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Absolut Ice Bar, London 11/11/2006

Ice Ice Baby ... do do ...do do.. do do... do do

Absolut Ice Bar, London "Ice Ice Baby … do do … do do … do do ... do do!" Absolut Ice Bar London 31-33 Heddon Street London W1B 4BN I had heard about this bar about a year ago and was very keen to visit it, having been fascinated by the concept of the Ice Hotel located in Jukkasjärvi in Sweden. I had spoken to one of our account managers about it as she had been and had it in mind as a good place for a first date! However, the bar does get very busy in the evening and booking in advance is to be recommended to ensure you are not disappointed and having to queue upon arrival. ~~~~~~ Location ~~~~~~ The bar is the first purposely designed "permanent" ice bar in the UK and is located in trendy Mayfair, just off Regent Street. "Purposely designed" …. A strange statement that isn't it? I mean, it's not as if they were building a retail store and then someone said, "I know, let's turn it into a bar!" Anyway, enough of that. The bar is located within very easy reach of Piccadilly Circus, which is the nearest tube station, only a 5-minute walk away. Opening hours are Monday to Sunday between 11.30am and 11.30pm ~~~~~~ My Visit ~~~~~~ As I noted at the outset, it is a bar I had wanted to go to for some time and as I tend to be in London a lot, every week over the last month in fact, then it was about time I made the effort to check it out. One of my account managers, Bev, was happy to take me along having already experienced it herself and keen to repeat the ...

Slieve Donard Hotel, Newcastle 24/10/2006

What have they got up their slieve?!

Slieve Donard Hotel, Newcastle The Slieve Donard Hotel Resort & Spa ***** Newcastle, County Down The Slieve Donard Hotel and Spa is an historic Northern Ireland Hotel situated in Newcastle, County Down, in the southeast of the province, in very dramatic and beautiful settings. The hotel is situated on the coast of the Irish Sea on the shores of Newcastle Bay facing south to the Mountains of Mourne, with fabulous views across Royal County Down golf course to the north. Belfast International Airport is approximately a 1-hour transfer from the hotel and Belfast City Airport is approximately 45-minutes transfer from the hotel, but timings depend entirely upon the day of the week and timing. Our transfer from the Slieve Donard back to Belfast City Airport was from circa 4pm on a Saturday afternoon and only took 45-minutes as traffic was not at it's peak. ~~~~~~ History ~~~~~~ Hastings Hotels own this hotel; along with 5 other Northern Irish hotels. The hotel group is owned by Doctor William Hastings who lives with his delightful wife Joy on Simmy Island, circa 25-minutes drive from the Slieve Donard hotel, with the town of St Patrick en route. Some of my industry colleagues and I were fortunate enough to be invited to their home for dinner before we went on to the hotel for drinks and overnight. The Slieve Donard Hotel was purchased in 1972 together with 5 other Railway hotels, including the Midland in Belfast, the Great Northern in Rostrevor, the Northern Counties in Portrush and the City ...

T-Mobile 02/10/2006

Is the "T" for Terrible customer service?

T-Mobile ** UP-DATED ** UP-DATED ** UP-DATED ** UP-DATED ** This review represents my experience to date with T-Mobile. I appreciate that my experience may be completely converse to those of many others who may experience exceptional customer service from this particular mobile provider, but this is my account, which focuses more specifically on customer service. Please do rate this review based upon customer services aspects of T-Mobile rather than the actual services offered by T-Mobile as a mobile service provider. The category of this review allows for the writers' own interpretation to a certain point of view as it is left quite open and generic and whilst I do cover the services they offer etc, it is specifically concerning customer service….. (Thanks) !! On the 27 June 2006 I visited the T-Mobile store in Derby to purchase a new telephone, as I had an ikle accident with my last telephone was I was at the World Cup Finals in Germany. The ikle accident occurred when Friends and I where at the Fanfest in Cologne watching the England versus Sweden game during the summer. In the resultant melee following England's goal against the Swedes, my mobile telephone fell out of my short pockets and was duly stamped on in the celebrations. The screen of my telephone was duly smashed and I could not see who was calling or texting me! This did become a little frustrating not to add annoying over the following week. When I returned home, I was due to ser right back off again a ...

