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Public Toilets Near Cutty Sark

Toilet break at Cutty Sark, photo by PH Morton

Toilets at Major Tourist Attraction

 

Public Toilets Near Cutty Sark

I was looking through our photos taken when we recently visited Greenwich, South East London, around the tourists-famous Catty Sark Tea Clipper museum and noticed this black edifice, which reminiscent of a Doctor Who’s TARDIS.  It seemed bigger on the inside.

Anyway, it cost £0.50p to use it.

A tip:  if you are going with a nearest and dearest, you could go in together.  If a small family, it could comfortably hold about six altogether.

The only thing is that you should all be so close as the toilet does not flush each time you use it.  It is only after you exit that it flushes and self-clean.  And you can only stay for a maximum of 20 minutes, which is more than enough time before it automatically open.

🙂 That does not mean you are trapped inside the toilet for 20 minutes, you can press the open button anytime, but the usage time is for 20 minutes only.

The toilet above is directly across the road from the Cutty Sark.

If you do not have a fifty pence or a chance, the nearest free toilets are inside the Royal Naval College which is about 300 yards across the road.  Or you could always stop for a beer at the Gipsy Moth and use their beautifully maintained loos.

 

Royal Airforce Museum (RAF Museum) – Hendon

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Royal Airforce Museum (RAF Museum) – Hendon

RAF Museum, photo by PH Morton

We were pleasantly surprised how much the RAF Museum had changed from a year ago when we last visited.  Actually, when we went last year, they were already busy with the renovation.

The very helpful guide had said to be sure to come back because it would be so different, with more exhibitions and things to do.  Also, a new museum restaurant will be opening as well.

As it is now the last few days before the start of the new school year here in the UK, today, with our grandson, Nathan, we went and had a fantastic time with all the amazing array of beautiful warplanes, which western democracy had much to thank for.

The renovation was partly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, a very well deserved funding I say.

This renovation also coincided with the 100-Years Anniversary of the Royal Air Force (RAF).

Photo by PH Morton

This is, therefore, the ideal time to visit the museum.  A perfect time for the whole family, young and adult will sure to have something to find interesting.

There are so many things that you can get involved in, plenty of interactive activities to be experienced

Like the majority of museums in the UK, the entry is free.

Of course, there are some ‘rides’ and activities that would cost between £3 to £10 per person.  The simulator machine is £3 per person, there was also a chance to board and learn more about a Spitfire for the princely sum of £10, it is well worth it as there was an assistant that would talk you everything about its history.

Peter and Nathan went to the 4D cinema.  The ticket for this is £5 per person.  Our nine-year-old Nathan really enjoyed it.  He said it feels like flying.

Photo by PH Morton

Because of its excellent and large number of exhibits, which is distributed in six hangers, it is much lauded by visitors from all over the world.

There is nothing like being up close and personal with a Vulcan Bomber.  It is quite an experience!

In fact, there was a coach full of visitors disembarking in the carpark when we were there.

The whole family could easily spend the whole day at the museum

Photo by PH Morton

There are a couple of coffee shops for a quick break.

The was also a restaurant, which serves hot food.  I have to say that they make a good Chilli Con Carne.  Our Nathan had loved, I thought he would find it too spicy but he loved it so much, he wanted his own child portion after he had fish goujons with rice as at around 3:45, the restaurant had run out of chips.

Child portion starts at £5 and adult chili portion was £8.50.

If you do not want to eat in the restaurant, there were specific rooms, next to play areas, where you can enjoy your pack lunch.

If the children needed a break and rather overwhelmed with the display, there is a play area outside, with aesthetically pleasing slides in the shapes of a helicopter, Spitfire, a castle and many more.

There are also plenty of toilets, very clean, dotted all and clearly sign-posted all over the place.

There is also a gift shop located at Hanger 1.  The items are reasonably priced.

We really had a great time at the RAF Museum and as a lottery buyer, I support this project 110%.  Well done!

By the way as a recommendation, the Vulcan Bomber is really something to behold, I would have liked it to be exhibited on its own with a gallery, where you can walk and admire it from all angles and corners.

Happy 100th Anniversary to the RAF!

 

Global Granary Drama Recommendation

For more than three years we have solidly watched and followed dramas and films from South Korea (KDramas), Japan (Dorama), China (CDrama) Taiwan (TwDrama) and Thailand (Lakorn).  Oh yes and the Philippines.

We loved the dramas, otherwise, we would not have watched so many.  But there are dramas that just go straight to your heart and into your head.

Some are not the best-made dramas, in terms of script, acting and cinematography but they have something that makes one watch them again and again and over and over and yet reeling for more.  When there is a lull in the dramaland, this list of drama is sure to be the one to go to.

