Week 296, Saturday 15th until Friday 21st February 2020.

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

Week 296 Saturday 15th  until Friday 21st February 2020.

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Happy 6th Bday to Jbomb on 21st

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Travelling home from work I get on the tube at the start of the line, this means that I always get a seat.  I don’t have OCD but do like to sit at the front behind the cab on the right-hand side.  This way I can lean against the wall, veg out watching my tablet while keep track of the stations (there have been occasions when I have missed my stop and had to travel back). Most weekdays I manage to get that particular seat, on days when it’s already occupied, I actually feel a little robbed.

20200216_160821 Its an exercise honest, she said“.

Recently there has been competition for the best seat on the underground.  There is a woman who does the exact same journey as me.  We both get on at the same British Rail station then change 2 stops later for the tube.   An hour and a half later we step off at the same stop.  Either she’s, A/ a stalker.  B/ a terrible spy or C/ just happens to travel the same journey as me.  Next I’ll be seeing her at work, though I have checked and can’t see her on the same floor as myself.

20200216_161221 “This looks like a 70s sci-fi horror about pod people”.

The women has spotted me (and is probably mentioning all of this in her blog) which mean at 17.00 weekdays I really am part of a race.  We both board the mainline train at different doors on the same carriage because they line up perfectly with the entrance to the tube platforms at the interchange.  It’s then a fast walk along the platform to the front of the tube train.  One evening this week she was in front striding up the platform.  I did the only thing I could, walk fast through the centre of the train to overtaking her so that my lardy ass landed on the well-worn threadbare material first.  Once she caught up and sat opposite, I didn’t look at her directly just in case the lasers shooting from her eyes blind me!

20200216_160502 “Strange place to store balls, on a roof”.

Thursday this week it was a score draw, because the tubes were delayed neither of us got the seat. From where I sat further down the carriage, I notice the challenger making herself comfortable in a strange seat. I am not a competitive person as a rule, but I have traveled home in that seat for over 2 years. If I have to rush like a mad woman to plant my oversize behind on the seat like a flag I will. Maybe I am a little OCD after all, I need to think about other aspects of life I like a certain way there must be a few.

20200220_130219 “I could look at this screen saver all day”.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

The only time that the room I work in is quiet is when there is a two-minute silence for remembrance. I work in a very busy call centre; all around there are telephones ringing and people talking. With all that noise it can be difficult to concentrate, listening to the person on the other end, navigating various systems while trying to explain complex figures.

20200221_220450 “A very proud Lego shuttle pilot”.

On Monday the phones died the room fell silent only for a fraction of a second but that was a moment to cherish. The problem wasn’t fixed for a full two hours, which everyone exploited. Most of my colleagues huddled in groups chatting, I sat at the desk listened to podcasts, writing a first draft of this ramble and re-watched last Sunday’s Doctor Who.

20200221_073437 “Hiding behind his booty”.

Those couple of seconds of silence were golden.  If I had my way everyone would have sat at their desks where they could have entertained themselves watching or listened to whatever they wanted, which would have resulted in the office remaining relatively quiet.  All the chatting and laughing at times was louder than the busiest of day when the offices in chaotic.  The few seconds of silence really had an effect on me.  We are all bombarded with noise from every direction.  Maybe I/we should turn off our devices now and then and just sit and listening to the silence.

20200220_133903 “A B’day doodle stamp”.

And Now A Special Mention Of A Couple Of Calls This Week I Won’t Forget……

When I answered a call all I initially heard was very loud humming. Every time I came back to him after putting the man on hold while I looked up information he was still humming badly. I feared for anyone with him, because they might have been haemorrhaging uncontrollably from every orifice. At least I could turn the volume down or keep putting him on hold. It really was a horrendous sound!

20200219_091851 “The window was filthy, honest”.

Needed to speak to a women’s husband, she asked me to hold because he was on the loo. After a minute when she kept repeating “don’t hang up”. The husband appeared after finishing his important business. Just listening to his slightly out of breath voice made me want to reach for the hand sanitiser and smear it all over myself

And Finally……

MOZ said with a giggle “my hands keep slipping”. She was struggling to open a bottle of wine.

20200217_142748 “Writing this shiz at work, but distracted by new WHO”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“Cheers”, (S8, ep 3 to ep 14).  “Click”, (TX: 15/02/20).  “Dialero”, (S1, ep 2 to ep 4).  “Hidden”, (S2, ep 2).  “Him & Her”, (S3, ep 4 to ep 7).  “Inside No.9”, (S5, ep 3).  “Last Tango In Halifax”, (S1, ep 6)(S2, ep 1 to ep 5).  “Panorama: Amazon-What They Know About US”, (TX: 17/02/20).  “Race The Tube – Can You Walk Faster Than The Central Line?”, (YouTube)(TX: 21/02/20).  “Ragnarok”, (S1, ep 3).  “Stacy Dooley: On The Psych Ward”, (TX: 19/02/20)“Star Trek: Picard”, (S1, ep 5).  “The Graham Norton Show”, (S26, ep 18, TX: 14/02/20).  “The Last Leg”, (S19, ep 5, TX: 14/02/20).  “The Masked Singer (UK)”, (S1, ep 8, TX: 15/02/20)“The Pale Horse”, (S1, ep 1).  “Top Gear”, (S28, ep 4, TX: 16/02/20).                     

Doctor Who Watched This Week:

“The Evil Of The Daleks”, (S4, Prod Code LL)(ep 2, TX: 27/05/67)(ep 3, TX: 03/06/67, LC Recon)(ep 4, TX: 10/06/67, LC Recon)(ep 5,TX: 17/06/67, LC Recon)(ep 6, TX: 24/06/67, LC Recon)(ep 7, TX: 01/07/67, LC Recon).

“Tomb Of The Cybermen”, (S5, Prod Code MM)(ep 1, TX: 02/09/67)(ep 2, TX 09/09/67)(ep 3, TX: 16/09/67)(ep 4, TX: 23/09/67)(BBC DVD Bonus, 14/01/02, “Intro: Morris Barry, Cybermen Extended Edition, Late Night Line-Up Special Effects (TX: 25/11/67), The Magic Of VIDfire”).

The Abominable Snowmen”, (S5, Prod Code NN)(ep 1, TX: 30/09/67, LC Recon)(ep 2, TX: 07/10/67)(ep 3, TX: 14/10/67, LC recon)(ep 4, TX: 21/10/67, LC Recon)(ep 5, TX: 28/10/67, LC Recon)(ep 6, TX: 04/11/67)(Loose Cannon, “Intro, Outro: Judy Marsh, Outtakes, The Legend Of The Yeti”,April 06) .

“The Ice Warriors”, (S5, Prod Code OO)(ep 1, TX: 11/11/67)(Loose Cannon, “Intro, Outro: Peter Barkworth” , Nov 04).

“The Unquiet Dead”, (S1/S27, ep 3, TX: 09/04/05).

“Father’s Day”, (S1/S27,ep 8, TX: 14/05/05).

“Arachnoids In The UK”, (S11/S37, ep 4, TX: 28/10/18).

“The Tsuranga Conundrum”, (S11/S37, ep 5, TX: 04/11/18).

“The Witchfinders”, (S11/S37, ep 8, TX: 25/11/18).

“Kerblam!”, (S11/S37, ep 7, TX: 18/11/18).

