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sitting in the library, looking out of the window, and chatting online.

15 Mar

london

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a street lined with cherry blossom trees just coming into bloom, in sussex gdns. a lolita name for a shop which i find rather amusing, and a really strange building what is it i wonder.

i have been commenting on garfieldhug, and enjoying the exchanges with her; i dont do it often, but this morning finds me rather having a interesting chat with her about the things she posted.

and from it , it seems, i come to realise that london have a lot of freebies. being here, i dont know what is happening in other countries and from all these freebies i get in london, i tend to think that is also what other countries’ citizens get as well, but not so it would appear.

well, if any one else lives in a country that gives them free meals let me know ok?

they are genuinely free meals, no strings attached, no pressure to buy expensive drinks or even tip the staff. amazing, !!! i dont know how the staff feels about it, all that hard work and no tips because no one pays.

perhaps the staff dont mind because their pay do not depand on the tips,  unlike in the usa.

rules are changing

4 Mar

london

this library recently closed for a month to have refurbishment. in the past there used to be huge amounts of eastern europeans who use it to charge their phones.

well, i think they want to stop that because since it opened on monday, it has put up signs saying the power sockets are only for personal use, and someone who was charging his phone, was told not to do so.

so now the library is not full of people sitting around making conversations, and talking on their phone. at least not so common now. there is a sign tellling people to switch off their mobile phone. and another sign saying staff will ask people to leave if they have a lot of luggage, or smell, eating or drinking or sleeping. i spoke too soon, 4 eastern europeans have just walked in, i wonder how it will play out. well, the staff came to ask them not to charge their mobiles and this person got caught twice so staff told him if he is caught again he will be asked to leave. haha. so now they are playing cat and mouse, keeping an eye out for any staff and unplugging their phones. haha.

actually there is a way to get round it.

on the floor there are plugs to power the sockets on the table. it is easy to plug in the phone down there, and to hide it with a bag or something. the staff wont look under the table and if u are discreet, u can get your phone charged quietly. but i wont tell them of it. haha. my charging my laptop is allowed. in fact, it is the only legitimate use of the plugs. they allow use of laptops because students use them to study. it seems chrome books are now used by the schools as a teaching aid. 

a slow day in london

3 Feb

london

just want to chat really , on nothing in particular.

as usual i had a very enjoyable, pleasant day just pottering around my area. as is my usual routine i took the bus to the library this morning.

now that there is the online bus countdown, it is easy to find out when the next bus is arriving, and to just walk out near the time to catch it, so dont have to wait too long at the bus stop. this is a real good technology that makes life quite pleasant.

and buses come quite close to where i live, so unlike the tube, there is not a long walk to get to the bus stop.

and at the library i get to read all the papers while my chromebook charges up.

i find i like reading the paper editions as well as read them online. i find there are a lot of things in the papers that are not easy to find online. and also adverts that tells me about special offers in the supermarkets can be found in the papers, and not online.

it is also worth going online to read the news because there are items there that dont appear in the paper editions.

so the time spent in the library is well spent, and of course not to forget that there are books to borrow in the library. like today i found a georgette heyer book, ‘cousin kate’.

i find for nostalgia reasons, i like occasionally  to read, or re-read her books.

i came back by bus to have lunch before taking the bus again to victoria to catch the 148 to shepherd’s bush. i wanted to go to the morrisons there to see if they have bargain basmati rice. i just missed their special offer of £9 for 10kg. it was all sold out. so i went to the westfield shopping centre to get a waitrose coffee (still free if u takeaway) and enjoy just sitting under the glass dome in the shopping centre, and read the evening standard.

it is a very nice environment to while away some time. and you can see the sky and natural light shining through the glass on the roof.

i am afraid i did not buy anything there but there were plenty of people eating in the restaurants, and hopefully others patronising the shops as i do wish them well and have lotsof customers buying their things.

there were plenty just sitting about like me because this shopping complex is very people friendly in that they provide lots of seats. and with it being quite cold outside, it is very pleasant to be sitting there indoors out of the cold. i would imagine if u have friends it would be a great place to meet up and chitchat. 

shopping complexes in asia dont have seats so that if u are tired and want to sit u have to buy something to sit in the coffee shops. but this one is rather good about it. in the past there was wifi, but i could not get online today.

the bus ride there and back was very enjoyable, being able to see the life that goes on when sitting on the top deck of the bus. and we were skirting hyde park, practically all the way and it is rather a marvel to see the open spaces and trees of hydepark and u can almost imagine yourself in the country. just no snow though, and not likely to be much snow as there is no forecast of rain in london. the journey would be magical if the landscape is covered in snow.

it is thaipusam today but nothing to show it here in london, though in malaysia it will be observed by lots of people, notable for its  body piercings.

