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just pottering around victoria station

25 Sep

london 1.24pm 17.6C cloudy monday 2017

i see from today’s metro free newspaper that there are vouchers for free 6inch sandwiches for breakfast if u buy their regular size hot drink. this is from subway. normally a 6in sub costs about £3. and their coffee about £2.50. though i doubt i will use it because it is so much cheaper just to make your own sandwich… i suppose it will be of use to tourists if they know about it. that with these vouchers and the macdonalds and burgerking ones u can easily get reduced priced foods. they dont tempt me that much, because i can make them cheaper myself . i was thinking if i were in malaysia, i would certainly be paying the hawkers to eat their foods, because their foods are freshly done right on the spot. so worth the money. for eg, cha kuey teoh will be fried fresh while u wait and arrive piping hot. you cannot substitute that with any thing that u bring from home. 

but i can get free coffee anyway. like this morning when i went to costa in cardinal place, a shopping complex opposite the westminster cathedral, the roman catholic cathedral, not the anglican one near parliament which is called westminster abbey.  to redeem my voucher for a free coffee given to me by the dailymail for 20 nectar points. it expires at the end of this month, that is why i got to redeem it. the O2 wifi there need me to enter the code which they sent to my mobile phone. but since i did not bring that phone with me, i could not get into the network. the costa in the mezzanine floor did not require a code. so luckily for me, i was able to retrieve the coffee code from my email then. 

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oh, that umbrella , i found in victoria men toilet. (added. i have since opened that umbrella and found it is very flimsy and does not open well. so i shall return it to the recycling bins. )

do you know it is free now to use the toilet in victoria station? it has been free for some time, when people complained about it since those strikes, and they have kept it free ever since.  interestingly in the restaurant floor in the mezzanine in their shopping area the toilet is not free… but people,both men and women though the women still queue up; and pay to use it. i guess they are not aware that the main toilets in the station are free. 

washing hands

15 Apr

london rain friday 2016 11.8C


cooking chicken curry. when u consider it is just throwing everything into a pot and adding curry powder, i am surprised no one have cotton on that it is the easiest thing in the world to cook. and adding some spices more than others gives  you  different tastes.

london 9.12pm 15.7C dry wednesday 2016

i wash my hands as soon as i come into the flat if i have gone out. and it never ceases to amaze me at how much grey dirt there is. truly whoever warned that just by touching surfaces can make your hands the most germ carrying surpassing all other parts of the body, speaks the truth.

it makes me wonder if they should tell us to wash our hands before we do our business in the toilet, or even to wash our hands before we sit down at a restaurant or cafe to eat things. come to think of it, why dont they ever tell us to wash our hands in a restaurant before we eat?? huh? in malaysia, eating places have wash basins outside the toilets where u can wash your hands. but here in uk, u have to go to the toilet and a lot of people would find it inconvenient, not to mention it would make them even more crowded if everyone does that. 

the number of times i have just taken up food like bread and  snacks etc with my hands without washing them does make me wonder sometimes why i am not dead allready from all those germs.

maybe the fact we are not dead, suggests that it is not important , those germs i mean; which means we should not be too concerned about it. after all, all of us have picked things up with our bare hands and eaten from it. and none of us have died in droves. so maybe it is not very important.

perhaps its significance is in spreading flu viruses. touching surfaces and then transferring the hand to near your nose, and so catch that virus. and that can happen anywhere, esp in buses and trains where u have to grab hold of support in the moving vehicle; so washing hands after the toilet wont really prevent that. 

i read this article in the guardian about the merits of the dyson air dryers and the paper towel. the dyson is very efficient. though it does make a lot of noise. i first came across it in the toilets in trafalgar square. it is very futuristic in design. 

essentially they tested the two methods of drying hands and show that the dyson does spread the virus on the hands. but of course if u have been washing your hands prior to using the dryer, the problem should not occur. there should be no germs or viruses to get blown about.

what they should test is how environmentally sound are the two methods. which method is more wasteful of energy and pollution of the environment. perhaps they should just tell people to carry a handkerchief, to wipe the water from their hands and not use any of those drying methods. that should save a lot of energy and stop polluting the environment with paper towels.

it is the wisdom of the age now to advise everyone to wash every time they go to the toilet, even if it is just to pee. or to flush everytime u use the toilet… must be really wasteful of water for places in the world where rainfall is low and water is precious.

here in uk, we got so much water, it does not matter but so many instructions about water usage comes from the west which have no problems with water and these instructions get carried to places with lack of water and willy nilly applied to them without thinking of the local consequences.

here in uk, we have water being released in the urinals, and it runs for quite a long time, whenever u approach the urinal and even after.  i think it wasteful of water, but then this country have a lot of it and can afford to waste it. right now it is raining outside as i write. haha.

personally i think it is not necessary to wash after peeing. in fact, i would suggest if u have to wash, u wash before peeing. with the amount of dirt that u can pick up on your hands, washing before peeing makes more sense. if u do a number 2, then of course u should wash your hands afterwards.

