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

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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

Pet corrector spray -helped our little dog to get two New Pussycat friends…”Happy dogs”, we thank you

 

We have taken our little dog to dog/ puppy classes. And although our dog is only a Months weeks old she seems to be learning quite a lot and she also enjoys mixing with other dogs…

One of the things that we didn’t want to do this to harm or hurt  the dog or have it doing as we asked because it was afraid of us. Having had dogs when I grew up that were well behaved and we’ll trained. We knew we would hopefully get a good result from  being Nice to the animal ….

So far, it looks like we were right…

At the class  we were advised to try this aerosol spray  for times when the puppy enthusiasm was just too much.It can be bought here  and it is described ” officially as “and is available in many sizes dog-2

We thought why not give it a go…..

Little did we expect that this spray would help us to get the dog in the same room as the cats. Without either the dog chasing the cats, or the cats hissing at the dog

So thanks to “pet corrector” as your product does whatdog it says on the tin

But most importantly, and if you are based any where near Bognor Regis, and need to find one….. For a dog trainer. I would recommend “happy dogs” training club. We are new to this, however it seems to do the dog the world of good…The link above will show you their contact details . They meet at various times  for different groups

 

Thanks for reading my Blog

As always, just to confirm , we received no fee or gift for this blog, its just when a service is this good, its worth telling people about it

 

Ovoball  –  a great toy for a dog…. Time and a small puppy will tell

This is one that I think I’m going to have to keep updated because having just recently got a new puppy dog for the Oldman Leslie family we are trying to find Indestructible toys for it to play with

Our dog is only a small cocker spaniel however as it’s a puppy it’s got so much energy
So when we were recommended Ovo balls we thought we’d give them a try they are very bright and colourful and they squeak. are very soft and they squeak … Did I mention, they squeak…so I’m sure that for a dog or puppy this is absolute bliss

There are four Ovo balls this in a pack

I’m not sure where you can buy them on the high street but I know my wife bought them online  for  £11.00 and they come in an egg box

First impressions are the hours of fun as  the hound absolutely loves them but we will see how durable are

watch this space and thanks for reading my blog

 

As we have now had the Ovo ” eggs ”  for a few weeks, I think I’m happy to say these are Puppy proof, I can’t blame the loss of one of the four on quality. Our puppy loves them  and  I hope she gets may more hours of play from them.. and  yes, 2 of the remaining 3   still squeak

 

Just to add that we did buy these we were not sent them for free they were not a trial and our opinions will be honest

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

 

I knew there was a reason to support the independent coffee shops…. And then, I met Simon

Generally I try and avoid the large chain coffee shops. I practice what I preach and try to use the independents.

now i remember why that is. We Popped out for a trip to”Whiteley’s” a local shopping village to us. Great shops, all the main brands and a few Halloween things for the little oldmanleslie to do

Also a Costa coffee. So in I went. 6 minute wait for a coffee, people holding tables still waiting for drinks, so no where to sit. Dirty trays. And in my opinion, not nice coffee. This could be down to me because I said I would try the new blend. But when I mentioned this to the guy here. He could not sort it out quickly enough.

So Costa, although your venue was dirty. And you need more tables. You need to ensure that”Simon” at this store gets a mention for service as he is polite, smart and managed to get a normal blend latte to me in half the time of the original

Top service from a face in a multi national. Well impressed as this was week outside the norm for Costa

So always support the independent business, and I have now become a blogger as i have photographed something i was about to eat, knowing i would review it

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

 

 

I have learnt this weekend that there is going to be a change in Bognor Regis.

“Oh No , shock horror  ”

I might not be able to use the best sandwich shop in the area / in the world ( that i have tried so far ) for much longer, I’m not worried about this cos it’s for  all the right reasons IMG_201

So  when I was out with  my Number 1 son  this weekend in town looking , as you do for a pirate hat  for me for   the band I drum in . after we had shopped  ( unsuccessfully )  I did get the opportunity to use  the finest Sandwich shop I know  again  and I had the chance to get one for the boy .

obviously I’m talking about the sandwich factory in bognor

I have used them for many years never had a bad sandwich from them and will use them for as long as I can

this time as  previously I had myIMG_20141108_122053479_HDR bacon brie and cranberry baguette it was such a nice sandwich I even took a photograph of it and I know that official makes me a blogger

 

and as for my sons chicken tikka….there was just NO  space in a huge baguette  for any more filling .

