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so what if it is the longest day

21 Jun

london 8.33am 13.6C sunny longest day thursday 2018

sunrise 4.43am, sunset 9.21pm. 16hrs 38mins

actually the days are allready quite long yesterday and the day before, and will feel just as long for the next two days at least. essentially today is just longer by a few seconds really.

but people are fixated by statistics, and numbers, so most of us will celebrate today as the longest day. some might even feel happier because of it.

i dont seem to be happier or sadder either by today, or on the winter solstice. i stay indoors on those days, and when u are indoors you dont really notice the daylight or lack of it . why do i stay indoors so much? because when it is this time of year, there is a lot of pollen in the air and i get sneezing when i am outdoors , especially in the late evening… so i stay indoors to get out of it. and when it is winter, it is dark outside and so i stay indoors. so either way, i remain indoors. i know i miss out on the bright sunshine during the summer nights, but i dont mind. i am not a great fan of the sun, and dont mind if i stay out of it, rather than sunbathe and get burnt.

perhaps it explains why i dont get this ailment called SAD, (seasonal affected disorder, i think it is called)where people get moody when they dont see the sun. i wonder what they call the opposite condition, where u get depressed from seeing too much sun. i have a suspicion there are a lot of sufferers of that in the tropics. but no one wants to say so, for fear of being ridiculed. perhaps it is not so much the sunlight, but the heat, that gets them down.

modern houses dont cope with a lot of sun, they have too many windows with glass, that concentrate the sun’s heat inside the house. i recall those old bungalows i grew up in, with very high ceilings and shutters in their windows, and wide verandahs, which allow air in but not the sun. they are very cool houses but those houses are a rarity now. i think they have all gone. and everyone have to rely on airconditioning now to cool the house. 

 

it is a joy not to get pestered by people trying to sell you heather

3 Jun

london 5.19pm 21.7C sunny saturday 2017

today i am feeling the effect of the hay fever. i went out today and took the bus to the library , the route goes through central london to marylebone, and i can feel the throat getting itchy when i was waiting at the bus stop in regent st on the way back. and i was there because after the library i stop off at carnaby st, as there is a food festival going on there.

i went for the free icecream , two kinds, one on a stick, and another as a ball of icecream between two cookies. its quite nice to sit on a bench in the sun to eat it. and just to look at people.

i had seen the weather websites with their warning of high allergy alert but before this day i was not affected. but even with the storms we got recently , it had not stopped the pollen from polluting the air. ah well, i shall have to keep indoors as much as i can. hope the forecast of more rain will keep the pollen under control, at least in central london. remind me not to go walking in the parks.

i dont remember getting hay fever  in previous years. though i realise i tend to forget unpleasant things that happen to me. haha.

but i do know that near where i live, it does not seem very polleny… i noticed i get more hay fever when i am in that stretch of road between marylebone and tottenham court road. it is very dusty and very chocky even when walking along the road there. not sure if it is the heavy traffic or that area is near regent park and the pollen there is particularly heavy… i wonder if it is the traffic that is giving me the discomfort… the dust that it stirs up, and with the dust the pollen.

life in london is very pleasant. it may seem strange to say this, but i do like the fact that u can go about without people pestering you. there seem to be remarkably few beggars around, and i have been walking about the central area of london. i wonder how is that possible. with all the tourists, i would have thought many gypsies and beggars will be plying their trade all along oxford st, regent st, but there is not one…

you normally wont notice this, because the absence of something is something that many of us dont realise… until you go abroad and experience it practically all over the third world countries which u will visit. and not only in third world countries , come to think of it, it happens even in europe, paris for eg, full of beggars who really are very persistent and pick pocketting. but there is none of that in london and i think dare i say it, in the rest of the country too… i mean if london dont have it, it is very unlikely it will happen in other places in uk.

london would naturally be the first place to get anything , as it is a magnet.