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    How was your day?



    How was your day? This has become my standard greeting, when opening an evening chat with a friend. Back comes the reply “the usual” This means that the day has been like the day before and probably the day before that.  Is that a bad thing? I suppose it depends on what “the usual” means for you. It could be a cause to celebrate. Another day has passed, with nothing to disturb the daily routine, and this brings with it some contentment. 
     If your usual day is grim, for whatever reason, the reply ” the usual ” will come with undertones of resignation,  meaning that you have faced and survived another day.  People for whom “the usual” means “pretty good” may have no conception of your usual, which to them would seem unbearable. 
    No doubt there are a myriad of self-help books, with advice on “being positive” and on not “catastrophising” and it is true that if these books inspire fortitude , they can be of help.  Especially during the pandemic, there are people, who find themselves in desperate situations,  cut off from family and friends. Nevertheless, it is essential that they do seek help and if asked “How was your day?” they do not reply “the usual”.

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    Things you might not know about Soho’s Wardour Street



    Perhaps the most important street in the neighborhood, Wardour Street in Soho was once called Colmanhedge Lane and changed its name in honor of Sir Edward Wardour who owned land in the area and who managed to obtain fresh water for the street’s houses from a spring not far away from`sw12 Wardour Street was called Prince’s Street until 1878 when the whole street became the current street.

    In this street there was the church of St Anne dating back to 1600 which was seriously bombed during the Second World War, now it is used as a community centre. Mystery writer Dorothy L Sayers is buried here.

    Wardour Street is one-way street. At number 33 was the famous Flamingo club in the 50s and 60s, which became an important venue for the mods of the time. Oddly enough, the Flamingo didn’t sell alcoholic beverages.

    The history of Wardour Street in Soho

    The street also existed in medieval times but was developed, like many parts of Soho in the late 1600s and became a centre for building and selling furniture and antiques and in the  early 1800s there were also many used book shops. Many houses were rebuilt in the early 1800s.

    After the Second World War, Wardour Street in Soho became an area for movie distributors, nightclubs and live music venues. In this street was the legendary Marquee which was the place that launched dozens and dozens of musicians from The Rolling Stones, The Who, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin and The Sex Pistols, almost all of them played here in their early days It was located until 1988 at 80 Wardour Street in Soho. Jimi Hendrix only played once in 1967 after the success at the Monterey festival, the queue for tickets went all the way to Cambridge Circus!

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    The best Fish & Chips shops in the UK



    Many tourists would like to try real fish & chips when they come to the UK. Unfortunately, in central London and other tourist spots, decent fish & chips are not easy to find According to the ‘Fry Magazine’ these are the 50 best fish & chips in the UK.

    As you can see there is only one in London and it is in Harrow, not exactly in the centre of town. But on the list ( not by ranking) there are some shops in fairly touristy places like Alnwick, Norwich, Dorchester, Weymouth, Kendal and Penzance.

    Finn’s Traditional Fish and Chips, Reading, Berkshire

    Fintans Fish & Chip Co, Llanishen, Cardiff

    Fish ‘n’ Fritz, Weymouth, Dorset

    Fisherman’s Bay, Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear

    Fochabers Fish Bar, Fochabers, Moray

    Fraser’s Fish and Chips, Penzance, Cornwall

    Frydays of Kendal, Kendal, Cumbria

    George’s Fish And Chips, Hanham, Bristol

    Harlees Fish & Chips, Westbury, Wiltshire

    Henley’s of Wivenhoe, Wivenhoe, Essex

    Hiks, Brynhyfryd, Swansea, Glamorgan

    Hooked On The Heath, Knutsford, Cheshire

    Jason’s Fish And Chips, Rackheath , Norwich, Norfolk

    Land & Sea, Sowerby, York, North Yorkshire

    Linfords Traditional Fish and Chip Shop, Market Deeping, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

    Market Hill Fisheries, Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire

    McLeod’s Fish and Chips, Inverness 

    Auckley Friery, Auckley, South Yorkshire

    Callaways Fish & Chips, Dorchester, Dorset

    Carlo’s, Alnwick, Northumberland

    Castiglio’s Fried Fish & Chips, Ammanford, Carmarthenshire

    Chippy Chippy, Holyhead, Anglesey

    Chips @ No. 8, Prestwich, Manchester Chish & Fips, Norwich, Norfolk

    Cox’s At The Lighthouse, St Neots, Cambridgeshire

    Croft Street Fisheries, Farsley, Leeds

    Davenport’s Fish & Chips, Louth, Lincolnshire

    David’s Fish And Chips, Brixham, Devon

    Dhillons Fish Inn, Throckley, Newcastle

    Dunkeld Fish Bar, Dunkeld,  Musselburgh, East Lothian

    My Plaice Fish and Chips, Gorleston-on- Sea, Norfolk

    Newington Fish Bar, Ramsgate, Kent

    Priory Plaice Fish and Chips, Ulverston, Cumbria

    Sea Salt Sole, Dyce, Aberdeen

    Seasmiths Fish Chips, Porthtowan, Truro, Cornwall

    Shap Chippy, Penrith, Cumbria

    Shaw’s Fish And Chips, Dodworth, Barnsley, South Yorkshire

    Smith’s Chippy, South Shields, Tyne & Wear

    Sykes, Pendlebury, Salford, Greater Manchester

    The Cafe Royal, Annan, Dumfriesshire

    The Cottage by Haddocks, Rawtenstall, Rossendale, Lancashire

    The Crescent Fish & Chip Shop, Flint, Flintshire

    The Esk Cafe, Carlisle, Cumbria 

    The Fish At Goose Green, Wigan, Lancashire

    The Fish Bar, Crewe, Cheshire The Fish Works, Largs, North Ayrshire

    The Friary, Carrickfergus, County Antrim

    The Golden Fry, Benllech, Isle of Anglesey

    The Horseshoe Fish Bar, Pontnewynydd, Torfaen

    The Little Chippy Tyldesley, Manchester The Plaice to Be, Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire

    The Shire Fryer, Shrewsbury, Shropshire Tony’s, Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire

    Towngate Fisheries, Idle, Bradford , West Yorkshire

    Valerio’s Fish And Chips, Lanark, South Lanarkshire

    Yan’s Fish Bar, Cardiff Every Fish Bar, Harrow, London

    Farnhams Fish And Chips, Boverton, Llantwit

    Major Fiddlers Elbow Fish and Chips, Leintwardine, Herefordshire 

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