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free food and origin

2 Oct

london 1.38pm 17.5C sunny monday 2017 virgin lounge haymarket


raise the red lanterns in chinatown in preparation for the moon cake festival on 4oct.

i have just had a free pie from the hope pub in fitzrovia. (near goodge st station) . i was the first customer there, arriving at 12pm, there was no queue.

i wonder how come no one seems to know of it.

there was a limited choice of free pie, a beef, chicken and vegetarian. i chose the beef, and it was very nice, very meaty, with the beef chunky so that u can really see it and feel the texture of it.

i got the email from them that contain the free offer . you have to show it to the staff to get the free pie.

i was notified of this free offer from the londonist , i read it last night and clicked on the link and got my free voucher sent to me in my email very quickly that night.

but this morning , whilst i was hanging around waiting for the pub to open, i actually  saw two of their staff outside the street ,carrying tablets, and appear to be asking people to join. i approached them and asked is it true you are giving away free pies? they said yes, asked me if i got a phone, which the company will send me the voucher to claim it…though on the tablet they showed me , they ask for the email, not a phone number. 

the email i got last night said they are only giving 100 free pies… but from what they said, it seems not many people know of it, and there are lots of spaces left… either that or they are just wanting to give to everyone.  


they were strangely not busy. no one approached them to find out what they are offering…  there were lots of people sitting on the benches nearby, it was a communal garden that surrounds the cafe nero building…  i wonder whether people here in london are so flooded with free food offers they dont bother anymore. haha. can that be possible? we are so jaded by free food offers, we just could not be bothered? it might be the londonist newsletter came late, it only appeared late at night in my email box, so a lot of people would only have read it this morning, if that. maybe no time to get down there during 12-2pm. perhaps tomorrow they will be busier when more would have heard of it. 

and it is a generous offer… they told me that i can use the email voucher for everyday of this week, as long as the offer lasts, till friday… that means i can go there every day at about 12-2pm and get a free pie. (not that i will of course) very generous of them i think. this was not mentioned in the email they send me with the voucher. 

i was looking at all those people sitting on the benches in the garden, nearby, and wondered how come they dont know about it?

when i was there, and finished the pie, there was still no one came in. then finally two men, who look like business men came in and they ordered alcohol drinks, but they did not seem to want the free pie… they must be aware of the offer because there was a sign on the door of the pub advertising it.

i think the businesses want our emails… so that they can send offers. for eg, recently i was at the victoria place area, accessing the costa coffee , trying to get online to access the voucher i got, and it seems i got onto the ed diner restaurant nearby because the next day they send me a email saying they want to give me a free hamburger, all i have to do is order a drink from them. so that seems to be the business modus operandi. haha. well, i dont mind, after all, who dont mind getting free hamburger right? i think there is a glut of these hamburger restaurants. 

hmm, i m seeing this live report and seeing this video of the mass shooting in las vegas, on the big screen in the lounge here. 50 people killed. it was at an open air concert.

and then there is the catalonia independance vote and the police action against it. i have been reading dan brown , origin, and it is set in barcelona. it is not connected of course, though it is in that area of spain that is receiving so much attention now. 

when i first read the book, i was rather impatient to read the ending, so i skipped the middle bit and went straight to the end. haha. he likes to go all over the place with his setting of the scene, and it can get rather tedious, it is all the cliff hangers that he ends every chapter . haha. it reminds me of this friend of mine, who wont answer my question straightaway but goes all over the place taking his time to get to the point.

 i was not very impressed with the plot, he makes as if the final revelation will be mindblowing and blows religions out of the water… and the final revelation is not really… unlike the last one i read of his… inferno, where the final revelation was a huge surprise to me and very thought provoking…

 but then i decided to go back and read the bits i missed and it is much more enjoyable re reading it. 

monarch airlines have gone bankrupt. all flights are cancelled. after all that trouble with ryanair, and now a whole airline gone tits up. who will be next, i wonder?

added. 4.20pm, the post arrived and i saw i got a bill for my service charge , 1oct17-31mar18. £593.62. this is the half yearly bill, so i suppose the annual cost is about £1,200. it is a good figure, low for living in the centre of london. i put it here just so i can have some record of it. to compare years later , hopefully i live that long. haha.