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instant mee for breakfast

24 Jun

the london 7.13am 18.1C cloudy saturday 2017

 

 

 

 

the chicken flavoured instant mee, it comes with a oil paste, which gives it its flavour. as usual, u can custom make it by adding stuff. in this case i put in some cox lettuces, cut up small so it can cook quicker. though veggies dont really need much cooking, as it can be eaten raw. and of course you can add meat too, or sea food. it is very versatile and that i think is why it is so popular.

added. 8.46am i read of a chap in his blog saying he has found a two night rental in a sheltered housing flat, when he start commuting from france. i have heard of these sheltered flats, meant for over 55s. i was thinking that is one place where they will want care workers … i think care as a career will always be available for anyone, and will constantly be a source of work. health and care are sure to be in need of workers in future.

and i was reminded of a chap i met in a gay website who works in this field. he works parttime, which sounds ideal. he even suggested that i do it. not for me, because i dont need the money, nor am i patient enough to deal with old people haha. but i figured it might suit others who need money and have not much skills to offer. you dont really need conventional skills except maybe a kind heart. 

but also i was thinking if old people living alone want food to eat, instant mee sounds like it is right up their street, something so easy to prepare they should be able to do it themselves easily. then i had another think, and realise that actually cooking, as in stir frying, and stewing is really very easy to do. i think even if i were a doddering old fool, i should be able to make these meals without too much help. unless of course my mind goes, but i think dementia is rather selective… in that u can forget to do some things but can remember to do others. maybe the biggest danger is that u can start things but dont finish them. thus u leave things on, and forget to shut it down.

(that is why i think the timer on my induction stove is so useful. i set it to stew and put the timer on for 15mins and then i go off and forget about it, and it will automatically switch itself off. i was thinking it will come in useful for someone who has mild dementia. i dont have dementia, at least as far as i know. haha. but it is good practise for when or if i do. )

 what u might need is someone around the place just to mop up after you , or switch things off after you. just generally to keep an eye out for you. that might mean just have a partner around, or failing that have a lodger who is kind enough to just watch a bit over you.

anyway, today is the start of pride celebrations, it goes on for 2wks culminating in the big pride parade on sat 8th july. and i read in a newsletter i get sent to me via email this morning that there is a free showing of a disney film, the jungle book.it is part of the pride festival ;

its a new remake by disney of the old jungle book cartoon film. you need to apply for tickets online, so i did and got one. it is tomorrow at 10.30am in picturehouse central. it means a break in my routine, normally i would go to the paddington library to read the newspapers. it takes some doing to make me change my routine… so i hope that film is worth it. 

i have not heard of this chain of cinemas, so it has served its purpose in that they have advertised their presence to me. i live here and still have not heard of them, just goes to show that they need to advertise. 

added. 10.10pm 19.4C rain earlier, dry now. i went to chinatown after the library to buy more of that instant noodles. 20 packs in fact. they are rather nice, because of the different flavours. they are quite distinctive. there was a bit of a jam going on in the centre of town, due to some demonstration or other. but i escaped the peak of it, and traffic or rather the buses were running their usual route by the time i finished and wanted to get back.

i noticed looking at the website of the picturehouse cinema chain that they charge quite high £16.50 for a ticket, but you can get reduced prices if u become a member, or go off peak. so it brings it down to the average pricing for cinemas in the centre of town. about £12.50 a show. i think it too much to pay for a film show, even if there are any now that i deem worth seeing, which there is not. added. the cinema in the haymarket is offering all films for £9.99. 

i am just glad i lived in an earlier age, where things are so much cheaper and thus better value for money. so that now i dont crave seeing or experienceing these things. films now are just action movies , with lots of action , very contrived and impossible but i suppose gets the adrenaline flowing from the audience. thrills and spills as they say. but dont have any substance, and the story line is lost and reduced in significance as a result on all this emphasis on action.

seeing clearer

15 Jan

london 3.36pm rain 8.9C sunday 2016

8.17pm 8.8C dry now.

i have got my glasses on 8th nov, and so have about 2months of use and i have to admit they do make my tv viewing much more pleasurable. i can see the pictures so much clearer now.

