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liverpool st and area

23 Oct

london 1.10pm 13C cloudy? spitalfields library wednesday 2019

i came here in the  liverpool st railway station area for the free icecream that a company is giving out, in a pop up shop nearby. i have got it allready, and eaten it. haha. 2 scoops of it in a tub.

we thought they will give out the tub, but it is 650mg or so , quite a large tub of icecream, so no wonder they are taking scoops out of it. there was a lollipop stick that you can chose to have instead of the scoops. but i only like it if it is a cone, because i like the taste and texture of eating a cone icecream.

well as far as the taste of the icecream is concerned, to me it is all sweet.haha. i dont know anyone who can taste the difference, other than that one is chocolate, and the other is not.

icecreams are sweet, and that taste swamps everything, in my opinion. they are giving it out tomorrow too, but i am not sure i want to bother really. now i have popped into the library to use their charges, to charge my chromebook. before i go to the circuit training session in chelsea at 3pm. 



free icecream

9 Apr

london 6.52pm 11C sunny , but it had been light raining all day. tuesday 2019

ben and jerry the icecream store have been giving away free icecream all today, from 12pm to 8pm. so it is still going on , about an hour to go and you can still get your free icecream. i had thought of going again, and in fact they said anyone can queue up again and again, there is no stopping anyone who wants to do that, as there are so many flavours, you will have to go again to try them all. i went once, and had a cherry garcia, and was really surprised when he scooped out a huge amount to put on my cone. really very nice. it has been rainy today, so not ideal weather for icecream. 

this year only one store was giving out free icecream, in the past many other branches do it, but i wonder if those branches have gone, as their lease expired. they used to have two stores in leicester square, but so much development has gone on in leicester square, with whole blocks of buildings pulled down and rebuilt…

london is not shy of pulling down whole buildings and replacing it with new ones. you would think that the country is likely to preserve old buildings, but not so. council tends to give permission for anyone who wants to rebuild. this is because plenty of buildings are not architecturally significant. and i think council realises that for a city to be up to date and keep up with demand for new designs in office spaces, and retail spaces,and new uses,  they have to keep renewing it.

and i have noticed council is very willing to give any business a license. look at all the new eating places and streetfood stalls all over london . the idea seems to be let them all compete, and may the best survive. this also means the people who live here must be willing to spend, or there are so many of us here, the sheer numbers are enough to keep any business have customers. certainly when it comes to eating places, i see everyone of those central london businesses that i pass by and peek inside have customers in them. and i see so many buses moving along the roads in central london, when i was moving about today, that transport wise it is easy to move people around london and that must encourage people to get out of their houses and visit places or shop or eat out. that must be the secret of why some cities are so successful and bursting with people and places and businesses, whilst others are just dead. 

added 10.22pm i googled the store location and it found 4 in london. at least the 4 that give free icecream. maybe there are other locations, but there is only the one in wardour st in central london. there is another in tower hill, but it is not participating in the free icecream. these are their shops, but of course u can buy ben and jerry icecream in supermarkets.

i have noticed all this talk of food does make me want to eat something. i think any one else will be buying food from the shops to eat. they will be tempted. but somehow i seem to be immune to it… maybe because i was not brought up here in uk, but in malaysia so i like malaysian foods, rather than the western style foods here like hamburgers, pies,pizza… if here there are stalls everywhere selling char kuey teoh or laksa,  freshly cooked in front of me, i too would be tempted to buy instead of waiting till i get home to cook it myself. haha. to me , when i get hungry out and about in town, i think of fish balls noodle soup or char kuey teoh, and that i can easily make and quite quickly too when i get home and it helps that i live so centrally so that it is quick for me to get home .


things are not too bad,

5 Apr

london 12.28pm 13C sunny. wednesday 2017

i saw this in my wordpress reader in yamadonkey

and it reminded me of a conversation i had yesterday with a chinese guy who i made contact with in a gay website. we were going to get free icecream from ben and jerry at vue cinema in fulham broadway. we got the icecream, hardly any queue, but then it was just when they opened so it was early.

but what led to talking of dementia, was his telling me he volunteers to be a helper for chinese old people in london, because he speaks mandarin, cantonese, and so there is a charity that helps these minorities with a few hours of companionship and help each week.

he also says he works 2-3days for council to look after their dementia people again for the chinese speaking clients. he is meant to spend  2 visits per week,  and twice a day. once at breakfast to prepare it and once for lunch. but he says plenty of workers are now leaving because of the way council have changed the work practise. in the past, the system to sign in how long they are at a session can be manipulated so each worker can use his discretion, how long to spend … it seems they give him 1hr for breakfast, (maybe because he has to help dress and clean them too, i dont know, he tells me someone else takes care of that once a week. these old people it seems need only to bathe once a week it seems. so maybe he dont even have to do that. i think perhaps it is to give him time to spend with the patient, chatting or whatever) but only half hour for lunch. he said it is not enough time at lunch but too much time for breakfast, so he steals some of the breakfast time to use at lunch. but since the council introduced a signing in system, using the home telephone… they now have to stay for the full allocated time,  1hr for breakfast. when they finished earlier they cant go on to the next customer and when the day’s  round come to lunch time for that customer they would have less time to make up for by  taking longer than the half hour allocated for lunch.