as i was browsing in my library…

31 Jan

london

you know how so many bloggers would be typing on their blog in a coffee shop and ruminating on their fellow coffee addicts, and/or drumming up coffee shop inspired philosophy, so i do it now but in a library, with all the down and outs and old folks coming in to read the daily papers, people like me in other words. haha.

i read in the papers just now about someone, writing in a article,  saying the costa manager was boasting that the library opposite his shop was empty and closing down, whilst his is full. and the writer went on to say well she got free wifi in the library and all the newspapers and dont have to suffer the muzak in costa. haha. wifi in libraries are really free, and u can stay on it for hours and u dont get charged. 

i wondered why people would like to go to costa and pay for coffee to get their ‘free’ wifi, when the libraries are free; until i look around me and see what is rather non trendy people in the library. most look like they are tramps just come in from the cold. haha. i guess i too look like that as well so i am not excluding myself.  and this is not a criticism, but a observation.

it is a fact that those who go to the library are not  trend setters , nor are wee the fashionable, up-to-the latest zeitgeist. and that is why a lot of people , esp those who think a lot of themselves, wont want to come here, they dont want to be tainted by association.

you would have noticed the coffee shop deliberately want to attract the attractive.  i bet if a homeless person goes there they will be intimidated not so much by words, but by attitude, from the customers and from the staff.

i think that might explain why waitrose have changed their free coffee policy in their cafes. as far as i can see coffee to take away is still free, though i have not yet tested it, but i did not even know that waitrose got cafes. i have never seen them. 

i have heard of this publicity going around a while back, about paying forward, in some coffee shop chain,(starbucks i think) for a free coffee to the next homeless guy who can ask for it, but have anyone seen it being applied?

they expect u to pay for your coffee whilst saying the one they are giving u is paid for by the previous guy. but just wait if u were to say ‘well i dont want to pay forward but i would like the free coffee please’, u will soon get short shrift from them. haha.

yet , libraries are closing. not so much because no one goes there, but from budget cuts by council. well, one of the good things about living in central london is that there are still lots of libraries open and the branches are very close to each other. 

free wifi is everywhere

3 Dec

london

this is spoken from  a london perspective of course.

i got an email from wifi02, telling me that there is a £1000 draw for those who log onto the free wifi everyday.

i wonder why they want people to log on to it…ifit is sending me lots of adversts it is not working for them because i dont get any adverts sent to me when i am on.

like now when i am at the kfc in victoria and using the 02wifi.

 there are lots of eating places on this mezzanine floor and no one bothers u if u stay here as there are lots of tables.

and because of the email from 02wifi, i have logged onto them rather than the victoria place wifi.

actually the 02wifi is much faster than the local one. so now that i know of 02wifi, i will use them even if the promotion for december is over. so maybe it is working, this email promotion. haha.

but it also is good for me too to know of it. otherwise i wont know they are here and that they are so fast, faster than the wifi provided by this shopping area. seems like a win-win situation.

i was earlier at the library and their wifi is now on and it is so slow. when it was down the last few days i was using another wifi, and that was faster. but now i see that wifi is gone. so it must have been set up by the library to replace the normal wifi. but their normal wifi provider is so slow it is terrible.

it has to be said that each local library seem to have different speeds. the one in charing cross is quite fast.

but now that i know of 02wifi i shall seek them out and give them preference. i shall send this now but i hope to find an outdoor spot and get a bit of sun as it is such a sunny day today.

1.48pm well i am back home. went looking for an outdoor spot. there are many around here but it was quite cold outside what with a breeze blowing and the sun went behind a cloud, so i just wandered to the local waitrose but the queue for the coffee machine was quite long and the queue to pay was even longer, as itis the peak of the lunch hour, so i decided to go to house of fraser to use their loo. haha. it is very pleasant inside , and i browsed the goods . saw a long plastic mac, made in china costing £10, maybe it is useful, though it is so long, and it packs into quite a large pack.

i had a BP poncho given to me when i went to see the opera broadcast in trafalgar square and that is ideal size but i seem to have lost it as i could not find it anywhere in the flat. ah well, it might turn up one day. haha. in the meanwhile i shall use a virgin marathon jacket that i found in hyde park after kate and william’s wedding. i think that was 2011 or 10. (googled it and it is 11 april 2011).

all the things i use are things i found and they are really very long lasting and so useful. but those days are gone now i think because i have not found anything at all in the last year or so.

oh i should correct myself. there was a woolen hat , like a bobble hat but without the bobble, (found out from google that they are called beanies) on the bus this morning, but i have so many of them that i have found over the years that i dont want to pick up anymore. 

added.6.12.14 i have discovered that not all the 02wifi is fast. for eg when i was posting the above, i was sitting at the kfc but got o2 by cafe rouge. that was very fast. but another day i sat at the macdonald sitting area and got the o2 done by macdonalds and that was very slow. perhaps macdonalds dont want to encourage people sitting there just using wifi. 