it is one of those things, where i am so used to seeing things blurry, that it comes as a revelation when i can see things so clearly now. i did not know what i missed when i was looking at things in a blur. haha.

i wonder whether that is what life is all about, that u dont miss something when u are not aware of it, but once someone open your eyes to it, u find you cannot do without it and the pleasure u take from it is so much enhanced.

i think also my eyesight has gradually got worse. it is so gradual that i am not aware of it. but now i got these glasses, when i take them off, i can notice the difference. the far distance is more blurry than  before.

now, whether the glasses has caused it, or my eyesight has got worse, is something the cause and effect of which i dont know. but whatever, i got the glasses now and they make my vision so much clearer so it is a moot point really.

watching tv is now so much more pleasurable. i am seeing ‘the hobbit, an unexpected journey’ now, and am really impressed by the background and props. they are now in the elven kingdom and it is really splendid to see. and it is so sharp the picture, even though i am not seeing it in HD. it must be great for those who dont want to imagine it, but to see it with their eyes. 

 

 

 

about films about disability

29 May

london 7.15am 11.1C sunday 2016 cloudy, but bright.

i woke up and realise we are still on the long May holiday weekend, time seem to have gotten slower for me. sunday used to be such a luxurious day, when it is a day to laze about and enjoy doing nothing. this was a time when i was working, but of course the times have changed for me. now it simply merges into just another day and if not for the calendar i would not have noticed it. in the past it used to be noticeable for the mass of sunday papers that can fill up a big part of the day, but that is long gone.

i read this article about a disabled film, called ‘me before you’. and the critic is saying so few films are about disabled people, but i think he/she did not like this film because of the ending. so now s/he complained it is not about reality… firstly because  the actor is a fully abled person pretending to be disabled, and secondly he kills himself in the end.

i am thinking well no wonder no one makes films about disabled people anymore…if u get critics like this complaining about how your disabled character is depicted.  you have to get a disabled actor and have a happy ending… it is very restrictive to you if u are a producer of such a film. it just means u got to have a sentimental ending, or tug at the heart strings throughout the film… even to me that sounds boring. you cannot make the disabled person a horrible person… or a murderer, for example.  in other words u cannot treat him as a character in the movie, and be allowed to be bad or good  person… the character is loaded with baggage just for being disabled. 

disabled people really cannot complain when no one makes a film about disability and then complain that it is not real when someone does. films are not real… or rather i should say movies are not real. they depict made up stories about people and things and their behaviour or rather they play up certain behaviours , usually the extreme ones, just to have a story.

gay people used to be non depicted in movies, until they do, and then the gay character always cop it in one way or another… but  gays realise they cannot have it both ways and expect the gays to be depicted well…(or rather there is not much we can do about it haha).  so olden day movies with gays in them always ends up badly for the gay character… even today, most times the gay character cops it badly… but then it wont be a movie if everybody have a great life in it… happiness is the most boring to depict. that is why when they live happily ever after, the movie ends.

disabled people should just suck it up and keep quiet about it not being real to encourage more directors to stick disabled people in their movies, so much so that it becomes normal, and then they might get some real character parts for the disabled  bits in that movie. though it will never end  with happy ever after endings. for that u can go to fairy tales. haha.

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the cucumber sandwich. it is really the perfect answer to when u want something to nibble but dont really want anything sweet.

added. i saw this about why london got pavements

added. wordpress is 13yrs old. it started on 27 may 2003. 

films

5 Mar

london 7.49am 3C bright cloud saturday 2016

gerald butler seems to be everywhere in films these days. this morning i read in the evening standard a review of ‘london has fallen‘ . it is a very funny review. and it is supposed to be coming out in cinemas soon, that explained why the film ‘olympus is fallen’ has been showing so much on tv lately. it is done by the same team, and starring gerald butler too. he starred in another film about egyptian gods, that is being shown now, and bombing at the box office. taking in only £14million in its first weekend. it has run into the controversy about white men in black men roles. like the other film about nina simone, with her estate complaining of zoe saldana playing her and having to black up.

