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london 3.5.20 sunday

this post is i think the most important post , to shout out to everyone why we write a blog, it is a reminder to everyone of us who writes and read blogs to always bear in mind; that way we will allow everyone  the freedom to write and say whatever they wish in their blogs without our taking things too personally or to be too judgemental. i will like if this post can be the header in every blog, to be read right at the beginning, and always there to remind us the reason why we blog. 

things come and go

24 Sep

london 7.47pm 11C night dry thursay 2020

its a pity, my rectangular dish has a crack in it. dont know how it happened, and unfortunately simon either did not know or dont want to tell me. i saw it in the wash basin. might be it got cracked after being used in the microwave to heat up food. some dishes are not microwave safe. either that or he tried to wash it whilst it was still hot.

i remember someone telling me that if it is cracked it is not hygienic to keep it, because it seems the germs can get into the crack and it wont be possible to wash them away. so i put it into the waste bin, not the organic waste bin, but the other one, the dry goods waste bin. i am sure they have plenty of broken dishes sent to them to get rid of. what happen to them i wonder? this one i saved when someone put it by  the recycling bin where i found them and i have enjoyed using it.

i found the post when i found them here. 5 march 2019. bye bye rectangular dish. i have fond memories of you. things come into our lives, and we get attached to it, and then they go and we feel the loss a bit. but then life goes on and we go on.

i find living things are harder to bear when they go. that is why i have not kept a pet dog or a pet since my dog died. it was ages ago, when he died, i was in form 6 , so i must have been about 15 or 16 yrs old. i still dream of him. in fact, i dream a lot of the olden days. i dream of when i was a dentist, treating someone for a dental condition. it is strange isn’t it? i wake up very glad i am retired and not a dentist anymore. i guess these dreams kind of remind me how wonderful my life is now. no worries and just enjoy it. 

 

 

 

 

rain is welcome

23 Sep

london 8.53am 16C rain wednesday 2020

yesterday was supposed to be the autumn equinox, but according to my weather website, it is not yet 12hrs equal day and night. 

today wed 23.9.20

SUNRISE 6:49 AM
SUNSET 6:58 PM
 
 
Length of Visible Light
13 h 14 m
Length of Day
12 h 8 m
Tomorrow will be 3 minutes 54 seconds shorter

so it looks like another two days before we get equal day and night. still, we dont really notice any difference in our day unlike the solstices, when a short day is really very obvious and we all notice it. we are supposed to be starting autumn now, but the leaves on the trees are still green. that is because it has been quite warm really, or more importantly, no sharp frost , which is i think how the plants figure out that colder climate is coming. 

my life goes on its uneventful way. i have to transplant the basil cuttings that i have been cultivating in water on my window ledge to the soil in the planter outside as it was getting very big and turning yellow. i have still plenty of basil in the original pot, because i noticed i dont like basil that much. haha. the only time i use it is when i have a salad of mozzarella cheese with tomatoes, with olive oil, then the basil leaves gives it added taste. i dont use it as pesto for my pasta, which is the normal use for it. 

this is my transplanted basil , taken just after i put it there yesterday. you can see it is looking very yellowish. this morning it rained, so it might look fresher today.

added 2pm

taken just now and you can see how green the leaves are still. that building is a primary school

 

i just realised that it is autumn, so i might have sentenced my basil to an untimely death, by putting it outdoors now. haha. also it is now vulnerable to slugs and other eating pests. well, at least someone else is getting a feast, since i am not interested in eating them. but slugs are quite rare here, i have not seen any. i am a city boy, very glad that there are no slugs and snails in the city. or flies, or mosquitos. i am sure maggots can grow like crazy in the garbage bins, and dustmen have to deal with them in summer. not a pleasant job. 

this is a nice plant i see growing in the garden, so a nice sight to take our minds off maggots and slugs.

morning glory

20 Sep

london 1.05pm 23C sunny sunday 2020

a glowing morning glory in the st anne’s churchyard. and all along my way to the supermarket were hedges bearing lots of orange coloured berries. but no birds eating them. i did not see a single insect or bird at all this morning. except for one wood pigeon. so maybe they are around but keeping out of my sight. but none of them seem to like eating the numerous berries that are cropping up all over the place.
a portion of home made coleslaw that i made today out of celery, white cabbage, carrots, onion,sultanas. so delicious that i had two helpings from the big batch i made.

