Little old Me, and an internationally covered event – who would have thought it

Where to start these blogs, is often the problem. I could ” star wars reference ” and use the “along time ago………….. ”  but it wasn’t that long ago.however, the experience really was this year out of this world.

So who wants a blog about another fire works display, and boring pictures.
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 Well, this one is a little bit special, I cant say its free to attend, as it’s not.  But it gathers international media coverage each year as the organisers continue a tradition of burning Effagees for the crowd, always Guy Fawkes. Each year they also add a selected media person. This year it was Harvey Weinstein.

23231118_1711450422200670_2793878666683402760_n The organisers that plan this amazing firework display is the Edenbridge Bonfire society. The Fireworks get so much focus, the effigy always does. What people don’t always report is the hard work of the committee and organisers that also put together a torch-lit parade through the town before the fireworks to involve the community, the schools, the nurseries and the children & families. It was  the 3rd in 4 years that I had been here, as a helper, a performer  and  this time as a marshal  so I got to actually see the amazing procession

If you are anywhere able to get to this event for future years, Or feel like helping out. contact the organisers Its got to be one of the best Fireworks displays  that “oldmanleslie ” has  ever seen “

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So, if you use a place and its good, you remember,if you use it again and its good. tell people …Ace printing – Torquay

Just back from a short  family break in Devon, nothing to  dynamic  in that you may think. we stayed in a typical  chalet site. which was Ok , we knew this as we had used it before. Days out  whilst down there for 3  generations of “oldmanleslie”  and plenty  to do .

Obviously  a day out in Torquay  was on  the list, I was pleased ‘cos this  gave me the chance to go back to  ” ACE “ A company  I had used before and I was hoping were still under the same ownership  and hadn’t been a victim of the recession.   They haven’t, in fact they seem to be doing well. All I can think  is that  it must be the friendly staff, great range & choice,keen prices and the ability to print 1 offs at low cost that have kept them going .In addition to looking after their larger  customers

Any way, to Josh and the team that helped me , Thank you & see you  sometime soon I hope

If you want to give them a call or pop in if you are in sunny Devon . details are here .. 

Just for the record, I paid for the items I left with , I wasn’t given anything for this blog, its just that  when a place does show  proper customer service and makes you feel like you want to spend money with them, Its a good thing

So why is it that things have to change.? its not a serious issue, but …….

After  composing  this blog, I have this thought…”My grumpy old man training ”  seems to be ramping up…

Here goes

It appears that as you get older especially in the case of “Old man Leslie” there are things that you believed would always be around that aren’t…This might be people that pass on which we have seen too much of recently, this might be the friends that you either move away from or fall out with.
This might be businesses that close. today in my case it was one of the things I’ve done for many many years. Since the early days in the last millennium when I first met what became “Mrs Oldmanleslie”, there have been places we have been to, and things we have bought as we haven’t had a lot of funds. we were being careful with our money, way before MSE and the Web made it easy to find the bargains

Today in my case it was one of the things I’ve done for many many years. Since the early days in the last millennium when I first met what became “Mrs Oldmanleslie”, before there were Junior “Oldman Leslie’s” to think about. there have been places we have been to, and things we have bought as we haven’t had a lot of funds. we were being careful with our money, way before MSE and the Web made it easy to find the bargains

There have been places we have been to, and things we have bought as we haven’t had a lot of funds. we were being careful with our money, way before MSE and the Web made it easy to find the bargains

Anyway, I have referenced before the great service that we used to get from what we knew as the” meat man at ford ” we have usedmalpass capture him for Many Years,  and always had good product and service. The

The company is here, and I understand why they have to have a Fb, Instagram, and all the other new channels, as they are a great business, and they have offices all over the place in this part of the world. My only thought is that it’s not just a place to go to visit to get the meat for Christmas, or for the Monster sized BBQ packs in the summer. It was the old emotional connection of standing there in December, on not exactly the warmest of days, waiting for that special deal that I always thought  I was getting. Sad to see them not at Fmalpass detailsord any longer, worse still to see some other crowd selling meat.

I guess that as a business they have to look at where the money comes from, and if people like me only go to a market once in a blue moon, it will, of course, dwindle to nothing.  So am I, and those like me to blame for this, I think not in this instance as ” Ford market ” has evolved from the heady days of  ”  £2.99. any bag any holdall ”  and the massive £0.20 p per person admission to the ” club ” .. and buying mysterious unknown things in black bags ….Through the eBay generation and to the time when there are smartphones in every pocket. From the 2 long lines of market traders on both sides selling all sorts.

