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

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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

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

A little way different

Here’s something a little different which takes place in a couple of months time on a Saturday in south London. For the past few years we’ve covered the seminars of Sifu Rose Oliver who regularly visits London from Shanghai (Post here.) This year she is over on Saturday 4th August  from 10:00am to 5.00pm at a venue to be confirmed in Crofton Park/Honor Oak Park.

The seminars suit all styles of Tai chi and it doesn’t matter how much experience you have (if any.) It’s at a great price (£40/£50 for the day which is cheap compared to other seminars) and taught in a fun and relaxed atmosphere, suitable for any level of practitioner from beginner upwards (or even if you’re just interested in the art and want to see what it’s all about.) To book a place please drop Rose a line at roseinchina2006@yahoo.co.uk #Roseoliverdoubledragon

Lenin visits Lincoln’s Inn Fields

The other day while walking through Lincoln’s Inn Fields  I spotted a bust of Lenin and a VR Type B pillarbox – placed near enough in a rose bed – that weren’t there the week before. Turns out the park was a location for an expensive advert (“To be on your TV soon” I was told by a burly security  guard who wasn’t giving anything away). P