Monday, January 24, 2011

Food! Glorious Food!

This past weekend Mrs Cheesecake and I went a bit of a bender. A tasty, tasty bender.

On Saturday night we dined at Piccolino in Nottingham. I had a splendid carpaccio of beef to start followed by roast cod with Italian sausage and chilli. Both were exceptional. Is is always my habit I had an expresso to finish. Mrs Cheesecake had mushroom bruschetta with pesto and goats cheese and then as a main course duck with apple.

Sunday lead us to The Priory in Portbury near Bristol. We had been due to go at new year but due to illness were unable to go. We had a full turkey dinner with all the trimmings. It was truly sublime.

Back to the diet today but man what a blow out!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The first thousand are the hardest....

I'm a celebratory mood this evening. I have hit the first milestone in this year's epic quest. 1000 sit-ups done. Only the trifling matter of another 19000 to go. Huzzah! I'd also like to take a moment to remind everyone that you can give a donation, by way of encouragement, to force me to continue with this nonsense. The link to the Just Giving page is listed below.

I'd imagine there will be further updates throughout the year.


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Behold the Cheese

My musical tastes can only be described as eclectic. When listening to tunes on my trusty iPod styles flail wildly from the folksy goodness of Jethro Tull and Mumford & Sons to the hardcore Wagnerian anthems of Rammstein. Here is my latest hero...... one Richard Cheese.
Lets check out some of the maestro's work. First some Guns and Roses

Then some Depeche Mode

And to end some Star Wars

What great stuff. Jazzy clever covers that are incredibly well done. Richard and his band Lounge Against the Machine rock my socks. For the uninitiated I suggest you could do a lot worse than a bit of Dick at Night.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

An App Store Purchase

Finally made my first purchase on the new Mac App Store. I tried a demo version of Mars Edit a couple of weeks ago and I found it to be quite an easy blogging tool. I decided to bite the bullet and move from trying to buying. This little bloggerette is just a quick post to test the install. All seems well.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Pablo Cheesecake vs Internet Shopping

There is a distinct possibility that there will be swearing in this post. (There consider yourself suitably warned.)

I'm essentially a laidback sort. I wouldn't normally say boo to a goose but recently I have had a bad experience with an online retailer that has pissed me of no end. I consider myself internet savvy and have bought enough things online over the years but seriously this was a fucking nightmare.

It was Mrs Cheesecake's birthday last September and I bought her a gift from an online shop. Turns out the item wasn't quite right so I returned it for a refund. Today I had to threaten legal action in order to get a response from the shop owners. This was after a dozen increasingly annoyed e-mails to the them that had resulted in no response. According to their website they pride themselves on their customer service. What fucking customer service motherfuckers!!!! Nearly five months to sort out a refund isn't customer service pal. I really wish I could name and shame but I haven't got the money yet but I now feel a bit more hopeful that I'll get the money back and finally get Mrs Cheesecake a gift she deserves.

Sorry for the rant but I had to get that off my chest. Better now. Normal service will be resumed shortly.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Hello Future it's me Pablo

Just realised that I had got to January 3rd and I hadn't posted anything....

Welcome to 2011. Hope everyone has had a good festive season. Unfortunately my erstwhile partner-in-crime, Mrs Cheesecake to you, has been ill for the whole holiday. At the point where she started coughing up blood I forced her toward the local doctors and she is slowly getting better. It's taking time but I'm sure she will be back to her oldself soon.

I did my first 100 situps today. Only 19900 to go.....hurrah! (This is going to fucking kill me. I must be mental. Send help!). Seriously though. I think this may be a tougher challenge than I first assumed. Oh well  one day at a time and all that.

In other news I got about £100 of Amazon vouchers for Christmas and had everything delivered to work so when I get into the office tomorrow there should be many boxes awaiting me.

I'm about to settle down to watch Stargazing Live on BBC2. The thought has just occurred to me I could just go outside and if I'm lucky I'd get essentially the same result. Admittedly there is less chance Mrs Cheesecake would join me in the endeavour.

Cripes 3rd Jan and I'm rambling already. No change there then.

Pablo Away