another lovely day. its very peaceful and uneventful. maybe many might find it too boring, because nothing is happening. but to me it is lovely that nothing is happening. i know everyone wants things to happen so they can write about it. but i enjoy the gentle rhythm of the day, the even tenor of its progression from sunrise to sunset and night time. i wonder whether as we get older,we forget old pleasures, and so now the day might bring to mind, things we have forgotten and we get to enjoy those sensations that are triggered by those things again, like it is new. certainly with foods, i am reminded when i taste something that i have eaten before and am struck by how nice it is. that brings back lots of nice memories and i enjoy the taste of it again. seeing that morning glory flower is another sight that stops me in my tracks. i have seen plenty of morning glories, but how strange to be struck by this one, so bright and unearthly glow. the camera caught it brilliantly, and so i shall have it to remind me of it. then, i am seeing on tv a repeat of the pride and prejudice version starring jennifer ehle. it is the best version of it and it brought back to my mind those days when i was here in london to watch it when it first came out, in 1995. seeing it now, there are so many scenes i have forgotten. how unreliable are memories. at least mine… i seem to have forgotten so much so it is nice to see this again and be reminded.

19 Sep

london 1.46pm 24C sunny saturday 2020

today is supposed to be a high of 25C, and they are calling it a heatwave of some sort. i for one am glad it is not a real heat wave, the kindof temperature that hits 30C and over. but we are in sept now, so that is not likely.

there is a freebie on now, in borough, by a pizza place, giving away free slices of pizza. i had thought of going, but i got too lazy. not to mention all that way just to eat one slice of pizza is just too much effort for too little amount of pizza.

its all very peaceful around here, and if it were not for the online news i would never have thought there is a corvid crisis resurgence going on in other parts of the country or even talk of london going into a second lockdown. it all seems very remote really. so much so that i have just stopped following it and let whatever happens happen.

 i have a feeling most of us are spending a do nothing day. it is the weekend, after all, so even people who have to go to work, will be at home , doing their laundry. and just going out to do their grocery shopping in the supermarkets, that is if they dont order it online. 

dyslexia

18 Sep

london 5.53pm 19C sunny friday 2020

reading is very natural to me, i dont know when i started to read, but it must be very early in my life. and i learn to read from reading books lying around in the house.it is books that i learn to read.

the reason why i am talking of dyslexia is because i came across this article about dyslexia, (which means difficulty in reading) in my wordpress reader feed just now, and reading  that article  was how i found out that not every kid can read, and it seems you have to be taught to read, no one can do it naturally. (i went back to the article trying to find the part where it says kids have to be taught to read, but i cannot find it. so i wonder where i read that, or what i read that made me think that it said everyone cannot read on their own but have to be taught to read. )

i dont remember anyone teaching me to read, in that no one read a book to me as a bedtime thing. so how did i learn to read? the most early thing i can remember is me reading , i dont remember when anyone taught me the alphabet… i dont even know what age i was when i started to read, whether i read before i went to kindergarten or was taught in kindergarten.  plenty of things in my young age i dont remember at all.

so i was surprised to read in that article that people have to be taught to read. and some kids cannot read, even though very intelligent (as tested by IQ tests) so that they label these kids as dyslexic, whilst other kids of lower IQ are dismissed as just slow learners.

now they say there is no way of diagnosing dyslexia, because there is no common sign or symptom amongst all those who cannot read or write. in other words, they found it has nothing to do with intelligence. and would appear that middle class families with money can pay to test their kids and so get them diagnosed as dyslexic and so can get the state to fund them. poor kids from poor families just wont be able to afford that and so they can just be put into the substandard pupil pile. the rest of the article was about how they send some kids, mostly from middle class families to special schools that get state funding to teach them, whilst many poor students are left out to fend for themselves in the rest of the poorly funded school system. 