I guess  you get what you pay for in this world, This  place isn’t as cheap as a tesco , asda, sainsburys or other . But it’s just better . so if you are here in town, butlins, on a day out.  , its definitely ( in my opinion )  the Best place to get a Sarnie

 

& NO , I wasn’t given these  items, i paid  for them , full price , it was just so nice and important to tell people how good this place is and support LOCAL traders

 

Deli express -Bognor Regis

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

 

 

 

So those that know my Blog will know that I have many times sung the praises of a business that for all the right reasons is no more….but for once,it’s a success story…

The team behind the sandwich factory have moved into the high street into bigger cafe / restaurant premises…still offering the great selection of baguettes and cakes. Great coffee aswell helps.

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And of course my BBC baguette which was just a nice and tasty as always

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I know my picture doesn’t do it justice.this is cos the half I ate already was gorgeous.

Not too pricey and with all the usual face book and email so you can order for local free delivery
I am sure it’s going to do well, so if you are here for  Holidays,butlins,a day out,shopping. it’s a great place to stop for lunch or a snack
Good luck deli Express

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What a success story

And just for the record this is NOT a sponsored post

May 2016 update
Such a shame there was not enough support .this business is no more.it has closed

 

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

English: Skyline Pavilion, Butlin's, near...

, 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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“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 “

ASDA – FERRING – NOT supporting customer in store food donations to charities.It really isn’t about the money,Service counts for so much

Today unfortunately I have to blog about some  appalling customer service.And a shocking Lack of support for local charities shown by my local Asda Store

I had the misfortune to go to visit my local Asda Ferring to return a product which was broken.My issue is not about the actual product although I will come on to that in a short while my issue is how appalling the service was.capture

I had also visited the store with my youngest son to look at the Halloween goods and decorations for the house that he wanted to buy

The product i was returning was simply a pair of jeans that I had worn about 5 or 6 times the problem with the jeans was that the little tag on the zip has broken and therefore they were not usable

This should surely be a simple procedure of Taking Back the broken jeans and exchanging for a new pair however as there were none in my size available at the store  that were out on display I picked the next best suitable pair .I tried them on and decided I would take those when I went to the customer service desk who makes the transaction I was charged an additional £10.00 extra because the selected pair  were different to the ones I brought back and the ones I have brought back were possibly at the lowest price they have been sold at  since I had bought them.

I was not happy about this and therefore I dared to question this with the person who has done the exchange (Sam). Then colleagues were called   and there was lots of going to warehouses and looking for stock and another person at the customer service desk that came to help me who said “we would sort out of Goodwill” because of the mistakes.

Finally somebody came back from the warehouse with the exact same style of jeans I had brought into the store and it was a simple exchange and swap this you would think would be the end of the problem however when I went to see the lady who had told me about the Goodwill she genuine  gave me a £3 Goodwill Asda card. So trying to show my son that you pass these things on  when you get the opportunity , I told him to go and get something from the shop ( and we would top it up ) that we could give to a food bank  or a charity or some other good cause that the store was collected for.

Whilst I was talking to the lady in the store about my disgust that there was not a food bank I could give a small amount of shopping to she actually said to me that if I wanted to talk to the manager of the store he was actually walking towards us and my comment quite loudly when he came past was it’s no good talking to the managers here because nothing gets done surely this would have been some form of maybe a trigger or something that the manager could have observed and may be stopped and said is there anything I can do but no unfortunately the manager of  Asda Ferring just walked on by.

This is the whole reason for me blogging about this sorry incident I think it is disgusting that  if people want to buy food and donate to a charity of the stores choice  then there should be a facility for them to be able to do that in-store

As a family  we have done this at a Tesco store I believe we’ve also done it in Salisbury’s as well however it appears that Asda Ferring store don’t want to support the local food banks and charities that are around them at store level  and they don’t want their customers to  either  .