It has now become  what appears today to be a Massive ” boot fair “4611251011_958x430 but still a great place to loose a couple of hours  on the occasional  Sunday morning if you are  in west Sussex  and anywhere near Arundel and fancy buying that unfound antique

 

I just wish Malpass were still there and that things didn’t have to change, That we could still buy the “same old stuff”.  I guess this is one of the things that is innevitable as I get older

And just for the record, I received no payment, No slabs of gorgeous beef, none of  their sticky  ribs , fillet steak or otherwise for this blog, it’s just the thoughts of ” me ” and my reminiscences of halcyon days gone by…and not just  buying meat.

One that I would avoid, as there are surely better places – The royal Saracens, Beaconsfield 

Firstly,I will start with what I would describe as the good aspects of this place. The staff that are obviously instructed to be attentive, they are after your drink order pretty much as soon as your bum is on the seat. The lady we had, and I won’t name her was polite, help full and all good. She knew the range and was keen to help.

Then our food order was taken. And that was when it went wrong. Things that were in the dishes ( in my case onions, that I can’t eat) we were told we could have something else instead. But when the bill came, it was as well as, not instead of…

A long wait for food ( 20 mins) and when it arrived, very small portions on what I would consider large plates.

Food tastes ok, but I don’t think at £16.95 for a burger it’s any sort of value for money… Also the usual”is your food ok” was just a passing question from a chap who looked like a customer…
Last time we were in the Saracens was a long time ago so I don’t know if it’s changed hands.

The pictures on their www and face book are not representative of the food that is served

I would just say there must be other places in Beaconsfield that are better

Oddly enough, when I filled in the feed back card and tried to hand it in at the point of paying the bill, no one wanted to take it, can’t think why

Maybe we just had a bad time, but we did have “not the best time”

The saving grace was the staff who served us, and the meals that the people we were vising had, were all good

So I blog so much about the band I’m in…

Most of the freebie events I blog, many of the fun things I get involved in with the other Leslie’s are based around this band….


 So what is this thing that draws people in..Check out the site on line. And if you visit tell me what you think. www.celebrationsamba.co.uk/ and if you are based in this part of the world then maybe one day we may see you for a drum. This video is when our friends the dancers came over to a rehearsal…. As always, details on the web

So when you get stuck in a bit of a rut, and then the rut changes for the better…..

Anyone who knows me and the rest of my clan knows that Saturday nights are generally skating nights. We are fortunate enough to go to a really cool, old-school club that’s been around for 40 years…. Nearly as old as old man Leslie…

They play a mix of the same old tunes, they hire out proper 4 wheel quad skates. And they are so family friendly in their normal sessions.

Well, they recently decided to do the first( in a long time) adults only extra hour… What a brilliant idea…. Not too many people, music was just that little bit different and good. Same old familiar faces, all enjoying themselves.

So why blog this, well as it’s a holiday town we live in, and people could be down here in sunny Bognor for all sorts of reasons. If you are here on a Saturday night. Check out our local sports centre and ask about the Arun skate club, or find them on Facebook.

As I  mentioned, a great way to spend a couple of hours on a Saturday night, and if you land at the right time. Then a great child free hour for mums and dads

To the organisers. A big thank you

Just a shame i cant use them anymore been using them for years & never had a bad one

10/12/16 Update on the blog, Unfortunately  this amazing local Business is  No More , Such a shame, however there is always  ” the tank” for great coffee in town

This had been in Bognor for many years

If not the Best, then certainly One of the best Places in the town of Bognor Regis  to get a Sandwich , Before it was the sandwich Factory, it was Kays. Before that who knows.  All i can tell you is that i have used them many times over the years, NEVER had a bad one from them, Always good service as well.

If you are  down this way, possibly on hols at Butlins

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, the shoreline, the wave . or any where else , you will find  these boys in the town near the post  office . Its weird as i have never asked the guys name, but he always says  Hi when i go in

My PERSONAL  choice is a HOT Baggutte with Bacon Brie  & Cranberry sauce…..you can now see why i cant go too often

http://the-sandwichfactory.com/  will give you their address  & NO , i wasn’t paid  for this Blog, i think the service is THAT  good  and the food speaks for itself

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Children go free in fancy dress for Halloween 2016….now that always sounds good when free means Free. I’m sure there is lots to spend your money on when you get there

This could be a brilliant offer for anybody who’s got young children and lives in the south of the UK.

Basically if your children are dressed up in Halloweencapture2 fancy dress then there is free admission to Monkey World one of the best attractions along the south coast here is the link to the Monkey World website if you want to verify this and I found this link on h u k d have a great Halloween and remember it’s all about having fun

 

Here are the T’s & C’s from the monkey world website at this link 

 

What a great little find, I only wish we had found it earler – Flo’s Diner

So this is all about  an amazing little Diner that me and my family found when we were on our holiday this summer.

