Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Merry Christmas

Good morning everybody, and a very Merry Christmas to you all !!!

It's going to be a nice and quiet one for me today, Steve hasn't arisen yet and Mason isn't due over until about midday. So having a bit of alone time getting some last little bits ready, dishwasher is on and I'm preparing dinner. Just thought I'd pop in here and wish everybody some festive cheer.

Have a great day, one and all. x

Saturday, 22 December 2012

Thumbs down for the Atlantic Inn

Myself, Cassandra and my boys, Steve and Mason, decided to go down to the Atlantic Inn for lunch yesterday. It was a miserable day, Helston was just starting to flood from the rains and we didn't want to go too far. The Atlantic Inn can be seen from my balcony window but I've only been down there once before (I'm not really a pub person); however, as it's also quite rare that I get the chance to have food with my two favourite boys together, I wanted to show them the best that Porthleven can offer.

I have up to then, never had a bad meal in the small village where I live. For the best food, on special occasions, then Amelies at the Smokehouse is the best. Next, I would recommend the Harbour Inn, where I have eaten many times. The Atlantic Inn I'm afraid has spoilt that record.

Cassandra ordered fish and chips, and us boys picked the house burger and chips. For a guide to the prices the burger and chips was eight pounds and ninety-five pence, meaning the meal is in my opinion at the higher end of the pub-food marketplace.

The chips were cold, obviously plastic bagged oven chips... dried out and appeared to have had a couple of cycles under the heat before they were dished out to us - oh yes and to make it worse there were no sauces or even vinegar!

The plates weren't heated up and although everything else was cold, Cassandra burnt her mouth on the mushy-peas, which should never have been served up so hot.

The small amount of fresh salad was not fresh and the onion rings were most surely the cheap Iceland variety, but wait, what about the burger?

The dried up, pathetic excuse for a bap was about four and a half inches in diameter, curled up at the edges and no-where near an inch deep when both sides were put together. However, the thing that put me into a fit of giggles was when I opened up the two halves of the bread to find a small, weightless and again not hot, attempt at a burger framed by the bread surrounding it.

Needless to say I sent my meal back and refused to have anything else from them. The boys and Cassandra were both starving and so picked at the food they were given... we didn't stay long and instead went back to my place so that I could get them something else to fill their stomachs.

Poor show Atlantic Inn! I will be honest in saying that I would have preferred a McDonald's to what you offered, and I would have saved myself a bunch of notes. I think you should be embarrassed promoting good pub food and serving the rubbish you sold us.

Attached is the actual meal I was offered, make up your own opinion.

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Last work day of 2012 - Yay!

At last it's here, I've just got another three hours and then my long awaited break starts. So far this year I've taken just seven days off from work; and have been looking forward to this next couple of weeks like no other!

Saturday, 15 December 2012


I've managed to get a copy of the documentary that our company was a part of, thanks to Executive TV who sent it to me. If you want to see it (and please don't, I don't act very well !!) then it's in the about me under My Work.

It was quite a fun day actually. I have seen many films and documentaries but have never actually been behind the camera. Two guys from the production company came down and spent the day with us, making us do poses in front of our equipment and making us read from pieces of paper held up beside the lens.

I wouldn't do it again, but it was nice to experience what many think is fifteen minutes of fame... I personally don't want to get known for my part, but then I've never liked the idea of being famous.

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Family Tree

I've been looking at the site for details of my family tree. I've found it to be quite difficult to navigate it around, but have found some very interested information on it.
Unfortunately, due to the history of my ancestry, I am not able to show all the details publicly. I originate from a one nighter between my Mother and someone else who, at the time, was engaged to someone else, but for the first time ever I now know his true name - funny how a couple of hours on the internet can link things that I've wanted to know for so many years!

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Another year older :(

Well, here we go again, another year has passed and I'm classified as even more of an oldie... at what stage does someone become classified as vintage?

It's been a bit of a nothing year really. Work has been way too stressful throughout and my Achilles tendons are still giving me jip. However, there has been some good things happen, I've got a new fish tank, I've been to France a couple of times and watched the Formula One race at Silverstone from the start/finish line - it doesn't sound that much when it's listed in one sentence!

I really wanted to have finished another book, but then I'll just move that milestone forward a few months. I have got a couple of cork boards filling up with new ideas though, so it's not as if I haven't been writing, just not in one straight line :)

Oh well... people are popping over, so I think I'll have a quick clean up, maybe have time for a quick DVD before they arrive.

Saturday, 8 December 2012

It Works!!!

At last, after a few hours of messing around, I think I have finally got this blogging page working!

My first blog

This is the first time I've ever written a blog, lets see how well it works?!

Fred Deakin
Design Engineer & Writer