So in a very brief summary I personally would not use Asda Ferring because the service is terrible they’re solution is to throw  you a good will gift card at you, and then when you want to pass that on to somebody else or to another organisation and help those less fortunate you can’t do it so just for the record we gave the gift card to the next person that we saw came into the shop we pointed out (Sharon)  as the lady who had said probably that we shouldn’t do this and lady and husband that we gave it to were really really really pleased. Asda Ferring my opinion is you need to sharpen up your customer service. Whilst for you as part of the massive multinational  Chain, its all about the Profits. This is not the case when it  comes to your customers. I  also now have to explain to a young child why we can give to a charity box or trolley  in your store.

No, I was not paid for the blog, The opinions are mine based on events and service I experienced Yes, we did  give away the gift card to some one we didn’t know

 

 

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 “

Trying a new place..and a new question

Popped into dunelm today..just for a sneaky latte when the ” Old man Leslie” clan. Went shopping. Like everywhere else like this it has a coffee shop. Unlike a lot of other places the Barista was up to the question” can you make me a nice coffee of your design that you haven’t made before”

A strange request, but the result is gorgeous.

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Although you can’t taste pictures….

Any how,if you are out rainy day shopping in this part of the world, Brunch, coffee, lunch or otherwise  i would say  it was worth a visit

Can comment on prices as MrImage of stores ” oldmanleslie ” was treating me , but when its good, you tell people.

 

I cant even tell you what it was i had as i forgot to ask, its just to say that  it was refreshing to find a person  that was ” up for the challenge ”  and knew enough to make  ” a nice cup of coffee ”

I wonder if on the board one day they might put  ” awkward customers mystery coffee ” .

Gallery Restaurant & Tea Rooms – Littlehampton ( There are better alternatives )

We popped into this restaurant for a bit of lunch today, Its right in the middle of all the Harbour park development in Littlehampton  ( west Sussex ) . Just a briefIMG_20160605_125140460[2] review…so here goes

Dirty Cutlery that we had to clean,No means of anyone with a wheelchair actually having a card terminal brought out to them to pay,so in this instance “the real oldmanleslie  had a freebie ” No one bringing cutlery out to you, the waiter staff behind the counter ” threw/ dropped ” the bottles of drink on a tray. and for a restaurant on the seafront serving predominantly fish, NO Tartar Sauce available. The fish was OK and enough of it.

2@scampi& chips, 1@cod & chips with 3 soft drinks £29….so not exactly “cafe ” prices

My recommendation , if its fish you want , then for take away, it has to be Freds of littlehampton and if its a restaurant then always the fish factory . both of which i have used previously and can recommend.

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

Even Big kids like to have fun sometimes

Even Big kids like to have fun sometimes, we all need a hobby, something that we enjoy , and that hopefully makes us smile, For me  that’s such an easy one, Like most of you , ( I hoa89677_d512a722b0b446bfa445fa43138d23e5pe) I have a good group of  family around  me that  support me , Me & Mrs OML( oldmanleslie) have been  blessed with 2 great boys…But this is not a serous  blog, Its all about  fun sometimes.

And for the ” blog ” if someone does a good job of something, you tell people  so that business gets more business and does good for more people

So there was I, just a normal summer weekend out and about  in Bognor.IMG_0195
Drumming with celebration samba  at a Spring Fayre. Doing our first performance . a bit of a procession , then we had our  break.

So off I went looking around the stalls  and things that were there .  That was where I met the nice ladies of  Face fanatics.  Look what they didScreen Shot 2015-11-19 at 18.03.42 to  me ( the beard doesn’t look so go, That was my work not theirs ).. All I know is that there were a lot of children walking around with Painted faces. so these ladies must have been busy  all day.They also said they can “pirate ” 
me up for the autumn season.

