Sunday, October 30, 2005


Friday was a good day. I had a calm day at work, followed by a massage which made my back feel like I'd never used a mouse or keyboard before, and then Pete and I had a delicious steak at Browns before watching the Corpse Bride. It was a good film, the undead characters were, ironically, fantastically alive and the animation was beautiful. I was surprised to see that they've opened a bar at the Odeon, which was unsurprisingly empty as it lacked any atmosphere at all. Unfortunately you arn't allowed to take your alcoholic drinks out of the bar, which seemed a bit unfair especially as fizzy drinks must make just as much mess if spilt. It looks like the Duke of York's is still the only cinema where you can enjoy a pint whilst you watch a film.

We finished off the evening with delicious cocktails at Valentino's. I do love that bar, the staff are friendly and reassuringly careful about keeping up the relaxed atmosphere. One group were removed quietly for taking certain substances in the toilets, I suspect all three of them going in at once was ever so slightly suspicious! It's a small place but the atmosphere is great, so it's always a pleasure to sit there and its nice that it has a later license, so you don't feel you have to leave early or go out clubbing or onto a louder bar.

All in all, it was a lovely evening, so Pete and I decided we'd have to do it again next month.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

elephants can remember

New research shows that elephants may pay homage to their dead. I've always wondered about the fascination elephants have with bones and ivory, and this certainly explains more about it. I didn't realise though, that elephant graveyards were a myth. You learn something new every day!

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

the joys of helpfulness

I did manage to get the majority of my present shopping done on Saturday. I took a leisurely wander around the Lanes, which was surprisingly empty for the weekend, looking through windows and choosing presents and finding the whole shopping experience remarkably relaxing.

Normally I hate shopping and try to do it as quickly and efficiently as I possibly can, I hate the endless traipsing around, fighting to get clothes back on hangers and generally getting frustrated. This trip was different, and I suspect the cause was quite simple really. At the first shop I went into,
Crabtree & Evelyn, the shop assistant came up to me and asked me if I'd like some help. It was a good start, I find shop assistants normally stand around talking to each other, before whipping away your credit card, taking your money and handing you back your new purchase without even meeting your eye. Not in this shop.

She then proceeded to take me around the shop, talking me through every variation of the things I was interested in, opening jars, wafting scents under my nose and generally answering my every point and "what about that one?". This left me feeling that, not only had I managed to choose a present, but also that I'd taken an informed look at virtually everything in the shop without having to even think. Amazing!

Whilst she took my new purchases to gift wrap then for me, Shop Assistant Number Two, came along and asked if I'd like to have my hands pampered whilst I waited. Of course! So there I stand, being exfoliated and hand creamed up, all ready for my lovely little blue bag of presents. Out I went into the sunshine, feeling as if shopping were, for once, something relaxing and enjoyable.

Thank you Shop Assistants, you made my day!

Saturday, October 22, 2005


Today I have to go present & card shopping for:

Two grans
Two cousins
One aunt
Couple of friends

And nothing for me. November is an overloaded month for presents, I think.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

battle of the cheeses

It would seem that Wensleydale and Stinking Bishop are fighting over Wallace & Gromit's support. Yay for cheese fights!

And Happy Belated Birthday to Rich.

November promises to be a month of many birthdays, so I'm hoping that my record of getting cards to people on time improves.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

sunday lunch

This afternoon I went for Sunday lunch with Lyndsey, Jim, Giles and Keith (who was surprisingly quiet). Lyndsey's new sofa arrived this week, and it's lush! The purple sofa of softiness, that I can imagine I will spend many a comfy evening sitting on, with my legs sticking out at 90 degrees, my feet unable to touch the floor. Mmmm, nice.

Lunch was good. We went to the Druids on Ditchling Road, and drank Magners Irish Cider. Tasty stuff. I haven't had cider for a long time, but was pleasantly surprised. We planned a trip to the newly refurbished De La Warr pavilion in Bexhill, which looks like it has been done very nicely. Lyndsey and I both love Art Deco, so it'll be really interesting to see.

Typically, as soon as we got to the last inch of cider, the rain started. Yuck. Still at least the DIY has stopped!

Saturday, October 15, 2005

rabbit caught

Last night Mum & Dad came over for dinner before we went into town to see Wallace & Gromit and the Curse of the Were-Rabbit. It was faboulously fun, and had Mum laughing almost continuously aided by the chap in the row behind. I'm not sure whether the Americans will understand a number of the multitude of "in-jokes" but there was certainly enough to generate laughs for everyone.

After the film we went to my favourite cocktail bar of the moment on New Road. They make a mean Pavillion Royale (which made me feel very James Bond!) and which I only managed to spill one of. Unfortunately I got a little carried away with the gesticulating and managed to overturn my second one. Of course, I blame the table, it had nothing to do with the quantity of alchol at all!

In view of all that, today has been quiet and restful whilst I recover, well except for the many home improvement noises coming from various houses along the street. Obviously today is a day for DIY. My poor head!