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Waffle Jacks American Diner Wimbledon


This is a great place to have a breakfast or lunch. American style food at fair prices. Nice atmosphere .

Sausage bagel can be recommended especially in a jalopeno and cheese bagel . Waffle with ice cream and golden syrup was also far from shabby !

More Waffle Art


This is not the first time I have posted photographs of waffles from Waffle Jacks in Merton, and it will not be the last. But they do make excellent photographic topics. Enjoy

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Maple Syrup and Ice Cream

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Peanut Butter and White Chocolate

Reflections on 24 hours in Stockholm and Reasons to walk around. Did I find a blonde version of Elisabeth Salander?


One of the many curious things you notice about Stockholm is the absence of lots of things that I have seen a lot of recently in other cities. People look healthy and generally contented. They talk more quietly and are more polite and respectful of personal space. There is little evidence of many people furtively smoking, and little evidence in the central part of the city of graffiti art.Not many homeless people are to be seen either, although as dusk was falling a few were trundling their trolleys with their worldly posessions into what will be their home for the night.  So Stockholm contrasts very strongly with Madrid, Amsterdam and Gothenburg. There also was not the sometimes slightly threatening and certainly disconcerting sights of beggars ( often immigrants to that country) aggressively trying to obtain money or sell unwanted goods to passers by. A huge contrast to Madrid where it seemed every 50 yards or less someone was thrusting, often literally, cups or containers into your face in an attempt to get donations of money.

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Stockholm Railway Bridge

It is very difficult to base a realistic appraisal of a city on a mere few hours walking around but it has a calm aura. I saw signs for places that I recognise from Stieg Larssons books such as Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. In fact a thin girl, very thin, walked past me, short blonde hair, looked like she had cut it herself, and I glanced at her and she at me, and I thought, blonde Elisabeth Salander. She had many of the real features of the character, unlike the incorrectly cast Rooney Mara. Signs pointed to Gamla Stan, Aftonbladet, Sodermalm and Kungsholmen, all names that sounded so familiar from the books. A man scurried past who also might have been Mikael Blomquist.

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Aftonbladet

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Vasagatan

An air of affluence pervades the city, with few walkers by looking poor. Clothes are generally smart and people walk with their heads held high. In the whole 2 hours of walking the only exception to this rule was a group of three dubious characters drinking beer and other poisons on one of the walkways by the river. There was little evidence of the prominence of the graffiti art that so adorned Amsterdam and Madrid. In the city centre one had to look hard to find any and the little there was decorated bridges over the railway less favoured with pedestrians.

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Stockholm Graffiti Art

Central Station is a hub for the city with many trains going in all directions, over bridges and people walking in a thousand different directions at once. Everywhere you look there are important looking monuments and statues. The station somehow comes to life even more when it snows.

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Snowing in Central Station

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Trains escape Stockholm Station

In the world famous Karolinska Hospital and Institute a huge painted mural is the focus of the entrance and outside buses advertise the ABBA museum where we can all become instant dancing queens.

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Who wants to be a Dancing Queen?

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Karolinska Hospital Mural

A walk along the river provides a back drop to the city with steeples and important looking buildings rising out of the dusk. The daffodil bulbs have been slow to wake up and grow.

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Slow Waking Daffodils

At dusk many of the buildings look formal and a little grand and loom up out of what is left of the little fading light. There was an air of grandeur emanating from many of them without even knowing their purpose with an imposing look.

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Central Stockholm

The air was cold, two degrees Celsius in fact, with snow forecast for two days time and one could almost smell that in the air. The coffee shops do a brisk trade. They serve you quickly and are many  hierarchies above Starbucks and Costa Coffee in both their friendliness and ability to serve customers quickly. Not cheap though, with a coffee poured from an urn, some Colombian special coffee 39 SK, so to me 5 euros. The shops were warm and inviting and many of those inside were similar to me, single people in there for a reason, using their computer or talking on the phone to escape transiently the cold.

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Central Stockholm

Generically though there is a massive difference to the  UK in that anyone serving be it coffee, food or hotel workers, are unfailingly polite and respectful and provide a clear service, instead of the sometimes angry and often indifferent service that one gets in UK. And I think I am right. Contrasting similar workers in similar shops in both countries.

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Central Stockholm

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Central Stockholm

Sweden is not a cheap country though. A salami pizza, maybe 50% larger than needed or usual, cost 180 SK, so around 20 euros. A return ticket on the Arlanda Express, which takes you directly from Arlanda airport to central Stockholm is 520 SK.

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Central Stockholm

The highlight of the short walk around was smelling then finding a small stall on the edge of the water selling crepes and waffles decorated with the most gorgeous and calorific toppings. I can recommend paying 60 SK for a waffle covered with Nutella and white chocolate, that was less rich then it sounded but a perfect antidote and therapy to the cold that was making hunger come to life.

