Monday, 26 June 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 26-6-2017

I’m yawning, again!

And this time?

It’s for a serious reason.

Actually, now it isn’t.

It’s actually where I got home from work at 21:30pm.

Then went on to watch this week’s episode of Dr Who.

Can I be frank?

Episode 12, The Doctor Falls?

Had better be good.

As Episode 11, World Enough and Time?

Was bloody fantastic!


In other news?

In other news, my other favourite show — I’m Sorry, I Haven’t a Clue — is back on, this week.

Today: on Radio 4, at 18:30.

If you’ve not heard it?

You’ve missed the best show that never made it to TV!


Dr Who — Series 10: Episode 11 — World Enough and Time

25th June, 2017


It’s late …

At least, it’s late … for an ageing blogger with poor health, worse dental hygiene, and a tendency to fart.

And who’s got back home from work to a Marmite sandwich, and a bag of crisps.

You’d think that maybe heading for bed would be a sensible idea, wouldn’t you?

You might think so.

I couldn’t possibly comment.


Yes, I could.

It would make sense: if I wasn’t a Dr Who fan who missed this weeks episode when it was originally broadcast, last night.

From where I’m sitting?

I’ve just seen World Enough and Time.


I’m thinking it’s an absolutely delicious nightmare of an episode.


Sunday, 25 June 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 25-6-2017

Right … 

I’m back off to work, again, today.

And thinking, with the amount of hours I have, next week?

I should maybe get an extra job.


Not that there’s much doing, around here.

Nor — were I looking at going back into the business — are there that many easily accessible pubs looking for a pub-quizmaster.

It’s possibly something I’m going to have to think about.

Now … 

Does anyone want to buy a pub quiz … ?


Just as a quick thought?

I read in the news that Parliament itself, has been hit by a cyber attack.

As a result?

The ability to access emails from sites outside Westminster was turned off.


I’m wondering what on Earth the attackers were doing.

I’d love to have the complete story.


Saturday, 24 June 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 24-6-2017

OK, what the actual feck?

I’m up, and about.

Having made sure I got an early night: just to avoid yawning, first thing in the morning.

And guess what … ?

a)   I still feel like yawning my head off is a good move.

b)   I have a recent Republica tune ear worming its way through my head.

Oy veh … !


Just as an extra thought, before we move on … ?

If you’ve been following the news, you’d realise that some seven-hundred flats in Camden have bee evacuated, over-night.

In what looks like a rather messy attempt: with many residents only finding out about it, via the BBC news.

I know we’re all worried: post Grenfell.

But I’m thinking a local council should be better organised.


Oh, one more, thing?

I won’t get to see tonight’s Dr Who‡, until tomorrow at the earliest: no spoilers, now!


Friday, 23 June 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 23-6-2017

Ye gods, but I’m not well … !

OK, I’m not seriously badly off.

Things could be seriously worse.

But, right now?

I’m felling rather grotty: after my IBS flared up, at work.

Cramps, trots, slightly pained expressed, what have you … 

All that … 

All that … combined with a lack of sleep … ?

Well, I’m not having a good time.


Thursday, 22 June 2017

American Horror Story — Series 1: Murder House Episode 4 and 5: Halloween Pt 1 and Halloween Pt 2

22nd June, 2017

Oh, now, I hate my guts.

In a manner of speaking.

I have Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Eat the wrong thing?   And I’m out of action.

Certainly — as tonight — off work!

Complete with assorted stomach cramps, the trots, heaps of pained expressions … 

You name it, I’ll have it.


Just to make it perfectly clear!

Although if you’ve got a corset that’ll fit me, I’ll think about it.

Ummm … 

This post seems to be getting away from me, doesn’t it … ?

Suffice to say, I’ve had an unexpected night off.

And … ?

And wanted to carry on with a box set I’d been watching.

You got it.


Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 22-6-2017: Going Underground

*Yawn* … 

I have to say, I think that shift, yesterday?

