Anti-Brexit March 2018

When Hubbie’s dad, David, mentioned that he was going to attend the Anti-Brexit march in Leeds this weekend, Hubbie and I thought ‘Why don’t we do the same?’

The march organiser’s advice was to travel to Green Park and to walk towards Pall Mall.

We arrived at the exit of Green Park tube station just after 12:00…

The weather was perfect for marching. It was sunny but cool breeze kept the temperature down…

The crowds were amassing at the northeast edge of the park, most of them, including us, were a bit confused about what to do next…

 

 

We were given stickers with a message “Bollocks to Brexit” so we stuck them on our shirts…

Then, a security guy told us to walk along the path towards St.James’s Palace…

 

 

At the west end of Pall Mall, we joined the main body of the march…

Time to time, the march edged forward but the progress was painfully slow…

Spontaneous roars and hand-claps happened here and there…

 

 

Helicopters were circling above us and we all waved our hands to keep our spirits up…

 

 

We didn’t bring our Bella with us because the organisers did mention in their web page that they wouldn’t recommend it. However, we saw a plenty of four-legged anti-Brexit protesters too!

I shall bring her next time, I thought.

Half way down Pall Mall, I became rather desperate for the loo, therefore, we decided to part from the march temporarily and have a lunch break.

Most of the businesses around Mayfair were closed for the weekend but we found a pub on Duke Street…

Oh wow, I love this place!, I was excited because the pub was one of those very old-fashioned and traditional pubs…

The premises was small but it was packed with all the charm of the British pub used to be. Their dark wood decors, plush soft-furnishings and comfy seatings made us very nostalgic about a bygone era.

We were very tempted for ice cold cider but ordered apple juice instead because the march was still ongoing and we didn’t want another pee break around Whitehall. I forgot to take a picture but their ham and mustard sandwich was tasty too. The ham was a proper homemade kind and it was very good.

After lunch, we returned to Pall Mall and rejoined the march. The mood of the march was very relaxed and friendly. We walked with the crowds at a leisurely pace…

 

As we got closer to Trafalgar Square, the pace became slightly quicker and the density of the crowds started to get thinner…

And we turned towards Whitehall…

We marched past Horseguards Parade and arrived in front of Cabinet Office.

Hooray, look at the shiny black door of Cabinet Office!

It was covered with anti-Brexit stickers! Let’s hope those useless cabinet ministers will see them on Monday, we sniggered.

Then, we walked past Downing Street…

Well, there won’t be any chance of sticking any sticker on the gate, we shook our heads. But we did not forget to boo loudly as we passed the gate. All the policemen looked glum and embarrassed.

It looks like we have arrived at the end of the march…

The march was my very first one I actively participated and I was very glad that I did. The atmosphere was friendly and it was wonderful to see the people who were passionate about Britain’s future in Europe…

Even though I am not technically European – I am a resident of UK. However, I believe Brexit is bad for the world and we should instead be more united to tackle much bigger problems such as the climate change and world-wide poverty and etc.

 

 

Mass of people from all walks of life had attended today’s march. I hope the Westminster will sit up and listen to the people’s voice…

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How things used to be

This lunchtime, I took Bella for a walk around Hoxton and Shoreditch before heading off to Heathrow to pick up my mum.

Let’s grab a quick bite at Friends of Ours on Pitfield Street…

On their menu, there was lemon Ricotta hotcake which would come with caramelised banana, raw cacao brittle, passion fruit purée and creme fraiche. Ohhhh, lemon! It sounds a bit like Harry & Meghan’s wedding cake, I wavered momentarily.

No, eat properly!

I opted for mushrooms on toast instead. The dish was very wholesome – consisted of oyster & portobello mushrooms, baby kale, chickpea hummus, Jerusalem artichoke on top of a slice of organic sourdough bread.

Is there anything for me?

Sorry, Bay-Bay. I have nothing to offer other than a bowl of water.

Next to the eatery was a pub, the George & Vulture, and it was very busy with lunchtime crowds who seemed to be impatient for the weekend. Who can blame them? It’s Friday!

After lunch, Bella and I strolled towards Shoreditch High Street. As we walked down Rivington Street, I reminisced about the time when there were decent fashion boutiques around Hoxton Square. There were two prominent shops such as Hoxton Boutique and Start and I used to look forward to checking what they had on their rails. Where have they all gone? I felt sad as we walked past the spots where they used to be.

On our way back, we found another new development on Bevenden Street…

I hope this is nothing to do with the Kardashians!

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I hate you!

London plunges back to the winter again the weather-wise. It is so annoyingly typical of the British climate that it allows we all to dip our pale toes, which had been hidden away in woolly socks all winter, into the warmth of the sun and then, all of the sudden it hauls us back into the days of cold wind and rain! How can you do it to us! It’s like snatching a lolly away from the hand of a tender child!! Ugh!!!

I am very sorry, Bay-Bay. I gave you a summer haircut too soon.

I hope she won’t catch a chill…

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Too hot!

Oh my word, what a scorcher!

All the sudden, the summer had arrived in London and it took us by surprise. Bella the Hairy and I hit the park as soon as the sun was out because a good weather was never guaranteed when it came to the British weather. However, the past few days were a little too warm for Bella.

Shall I throw a ball for you?

Despite drinking water throughout the walk, she appeared a bit worse for wear.

Ok, let’s have a break in the shade…

The forecast was 26°C max – later, it turned out to be  29°C! – but I felt it was hotter than that. I wished if I came in shorts not in skinny jeans!

After the break, we pressed on…

 

It is probably about time Bella should have her summer haircut. I shall ask her groomer to make her more streamlined…

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Happy return

The weather seems to be finally improving! Is the spring here at last? It is about time we should have a proper springtime, is it not?

Instead of a blanket of grey cloud above us, which was all too familiar for the past few months, there are patches of fluffy white cloud against a backdrop of the baby blue sky. How this makes me feeling uplifted, I can’t emphasise it enough.

Understandably, my furry princess Bella is also very happy with the arrival of warmer (& drier) weather.

Follow me, QUICKLY!!

Yes, yes, I hear you.

As usual, we entered Regents Park via Chester Road, and Bella couldn’t wait being let off-leash.

Look, I am rolling!

I am ecstatic!

It was a pure joy to behold how joyous she was to be doing all things doggie – running around, digging, chasing a ball and rolling on grass.

Well, Bay-Bay. How can I throw a ball if you don’t return it to me!

Clearly, she was itching to chase the ball yet the ball I was supposed to throw was in her mouth! Oh well, never mind.

The ground of the soon-to-be cricket field was still scarcely turfed. The near-boldness of the sports field was the result of being stampeded by the spikes of football boots during the winter months and TLC by the park maintainence crew was very much needed.

Bella’s love of mud and puddle took a toll on her fine fur…

How am I gonna take you home..

She was soggy and smelt like seaweed. Yes, seaweed! Oh, never mind. I’m happy if you are happy.

By the way, a ballista at the Pavilion Café made me a lovely cup of latte…

Isn’t it amazing? I was so reluctant to drink it because it was so cute!

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