Looking at booking train ticket for Infest on the August Holiday. Last year I paid 30-something pounds for the return ticket, bought in June. The cheapest ticket I find today is £76 and the equivalent of the one I bought last year is £111. Is there such thing as trying to book too early?
flaviomatani: (OBrien1984)
( Jul. 26th, 2016 11:35 am)
Labour does seem to have a death wish, don't they.
I have practically stopped listening to BBC Radio 4, apart from a few snippets of programs on science and that sort of thing. First I stopped listening to the Today programme as I just couldn't get on with the style of the interviewers and, often, their obvious biases in relation to issues or people. Then I got bored of most of the comedy quiz shows. Then finally I gave up on the Friday Comedy after just turning on.... Deadringers, I think it was, and the first thing that comes up is a tirade against Jeremy Corbyn, the details of which I have forgotten but which struck me as stupid and baseless at the time. There are many things you could criticise him for, in all probability -he's a politician, not a saint and I do fear that there may be a sort of Obama effect in that, after he is seen as incapable of doing wrong and capable of moving mountains and walking on water, the reality of a politician in office with the rather limited power and constraining circumstances would lead to disappointment and anger amongst his followers. But that's a digression. BBC Radio 4, yes. Apart from the Archers, which I could never stand (but I'm glad it's there, weirdly) I used to listen to a lot of their output; it struck me as intelligent as well as entertaining and informative radio... the things the BBC is supposed to stand for. Not so sure any more.

I still prefer to pay my licence fee rather than have a Murdoch establish a monopoly on what and how information is delivered, but do wonder. The BBC seems to quake in their boots when the government (not just this one, also the previous) barks; when the gov't tells them to jump their reply seems to just be 'how high', perhaps afraid that they will imminently be taken out and eliminated.
flaviomatani: (OBrien1984)
( Jun. 30th, 2016 08:30 am)
This island feels much smaller now. In various senses. It feels meaner, less generous, more selfish and vindictive. At least in London we may be spared the worst of the xenophobic -no, wait, already a friend was told to go back to 'wherever she came from'. She's not even European. Those of us that are a little darker, have a funny accent, look different may not feel safe.

I also feel a bit.. disappointed, shall we say, by not being able to take part in a vote that was going to decide the rest of my life -and that of many others, even after nearly 30 years here. Maybe 'disappointed' is too mild a word. I feel like I've been put in my place as a second class citizen and I'm only good for paying taxes and be a good sheep. This is not a good feeling.
I'm one of those foreigners Farage wanted out of here. I haven't got around to getting my British citizenship for the simple reason that for most of my 27 years here I haven't had the thousand pounds plus for the fee and there was little benefit for me in getting a British passport.The only thing I cannot do here is vote in the general election and there would have been at least one occasion in which I would have sorely regretted that vote.

The other side of that is that I live here, I'm not going anywhere (unless the Farages of this world have their way) and I do feel I contribute and receive from this land, hopefully in equal measure. My vote would have made no difference to the result of last night but I do feel I should have 'been there'. Maybe it's time to start saving the pennies for that citizenship application fee.
It was kind of none of my business and I didn't have a position about it but I had been watching the process of the Indy referendum in Scotland with interest. It could have had lots of repercussions down here and in Europe at large (the Catalans, the Basque and a number of other nationalities/national groups subsumed into a larger country were watching what was happening in Scotland very intently).

The vote went for 'No' but it does seem to me that the campaign for independence may end up achieving a lot of what it may have set up to do, in that the politicos in Westminster will have to review how they do things in relation to Scotland and, by the way, the English regions. I've seen comments to the tune that a 'Yes' vote would have established a Tory hegemony in the rest of the UK forever. I'm not so sure about that. It could possibly have helped consolidate the pendulum swinging between two almost indistinguishable parties, because 'them lot couldn't possibly be as bad as the ones now in office..'

In any event, what do I know; I'm a blodi forrener and cannot vote in the general elections. OTOH, I can vote in the Venezuelan elections, which fills me with despair, and in the Italian ones, which leaves me completely baffled.
flaviomatani: (book of g-quan)
( May. 22nd, 2014 09:56 am)
Today should be a quieter day than yesterday. Not a lot to do apart from YES, GO AND VOTE and fetch a guitar being repaired at Juan T's shop in Duke St. Tonight, my pupils (my adult pupils, that is) meet again to play together at the Rustique Café.

So, time for guitar practice and finish reading The Throne of the Crescent Moon and perhaps get started with re-reading Consider Phlebas for the next [livejournal.com profile] bibliogoth meet....
flaviomatani: (book of g-quan)
( Jan. 16th, 2014 06:42 pm)
Didn't sleep enough last night, in spite of which I woke up (relatively) fresh and contented, after long happy multicolour dreams. Now, the day couldn't continue like that as I have to prepare accounts for the Accountant and the Taxman, the moment I dread the other eleven months of the year, like any other self-employed. I'm still drowning in bits of paper as we speak.

