Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Kettners Champagne Rooms

I went to Ronnie Scott's last week with Andy M, who I've known since we worked together on the BP Grangemouth project all those years ago. (Thump the Clouds trivia hounds should know that "Shieldhill" is on the braes overlooking Falkirk and Grangemouth.)

Andy being something of an oenophile, we gave the wine list a thorough going over at Ronnie's and then retired to Kettners Champagne Rooms for debriefing. I'd never heard of Kettners but I enjoyed it a lot. In fact I enjoyed it so much that I had to email Andy to ask him to remind me of the name.

I had a bit of a shock when I got back to Leicester Square to get the tube as they seem to close all of the entrances except Cranbourn Street late at night.

Andy arrived at Paddington in time to just miss the 0:34, had to wait for the 1:34, and got to bed at 2:40.

Next day, after being woken at 7 am, he took his daughter to Thorpe Park as planned and thus came to endure with a hangover:
  • X-no way out, a backwards roller coaster in the dark
  • detonator, 150 ft vertical drop
  • Nemesis Inferno, hanging roller coaster with loop-the-loop and corkscrews
  • Stealth a 30 second ride, 0 to 80 mph in 2.3 seconds (straight line), vertical rise to 205 feet arching over to a vertical drop of the same.
You're a better man than I am Gunga Din.

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