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cons win

13 Dec

london 4.38pm 8C dry friday 2019

the election was yesterday and today we have the result, landslide victory for johnson and the conservatives.

i went to the rash machine to get my bacon sarnie, it will be the last day that they do this. there ws a bit of a queue, so i decided to go  look for the other company doing the same thing, but could not find them. when i returned to the rash machine, there was no queue , so i got my bacon sarnie.

then it was time to go queue up for the veggi pizza place that is just opening in brick lane. my friend steve was there, first in the queue so i jumped the queue and went to him haha. it was early so i could do that. the chap behind us was waxing praise for them, saying they do the best vegan pizza , that he had eaten them in new york, and this one we are queueing for  is the best. such praise , so we have high expectations of it.

steve ordered the pepperoni ones. i thought they were veggies, but they are not normally, i forget pepperonis are meat sausages, but in this place they are mimic pepperonis. i ordered the chicken, fake ones, though the name was so deceptive that i kept thinking they are the real thing. (the butchers were right to insist that vegans cannot call their fake meat, chicken or use any meat names.)

anyway, it was marinated in curry so it tasted like a curry chicken. its not bad, but the toppings dont go all the way to the edge of the pizza, leaving a wide margin of dough. perhaps that is normal. i could not finish the dough, so packed that up to take away. (i ate them just now, and they are quite nice even though cold).

i was sharing the table for two with a old man, and he was pouring salt and chilli flakes and pepper over each slice before it ate it. the shop did not provide it, he got his own. but so much salt, makes me shudder when i see him doing it. he could not finish the last slice, and packed that up before going to the toilet. earlier he was telling the waiter he does not want garlic on his pizza. with me, it was the other way, i ate allthe toppings, and left the margin of dough. which i packed and took away.  the shop serves u the pizza and a pizza cutter for each person. they must have a lot of pizza cutters to hand out. 

we got our food first, whilst those who came later have to wait till the early comers were served. it pays to be first in the queue.

i ws too full to get another bacon sarnie when i passed the rash machine again. instead i went to the library to read the papers.

these freebies which i get serve and be able to eat is enough to just satisfy me for these foods, and make me realise that after eating them, i am very happy to give them a rest and not eat them for a while, until the next freebie comes along. haha. i dont know how people can eat them day in and day out.

i read somewhere that london tops everyone for takeaways, spending about £700 a year, (and paying £10,£15 each time)as opposed to the rest of the country at £400 a year. maybe some do more spending than others, and they are the ones that bung up the figures. after all , i dont spend any at all. so someone must be spending it for me. haha. 

chicken foreground, margarita background on left pic, pepperoni on right pic

free sarnies, and cheap veggies and election day

12 Dec

london 2.08pm 9C rain thursday 2019

election day in uk today. i voted very early, about 8.30am, the polling station is only just across the street from my flat, but even so early, there was a long queue. in the past there have been no queues, but this time there were only two  desks, with two people manning it, to check the addresses. the guy behind me i got chatting to, and found that he had just come to live nearby. he rents the flat in this estate,  he used to be in turnpike lane(it is in N8, zone 3), and he works in waterloo. he is a indian guy and was alone. though of course he might not live alone, as people tend to vote at different times of the day. from what i see, we were the only two non white people queueing up. 

well, i got that out of the way and about 10.30am i went by tube to liverpool st station to get the free bacon sarnies. there was not many people , so i was able to get two, haha. after finishing off the first one, i went past the machine again, and since there was only a few people , i queued up again. its very nice bacon sarnies, crispy and crunchy and smells like real. so that was a nice way to start the day. even if it was a drizzly sort of morning. i saw another info telling me of tomorrow there will be another company giving away free veggi and bacon sarnies , in the same area. i wonder what it is , that they are giving away free sarnies. ah well, i like bacon sarnies but not too keen on veggi sarnies.

and today’s metro i read an advert saying tesco is selling 29p packs of vegetables, like cauliflower, carrots, parsnips,sprouts,potatoes… i shall certainly go and buy them…i fancy some roast veggies. 

i read morrisons are going to give away wonky carrots on 17 dec, but if the supermarkets are all following tesco and selling veggies cheap, by that time we shall are get a bit fed up of eating carrots haha. 

free bacon sandwich today and tomorrow and tomorrow

11 Dec

london 12.51pm 8C sunny wednesday 2019

its lovely this one, they set up a dispensing machine, which gives out these bacon sandwiches instead of cash. its near liverpool st station, when i went there at about 11am, there was no queue, so that i missed it entirely and went down the length of the street before retracing my steps and then seeing the huge hoarding advertising it.

the hoarding hides the workers behind the hoarding, where there must be kitchen facillities to make the sandwich, and one of them came out , i think for a break, as they started at 8am. and will continue till 2pm, and they will repeat it for two days.

i dont know what it is in aid of, they have a panel for donations,£1, £2, £5.  if u want to do it, and the two gentlemen before me did… he tried to use a card first to pay for it, and it wont take it, then he used something he was wearing on his wrist.

when it was my turn, i saw there was a button ‘no donation’ if u want it free. the bacon sandwiches comes with 3 choices , with ketchup, brown sauce, or no sauce, and it comes in a sachet which u have to add yourself. the bacon sandwich is good without the sauce really. 

i can see the local workmen were liking it, there is nothing to stop you from going there for repeat food, i myself went there twice, though twice was enough for me. once makes u wanting more, it was that good. the bacon was nice and crispy.