A Day In The Life Of.... 27/09/2006

A Tragic Day in Human History......

A Day In The Life Of.... "A Tragic Day in Human History" This is a Ciao Café piece originally written (EXCPETIONALLY so, might I add!) by RICHADA and has now become a challenge as he was "….interested to know what others in our community were doing and just how they reacted to the particular events of the day." If you pick up this challenge, please ensure you leave our esteemed Ciao colleague RICHADA a message (Thanking you). …. As a young man of almost 30 years of age, there are now a few defining global events in world history that people may ask the question "Where were you when?"….. "The Berlin Wall fell?" "The Gulf War started?" "Princess Diana Died?" "Everton last won the league?" (I had to have a dig at my own football team, especially as 1987 pre-dates all the above!) "Warrington was bombed?" "Manchester was bombed?" "The Twin Towers Fell?" "The London Terror Attacks occurred?" The last two will arguably have far longer reaching effects that any of the others for most of the global population, let along the US and the UK. In fact, it's unlikely, but not improbable that the latter would not have occurred had it not been for the former. So, where was I when the Twin Towers fell and what was I doing? Tuesday 11 September 2001 ~ "The Day the World Changed" Well, for me it was a fairly ordinary day in work, with maybe the odd exception of being on the telephone to New York when the 2nd plane struck the second tower! To remind some of you what I do for a living as ...

Everything that starts with V ... 17/09/2006

Vanity Products

Everything that starts with V ... I had to stick this challenge under this ttiel, because I have already done "B" for beauty products for something else! This is a beauty product orientated challenge that originated from tutu422. Please drop her a line if you accept this challenge and also have a read of her review on it. It looks like it's mainly for ladies but after seeing TiaBailey's version of it and the brackets comment about men at the finish of the review, I thought I would give it a go!! I haven't been around much lately and have plenty of things to write about and review but I need to think too hard to do them and I am not in much of a thinking mood, so thought I would try more of a light hearted challenge, especially whilst I do manly things like watch "Grand Slam" Sunday on Sky sports. Liverpool have already lost today m in a pretty upbeat mood seeing as Everton are still unbeaten for the season!! Hehehehe, that's piss a few of you off (Sorry, Beatlesgal, Christianfilmcritic, Suzi75, SohoBlack) ;-p ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ *~*~*~*~*~*~ >What is your favourite perfume? I quite like Gucci "Pink", which I bought a £45 bottle of for my last lady friend, but as of last week, she's no longer a lady friend. Don't worry, she didn't turn into a man, she's no longer on the scene!! However, as I am a chap, I will convert this question into an aftershave orientated question. My favourite current evening out aftershave is the new DKNY aftershave "Be Delicious", which I think is simply "Delicious" ...

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines 24/08/2006

KLM to the rescue !!

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines "KLM to the rescue!!" Okay, so… why have I called this review KLM to the rescue?! In order to provide you with a review of KLM, I firstly need to tell you about my huge mistake in regards to my scheduled flight from Birmingham International to Amsterdam with BMI Baby a couple of Friday afternoons back. This was truly a classic case of "Silly Scouse"….. If you're not interested in the background and just want the review on KLM, scroll down to "Booking Process". My best friend, Richard, from Uni and I had planned to go to Amsterdam over a weekend from Friday through to Sunday to attend an annual dance music festival named "Loveland", and visit his Dutch mate, Rutger. Richard lives down in London and had booked his flight from Gatwick, with me booking mine from Birmingham International, both scheduled to land at Schipol Airport within 5-minutes of one another… quite handy! My flight was booked with BMI Baby and Richard's with British Airways. I have flown with BMI Baby on 5 occasions already this year and every leg (10 in total… clever hey?!) has been delayed by between 30-minutes and two hours, so I was a little concerned that my mate would be sat around Schipol Airport for an unnecessary amount of time, with me being inevitably delayed again. Actually, my flight back from Edinburgh last Thursday was a little more delayed than this, but this was not the airlines' fault! However, the inevitable delay was actually this time with me, and possibly my "over ...

Everything that starts with T ... 10/08/2006

Terrorism & My Experience....