Was a bit much … 

I managed to grab something cheap and cheerful to eat, on the way to work.

Boy, I’m regretting that.

It caused serious havoc with my innards: for the first time in months … 

I hate that when it happens.


Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 21-6-2017

Yoicks … !

I’ve agree to going into work early today!

At the last minute!

Still, I can’t complain too much.

As I’ve ALSO bagged an extra shift on Sunday.

It all helps pay the bills!

I might even be able to afford a treat, this week!


Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 20-6-2017: Jaws

You know, there’s a lot of stuff that’s easy to do.


Painting walls.   Building huge, well designed, buildings.   Running marathons.

Doing them well, on the other hand?

Is a whole other matter.

One thing that’s easy to do — as I know from work — is typing errors.

Which I suspect might have something to do with one piece of news I saw, yesterday.

It’s seems a marketing firm working for the US Republican party has given access to 200 million people’s details: leaving it easily accessible on a public cloud server.

Those details?   Could easily be used to commit all sorts of cyber-crime.

For starters, you’ve a whole pile of names, addresses and phone numbers: complete with details on the person’s opinions, and preferences.

I’d imagine whoever’s gained access to that?   Will be wallowing in criminal opportunities.

I’m not sure for certain: but I’d imagine that sort of information is going to generate a lot of personalised phising emails!

According to the news?

The firm that held the data made a mistake with the accessibility settings: which meant anyone with the link could get to it.


But say they have since modified those settings.

I’m betting the reason the settings were the way they were?

Is because someone’s made a simple mistake: as simple, say, as accidentally picking the wrong item from a drop down menu.

It’s that simple, that easy … 

To cause a lot of issues … 


Monday, 19 June 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 19-6-2017

What on Earth is going on in the UK?

I’ve woken up to news that, just after midnight, last night?

A van has been driven into a crowd of worshippers at Finsbury Park Mosque, injuring 10 and potentially killing one.

I know who I’m blaming.

The idiots that carried out the Westminster and London Bridge Attacks.

Apparently?   The driver of the van involved, was a white man reported to be saying he wanted to ‘kill all muslims.’

To me?

That sounds like an extreme right-wing … 

I’m tempted to say ‘nutter,’ there.

Instead I’ll call him an an extreme right-wing terrorist.


I’m hoping we don’t get open war on the streets.

But I’m not surprised there’s been a backlash.

Britain’s got several fine old traditions.

But also got a nasty streak of racism that’s contributed to this.


Sunday, 18 June 2017

Dr Who — Series 10: Episode 10 — The Eaters of Light

17th June, 2017.

Did I ever tell you I have windows?

No, I’m not doing the dirty, and suddenly bough a Windows based PC: good gods, no!

Nope, Mac fan still, thank you … !

No … I meant windows in my flat.

Some of which?   Are south facing.   They catch the sun, in other words.

And on one of the hottest days of the year, so far?

You can bet I’m glad I opened them.


Watching The Eaters of Light, this weeks episode of Dr Who, with them shut?

Would’ve meant getting just a little bit … you know … sweaty … !


Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 18-6-2017


You can’t tell I’m tired, now can you … ?

I am, though.

And seriously thinking I want to go back back to bed.


I’ve got a day off, today.

 Which means I can have a sneaky snooze, later.

Once I’ve done the shopping, laundry, teaser, tidied the flat, had breakfast, shaved, showered … … 


Did I mention I’m working, at the mo?

Not literally right now: I’d never be able to get to Nik Nak’s Old Peculiar from a work pc.

But I’ve a job: at a call centre.   That takes calls for various social landlords, amongst other.

One of those others?

Is the Greater London Authority.


We take the press calls: and direct anyone else to the relevant webpage or local council.

What we do with the real weirdoes, though?

Is a case by case thing.   I had to tell one woman, last night, that her suggestions to use pre-fabs to house the homeless of Grenfell Tower was good: but that she might want to email it over to Mayor Khan.   In another?   We had a chap demanding to know what the Mayor was doing to get the Royal Family to help.

