Unless we have some particular activity in mind, we like Sunday to be a relaxed day. So we started by taking the trusty 214 to Kentish Town, and there had breakfast at Café Renoir. It’s a nice little cafe with a calm atmosphere and Renoir-inspired paintings on the wall.
Gazing lazily around, we spotted a notice that drew out attention to an interesting cooperative project that Camden Council is running with establishments like libraries and cafes. When you are out and about, are you ever caught wanting a toilet and not being able to find one? I think this happens to most of us at some time. One recourse is to go into a pub or restaurant, buy a drink and use their toilet. The Camden plan is that certain establishments will make their toilets available to the public free of charge. I assume the Council contributes to the upkeep of the facilities though this was not spelt out in the notice.
This reminded us of the civilized attitude of pub and cafe owners in the Netherlands: for a small charge (usually 25 euro cents) you can go into such a place and use the toilet without buying a drink or a meal. Customers are of course allowed to use the facilities free of charge. The Camden Council plan sounds like a good one to me, as long as the public does not abuse it.
Having fortified the inner tiger, and done some shopping at Pound Stretcher, we headed south again because Tigger had An Idea.
Do you listen to the radio or music when you go to bed? Some people do but others of us prefer quiet. Tigger likes to listen to the radio as she is gathered into the arms of Morpheus so I have to listen to it too. The radio is on a timer and goes off after an hour, but that is an hour I often spend waiting for the noise to stop so that I can go to sleep. Hence Tigger’s Idea.
Tigger had discovered the existence of a pillow with a built-in speaker. It looks like an ordinary pillow except that there is a wire hanging out of one corner. Into this you plug your MP3 player, the radio, or whatever sound system you like. When this was explained to me I was sceptical as I thought that the sound would still vibrate through the bed and into my pillow. One way to find out is to try it. So off we went to the Camden Town branch of Argos, the catalogue store. There Tigger bought a Sound Asleep pillow.
I was still sceptical, so of course, we tried it out. I was impressed. If you turn the volume up loud, then, yes, I can hear it too, but at 25-30% power, Tigger can hear the radio clearly and I don’t hear a thing, not even the annoying tish-tish-tishty-tish that you get from personal stereos. Bliss! Modern technology is wonderful. Well, sometimes.
Later we went for a ramble and on the way back decided it was time to eat. After all, though we had had a late breakfast, it was now 6:30 and we felt it was time for dinner. We found Attilio, a sweet little Italian place in Cowcross Street near Farringdon Station, and enjoyed a three-course meal for £12.75 each. Bargain.
And so to bed. And, yes, the pillow really does work… 🙂