“The Haunting Of Villa Donati”, (S12/S38, ep 8, TX: 16/02/20).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“Blood On The Tracks”, (S2, ep 2 & ep 3, 22/11/18).  “Iain Lee (Highlights)”, (14/02, 17/02, 18/02, 19/02. 20/02/20).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 132, 21/02/20).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (15/02, 21/02/20).  “Rule Of Three”, (S5, ep 3, 21/02/20).  “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 181, 16/02/20).  “Strange Times”, (ep 335, 15/02/20).  “The All New Angelos And Barry Podcast”, (16/02/20).  “The Old Doctor Who Podcast”, (ep 90, 19/02/20).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (16/02/20).  “The Skewer: Podcast”, (BBC Radio 4)(S1,ep 6, pt 1 & pt 2: 17/02/20).  “Walking The Dog With Emily Dean”, (ep 1, 31/03/17)(ep 5, 28/04/17)(ep 9, 03/08/17)(ep 39, 10/06/19).  “What’s Your Problem? With Nick Abbot And Carol McGiffin”, (S1, ep 5, 16/02/20).  “Woke Up!”, (S1, ep 6 (Archive Uncle Arthur,) 20/02/20)).  “Morrissey”,  “Billy Bragg”,  “Mental As Anything”,  “The Stone Roses”,  “The Happy Mondays”,  “Len”,  “Muse”,  “Smiths”,  “Brandon Flowers”,  “Deacon Blue”,  “The Alarm”,  “Bowie”,  “Frankie Goes To Hollywood”,  “Belle And Sebastian”,  “Pixes”.

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Week 295, Saturday 8th until Friday 14th February 2020.

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

Week 295 Saturday 8th  until Friday 14th February 2020.

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The main story last weekend was storm Ciara (I heard someone call it “Chewbacca). Unfortunately, a lot of people (and animals) were affected by power cuts and flooding.  In my area there was only minor tree damage, though a couple of car owners who woke up to large dents on the bodywork of their vehicles probably wouldn’t call it “light tree damage”. During the night I could hear the tree next to the house rubbing its branches against the roof; this made me feel as if I was in a M.R. James spooky story.  The noise of the wind and rain took me back to when I was small child.

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My Dad worked shifts and traveled to and from work on a motorbike.  If their weather was bad, I would worry about him getting back at night.  My mind would ran away as I imagining him coming off his bike, and mum having to rush to the local hospital.  It was always a relief in the morning to find that he had got home alright.  Going to bed in bad weather was a time I found quite stressful as a child.

20200211_10453420200211_104517 “There is something special about seeing the Moon during the day”.

The worst storm I remember was in October 1987.  If storms back then had names, this would be “Michael Fish” (according to a couple of minute’s research.  The first storm in the UK to be named was Abigail in 2015)  after the famous TV weather forecaster who assured the public there was nothing worry about when a viewer mentioned a large storm approaching the UK.  Early morning on 16th October I walked up the Highstreets which looked like the set of a cheap apocalypse movie.  Trees that that had lined the road for decades had been pushed over as if there were lolly sticks.  There was a lot of damage to vehicles and property.  At that time I worked for British rail in London, of course no trains so my day was spent at the local station just repeating “that nothing was running” when people arrived hoping to travel normally.  The best part of that day was wearing a Hi-Viz vest helping to clear small bits of tree and other light obstructions off the track.

20200210_20515120200211_10441320200212_10264920200213_10175020200214_104820 “I love the CAKE!”.

These big storms have not been the norm in the UK (I’m not a meteorologist, I work in a call centre so what do I know) but as a result of climate change this sort of weather “event” (as news like to call them) will happen more often.  The next storm “Dennis” is on the way and due to hit in a couple of days.  Without sounding too political, the UK government shouldn’t be spaffing (in my uneducated opinion) billions on a train service which has been on the drawing board for years won’t be completed or run for a decade or more.  When the people who voted them in are having their lives ruined, because of weather.  Aid shouldn’t arrive days or weeks after the damage has been done.  The authorities know that bad weather is coming, they are aware of areas that have been historically affected and others which are at risk.  Help should be on stand-by, or already in place.

20200123_185815 “This is a couple of weeks old.  I don’t have many pics this week”.

Bad weather is coming, it’s going to keep coming, we must just deal with it.  I wonder how ready we will be for the arrival of Dennis.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

An activity I love is to see birds feeding in the garden.  Even though I watch a lot of nature programmes, if it’s not a Robin, Pigeon or a Crow then I struggle to ID even the commonest of flying creature.  At my age that’s pathetic.

20200214_193609[1] “I’m sure there wriggling”.

While out shopping I stocked up on supplies, bringing home a 1.5kg tub of Mealworms (which I keep expecting to wriggle when I look at them) and a 12.55kg bag of nuts.  It was only later that evening when I looked at the receipts did I discover how expensive these were (I did buy other things so didn’t question the amount at the tills).

I will continue to watch and enjoy the birds feed in the garden, but I may be disturbing them due to continually rushing out to pick up discarded nuts or crumbs to put back on the bird table.  That food cost a fortune.  They will eat it all!

And Finally……

20200211_073458 “I’m not keen on Mornings, but seeing this is lovely”.

“Oh bum! That’s a sock, not a tissue!”  I actually said this out loud; quite why a sock was in the pocket I will never know.

I am pretty sure I passed TV journalist John Stapleton at a tube station I visit many times every week.  I smiled (just in case it was him) he didn’t smile back.

Quote of the week: “look at the dirty flaps on that “.  Said by Jerry on Big Jet TV as a BA jumbo landed at Heathrow in terrible weather conditions.

20200213_210424 “Writing this shiz, with Pat distracting me”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“Ares”, (S1, ep 2).  “Big Jet TV (Live Landings At Heathrow)”, (09/02/20).  “Cheers”, (S7, ep 6 to ep 22)(S8, ep 1 & ep 2).  “Click”, (TX: 08/02/20).  “Dialero”, (S1, ep 1).  “Hidden”, (S2, ep 1).  “Him & Her”, (S3, ep 2 & ep 3).  “Inside No.9”, (S5, ep 2).  “Last Tango In Halifax”, (S1, ep 2 to ep 5).  “Love & Other Drugs”, (2010)“Luna Nera”, (S1, ep 2).  “Ragnarok”, (S1, ep 2).  “Star Trek: Picard”, (S1, ep 4).  “The Graham Norton Show”, (S26, ep 17, TX: 07/02/20).  “The Infinite Monkey Cage: Lucy Beaumont’s Close Encounters”, (BBC Radio 4/Sounds)(TX: 12/02/20).  “The Infinite Monkey Cage: UFO Special”, (BBC Radio 4/Sounds)(TX: 17/02/20?? That’s what Iplayer said).  “The Last Leg”, (S19, ep 4, TX: 07/02/20).  “The Thick Of It”, (S3, ep 1 to ep 8)(S4, ep 1 to ep 7).  “Top Gear”, (S28, ep 3, TX: 09/02/20).                      

Doctor Who Watched This Week:

“The Underwater Menace”, (S4, Prod Code GG)(ep 3, TX: 28/01/67)(ep 4, TX: 04/02/67, LC Recon)(Loose Cannon, Intv: Joseph Furst”, Aug 05).

“The Moonbase”, (S4, Prod Code HH)(ep 1, TX: 11/02/67, LC Recon)(ep 2, TX 18/02/67)(ep 3, TX: 25/02/67, LC Recon)(ep 4, TX: 04/03/67)(Loose Cannon, “Intro and Intv: Sylvester McCoy”, Sept 02).

The Macra Terror”, (S4, Prod Code JJ)(ep 1, TX: 11/03/67, LC Recon)(ep 2, TX: 18/03/67, LC recon)(ep 3, TX: 25/03/67, LC recon)(ep 4, TX: 01/04/67, LC Recon)(Loose Cannon, “Intro, Outro: Terrance Lodge”, Jan 06) .

