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a lovely morning, buying briefs

28 Jun

london 6.52am cloudless blue sky tuesday 2016 15.6C

a lovely morning view from my kitchen window. the sense of fresh cold crisp air is lovely and reminds me a bit of being on holiday in the med. the trees have allready put out shoots and it is only about 3months since they have been shorn bald. this is like the weather in the mediterranean region but without the language difficulties. haha. 

added. 1.49pm i went to primark at the marble arch end of oxford st, and bought these underwear. £4.50 for 5 . hope they last me as long as the ones i bought in malaysia 10yrs ago. haha.

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actually i like looking at underwear. this website has got some really nice ones and they make videos of models wearing them and interview them as well… in a rather saucy way. they are american and priced in dollars so even if i want to buy them it would be difficult. 

now i come to think of it, primark is like the street markets that every town should have, where u can buy basic stuff cheap. like the pasar malams in malaysia. i think most of us are not bothered with fashion for things like underwear, socks … they are things we use and discard when worn out. without primark there has not been anywhere we can buy those things in uk. especially in london. oh i forgot, there might be such places in the street markets in the east end, but u have to search for them and travel quite a long way from your home to them, and the choices are limited. 

added. here is a link to them asking trainers which they prefer, boxers or briefs. spoiler alert… in the end none of them chose any of it, they all wore trunks. dont know what is the difference? here is a bhs link to show you. no wonder bhs has gone bankrupt, their choices are really very old fashioned. 


9 May

london 11.15pm sunday 8.5.16, posted on monday 9.5.16 00.38am.

i have been out and about earlier , starting with going to the paddington library, to read the sunday papers. and as is my usual practise, i go into the waitrose there before the library. they have robinson’s squash drink 1.25litres reduced to 50p, usually £2. so i bought one. simon likes to drink it, but also i figured now the temperature is rising, it would be nice to have some cold drinks made out of squash.

added. 1.6.16 a few days ago i saw the empty bottle in my recycling bin. amazing, simon has drunk it all… how did he do it??? it is a concentrated drink. and very sweet, if he can get through such a big bottle in such a short time, i am glad i dont buy these things that often. i dont think they are healthy to drink. i was expecting it to last a year… in the end, i never did get to taste it. just as well i am easy about these things… because i dont really like these kind of suger drinks. 

in fact, today they have another good bargain in their oranges. each pack has 7oranges , they have a 3 pack for £2 offer on those, and u can mix and match with mandarins, and tomatoes. so that they cost 67p each. quite a good price that, and i was tempted to buy but it means carrying these heavy things around and i had intended to go to covent gdn after the library. 

added. 1.6.16 . another day i actually took these 3packs to the counter, and to my horror , was charged £4 for them. it seems they are 3 packs for the price of 2 packs. not £2. i misread it. well, i had to ask the assistant to cancel the sale…oh i dont get embarrassed at asking them to cancel it. haha. it is not so good a bargain.

there is a punch and judy festival there today. well, it is just an excuse to go out really to enjoy the sunshine that we are having. when it is shining like this, it seems a waste to stay at home. its a nice day and i enjoyed it very much. i packed a lunch sandwiches, and had them on the bus going to covent gdn. i am glad that here in london we dont ban eating in buses. thank goodness for that. 

i came back and tried to see tv, there was a cartoon film, called the rescuers, but i was so sleepy i went to bed and sleep instead.

when i woke up it was about 8pm. in time to catch the durrells, the tv program based on the corfu trilogy, this is the last of the series, and it is very thought provoking, and somewhat saddening. it is about the relationship problems of the humans in it, rather than the childlike exploration of the natural world by gerry, where none of these human relationships muddies the picture.

human interactions are rather saddening, i think, that is why it is so nice to have a childhood where u dont have to bother with them, and just enjoy the blissful ignorance of childhood and you never have to worry about anything really. that was the joy i felt when i read the book, and that is the joy i have with my own childhood. this adaptation is very clever, and very plausible to show how the adults and the others of his family might have lived. but it is rather unsettling, because it is so saddening.

well that was how i felt after seeing that episode, and my mood was made more saddening, when i saw RAN, later that night; it is a film by kurosawa and based on king lear, and it is really very gory and horrible with sons killing each other and their wives. i had to stop seeing it. it makes me too sad.  it makes me think that films really do make you have a depressed mood, so that i would advise people who are prone to depression not to see too many films. i dont think they are good for you. 

