The last time I wrote was my 40th birthday - I've been doing
a lot of thinking since then.
I didn't intend in any way to see the passing of my first
four decades as any special landmark in my life. But somehow it
Maybe it's been the coincidence with the fifth anniversary of
CWN, or Ellie's first birthday, or the comings and goings of
staff or just the ozone rising relentlessly that's made me pause
Five years with CWN has certainly been a big deal for me.
It's the longest I've ever had a job - and it's one I invented!
I never really meant for CWN to become what is has. It just
It's been like building the Tower of London out of
matchsticks. When I started it was just a hobby to build a
small-scale model. But it's just grown and grown and now it
seems we're trying to build the real thing.
It's been an impossible task - everyone's told me that. But
gradually matchstick by matchstick, html by html file it's got
bigger and bolder.
But has it got closer to the truth.
Me don't know. All I know is that it can never be finished -
we'll never place the final matchstick. Because the towers are
getting taller and the crown jewels keep getting more valuable.
The stakes are growing. The beefeaters are getting hungrier.
And talking of food WHY is it so difficult to find a decent
place to take a business client to lunch in Coventry city centre.
scoured practically every eating-place within the ring road
searching for a peaceful, pleasant and palatable midday feeding
And it has continued to be a fruitless quest.
Another of the small band of tasteful places fell by the
wayside a few weeks ago. Samovar, one of the city centre's
hidden gems, closed its doors after a few brief years offering a
lunchtime haven for the more discerning client.
So today by chance I returned to the scene of my
40th birthday party - Tabasco's tapas bar at the Canal
Last time I went was in the evening when their full
mouth-watering tapas menu was available for consumption.
They alas see lunchtime diners as second-class citizens and
offer a diminutive selection of just three hot and three cold
Considering two of them were heavily garlic based - which I
don't like and aren't really ideal if you're meeting clients in
the afternoon - and the calamari wasn't available we were barely
faced with a choice at all.
Luckily after some persuasion they offered a tapas dish from
the evening menu of chicken deep fried with a honey and mustard
glaze which proved to be a good choice.
I accompanied that with a sort of toasted sandwich of cheese
and asparagus I believe which didn't quite live up to
expectations being rather dry and unimaginative.
My eating companion also took a toastie and accompanied that
with a meatball tapas.
He made no comment about the food. I'm not sure whether this
was a sign of satisfaction, indifference or just the fact that
our topic of business conversation was more interesting.
And alas the service again didn't quite make the mark. I had
to go and find a waitress to take our order and then when we'd
finished our meal no one came to offer us coffee - a sure way to
diminish your profits.