February 18, 2004
Night Life

I looked at my watch as I raced to get an email out of the way in the office yesterday evening. It was half-past-five - and it was still daylight. How did I miss that? Roll on Spring. I still got home late. Dark. One thing I noticed gazing out of the bus window was that the art of the street is different in the night. A dark art.

Night-time street art

Despite the night - I sought solace in a late night breakfast.

Route 79 Omelette.

Click here to learn how to cook this in 15 minutes.

Posted by jag at February 18, 2004 07:27 AM

The night life photo seems surrealistic - psychadelic, so to speak.
That omlette looks more like a pizza than anything else… Way to go..

Posted by: sat on February 18, 2004 12:13 PM

The street-picture is from a photo that went wrong as I got off the bus last night near my home. A passing car has left a light trail on this exposure. What you see is a small island in the middle of the road - which has on it a couple of “illuminated bollards” and a street sign. These are everywhere on UK streets - they form a part of the “street furniture”.

To get a better idea of what these are (if you don’t know it) - you can see a picture of a standard UK higways illuminated bollard at:

Maybe I should call it “egg-pizza” !

Posted by: Jag on February 18, 2004 12:36 PM

Oh by the way - that nightime street picture is completely free of any photoshop manipulation (apart from me putting a white border around the frame). The picture came out exactly like that from the camera!

Posted by: Jag on February 18, 2004 01:09 PM

That omelette looks GORGEOUS! Damn, hungry now!!!!

Posted by: Pewari on February 18, 2004 05:15 PM

Cheers P!

Posted by: Jag on February 19, 2004 10:21 AM

I just read your tube hell thing from last year. Sorry I didn’t know about it before. It’s all very interesting and glad to see you got some answers. But - why on earth do you avoid Zone 1? Why not tube it the whole way? Would surely be quicker 90% of the time. And why didn’t you just get a cab that night?

Just interested - I know cabs cost, but I made an exception that night, same as you, having got stuck at KX en route to Alexandra Palace.
By the way, I have now left London after 6 years and now live in Brussels. The public transport here (train, bus, tube and tram) all work on time, cleanly, regularly, efficiently and are all operated by the same company under City Council control. Tickets are valid on all modes and I’ve never had a problem!!

Posted by: Bob on February 19, 2004 11:34 AM

Hi Bob - no need to be sorry - am glad you have some comments.
I avoid Zone 1 to:
a) save money (because my office is in Zone 2 and I live in Zone 4.
b) I can be overground at all times - so contactable on phone
c) I can look out the window at something more interesting than tunnel walls
d) It’s quicker by around half an hour 90% of the time - not the other way around - and this is because to go by tube means going from Zone 4 into Zone 1 to go back out again to Zone 2.

Put all 4 things together and it’s obvious to me really! :-)

Oh - and the reason why I didn’t go by cab that ngith was that the roads were in gridlock and the cabs were not moving. Or if they were - I was able to walk quicker all the way home than they would get me there! You must have been lucky I suppose.

I think our Mayor Ken is trying to aim for more of the type of system you have in Brussels - where it seems that all transport is accountable in one place.

Once again - many thanks for commenting on this topic. I think in London - this issue will be topical for a long, long time.

Posted by: Jag on February 19, 2004 11:48 AM

Why does your dad ruin a good glass of scotch by putting tomato pulp and vinegar in it?

What on earth does it add to the flavour? Have you tried it? What am I missing?

Posted by: Annie Mole on February 19, 2004 11:26 PM

Annie: I think it’s a very “older generation” Indian thing! At the beginning of a Scotch Whiskey “session” it is always drunk diluted with water. And basically: nothing goes to waste - so IF you have bits of tomato juice or “salad-water/vinegar” lying around AND you have the dads all sitting around having a Scotch Whiskey session - then they will insist on poring the dregs into their glasses instead of throwing it away - kind of like diluting it a bit but adding a twist of alternative flavour at the same time. I doesn’t really bother me a great deal because although I’m not really die-hard whiskey drinker (Jack D is my fave) I find that my Dad only ever does this to “Bells” - which as far as Scotch goes is not much to write home about so I’m told.

Posted by: Jag on February 20, 2004 06:29 AM

Oh: and I haven’t ever tried it myself - I don;t think you’re missing anything! :)

Posted by: Jag on February 20, 2004 06:30 AM

Tried the omelette tonight! Well, with slight variations… the german sausage was a herta frankfurter (not quite the same quality, but never mind!), I forgot the corriander and while I thought I had tabasco in the cupboard I didn’t - but worcestershire sauce mixed in with the beaten egg added a nice flavour.

Very popular :)

Posted by: Pewari on March 3, 2004 07:25 PM

Hi Pew - glad your tried it! Also glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for the tip re Worcestershire sauce - I have some in my cupboard too so will try mixes a few dashes with the beaten egg next time instead of tabasco at the end. Also - I think that a sprinkling of dried herb at the end instead of coriander would add a different sort of flavour as an alternative - which should, in theory, complement the worcestershire sauce flavour in the egg nicely too. Nice one!

Posted by: Jag on March 3, 2004 09:27 PM
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