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another day with a name

6 Mar

london 6.34pm 6.6C quite dark outside. sunday 2016 mother’s day

the waitrose i went to , it is near the library and i go there before going to the library, has lots of flower bouquets on sale, the roses are about £15 a bunch. flowers are the easiest presents to buy for your mother. anyway i dont have to bother with it. which is how i like it.

i read somewhere , in huntington website , a writer saying she feels so bad about not having a mother alive to buy presents for and to commemorate the day… though i was thinking it does save her from all the commercial hype. because of course she can buy her mother if she is alive, all kinds of presents anytime of the year,  and not have to wait for this day. but people now adays have so got caught up with a way of thinking, that each day must be designated for certain occasions, and everyone follows and those who cannot, feel left out or are reminded of what they dont have.

i think i prefer the stoic view of life, that life is as it is, and to let go. it makes life so much better i think. 

my inane ramblings

4 Dec


here i am sitting in the library writing this.

its quite a grey day out there, which i can see because there are two huge picture windows in this room where the rows of outlet plugs are arrayed on the tables for everyone to plug in their gadgets. according to this weather website it is 5.6C now (11.40am). its colder than last night (8C).

i was out this morning on my way to the library, can’t say it was that cold really. but that is because i am wrapped up warm.

 i did not go out last night so dont know how cold it was really last night to compare with this morning.  it may depand on the wind. but generally the actual temp is no guide to how cold things are. it depands on how warmly u are dressed… that might be the most important factor. 

when i first plugged into the power socket here in the library i did not check to see if the light comes on to show my laptop is charging. it was later that i realised the plugs are not working. so i tried the ones next to it, and they worked.

i am tempted to put a written note on the plugs to say ‘out of order’, just to warn others. but perhaps they are only temporarily out of order and might start to work later.

the wifi here is very slow as usual but since i am taking my time writing this post,  it think i wont post this until i go to victoria station and use the 02wifi there. 

There is an advert in the times from 3 the internet provider, http://www.three.co.uk/calendarme which allows u to put your face in photos and make a calendar month for it. its all very silly but funny in a way.

here is my effort. hilarious and silly but quite a lot of fun.

 there is a metro, a free newspaper that someone had bought in from outside and left here. there is a voucher for macdonalds big mac + fries for £2. it is valid till 14.12.14. these vouchers are a fixture in that paper. anyone can get them so no need to pay the full price.

the normal cost of a big mac is £2.89 (at least it is so in this branch at victoria station).

 so u are getting it cheaper and also getting fries too. i have been tempted to buy but i always think how easy it is and much nicer to make my own and that stops me.

now and then it is nice to have a hamburger. or even a sausage sandwich. which was what i had when simon cooked some last night. it was very salty but maybe because of it it was very tasty. it makes me realise that so much of what people call tasty is due to the salt. no salt and it is a very tasteless meat. last night the salt from the sausages made me so thirsty.

added 12.25pm . i am at the macdonalds in victoria now and it is busy, so i have a theory that the taste for salt is strong in everyone; that is what  makes them eat macdonalds and other fast foods.

i dont think it is bad as such, after all we have seen nature programs where animals will travel miles to the salt licks, so i think salt eaten in moderation is ok; but then what makes people’s downfall is that a lot of people dont know what moderation is. They dont know when to stop.

added. 1.19pm. i left the eating concourse and went to tesco on my way back home; as i wanted to buy some eggs.

at the tesco they have a table laid out with free mince pies. i tasted one and it tasted very good. it is an open pie, in that there is no crust on top and u can see the filling. it was not too sweet that is why i like it… it was so good  i took another one on the way out, and it went very well with the free coffee i got from waitrose. rather nice of them to give us these free samples. 


Meditation for Busy Minds | Max Henderson

7 Jan

Meditation for Busy Minds | Max Henderson.

this guy is saying what i know for a long time allready. i think he is allready practising it, like a lot of others , myself included;  but did not have the scientific evidence to back him up. until now with the scientific study by a university. we might not have called it anything other than meditation, but really it is not important what u call it, as long as u know itis a skill we learn to discipline the thoughts that go through our mind; that we can chose how and what we think.