“The Faceless Ones”, (S4, Prod Code KK)(ep 1, TX: 08/04/67)(ep 2,  TX: 15/04/67, LC Recon)(ep 3, TX: 22/04/67, LC Recon)(ep 4, TX: 29/04/67, LC Recon)(ep 5, TX: 06/05/67, LC Recon)(ep 6, TX: 13/05/67, LC Recon)(Loose Cannon, “Intro, Outro, Intv: Anneka Wills, Intv: Peter Roy”, Aug 09).

 “The Evil Of The Daleks”, (S4, Prod Code LL)(ep 1, TX: 20/05/67, LC Recon)(Loose Cannon, “Intro, intv: Colin Baker, Intv: Sonny Caldinez, Intv: John Peel, Mini Prod Featurette, Jan 09).

 “Can You Hear Me?”, (S12/S38, ep 7, TX: 09/02/20).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“Brian Gittens And Friends”, (ep 68, 12/02/20).  “Iain Lee (Bonus)”, (07/02, 13/02/20).  “Iain Lee (Highlights)”, (07/02, 09/02, 10/02, 11/02. 13/02/20).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 130, 14/02/20).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (08/02, 14/02/20).  “Rule Of Three”, (S5, ep 2, 13/02/20).  “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 180, 07/02/20).  “Space Boffins”, (11/02/20).  “Spacefall: A Blake’s 7 Podcast”, (ep 23, 14/02/20).  “Strange Times”, (ep 333, 10/02/20)(ep 334, 11/02/20).  “The Old Doctor Who Podcast”, (ep 88, 08/01/20)(ep 89, 29/01/20).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (10/02/20).  “The Skewer”, (BBC Radio 4)(S1, ep 6, 12/02/20).  “The Skewer: Podcast”, (BBC Radio 4)(S1,ep 5, pt 1 & pt 2: 10/02/20).  “Walking The Dog With Emily Dean”, (ep 15, 03/11/17).  “What’s Your Problem? With Nick Abbot And Carol McGiffin”, (S1, ep 4, 10/02/20).  “Woke Up! And Enter The Maelstrom”, (S1, ep 5, 11/02/20)(ep 6 (Archive Uncle Arthur, ep 12) 12/02/20)(ep 7 (Archive H.M.S CodcastThe Story So Far…) 13/02/20).  Morrissey”,  “Altered Images”,  “Snow Patrol”,  “Kings Of Leon”,  “McAlmont & Butler”,  “Pet Shop Boys”,  “Prince”,  “Girls Aloud”,  “Belly”,  “Belinda Carlisle”.

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Week 294, Saturday 1st until Friday 7th February 2020.

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East, Central, South West London, Essex, Surrey and West Sussex (Inc Cineworld Crawley) (The NEXT Chapter).

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Week 294 Saturday 1st  until Friday 7th February 2020.

Happy 14th B’day to WB, still pretty after all these years.

Happy (mumble, number) Bday to George on 4th.  Don’t worry you will always be younger than me.

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A long running theme to this ramble is escaping, running away from the rat race.  A few years ago I was lucky to sample a more relaxed life in Tofo, Mozzibeak beside the Indian Ocean.  This March it will be 4 years since I returned to London and hardly a day goes by without me thinking of the people and marine life I met and experienced.  Sadly, I have slowly come to accept that I will probably never return, that’s a painfully though sentence to write.

20200202_19384120200202_193714 “These Two love there Aunty MOZ.  The organised Aunty”.

But I still need to escape and get away from this unhealthy rat race.  The last couple of weeks I have been watching people on webcams, not those type of **webcams!  These cameras are set up around a place in the UK I have never been to, The Shetland Isles.  A collection of about 100 islands (approx. 20 are inhabited with a population of 23.210 in 2012) that is nearer to Norway than the UK mainland.  For as long as I can remember I have felt drawn to these islands wondering if this is a place I could settle in.  What appeals is the small population, a relaxed lifestyle with nature and beautiful views all around.  Any bad weather would just make life more exciting.  Growing up I knew a couple of children (Vanessa and Eric) the grandchildren of the neighbours, who would visit London during school holidays, they lived on Shetland and told lovely stories about their lives.  Watching these webcams I wondered if they still live in there, I haven’t thought of them in decades.

20200203_022941 “007, meet 004 and 003”.

Over the last few weeks while watching the various cameras, I wondered if there were signs saying “if you stand here, you can be seen all over the world.  Think twice if you pick your nose or scratch your bum”.  This went through my mind as I saw people walking in and out of the tourist centre or the pub.  My favourite ones are the “cliff cams”, which as the name suggest look out to sea.  Watching the waves smash onto the rocks is very therapeutic.  It’s stated that occasionally Orcas can be spotted, I’m still looking.

20200202_15020820200202_170002 “They enjoyed there afternoon out”.

From what I can see and read there is nothing not to like about Shetland, at some point I will have to visit.  If at a future date I happen to go missing, then keep an eye on the webcams because one day you might spot me standing outside the pub scratching my ample lardy ass for everyone to see.

20200205_170934 “Monday to Friday, going home is the best part of the day”.

** http://www.shetlandwebcams.com

And Now For Something Completely Different……

20200203_220040 “Just getting rid of the evidence of brekkie”.

Just wondered if it’s only me, but has anyone noticed an increase in rubber bands lying around on the pavement.  This might be a “London issue” if it is, then you are lucky to live in a place where people care about the environment and possible danger to wildlife.  The main culprits as far as I can tell are as postman/women (or however the individual identifies themselves).  I’m not saying that every postie drops them, but a fair number that I am now stopping to pick up have been dropped on a letter delivery round.  Yes, you read that correct, I have started to pick the bands up.  How long will it be before I am picking up litter that’s been casually tossed aside?  If anyone watches me, they probably feel sorry for the old bag lady picking shiz up.

20200203_162722 “I did pick this up”.

There really is no excuse for this additional littering (London’s streets/roads have enough already on them) especially when we are supposed to be so much more environmentally aware.  The reason I am picking the bands up is that i have read and seen pictures of animals getting trapped or worse dying because the rubber was eaten.  When I have a decent collection of maybe I should deliver them to the local post office and ask for them to be reused.

20200203_162528 “second one spotted in a couple of mins”.

And Finally……

20200206_09592720200206_095917 “The morning looked pretty”.

The left boot of a favourite pair suddenly became slippery, after my recent fall I didn’t want to risk going arse over tit again.  Looking at the underside it was clear that the thin grippy layer (a cobbler’s technical term) had come off.  A couple of days later when I arrived home, my friend presented me with something thin found on the pavement while on the way to the station, the bottom of my boot.  This meant I had passed it several times over a couple of days.  My friend either has better eyes or just keeps them open while out. I did consider hammering it back on, but I think an expert should probably do it.

20200206_190037 “Light fitting of the week.

Congratulations to a friend who was nominated secretly for ‘Celebrating Success’ award” at their work and won.  About time they were recognised for their wonderfulness.  If there is a swanky do, I’ll give them a huge bag to stash any leftover free food or bottles of drink. It would be wrong not too!

20200207_230457 “Distracted by Malcolm tearing a strip out of another poor victim”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“Ares”, (S1, ep 1).  “Cheers”, (S6, ep 15 to ep 25)(S7, ep 1 to ep 5).  “Click”, (TX: 01/02/20).  “Dolittle”, (2020).  “Inside No.9”, (S5, ep 1).  “Last Tango In Halifax”, (S1, ep 1).  “Luna Nera”, (S1, ep 1).  “Omniscient”, (S1, ep 6).  “Ragnarok”, (S1, ep 1).  “Star Trek: Picard”, (S1, ep 3).  “The Goes Wrong Show”, (S1, ep 6).  “The Graham Norton Show”, (S26, ep 16, TX: 31/01/20).  “The Incredible Story Of Marie Antoinette’s Watch With Nicholas Parsons”, (TX: 06/10/16).  “The Last Leg: Countdown To Brexit”, (S19, ep 3, TX: 31/01/20).  “The Thick Of It”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 3)(S2, ep 1 to ep 3)(Special: Rise Of The Nutters, TX: 02/01/07)(Special: Spinners And Losers, TX: 03/01/07).  “Top Gear”, (S28, ep 2, TX: 02/02/20).   “Wisting”, (S1, ep 9 & ep 10).                  