We stayed in New York state and I’m sure many of the native new yorkers would know of many many good places to eat however we didn’t go to many many places we went to a few and one of the best that we found was Flos Dinerwebbanner-custom-size-496-198

It was a nice unassuming place a good service, amazing menu ( i had flos slop )  of great  food.well priced,clean tidy and basically what all the things I perceived an American diner should be.

Flo’s Diner advertises itself as the home of the”tencent coffee”  I tried the tencent coffee and it was just as nice as many that I paid £1 for £2 for in the UK.

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we did pay for food we weren’t given anything the prices were good the food was amazing and if I am back  in the future I will definitely go back to Flos Diner

if you’re in that part of the world in New York state and it looking for a nice place to go and eat I would highly recommend Flos Diner

And if you are a new yorker and are wondering where this gem is:

3223 Rt 31, Canastota, NY

And if you are a naive ” UK holiday maker on  a trip in as you have seen this blog and fancy trying it , The hot sauce is exactly that “

Look & Sea Visitor Center Surrey Street Fisher mans Quay, Littlehampton – such a great place for a coffee, a meal and a base for a day in town

As a family  we a ” wheel chair  relation ” we found recently  and have used many times  the look & sea Centre  as its fairly local  to us. It has facilities for disabled access. good food at reaEpilepsy explained's photo.sonable prices , a great view over the river and down  to the sea , friendly staff, in fact all that you would want in a restaurant. always best to book a  table in advanLook and Sea Centre's photo.ce as  because its so good , it can get busy on sunny days. I am  not a blogger that has taken pictures  of the food I eat here, but as  I have never had a meal that was anything less that  lovely it  shouldn’t need pictures of the food

Full details of the look and sea  center  can be found on their page  here  Just for the record, i have not been paid for this blog, its just that I believe if a place or business offers good service then you tell people  about it

 

Cone heads ice cream parlour ,Oneida ,NY state What a great parlour

 

There must be many many ice cream shops in America and I cannot comment on any of the others however on a holiday to Oneida in New York State we found as a family that the Coneheads Ice cream parlour was absolutely amazing.

Such a massive choice of ice cream syrups flavours toppings 13939510_1245791212099929_4267746970544629106_nand otherwise in any combination that you wanted as ice cream or indeed as a milkshake and to top it all off the pricing was pretty good as well

Well worth a visit if you are in this part of the world

The lady that served us was really helpful, even my son’s amazing choice when we told him could have what he wanted wasn’t a problem

I only wish we had discovered the place little earlier, we would have been back. If you want to get in contact then there are all the usual methods. Just tell them where you saw the review  and ask the lady how the Caribbean trip fund is  going

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All the usual social media contacts

Just for the record, I have not been paid for this blog, it’s just that I believe if a place or business offers good service then you tell people  about it

 

Just an Amazing ” freebie ” day out – Hastings Pirate day 2016

Firstly , I admit to having taken this from the web ( my own blog infact ) so is that allowed , who knows Not to sure if I should use the text above for this  as it’s really a review of  what has been a great  year  ( band wise  )  and  there are still events to come this year .

I have the pleasure of performing with  Celebration Samba, a band based in   West Sussex . The band has been around for a while  and  it seems to get better  every year . The reason for the blog is an event that  being in the band Takes me to  each year, a great day for Families, Adults, Children,mums and dads alike .

Its my involvement with the band that has taken me to so many places, dressed me up in fancy dress, made me smile, and  really enjoy something that other people seem to enjoy me doing .

Hastings Pirate Day 2016 on Sunday 17th July 2016

There is just so much going on, and its only if you tell people about these things that the word gets out

So why blog about it, well, the band has shown me that  it’s not just the ” big & shiny ” events that are fun, Dressing up. and playing & performing  can be good & its so much fun.Last  year has also seen oldmanleslie, don his pirate  wig, use his best AAAAARRRRRRR

Before I get picked up saying the event is Free, you will have to pay to get there, you may have to buy  food / drink etc, and you may need to get parking and things for your children.

So I guess the main point of the blog, is that  if like me you are at a carnival procession ( big or small)and you see something that looks like fun, it’s always  good to ask, because speaking from experience, if I hadn’t asked, I wouldn’t have found out about celebration samba,and I couldn’t have told you about all the wonderful  free to attend events going on in this part of the world

If you fancy Joining the band, have a look at their www and see if you can get along to rehearsals , full details and a Little history  are here and if you think it’s just ” 40 somethings like oldmanleslie “. no we have all ages  in the band.and its NOT  always about piracy.Mums, dads,grannies,granddads,father & sons, Generally people just having a good time entertaining people

For the blog,  my involvement with  the band
has cost me to buy kit and rehearse, however it has shown me that there  are so many carnivals and free events that are typically  English around the country, its still a good  ( and noisy if you are drumming ) place to be.

