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Yes, the Loose Leaf Tea con has also reached the cafe in the London Museum. Yet another key location for visitors and tourists has joined in with the tea-bag in a pot being called Loose Leaf tea.

Why must so many monopolized cafe’s cheat their customers? Everybody knows that loose leaf tea means tea which is loose in a tea pot, and must therefore require a tea strainer, which can be built into the pot for convenience.

It does not mean whichever tea you require is selected from boxes of basic normal sized tea bags, and the tea bag is placed into a tiny pot and called Loose Leaf Tea.

The London Museum, like the Cafe at the Maritime Museum in Greenwich, are totally seeing off their customers.

This time they’re charging £2.50 for the use of one standard size English Breakfast tea bag, some hot water and 10p in milk. It is clearly in their price list as Loose Leaf Tea. There is no option for non-loose leaf tea!

How about showing some fair play.

As this has happened in two museums I have been to, I think I’ll visit a few more, and see just how wide-spread this practice is.

I’ll keep you up to date.



In the heart of the East End of London is a cafe

which can teach the rest a lesson.

Inside the Hub Cafe in the east half of Victoria Park, East London

The Hub cafe in the east side of Victoria Park is the cafe I have long been looking for, and it is right on my doorstep (almost).

Those who follow my sites (specially this and my East-End Guard Dog) will know that I hate those cafes in a monopolistic situation that charge exorbitant prices  just because they can, and end out fleecing visitors.

At the Hub Cafe, you can still get a cup of what they call ‘Builders Tea’ for only £1. If you want a more fancy one, you can have that too. This is exactly what I have been suggesting to so many other places.

There is also a full range of childrens menus.

Now here is a lovely totally environmentally friendly place in a lovely park setting which even has a fair price scheme.

With plenty of both outdoor and indoor seating, it is also weatherproof.

The Hub Cafe is even fully wheelchair accessible. (You can see the edge of my mobility scooter in the photo above.) If it can take my monster of a mobility scooter, it can handle wheelchairs with ease, and they even have a dedicated wheelchair entrance around the side.

The people running it are friendly, professional and welcoming.

My one and only minor criticism is that tea doesn’t taste it’s best in cardboard cups. Some of you may think that  if they use china cups more, the prices may have to rise. Not necessarily. China cups are used over and over again, and are therefore more financially viable and more environmentally friendly for the same reason.

Pay them a visit when you are in the East End, and you could also try a chilled bottle of their Fentiman’s Ginger Beer. I have always loved the sharp tang of ginger beer, and this one was particularly good and well priced.

9 out of 10 on my must visit places register.

Keep it up, and don’t let anyone change you, Hub Cafe. Not even me.





I today received an e-mail from the office of the Mayor of London.
It wasn’t actually from him. It was from Liz Ashby, his Public Liaison Officer.
It informed me that as the Mayor cannot respond to every letter, my letter has been forwarded to the department concerned, i.e.TfL.
She says in what is obviously her routine stock in hand response that I should hear from them within 10 working days.
Do you know the best thing? There was no mention of being sorry to hear what had happened OR of hoping I am recovering from my injuries.
I can only see this as yet another example of the incompetence of this current Mayor of London.
I can only hope that Thursday’s election will being someone into the job who has some common sense.



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Green Park Station

After a serious incident at Green Park Station, I have today sent the following open e-mail letter to Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London and purse-string holder of Transport for London (TfL):


Thursday, 26 April 2018


SADIQ KHAN, Mayor of London

Sent by e-mail.

Re: Dangerous flaws in Disabled Travel Information.


Dear Mr Khan.

Due to multiple points of damage to my spine (plus other problems), I am forced to use a mobility scooter when travelling.

Yesterday (25-4-18)at around 7.15am I undertook a journey from Shoreditch High Street to Kings Cross, which involved changing trains at Canada Water and Green Park stations.

Prior to this journey, as I had not used the Green Park  link before, I had checked with Assisted Travel Services,  staff at Shoreditch High Street station (my starting point), as well as TfL publications  the  Step-free Tube Guide, and the Colour Large Print Tube Map, and the line map on the Jubilee line train. All of these sources confirmed that Green Park interchange between Jubilee line Westbound and Piccadilly Line Northbound was perfectly safe, as it is listed in all sources as wheelchair safe.

