”, (17/04/21).  “Coherence”, (2013).  “Festival Of Funny: Asparagus Tips, Girls Night, Mondeo, Mum Of The Year, Powerwash (I Love You), Princess De Woking, Straight Faces, The Procedure, Verisimilitude, W(*)nk Wiggle”, (TX: 06/03/21).

“Inanimate”, (2015).  “Mike Skipper Coming Out Of Lockdown Quiz”, (FaceBook)(TX: 10/04/21).  “Not Going Out”, (S10, ep 4 to ep 6) (Halloween Special, TX: 30/09/19) (“Driving Home For Crimbum”, TX: 24/12/19) (“Resolutions”, TX: 30/12/20) “Releasing A Stranded Octopus And It Thanked Me”, (YouTube) (08/08/13).  “Revenge”, (S2, ep 9 to ep 22) (S3, ep 1 to ep 9).  “Shutter”, (2008).  “Star Trek (The Original Series)”, (S2, ep 6 to ep 8).  “Star Wars: Episode II: Attack Of The Clones”, (2002).  “Stephens King: A Good Marriage ”, (2015). “Stowaway”, (2021).  “Taskmaster”, (S11 (S2 on C4), ep 6, TX: 21/04/21).  “The Graham Norton Show”, (S28, ep 24, TX: 16/04/21).  “The Great British Sewing Bee”, (S7, ep 2, TX: 21/04/21).

Gerry Anderson Watched This Week:

“Space 1999”, (S2, ep 20, TX: 18/08/77).

NASA TV Watched Live This Week:

“Ingenuity First Powered Flight On Mars, Mission Control (Live)”, (TX: 19/04/21).  “Ingenuity, Post Flight Briefing/Press Conference (Live)”, (TX: 19/04/21).  “NASA/Space X, Crew 2, Launch (Live)”, (23/04/21).

This week I have listening to:

“A legitimate Salvage”, (ep 24, 03/03/20)(ep 25, 19/03/20)(ep 26, 15/04/20).  “Anglophilia”, (S1, ep 1, 06/06/18)(S5, ep 5, 16/06/20).  “Betamax Video Club”, (ep 53, 08/08/19).  “Box Of Delights”, (S1, ep 8, 13/09/19).  “Coronavirus Global Update”, (BBC World Service) (17/04/21) (18/04/21) (19/04/21) (20/04/21) (21/04/21) (22/04/21) (23/04/21).  “Doctor Who”, (TeeVee)(The Return Of Doctor Mysterio, 26/12/16 (S10, ep 1, 16/04/17).  “Game Of Thrones”, (TeeVee)(S5, ep 7, 25/05/15).  “Griefcast”, (ep 138, 21/04/21).  “Have I Got News For You”, (S61, ep 3, TX: 23/04/21).  “NASA: Gravity Assist”, (S5, ep 2, 23/0421).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 192, 23/04/21).  “Nick Abbot Whole Show”, (17/04/21) (18/04/21) (23/04/21).  “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buddha”, (S1, ep 32, 21/04/21).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (S2, ep 25, 16/04/21) (ep 26, 20/04/21) (ep 27, 23/04/21).  “Space Soldiers Podcast”, (Chapter Six, “Flaming Torch”, 17/04/21).  “Star Trek”, (The Incomparable) (Short Trek, #5 Review, 10/10/19) (#6, 19/10/19).  “Star Trek Universe Podcast”, (ep 4, 30/10/18) (ep 5, 09/11/18).  “The 99p Challenge”, (BBC Radio 4) (22/06/2000) (29/06/2000) (06/07/2000).  “The Audio Guide To Babylon 5”, (ep 23, 22/03/15) (Bonus ep, 30/03/15).  “The Froth With Rhod Gilbert And Sian Harris”, (S3, ep 10 (ep 35) 20/04/21) “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (19/04/21).  “This Week In Time Travel”, (The Incomparable) (Trailer, 22/03/17) (ep 1, 04/04/17) (ep 2, 11/04/17).  “Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels – Happy Times And Places”, (“The Chase”, 13.5, 19/04/21) (13.6, 23/4/21) “Vulcan Hello”, (The Incomparable) (Trailer, 25/01/20) (ep 1, 14/11/19) (ep 2, 14/12/19).  “WTB”, (S2, ep 11 (ep 33) 23/04/21) “What’s Your Problem With Nick Abbot And Carol Mcgiffin”, (19/04/21) 

Songs I enjoyed this week, were by:

“Morrissey”,  “Artic Monkey”,  “Biffy Clyro”,  “Big Country”,  “Crowded House”,  “Eels”,  “Faithless”,  “Foo Fighters”,  “Garbage”,  “James”,  “Jamie T”,  “Massive Attack”,  “Nena”,  “Queen”,  “Portishead”,  “Radiohead”,  “Royal Blood”,  “Skunk Anansie”,  “Stereophonics”,  “Supergrass”,  “The Lemonheads”,  “The Lumineers”,  “The Rolling Stones”,  “The Wannadies”,

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Week 356, Saturday 10th until Friday 16th April 2021.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London (10 days in plaster).

Week 356 Saturday 10th until Friday 16thApril 2021.

On 12th April, I celebrated the 60th Anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s first orbit.  And the 40th of the launch of the first Space Shuttle Columbia’s (STS1), by painting this.

Wednesday started out very normal and boring.  Everything changed late morning when I received a call from the fracture clinic to inform me of my appointment with them next week. Just before the call ended I asked about the blood thinning injections I am taking daily.  The very nice lady went to check and on her return confirmed that I did need to keep jabbing myself.  The problem was the initial prescription was due to run out the next day.  After putting me on pause a second time the receptionist returned saying I needed to speak to my GP.

“The crutches, don’t make me smile often”.

This is when the day started to unravel.  My local surgery said they couldn’t give me the meds, I needed to speak to the A&E.  At this point I thought I would ring A&E for advice, it’s a good thing I did as they informed me I should go back to the hospital/medical centre that saw me originally.