library and newspapers

23 Nov

london sunday

i just feel like writing something. so i shall.

today has been raining all day, usually i dont go out when it rains, but i want to go to the library to read the sunday papers, and i found paddington library has all the main broadsheets and they start at 11am.

most libraries just buy one sunday paper, usually the sunday times, but not this library. and it has a toilet too. just dont take it away (not the toilet, the papers). or else they warned they wont buy that paper anymore.

added.8.12.14 the toilet is closed ‘out of order’ it says. 

i dont understand why anyone would take these papers away. just read them. even then, nowadays the contents are not so good as in the past. i find i just skim through a lot of stuff, the magazines, the home sections, gardening, travel, business, in fact practically every section except the main newspaper.

i dont think the sunday papers are good value for money. not that i buy them of course. haha.

you might ask why i dont read them online, but the times has a paywall, and so u cannot read the times online for free…also you dont get all the articles featured on the print edition online even for those papers that allow u to read them online free.

not to mention if there is any free offers, u wont get that online. not that the free offers are that easy to redeem.

for eg, on saturday, the telegraph gave a voucher for  a free robertson marmalade to pay homage to the opening film of paddington bear, but it can only be redeemed in w.h.smith and when i went to 3 branches they dont have it. and the whole offer is valid only for that day. so that offer is a bit of a bummer really.

it did give me an excuse to wander around london on the buses looking at the crowds thronging the oxford st area and westend from the upper decks of the bus.

so many people about but not many carrying shopping bags, except near primark. it is very popular … primark. so maybe nowadays there is no stigma to getting presents from primark. 

but this is sunday, and i decided after the library to go to the tesco in vauxhall to buy some basic stuff , like milkpowder, basic washingupliquid, and basic porridge oats. it was raining, but i have run out of those basic stuff…and i thought i shall get back straightaway from the rain, but realised today is the last day of the morrison’s chicken offer so decided to go to morrisons in camberwell, to buy their chicken.  i bought 2. and also a shoulder pork £2.45/kg.

one of the chicken is now cooking as a curry. the other joins the other one I bought a few days ago in the freezer.  but when i was in morrisons, i see they have chicken 3 for £10 and they weigh 1.7kg. so not much more than the specialoffer chickens i bought. i think if they are more than 1.9kg it is just as same cost as these chickens i bought.

that is a good thought in the future when i want chicken and there are no £1.75/kg offers. but i have a feeling i wont buy them but buy the sainsburys frozen chicken pieces at £1.60/kg. instead.

 they are £4 for a 2.5kgpack. the only good thing when you buy whole chicken is that u get the breast meat, which weight for weight is better value than thighs and drumsticks which make up the frozen chicken pieces pack sold by sainsburys.

ah well, it is just one of those small details that us savvy frugal shoppers have to weigh up in our deciding which to buy. it is not a difficult exercise.

but i am sure for all vegetarians all this is rather academic as they will not be buying meat.

i just ate the curry chicken and it is delicious, so much so that i went back for a small second helping. simon came back from his mum’s at about the same time and got a helping too.

my life is very nice these days. no big drama which is how i like it. 

i recovered my library books

27 Oct

london

i mislaid my bag of library books on wednesday.

i could not remember if i left it on the bus to the library or on the pavement as i waited for the lights to turn green at the junction. it was only a short time that i realised i did not have them, but they were not on the pavement when i looked back and checked.

 on the offchance that i left it on the bus, though i could not remember if i left it there or not;  i phoned their lost and found dept today, tried a number of times to call that number but no answer.

today, someone answered and transferred me to another number, and when i told the chap who answered it why i called, he said he will check. and to my s he returned to ask me what i lost and when i gave him a list of the things there, then he said they have got it. much to my delight i can tell you.

i have allready resigned myself to having to pay for the loss of 5 library books. it seems my soul had decided to remedy it. i

am just wondering if i have shifted myself to a universe where it got corrected and so i find those books again. maybe there are other universes where i did not. can one control which universe to  travel in and so can pick those where i like those things that happen???

u may have heard of a person saying he had a dream of the numbers to buy in a lottery, or was convinced he will win, and he did and he won. so maybe if someone has a strong enough mind, they can control which universe they happen to be where what they wish for happens.

anyway, the lost property was at the bus depot in battersea , and i took the bus 156 from vauxhall to get there. and then when i got it i took the buses to the library and returned those books, keeping a tight hold on the bag so i dont lose it again. haha. 

password and username

26 Oct

london

I was at the library this morning, the charing cross branch, as it is the only one that opens on sunday morning. i tried to get online but find i could not. and it was not the first time this happened. i thought it was the fault of the new provider that the library has changed to. 

