The Anonymous Widower

IKEA’s New Station Opens On The 20th May 2019

Meridian Water station is now in the National Rail on-line timetable.

It appears the first train to Meridian Water leaves Stratford at 06:03 on Monday, May 20th 2019. It will be going to Hertford East station.

I wonder how this will affect visitors at the nearby IKEA.

May 10, 2019 Posted by | Transport | , , | Leave a comment

West Anglia Route Improvement – Angel Road Station – 27th February 2017

 

Angel Road station is not the easiest to get to, with about two trains per day. This one of the reasons, that STAR is being built to increase the number of trains to Angel Road station to four trains per hour (tph).

This morning, I took the 0:36 from Lea Bridge station, which arrived at Angel Road at 08:48.

After taking a few pictures, I crossed the line on the footbriodge and took the 08:52 South to Tottenham Hale station.

These are the pictures I took.

This Google Map shows the station.

angelroadstation

Angel Road is not an attractive station.

  • The recycling plant to the West of the station doesn’t help.
  • But it does have plenty of space.
  • There is space behind Platform 1 to put a bay platform to act as the Northern terminus for the STAR service.
  • The station could be within walking distance of the Edmonton Premier Inn, the Tesco Superstore and IKEA.
  • But as the current entrance to the station is on Conduit Lane, you wouldn’t start from there.

Under Future in the Wikipedia entry for the station, this is said.

The London Borough of Enfield announced in January 2014 that the station being an integral part of the proposed Meridian Water development would be turned into a ‘thriving’ new hub and renamed as Meridian Water. The £3.5 billion project is being supported with funds from the Greater London Authority and Enfield Council, and will create up to 10,000 homes, meaning improvements to the railway station will be carried out to cope with the increase in patronage.

Hopefully, the station will be transformed, very much for the better.

 

Crossrail 2

Crossrail 2 will call at Angel Road station.

In the March 2017 Edition of Modern Railways, it was said that the designers of Crossrail 2 were looking at the possibility of a turnback platform at Tottenham Hale station.

But would this turnback platform be easier to build at Angel Road station?

Certainly, the space and the scrapyard at the current Angel Road station have interesting development possibilities.

Meridian Water Station

After reading Colin’s comment to the original post, I have created a new post about Meridian Water station.

 

February 27, 2017 Posted by | Transport | , , , | 5 Comments

A Cafe That Doesn’t Take Cash

IKEA have opened a cafe in Shoreditch High Street, which is just a short walk from the station of the same name.

IKEA Cafe, Shoreditch

IKEA Cafe, Shoreditch

I was a bit disappointed, as the gluten-free options were non-existent and it didn’t take cash.

So I had a small cappuccino in a paper cup and left to get the train home.

I won’t be bothering to go again!

September 15, 2016 Posted by | Food | , | Leave a comment

IKEA Make A Mistake

For my kitchen, I need one of these sink cabinets numbered 901.049.37

The cabinet and the front were delivered as three items.

  • TINGSRYD drawer front 60×20 wood effect black 402.056.79
  • TINGSRYD door 60×60 wood effect black 702.056.68
  • ME base cb f b-in oven/sink 60x60x80 wood eff bl 202.055.43

But I thought I ordered one with a drawer.

As the order was split down by a computer, the computer got it wrong.

But then I’ve always had trouble with IKEA’s computer system, as I wrote about in Infuriating IKEA.

These pictures show the current state of the unfinished cabinet.

I’ve e-mailed their customer service and not had a reply.

Incidentally, I can’t find a 60×60 drawer front on their web site.

A drilling tempolate would do, so I could modify the door myself.

But unfortunately with the holes, I have no idea, where to put them!

Has anybody got any suggestions?

August 20, 2016 Posted by | World | , , | Leave a comment

Putting Together IKEA Furniture

I took these pictures to show the tools I use to put together IKEA furniture.

Note.

  • The Sheba butter knife is excellent for opening packages, as it won’t scratch the furniture.
  • The well-balanced hammer for nailing on the backs of cupboards.
  • Scissors are always useful.
  • This Phillips screwdriver doubled as a light hammer for banging in lcation pegs.

I rarely use anything else!

 

August 20, 2016 Posted by | World | , | Leave a comment

A Good Start To A Day

Yesterday morning, I went to IKEA and ordered the last set of cabinets for my kitchen. Remember, that for some reason, their computer has banned me from buying anything on-line.

What I needed is scheduled for two deliveries this week, as one item isn’t available for home delivery from their Tottenham store, as it has to come centrally.

