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a day of free meals

28 Sep

london 8.02pm 13.7C dry night friday 2018

i got a email from steve, this morning, when i woke at 10.30am about a free mac and cheese lunch at debenhams, oxford st starting from 12noon today. i allready have booked  a free meal this evening at a pub in elephant and castle. i was half thinking of giving the lunch a miss, but then i realise it is so near me, it does not take much effort to just wander there. so i did. and steve was there, near the head of the queue. not many when we arrived, but it later got busier. it was a very filling meal, it was macaroni pasta in melted cheese topped with meat , or veggie. mushrooms was one of the veggie options. i got a spicy chorizos with halloumi, which turned out to be melted as well. so not a good choice as it made the dish very salty indeed with so much salt in those cheeses. it costs about £5.59 usually. if u are hungry it would really fill you up. actually when i compare to what they are charging for mac and cheese in spitalfields market, this one is quite low priced.

then i went to liverpool st, spitalfields market to get the free icecream given away. this icecream is not sickly sweet, so i like it. they will do this promotion for another two days.   there were lots of people there, sitting around eating, listening to a band playing. i passed a stall selling brisket of beef. it looked very good, piles of meat . there was a sample board and i took two slices to eat. and found out they are very salty. they look so tempting, but the salt puts me off so that i lost all desire to eat anymore.

i might go again tomorrow, to get another eat of icecream, and visit the library there to see if they are open and have the daily papers.   i went in there to read them today after eating the icecream. those papers look unopened and it seems not many people go in there to read the papers.

the free meal at the pub in elephant and castle was very filling too. for some reason they gave me two portions. each portion consist of 3 small burgers, with different meats. and i got another tray of it . steve and his wife were there before me. they were sitting with me after their meal, for us to chat, when the food came and we were all surprised at me getting double rations. they were too full to eat it so i had to eat it myself. 

i thought i would be very slow getting served as there were two large tables with huge numbers of people allready there, and they were drinking beer and wine. but they never did get any burgers. so i dont know why , because they had numbers on their table just like us. so they must have ordered the meal.  still i am glad the kitchen was able to cope with the large numbers.

in the end, i was so full, (made worse because that mac and cheese really filled me up), that i just ate the meat and left the buns. as i noticed others have done the same too. it has been ages since i went south of the river, to elephant and castle, and the whole area  has certainly risen up in the world. so many high rise, and they got a sainsburys!! and the central roundabout, that used to be such a mess of underground tunnels for pedestrians was no more. they have buried all those tunnels  and just made the whole thing above ground now.

the actual shopping complex in the old elephant and castle building does not look at all as if it is lively. the building is all dark and looked closed. i wonder what they have planned for it. i was expecting it to be pulled down and a new classy building rising up in its place.

in the past, it housed the clothes stalls, and food stalls, run by small businesses. i was thinking they will be turfed out to make way for more expensive businesses i expect. though i hope it wont happen and they try to retain the market stall groceries and small wet and dry market type businesses.

not much profit in those unfortunately, if u want to preserve the low prices you will have to charge low rents. that is why those kind of markets are doomed to go extinct. 

added 3.10.18 a clever way to make mac and cheese for one. 

poor old south london, so much road disruptions and jams

7 Dec

london 5.51pm 13.4C monday 2015

i had a fruitless afternoon trying to buy the asda advertised whole duck for £5 (£2.50/kg). there was not a single duck on sale in asda when i went to the old kent road branch. i even asked a sales man and he could not find any either.

none in the frozen section. none in the fresh section, not even the label on the shelf. and he asked another man to find out inside the store, in the storage shelves at the back, and he came back to say there is none there either.

this is one time when the advertised product in the website could not be found in the actual store. pity that as i was so looking forward to having roast duck.

the whole journey there was very long winded too, as there were traffic jams all along the road on all the routes that i normally take. going there on  36, then the 53, C10 coming back.

the road works two -way re -configuration of the elephant and castle has a lot to answer for. the two way system is now operative, but lots of sections still need doing up, with roads surfaces gouged out and barriers everywhere. it took me almost 4hrs all told.

thank goodness in the bus i can just close my eyes and ignore everything and let the bus take the strain.

though throughout all the waiting i was thinking when/if the tube is extended to this area in peckham, i would certainly take it instead of the buses.

i am sure all the supermarkets along the old kent road must be affected with people avoiding going there unless they have to.

i myself will not bother to go there till the elephant and castle works program is finished. and i would advise everyone to avoid that area too if they value their sanity. the trouble of course is that everyone is avoiding it and taking the camberwell route to lewisham, and making that route clogged up with traffic.

poor car drivers in london, they really get the bad end of the stick. and have to suffer the gall of seeing all the cycle lanes practically empty, as they are only busy during rush hour; and i mustn’t forget to add the bus passengers to the list too. the whole of south london relies on the buses and it is disrupted like anything. though thank goodness for the bus lanes, it allows the buses to sail pass every car to the head of the queue. haha. but all in all, poor south londoners.

in a way i am lamenting for me too. ah well, i shall have to do my shopping nearer home now. but at least i dont live there and can avoid going there. imagine having  to run the gamut of such disruptions every time if u live there and have to get caught in all that disruption to travel everytime u walk out of your flat. and you cannot take the train and try to escape the chaos. it is just as crowded, the trains, that is if you can even get any that serves your area. that area is very badly served by trains. 

i had a look for the first time at the new system to replace the roundabout, and i noticed that they have closed off one section of the roundabout.  so a car from new kent road wanting to go to st georges road or walworth road have to go all round the roundabout. i wonder why they dont keep the road that is closed off and split the traffic from old kent road to allow them to go both left and right… that way u dont force all the traffic to go round the roundabout and clogging up everything. 

added. just realised that today is the first day of the new 2-way system being applied. i forgot. so really my bad for going there.let people get used to it.