Sunday, 30 September 2018

Early start, breakfast and Hell's Kitchen marathon continues

We were up unusually early for a Sunday today. The good news is that I seem to be completely over my illness now. We even did a proper home cooked breakfast for a change. Normally we wake up so late that it is actually brunch or lunch LOL. It was very nice though, scrambled eggs, bacon and toast.

The rest of the day was spent on our marathon run through Hell's Kitchen. We have now completed Season 12 and are on to Season 13.

Season 18 has just started but we are going to carry on pushing through to the end of Season 17 before we start watching that. Hopefully that will stockpile a few more episodes of 18 by the time we get there.

Saturday, 29 September 2018

Upcoming movies

I haven't done a post on upcoming movies recently so I thought I'd get back into that habit again.

Here's a few trailers for things I am quite excited for (mostly):

Dark Phoenix - this is probably going to be the last of the X-Men films in its current guise. They need to set the bar high to go out on a bang, opinions are split in Glitzville, I say yay and Sam says nay.

Captain Marvel - possibly the most anticipated MCU film aside from Infinity War.

Venom - Sony try and work on a set of Spider-man related movies without the presence of the web slinger himself. Sam wants to give this one a go but I fear it will be garbage.

Fantastic Beasts 2 The Crimes Of Grindewald - second instalment of the Fantastic Beasts saga. Being a fully signed up Potter fan now what's not to be excited about here?

Friday, 28 September 2018


The plague continues with me today :(

I spent the morning having a good old sleep before watching the last two episodes of Iron Fist Season 2. I have to say that Season 2 was a vastest improvement on the truly dire Season 1.

Drugs, tea and Ribena got me through the afternoon with a large helping of Hell's Kitchen for good measure. Some of my symptoms were still there though with hot watery eyes being the main culprit.

Thursday, 27 September 2018

The plague has spread....

Today didn't start brilliantly and continued to deteriorate as time went on. I was very tired and achey on the way in to work and the aches got worse as time went on. By lunchtime I was also feeling nauseous so decided to head home to try and get it out of my system.

Toni picked me up at the station and made me take some Lemsip capsules and a shot of Manflu. It didn't taste as bad as Toni and Sam had made out it did but they swore that it really worked so I was game.

When we got home I headed straight for bed where I slept for a good few hours. I did come and socialise for a bit later on but couldn't face any proper food so resorted to the comfort of soup.

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Cyborgs, mentors and Better Call Saul

Sam was back to work today after a couple of days of being ill. It was nice to have company on the train again. We had a fascinating conversation about artificial brains and how we see a cyborg generation coming along soon.

It was a productive day at work with little stress which was a welcome change. I attended a training course on becoming a mentor for our graduate programme. It's always good to have new challenges and this one kicks off very soon with me being given a mentee for the next 12-18 months.

Toni was out with Zoe when we got home so Sam and I did a quick catch up on the latest Better Call Saul episodes. Season 4 continues to be full of strong story telling and left us wanting more after the last episode. Sometimes binge watching is a good thing but sadly we have to wait for the next episode LOL.

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

GP, work and Missy Jean

It was an earlier than normal start today as I had to go and see the GP at 07:40 to discuss me being investigated/treated for sleep apnoea. Toni had to come along too as she was the only person who could actually describe my symptoms. Forgetting to breathe several times an hour while sleeping apparently is a very good sign that I might have sleep apnoea. I am now being referred to the Sleep Clinic for further investigation. Now I wait for that appointment to come in.

After the GP Toni and I had breakfast before I headed into the office. Work was a whole ball of stress which wasn't what I needed although it did quieten down a bit later in the afternoon.

Next stop was West Croydon to go and rehearse and audition a drummer for Missy Jean & The Mystery Machine. Our keyboard player blew us out at the last minute so it was just Missy and I doing the audition. Things went really well though and not only are the songs taking shape nicely but we now have a drummer ready to work with us. A great night and a positive step forward.

Monday, 24 September 2018

Plague house, busy day and practice

This morning I left a plague house with Sam and Toni both suffering from some forms of lurgy. It's not often that I am glad not to be at home LOL.

I managed to do some reading on the train which was a novelty. I really should make more time to read rather than always relying on visual stimulation.

Work was busy, lots going on but I survived the chaos .

The evening was made up of Heinz Tomato Soup, Hell's Kitchen and more practice for the Missy Jean & The Mystery Machine rehearsal tomorrow.

Sunday, 23 September 2018

Hell's Kitchen and bass practice

The morning started off with a lovely breakfast and a mega session of Hell's Kitchen. I'd forgotten how entertains Season 10 was, with so many conflicting characters on each team.

Reality TV usually works best with conflict and Hell's Kitchen is no exception to that.

Toni retired to the bath and I then embarked on a couple of hours of bass practice in preparation for the Missy Jean & The Mystery Machine rehearsal on Tuesday. We've decided to pitch shift down a whole tone. As this left my five string sound very flappy I decided to keep standard tuning and relearn the way I was playing the songs. All good fun and a nice challenge but I have got everything down now and am very excited for Tuesday night!

Saturday, 22 September 2018

Rock Of Ages @ Churchill Theatre

It was to Bromley this afternoon with Toni, Zoe and Tara to see the touring version of Rock Of Ages at the Churchill Theatre.

If you enjoyed the movie then you'll love this stage production. All the songs were there, the story reworked slightly to suit the stage with an amazing set of actors and singers to all it all together.

Kevin Kennedy (of Curly Watts fame) was the perfect replacement for Alec Baldwin with Lucas Rush given Russell Brand a real run for his money. The chemistry between the two of them was perfect. Everyone else in the cast was brilliant and I was lost in 80s nostalgia and crying with laughter throughout the whole thing.

If I get a chance to go and see this elsewhere on tour I'll definitely do so. If it's appearing at a theatre near you then go and see it!

Here's a brief clip that someone took of the show at the end:

Saturday, 1 September 2018

Darren Tite's 50th

It was off to deepest darkest North London today to participate in Darren Tite's 50th extravaganza. We started off with an elegant tea party that then morphed into an all night drinking session! The perfect present!

It was great to meet up with old friends and to make some new ones and it was an honour to be there to help Dazza celebrate.

The birthday boy in all his splendour!

It was an absolutely brilliant night!