but a young guy came and sat next to me, and i was able to see his screen and saw he got online. so i asked him how he did it. i repeated the procedure… you are given a 4 number password and then he pointed out to me my username, which was my email address which the system had added a suffix 3 without warning me. 

i did not see that before, and in the past, I merely entered my email address without the suffix. each attempt to get a new password generates a new suffix for the email address, it seems.

well, well, well. !! i thought i was quite savvy about the internet, but this one is a new one on me, that they can change the username without warning me. 

changes

15 Oct

london

i wonder if i am getting old but i think not, i think it is this library , trying to make me think i am losing my mind and getting old. 

this morning i am at the library and i could not find the usual library network to get online.

i see others and they seem to be online, though it is hard to tell as many may just be working offline. i could ask them but i did not want to do so. in a library i am reluctant to talk to other people as i like quiet.

anyway i went to the desk to ask them and at first the receptionist thought i was talking of the computers in the library which u can use, saying they work ok; only later she realised i was talking of the wifi. how strange, i would have thought she would immediately know that any puzzled query about the internet will be about this new change in network name.

I have been coming to the library to get online for  a long time and have only yesterday logged on using the old network.  for her not to realise that anyone approaching the desk complaining of it will be from this change makes me wonder what kind of people they have working for the library.

i have been using this network everyday and today is the first time i see this change. and there has been no notice pinned up in a prominent place or on the desks in the reading room to tell us of it. it was only when she realised what i was about that she gave me a leaflet telling me how to get online. 

all this reminds me of a post by someone who found an error in the official answer to the maths question in an exam. the answer was wrong, so that her child who gave the right answer was marked wrong. it can really destroy someone’s confidence if u do that. it’s the same with old people.

if u hide their things or move it about, you can really make them think they are losing their mind when they return to where they left it and it is not there. so all you people out there, dont move an old person’s things at all. leave them exactly where u find them. dont think u are doing them a favour by tidying up after them.

anyway after a roundabout route , so different from the previous one, i finally got online in the library.

i suppose it gives me something to write about. haha.

the man has come to test my tap water again. i was very reluctant to let him as the water board did not tell me of it. well, this time it better be negative, or i shall kick up a stink that the man was doing the test wrong. he was wiping with a cloth where the water comes out of the tap. that is not really very sterile, i did not question him when he did it, but now i have a think it seems most peculiar. why contaminate the tap before taking the water? i hope my soul will put an end to it and that the test comes out negative. 

been watching crime tv programs. this one called grantchester is about a vicar who solves murder in his parish. i know it is fiction, and the writer must make people do things like kill someone for some very small reason as far as i can see, otherwise there wont be a novel will there? but it just makes me think their souls just want to make their lives difficult. 

free lunch

8 Sep

london

We have all heard of the expression , ‘there is no such thing as a free lunch’ meaning that there is a hidden catch in any free proposition.

But yesterday, i had signed up to go to a outing to canterbury  and there is a lunch included and as far as i can see the whole thing is free. if there is a catch it is not apparent. but perhaps i should wait till that day is over so i can get what the catch is, if any.

in these days of advertising, you could get a free meal and there are no obligations. so i think there are still free lunches that have no hidden catches in this world.  

that lunch is obviously not free for whoever pays for it, but if it is not you, than as far as you are concerned it is a free lunch.

I am looking forward to it, the whole thing, not just the lunch, as it will get me out and about and maybe meet new people.

I am here in this library surrounded by books but i have a confession … i am finding it rather boring to read books that are here.

there are a lot of new books being displayed but i find i just could not get up much enthusiasm for the plot enough to borrow them. i know one must not judge a book by its cover, or by the little blurb on the book jacket, but i can get a inkling of what the subject matter is about, or reading a few pages at random can tell me and i find the plot is mundane to me or too uninteresting to me.

there are lots of campaigns to get people to read, but if the subject matter is not interesting to that person i dont think they will read it.

i find as a reader i am very callous with writers. i pick up a book and read it and may find it interesting, but once i finished it, it is like ‘very nice… next!’  or i might not finish it and say ‘rubbish this… next!’

i dont think of the time and effort by the author to write that book. is it because i did not buy those books with my hard earned money?  like what people say… if it does not cost u something, you wont appreciate it… true or not?

or is it because it is a boring book and i would not have bothered to read it in the first place if it were not free.

or maybe the whole system should be stood on it head and you pay only if after reading it you judge it good and then u pay. you dont pay if you judged it no good. though knowing human beings everyone will say it is no good, even if it is, just to get out of paying it.

 it is one of the unique qualities of books that after reading it, you dont really want to keep the book. there is no reason to keep it. it is the real throw -away culture when it comes to books. if u do want to keep books it is more a collective mania that prompts it. i know plenty of people who buy books just to keep them and they dont read the books. i myself was guilty of it. i have stopped doing it now. 

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