Wednesday, March 29, 2006
WATCH the boat race (thanks to Tony for the tip)
PLUG IN musical benches (thanks again Tony)
Tags: sightseeing thingstodo Richmond
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Monday, March 27, 2006
Try a Saumur instead:
Or you said you liked Muscadet:
Otherwise, Robin is absolutely right -Prissé is a very nice cave, nice people too:
Finally, Macon Lugny is better and still under your £7 screw-top thing:
Frankly, don't you think there is a case for not polluting our earth by shipping wines all the way from Kiwiland?
Thursday, March 23, 2006
BBC NEWS: Daylight savings pioneer honoured (23/03/06)
But is this to be remembered? I mean, this is a tragically stupid idea, that to be 2 hours ahead of the sun in winter. And -as anyone having kids or animals- to change twice a year is a royal pain.
Link: Wiki on daylight saving time, which is BTW not proven to save anything -I've NEVER read any study proving those energy savings.
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Londonist: TfL Are No Fun Any More, or where Transport for London is threatening to sue Geoff, a blogger who produced alternative versions of the underground map. See pictures displayed here by solidarity.
Geoff's silly tube map with accurate distances:
Map showing where it's quicker to walk:A mirror copy can be found here.
Another thread is about a mysterious red line that someone drew, apparently to outline WC1. I positively love this about Brits: their weird excentric original hidden side.
Tags: silly, tube, maps, London, underground
Monday, March 20, 2006
No later than last week, I've seen four Christ Church schoolboys jumping the automatic (unmanned) barriers at North Sheen train station -when they are down, there is no footbridge to cross the railway and the wait is often over 10mn. In a separate instance, another young man did the same thing.
I've raised the subject many times with our local MP, Susan Kramer, as adding a footbridge was one of her electoral promises. Apparently she had meetings on the subject:
Thank you for your recent email to Susan Kramer MP, regarding the above issue. During the last few months, Susan has been trying to arrange a meeting with senior representatives from Network Rail in order to discuss this issue.
I am happy to report that Susan has now had two separate such meetings with representatives from Network Rail, who have advised her that they have now launched a consultation as part of their South West London Route Utilisation Strategy - during which this issue will be given due consideration.However, in an effort to make sure that this issue is given the level of consideration that it deserves, Susan has now written to the Chief Executive of Network Rail, Mr. John Armitt, to raise this matter directly with him.
Additionally, we soon hope to launch a petition to Network Rail, calling upon the company to provide proper footbridge access to North Sheen Station as part of the changes implemented in their South West London Utilisation Strategy mentioned above.
Very kind answer indeed, still no footbridge.
del.icio.us tag for my other posts on the same subject: footbridge+richmondtransits.blog
Tags: North, Sheen, footbridge, Susan, Kramer, richmondtransits.blog,
Thursday, March 16, 2006
This is a restaurant located minutes away from the square mile, yet informal: there is no table cloth and tables are sqeezed close to each other. The hearty food is how I like it: simple and quality ingredients. The wine list should keep everyone talking, it's well researched (by this I mean they DID work on it, avoiding merchands and looking for great picks). There are excellent value wines from small producers (like a st chinian at £15) but I guess because the ABN Amro HQ are just besides there's also a romanée conti at half-a-grand.
One of us was a champaign addict, so we had a Ruinart (£38). Now, I'm not usually a bubbly fan as I view reds as a better quality/price ratio (there's so much average bubblies). The Ruinart web site says it's made mainly with chardonnay, which is quite a prowess as the result has lots of body and tanins.
The idea of eating at St Johns is about collaborative sourcing: pick and share. So, what's the food like?
Well, we had some salad (with beetroot I think, £3.50), pickled herrings (£5.60) which were melting so nicely that we had some more a second serving. I had some veal kidneys with bacon and dandelion (£7) and because I am an offal fan I had all. And the ruinart kept the pace with it, which really surprised me. Langoustine mayonnaise (£10) paraded next, followed by some brill and parsley (also a tenner) -which I did not taste but looked firm, fresh and delicious. There was some beetroot, sorrel and egg (£5.80) making rounds as well and I could not resist the english cheese-board. Which wasn't bad, even good I must say: there was some goat, stilton, leicester. And since they bake bread on the premises, I did not have to do with the damn crackers (I love stilton and port, but crackers for cheese? Come on...)
St Johns is dangerous: it is evident that they make a lot of efforts in sourcing best ingredients and wines. They know how to combine this for a true and great bistro food experience. Once lured inside, you will re-invent the world. For a quite a while probably. You have been warned.
St JOHN Bread & Wine Spitalfields
94-96 Commercial Street London E1 6LZ
+44 20 7247 872
Tags: foodings.blog.uk, restaurant, review
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
The bakery staff answered me that it was company policy not to give it anymore, because "if it's a bad batch, some customers have sued Tesco's".
But what happens if they bake bread with a bad batch then?