“I legitimately sat in this seat”.

After emailing my boss, saying that even though we were extremely busy I had to stop work immediately, my friend and I left the house.  I have only used the crutches in and around the house and the garden.  The outside world is a different matter.  Every five to 10 metre I would stop to have a breather then move on.  Walking the bus stop is only a couple of minutes away; on the sticks it took ten minute.  The walk to the hospital after the quarter of an hour bus journey was just so painful, the closer I got to the medical centre the more I wanted to just sit on the floor and cry.  Once inside and finally getting the attention of a receptionist I was told to sit down and wait.  What made the two hour wait painful was the communal TV showing nothing but soap after soap episodes (boring continuing dramas made here in the UK, not the classic US sitcom which ran from 1977 until 1981).  I suspect that channel is deliberately on to placate all the patients waiting.

“A nice view leaving the hospital”.

Eventually my name was called; I sat and explained to the Dr, who really was not happy or impressed with my story.  It turns out both the GP and the A&E could have helped me, it’s possible that they just didn’t like the sound of my voice.  However the real problem is the fracture clinic, who she said was supposed to have seen me in a week.  Instead of ringing a week later, to book an appointment in another seven day’s time.  This is why I had only nine days medication.

“Lovely rose from my sister Hel and Mum”.

Getting home was slow, after another bus ride that final hobble towards the house really was so painful.  Have you ever needed the loo, the closer you get the more you just need to pee.  That’s sort of how I felt, the closer I got, I could see the house the more painful my hands, arms, right leg and hip felt.  The closer I got the slower I became; it was almost after every step I had to stop for a few seconds.  I have never been happier to be working from home, if I wasn’t of course I would have travelled to and from work, I wouldn’t have had a choice.  I am genuinely thankful that I am homeworking at the moment.

“A thank you to MOZ from Hel and Mum”.

I did get the medication, but it wasn’t easy.  My poor friend had to visit the chemist three days running, to put in the prescription, collect part of the amount due, then pick up the rest on the third day.  Thank you so much MOZ for doing that and generally helping me at the moment.  The last few days have been a little stressful, but all is ok.  Next week I will get to the clinic, hopefully I will leave with a better idea of how long I will be hopping around on sticks.  Fingers crossed next week is better and a little more stressful.

“it really was a busy week at work”.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

Feeding the birds has helped keep me sane (or what’s left of my sanity) these last 12 months. Afterwards I would enjoy watching the regular customers hop out of the bushes to enjoy the grub.

“This is the ice removed form the bird bath. It has been cold this week”.

At the moment with one foot in plaster everything is taking so much longer.  One occasion this week I listened to an entire 30 min podcast while hobbling, hopping back and forth, huffing and puffing and generally trying not to fall over as I filled everything up.  This week it felt like the birds were getting impatient over how long it was taking for me to dish out there food, from the noise coming from the bushes.  Of course what I need to remember is the customer is always right.

“Lovely to see nature only a few metres away”.

And Finally……

“Enjoying a dose of double Shatner during one lunchtime”,

If you thought that the world had been turned upside enough during this last year.  It’s about to get worse. This week on a number of news reports I heard that there is a terrible shortage of garden gnomes to buy.  Please look after your small friends in the garden, there difficult to replace.

“A doodle, drawn after listening to the latest ep of the excellent The Old Doctor Who Show podcast“.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“Alien Covenant”, (2017).  “Blockaboots”, (YouTube)(TX: 09/04/07).  “Colony”, (S1, ep 1 & ep 2).  “Entertainment Insider: The Anatomy And History Of A Car Chase”, (FaceBook)(TX: 06/04/21).  “Farscape”, (S4, ep 1 to ep 5).  “Frank Of Ireland”, (S1, ep 1 & ep 2).  “Jo Brands: Britain’s Fave TV Of The 70s”, (TX: 09/04/21).  “Have I Got News For You”, (S61, ep 2, TX: 16/04/21).  “Have I Got A Bit More News For You”, (S61, ep 1, TX: 09/04/21).  “Identity”, (2003).  “Mike Skipper Coming Out Of Lockdown Quiz”, (FaceBook)(TX: 10/04/21).  “Not Going Out”, (S10, ep 1 to ep 3).  “Revenge”, (S1, ep 14 to ep 22)(S2, ep 1 to ep 8).  “Sound Of Metal”, (2019).  “Star Trek (The Original Series)”, (S2, ep 1 to ep 5).  “Taskmaster”, (S11 (S2 on C4), ep 5, TX: 15/04/21).  “The Electric Mist”, (2009).  “The Great British Sewing Bee”, (S7, ep 1, TX: 14/04/21).  “The Man In The Castle”, (S1, ep 3).  “The Nun”, (2005).  “The Sky At Night”, (TX: 11/04/21).  “Thunder Force”, (2021)“Total Recall”, (2012).  “Trip Hazard: My Great British Adventure”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 09/04/21)(ep 2 to ep 4, TX on All4, 09/04/21).  “V Wars”, (S1, ep 4).  “Van Helsing”, (S1, ep 2 to ep 4).  “What Did Jack Do?”, (2017).  “Z Nation”, (S4, ep 1 to ep 4).

