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Ingrebourne River footpath at Hacton Lane Parkway


The footpath beginning at Hacton Lane to the left of the Hacton Parkway play area has recently been blocked. This footpath has been used by many, including myself, for at least twenty years. Ramblers, dog walkers and athletes from the local athletics club all use the footpath on a daily basis. Even in winter, when the path is thick with mud, it is a rare not to meet another user of the footpath. Read more »

Taco Bell returns to the UK

Taco Bell

Few will remember Taco Bells first stab at European domination, opening their Coventry Street store way back in 1986. Several more were opened nearby, but the British public weren’t too keen, and all were closed in the mid 90′s. Mexican food can be a hard sell for us Brits, and it’s not hard to understand why – most of it looks suspiciously similar to left overs from an episode of Fear Factor.  Also, many feel uncomfortable shoving an 8inch phallic monster in their gaping cake hole. But parent company Yum! Brands is looking to take advantage of a greater awareness of Mexican food in the UK and the recent recession (Laxatives are becoming more expensive, in hard times we’ll eat anything etc.) and has announced that the first new store will open at the Lakeside Shopping Centre at the end of June.

My first order will have to be the ‘Volcano Burrito’:

“A warm, soft flour tortilla that’s packed with a double portion of seasoned ground beef, seasoned rice, crunchy red tortilla strips, real cheddar cheese, cool reduced fat sour cream and cheesy molten hot lava sauce”.

Volcano Burrito - what volcanologist have been demanding for years

Who doesn’t want cheesy molten hot lava burning it’s way through their intestinal tract? The best thing about the ‘Volcano Burrito’? Only a measly 800 calories. Not that you’ll be digesting any of it. It’s not called the Volcano for nothing.

At least we’ll finally know what all the fuss was about in Demolition Man.

Best Buy UK Grand Opening at Thurrock

Tyrell Genetic Replicants - More Human Than Human

After discovering Best Buy were selling Logitech Harmony 1100 remote controls at 70% off (£99 down from £380) I decided to get up early and battle the horde of fellow bargain hunters. Peter and I arrived about 6:45 AM, 15 minutes before opening, and the queue wasn’t too bad, lots of people, but I expected worse. What many didn’t realise was that in order to secure some of the ‘Grand Opening Deals’, you had to be given a flyer for that product. It was no good going in, looking for the deal, and then buying it, that would be too easy. Instead you had to be lucky enough to find a blue and yellow clad Best Buy employee with the flyer you needed. This was not explained while queuing before opening. They had less than 100 of the Logitech remotes, so they went instantly – by 7:01 AM they were gone, with many of the very first to enter the store picking up several, no doubt for a quick profit via Ebay. They had a few other good deals, but these will be gone this morning, which kind of makes a mockery of the whole ‘Grand Opening Deals 30th April – 3rd May’ – what the hell is going to be so grand about it come tomorrow when all the deals are gone? Perhaps they will be offering face painting and balloons. Continue reading »