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13 Nov

london 5.09pm 7C cloudy dark wednesday 2019 victoria library

i have been to the followup appointment for my prostate in chelsea hospital, to find out the result of the psa from the blood sample i gave about 2wks ago. it was about 5.9, a considerable drop from last time, 13, and before that 30. so the doctor says it looks like it is going down, to normal which is about 4 for me.

he suggests another test about 6months from now, but to let my GP do the blood test instead of the hospital. i am glad it, the psa, has gone down. i feel fine as far as the lower plumbing is concerned. by that i mean my pissing, no problems there anymore since i am taking tamsolusin. 

so i am glad that i am getting back to normal.

earlier this morning, i found out that giraffe, a chain of cafes, was giving away free takeaway coffee, because today is world friendship day. so i went there to get a cappuccino. its nice to be able to get free coffee, though if there isn’t any, i am ok with it too. this is because i like the weak instant coffee and prefers it , so this means i can always make my own and dont have to buy it from coffeeshops. in fact, none of them make coffee from instant anyway. haha.

sometimes when i happen to pass these coffee shops i would stop briefly to look at their menu, just to see what they sell to eat. i had a look online at the giraffe menu,  and though sometimes it does seem quite tempting, i know i can easily go back and make my own, or simon will be cooking something up and i can eat what he cooks. and it is delicious too. and i am always glad to go back to eat esp when i see the prices they are charging. £12 for the main dish nowadays.

i was reading a newspaper article about the menu del dia, in spain. they were saying it may be dying out, as many of the old hands who do it die off and their children dont want to follow in their footsteps. it seems long ago when people take long lunch breaks and cannot go back home, they rely on these cheap menu del dia ,3 courses, started off at 6euros, but now going up to 8euros during the time i holiday there (torrevieja), and now 13-14 euros. when i was there, in the mid 2000s, it includes wine too, but i wonder if they still include it now. i remember it includes the tips and vat. so very good value for money actually, esp for those who drink. my friends drank my share. the wine is for 2 bottles for 3people. if u like to drink wine, spain is just wonderful for getting your fill of it quite cheaply.

in london, i was looking at the menu of a place just outside the chelsea hosp, when i was coming back, and i see they have a 2course for £12, 3course for £14. so comparatively very similar to the spanish menu del dia, though it does not include wine nor tips. 

added. i found a 2020 calendar, not that i need it as i have been using my own home made calendar for ages now. but the pictures of food are very nice to look at.

the space for each date is not big enough to write things on it. so i shall continue to use my own homemade one i think. and just hang this up for the pictures of food.

i was browsing the magazine section in the sainsburys, and saw this this calendar came with a food magazine called good food. the cover costs says £8. but u can subscribe cheaper. i thought £8 is a lot , but of course most people will subscribe, then it is £5 for 5 issues then £21 (about) for the next 6. and you get a free bottle of wine as well. or you can go to the library to see if they get it, and then u can read it free. haha. 



The only thing that can stop tip inflation is stingy millennials | Zach Stafford | Comment is free | The Guardian

8 Jun

The only thing that can stop tip inflation is stingy millennials | Zach Stafford | Comment is free | The Guardian.

this one can only apply in america, where the staff rely on tips to bring their pay to minimum wage. it is the owner effectively saying the customer pays for the staff. i am glad we in uk dont have that system.

added. reading the article again i noticed he said baristas are paid minimum wage and so dont have to rely on their tips. so this is just the management using the smartphone payment method to make more money from the tips. because it seems the tip do not go to the server but add to the management’s profit. what a con!!

(of course, u could say anyone who pays with a apple phone or any of these technology is rich and deserved to  be fleeced, but you can see technology is making it easier for management to increase the cost… on the reason that it is convenient and make for speedy transactions. but convenience to whom? not to the customer that is for sure. )

so we find in this situation which zach stafford finds himself… because people pay with a smart phone, or with a cashless card in america, the amount of tip is suggested.

$2 tip for a $4 coffee seems excessive. of course they say u can alter it or refuse it, but few would do that for fear of being thought cheapskate. or for fear that they will have to stop going to that place. no knowing what the barista is going to put in your coffee if word gets round that u dont tip. haha.

the owners say they keep prices down as they rely on customers to tip and pay their staff;  to us in london, $4 = £2.80,  is not cheap. it costs the same as in london and we dont have this tipping culture. so i dont think the prices are kept down at all.

here, we dont have that passive aggressive attitude to their customers that will happen when the staff rely on tips. a customer may think 10% is good enough for tips, but the staff may think 20% minimum is expected.

it isn’t even that the barrista gave special service to warrant a tip. he is doing what he is there to do, make coffee.

in fact, come to think of it, u are at the counter. it is not that u are at a table and he have to bring it to u even, you are being the waiter here and you still have to give him a tip… ?!!!

why expect a tip for that? and it fosters a forced behaviour on their part… they feel they have to do extra… that kind of unwanted service that u dont want… like making cheerful greetings and being over friendly and keep asking u ‘how are you doing?’ just so they can appear to give extra service.

addeed. 12.22pm i was taking the c10 back to my place after my library session. what was new is seeing this man in work clothes and flourescent jacket wheeling a pile of suitcases on his upright wheeler. he was with a elderly chinese lady. he put the luggage in the bus and he waved the lady bye , waved bye to the bus driver and off he went, did not hang around to collect a tip, and i thought that is the thing here in uk, they just accept a thank you and that is it, off they go. it is unusual for anyone to have a porter person carrying their luggage . this is an ordinary bus stop, not a coach stop or anything.

the thought occurred to me how is the old lady going to carry all that luggage out of the bus and who will take it to  where she is going? did she expect someone she knows to be waiting for her at her stop? it is the thing about life, the story is half told and we dont know the ending. haha. nor in this case the beginning, as to where did she come from and how did she manage to get a workman to porter the luggage?