Gerry Anderson Watched This Week:

“Space 1999”, (S2, ep 18, TX: 04/08/77)(ep 19, TX: 11/08/77).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“A legitimate Salvage”, (ep 23,11/02/20).  “Betamax Video Club”, (ep 26, 29/08/18).  “Box Of Delights”, (Trailer)(S1, ep 1, 20/08/19)(ep 2, 23/08/19)(ep 3, 27/09/19)(ep 4, 30/08/19)(ep 5, 03/08/19)(ep 6, 06/09/19)(ep 7, 10/09/19).  “Braving Babylon 5”, (ep 5,6/03/14).  “Coronavirus Global Update”, (BBC World Service) (10/04/21) (11/04/21) (12/04/21) (13/04/21) (14/04/21) (15/04/21) (16/04/21).  “Doctor Who”, (TeeVee)(The Husbands Of River Song)(26/12/15).  “Griefcast”, (ep 137, 14/04/21).  “NASA: Gravity Assist”, (S5, ep 1,16/04/21).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 191,16/04/21).  “Nick Abbot Whole Show”, (11/04/21)(16/04/21).  “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buddha”, (S1, ep 31, 14/04/21).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (S2, ep 24, 13/04/21).  “Smersh Pod”, (26/04/17)(30/06/17)(24/08/17)(30/08/17).  “Space Soldiers Podcast”, (Chapter Five, “The Destroying Ray”, 10/04/21).  “Star Trek Discovery”, (TeeVee)(S2, ep 14, 19/04/19).  “Star Trek universe Podcast”, (25/10/18).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 156,14/04/21).  “The Audio Guide To Babylon 5”, (S1, ep 21, 23/02/15)(ep 22, 08/03/15).  “The Froth With Rhod Gilbert And Sian Harris”, (S3, ep 9 (ep 34) 13/04/21).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (12/04/21).  “The Old Doctor Who Show”, (ep 110, 14/04/21).  “Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels – Happy Times And Places”, (13.3, “The Chase”, 12/04/21)(13.4, 16/04/21).  “Vulcan Hello”, (The Incomparable)(Trailer, 25/01/20)(ep 1, 14/11/19)(ep 2, 14/12/19).  “WTB”, (S2, ep 10 (ep 32) 16/04/21).  “What’s Your Problem With Nick Abbot And Carol Mcgiffin”, (12/04/21).  “Wolf And Owl”, (S1, ep 20, 14/04/21)(Bonus #10, 16/04/21).  “Morrissey”,  “Seal” ,  “Sophie B. Hawkins”,  “Manic Street Preachers”,  “Pulp”,  “The Cranberries”,  “ABC”,  “Smiths”,  “Eurythmics”,  “World Party”,  “Suede”,  “EMF”,  “Edwyn Collins” ,  “Black Grape”,  “Republica”,  “David Bowie”,  “Aerosmith”,  “Shed Seven”,  “Dario G”, “INXS”,  “Blur”,  “Stone Temple Pilots”,  “Groove Armada”.

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Week 355, Saturday 3rd until Friday 9th April 2021.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London.

Week 355 Saturday 3rd until Friday 9thApril 2021.

Hope everyone had a good Easter and ate lots of chocolate.

“I did a family Easter Doodle”.

This week I was going to tell you about a virtual Easter Egg hunt, the egg was found at my old family home which looks exactly the same from the picture on the website.  During Mike Skippers weekly on-line quiz, I got full marks for Round 4 all about Doctor Who.  I was interviewed about my interest in Doctor Who by a friend who presents a programme on an Internet Radio Station.  Due to sound issues, we are re-recording this coming weekend.  No, I’m not going to tell you any of that.

“This was how i spent the week before hospital”.

If you read last week’s ramble you will know I had a little fall and sprained an ankle.  Over the course of the week the swelling and bruising got worse.  One of my sisters and mum are both ex nurses, my sister did tell me the day I had the accident that I should go and have it looked at.  I didn’t, because the NHS is very busy, and a sprain will get better given time and rest.  Because I am working from home I don’t need to be on that ankle very much.  If I was travelling on public transport, walking to and from work maybe I would have gone and had it looked at straight away.

“These were only shoes i could wear that morning”.

To cut a long story short, on bank holiday Monday I sent my sister and mum a picture.  My baby sister rang me immediately saying I needed to get this looked at straight away.  The next morning I went to a local hospital, because I knew there would be a long wait I made sure I had lots of TV and films, podcasts downloaded.  The nurse I saw initially kept poking and prodding while asking repeatedly asking how I did the damage, it felt like she didn’t believe I was just out shopping.  It was back to the waiting room to watch more downloads for what seemed like ages until I was called for a number of X-rays.  After this I watched more in the very busy waiting room, getting concerned as my tablet battery was low and I was running out of downloads.

“I read the warnings”.

My name was called, this was when thing turned a little surreal.  In the examination room I was asked to lay down in order for a plaster cast to be put on my foot and lower leg.  This meant that my skinny jean’s needed to be cut along the seam up to my knee.  The shock on my face said must have said everything, the nurse about to plaster me asked if I have been told earlier about the fracture and what was to be done, I replied an honest “no”.  Once the plaster was fitted, I was issue crutches, this was when the original nurse (who should have informed me about what was happening) handed me a prescription saying that I needed to go straight away to another hospital (3 miles away) to be shown how to take the blood thinning meds.  I replied “surely it’s a pill”.  Just as the original nurse was leaving she informed me that this medication was a daily injection.  Because I didn’t want to have to wait another 6hrs at a different hospital, I got a crash course from the nice nurse that plastered me.

“Freshly plastered”.

The next problem how to get home, I couldn’t drive.  While being plastered I did think I might be able to manage it, but once I saw the size of the cast I realised that was out of the question.  Ringing home my friend stopped work and made her way to meet me.  When she arrived all she could do was laugh, I sat in a wheelchair in the doorway on the phone with my sister, what a site.  No wonder she pissed herself laughing, by the way I was laughing as well.  At the car I lay across the back seat as my friend took control of the vehicle, but after a couple of minutes while still in the car park we realised that because she hadn’t driven in 20yrs this was not practical.

“in the car park waiting for the neighbour to arrive”,

There really was no one I could ring, then I thought of our neighbour.  Luckily I had his number and he was home, a few hours later he was due to start a night shift as a London fire fighter.  In his job he daily helps and saves people, he definitely helped and saved us that afternoon.  Once again I lay across the back seats with my bad leg resting on the arm rest of the crutches, every time a London Bus went passed I wondered what a passenger must have seen and thought.

“How graceful”.

