Like most londoner’s I have to say I don’t really have much love for the under ground, its busy, hot and expensive. today Ive probably spent about 4 hours on the underground going from A to B and then B to C its been like that all day, after the first hour or so of having my head phones plugged in trying to ignore the guy drinking RedBull 2 center meters from my face at 8am this morning, you start to notice things about this place, like watching someone watch some play a game on their phone and pull a funny face when that person fails a level, you can tell they are thinking ” I could of done that” or watching someone try and be all inconspicuous while reading a business persons email they write on the way to work.
All of this starts to make a terrible journey quite fun, its almost like the unspoken rules of the underground. one of my favourite things todo was watch people race to get a place in the isle between the seats just so they can claim the next available seat. All this is what makes London such a fun place, people all have this weird etiquette that you wont find in any other city, its kind of a method to the madness. eye contact, that is by far the best thing on the underground, its that horrible moment when you catch someones eye not just once but a few times and now both of you feel awkward so its a quite change of song or refresh of emails on your phone before trying not to look at them again. which will almost fail every time and theres that last weird look you both give each other people someone steps off at the next stop.
Since ive started watching out for all these traits i’m 100% guilty of my tube rides have become a lot more fun. its better during rush hour when everyone is in full work mode. you wont really see if at weekends you’ll just see this guy (see picture below).
So london underground, if you feel you got to strike then please make sure its for a good reason, your not the only ones who rely on this service to make some money, don’t hold London to ransom.
Just incase your wondering the strike Thursdays strike has been postponed.
Its 3:53am on Friday morning and I basically cant sleep so Ive decided I should just get up and have a productive Friday. this morning Ive got a bit of running around todo, i basically need to get a second passport for a visa I need and only have today to really get that done, so thats my first job of the day. after that its getting my life back on track before sailing into the weekend of some good old chin wags with my mates that I haven’t seen in a pretty long time.
But before then I want to talk about Air Canada Rouge, Im not sure if any of you have flown with this airline. If you have, then you know what im talking about, its pretty crazy. Ive just sat on a 8 hour flight, without a TV or ipad to keep my company. they ran out of Ipads. they idea is basically give out ipads of $10, which come with films and games, which in theory is a great idea, but the execution failed. I know they’re a budget long haul airline, which is perfect for saving a few bucks but so is Norwegian Air and they have smashed it. Norwegian Air are like the same price as Air Canada but they’re planes are clean, smooth and they have that scandi touch, which just makes it one of the best airlines I’ve flown on.
What they do, is give you cheap seats and a TV but you pay for your food and drink, that might sound like a bad idea but if you pay and order on your TV in front of you, if comes straight away, the air stewards are just all over it. where as Air Canada, they do the classic food trolley, I went for the chicken and only found out after the flight that it came with mash.
One thing I can say with pride was my idea to tape my phone to the seat in front of me which basically meant I had a TV, genius. so my top tip for Air Canada, take some duck tape with you on the fight just incase you need to tape your phone up to give you a TV or even if something falls off the plane you can duck tape it back together again. both are strong possibilities.
Norwegian Air have changed up the game and are the best cheap airline out there! hands down!
anyway thats just me forcing my opinion on you. heres my snaps from the journey home, it wouldn’t be complete without a snap from the plane window looking down on Toronto.
first off, yesterdays post was a bit cringly and maybe I should of wrote it before I ended up at the pub.
I was sat on the plane from Victoria to Toronto thinking of fun things I can do on days like today where its just airports and waiting around or im at home watching TV with out any plan to leave the sofa, I decided that it would be cool to come up with a kind of fun project for those days. at first I was thinking of do like a travel tip thing or give my advise on something, but then I realised im a terrible traveller and even worst with advise. Ill always do the wrong thing when it comes to packing and organising, that basically means I shouldnt give my travel tips out, it wont help anyone.
Thats when I came up with the idea to create some sort of genre for joshfspear.com and on those days, I post photos from the depth of my phone and show some photos that didn’t make the cut but are still pretty good. I want to think of some cool name for these posts but maybe simple is better so Phone Snaps it is.
The photos you see below are from the past few days in Victoria, one of the coolest places I’ve ever been to, its somewhere I really want to go back and explore. one of the crazy / cool things that happened was when a paragon falcon, flew down and landed in the middle of the road in front of me before taking off to attack some black birds that were just minding their own business. it was like see something from a David Attenborough documentary.
I think everyone needs to come and see this place and visit downtown harbour. Victoria is also home to the oldest china town in Canada, that fact was told to me by a taxi driver who wasn’t to sure of his way round the city, so sorry if its not true. I didnt get a photo of the china town but there is a photo of the street a block over.
Another cool fact about this places is that they seem to paint all their street lights and cable boxes that you see around the city, so instead of seeing some horrible gray box or a ugly pole that sticks out the ground you basically see some cool art painted on the side or even a photo. I have a cool shot of this on my hard drive, but thats not with me at the moment so you’ll have to see it in a throwback photo or something.
anyway enjoy the snaps and sorry again if you couldn’t understand yesterdays post. Oh and I think I’ve set this to post at 10am GMT, but I have no idea when it will go up. I don’t really know what time zone my laptop is in at the moment, its got jet lag I think.
I know Canada is this wild place but somethings I wont believe till I see them and wild deer and stags walking around the streets like some 13 year old are one of them. Just as we arrived at location this morning two deer have poked their heads out from behind a car and just casually started walking down the road.
I literally jumped up to grab the big lens but after a few seconds of trying to find it, I decided to settle for the 24-105. I never thought in a million years that these things would be roaming around the streets and not scared of humans or cars, over here they just don’t care. When you start the morning with seeing deer walk around the town you know its going to be a good day and to be honest it was, filming went smoothly and we managed to get back on schedule. its weird now becuase after this location its back to London and im starting to think of all the things ill do when I first get back to my flat and honestly I cant wait.
Amy if your reading this please make sure their is yorkshire gold tea bags and some fresh milk, I havent had a proper cup of tea in a month.
Next to location on the way back from grabbing some supplies this morning, I noticed this really cool foot bridge which looked like it went on for miles, so I decided to stop off quick and take some photos, when I got there it was like something out of a movie, these guys live on the river, but have done it in kind of pirate style, they have turned their boats into raft kind of thinks with other boats and have like this little community out on the lake. just floating around, unfortunatly I only had a 20mm prime with me so could get any close up shots but I still think I made it work. My plan is to wake up extra early tomorrow and go and get some early morning photos. lets see if that works out or if I snooze my alarm again.
heres my snaps, I uploaded 4 because I felt like it was a good idea.
Running out of work on my lunch break to take a few snaps, its actually a good thing todo and a reason to get some fresh air and catch a bit of the sun. im going to keep these short a sweet for the next few weeks till I finish my current job.
These are a few snaps from Victoria, yesterday morning, before the weather suddenly switched and pissed it down for the rest of the day. I dont know when it happened but Victroia got some pretty weird and funky shaped buildings. I came out the tube yesterday, looked up and was impressed.