Saturday 23 May 2020

Dispatches from Elsewhere

This photo popped up in my memories,
like it was a sign from the game.
I got a high at the sight of it and couldn't stop grinning.
I just loved the series Dispatches from Elsewhere! Well, to be honest, I loved Episode 1-9 of this series. Episode 10 felt a little like a letdown but I'm not entirely sure what I needed it to be. So I've gone straight back to episode 1 to watch again. Which is something I've never done before but I'm just not ready to let the feeling go.

If you liked A Midnight Visit or Dark Lake (or Alice Underground for those in the UK) or any other of those immersive experiences, this show taps into that magic. For me it's not just a passive manipulation of feelings in a tv show, there's an emotional shift that I take away with me. A tangible energy I carried out of the living room and into the outside world.

In the first episode there's a line that sums the experience up perfectly when he says "Everything outside seem better than it did before that, like the colours are brighter or the world looks like a different place...I wanted to keep feeling that way...I was walking around looking at the world through a new pair of glasses".

After I'd started watching the series, I was suddenly walking around noticing things. While taking my phone up the road to be fixed, I stop to look at these strange new signs (that were actually just COVID conspiracy signs). Next to them is a plaque saying this was the site of the Order of Oddfellows. I was overwhelmed with a rush of joyous adrenaline and excitement, thinking I'd discovered a secret. I felt that momentous 'it's about to begin' tingling...However, Order of Oddfellows is not as exciting as it sounds and WAS an actual thing from last century....adventure thwarted (disappointingly). However the elated mood carried me though the day.

On twitter someone described it at the show we really needed now. I couldn't agree more. It's like a crazy adventure and therapy at the same time. It won't be for everyone. But if it is for you, then get ready to follow your divine nonchalance.

Linking with #RubyTuesdayToo


  1. Sounds heavenly ~ great when we find something we really like watching ~

    Be Safe, Be Well,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  2. I've never even heard of it - will have to keep an eye out (pun not intended).

  3. Never heard of it but it sounds intriguing!

  4. Glad to hear this series made you love life a little bit more. #Lovin'lifelinky

  5. I'd never heard of it either Lydia - but I love the idea of "divine nochalance" it sounds intriguing.

  6. Anything that gets us noticing when we are out and about is a good thing. I remember the Order of the Oddfellows being on buildings. Perhaps they were a group that was formed who were not the Masons.

    1. At a guess Oddfellows refered to mixed religions - will investigate

  7. I haven't heard of this one before, but it does sound like a good series to watch. I really like movies/series which make you see things in a different light too. Thank you for sharing this with the #DreamTeamLinky

  8. Not heard of this but will check it out now! I need new ideas of what to watch so let me know of any other recommendations! Thanks for linking up with #dreamteamlinky

  9. this looked really interesting but there was just so much else that I wanted to watch it got lost in the shuffle. Definitely one thats on my list to get to eventually though #KCACOLS

  10. Wow, sounds like it's had a huge impact on you. I'll have to check it out. Thanks for the tip! Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time

  11. what an interesting show, i have never heard of it so have to check it out. X #kcacols

  12. I will definitely look out for this x x #KCACOLS

  13. Are there no Oddfellows anymore? My parents used to laugh about my step-grandfather, being an Oddfellow, and a really odd fellow! I don't know that show, but then I don't watch much tv. No, I don't watch any tv for months at a time. I like the name "Alice Underground" much better than the other.