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.

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

“The tank” a little place with a Massive approach to customer service

Right in the heart of Bognor Regis Town there used to be a McDonald’s.now this was a McDonald’s that like many other towns had their people  that would meet around the front of it and will be open all hours. it  would serve all the usual stuff however. This wasn’t enough for the huge corporate13235356_1739686559623497_4101827746472934004_othat is McDonald’s, who  decided to take the restaurant out of Bognor Regis and it’s place was  empty for a little while

 

But now the site that was formerly the restaurant has been brought up and is being developed at the moment it is the smallest coffee shop and bar in Europe and it’s called “the tank”

There is a lot of work going on at the tank to make it a venue for all sorts13450240_1749017372023749_6410048138397298701_nof things for all kinds of people but initially it’s a coffee shop that seats no more than about 4 or 5 people and it’s friendly and it’s good and it’s quality coffee and it’s nice. I personally as a resident of Bognor Regis wish the owner or the very very best luck in getting it off the ground I’ve used it a couple of times, the  coffee is  good,doughnuts are gorgeous and  it’s such a nice place to go if you are in town whilst on holiday

 

Its right in the middle of town

41-43 High Street

Bognor Regis

So nice to see a start up doping well. and  have  great feedback, but dont take my word for it

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.

This Diner was an absolute Gem of find and i only wish  that we had found it a lot earlier during our stays6300115-custom-blend-darkclouds-20-crop-0-0-14-0-99-0-86-size-697-522

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 “

A firm is only as good as its Staff, and when the man at the top is this good….

This blog isn’t going to help you with a great day out; it won’t even tell you where to get a decent meal, or a coffee in town. There is a saying that goes something along the lines of “if you get great service” then tell people. So here goes.

6 years ago ( so it’s not  just a flash in the pan, recent thing ) we had some work done on our little house, Mrs ” oldmanleslie” decided she wanted the kitchen we had inherited  to be updated, she could live with the dust, lack of services, upheaval  etc. etc. as long as she got  the nice shiny kitchen she chose. Part of this of course was choosing the flooring, so of we went to a local place to choose the best for us. We hadn’t used this company before so we thought we would give them ago.

They listened to what was wanted, where it was to be used and an idea of what we had to spend on the job. As a result they recommended that we use 

All I can say is that for the first few months it was fine, and then it started to crack, shrink and in some parts lift. In my opinion there are better flooring solutions out there available. I would NOT  recommend Karndean

This is the point where I became glad we had used the right fitters for it. As a simple call to the fitters and they came and sorted out the concerns, NOT just a fix, But a fix to the customers (Mrs oldmanleslie’s) standard.

 

My reason  for wanting to tell of how good the service is from this company. Here we are 6 years down the line and I’m told  that they have popped in this afternoon to sort out the last of the last reported issues.

So I now have:

  • A smooth Kitchen floor. This is handy when we come  down and its dark to raid the fridge.
  • A happy wife who has sorted her problem kitchen floor
  • An opportunity to tell people that  if you are looking for great service at Good prices( not always the cheapest) and you can find them. Then call Sargeants….

Just for the record, in the time since I contacted Sargeants for the kitchen, We have used Sargeants for other small rooms in the house. I have not asked them to do any work  or provide service for free, I am choosing simply to tell about great service from a local company to the Bognor Regis ( UK ) area. There may be other companies in the area that are just as good. but i think you would have to go  a long way to beat the service we have had.

 

 

 

So when you ask……you definetly get – London road coffee shop, Bognor regis

I prefer to shop where possible at the independent stores in town, I guess if everyone did, and didn’t use the large chains all the time, we would be a better place, that s just my opinion….any way, as I have previously claimed to have found the best coffee and the best place to have it on the planet, I had written off that side of my Blog. Until this morning when me and my long suffering wife were out in town and wanted a coffee as we had a few minutes spare …Only one place for it. And its a place that never disappoints Service is always good, the staff are really friendly, and the prices aren’t too bad either

So why Blog about a shop….

Well I like  to be a challenge sometimes and I as I had my ” freebies ”  from the loyalty cards, I dimagedecided to ask  the barista  ” can you make me a nice cup of coffee that you have never made before ” . Daunting when she said she had been there for 5 years …
What can I say, the lady took the challenge and made for me what she called a Vanilla Americano with a flat white top…   simply enough I guess, but tasted lovely. My recommendation if you are in Bognor on holidays, staying at Butlin’s for a weekend, or is a local, just popped out for a few bits, in Bognor then it has to be… And for the record, although it was s freebie coffee from my  card , I wasn’t ” given it ” . Its just that this place is soooo good

The London Road Coffee Shop

 

 

 

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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“What a real ” WOW ” of a place, with just the right amount of ” just what was needed “”

What an excellent place for a family meal, we went to celebrate a bit of an occasion for us . the Buffet was excellent
, the food was fresh, presented beautifully . Drinks were a little expensive, but not too overpriced in my opinion ( remember this is Dubai and it’s just not the same as the UK or Europe ) . the rose for my wife was a pleasant surprise , as was the very tasty gift .At the Burj

Our youngest son wasn’t charged for his ” drink of choice ” at all.

