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Posted in Uncategorized with tags on June 8, 2009 by sanaseni

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The flag

Posted in Uncategorized on June 1, 2009 by sanaseni

After much trial and error, I finally managed to cast my vote in the European parliament elections. Funnily I have to vote for Finns in the Finnish embassy, even if living in the UK. I wonder if I could vote even if I was living in a country outside of the EU? It seems that most of the candidates are running their ship with the best intentions of their home country first, and the EU as a distant second, making the selection of a suitable candidate that much harder. Thankfully there were plenty of suitable, open minded and well travelled candidates.
I had to vote under a grey and blue flag though. Somehow the embassy flag looked dirty, but there is hope that it was an optical illusion, as the building is really white and it was really sunny. However, the white of the flag should be as white as there is, and this wasn’t.

Flags outside the Finnish embassy in London

Flags outside the Finnish embassy in London

Naturally, I had to whine about this to the embassy.

Groceries online

Posted in Uncategorized on May 21, 2009 by sanaseni

I have been taking full advantage of the convenient webshops and deliveries around here. Or so I thought. I never actually planned for the meals or anything, just shopped what I wanted or thought we needed. Habitual enactment from previous experiences and customs. The thing is, shopping online makes you shop out of season and shopping weekly is not possible if you think daily (used to shop daily) and do not plan the menu.
Change has come. I now shop every five days, as the produce does not really stay fresh for a week. I also plan the menu for five days and then buy the ingredients. Planning makes all the difference for the taste, the balanced diet, budget and time. I recommend.

People in London

Posted in Uncategorized on May 11, 2009 by sanaseni

Millenium to St Pauls

Millenium to St Pauls

I have had the fortune to meet various cultures in the same city and I find the spread interesting. Indians are behind the counter, that is any and all counters. Basically, whatever your food is, it comes from indians. It seems that art galleries are mostly taken over by french and frequented by very rude (smoking, farting, spitting and loudmouthing) french tourists. The english themselves work in pubs. It is impossible to go out and about without (over)hearing someones conversation in finnish and there are always japanese and chinese origins about, with their cameras documenting the travel for the holiday to be enjoyed at home. Most common tourist is english, as majority of the popula steer clear from the capital at all costs, only popping over a few times in their life. Most commonly observed are the two american twenty something girls going “oyh my god I waz like so-o…”
Before 9.30 on a weekend, when the city is almost empty and having only the homeless people around, is the best time. The worst would propably (never seen this personally) be before 9.30 on a weekday, as the londoners are around rushing to work. But I like all of them. They are the sight of the city.

Most typical sight in london

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on May 5, 2009 by sanaseni

The doubledecker, black cab, post box and telephone booth + the crane

The doubledecker, black cab, post box and telephone booth + the crane

The most typical sights in london are nothing like you might think. Here is a picture in which I managed to capture many of the most common quintessentially Londonese institutions. The traditional Hackney Carriage or Black Cab is often seen in the city. Driven by a person with especially large hippocampus leaves little room for caring of pedestarians well-being. These cabrioles (where the word Cab comes) are not always black, in fact the London cab can be (and indeed are) of whatever colour since there is no rules about it. The sides are quite often plastered in colourful advertisements as well. The double decker bus is very cheap, easy to use, goes everywhere in what seems as a lightning speed. It does not try to kill you and the drivers are very humane. The one thing to remember is the getting of the ticket. With exact change in coins from a machine next to the bus stop. The driver does not sell these and there is no use for plastic money here. The red post box is a frequent sight and they really do look like that everywhere. With quarter of a pound the Royal mail will try to deliver your letter anywhere in the UK, sometime in the next two weeks. Funnily enough, double the money and they deliver anywhere in the world within 5 days. They have an extensive range of services and the ones that are not the absolute cheapest – are really, really good. Basically, move over DHL. Finally the telephone booth is still very much alive here. I have no clue how good or bad the service is, but there are several different companies operating these. They are definetely in use and I would guess that people make collect calls from these when they run out of money. Also, none of the “free to call” numbers are free when calling from mobiles, so I suppose people call their banks or such to whine about stuff, from public phones in the street. As it is free. Finland made the decision to remove even the very last booth last year. The brits might have been slow to act, but are now planning to build a nice Internet hotspot network with the phonebooth network. Finnish telcos prolly thought that someone should think of something to make some use of them, the workgroup appointed did not think of anyone to think anything, but knew that there are some guys who could tear them down… But it does not matter really, the thing that is most obvious and always visible in the town of London, is in this picture as well. It is not the sunny weather, that is rare. It is not the few tourists, as normally there are loads. It is very hard to take an outdoor picture without it being in it. Peeking from the backround, as always, it is the everpresent building crane.

Spreading the flu 101

Posted in Uncategorized on April 30, 2009 by sanaseni

The flu spreads, as we all now know, through the extensive campaign from touching contaminated areas and airborne. The problem in UK is that the country is built to spread the flu. Yes, the open sewers have been eliminated, but the taps on the basins are still one for hot and one for cold old fashioned “touch me touch me” ones. So you wash your hands and touch the contaminated tap? It’s no good, you have to wash the taps first, then your hands. Lots of soap and hot water will do the job. Next, it is the drying of hands. Not drying would be really bad, as getting the hands dry is really the most important part to getting your hands germ free and to stop the spreading. And what then? Push the potentially contaminated button of the dryer to dry your hands. Finally, to get out of the loo, you have to pull the handle of the door, as they open inwards instead of out and cannot be just pushed woth your elbpw. The wet handle, as the previous person couldn’t dry hios hands properly. Ideal germination ground for the virus that was left on the handle by a previous person.
My two cents about ho to get rid of the flu? Fix the toilets. Install no touch taps, get some paper towels and change to doors that do not insist on touching.

Good times :)

Posted in Uncategorized on April 29, 2009 by sanaseni

ClearI can see clearly now, the rain is gone,
I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind
It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)
Sun-Shiny day
It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)
Sun-Shiny day

Oh yes I can make it now, the pain is gone
All of the bad feelings have disappeared
Here is the rainbow I’ve been prayin’ for
It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)
Sun-Shiny day

Look all around, there’s nothin’ but blue skies
Look straight ahead, nothin’ but blue skies

I can see clearly now, the rain is gone,
I can see all obstacles in my way
Here is the rainbow I’ve been prayin’ for
It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)
Sun-Shiny day
It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)
Sun-Shiny day
bright (bright), bright (bright)
Sun-Shiny day
It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)
Sun-Shiny day
It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)
Sun-Shiny day