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sleep,but no dreams

24 Oct

london 8.45pm 13.3C dry sunrise7:39 AM sunset5:48 PM wednesday 2018

was very sleepy the whole day but just could not sleep. my mind seem to be very active, and i kept thinking of things. but then i went to the circuit class, and did the exercise and i know that afterwards i will feel very sleepy and can sleep. and so that was what happened.

i came back and warmed up some leftover food to eat, because i had not eaten anything since breakfast this morning which  was just a bowl of porridge and an apple. and  after that, i went to bed and slept. really lovely to have a good sleep. it wasn’t a long sleep though, i think about 2hrs only. but it seemed to have done the trick. i feel very rested now. so that i can watch tv without feeling so sleepy. this time it was an old tv program about making crisp. i dont normally eat crisps, but watching that program make even me crave it. 

last week, the sports centre was supposed to be flooded, and the room we had the training was below ground and was flooded, or so they say, but there was no flood line on the walls, and no evidence that anything like that had happened. it was lucky that my friend david text me last wednesday and told me of it. it seems the trainer had my old mobile number, so i gave him my new number after the class.

it would seem that just doing some exercise can make me sleep really well. maybe that is a lesson for those who have insomnia. you need some physical activity to tire you out…and then you can sleep like a log.

9.30pm in fact, there is a program about insomnia on tv right now. but having just turned to it now, it looks like it concentrates on gadgets to make people sleep. all very expensive i am sure. in the light of what i just experienced, i would say to all those people unable to sleep, just make yourself tired out by physically doing exercise. then you would have aligned your body with your mind, a mind that is tired but cannot sleep because the body is not tired. make the body tired and then you will sleep.


got woken up by a dream

26 Aug

london 5.30am 17.3C night still sunrise is at 6am saturday 2017

i got woken up by a dream. to make sense of it , i need to tell you that this yesterday afternoon i was woken up by simon . it is unusual, because he never wakes me up if someone calls me, but this time he did. and it was not even an important call, so they must have insisted he wake me up and must have told him it was urgent. the caller knew my name and told me she was from waterloo insurance. i said what? and she hung up on me. (i have never heard of that insurance) it was really weird. simon got the number by pressing 1471 on my landline phone, and googled it on his laptop. but he must have got nothing , because he did not tell me what he found. 

added 3.14pm 26.2C sunny. i dialed 1471 and got the number, googled it and found out  it is a sheffield  number, and is a ppi(payment protection insurance) searching for people who have been miss sold insurance. 

anyway it must have triggered something in me, because i dreamt it just now and that woke me up. and i could not get back to sleep again so read a bit, a book by danny wallace, ‘i cant believe you just said that’, about rudeness.

and then truman capote’s book reader where i opened the book on the tail end of breakfast at tiffanys. it is quite a sad ending. quite unlike the movie ending. then i browsed in the daily mail online, and read this article about addictive gambling on those betting machines. quite a sad tale of a chap who got so addicted he tried to get himself banned from the shop , but they keep letting him play and he kept losing money… until he decided to bash and vandalise the machines. but they keep repairing it. it is a really bad addiction, gambling… and it seems these machines are highly addictive. and they have no limit to how much you can bet, unlike machines in pubs where there is a £2 limit. but in betting shops this rule does not apply. the govt tried to change that but found out it makes too much money from it, and stopped the legislation. it is really bad that the govt is creating gambling addicts just to make money out of them. smoking has now been fiercely curtailed with dire warnings on the pack and restrictions on sales. but not these gambling machines.

and all those stories of huge prize money, the most recent one the jackpot was about $700 million, in america, continues to publicise these gamblings in the form of the lotteries.  i think it is bad. it is exploiting the weak , and the poor. in modern life, it is not our lives that are in danger, unlike in the wild, but our money. everything conspires to make us part with our money. it is the modern day equivalent of the wildebeest, being the target of everything. they are fodder for everything… so in modern life, other humans  are the fodder for greedy predators out to get their money.

sigh, such a lot of bad news really. we have not evolved sufficiently to recognise these dangers and to develop our minds to resist them. how to resist adverts, gambling machines, con men, etc, all dedicated to making us part with our money. 