You couldn’t make it up … 


Saturday, 17 June 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 17-6-2017

You know, in all the recent news?

In all the recent bad news, it’s oh-so-easy to overlook the sad news, it really is.

Adam West, the original TV Batman?

Died last week.

His death — the original Batman, and certainly the one I grew up with — has been marked in LA in possibly the only way it could.

With the Bat Signal.

RIP, Adam!


Friday, 16 June 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 16-6-2017

I have to confess, I’ve a bee in my bonnet.


Because of the Grenfell Tower fire.

Frankly?   As you’ll know, if you’ve been following Nik Nak’s Old Peculiar for a while, I’ve been concerned about fire safety on my street — Rollason Way — for some time.

Specifically, with emergency vehicle access.

One thing I ALSO know?

I’ve written a letter to my local paper: and it sounds like they want to have a natter about it.

As part of that?

I thought I’d check my building: to at least double check that it had no fire exit.

It doesn’t.


Neither does Watson Court, over the road, nor Torville Court, next door.


Yes, I know there’s an exit at the back of Damon House.   I bloody well campaigned ’til it got put there!   It’s not — strictly — a fire exit: it’s there to give tenants access to their gas meters.

But in theory?   We could go out that way, if needed.

But there’s no equivalent in the two other buildings I looked at.

There’s also no fire extinguishers, or a communal sprinkler system, in the communal areas.

Whether there’s supposed to be?

Whether they’d help?  (And I have my doubts about sprinklers.)

I don’t know.

But, in the light of the flames from Grenville Tower?

The lack seems odd.

I know, this, though.

The door that allows I and my neighbours to access our gas meters was put in by the original builders: put in, and paid for, by Crest Nicholson.

I get the feeling any retro-fitting that needs doing?

Will generate an argument about who’s paying.


Thursday, 15 June 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 15-6-2017 

Twelve people are dead, who were alive, yesterday.

As you know … ?

Grenfell Tower, a hi-rise in North Kensington, burnt to death, yesterday.

Twelve of the residents are known to have died as a result.

Residents were either jumping from windows: or throwing babies out, in order to save them

And many more are either in hospital … or missing.

Yes, I think saying the Tower has burnt to death, is the correct way of putting it.   It’s a community that’s died, as much as any of the inhabitants.

There’s talk.


The cladding used to insulate the tower has, apparently, been link to other hi-rise fires.   Smoke and fire alarms were, reportedly, inaudible.   And, apparently, gas pipes weren’t boxed off, correctly.

Obviously, there’s multiple factors involved.


I’d love to know how that started.   I can only hope it wasn’t deliberate … 


Equally as personally?

I’m wondering what would happen on my street, Rollason Way, should a fire start?

I couldn’t tell you.

I’m no expert on fire regulations, fire safety, what have you.

I do know I lived in a Housing Trust bedsit, many years ago.   Basically, a room in a four-bedroom flat: with a shared kitchen, bathroom, and living room.   Whilst it didn’t have fire extinguishers, it did have a fire blanket in the communal kitchen.   So if the chip pan went up, you could put it out.

I lived in a bedsitter on Ingrave Road: run by Brentwood Council.   You had a bed-sitting room, a kitchenette, and a bathroom: and had access to communal gardens, and a shared laundry room.

I don’t recall if we had a fire blanket in each flat: I think there were, but it was a while ago.   There were fire extinguishers in the corridors.

You could, in theory, grab one, and do something.

Here in my Housing Association flat?

I have no fire blanket provided by my landlord: although I don’t know if the current regulations support that.   

There are no fire extinguishers in the corridors: again, I don’t know if current regulations are for or against that.

There is, in my building?   A Certain amount of compartmentalisation: you can shut a door to stop a fire spreading.   But no clearly marked fire exits.   There are in other building in the area, built at the same time.   

