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dark mornings now

21 Oct

london 7.30am 13.5C cloudy sunrise saturday 2017

i woke at 7am and it was dark. we are getting dark mornings esp when the sunrise start getting to  7am . usually by that time i am up.

now Actual Time

7:35 AM sunrise to think that by the time the clocks change it might be 8am. those who live in the north will find it might rise at 9am, or even 10am. no wonder they all want the clocks to change. added. it is strange, i have a look at hammerfest norway, and sunrise is 8.04am and sunset is 4.12pm. not that much difference from the northernmost part of uk. why is that i wonder. maybe they have moved their clock back allready. added. i checked and they end their summertime on 29oct, same as everyone else. i looked up paris , france, and their sunrise is 8.21am, sunset 6.51pm. it is weird isn’t it? their sunrise is later than norway. later than london even. 

5:56 PM sunset 

i find i prefer lighter mornings rather than later sunsets. so i shall welcome the clocks going back 1 hr next sunday. 


one side is all shaved off, the other side leaves are still there. looks like our area wont see the autumn leaves turning colour and falling in piles on the ground this year.

added. 12.36pm 15.9C verybright outthere. people say london is dark and gloomy, but today belies it. in fact, my impression is that there are lots of these bright sunny days in london. but of course, we only remember what we want to remember. haha. i have finished reading the newspapers in the library and am back home. but before coming home i went to the victoria station, just to stroll around a bit. and i went into the w h smith store there and browse the magazine section.

i saw the newsweek and time magazines on the shelf. the time magazine, in fact both of them, have reduced in size, and in volume. i could not find the price for the time magazine, and asked a chap who was next to me to find it. he did find it, and showed me saying ‘there it is but it is too small for me to read’. and it was true what he said… it was in very small print along the spine of the magazine. ireland E4.90, united kingdom £3.50. funny why it wants to hide the price.

but when i got back, i find i could read the articles online in their website. dont have to pay to read it. perhaps it is not the same articles as on the magazine. who knows, but i find i much prefer to read online, rather than read the actual magazine. the size of the font in the magazine is very small at least to my poor eyes. so that i just skim through the magazine.

but the article in the online website was telling  about a couple who retire early… at 41yrs old. they were american and they were talking about the various american investment vehicles they used. so maybe not of much use to others who are not americans.

my own opinion is that it is silly to retire when u are so young. you will get bored with not working… there is a sense of achievement when you are working which you will lose when u retire and stop work. and you are still young and in command of all your senses, so the one big reason to retire namely when you lose your eyesight, your coordination, your stamina and your alertness and your competitiveness makes u realise when those qualities wane, and make you dont want to continue working and wish to retire; those reasons do not apply when you are youngish. that is why i think it foolish to retire when you are so young… 40s is too young to retire.  perhaps what they mean is that they dont want to do what they have been working on, but to find other interests instead. but i daresay a few years down the line they will be looking for money making opportunities. 

added. 1.40pm i got the tv guide and see that bbc radio 4 is doing a spoken broadcast later today (at 2.30pm) of phillip pullman’s latest book, the book of dust, le belle sauvage. i saw that book being sold at the wh smith store. and it is being broadcast now. that is so quickly done when the book has only just been released for sale. amazing, isn’t it? did they not think it might affect the sale of the book? or did they think it will enhance the sale of the books!!

pullman has recently been reported to be highly critical of a a milne, author of the pooh bear books. when i read the article about it , i find he is also critical of nesbit, railway children, and kenneth grahame, wind in the willows. he might not have realised that his stories may not be that liked by many people. haha. myself included. i find his writing style very heavy handed and not an easy read. i will hear the bbc broadcast and see what i make of this new novel of his. but i find his dark matter  material trilogy quite unreadable. 

added. 6.46pm, dark now. afraid i fell asleep while listening to radio 4 on my laptop. haha. its very soothing when someone talks on the radio. i would highly recommend it if u are an insomniak. i think part of the blame is i am a bit deaf, so cannot hear him. that is why i prefer to read about it. but is new to me, is that whilst looking for the bbc radio 4, i searched google and it gave me this   link 

it is an internet radio link that gave me all the radio channels. amazing. i never knew it existed before. though right now, it is all talking and not much music in all those channels, and what music there is, i dont like. no wonder i dont listen to radio anymore.haha. i thought there was a time when we could chose what music we want… but i might have dreamt it. now it seems there is no choosing, you just have to accept whatever they broadcast and there is no way of finding out their timetable . hang on, i see on the side a list , and there is a box called all genres, and when i click on it i get a list… but no country and western. 

added. 4.36pm sunday 22.10.17 , i have discovered i got spotify in my save list, and it is much better than all the other radio channels. it got country and western , and lots of other genres which u can chose. 

the effect on sunrise/sunset time when the clocks move forwrd tomorrow

29 Mar


I am curious to see how changing the clocks will affect the time of sunrise and sunset. so i shall copy today’s times of sunrise and sunset and I shall copy tomorrow’s when the clocks go forwrd and lets see what the difference is. I can guess what will happen because it is very unlikely that the sunrise will be at 4.43am, since the whole aim of this exercise of moving the clocks is to make the sunrise later and more importantly so that sunset will be later. so it is easy to guess that sunrise will be 6.43am, and sunset will be 7.28pm tomorrow. right now the mornings are very bright because the sun will rise early. tomorrow we will find the day dawns later and the mornings for those early risers like me will be darker.

Mar. 29, 2014 Rise Set
Actual Time 5:43 AM GMT 6:28 PM GMT
Civil Twilight 5:09 AM GMT 7:02 PM GMT
Nautical Twilight 4:29 AM GMT 7:42 PM GMT
Astronomical Twilight 3:46 AM GMT 8:26 PM GMT
Moon 4:52 AM GMT 5:10 PM GMT
Length of Visible Light 13h 52m
Length of Day
12h 45m
Tomorrow will be 3m 58s longer.

it seems we are going to have warm weather next week.