As the lifts are still under refurbishment at Canada Water, I arranged for help at both of my interchange points on starting my journey.

All went well until I tried to leave the train at Green Park.

Although I was given a green light from all sources, I had arranged assistance at my interchanges, my train arrived at Green Park.

As there was no sign of the assistance and I had not been expecting any problems, as the other passengers were getting off, and there was every likelihood that the doors were about to close, I reversed my mobility scooter to get off (as I had got on driving forward, and there was no chance to turn my scooter due to the number of other passengers).

As soon as my rear wheels left the train, I found my entire mobility scooter rear up to rest on its back onto the platform, leaving me still in the scooter but now lying on my back, wondering what had happened. Passengers all around and the assistant I had booked all came rushing over to help.

What had happened was that the platform was only wheelchair accessible for the length of one carriage, for which there was a raised platform area (this was where my pre-arranged assistance was expecting me to be). This fact had not been passed to anyone who was in the need to know, especially me.

After a short time, I started doing a systematic mental check of my spine and other joints, and as I could not find any major injury, I slid out of the scooter, and slowly and carefully got myself into a standing position (still expecting the spine to be further damaged), and found that I had somehow escaped without further spinal damage. One of the passengers around me was an off duty doctor, who offered her help.

Once I was clear of the scooter, the surrounding crowd helped lower my scooter to its normal position, and I used its seat to sit on and pull myself together, and assess my situation. Through the adrenalin and the many pain killers that I am already on) which was still running, I could only identify an injured left elbow.

The scooter, an older bulky but robust model survived almost unscathed.

After a few moments of bringing myself together, I continued my journey, as I had to catch a train from Euston.

Once the adrenalin eased off, I found that as well as injuring my left elbow, I had also injured my right thumb and my left knee (which is already a replaced one!).

I consider myself very lucky that this incident did not result in further major damage to my spine, which could very easily have been snapped. The only thing which prevented this was the precautions I take, namely that I keep both armrests in the lowered position, as this kept me in the padded seat, and the fact that in any crowded area I reduce the speed regulator to what I call creep mode, half speed on the lower power option.

Sadly this is not the first time that I have found that misleading information for the disabled traveller has been provided. The first two to come in mind is that you cannot access the Underground from Liverpool Street Station, although the guides say you can, and the other major incident I had was when leaving Baker Street (before I used my scooter, when I was on crutches), where the station was listed as step free to street level, but there is a large flight of stairs to reach street level.

Following yesterday’s incident, I must ask that you carry out a full and thorough review of all stations on an individual level,  which are listed as accessible to those with various disabilities immediately, and update your publications and advice given by the Assisted Travel service.

I believe I was very lucky to have survived this incident with only minor injuries.

The ironic thing was that I was on my way to attend the Naidex Exhibition in Birmingham, to consider buying a new top line scooter, but I couldn’t decide on one which would have survived incidents such as yesterdays.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours Sincerely

Mark W. Mapstone

Do you think I’ll get an answer? Some hopes!




Following recent decisions by the House of Lords with regards Brexit, I felt it was only right to reblog this item, first blogged by me on 8th August 2016.


Palace of Westminster

The Palace of Westminster

It has always been seen as a shining example of democracy to the world, but I fear that the occupants of this democratic palace may bring the meaning of democracy itself to shame when faced with the result of the Brexit referendum.

The problem is quite a simple one really. The British people voted in support of Great Britain leaving the European Union. (Just the EU – not Europe!). This should have been a clear instruction to our Government. But what has happened?

Well we now come to the dilemma. Both of the Houses of Parliament (The House of Commons and the House of Lords) clearly have  majorities within their Houses who wish to stay within the EU.

Therefore, for Great Britain to actually leave the E.U., both of these august chambers must vote against their own wishes. Is this likely to happen? No. Why not? Because too many within these houses have ‘had their snouts in the E.U. trough’ for too long, and one way or another it is not in their personal interests to leave the trough which has rewarded them so well for so long.

So this is the dilemma. Even if the House of Commons is convinced that in order to stay in power, the Government must pass the motion for us to leave the E.U., they can be fairly certain that it’s companion body, the unelected House of Lords, would reject the motion, preventing Government from following the directive given by the public. Just as effective as if the House of Commons had rejected it themselves.