When we arrived home that’s when I found out that simple things, I do all the time and take for granted are not as easy with one good leg and crutches (Sandy (Roger Tonge) on Crossroads, made it look so easy when I was a child).  The injecting has been an issue, it’s not normal to stab a 1 cm hypodermic needle into your own folds of fat.  I have been daily WhatsApping my sister for help and encouragement.  The first 2 evenings my friend had to do it, because I just couldn’t.  On day 3, I was a brave girl picking up the small cylinder and without thinking just jabbed myself.  My sister on screen and friend were both very happy, think of proud parents celebrating when a child has used the potty correctly the first time.

“Just a little prick”.

At the time of writing this is day 4.  I have a phone call from the fracture clinic next week, which I hope will give me an idea of how long I may be like this.  This week I really have learned a major life lesson, I should have listened to my sister Hel (And Mum) and gone to have my ankle looked at after the accident and not waited.  My message to every one reading this is, always listen to the medical professionals in the family.  Remember they’re the qualified one.

“A post hospital treat”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“9 to 5”, (1980).  “2036 Origins Unknown”, (2018).  “Battlestar Galatica”, (S1, ep 10, TX: 26/11/78).  “Brotherhood: The Inner Life Of Monks”, (TX: 28/03/21).  “Click”, (TX: 03/04/21).  “Damn I Wish I was Your Lover – Sophie B. Hawkins – In Memory Of Producer Ralph Schuckett”, (YouTube)(TX: 07/04/21).  “Fright Night”, (2011).  “Mike Skipper Coming Out Of Lockdown Quiz”, (FaceBook)(TX: 03/04/21).  “Moana”, (2016).  “Neil Webster On TV Success With Would I Lie To You & SKY Arts’ Urban Myths”, (YouTube)(TX: 26/03/21).  “Not Going Out”, (S9, ep 4 to ep 7)(Crimbum Special: LIVE, TX 21/12/18).  “Outbreak”, (1995).  “Revenge”, (S1, ep 7 to ep 13).  “Run”, (2020).  “Spies In Disguise”, (2019).  “Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace”, (1999).  “TOTP: 1981 Big Hits”, (TX: 08/01/16).  “Taskmaster”, (S11 (S2 on C4), ep 4, TX: 08/04/21).  “The Fox And The Hound”, (1981).  “The Great Celebrity Bake Off For SU2C”, (S4, ep 5, TX: 06/04/21).  The Mauritanian”, (2021).  “Top Gear”, (S30, ep 4, TX: 04/04/21).  “Top Gear: A Tribute To Sabine Schmitz”, (04/04/21).  “V Wars”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 3).  “Van Helsing”, (S1, ep 1).  “Why The Speed of Light Can’t Be Measured”, (YouTube)(TX: 31/10/20).  “Z Nation”, (S3, ep 10 to ep 14).

Gerry Anderson Watched This Week:

“Space 1999”, (S2, ep 16, TX: 16/12/76)(ep 17, TX: 23/12/76).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“A legitimate Salvage”, (ep 21,19/01/20)(ep 22, 24/01/20).  “Anti Social Show”, (ep 91, 03/04/21).  “Betamax Video Club”, (ep 16, 02/05/18)(ep 70, 11/06/20).  “Braving Babylon 5”, (ep 1, 05/02/14)(ep 2, 12/02/14(ep 3, 19/02/19)(ep 4, 12/03/14).  “Coronavirus Global Update”, (BBC World Service) (03/04/21) (04/04/21) (05/04/21) (06/04/21) (07/04/21) (08/04/21) (09/04/21).  “Game Of Thrones”, (TeeVee)(S5, ep 6, 18/05/15).  “Griefcast”, (ep 136, 07/04/21).  “NASA: Gravity Assist”, (S5, Trailer, 09/04/21).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 190, 09/04/21).  “Nick Abbot Whole Show”, (03/04/21) (05/04/21) (09/04/21).  “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buddha”, (ep 30, 07/04/21).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (S2, ep 22, 06/04/21)(ep 23, 09/04/21).  “Something Who”, (ep 17, 20/03/20)(ep 18, 25/03/20).  “Space Boffins”, (09/04/21).  “Space Soldiers Podcast”, (Chapter Four, “Battling The Sea Beast”, 03/04/21).  “Star Trek Discovery”, (TeeVee)(S2, ep 13, 12/04/19).  “Star Trek Universe Podcast”, (25/10/18)(14/11/19)(04/12/19)(16/12/19) (07/04/21).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 155, 05/04/21).  “The Froth With Rhod Gilbert And Sian Harris”, (S3, ep 8 (ep 33) 06/04/21).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (09/12/19)(06/04/21).  “Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels – Happy Times And Places”, (13.1, “The Chase”, 05/04/21)(13.2, 09/04/21).  “WTB”, (S2, ep 9 (ep 31) 09/04/21).  “What’s Your Problem With Nick Abbot And Carol Mcgiffin”, (06/04/21).  “Wolf And Owl”, (S1, ep 19, 07/04/21).  “Morrissey”,  “New Order” ,  “ABC”,  “Heaven 17”,  “XTC”,  “Supergrass”,  “Stereo MC’s”,  “Muse”,  “Def Leppard”,  “Depeche Mode”,  “OMD”,  “Spandau Ballet”,  “Altered Images” ,  “The Human Leauge”,  “Ultravox”,  “The Teardrop Explodes”,  “Duran Duran”,  “Tenpole Tudor”,  Foster The People”,  Dolly Parton”,  Sophie B. hawkins”.

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Week 354, Saturday 27th March until Friday 2nd April, 2021.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London (The rule of 6 has returns).

Week 354 Saturday 27th March until Friday 2ndApril 2021.

On 1st April, I was hoping that someone would announce that the last twelve months had been one big April fools.

“Spikes sings in the garden”.

The seven days that this blog covers really wasn’t the most interesting, so I have decided to keep this short.  I really want you to read and come back another week.

“Cliffy appearing to say wheres the food”.

