Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Plug

The amazing Rachel Green has a fantastic competion going on on her blog right now. Comment on this post and if you're the lucky winner she'll send you a copy of Terry Pratchett's The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents. Which I thought I'd read, but apparently haven't. But it's sitting on my bookshelf so I really should. Along with all the other books I haven't read yet.

And then you should go order Rachel's book, An Ungodly Child, which looks fab and I can't wait to read. I actually ordered it for myself today as a reward for handing in my final assignment. So what are you waiting for? Get clicking!

Saturday, 16 May 2009

Haymarket

I'm not sure how many people who come here actually live in Newcastle - but for those who do, Haymarket metro is now closed until 26th May. It will also close for the next three weekends after that. Trains are passing through, but not stopping there.

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

cuteness

I know most of you won't share my utter adoration for all things Nine Inch Nails. But I had to share my utter love for all teh fluffiness that's going on round the band recently. First Trent Reznor falls in love and gets engaged (he's asking for RomCom recommendations on twitter for chrissakes!), then the crew find abandoned fluffy kittehs and ask for someone to adopt them.

Is all so cute! Everyone's coming over all hearts and flowers. Bless. But this still made me laugh.

Monday, 4 May 2009

restaurants

First, a quick shout out. I was in town today with D, and needed change for the car park. Only problem is that there are very few places near Dean Street car park that give change.

In desparation, I called into Prima Pizza Pasta, ready to pretend that that's where we were going to eat if they refused to give me change.

BUT - when I asked for change of a £5 note, they gave it to me, no problems, with big beaming smiles.

I haven't eaten there for a while - since my friend N's graduation last summer, in fact. But service like that makes me want to go back. Soon.

The place we went, the Red House, was unfortunately slightly more problematic - although still had helpful staff and tasty food.

It's normally me who causes problems when we go out. I'm vegetarian but there are other things I don't eat. The Red House is good as it links to Bob Trollop next door which is veggie - so D can eat meat and I can eat from a great selection of veggie food. At least that's the theory - I've had problems there before with 'vegan option available' selections turning up as non-vegan even after asking for the vegan one (I'm not vegan but eating as if I were is often easier than explaining what I do and don't eat and putting up with blank stares when I ask what contains what) and having to send it away and get a new version.

Still, today, my food was perfect. It was D's that was the problem. Which made a change...

There weren't any eggs. Or steak. And as they were two of the main parts of what he ordered, this was an issue.

The staff were really helpful, and refunded money we'd ended up overpaying and hadn't asked for back (35p isn't worth quibbling over but it's nice if someone comes over to give it you back). And I think that they ended up letting D order something that's usually only available on Sundays without a word, so top marks there. So well done to the staff... but to the kitchen: could you stock up better for the next bank holiday weekend? Thanks.

Question: I know that some people have no interest in Newcastle but read this blog anyway - and that some love Newcastle and read it for memories of life there. Are people interested in reviews or comments on restaurants and anything similar? I go out quite a bit, but don't want to bore people if they're not interested.