One nice break: met Krisztina for coffee at the Rustique Café in Tufnell Park, took a leisurely walk across Hampstead Heath to Southend Green, where we parted. A couple of errands and two buses later, back here to deal, again, with hundreds of near-illegible little bits of paper and find that I have to hunt and download utility and other bills whose corresponding bits of paper have vanished in the black hole behind the sofa.

Awaiting a pupil for the last lesson of the day -ok, only the second lesson of the day... and then might or might not go to the Gothsluts meet at the Knights Templar. The outside world, I have to say, doesn't look very inviting.
Earlier this morning got a bit confused between the time the watch was telling me (incorrect) and the iPhone's (updates automatically) when I got up, at 9:15. Oh, ok, at 10:15 then. Have to dig the manual for the watch to change to summer time. In the computer: the paper manual that comes with it is in front of me but I would need a microscope to read the blodi ting, so first thing I did when I bought it was to download manual as a PDF so I could actually read it. What did people with poor/failing/etc eyesight do in the olden times? Buy enormous magnifying glasses and carry them with them, I s'pose?

I still find the changing of the clocks twice a year a puzzling, peculiar custom. Yes, I know why they do it but I still find it strange and a little bit annoying.
Yesterday I spent an interesting, if rather different, few hours at the A&E of the UCL Hospital. Nothing majorly wrong with me (hopefully, knock on wood) but .. bear with me.

bit long.... )
flaviomatani: (seventhseal chess)
( Mar. 28th, 2013 11:18 am)
Yesterday I spent an interesting, if rather different, few hours at the A&E of the UCL Hospital. Nothing majorly wrong with me (hopefully, knock on wood) but .. bear with me.

bit long.... )
flaviomatani: (OBrien1984)
( Jan. 3rd, 2013 01:11 pm)
This reminds me so much of the Anti-Sex League:
http://goo.gl/92FyR
"Obese and unhealthy people could face benefit cuts"

I expect the Three Minutes of Hate will be coming next.
Just back from the gym (which I still hate) and the swimming pool (which I still enjoy,even though some woman kicked me in the face as she went zooming past. In the slow lane. The indignity of it..).

Now to await the delivery by Ocado, which is no more than an experiment. It is cheaper and less hassle to drive over to Waitrose to get my shopping but in the near future I might have to consider giving up the car (have I bored you guys with that little bizarre circumstance that could only arise living in London?) so have to try out various experiments to see whether I can actually make do without a car. At the moment, as a third of my lessons involve me driving to the pupil's, the answer is no, I can't, but this may change and I must prepare for it.
flaviomatani: (lowflyingowls)
( Jun. 2nd, 2011 11:32 am)
Prince Phillip. Need I say more. Ninety gaffes by our .. favourite spoilt Royal brat .

from The Independent, nicked from a friend in Twitter.
flaviomatani: (harpya3)
( Jan. 26th, 2011 05:34 pm)
" If Britain looked like its Government: 4m would have gone to Eton, there would be no black people, & for every woman there would be 6 men". 

nicked from @shamirashackel  in Twitter, via [personal profile] almadsfeika 
flaviomatani: (Default)
( Nov. 29th, 2010 08:16 am)
 Slow start Monday. Have been awake since 6:30 but took me over an hour to get up. Breakfast soon, the Today programme on the radio. And wondering how I'm going to get to the first lesson of the day.  According to the TFL web site, there is service on the Northern Line but this doesn't tell you whether it is feasible at all to try and use the tube, whether the buses will each have a dozen people hanging from the door, etc...
flaviomatani: (lowflyingowls)
( Nov. 16th, 2010 08:04 am)
Why do people choose to drive  like mad raging loonies or incompetent idiots when there's, say, thick fog on the motorway like this morning? Like the guy on the outside lane that suddenly decides he has to go to Scratchwood Services (whatever they are called now) and at the last split second makes a 90º turn in front of a wall of fast traffic to get on to the slip road. Or the other guy (must be a guy) who suddenly decides he has to be on the by-pass lane at the roundabout on the link road to the motorway in Watford and jumps over the division, miraculously not destroying their car or causing a serious accident. Or the other guy who, etc etc ....
flaviomatani: (harpya3)
( Nov. 8th, 2010 09:26 am)
What a lovely day out there :-0 .. at least I have one more hour before I have to go out into that...
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( Oct. 1st, 2010 04:53 pm)
 Gosh, but isn't today glum and gloomy...
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