That’s before you get to an issue I’ve brought up on this blog for years,

That the parking on Rollason Way means emergency vehicle access was incredibly difficult: when I moved in, ten years ago.   It hadn’t improved, a few years later.   It’s just as bad, now, if not worse: new flats going up will add more parked cars, and impede access further.

I hope a building on my street doesn’t burn to death.

It … 

Well … 

We residents will have problems.


Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 14-6-2017: A Love Like Blood … 

I think late nights are getting to me!

I actually had a night off, last night.

Watching the opening episodes of series one of American Horror Story.

Interesting stuff, American Horror Story: although the pilot episode wasn’t the thing the completely convinced me.

Personally?   I think I’m going to have to watch a bit more.

But the fact each series of AHS released so far has a different theme, plot and cast?

Has intrigued me.


If you’re in the UK, right now?

You’ve probably seen the news that Grenfell Tower, in North Kensington?

Has, quite literally gone up in smoke, overnight.   With at least fifty people in hospital … and talk of fatalities.

The scary thing, for me?

I work in a call centre in Chelmsfold: one that takes calls from various social landlords.

If your boiler goes wrong, your landlord’s obliged to fix it.

And, if it’s an emergency repair — you’re a vulnerable person whose heating has just gone, there’s an uncontainable leak or you’ve been locked in or out — we’re the people you’d end up talking, to get an engineer out.

One of those landlords?   Is the one that handles Grenfell Tower.

Something’s gone very wrong … 

I can only hope there’s as few deaths as possible, as a result.


Tuesday, 13 June 2017

American Horror Story — Series 1: Murder House — Episodes 1, 2 and 3: Pilot, Home Invasion and Murder House.

13th June, 2017

You know … it’s not that often I tell you I want to go to bed.

You’ve possibly noticed.


I’d like to get to bed, tonight.

Preferably before midnight.

But, on the other hand?

You’ve possibly worked out I like a TV show or two.   With current viewing favourites ranging from Dr Who, to House of Cards and Mr Robot … via Merlin and Stranger Things.

I’ve also got a old Model MacPro: one has three extra internal hards drives, storing a collection of movies and TV box sets I own … but haven’t necessarily watched, yet.

On the only night off, I’ve had this week?   Decided I should watch one of the box sets I’ve had sitting around for a while.

The anthology horror drama that is … American Horror Story.

And, despite the opening episode ALMOST putting me off?

I think I’ve just seen something interesting … 


Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 13-6-2017

OK, I’ve realised something … 

Right here and now, I’ve realised that today’s song — This Year’s Love, by David Gray — seems very appropriate.

OK, I may not be this year’s love: unless you’ve got very strange taste in men!

But the penniless, “I’ve left a tenner in the cash machine,” saga continues.


Well, I went to the high street, yesterday: to at least try and reclaim the now lost tenner.

That’s not a problem: that’s now officially been refunded.

But … ?

I checked my wallet on the way to the bank: to make sure I could hand over my details when I got to the bank.

Only to find I’d lost that, too.

What I’d done?

Once I’d realised I forgotten the tenner, on Sunday?

I went back to the cash machine to check my balance … and forgotten to take the card out, once I’d finished … !

Ever had one of those weekends?


Monday, 12 June 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 12-6-2017


Who’s a silly idiot?

Me, frankly!

I had a tenner in my bank account, yesterday.

Went in to Brentwood High Street … put my card into the cash machine … checked my balance … requested the tenner … took my card out … 

Walked away … 

Got half way up Brentwood High Street before I realised I’d forgotten to take the tenner.

By the time I’d got back to the cash machine?

It’s had gone.

Would you mind kicking me?

If I do it, I’ll miss!


Sunday, 11 June 2017

Dr Who — Series 10: Episode 9 — Empress of Mars

11th June, 2017.

Oh, now don’t you just HATE getting old?

You don’t?

I do.

If there’s money involved.

I managed to get to Brentwood High Street today: to a cash machine.
  • Shoved my card in the thing.
  • Check my balance.
  • Requested a tenner.
  • Took my card out.
  • Walked away from the machine …
Having forgotten to take the money, when I took my card.