This creates a major precident. The whole Palace of Westminster will find any and every way to delay and stop this motion from ever becoming law.

They have already put into place as new Prime Minister an anti Brexit. The Prime Minister will know that she will have the support of both Houses to stop this motion becoming law. Regardless of who she places in her Cabinet, in key positions, the final outcome will be the same.

The Palace of Westminster is now in direct opposition to the wishes of the people of the nation. This has never before happened in the nation’s history.

So what is the likely outcome?

I believe we will see delay after delay, and every effort to have a second referendum. Then if there is a second referendum, the winners of the first referendum will insist in a third referendum, and so on. Having a second referendum will open the floodgates to eternal delays.

It may come about that the House of Commons approves the motion, and passes it to the next stage, the House Of Lords, who have no electorate to answer to, and who will surely kill the motion stone dead.

It could well be that, seeing the way things are going, the E.U. itself could collapse before we ever get any motion through the Palace of Westminster.

The only other outcome is unthinkable. Clear public outcry for a General Election, and this situation would give powerful ammunition for those who wish for the total disbandment of the House of Lords.

It is quite possible that the outcome of this motion could successfully finish what Guido (Guy) Fawkes started on 4th November 1605. The destruction of the current British democratic Governmental system.


The Gunpowder Plotters, 4th November 1605



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Photo Source: Telegraph

I know that I was there. The reports afterwards coming from the television news on the BBC seem to have been weirdly twisted, to what I found to be the quietest, most dignified, calmest demonstration I have ever seen, and I can remember the Poll Tax Riots, the City of London riots against banks and bankers, and of course the Northern Ireland ‘Troubles’.

Seeing the original notice on Facebook this morning, I went along to Trafalgar Square, from where they were supposed to march to Parliament Square. Come 5.55pm there was no sign of anything other than many confused people, who must also have read the facebook item wrongly.

I made my way to Parliament Square, arriving there around 6pm where I found the square packed with around 1000 people.

There were was a small group of Holocaust deniers, who were quickly but politely and firmly informed of the true facts, in front of me.

There was also a small group of ‘keep your hands off Labour’ types, and a small inconsiderate group of anti-semites who seemed to be surprisingly quiet (that may have been as they knew they were well outnumbered) and remained there mostly out of curiosity.

Ironically nearly all of these ‘visiting organisations’ were all under the gaze of Winston Churchill. (His statue that is!)

Even with these groups around, there were surprisingly few flash points, and those that occurred were purely verbal, and there was no violence that I could see.

I know that I could see most of what was going on, because as I attended on my mobility scooter I couldn’t get onto the grass where almost everybody was and where everything was happening. I was reduced to riding around in circles on the paving surround, hunting for any familiar faces, but as there were so many attending, finding anyone in this crowd from it’s edge was impossible. The advantage of skirting around the area was that I was able to see most of what happened.

The police presence was mainly around the ‘opposition groups’, but I don’t believe they had many arrests, if any. I was chatting to a Police officer, who, on seeing the forces badges I wear and the veterans badge on my scooter, told me how he intended to leave the Police soon to join the RAF. (I think he’ll be a loss to the Met.) Perimiter security was carried out mostly by an organisation within the Jewish community.

The main memory I have of the event was of it’s dignity and the peaceful singing and dancing to traditional Jewish songs from Heenay Mah Tov, to Hava Nagila.

Something they could have done was to have everyone face the House of Parliament, and all sing something like Heenay Mah Tov at the top of their voices, as this would have been clearly heard in the many occupied offices, bars and meeting rooms in the Palace (of Westminster that is).

Everyone calmly dispersed at 7.00pm, as agreed.

On arriving home I was just in time to see the News on the BBC NEWS channel. Their report was made of exaggeration and highlighted a ten second verbal disagreement which was in reality a short loud verbal exchange, which soon calmed down. They also said that there were over 2000 demonstrators. Sorry guys, but you couldn’t fit over 2000 demonstrators on the green of Parliament Square.

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This is how the South China Morning Post see the protest.

