Tag Archives: pride
7 Jul

london 2.45pm 30C sunny saturday 2018

got a free icecream from this business which has just set up shop in harvey nichols 5th floor food court. seeing the poor girl creating it, i thought that is a lot of hard work for her. she sure have to work hard for her wages, unlike the usual icecream parlor , where the server have to just scoop it up. it looks pretty but actually when u eat it , it is like any icecream… so all that preparation does not really impart anything special to the icecream.  it costs £5.50 normally. i saw this same method of creating the icecream in the shepherd bush westbury shopping complex when i went there the other day. i did wonder what it tasted of, and today i get a chance to taste it. yesterday i went to iceland and bought 6 icecream cones for £1. it tastes just as good as those specially made ones. in fact, i like the taste of the cone wafers.

today is also pride parade day. but i avoided it. i dont like a lot of crowds nowadays. i caught the beginning, when the crowd was gathering at portland place. it was near the marylebone library where i was earlier. all that whistle blowing is quite irritating to me. so i was glad to be heading away from them on my way to catch the tube at baker st.

in the past i used to go to soho to enjoying the gay crowds that congregate there after the march. i am not sure i will bother this year. hmm, ever wondered why there are so few old people in pride march? i think i found out the answer now that i am of that age. haha. it is not the same feeling that we get when we were young and marching. we have changed. 

8 Jul

london 1.01pm 25.2C sunny cafe nero haymarket london 2017

i have been to the marylebone library and read the papers and still got plenty of time to get to here. even though all the buses are jammed up and all the roads leading to this area are blocked. its very full of people lining the streets where the parade will be going by, but fortunately i picked this cafe nero where the parade dont go down this street so it is quiet and peaceful. even then this cafe is real busy, long queue now for the service. but i came early about 12.30pm so no one waiting to be served so i got served real quick. and my voucher from nectar gives me free coffee and what is more, i can ask for a large one, so i did and got cappuchino in a huge cup. like the cup is for a latte. good value that. haha.

this pride is no more called gay pride as so many other types of people are included. that might explain why i dont join in the march anymore. but still, it is a happy time, to see so many come out to play in central london. but i still prefer the old days when pride was really gay and made up of us marching instead of having all these floats .

anyway we met, this chinese guy from hongkong who we first got in touch via a gay website. chatted for 2hrs, then we decided we have to go see the march and stuff and he was meeting friends, so we went our separate ways, me going to soho and see what is going on there.

another guy came from cambridge. it simply amazes me how far people are prepared to travel and here is me, not bothering to go even when i am so near.

one thing about living so near. as soon as i want to leave, i can and do. whilst if i live far away u have to stick it out and stay and possibly the place gets more crowded and you might find it is a lot of fun after all. some things take time to get going and you have to give it a chance. 

you certainly dont expect the police to do this haha.

26 Jun

london 8.39pm 15.7C cloudy, sunday 2016

my friend john from poole send me an email with this link saying 

At least three police officers marching in the London Pride parade ended the day with engagement rings on their fingers.  The whole parade just stopped for a policeman to propose his boyfriend at !   Two London Metropolitan Police officers who were marching in uniform got engaged, while another officer left the march to propose to his boyfriend in the crowd.  Both proposals were accepted, to the delight of the surrounding crowds.  The men were three of about 80 police officers taking part in the annual event — now in its 43rd year.  Tens of thousands of people gathered in central London for the parade.


London police proposal

rather sweet … more pictures in that link

i dont see this in our newspapers. it has to be a foreign source to feature it. i wonder why the local papers dont have it.

london pride

25 Jun

london 7.19pm 15.5C rain saturday 2016

i took a photo of the mayor on top of the tfl bus, being interviewed, but it has disappeared from my camera sd card. so there is no photo of him. well. nevermind. but he was there in person waiting patiently like everyone for the march to start. we were not so patient, but left them and walked down to soho via backstreets, which were really quiet when u consider it was just a few streets from the march route. anyway, we ended up in soho square and sat there looking at people.

i was just saying to ian, the guy i was with, (he used to be my ex boyfriend…and i haven’t seen him for quite some time. he has aged well.) that there dont seem to be any chinese guys (apart from me of course) , except one, in front of us wearing a skimpy t shirt and looking quite buff; when lo, he walked off and came back with 4or 5 other chinese guys … all young guys and looking at them chatting with their white friends, it reminded us of our days when we used to do exactly the same thing. both of us said we missed those days… such good ol days. there was only one guy, and he looked german, barechested wearing leather trousers and boots in the soho square in our line of sight. so not much skin in sight unlike in our day, when most of us would strip off and show skin. the times are different i suppose now. my friend voted for remain.

i wondered if the mood of this pride had been affected by the vote to leave. 

a stroll down old compton st

23 Jun

london 1.57pm 21.3C cloudy thursday 2016

i was wandering around old compton st the other day and saw workmen taking out mfi furniture. a tall clothes cupboard and a set of drawers and putting them on the pavement.  an old lady was looking at it, and the workman asks her whether she wants it. saying that it would save them the cost of paying to have it carted away. he asked her to give him her address and he will take it to her. i wasn’t really listening, but i think she did not. i think because she did not understand him. either that or she is reluctant to give strangers her address…  i wasn’t really paying much attention otherwise i would have helped her translate even though i dont speak chinese myself. though come to think of it, i dont speak chinese so i dont know why i think i could be of much help…

i was looking at a pair of boots in a shoe case that was lying on the ground nearby and she came up and i just made a comment, nice shoes i said. she picked them up and then also started rummaging at a package nearby and pulled out a decorated shopping bag and then she opened it and indicated that i help her put the shoes in their box inside while she held the shopping bag open. so i did.