“see you at the pirate day , be sure to come and say HI “

If its good, you keep going back – London road coffee shop. Bognor regis

The whole idea of a loyalty card I guess is that eventually you might get some thing free if you keep the card long enough….it seems that for this independent coffee shop I have handed many cards over so they must be good

For the record I have never asked  for freebies. I’m just the annoying guy that comes in asking for ” a nice coffee”..

Today,a nutty caramel latte

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The PIC doesn’t di the taste justice….just what is needed on a hot sunny day in town when shopping

Only my opinion, but definetly the best in town

So if you are in Bognor for Butlins,a hen do,local shopping or just a day at the seaside….pop in

Many things Touch Many people in Many ways…i wish Cancer would just move a stage further away from me

The ” C ” word, the  “oh no he/she hasn’t got IT Have they ”  so many other expressions  that people use  when Cancer first hits them in their life  and affects either them, or some one  that they Know .

I make no apology for the number of links in this post or the lack of Pretty pictures , There are a lot of things I want to draw attention to, Its Not easy as I’m not going to name the people that have  been affected by this. That wouldn’t be right , I will send them a link out, they can do with it what they will.

I consider myself to  be  a generally lucky sort of fella, I personally  ( to date ) have not had to deal with ” the big C ”  in my own Direct Family. But as any one who knows “oldmanleslie” will be aware, I lost  an uncle to cancer  who was one of the nicest  men, in fact   the nicest Gentleman you could hope to meet.

I lost a very dear friend of mine & the family who was taken far too early , and I now have a friend of the family  recently Diagnosed. I have seen the effect on my Folks  when their friends have gone. Basically I think that cancer , There, i used the word…. cancer,cancer,cancer,cancer,cancer absolutely Sucks, it wrecks lives and leaves a very hard to shift slice in  peoples lives.

So any chance to do something  that  raises awareness,funds,and may possibly  reduce the chance of even 1 person having to go  through the ringer has top be a good thing. And this is where the parts of my life all came together  and resulted in me Blogging about an amazing Charity  that needs awareness. I drum with Celebrationsamba we are based in Worthing on the south coast of the UK . we are a few years old and  we are growing in presence, Numbers and  where we perform. We are on the up. How easy a cVoluntary Action Worthinghoice was it  when we were asked to play at a local event  for cancerwise ..
Obviously  a “NO Charge ” gig that we hope be asked to play each year.

So why blog about a gig……….. because i have never seen so many people in one place  all  there for the same reason , having a quintessentially English  Fair , on st Georges day, with the Homesun shining, by the sea. Having a cuppa & a cake  and  chatting to friends. A great day, not super dynamic, Not internationally attended by ” A ” listers . but a brilliant day , raising awareness and Money for a great cause, I’m not asking you to donate, you can do that here if you want

I wont link out  to a friends “event ” that she is doing in memory of a dear friend of ours ”  I would just leave you with the thought  that if some one asks you  to step up and help them ” for charity” there is so much more that you can do than put pennies in a pot.

And yes, for those that know,  i hope  our old mate was up there some where  having a chuckle at me hitting all the wrong  steps trying to dance

 

 

 

 

so we kind of hit the big time ……….

Its been such a long time since my last blog, hope I can remember how to Blog. So i sign in to my blog, and i see that word press has changed, it looks a lot easier,

Maybe I can get back to blogging, I guess only time will tell,any how, things are good in the oldmanleslie house, I still haven’t found better coffee any where than here IMAG0783

I have tried to cut down on the junk food, so no more bad service from KFC or subway  I guess that’s one way to ensure you don’t get bad service , to stop using something

Still Proud of my family and the way they make me smile ,Still working for the same company   and still drumming withsamba guy www.celebrationsamba.co.uk/ and looking  forward to a Busy  summer……

Oh by the way , did i mention that  This  Sunday coming, Worthings Samba Band  are playing  and leading a procession into the Amex Stadium In Brightonamex-stadium-1 (1). to and audience  of 10000+ people. All out to support something in support of a new bishop. you can find details  from #festival50 on the usual channels .

So why do i choose to blog this . Simply for the reason that if you see something that you think looks good, try it , do it because you enjoy it , and do it to the best ofestival-50-landscape-finalf your ability …. I had no idea that when i heard a  little samba band at my local carnival  2 + years ago that i would one day be playing with them  to 10000+ people , least of all looking forward to it

A Great Free event -1 of 3 ( UK Family Based ) – Edenbridge Bonfire Society

So as we approach Christmas  and all the  usual costs  it brings, I just thought I would let you know about 3  freebies  that  me and the ” oldmanleslie Clan ”  found  this autumn. events  that  are free to attend, some small, some absolutely huge . all good fun, all based in the south

The first of these is the  Edenbridge  Bonfire Society  Annual  event.