A real highlight over the last year has been the birds in the garden.  I enjoy filling up the various feeders and watching the birds which come to feed.  This week I decided to clean and do some maintenance to all the feeders we have.  I regularly inspect and make sure that everything is fit for use, giving a general wipe down because dirty feeders can attract vermin.  Mice and rats make me smile when I see them scurrying around a local park, or on tracks and in tunnels of the London Underground (It’s been so long since I was on the network these are dim and distant memories).  I really don’t want them in my friend’s garden or near the house.

“Sooty, from next door arriving for duty in the garden”.

I dismantled and cleaned everything laying all the pieces on the grass.  While I did this all around me in the surrounding trees and bushes our regular customers were being very vocal about the fact they were waiting to be fed.  We have a wooden house (table feeder) that regularly has Squirrels and Pigeons inside or sitting on top (not together, that would be silly) which has really been battered this last year and needed repairing.  My motor skills can be very fine when I am drawing and painting something small.  Give me a hammer and a nail, that’s a different story.  I kept hitting the wood near the intended target or as you wouldn’t be surprised my fingers.  I loved doing woodwork at school during the early 80s, but I have no woodworking skills.  After a lot of banging and a few choice words uttered under my breath the feeder was ready for use.  My fingers were slightly battered and red, but it is worth it.

“Oops, i need to buy a new water dish. Luckily there is another. I promise to be more careful”.

Once all the feeders were back up, within 10 minutes all our customers had returned eating as much as they could, while dropping the same amount on the grass to be grazed on later.  Bird watching has become a real tonic to me personally this last year, if a little scrubbing, cleaning and basic maintenance (including minor finger damage) will keep them returning on a daily basis it’s worth it.

“My indoor cactus, has flowers”.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

The clocks went forward, it happened every year at this time.  But every year I have to stop and think about what’s happened.  At my great age, this really should creep up on me (I don’t have issues with the clock change at the end of October).  I am enjoying having the light longer later in the day.  This will allow me to start to get out in the garden after work and see if I can grow green things like I did last year.  That’s was another delight of last year’s lockdowns and homeworking, getting messy on the garden after a stressful day of taking calls

I am determined that next March the clocks changing won’t make me stop and scratch my head.

And Finally……

Spoke to a lady with a surname of a “Sesame Street” character, wondered if she got teased a lot growing up.  Of course I didn’t ask or mention the TV show.


While out in a local shopping centre, I slipped and have sprained an ankle.  After a week it’s still swollen, bruised and painful.  After a call from my sister who used to be a nurse and looked at a picture I sent her I will go and have the foot looked at.  Just for the record she did tell me to get it looked at the day I did it, but I’m a little stubborn, I would like to say sorry to my baby sister Hel here and now.

“The nearest i will get to a halo”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“Buffy The Vampire Slayer”, (S3, ep 14, TX: 09/02/99).  “Byzantium”, (2013).  “Can You Forgive Me?”, (2018).  “Click”, (TX: 27/03/21).  “Clovehitch Killer”, (2017).  “Chris Packham’s Animal Einsteins”, (S1, ep 6, TX: 28/03/21).  “Cold Creek Manor”, (2003).  “Dark Water”, (2019).  “Fringe”, (S2, ep 18 to ep 23).  “Greta”, (2018).  “Mike Skipper Coming Out Of Lockdown Quiz”, (FaceBook)(TX: 27/03/21).  “Not Going Out”, (“The True Meaning Of Crimbum”, TX: 24/12/17)(S9, ep 1 to ep 3).  “One Hour Photo”, (2002).  “Passengers”, (2016).  “Pinocchio”, (1940).  “Revenge”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 6).  “Sanjays Super Team”, (Pixar)(2015).  “Star Trek”, (S1, ep 28 to ep 30).  “Star Trek The Motion Picture: Abandoned Scene Restored”, (YouTube)(TX: 13/11/16).  “Superstore”, (S5, ep 16 to ep 21).  “Taskmaster”, (S11 (S2 on C4), ep 3, TX: 01/04/21).  “The Communards – Don’t Leave Me This Way (With Sarah Jane Morris)”, (YouTube)(TX: 28/09/17).  “The Graham Norton Show”, (S28, ep 23, TX: 02/04/21).  “The Great Celebrity Bake Off For SU2C”, (S4, ep 4, TX: 30/03/21).  “The Irregulars”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 8).  “The Man In The Castle”, (S1, ep 1 & ep 2).  “The Muppet Show”, (S1, ep 3, TX: 05/09/76)(ep 4, TX: 06/10/76).  “Top Gear”, (S30, ep 3, TX: 28/03/21).  “Z Nation”, (S3, ep 9).  “Zapped”, (S2, ep 2)

Gerry Anderson Watched This Week:

“Space 1999”, (S2, ep 15, TX: 09/12/76).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“A legitimate Salvage”, (ep 19, 23/12/19)(ep 20, 03/01/20).  “Betamax Video Club”, (ep 90, 25/03/21).  “Coronavirus Global Update”, (BBC World Service) (27/03/21) (28/03/21) (29/03/21) (30/03/21) (31/03/21) (01/04/21) (02/04/21).  “Doctor Who”, (TeeVee)(S9, ep 12, 06/12/15).  “Doctor Who: The Missing Episodes Podcast”, (ep 8, 15/03/21)(Bonus, 25/03/21).  “Griefcast”, (ep 134, 24/03/21)(ep 135, 31/03/21).  “Mystery Hour”, (11/03/21).   “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 189, 02/04/21).   “Nick Abbot Whole Show”, (27/03/21)(28/03/21)(02/04/21).  “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buddha”, (ep 29, 31/03/21).  “Poppy Hillstead Has Entered The Chat”, (Bonus, 31/03/21)(S3, ep 6, 02/04/21).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (S2, ep 20, 30/03/21)(ep 21, 02/04/21).  “Something Who”, (13/03/21).  “Space Soldiers Podcast”, (Chapter Three, “Captured By Shark Men”, 27/03/21).  “Star Trek Discovery”, (TeeVee)(S2, ep 11, 29/03/19).  “Supermassive Podcast”, (ep 15, 26/03/21).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 154, 28/03/21).  “The Audio Guide To Babylon 5”, (ep 19, 26/01/15)(ep 20, 08/02/15).  “The Froth With Rhod Gilbert And Sian Harris”, (S3, ep 7 (ep 32) 30/03/21).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (29/03/21).  “The Skewer”, (BBC Radio 4)(S3, ep 12, 31/03/21).  “Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels – Happy Times And Places”, (17.1, “The Highlanders”, 18/06/21**  That Really Is The Date Against The Pod!).  “Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels – Too Much Information”, (1.3, “The Forest Of Fear”, 29/03/21).  “WTB”, (S2, ep 8 (ep 30) 02/04/21).  “What’s Your Problem With Nick Abbot And Carol Mcgiffin”, (29/03/21).  “Wolf And Owl”, (Bonus #8, 26/03/21)(ep 18, 31/03/21)(Bonus #9, 02/04/21).  “Morrissey”,  “The XX” ,  “The Cure”,  “Skunk Anansie”,  “Bruce Hornsby And The Range”,  “The White Stripes”,  “Jimmy Sommerville”,  “Bronski Beat”,  “The Communards”,  “Natalie Imbruglia”,  “The Cranberries”,  “Demis Roussos” ,  “Adam Faith”,  “Chesney Hawkes”,  “Voice Of The Beehive”,  “Erasure”,  “Fatboy Slim”, “Lisa Loeb”,  “Foster The People”.

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Week 353, Saturday 20th until Friday 26th March 2021.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London (Week 12 (the Third of our slowly coming out of lockdown).

Week 353 Saturday 20th until Friday 26thMarch 2021.

Last week I talked about a couple of anniversaries, this week that theme continues.  It’s been one year since I was involved in a small car accident which sadly saw Artie ending up going to the great scrapyard in the sky.  A really lovely old car which had many more miles still to travel.  My friend sitting in the passenger seat was holding a small box that contained a tiny Hamster (both of them were ok, by the way).  Ten minutes before the Hamster had been living in an enclosure in a large chain pet store waiting for adoption.

“Very cute”.

Yes it’s been a whole year since little Chewie came in to our lives.  To many people a small creature that spends most of the day asleep /hidden in a burrow is not a lot of fun to be around.  But this little creature has given us something else to think about and look after during these trying last 12 months of being pretty much locked in the house.

I can gush just as much over a tiny rodent as I can at a group of orphaned Elephants seen in Sri Lanka or waking up to find Zebras wondering around outside the bedroom in South Africa.  Or nearer to home seeing visiting neighbours cats (including the young bird murderer) stalking grass hoppers in the back garden.  A small Hamster is a delight and every time I see him or any interaction with him really makes my heart burst with joy.

The ungrateful little sod, I say this as he really doesn’t want to know us at times.  But is happy to pop his head out grab a piece of Broccoli or Melon, then rush back inside whatever is home and totally ignoring our smiles and love.  Seriously this small creature has really helped my sanity over the last year.  I have read how other animals such as Cats, Dogs and Horses have helped there owners.  I’ve never seen any mention to a Hamster; here I am publicly stating that a small rodent has been a real tonic these last twelve months.

“This blossom looks artificial, its real honest”.

My friend and I are so pleased that Chewie came to live with us, I am sure that the pet store were looking after him, and he would have found a good home eventually.  But I am pleased that we saw him and picked him.  If we had waited another couple of days he would have been locked in the shop due to the first lockdown.  Of course I am sad about Artie the car, but giving Chewie a happy home was so important.

R.I.P Artie (2005 to 2020).

And Now For Something Completely Different……

I’ve had my first jab.  It all happened very quickly after I got a text inviting me to receive the prick.  A couple of days later I was sat in a local theatre having my temperature checked, asked repeatedly a couple of questions and then being injected.

A lot of people have said that they were quite emotional at the time of the vaccination.  For me it was just turn up, feel the pinch and prick, then leave.  Maybe I should have felt more about the occasion.  My thinking is if this vaccination is the key to returning to a near normal (pre March 2020) life, then of course I need to have it.  I am very grateful to the scientists all over the world who have worked so fast in developing this vaccination in record time.  The following couple of days I did feel unwell, this soon passed.  My arm ached for nearly a week.

My second injection is in early June, if I feel overwhelmed and emotional then I will let you know.

“Possibly the only side effect is I became Black and White”.

And Finally……

Plenty of Blue Tits seen this week.  They like to sit in the bush beside the window, normally facing the opposite direction.  That’s right this week I have managed to get a lot of pictures of Blue Tits arse.  I really had to be careful while typing that.


My friend was cooking; I walked in to the kitchen she said “do you want to that”.  She pointed to a pan that had just been used to heat up beans.  Who doesn’t love fingering a pan that has warm baked bean juice inside?