i think modern life has made us lose our sense of danger.

i see that everyday, with pedestrians taking huge risks but they can get away with it, that is they do not get killed;  because others avoid them. and so there are few deaths from accidents. deaths would be more if drivers are not prosecuted for killing pedestrians so it makes the drivers take avoiding action. added. 27.8.17 sunday. i just realise i am guilty of it too. i would step off the pavement into the street without lookng back to see if any traffic is coming. the danger is from cyclists more than cars, as they are so silent and they hug the edge of the street. must remind myself not to do that anymore but to look back to make sure it is save to get onto the street.

just one eg will do. i saw a pedestrian just walk off the pavement onto the street right when the bus was just behind him. it was near the bus stop so the bus was quite close to the edge as it approached the bus stop.  the bus driver had to brake sharply. the pedestrian was trying to avoid the dustbin in the pavement and blocking his path,but instead of going left he went right and stepped off the pavement onto the street.  the pedestrian did not even bother to look behind to see if there was any traffic before he stepped onto the street. he just assumes everyone will swerve to avoid him. you could say it was bad placing of the dustbin. it should maybe be placed near the railings, away from the road… but it would block the way if it was placed there. but he got to no harm, and from the look of him, he did not even realise he had a lucky escape. he was totally unaware of the near miss he had from a bus hitting him.

normally stepping off the pavement into the street is quite safe, if u keep near the pavement, though it is always wise to look back to make sure traffic is clear…it just take that odd moment when something is behind you, maybe a cyclist, right when u step onto the street. because most traffic is quite a distance from the edge, but this was near the bus stop. than again, it might be your soul dont want it, so you dont get hit by anything. whereas if your soul wants it, the bus or a cyclist would hit you. ah well, it is getting light now, as it is 6.07am. i shall get back to sleep. 

added. 8.33pm 23.8 dry night . i see that the texas,USA is experiencing a big hurricane. the news seem to want to frighten people, by predicting dire consequences, rather than look on it as a rather exciting prospect of seeing what a category 5 hurricane is like. added. 8.57am sunday 27.8.17. 19.7C sunny. seems the hurricane was category 4 when it hit the coast, now it is a tropical storm.

people troop to see the eclipse, and seem to want to experience the wonder of nature. well i would have thought a category 5 hurricane must be rare, and something to experience. right? or are people like me, dont want to experience horrible things just the nice ones.

i cannot believe they are like me though, seeing that i could not be bothered with the eclipse even. so maybe people are like half way between me and those reckless chaps who jump off tall buildings or leap from building to building or climb tall buildings or  cliffs  with just their bare hands. but what i am saying is natural things like hurricanes should be enjoyed and their wonder emphasised rather than their destructiveness.

we are supposed to be very advanced and yet we cannot make hurricanes like this harmless. we are not that advanced at all. 

added. 27.8.17 however it seems the usa weathered this one rather well, 2 deaths so far and the worse is over, it is now a tropical storm. unlike macau which was hit by typhoon hato, huge power cut, and lots of rubbish in the streets. 

a good sleep is just very wonderful

13 Feb

london 9.44pm 5.9C dry monday 2017

i am really glad i could sleep whenever i feel sleepy. its not something that many would think a great freedom to have. but i have a think and realise it is wonderful to sleep whenever i like, and then wake up at any time of the day or night, and just potter around doing what i fancy until it is time for me to feel sleepy again and just go off to bed. and all this without regard to what time it is.

it is a luxury that not many people are aware of. many might not even consider it a luxury that they can have.

throughout our lives, most of us have to work, and it is more often than not that we dont get enough sleep and have to wake up in the mornings when we would like to sleep some more, and then when we get back, we dare not take a nap for fear that it keeps us awake long into the night, and then when we get so exhausted and fall asleep it is only to be woken up by the alarm with not enough sleep . many resort to taking sleeping tablets just so they can sleep when they think it is the time to sleep. and i think the tablets makes it worse, as it is not natural sleep, they wake up with headaches and feel worse than before. when by rights you should feel very refreshed after a sleep. that is the measure of a good sleep. 