A link to their page is here   15749064252_ea220e6e34_m

It’s an event that  the society have been  doing  since the 1930’s  and I have to say , they are pretty good at it

This is held, as the name suggests in Edenbridge  ( Kent ) and forms part of the  group of Bonfire society’s in the area

It’s a great  event, with music, Fire procession,  and all the usual  fair rides  etc ( these Charge ) there should be a load of pictures available  via Flickr Here  I have just taken a couple of examples15745556811_d8ce6a0f9c_z

There are organisations parading that  are collecting for all sorts of charities , the  society involves School children , mums,dads,families &  visitors ( as we were ) are made to feel very welcome , I guess  the only problem with trying to Blog about how good something that is such a sensory  overload, is that  the pictures just don’t do it justice

15561484099_05ddd6e7c9_zAny way, it’s a free to attend event, it’s a great  night  out for families, so I thought I would  pass it on , as always there is a Facebook page that you can like , so you  know when next years event will be . also there are the links on the FB to the various  videos etc

 

Chocolate workshop that was a christmas present

This 1 has got the potential to be a really nice afternoon i was given a Christmas present last year of some off-road driving which didn’t suit me soIMAG0999[1] i looked for something else on the buyagift.com website
managed to trade quite an easy transaction

We went to the Langdon hotel in hove
A little surprised to have no parking, but worth knowing £5 for 11 hours…and just off the seafront.

Nice IMAG0993[1]enough facilities so far…£5 for a couple of coffees while waiting so again, not too bad…IMAG1002[1]

The whole thing about truffles, is that they are very rich, and i have to say that  i don’t actually like the taste of what i made, but the important part is the workshop was such a lot of fun , a great exercise in meeting people. sharing. having a chuckle

I would recommend  the workshops to any one for the above and if you like chocolate ( or like me , you think you do  ) then its a great session IMAG1000[1]

The package that we had, or as close as i can find to it is  here 

Sorry about the pictures, all i can say is i had sticky fingers  and it wasn’t easy  taking them

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Disgusting service and an extra that I really really didn’t want

So as people read my blog will know during the school holidays we like to go out for a little bit of take away food every now and again we had previous bad experiences with our local kfc and we thought we would pop in yesterday and give it a try just to see how good it was and to establish that the experience we had had was isolated however this turned out not to be the case we ordered our food and it was all put together and delivered reasonably quickly sat down we drank we talked just enjoyed our lunch early and it was only when i came to pick up my drink at the end of my mail to have a drink i thought it was strange that there was a big lump of ice left in the bottom of a cup so i lift the lid on the cup and found that it was not ice in there it was actually part of the drinks machine that Han fallen into my cup nobody had noticed it and it had been served to me I questioned with the people in the restaurant how this thing has been cleaned what detergent have been used what chemicals have been used and therefore because it has been in my drink what i had therefore ingested nobody was forth coming with any information at all

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my suggestion would be with regards to kentucky fried chicken in bognor regis the drive thru is given a very very wide berth

I have to add that i was refunded the cost of my meal and therefore i cannot complain about the price charged but i feel that the service i was given in my opinion was disgusting

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I have obviously asked the restaurant for a full feedback in writing i don’t anticipate i will hear from them they did ask me to return the item to them which i haven’t done and i’ll wait to hear from kfc head office

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What a great thing to do in the school holidays

Halfords are offering child school holiday bike workshops for children my sons did one of these during the summer holidays and another 1 today they are absolutely brilliant

They really teach kids what to do with their bikes .mums and dads have to stay with the child in the store workshop last 1 hour and as I say it’s really helpful for the kids pop into your local store and see if they are doing them i know that my boy and really enjoyed it  IMG_20141029_115011612

The kids also get a goody bag with a few nice bits in, and for each session, a certificate IMG_20141030_164250015

I guess this give them a good feeling of achievement. so that can’t be a bad thing

Our local store was Bognor regis for the initial invitation that i got was from halfords head office via hot uk dealsIMG_20141029_120557778

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So what do you do , when you have had the Best of something in the world ……..?

Well. the TV   & media are telling us that  Autumn is here. all the stores  are selling Christmas goods already. and  Halloween is just around the corner….

So time to look back on a summer that was pretty good for  the oldmanleslie  clan.  And leaves us with only 2 problems

When  I run a blog that started off as ” the sneaky latte” and was supposed to give  a guide where to get the best  & avoid the worst. What can I do now I have had many trips to what was the BEST COFFEE SHOP IN THE WOIMAG0783RLD  in my opinion

IMAG0775I guess everything  else will have to compare to it. Just for the record This place I mention, will respond to the ” please make me a nice cup of coffee” challenge that  most places  wont do ,  the response was to  give me   a peach latte so smooth that the peach is  at the bottom, un mixed  so I could  do it just as I wanted.