 

I accept that  normally  now  you have to pay a lot for good service, well at the burj,  I can say that i don’t think i paid anything like the level of excellent service  we received

A very special thank you to” Mohit ” as he prepared a dish especially for my son. Yes, the main chef in a world-class restaurant took and 8-year-old child ” fully a la carte ”  this really made an impression on my son 

also to

“Ivan”, one of the senior management team. who was kind enough to take time out of his day to come and talk to us. and arranged a personal tour of the hotel,

and also to

the waiter  who went way beyond the call of duty  and ” played ” with my son  out on the beach in the evening as my son said it was a little cold in the restaurant.

The staff even  managed to explain WHY  this is a 7  star hotel

The staff in the restaurant and the hotel have an obvious pride in what they do , and it shows. Even the  things inside the hotel are worth a few minutes to watch

It is so very easy to see why this restaurant should well be one of the best in the world

Located  on the  Ground floor, Burj Al Arab | PO Box 74147, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Thank you to Ivan and his team 

 

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So its the simple ideas that are often the best

On a recent great holiday to Dubai with the family, whilst sat on a beach, on the palm, in near 50C heat. i was  pleased to see that the Hotel  Give out free water and ice lollies to their guests during the day.  I guess it’s just one of those things that is a ” nice touch ” and   for this i say well done jumeriah.

The downside to a major hotel giving out bottles of water , all iced and cold in branded bags and nice for the guests is that there is a lot of Bottles left  that have to go to recycling.  So  Why should i choose  to blog about rubbish , well anyone that  knows me will know  of the company i work for  ” Tempcon” and through them i got to hear  about  the  WFAA. The link will tell you what they do , basically  my ” knowing of them ” has changed the way i think about waste

so lets cut through this, My  Idea was  to  simply condense  the bottles down before sending to recycling, there by optimising the space required, reducing the number of vehicles needed to move the bottles and  save fuel etc etc etc.

So My thanks go to the team  at the JUMEIRAH ZABEEIsaac LwakiL SARAY hotel  firstly  for giving me time with their managers to explain  the idea to them and for putting me in contact with   this man ( I wont name him  as it wouldn’t be fair  to him to directly), I’m sure that Jumeriah will do something good with Any money that they save as an international chain of hotels. As its part of their Green Globe  accreditation   . Also a big thank you for the things that the Hotel arranged for us as a gift.  My photo doesn’t do the suggestion any favours really but I hope you can see what was suggested .

 

It’s Just Nice to see that  a truly global brand will listen to a customer, will take feedback , and will also  act on it  quickly and effectively, I will be feeding this back to the managers  that I dealt with directly

Well done  Jumeriah 

 

 

 

what a great part , of a great holiday

Clan ” oldmanleslie” like to have time away as a family, and whilst the boys still appreciate it  and seem to enjoy it , it does get harder to find something that we can all do together. This is because there is  an 8 year gap  between ” the boys ”

This year , for a  cheap holiday  in august, we decided to go back to Dubai . we  have been before , we know what to expect. we stayed at the  “Zabeel Saray ” …there are other blogs  here about the holiday .

 

The one is specifically about  ” the spa ” as i think its worth shouting about.

Usually a spa is a bout  ” me time ” for relaxing , however in the case of the that’s not strictly true, it was ” me time ” for me and my  Number 01 son. who was old enough to come in with me we were staying at he Jumeriah Zabeel saray.We discovered that the spa was actually part of the hotel, it was excellent. The facilities here are excellent, there are just the perfect amount of staff to be helpful yet not intrusive . all the usual pools, relaxations, steam. saunas etc etc. and then for us, the best feature. a snow room for use after a sauna.

No fee for hotels guests for the main facilities and it seemed to be open every time we wanted it

separate facilities for males / females of course, so i cant comment on the ladies facilities

We found that the spa was just right as an escape from the august sunshine, and also a perfect way to relax a little after a hard day touring the beautiful city of Dubai. and provided  all we needed for a great bit of ” father son Bonding ”

 

Please excuse using ” web photos” obviously no cameras allowed  in the spa  & i have listed this in freebies-that-i-have-found as its complementary  for hotel guests