Here is that list of dramas that we have seen more than once:

  • A Love So Beautiful ( yep this drama merited being watched, in raw form and subbed, over and over. Our number one, without a doubt.  The drama formula was just spot on.
  • Heartstrings (Yong Hwa and Park Shin Hye.  Just love them and the songs are just the best that you want to listen to them over and over)
  • Cheese on The Trap 
  • I Have A Lover
  • From Me To You (This Japanese film is just so beautiful with the most adorable team-up of Mikako Tabe and Haruma Miura)
  • Love 020 (I prefer the Cdrama to the film as the drama was better developed with the most gorgeous leads of YANG YANG and Zheng Shuang.
  • Coffee Prince
  • She Was Pretty
  • Rich Man, Poor Woman (Japanese Version)  I love, love, love this drama as well as the film later on.  Just love the Satomi Ishihara & Shun Oguri.
  • Love ‘Til The End of Summer (The ending is so cerebral, for want of a better word, that you want to see it again in case you miss anything that would allude to the ending.  Also to find Hu Yi Tian in this drama)
  • My Sunshine ( both love the drama and film, although the drama is just ahead in my estimation)
  • Princess Agents (Woah the fighting scene in the between the leads in the bedroom was rather erotic, beautifully choreographed)
  • The Tornado (Whirlwind) Girl (We love the season 1 with YangYang.  The drama has got heart, so much feeling, you can really get lost into the drama)
  • Legend of YunXi ( I have been watching mostly Chinese dramas lately, can’t get enough of them.  This does not mean they are all good but for some reason, I can’t settle to watch any KDrama at the moment, anyway The Legend of YunXi is the one I love watching.  The formula was just right)
  • Lie To Me (2011) KDrama classic about a woman pretended to be married to an unsuspecting chaebol.

Chicken Adobo a la London

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I was happy how this recipe turned out. It was really good. Perfect for parties, bring it out in the garden for an additional summer barbecue fare.

Chicken Adobo a la London

Ingredients

2 lbs chicken pieces of thighs and legs
3 pieces dried bay leaves, I used those fresh from my garden
3 tbsp soy sauce
6 tbsp vinegar
3 -6 cloves garlic, chopped finely
1 cup water
2 tbsp cooking oil
1 tsp Demerara Sugar
1 tsp whole peppercorn
Salt to taste

Instructions

  1. In a little container,  mix together the soy sauce and garlic.
  2. In a separate large glass container, a lidded Pyrex glass, arrange the chicken pieces and then pour over them the soy sauce mix to marinate for at least three hours or overnight in the fridge.
  3. Heat the oil in a large frying pan.
  4. Fry the marinated chicken pieces and garlic slivers in the oil.  Cook the  the chicken until golden brown on all sides.  Be careful with the frying as bazookas of hot oil and liquid sometimes will shoot out. 🙂 Ouch
  5. I transferred the cook chicken pieces into a casserole pan and then poured into it the remaining marinade, also adding the cup of water and vinegar. (My mother had told me never to stir the adobo before the vinegary sauce has started to boil. – No idea why!)
  6. Add the bay leaves and whole peppercorn, put the lid on the casserole and simmer for half an hour or until chicken is cooked.
  7. Sprinkle in the sugar.
  8. Check that the sauce is to your liking.  Add more vinegar if not rightly sour, add soy sauce if it is still bland and if preferred season with a dash of salt.
  9. Serve Immediately with freshly boiled rice.

Optional!  To make the Chicken Adobo that little bit more special:

From Step 8, continue cooking a little longer.

  • Minced a couple of garlic cloves
  • Heat a little oil and saute the garlic.
  • Take out the chicken pieces from the casserole, leaving the sauce to simmer until it reduces.
  • Fry the chicken pieces in the garlic until they start to sizzle.
  • Arrange neatly in a serving platter and pour sauce over the pieces.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Lost in Space Reboot 2018 – Review

 

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Lost in Space Reboot 2018 – Review

Referring to my previous post announcing the return of the classic 1960s TV sci fi series, here is my take on Lost in Space – Review,

Jean & I binged watched all the episodes over two nights. In our humble opinion Netflix have done well with this reboot. I watched the original series when a youngster. It was good to hear the original & iconic theme music, especially when the Robinson family’s spacecraft Jupiter 2 took to the skies.

In these introduction episodes, there are a  few changes from  the original plot and storyline as of course can be expected as reboots usually vary a little bit from the original.

The Robinson family are part of other  colonists, including other families too, each with their own Jupiter designated spacecraft. The Jupiters’ are docked in the much larger  mother ship called ‘The Resolution’, which has a mysterious and  secret faster than normal human technology space drive.

This mysterious drive is the key to the unfolding story.

The Resolution is taking the colonists to an exo planet near the Alpha Centauri star system.

A catastrophe occurs and the family have to flee the mother ship in their Jupiter(2) & land on an unknown planet which can sustain life.

Quite a few media critics who saw the first two episodes on preview,  were lukewarm in their comments .

As I have found with other reboot  TV series such as the excellent ‘Star Trek Discovery’, the whole series has to be watched to get a truer opinion. At the end of its first run after initial criticisms, ‘Discovery’ won over the majority of it’s critics and die hard Star Trek fans. The characters are seen to evolve over the series as does the story line.