Everything that starts with T ... TERRORISM & MY EXPERIENCE Today has been another very stark reminder of the very real threat that we all face in our daily lives by terrorism. These terrorists will stop at nothing to ensure that their will succeeds. Terrorists have no compassion towards the general public when it comes to them succeeding in their political and religious ends and goals. Men, women and children are all under equal danger in the face of such evil. I myself have been caught up in the events of today, after being in Edinburgh overnight, having enjoyed the Military Tattoo last night (review to follow!). It would be quite easy for me to start talking about religion, politics, culture and extremism at this stage, but I will defer from doing so. I arrived at Edinburgh airport this morning at 07:45 for a BMI Baby flight from Edinburgh at 08:50 bound for Nottingham East Midlands Airport, and a meeting back at the office all day today… hmmmmm…. Likely? Chaos? …. Yes, chaos! One look at the inside of the terminal and then up at the screens confirmed to me what I was already expecting, following the taxi driver briefing to me on the way from the city centre to the airport, despite his information being a little hazy. Most flights were already severely delayed, cancelled or without any information. Queues of people littered the terminal, with a strong Police presence patrolling the building, but there seemed to be very few airline and airport staff on hand to provide information to ...

Fire Restaurant @ Mansion House, Dublin 02/08/2006

I'm the God of Hell Fire & I bring you.. FIRE !

Fire Restaurant @ Mansion House, Dublin Fire Restaurant @ Mansion House Dawson Street Dublin 2 www.mansionhouse.ie ~~~~~~ Locality ~~~~~~ The restaurant is located at the famous Mansion House on Dublin's Dawson Street, as the top end, a short walk from St Stephen's Green. Fire is set back from Dawson Street and is located opposite the famous local Dublin bars, "Ron Blacks", and "Café en Seine", which I frequented during my recent business visit to Dublin, and not for the first time either! The location is within a popular area of town, not too far from other local areas of interest, "Trinity College", which is located at the opposite end of Dawson Street, and Grafton Street, Dublin's most famous shopping street, which runs parallel with Dawson Street. ~~~~~~~~~ Background ~~~~~~~~~ "Fire" restaurant is a part of Dublin's Mansion House, which has been home to the Lord Mayor of Dublin sine 1715. It is truly a landmark building within the city of Dublin, one steeped in local history. The restaurant is located to the left of the main building, which houses the current Lord Mayor of Dublin. ~~~~ Style ~~~~ The exterior of the restaurant is impressive, as you walk up a ramp and around to your left to a white building, with "FIRE" boldly imprinted on the right hand side, and red and yellow spot lights shining against the blank canvass of the white washed walls, to provide a dramatic mood for anyone looking at the building in the evening (see photo). When you walk through the front ...

Sheraton Fota Island Golf Resort & Spa 02/08/2006

Put a Cork in it..... !

Sheraton Fota Island Golf Resort & Spa "Put a Cork in it!" Sheraton Fota Island Golf Resort & Spa Fota Island Cork Ireland 5-star hotel ~~~~~~~~ Background ~~~~~~~~ I travelled across to Cork a couple of weekends back to view and try out the facilities of this 2-month old newly-built hotel, part of the Starwood group of hotels and branded as "Sheraton". I would definitely have no hesitation in recommending it to any of our clients and certainly to leisure guests also. The trip was hosted by the hotel and included 10 UK partners, non of whom I had previously met, but I was with a colleague, which was beneficial as I was the only chap …. Oh well, the things you have to put up with for work hey?!!? ~~~~~ Setting ~~~~~ Luxurious and beautiful, the newly built Sheraton Fota Island Golf Resort & Spa is situated on Fota Island in County Cork. This scenic island is in Cork Harbour, just north of the larger island of Cobh. The hotel is located between 20-25 minutes from Cork International Airport, and is ideally suited for exploring the beauty and serenity of southern Ireland; something I would really like to do more of. I wonder if that's anything to do with my love of Irish women?!?!!? The resort is being built on the site of the existing Fota Island Golf Club. In addition to the 18-hole championship golf course, the hotel offers recreational facilities include a full-service, 1,600-square meter destination spa with 17 treatment rooms, a full-length swimming pool, hydro-pool, and walking ...

