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Sunday 7th April 2002
One or two folk have said nice things about this page . The number of visitors have fallen but at the moment, I am still minded to carry on writing it each week.
it would be really good if every visitor to it, took a few seconds to invite a few friends to visit it please - thank you
This weeks purchase
I have spent ages looking for a thing to cutting Potato Waffles (to be deep fried until crispy). They do them in posh hotels !! I saw AW-T on TV demonstrating such a thing. I had almost given up hope of ever finding them.
At a boot sale in Yorkshire, much to my surprise, I saw a stall dedicated to selling them. They were very expensive - one pound each. I bought three - whooppee !!
If you want to keep the time on your PC spot on, visit:-
---> Time Tools ---> GeT Desktop Clock Download
It is easy,
It is simple,
If you are interested in enjoying a Spectacular performance, visit:-
I guess that you must already know about them - but I will tell you anyway. www.amazon.co.uk is a really brilliant place to buy books
It is easy,
It is simple,
Prices are good.
It is really efficient !!.
Have you ever wondered how to find out when easter falls, if so visit:-
Easter Date Alogrithms
It is fascinating - there are some other interesting links on the page too.
I visited the very famous www.tucows.com recently (it is the site that is legendary for freeware, shareware utility downloads). Sadly it was very slow and unresponsive.
I moved to the less well known www.davecentral.com
- it was faster, clearer and much easier to use. Its response was fast but the download speed for a
program that I wanted was sadly eratic and slow. Sadly, after two hours and twelve attempts, I gave up
the unequal struggle to download a program that I wanted.
Then just for the sheer hell of it, I had another go - I downloaded and installed "2nd Speech Center"
It is brilliant, select some text and it will read it - I love it !!
Once again. . . . .
It is easy,
It is simple,
I found an interesting website for designing your own PCs - don't know how good it is - but have a look it is at www.kustompcs.co.uk. If you use it, let me know how you get on.
This weeks hotel
This week, I went to Yorkshire. I have travelled up the A1 thousands of times. I have seen the Darrington Hotel on almost every journey and thought "one day, I will stay there". Well I did !! It was incredibly inexpensive - and I guess that you get what you pay for.
I have taken a lot of time to try and give a very honest word picture of my stay there. It could be good - the staff are good, so I guess that they may not be managed as well as they might be.
Great North Road
Telephone 01977 - 791 458
FAX 01977 602 286
Nice pleasant, freindly staff.
Booking stressed "double for single occupancy" - nearly got Room 1, a small single - moved to Room 11.
In the room, a card in the information pack said:-
If I had a better memory (or was better educated!) I would be able to remember a phrase that speaks of fine words and buttered parsnips hehehe
Clean and pleasant room (at first sight).
TV - good but no BBC 2.
Window curtain did not cover window when drawn.
Bed really comfortable - good nights kip.
Notice on wall in bathroom (no bath, just shower - not really designed for big guy like me) says "Beware - scalding water" - dripped.
Loo running over the syphon
Cold water good in the evening
Cold water very very hot in the morning - took five minutes to run really cold
Water wasting bathroom !!
Food - not great would be politest way of describing it
In the evening, I went into the bar for a drink. There was one barman on duty - he spent thirteen minutes attending to a group of about six (very important) locals. When he got to me, the thing that I remember was not any sort of apology for the wait, but a sarcastic ticking off for not saying please and thank you when I gave my order. It may have been justified, but it sure is not a good way to encourage folk to drink there !!
Tea pot - stained
UHT milk (from "Cuisine") Ugghh - still 'orrible
Chilly room - window very very steamed up in the morning.
It is true to say that you remember an hotel by the last meal you eat there - usually breakfast. If they know what you want, that should be what you will get - explain your order carefully and clearly - I did that.
Strong, strong, strong tea please - not cat pee.I helped myself to some 'orrible Orange Juice - fresh squeezed should be everywhere. (I know that can be wasteful - charge more and please the punters !!)
The tea was made with one tea bag in one of those terrible small, one-cup stainless steel tea pots that defy you to pour without spilling. So much for "strong, strong, strong". Why couldn't they say "sorry - you get one tea bag and lump it"
There were three slices of toasted bread, cut in half - six bits. Two bits were really nicely toasted - two bits about threequarters of the surface was just warmed up - the other two bits were half way in between.
The bacon was absolutely perfect.
Checkout was very pleasant, painless, efficient and informative.
The lovely weather and pleasant peacefull surrounding as I departed to drive through nice country lanes, put a smile on my face - all was forgiven and all was well with the world !!
Maybe my opinion would not be universal - the place seemed to be well occupied - I counted 21 ish vehicles that had been there overnight. If they get that occupancy rate, why would they want to make any improvements ??
If you are looking for a widebeam boat for use on the Inland Waterways of the UK (I am) you may fall across www.westendmarine.org.uk (I did).
Do not try to visit them (I did) - they are not at 56 Horbury Road in Wakefield - it is now a shop for Pine furniture !!
On Wednesday 3rd April 2002, I drove up the M1 to Yorkshire.
As is often my custom, I stopped for food and nourishment at the Woodall Services. I have re-produced the bill from the Granary below - it shows several things. That I eat lots of food (am a growing pig - hehehe). That it is not cheap to eat in such a place. It should indicate that one might expect good service
(after all there are signs saying that they pay Egon Ronay to advise)
The place is spotlessly clean, comfortable, well laid out, nice views - can't fault that bit.
The lady that served me gave me the food promptly dissappeared behind the walls into the kitchen. I realised that the plate was absolutely stone cold. I complained firmly but politely to the lady on the till. There was no evidence or indication that the message had been received, understood or that any notice would be taken.
Expensive hot food should, in my opinion, be served on warm plates !!
I cannot recommend Welcome Break Services and shall not eat there again.
Welcome Break Group Ltd. Retail North, Woodall Tel No. 01142 486 434 VAT No:GB 685 417211 ---------------------------------------- Qty Name Price Total To Pay 4 BACON SIDE FC 0.99 3.96 2 FRIED BREAD FC 0.99 1.98 2 HASH BROWNS SID 0.99 1.98 2 SAUSAGE SIDE FC 0.99 1.98 1 FRESHLY SQUEEZE 1.85 1.85 ---------------------------------------- Total to pay £ 11.75 VAT 17.5% £ 1.75 Net SubTotal £ 10.00 Received Cash £ 20.00 Received Change £ -8.25 ---------------------------------------- Invoice 20588 Original ---------------------------------------- 03/04/2002 08:04 By:40 POS:26 Trn 20588 ---------------------------------------- You Have Been Served By:Sarah ----------------------------------------
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