it makes me wonder what  if i were born  in china, i too would be thrown into the class of pupils who are no good in school work and cannot read or write, because i find i cannot read or write chinese characters. they just look like a jumble of squiggles to me. i know i would be diagnosed as severely handicapped. i am just glad that i can read and write in the english alphabet and was not born in china, or have my parents enrol me in a chinese school in malaysia. it seems to me the ability to read is the ability to recognise the alphabet, or if it were in other languages the ability to recognise the various squiggles. to me when i see arabic, or mandarin, or sanskrit etc or other foreign languages that do not involve the western script , they are just squiggles, and i cannot imagine how anyone can read them. there u really need to be taught. but i wonder if with english, it is possible to be self taught. i think you can, once u are taught the 26 letters in the alphabet, and learn how to form words,  i think u can then go on your own and learn from books how to read them. it then becomes a matter of reading widely, so u can gain a big vocabulary… one thing though, you might not be able to pronouce them well, as i have found out. haha. i mispronounce the words, placing wrong emphasis on the various syllable, so that the word sounds strange to the native speaker. haha. but my vocabulary is extremely wide and my spelling too is very good. i can visualise the word and how it should be spelt.

the article just triggered memories of my childhood reading books. i am very glad i could read books as they opened a huge imaginary world to me and kept me company over a big part of my life. and very glad it was english that i learnt, as there are so many books and fiction written in english. thank goodness for the mission schools and the clerical brothers and lay teachers who taught me in those schools. and the huge english libraries that the english officials have stocked the schools with, when they left our shores after malaya got its independance, and they handed the schools to the local govt and town councils.

what does the post corvid world look like

16 Sep

london 1.33pm 24C sunny wednesday 2020

last night’s quick chicken and 3 veg (savoycabbage, celery,whitecabbage) stirfry.

 

its a very nice weather we are having now. yesterday was an indian summer hitting 30C, though it did not feel hot . i went out just to see what it felt like , went to the sainsburys nearby and so was able to feel how hot it was. not at all, really. but i have noticed that is the usual effect, when the heat just last for a day only. today it is back to the high 20s. and very comfortable it is .

i went to chinatown today, to buy noodles and frozen fish balls. i noticed the thin noodles have gone up from £1.40 to £1.60 for 500mg. and there are no big size flat noodles , the kind that u can make char kuey teow out of. 

trafalgar square looking very empty of traffic

when i read of the fires in america and in australia,  i am really glad that uk has such good weather. there are fires here too, but they are in the heather moorlands, where no one lives except midges.

all those fires in america and australia and amazon, are pushing huge amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere and completely undoing all the carbon saving efforts by us . makes u wonder why we should bother really. nature seems to be the big culprit when it comes to CO2 emission. and i am not even talking about the volcanoes spewing their CO2 . and what about the arctic burning… seems it is burning under the ice sheets. and dont forget the peat burning underneath indonesia…and what about those who say CO2 is not the main culprit. makes me think we humans really have not much influence on where the climate is going.

stop press, 17.9.20.

i just read this article saying the pantanal wetlands in brazil are on fire. seems to me, if so much of the world is on fire, even so called wetlands, i think it might be it is natural for them to catch fire now and then. it is part of their natural cycle. we know that some animals and plants depand on these fire clearouts for propagating their kind. so it is not so far fetch to posit that these fires are natural recurrant events that are part of the cycle of environment.

i think this pandemic will be the biggest contender to upset the applecart for society and it will have a big influence on how  we live than climate change. and now that i have been reminded looking at those different parts of the world going on fire, that it might possibly be pandemics are also part of the natural cycle of life. 

stop press 11.19am friday 18.9.20

i read this , this morning, about how the europeans brought viral pandemic to the natives in americas, wiping out the atzec, incas, and north american indians, changing the course of history of the americas. and dont forget the bubonic plagues in europe, killing so many that it altered history.

we all thought after the 9/11 twin towers attack that our lives will be altered, but not at all. it did not have any effect at all , no lasting effect i mean to our way of life. but i will bet that this pandemic will have a lasting change in the way we live our lives … travel, leisure, sports, commerce, practically all aspects of our lives will be altered. we are a resilient species and very adaptable, so i know we will change and adapt. we may have to shift towards online life … so no more schools or universities with so many people crowded together in a room, or a place. and no more big indoor events. 

added 6.39pm 22C sunny 

i had a nap of about 1.5hrs and then i read this on my wordpress reader feed. it says people will pay to perform instead. it began by saying the economy began by trading commodities, (defined by google as

a raw material or primary agricultural product that can be bought and sold, such as copper or coffee.)