The Break-Up (DVD) 01/08/2006

If only the film reels had broken up......

The Break-Up (DVD) "The Break Up" ~ Film review only ~ ~~~~~~~~~ Vital Statistics ~~~~~~~~~ Runtime: 105 mins Country: USA Language: English Colour: Colour Sound Mix: DTS / Dolby Digital / SDDS Certification: UK12A This is simply a film review, that I recently saw at the movies, and not a DVD review, so it doesn't come complete with details of what the box looks like or what the special features are, as it's not yet out on DVD. That is of course, unless you know someone who takes his/her video camera to the movies and then sells on a dodgy copy to you afterwards. You know the ones, you insert the blank DVD into a machine, and up comes a dark picture with infrequent mumblings, with the obligatory head shots of other cinemagoers on the lower half of the picture. If your really lucky, one cinemagoer might actually stand up to order an ice cream or more popcorn halfway through the film and block the screen for a full 5-minutes. All of the above is more interesting than this film, billed as a "romantic comedy", but sadly lacking any comedy, other than the first 15-minutes. I'll cut straight to the chase…. don't watch this film. There are currently much better films on at the cinema at the moment, and unless you have a desire to slit your wrists, then this probably is not the film for you. ~~~~ Cast ~~~~ * "Brooke Meyers" ~ Jennifer Aniston * "Gary Grobowski" ~ Vince Vaughn * "Johnny O" ~ Jon Favreau * "Addie" ~ Joey Lauren Adams * "Lupus Groboswski" ~ Cole ...

World Cup Final 2006 18/07/2006

Things My Mother Said During The World Cup Final

World Cup Final 2006 "Things My Mother Said During The World Cup Final" *** WARNING: SORRY, BUT AGAIN, AS WITH SOME OF MY REVIEWS, THIS DOES CONTAIN SOME MILD FOUL MOUTH LANGUAGE *** In what wasn't the most classic game of football I have ever witnessed, and remember, I'm an Evertonian, so I've witnessed some diabolical games of football in more recent years, it was my Mother that helped to keep me entertained during the 2006 World Cup Final between Italy and France on Sunday evening. I was hoping desperately that France would do it, because a very good friend of mine has an Italian Father and has supported Italy since he was a kid, to the extent he actually hates England … the country in which he was born no less! That in itself is not all that bad, but said friend is one of the biggest wind up merchants you will ever come across and does not abate in his relentlessness. Thus, to avoid 4 years of ridicule and random chants like "World Champions", along with "You can stick your 3 lions, 'cause we've got 4 stars!", I was more desperate for France to win than I would have been for a wee wee after 3-days of wearing a chastity belt. Note: Separate reviews on the Chastity belts and their usage will NOT appear. Disclaimer: I accept no liability to parents for children reading this article and subsequently questioning what a chastity belt is, completely at random during a family gathering or weekly dinner with the boss. It has been a long standing joke that women do not know a jot about ...

Hotel da Aldeia, Albufeira 08/07/2006

Al-b-Sunburnt !!

Hotel da Aldeia, Albufeira *** PLEASE BE AWARE THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SOME INFREQUENT MILD SWEARING *** Hotel Aldeia 3-Star Hotel Ave Dr. Francisco Sa Carneiro, Albufeira 8200-280, Portugal For those of you who know me a little via the site, then you may know I went off to Germany on my holidays … camping !! A far cry from the 4 and 5 star hotels I stay in when on business. Remember the latter … business! When I am paying my own way, it's usually considerably less favourable sleeping establishments involving hard floors, bugs, and occasional rocks! For those of you who don't know me from the site, well, I did set off camping with 7 mates (6 boys and 1 girl) via motorised vehicles, and travelled to a campsite just outside Dortmund in Deutschland for the World Cup. That will need to be the subject of an alternative review if I can find a suitable category. So, how then, do I mange to come home and write a review on a leisure hotel in the Algarve. Why would I end up in Portugal of all places when I actually went to Germany supporting England?! Remember, I do have Irish in me. LOL ;-) My best friend Emma and I had to share a rather small tent in Germany and my camping equipment seemed to regularly deflate, so with the fairly grotty facilities, impending bad weather, and 6-days to pass before England played Portugal, we, or should I really say "she"?, took the decision that I should drive us both back home the morning after the evening she had made her decision! ~~~~~~~~~~~~ Making the ...