all these wanting diversity in films, it seems they have forgotten that films are make believe, and now want to stick too much  reality… a black person must be the one to play black roles, a chinese person to play a chinese person… so a woman must play a woman’s role then? no one complained about whathisname playing a woman and got nominated for best actor too whilst playing a woman. 

awards and race

20 Jan

london 3.07pm some say 4C others 8.9C, so it looks like it depands on whether the thermometer is in the sunshine or shadow. its sunny. wednesday 2016

quite too cold to sit outside, and this was at about 12pm, when i got back from the library; much as i like to have the sun on my face and get some vit D.

there is sun, but it is quite weak. and what with a cold wind blowing, i  gave up the idea of sitting in the park bench in the little communal garden . so it is indoors for me. haha. and watch daytime tv.

i noticed they are all featuring caucasian actors and actresses. now that the academy awards have been criticised for featuring only white people, i was thinking well because there are so many of them in films. here in the west that is all we see, white people in films. in malaysia , and s.e.asia, we get to see chinese films, with chinese actors, indian films with indian actors, malay films with malay actors… we all expect that, no one will ask that such films have white actors or actors of other races. now that they ask that of the academy awards, will anyone start demanding the same thing for those chinese, korean, indian , productions? i wonder. 

 now we come to think of it, the academy awards were meant to showcase white people and the films they make. 

 let me ask u, when was the last time, if ever, that u saw a film with all black actors and actresses? i can only think of one, an all black cast , the wiz, based on the wizard of oz. i dont think i saw it to the end. it has a lot to live up to, because the wizard of oz is a superlative film, and judy garland was just too perfect for that role, she made it her own. i did not see what a all black cast can add to the narrative. 

i think when it comes to awards, race should not come into it. we are not looking to award equality, the very nature of awards is to judge who is best. it is subjective of course, but it is a peer judgement, and there is no argueing with it. really. anything else would sound like sour grapes.

if u dont like it, go and cook up your own awards. haha.

added i was curious to see whether there are any all black films, and googled it. this link tells me. it seems there was a period when they were popular, but not many have survived. 

 

 

 

 

films

11 Dec

london 9pm 8.4C friday 2015

perhaps if u are in asia, u might not be so interested in the news that it is the start of the film awards season. the first one that is coming up, on 10jan, is the golden globe awards and they tend to be harbingers of  what films will be famous. esp in the academy awards, which is the most prestigious of all.

looking at the nominations it strikes me that there are hell of a lot of new films made. these are just the tip of the iceberg.

it must cost money to make them, so what makes such a lot of people want to invest in making films? i can understand someone writing a book, because it is relatively cheap to publish a book. but films require someone or many people putting real money in it. its one of the things that humans do that dont make sense if u just look at it in terms of cost and reward. but humans still do it anyway and we get some really great films.

right now channel 5 is doing a whole evening of star wars documentaries. i suppose because the latest one is going to premier in the cinemas soon. and they are showing how the first one had a really difficult beginning. i remember being thrilled by it when i first saw it in a cinema so long ago. it came out in may 1977, according to google. it cost $10million to make.

but it will not make me want to see the latest film when it is released on 17dec. 

some background info of how the franchise developed.

disney bought the rights from lucasfilms for $4billion in 2012.

added. 5.55pm saturday 12.12.15 here are those who are left out.

local life

12 Nov

london 3.33pm 15.3C cloudy thursday 2015

i saw my downstairs neighbour getting into her flat when i went down just now to empty my recycle bag in the recycle bin just outside in the courtyard;  she said the bench they have paid for to commemorate a dead neighbour has been put in the wrong place. seems they paid £1400 for it, and she said for that price they jolly well want it where they want it. haha.

there are plenty of benches in the communal garden, so i think they dont want it there, and it was put in another courtyard not the courtyard they want;  even though not many people sit in the courtyards.

i sometimes bring out my collapsible canvas chair to the courtyard outside my flat,if i want to sunbathe there but now it is november, the chances of the sun being out is getting less and less as we approach winter.

i hope they put the bench in a sunny spot; they dont give much information on these benches about  who those people were that the bench is supposed to remember.

they just say the name/s, not even the dates they lived. as the years go by fewer people survive who can remember them at all.