and u can pick up more germs touching the door handle to the toilet. or even the handle to the flush. so actually everywhere there are germs and we are not all dead. so maybe it is nothing to worry about, really and no need to do a michael jackson and wear white gloves haha.

i used to use paper towels to mop spilt water, or clean surfaces until i realise it really is very wasteful and expensive too. so i use a rag now. the rag can be cleaned with washing up liquid and reused, and u can sterilise the rag by microwaving it now and then. so what is there not to like? right? but nowadays everyone uses disposable paper. 

high pollen in london

11 Jun

london 8.02am thursday 2015

i went out at about 7pm yesterday to the tesco in vauxhall, and noticed it is rather dusty (with pollen i presume). so much so that i had to wrap my muffler over my nose so i can filter the dust out. it was quite cold too, surprisingly, (it is the wind, if it is blowing, and from the north, it will be cold and make a person feel it) considering we are in june now.

anyway i have noticed when i look out of my kitchen window that the wind blowing down the road, and hence not directly into my flat, was carrying a lot of particles. and i have been sneezing a lot , even in my flat. that is because i have the windows open, i shall have to close them from now on. i think.

so i know the pollen count must be high and this morning i read in a daily telegraph article that it is very high count, so it is official. haha. that is why i welcome the rain, it sweeps the pollen down into the ground. not all rain is bad. and it is forecast to rain today. hooray!!

added. i have been looking at the forecast and the rain seems to be shifting. earlier thunderstorms are forecast for friday, now it seems it is on saturday.. hope it does not fall on our naked bike ride at 3pm on saturday. though it would be great for us hay fever sufferers so i guess whatever happens it is a win win for us.

i read that uber drivers are peeing into bottles and leaving it around london. it must be a non story, because i am sure they do it all the time, but why leave the bottles around, just empty the contents into the drain grates along the side of the road which drains rain water away, and u are all set to pee again into that bottle. haha. actually, if it is raining heavily, u dont even need to find a drain grate.

for pedestrians, there are so many street pots and containers with plants all over the place,(of course chose those in the street and open to the elements. not to mention there are so many garden squares where u can empty your bottle discreetly. that way u dont have pee bottles all over the street, and no one will know of it. obviously this applies to men drivers. though i am sure women can find a way too. and if u ask where can u pee without it being obvious, i think if u have a newspaper which u can pretend to read ; u can pee anywhere. really, but any corner of a building is a good place. and there are all these empty telephone boxes. 

i think we men do it all the time, carry a empty wide neck bottle with us, just so we can pee in it. it is not something we talk about, haha. or give advise on. i have never heard anyone in the papers or on tv or in those advise website ever telling people to do it… but it is the most useful thing u can do.

there is really no need to pee in doorways or alleyways and letting the pee stink the place up. yet it happens…  all of it done  by drunk people, i am sure.  when there is this so easy convenient way , anyone who pees on the street should be clouted on the head, i should think and told off, so there!

abundance of freebies

18 Feb


i was strolling out of the library this morning, after spending a free time there reading the newspapers, and charging my chromebook, and just outside the door, i see two stacks of shelves on wheels full of books for sale by the library.

 a lot of books that look brand new, all on sale. 50p for fiction (paperback and hardbacks), £1 for non fiction. in fact, anyone could have just taken them and not go back into the library to pay for it. they are very thrusting… or they realise there are a glut of books like these and no one really takes them anymore. for me who has grown up in malaysia where free or cheap books are non existent…it is  amazing really.

then carrying on to the high street, i went into oxfam, where they were selling lots of books too, but all more expensive than the library.

i took the number 2 bus back to victoria, where i went into the hsbc to put in a cheque of £25 which i won from the draw from premium bonds. on the way out i see they have installed a coffee machine and a seating area just by the entrance.  i actually left the place but decided to turn back and go for the coffee.haha.

it is a coffee machine i have not seen before, with packs of coffee that u insert into a slot and the machine than opens it and mix it with hot water which comes out and fills a paper cup which u place in the holder. and they provide little pots of milk and sachets of suger.

i have not noticed this coffee area before, but then i have not need to come to this branch for quite some time. nice of them to provide this. haha. maybe they are trying to improve their image. whatever the reason, it is rather nice. 

and there was a metro newspaper left there by a previous customer so i was able to read that while enjoying the coffee. they also have water , which i was really glad for , after the coffee i felt real thirsty and drank two cups of it. the water is so cool, it was so delicious.

but really, london is very pleasant for people like me who have quite a lot of time to potter around the city. and if u know where the toilets are u can even get free places to take a pee. haha. i know of a few supermarkets and libraries, and street markets around where they provide toilets, but they dont advertise it.

gone are the days when u can go into a macdonalds, or fast food place to pee, now they make it so u got to pay to get past the toilet gates. 

so these free toilets in non traditional locations are very useful places to know in case u are caught short. though with us men, we can pee anywhere really as long as you keep a spare empty water bottle with you. haha. one of the advantages of being a man.