“I actually had to put on my small desk fan. Its getting warmer”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“Can Kids Navigate Their Way Across London Alone?”, (YouTube)(ITV)(TX: 27/05/19). “Click”, (TX: 20/03/21).  “Chris Packham’s Animal Einsteins”, (S1, ep 5, TX: 21/03/21). “Comic Relief 2021”, (“2020 The Movie Trailer”, “Back To The Future The Musical”, “Bond Meets Nan”, “Bridget Jones Spoof”, “Celebrities Sing Opera“, “Jack Whitehall Host The BIGGEST Celebrity Zoom Call Ever!”, “Kids Ask Difficult Questions For Comic Relief: Top Gear”, “Normal People vs Fleabag, “Staged”, “The Vicar Of Dibley”, “Tim Vine”), (TX: 19/03/21).  “Ghost Series 1 Bloopers”, (YouTube)(TX: 02/06/19). “Ghost, Series 2 Bloopers”, (YouTube)(TX: 23/12/20).  “Intelligence”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 6). “Mike Skipper Coming Out Of Lockdown Quiz”, (FaceBook)(TX: 20/03/21).  “Not Going Out”, (S7, ep 8 to ep 10)(Out Take Episode, TX: 27/12/14)(Crimbum Special, TX: 24/12/15) (S8, ep 1 to ep 7).  “One Minute National Silence”, (BBC News)(TX: 23/03/21).  “Party Central (A Monsters Uni Short)”, (Pixar)(2014).  “Pretty Little liars: The Perfectionists”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 10).  “Star Trek”, (S1, ep 26 & ep 27).  “Superstore”, (S5, ep 7 to ep 15).  “Taskmaster”, (S11 (S2 on C4), ep 2, TX: 25/03/21).  “The Favourite”, (2018).  “The Graham Norton Show”, (S28, ep 22, TX: 26/03/21).  “The Great Celebrity Bake Off For SU2C”, (S4, ep 3, TX: 23/03/21).  “The Muppet Show”, (S1, ep 2, TX: 12/02/77).  “Top Gear”, (S10, ep 3, TX: 28/10/07)(S30, ep 2, TX: 21/03/21).  “Unforgotten”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 6)(S2, ep 1 to ep 6)(S3, ep 1 to ep 6).  “V, (Mini Series)”, (ep 1, Original UK TX: 30/07/84)( ep 2, UK TX: 31/07/84).  “ V: The Final Battle”, (ep 1, UK TX: 01/08/84)(ep 2, UK TX: 02/08/84(ep 3, UK TX: 03/08/84).  “Z Nation”, (S3, ep 8).

Classic Disney Watched This Week:

“Aladdin”, (1992).  “Lady And The Tramp”, (1955).  “The aristocats”, (1970).

Gerry Anderson Watched This Week:

“Space 1999”, (S2, ep 14, TX: 02/12/76).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“A legitimate Salvage”, (ep 18, 09/12/19).  “Coronavirus Global Update”, (BBC World Service) (20/03/21) (21/03/21) (22/03/21) (23/03/21) (24/03/21) (25/03/21) (26/03/21).  “Mystery Hour”, (25/03/21).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast “, (ep 188, 26/03/21).  “Nick Abbot Whole Show”, (20/03/21)(21/03/21)(26/03/21).  “Poppy Hillstead Has Entered The Chat”, (24/03/21).  “Rob Beckett And Josh Widdecombe Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (S2, ep 18, 23/03/21)(ep 19, 26/03/21).  “Space Soldiers Podcast”, (Chapter Two, The Tunnel Of Terror, 20/03/21).  “Star Trek Discovery”, (TeeVee)(S2, ep 10, 22/03/19).  “The All New Angelos And Barry Podcast”, (26/03/21).  “The Audio Guide To Babylon 5”, (ep 18, 13/01/15).  “The Froth With Rhod Gilbert And Sian Harris”, (S3, ep 6 (ep 31) 24/03/21).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (22/03/21).  “The Old Doctor Who Show”, (ep 109, 24/03/21).  “The Skewer”, (BBC Radio 4)(S3, ep 11, 24/03/210).  “Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels – Happy Times And Places”, (12.4, Terror Of The Autons 22/03/21).  “Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels – Indefinable Magic”, (1.5, Terror Of The Onions, 26/03/21).  “WTB”, (S2, ep (ep 29) 26/03/21).  “What’s Your Problem With Nick Abbot And Carol Mcgiffin”, (22/03/21).  “Wolf And Owl”, (ep 17, 24/03/21). “Morrissey”,  “Billy Bragg” ,  “The Cure”,  “The Zutons”,  “Belinda Carlisle”,  “Bob Marley And The Wailers”,  “Kate Bush”,  “Scritti Politti”,  “The Stranglers”,  “Altered Images”,  “Deacon Blue”,  “The Killers” ,  “The Proclaimers”,  “Hewy Lewis And The News”,  “The Wonder Stuff”,  “Billy idol”,  “Richard Marx”,  “Kenny Loggins”,  “Bon Jovi”,  “The Voice Of The Beehive”,  “Sixpence Non The Richer”,  “Lisa Loeb.

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Week 352, Saturday 13th until Friday 19th March 2021.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London (Week 11 (the second of our slowly coming out of lockdown).

Week 352 Saturday 13thuntil Friday 19thMarch 2021.

This last week, here in the UK we celebrated Mother’s Day.

L to R, Sigrida (my sister-in-law), my Mum and SAZ (my sister). Three great mums.

This week I celebrated ONE year of working from home.  March 13th last year everyone in the office was told that from the next week we were all to work at home.  On Monday 16th I collected the equipment I would need, a laptop, large desk phone and various wires which I colour coded so I knew where they had to be plugged in.  Then there was all the papers I use daily with names and telephone numbers (internal and external) which make me sound like I know what I am doing.

Always lovely to see Cliff in the garden.

The next morning (Tuesday 17th) there was a lot of fiddling, crossing fingers and desperately hoping that I.T had done there magic.  One of the biggest issues was where was I going to sit in the living room.  Once I realised that I would be able to spend a lot of each day looking out of the window enjoying the birds that visit the various feeders in the garden, I knew that this would work.  By the end of the first week the new routine of getting up as late as possible, make it down the stairs to log on and sit in my PJ’s all day felt normal.

A recent newcomer to the garden.

Over the last year there haven’t been any major tech issues, now and then one of the systems would go down for a short period of time, sadly for never long enough.  On one great occasion the telephone system failed for three to four hours, that really was one of the best working days ever.

Spring really is on the way.

Working from home is the new normal; personally I hope to work from the living room for as long as possible.  There is nothing about the office I miss; I haven’t been back at all.  I still hate the job, but working from home does make things a little less stressful.

And Now This……

Another recent newcomer who visits the garden.

