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( Apr. 18th, 2009 02:58 pm)
If anybody's looking to get cheap jewelery made, I'd advise them to avoid the Ernest Jones' in the St. James Centre. When measuring me for a ring, they managed to get my size wrong by an entire two sizes (almost an entire millimetre in diameter). Two resizes later, it still wasn't right, and the third time I went back, I was told that since it was over a month since I bought the ring, they would have to charge me. The price they quoted was 12% of what it in the first place, which I was understandably not happy about.

In fact, it's probably wise to avoid high street jewelers entirely. I took my ring to Alistir Wood Tait on Rose Street, who took the time to measure my finger properly, using a selection of real rings of a similar shape to mine. (He was amusingly Ollivanderesque about it — "How about... this one? No, goodness, that won't do at all!") When it was back from resizing it fit perfectly, and he charged significantly less for it than either Ernest Jones or H. Samuels were wanting.

Randomness: Kitteh vs. Potato! (Video)
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( Jul. 5th, 2008 12:19 am)

Went exploring recently near my flat, and found the following cars sitting outside of the Clan Garage / Roseburn Garage:

Long bug

Monster bug

It seems somebody has quite a Beetle fetish.   8^)
(And why not? Bugs rock.)

Went to the fairly trendy A Room in Leith restaurant last night. Unfortunately, but unsurprisingly, the food was overpriced, small in quantity, and of poor quality. Bland, overcooked and generally uninpressive.

One to avoid.

Also wasn't greatly impressed with Loch Fyne restaurant last time I went. Edinburgh seafood in general, in fact. Positive recommendations in this area welcomed. (Went to Fisher's bar a while back, which was better, but expensive. Anything cheaper would be good.)

Porto & Fi, in Newhaven, is very nice, though, for lunch.

To celebrate our third anniversary (of the first time we went out, anyway), [livejournal.com profile] galaxy_girl00 and I went to La Favorita on Leith Walk.

I. Am. Stuffed. Stuffed, and happy.   8^)

Do not be put off by the slight trendiness. I highly recommend the place for anybody who fancies being a little bit of a more adventurous with their Italian food. For example, my meal included (with shared starters):

  • Focaccia Parmense: Fresh focaccia bread topped with parma ham cubes, walnuts, fresh pear, parmesan shavings finished with balsamic vinegar syrup and rocket leaves
  • Arancini di Riso: Breaded rice balls filled with mincemeat, tomato and mozzarella
  • Pizza Romana: Tomato, mozzarella, capers, garlic, cherry tomatoes, chopped haddock, mussels, olives and oregano

Menu here

Slightly expensive, but not outrageously so.

Ping On restaurant, Stockbridge.

Not the cheapest, but damn worth it. They just keep bringing the food, and it is all fantastic. And authentic. Go for the set banquet.

Am absolutely stuffed.
Anybody want this book? It's not a bad read, but it's bloody huge. (Have to get rid of it in order to make room on shelves for other books.)
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( Jun. 25th, 2007 07:42 pm)
Does anybody else pronounce it in their heads as "Arse Muckle"?


Okay, just me then.
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( Apr. 25th, 2007 04:02 pm)
I know I wouldn't vote for them as MSPs, but do you think the Greens would be any good as councillors?
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( Apr. 22nd, 2007 10:57 pm)
Just a quick reminder to everybody to go to Beltane!

(Well, those of you in Edinburgh, anyway!)

Tickets are £5 in advance, and can be purchased from the Forest Cafe (on Forrest Road), or from Ripping Records. Otherwise, it's £7 on the door, and they might sell out.

Come see fire, dancing, nekkidness, and all manner of hippy silliness. I've got a small role this year, too!
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( Jan. 23rd, 2007 02:56 pm)

That is all.
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( Oct. 8th, 2006 10:58 pm)
Half-size Zanussi white fridge with small freezer compartment. Fits under a standard-sized counter. Does not contain human body parts. All shelves included. Integrated egg holder — woo! Manual defrost; ice-pick not included. Must be picked up from Leith. Requires carrying down two flights of stairs.

Offered free, although I would not turn down offers of beer, potted meats, small postmodern scuptures made of blu-tack™ and bellybutton fluff, or performances of interpretive dance. You strange people you.

In the event of more than one person wanting the fridge, it will be given to the person who presents to me the best haiku on the topic of fridges (and other white goods).

We now return you to your regularly-scheduled programming.
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( Jul. 11th, 2006 02:11 pm)
Went walking yesterday, along the Union Canal from Viewforth. Saw the aquaduct over the Water of Leith, which is gorgeous, and noticed that you can now walk all the way from there to Leith. (In fact, IIRC you can walk all the way from Balerno)1. Am planning to do Viewforth -> Slateford -> Leith on Saturday. This time, however, I just continued on along the canal. It is a rather pretty path, and has benefited from some TLC as part of the Millenium conservation thingummy projects. Walked to Wester Hailes, and should be more careful in future as I was in serious danger of falling off The Edge Of The World. Because as any Edinburger knows, beyond the Edinburgh bypass there is only void.   8^)

Managed to jog a substantial part of the way back. Exercise is good.

On an interesting note, was reading an article today about solitons, which I don't by any stretch of the imagination understand, but I did discover that they were first observed... where? The Union Canal! Must walk to the Scott Russell aqueduct next time I walk the canal...

[1] Ooh look, the path's even got its own wiki page!
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( Jun. 28th, 2006 01:33 am)
1) What recommendations do people have for electricity companies?

2) Does anybody need a largish, slightly finicky microwave? (Platform doesn't turn properly).
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( Jun. 13th, 2006 11:14 pm)
Either that's the second time I've seen him today, or there are two young men going around Edinburgh wearing white tracksuits and neon pink woolen gloves.


Also: [livejournal.com profile] nickys: which flat was that on fire? Nowhere near yours, I hope.

I was out jogging along the Union canal yesterday, what with it being a nice day and me needing the exercise. I brought my camera and took a few pictures. I'm constantly surprised by the amount of life and activity on the canal. There's two rowing clubs, kayakers, longboats... even a floating restaurant.

Mostly, however, there are ducks. It being spring, they're all being cutesy and couple-y. And doing things that ducks are wont to do at such times. Luckily for you, I didn't manage to get any pictures of that sort of thing. Here are some nice ones, though.

Piccies )

Edit: Also, perhaps somebody on my friends list (not naming names or anything) might like a cutesy duck icon?

I could put writing on it and everything.

Edit #2: and by "yesterday" I of course meant the day before yesterday.   8^S

Rani Take Away,
22 Roseburn Ter.
538-7258 / 313-0786

I barely vanquished their Gosht Hindustani curry; [livejournal.com profile] galaxy_girl00 was overcome by a Chicken Kurma and is currently sleeping it off on the sofabed.   8^]

So... full...

Yes, anyway: £15 for 2 curries + rice, large pepsi, naan, pappadoms + chutney. Glory!


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