Renting a car in America in 2010

When it comes to driving in America, choosing the right car is half of the fun.? When you’ve got endless miles sat with the cruise control jammed into “on” you need to make sure you’re in a happy place so choosing the right car is essential.
Even with the price of fuel being so much cheaper in the US, I’ll be ignoring the thirsty supercars in favour of something slightly sensible.

So looking ahead to what the car industry has to offer in 2010 I’ve found there’s quite a few models that tick the right boxes.

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Buying event tickets?

For fans, buying tickets for popular events like the upcoming Lady Gaga Monster Ball tour can be difficult… and expensive;? events quickly sell out and can end up with touts reselling them for many times over their face value.? Thankfully you don’t need to worry any more with the Viagogo website helping to connect real fans with real tickets.

With a string of hits behind her, Lady Gaga combines singer-songwriter talent with a public image that’s as mad as a bag of frogs, just as this video shows:

I last used Viagogo earlier this year when selling some festival tickets and can recommend them first hand whether you’re buying or selling.? The website is easy to use and provides all the tools to filter search critera based on ticket price and even seat location.

Hopefully you can put the Viagogo website to good use yourself and save a few quid in the process!

Papa Johns Pizza Peterborough – Lazy lazy lazy

Does it really take someone trained in the art of customer service to spot an opened pizza dip before placing it in the box and sending it off to the customer? Well if you’re Papa Johns in Peterborough then I’m guessing the answer is “yes”!

Someone once said that food is just a vessel for the sauce and 08102009782I’m a big believer in that: sauce definitely maketh the meal.? A great sauce adds so much to dry dishes, especially when they’re chilli sauces!

Sadly the Papa Johns pizza chain doesn’t play by these rules and instead only offers a weak selection of dips (I’m guessing the dips are designed for the “beige buffet” of wedges and chicken strips rather than pizza crusts), the best I’ve found being their Buffalo dip.

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Chimichanga Peterborough

I’ve heard that restaurant group Prezzo is looking to move into what is currently the Verve bar in Peterborough city centre and open a branch of their Tex-Mex chain Chimichanga.

Until a couple of years ago, Peterborough’s was pretty devoid of Mexican restaurants but then we saw the fantastic Coco restaurant and more recently Flamas in Hampton both of which are independently run and are making a great go of bringing Mexican and South American flavours to the city.

The Prezzo name is already a familiar one in Peterborough with an established Italian restaurant just doors down from where Chimichanga will be, so the group know their Peterborough clientele.

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Flamas Peterborough – Review

Flamas restaurant
Flamas restaurant

Well that came around sooner than expected. Only a few days after my original blog on the Flam?s restaurant in Hampton I found myself sitting around a table in the restaurant with friends and a Caipirinha (or three).

In case you didn’t know, Flam?s is tucked away deep within the Hampton Vale estate on Four Chimneys Crescent (it’s not as much of a building site as the out of date map suggests) and is easy to get to from either the Fletton Perkins parkway or London Road (A15).? If you can find your way to Tesco, you can get to Flam?s.

So what’s good about Flamas?

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Tackling the Green Wheel

Most will agree that Summer was a bit hit and miss this year but as we seem to be having a second wave of sunshine I’m thinking it would be a shame not to put it to good use.

Peterborough’s 44-mile Green Wheel cycle route has always sounded like a good challenge so hopefully weather permitting I’ll be tackling it over the next few weeks.? It’s interesting to see recorded temperatures over the past few months and the Degree Days website has been just the ticket, simply click here and search for a weather station near you.

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Paston Parkway Footbridge

This story begins on the A1139 where the Paston Parkway meets the Frank Perkins Parkway. The roundabout serves virtually all of the traffic from the A47 that is heading to the South of Peterborough or beyond to the Southbound A1 or A605 / A14.? Being fairly wide and as visibility is usually quite good, traffic can be at a rapid pace if you’re caught unawares and are a bit slow on the old gear change. Generally speaking, it worked and I don’t think there were any more accidents there than were to be expected.

This was fine for years until some bright spark decided it would be a great idea to slap a petrol station on this notoriously busy roundabout, adding an extra entrance/exit between two of the busiest approaches.? Not only that, the petrol station became some kind of bastardised Somerfield with a KFC restaurant nestled in behind.? It’s probably worth mentioning that the backdrop for this setting is a glorious landfill site which has a fine whiff to it if the air is in the right direction.? Mmm fried chicken.

Before you read on, this story is covered much more accurately at the Paston Parkway J8 (Eye roundabout) website so you may find it beneficial to visit that site once you’ve finished digesting my spiel…

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Inadequacies of Android Market

It’s that time again – my mobile phone handset is due to be replaced by something sleeker, flashier and most likely touch-screenier.? It doesn’t take a genius to guess that I’ll be mentioning that phone from Apple…

The Apple phone has been on my shortlist since here and here but I opted instead to stick with Orange and go for the Nokia N95.? It wasn’t a bad decision and I even grew to rate the handset but things have moved on, Android has become much more of an established platform and I’m (once again) torn between the Apple phone and something else.

The something else in this case is likely to be the HTC Hero or maybe the Samsung Galaxy (although for me the Sense UI on the Hero is more in tune with how I want to use the phone) and apart from a few minor Pro’s that the Hero has over the Apple device (better camera and is available on my existing network) both are pretty much level in suitability.? That is apart from the applications…

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