This week it was Five years since I returned to the UK from Mozambique.  When I arrived back at Heathrow Airport I really was confident that I would return to Tofo that summer.  Sadly due to money issues it has never happened.  Honestly not a day goes by when I don’t think of that beautifully peaceful location looking out on to the Indian Ocean.  The daily Facebook memories I see do hurt, in fact I can’t look at them properly because I would rather be there than here.  Each of the three or four visits (for six to nine months at a time) were amazing; I really miss everything, the diving, people (especially Jenny and all at Liquid), food, dogs (Rusty, Tank, Sunto, Alfie, Sally) running around dirt tracks and the beach, travelling in hot cramped buses, water and power shortages.  There is nothing not to like about Mozambique.


I do hope I return, partly to see if any of the possessions including all my dive gear is still there.  But because I really was so happy, less stressed, I actually enjoyed life.  In 2019 I had planned to return following year, but the virus had other plans.  As I write I really have no idea what I am doing, I still want (need) to travel and Tofo is high on the list.  It’s not on its own as I want to return to Sir Lanka and would like to see if I could make a life there.

Matching mask and top, am i fashionable.

Tofo will always have a special place in my heart and mind.  I hope I will return, if I don’t end up living there it will be a place I return to again and again.

When it rained this week, it really rained.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“A Discovery Of Witches”, (S2, ep 6 to ep 10).  “Beep”, (Pilot: TX: 12/03/21).  “Chris Packham’s Animal Einstein”, (S1, ep 4, TX: 14/03/21).  “Click”, (TX: 13/03/21).  “Farscape”, (S3, ep 21 to ep 22).  “Horizon: 2021: The Secret Science Of Sewage”, (TX: 18/03/21).  “I Care A Lot”, (2020).  “Marvel Studios Assembled: The Making Of WandaVision”, (TX: 12/03/21).  “Mike Skippper’s Coming Out Of Lockdown Quiz”, (FaceBook)(TX: 13/03/21).  “Not Going Out”, (S4, ep 6)(S5, ep 1 to ep 6)(S6, ep 1 to ep 8)(Crimbum Special, TX: 25/12/13)(S7, ep 1 to  ep 7).  “Planes”, (2013).  “Star Trek”, (S1, ep 24 & ep 25).  “Summer Of Sam”, (1999).  “Superstore”, (S4, ep 11 to ep 22)(S5, ep 1 to ep 6).  “Taskmaster”, (S11 (S2 on C4), ep 1, TX: 18/10/19).  “The Graham Norton Show”, (S28, ep 21, 12/03/21).  “The Great Celebrity Bake Off for SU2C”, (S4, ep 2, TX: 16/03/21).  “The Muppet Show”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 16/01/1977).  “The Puppet Masters”, (1994).  “The Rangernation”, (S3, ep 6, TX: 14/03/21).  “The Terror”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 10).  “Top Gear”, (S30, ep 1, TX: 14/03/21)Z nation”, (s3, ep 6 & ep 7)

Gerry Anderson Watched This Week:

“Space 1999”, (S2, ep 13, TX: 25/11/76).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“A legitimate Salvage (The Expanse)”, (ep 16, 26/11/19)(ep 17, 02/12/19).  “Betamax Video Club”, (ep 6, 29/11/17).   “CNN Coronavirus Fact vs Fiction”, (15/03/21) (16/03/21) (17/03/21) (18/03/21) (19/03/21).  “Coronavirus Global Daily Update”, (BBC World Service) (13/03/21) (14/03/21) (15/03/21) (16/03/21) (17/03/21) (18/03/21) (19/03/21).  “Dear Joan And Jericha, RHLSTP (Richard Herring) Comic Relief Mashup 2021”, (14/03/21).  “Game Of Thrones”, (TeeVee)(S5, ep 5, 11/05/15).  “Game Of Thrones: Rewind”, (TeeVee)(S1, ep 10, 02/10/18).  “Griefcast”, (ep 133, 17/03/21).  “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buddha”, (s1, ep 27, 17/03/21) “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 187, 19/03/21).  “Nick Abbot Whole Show”, (13/03/21) (14/03/21) (19/03/21).  “Poppy Hillstead Has Entered The Chat”, (S3, ep 4, 17/03/21).  “Random Telly Vision”, (ep 1, 01/01/20) (ep 17, 22/06/20).  “Rob Beckett and Josh Widdecombe Lockdown Parenting Hell”, (s2, ep 16, 16/03/21)(ep 17, 19/03/21).  “Space Soldiers Podcast”, (ep 1, The Planet Of Peril, 13/03/21).  “Star Trek Discovery”, (TeeVee)(S2, ep 9, 15/03/19).  “The Audio Guide To Babylon 5”, (s1, ep 17, 28/12/14).  “The Adam Buxton Podcast”,  (ep 153, 14/03/21).  “The All New Angelos And Barry Podcast”, (13/03/21).  “The Froth With Rhod Gilbert And Sian Harris”, (s3, ep 6 (ep 30) 16/03/21).  “The Mid Point”, (ep 4, 16/09/20).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (15/03/21).  “The Skewer”, (BBC Radio 4)(s3, ep 10, 17/03/21).  “Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels – Happy Times And Places”, (“Terror Of The Autons”, 12.2, 15/03/21)(12.3, 18/03/21).  “WTB”, (S2, ep 6 (ep 28), 19/03/21).  “What’s Your Problem With Nick Abbot And Carol Mcgiffin”, (S1, ep 58, 15/03/21).  “Wolf And Owl”, (ep 16, 17/03/21)(#7, 19/03/21).  “Morrissey”, “ABBA”,  “Oasis”,  “Blur”,  “Stone Roses”, “Shed Seven”, “James”, “David Bowie”, “Skunk Anansie”, “Right Said Fred”, “Florence And The Machine” , “The WHo”,  “Peter Sarstedt”,  Supergrass”,  “The Communards”,  “The Human League”,  “Culture Club”,  “Howard Jones”,  “Kajagoogoo”,  “Haircut 100”,  “ABC”, “Limahl”.

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