Doctor Who Watched This Week:

“The Smugglers”, (S4, Prod Code CC)(ep 3, TX: 24/09/66, LC Recon)(ep 4, TX 01/10/66, LC Recon)(Loose Cannon, “Intv: Richard Hunt”, “Production Featurette”, Aug 08).

The Tenth Planet”, (S4, Prod Code DD)(ep 1, TX: 08/10/66)(ep 2, TX: 15/10/66)(ep 3, TX: 22/10/66)(ep 4, TX: 29/10/66, BBC Recon).

“The Power Of The Daleks”, (S4, Prod Code EE)(ep 1, TX: 05/11/66, LC Recon)(ep 2,  TX: 12/11/66, LC Recon)(ep 3, TX: 19/11/66, LC Recon)(ep 4, TX: 26/11/66, LC Recon)(ep 5, TX:03/12/66, LC Recon)(ep 6, TX: 10/12/66, LC Recon)(LC Recons, July 99).

 “The Highlanders”, (S4, Prod Code FF)(ep 1, TX: 17/12/66, LC Recon)(ep 2, TX: 24/12/66, LC Recon)(ep 3, TX: 31/12/66, LC Recon)(ep 4, TX: 07/01/67, LC Recon)(Loose Cannon, “Intro: Michael Elwyn”, “Carry On Culloden”, “Historical Extract”, “Production Featurette”, Aug 07).

“The Underwater Menace”, (S4, Prod Code GG)(ep 1, TX: 14/01/67, LC Recon)(ep 2, TX: 21/01/67)(ep 3,  TX: 28/01/67)(ep 4, TX: 04/02/67, LC Recon)(“Intro: Frasier Hines”).

“Praxeus”, (S12/S38, ep 6, TX: 02/02/20).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

“Daddy Look At Me”, (S2, ep 15, 06/02/20).  “Iain Lee (Bonus)”, (04/02/20).  “Iain Lee (Highlights)”, (29/01, 30/01, 31/01, 03/02. 04/02, 05/02, 06/02/20).  “LBC: Mystery Hour”, (07/02/20).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 130, 07/02/20).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (01/02, 02/02, 07/02/20).  “Rule Of Three”, (S5, Trailer 03/02/20)(ep 1, 06/02/20).  “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 179, 01/02/20).  “The Old Doctor Who Podcast”, (ep 80, 24/07/19)(ep 81, 14/08/19)(ep 82, 04/09/19)(ep 83, 25/09/19)(ep 84, 16/10/19)(ep 85, 06/11/19)(ep 86, 24/11/19)(ep 87, 18/12/19).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (03/02/20).  “The Skewer”, (BBC Radio 4)(S1, ep 5, 05/02/20).  “The Skewer: Podcast”, (BBC Radio 4)(S1,ep 4, pt 1 & pt 2: 04/02/20).  “Walking The Dog With Emily Dean”, (ep 55, 03/02/20).  “What’s Your Problem? With Nick Abbot And Carol Mcgiffin”, (S1, ep 3, 03/02/20).  “Woke Up! And Enter The Maelstrom”, (S1, ep 3, 31/01/20)(ep 4, “Uncle Arthur” 02/02/20).  Morrissey”,  “Beck”,  “The Stone Roses”,  “The Cranberries”,  “Green Day”,  “The Beloved”,  “Ash”,  “The Clash”,  “Beacon Blue”,  “The Blue Oyster Cult”,  “10cc”,  “Badly Drawn Boy”,  “Skunk Ananise”,  “KT Tunstall”.

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Week 292, Saturday 25th until Friday 31st January 2020.

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

Week 293 Saturday 25th  until Friday 31st January 2020.

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I am a little worried that a friend and I may have been responsible for a national treasure’s death.  This week Nicholas Parsons died aged 96, like many people in the UK I grew up watching and listening to him as he entertained millions over many decades.  But, why could I be responsible I hear you cry!

A few years ago, my friend and I were chatting and mentioned classic sitcom writer Carla Lane.  A few days later she passed aged 87.  Last Sunday the same friend and I were talking about old TV quiz shows and it wasn’t long before Nicholas Parsons entered the conversation.  My friend wasn’t sure (as with Clara Lane) if he was still alive, after consulting my small electronic device I confirmed that he was.

20200130_091026 “A posh art deco lamp shade seen in central London”.

On Tuesday during my break when I read that the “Sale of the Century” (1971 to 1983) host had passed away, I had to message to my friend who replied straight away saying “the curse had struck again”.  Just to point out I am not making light of either Clara Lane or Nicholas Parsons deaths, they were both very talented and I enjoyed their work.  But maybe the curse could be put to good use.  Just think of the pond scum, so-called celebrities and politicians who (in my VERY uneducated opinion) appear to get away with all kinds of wrong and immoral activities.  Maybe if my friend and I had a conversation naming them, then maybe there card might be marked.

If there is someone that you would like us to add into a conversation (nudge nudge, wink wink), then please send your nominations to…

20200125_175446 “Boo!”. 

Ihopethatpeopleunderstandthiscoincidencemakesgoodcontent/idontreallywantpeople(exceptnastyannoyingpiecesofshiz)todie.coke.Ucake

And Now For Something Completely Different……

Picture Bond or Bauer from “24” desperately trying to download information while nervously looking around waiting for the percentage to gradually reach 100%.  Once they have what they wanted each hero can escape a shower of bullets completely unharmed.  Of course the get-a-way vehicle will have more holes in it than a kitchen sieve.

If James or Jack had the issues I have while out and about in the “so-called” real world they would hand in their licenses to kill (I think Bauer has a badge, which is a “sort of” licence) retire to sip cocktails (shaken not stirred) while watching babes.

20200128_193243Tuesday about 17.10 pm”.

I used to be able to download a whole series (that’s what it felt like) of TV shiz I enjoy.  As well as plenty of Podcast to keep me occupied whilst suffering London’s public transport system.  Recently though the tablet has started to inform me helpfully “insufficient memory “ while downloading.  There have been days when I have to re-watched a show because I was unable to hop onto the Wi-Fi at work to download something new.  When I do manage to access the internet in the office its so slow and could take all afternoon to download a 30 min comedy.

On morning this week, while in a corporate coffee shop sipping my bucket of gulp I attempted to squirt a drama on to my electronic device.  With one eye on the clock because I should have been rushing to work.  I saw the percentage of the download slowly climb.  Eighty seven is now a number i don’t like; this was when the download stalled.  No matter how hard I stared at the screen that number wouldn’t change.  My internal mantra attempted to keep me calm by telling myself that this won’t take long.

20200129_171438 “Wednesday about 17.10 pm”.

Minutes later I could be seen rushing through the street dodging anything and anyone who dared to get in my way.  All the time fuming that the download had to be abandoned.  This is when my thoughts turned to Bond and Bauer who would never have had the same issue.  Of course I didn’t confess the real reason I was late, the boss would never have understood.

20200102_214635 “Hidden doorways on the tube are always intriguing” 

Happily I can report that a friend saved my sanity by discovering that an APP has been sucking up a large amount of memory after an update.  Once again my travelling through the city is more pleasurable due to the number of downloads to choose from.

