Ah. Now you put it like that, I can see how it looks to outsiders. But it wasn't my fault...... truly. I was all set for a nice quiet weekend, when everything went awry, starting with a call from my chum Dave on Friday.
"Oi. Do you fancy going out for lunch?" he shouted down the phone on the premise that being loud would compensate for the fact that my mobile phone has hardly any reception in my house.
"Errrrrrr......do Alistair Darling's eyebrows match his hair?" I shouted back (using the same misguided principle).
"No," replied Dave, "actually they don't."
"Oh, ignore that then." I replied. "Thinking about it, I don't know where the eyebrow thing came from, but I do want to go for lunch."
"Cool," came the response. "I'll drive though, because I don't want to be seen in your car."
How terribly, terribly rude. That is my chariot that is.
And so at 1.36pm, we ventured off to a new Thai restaurant that Dave said had just opened and that he would like to try.
Pic.No.1. Dave and me venturing off in his car..... you got new shades mate?
The restaurant was called the Cockadoo, and was located just outside Oxford in a village called Nuneham Courtenay..... if you want to have a sneaky peek, here is their website: Cockadoo Bar and Restaurant.
The outside of the restaurant was fairly unprepossessing, but what they had done with the inside was something else. It was like a trendy Manhattan bar, complete with grand piano..... but for some obscure reason, they hadn't turned the heating on despite the fact that the temperature has been hovering around zero for several days.
Pic.No.2. Inside the Cockadoo. Yeh baby, those chairs are all upholstered in gold crushed velvet
Pic.No.3. This scarf is staying on as long as the heating is staying off
Luckily though, I could forgive the lack of heating because the bizarre downlighting made Dave look like a career criminal with murdering tendencies, and so added comedy value to the venue.
Pic.No.4. Lunching with a murderer somewhat detracts from the Dim Sum
Pic.No.5. The flowery plates must have been nicked from a little old lady's house
Pic.No.6. I've selected my weapons and I ain't afraid to use 'em
So how was the overall experience? Service great, food good, venue beautifully designed, price a little over the top for a lunchtime meal. So all in all Dave, you did good my dear. And I promise that I won't tell anybody that you didn't eat your lunch with the chopsticks because they were too 'slippery.'!