A Torment Least Wanted

The great frustration this last few days (no, not whining) is that I gained a Dental infect (yet again) but this time it decided to settle under my facial muscles…
Now, lets be frank here…. I is an ugly bloke… Now I is a whole lot uglier ;-)
Further to all this, I am supposed to me getting on a flight at the end of the week and frankly while I’m fairly none functional at the moment, taking two different Antibiotics in good sized doses… Is a screwed sleeping pattern and high altitude pressurised flight is the best thing to be doing….
Frankly it’s a case of I really want to get on the plane, but I have a friend who got a whole flight diverted a few years ago because of a similar problem – when pressure built up so badly he was left screaming and passing out with the pain.

So, the reality check is this (unless anyone knows or can advise differently); If it isn’t gone by the end of today – I need to cancel the flight…
And that is a whole lot of whining to be had on my part LOL
But, I really don’t like looking like Elephant man, nor do I not want to be where I want and need to be come Friday…

British Airways… are welcome to advise also ;-)

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Published in: on 25 October, 2011 at 10:38  Comments (12)  
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The Visit of Gabsatrucker…

Yep, it’s true… our colonial friend finally made her way back to the UK…
And somehow I got to be tour guide extraordinaire :-(
She came, she saw and I made sure she didn’t get the t’shirt…
Her last visit was apparently very short lived in the UK so I made sure she’d be seeing a lot in a very short space of time indeed..
First up Bladon (pron. Blay-don) and the grave of Sir Winston Churchill (there will be a theme here) then on to the stunning village of Shilton and even went past the Mini factory…
Next up – Hathersage and the grave of Little John… Yes!! Robin (of Loxley) Hood was a real dude and John Little was his Lieutenant… It is here, between Sheffield and the Hope Valley of the Derbyshire Peak District you’ll find their old stomping ground – or in this case; Gabby’s new one…
Bashed on to Stonehenge, Avebury, missed out the grave of Pocahontas.
Most of the tour guiding was very high speed and I’m guessing a bit of a blurr… so I’ll refer you to her blog to see what she writes about her visit…
I know she got to see a few Twitter friends and it was great to see her…
Was a little sad she didn’t get to see some of the people she’d reserved time to see and in some cases got no reply from tweets or anything… But some people are just like that I guess…

So do go to : http://www.gabsatrucker.com/

A return that’s never wasted

It was in the freezing January of 2010 when I ventured out of my way while heading up from Devon to visit my mother in Oxfordshire…
The place I set upon was Cirencester in the heart of the Cotswolds. An outstandingly beautiful part of the UK and in the case of this town – a historic centre of Roman commerce.
The reason was that comedian, author and traveller Dom Joly simply could not stop raving about a local eatery by the name Made By Bob..
Let me put you in the picture a little;
Dom travels the world, eats in all sorts of places and tries everything, his knowledge when it comes to places to eat on a global stage is frankly encyclopaedic!
So when this guy says, it’s his favourite place to eat – I listen…

Back on that cold winter day, there was ice and snow everywhere as I headed off to find this place courtesy of Dom’s directions.. and I think you can read that story for your self HERE.

Roll on to just a few days ago and I’m showing this blogs hindrance and help, American blogger, marathon runner and of course Big Rig driver – @Gabsatrucker around a few bits of the UK during her busy schedule..
With fair warning to Dom to avoid the place and after getting names of great villages to show to Gabby from Robert Llewellyn – we headed to Made By Bob…

It was very busy as we waited for our seat, Bob suddenly looked over, smiling and acknowledging…
The food and service had not faltered one bit!! It was stunning…
Now between the present time and last time I visited my hair has grown into a shaggy mess – and I was having a bad hair day – yet here, 18 months later a with firm memory attached to the back of his eyes – Bob said hello and thanked me for my previous write up…
He went on to explain that they were about to start expanding the place and major alterations would begin in the coming days as they start to go straight through the wall and into the next place…

I was simply gobsmacked that all this time, nothing had faded, if anything it was better!
Hard work, dedication – almost to the point of exhaustion has made this place one of the most (if not THE most) outstanding places to have lunch in the UK today!
Even with the place busy the welcome was outstanding and the food brilliant…

Now roll on a couple of days and imagine sitting in a Café Rouge in Windsor… Where we suffered terrible service, very poor quality food and waited, oh boy did we wait for our food… almost to the point of leaving!!
And then paying a LOT more for the pleasure…

No, I could mention many places to eat, not as much as Dom – But I have to concur, there is probably no better place to eat in Great Britain at lunchtime than at Made By Bob in Cirencester…

If you haven’t been, GO!! But be fair to yourself – eat somewhere the day before and somewhere the day after – you’ll know exactly what I mean.
Heck we went to one old favourite place to eat, The Rose Revived in Oxfordshire and never even got to eat… A place I’ll never ever return to…

So to Bob, his better half and his team, thank you for the great food and outstanding hospitality… If I ran approval ratings, this place would score full marks and then some… (there’s a thought)

Thanks also to Robert Llewellyn and Dom Joly without whom the day simply would not have been so awesome…

 

 

Published in: on 7 October, 2011 at 23:11  Comments (1)  
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Euro Games Expo

The other day as a treat, I went to the above Expo at Earls Court, London.
Top of this bill was a beloved game and more importantly – it’s next generation
EA Games/DICE : Battlefield 3!!
In fact I even emailed EA Games to find out a little more than the typically let on and as told to come on down and see for myself..
This is what I saw before I guy jumped in front of me and said “NO PHOTOS!!”
I explained what I was about and he then wanted me to wait while he got someone to verify “my story”…. (?!)
So I asked why the worry when the game is on general release in a matter of days and there is tons already on YouTube – after all, while I wanted to write about it – I simply wanted to show the size of the event (of which Battlefield 3 was truly massive compared to the rest of the expo)…
But he had already blown it, taken all the excitement away and I no longer wished to know….
So Battlefield 3… a lot of gaming, a load of rules, bollocks bull sh*t and fk-all in the giveaway stakes or free merchandise that I could see… we moved on and didn’t bother to return…

So moving away from the area where blasé game builders live, we saw some truly fantastic and innovative stuff… I also go my hands on a lot of Alienware kit which is most impressive!!(albeit, seriously over priced)
I played “Tanks2, and these guys turned up to the Expo with real tanks!
Then some seriously immersive gaming technology care of NVidia and Alienware(Dell) and so on.

To be honest, I felt very much let down by EA, but at the same time thankful that I got to spend more time looking at other tech and games…

As for the Expo, the best bit was the free Doritos on the way out and after my brush with EA, I doubt I’ll be returning in future…
The bad taste? Money spent on travel, tickets and previously spent on EA software…
And EA – you have been successful to the tune of $billions, but that is no excuse for guys jumping in like they did… and if you don’t like my pic – sue me!! But return my entrance fee, travel and food expenses first!!

Published in: on 2 October, 2011 at 09:11  Comments (2)  
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