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Sunday, 8 June 2014

Ted and Ghandi and the 39 steps


It was time to put SWMBO and her very HEAVY suitcase onto the tube for the airport.  "No sweat" I thought, there’s a lift at Kings Cross station.  Off we went and this is what greeted us where the elevator should have been.  And yes, you read the notice right ... "step free access via the stairs" ... clearly I am missing something here as I have always thought stairs were composed of steps? 

Needless to say we had no choice other than to lug the suitcase/small mobile home down the step free stairs to the tube.  And this put me in mind of Mahatma Ghandi and all the silliness he faced as he walked many, many, many steps in his life long journey in pursuit of independence for India and civil liberties for all her citizens.

And Ghandi put me in mind of Delhi Grill (my mind always seems to turn to food and drink for some reason).  It’s an Indian “canteen” type of place, complete with Bollywood posters on the wall and the real thing on the TV.  The menu is small and the recipes come straight from the Punjab region of northern India via the kitchens of the female family relatives.

Start with the poppadums and the chutney rack.  There are the usual chutney suspects, and a special treat, a smooth beetroot one.  The Doll says this is her favourite.  I really like the crispy full flavoured tandoori lamb chops, the secret is (apparently) that they’ve been marinated for 24 hours.  Choose anything that takes your fancy as there isn’t a dud on the standard menu or the specials - it’s all good, as are the waiters in their Delhi Grill blue t-shirts. I want one … a t-shirt I mean.

So happy after eating, my mind drifts back to Ghandi. A man who had really tough feet from walking all the time in wooden sandals, eating little along the way so he was a bit skinny and frail, and his funny diet actually meant a bit of bad breath too ... so … He was a “super calloused, fragile mystic, hexed by halitosis” … with apologies to Mary Poppins.

7 comments:

PerthDailyPhoto said...

OMG Mo that's the best closing line I've heard for a very long time, will be smiling at the image it conjures up for quite a while :)

Carol in Cairns said...

Hilarious. Always enjoy your glimpses of London, but I must say you should write more often. Very clever post and yummy yummy food.

Judy said...

You have put a smile on my face once again!

Sharon Anck said...

I was laughing at the irony of that sign and wondering who in the world thought it made sense. Then I got to the last paragraph and I laughed so hard I had tears in my eyes. After attending the Disney Concert with the Phoenix Symphony Friday night and singing along with the rest of the audience to that very song....well, let's just say you've put a whole new image into my mind. I love it!

William Kendall said...

Julie Andrews would like to have a word with you!

Jack said...

Ted, you have not only a knack for eating, but a knack for writing and humor. Please tell the Doll that I appreciate her offering you space on her blog occasionally. I hope I can remember that last line. I plan to tell people that it is mine.

Angie said...

Oh! Ted London you are so funny. Give the doll a hug from me.

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