Added. 30.3.14 sunday 7.11am

yesterday it was 20C at 2pm. and 12C at midnight. now it is 8C. i woke today at about 7am and it is quite bright. 

Mar. 30, 2014 Rise Set
Actual Time 6:40 AM BST 7:30 PM BST
Civil Twilight 6:07 AM BST 8:04 PM BST
Nautical Twilight 5:26 AM BST 8:44 PM BST
Astronomical Twilight 4:43 AM BST 9:28 PM BST
Moon 6:19 AM BST 7:28 PM BST
Length of Visible Light 13h 57m
Length of Day
12h 49m
Tomorrow will be 3m 57s longer.

I went to bed last night at about 10.30 pm, so when i woke and saw it was 7am, i thought i had slept late. but of course i moved the clock forward last night before i went to sleep so effectively i woke at 6am actually, and so got my usual 71/2-8hrs sleep. 

spring forward

31 Mar

I forgot to change my clock time to spring, and woke up and thought it was 7am when it is really 8am. Couldn’t quite believe it when I saw the time on the clock in my laptop. Until I remembered that the clocks are supposed to go forward today. So I went round my flat changing my bedroom clock , my living room clock and my kitchen oven clock.

Clocks always spring forward on the last Sunday of March. Usually the tv and newspapers warns us. But this year it happened to fall during the easter period and there are no papers today.

And the library is shut throughout this period so I was not able to read any from Friday onwards.

Even the free papers were not publishing because of the holidays.

It is fun with clocks every year here in these northern countries like uk. Every year we get to spring forward and fall back. That is how I remember which way to jump the clock during spring and autumn.

Today it is sunny and bright outside and it is only 8.21am (though really it is really 7.21am).

Though the outside temp according to the weather website is 0C. Some areas of London like Finchley is -.4C but I think it might be a glitch.

Whatever the temperature, I am warm in my flat. it seems to stay a constant 12C whatever it is outside. I don’t have the heating on as usual.

Last night I walked to the supermarkets, hoping to find bargains, it being the day before Sunday when the supermarkets close all day. But there were not many bargains. Even the breads were reduced to 34p instead of 10p. I had run out of bread so bought a Tesco basic bread for 19p. Not much reduced from the normal 47p.

Now and then I have a desire to eat toast. That is why I buy bread. I know it is not really good for you. But simon eats it all before I get to it. If left to myself, that bread would keep for a long time in the freezer for the times when I crave toast.

It is funny that I prefer this basic wholemeal bread to the hovis seeded bread that were reduced in sainsburys from £1.50 to 34p. Would u have done the same? Somehow I want wholemeal bread. The seeded ones are plain white bread. And I would only buy them if they are 10p each.

I guess cost wise, it would be more of a bargain to buy those seeded ones , even at 34p. But I want wholemeal.

I was discussing the sainsburys price reducing strategy with a Chinese lady who was also on a bargain hunt like me. We noticed the 50/50 bread have all their crust removed. Even then instead of selling it for 10p which they do, it was 59p. I said even if they reduce it to 10p I wont buy it. I like the crust. What a waste really to remove it.
She asked what do they do with the crust?

I said most probably the bread is very old, and the mould have formed on the crust that is why they reduce it and repack it with a new sell by date.

I know they slice the bread that is close to expiring and repack it with a new sell by date. I have seen them do so. But this removing of the crust is a new one on me. 

Later the sainsburys brought out a batch of bread that they reduced to 34p, instead of 10p. I think it is because there was a crowd of people waiting for it and they know if they reduce it to 10p, there will be a fist fight.

As it was, there was no rush to buy the bread at 34p.haha.


These holidays are boring to me. In that the library is closed and I cannot read the daily papers.
And the religious nature of the events that happen are not of interest to me. Take for eg, the re enactment of the crucifixion in Trafalgar square on Friday. It was quite a cold day and I thought that actor playing christ must be freezing his arse off, unlike jesus . Though I guess it was a nice trade off between really being nailed to the cross to freezing. Haha.

There seems to be a huge fixation by people to enact the crucifixion. And in some countries, they actually nail the guy on the cross to make it real.

Ah well, their frixxging souls want it.

That I guess must be the genius of the human condition. We are capable of the heights of soaring achievement and the basement of mad behaviour.

added. i just saw the time of sunset and sunrise today. it is 6.37am and 7.32 today. without the clocks changing it would read 5.37am and 6.32pm. but with the new time we all think it is later setting than it is. this playing around with our time sense is playing havoc with our biological sense of time. 

It is no wonder people get depressed come autumn when the clocks go back. suddenly they find their sunset comes one hour earlier. that would make anyone depressed. 

Added.I think people seeing me foraging for cheap bargain food which are near expiring may get the impression I am doing it out of necessity. Not at all. I enjoy this. And it is a choice. I can well afford to buy bread at the full price but just as I would seek out discounts entry to gay clubs, I don’t see why I should pay full price when I can get them for 10p each. I don’t have any false pride or beliefs that would deter me from taking advantage of it.

I have not gone down that route of raiding supermarket refuse bins for food thrown away. Not from any distaste in doing it, but that I am too lazy to do it. Haha. It involves going in the dead of night. I am too lazy to do it. But I am all for it, as I think it criminal that supermarkets can throw away such a lot of good food.

I know my local Tesco throws away food regularly, because their cooling system constantly breaks down and whole shelves are cleared of food. It happens often. We are met with empty shelves when I go there, and a notice telling us about it being due to a malfunction. Instead of letting us buy it cheap they prefer to throw it away.