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power of tech

4 Oct

london 8.17am 15.8C sunny tuesday 2016

it seems yesterday the early morning was a cold spell, 2C in guildford, but in london 8C. personally i did not notice it in my flat and only knew of it because the weather forecast on tv mentioned it. there was cloud cover this morning so the temp did not drop as low. it was 12C early on. and with the sun coming up it rose up abruptly to 15.8C like now.

i got a overspill feed in my wordpress reader and read this post ‘the godlike powers of tech’ about how the smartphone has changed the world. i was asking earlier in another post what is so good about the smartphone. it certainly answered it.

it seems it is inertia that made me resist wanting to change. i guess i too will one day succumb to smartphones and use it instead of a chromebook. just as i have moved from a pc to a chrome book. i think it is allready happening now.

my main gripe about smartphones is its small screen and difficult to touch type on it. many smartphones now can throw it onto a big tv screen, and portable keyboards connected by wireless tech can mean not having to have a keyboard fixed to the device. so i can envisage a time when i will move to a smartphone. and it will be a short step to a wearable smartphone, a smartwatch perhaps. 

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detail of the bark of the london plane tree that is planted on the roadside.

added. 3.32pm 19.5C. yesterday at midnite stanstead airport was crowded with returning passengers , 5000 of them all landing from 2plane loads. this was reported in today’s newspapers. must be 2 cheap flights coming in at about the same time and carrying all those who went away in sept and wanting to return now. well for those of us who are staying , it makes us glad we decided to stay in uk and not going on holiday. haha. we need reminding how awful travelling for leisure can be,treated like cattle really. 

my friends have gone off on their holiday yesterday. but i dont think they were caught in this , as they were leaving the country and on earlier flights.

one went to torrevieja, spain, to stay with a british friend who has bought a flat there intending to live there all year, but finding the summers too hot and so going there in winter instead. i would be interested in his report of what he finds there. 

the other two went off to gran canaria in the canary islands.

it is actually logical to take the holidays now, as the flights will be cheaper and not so crowded. and i hope they would have bought their holiday money, because today the £ dropped to its lowest for 3yrs. £1 =1.14euros. almost on par if u consider that tourist rates are always worse. ah well, those tourists who are here in uk must be glad that their holiday here is even cheaper. 

all the more reason to have a staycation for those of us who dont fancy paying the higher prices for a european holiday.

added 5.09pm, i see my google calendar has alerted me to the turner exhibition free entry today. or rather pay what u like, but the minimum is 1p. it applies every tuesday. till 2.1.17. u can get quite a quirky art for the contenders to this prize. i remember one time it was blinking ceiling lights … like it was going to fuse… call that art!! haha. 


we are feeling smug today

30 May

london 6.27am 12.8C cloudy bank holiday monday 2016

today is the spring bank holiday. the one on 1st May was labour day, but i dont see that name being mentioned much nowadays. i wonder why.

this one only serves to remind me of all the horrible things that i have missed by living in london and not going anywhere.the news is full of  huge traffic jams on the roads, and clog up in euston train station. and french strikes petrol shortage making it hell for travellers. not to mention the weather not doing its part, but raining down on everyone. haha. the forecast got it wrong, as usual. scorching, it says. but those of us who live here long enough realise it will never happen as predicted, the gulf stream will put paid to any prediction.

well, it makes me very smug that i chose not to go anywhere haha. i get to feel this way every year, because it always happens like this every year. people dont seem to learn from it, or expect it to be different.  or they forget. or the craving for some hot sun on a sandy beach is too strong to resist. haha.

those who managed to get to their resort early and so are there  today  and have it hot there must be just as smug as me… haha. nothing like doubling the pleasure of a hot holiday abroad when u hear people in uk are having a right old miserable time with pouring rain. haha. so that is two lot of people who will be feeling very smug today.


a kebab shop called lolita, in paddington. bus advert for teenage mutant ninja turtles. i find the title amusing… i dont think they will have this bizarre combination nowadays as a title to anything. in fact, i know so, as there are no new titles with such a strange combination of words.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a film series based on the comic book characters of the same name created by Kevin Eastmanand Peter Laird. The first film in the series, titled Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, was released in 1990 at the height of the franchise’s popularity and was a commercial success. The success of the film garnered two direct sequels, respectively released in 1991 and1993, and a CGI animated film in 2007 billed as TMNT building on the success of the 2003–09 TV series. The series was rebooted in a new film made by Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies, released on August 8, 2014. The sequel will be released on June 3, 2016. (from wikipedia). though the film is now being shown in uk today, 30may.