On a T’ai Chi tip

If you’re in the Honor Oak Park area in London next Sunday (21st July) and fancy a bit of Tai Chi, there’s a great event going on from 11-4pm with a seminar from Rose Oliver over at the moment from Shanghai. It costs £40 and will be covering a whole lot of stuff suitable for anyone interested in Tai Chi, beginners or experienced practitioners. Her seminars are good fun and you’ll certainly come away with a bit more knowledge of the art and a couple of more friends. Contact Rose by email roseinchina2006@yahoo.co.uk to prebook or visit the Honor Oak Tai Chi Facebook page here. #SE23taichi #roseolivertaichi

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All around the world

Whilst on the way to get a book at Waterstones at the LSE yesterday I nearly walked into this big round thing not far from the student union and what a big globe it is (not as big as the one we live on). P

Robo-mowers a go-go!

Yesterday whilst walking through Lincoln’s Inn Fields on the way back from a lunchtime shopping trip I spotted on the grass (or what’s left of it), a strange and small-wheeled device tearing up and down. “What the?” I thought to myself.

After a minute of two of head-scratching, a stranger joined us and we both tried to work out what the hell it was. Was it some sort of TV comedy show stunt? Mobile advertising? Or an alien sussing out the area for a possible UFO landing in Holborn?

After five minutes we came to the conclusion it was a robotic lawnmower. It must have computed that we were interested in it as the thing stopped going up and down in straight lines and made a beeline for us. It stopped just in front of where we were standing then span around a couple of times. We were then waiting for it to say (in a 1970’s comedic robot voice) something like “You have 20 seconds to comply” or “Smile you’re on Candid Camera” but it just flashed a couple of lights on its body in recognition (above) then resumed doing what it was doing. Very odd!

As soon as we get a lawn mowing schedule from the gardener we’ll post it up as it makes interesting viewing on a lunch hour. Perhaps the operative can teach it to do some tricks too (fetch a ball, roll on its back or chase squirrels). P

It’s a new one on us!

Wandering back from a quick jaunt to the river at lunchtime today I ventured past this place. I’ve traipsed around these parts a few times and only just noticed it. I’ve just found out that the passage was previously called Blood Bowl Alley. Supposedly named after a house/inn of ill-repute that was located there called Blood Bowl House featured in Hogarth’s Industry and Idleness series. More here. Well I never! P

Have a monster of a festive season!

Firstly apologies for the non-appearance the past few months, life just got in the way. Secondly here’s news of an excellent free event called Frankensteinia on Wednesday 23rd January from 1-2pm at Shoe Lane Library, Hill House, 1 Little New Street, London EC4 3JR. It’s from Lester Hillman who has given some very informative talks in the library in the past and I’m sure this one will be no different! A finally from all us here at LIYL, we wish you all a great festive season and a happy new year!

Lunch in the fast lane

Yesterday I fancied a plate of greasy spoon fare as I wasn’t going to be eating until late in the evening. The first place I thought of was an old favourite, Ferrari’s which is next to Smithfield Meat Market. Don’t go if you fancy a friendly chat with the waiting staff but if it’s some cheap filling food (with a Chinese bias) you’re after at any hour of the day you’ll be at the right place! Sweet and sour pork noodles and a cup of tea for £6 was my choice but vegetarian options are also available. P

Ferrari’s Snack Bar, 8 West Smithfield, London EC1A 9JR Open (nearly) all hours