Monthly Archives: July 2010
Wrote loads. Decided not to publish!
Whatever you’re up to, have a great weekend.
The weather was very hot and Farnborough was very busy but we got to see a great deal of fly pasts as well as the static displays. We didn’t see the Boeing Dreamliner (many have asked) as Boeing were wankers again and decided to fly the plane out of Farnborough before the public days. I don’t know why they bother showing up sometimes.
The star of the show was again the A380 which did another display which guaranteed gasps and applause from the crowd (especially as people are still amazed at how big, quiet and agile the plane is).
I enjoyed snapping lots of shots and shooting HD video with my Olympus PEN – the quality and which I am very impressed. The camera is also very quick, enabling me to get instant shots at the press of the button.
I may not have the biggest lens (yes Farnborough is a place for men to show off the biggest lens it seem), but I am very happy with my photos. Hopefully by the time this is published most of the videos will be online!
Our journey back into London was far less painful than the journey out and we managed to meet up with our friends at Halfway to Heaven bang on time.
We spent the evening in a new branch of Cafe Rouge which has opened just up from Leicester Square. I know it’s a chain and probably not the best example of restaurants in London but I have never had a bad meal/experience at a Cafe Rouge.
Last night was no exception – we all had three courses, wine, cider etc and we all cleared our plates and left the restaurant very happy, content and full. The staff were very attentive too.
We met to wish Paul and Peter a Happy Birthday for Monday and we had an absolute riot. It seemed we were on all on form last night and I am sure everyone was insulted at some point – of course all in good humour!
The evening went far too quickly and it seems apparent that we are all missing Carnival so will no doubt ended up in Sitges come the beginning of the New Year.
Richard and I covered a lot yesterday and got back quite late… Today therefore has been a very quiet, relaxing day. We’ve pottered around the house and managed to do some shopping too (I have finally bit the bullet and treated myself to a pair of Toms).
I know I have not made any comment about the Pet Shop Boys concert I attend on Monday in Brighton (excellent as ever) but I have simply been far too busy to put anything online until now. Sophie Ellis Bextor was probably the best support act I have seen as she really got the crowd going and was very good live. PSB were fantastic as ever and as Lisa and Rene noted I knew the concert word for word. It had a shit start to the week and this really helped lift my mood. Sadly it seems like it was weeks ago! Pandemonium is a fantastic show and I recommend every to go whilst it’s still touring.
I also wanted to write about Janelle Manoe who is taking up nearly all of the play time on my iPhone etc. ArchAndroid is one of the best albums I have heard in years. I really cannot praise it enough. She is a true talent (and I wish Richard would give the album a chance!) I know ArchAndroid has only just been released but I cannot wait to find out how the suite ends…
Yes it’s been a busy week!
I have to say a big thank you too all of you who continuously comment on Trunk Guy Candy – who knew my favourite selection of Eye Candy would prove so popular!
Just left Waterloo on the way to Farnborough.
Headache not being helped by arrogant shouting adults or screaming kids. Whatever happened to manners?
Hopefully the air show will take my mind off all that.
Suns shining so hopefully nice day ahead.
The Classrooms has not been open long and is situated in an odd spot on the corner or Tudor Street in an old office complex.
The interior is very modern with black and gold the predominant theme in the bar with black and white differentiating the restaurant.
We visited on a Wednesday lunchtime and the place was deserted.
After checking in at reception we were led down a fairly ordinary corridor before entering the side of the bar into the restaurant. This felt like an odd diversion.
We were seated in a large sofa area by the window. Probably to make the public see it was open. For an hour and a half we were the only ones there.
Even with it being so quiet the staff seemed inattentive and lurked in the shadows.
A couple friends ordered from the pre fix menu which at £15 seemed like good value but the choice was a little poor.
The rest of us ordered from the normal menu and that’s when you notice the prices! An average of £17 for a course means this place is not cheap!
The food was well presented but the portions were tiny. The food looked great but not very tasty.
I had a main of tenderloin of pork with rhubarb chutney and fondant potatoes with apple. I couldn’t taste the apple. The meal was Luke warm at best and took a millisecond to consume.
Dessert was better but again not earth shattering.
The forced service charge was steep considering but we paid it as it was on account.
The drinks were better presented etc than the food but £9 for a Mojito and £30 for a cocktail jug was very steep (even for the city)
Ultimately the Classrooms tries to cater to the hip city crowd but they obviously don’t but it as it was empty and had no atmosphere whatsoever.
I want to like this place but even with a lively group such as ours there were gaps in the conversation due to the lack of atmosphere etc.
If you have money to burn, a bland palate and want a restaurant all to yourself, by all means visit!