My parents have a soda siphon but they cannot find any CO2 refill cartridges in Cape Town so my mother phones and asks if I could perhaps pop into John Lewis on Oxford Street to see if they have any.
She insists on calling them soda bombs.
I tell her I am not taking compressed gas canisters onto an airplane.
She says I am being ridiculous and if I pack the "bombs" in my luggage it should be fine.
Sometimes she really doesn't get it.
Anyway. Let's talk about the weather instead.
Tonight in London it sleeted and sort of snowed some pissy white stuff but the rain then came and washed it all away.
I walked (a bloody long way actually) to the Sainsbury's to go and buy some toothpaste and in the evening night, with the rain-soaked pavements, I felt like Travis Bickle wandering the streets of New York City.
Except it was bloody Kilburn High Road.
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