Wednesday, 24 August 2011
Thursday, 18 August 2011
So August is half way through and boy what a crazy one, never known a August so busy for me. The only problem i have is that the ice don't last long is this heat and i can't get the drinks out quick enough, maybe time to train up a young Jedi in the ways of the order of the Oceanic Knights. Ok just read that back and it sounds like the working mens club by a famous Mr. Peter Kay. "Eyes down, get your dibbers and your dabbers, its bingo time at Oceanic Knights" LOL Never will bingo be played within the sacred grounds of the Oceanic, Connect 4 yes, Bingo NO, NO, NO!
At the Moment in the bar i am holding the Connect 4 World/Leeds Championships. First round got underway yesterday and the odds on favourite Callum fell at the first hurdle but there are 2 front runners now, Alison and Cogger (think i spelt that right) William Hill have stopped the betting on Cogger and there may be a stewards enquiry in to match fixing with the player as there has been some heavy betting on the world ranked No.3 Cogger after the world No.2 russian Champion whodienickerbollockoff and the World No.1 from America, Micky "The Mcdonalds Muncher" Murphy. I'll give you the outcome of this major sporting event on the next update, its tense folks i can tell you.
There are many other things i have to tell you but to be honest its lovely outside and i'm sat on a sofa, indoors writing this so i think its time to say to you, i'm going to bugger off now and will write a bit more next week when the lovely Helen returns and after St. Dionysios day on the 24th. So excited that Helens here soon, been ages and my dishes are pilling up in sink LOL.
A useful update fact for you :- Did you know that if you hold tin foil to the back of your mobile phone it will pick up wifi internet connections much stronger from a further distance away. Don't tell anyone i told you this ok.
Total Wipeout update:- Not been sent the details of my full audition yet just been given the day and thank you to all the support i've been getting via Oceanic Chill Out Bar facebook wall that Helen has told me about and from my customers in the bar.
See ya later alligators, whoop whoop, i'm gone!
Thursday, 11 August 2011
Well lets start with some very exciting news, if you remember back in March or April i applied to be on the game show "Total Wipeout" well guess what, after 4 months of waiting i have got through to the auditions to be on the show. The e-mail was recieved yesterday. Woohoo. This is part of what the e-mail said "Only a select few out of the thousands of applications have been invited for an audition, congratulations because your one of them" OH MY GOD, im one of them, can you believe it. A once in a lifetime chance to have a go at the Eliminator and the "Big Red Balls" but there is a down side to this, the audition is Sept 9th in Cardiff. I don't believe it, as Victor Meldrew would say haha. I will have to close the bar for 3 nights and fly back Thur to Sun. I will never get this opportunity again, i could apply again another year but who would say that i will be successful the next time, i so want to do the audition and hopefully be accepted for the show. Also its filmed in Argentina, AREEBA AREEBA, i know thats more to do with Mexico but what do the Argentinians say when excited? Are you behind me folks? Answers on a postcard or on the Oceanic chill out bar facebook wall.
This could be me flying through the air gracefully then finishing with a big fat splash!
So i've got pretty fed up with white pudding now but still munching my way through it, 5 left to go. So i decided to get some good old stodge, pies, pasties, sausages and fish cakes. I went to one of the large supermarkets out of town and bought 4 chicken and veg pies, 4 cod cakes, 2 cornish pasties, a steak and kidney pudding and a bag of 8 pork sausages. I'm not proud of myself to tell you this but i ate all of them in 2 days, well except 4 sausages which are still in the freezer. So i will now review the food. First the cornish pasties, as you can see from the picture the name of the brand is "Shire Famous Pies"? Yep i've never heard of them either. So of course i was expecting them to be more "Shite Famous Pies" but i was very surprised they were lovely, filled well, good meat and nice tasting veg.
The Cod Cakes, well they were made by "Youngs" so of course they were great. The Chicken & Veg pies this time Birds Eye, they were ok, shallow filling, processed chicken and mainly gravy, poor. Now then, the steak & kidney pudding by "The Great British Pudding Company" again, WHO? The box said on it "Made with the finest cuts of meat", finest cuts of meat for who, Lassie! I cut it open like the picture on the box, looked promising, good pastry, filled well. Then the taste, what the hell kind of meat are they using, the last time i smelt and saw meat that looked like that it was in Petras dog bowl (Petra being my mums dog of course) and even she turned her nose up at it. As you can see from the box its £1.89, to be honest i doubt these are even sold in the UK and are sold to foreign countries for idiot brits like me to buy and it cost me 4.25€, bloody hell all that white pudding must have made me desperate for me to pay that much LOL.
Well its summertime again in the UK so the usuall heavy rain and flood warnings but the thing i miss the most is all the good bands that play in the summer at stadium concerts and festivals but this year on the island we have something even better, the greek version of the Chuckle Brothers, "Pros Aemaena Pros Aesaena", (thats "to me, to you" in greek so i've been told LOL)
The Chuckelos Brothers!
Talking of things that make you chuckle, well it made me laugh with sarcasm, what has happened with the british charts, Cher "x factor loser" Lloyd is at number 1. Now i hadn't heard the song till just now but isnt the chorus "Oh my darling Clementine"?, talk about major rip off. No wonder the music industry is in a state with crap like that getting to number 1.