Just for the record , I paid for the the nice ladies of  Face fanatics to make me up  and was not paid to attend the fayre. these are Just my opinions  as its all about the sharing

Strange locally that  for make up, masks and face paint etc  we alsca7b471a30b0f092d16e547a1d489b0ao have Maggot pie  who take it to a whole different league. I was also happy  to let these guys ” make up ” my son at  a comi-con11224380_10207295399360285_2725333559187263298_n event. Maggot Pie  dont just do Face paint, check out their web pages for Their effects.

They also provide characters for events locally and Nationally

It seems strange that my hobby takes me to a lot of free to enter events around the south , I meet a lot of creative people  and Have a lot of fun. the events that the band does are on their www. Some are free to attend, some  may charge.

So here’s  the point to the blog , there are of course many websites for giveaways and  cheap tickets for reference. My suggestion would be to scratch a little below the surface.Get involved where you can, as an individual , a family  or otherwise. You  may meet all sorts of People  that  run  businesses and  groups are all out there to make  a few pennies but they do it well and YES, I would recommend those above

 

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

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Jonny Wilkinson lends support

City Walls Pass

We were delighted at CRFC when Rugby Union legend Jonny Wilkinson graciously lent his support to Chichester Rugby Club and the City Walls Pass.

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The Record Breaking all-time great signed three World Cup Rugby balls for CRFC wishing us the best of luck with our Longest Pass Guinness World Record breaking attempt. We take those good wishes seriously especially considering the long list of world records and titles that Jonny has to his name. Playing in the annual Five/Six Nations Tournament Wilkinson scored the most drop goals 11, and the most conversions 89 in the tournament’s history.  In the 2001 tournament Jonny scored an incredible 89 points, the most in any single season.

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Many thanks again to Jonny Wilkinson for lending his support to CRFC longest pass World Record attempt.

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And once again . Lego ( a massive multinational ) show the rest how Customer service should be done

I have blogged many times about how good Lego is as a brand.  Well i think that this  one is  really amazing, Just think of how many children  have received Lego all over the UK, and  Europe this Christmas . possibly lost  a piece or had one damaged 

 

Well, Lego  seem to have that covered. the site is pretty self-explanatory https://service.lego.com/en-gb/replacementparts#BasicInfo   and  it does exactly as it says on the page

 

I found the offer on HUKD  with the guidance from the original poster of …….

Quite a few sets to choose from, type the model number in the box and Select your part(s)

Ideal for lost, broken or missing parts.

I’ve just ordered a couple of parts which my child has lost.

I’ve confirmed with a Lego rep over the phone and asked if any charge and they said no.

can call to confirm Tel: 00800 5346 5555 (Free via landline mobiles may charge)

We are available 9am – 5pm (GMT) Monday – Friday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celebration Samba – Drumming feels good! | Join for free In January

http://www.celebrationsamba.co.uk/#!join-for-free-in-january
I suppose that this one is only for people that are based near worthing in west sussex however it’s a great opportunity to come along and learn something new

The practice sessions are fun and the events out for summer are amazing

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So not having blogged for a little while ftse

Been a little while since i have written a blog and i can’t really say that i have missed publishing things however it has been a good christmas and we all enjoyed ourselves one thing that has been important is that we have remembered christmas isn’t just about the giving. Like so many other people we have travelled around the country to see relatives we have had people come to see us from all around the country and we had a pretty good relaxing time.
The christmas tree is now back in its box all the lights are down all the decorations and down and its twelfth night and that is the purpose of this blog

christmas is a traditional thing, we all sing a christmas carol about the 12 days of christmas therefore It was very strange to hear in a shop on boxing day two people asking each other have they had a good christmas

I haven’t made too many new year resolutions this year but one thing that i hope for is that the pace of events and slow down  a little.

Just because the media and everything else happens so quickly nowadays it doesn’t mean that we have to follow it

Deliberately there are no tags on this blog so i don’t expect too many people will see it however i would welcome any comments on it

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I saw it, i asked about it and it gives me a smile every time I go

So as we approach Christmas 2016

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 for me   ( 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, in fact next year will be our 14th year   and  it seems to get better  every year . So I wanted to tell some key people  about it , and a blog seemed to be the best idea.

