Ah, the joys of roadworks in Peterborough.
Just when motorists breathe a sigh of relief as the Fletton parkway FINALLY comes to an end, another load of works start up a bit further down the road.
You just have to laugh really, there’s nothing else to do whilst sitting in queuing traffic. Maybe the council could organise a troupe of roadside entertainers for us all to watch? Oh hang on, they’ve done that – you can see them wearing their high-vis jackets and standing around getting a tan.
Seeing as the weather in Peterborough is apparently so good at the moment, I felt a well deserved blast on the bike was in order to get some fresh air, have a ponder over a few thoughts in my head and get attacked by what felt like hundreds thousands of airborne insects.
I’ve been out and about on two wheels a fair bit over the past few weeks but haven’t really ventured beyond the city limits and considering I keep seeing all these cycle network posts (hinting that there is some kind of bike path mecca awaiting me if I just went a little further), I thought now was the time to investigate.
The first week of July’s been a little hectic and has seen the launch of the new Remus UK website for performance exhausts, the purchase of a new car (dapper Focus Zetec in a grey colour – probably called Sunset Blue or something by Ford’s fartarse design department) and the discovery of a new (well new to me) Indian takeaway in Peterborough.
Oh yes, curry is that important to me I feel I need to put it in writing! The establishment in question is the Donner & Balti Express, but don’t be put off by it’s dubious name, this is in fact an award winning curry house! Chef Mohammed Abdul Hakim has been awarded Peterborough Curry Chef of the year for three years in a row.
I’ve also discovered this week that Moo have finally added business cards to their already fantastic range of moo minicards, stickers, greetings cards and postcards. Arriving in a pretty-much-standard 84x55mm, you get to choose from a couple of paper options and can upload images and designs to make the cards stand out. What makes Moo even more appealing is that you can have a number of different designs printed in the same batch, giving you an assortment of different cards!
If you’ve had your head in the sand for the past few years then you won’t have seen Moo cards before, almost like cigarette cards of old, these are often used by aspiring designer types as a cheap by eye catching business card alternative. But now they’re an alternative no longer.
Who knows what delights next week will bring!!
The results of the Peterborough ET’s recent night life survey is in and the results aren’t that surprising when it sometimes feels that the only people that are vocal with their opinions are those that don’t really have anything good to say about Peterborough.
With only 12% of those surveyed rating Peterborough as “Good” or “Excellent” for a night out you’d think most city residents would be on anti-depressants by now. However, on a closer looking at the survey results it seems that only 21% never enjoy a night out in Peterborough – that’s 79% of people surveyed enjoying a night out at some point.
So how are the 79% enjoying their night out if 88% (59% rating poor and 29% rating average) are generally unhappy with the experience?
It seems only yesterday when I first stumbled on the Peterborough.net community website and forums, sitting in my shared student house in Oxford, most probably eating a chicken kebab from the nearby Oxford Kebab House (in Headington if you were wondering) with a couple of spoons of their home made chilli sauce…
Sorry, got a bit carried away there. Right, Peterborough.net.
Getting a cheap drink in Peterborough is easy, but getting a good drink in a venue with a bit of atmosphere has until recently been a bit more of a challenge. In a town full of clone bars like Yates/Weatherspoons, cocktail bar and Mexican restaurant CoCo shows that there is a demand in Peterborough for something a bit more interesting.
So on a recent visit into town with a couple of friends, we decided to pay a return visit to CoCo to relax on the funky red sofas and drink Mojitos!
That’s if you believe what you read in local newspapers that is. To those thousands that travel into the city centre each weekend after hours, have a bite to eat and a bit to drink then maybe a dance and a kebab home, Peterborough is a pretty decent place.
Ok it’s no bustling metropolitan city like Manchester or Birmingham, but really who wants it to be? I personally don’t. Peterborough’s “that place” where people go to get their passport at the last minute. They didn’t know it existed before and they’ll probably forget again until they need another passport in 10 years time.
The NHS always gets a bad press with people reporting as they see it, but following a recent operation I personally can’t thank enough the doctors, nurses and staff at Peterborough District Hospital (PDH to locals).
With long shifts of around 12 hours a day I saw a number of different nurses including those from local RAF bases all of which had fantastic professional attitudes and really helped to make my recovery as comfortable as possible (which was difficult with various tubes sticking out of my body).