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waste not

24 Apr

london 5.14pm 15C dry wednesday 2019

there is a pop up cafe giving away free food that they make from waste food. it sounds awful doesn’t it? waste food.  but they mean using veggies that may not be at their best. it is near goodge st, and so i took the  bus 24 there. and found out that they have changed the route of the bus 24.

used to be tottenham court road is a one way 2 lane road, now they make it both ways, and restrict traffic to only one lane. when i was there at about 11.30am it was freely moving, but on the way back, the lane going north was at a standstill, whilst the bus i was on going south had the road practically to itself.  in the past cars can over take the buses when they stop at the bus stops, and so there is no blockage. now all of them are stuck behind each other in that one lane.

they will need to change the stop lights setting to give more time for the north bound traffic to move.

anyway this free food, we are only allowed to chose one of the 4 choices;  there were two main dishes, a chicken with herb cream sauce , and a veggie curry. and two desserts. it was sponsored by emlea , they sell cream, so i thought they would use lots of cream in those dishes but strangely, my chicken dish was very dry… not a lot of creamy sauce. there must be a whole chicken breast there, so i cannot imagine how that could be a waste food. unless it is close to its sell by date and that is how they donated it to this kitchen.

anyway, there were plenty of pots of cream on the table, and i wish i had taken one now. it would be nice to use it with my porridge. haha.

the bus route change is a good thing, in that it shortened the route 24 on the way south and avoid a large traffic jam. but it seemed to have created another even bigger jam on the north bound route. these route changes are very rare. in fact, this is the first time i see it and i have lived here in london a very long time.

all the buses are running as normal through the centre of town now, except the marble arch area as the police are herding them onto that instead of blocking other parts. they still delay the traffic a bit by temporarily blocking the road for 5mins at a time. there are a lot more policemen about so that might be the reason why they can stop those guys from sitting on the road and blocking it. 

just pottering around victoria station

25 Sep

london 1.24pm 17.6C cloudy monday 2017

i see from today’s metro free newspaper that there are vouchers for free 6inch sandwiches for breakfast if u buy their regular size hot drink. this is from subway. normally a 6in sub costs about £3. and their coffee about £2.50. though i doubt i will use it because it is so much cheaper just to make your own sandwich… i suppose it will be of use to tourists if they know about it. that with these vouchers and the macdonalds and burgerking ones u can easily get reduced priced foods. they dont tempt me that much, because i can make them cheaper myself . i was thinking if i were in malaysia, i would certainly be paying the hawkers to eat their foods, because their foods are freshly done right on the spot. so worth the money. for eg, cha kuey teoh will be fried fresh while u wait and arrive piping hot. you cannot substitute that with any thing that u bring from home. 

but i can get free coffee anyway. like this morning when i went to costa in cardinal place, a shopping complex opposite the westminster cathedral, the roman catholic cathedral, not the anglican one near parliament which is called westminster abbey.  to redeem my voucher for a free coffee given to me by the dailymail for 20 nectar points. it expires at the end of this month, that is why i got to redeem it. the O2 wifi there need me to enter the code which they sent to my mobile phone. but since i did not bring that phone with me, i could not get into the network. the costa in the mezzanine floor did not require a code. so luckily for me, i was able to retrieve the coffee code from my email then. 

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oh, that umbrella , i found in victoria men toilet. (added. i have since opened that umbrella and found it is very flimsy and does not open well. so i shall return it to the recycling bins. )

do you know it is free now to use the toilet in victoria station? it has been free for some time, when people complained about it since those strikes, and they have kept it free ever since.  interestingly in the restaurant floor in the mezzanine in their shopping area the toilet is not free… but people,both men and women though the women still queue up; and pay to use it. i guess they are not aware that the main toilets in the station are free.