i myself dont care if i am remembered or not, but i think there are some who want to be remembered.

well, when u see biographies written long after someone is dead and the liberties that are taken when they interpret that dead person’s life, i think maybe it is better to be forgotten… and when they make a film of it , it is even worst, the liberties that they take. i am thinking of all those films about steve job, the microsoft founder. its the one with kate winslet and fassbinder. i thought that film had a very record breaking opening weekend, but i read now that it has been pulled from the cinemas, after a poor showing on general release. it seems the public is not going to see it.

and yet they see the martian,its breaking box office it seems,  a purely fictitous film based on a book about an astronaut being stranded in mars. i guess people like fiction better than real life. its a space robinson crusoe story… do people still like to see that kind of story? people are always looking for new things to see and do. that appetite for such novelties is endless. is that what life is … the search for new things, all the time. is that the secret of life?

well, a more down to earth new thing is starbucks giving out 2 for 1 coffee drinks in the afternoon 2-5pm today and continue every day till sun15th nov. i saw it advertised in one of the email newsletters that i subscribe too. they dont advertise it in the papers, so not everyone knows of it. i suppose if u are desperate for it u might like to hang around starbucks durng those hours and just ask someone to get a free one for you when they order a coffee. why not, if u are brazen enough, or desperate enough for coffee. haha. 

into the woods -movie

14 Apr

london tuesday 10.50am 2015

sitting in the cinema now in the westfield ,shepherds bush.  waiting for the movie to start. i am really surprised at this cheap £3.55 seat, for seniors, and they throw in a free coffee and biscuits too. is that being pampered or what!!! and free wifi too whilst u wait for the film to start. there were not many seeing the movie about 9 of us with 3 or 4 coming in late. 

1.50pm.

the sound is surprisingly good, i could hear the words of the songs very clearly. that is a nice change from the usual, when the actors seem to mumble their words. i have seen the musical on stage a long time ago in london, and was not terribly impressed by the songs. the words are very good, very meaningful but there is no catchy tunes to them. i confess i dont remember much of the stage musical, and i could not make out the words then.

the film follows the common trend nowadays, to mish mash various fairy tales and make them interact and try to form a plot. i think it fails. but i think sondheim’s aim is to show there is no black and white, good or bad to the tales. unlike the traditional tales which has heroes that are good, and villains that are bad and no grey in between. ( until i recalled this musical began long ago, so the trend is following it, rather than the other way round)

as a child i like when things are spelt out plainly in the fairy tales. so this one with all the grey areas is aimed at adults. do adults really like all these grey areas?  i am an adult now and i still dont like it that things are so woozy. haha.

in real life, things are woozy. we escape into fairy tales because they are not real life. at least that is what i would do. no need to modernise it and make it relevant to now. but of course there is no point in retelling the tale if u dont add something to it to make it fresh. 

it went on too long i think and should have ended with the’and they lived happily ever after’. but it did not and we have to sit through another seemingly interminable time of cinematic pyrotechnics just to show off the very clever filmatics they can get up to.

its a nice change for me to get out and see a film. something i dont do much of and from this, i think i know why. haha.  

added 2.38pm shepherds bush library. quite a modern one, built as part of the condition for Digital StillCamera Digital StillCamera Digital StillCamera Digital StillCamerapermission to revamp the area when they built the westfield complex. the plugs are on the floor, sunken in square pits. lots of students here and the tables are fully occupied but there is space for me. looking out of the big glass windows here, i can see it is very sunny and bright outside.so a good day to be out and about. the library has its own wifi but u have to be a member to get on it, and it is a different borough to me, so i dont have a library membership number. however, the westfield free wifi seems to penetrate to this place so i am using that. 

added 16.4.15 10.30am, it took me this long to realise there is something strange about the wifi in that shepherd bush library. i am at my library and using the wifi, and here we just have to log on to wcc-guest and it just ask us to put in our email and phone number and that is it, we get a daily password to get online. so what is the shepherd bush library asking us for the library membership number?? that is only needed if we use their computers, like in this library here. i wonder if the council is labour. haha. they do things in a very silly way sometimes. haha. i will have egg in my face if they turn out to be conservative council, but somehow i am confident it wont be.

