Life is about emotion and feeling. Sometimes we have too much and others we have just been cleansed of feelings and emotions. As a woman you have an abundance of these and was just thinking this morning that I was happy that my hormones had sorted themselves out and then I find out about terry pratchett and I’m at once sad and compelled to write after reading a bit about him. I love how he combines all the different facets of life how it used to be and how it now is. It’s maybe for the best that discworld didn’t get too modern as where would the beauty be in that. Real life has its trolls, vampires, werewolves etc but there just not as obvious as in the books. The tv shows never seemed to match up to the books as imagination is often quite different to reality and there almost setting in stone a depiction that can’t match up to your own. This is the brilliance of the discworld, it’s based in reality but each person has there own thoughts, feelings and view on it. They all can be right too. So we all should live life to the full as terry would have wanted for death is coming for us all its just when he gets here we will not know.
It is with a sad heart that I mourn the loss of my favourite author today. I will not get to read the book about taxes that may have been written or anything else that he can think of to poke fun at. I have spent many hours even days reading about stamps, coins, trains even time and death itself. He had a wonderful grasp of fantasy, myth and reality. He managed to put it all together with humour and human observation. There was even a bit of religion for those that like that. The world will be a much poorer place without his wit and wisdom. I now need to finish my collection of books to properly honour his memory.
Now initially you may think oh no not another robot cop movie or you may even be thinking of Johnny 5. While this is a movie about a robot who is a cop it’s a lot more than either of the 2 previous movies. It’s humane, funny, geeky and with plenty of action. It explores what it means to be human, why we make the choices we do and end up in the situations that are the result of those actions. It examines vulnerability and how we cope with the corporate world and what happens when despite our best efforts we can’t make ends meet. This is not a celebral or heavy movie but it makes us look at ourselves in a new light. Greed and the need for control does not motivate everybody. We all have our moral fibre and when we’re young it’s very easy to see black from white but as we get older it becomes many shades of grey. (Just not 50). This movie reminded me of myself and my struggle to operate correctly in a world where the rules are not innate and instead have to be learned. If your not careful you could get abused or taken advantage of. Also the molding of your own identity/copying to become like those around you and to fit in and belong somewhere. I like the story of the black sheep as I am one and there is a nice treatment of mortality without getting too religious. It’s a movies for guys and girls although it’s not sugar coated, it’s real. It’s the movie black hat could have been as both feature programming.
I have been to the oasis cafe recently which is run by St Andrews church. It’s open 10-2pm on Tuesday -Friday . It serves soup, sandwiches, desserts and drinks so typical snack/light lunch food. There is free wifi you just need to ask for the code and there are newspapers to read while your waiting. The soup I had was very nice.
The next place I have been to is the eatery on the third floor of fenwicks. It offers nice views over the city and free hot drink if you buy a cake but only a cake no pastries or scones etc included. There is carloccios on the first and second floors.
The third place was St pauls church hall which offers lunch on Wednesday. For £2.50 you get soup, roll and butter, water and afterwards you can have tea/coffee and cakes. I had leek and potato then some tomato and lentil. I had a choc covered rice crispy cake, a small slice of Victoria sponge and a mini cheesecake. I had a nice chat to some of the pastors there and looked at the church which was quite pretty. I got some more advice about where to go during the week as well.
The place I go to most often is city space which is run by the samaritans with help from some people from St Andrews church. I get tea/coffee and biscuits along with the opportunity to chat. Sometimes there is free wifi but it doesn’t get good phone reception. There are books/dvd to borrow as well as lots of craft materials if you feel that way inclined. Different people turn on different days and they even do dinner on Monday night if you stay until 7pm. The hours are 1-5pm Monday, Thursday – saturday.
I have been to tiny tim’s tea room and while it’s a bit pricey with slow service as it’s under staffed, you get nice food and drink. I think you can get discount if you have the my Canterbury app and show them at the till.
North gate cafe is a place that changes ownership a lot so when I went it wasn’t that good and I found it too sweet, it may be better.
The waitrose cafe is a place I have been to many times but now you have to buy something if you want to go there. You can use there wifi and read the newspapers though. You can however still get a free drink out of the self service machine.
I’ve been to the m and s cafe/kitchen in town and they have nice food and drink as you would expect.
I have been to the Starbucks at the cathedral although it’s no longer there, at sainsbury, at the hospital even though that’s only half of one and I have to Costa Coffee on the high St and café Nero.