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plastics everywhere

12 Aug

london 12.22pm 18C cloudy rain monday 2019

i have just got a free still water with flavour drink at the whsmith.

i saw the coupon for it in today’s metro free newspaper as i was on the bus to the victoria area to get the free burrito, a jack fruit one, from tortilla in their freemeatmonday .

i had not tasted a jack fruit posing as pulled pork before, so this is a new one on me. they all said the texture is like pork, and i supposed it does mimic pork texture, but there is no pork flavour which is the common failing of all these meat vegetarian/vegan  substitutes. and i noticed they are very salty. i suppose to compensate for the lack of flavour.

but then, even when they use real meat they still over salt it so i think it is a industry wide failing.

i was thinking of the fresh taste of fresh jack fruit, which i am fortunate to have eaten. my grandmother’s jack fruit  tree produced really good jackfruit, that is why i know how good it can be. not many can taste that kind of fresh ness any more, as they can only buy it in shops or supermarket and that is very rarely picked ripe from trees, but picked unripe to ripen on the shelf. i think i can say without being contradicted that nowadays very few people esp the new generation have ever tasted fruit freshly picked ripen on the tree. my generation, you will still be able to find people like me who have eaten fruit fresh ripe from the tree.

but coming back to the free drink i got, it is like someone had heard me mention about flavouring still water and selling it. this one called V water is doing just that. but i got a ginger and mango combination with a hint of ginseng which might explain why i did not like it that much. haha.

ginseng can be quite bitter and i can taste a slight bitterness in it… it costs £2, so quite a lot above the usual price for water. and of course tap water is free. which u can get easily provided in water fountain here in victoria station, which is where i am sitting.

there really isn’t any excuse for people to drink bottled water, but i see many people sitting around me having bottled water. ah well, i suppose it all pays for the businesses here in victoria, otherwise no one will bother to set up their stalls here to sell things and food not to mention so many travellers will want to buy food on the go like this… they have to eat whilst travelling. and many of them may not know there is free water fountains here, as it is not prominently displayed. also travellers are scared of drinking local tap water, they all think they will get diarrhea from it.

i see plastics used everywhere. so i can see it will be difficult to wean people and businesses off single use plastics. 


more thoughts

24 Nov

london 12.27pm 9.6C hazy saturday 2018

5pm 8.4C dry now but rained earlier.

i am going to enjoy this old wordpress editor while i can, before they force us all to go to the new one. this old one is really easy to use.

anyway, i got out for the first time today since my foot trouble to go shopping at the tesco for veg and fruits. i even managed to go to the library first, just to read the papers , or rather just the saturday telegraph.

this time i made sure i put my damaged foot inside a surgical boot. it was given to me to use when i broke the other foot. so it is made for a left foot, but it seems to be able to fit my right foot too.

and then using a shopping trolley as a crutch i was able to move about without putting too much pressure on the foot. the shopping trolley came in useful to put my shopping too. i bought lots of fruits.

in the library i saw two books in the rubbish bin. i asked the librarian why they throw away the books. she said she did not know because it was one of her colleagues had thrown it away. she said maybe they are dirty. personally i find it a very strange thing for a librarian to do this. anyway she asked me if i want it, so i said yes and took them both. it will be my reading whilst i am housebound. one of them is the wilt inheritance, by tom sharp. interestingly when i left through the security gate, it blipped… but i ignored it.

i wonder in future whether they will stop all books being handled and passed around from person to person in places like libraries. there might be no libraries, because health and safety will decree it is unhygienic for so many people to handle the books and pass it round to each other. you dont know where those books might have been nor how many dangerous germs they carry. this morning simon had some trouble with our electric kettle. his soul is determined for him to spend money because all the kettles i have in the flat did not work when he tried them. i think it is his soul, acting up. he should give it a good scold and tell it to behave. anyway he went and bought a new one. and i think he threw away the others. whcih is something i dont like. they are perfectly good. it is just him being too impatient when he used them. but if he had thrown them away, well i shalljust have to accept it. part of living with another person. 

he does not recycle the plastics too. the library gave away a pack of plastic bags for rubbish. i took a pack thinking i shall use each one of the bags over and over again until it gets worn out or torn and then take another one. that pack might last me like 10yrs if i am frugal with its use. but simon just use one, throw that away when it is full and put a new one on. what a silly waste of plastic.

andf he is not the only one. you now get a lot of silly idiots who are advocates to recycle stuff and what do they do, they use more plastic bags to put their recycled stuff and throw that away… so many plastic bags used to bag their recycled stuff… i find the sheer stupidity of humans mind staggering, so that if we get extinct serves us right… 

added 1.15pm sunday 28.6.20. it is only now that wordpress has finally told us they are stopping the old editor and everyone must get onto the new editor. but they have now made the concession to us old editor fans by opening a classic block in the new editor , which we can use . 


27 Apr

london 12.36pm 10.6C cloudy, rain earlier friday 2018

i seem to have a lot of friends suddenly deciding to come and stay with me next week. i am also in the mood of liking company to stay. usually i like it if the friends i know are not fussy about the living facilities… that they like to rough it out. this is because i am not a house proud housewife type who like housekeeping and keeping a clean and fashionable house. so if u a guest, expect that my flat will be untidy and dusty. i dont mind dust. even unwashed dishes i dont mind provided they have water in them, so that it is easy to clean them later. nothing is worst than having dried food in them making it difficult to wash it off. 

also next week i read here that there is a pop up restaurant that asked people to pay with  recycled stuff to get a free meal on 3-4th may.  they are linked to a company called ecover, who are replacing all their plastic bottles to be made with recycled plastics which themselves can be recycled. it seems you can get a free sample of their dish washing liquid. the trend to using less plastics and making them recycleable is gaining ground now.