i doubt the council will give them overtime for the lunch hour. but i can understand the council being worried about the other system being subject to manipulation. after all not everyone is conscientous , and can be tempted to rush through their chores and finish early and go off. also, i suppose the 1 hr at breakfast is to give time to spend wiht the dementia person. added. 11.4.17, read this article about 900 carers quit everyday. is the reason because of the change in logging in their time spent on each person? perhaps for the sake of making their work load more enjoyable they should revert to the old system. i think it a poorly paid job myself and for that alone might be the reason for carers leaving. one mentioned if a supermarket shelf packer can earn more than her, why does she even bother being a carer really, and i would agree with her. unfortunately there is no profit to be made from an old person needing care. perhaps my suggestion that they have a lodger or be encouraged to live with someone… is a idea whose time has come. to have free accommodation, or reduced rent would be a great incentive for a lodger. sounds like a win-win situation for both.


many of these people who live in their homes, live alone. and i think that is the crux of it. i think they should live with others. even if it is a lodger, or friend who gets free lodging, or pay a reduced rent. the lodger need not be the official carer. all that is needed is someone in the house. to switch off things left on by the dementia person. because that seems to be one of the manifestations of their forgetfulness. my friend mentioned leaving the stove on, and i daresay they do other things too, like leaving lights on, the tv on, water taps on, etc. but in the big scheme of things it is not dangerous nor upsetting . just switch it off when u see it. that is why someone living there is crucial.

there is a fire hazard to leaving something cooking on the stove and forgotten, but it should be easy to put up a control system whcih will activate the lever to snap shut if that happens. my flat has such a system, and believe me in the early days it has done its job.  u dont need to be dementia to leave things burning on the stove.

and someone living there will sort it out when they come back from work. ideally the old person should live in a big household with 3 generations under one roof, something that is common in s.e.asia. but of course not so here in uk.

there are degrees of dementia, and i assume those he sees in their own home must not have the extreme version, and can cope. that is why i would advocate allocating them a lodger or someone to live there. but of course here in this country there is no custom of shared accommodation.

no one in asia expects that they should  live alone in a big house. at least not any one i know. they all assume it will be filled with friends, relations, or even lodgers. but not so in this country. perhaps they should.

easy life in london

12 Apr

london 2.34pm 20.2C (its warm but that warm? i wonder, must be some mistake) tuesday 2016, cloudy

i was at the library and picked up the time out free magazine and saw an entry saying 12april  ben and jerry(the icecream shop) is giving away  free icecream. they do it every year.

i made a note of it in my calendar, and then clicked on today’s date and find it is 12 april today… my, my.  and it was 12.30pm allready. and they open the offer from 12pm-8pm. so i took the bus to marble arch as they have a branch there, inside the odean cinema. and there was hardly any queue. and i got a blueberry cheese icecream, 2 scoops on a cone. rather nice as it was not sweet at all… for me it is a plus. though of course i could not taste any blueberry( i dont think blueberry have any taste, at least i have eaten blueberries and have not detected any taste. ) but just for it being so unsweet is a blessing. it has a nice cheesecake texture though. if ever i buy an icecream from them, i shall go for this one. in the past i used to lament their icecream was so sweet, but by luck i found this one which answers my desire to have not too sweet icecream. i wonder if they should tell people about it, there must be a lot of us out there who dont like too sweet icecream. it is the reason why i dont buy icecream. 

usually i go to leicester square to get this offer, as they used to have two branches there, but with all the development going on there now,two sides of the square is a blank space making the square appear very empty; there is now only one branch and the queue is long.   i passed through there hoping for another free icecream. there was no queue at the marble arch branch, but i did not feel brave enough to go back in the line and ask for another one. haha. 

it was too long the queue for me, the leicester square one  and i dont crave icecream that much. so i went to the library instead. and passing through trafalgar square on the way back i took a picture of the portico ceiling of st martin in the fields church, and the cenotaph commemorating a world war heroine. i forgot her name. how easy we forget , even with a huge statue of her, i forget her name. makes me wonder about that guy who said life is not worthwhile if we dont make a mark on it… who is there to remember even if we did, i wonder? and how many of us ever get a chance to make our mark in history anyway. so does it mean all those lives are meaningless? i dont agree with him for sure. haha. i think any life is worth living… anyone living have survived all the obstacles that stopped their being alive ,and each person alive today is the result of years of evolution, and blind alleys, and paths not taken in the evolutionary tree.

but it is lovely to be alive, and to savour something so mundane as icecream and dont forget the cone, which i think is a big part of the enjoyment of icecream.  haha.

 and yet i read that there have been a spat of suicides in a remote canadian town... is life that bad for them? maybe it is , if u are stuck somewhere in the wilds of nowhere with long dark winters. so maybe instead of them sending in psychologists and mind experts, maybe they should just give them free tickets out of there to enjoy a free holiday away from that place.

Since September last year 101 people aged from 11 to 71 have attempted suicide with only four health workers, none of whom have mental health training, left to deal with the fall-out.

most of us would think the long dark winters makes them so, but it seems even hot summers can lead to SAD. seasonal affective disorder. it seems it leads to insomnia and anxiety, loss of appetite, whilst the cold winter  version leads to depression. in fact i am not surprised that the hot weather can people sad. i have a feeling it is from the sheer physical discomfort from the heat.

the english weather seems to be the best then. and i am sure grumbling about it is a great therapeutic help too. and no one complains if we grumble about it , because it can be hot and cold and in between all the time. so one day u can complain it is hot, and the next u can complain it is cold. or u can complain it is rainy haha. u cannot lose. everyday there is something u can complain about. that should make anyone happy. haha.

 added.6.55pm it seems the suicides in canada is by native canadians. natives who have been displaced from their traditional way of life. so it is nothing to do with SAD.