And then  when I asked for a drink to cool me down, not knowing that there was Iced latte available, I was so very surprised to see that out came the best IMAG0784vanilla iced latte I have ever had, with   just the right amount  of  pure hand-made vanilla ice cream in it, the perfect summer drink  .

So there in lies the problem,  I have now had the best coffee in the world,  many times, so I know its consistent, served excellently  and I know everything else will be second best now.

 

The second problem is  along the same lines.  When as a family you have had the privilege of  going to one of the best worlds best hotels ( acknowledged by some as the best  ) and had a peek at the sort of service that other places can only aspire to. What do you do to avoid disappointment  by comparison in  future

Just for the record, the hotel in question for the coffee  was    and it was the staff in the restaurant  IMPERIUM  that made meal time so  special and something to look forward to

 

My only other comment / picture as if it were needed is of what i consider to be the best hotel in the world, based on our experience as a family. the  staff can’t do enough  for you , there is an air of confidence in the place , and  every aspect of the time we had there was perfect  and without improvementIMAG0720

 

In answer to the title of the blog, simple …..work hard, save pennies and take the next generation of “oldmanLeslie’s if & when they arrive into the world ……that should give me a few years to look forward to it.

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Free coffee…..always good

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And it tastes good…..usually does.

So if you are in sunny Bognor Regis…..forget Costa or maccy d….head for  “the London road coffee shop“….

And with a buy 6 get one free….even better

Just for the record….vanilla cappucino. Made from kimbo beans

Absolutely Lovely

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…yum. With a bbc ( Bacon Brie & Cranberry ) sarnie to finish..

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“so come and see the band, join in the fun ” littlehampton carnival 2014

the band  will be there to  lead the party, so if you are based in the south of the Uk why not come on down to the seaside for the day

Come and meet  ” Hampton ”  the towns hedgehog . . say hi to the carnival ” royalty ” 

But  most importantly come down to the seaside and have a great day out  and help to celebrate the  towns carnival in Littlehampton

CELEBRATION SAMBAwill be there to bring a ” Brazilian beat ” to the proceedings.along with all sorts of entertainment & things to do on the day 

 

Date & times as below , and on the official website 

Littlehampton Carnival & Summer Fete:

Saturday July 12th 2014 from 10 – 6 in the Town Centre (High Street, Littlehampton) with lots of stalls, Free entertainment, DJ etc. Hampton the Hedgehog plus the  Spectacular 40th Anniversary evening procession.

Carnival Theme: Lets Party.

 

Free UK cooking lessons for kids in the summer hols

On the back of the hukd site

http://www.hotukdeals.com/freebies/free-cookery-course-for-children-tesco-1940540

UK based,during the summer hols.check the site for local availability

Happy cooking….

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Great news from the “music business” this one makes me happy

Me, im not the worlds biggest fan of live music & festivals, But to those that like them, I salute you .

It seems that  as reported  in the UK Press, the grand daddy of allMusic Fans Depart From The Glastonbury Festival festivals is getting its  green credentials in order .

Banning Plastic bottles might not  seem like  much, but just think of  the  reduction in landfill

The full article  is on the guardian pages 

The Guardian

Advice on landfill and other waste issues which you can get via the wfaa  of which the Tempcon are members

it just gets better…..

Just a short  blog today , it turns out through all the various Channels of sponsorship and donations, the boys and girls that Skated / Scooted and otherwise for Littlehampton Shopmobility  raised well over the original target they were aiming for . so  if you saw the earlier blog and sponsored us , Thank you

If you want to help a local Charity, you can still donate at  this link
Also, as a follow-up , it seems the good people  at Sparks Yard
in Arundel are also running  a weekly give away in the run up to the opening of ” the loft ”

The Sun is shinning in Sussex, the people are out in littlehampton, The forecast isn’t too bad for tomorrow …..all in all, not a bad part of the world to be in today

Sparks yard – Arundel – West Sussex – update, its just gets better

And then, just when i thought i had seen all the good things at this place, they advertise

20% OFF EVERYTHING THIS WEEKEND ONLY!!
The weather is looking all over the place this weekend so to tempt you out of the house on a wet Saturday and out of the garden on a sunny Sunday we are offering you a fantastic 20% off your shopping bill all weekend! We have tonnes of fantastic new stock and we want you to come and see it!! JUST QUOTE ENGLISH SUMMER at the till to receive your discount.

T’s&C’s – Discount not available on food or drinks from our coffee bar. This offer may not be used in conjunction with any TLC discount and TLC stamps will not be issued for discounted purchases. This offer is only valid on 07/06/14 & 08/06/14

 

 

So on a dismal  bank holiday Monday,  In normally Sunny Sussex,  when  you are tired , and just looking for that little lift / Sparkle  in your day. you decide on a little retail therapy, Asda,Tesco,sainsburys, seem to sell everything, just the same as each other…..

