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As a Liverpool fan I still see 2013/14 as a missed opportunity but an amazing season. So close and yet we slipped up (I meant that). The best and worst part of football is that you have to move on quickly. Pain and hurt can quickly change, fortunes go up and down and most definitely round and round.
My predictions last season were based on the Mourinho factor and soon after changed to the Money factor and Man City. For these two reasons again I have to choose my winner for the upcoming season as Manchester City. They won the league last season having the best squad and even that was after many dodgy results (Aston Villa away, Cardiff away, Sunderland at home). But then all teams have these freak results. Basically, Man City will win as they have the best squad. A more solid line up and a rejuvenated Jovetic will fire city to win the league.
The other club, Chelsea will run them close and Mourinho is a tactical master but I think his prowess is waning and therefore will lead to a second place finish. The return of Fabregas and the unpredictability of Costa doesn't seem so sure to me and therefore will not lead them across the finishing line. Terry was
awesome last season but age is catching up and strikers will find it easier against him.
The rest of the bunch are too close to call and I have no idea what will happen. The rest are grouped together as Liverpool, Arsenal, Man United and Tottenham. I'm sorry Everton but you had your one season now back to the Yoyo-ing fun, as good as Martinez is, he did lead Wigan to relegation.
Spurs with a new manager and players who have a point to prove will have a great chance of the top four. As will Arsenal and Sanchez and Van Gaal at United. Liverpool with the loss of Suarez have raised their own expectations and with that by being so close it is imperative that they maintain a challenge but
more importantly stay in the top four and the champions league for more than one season.
1 - Man City
2 - Chelsea
3 - Arsenal
4 - Liverpool
5 - Man Utd
6 - Tottenham.
Relegation- Burnley, West Brom and Sunderland.
This is just a brief note to say thank you to my followers. Thankfully there aren't too many so this won't take too long.
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The UK puts on a good show. Two years ago London hosted the Olympics and Sunday night saw the closing ceremony of the commonwealth games in Glasgow. Having iconic global figures such as Usain Bolt definitely helps. But local heroes alongside them such as Childe and the newcomer Murdoch add an extra excitement.
I was recommended many things from Scottish friends and I didn't manage to tick all of them off. What I did manage to do was achieved on my morning back home. This was a Squared Sausage and Haggis. The Squared 'Lorne' sausage was very tasty as was the haggis and I would definitely have then both again. Just so you know the rest of the list was: deep fried mars bar, deep fried mars bar, buck fast and Irn Bru. I am sure I will go back to try them all out so I am not too upset that I missed out this time.
You get what you pay for some times. Gymkhana top rated restaurant in 2013 in London aims to provide class and quality and therefore you have to pay.
The visit here is part of my treat for Laura, to go for a fancy meal every so often and since last year I've wanted to visit Gymkana. To start with, we got there early and we had a nice cocktail each to start with. My cocktail on the right had ginger and tequila and had a good kick, mainly from the ginger. Laura went for a lemon flavoured cocktail with Gin, ginger, curry leaf and egg white- this was called the Quinine Sour.
The night started off really well with the cocktails and carried on soon after with the lovely Tiger Prawns and Kid Goat curry. The Prawns really stood out for me and although we only had two pieces each I made sure I devoured it really slowly. It was cooked perfectly and had the warm flavours and spices which seemed to burn more and more after each bite. I loved it.
For main course, as you can see we had a fair bit. The menu reads as Lamb Nalli Barra (Lamb Chops), Muntjac Biryani (Deer), Paneer and Naan. All the dishes were really well cooked and prepared. The quality of the lamb chops was a level above the usual curry houses, where you are struggling to get a cooked amount of meat on the bone. Here it was plentiful and succulent. The Biryani came along with a pomegranate and mint raita which was delicious and moreish.
We were absolutely stuffed at this stage, so didn't go for desert. Thoroughly recommended evening and although it is a bit pricey you will love every moment. Maybe one for the curry club.
One Liner: Amazing Indian food with great flavours- top notch.
