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The pie in American pie seems pointless now

The pie in American pie seems pointless now

I recently went to Amsterdam on a typically long holiday for me – 1 day – with work to celebrate our company birthday. This is your typical cake you would find in an Amsterdam bakery.

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I swear I can’t go more than 2 night bus journeys in a row without something wierd going on. I thought this journey was rather normal and was getting worried by this. I could feel something odd was just a stop or 2 away.

Low and behold a couple of stops later this bloke proved those suspicions right. On he came with a cabinet and some high heels. He couldn’t follow his friends upstairs with the cabinet so where does he have to sit? Right next to me.

A cabinet and some expensive shoes

A cabinet and some expensive shoes

He explained this was the 6th and final night bus he had been on that night because he couldn’t find his way home. So while he was getting lost he saw the cabinet and high heels somewhere and decided to take them on his journey. He was explaining he knew these shoes were expensive and in good condition.

At this point another bloke comes over and asks how much this guy wants for the high heels. I said let’s do an auction on the bus. As this went on and the supposed buyer couldn’t buy the high heels he became frustrated and promised to kick the cabinet stealer’s face in. I quote from this guy “who does he think he is coming on here with a cabinet?” It was then my stop and unfortunately had to leave the drama.

This was taken right outside the main Amsterdam train station

This was taken right outside the main Amsterdam train station

Following on from the previous post, here is your typical stand in Amsterdam on a similar theme. I do love typography, translations, packaging and sign sightings like this when I go abroad.

 

A thrilling read

A thrilling read

I was waiting in an airport lounge reading Michelle’s magazine when I saw this beauty of a headline. “Chantelle refused to give me a poo sample. What’s she got to hide?” with Gillian McKeith lying naked amongst fruit. Wrong on so many levels, but even more funny for me because Michelle squirms whenever she sees or hears the word ‘POO.’

 

Is it a man? Is it a zebra?

Is it a man? Is it a zebra?

What a great outfit! This guy was spotted on the DLR line going to London City Airport in full head to toe zebra get up!

Last year I went for a look around West Ham United FC’s ground just to see what it was like as I had seen pretty much every other top flight London ground since I’ve lived here. To get to West Ham’s ground you come out of the nearest tube station – Upton Park. Now I thought the Tottenham high street was one of the worst areas in London beforehand but I think I have to say Upton Park is now. It truely is horrific! Just look at these 2 photos for example – above a hairdressers is a clock sign advertising they can kill your wife for you!!

How charming!

How charming!

Opposite this was the local market, it was so bad and run down it even admits it’s awful by saying it’s ‘set to get better’ on the entrance to the market. I hearby warn anyone just don’t go to Upton Park unless you really really have too.

The classy local market

The classy local market

Go granny go

Go granny go

Train still hasn't arrived? Time to clip the other foot's toe nails!

Train still hasn't arrived? Time to clip the other foot's toe nails!

Following on from the train platform post the other day, it seems that wasn’t a fluke. This time I was at Palmers Green train station waiting for a train into London when suddenly I noticed some more perculiar activities going on the other side of the platform.

A elderly lady was bored waiting for her delayed train, so she decided to take her shoe and sock off the one foot and decided to clip her toe nails!! Once she finished that foot, she put her sock and shoe on and read her a book for a minute. The train still hadn’t arrived so she decided to take off her other sock and shoe and clip that foot’s toe nails too!! It appeared only a few people on my platform had noticed this, but for the ones who did, we were all in a state of bewilderment or hysterics!

Quenching

Quenching

I was waiting for a train to London at Chertsey train station with my mate when suddenly we both noticed something unsual happening on the other side of the platform. There was an old man filling up his empty bottle with whatever was coming out of the train station’s guttering system. I bet that tasted really good. Thing was it was tipping it down with rain that day so surely he wasn’t so dehydrated that he was desperate for a drink.

Hang on, this isn't the piccadilly line

Hang on, this isn't the piccadilly line

I was waiting for the tube home one night on the Piccadilly line. It said a tube was arriving in 1 minutes time so I got ready and could feel a breeze shoot through the tunnel as the tube approached. Wierdly though it wasn’t the tube, it was a load of gravel, and there was a lot of it – because i obviously wasn’t expecting this and then still had time to think to get my phone out and take a photo. I’ve never heard of this, never seen it beforehand and not seen it since.

There is one other thing relating to this. I was once waiting for an east bound central line tube at Liverpool Street station at rush hour at 9am going to work. The tube pulled into the station but with noone on it. It stopped there for a minute and the doors didn’t open. The tube then went back the direction it came from and disappeared! Where did it go? How can it go back in the opposite direction? Surely its going to hit a tube going in the right direction?

Following on from a previous post on the subway sandwich man, i managed to recently get hold of these photos. My mate Craig with the subway sandwich man and something i’ve never seen before and not since – a subway car – which we saw in Prague too.

Craig and the subway sandwich man

Craig and the subway sandwich man

The Subway car

The Subway car