And Finally……

Trying to turn off the alarm on my circular topped smart speaker.  The annoying tone continued to sound, even though i was asking it to stop.  It sounded like it was actually getting louder.  In the end after stumbling out of bed i just pulled the plug.  That evening my friend told me in her bedroom she heard my predicament and laughed.

20200128_230111 “The lady is in charge.  And it was nice to see”. 

While driving I misheard the radio, I thought the fruity voiced said “the home of Flaccid Rock”.  It was “Classic Rock”.  Flaccid felt more appropriate from the music heard (I changed the station as soon as I was stationary).

DSCF4428 “I always enjoy a spot of bird spotting.  This one was flying low probably looking for a feeder to perch on”.

Waiting excitedly for new Doctor Who to begin, I became aware of a sucking sound.  I walked into the kitchen holding the tablet (I wasn’t going to miss the opening credits) only to see my friend sucking up split red wine through a metal (she cares about the planet and doesn’t use plastic) straw.

20200201_003910 “Distracted by these puffed up puffer jackets”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:

“Bridesmaids”, (2011).  “Cheers”, (S5, ep 21 to ep 26)(S3, ep 1 to ep 14).  “Click”, (TX: 25/01/20).  “Him & Her”, (S2, ep 5 to ep 7)(S3, ep 1).  “Man Like Mobeen”, (S3, ep 1 to ep 5).  “Omniscient”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 5).  “Star Trek: Picard”, (S1, ep 2).  “Storyville The Gene Revolution: Changing Human Nature”, (TX: 27/01/20).  “The Goes Wrong Show”, (S1, ep 4 & 5).  “The Graham Norton Show”, (Happy New Year, TX: 31/12/19)(S26, ep 15, TX: 24/01/20).  “The Last Leg”, (S19, ep 1, TX: 17/01/20)(ep 2, TX: 24/01/20).  “Top Gear”, (S28, ep 1, TX: 26/01/20).  “Winterwatch 2019”, (S8, ep 1, TX: 28/01/20)(ep 2, TX: 29/01/20)(ep 3, TX: 30/01/20)(ep4, TX: 31/01/20).  “Wisting”, (S1, ep 7 & ep 8).                  

Doctor Who Watched This Week:

“The Savages”, (S3, Prod Code AA)(ep 3, TX: 11/06/66, LC Recon)(ep 4, TX 18/06/66, LC Recon)(Loose Cannon, “Outro: Peter Purves”, “Mini Production Featurette”, “Interview Peter Purves”, “Interview Sonia Markham”, Feb 08).

The War Machines”, (S3, Prod Code BB)(ep 1, TX: 25/06/66)(ep 2, TX: 02/07/66)(ep 3, TX: 09/07/66)(ep 4, TX: 16/07/66)( BBC DVD Bonus, “One Foot In The Past”, “WOTAN Assembly”, 25/08/08).

“The Sumgglers”, (S4, Prod Code CC)( Loose Cannon, “Into: George C Cooper”, Aug 08)( ep 1, TX: 10/09/66, LC Recon)(ep 2,  TX: 17/10/66, LC Recon).

 “Fugitive Of The Judoon”, (S38/S12, ep 5, TX: 26/01/20).

This week I have mainly been listening to:

“Daddy Look At Me”, (S2, ep 14, 30/01/20).  “Iain Lee (Highlights”, (24/01, 28/01, 29/01, 30/01/20).  “LBC: Mystery Hour”, (31/01/20).  “Matt Berry Intv “Nicholas Parsons” (Alex Lowe)(Absolute Radio)”.  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 129, 31/01/20).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (25/01, 31/01/20).  “Strange Times”, (ep 332, 28/01/20).  “The Old Doctor Who Podcast”, (ep 65, 12/09/18)(ep 66, 03/10/18)(ep 67, 24/10/18)(ep 68, 14/11/18)(ep 69, 05/12/18)(ep 70, 26/12/18)(ep 71, 16/01/19)(ep 72, 06/02/19)(ep 73, 27/02/19)(ep 74, 20/03/19)(ep 75, 10/04/19)(ep 76, 01/05/19)(ep 77, 22/05/19)(ep 78, 12/06/19)(ep 79, 03/07/19).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (27/01/20).  “The Skewer”, (BBC Radio 4)(S1, ep 4, 29/01/20).  “The Skewer: Podcast”, (BBC Radio 4)(S1,ep 2, pt 1 & pt 2: 22/01/20)(ep 3, pt 1 & pt 2: 28/01/20) .  “Walking The Dog With Emily Dean”, (ep 43, 19/07/19)(Message From Emily, 23/01/20).  “What’s Your Problem? With Nick Abbot And Carol Mcgiffin”, (S1, ep 2, 27/01/20).  “Woke Up! And Enter The Maelstrom”, (S1, ep 2, 26/01/20).  Morrissey”, “Pet Shop Boys”,  “Cyndi Lauper”,  “Kasabian”,  “Cocteu Twins”,  “The Beautiful South”, “Stereo MC’s”, “Pat Benatar”, “Bran Van 3000”, “The Cure”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Week 292, Saturday 18th until Friday 24th January 2020.

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

Week 292 Saturday 18th  until Friday 24th January 2020.

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This week, happy 8th B’day to my best friend Anoodle.

A theme that appears regularly in this ramble is my moaning about work.  This week could be a first!  If you’re new to this blog, I work in a call centre and describe myself as a call centre monkey.  As you might expect in an environment like that there can be a high turnover of staff.  New starters go through traditional training, such being spoken at in meeting rooms.  They are soon sat with an experienced member of staff in the phone room, to listen and eventually take calls with the old timer next to them if they need a little help.

20200123_133152 “Liked the message scrolling across the bottom of the board at work”.

There are a number of regular people who get asked to “babysit” newbies.  This week management really must have been desperate, short staffed (whatever) because they asked if I would have a couple of new guys (separately) to listen and take calls.  Previously in this blog I have mentioned that everything I do while shackled to my desk, including going for a whiz is timed.  Now I know why the regulars who are normally asked to assist seem to enjoy doing it. In between calls I was able to select “training” until we were ready, or fancied taking the next call.

20200121_080101 “Some mornings things don’t look so bad”.

This training lark is a doddle.  Of course there was chit-chat about the call, but once that shiz was over with the two of us talked about everything and anything other than the job.  My favourite day was with trainees who were ready to take the calls, I was able to sit, zone out and almost have an out of body experience.  They didn’t really need me, I nodded encouragingly now and then, but otherwise my mind was somewhere else.  I’ve always been pleased not to be approached to help out, but after this week if the opportunity comes up again I’ll always be a team player.

20200121_075619 “I see this group most mornings.  They look good in the mist”.

And Now For Something Completely Different……

20200121_075555 “I really fancied going back to bed when i saw this view”.

This week I got an email which just said in the subject line “Pink shirt, Hampstead”. Writer, performer and director of Monty Python Terry Jones died aged 77; he had been diagnosed with Primary Progressive Aphasia, a form of Frontotemporal Dementia in 2015.  If you have read this before you will know I am a huge Python fan, and met Terry very (VERY) briefly a few years ago on Hampstead Heath.  I think it’s the right time to just tell you about the amazing experience again.

20200123_19035720200123_214716 “I really enjoyed the National Trevor Show lots”.

My friend MOZ and I were lost amongst trees on Hampstead Heath looking for Kenwood House.  Suddenly a man in a large white floppy hat, pink shirt walking 2 dogs appeared from the greenery.  He must have heard us talking because he stopped to tell us which was we needed to go.  I recognised Terry Jones straight away. As he walked away all i could say was “Thank you” and “I’m a huge fan”, i really was star stuck.  Ever since he disappeared back into the bushes I regretted i didn’t ask for a picture or an autograph. But he was off duty, relaxing walking his dogs it felt wrong to intrude.  As he walked away, he laughed and waved goodbye to us and then vanished from sight.