Address: 42 Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4JH
Phone: +44 (0)20 3011 5900
A lunch time catch up and off we went to Jackson & Rye in Soho. On the corner of wardour street and old Compton road, this Anerican diner/ bistro of sorts comes to life with its wide variety of dishes. My visit here comprised of mac'n'cheese, lobster and fried buttermilk chicken. How do you describe that as a food category?
To start with I was able to share with my friend the truffled mac'n'cheese and 1/2 lobster. A good match and if they wanted to merge the two together then even better. The lobster came out with all he necessary equipment to prize all the meat from the lobster. It was tasty and squeezed over with lemon juice was just what I wanted. The mac'n'cheese had a rich flavour to it and this came from the truffle.
For my main course, I had heard about the buttermilk fried chicken so went for it. Light and crispy with added spices of cayenne and paprika added a zingy sweetness.
The chicken with the slaw was a great combo and with a side of chips made it more filling. A great comparison for Jackson & Rye it would be Grillshack. I think after visiting the two I would prefer to go to Grillshack.
The wide variety here though means it is a great option and with grills and a very attentive service means I will go again.
P.S I heard the toilets were very nice too. Thanks Joyce.
One Liner: Good food with a wide variety in the heart of town
Address: 56 Wardour Street, London, W1D 4JG
Phone: 0207 437 8338
Pedestrians feel like they own the road. Cyclists feel like they aren't looked after so they do what they want. Drivers have the vehicle, protection and speed so they will do as they please. All feel as if the roads were made for them. So who is the King of the Road?
The roads are not safe anymore. Too many people, too many bikes and a whole load of cars. With no one following any of the rules it makes it a dangerous environment. I've created this site to say what I like and today I am going to moan about people on the streets.
As well as cyclists, pedestrians are not guilt free either. The other week when running back from work I ran into another guy. That is just plain stupid from the both of us. Londoners more so are always in a rush and unfortunately are looking out for number one only. So what do we do? Cycle lanes? Running Lanes? 20mph zones?
My suggestion would be for specific lanes for different users. This will make things a lot clearer and safer for everyone. It may lead to more congestion for cars, but if it is safer then fine. The main thing for everyone is to use some common sense and not be so selfish. Because at the moment there is no King, just a lot of Jokers on the streets.
Thank you to Twizoo and MotherClucker for the special delivery yesterday lunch time. I lucked out and won a competition and received a meal for four, which I gratefully shared with my colleagues.
The meal for four included an array of chicken (well two chicken burgers, two portions of chicken strips and two portions of mac' n' cheese).
The southern style rub and batter on the chicken was very tasty and didn't have the sense of grease as you would expect from some so called fast food chain chicken restaurants/takeaway joints.
MotherClucker describe themselves/their chicken as "tea brined, buttermilk soaked, twice battered fried chicken". The slight spice and herbs give it a good kick and make it feel like a new addition to the food scene.
Handy tools (cutlery) by Twizoo and a clever way to continue their promotion too. The app, looks at a list of restaurants near you and through Twitter they look at the different reviews and rank the places by location and feedback.
Good idea and Good restaurant- #winning combination.
Thank you again.
I'm being spoilt now. Two BBQs now and the food is always so good. The weather held out this time too and there is nothing better.
For this BBQ, hosted by the lovely Faye and Matt, we were treated to some amazing food from Claire and Gavin. Claire made over 40 amazing burgers (including Chilli burgers) and they were really good. Fresh, hand made and well prepared these were a great way to start the BBQ. I don't have any pictures, which I am sorry about.
My dad has been gracing my family with BBQ for many, many years. This weekend with the World Cup final about to start I requested some more BBQ time and I volunteered to make burgers and my dad was to go for the chicken. The results are above and below and they made for a good night.
To end the weekend on a high, Germany won the World Cup. Although I wanted Argentina to win the game I was able to win £20. Oh Happy days.
Thank you to Dan for getting me tickets to Wireless yesterday. A great day and great performances, highlights were OutKast and Bruno Mars.
the venue was absolutely packed, so I didn't get all the best pictures for you- sorry
Bruno Mars was the headline Act for Sunday and he was amazing. This guy has it all, singing voice, musician, dancer and all round seems like a great guy to be around. Fireworks at the end highlighted a great day.
Quite a poor picture- but that is 'BRUNO, BRUNO' on the drums