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marches in central london

18 Mar

london 1.37pm 14.7C cloudy saturday 2017

another weekend, another protest march.

today there are two of them, 6th anniversary syrian march, from marble arch to oxford st to merge with the against racism march from portland place to parliament square. the routes for them seen here in this link.

i saw mention of the anti racism one when i googled , so know to avoid that part of london, but did not know of that syrian one. but luckily i avoided both of them. i took the bus no 2, from marylebone, at about 12.30pm even though the bus stop warned there will be no service of that bus from 11.30am onwards. the bus 2 route dont really go down oxford st, though it does go through a small part of oxford st at the marble arch end;   and any marches starting from there will block the route. but from that twitter website, it seems there were not many people going on the syrian march, and so they  delay it by an hour. well when the bus i was on came to that end of oxford st, there were no one marching or carrying banners there. no litter with their protest slogans at all.  not a single sign to show they have been there.  perhaps they have all moved on to oxford circus and left the area round marble arch. if so, they are very tidy haha. maybe after 6 yrs of doing it every year, they have got a bit bored with it. haha. 


 some commenters  on that twitter site were talking of traffic and ordinary people being inconvenienced by these marches. and tomorrow there will be more disruption as the st patrick procession will occur. ah well, perhaps the businesses in that part of london gain from having so many people come to london for these things. after all , those marchers, and those coming to celebrate st patrick, will need to eat and they might even be tempted to shop. who knows.

but what about many others like me who avoid going to that part of central london. perhaps there are very few people like me. though from my experience, even for people like me, there is no need to avoid that area at all, seeing that only the buses are disrupted , and the tubes are normal. so perhaps it really dont inconvenience any one really. i would say the biggest people affected are drivers. but then, no one in their right minds should be driving in central london anyway. i think drivers in london are the bogeys , no one cares about them . haha. they get less road every year, as more of it is taken up by bike lanes, which are mostly desserted most of the day. then if that is not bad enough, there are the bus lanes, where they are not allowed to enter. and i am not even mentioning the parking charges, if u can find any empty spaces , and the congestion charge. 

added. 7.58pm 14.2C what do u make of this, i happen to take a look at the sunrise and sunset times 

Mar. 18, 2017 Rise Set
Actual Time 6:07 AM GMT 6:10 PM GMT
Length of Visible Light 13h 09m
Length of Day
12h 02m
Tomorrow will be 3m57s longer.

so it looks like today is the equinox. or even yesterday was the equinox. but it will be interesting to see what happens as we near 21st march. i had a look at the same time in 2016 and saw i made the same observation that year too but on 19march 2016. i forgot to take a snapshot of the situation on the 21st 20th march 2016 to compare. this year i shall, just to see what it gets up to on the 21st , if it is not equal day and night.

added. google tells me 2017 spring equinox is on 20march 10.29 GMT


street marches in london all weekend

29 Nov

london sunday 12C ( mild weather) rained on and off.

this sunday has been particularly bad in terms of bus services. none were running in central london. the buses operate at either end of their route outside the centre.

thus i found myself taking the tube to baker st, expecting to catch the hammersmith and circle line to royal oak station, to find that line was not working. so i got out at baker st and took the bus 27 to reach the paddington library , my destination. (which is not near paddington at all) .

coming back i met a old lady waiting for the bus, who told me she  had waited a long time, and we were going away when i had second thoughts as my online timetable says there should be a 36 arriving any minute. so i asked a lady waiting there to check her mobile to see if it is coming, and she said 1min. but the bus only goes as far as marble arch. and when we arrived we soon realised why. the march was on, and we could see the people on the other side of the marble  arch. it was about 2pm.

 so i took her to the tube and we got to victoria by tube. she wanted to catch the train at victoria to wandsworth common. even though she lived near royal oak station, she said she have seldom taken the tube nor taken the bus, even though she have free travel as she got the freedom pass.