So you look for the Independent ” curio ” shop. some where  that you know you Sparks Yard will  be appreciated, and there will be Nice things to look at, gadgets to buy, gizmos to  think ” why do i need that ”   and  up on the first floor ( until the work is done on their new place ) Great  coffee & cafe facilities. These are the facilities at the moment.  its gonna be good to see how they improve , apparently  its about a month or so off

 

So what added Sparkle to my dull afternoon, a root beer ( proper american )  float  with extra marshmallows, and a yummy Big Old Slab of cake… other gorgeous things that ended up on our  Table, Big old slices of toast & peanut butter ,  a  smoothie that  apparently was lovely, so lovely i didn’t get  to try it , and for the little oldmanleslie, a smartie cookie that filled him up so he couldn’t eat his brownie.

So yes, I like the independent, I  generally go back to what i enjoy, and if it’s this good ,then I tell people about it.

Add to that the imported food section , and  i think the expression is OMG . I came out with  a butterfinger bar, not sure why i had to share it but  all liked it,  space dust that i havent had for years, so i felt like a child again,  and some squeezable candy( the like of which i have never tasted ) 

So in summary, if you are in  arundel for a day , for a holiday , or just for and hour or 2 and you fancy something a LOT different then  Sparks yard is definitely worth a visit

 

Just for the record, NOT a sponsored blog, we paid for what we had, it really was THAT good

 

 

 

so thats it, Training over for another few months

I never knew it was so hard being a dad that tries to lead by example, Some of you will have seen my blog and will know that as a family we have been training for a family event .

went to the The South Coast Roll 

For the second year running, Aiming to Skate Scoot push  our selves around the circuit. The South Coast RollWe had help from a few regular skaters that have turned out before  for the Charity we were raising funds for, They Know who they are, and they know how grate full we are to them for their brilliant efforts

So how does this become  “parenting tips ” blog

Well as the son of one of committee of the charity, i use my dad as my inspiration,and i hope to  end up half the man he is

And as a dad to 2 of the Skaters I am so Proud that they turned out, to help a really good cause…

I have always kind of Joked with  one of my sons about ” go hard or go home ” ….as a means of making sure you always commit  all that you can to all that you  do …..and then just that little bit more

Both of my boys did, 3 generations of ” oldmanleslie’s” out on the track at the same time , doing good things

It was just down to me  to try and put the cherry on top of the day by lapping the circuit in a wheel chair, after looking and thinking how hard could it be , well it was, i admit i needed help, but i got there…..

any way , a great day , should be running again next year, its NOT a freebie. but its brilliant  and great for families

 

Such an Inspiration ……………………

Just a bit of catching up on the Blog to do this morning, so  a few things that have been  on my mind this week, Shall i clog up people’s emails with individual Blogs, or just drop it all into one Blog ?

So here it comes, a mixed up Blog  :

Firstly and most important to me , its  only a month  until me and my Boys go out for our annual  trip to good wood for a bit of a skate .  this year  we have been offered  help by  quite a few  people , all skating, Scooting  & wheeling in support of  littlehamptonshopmobility.co.uk.  we will be trying to live Blog  on the day , but I’m not promising , as it’s all about the Skating for me for one day  only.   And also that for the first time in a long time, there are 3 generations of ” oldmanleslie” including the proper one out for the day, doing good things, and having  fun

Like every thing else, there is of course a button  to if you want to support us  financially. Just click-through here 

Second thing for the week.

We  all think that our dad is the best  in the world, they are always special to us for many reasons. Just because  “it’s all about the Sharing ” i am going to share with you  a little secret, My Dad IS the greatest in the world, I have absolutely  no doubt about that, But I’m pretty sure that i can tell you  who the Number 02 best  dad is as well,  This dad is a TRUE  inspiration , and if you dig around a little on the web  you will see why

Then , during the week i had a bit of a downer ,Nothing too serious , i just heard on local TV news about  thegooddeeddiary. this is a positive thing  that a guy in the UK  is doing and it is to be praised, the downer was the thought that followed, ” isn’t it a shame that this isn’t the ” norm ” any more ”  and wouldn’t it be good to get back to it . Possibly Luke Can Keep it going and inspire others around him. Good deeds don’t have to cost money, we can all do them , just even 1 a day

But i ended the week on a positive, and it wasn’t  a sneaky latte, or  a free day out, it wasn’t  even something that i had been sent from a  PR /company to review. it was because i went  last weekend  in the pouring rain to see  the boys and girls at malpass meats. I will send them a link  to  the blog, however i just thought it was worth  a mention that  the steak we got was  Mouth watering” cooked of course by Mrs Oldmanleslie” and  over the last 20 years of  buying from them  i have always had great  meat,  cracking service . you might in fact call it ” legendary ”

 

 

so its time to let the world know ( or at least the little bit of it that see’s my blog )

today , i am back again volunteering at  ” the shop ” and NOW  its just about 2 weeks to go untill our BIG fund raiser

“the shop ” being  Littlehampton Shop Mobility , I get here when i can to help out as  i think its good to try to do what you can , when you can, It’s not all about the Money, or the freebies. But as always ” its all about the sharing ” 

Today  we have what looks like the first hint of a summer’s day  and i hope that we are busy , cos if we are that means that people  that have Mobility issues are  using us to get themselves out and about to enjoy the sun.

