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18 Jul

london 6.21pm 24C sunny. wednesday 2018

i usually go early to the circuit training class so that i can go to the chelsea library near there. i see they have put out on display lots of travel guides to places all over the world. but i read in the papers today that the tour operators are reducing their prices because this good weather we are having is making people decide to stay in uk for their holidays. i read also that this friday is going to be a huge jam on the roads, the start of the school holidays it seems. it is their summer holiday and the kids will be about 6 or 7 weeks off school. such a long time to be away from school. its a tradition here. they have very long summer holidays.

i think it is a bygone influence by boarding schools, which close for the summer. personally i dont think it is a good thing. the kids would have forgotten a lot of stuff by the time they go back and the teacher will have to go through it again to remind them. i think it might explain why british kids lag behind kids from countries like singapore. but this year it seems there is no rush to holiday abroad, causing the tour companies to reduce their prices for last minute holidays.

i have just tasted the new instant coffee jar that i bought from tesco. it tastes funny, like it is burnt. normally i just drink it and think nothing of it, but this time the taste was so different even i noticed. i am tempted to bring it back and claim my money back and buy a asda coffee instead. it was that awful… i have lost the receipt too, so i wonder if they will let me return it and give me a refund.

added. 8.20pm . i took it back and said the coffee taste burnt, and i want to return it… she said she cannot give me cash back, but i can buy other things and she can deduct 79p from it, which is the price of the instant coffee. that is good, at first i thought she asked me to get a replacement bottle of instant coffee and i said i dont want that. i was thinking the whole batch might be bad.

earlier , because the refund desk was not manned, i had a look around, and i saw a reduced priced minced beef on the reduced section, reduced from £3.30 to 82p. final reduction is usually 4times, so this one is reduced to the maximum.  so i got it and gave it to her, and  paid the 3p difference. it is rather good of her to let me return the instant coffee without any questions asked, seeing i dont have the receipt. 

its only now when i got a good look at the pack that i noticed it expires tomorrow, 19july, so they dont need to reduce it to so much today…

and simon cooked this sausage and mash dinner when i got back from the tesco, and so i can have my dinner so quick. now i wont have any instant coffee to drink until i can go to the asda and buy their brand and hope it too is not burnt. i wonder if they will all have to change the formula of their cheap instant coffee own brand and use cheaper or fewer coffee beans or add other things to it. if all of them do it, i am afraid it means either i am forced to buy more expensive brands, or simply not drink any coffee… i am hoping asda, or morrisons keep their basic instant coffee the same as before. 


21 Oct

unable to post this via wordpress and have to send it instead. this library connection wont allow me access to post in wordpress.

added. interesting, it wont post the attachment. ah well, i can now edit it so below is the post i wanted to post.

London Sunday 20.10.13
Yesterday, 19.10.13 Saturday, my wifi box did not work. Not sure if it is the box that has gone wrong, or the adaptor. I know adaptors can go wrong, as witness the laptop adaptor I had which suddenly stopped working about 1yr ago. So I am waiting for simon to come back and see if he has a spare at his mother’s house in Essex that we can use. Either a spare wifi broadband box or a adaptor.

There should be a lead that I can use to connect directly with the phone line, which carries the broadband signal, but I have mislaid it.

So I am writing all this off line. That is the good thing about laptops that are the old fashioned kind, not the new ones which don’t have vast memory or big hard drive. I can still write on it when I am offline.

I can still go to the library to download this into the blog as it is free to get online at the library using my laptop.

I was wandering around Camden this morning. When I am offline, I seem to get the incentive to go out. In the past, I would be online and staying indoors. One of the new things that I find I am doing now that I am offline is that I go out more often. So I chosed to go to Camden today.

But I realise it is not really that much fun going to Camden again. When I went there for the first time in a long while, I was rather interested as it was new to me. But now I have been before, going again was not so exciting. I wrote the above, and then realised that I actually had an interesting time. Watching the narrow boats negotiate the locks. I realise why the boats are built narrow. They are just wide enough to get through one door width, so it is only necessary to move one of the doors that control the water flow. Also two of these narrow boats can get through the locks at the same time.
I was sitting with my back to the wall enjoying the sun and also eating my pack lunch; and looking at the canal boats going through the locks, opening and closing the gates and letting the water flow out or in, which cause the raising or lowering of the water level in the locks so that the boats can go upstream or downstream. Its restful, and sitting in the sun is always a nice thing to do when the sun is so weak like now.

As usual, it struck me that the whole of Camden is geared to sell things. That part of it does not interest me. Not even the food, as I pack my own lunch. Though if u can afford it, or are too lazy to pack your own lunch do patronise the food stalls and shops as they need to make money.
The price is not that bad, I see doc martins(it is a shoe brand) on sale for £30 which is rather a good price really, when u consider the first doc martins I had was like 25 yrs ago, and it cost about that price then. Of course the ones I got was made of leather uppers, unlike now when they look plastic and most probably is. The plus point is that the colours are now brighter and more variety. I don’t have a doc martin now. I tend to wear trainers, currently I am wearing the reeboks that I found.