she said her daughter in law is a malaysian. who lives in epping in essex. what are the chances of that coincidence huh?

yesterday they were demonstrating against bombing syria. today it is against the cuts in welfare, got that wrong, it is climate change. its much bigger in paris of course, because right now they are hosting the climate conference. 

simon discussed the question of bombing with me yesterday saying we should not do it, as it serves no real purpose… in that it would cause even more refugees to flee to europe, but also make uk a target for any bombings by them.

at the moment they are concentrating their target at france and america, and russia.  

i think also  our joining in with russia and france won’t add extra to the bombing. those two can do all the damage without uk. some might even ask if the uk have enough bombers to do it, seeing we  have decommissioned so much of our forces. 

but i can understand this desire by france to avenge the paris bombing, but other states should not go for revenge politics. i daresay it is a dilemma.

politicians must feel the public wants some kind of grand gesture to show they are on top of the threat but i think from our experience of past bombings, they dont really solve anything. we bombed afghanistan, then libya, but it seems to just make things worst.

so maybe corbyn , who i dont support at all, may be proved to be  the only sane voice in an increasingly hysterical response to the paris bombing. 

i am sure a lot of others feel it is justified as a way to hurt the terrorists in their  home ground,and to bring the war to them.

i dont really know what is the best way to go about it.

even now, there is a news article by christopher booker in the telegraph (which u might not be able to read as your quota of news may be exceeded.)which says prince charles is wrong to attribute the syria troubles to a drought that lasted 4-5 yrs. it seems there is no such drought.

An even more comprehensive recent paper by Roger Andrews on Energy Matters shows that there was nothing unusual about the brief drought in the late 2000s. Going back to 1950 there had been several worse droughts before. The real driver of the move from the land was Assad’s near-tripling of diesel prices, badly hitting farmers who relied on irrigation-pumps to feed Syria’s population.

The uprising was caused by the infection of the Arab Spring, Facebook and Twitter, not much patronised by those displaced farmers. The claim that the Syrian civil war or the rise of Isil were “in any way, shape or form” due to man-made climate change, the paper said, is “without foundation”.

there was one year of it, and then wheat production, which it seems is allready very high, dipped and then recovered. it was assad increasing the tax on diesel the article says which drove the farmers away as it cost so much to pump water … that is more likely to be the cause of the farmers’ hardships. but even then it said the farmers did not figure prominently in the so called arab spring.

it is quite difficult to see what is really going on and what is the true cause of anything. because it is difficult to see what unexpected effects can accrue.

u could argue the scenario that bombing the villages will destroy the infrastructure that those rebels rely on, and bombing the oil pipelines and wells, will remove their revenue source as well as petrol to power their vehicles and villages. ..and so they cannot live there any more… so have to abandon it and go elsewhere where they might not be able to dominate those places because their enemies are stronger there. so bombings of targetted villages can be very effective in dispersing them and stop them building up a power base. 

the whole region is riddled with sectarian rivalry and enmity between sects and tribes, and even within the same muslim religion between shiites and sunis. and numerous other religious groups.

i even think that so called dictators like gaddafi, and assad have been keeping a lid on these conflicting sides all these years;  but with the west mistakenly taking sides to topple them thinking that it will bring in elections and democracy… but instead enabling revolution,this have created a power vacuum, and allow even more extreme factions to seize power.

i think real bad forces have now been unleashed, and there is no putting the cat back into its bag. we all  have to deal with isis and any other more extreme groups that rise out of this in future.

what is more, opinion and prejudices are hardening, with people feeling all muslims and the islam religion is to blame. it is understandable that people should think this, as daily they see attrocities dealt out in the name of islam, by its fanatical followers, and it will lead to more innocent muslims being hounded and that will create anger amongst them and the circle of hate goes on and round and round. the trouble is we cannot see who is a good muslim and who is a bad one who thinks he is a good muslim because he is furthering the cause of islam by killing.