Friendly London: Happy to talk Badge!

When I talk to people about London, I sometimes mention the fact that when you are travelling on the tube, you are not supposed to talk to anyone.
We just don’t do it. Why? Well, we just don’t’.

I am fine with it, I am not very chatty with strangers and I am utterly OK with this. But not everyone is, so this is where the Happy to Talk Badge comes in handy.

photo of three women lifting there hands \

You Can Now Wear A Badge That Let People Know You’re ‘Happy To Talk’ On Public Transport

So, as mentioned above, we like to keep our heads down and concentrate on things we can do with our phone, or maybe a book.

Happy to talk Badge, what it is? Something that can change the way we interact with people if we want to, Of course. But the fact that a high percentage of Londoners might not be interested in it, did not let its inventor, Chris Zair, change his mind.

He created the #happytotalk badge which you can pin up to your jacket and let everyone near you know…well, yes, you guessed it, that you are happy to talk.

Something similar has been tried out years ago with very little success, but again Chris just went for it.

How this is going to work now with Covid-19 restrictions and social distancing, well we will see about that. This thing will of course not work if there is nobody on the train, but it is not the case any longer. Now, in October 2020, I can actually see more people using the underground, and social distancing is not going to be a massive issue, right? We can still have a nice chat while being seated 2/3 seats apart.

The badges cost £5, and most importantly 40% of sales going to Run Talk Run, a mental health support group, and the rest of the profit will go to another charitable cause that will be picked up at the end of each financial year.

Click HERE and get your badge!

They say we all got a bit better after Covid-19, so let’s prove it: start nicely talk to people while commuting, you might find it pretty pleasant after all!

10 Useless Websites you want to visit.

LEGGI IN ITALIANO: 10 Siti Web inutili ma che devi vedere.

Getting bored during lockdown? Maybe lockdown is over where you live, this doesn’t mean we are never again going to get more spare time where we can do…nothing. How about spending some time browsing through pretty useless websites? I know it sounds rather boring but believe me it is not? Many will actually come pretty handy (sort of) and in the end, it will be a fun and/or a relaxing way to spend some time.
So this is my list of 10 Useless but entertaining Websites!


Rader

I must admit I love this one. You can spend endless time searching and checking where all aircrafts are flying to at the current time. Isn’t is so entertaining?

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is rader-1024x482.jpg

Flight Rader

How about London trains?

Well, this is pretty much the same thing but it is for London tube trains! I love the fact that train icons look like Pokemons! Check this out! You can switch from Geographic, Schematic and Skyfall

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is tube-1024x482.jpg

Train Times

syb to my Youtube channel! :)

Music for you.

This is so much fun, and believe me….so spot on! Type in your fav band/singer and the site will give you a cloud-style representation of all the similar/linked artists you might like too! It is pretty much very similar to how social networks work, determinating our interests and, based on those, suggest other stuff that usually comes up in our social-media main page.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is music-1024x482.jpg

Music Map

Password gateaway

Ok so you might not need this one right now, but if you travel a lot it might be pretty handy in the future. This website gives you the passwords for Private Lounges Wi-fi access in many airports!

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is pass-1024x482.jpg

Password Gateway

Where do we go today?

Click on the link for this website and you will be shown a random place on using Google’s Street View. Its fun!

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is crunch-1024x482.jpg

My Crunch

Pointing at…?!!

This is so useless that you MUST try it! It took me a good 10 minutes to understand what the hell I was doing on this website and what it was all about, let’s see if you can figure it out quicker!

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is pointer-1024x482.jpg

Pointer Pointer

follow me on Instagram

Email adddress,for now.

So this is definitely cool! Don’t wanna give away your email address because you don’t wanna get any spam? But still, you wanna download something and need to provide a website with your email address, innit? Well, this website creates a temporary email address that you can use instead!

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is email-1024x482.jpg

10 Minute Mail

The Archive.

Yes, this is the internet archive! You can easily get lost in this one when you start searching, there is everything in here. “Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more”.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is arc-1024x482.jpg

Archive

Vintage Radio

Love vintage stuff? Well, this website is for you, you can listen to what was being broadcasted ages ago, in different decades. I find this quite fascinating, really!

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is radio-1024x482.jpg

Radiooooo

Forever, and ever.

