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Monday, May 22, 2006

I don't mind Mondays...

Today, as it was raining cats and dogs, I went to the Metrocentre for a dry spot and some retail therapy.
I bought a few clothes, Corinne Bailey Ray's CD, which Dons recommended and a game of Scrabble. Somebody has challenged me and I can't wait to dish out a thrashing!
My Greek will help a little and a few Algerian words will creep in as if by magic! Allowed if they are in the dictionary!

I had a Chicken Caesar's salad at Nando's (South African chain popping up everywhere you look!) to celebrate Lettuce's birthday...

A couple of espressos and then I went to see The Da Vinci Code. It was panned by the critics. Some of the acting was wooden but I didn't think it was that bad. The book was very badly written, though!

All in all a very interesting day to recover from a very busy and wet weekend!

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Blogger Guyana-Gyal said...

Hey Cream, gawrsh, I miss you guys.

My computer's gone again, I think I damaged it. boo hoo.

The da vinci code...hm...I have it sitting in my living room waiting to be read. My mother's read it, she wasn't over the moon about it, but it's *readable.*

I wonder if it would have gotten famous if it had been about a fictitious prophet.

22/5/06 8:02 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Gigi, Welcome back! I hope you managed to get back online very soon! We miss you so much!
It was readable.
Angels and Demons was a little better...

22/5/06 8:13 PM  
Blogger ramblingwoman said...

Well, I've said it before and I'll say it again, 'you sure know how to live, Cream'

And very spooky - you had a chicken caesar salad to celebrate Lettuce's birthday and so did Lettuce and I for our lunch yesterday! (spooky eh? oh alright then)(I love Nando's - they do great chicken)

DaVinci code - I feel I have to go just to look at Tom Hank's (straightened) hair.

22/5/06 8:31 PM  
Blogger ramblingwoman said...

Huh, just caught up on your blog from Saturday. Carcassonne!!!!! I'm so jealous.

We expect photos!

22/5/06 8:34 PM  
Blogger wendy said...

Well - being SA and all - I have to root for Nandos..Yay Nandos!!

I think one might find, if one read the rules closely, that one is not allowed foreign words in English scrabble...anyone know the rules??? Cream - you have to play fair, eh! Not everyone is as linguistically blessed as you, I'm sure...

Now who the hell is Corinne Rae Bailey when she's at home? Hello Google......?

22/5/06 9:15 PM  
Blogger DCveR said...

I actually enjoyed reading the Da Vinci Code. Not the best writing in the world, not even the best of Dan Brown's books, but I liked it. Then again I loved reading Digital Fortress...

22/5/06 11:16 PM  
Blogger Le Chat said...

Why does it rain cats and dogs? I don't really get it.

Sounds like a great weekend. OK for some!!

I'm off to Edinburgh next weekend (hopefully) so you'll have to recommend good places to eat for me - if you would be so kind!


22/5/06 11:20 PM  
Blogger lettuce said...

Oh yes, I like Nandos. Thankyou for thinking of me, sounds like a most appropriate way to celebrate.

Yes I thought the book was pretty poorly written - a reasonable page-turner, though none of it is really original - hard to see what all the religious protest is about!

22/5/06 11:36 PM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

HI Cream! Sounds like fun! I am impressed with the Metrocentre, I have never heard of it. It's huge!!! This is why I love yer blog, I can see though your eyes, places and things I have never heard of

23/5/06 6:50 AM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Hmm... well you do still seem to have a brain despite exposing yourself to the hellish horrors of Da Vinci... but was it worth the risk?

Oh and maybe it was your soul that was exposed... I've not been following the hoo hah much... though I did see Tony Robinson demolishing the idea that there was any truth in it.. a little odd as I hadn't read it, but amusing in a demolishing sort of way...

23/5/06 9:12 AM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Oh and we ate at a Nando's for the first time on Sunday - have you seen their website:


Not bad for a chain... though Jim wasn't impressed with the veggie burger, I have a chicken pitta and it was great!

23/5/06 9:15 AM  
Blogger cream said...

Rambler, what a coincidence! Must be salad season! Nando's getting very popular!

Wendy, I thought the South African in you would cheer for Nando's! I watched Corrine Bailey Rae on telly the other night and she's flying up the charts!
I make up the Scrabble rules! After all the board is mine!

DC, I thought the Da Vinci code had a plausible plot but the writing was naff. I didn't like Digital Fortress at all but Angels and Demons is quite good!

Kitty, glad you're ok.
My cousin owns La Maison Bleue in Victoria Street just up from the Grassmarket. It's quite popular... But if you want to splash out then Oloroso in Castle Street. Quite expensive.
Italians include La Favorita down Leith Walk or there are few at the Ocean Terminal.
Try Ecco Vino on Cockburn Street (just off the Royal Mile) for lunch or afternoon chill out! Great place!
So many places to eat! So little time! No wonder I love Edinburgh!

Lettuce, the ONLY way to celebrate your birthday! A Caesar's salad!
Coincidence, eh!
You've got it right re-Dan Brown!

Val, they say it's the biggest one in Europe! I wouldn't know but it is quite good on a rainy day!
Thanks for being so kind!

Caro, I can't believe Jim had a vegie burger at a chicken place!
Nando's ok if you're in a hurry!
The film was ok, actually! I've seen a lot worse! I am not religious so it didn't do anything for me!

23/5/06 10:07 AM  
Blogger Le Chat said...

Thanks Cream. Ruth is vegetarian so I always have to bear that in mind (or is it bare, I never can work that one out!!).

23/5/06 1:45 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Arghhhh! Vegies to a Restaurateur! That's like garlic to a vampire!
When I was a kid we turned vegetarians at least 4 days a week if my mother couldn't afford meat or chicken...Hahaha...

23/5/06 5:22 PM  
Blogger homo escapeons said...

I loved Gandalf, Ian McKellen, the movie actually came to life when Professor Gump and Amelie(is she adorable or what) finally reached his manor. He was a wizard in this movie too, probably because he had all of the good lines!

The book may have been poorly written in your estimation but it was tailor made for history nerds like me who only read one novel a decade? It was a nice quickie, short and sweet.

23/5/06 6:57 PM  
Blogger Ale said...

u dont mind mondays... uff i cant talk to you! :)

23/5/06 7:16 PM  
Blogger Cherrypie said...

I saw the set when they were filming in Lincoln Cathedral and my mate, Pixie Peter's parents are extras in it so I'll definitely be heading off to see it soon. In fact I might drag Jack out tonight to watch it.

I took Gordy to Nando's last year. The piri-piri is still repeating on him. He has a bland Scottish diet usually

23/5/06 7:26 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

I probably won't get to see the movie in theatres because Emma has been begging me to see this hedge movie. The drive in was rained out, so we'll have to try again on Friday. Small town, we have to plan these things.

The storyline was cheesy and predictable, but I did enjoy the codes and descriptions of the Louvre etc.

23/5/06 7:44 PM  
Blogger cream said...

HE, yes it was easy to read and the film is easy to follow too.

Ale, sorry but I don't work on Mondays, that's why I don't mind them.

Cherrybabe, I really was amazed at how a 3.15pm Monday show was sold out! I bet Dan Brown didn't realise he'd opened Pandora's Box!
You're funny! Piri-piri repeating on Gordy after a year. You may have upset a few Scots, by the way!

Christine, a drive-in! I would love to experience that kind of place!
I liked being inside the Louvres, virtually! The last time I was there the queue was far too long and I hate queues!

24/5/06 9:26 AM  

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