I noticed everything in London is geared to sell you things. That is the reason for their existence. If u walk down the street, u can see everywhere there is the siren call to buy.

I suppose going to the museums or art galleries is the only things in London which is free. Even then if u want to see the special exhibitions u have to pay. Still, it must be an advantage to the tourists to be able to get to the museums free. Another thing, u can use the toilets in the museums free.

As usual I ended up in the library. The charing cross branch and the Pimlico branch.

I wanted to get online using the library computers at Pimlico branch, but half of the computers were not working, and the rest were booked. So I decided to go to the swimming pool instead.

And had a nice swimming session. Showered and then came back in time to watch the cartoon film … ‘cloudy with chance of meatballs‘, first time it is being shown on tv; a rather silly film, don’t know why it was so successful … the sequel is coming out oct 25th, which is why they are showing the first film on tv now.

With all this free time seeing I am unable to get online, I have plenty of time to read. So I finally finished salman rushdie’s midnight children. It is really very good, and it is a very thick and complexly written novel. There is a story in it, but to me it is the way he tells it that makes the book so enjoyable. I have been taking it easy reading it, as I don’t really want to finish it too quickly that is why it has taken me 3 months to finish.

Rushdie has a verbose style of writing which he utilises to great advantage in this novel. It works well here. I hear they have made it into a film. Will be interesting to see how they capture the essence of this book in a film … if they can do it. The style of writing makes it interesting, and I cannot see how they can show that in a film.

Oh, I also went to the Italian festival on Friday 19.10.13 I had printed out tickets for sat and Sunday too, but I am afraid I did not go. It was good to go for one day, and enjoyed that day. I doubt it would be worthwhile going everyday of the weekend.

Sampled this cake in a box, something that I see being sold at Christmas time, a cake with raisins and dried fruits in it, which u would think would be rather hard and stale, as it is sold in a box, but the sample bits I tried was very light … though very sweet to me. Glad I got to taste it because I have seen these cake in a box being offered for sale and often wondered what they taste of. Cant say I want to buy it. Too sweet.

Then I tasted olives and sweet chutney spread on bread, and olive oils dipped with bread. I suppose people who know their olive oils will be able to appreciate the various types but not me.

I got a taste of coffee too, specially brewed then and there by one of the people manning the stalls in there, but to me it did not taste any different , didn’t even have the coffee smell which long ago instant Nescafe used to have. Not any more nowadays, though u can sometimes smell it when u pass by a coffee shop which brews its coffee, or when simon makes the coffee at home. I always tell him the smell of coffee is the best bit of his brewing…

By the way, a friend who happened to come to town to visit the tate Britain, and who came to visit me afterwards, as it is so near to where I live, told me that he makes cappuccino using instant coffee inside those metal coffee makers and using hot milk. U know those metal coffee makers , which comes in two parts, a bottom half where u add the water, and the top bit when the water is forced through the filtered coffee and from which u pour the brewed coffee. He said instead of putting roasted ground coffee in the filter, u put instant coffee, and the whole thing gets frothed and is just like cappuccino.

8 Feb

This is rather interesting to me because it seems i am the type who drinks the so called ‘nastier’ kind of coffee. haha. i dont mind being called a drinker of nasty coffee. haha. it is just a matter of taste.

I find the coffee in starbucks too strong for me. i am sure it is a superior coffee to the instant coffee i like to drink, but my tastes for weak coffee do not lend itself to these expensive coffee made with arabica beans.

i wont know the difference as far as tastes go. all i notice is that strong coffee is very bitter to taste. too bitter for me. whilst weak coffee is mild and i dont need to add suger or milk to mask the bitterness. it is rather similar to my liking weak tea.

Or rather i should say i make my coffee mild, because of course u can vary the strength with the amount u use when u brew it. i simply use just a small teaspoon full of my instant coffee powder to make a mug full.

of course, people who think they are dedicated coffee drinkers will be aghast to hear the way i make coffee. haha.

ah well, it is rather a good thing that in this world there are so many people all having different likes and dislikes. so that there is a niche for every taste. the world is big enough to accommodate us all.

it looks like there is another aspect of this story. it seems that in the past when arabica shot up in price, coffee makers have mixed more robusta beans, and find there have been no complaints. and found their sales went up.

So now that arabica has come down in price, will they revert back to arabica? it seems not. it seems consumers dont taste the difference. it seems i am not the only one who equates strong coffee wiht being bitter. so the more bitter it is the stronger the coffee and that is good. or so we like to think. we feel we are getting our money’s worth if we buy strong coffee instead of weak in the coffee shop. it seems the robusta beans make things more bitter, and so u can get bitter without spending on arabica.

The report below makes me think that might be the case.