By the time I got back to the cash machine?   (A short fat guy running down the High Street was possibly quite a site.)

The tenner had — understandably — gone for a burton.

I’d kick myself.

Except I’d very probably miss.


Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 11-6-2017

That’s a point!

In amongst all the chat about the Democratic Unionists, yesterday?

I forgot to mention I’d seen a movie!

The 2016 version of Ghostbusters.

Yes, I know it got a lot of flak.

And, granted, it’s not perfect.

But it’s both fun, and entertaining.

AND got Ernie Hudson … !

What more do you want?


Saturday, 10 June 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 10-6-2017

That’s … 

Worrying … 

Right now?

Right now, Prime Minister, Theresa May, is organising her minority government.

And, behind the scenes?   Arranging the details of how her party will work with the Democratic Unionists, in Northern Ireland.

I get the impression that’s going to cause issues.

Apparently?   Ruth Davidson, the leader of the Scottish Conservatives, has admitted to reservations.

As Ian Paisley’s old party?   Are known to be socially conservative: and opposed to gay marriage, and abortion.

Ms Davidson?   Is known to be planning to marry her female partner in the not too distant future.


I’m deeply concerned.   From the little I know, the DUP are extremely socially conservative: and have had at least one MP endorsed by loyalist paramilitaries.

I was a child in the 1970s: and remember hearing the phrase “a ceasefire has failed,” too many times.

I’m worried this will set up a nasty situation reminiscent of the Troubles.

Here’s hoping … !


Friday, 9 June 2017

Ghostbuster (2016): At least it’s Fun … !

9th June, 2017

You know, you’d think I’d have something better to do on a Friday night.

Wouldn’t you?

But, right at the mo?

I’m thinking there’s not MUCH I’d want to travel to see.

And frankly?

As I’m sure Old Peculiar regular, Debbi, will tell you, getting up Warley High from Brentwood Station isn’t quite as intimidating as the streets of San Francisco … but doesn’t exactly encourage you to take a nice healthy walk.

Who am I trying to kid?

I fancied a night in from of the telly!

With a couple of games: I’ve got a version of Pacman on the  AppleTV, and someone has long since ported the original Sonic the Hedgehog to the platform.

That’s before you get to the easter egg* version of Snake or Tetris hidden some versions of OS X.

You see what I’m trying to say, here?

I wasn’t planning on heading out.

I was thinking a movie would be nice.

I know — a while back — that a fellow commuter mentioned the rebooted version of Ghostbusters was fun, had me thinking … 


Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 9-6-2017

Hmmm … 

So that was the 2017 election?

I can’t help but think it was something of a damp squib … 

Right at the moment, though?

It looks like we have a hung parliament: with a chance of a coalition.

Or a minority government.

All I can tell you … ?

Is Brentwood’s still a Tory seat.

Although Labour seem to have done well, in increasing it’s majority.

Time to sit back and watch feathers flying: whilst someone tries to form a government … 


Thursday, 8 June 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 8-6-2017: Elected

Right … 

It’s official … 

It’s Polling Day … !

Which means, of course, that today is the day to do one of two things.

Either not vote: sign of protest, it’s raining, or you just can’t be bothered.

Or vote: for a candidate, or to deliberately spoil your vote.

Personally?   I’m pencilling voting Green: as it looks like they’re standing.

And will not be voting for the Liberal Democrat candidate: the party’s position on legalising cannabis is not something I’m keen on.

But, f you don’t like the look of any of your candidates?

The last couple few elections — local or General — I’ve not been happy with the individual candidates.   And spoilt my votes by putting ‘X’s in all the boxes.

I’d urge everyone to do the same.


Just as another quick thought?

I had the day off, yesterday.

And, of course, watched a movie.

Martyrs, if you’re curious.

It’s a good film, I think.

But, in its depiction of violence towards women?

