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Flowers for Valentines Day

February 15th, 2019 · Posted by Skuds in Life

Personally I have always felt a bit ripped off knowing how the price of flowers seems to shoot up on Valentines day, in the same way that restaurants charge a lot more for meals on that day. In the last year I have learned a bit about the florist business at third-hand and feel a bit better about it. I also think I understand a bit more about the restaurants today, having read an interesting article in the Times. [Read more →]

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1977 – I Feel Love

February 13th, 2019 · Posted by Skuds in Music

A couple of things first:

  1. Yes I am shoving out a lot of these posts lately. It is because I realised that I am bloody old so a playlist of one song per year is going to take ages if I only do one a week or something like that.
  2. We are getting closer to the end of the 70’s so I will stop gushing so much about all the brilliant songs to choose from. The 70’s were just so brilliant I can’t help reflecting on how brilliant they were, and how lucky I was to be a teenager at that time.

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Shameless Plug for a local business

February 13th, 2019 · Posted by Skuds in Life

This afternoon Jayne brought to my attention the website lovebeanbuffet.com.

Crawley locals may well be familiar with the Love Bean cafe in the town centre, especially if they are anything to do with the council. It is the nearest food place to the Town Hall and so is almost the staff canteen for the place. Jayne works around the corner and so often stops there for lunch or a coffee, and sometimes I will join her if I am in town. It is a friendly independent place and the food is great, but I was never aware that the lady who runs it also does catering for parties and events.

I knew that the cafe has provided food for council events at times, but thought that was just because of proximity and was part of the normal cafe activities.

Given my current state of not being able to eat lots of things easily it was a bit cruel for Jayne to send me a link to a website full of mouth-watering photos of food, but I am glad she did. I am not in a position to procure catering at the moment, but I was I would certainly be considering this and so if anybody has an SME and needs some catering for a meeting, or needs food for a party make a note of the address and have a look. If you really fancy something that isn’t listed you can ask about it and there is a fair chance they will be able to make it and provide it for you.

I don’t have any connection to the company, apart from being a satisfied customer of the cafe, but I do like to see small independent local companies getting the promotion they deserve, and to keep the supply chain as local as possible. Talking of which, Love Bean seems to have the same philosphy as they source all their bread from a local independent bakery rather than some conglomerate.

Of course there are other good local catering firms like Charlie’s Deli in Manor Royal and the Tilgate Bakery so we are spoilt for choice. Adding the Love Bean Buffet to the list just means that we are even more spoilt for choice than I realised!

As I said, I am not in the market for any catering just at the moment, but if anybody does use Love Bean I would be interested to hear how you get on.

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1976 – Lido Shuffle

February 13th, 2019 · Posted by Skuds in Music

The year of punk, at last! For many people punk rock appeared in 1977 with the silver jubilee and all that, but the first stirrings were in 1976 hen those of us who religiously read the NME and Melody Maker every week and listened to John Peel after lights out had heard about all the activity and then, towards the end of the year, finally got to hear Anarchy in the UK. [Read more →]

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Think Local, Work Local

February 12th, 2019 · Posted by Skuds in Life

The Manor Royal BID people are holding a ‘careers expo’ in April. It is at the Arora hotel from 3pm to 8pm on April 4th and there are so many reasons why this is a good thing. [Read more →]

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1975 – You Sexy Thing

February 11th, 2019 · Posted by Skuds in Music

I’ll be honest, I was going to pick Led Zeppelin’s Kashmir to sum up 1975, or shine on you Crazy Diamond, but realised that Hot Chocolate just brings back the memories of that year so much better. Bohemian Rhapsody would have been just too obvious, and I’m a bit tired of it now anyway. [Read more →]

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1974 – Autobahn

February 11th, 2019 · Posted by Skuds in Life

By 1974 I was away at boarding school so surrounded by older boys and their musical choices, which made up for the lack of older siblings to introduce me to music. Yes we may have been a dormitory full of 11/12 year-olds but we had some 16-year-olds as dorm monitors to expose us to their much more developed tastes. [Read more →]

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The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis

February 11th, 2019 · Posted by Skuds in Life

I have had this book sitting on my Kindle for ages, having snapped it up as the £1 deal of the day some time ago. Last week I finally got round to reading it, and what a book it is. It was, at the same time, exactly what I expected but also nothing like what I expected. [Read more →]

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All Killer – Close to the Edge (1972)

February 11th, 2019 · Posted by Skuds in Music

I have been a big fan of Yes for ages, since about 1976, back when John Peel was still playing them on his radio show alongside the emerging punk music. In fact I can remember Peel playing tracks from Going For The One when it was released in 1977. A year later and Yes were the first band I ever saw live, at the Wembley Arena on the Tormato tour. [Read more →]

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1973 – Living For The City

February 10th, 2019 · Posted by Skuds in Music

What a year 1973 was for music, but then so were all years in the 1970’s really.

For a start it was a great year for glam rock, with great tunes from Suzi Quatro (Can the Can & 48 Crash), T. Rex (20th Century Boy), Sweet (Ballroom Blitz and Blockbuster), Slade (Cum on Feel the Noize), Gary Glitter (Do You Wanna Touch Me? &  I Love, You Love, Me Love & Hello, I’m Back Again & Leader of the Gang), Wizzard ( See My Baby Jive) and of course Elton John and David Bowie with all sorts of goodies too. And then at the end of the year we had the double-whammy of I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day and Merry Xmas Everybody. [Read more →]

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