We play most weekends  between palm Sunday  & Christmas,  we are sometimes  at more than one event in a day  ( what it is to be popular )  and  generally all the drummers have a great time.  sometimes its a cultural event, sometimes its a carnival , a party , a summer fair , a Christmas celebration, we turn up and drum.

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 .  So why blog about it, well, the band has shown me that  it’s not just the ” big & shiny ” events that are fun,

And in a couple of weeks we get to support  the ladies that are behind the  sea of lights . this is a community event that  Logohas become a regular event, great for kids , families and those who like a traditional  ” feel good ” day .They  even have the #adursol2016 

This year  we hope to have some dancers with us at this event  from the MSDC ( MartaScottDanceCompany )

Then we have the Christmas celebrations in Littlehampton  to ” bring in  to the town “.

We Provided the music and lessons for around 400 Guides as part of the Olympics this year

But don’t think  that it’s just small gigs,  this year has also seen oldmanleslie, don his pirate  wig, use his best AAAAARRRRRRRand attend Hastings Pirate day 2016.

We also lead out the Worthing carnival Again in the summer , what an excellent day that was

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a bit of an insight into Me……

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 “. 10616680_10152272119731962_9041637334396140655_nno we have all ages  in the band. Mums,dads,grannies,granddads,father & sons, Generally people just having a good time entertaining people

As my involvement with  the band  has cost me to buy kit and rehearse, it has also 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

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What a brilliant Family Night out & free of charge as well

And yes, it was even better this year

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I had the pleasure of being invited to  Glastonbury this year for Free, i was told about the event by the good people who head up celebration samba …. Now I know that everyone will think  of the Massive music festival, but any one who know me  knows I ” aint  the biggest fan of live music ” so that’s unlikely What I didn’t know is that every year in that part of the world there is a whole series  of Illuminated Processions  that tour the area and  on the last night of the season they get together for a competition  and  ” Tour ” around Glastonbury . It’s a free event, all we had to pay was £3.something for a whole days parking in the town The floats are Amazing 

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And  as they come past, the heat, Noise and general excitement is Brilliant, Obviously  this has all been…

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A Great Free event -2 of 3 ( UK Family Based ) – Glastonbury Illuminated carnival

So as we approach ChristmasIMG_20141115_203501593_HDR  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

This blog is about the  ” HUGE EVENT ” , possibly one of the largest free events in the UK

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it’s an event that  the Carnival clubs in the area  have been  doing  for many years and I have to say , they are pretty good at it

This is held, as the name suggests in Glastonbury  ( Somerset ) and forms part of the  group of Carnival Clubs  in the area that operate a ” circuit ” during the autumn , they come together in Glastonbury for the season Finale

It’s a great  event, with music, Thousands IMG_20141115_201102096and thousands of lights  and all the great  independent shops of Glastonbury ,  and all the usual  fair rides  etc ( these Charge ) there should be a load of pictures available

There are organisations parading that  are collecting for all sorts of charities ,  I guess  the only problem with trying to Blog about how good something thatIMG_20141115_214218968_HDR is such a sensory  overload, is that  the pictures just don’t do it justice
Any 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

 

This is the second year we have been, as last years was good ( heres the review )  we didn’t think it could get any more fun ………..But it did

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.

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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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Free microsoft office software

As found on the back of the hot uk deals website this could be a nice link to get downloadable versions of microsoft software

Drop this into your browser or please use the link below youtube

http://m.hotukdeals.com/freebies/free-ms-microsoft-office-with-desktop-icons-word-excel-powerpoint-2035914

http://m.hotukdeals.com/freebies/free-ms-microsoft-office-with-desktop-icons-word-excel-powerpoint-2035914

It could be dependent upon your operating system but it’s always worth a look

Please don’t forget to credit the original poster

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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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Driving Theory test Practice – cos we can all do with a refresher from time to time

So once again, Autumn nights, winter just around the corner. Driving at night, sleet, snow, and frost, all the things that really should keep you off the road …….