added 19.4.15 7.30pm home, sure enough i checked and it is a majority labour council as of now. but their majority is slim, 26 to 20. the borough straddles hammersmith and fulham. i bet the 20 conservatives come from fulham. haha. 

here is a better review of this movie . he adds his personal experiences which makes it very different and more enjoyable to me, than the usual reviewers.

life when the clocks move forwards

29 Mar

london midnite 2015

reading about the mass murdering pilot, would that make people fear flying? i wonder.

i saw some last minute deals to gran canaria at lastminute.com just now, and was quite attracted and then the thought did occur to me not to bother flying. i have not flown abroad for years, but if even myself start thinking of being murdered by a mass murdering pilot on a plane…. maybe i am just being fanciful, maybe majority of people will not be influenced by this and continue to fly as much as they have done in the past. they keep saying u have more chance of being run over by a bus than dying of a plane crash, but quite hard to believe that when we see a plane crash like that . accidents are unlikely, but mass murderers? how unlikely is that?

a suggestion to insist that there is always two people in the cockpit at all times. the usa allready has this, and it seems do -able.

payouts for the usa passengers who died will be very much higher.

i should add that i am biased against flying. this is because i have lost all desire to fly abroad for holidays.  so this is another reason to make me glad i have stopped flying. but i think to most people whether they will continue to fly will depand on how strongly they want to visit abroad or their fear of flying itself. I doubt this will influence their actions.

the clocks go forward tonight. i have just changed it on my bedside alarm clock and earlier on my kitchen clock;  and it is now 1.05am. these clocks are not computer chipped so that they dont automatically change over. 

i noticed my chromebook time is still saying 00.08, but i think i shall give it time. the official change over of the clock is at 1am.

yesterday, i went to see frozen, the disney cartoon. it was a free film , part of the free film festival by camberwell , but it was so boring, i left after less than half hour into the film. perhaps i should have more patience, and it gets better later on in the film. ah well, another one of those things where i shall pass.

i shall give it another chance to see it when it gets on tv.

the conditions when i saw the film that morning was not ideal. it was shown in the school hall, the screen was very small, the room was too bright. and there was too much noise from the children and parents. they provide pop corn and sweet orange drinks though. 

added. 6.23pm. usually at this time, it would be sunsetting, and getting darker. but it is still very bright outside. the sun has yet to set for another hour. this morning i thought it would be darker, but i woke up at 6.50am, (even though last night i slept at 1am. my sleep pattern is haphazard now that i dont work anymore.)and i see from this weather website that the sun had risen at 6.43am. so the sky was bright and i did not wake up in the dark. some years i have woken up with the sky dark. this year it is near the end of march that helps i think. 

bambi

4 Jan

london

it has its premier on terrestial tv, just now.

i have never seen it, inspite of hearing it mentioned often.

so now i have seen it, i suppose i have gone too old to appreciate it like a child. perhaps i would have liked it if i were a kid. who knows.

it is rather famous for introducing death into a cartoon.

i was expecting a death bed scene with bambi all tears and crying for his mother to wake up because they all said of the film that bambi’s mother deer died. but the actual scene was very indirect.

it shows a gun shot and bambi looking back and him running around looking for his mother, and then the leader stag came and led him away. and that was it. no more scenes after that about the mother. she had just disappeared.

 i wonder whether this film had been cut and the death scene was removed.

must be quite traumatic on any kid to see. but as it is , i would not have realised  that the mother had died and shot by hunters if i did not know of it from all the talk about it.

i have a feeling a lot of kids viewing it now would never have known either.

maybe just as well, as death i think is too early to introduce to kids. let them live their happy carefree lives without knowing of life’s harsh reality just yet. 

the art work is very beautiful, it was done in 1948, where it was all handdrawn with fuzzy edges and merging colours. all very pretty. but i think i am too old now to enjoy it. you need to be a child i think to enjoy it.

to my old age viewpoint, i felt it dragged a bit, too slow to us used to fast action.

there is no going back when it comes to re -living our childhood. that innocence once gone is gone forever.