there is a lot to be said for this time in my life that i can sleep whenever i feel sleepy. 

short nap turn out to be a long sleep

12 May

london 3.32am tuesday 2015

i thought i will take a short nap at about 5pm (yesterday) and wokeup to find it is 1.30am the next day. amazing really. usually i wake after a 2hr nap.

i missed all the tv programs that i have circled to watch. though nowadays that is not really that bad anymore as we got online tv that allows us to see them later. that is one thing that has influenced our tv watching. no more recording of these things anymore. that makes the video, or dvd recordings obsolete.

its no wonder this report saying we watch tv online more these days. it also asks people what gadget they missed most. for the young it is mobile phones, for older it is tv. for me, it is my laptop.

well, it certainly was more useful than the tv at this time of night, or morning. nothing on tv, though of course i could see catch up tv, but didn’t feel like it. it is too passive. but the laptop and the internet is available 24hrs and it is more appealing because it is a more reactive medium.

i also caught this article about google making it easy to order food via their search engine. so if u are searching for restaurants, and u see one u like, there is a link that allows u to order food from them. google does it via the online takeaway websites that abound now. so far it is a service only available on google in usa. i dont order takeaway for delivery to my home. but it seems it is getting popular. it might be u can run a business without any premises, just have a kitchen and  just linking to these internet sites. but i would advise any takeaway place to get online and link themselves to these websites. in fact, reading of all this takeaway food made me hungry so i just warmed up some leftovers in my fridge and ate it. and it was just as delicious.

i know if i were in malaysia and waking up in the early morning i would most probably jump into the car and drive off to the all night mamak stall and have piping hot  food cooked fresh there, it is the way we are so used to in malaysia. we would never dream of cooking it ourselves, as there would be no food in the house at all. 

having said that ,living in london as i do,  i doubt i will take advantage of the takeaway services as i dont order take away food at all. it is so cheap to just cook more food than i need when i cook my meals, and make them into individual portions and freeze them to eat later, that it seems silly to order takeaway. but i know people dont live by being sensible . haha.

ah well, i think it is time to get back to sleep.

added 7.56am. i woke at 7.40am just now. it was 3.40am or so when i went back to sleep for a 2nd time. so i got a lot of sleep. at first i was surprised because i usually dont sleep that long, until i remembered the night before i slept at 2am and woke at about 6am. so i am only catching up on sleep now. that would explain it. it is just so nice that i am not working so i can just enjoy it ,sleep whenever i like, and wake whenever it happens;  instead of having to wake up to get to work.

i was seeing henry hudson at sothebys yesterday, his art using plasticine, a far cry from what i read  now about picasso’s les femmes d’algers version ‘0’, sold for a new world record $179million. £116million. bought for $32million in 1997. u can compare it with his version ‘H’. you could say the version ‘o’ seems the culmination of the series. i guess u can see why the rich buy these art. its value can only increase with time.

the beauty of google. haha. u can see here all the versions that picasso painted of that scene.  seen all at once, it gets repetitive. best to see them when they come up for auction at about 15yr intervals. haha. picasso is a past master at hiding and hinting at breasts and vulva in his art. so the viewer can get secret pleasure at finding these and pretend only they are the ones to see it. haha.

all this talk of money is very deceptive. for eg, this so called world record, is only the prices bought at auction. private sales are higher, paul gaugin for $300 million

When will you Marry? (Nafea faa ipoipo), Paul Gaugin, £197 million
In February this year Gaugin’s 1892 oil painting sold at the highest price ever for a work of art: $300 million, or £197 million. It was sold privately by major Swiss art collector Rudolf Staechelin to an unknown buyer.

 and since these prices are in $, the exchange rate with the £ means when u translate it to £, the figure can rise and fall all over the place.

added 2.04pm it seems christie’ is also selling picasso’ pottery. it shows off his artistry . this one i like very much.

picasso plate

added.12.57pm 13.5.15. it seems this potteries have been sold at auction as recent as march in sothebys, with prices around 1,800. (forgot if it is in $ or £). and now the buyer has turned it round by selling it online. clever. that plate when i last looked is $5000.