at that time there was hardly any queue as most of the workers are busy at their  offices. lunchtime will be busier.

after getting it the second time i was on the other side of the street thinking to sit in the benches in the sun to eat it, and a man was standing there, so i told him if he would like a free bacon sandwich. he said yes,  and i pointed the machine out for him, he wanted me to show him how it works, so i took him back to the machine, and showed him how . he got his sandwich, and i told him he can come back for more too today,  and they do it tomorrow and tomorrow till 2pm.

i would have thought it would be a lovely breakfast for those who hang around the street. i find it strange that you dont see these people coming to these food free offers. they dont seem to know about these free food offers. i would have thought they would have a word of mouth network telling them of these freebies.

maybe they dont have access to the internet, though nowadays with every beggar having a smartphone, how can anyone not be able to get online these days. but i would have thought this kind of thing is ideal for dispensing food to the down and outs who would need it more.

of course i suspect the whole thing is a publicity thing to attract the office workers around here, people like the two men who were before me. they were wearing suits and look very prosperous. 

all you can eat buffets

10 Dec

london 5.24pm 11C stopped raining now tuesday 2019

my friend in bournemouth had been telling me of the things he has been doing. he and another friend went to a all you can eat thai buffet, £13 in salisbury. his friend is the one who wanted to go, instead of having the 2 course meal for £8. but it seems he started with the soup, and it was a very spicy soup, so much so that he got ill eating it and was sick in the toilet, and after that he was useless to eat the main foods, and so lost out on the meal.

i know this friend of his likes these eating- all -you- can food places, and can eat a lot. when he comes to london he would eat at chinatown all you can eat buffet, and go searching for the cheapest ones he can find.  so it must be very frustrating for him to find he got too ill to do it justice.

i myself dont like going to these all you can eat buffets, as i have such a small appetite these days. i can eat if given the whole day to do it, little portions throughout the day, i can manage but not this fast paced eating. but the big objection i have to these places is the very salty foods they have. i think it ruins the food. and perhaps it is necessary to stop people eating a lot. does salty foods make u stop eating? or make it impossible to over eat? maybe it makes u so thirsty that u drink a lot of water and that fills you up too. 

big burger giveaway by 5guys.

9 Dec

london 11.52am 10C sunny monday 2019

burger day today. two companies giving away free burgers today, one is 5 guys, who are doing it all day.the other is patty and bun. 

and i just had the 5 guys breakfast sandwich which is available before 10.30am, though not many order it, my number was 8, whereas those who order the meat burger the number being called was in the 90s and they were still queueing up for their order, even though i got mine and was sitting nearby enjoying it. it was controlled chaos but the guys were managing very well.

its all a lot of fun, to me looking on at it all. it is very generous of the company ,i think,  because u can not only get the free burger, but everything else on the menu as well, though when i reached the counter, the innocent fresh orange juice has run out. but i got a cappuccino, and fries to go with it.

my breakfast sandwich got no meat burger, but only egg, cheese and bacon. so maybe that explains why it was not so popular. haha. but it was filling, so much so that i did not feel like going to the other place giving away free burger, patty and bun.

i am a bit surprised at me, how come i dont have a big appetite anymore. cant seem to eat a lot these days. ah well, nevermind, it is still nice to know i can have all this free if i want. but there is nothing to say i have to eat it, even if it is free. haha. it is one of the nicest things living in london, to be able to get these freebies. 

the restaurant is right in front of the st paul’s cathedral, so is very prominent.

watching tv now

8 Dec

london 5.37pm 7C dry sunday 2019

its dark out there now, and i had to look out of the window to see if it is raining or not. the shops will be closed now, at least the normal big supermarkets,so its too late for me to get the reduced foods. i dont need any reduced foods  really. 

 the so called  convenience shops are still open in case anyone needs to buy anything urgently. not that i am in need of anything. with a freezer of food it is rare that i dont have anything to make a meal at a moment’s notice.

so i have eaten fried rice with prawns,mixed with scambled eggs  and lettuce. its quick and filling. now i am waiting for a cartoon to start, it is another version of the christmas scrooge story, called a christmas carol, but this time voiced by jim carrey, doing all the voices for scrooge as well as the 3 ghosts of christmas. i dont think i have seen it before.

i have discovered that in my chromebook i can get the tv programs to show live over the internet. so even though simon is now seeing a program on the tv screen, if he is still on it, i can see my program on my chromebook.

no wonder there is no need for a big tv screen in the house anymore since anyone can see tv on their laptops. people can by- pass the tv license as they dont need a tv screen anymore. i hope that the bbc tv license is on the way out. they will have to find another alternative. the cartoon is starting now, and i can watch it over the big screen as simon can watch his snooker on his laptop. 

7 Dec

london 1.42pm 11C sunny saturday 2019

5pm 10C night dry .

i accidentally pushed the publish button, before i wrote anything else apart from the time and weather. 

today started badly, when i read that elon musk got away with calling someone a pedo guy. i guess now the school bully has won, as his defense was that it is a harmless taunt by school bullies and means nothing. so everyone now can get permission to call anyone a pedo guy... except maybe not women. i thought america is a place where slander and libel are punished horribly, but this one seems to have escaped that. lucky elon musk… i guess we can all call him mr pedo guy seeing that he is the one who makes it legit to call anyone a pedo guy now.