Me, I was lucky enough to get a refresher session with a great driving instructor last year , even though I thought I knew it all , a few hours with  Wendy Wiseman  showed me how wrong  I was , i’m sure if you contact Wendy via her FB page  she will be able to advise you  mirror

But road safety I take  to heart, so I was pleased to find on the back of the HUKD  site  the following   which can only help , and I guess if it saves one accident then that’s good

http://www.gov.uk/practise-your-driving-theory-test

Happy & safe  driving

 

If you get great service – Tell as many people as you can – Alleyoops of Worthing

And today i think it’s a good  one to blog . Because the service is THAT  good, and the guy there is THAT Helpful .

What a great  Place to Buy  Skate parts and boards – Alleyoops – Worthing 

Those that  follow  my blog will know that  me and the family  ” skate “, it’s just one of the things we do .We have skated in many places around  the world, and the UK , and as a result  we have to buy  spares and stuff for our skates.

downloadNow in this part of the world there  are 2 main ” shops” that you can go into  for bits that you need, and i have bought  from both of them , I wish i had found the second one first, as  in my opinion the service is just a whole lot better

The shops are  ESP ( in chichester )   and  Alleyoops  (in worthing )

Now  before I get slammed for a negative blog , let me qualify  this  for you , as not negative .I bought skates in ESP, and I wasn’t in any way displeased with them .3165 My son uses them, has skated marathons +  in them and they are great skates ( just for the record  they are blade runners )
and they are a great brand . This Blog is not to detract  from ESP, simply to say that if, for you  it comes down to service  and help is what  you need , Maybe like me  you like to support the high street  then there is more than one place you con look around here

Now we find  that we are looking for a Long-boardMindless Hunter Longboard ML2200 for him, so we went back to ESP, having done our WWW research on the  models we wanted to have a look at . As soon as we mentioned that we had looked on the www , we were told that ” no one would be selling at the prices we were quoting , Bit of a shame that i had  the www page on my mobile , and we left with the feeling that  ESP didn’t really want to actually advise us on a board.this was a surprise

So when we were in Worthing  this weekend and we saw Alleyoops  me and number 01 son popped in, yes, we bought some skate  spares that we needed , and we had been before  but 6 months previously for other spares. the man in the shop recognized us.  told  Number 01 son to  get down the boards he wanted to look at , let him ” test them”  and  was really helpful  on advice .

So we  have now identified the board we want, and know where we will be getting it, In fact i have had a look online when I got home and  although the Alleyoops  website is not  fully up yet, I’m sure that  the prices are keen. and the service is as I say  BRILLIANT

Also as a nice thing, every person that bought goods  in Alleyoops , I heard the guy actually say Thank you to each person . How  ” old school ” is that ..Brilliant

So for a  Huge range of Roller Skates, in lines, including Rollerblade.  aggressive skates, Ice skates, Hockey skates

 

Alleyoops of Worthing  ( right on the seafront, opposite the pier )

Alleyoops South Coast Ltd
Unit 2 Marine Parade,
Worthing,
West Sussex,
BN11 3PU

Tel – 01903216194 (Mon-Sat 10:30-17:00  Sun 11:00-16:00)

This is NOT a sponsored blog, I have received no Payment  or goods for it

and once again, Shimla Pinks – Birmingham Did not dissapoint

 Shimla Pinks Indian Restaurant, Birmingham One again , up  we all went from work  to the NEC for the energy Event. What a busy show, what a great  exhibition. What a long day, talking about  ” Watts”  no pun intended……

The day was made a whole lot easier  when we were told we were doing  for dinner at Shimla Pinks 

All i can say about  this place is WOW  for the food,

Amazing  service, and this time i asked for the gents name ” it translates appareShimla Pinks Birminghamntly to mike ”

Gorgeous desert, and an overall  excellent end to a very long and tiring day

I cant comment  on value as i wasn’t paying, but we all went for choice of the presidents banquet  which was lovely , and Just right for me

I know there are a lot of similar places in Birmingham , however  if you want a recommendation for a great  meal in a lovely clean  restaurant  at a relaxed pace

 

 

 

Strange concept, but what a great find …James Guest House – Coleshill

Once again, up to the NEC for business this week , and had to find a place for the night, My boss found this place, what can i say about it.