The bar is doing amazing but the nights are very weird. Since the 1st Aug including last night i've been packed out at some point having to put chain across, Maybe not for long but still packed out. Which is good but also not so good as customers are being turned away but i can't fit in any more than the floor space allows but the drinking habits are strange. One minute i'm there chatting with just maybe 2 tables of customers thinking its going to be a quiet night then, boom! About 9.30-10pm the bar packs out then all gone again by 11.30am and closing by 2am. Now for me thats fine, i'm hitting 2-3 times my target in a short space of time and getting to close early which in this heat is a god send as i'm just drained all the time. At the moment i'm ahead of my best month ever but i never take anything for granted it can all change within a matter of 1 day but i've paid up full the rent on the bar and the apartment for the season so from here on in it should be stress free, famous last words haha!
Around the resort its starting to get quieter now so i'm told but on the old road as the people are walking past my bar i hear hardly any british voices these days, all eastern european, greek and italian. Where as before Kalamaki was maybe 80% british i would definately say its now only 50%. My thoughts are its down to the UK tour companies squeezing the hoteliers profit margins so the hoteliers go with foreign tour companies who pay more per room. Don't blame them to be honest they need to make a living.
Well my ramblings are coming to an end and the X Box is calling, i'm now middleweight champion of the world on Fight Night, "floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee, i am the greatest", "touch gloves and lets get it on" i'm out of here folks.
Thursday, 4 August 2011
So lets see, ah yes, well, i'm now on my fourth stick of white pudding, please for god sake someone take at least one off my hands. If your self catering and want to eat for a week without buying any food then you can have one of my white puddings.
So from Monday 25/7 till sun 31/7 its was such a quiet week, quieter than ive ever been in July but due to the great first 3 weeks i beat my best July, so now thats May, June and July have all beat previous records. August has also started off really well getting quite a few before dinner drinkers in now, then a very quiet period from about 9.30 till 11.30 but open till 4am also the first 3 days of Aug at some point during the night i've had a lock out (bar full, chain across) so its looking good but in this heat its exhausting doing everything myself with a full bar but again that isnt a complaint just stating a fact.
The taxi strike is now in to its 12th day i believe, there so many people asking questions about it on websites that i'm trying to keep them updated every day by going and talking to the taxi drivers on the picket line but there might be light at the end of the tunnel this saturday 6/8 so i've been told so fingers crossed.
Now, i've been here 11 years now and i understand the greek way of life, if someone says will meet you in an hour add 2, if someone says it will be ready in 2 days give 5 but i put my motorbike in with my mechanic to have its new petrol tank mounted and a general service last Thursday, he said 2 days, i told him i'd give him 5, i went back after 6 days and bike hasn't been touched aaaaggghhhhh! After walking in to Zakynthos town from Kalamaki only to find out i'd be walking back again, lets just say i was a tad angry but good for weight loss walking that distance in this heat, although my nose is now more red than Sir Alex Fergusons. Then i order a take away tuna pasta salad without onion only to find out when i get home it was a chicken salad with a ton of onions, GGGggrrrrrrr! Could anything else go wrong, yes it could, i ripped my trainer on a nail in the bar, bugger! But there was a highlight i found a new refreshing drink, Bacardi and lemon ice tea mmmmmmm!
As you know my lovely blog followers when it gets a bit quieter later on in the early hours of the morning i may sit with a few of my customers and have a chat. so a few mornings ago i was sat with Paul and Lynn and they told me of where they once stayed in Spain i think it was, a family used to bury their good old grannie in the ground up to her neck in sand, there was a sand pit at the apartments especially for her to buried in every day and left for a few hours with a hat on and the daughter would fan her every now and again. I thought it was some new found method of making your vegetables grow quicker, bury gran next to the vegetable patch in sand but no, its meant to be good for arthritis. One safety aspect i think i should point out here, don't bury granny near the sea, its hard to tread water with just your ears.
On a completely different subject did you know sheep have their legs on one side of their bodies shorter than the other for when they stand on the sides of hills and mountains. Good fact.
I've come up with 2 more new cocktails, not dessert ones but they seem to be popular so i'll add them to the menu today, one is Ouzo based as you don't find many cocktails with Ouzo in.
Helen has just about finished the new house, builders have to come in and complete the snagging list but apart from that its all done. She has been working so so hard on getting it all sorted while i've been out here in the sun so i do feel very guilty about it as she has enough to do what with her hectic work schedule and of course making sure her mum is ok after her treatment for her throat cancer. Really excited about going home and stepping in to the new house, told Helen i don't want to see pictures, want to see it first hand, maybe Carol Smiley can be there to cover my eyes, walk me in and say "open your eyes and take a look" like on changing rooms all those years ago, why did that show finish LOL.
Stand and Deliver, i'm the dandy highwayman. Well no i'm not but i will be going to see the legend that is Adam Ant in November thanks to my world famous actor nephew Leighton Kyle who got us the tickets, then in December he's got us VIP guest list passes to Duran Duran, OH MY GOOD GOD, i will be drinking with the god of crap dance moves Simon Le Bon, Leighton, i salute you sir.
So as you can see not much been going on, italians and greeks who are visiting the island are doing my nut in with the quad bikes and thats why i don't go out much on my bikes at this time of season, roll on sept to get back out on the roads and get up for my weekly ice cream fix at Redskins with John and Sue. I'm having cold turkey due to the withdrawl of no toffe and malibu ice cream, i don 't mean i'm literaly having cold turkey, its just a saying haha.
Still No.1 on Tripadvisor, for now, but again its all a matter of luck as far as i'm concerned.
That musics lost its taste so try another flavour.