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last day of summertime

27 Oct

london 2.49pm 7C cloudy very sunny earlier (rain forecast at 5.15pm did not rain at all afterall) saturday 2018 .last day of summer time before the clocks go back to GMT

sunrise 7:46 AM
sunset 5:45 PM

wordpress reminded me that it is the 6th anniversary of this blog.

i was coming back from the marylebone library, and thinking of buying the adidas trainers that they are selling with a oyster card loaded with £80 , the same price as the shoes. but i should have known plenty of people will be also thinking the same. there was a long queue at the adidas store in foubert place near carnaby street. when i saw the queue, i just turned tail and went back to oxford st and caught the next bus , it was the 88, which made the decision for me to go back to the flat; instead of stopping off at chinatown to buy black soya sauce. i can get it another time. i would imagine today it would be crowded in chinatown and in the grocery shops. i dont like a long queue to pay up when i only got one item. 

well, nowadays i just let things take its course. if it happens it happens, if not, not. it looks like i am not destined to get a free adidas trainer shoes.

i am sure others too are living their lives in many different ways. and writing about it in wordpress. i like reading about their doings, even if it is quite ordinary. it is pleasing to me to read what they are thinking or doing. 

added 6.53pm 5.1C here in london we have a hobby which is to go to the free food given by restaurants to promote their businesses. it is quite fun. the latest one i just went to is by mother, a scandinavian pizza place, in the battersea power station complex. it is to celebrate their 1st birthday. there were lots of free pizza, and free beer and wine too. i only asked for water, but steve and his wife were getting wine. i got full just eating 5 slices, they were huge slices.

i went early, thinking i have to queue, but luckily they were allready feeding everyone. i think they started at 12pm, even though in the email they told us to go at 6pm. but just as well they are feeding us so early, because it was cold and it wont be much fun queueing out in the open. as it is, when i left ,after about half hour, (they told us there will be a band and music throughout the night but i am not really into that but i can see how the free food, wine, beer and free entertainment must appeal to a lot of  people)the cold outside really hit me like a blow. it was so warm inside, but coming out to the cold just froze the sweat and it was really felt, and i was glad i got my quilted jacket and woolly hat and gloves.

but anyway, all that is just by the way. going to these free offers pass the time pleasantly. i hope they all do good business. 




30 Jun

london 4.12pm 22.4C bright but cloudy. friday 2017

it’s the end of june allready. really strange that it is so bright, even though there is no blue sky, just covered with clouds. so i wonder where the light is coming from. hope it is like this when we meet up in hampstead for a naked sunbathing picnic on sunday, 2 days from now.  haha. (the forecast says rain… but warm. hope they have a plan B. )

but in the meantime, i just enjoy buying bargain food and finding things, and enjoy just being alive and well. i was out and about on the buses earlier.

one trip south to clapham junction where the lidl and asda are , to buy the 39p celery, and cabbage at lidl’s. i caught the bus 87 at the riverside tower bus stop, with its views of the river. there was a new sculpture placed in the gardens there. i did not go closer to see who did it, or what it is called. and i tried to google the image, but it did not come up. i shall pass by it again and promise to find out what it is called and by whom. i found an image of it in google showing it with the plaque and it is called love by lorenzo quinn.


 then after i got back and had something to eat, i went to chinatown … to buy more of the sardines. whilst there i entered a cake shop and saw they are selling moon cake. is it that time of year come round again… mooncake time? one way of measuring the time passing is to note these festivals as they come round each year. added.12.54pm saturday 1.7.17. found out by googling that moon cake festival is in oct. so this shop seem to be selling all the foods out of season. they even have cookies made for chinese new year. haha. 

i popped into the charing cross library and saw this book, an italian holiday by maeve haran, and borrowed it because it sounds like a light read about a sunny place in italy. i like a easy read about a holiday place, it makes me feel i am on holiday. haha. 

ordinary life

8 Mar

london 11.30am 12.8C cloudy bright wednesday 2017

1.38pm 14C rain.

12.2C 8.57pm rain

perhaps if i am on facebook i would know what others get up to, and what they are doing today.

i am sure most days are uneventful and not worth talking about.

so maybe they read the news and get bothered with what they read and then write about it. yes! commenting on the silly things that people get up to or disasters that happen to certain people , or sex scandals, would make for a lot of column inches.

and we can always talk of the weather. 

today is the budget, when u are retired a lot of it is not relevant. roaming charges when u are overseas will start to attract VAT, that means 20% extra. but when everyone chats on whatsapp, it does not seem that horrible. its free on whatsapp, so who cares if VAT is charged. personally i would impose a huge markup on people using their mobile phones to call others when they are overseas. there is really no need to talk that sending an email wont serve the same purpose. 

i do like reading of the mundane things that others get up to, i find it restful to read about it, compare it to my day, and get a huge amount of pleasure nosying into their lives. haha. wish there are more of those kind of blogs. 

my friend from america has come back from his visit to manchester. he tells me his friend there from university undergraduate days, who he has not met before and lost touch with till recently; was able to trace his irish ancestry, and even managed to trek his grandmother who was irish, and able to find the parish where she was married.

it seems she is presbyterian, rather unusual i would have thought in a mainly catholic republic of ireland. anyway he is going there later this month, taking a bus from victoria coach station here in london  that will include a ferry trip, all for £42 return.  and he tells me the parish priest is going to meet him and introduce him to his mother’s descendants who still live in that village. he is going to get a copy of the marriage certificate so he can apply for irish citizenship. it seems amazing to me that there are still descendants of his grandmother still there, and known by people. it seems like digging out  fossils . haha. except these are living people.