just pottering around victoria station

25 Sep

london 1.24pm 17.6C cloudy monday 2017

i see from today’s metro free newspaper that there are vouchers for free 6inch sandwiches for breakfast if u buy their regular size hot drink. this is from subway. normally a 6in sub costs about £3. and their coffee about £2.50. though i doubt i will use it because it is so much cheaper just to make your own sandwich… i suppose it will be of use to tourists if they know about it. that with these vouchers and the macdonalds and burgerking ones u can easily get reduced priced foods. they dont tempt me that much, because i can make them cheaper myself . i was thinking if i were in malaysia, i would certainly be paying the hawkers to eat their foods, because their foods are freshly done right on the spot. so worth the money. for eg, cha kuey teoh will be fried fresh while u wait and arrive piping hot. you cannot substitute that with any thing that u bring from home. 

but i can get free coffee anyway. like this morning when i went to costa in cardinal place, a shopping complex opposite the westminster cathedral, the roman catholic cathedral, not the anglican one near parliament which is called westminster abbey.  to redeem my voucher for a free coffee given to me by the dailymail for 20 nectar points. it expires at the end of this month, that is why i got to redeem it. the O2 wifi there need me to enter the code which they sent to my mobile phone. but since i did not bring that phone with me, i could not get into the network. the costa in the mezzanine floor did not require a code. so luckily for me, i was able to retrieve the coffee code from my email then. 

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oh, that umbrella , i found in victoria men toilet. (added. i have since opened that umbrella and found it is very flimsy and does not open well. so i shall return it to the recycling bins. )

do you know it is free now to use the toilet in victoria station? it has been free for some time, when people complained about it since those strikes, and they have kept it free ever since.  interestingly in the restaurant floor in the mezzanine in their shopping area the toilet is not free… but people,both men and women though the women still queue up; and pay to use it. i guess they are not aware that the main toilets in the station are free. 

2 Responses to “just pottering around victoria station”

  1. Carl D'Agostino Monday September 25, 2017 at 5:49 pm #

    Interesting. American English for pottering is puttering but it mostly refers to attention given to some petty project or hobby with no real serious intent.

    • alifesgayventure Monday September 25, 2017 at 5:59 pm #

      my google says
      gerund or present participle: pottering
      occupy oneself in a desultory but pleasant way.
      “I’m quite happy just to potter about by myself here”
      synonyms: do nothing much, amuse oneself, tinker about/around, fiddle about/around, footle about/around, do odd jobs; More
      move or go in a casual, unhurried way.
      “I might potter into Nice for the day”
      synonyms: amble, wander, meander, stroll, saunter, maunder; More
      its interesting the american definition is so different. i did not know that it can be spelt puttering … and when i searched for it in google it more or less gave the same definition as for pottering. i know about putt, because it is a golfing term, and it refers to a specific thing, and would have thought puttering would be something to do with golf. but it seems not.

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