20200123_185815 “We should have played Pooh Sticks while beside the Thames”.

The moment that came and went in seconds, but I will treasure the memory forever.

Terry Jones.  Python, Comedy Legend and Gentlemen.  Thank you for the laughs.

20200124_114038 “I do like a train”.

And Finally……

20200123_070832 “Smiles all round, even though it was 6.50am”.

Saying a little too loudly in very public place “I was only looking for my little hole!”  I was talking about trying to find a hole in my tights earlier.  Honest it was nothing mucky.

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20200123_071942 “And the winner is……”

Shouting “Frak” loudly at 2.50am.  Because I was suddenly woken up, the lights were switched on and my nephew stood smiling as he held door the open.  Behind him was my niece the B’day girl.  It appears she had woken him and persuaded him to wake me up.  I love them dearly, but they were sent straight back to bed.

At 6.50 I was woken up when the B’day girl literally jumped on me.  The whole family were up so it really was time to start celebrating her special day.  It’s her Brothers B’day in a month time, I’ll go to bed early if I’m staying the night.

20200126_033455 “Distracted by Patrick, while i should have been writing this shiz”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“Cheers”, (S5, ep 13 to ep 20).  “Click”, (TX: 18/01/20).  “Daly Grind”, (BBC Scotland Pilot)(TX: 20/01/20).  “Einstein’s Quantum Riddle”, (TX: 16/01/20).  “Horizon, 2020/21: Addicted To Painkillers? Britain’s Opioid Crisis”, (TX: 16/01/20).  “Horizon, 2020/21: Chris Packham: 7.7 Billion And Counting”, (TX: 21/01/20).  “Imagine: Summer 2014: 4. Monty Python: And Now For Something Rather Similar”, (TX: 29/06/14).  “King Gary”, (S1, ep 5 & ep 6).  “Salom’s Lot”, (1979).  “Stacey Dooley Investigates The Whale Hunters”, (TX: 22/01/20).  “Star Trek: Picard”, (S1, ep 1).  “The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina”, (S3, ep 1).  “The Goes Wrong Show”, (S1, ep 4 & 5).  “The Graham Norton Show”, (S26, ep 14, TX: 17/01/20).  “The Last Leg”, (S19, ep 1, TX: 17/01/20)(ep 2, TX: 24/01/20).  “The Story Of Tracvey Beaker”, (S1, ep 1).  “The Tuckers”, (S1, ep 4 to ep 6).  “Timeless”, (S2, ep 11 & ep 12).  “Wisting”, (S1, ep 7 & ep 8).  “Would I Lie To You?”, (S13, ep 7, 24/01/20).                

Doctor Who Watched This Week:

“The Ark”, (S3, Prod Code X)(ep 3, “The Return”, TX: 19/03/66)(ep 4, “The Bomb”, TX 26/03/66)(BBC DVD Bonus, 14/02/11, “All’s Wells That Ends Wells”, “One Hit Wonder”, “Riverside Story”).

The Celestial Toymaker”, (S3, Prod Code Y)(“Loose Cannon Intro & Outro, Peter Purves”, Dec 1999)(ep 1, “The Celestial Toyroom”, TX: 02/04/66, LC Recon)(ep 2, “The Hall Of Dolls”, TX: 09/04/66,  LC Recon)(ep 3, “The Dancing Floor”, TX: 16/04/66,  LC Recon)(ep 4, “The Final Test”, TX: 23/04/66).

“The Gunfighters”, (S3, Prod Code Z)(ep 1, “A Holiday For The Doctor”, TX: 30/04/66)(ep 2, “Don’t Shoot The Pianist”, TX: 07/05/66)(ep 3, “Johnny Ringo”, TX: 14/05/66)(ep 4, “The OK Carrol”, TX: 21/05/66)(BBC DVD Bonus, 07/03/11, “Tomorrows Times: The Frist Doctor”, “The End Of The Line?” ).

“The Savages”, (S3, Prod Code AA)(“Loose Cannon Intro, Peter Purves”, Feb 08)(ep 1, TX: 28/05/66, LC Recon)(ep 2, TX: 04/06/66, LC Recon).

“Nikola Tesla’s Night Of Terror”, (S38/S12, ep 4, TX: 19/01/20).

This Week I Saw Live On Stage:

“Sandi Toksvig: The National Trevor Show”, (Royal Festival Hall, 23/01/20).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

 “Anti Social Show”, (ep 79, 17/01/20).  “Daddy Look At Me”, (S2, ep 13, 23/01/20).  “Iain Lee (Highlights”, (17/01, 20/01, 21/01, 23/01/20).  “LBC: Mystery Hour”, (09/01, 16/01/20).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 128, 24/01/20).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (18/01, 24/01/20).  “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 177, 18/01/20)(ep 178, 24/01/20).  “Strange Times”, (ep 331, 22/01/20).  “The All New Angelos And Barry Podcast”, (18/01/20).   “The Old Doctor Who Podcast”, (ep 54, 24/01/18)(ep 55, 14/02/18)(ep 56, 07/03/18)(ep 57, 28/03/18)(ep 58, 18/04/18)(ep 59, 09/05/18)(ep 60, 30/05/18)(ep 61, 20/06/18)(ep 62, 11/07/18)(ep 63, 01/08/18)(ep 64, 22/08/18).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (20/01/20).  “The Rabbit Hole”, (ep 97, 21/01/20).  “The Skewer”, (BBC Radio 4)(S1, ep 3, 22/01/20).  “The Skewer: Podcast”, (BBC Radio 4)(S1,ep 3 & ep 4, 22/01/20).  “Walking The Dog With Emily Dean”, (ep 51, 23/12/19).  “What’s Your Problem? With Nick Abbot And Carol Mcgiffin”, (S1, ep 1, 20/01/20).  “Woke Up! With Nigel Boydell”, (S1, ep 1, 21/01/20).  Morrissey”, “Alanis Morissette”,  “Hole”,  “Temple Tudor”,  “Feeder”,  “Manic Street Preachers”, “Liam Gallagher”, “Elbow”, “P.J Harvey”, “Suede”, “The Style Council”, “Pulp”, The Libertines”, “The Communards”, “Limal”, “The Beautiful South”, “Madonna”.

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Week 291, Saturday 11th until Friday 17th January 2020.

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

Week 291 Saturday 11th  until Friday 17th January 2020.

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This week I have suffered badly with writers block, normally I have writers BLOG you can’t stop me from writing shiz.  But this week the screen has looked mainly like the picture below.

20200118_125615 “I don’t like a blank screen at all”.

As normal I have spent hours sitting on trains feeling stressed about getting to work or from work, which is when I do a lot of thinking about content.  If you look at the lists below you can see I have as usual watched (and listened) to a lot of shiz.  Which also helps ideas flow into my consciousness?  Instead I have spent this last week with a daemon sitting on my shoulder reminding me constantly that I haven’t written anything.

Writing the blog is never stressful; there are times at the start of the week when I do wonder “what have I got to say???”  Normally letters spill out to form words that I attempt to string together hoping that they make some sense.

20200116_071150 “Coming ready or not”.

Over this week I have written a number of drafts, but nothing has flowed.  Here are snippets of those ideas, to give you a taste of the shiz you could be enjoying.

There are a number of worries I have when I’m out and about which are ridiculous when typed.

Being hit on the head as a bus passes, have you ever noticed how far there wing mirrors stick out?

DSCF5317 “A terrible pic, i know.”

 

While driving across a junction, I imagine a car not stopping and smashing straight into the side of my vehicle.

Crossing the road and being hit by something large.  My ragdoll body then flies through the air landing in a heap on the tarmac.

