After a hot and sunny two weeks in Mauritius, I’m now back to the cold streets of London Town, and of course Gifville. I’m now getting acclimatised to life in the UK. Its very cold though.
It’s one thing to travel for business, but this man (Jeff Santos, a graphic designer and serial traveller from London working with Hostelworld) doesn’t let work get in the way of lots of travelling.
In London, well, the whole country, temperatures these past couple of weeks have been ranging in the high 20-early 30s (deg. Celsius). It’s just been wall-to-wall sunshine, with nary a drop of rain. The chatter about dried-out reservoirs, hosepipe bans (and yes, THAT summer back in 1976) started up as soon as the heatwave did. Now everyone is begging it to rain like it’s doing in the London GIF above. Mmmm… maybe wait until October, my lovelies.
Yesterday was the hottest day of 2018 so far, with temps of 30+ degrees Celsius predicted for London/the South-East this Wednesday or Thursday. It’s roasting in London, how do you deal with the heat? – Choose your weapon…
Today as a treat and a shot of inspiration, I visited the Design Museum, off Kensington High Street. One of London’s newest museums, the DM showcases examples of everyday design throughout the last century or so, from men’s shavers to graphic design. It’s a small and quiet museum, but very fascinating if you have an interest in design at all.
I’m an on-and-off customer of Uber, and yesterday I learnt that my city’s transport authority had decided not to renew the app’s licence to ply its trade on our streets. It’s too early to say what will happen next, but I really don’t want to lose my cheap fares and quick-as-a-flash cab ordering doohickeys.
Earlier today, I visited the Singh Sabha East London gurudwara (Sikh temple) in Barking to attend a friend’s niece’s thanksgiving prayer. The adorable little girl had survived a battle with leukaemia and was now completely healthy. I saw the shabad performance there and afterwards enjoyed a slap-up meal in the gurudwara’s langar, or communal kitchen, as well as meeting my mate, who I hadn’t seen in months as well as meeting his immediate and extended family.
Credits: DN via Photobucket
In the worst residential housing fire in living memory, Grenfell Tower, an apartment block in Kensington, London, was inundated with fire a few days ago. Already 17 people have lost their lives, and an entire community has rallied around to help those who have lost loved ones, homes and everything they have ever known.
Gifville and myself salutes the firefighters, emergency services, and community members who faced tragedy and death to rescue and aid Grenfell Tower residents. This shows how London always pulls together in the darkest hours.
If you wish to donate to those affected, please search “Grenfell Tower charity appeal” or similar in your web browser to find out ways you can help.