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Waffle

Just Nice Food Photos From Europe


Chicken and leek pie

Chicken and Leek Pie. Northumberland UK

Coffee

Coffee Zurich Airport

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Massive Croissant London UK

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Massive Croissant London UK

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Ice Cream Northumberland UK

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Bread and butter Seahouses UK

Lemon Tart

Lemon Tart Zug Switzerland

Pizza

Pizza London UK

Plum and Almond Tart

Plum and Almond Tart Northumberland UK

Prosecco

Prosecco London UK

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Sticky Toffee Pudding London UK

Treacle Tart

Treacle Tart Northumberland UK

Sticky Toffee Pudding

Sticky Toffee Pudding London UK

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Chickpea and Chorizo Warm Salad London UK

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Omelette Hamburg Germany

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Waffle with golden syrup Merton UK

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Fruit Breakfast Hamburg Germany

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Chocolate Cheesecake Gothenburg Sweden

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Chocolate Muffin Gothenburg Sweden

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Burger and Chips Gothenburg Sweden

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Waffle Merton UK

The Murder in Motspur Park One Year On Nothing Resolved


On Feb 9th 2015 a year ago, Ray Mills, aged 66 years,  was arrested on suspicion of killing his wife Linda Mills with knives and a hammer.  Both were “known” to the local community in that residents saw them out and about, but both rarely spoke to anyone other than their next door neighbour. On June 8th 2015 Ray Mills died in Wandworth prison however this never was  reported until 14th July.

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Ray Mills

Ray Mills never came to trial as three court hearings were adjourned as psychiatric reports were not available. Ray Mills thus had been in custody for four months before his death.

The news of his death  came four days after coroner Dr Fiona Wilcox called for a formal investigation into the alarming number of deaths at Wandsworth Prison.

During a pre-inquest hearing into the suicides of two men who shared the same cell and hung themselves months apart, she said the inquest could not go on because of various “themes and common issues” of deaths at the UK’s largest prison.

Eleven men died at the category B prison last year – which she said was three times more than would be expected at a prison. It is not clear whether she knew about Mr Mills and whether his death was included in that figure.

The Ministry of Justice has yet to comment on how Mr Mills died in prison. And that is essentially where we are now.

The house remains in the same condition with a small padlock on the door and no signs of any activity or potential sale. One wonders as what might be happening inside of course.

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Ray and Linda Mills House where the murder took place

An inquest into his death has been opened at Westminster Coroners’ Court. The case was due to be reviewed by a coroner on December 7. There is nothing reported regarding this inquest.

So one year on, Ray Mills must be presumed to have murdered his wife, however in the absence of a trial details and proof are unlikely to ever be known. The local residents are not so happy that the house remains closed and uncared for, and details of the cause of death of Ray Mills remain unknown, however one suspects that suicide must be one of the more likely possibilities. 00000268

Motspur Park remains a sleepy suburb, half in borough of Merton and the other half in the borough of Kingston. We must await further information.

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Motspur Park Train Station 2016

Waffle Jacks Sunday Lunch


In Merton there is an excellent Waffle restaurant called Waffle Jacks. The range of likeable food extends from all sorts of burgers, nachos and of course waffles,accompanied by various milkshakes. The food is superb. I can recommend a waffle with golden syrup and ice cream. Now you can have a quarter, half or whole waffle and each quarter is blessed with its own scoop of ice cream. So it is a dangerous if not insulin toxic affair to order a whole waffle with ice cream ( as one of your two selected toppings) as that equates without any mathmatical genius to four scoops.

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Merton Graffiti

Having eaten  this feast, which today was a burger and half a waffle, a little stroll down the road takes you to a small alleyway in Merton where the graffiti is superb, graffiti art some call it, I call it decorative.

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Peanut Butter milkshake Waffle Jacks

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Waffle with golden syrup Waffle Jacks

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Waffle  Jacks

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Waffle Jacks Wimbledon


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A Load of Waffle that is Waffle Art


Never imagined how photogenic waffles are especially when laid out so cutely.

Waffle Art copyright Chris bushe 2015

Waffle Art
copyright Chris bushe 2015

Waffle Art copyright Chris bushe 2015

Waffle Art
copyright Chris bushe 2015

Banana and Maple syrup waffle

Banana and Maple syrup waffle

Waffle Jacks In Merton/Wimbledon


Waffles are becoming far more of a British thing. I recently visited a restuarant in Durham where the choice was wide between sweet and savoury, the only thing being, one is always enough, if not too much. Recently I saw that this restaurant had opened only doors away from a bakery i often frequent. Today was the day to visit. Very impressed. Nice small menu. Waffles, Bagels and Burgers mostly. All looking good. The place is laid out like an American Diner. Music from the 50s plays nicely in the background. The waffles were superb. I can only comment on the Banana, Maple Syrup and toffee sauce waffle, and a nibble of the Peanut butter and Maple Syrup one. Nice touch is that you can order whole waffles, halves or even quarters.

Their website is at

wafflejacks.wix.com/wafflejacks

A cute touch also .Free WI-Fi as well as USB ports for mobile and laptop chargers available

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jukebox at waffle jacks

jukebox at waffle jacks

Peanut butter and malpe syrup waffle

Peanut butter and malpe syrup waffle

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Banana and Maple syrup waffle

Banana and Maple syrup waffle

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