Should I be concerned and stay inside the house?

Or there was this……

20200116_081501 “The streets are still littered with unwanted Crimbum trees”.

Since April last year I have regularly emailed myself in the middle of the night squinting at my small electronic device.  These emails are notes about dreams; they have to be typed quickly before the images fade from the sponge that is my mind.  I have no idea what this 40 page list (and growing all the time) will be used for!  A number of the dreams would make good story ideas.

And this…….

20200113_111904 “On the course, i knew my name at least”.

Earlier this week I arrived late (because of trains) at a different building because I was attending a training course.  The smiling receptionist sent me not once, but twice (i had to queue up each time) to the wrong meeting room.  When they realised that they couldn’t help, I was sent to another reception in a different part of the building. This was when I discovered that the security pass wouldn’t open any of the security doors in that part of the building.  The second reception (also very smiley) instructed me to sit and wait because someone will come and get me.

20200117_143051 “Noticed these comments on a phone on the training course”.

You guessed it, no one came!  In the end I had to ring my office and ask for the mobile number of a colleague who was also attending the course to come and rescue me from the busy reception.  Twenty minutes after arriving in the building I finally walked into the course room.

20200113_134704 “Saw this in the post room”.

Writers Block is not painful in the traditional sense, but it’s been a real pain, an irritation to me all week long.  Fingers crossed next week the creative tap will be unblocked and words will flow as normal (whatever normal is).

20200111_220041 “I couldn’t waste the last drop of gravy.  Yes i drank it”.

If you like the blog, please have a look at previous weeks, and share with all your friends. You could even share it with people you don’t like as a torture.

And Now Finally……

20200116_081401 “Spotted, the Bankys of Surrey”.

Overheard the following “it was just snatch damage”.

My niece told me that a friend’s puppy has had its balls removed.  She then whispered “they won’t grow back”.  With a smile I replied “are you sure”, her confused look was priceless.

20200115_221918 “Carol Decker, helping to distract me from the writers bock”.

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“Bradley Walsh & Son: Breaking Dad”, (S2, ep 1, 12/01/20.  “Cheers”, (S5, ep 2 to ep 12).  “Click”, (TX: 11/01/20).  “Him & Her”, (S1, ep 3 to ep 6)(S2, ep 1 to ep 4).  “King Gary”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 4).  “Living With Yourself”, (S1, ep 7).  “Lost In Space”, (S2, ep 10).  “Louis Theroux’s: Selling Sex”, (TX: 12/01/20).  “Only Fools And Horses: Fatal Extraction”, (TX: 25/12/93).  “Only Fools And Horses: Heroes And Villains(TX: 25/12/96).  “Only Fools And Horses: If They Could See Us Now”, (TX: 25/12/01).  “Only Fools And Horses: Modern Men”, (TX: 25/12/96).  “Only Fools And Horses: Sleepless In Peckham”, (25/12/03).  “Only Fools And Horses: Time On Our Hands”, (TX: 25/12/96).  “The Goes Wrong Show”, (S1, ep 3).  “The Graham Norton Show”, (S26, ep 13, TX: 10/01/20).  “The Impossible”, (2012).  “The Sky At Night: Beginners Guide”, (TX: 12/01/20).  “The Tuckers”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 3).  “Timeless”, (S2, ep 2 to ep 10).  “Wisting”, (S1, ep 5 to ep 6).                

Doctor Who Watched This Week:

The Dalek Masterplan”, (S3, Prod Code V)( ep 5, Counter Point, TX: 11/12/65)(ep 6, Coronas Of The Sun, LC Recon, TX: 18/12/65)(ep 7, The Feast Of Steven, LC Recon, 25/12/65)(ep 8, Volcano, LC Recon, TX: 01/01/66)(ep 9, Golden Death, LC Recon, TX: 08/01/66)(ep 10, Escape Switch,TX: 15/01/66)(ep 11, The Abandoned Planet, LC Recon, TX: 22/01/66)(ep 12, Destruction Of Time, LC Recon, TX: 29/01/66)(Loose Cannon, Interview Jean Marsh, Terry Nations’ The Destroyers (Planned Spinoff)(Dec 03)

“The Massacre Of St Bartholomew’s Eve”, (S3, Prod Code W)(Loose Cannon Intro & Outro, Nov 2001)(ep 1, War Of God, LC Recon, TX: 05/02/66)(ep 2, The Sea Beggar, LC Recon,TX: 12/02/66)(ep 3, Priest Of Death, LC Recon, TX: 19/02/66)(ep 4, Bell Of Doom, LC Recon, TX: 26/02/66)(Loose Cannon Interview Donald Tosh, Nov 2001).

“The Ark”, (S3, Prod Code X)(ep 1, The Steel Sky, TX: 05/03/66)(ep 2, The Plauge, TX: 12/03/66).

“Orphan 55”, (S38/S12, ep 3, TX: 12/01/20).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

 “Daddy Look At Me”, (S2, ep 12, 16/01/20).  “Iain Lee (Highlights”, (10/01, 13/01, 14/01, 15/01, 16/01/20).  “In Poor Taste”, (ep 112, 12/01/20).  “LBC: Mystery Hour”, (02/01/20).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 127, 17/01/20).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (11/01, 17/01/20).  “Strange Times”, (ep 330, 11/01/20).  “The All New Angelos And Barry Podcast”, (11/01/20).  “The Cold War”, (Trailer, 17/01/20).  “The Old Doctor Who Podcast”, (ep 45, 19/07/17)(ep 46, 09/08/17)(ep 47, 30/08/17)(ep 48, 20/09/17)(ep 49, 11/10/17)(Mini ep 2, 23/10/17)(ep 50, 01/11/17)(ep 51, 22/11/17)(ep 52, 13/12/17)(ep 53, 02/01/18).  “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (13/01/20).  “The Rabbit Hole”, (ep 94, 09/01/20)(ep 95, 14/01/20)(ep 96, 16/01/20).  “The Skewer”, (BBC Radio 4)(S1, ep 2, 13/01/20).  “The Skewer: Podcast”, (BBC Radio 4)(Welcome To The Skewer, 15/01/20)(S1,ep 1 & ep 2, 16/01/20).  “Morrissey”, “U2”,  “Baby Bird”,  “Elbow”,  “Green Day”,  “T-Rex”, “Pulp”, “The Who”, “Biffy Clyro”, “Kings Of Leon”, “T’Pau”, “Duran Duran”.

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Week 290, Saturday 4th until Friday 10th January 2020.

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

Week 290 Saturday 4th  until Friday 10th January 2020.

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I am a lifelong Star Wars fan; it’s difficult in such a small number of words to express my love for the worlds that George Lucas created.  Once the original film was realised in the UK (27th December 1977) I pestered my parents until they gave in and took me to see the movie that the world was talking about.  My love of Star Wars was born, as well the amazing experience of sitting in a large dark room watching a huge screen.  One thing I have never liked is busy cinemas and over the years found my ideal seat, in the middle of the front row.  It’s a perfect place because “normal” people don’t want to be that close to the screen.

20200102_213154 “Dont follow Mr. Bean”.

Last weekend I visited the local fleapit.  The ads and trailers (which I enjoy) finished, the film was starting when suddenly in the background voices could be heard.  Sure enough the people talking ignored all the empty seats (the screen was not overly busy) and walked down to the front row and joined me.  This group consisted of a woman, man and 2 small children.  The only one who watched the film (as far as I could tell) was the man.  Throughout the film the women looked at her phone.  When not studying her small device to prove how bored this experience was she would yarn very loudly (I kept hearing her clearly over the noise of lightsabers and space battles).  When the kids talked, they were “shushed” extremely loudly because they were interrupting her social media activities.  Talking about the little darlings, they had no interest in the film, and spent the duration running around or rolling on the floor in front of the screen.  Though the last 15 mins they sat behind and kicked my friends seats.

