A while ago GO Outdoors in Milton Keynes had a small flammable problem and had to shut up shop for a while. They maintained a temporary residence over the road but it was only to buy them enough time to give the original site a top-to-toe DIY Big Build style make over. The manager Oliver and the team invited a few of us unelected guardians of the public zeitgeist (or bloggers if you want to get specific about it) over on opening week to have a nosy around, see what we thought and put a few tweets their way. But while I was getting round to answering the PR request to say yes, the kicker came in – would I also like 100 quid to buy anything I wanted from the store while I was there?! Umm, yes. Yes I would.
Some people have been known to say that there is a distinct lack of posh dining in and around North Buckinghamshire. Some people have been known to rant a bit too much after a few too many (small) glasses of social beverage about the lack of choice in fine dining restaurants available within easy driving distance of their house. Some people are likely to get into arguments with people they don’t know on Twitter about their insistence on confusing ‘expensive’ with ‘worth the money’. Well, those people should just go ahead and shut their smart mouth because Nelson Street has decided to invite itself to the Buckingham Fine Dining party.
The truth is that generally speaking, Buckingham hasn’t been exactly world famous for it’s culinary credentials up to now. For those of you who haven’t ventured that far out, Buckingham is about 20 minutes west of MK and while as we all know, Milton Keynes has it’s own chain-related problems, it has been undergoing a quiet and steady improvement process with Camerons, the Antep Kitchen among others hitting up some very respectable plates, and that’s not even mentioning the burgeoning street food and food festival scenes. But, Buckingham? Well, with an average population age of 154* I think it’s safe to say that they don’t exactly embrace change.
It’s a Tuesday night, you’re in fabulous company, it’s late and you’re a couple of glasses of champagne down – but you’re not ready to curtail the night. London is your oyster. You’re young, your reckless and you’re looking for a good time (with your trousers on*). The answer? You my friend need a round of crazy golf!
*You may choose to play crazy golf without your trousers, but I suspect the management at Swingers will ask you to leave.
Swingers had been on my ‘must do’ list for sometime, so obviously I was rather excited to get my best putting game on, even after a drink or two.
You may have seen my recent musings on The Bellroy wallet (more specifically the note sleeve), a recent purchase venturing into the exciting world and dizzying heights of simple and stylish money transportation. More specifically, I wanted something that wouldn’t bulk up my pockets (oh, hello sunshine…) and would still offer the practicalities of carrying all my necessary debit, credit and store cards. Saving you the effort of reading the review, although you’re SORELY missing out if you haven’t, I was pretty happy with the Bellroy purchase at £65.00, it ticked all the boxes. That’s where I thought the story ended.
Curiously, the good folks at A-Slim soon got in touch, full of gusto and confidence that their offering was every bit as good as the Bellroy wallet, but at a fraction of the cost, offering to send us one for the purposes of a review. “Yeah, we’ll just see about that” I thought rather smugly to myself, “I bet it won’t live up to the hype”.
When I was fourteen I think it’s safe to say that I wasn’t a complicated child. I was born in an era without iPads, or virtual reality and I used to watch the kids on ‘Why Don’t You’ wishing I lived in the city and could go to play ice hockey or absail down an office block. But the closest I ever came to anything more exciting than throwing stones into the local pond was the dry ski slope half an hour away and that wasn’t much good for anything other than extreme rope burns.
These days, I would like to think that I’ve got a bit more depth than a 14 year old but when Qwerkity dropped us a line and said, ‘we’ve got loads of stuff for kids, adults and anyone in between, do you want to take a look at something for us?’ I was proved wrong. Within moments, I saw ‘Make Your Own Robotic Arm’ and I was sold. Grown ups don’t get to play with enough toys in my opinion, we’ve forgotten how to enjoy them, so this was my opportunity to remember and I loved it.
Readers of our travel spots such as our review of the Excellence Playa Mujeres, boutique Cornwall hotel The Beach at Bude or even the Fairmont Dubai will know that we love a bit of luxury here at Two Men About Town. Stained mattress in a seedy motel we are not.
We’re big fans of business or first class when travelling – who isn’t – but the travel budget doesn’t always stretch to warrant lavish excess. And by always stretch, I’m not sure about you, but I don’t have a spare few thousand readily sat in my bank account for an upgrade. Sadly.
Never you mind though you fellow fancy-pants traveller because it’s still entirely possible to enjoy some luxury when travelling at the fraction of a cost of a business-class ticket. “How you crazy madman?” I hear you ask. Well, here are a couple of top tips…