Not the most comfortable of viewing …


Martyrs (2008): That was intense … 

7th June, 2017.

Hmmm … 

How are you with films?

Sitting and watching them, occasionally?

I’m something of a movie fan.

So, every-so-often?

I’ll quite happily sit myself down to watch one.

Sometimes, I like company, sometimes I don’t.

But every time?

I try to watch something I think is worth watching.

And, hopefully, sharing my thoughts about it with you.

I think I’ve found that something, tonight: after a friend suggested it.

Whether it’s something that’s comfortable to watch is a whole over matter … 


Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 7-6-2017

I don’t suppose you’ve got a few grand going begging?

Spare kidney?

Gold bars?

Something like that … ?

Just to help a hard working blogger?

Only I’ve JUST seen Apple’s new hi-spec iMacPro.

And, yes: you’re right.

I want one of them puppies!

Just imagine how fast it’d do a Handbrake encode!


On something of a low note?

I was coming home from work, last.

As you do.

And noticed a couple of patrolling policemen: grabbing themselves a takeaway curry.

One thing I noticed?

They were both armed.

With Tasers.

OK, I know there’s a reason to see armed officers on the streets of the UK.

I know Tasers aren’t the heavy weaponry you’d see on the streets of New York or Chicago.

But armed police?

In Chelmsford, of all places?

I can only quote you one of Terry Pratchett’s best know character, Sam Vimes: in Jingo

With slightly different emphasis*?

“A watchman is a civilian.”


Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 6-6-2017: UN Russian Language Day

Well … 

I wondered what happened, there?

As you’ve possibly worked out, I’ve been writing this blog for quite some time.


There’s a clickable link at the bottom of each post, that says Read More.

It’s been there for a while.

Until yesterday: when it vanished.

Lord knows what happened there: I think Google were playing silly buggers.

I’ve managed to correct that.

The link?   Is now back.

Here’s hoping it sticks … !


Monday, 5 June 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 5-6-2017

I’m … very unsurprised, this morning.

Theresa May, the Prime Minister, has officially condemned various shades of tech company.

Along with others in her government, she’s criticised both social media, and companies that use end to end encryption, for allowing radicals a ‘safe space,’ in which to plan.

OK, I can appreciate that … 

But Ian Duncan Smith made — completely unintentionally — a minor point: in an Andrew Marr show interview, yesterday.

He said words to the effect of “Parents don’t know what their children are doing, online.”

Now, yes: tech companies could be doing more.

But what are we as parents doing to keep our children away from radicalisation?



The family next door?

If the answer’s “I don’t know what they’re up to,” or “I don’t know how to use a computer”?

We’re just as bad as the tech giants.


There’s something else that’s unsurprisingly surprising.

In a nice way.

I managed to catch this week’s episode of Dr Who, last night: The Lie of the Land.

And couldn’t help but notice the 1984 references.

After all, the monks base is a giant pyramid with ‘Truth’ written all over it, whose controllers are keeping the boiler-suited population oppressed by re-writing history: complete with ‘Memory’ police enforcing it.

So I asked him about it, via Twitter.

Turns out he is.

I’m happy!


Sunday, 4 June 2017

Dr Who — Series 10: Episode 8 — The Lie of the Land

4th June, 2017

You’ve possibly realised — by now — that I’m a fan of a few things.

In amongst the various bits and bobs?

I’ve been happily glued to Dr Who for quite some time.

And religious watched its spin-off, Torchwood, as well.

I missed out on The Sarah Jane Adventures.

Frankly, it wasn’t my time slot: even though I’m perfectly aware it had the late great Elizabeth Sladen played A central role in the series.

I also know I thoroughly enjoyed the latest spin-off, Class.


Patrick Ness, the show’s writer and showrunner, has issued this statement: announcing he won’t be helming any more episodes, and that Aunty Beeb was unlikely to be making a second series.

If that is the case, that Class is to go the way of The Fades?

Then that seems a terrible waste of an opportunity.