20200110_122810 “Wearing a fave T-shirt for a fave Podcast (Strange Times)”.

In the past I have asked people to stop being disruptive and occasionally spoken to staff, both have fallen on deaf ears.  Last weekend I sat there and attempted to ignore them (which failed).  After the above incident I will need to rethink when and where I see a film. The perfect time would seem to be during the week when most people are at work or school. It’s sad that after 40 years of going to the flicks I need to think like this.  Of course, I watch lots of films at home, but there is nothing better than seeing a movie on a huge screen.  I want to be fully immersed in the story and not be constantly brought back to reality by those around me.  Maybe one day, when I’ve made my millions, I’ll have my own state of the art home cinema, so i never have to leave the house or share the silver screen experience again.

20200103_183806 “Met this lovely little creature in the backgarden”.

I will be seeing “Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker” again soon.  Hopefully I won’t be disturbed and will feel part of a “Galaxy Far Far Away” one last time!

And Now For Something Completely Different……

20200105_222735 “What a sweet little girl”.

If you have been reading this ramble for a while you will know that just over a month ago a very special Hamster died.  This little creature really did have a huge effect on me and is very much missed.

20200102_123505 “Left over roast at work”.

Recently something strange started to happen.  It started after my friend and I visited a local funeral home to see if a small plaque can be made for the garden where Aries has been laid to rest.  When we came home the lights on a small crimbum tree situated on top of her cage were on, but we hadn’t turned it on.  Looking back at that last sentence I realise how this sounds, but it’s true!

20200110_215241 “A unplanned shiz doodle drawn at work.  Watercolours added at home”.

There have now been 3 occasions we have returned home to find the tree lights on.  They were switched off when we left the house; I have checked there is no timer or light sensitive switch which would activate them.  A couple of other peculiarities have happened.  One morning the living room light was on, and I had definitely turned it off the previous night.  As well as a screenshot of a picture I had taken of our little hammy that appeared on my friend’s phone. I didn’t send it to her.

20200102_214723 “Being naughty on the Yellow Line, don’t tell anyone”.

If there is a presence in the house (maybe, we brought something (one) back from the funeral home – we were told they were very busy) I’d like to believe that it’s our little Hamster.  Again, I know how this reads.  This is possibly the strangest thing I have written in this blog ever.  The little tree is going to stay out as an experiment to see if the lights carry on being turned on when were out.  If there is a sprit, maybe it’s shy to do it when we’re there, which is why occurrences happen when we’re out or during the night.

20200106_144658 “The caption says it all”.

And Now Finally……

Walking to work all last year i passed graffiti that read “Slugs Rule”.  It now reads “Sluts rule”. Is this a comment about life in 2020?

20200110_214314.jpg “Trying to write this Shiz, but distracted by “The Robot”. 

My Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have mainly been watching:  

“Blakes 7”, (SC, ep 12).  “Click”, (TX: 04/01/20).  “Him & Her”, (S1, ep 1 & ep 2).  “In Search Of Dracula With mark Gatiss”, (TX: 03/01/20).  “Lost In Space”, (S2, ep 2 to 9).  “Only Fools And Horses: Dates”, (TX: 25/12/88).  “Only Fools And Horses: Miami Twice (ep 1 The American Dream)”(TX: 24/12/91)”(ep 2 Oh To Be In England)”(TX: 25/12/91).  “Only Fools And Horses: Mother Nature’s Son”, (TX: 25/12/92).  “Only Fools And Horses: Rodney Come Home”, (25/12/90).  “Only Fools And Horses: The Frog Legacy”, (TX: 25/12/87).  “Only Fools And Horses: The Jolly Boy’s Outing”, (25/12/89).  “Prospect”, (2018).  “Shrill”, (S1, ep 3).  “Star Trek (Original Series)”, (S1, ep 5).  “Star Wars: Episode XI: Rise Of Skywalker”,(2019).  “The Goes Wrong Show”, (S1, ep 2).   “The Witcher”, (S1, ep 2 to ep 4).  “Timeless”, (S1, ep 14 to 16)(S2, ep 1).  “Wisting”, (S1, ep 1 to ep 4).                

Doctor Who Watched This Week:

 “The Chase”, (S2, Prod Code R)(BBC DVD Bonus: 01/03/10, Cusack In Cardiff, Daleks Beyond The Screen, Daleks Conquer And Destroy, Last Stop White City, Shawcraft-The Original Monster Maker, The Thrill Of The Chase).

The Time Meddler”, (S2, Prod Code S)(ep 1, The Watcher, TX: 03/07/65)(ep 2, The Meddling Monk, TX: 10/07/65)(ep 3, A Battle Of Wits, TX: 17/07/65)(ep 4, Checkmate, 24/07/65)( BBC DVD Bonus: 04/08/08, Restoration, Stripped For Action-The First Doctor, The Lost 12 Seconds).

Galaxy Four”, (S3, Prod Code T)(Loose Cannon Intro & Outro, Peter Purves, Dec 99)(ep 1, Four Hundred Dawns, LC Recon , TX: 11/09/65)(ep 2, Trap Of Steel, LC Recon,  TX: 18/09/65)(ep 3, Airlock, LC Recon, TX: 25/09/65)(ep 4, Exploding Planet, LC Recon,  TX: 02/10/65).

Mission To The Unknown”, (S3, Prod Code T/A)(Loose Cannon Intro & Outro, Edward De Souza, Sep 2000)(ep 1, Mission To The Unknown, LC Recon, TX: 09/10/65).

The Myth Makers”, (S3, Prod Code U)( Loose Cannon Intro & Outro, Frances White, Sept 06)(ep 1, Temple Of Secrets, LC Recon,TX: 16/10/65)(ep 2, Small Prophet, Quick Return, LC Recon, TX: 23/10/65)(ep 3, Death Of A Spy, LC Recon, TX: 30/10/65)(ep 4, Horse Of Destruction, LC Recon, TX: 06/11/65).

The Dalek Masterplan”, (S3, Prod Code V) Loose Cannon Intro Kevin Stoney, Dec 03)( ep 1, The Nightmare Begins, LC Recon, TX: 13/11/65)(ep 2, Day Of Armageddon, TX: 20/11/65)(ep 3, Devil’s Planet, LC Recon, 27/11/65)(ep 4, The Traitors, LC Recon, TX: 04/12/65).

 “Spyfall, (S38/S12, ep 2, TX: 05/01/20).

This week I have mainly been listening to:  

 “Daddy Look At Me: Daddy’s introductions”, (02/01/20(S2, ep 11, 09/01/20).  “Iain Lee (Highlights”, (31/12/19, 06/01, 09/01/20).  “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 126, 10/01/20).  “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (04/01, 10/01/20).  “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 174, 28/12/19)(ep 175, 03/01/20)(ep 176, 10/01/20).  “Space Boffins”, (10/01/20).  “Strange Times”, (ep 329, 08/01/20).  “The Old Doctor Who Podcast”, (ep 37, 01/02/170)(ep 38, 22/02/170)(ep 39, 15/03/17)(ep 40, 05/04/17)(ep 41, 26/04/17)(ep 42, 17/05/17)(ep 43, 07/06/17)(ep 44, 28/06/17).  The Nick Abbot Habit”, (06/01/20).  “The Skewer”, (BBC Radio 4)(S1, ep 1, 08/01/20).  “Morrissey”, “Queen”,  “The Pet Shop Boys”,  “Manic Steet Preachers”,  “Catfish And The Bottlemen”,  “The Flaming Lips”, “Ok Go”.

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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