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ways people spend this bank holiday

29 May

london 7.47pm 19.8C cloudy bank holiday monday 2017

on the bus back and coming to my stop, near tate millbank, i noticed there are lots of cars trying to park, or waiting to let someone leave so that they can quickly grab that space and so parking the car on the road and blocking the bus with everyone patiently waiting , no one blasting their horn or anything. haha.  very polite of them. it seems today is the day when people try to get their dose, perhaps the annual one, of culture. so they visit art galleries, and stately homes, and museums. it is a cheap day out too if they visit museums and places like the tate galleries. this one near me is a small one, when u compare it to the monster that is the tate modern at bankside. there, u can even take a look at modern living watching the exhibits of rich people living their lives in their flats that the viewing gallery overlooks. i think that is rather fun, but it might be curtailed if the lawsuit that the rich flatowners is launching at the tate is successful. i guess if u are in the country, by which i mean if u dont live in london… haha… u will be visiting a stately home.

i myself spent today going to chinatown. normally i would avoid that area as there is a running marathon on, but because of it, i found out that the 88 is diverted to run by a more direct route to picadilly, by passing trafalgar square, so the journey there was swift. i wanted to buy black soyasauce and curry powder; but whilst i was there i saw they had reduced coconut cream in cans… 20p each, because its sell by date was on 9th june. and curry powder for 50p, again because of the sell by date coming so close. so i bought 7 packs of curry powder. and 2 cans of the coconut… and thinking maybe i should have bought more of the coconut. haha.

i do like the sell by dates regulation which makes them have to sell it cheap.

and coming back i decided to take the C2 when it came rather than the 88… later i found out in the tfl website, that because of a demonstration march, they have curtailed the 88, breaking it up into two portions, cutting out the central bit entirely. but only between the times that demo was on, 12pm-6pm. 

well, it was a pleasant way of spending this bank holiday. for me anyway. instead of fighting with everyone to see the museum or art gallery paintings.

and watching tv haha. (i sometimes wonder if tv have changed the habits of people, make them stay indoors more… )

right now there is this program about margarine carving. it seems u can carve margarine but not butter. as we all know butter melts outside the fridge, at least in summer, whilst i dont know about margarine. does it melt outside the fridge? perhaps not, that is why they can carve it and leave it outside.

the program is actually wanting to find out what makes spreadable butter so soft even if you keep it in the fridge. he asked if spreadable butter is made of marge. well, it seems because it is a half half butter/ rapeseed oil, they cannot call it butter. i googled it and found this article which says it is very easy to make your own spreadable butter. and reading it , it really is easy. and it seems it is easy to make your own butter too. its quite possible a lot of us dont like to mix butter with rapeseed oil, as we like the taste of just butter. and so am willing to put up with the inconvenience of hard butter. if u put it on toast, when it comes right out of the toaster, and is still hot, u can have your melted butter. 

quiet sunday

12 Mar

london 1.33pm 13.5C rain sunday 2017

8.31pm 10C no rain now, rain expected to stop at 10pm.

its a misty rain today, like a fine mist. hardly seems worth it to open the umbrella sometimes. and the bus’ windows gets all steamed up especially the big front ones on the top deck so you cant see much out of them.

i read in a blog that america is changing its clocks to summer time today. i wonder how they do it for such a big country that spreads over so much area. i mean how they overcome all the objections. here in uk we are always at loggerheads with the north about it. maybe we handle it by changing later, last sunday in march. it seems rather early to be changing this sunday when it is not even the equinox yet. mornings do get darker if u change to summer time. sunrise 6.20am sunset 6pm. today. if we change today, can u imagine sunrise at 7.20am? though sunset at 7pm will be nice.

its a quiet day for me today. in the past it was a highlight of the day to read the sunday papers. how times have changed when it is no more anything to look forward to. in fact, the saturday papers seem to have more content now.

now i go to the library , the one in paddington because they are the only ones near me open at 11am, instead of 1.30pm. and they take in only two newspapers now for sunday. mail on sunday and the times. but for some reason i have got bored with their supplement pages, there is the travel section, and the fashion section, and the housing and household stuff section, and the cooking section. but i seem i have gone off all of them now.

i wonder if it is me who have changed, or what. i guess it must be me. i tend to blame myself for these changes. my taste have changed so much even i noticed it.

on the way back from the library and stopped off at the sainsburys in pimlico to use my friend’s purchases a few days ago to get points in my nectar card. he bought £40 worth of stuff, but some of it was spirits, which was not allowed in the points system, so it came to £30 instead. still that is 30points. not that i collect a lot, currently i only got enough to redeem one coffee from cafe nero haha.,not that i use them much. i still have 4 of these converted to vouchers but  yet to be used to buy coffee. . oh dear, i just find the coffees so strong really. i simply marvel at how other people can drink these coffees without feeling the effect. simon and i saw a tv program about it, they did some experiment with bees, feeding them with nectar from some flowers but  some with caffeine, others without and found out that those fed on caffeine, remembered the flowers. it was a bbc program , the actual video is not working but here is the report on which it was based. so it seems caffeine aid in memory.

coffee drinking seems to be universal. all over the world you will find cultures have a coffee drinking habit. i guess the tea drinking habit also gives them caffeine, and tea being cheaper, it is poorer people who indulge in it, i guess.

drinking alcohol is also universal. practically every culture u can think of have found a way to make alcohol drinks. and from the most diverse source too. we were watching a program about how this chap drank alcohol drink with a native tribe, who use their spit to make alcohol. i think it was the same program  (called secrets of your food, episode 3. )about food which contain the bees and caffeine. i dont think u can see the program now that the bbc wants you to have a tv license, though it only ask u to click that u got a license, how would they verify u really got one? i wonder. but it does seem strange to me that every culture have found a way to make alcoholic drinks. and what is even stranger that so many foods can be converted to alcohol. it seems as long as they have suger, they can be made into alcohol drinks. dont you think it strange that there is this universal discovery by practically every culture that has evolved on this earth?