Last week-end, the bakery staff at the Clapham Asda looked like they could not be asked, told me that it was their policy not to give any and started to argue between themselves. I went to the customer information desk and complained, they told me it was an "old policy" but that they did not have any at the time.
As far as Sainsbury's are concerned, they sell it and it's usually fresh.
Otherwise, Richmond bakers can find fresh yeast at Olivers' (great health/organic shop in Kew station approach, ins't it Joanna?
Unfortunately, the frest yeast I find in the UK still does not smells as good as the one I find find in Franch bakeries and does not rise as much. Sainsbury's is the best, the one I find at Oliver's is not bad but it a bit brown and squidgy, not silky and soft.
Tags: foodings.blog.uk, yeast
Monday, March 13, 2006
Wal-Mart enlists bloggers in P.R. campaign (The New York Times, 6/03/06)
Compare and contrast this with the surreal conversation I had on Friday with Sainsbury's PR lady when I called to try enquire about their labeling policy:
Are you a journalist?
No, I am a blogger
A blogger, someone who posts on blogs.
Sorry, we only deal with *proper* journalists
Ah, so you don't recognise blogs as an influential outlet then?
So I suspect I can't send you my question? Because your form doesn't work.
No. Our form works.
No, your form doesn't work. And I'm sure the blogging community will appreciate this... Bye....
(note that ASDA's form does not take URL's either :-(
Tags: WalMart, Tesco, Sainsbury, supermarkets, richmondtransits.blog, ASDA
Sunday, March 12, 2006
Friday, March 10, 2006
Their response is below, as well as my response to their response. In a nutshell, they did not get the point and just cut&pasted a standard answer....
From: Ludovic Windsor
To: Tesco Customer Service
Date: 10 March 2006 11:56
Subject: Re: TES1895025X Re: food labeling
Thanks for your email, but you did not answer my point.
I specifically have an issue with precisely this point:
"Food labels are controlled by Government legislation and should allow customers to compare the quality and quantity of different products, as well as the nutritional value."
I believe that Tesco -and other major retailers- do not comply with this when selling in particular -but not only- fruits and vegetables EITHER by unit OR by £/kg. This indeed does not allow to compare the price. I went shopping the other week at your Twickenham store and you were selling cooking apples by piece, other kind of apples by kg and yet other kinds by pre-packed bags (of 10 I think).
How can consumers know which is the cheapest by kilogram?
I believe this practice is misleading and would like your comments.
From: Tesco Customer Service To: Ludovic Windsor Date: 2006/3/10
Thank you for your email.
Thank you for contacting us with your concerns regarding our food labelling.
Food labels are controlled by Government legislation and should allow customers to compare the quality and quantity of different products, as well as the nutritional value.
We try to give as much information as possible on our product labels, but design legislation, which prevents products being packed in oversized packs, restricts the amount of space and wording that can be used. Being very aware of the environmental impact of packaging waste, we therefore try not to use excessive packaging on our products.
At the moment, the law states that we are not required to list certain ingredients. For example, if water makes up less than 5% of the product, it does not have to be included on the label. Also, it is not necessary to fully list compound ingredients. For example, pastry in a quiche may not have its ingredients listed, if it accounts for less than 25% of the product.
However, we do know that some of our customers require extra information when choosing products due to allergies, etc. Therefore, we have a selection of free-from lists available that we send out to our customers. If you would like one of our lists, please call our Helpline on 0800 505555.
Thank you for letting us know your views.
If you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact us at xxx.
Tesco Customer Service
----- Original Message -----
From: "Ludovic Windsor" Date: 03 March 2006
Subject: food labeling
Could you pls pass this request to your PR department?
I am a blogger/consumer and wrote the following post: richmondtransits.blogspot.com/2005/12/supermarkets-2-labeling.html
I would be most interested in your reaction, in particular to know if you abide by the EU legislation cited in this blog post.
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
The agenda of those lobbies go directly against the welfare of 1m people living under the flight path and does not consider the indirect costs at any point:
Heathrow itself was built on farmland using war-time regulation to avoid a public enquiry and is badly located: it's to my knowledge one of the only European airports to be built on the West side and at short distance of a capital or major city. Given the winds in Europe are dominantly Westerly or Easterly this is quite a poor planning decision. It explains the huge environmental impact of Heathrow and why over 1m Londoners live directly under the flight path. In this respect, Gatwick, Stansted or Luton are much more sensibly located and are closer to main communications link.
Read this for more on how the South East Regional Air Study neglected indirect costs. In tax only, the negative balance is £8.5 billions in favour of the air travel lobbies… Little has been done to quantify the direct and indirect impact of aircraft noise and pollution.
In conclusion, the massive subsidy enjoyed by air travel and on the other side the equally large but little researched induced costs is based on flimsy economic assumption. If only a small part of those direct and indirect costs and if tax subsidies were removed, Heathrow could DOWNSIZE!
Links: HACAN ClearSkies