Archive for October, 2009

Uh oh… too many junk food options

October 10, 2009 4pm in Health and Fitness | Comments (0)

I’ve always been happy that on the 20 minute walk to work each day, there’s very little in the way of food places from where I can drop in and buy junk food.  But, just in this week, a large Costcutter has opened, and a Nando’s is just about to open on Middlesex St:

The Costcutter has AWESOME Tomato & Mozzarella bites, and Chicken Tikka Masala bites, plus every type of chocolate bar and junk food that exists in Britain.  I have a feeling that I’m going to have to either take a different route to work (not easy), or face facts that my diet is going to go steeply downhill.

Homeless people have all the fun

October 10, 2009 4pm in Random Ramblings,Tower Hamlets | Comments (0)

The Aldgate pedestrian subway system in Tower Hamlets is a forboding place at the best of times.

It’s a series of complicated underground tunnels to get around all the busy roads near Aldgate Station.

I walk through them every day on the way to work.  I’m guaranteed to find at least 2 or 3 homeless people down there each time.  But today, in amongst all the trash they leave down there, I had to smile when I saw this:

Next to a place set up for sleeping was a “How to use Durex condoms” booklet.

It’s reassuring to know that even the homeless are getting more action than me. (I hope my Mum is not reading this!)

But it’s okay. Because I get to go to work! Woohoo!

In case you can’t tell… I’m being sarcastic.

A scenic walk along the Thames – blocked off by big metal fences

October 10, 2009 3pm in Health and Fitness | Comments (0)

Last weekend I went on a walk that I’ve always meant to – I wanted to walk east along the Thames past City Airport and up Barking Creek.  If you click on this link to see where I mean on Google Maps (and zoom in), you can clearly see what looks like a public footpath along the Thames and then up the west side of the creek.

But I walked everywhere (about 14km, shown to the right in red) and every access to this footpath was blocked off with big metal spiked fences, with no explanation as to why.  Every time I was walking along what looked to be the right way, I would encounter a big spiky wall.

I later learned that the thing that takes up the big space between where I walked and the creek is the Beckton Sewerage Works, the largest sewerage treatment plant in London.  But from Google Maps it really does look like the path goes around the outside of the plant!  I even emailed Thames Water (who run the plant) to see if they could tell me, but haven’t got an answer [EDIT: 13 days later I did get an answer - see here]

But I did take a couple of photos from my mobile – I wish I had’ve taken my camera!

The walk took me right beside London City Airport, right by the runway.

I love airports, because they make me feel like I’m about to go somewhere interesting.  I like the idea of going somewhere, but not the idea of flying.  Anyway, that’s not the point.

Here are the University of East London student apartments that have just opened (first picture).  They’re very cool, and they’re brand new, but I’m not sure how the students get any work done being right across the water from the airport – the second picture is the view from their window.  It’s so noisy when the planes land.

Velocity Diet days 36-42

October 10, 2009 3pm in Velocity Diet | Comments (2)

I just realised I never actually wrote about the last week on the Velocity Diet, which ended on 6 September.

I didn’t stick too well to the “two healthy solid meals per day” that I was supposed to in the last week, although I did eat mostly healthy from memory (it was five weeks ago).

I never did the last V-Burn challenge, because on the last day of the diet, I got a bad cold – I don’t think it was from the diet, I think it was because I had hung around someone with a cold the day before.  But I had that cold for a week, then the next week I was coughing up a lot of phlegm all week, then the next week I got a bad headache which felt a bit like a migraine.  That lasted two weeks, then the day after that went away I got a horrendous stomach ache 30 seconds after I ate anything. That is unfortunately stil going on now.

So I got really sick for 5 weeks with all sorts of things, and it’s made me rather depressed because I haven’t been able to get out and do anything for the last month.  It sucks.

Updation of my blog, or lack of it.

October 10, 2009 3pm in Random Ramblings | Comments (0)

Okay, I realise updation is not a word, but people at my work use it all the time!

My friend Dave pointed out that I haven’t been updating my blog, but I was happy to realise that people are actually reading it!  It’s been close to a month since I wrote anything, but let’s see if I can keep it up to date from now on.

Suddenly, on the 6th of September (the last day of the Velocity Diet) I got sick with a cold, then two weeks after that I got a headache, then two weeks after that I got a week-long stomach ache – I haven’t been well.  I’ll write about that in another post.

Although in theory, being sick means that I’ve been staying in more which means I should have had more reason to update my blog!

One of my friends on facebook is doing “Project 365″, where he takes a photo of something in his life every day for a year.  I thought about doing that, then I thought I don’t think my life isn’t interesting enough to have an interesting photo every day!  Which made me think I really need to get out more.