The (different from the original) bickering and a touch dysfunctional Robinson family finally  come together in adversity as these critics would have seen had they kept with the series.

Jean & I liked the evolving characters and exciting story, there was some funny humour and excellent CGI, overall a good reboot. We hope it will return for series two.

We currently await to see if Lost In Space will be renewed by Netfix for a second series. The viewing figures are apparently good  and we should know soon.

Jean said that this reboot gives a different connotation to:

Danger, Will Robinson!

All in all, we highly recommend this series for an exciting watch for the whole family!

Stop Press!

Netflix recently confirmed that there will be a second series, possibly airing later in 2019 or early 2020. 🙂

 

 

Beef Goulash Recipe

Beef Goulash, photo by JMorton

I think the best way to eat beef is by slow cooking it in stew or casserole to make every sinew mouth-wateringly soft especially when using cheap cuts of meat.

Goulash is a Hungarian national dish. This dish is a history in itself.

During the 9th century, goulash or rather gulyas was a staple of Hungarian herdsmen, looking after the cattle.  They used to eat cuts of beef boiled with vegetables.  The word gulyas actually means herdsmen.

Then came the 15th century and the invasion of the Ottoman Turks.  The Turks introduced paprika to Hungary.

Hungary loved paprika.

They embraced paprika into their cuisine in such a big way.   Gulyas got the paprika treatment, which we know now as goulash.

To cook an authentic goulash, be generous with the paprika.

Recipe to follow and the postulant cook is experimenting!

 

 

 

Ted Baker Samsung Galaxy 8


Ted Baker Samsung Galaxy 8


I have just upgraded or rather renewed by contract with Carphone warehouse of my iPhone to Samsung Galaxy 8. I have to admit I have gotten used with the ease of iPhone that it took a little while (very little) to get familiar with an android. The last phone I had which was an android was a Blackberry, many years ago.

My daughter-in-law, Stacey said that she heard positive reviews of Samsung G8, but she also heard that it is rather delicate and the glass face is prone to break at the slightess drop. I was rather worried about that, but I can’t really change it because the receipt had been printed and I don’t think I could go through doing the whole administration once again. OMG, it was such a palaver. I had to give my telephone number several times as well as my date of birth and go through the terms and conditions as well. It was like signing for the official secret act.

Anyway, as the phone is allegedly delicate, I daren’t use it much until I got a lovely phone cover.

I went to Amazon.co.uk and had a look. There are so much to choose from.

But as a homage to the Chinese New Year, I choose a Ted Baker case with beautiful dainty flowers in Chinese design.

The case was delivered within three days, good one Amazon, and I was really pleased with the case.  The inside case has a little mirror, which is ideal for taking selfie.  You can look at it and prepare your beautifulest smile.

The Samsung galaxy 8 slotted easily into the case, which is now holding it securely.  The flip cover has magnetic clasp that hold the two flaps flat together when open to answer the phone.

Happy about the cover and really beautiful too.

Click at the picture below for more photos from Amazon.

KFC Colonel’s Club Card Review

Colonels Club card, iphone photo by PH Morton

KFC Colonel’s Club Card Review

The idea for a Colonel’s club for deep fried chicken lovers, such as I, was just brilliant.

At last my devotion and patronage to the Colonel Sanders “finger lickin’ good” chicken are recognised and validated.  🙂 🙂 🙂  I am now in the Colonnel’s club.  yehey.

But so far, I find that being a member is not what it is all cracked up to be.

To date, I don’t  appear to be getting the full membership benefit at the Golders Green branch of KFC.

For the last two visits I made this month alone, claiming the free coffee upon presentation of the Colonel’s club card was more trouble than it’s worth.

It was such a palaver.  I ordered a KFC family meal and a free coffee, through the Colonel’s club card. The cash machine/card reader stated that I was entitled to a free coffee but it spewed receipt billing me for it.  It took three customer service clerks came to look at what was happening but they did not really know what to make of it.  However on principle, I am not willing to pay for a coffee that is supposed to be free despite the embarrassment from annoyed customers waiting for their turn.

As I was not budging, in the end they had to give me the coffee after consultation with their higher management. 🙁

Today, I presented the same card at the same branch of KFC in Golders Green.  They said their machine is offline so sorry for the inconvenience.   I was very disappointed but what can I do?

As I was waiting for my order to arrive, another customer was having a little contretemps with the KFC customer service clerk.  She was waving her smartphone to the clerk showing the mobile apps for her free chicken wings but wasn’t getting it as the cash machine said ‘NO’.  The irate customer said, “Forget it,  keep your blood chicken wings!!!”

I think the Colonel should retrain his foot soldiers on how the club works.  It is disappointing for us members; it feels like we are not fully assimilated into the glory of Colonel Sander’s club.  What is the point of it then?!!!

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