13 Nov

london 5.09pm 7C cloudy dark wednesday 2019 victoria library

i have been to the followup appointment for my prostate in chelsea hospital, to find out the result of the psa from the blood sample i gave about 2wks ago. it was about 5.9, a considerable drop from last time, 13, and before that 30. so the doctor says it looks like it is going down, to normal which is about 4 for me.

he suggests another test about 6months from now, but to let my GP do the blood test instead of the hospital. i am glad it, the psa, has gone down. i feel fine as far as the lower plumbing is concerned. by that i mean my pissing, no problems there anymore since i am taking tamsolusin. 

so i am glad that i am getting back to normal.

earlier this morning, i found out that giraffe, a chain of cafes, was giving away free takeaway coffee, because today is world friendship day. so i went there to get a cappuccino. its nice to be able to get free coffee, though if there isn’t any, i am ok with it too. this is because i like the weak instant coffee and prefers it , so this means i can always make my own and dont have to buy it from coffeeshops. in fact, none of them make coffee from instant anyway. haha.

sometimes when i happen to pass these coffee shops i would stop briefly to look at their menu, just to see what they sell to eat. i had a look online at the giraffe menu,  and though sometimes it does seem quite tempting, i know i can easily go back and make my own, or simon will be cooking something up and i can eat what he cooks. and it is delicious too. and i am always glad to go back to eat esp when i see the prices they are charging. £12 for the main dish nowadays.

i was reading a newspaper article about the menu del dia, in spain. they were saying it may be dying out, as many of the old hands who do it die off and their children dont want to follow in their footsteps. it seems long ago when people take long lunch breaks and cannot go back home, they rely on these cheap menu del dia ,3 courses, started off at 6euros, but now going up to 8euros during the time i holiday there (torrevieja), and now 13-14 euros. when i was there, in the mid 2000s, it includes wine too, but i wonder if they still include it now. i remember it includes the tips and vat. so very good value for money actually, esp for those who drink. my friends drank my share. the wine is for 2 bottles for 3people. if u like to drink wine, spain is just wonderful for getting your fill of it quite cheaply.

in london, i was looking at the menu of a place just outside the chelsea hosp, when i was coming back, and i see they have a 2course for £12, 3course for £14. so comparatively very similar to the spanish menu del dia, though it does not include wine nor tips. 

added. i found a 2020 calendar, not that i need it as i have been using my own home made calendar for ages now. but the pictures of food are very nice to look at.

the space for each date is not big enough to write things on it. so i shall continue to use my own homemade one i think. and just hang this up for the pictures of food.

i was browsing the magazine section in the sainsburys, and saw this this calendar came with a food magazine called good food. the cover costs says £8. but u can subscribe cheaper. i thought £8 is a lot , but of course most people will subscribe, then it is £5 for 5 issues then £21 (about) for the next 6. and you get a free bottle of wine as well. or you can go to the library to see if they get it, and then u can read it free. haha. 



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