 then she asked me in chinese , i guess that she ask me to help her move the cupboards… she indicated that it was only for a few blocks but i did not quite know what she really was saying. and can only tell her in english that i dont understand her. anyway, i wanted to  cross the street and she did too, and she walked on up the street whilst i veered left and walked down old compton st. two people at cross purposes due to lack of communication… to this day i dont really know what was going on. haha.

well, i was reminded that there are still old people living in soho, and old chinese people too… and also reminded that even after all these years living here they are still unable to speak english , they must be doubly isolated… first from old age (and i myself do know the frustration of not having the strength to carry things that i find on the street and could do with some help… ) but also language barrier as well. 

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we gay guys really like underwear. because there are lots of chances in gay clubs to wear them, what with underwear nights so popular. also pride is coming, and guys can wear their underwear to go on the march. at least during my younger days we did it, but i think the guys now dont… maybe the organisers are strict about showing skin… certainly i dont see a lot of skin shown in the marches in recent years. but i saw these underwear on sale in a sex shop in old compton st and they look really nice. with that tilted leg grip and bulging pouch. haha. but guess how much they cost… £40!!! each.

added. 7.18pm. it has been raining but it is cloudy now. and it seems last night it has rained a lot flooding parts of london. one chap has toilet overflowed and flooded his flat in vauxhall. 

sense of order

28 Jun

london 9.18am sunday 2015

i have a feeling that what i like about living in london and the uk in general is the sense of order that prevails here.

i realise this when yesterday morning i was waiting for the bus, and felt a sense of irritation when the bus did not come as the timetable said it would. on saturday it seems, the frequency of the bus is reduced from its weekly 10min intervals. then, it does not matter if any one bus is late, but this one the buses are supposed to come every 20mins, and instead it came 10mins after its scheduled time. i got irritated because it is rare that this happens.

it is only when it is absent, that we notice something we have always taken for granted before.

ever since they started the bike lane improvements and dug up the roads, the buses have been always late. i guess we have to tolerate it until the finish the works. i hope the cyclists are grateful, though i doubt it. for all the money spent of these road improvements they are not going to stop the reckless and ignorant cyclists who continue to engineer their own accidents from their behaviour. 

take one example i saw recently. it was a one way system , a wide road, with traffic going straight and turning left and right, and this angry shouting cyclists was hurling abuse, because he was riding on the right lane and getting in the way of traffic going right. he wants to go straight and should have kept to the middle lane. so of course he gets cars cutting across his path as they turn right. and he was effing away, thinking he is the righteous one. when he is a berk.

coming back to things being orderly, it does made me realise things generally do happen quite on time, or if it does not, the frequency of service is such that it does not involve a long waiting period between. and that makes me realise things here are orderly , rather than chaotic or random, which is what i find happens in other places, and i am looking at you … s.e.asian countries.

the only time when things gets disrupted in london, is when there is a demonstration or street march or marathon, or a big do lilke the gay pride in london yesterday.  but generally drivers are told of it, or if not, they should ask themselves why not? and make sure they avoid coming into central london on that day. having said that i think there are too many of these disruptions with everyone wanting to come to london to make their point. someone did ask why dont they go somewhere else to demonstrate… but i guess no one will read of it, nor pay them any attention if they go elsewhere to demonstrate.

but generally things do happen as they are supposed to and that i find is a very big factor in why i like living here. this is not the case in foreign lands.

i think also i am biased towards london. i like living here so anything that happens , good or bad, is likely to be viewed with tolerance by me. i can see that is a very human thing to do. if u like something, u can be very tolerant of a lot of things. 

it is like a friend of mine who likes thailand and thai people , and he is very tolerant of their foibles, and very critical of british people when he comes to visit britain. some things that he would tolerate if it is done by a thai, he would rant and rave if done by a brit. so i guess i am like him, but the opposite .

i have to say, i get a flash of irritation when these bus disruptions come up; but it is only for a moment, as i am never in a hurry to get anywhere so these delays are not critical. if ever i want to get somewhere quick, like yesterday when i decided to get back from soho, after less than an hour there… it was so crowded i just want to get home and away from the crowd and what with  the buses (those that were running)  trapped in jams, i just get into leicester square tube station, (it was the nearest one), and swiftly get back by tube, away from all that crowd.

 i just like buses, and it would be my transport of choice. 

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added. monday 29.6.15 one american tourist thought a flag  with dildos and butt plugs looks arabic and immediately concluded it is a isis flag. and it is typical of cnn not to check it out first before running the story as a serious news item.if it had run the story poking fun at that woman it might be understandable but it was taken in all seriousness.

is it true then that americans have no sense of humour? this might support that generalisation.

added. that person who took that video is not an america tourist, she is actually the cnn editor… who are cnn? are they a joke tv channel, like the onion? the onion i think embodies american’s idea of humour, their attempt at humour can be painfully unfunny. they try hard,and that is the trouble and failing at it.