Ok then….my last suggestion, funny enough, has no end! Yes, access this website and you will know what I mean by that! Honestly, you might end up spending the entire afternoon on this!

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is infinite-zoom-1024x482.jpg

Zoom Quilt

How about you, which one did you find utterly useless?!

Let’s go to Clapham.

Conosci Clapham? Ecco perchè ci piace.in italiano

I lived in this area for three years, many years ago, and I must admit that at the time it was not what it is today, it was not so “alive” and full of things to do, so it was a bit boring for me, I felt almost isolated. But today is a whole other thing! Let’s find out together how this borough was born and evolved into what it is today. If you come to London on holiday, a trip to Clapham junction is a good idea: independent shops, cafes, restaurants, in short… a little gem often not too well known by visitors! Continue reading Let’s go to Clapham.

Best Vintage Book Stores in London

I migliori negozi di libri vintage a Londrain italiano

In London there is certainly no shortage of book shops, and certainly those where it is pleasant to spend some time, are often the second-hand, vintage, or new shop…and the  “the old classics.”

This is a quick guide with 10 of the places that I personally find most interesting for several reasons.

10 Vintage book stores in London.

All these shops are very quaint and very British – I’m sure a visit to some of these will enrich your visit to London! Continue reading Best Vintage Book Stores in London

10 Facts about Hyde Park that you might not know!

10 Cose di Hyde Park che forse non conosci!in italiano

I love Hyde Park and its beautiful open spaces. Very much loved by tourists too, but do you really know it much?When you think of London, one of the first places that will come to mind is Hyde Park. Located in central London, it provides Londoners with a lovely escape too, not just the tourists. There’s a lot of history behind the park that many visitors know very little or nothing about. Here are some interesting facts for you!

Continue reading 10 Facts about Hyde Park that you might not know!

8 Fab Museums for Kids in London

8 Stupendi Musei per bambini a Londra in italiano

Coming to London with kids can be super fun and stressful at the same time. Many museums in London have child-friendly interactive exhibits and activities, so don’t stress too much, this is how you can keep them entertained!

Great museums in London that kids will love. Continue reading 8 Fab Museums for Kids in London

Greggs. Legenday British Bakery

Greggs. Leggendaria Bakery Britishin italiano

We are all so used to use places like Pret or EAT when visting London, arent we ? I know they too serve amazing on-the-go food, but if you want to try a truly British experinec, Greggs is the way.

This is what they say on their website. Continue reading Greggs. Legenday British Bakery

London & Food: 10 books you Must have! 

Londra & Cibo : 10 Libri che Devi avere! in italiano

If you come to London and then say you eat badly, the problem is yours, let’s face it. Perhaps 25 years ago there was no culinary culture that we have now, it was a city made largely for commerce and tourism, which at the time was certainly not aimed at food. At the time, London was mainly focused on  features such as Piccadilly Circus and the Queen! The good, indeed yummy, typically British dishes had no reason to be offered to tourism. But things have changed. Not only now you can find places where you can enjoy some typical British dishes, done properly, but the city is full of places where you can eat really well, for all budgets and for all tastes.

Here’s a list of 10 books you ‘must’ because they give you a perfect general idea of how this city can give you so much in cafes and restaurants.

Continue reading London & Food: 10 books you Must have! 

British Pubs – Did You Know?

I Pub Britannici – Lo Sapevi?!in italiano

Pubs, Inn, Open Houses. What are they? You can’t possibly say “Britain” without adding soon after the word “pub”, can you? A Pub here in the UK is not just a place where you go for a beer, it is very often the focus of a whole community. If you have been to London, you have seen men in a suit standing outside a Pub after 4.30 pm having a drink. That’s what we do, very often, to let our hair down after work. If you venture out a little, outside the touristic areas, you will see local pubs with locals having a laugh while sipping a good beer. Continue reading British Pubs – Did You Know?

BUBBLE & SQUEAK | How the Brits use leftovers

BUBBLE & SQUEAK | Come gli Inglesi usano gli avanziin italiano

Bubble and squeak is a traditional British breakfast dish made from potatoes and cabbage, and you can add other ingredients too. It has been a popular dish since the late 1800s

Continue reading BUBBLE & SQUEAK | How the Brits use leftovers