Here goes

Apart from the bad traffic which wasn’t down to the accommodation, the place was clean, comfy, well equipped and had all i needed for a Night away

I was in the room ” Janice ” and there was beds for 3. this is a www based pic , but it is exactly as my room was James Guest House

A clean en suite shower room with a decent shower

Off road parking not a problem .

And the idea of ” self service ” for breakfast, and indeed anything you needed was brilliant

what a great place to stay and if you want, there are more pictures 

what a great little place, in a lovely little village -” jerichos”

On a late summers afternoon, when you are strolling through a large village , and you see the usual brands of Tesco, costa, boots,whsmith and a few others, you might be surprised to see a little independent shop  doing so well, …. well we found  Jerichos. What a great little place, not only selling sweets  that i hadn’t seen for ages, but selling some of the imported stuff that you just cant get in the UK . The village is rustington in west Sussex its a quaint place but im not sure if village does it justice for its size.

There is plenty of parking, plenty of shops , and most importantly plenty of places to look around..Any way back to Jerichos. Great selection to choose from . Prices not too bad  ( £1.00 for a can of cherry dr pepper )  which i  don’t think was too badIMAG0859 . Gave the boys the modern equivalent of  a few pennies they could spend, as I’m not one of those dads that takes kids to places then says they can’t have this or that . and let them go and choose the bits they wanted  .I’m not to  sure about the ” yoo hoo” but it sounded nice.

 

Sorry I cant give you pics of what the boys had, it’s all been scoffed ( I suppose it doesn’t hurt once in a while )

But one thing I did get which I have been looking for  for ages, is the  bag that has the descriptions of the jelly IMAG0860beans from Jelly Belly  so I can now  get started on the pot I got given earlier in the year that  had no flavours listed on them

Any way, like all good businesses there is a www for  jerichos   and of course , a face book and all the usual  tweet stuff, I just thought that in the spirit of having found somewhere nice , I would share with you , I have not been sponsored for this blog

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 “crafty stuff for Kids ” but watch out and make sure you cancel what you dont want

Never sure about these  offers, If you remember to cancel then yes, you get a freebie, if you decide to keep going , or forget to cancel, they can cost you a lot of money

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Free Toucan kids craft box - get your first taster box for free.Please beware . however Toucan Box are offering a selection of Craft items via their  www

the link is here   or drop   https://secure.toucanbox.com/account/box/new?coupon_code=FBF14K&plan=one_craft   into your browser

I found this on the HUKD  website  where there is positive feedback for the offer ,

Please remember to credit the person that originally listed this

 

 

 

“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

The Glory of a Knickerbocker Glory

What a brilliant article, about something from a time that does seem long long ago…..

ice cream magazine

The Glory of a Knickerbocker Glory

Knickerbocker Glory © www.ice-cream-m  Knickerbocker Glory © www.ice-cream-magazine.com

During the deliriously happy days of childhood here in the land of Jelly, Blancmange and Enid Blyton, the tinkling of distant ice cream vans and childish contrivance of threepence for a lolly, rather than sweeties, was kicked into oblivion by the mere prospect of syrupy tinned fruit cocktail, vanilla ice cream, strawberry or chocolate sauce, whipped cream and sprinkles. Dad and I always gave our wafers to my Mother as she loved them so much, but in truth, they just slowed you down from getting into the good gear.

Childhood whimsies, the boot of your Gresham flyer (a tricycle with a boot) filled with treasures (mine included a salvaged, one-eyed Spanish doll).  Idles of childhood and the mere prospect of a (nearly as tall as you) glass filled with unctuous goodies. Burl Ives Big Rock Candy Mountains buzzy bees crooning in the back ground.

