Walking home from the City Centre tonight, we saw some bright orange lights hanging almost motionless in the sky. At first they seemed to be two points of light. As we got closer and got a better view, it became clear that they were chinese lanterns. It was difficult to get a sense of scale but they seemed quite large - possibly several feet across.
I wish the Council would hurry up and delivers our recycling bin soon. We have seen the new blue lidded bins being delivered to other parts of the city but they haven't been delivered to our neighbourhood yet. The bins are able to take almost anything: plastic bottles, paper, card, glass and cans. We already recycle these but at the moment it means we have to take everything to various places. Supermarkets let us recycle paper and glass. Plastic is readily recycled just over the border in Warwickshire. It will be so much easier when we can do all that from our doorstep.
We will probably be among the last people to receive the new bins because our area is traditionally poor at recycling. Very few people put the paper recycling boxes out. The %$*@s who stole ours stopped us from doing that. If everyone had the new bins then it would make it easier for them to recycle.
Areas like ours should have been the first to receive the bins - it might encourage people to recycle. So Coventry City Council, please hurry up and deliver our bin. We have 3 bags of plastic and cans, 1 box of paper and 1 box of glass all ready to be recycled.
The restaurant opened in the city centre a few weeks ago but we didn't get around to going until today. The '2 eat for the price of one' offer had ended but it only costs £6.50 to eat at lunchtime which is still good value.
The food is billed as 'pan asian' and it is fairly varied. In addition to the expected (sesame toast, crispy seaweed, various curries) there was also something called 'mongolian lamb'. This appeared to chunks of tender slow-cooked lamb in a sauce which resembled hoisin.
The dessert section featured assorted 'mousse with leaves', such as a lime mousse with cream, a blackberry and a sprig of parsley. This reminded me of the jam tart with parsley I had at Wing Wah. I would have taken a photo of it but there were various signs up in the restaurant insisting that cameras were banned. This seems to be a strange move - if you are on a night out with friends, it is fairly common to take a couple of photos. People might not be happy if they are told they can't take photos.
The food was good and varied. The prices are good. The 'no photography' rule seems a bit strange.
We watched the Godiva Parade as it passed the Council House in the City Centre.
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The annual Godiva Festival started tonight. We spent most of the evening watching the comedy acts but we caught some of Go West on the main stage. As we were leaving we heard them perform their 2 big hits: We Close our Eyes and King of Wishful Thinking.
There is a heron which regularly hangs around near the pond between Whitefriars and the Coventry University library. There seem to be fewer fish in the pond these days - the two might be related. The pond is also full of water lillies at the moment, so the fish might be hiding beneath those.
This morning I found a small card which had been left under the windscreen wiper of our car. It was advertising the services of someone in Birmingham who could remove evil spell and bad luck. It seemed to be for some kind of local witch doctor, claiming to help with home and business issues and advertising powerful spell to reunite with a loved one.
He also claimed to be able to cure people who use alcohol or tobacco. Right now, I'm writing this while drinking a glass of sparkling wine. I don't feel like I'm using alcohol or that I need curing of it. I don't think I'll be phoning to make an appointment.
The Sunday Buffet wasn't running so we ordered from the normal menu. We started with poppadoms and chutneys for starters. The poppadoms were large and crunchy and pretty much what you expect.
For the main course, Emma ordered Chicken Jalfrezi and a chilli naan. The jalfrezi was classed as medium but had a couple of whole chillies decorating the dish. The naan was surprisingly spicy. I ordered the Chicken Bangladesh, medium spiciness. There were huge chunks of chicken in it, along with a hard boiled egg. I chose Nasi Goreng Rice as the side dish.
The curries were full of flavour without being too hot. The rice was almost like a meal in itself. It contained herbs, onion, chilli, egg and prawns and was very nice.
The restaurant was empty while we were there. This may have had something to do with the weather - it had been raining all morning and the streets were empty of people. The food was good and at good prices. We spent less than £22 in total, which included a drink each. Definitely worth re-visiting. We intend to go back when the buffet is on.
There seems to have been a low turn-out for for the voting for the European elections, at least in our part of Coventry. We only saw one person on our way in to the Polling Station, and 2 further people as we were leaving. We were probably there during the evening rush. The polling station had been open for nearly 12 hours and had averaged just over 10 people per hour.
Our regular drive to Swanns near Allesley, to buy quail food, normally only takes a few minutes. It took rather longer today thanks to some surprise road closures, caused by some kind of road race. We normally drive up Washbrook Lane but it was closed. We turned around and drove the length of Browns Lane and tried a different way but encountered more closed roads.
We weren't the only people caught up in this. We drove about half a mile down one road before we met the road closed barriers. It would have been nice if they had put a sign up further down the road to stop everyone from wasting time and petrol. At least the people manning the barriers helped us find a detour to get to our destination.
One of the people we encountered on our travels lived in the area but didn't know anything about the race or which roads were closed. He was driving around trying to find his way home. The road closures should probably have been better publicised. I realise that closing country lanes doesn't cause as much disruption as closing part of the ring road for the Lady Godiva Half Marathon but it was still an inconvenience to a number of people.
This evening I looked at a few locations, including our current address (the google car went down our road after we left for work but before the bins were emptied) and our old house (the spiky bush next to the front door has been dug up since we left).
The images have been stitched together from multiple photos, which has led to some strange 'artifacts' such as a man buried in the pavement near the Cathedral:
Although the Coventry Hamster Show was cancelled on Saturday, we put on a small display in case any members of the public turned up. We had a total of 6 visitors during the day. We might have got more but the people with the large 'Midland Hamster Club' advertising banners were unable to make it so there was nothing on the outside of the hall to suggest that there was anything going on inside.
A video of the display can be found at itsallaboutcoventry.co.uk along with a brief explanation of the different types of hamster.
Tomorrow's hamster show has been cancelled due to the weather. Not the weather in Coventry, since most of the snow has melted here and the roads are ok. A lot of the club have to travel from the south, where there is more snow causing problems with travel. This has led to the club deciding to cancel the show.
We've put a lot of effort into planning the show including booking the venue and sorting out the catering, but the decision to cancel was out of our hands. If we decide to organise a future Coventry Hamster Show then I'll publicise it on this site.
It snowed overnight. Not heavily but enough to give a thin covering over everything.
We went to see the Circus of Horrors at the Belgrade Theatre tonight. I'd seen it advertised regularly in the Fortean Times but their recent tours hadn't come to Coventry until now.
I didn't really know what to expect - it just sounded like it would be a good show. We weren't disappointed. It was like a cross between a circus and a rock opera. There were the usual acrobats, contortionists, sword swallowers and fire eaters. Some acts also involved fake blood and pretend limbs being cut off, a dwarf with a vacuum cleaner attached to his penis or with a firework up his arse.
It was an unusual and entertaining night out.