HotSpots in Wonderland

27 11 2009

Ice-skating, German sausages, wooden trinkets, funfairs and death slides – just a few of my favourite things and all of them available at the Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park.

I haven’t had a chance to check it out this year but last year i reported on it for the London Lite (RIP) and it’s definitely a HotSpot (or should that be Cool Spot?!) for London’s largest ice-rink alone.
Anyways – It’s free to get in and is open until January 3rd, 10am – 10pm.

Shop in a box? Hmmmv…

7 11 2009

Situated opposite Starbucks, at Liverpool Street station, are four polished words – ‘Shop in a box’. Now i’m all for a convenient vending machine – i ADORE the Japanese alcohol dispensers and Amsterdam’s croquette machines – but somehow ‘Shop in a box’ doesn’t fill me with glee.

HMV SHop in a Box at Liverpool Street

Maybe it’s because i associate ‘shopping’ with fun and human interaction? (even if it is shoulder barging the queue-pushers at Primark in Ealing)…

But anyway – always one to try something new – i thought i’d attempt a purchase at the coffins of retail.  Apart from feeling EXTREMELY conspicuous – the first issue i had was whether i was registered.  What?!  I’ve got to type in my personal details with someone watching over me behind a Caramel Macchiato?  I think not…
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