Can England win without Rooney? 17/06/2006

It's all about the fat lad !

Can England win without Rooney? "It's all about the fat lad !" Ok, I'm getting really, really excited about setting off with 7 mates at around 10pm from the East Midlands tomorrow night, down the M1, around the M25, and through the garden of England, on the way down to Dover for a 4.30am ferry to the continent, before embarking on a 10 hour drive to Germany for 3 weeks enjoying the remainder of the World Cup. But, I won't rub it in ! With the above in mind, I was thinking about doing a "members advice on driving abroad" review based upon the preparation to do so, but I felt I would actually need to have experienced controlling more than just a scooter or golf buggy abroad to write an informative review on the experience, so I will save that one for when I return from the Fatherland. I then thought about writing a review on the "World Cup experience" and camping, in anticipation of my holiday, but also because I have experienced the world cup at France 1998, having camped in the South of France and been to the first England game of that tournament in Marseille, when we beat Tunisia 2-0, but there were I found one that looked interesting as I trawled down the matches having typed in "world cup" … "Can England win the world cup without Rooney?" …. I will also slightly expand this piece to … "And do I care?" because it is a Ciao Café piece and it is my prerogative to be a little more creative, with - as you will see - good reason … As most of you who know me in what is the very on-line and ...

Everything that starts with W ... 10/06/2006

What does Newty do during the day?

Everything that starts with W ... "My Job" A number of you have requested over the last 3-months that I actually do this review to give you a little more detail on what I do for a living. The most recent comment was that maybe I'm a top-end Gigolo !… hehehe … thanks Koshkha, but I think the female clientele might be looking for something a little better ! My Ciao sister MicheleDog egged me on towards doing this some time ago, but I responded to her to inform her that he was too dangerous for me to do so, because my job means I am widely known in the industry, even if it is just by name. However, I will be careful with my answers now that I've had quite a few of you badgering me !! LOL ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~ 1. Where do you work? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~ I have worked for the last 6 ½ years with a global event management company based in Derby, in the East Midlands, where I also went to University all the way back in 1995 … my goodness … is it really that long since I left Liverpool, tail between legs, with much wetness behind my ears? I find it amazing how you grow as a person when you move and live away from home from a relatively young age and I whilst I miss my family terribly at times, I manage to get back and see then on average, twice a month (actually, that average is during the football season!! Hehe) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~ 2. What is your job title? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~ Commercial Manager ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~ 3. What does you job entail? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~ Currently, it ...

Athenaeum Hotel & Apartments, London 09/06/2006

Elegance in Piccadilly

Athenaeum Hotel & Apartments, London Athenaeum Hotel & Apartments 116 Piccadilly London W1J 7BJ 5-Stars The hotel is a small boutique hotel located along London's famous Piccadilly, a short walk from both Green Park and Hyde Park Corner tube stations, making the hotel easily amenable. It is located across from Green Park itself, with the Sheraton Park Lane Hotel located next door, and the Hard Rock Café a near neighbour. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~ Description & Bedrooms: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~ The 111 guestrooms and 12 luxurious suites manage to somehow combine traditional English elegance with 21st century modernism and technology. Many of the bedrooms have a stunning view overlooking Green Park, which creates a feeling of tranquillity in the heart of London. It's amazing when a hotel manages to transcend a much more tranquil setting than the busyness of the immediate locality promote. It is a hotel ideal for relaxing after a busy day in the capital. Unless of course, after a hectic schedule of meetings in the city, you have to dump your bags, shower, change and get back out of your room in half an hour to attend an evening function!! Did I truly manage to enjoy, unwind, and relax in the fabulous surroundings I was again afforded? Was I heckers like ! In fact, the comfort of the bed was not fully appreciated, because after dinner, my industry colleagues and I frequented the Dover Street Wine Bar up the road until circa 2am and had to be up for a meeting at 7.45am …. Wicked, rest, no, for, ...
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