The Kings Arms, Abergavenny
I had a lovely weekend in Abergavenny this weekend, not having been there for probably 20 years or more. We stayed in a very nice pub in the middle of town: The Kings Arms and would recommend it very highly. It’s a quaint old beamed building that has creaky sloping floors, panelled walls and loads of character.
The staff were really friendly, the room comfy and the food very good indeed. There was also a lovely atmosphere in the bar, which had some very good beer too.
I remember Abergavenny as a comfortable market-town, with small independent shops giving it a real sense of character. Sadly that’s changed: charity shops, branded coffee shops and a few super markets have changed the town quite a bit. And probably not for the better either.
It’s a real shame as it was once a super market-town, whilst now it’s changed to a supermarket town which appears to have killed off some local businesses. A shame indeed, some may call it progress but I’d disagree.
I decided recently to diet. I’ve always been a bit of a chunky-monkey but it was after a medical consultation that suggest my cholesterol and blood pressures numbers weren’t quite where they should be that I decided to take action.
5 Weeks later I’m chuffed to find that the following important metrics can now be reported:
- Blood Pressure – was 149/80, now 130/80
- Cholesterol -was 5.9, now 3.6
- BMI – was Obese, now (just) Overweight
- Suits that were in the attic that now fit – 3
- Trousers off to the menders for altering – 5
- Shirts brought back into use from the attic – 8
- Weight – I’m not going to tell you!
The reason for not answering the last point is that it is not relevant to me now as these metrics give me the motivation and satisfaction that this diet is doing me the world of good. It’s not just about how much you weigh.
I know one man’s meat is another man’s poison, but there really was quite a difference in the way that today panned out. Sure, we had some snow and the schools were closed, rail and some bus services were disrupted etc etc and the media reports were talking about the Day of Chaos across Wales.
But it was all a bit different in our house where my dear wife, Mari, had been ordered to work from home as her school was closed.
This week’s cold snap has caused a plethora of weather warnings/alerts and forecasts of impending danger/chaos and fun. But it did come as a surprise last night when Mari told me what she really wanted for supper.
We’d last eaten Grostl on holiday in Austria around 8 years ago and always up for a culinary challenge I went looking for a recipe. The truth is that there’s nothing particularly challenging in it. in fact it’s really just a re-packaged Bacon, Egg and Chips, but somehow Grostl is far more synonymous with snow than the BE+C variant. Continue reading
Starbucks. Do you love them or hate them? Do you go there as a matter of course to grab a fix on the go, or do you take your time and enjoy the vibe of that overall Starbucks experience?
For a long time now I’ve asked myself how they do what they do, how they can draw such big audiences, for this is a theatre isn’t it? It’s not just a coffee shop, we’ve had those for centuries. No, this is coffee as theatre where experience counts. Continue reading