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The Jesus army badge

The modern Jesus army badge

Sticking on the Christmas theme (this is stretching the post similarities I know) is this beauty. Me and my mate Tom were walking through the backstreets north of Oxford Street when we came across the modern Jesus army van. It was all on it’s own. It was Sunday that day too, surely it should be in use on this religious day. What was it doing there? What is this all about? If it belonged to someone in the building it was parked outside then to afford a place there, the church must be paying well these days.

The modern Jesus army van

The modern Jesus army van

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I am a big fan of Mark Billingham’s crime series novels featuring the detective Tom Thorne. It is one of the few novels I read. I can really relate to these books because the stories are based around north and central London. One novel is even based around the Turkish shops on Green Lanes where I used to live!

What I found really remarkable though was to find out that in the book detective Tom Thorne lives on the same road as my mate Ahmed – Prince of Wales Rd in Camden!

 

Big Balls Bean Bags

Big Balls Bean Bags

I’m sure everyone is recovering from last night’s epic celebrations. So I’ll keep it short and sweet with just a photo to digest. This incredible sign was on the shop front for a homeware shop in Oakwood, London.

 

My friend Michelle is known by her entire family and friends back where she lives as ‘Spud.’ But how did she get this nickname attributed to her?

You didn’t guess it. Her mum used to clean muddy potatoes by licking them clean while she was pregnant with Michelle.

 

Chicken?

Chicken?

Possibly the worst chicken shop name? I suppose it’s too the point and the customer knows exactly what they can buy. Chicken.

 

The post title explains it all really, this post is all over the shop but it held together by the recent food theme in the final one of these food themed posts.

Looks tasty

Looks tasty

First up, yes its immature but still, it is funny – it’s your mixer alternative the classic drink “Pussy.”

Loafing around

Loafing around

Times are hard as a student, not much cash lying around, but not if you like your bread. This is the sight I came back to in my halls kitchen one day – tonnes of bread!

I'll have a half please

I'll have a half please

Alcoholics? I can’t see how you label my social circle that way, oh hang on this photo? Well this was your average cocktail in Prague and virtually nothing in cost and we had several of these too worryingly. Could explain a lot.

Don't ask me for a jacket potato

Don't ask me for a jacket potato

For some reason I just cannot cook jacket potatoes. Have you tried it in the microwave? You put foil around it in the oven? You did slit it first? Yes, yes and yes I think I’ve tried all techniques but I seem to cursed and cannot do it. On this effort I temporarily broke my microwave for an hour before serving this fluff ball straight into my kitchen bin.

Oh yeah pierce the packaging

Oh yeah pierce the packaging

You can’t blame me too much I was hungover at the time, so I resorted to a dirty microwave meal but only remembered to only pierce the one package with a fork. This is what happens if you don’t kids.

Good reason

Good reason

Morrisons have many good reasons to shop there over the other supermarkets in a recent campaign. This one though is corker! Why should I go to Morrisons over Tescos? Well reason 17 of course silly – “your new Morrisons is now open.”

Blackcurrent no?

Blackcurrant no?

Now what colour would you expect the drink and tablet to be from the box? Pink? Purple? A blackcurrant flavour? Well actually no, as you can see it was a lemon/orange colour and taste. Just bizarre.

Anna and her giant melon

Anna and her giant melon

Turkey?

Turkey?

While on a night out my sister decided to send me this picture of herself, with a turkey on her head. Kind of like that scene from Friends. It still makes me laugh.

An Everton milkshake!

An Everton milkshake!

Another moment from my trips to Brighton, I was down there on FA Cup final day and saw a milkshake shop. I entered and found for that weekend only there was an exclusive Everton milkshake – wicked!

Unusual formation

Unusual formation

And finally – all dirty plates must be washed and cleared away. So I’ll end on this photo. Have you ever seen the bubbles from your washing up liquid form this shape? A perfect circle in the middle? I haven’t and haven’t since this happened in my new flat. Let me now if you have!

So this ends the current run of food themed posts. I’m sure there will be more to come.

In recent years so many pubs around where I live in north London have added a Thai food section. I can’t put my finger on why but I like my Thai food so I don’t really mind.

To the point, the Thai food menu in The Fox pub in Palmers Green has some unusual named options on the menu.

Pork or beef? Oh it's chicken

Pork or beef? Oh it's chicken

Firstly number 34, the Gaeng Khew Wan Gai, it appears to say you can order this as a pork or as a beef dish, but when you read on it then appears to be a chicken dish. Confused? I am.

Ahh the classic Like A Virgin dish.

Ahh the classic Like A Virgin dish.

Now there are only 2 dishes on the entire menu that don’t have a Thai name. Can you guess which classics they are? You guessed it – it’s number 41, “Like A Virgin” and number 30, “Quack Quack Curry.”

mmmm Quack Quack Curry

mmmm Quack Quack Curry

Now even more bizarrely is how you order the Thai food in The Fox. You would think you just go to bar and order some food just like you would for any other food this pub serves. You would be wrong. In fact you can only order the Thai food from this one short woman who wonders around the pub – and guess what she’s Thai.

Yes it is true, you can only order the Thai food from the Thai woman and nowhere else.

The Polo food shop is opposite Liverpool Street station – great for cheap dirty food. Now quite often I had this same thought running through my head, that one time, feeling a little drunk and silly, I decided to ask the cashier.

Sausage roll or sausage roll?

Sausage roll please...

Sausage roll please...

Now you see these 2 food items were right next to each other, even if you point at them it would be difficult to tell which one you want. I said I want see if you know which one I wanted from just saying sausage roll. He guessed wrongly – but he knew what I was onto something.

Or a sausage roll please?

Or a sausage roll please?

I asked wouldn’t it be better to call the one a sausage bap? Then you would know what the difference was – he replied “I don’t need to, I know which one the customer wants.”

Well I’m not being funny I replied but you just didn’t know what I wanted so that surely can’t be true!

This time was only round the corner from where I work, but I never spotted it before. Classic.

Frying Pan Alley

Frying Pan Alley

Another thing I tweeted about recently that I’ve got round to posting – The Sun came up with this great you couldn’t make it up related headline. Incase you wondered the article is about a primary school kid couldn’t share her birthday cake her gran made with the other kids at school for health and safety reasons.

You Can't Cake It Up

You Can't Cake It Up