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what to do this bank holiday monday

7 May

london 2.04pm 27.1C sunny public  bank holiday monday 2018

its very nice out there, and i feel like i should be going out and enjoying it, but i dont know where to go. the libraries are all shut. the shops are open, but i dont fancy going clothes shopping.

the supermarkets are open, and that i think i would be going to at about 3pm, in fact that is only 1hr away. perhaps it is only me that find that there is not a lot of things to do this bank holiday. perhaps that is why so many go abroad.

oh,  i know. people take their kids to the museums, and art galleries. and give them an icecream whilst there.

ok, that is it, i shall make it an excuse to go outside by going to the tesco in kennington. even though it is only 2pm. i feel like going out. 

added. 3.33pm have got back from the tesco. i see the tesco in kennington have reduced the price of the lancashire farm yogurt that all the other supermarkets have been selling at £1, and today i see tesco has also reduced it to £1. that saves me having to go to the sainsburys at nine elms. i find i am getting to like that yogurt a lot and cant help finishing it. it is better than eating icecream.

i go to the tesco to buy their low priced oats, the basic range is 75p for 1kg. today i noticed it is a different brand name, and that their basic range that i used to buy before, has been discontinued. but this brand is also the same price, so i bought it. oats are oats, and there is not a lot of difference to the quality no matter whether they sell it for the low  price or a high price. in fact, some of the high priced oats have a lot of suger in it. you might wonder why, surely a high priced product must contain less suger right? but it is not the case. maybe it is the result of the suger tax.

some places in london are recording as high as 31.4C now. that seems rather high. it will be interesting to see what the official temperature is . 

roast beef lunch

17 Apr

london 3.23pm 10c cloudy easter monday 2017

simon went at lunch time today to the kennington tesco to buy my milk powder (2) and oats (2) and sultanas (2) like i ask him to yesterday when he found out it was closed. its nice of him. and he bought back stuff to make a roast beef, yorkshire pudding, potatoes and veg.

nothing like a lazy day like today to have a roast dinner. so delicious. and he cooked the beef so quickly too, pink in the middle, it cooked quicker than the potatoes in fact.

well now i got such a lot of milk powder etc, i guess i shall have to finish them off before i implement my strategy of having my coffee black. so i shall delay that and continue with white coffee. though i might just use less milk powder and make it last longer. i think that might be the better strategy.

anyone who finds costs have escalated and what they buy have got more expensive, the strategy might be to use less of it.

i do know that if things are cheap, i tend to use a lot more of it. it is only human really. but using less of it does not make much difference to the taste of it. and might be healthier too, if u cut down the intake of some of those foods.

he cooks that roast beef with so little fuss.and so quickly too, the whole thing was finished in half an hour.  i usually hear people spending hours cooking these things, and getting flustered about it. he says his mum is guilty of it. overcooking the beef, and the veg. he says it is not necessary really. i would say not only not necessary, it is wrong. 

one thing though, this is not the case with chicken or turkey. you do need to make it cook long enough to cook the bird right through and so it will need time. and a bigger bird will take longer than a smaller one.

today my friend john woke up with a bad back. he went to a night club last night, and was ok when he got back. he thought he would be able to escape that bad back from recurring, but he was wrong. he had been putting hot and cold compresses on it and it seems to work. until now, when it is clear it had not worked. i dont know if he had been doing the stretching exercise i told him about. 

and it was so bad that he had to call and cancel the trip he was supposed to make to grantham, to see some friends. his tickets by rail will be wasted but cannot be helped i guess. better to find out now that the back is bad, rather than to go and then find out. at least he can rest in my flat and not have to keep travelling which he will have to do if he had taken the train as planned.

i wonder how others spend this day. they have allready 3days of break from work, this extra day must feel like a treat. haha.

it is quite a cloudy day, and threaten to rain. so not a nice day to go for a walk.  i think most will go indoors to see art , like in a museum. the tate britain near me is open today. so perhaps today is a culture day.

the snooker is on live on tv now, so for those like simon, that will take up most of their day.

 added. milkpowder 340mg £1.88. oats 1kg 75p, sultanas 500mg 89p. it is quite difficult to find out how much suger there is inside the milkpowder. 200ml has 10mg of suger. but how much is 200ml. it does not sound like a lot. but check this out… 100mg has 49mg suger. (10 teaspoonsfull)now that is better as a guide. half of the weight is suger!! dont believe me? click on that link. it really brings home to me just how much suger there is in there.  if i can be fooled, and i thought i really know these things… how much more easy for plenty others to be completely bamboozled.

i am definitely going to use very little. i wish i did not ask simon to buy two. it will take me ages to finish them. 

what to do today

4 Sep

london 10.11am 17.4C cloudy sunday 2016

simon mentioned the burning of a wooden structure on the thames, to depict the london skyline during the great fire of london. it is to be burnt later today as a highlight of the fire of london show going on all weekend. he said he might go and see it, though i told him they are saying it will be so crowded that they suggest people see it on the live show at their website instead. i think businesses there esp restaurants would like it if people did go there and then eat at their restaurants during or before or after the show. 

the lord moon of mall pub near trafalgar square. its a whetherspoon pub. in march 2015 i remember being particularly pleased that they are offering english breakfast for £2.99. i wonder if they still do so. i doubt it. i read in their website that they give unlimited free refills of coffee before 2pm. i wonder if that is still on. if so they should be recommended.

this one is in such a high tourist area, maybe they dont want to advertise it too much otherwise tourists might just go there for  a coffee and use their toilets and nothing else. esp now that the trafalgar square toilets need to pay.

