Oct 28 2010

Walking can be fun

People always say that going on a walk is boring, but I love doing it. There’s nothing better than being out in the open air and getting to see the countryside. OK, so there are definitely more exciting things to do, but for a relaxing experience the British countryside is fantastic.

The problem is, farmers seem to be able to get away with closing off certain pathways even though they are meant to be open to the public. This is meant to be illegal isn’t it? If something is a public footpath, surely it should be left open to the public at all times.

Even so, the vast majority of farmers are tolerant of people walking on their land which is good. As long as people abide by the “walking code” – basically making sure you shut gates if they weren’t open when you arrived and not leaving litter – then there shouldn’t be any problems really. It’s a shame that some people don’t follow these rules – but I genuinely think it is a mistake in most cases rather than doing it on purpose.

Oct 28 2010

Poor Service!

Usually I love Starbucks – the atmosphere is good and the coffee and hot chocolates are tasty. I had a really bad experience yesterday with them though, and I thought I’d write about it. Most of the time, they are really quick at getting your drink and there are now issues with it once it arrives. This time, unfortunately, that wasn’t the case.

To start with, I got there and there was a small queue, which is normal. The person serving didn’t seem to know what they were doing though so I ended up waiting for 15 minutes just to give him my order. At this stage I wasn’t too bothered, sometimes they get really busy in there. I then waited ten minutes to get my drink, so what was meant to be a quick coffee was turning into a long trip. Once the drink I arrived, I sat down, took a sip and realised it was stone cold! I’ve never had that before so it was a bit of a shock.

Needless to say, I took it straight back to the people behind the desk and ask for a new one. They were very apologetic (and gave me a card for a free drink). There was no queue at this point so I thought “great, at least I’ll get quick drink now”. I was wrong.  It took another ten minutes just to get a single hot chocolate, and when it arrived it was in a takeaway cup because they didn’t have any cups left. Considering that Starbucks isn’t the cheapest place to get a coffee, I wasn’t very impressed with the service!