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drinks and tapas

26 Jan

london 10.35pm tuesday 2016 12.3C been raining on and off.its mild, though.

today ,this evening, the tube would be impossible, if the threatened tube strike has gone ahead. it would have started this evening.  but it has been called off and so the tubes are running. so it was rather fortunate as i wanted to go to a wine bar near farringdon station, as i got a place in a evening standard event by invitation. it starts 6.30pm.  its for a travel writer, simon calder, who writes a column for the independant. and to publicise a booklet, ‘spanish journeys’ which he wrote sponsored by the spanish tourist board.

we got tapas and lots of wine. or at least the other people there. i myself just settled for cava, because i heard so much about it and wanted to taste it. i dont know what the fuss is about, regarding the cava. haha. but then i just dont like wine, can’t appreciate it.

all i felt after drinking it was that i was really thirsty and would like some plain water. my thirst was not helped when it was aggravated by the salty tapas. the waiters handed it around, which means we dont get a lot to eat…

but they were refilling the wine very freely. so, great if u like to drink. there was white and red wine too. but i just had one glass of cava and that was enough for me. 

my journey by tube to farringdon shows me how crowded it was. i took the journey during the rush hour. how anyone can let themselves suffer like that everyday both going to and returning from work, is beyond me. trains delayed, and standing room only. and it is so hot inside the carriages esp as we are all wrapped up with warm clothing because they are needed when u leave the stations. i have forgotten how awful it all is.

it certainly makes me glad i dont have to make this kind of journey every day.

happiness is knowing i dont suffer such things at all in my life now.

come to think of it, it’s a bit like health. we are not aware of it until we get some thing wrong … pain i mean. then we notice it and wish we are better again and begin to appreciate good health and no pain.

this happened to me only two days ago. suddenly when i woke up, i noticed my left foot was very tender. it was centred on the ball of the foot, and i could not flex it, or stretch it, or even put my weight on it. it seems to get better as the day wears on, and get worse overnight. this happened for two nights. i thought i was getting gout… but i decided to massage it, and press on the painful bit, and stretch the foot back and forth… and it got better which suggested to me that it is cramp, and my flexing and stretching it helps it get better.

i read an article by a woman writer in the daily mail giving the same account of her foot suddenly giving pain. unfortunately she said it was  so painful that she simply did not touch it…and she said she began to be afraid of so many things, fear of falling, and doing things and began to limit herself. which is undesireable i think. she should be up and moving. or it will get worse. she did not mention whether she got diabetes or not, because it can affect the foot. peripheral neuropathy. but if there is no obvious medical condition, it might just be cramp. 

 i found out that  u have to breathe deeply and evenly ,  when u  manipulate the foot,stretching it and holding it in position; even though it is painful at first.

u must break that cycle of pain, making u want to  rest it and not touch it, and being inactive, which then makes the pain worse,and that makes u want to not touch it even more… i think my theory that  a lot of  pain is due to muscle cramp is a good one. the muscle goes into spasm.  sometimes the cold aggravate it, or triggers it that is why it comes on seemingly suddenly and without any cause. so the solution is to stretch it, that removes the cramp or spasm, and all is well again. that way no one need to be crippled and restrict their activity and independance. 

london fares for 2016

15 Nov

london 8.33am clear 15.3C monday 2015

rather good actually, not much increased.

it still penalise people who do short journeys but i guess this is ‘what u lose on the roundabout u gain on the swings’ sort of thing.

i remember when they removed the short journey fares and replaced it with a flat fare for any length of journey, it hit me, because i live in central london and all my bus journeys are short one. that was when i took to walking to soho, and then took to cycling there because it was quicker. that was when  i found a bike in the recycling bin. haha. it certainly gave me some needed exercise.

and the single bus fare crept up from 60p to £1.50 now. but it made more incentive to cycle, because u save more if u do. one of the perverse things about us humans. haha.

that is why i am not too concerned with raised prices. it is a good way to social engineer behaviour. make it so that people lose big or gain big if they do a certain thing, and you can make them do it or not do it.

with the fare structure now, it makes people think twice to start a journey but once started it does not take many journeys (only 3) to make it so that they can go wild and take as many journeys as they want. its great for tourists, who can take the bus to tour all round london and grab a wonderful slice of london at that all for £4.50

its front loaded so that practically everyone who uses the transport end up paying the full daily limit, and no more. so those who manage to  plan ahead and do all their travelling on one day gain an advantage. that would engineer a change of habit dont you think?

it’s a bit like charging for a shopping bag. i think that is a good bit of social engineering.