though of course if the tourists are wise, they can go to the national gallery for free toilets.

i pass this pub often but never read their notices. until now when i see in the photo that their chips and hamburgers are about £5.50 with soft drinks. the macdonalds across the road are selling theirs for that much. though u can get a voucher for macdonalds that gives u a quarterpounder hamburger and fries for only £2. this is all near trafalgar square a popular tourist site.

maybe that is the thing about london, the eating places are chains and charge the same prices whether in the back of beyond or right in the centre near trafalgar square. there is a pret a manger, and another chain coffeeshop , cant remember what it is now; with out door seats facing and overlooking the square. it is a great place to linger and watch people. yet the prices are the same as in any of their branches elsewhere. this is so different from european cafes at famous sites, a notorious example is st marks square in venice; where they charge u a lot to sit there. 

nothing to rant about

12 Jan


I have been looking around to see what will fill my time. Most of the time, i read, or go on the internet, and swim, or go to the library, but i have borrowed so many books from the library that i thought i better not go so often , or if i do, not to borrow books; or i shall borrow even more books and i just could not read them fast enough.

Another way to while away the time is to go grocery shopping, but i have allready bought enough, more than i can finish so no point going to the supermarket.

So I thought i shall take the bus and wander around soho, and pop into the chinese grocery stores to see if there are any reductions. or to buy staple items but I have allready bought all i need. i dont know where else to hang around. Long ago, i used to hang around old compton st, the gay part of soho, sit in the coffee shops and chat to people who are sitting nearby. It was quite cheap to do so, until they start putting up the price of coffee, and cakes, and so even less local people hang around there; only tourists do so now. And though it is nice to meet visitors, they are here only for a few days whilst what we want is to make friends who live here. long ago when coffee was cheaper u get locals who are regulars in the coffee shops in old compton  st, and you can always see them to chat with if u happen to pass by. not any more. I suppose u could say i was one of the regulars, but i have stopped going, and i daresay so have all the other regulars.

now, i get small mishaps in my life to keep me occupied. recently, we bought a 40inch tv screen, but it developed a problem. without any reason, it would say there is no signal. I thought our aeriel was acting up and dropped by the local housing estate office to tell them to get the engineer to look at it. They made an appointment for the engineer to come to my flat . he did not come, but luckily, simon fiddled with the lead that connect with the aeriel socket and the picture came on. so that was how we found out it was the lead that they supply with the tv to connect to the aeriel socket. We should have guessed it is not the aeriel, because we asked our downstairs neighbour and she said she have no trouble with the tv transmission.

We often hear of old people ranting and raving when things go wrong, and complaining at the slowness of the engineers to come and fix it. Well, all i can say is i am glad i did not make a fuss. haha it would be terribly embarrassing to have the engineer come and find this. it is like some old fart forgetting to switch on the tv and complaining it does not work. 

so now the tv works fine, and i am enjoying seeing the films again with the added novelty of this bigger screen. there are a lot of repeats nowadays. It’s not so much fun to see old films as they only fill up half the screen. 

Added. simon tells me he had found out from someone he was chatting to online that the screen we got is not the one he bought. it is not a smart tv. that is why it wont take a dongle and connect to the internet for him to get bbc iplayer which will enable him to get the high definition program. 

Talking of this urge to chat with people, we hear so much of that about old people being isolated and have no one to chat to, but i have realised that it isn’t so much no one to chat to, but no one that we like to chat to. that is harder to find. Ah well, just as well we gay people have the internet and gay websites to get in contact with other gay guys. I recently sent a message to a guy who lives in manchester and who i thought looked rather sexy and he is interested in jacking off too. jacking off is something that i thought i shall get interested in again. Normally if someone is not in london, i would not have bothered , but he did say in his profile that he comes often to london. and just now he sent me a message saying he will here visiting london on feb13th. so that would be  nice to meet up and get to know each other. thank goodness for being gay. dont you think? it is real easy to meet other gay guys.

I like to chat with people and often do with strangers i meet on the bus or waiting in the bus stop or just on the street. I like being on my own, but sometimes i like interacting with other people. i prefer these casual contacts rather than have a friend. partly because i dont like to arrange to meet , i like the casual , accidental meets with strangers. 

that was what i was doing when i chatted with a guy in the same gay website . he is a belgium guy who comes to visit london 4/5 times in a year. he said he stays with friends and they keep busy doing things. so i asked him what he do, as i thought i might get some ideas from him. he said they walk, go on daytrips, give dinners. (not very useful things to me as i dont fancy any of that) and he says i sound lonely and wonders if i am.

I suppose i might give others the impression that i am lonely, when i told him i was wandering around soho and suggested to him that it would be nice to  meet up for a coffee  in soho when he is here in london. I replied to him I am not lonely, but i do miss my young days when i would have friends hang around the coffee shop in old compton st, and we would invariably find one of us there whenever we go to soho, and so always have company. and also we are able to meet and make friends on a casual basis with other gay guys there who hang out in all hours like us. it was a lovely time i remember. it does not happen anymore. 

I think the internet may well account for that , not many of us now hang around coffee shops in soho, because we can make contact via the gay network. maybe it is something you do when you are young. Not to mention when you are young more people are attracted to you physically and you get approached more often, or if u approach someone you often than not get welcomed or get an encouraging response.

The thing about going old is that you realise so many things in your youth will not come again. I was seeing a tv program about the songs of the 70s, and saw the carpenters singing ‘close to you’, and 10cc singing ‘another love’, and realise those feelings that the songs evoked in me will not be retrieved by anything sung nowadays. I doubt any of the songs now will evoke the same feelings in me years from now.