So imagine my surprise, when the first delivery happened at 08:15 this morning.

But at least, it means I don’t have to wait in all day for a delivery.

August 8, 2016 Posted by | World | , | Leave a comment

What Do You Call This?

I bought this rack for hot dishes just out of the oven from IKEA.

What do you call it?

IKEA call it a trivet, which is defined thus.

A metal stand with short feet, used under a hot dish on a table.

IKEA either can’t count as it has four legs, or they have done a great job in a redesign.

July 12, 2016 Posted by | World | , , | 1 Comment

One Side Of A Man’s Kitchen

I’ve now virtually completed one side of my kitchen.

Note.

  • The television is on a 270° swivel so it can be watched from outside, when I’m eating or working.
  • The worktop will be extended through to continue over storage cupboards and a small deep-freeze on the other side of the hole in the wall.
  • The cooker could be replaced by a small AGA-60 City.
  • The shelf above the cooker will be moved up a bit and fitted with lights underneath.
  • I think a fold-away stool would be better.
  • It is currently planned that there will be a low wooden wall between the two sides, that will be topped by a steel beam, so that hot serving dishes can be placed there.
  • The flange of the beam could also be used to store condiments, sauces, oils and other things that might be needed both inside and outside the kitchen.
  • I haven’t decided where to put the touch-screen pad computer, so I can display my Serial Cooking pages.
  • You’ll notice that there isn’t much electrical equipment. The only equipment, that I use is a Delia’s Little Chopper, which I acquired long before she publicised them, a kettle and a microwave .
  • You’ll notice the only gas in the kitchen is in the fire extinguisher.
  • Gas incidentally, should be banned from inside the inhabited parts of dwellings on health and safety grounds.

Many of the pictures were taken with me sitting on one of my all purpose stools, that I designed over forty years ago and had made by a furniture maker. Incidentally, four were used as saw horses to support the work-top, whilst it was cut to size.

July 11, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 2 Comments

Are Sainsburys Winning The Bag War?

Since the five pence charge was introduced for plastic bags in England, there has been very little innovative thinking by shops about how they could use the bags to drag people into their shops.

Summing up the shops I use and the comments of others, I would say this.

  • Waitrose – Thin and useless
  • Tesco – Thin and useless
  • Marks and Spencer – Not too bad!

And then there’s Sainsburys!

A Reuseable Plastic Bag From Sainsburys

A Reuseable Orange Plastic Bag From Sainsburys

 

They are surely the best, as you can fold them flat and then into a size to fit in a coat pocket or bag.

The one in the picture is probably six or seven weeks old.

One day last week, I needed a few items to complete my supper like some strawberries and I hadn’t got a bag with me. So I walked past Marks and Spencer and Waitrose to Sainsburys and bought them there together with a 5p. bag.

Do you think that Sainsburys have deliberately made a 5p. bag that lasts to attract shoppers to their stores?

Judging by the number of orange bags, I see on the streets of London, I certainly think Sainsburys have been thinking this one through.

  • Orange bags are easy to spot, so you always take one.
  • As they’re easy to fold, some might fold them and put them in their pocket or bag after putting the shopping away.
  • Seeing lots of orange bags on the street, reminds shoppers to get what they need at Sainsburys.
  • Because of the quality of the bag, it makes you think well of Sainsburys and their products.

On the other hand, IKEA deliberately make their blue bags impossible to fold, so you leave them behind, when you go shopping.

June 12, 2016 Posted by | World | , , , | Leave a comment

A Clever Idea From IKEA

When I was in the kitchen showrooms in IKEA at Tottenham, I noticed that their corner cupboards didn’t have any lights. And we all know that things get lost in corner cupboards.

I have a feeling that our last two designer kitchens didn’t have corner cupboards because lighting them was difficult.

I thought that I’d be able to use IKEA’S OMLOPP LED spotlights, but wiring them can be tricky.

Then I found some IKEA STRIBERG LED strips, so I took one home.

Reading the instructions, when I got home, it appeared they were for wardrobes. But after a bit of experimenting, I found they worked in my corner cupboard. These pictures show it working.

Note that there are two things left to do.

  • The door hinges need to be adjusted to get it straight.
  • A hole needs to be drilled in the back of the cupboard to pass the wire through.

But it certainly works well!

Note.

  • There is no wiring to do, as it just plugs together and into a 13 amp socket.
  • Multiple units can be daisy-chained.
  • It comes in various lengths with the 67 cm. version being ideal here.

In my view, it is much easier to install than OMLOPP.

June 5, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized, World | , , | 1 Comment