 

then goods, then services,then experiences. and people become consumers. now that we got corvid, making experiences more difficult with the need to keep our physical distances from others… what is next, and it suggests people will buy performances. they want to showcase themselves, using themselves as the commodity… in other words, people want to buy and sell themselves… what a thought ! (it all sounds like doing business to me) do  u think that will be the future? they will have the kardarshians to thank for that i think. they can model themselves on that show, keeping up with the kardarshians. so no more doing things for themselves, and for their own private satisfaction, but to showcase themselves and put themselves on show to the world and their audiences. i think it is horrible. but than is that the future? or is it another way of making a living, being an influencer. but has that model become obsolete, after all even the kardashians are giving up their tv show. so maybe after corvid , it is not possible to do the kinds of things they do, mixing with people, influencing crowds of people to follow what they recommend, or show… because crowds are forbidden now. from now on, everything must be done alone, but with an audience. kind of reminds me of that fitness fella who does his routines online and people tune in and do the exercises with him. but even he gave it up after some time, as it must be very time consuming, and he only returned for just one more one-off followup. but i was thinking will there be many audience for such performances?taking exercise with someone leading the way is one of the most appropriate ways of showcasing yourselves, but what else is there. actors allready do that by acting in films and letting people see their performances and paying to view them . but for ordinary people how can you get other people to watch you? who will watch? i think only a small proportion will do it. so what will the majority of us do now that the usual stuff , like travel, eating out, watching sports, etc etc are so restrictive or forbidden. 

added 10.46am 18C thursday 17.9.20

i had thought that corvid will affect us for a long time, but i think it might just blow away, and we find plenty get infected but very few die. and so we might learn to live with it, making things go back to normal again. i think that may happen, in which case, it would just be another episode of panic in our history that came to nothing. i think a lot of us would hope that is the case. 

pears

14 Sep

london 11.16am 22C sunny monday 2020

these pears are not fully ripe but i have eaten one ,and it is very sweet. they come from portugal and sell normally for 57p for 550mg. 5 pears. but i bought them for 49p. i wonder why they are not selling fast. i am glad i bought 2packs of them. 

no audience in broadcast sports events seem so weird

13 Sep

london 11.37pm 17C dry sunday 2020

i am not a big fan of watching sports on tv, but even i notice the new thing now, when they are playing football, to a empty stadium. it feels weird even to me, who is not really interested in watching them in normal times, far less now . but what do fans think about it? simon still watches it, (that is why i can see it on tv, i happen to see it since i am in the same room ). the fact he still does means he dont mind that it is all empty seats and the cheering is all fake. haha. or it could be just habit. there is also nothing else to watch, as all sports are like this anyway, and that is if it is even broadcast, or is played, instead of it being cancelled. 

what our society is heading into

11 Sep

london 8.35am 12C cloudy friday 2020

link https://capx.co/ADMp6

this is the first thing i read in my reader feed this morning, and it is the best article i have seen about what is happening today to our society. it is by daniel hannan

Indeed, our state broadcaster was especially blatant, When BLM thugs turned violent, the BBC produced the ludicrous headline, “27 police officers injured during largely peaceful anti-racism protests in London”. The following week, when a different set of thugs turned violent, it had the more conventional headline, “London protests: more than 100 arrests after violent clashes with police.”

10 Sep

london 6.50pm 18C dry thursday 2020

a note taped to the wall outside my ground floor neighbour’s flat, asking us to take the tomatoes growing on her window ledge, or they will go to waste, so i picked some.

there is nothing much going on in my life, thank goodness in a way, because it means it is a peaceful day for me, pottering around. drinking cups of coffee or tea, making my meals, which are all very quick to do, as today there is no long cooking sessions, from either of us.

i did go out this morning, the ostensible reason was to the sainsburys to see if they have stocked up with the trophy basmati rice that they are selling for £10 per 10kg. but the number of times i went there hoping to find it, were failures. none in stock. 

i was wondering if i can order it in the store but there was no customer service counter , so i did not ask.

the other way is to buy it online, and pay the delivery fees, as well as pay with a credit card. but i dont have a working card now, but also i am reluctant to pay the delivery fees. i got an email from them saying they can give me a £10 voucher if i buy more than £60 of stuff, that would pay for the delivery fees, but i cant find that many things to buy from them that will cost total of £60. simon most probably could as recently he has been going to the local sainsburys and spending £14 each time. that branch has certainly made it convenient for him to shop, because it is so nearby. i noticed even if u do the click and collect option, if u buy online, they will still charge you £4.

i read today that diana rigg had died, aged 82. if u say, who she? it means you are not my generation haha. or live in another part of the world. it just reminds me of the passing years.