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 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

Saw it on Facebook tried it and loved it

When I realised a few weeks ago that there was no Drumming with Celebration Samba this weekend. I thought it would be good to take Mrs Leslie out for lunch, just me and her as sometimes its nice to  just be  adults ( without children) As anybody who follows my blog will know that I have a lot of nice independent places to have lunch or dinner around this part of the world so I wasn’t really sure where to go

I can’t even remember whatburger it was that I was looking for but I scrolled past a facebook page for the loft in Arundel which is a place we’ve been to before and I saw they had a special on for Halloween it looks quite nice we thought we’d give it a try.

Arundel is quite an eclectic town so there is always plenty to have a look at and shops to have a stroll around before you go in for something to eat however if you happen to go to Sparks yard which is where the loft actually is located on the top floor there are probably enough things there to keep you busy and looking and I’m used for at least half an hour so the time before meal was easy to sort out

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6th February 2017

According to their Facebook page,once again the loft is  ” award winning ”

They have  won Sussex Life’s Best Family Dining Award for the second year in a row

#sussexlifeawards2017 #bestfamilydining #theloftarundel

Do like I did, see it on Facebook, try it, and enjoy supporting the independent business’s

 

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 “

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

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