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buying a coach ticket to bournemouth

3 Jan

london 1.48pm 8.2C sunny friday 2020

i still keep writing 2019, instead of 2020.

this morning my friend decided to go back to bournemouth tomorrow, so asked me to book online for him his national express ticket. it costs £24.80 one way, but he has a disabled coachcard, so that brought the cost down to £15.80. however, i was unable to book that one online, so called up the chat line, and whoever there told me there was something i should have done, should not have done. anyway she said they will call him on his phone to book the ticket. we are still waiting for the call,.

then my friend thought he might go to the express coach station, whcih is a bus ride away from my place, and see if he can book it in person. and might even go home tonight, instead of tomorrow if they have a seat. it sounds like a good idea to me. its a pity that he does not know how his smartphone works. otherwise he could do all this via the smartphone. he could not even access his email via the smartphone.

and i could not help him, because i dont have a clue how the smartphone works myself. i suggested that when he gets back to bournemouth, he borrows a iphone4 for dummies book from the library  that will teach him how it works. that smartphone of his, an iphone4, he said he bought for only £20. i am surprised it still works, because apple is known for not supporting old iphones, and this one must be very old. 2010 according to google search. it seems the big disadvantage is that of security, no updates for security on that phone. 

it makes me even more reluctant to buy a smartphone. it seems like a lot of bother, and the small screen makes it very difficult to see anything, as for typing words, forget it. i did find he can use siri to do things for him, just by talking to it. so that is a positive thing.

but we still could not get siri to go to his hotmail account, so he can read his emails.

i went into his account via my chromebook,and he typed in his password, and i saw he had more than 3000 messages in his inbox.

perhaps he can get his email forwarded to his phone, but do not know how to delete them using his phone. well, he is here now, and talking to the bus company to book the ticket. ah well, i am glad i am not involved in it . imagine trying to give details of name address, creditcard numbers over the phone, when it is so difficult to hear . at least that is what happen when i try to hear what he is saying. and i am standing right next to him. haha. but it might be just me, hard of hearing. i think that explains why i like reading things, rather than hearing them, and prefer communications that involve writing instead of talking. 

added 10.34pm 6C . my friend is leaving for bournemouth on the 11.50pm bus , it goes by heathrow and then on to bournemouth. that explains why there is such a late service . it will arrive in bournemouth at about 2.30am. but my friend lives near the station and so can walk home from there. he got the ticket for about £11. so even cheaper.

earlier we were watching south pacific, the musical film. i have heard the songs in it when i was growing up in malaysia, because we got the LP, and it was played often enough for me to memorise the songs, and even sing to it, so i was very familiar with the songs, without knowing the story. so i have created my own story that are quite different from the film, and today it is the first time i saw the whole film from beginning to end. it is quite affecting, the whole effect, and it recalled to me how wonderful the songs are.

then later tonight we saw the last episode of the dracula film by the bbc. it is a real modern take on the old dracula story and quite a lot of twisty events they have put into it. but it is not as affecting to me as the south pacific film. the film, even though so old that the colours keep changing and fading in and out from all washed out to full colour; affects me even after all these years. like they say, they dont make musicals or films like that anymore. 





life is nice in london

12 Jan


12.1.13 saturday 

I have noticed that if u click the follow button on each person’s blog a box comes up asking u to give them your email address and it says u will be notified by email.

That scares me off, because I don’t really want my email to be clogged by these notifications.

But I noticed that if I click on the follow button at the top of the page in the task bar, than it comes up in my blog’s reader, and I can chose not to have email notification. And I can read all the blogs I follow in the reader.

That is much better.

Have you found this out too?

Also I wonder if I edit my posts will they send a email notification to followers every time I click the publish button? That would be real irritating to the followers surely? At least I would find it irritating to have my email box clogged up by many notifications of the same post just because small changes have been done.

The independent newspaper has a report of one of their reporters to live on £31 a week, which is what is left after rent, bills, etc have been paid for.

He concludes he could not live on that. But seeing what he spends it on, I believe it is because he is hopeless at budgeting.
I live on £50 a month for all my living expenses.
So if I can do so why cannot he? The answer is he does not know how to budget.
Just one example will illustrate the point.
He spent £8.60 on two trips on the tube, when he already has a bus weekly card. Why does he take the tube?

And then he buys processed foods like pizza, ham.

If he were to just buy one uncooked chicken ( £5), uncooked minced beef400mg (£1.17), 15eggs (£1.50), and veg, oats, sultanas,and rice, pasta, milk powder and bread will feed him very well for the week.

Here is what he bought instead.

Milk, coffee, pasta, chopped tomatoes, an onion , a carrot, cooking bacon =£4.78

Pizza £2.50
Bread and ham for sandwiches £3.60

Spend £5.77 for ingredients for a chilli that will last him 3days. (I wonder what he bought? A basic minced beef + fresh tomatoes (6 for 68p)+canned kidney beans, will not cost that much.) Maybe he bought cans of chilli con carne. That would be expensive.
He bought basic cornflakes included in that total.

Nothing on food

Nothing on food

£2.20 on frozen pizza

Dinner £3.63

I think any decent cook will be able to show him how to eat well on less money. So it is not poverty that is his problem, it is ignorance. I bet no one in the comments in that article will point this out.


I have seen it many times even amongst my friends who think they are frugal. 

My friends would buy canned sauces, when it is so much cheaper and quicker and easier to just use fresh ingredients and make your own.
U want a tomato sauce, use 3 fresh tomatoes, and water. Add herbs or whatever u have in the kitchen, pepper, etc. and u have a lovely tomato sauce just like that. If u want to thicken it, just added cornflour dissolved in a bit of water.

So with curry sauce, instead of just buying a can or bottle of curry sauce, use curry powder and add water, garlic, ginger, or whatever herbs u got and that is it, curry sauce. Add a bit of suger if u like to enhance the taste.

I have long ago stopped buying pasta sauce from the bottle, or passata, or bottled curry sauce. They are very expensive for what they are, merely water, with a touch of curry powder, or a bit of concentrated tomato paste. And they will be very salty and sugery as well.

Do u know that passata , which used to be 29p is now 55p? And that is the Tesco basic one, fancier brands cost even more.

It is only concentrated tomato paste and water. With a bit of vinegar.
The branded ones made from real tomatoes are very expensive. U might as well just buy fresh tomatoes and make them yourself.

Life is really very nice for me here in London.

I take the bus to the gym and use the showers as well as do the machines. And without much effort I can see me bulging out with muscles in all the right places.

And I washed with that radon orange and tea smelling gel , and it is a really nice smell. Funny how the smell can make u want to use it. Those marketing guys really know how to attract people to buy.

Even I was tempted to buy it just for the smell. Haha.

My friend who is coming to visit me called and told me that he managed to get national express bus fares for £5 one way, both directions. They charge £2 now for booking. That has gone up rather a lot from what it was before £1. But the general cost is reasonable at £12 return. Esp on such short notice.

It wont tempt me to go to Bournemouth but then seaside towns don’t expect much business in winter.

In winter, London is the best destination to visit.

And he is ok with no heating in the flat. he said he don’t have heating in his place either. So that is good to find a kindred spirit who don’t want heating.

We should form a club of likeminded guys like us.