Also here preparing for  the South Coast roll, where this year a team of ” mad fools ”  will be trying to propel themselves on skates, skateboards, in wheel chairs  and anything else they can find that isn’t motorized or pedaled , around good wood motor circuit  in Chichester ( West Sussex UK)

So why do i want to tell you this, well here comes the punchline……

 

We are doing it all in aid of the shop to raise funds to buy vital resources to help the local community. So I hope you will tell all your friends about  us, and maybe find it possible to support us

There will be pictures from this years event posted of course,but here are  some of our star skaters & Imageboarders from last years  attempt  when we raised in excess of £500  Image

There is a Facebook page for our efforts  and we will update as we get closer to the event

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Thanks for having a look and i hope you can see why we wanted to share this with you , I’m proud of my sons that are both doing their bit, just because they can, I’m grateful to  those with ” mobility issues ) family and friends. and its amazing to see that people will still come out and give up their time to support  a great cause

Dont they make enough money any way ….

So  there was Mrs Oldmanleslie  & I  out for the afternoon  ” sans ” children, it doesn’t happen very often, but the opportunity presented itself , so we grabbed it.  Nice sunny  Sussex afternoon. Like  a lot of people , off to the local retail park for a bit of  retail therapy.

Popped into the local KFC  for a spot of late lunch,  and although un necessary as it was, it was very nice. But this isn’t me telling the world how Nice KFC is, you can formulate your own opinions on that ,

It’s a comment on ” big brand ”  customer service . The issue is this , I paid Cash for my  bits, and as they didn’t have the ” coins in the till” they asked me if it was Ok to Short  change me ….. ( only 2P )  so it’s not the amount i was worried about , it’s the principal.. so whilst  chatting to Mrs Oldmanleslie  over our chicken i was thinking…..2P per person, 100 people an hour ,24 hours a day  from one branch in a small town……….. and of course  it doesn’t  take long to get to a significant ” extra profit ”

So I pushed the matter  when I had finished  and asked for the  change  to be given back to me , the lady had to check 3 tills to get  the money,  she looked at me with such disbelief  that I was actually asking for it,  but in the end she did  give it to me , so I  put it ( and some more change from my pocket in the charity pot )

So again, I ask….. Why should the big international brand always expect the customer to take the hit when they  don’t get it right, im sure there are many reasons NOT to have  a bag of pennies in a store….

And  just for the record, I do Enjoy KFC, and YES, they did exactly the same to the person that came in after me

A blog that is worth watching for Mobility issues ( south coast UK )

This one is a bit regional , but well worth a look if you are based on the south coast an d have, or know any one with Mobility Issues that could  do with a helping Hand from time to time

https://oldmanlesliesblog.wordpress.com/2013/11/23/just-to-increase-awareness-really-cos-its-all-about-the-sharing/?relatedposts_exclude=2269

Free Lego Toys & a nice afternoon out …

Im not sure if this is UK or Global, but found on the back of the HUKD  site

http://www.hotukdeals.com/freebies/lego-store-free-monthly-mini-model-build-4-6pm-2nd-january-2014-snow-plow-1771992

Could be just the thing if you are out doing a last bit of Sale shopping , I guess its  for Mums, Dads, Grannies & Grand dads and any one else that has picked up a piece of Lego

https://i2.wp.com/cache.lego.com/r/club/-/media/club/markets/us/events/brand%20retail/mini%20model%20build/snowplow_300.jpg

There is a full list of stores at  http://stores.lego.com/en-gb/stores/  It might be worth a call to the store as i guess this is going to be popular

Learn to build this mini model and take it home for FREE!

Thursday, 2nd January 2014

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Ages 6-14. Ask in store for details.

 

LEGO logo

LEGO logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

For those that see this, Please re blog it Far and wide its for Charity awareness

Littlehampton

This Is  the blog of the charity that i  support  in the UK . they really need awareness increasing and  support for the great work they do in Littlehampton.

http://littlehamptonshopmobility.wordpress.com/2013/12/16/comments-about-us/

If you can, please  link to it, Facebook it, tweet it and do all you can to get the word out there

& if you are in this part of the world, go and see them. they make being helped very easy

Thanks