I then switched to SKY NEWS which showed a high level photo (just over the heads) of the calm but resilient protesters and quite a few of their small plackards. Their report was more down to earth.

There were no running battles, scuffles or the like. At least when I was there, that is. I expect I missed the speakers as I never arrived until 6.00, but there couldn’t have been many or they would have still been going on!

I did eventually bump into an old friend, but he wasn’t at the protest, I met him on the train home!

I sincerely hope that we will see some measures to prevent anti-semitism within the Labour party, and soon. If there isn’t then there may be a case to hold another protest.

I know from personal experience that the Jewish community will put up with a degree of anti-semitism, as they know that it is a part of Jewish life, but there comes a time when they can take no more, and that is the situation at the moment. Everyone has their breaking point, and the Labour Party have gone over that limit, and must take corrective action, and quicky.

In all honesty, I don’t often wear my Magan David, but I did today. With pride and dignity.




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Right now every business in Great Britain is asking the same question. “How is Brexit going to affect our trade?”

There now seems to be a likelyhood that there will be a future tariff or tax on imports and exports from Great Britain to and from the E.U.

Those organisations, mainly larger ones who have the financial clout will by now have brought in advisors to help with this question. But what about all of the others, the smaller organisations,  what plans and preparations should they make?

Most people now realise that the manufacturing industry in G.B. has been on a steady decline over the last few decades. To survive Brexit, our manufacturing industry must have a chance to reverse this trend before Brexit Day, otherwise it could be unable to cope with the extra burdon placed on it.

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British Industry

This article is here to hopefully give some generalised and simplistic tips to help those who are still fence-sitting, unsure if they should react now or keep waiting for news. I will use the phrase ‘supplier’ and similar ones, but this applies as much to outlets.


  1. Identify all products, parts or components you source from within the E.U. (Other than those within GB).
  2. Without letting your E.U. source or outlet know, send out feelers to establish if it would be possible to source these items elsewhere*, even if there is a small increase in price, as this could be less than future tax and/or tariff. It may even be cheaper!
  3. At the very first opportunity, i.e. end of contract or agreement, change your supplier to a new one you found with your search.
  4. Look for additional outlets* for your finished products outside of the E.U.
  5. Come Brexit Day, you can sit back and have a little laugh at all of your competition struggling!



  1. Within Great Britain. This will enable British manufacturing to reverse it’s current trend, and gradually grow at a sustainable rate before Brexit Day.Map of Great Britain 1
  2. Within the British Commonwealth. Don’t forget that countries like Canada and Australia would also be additional sources and outlets.British Commonwealth Countries 2
  3. Remainder of continents and non E.U. countries. Remember that places like China, the USA, and Russia would make excellent sources of components, and additional outlets, as each of these markets are larger than the E.U. individually!

I realise that these tips are very basic and simplistic, but I hope that someone gains the incentive to actually do something as a result.

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P.S. The other EU countries to avoid sourcing from are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.





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There are many differing opinions as to just what effect Brexit will have on trade. The vast majority of these comments are politically biased.

Lets just apply common sense to this quandry.

It is well known that our current membership with the European Union places what are sometimes crippling restrictions to trade. Now lets just take a look at what awaits us when we leave the E.U.

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  • Everybody knows that the cheapest components for industry are manufactured in Asia and the Indian continent.
  • Britain has an excellent reputation for the quality of those products manufactured there.
  • Britain has many experienced workers currently unemployed because of the reduction in British industry.
  • Britain has many factories lying idle.

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Now we link these four together, and what do we get?

Currently, Britain is limited in where trade can be made outside of the EU. Once released from these restrictions, British manufacturers can order and import their components from China, India, Thailand, or wherever they can obtain their requirements from at a much lower price than currently available, and then finish the construction and manufacturing process in Great Britain.

This would help create millions of jobs in industry, and bring the now idle industrial properties back into production.

These items, made in Great Britain, can be made available for sale world wide. The largest markets are the obvious ones, the U.S.A. China and India, not to mention that we would then be able to export to Europe at much lower prices than they are currently! (This could well be one of the fears of the E.U. in their attempts to slow down or set limitations to Brexit)

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This is only my foresite of just how things could develop, if we follow plain logic.

In the end this could return the Great back into Great Britain, as long as Brexit is handled correctly.

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