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Rock face Pioneering Formulations – Great products

First of all , a big thank you to the people at Rockface – Pioneering Formulations  for sending me the  products to review, Any one who has seen  this blog will know, “ its all about the sharing ” so  i passed some of the products to the Fellas  that i work with , hoping for feedback.  of the 5 items i passed  out to  the boys, I haven’t heard a bad word from any of them, and be sure, i think they would tell me 

Any way, for the products i  kept for me…..

 

Active Body spray 

So its taken me a little while to summarise this  product I was sent as with holidays etc i haven’t been around, This Product arrived just before i went on a ten day holiday to  the UAE so I can say from a ” smelling nice ” point of view, it kept the smell of any perspiration down  in 48+C heat. I cant say that the smell of this is beautiful, but it works at what it does,/Product Images/Rockface_Active_Body_Spray i was sent this and  a few other Samples and I would like to know why the likes of Tesco  appear not to have it on their shelves. ( that might  just be in my local stores though  )  its a  good product, it does what it says on the tin, and that’s kind of all you need.It can be bought from  the www 

Its not a substitute for a shower, its not  like a bath, but as the tin says:

Rockface Active Body Spray will keep you fresh and invigorated all day long.  Fling it in your gym bag and spray all over for an instant blast of the fresh citrus Rockface fragrance.  Use with Rockface 48 hour deodorant.

I would give this  a big thumbs up as  a part of  a gents grooming regime, there  are other products that i was sent  at the same time , and they are reviewed below 

 

Face and Body scrub

I’m not  the most modern ” metrosexual ” man when it comes to grooming, however as it was holidays i though it would give this ago, im not sure if i was using the right amount, or even i f i was doing the right thing with it, but a little bit of the  Face and body scrub left me with just  a little more  than a clean feeling. /Product Images/Rockface_FacescrubEther  it was holidays or not, the feeling on my skin was ” extra clean” and  although im not sure if the smell is supposed to be  the same as the spray , the scent was really nice . 

is this supposed to fit into the grooming regime of a young trendy  man, i guess it probably is, Unfortunately that’s NOT  Oldmanleslie, however  don’t let that stop you buying this from the www 

Or you can win one  from their www page 

I would say that their description ” New Rock face Face & Body Scrub might not be made from rock, but it does in fact contain a substance more durable than rock – a blend of crushed walnut shells and ground rice to produce this unique multitasking scrub – fine enough to ex foliate your face and rough enough to ex foliate your body.

Use Rockface Face & Body Scrub once or twice a week for a really deep clean.  You’ll feel refreshed, invigorated and your skin will sparkle. Infused with the fresh citrus Rockface fragrance, this hard working scrub is all the exfoliator you need.”  Explains the technical side of that  ” clean  feeling i was talking about pretty  well

Post Shave balm 

Not many people maintain  the daily ” shave routine ” whilst on holiday, I know i may  go 2-3 days sometimes, and  when i do shave, its often  harsh  and really stubbly . so  it was quite nice to be able to use /Product Images/Rockface_Post_Shave_Balm a “post shave balm ” on a couple of occasions, for me it seemed to  take the heat out of the shave. Not a really  a lot else  i can say about this other than it felt nice & smooth, that was probably down to the razors.  but it felt ” Nice ” 

the rockface page says ” This smoothing balm is specially formulated with allantoin and aloe vera to hydrate and soothe skin after shaving.  Apply liberally and smooth into the skin.”  and this is  absolutely right. 

 

 

So in Summary, whilst Rockface – Pioneering  Formulations  didnt pay for my holiday ,  they didnt carry  my case for me, and they  didnt even help me  dodge a heavy bag charge. They  helped me to feel fresh, tidy , and i guess ready for  any problems that  were presented to me.

The products i have mentioned above for part of a range  Visit our Spotlight section to see great product informationwhich you can see at  www.rockface4men.co.uk/  and buy from Sainsburys , Superdrug & waitrose 
 its not just a site that’s there to sell product, there is all sorts of advice  about grooming  up there.

All in all, although im sure i am not t their target market, i would say a great range of products, well priced  and nicely packaged