Friday, July 21, 2006

Changes at the Marina

Well the "Walk of fame cofee house" has gone and a splendid new "Gourmet fish and chip"- shop has opened (owned by the same people)! he wrote the Tears of a clown song for Leo sayer and his wife ( of course) does all the work in the shop! they are a great couple and very hard working. He`s into promotional things and the theatre etc. We had a meal there on the day they opened and it was great. Half way through the meal an ageing guy with a gold chain around his neck appeared at our table and asked if the new owners were doing OK to which I replied " who are you then? " he turned out to be the Mayor of Brighton (as if I didnt know) and we had a brief but pleasant chat about the new venture. Just outside the Walk of fame, there is another venture in the form of Tuck tucks (three wheeled taxis similar to those in India) they are splendidly painted in colours differing from Rattan to the union jack, and its cost £2.50 for a trip that would cost £5.00 in a "normal" taxi! However I did wait for a ride and noted that four Tuck tuck drivers were awaiting a lift from a fifth and decided to ask them how long I should expect to wait for one and was told ten minutes and that there was only one now in service for the night! Given that there were three people (a tuck tuck carries only 2) in front of me I decided that a return ticket that I already had from a previous excursion could be used instead.

I do feel that they should catch on but and its a very big but. if you would like to ride in a three wheeled scooter with a driver more used to delivering Pizzas then take one, but they do throw them around a bit (as would be expected) How the hell they have got a Hackney carriage license for them I have no Idea, but I do believe that the UK can now be confirmed as being into the last throes of becoming a thirld world country, having had our health service compared with that of india! and actually sending people too far down our waiting lists, to India for their treatment! :o(( Thank God (your`s not mine) for India and its accomodating people!

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