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bus number 15

7 Mar

8.14am 7.3.13 Thursday
The flood due to broken water pipes that happened recently in regents st, the one that joins Piccadilly circus to oxford circus, must still be causing delays, and disruptions. Because the bus 15 which I wanted to take yesterday night did not come at all.

It dawned on me that the bus 15 which come from the east may be diverted and only goes to Trafalgar square and turned back, rather than go on further to Ladbroke grove. (correction. it ends at conduit st,near hamleys toy store in regent st no wonder they turn the bus round at trafalgar square. i wonder where i got this idea that it goes to ladbroke grove…)

so I took another bus and we overtook the bus 15 at aldwych.

There were still some people waiting at that previous bus stop where I was, who did not know. Hope they realise what is happening.

One clue to tell if the bus u want is travelling on that section is to see whether there are any buses with that number coming along the other side of the road in the opposite direction. If there are none, u can suspect that route has been diverted.

This bus 15 must be a replacement bus, because it was an old route master, no doors, but a open standing platform at the back, and has its pull string stop,(which did not work) and there was a bus conductor, who did not check our ticket. It made me think I have fallen through a time hole and ended up in old Britain.

It was only going to the tower of London. Usually it carries on to blackwall and the tunnel. But I only wanted to go to the tower so that was allright.

The route through the city of London made me realise it has been undergoing a transformation. I have not gone there for a long time. And still think of it as Victorian blocks. And narrow side streets.
The side streets remain but the small Victorian buildings have gone.

A big hole in the ground from some kind of big building project, and lots of block like office buildings, with huge windows shining with white light and showing office chairs, and white bare walls and ceiling.

I took the bus at about 6.30pm so there were lots of office workers walking about.

Later, when I came back at about 10pm, it was desserted. And the road was shiny from the rain that had come down earlier, and which has settled down to a barely noticeable drizzle.

It felt rather warm, and I found out from the website that it was about 12C.

It is 8.7C now. 8.37am.

Very pleasant even though it is cloudy and misty.

We had bright sunny blue sky weather a few days ago, when it was 16.8C. So it does look like we are getting into spring.

We might have a short cold dip later, but I think I can safely assume that spring is on the way.

It is rather nice to live here, for this kind of variety of weather.

That is why we tend to talk of it quite often, as it changes and a lot of us like that.

I do anyway.

The daffodils are not out yet, that is when you know spring is really here.
The camellias are out now.

more inane ramblings

31 Jan


The tube closes at about 12.40am now… and that is rather early for a big city that purports to be trendy and vibrant.

Clubbers will have to go back by bus, or taxi, which does not sound great if u are a tourist to London.

I think if I were to be clubbing I too would be rather miffed at not being able to take the tube. It is quicker to get back on the tube than on the bus which stops so often.

When I was younger, I drove into London for a night gay clubbing, and I could do that because traffic was so much less than now. Now I think of it those were really great days, where it was a pleasure to drive into London, easy to park, free too, and I can just hop into the car after the club and drive back . I don’t drink so I could drive back.

But now … if those who drive are telling the truth, it is murder to drive into London for a night out.

So if they succeed in getting a deal with the unions about closing the tube 1 hr later it would be lovely.

It wont affect me of course as I live in the centre of London but also I don’t go late clubbing anymore.

It is one of the paradoxes of life, where when I was younger, I live in the suburbs of London and have to drive in to go clubbing, and don’t mind doing it.
Whereas now I am older, and not interested in clubbing, and just when I live right in the centre and can walk to all the gay clubs, I could not be bothered.

The times have moved on also. Before, gay life centred round gay clubs and pubs before the internet made it so easy to meet guys now.


But bear in mind that I am a minority in not liking clubbing.

I think when you are young, clubbing is an important way of interacting with others and with friends. And you will build up friends in the clubs if u club often enough. The buzz of being in a big club, dancing among so many, with lots of others all enjoying themselves is tremendous and being young u have the energy to stay up late.

And if u like to drink,or take drugs it is more fun doing it with others.

And you now have the drug taking to enhance the experience. I mean not only alcohol , but the others like ecstasy, meth crystal etc. I am no expert in those other drugs, or even alcohol, haha. Just getting what I know from reading blogs about it and talking to friends who have taken these things.

Sarah who commented on my blog says she finds it funny that I jump from topic to topic without any rhyme or reason. I am glad she is not put off by it.

This blog is a random and meandering blog of my thoughts and doings. Hope it provides inadvertent amusement, even if it shows me in a poor light, and people find it amusing to see me blundering around re inventing the wheel, as when I find something that everyone knows for ages, and which I have just discovered and getting so excited about it. Haha.

I am sure readers will be indulgent and just be amused at it, and realise that we all get excited when we find something, whether it is shoes, or beanies, or ideas or insights, and want to tell everyone to find they all know it already. Haha.

For eg, a friend recently told me that volunteering is not all it seems. He tells me that many organisations are using it as an excuse to lay off their paid workers, and replacing them with unpaid volunteers.

And these organisations don’t pay their workers all that much either and because they are short staffed, they impose on their workers. Asking them to come in on their days off because there is no one to do it. And not pay overtime either.
I have a friend who told me he had this friend who works for an old folks home, and is constantly phoned on his day off to work because they are short staffed. And he don’t get paid overtime either.

Maybe everyone knows this. Haha. But it is only now that I became aware of it.

Things are never black or white , are they? Here u are thinking u are doing good by volunteering and u find that u may have put someone out of a job, granted it is a low paid job and maybe u might be doing a favour to that person in that they might be forced to go find another job which pays better, but that is unlikely to be the case for most of these laid off workers.

It is a paradox of life that people want to work in jobs that don’t pay them enough to live on. U would think if the job does not pay enough for you to live on, you will refuse to work there and get a job that pays u enough. But that is not the case. Instead u work in 2 or 3 low paying jobs.

I see all the supermarkets are reducing their check out staff and adding more self help machines, so that source of jobs is going to go. I think it a real cushy job being a check out person. U don’t even need to think, just swipe the goods and the machine will even tell u want change to give back. Haha. But that kind of job is going to go.

People in new york have 2 or 3 jobs. At least that was what I found out when I used to go there regularly(in the late 90s) for Christmas shopping long ago. I met a guy there who told me that was what he does to make ends meet, because each job pays so little. Now I know u must not generalise from just one encounter but I figured that these people with 2-3jobs cannot be so rare that I can meet one of them in my visit to new york. Right? So it must be common to have 2-3 jobs.

If that is the case so long ago, I think it must be more so nowadays in new york. Is it so in London do u think? I have not met anyone who works in 2 or 3 jobs in london. And this is living here for more than 20yrs. So maybe it is not so dire in uk , because there is the safety net of social benefits unlike in usa. Or maybe more likely, I have not heard from these people because people here don’t talk about it.