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the secret

2 Jul

london 11.44am 17C cloudy thursday 2020

its the first time i have been to chinatown, since the lockdown in march.

all the eating shops are closed , and even also the coffee shops. only the grocery stores, like the tesco, and the chinatown ones are open.

the chinese stores are depleted of stock, it looks like they are not reordering whilst the lockdown continues, and so let the stock run down, quite sensible i think, as there is  no point buying more, and having to pay for it before it is sold as who knows when things will get back to normal , if it does.

i got what i went to buy, which was frozen fish balls, (still the same price £2.69 for 400mg. actually it has decreased , old price was £2.79). black soya sauce, which has gone up £1.65, from £1.55 for 500ml. and thin vermicelli noodles, gone up too to £1.40 for 500mg  from £1.20. (correction, i looked up the old price in my online account, and found that the price hasnot gone up. it remains £1.40. glad i have that finance account , it makes me remember the price of things, that i so easily can forget. ) surprisingly their flat noodles remain the same price. it was very quiet around that area leicester square, piccadilly circus. perhaps the area will get busier once july 4 comes round and the lockdown is eased up. 

this situation makes me realise how much the business activity can make a place livelier, and nicer to be in. there is a nice atmosphere about a place that has lots of businesses opened and people eating and shopping. it gives a place a reason for being there and a reason for people to congregate there. if not for it, the place would be dead, not only in appearance,  it will look dead, but in economical terms as well. a busy business place means lots of people making a living. truly this crisis must make it very obvious how important buying and selling is to us humans and our society. it might well be the bedrock of our society and our civilisation. it is the secret of what makes our civilisation function and continue. 

enjoy the moment

6 Sep

london 10.04am 16C sunny thursday 2018

yesterday i was in chelsea, and saw a shop with a new floral display over its doorway. it is an autumnal one, replacing the summer display. its very pretty. the flowers are not real.


life goes on with businesses selling stuff. i should think the whole thing about life is trading… in goods and services. that makes the world go round. commerce is the secret to how civilisations start. so right now, the whole of london is dealing, buying and selling and trading. and everyone is either buying or selling, or both. and the whole of life is really one side trying to persuade or entice the other side to buy. in other words to make consumers of all of us.

i read that the underground is losing customers. the bus is thriving, more people using it it seems, but not the underground. and cross rail will steal more tube customers when it fully opens , though that is delayed . it is supposed to open in dec2018. 

its really strange this dynamic of what makes some businesses thrive whilst others dont. why one shop/restaurant is busy busy, whilst the shop next door is dead. i am glad i dont have to bother with that. life is simpler when there are so many things i can ignore. haha. and i can just enjoy the moment. like right now.