Friday, September 7, 2012

Man Won

My current favourite TV programme is Man versus Food, the show that catalogues the ridiculous competitive eating challenges of food enthusiast Adam Richman.  In the office last week a couple of us were even discussing how we’d like to take on some of the challenges – although perhaps not the 6lb burrito I saw Richman take on last week.

What's your favourite episode?  For me it's got to be the one where he took on the chicken wings that were so hot that the chefs had to wear surgical gloves to make the meal.

It's the ultimate in bloke TV - hence, when an unexpected opportunity to have my own go reared its head this week, I had to take on the challenge.

I was in Leeds for a meeting with the local University, and asked Twitter where was a good place for a curry – leading to about 5 people telling me to try a place called Akbar's (which I now know is a chain in the North) and that I'd be impressed by the Naan breads.

That's one word for it, as this image of the table next door to me shows:

Those are apparently called Family Naans, and hence I thought I'd best not order one with my meal.  Wishful thinking clearly, as this appeared at my table:
[The pint is to help with the scale, purely for scientific reasons I assure you]

It was at least twice the size of my head.  Yes, clearly a ridiculous thing to be served when you're eating by yourself.

It was amazing though (as was the accompanying curry), and as I started working my way through it all I could picture was what Adam Richman would be doing were he there (which of course he wouldn’t be, as curries in the US are generally rubbish) – so in no time I was able to proudly photograph the following:

It's also an excellent economising tactic as I couldn't face food afterwards for a long time.

On this occasion in the challenge of Man versus Food ... man won.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Animal antics

There is definitely an animal theme developing to recent blogs, which someone far cleverer than me might attribute to my best friend Westie moving back to Belfast (boo!) perhaps, but to add to the story of Biscuit the rabbit, the bird man of Wythenshawe and to the average number of fish per Virgin Media customer (1.58 if you’re interested) we can now include the customer whose cat sleeps on the top of a V+ box:

We are developing a Virgin Media menagerie by the looks of it!

Now we know that fish tanks absorb wireless signals and can hence impact wireless coverage within the home, so I presume that cat hair’s not going to help it much … and it must make it Set Top Box Cat surely?