its hard to be naked when you feel cold.

13 Jun

london 12.40pm saturday 2015

does not look very promising for the naked bike ride today. it is cloudy, the forecast is dry… no rain which is a good thing.

 it seems the thunderstorms have missed my area, central london. john says he felt unwell this morning and have diarrhea. hope he feels better to do the naked bike ride this afternoon, but i have a feeling he does not feel up to it, what with the wind and the cold and no sun, the ride wont be so enjoyable. the weather really is crucial here, as you will feel the cold more when naked. so it looks like we will miss joining in this year. ah well, nevermind. haha.

like i said living in these northern areas of the world, the naked lifestyle is really optional. much as we would like to be naked all the time, the cold will stop that. and even though we can put up the heating, it just seems wasteful to heat up the whole house just to be able to be naked, when just putting on a sweater is enough to keep warm. and when you feel unwell, it really puts a damper on things because u just cannot withstand the cold that much. 

i was on the bus this morning and a bunch of tourists boarded it at victoria station.  they asked the bus driver but their accent was so terrible even i could not hear what exactly they are saying. you would have thought it is not difficult to catch the english destination they wanted… i mean how different can u pronounce the london stops, without it being at least recognisable. even if u mangle the pronounciation of trafalgar square, for eg, it would be possible to recognise it…or lets say u pronounce leicester square as ‘lay -chester’ it is still possible to guess what u mean.  but i could not understand at all what they were saying. i was thinking it must be hell to be a tourist here and not know english. in the end, they have to leave the bus, because no one could understand them.

even an old lady who tried to help them could not. those tourists are doubly handicapped, 1) not being able to pronounce the english words, and also 2), not being able to understand the answers said to them. it is one of the many reasons why i dont fancy travelling now. not understanding the locals, nor be able to read the signs makes for a very frustrating experience. some might like it, as it is a new thing, but to me who am used to this life in london where i understand everything said to me, and can make myself understood, it is intolerable. 

added. i wonder how come no one have invented a machine that when u speak into it, will translate it into any language and speak it outloud. that way u can conduct a conversation through the machine. it certainly cannot be beyond the minds of man to invent such a machine surely. whoever invents it will earn a fortune. and they can simplify it to a machine that just translates any language into english and vice versa. i bet it can be used to teach a person that language too.

google can translate into any language, so maybe as a first step, they can invent a machine that simply uses google to translate into words so the other person can read it. nowadays computers can type words from speech, so that is a way to get a person’s spoken word to be written up, and then google can translate it .

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6 Responses to “its hard to be naked when you feel cold.”

  1. dosirakbento Saturday June 13, 2015 at 2:07 pm #

    I can remember when I first moved to London I had trouble understanding people. Not because my English is bad….but because London is so international that lots of people working in the service industry ie bus drivers, shop assistants etc are from abroad or from different areas/regions and have a strong accent!

    • alifesgayventure Saturday June 13, 2015 at 3:22 pm #

      i think it could be the service people may not need to speak understandable english because it is they who have to understand what the customer say… to take the orders for food etc. i have never met any problems there. in all my time here i have not met with that problem. mainly because any waiter/ess who dont understand the customers’ order wont be hired for long.
      when it comes to asking for directions or where the bus is going, it is the visitors who come for a few days or week that have trouble if they dont speak english well. london is very unkind to the foreigner who dont speak english.
      there are no concessions to them. everything is in english with no attempt to cater to others who dont speak or read english.

  2. Sarah M Sunday June 14, 2015 at 9:38 pm #

    If I think the person won’t understand my accent I just write it down. The trouble is a lot of people coming to visit London have learnt English in their home country and don’t realise how bad their accents are or how fast we talk in the real world.

    • alifesgayventure Sunday June 14, 2015 at 10:02 pm #

      i too had asked myself why those tourists dont write their destination and show it to the bus driver. that would solve all this unrecognisable gibberish they sprout. i saw another of these tourists in park lane recently. the bus driver just says no, and they have to leave the bus. must be so frustrating for them.

  3. finnwest2015 Monday June 15, 2015 at 9:19 am #

    Cool post! Cool blog!
    Finn

    • alifesgayventure Monday June 15, 2015 at 9:32 am #

      thanks, your post about a naked gym really made me wish in london we have one. i was thinking maybe not only a naked gym but a naked clubhouse, like the gentlemen clubs in mayfair that flourish in old time england long ago, where u can spend time like a home away from home but totally in a naked all male place.

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