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  1. #8541
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    had schnitzel and pasta when at a place in livy for my birthday a couple of years ago. it was alas not really schnitzel at all as the chicken was too large and hadnt been beaten etc.. was nice enough tho.
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    “You see these dictators on their pedestals, surrounded by the bayonets of their soldiers and the truncheons of their police ... yet in their hearts there is unspoken fear. They are afraid of words and thoughts: words spoken abroad, thoughts stirring at home -- all the more powerful because forbidden -- terrify them. A little mouse of thought appears in the room, and even the mightiest potentates are thrown into panic.”

    Then I saw it. I saw a mum who would die for her son. A man who would kill for his wife. A boy, angry and alone. Laid out in front of him, the bad path. I saw it. And the path was a circle. Round and round. So I changed it.

    “There's a war out there, old friend. A world war. And it's not about who's got the most bullets. It's about who controls the information. What we see and hear, how we work, what we think... it's all about the information!”

    ***SMILE, BE HAPPY***

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    Yeah, I'm sure it was fine, and at least you were being treated and not having to cook!

    However, I'm a nightmare when I go out to restaurants (as is Del), as we have high standards, simply because we're used to eating well at home, so when something's not right, it just gets sent back, and we order something else from the menu that they should be able to get right. We also have a low tolerance threshold for shoddy service or ill-mannered/moody staff, and frequently won't pay (or ask for a discount) if something really wasn't right.

    Receiving an apology is fine up to a point, but hitting them in the pocket is usually a much more effective way of 'encouraging' them to do better next time!

    And we usually always give places a second chance, unless the experience was particularly dreadful. Brits though, are traditionally not very good at complaining. I should add, however, that we also regularly give compliments if the food is good, or exceptionally so, therefore it cuts both ways. If you're willing to criticise, then when it's deserved you should also be willing to praise!

    Our pet hate though is when dishes are put on menus, under a certain description (so we picture in our mids what they should be like), and then arrive nothing like how they were described! Perhaps your average 'Joe Bloggs' wouldn't know the difference, and/or would put up with something clearly incorrect or inferior, but we do - and so don't!

    That's why when we go out to eat we're fussy about where we go, as the standard of food must be at least as good as we enjoy at home, or hopefully better, otherwise there's no point and we're simply wasting money...

    Marco.
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    Turntable: Heavily-modified Technics SL-1210MK5G [Mike New bearing/ETP platter/Paul Hynes SR7 PSU & reg mods]. Funk Firm APM Achromat/Nagaoka GL-601 Crystal Record Weight/Isonoe feet & boots/Ortofon RS-212D/Denon DL-103GL in Denon PCL-300 headshell with Funk Firm Houdini/Kondo SL-115 pure-silver cartridge leads.

    Paul Hynes MC head amp/SR5 PSU. Also modded Lentek head amp/Denon AU-310 SUT.

    Other Cartridges: Nippon Columbia (NOS 1987) Denon DL-103. USA-made Shure SC35C with NOS stylus. Goldring G820 with NOS stylus. Shure M55E with NOS stylus.

    CD Player: Audiocom-modified Sony X-777ES/DAS-R1 DAC.

    Tape Deck: Tandberg TCD 310, fully restored and recalibrated as new, by RDE, plus upgraded with heads from the TCD-420a. Also with matching TM4 Norway microphones.

    Preamps: Heavily-modified Croft Charisma-X. LDR Stereo Coffee. Power Amps: Tube Distinctions Copper Amp fitted with Tungsol KT-150s. Quad 306.

    Cables & Sundries: Mark Grant HDX1 interconnects and digital coaxial cable, plus Mark Grant 6mm UP-LCOFC Van Damme speaker cable. MCRU 'Ultimate' mains leads. Lehmann clone headphone amp with vintage Koss PRO-4AAA headphones.

    Tube Distinctions digital noise filter. VPI HW16.5 record cleaning machine.

    Speakers: Tannoy 15MGs in Lockwood cabinets with modified crossovers. 1967 Celestion Ditton 15.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    sultry staff
    Oh, I don't know, quite like a sultry waitress

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    Yeah, I'm sure it was fine, and at least you were being treated and not having to cook!

    However, I'm a nightmare when I go out to restaurants (as is Del), as we have high standards, simply because we're used to eating well at home, so when something's not right, it just gets sent back, and we order something else from the menu that they should be able to get right. We also have a low tolerance threshold for shoddy service or sultry staff, and frequently won't pay (or ask for a discount) if something really wasn't right.

    Receiving an apology is fine up to a point, but hitting them in the pocket is usually a much more effective way of 'encouraging' them to do better next time!

    And we usually always give places a second chance, unless the experience was particularly dreadful. Brits though, are traditionally not very good at complaining. I should add, however, that we also regularly compliment if the food is good, or exceptionally so, therefore it cuts both ways. If you're willing to criticise, then when it's deserved you should also be willing to praise.

    Our pet hate though is when dishes are put on menus, under a certain description (so we picture in our mids what they should be like), and then arrive nothing like how they were described! Perhaps your average 'Joe Bloggs' wouldn't know the difference, and/or would put up with something clearly inferior, but we do, and don't!

    That's why when we go out to eat we're fussy about where we go, as the standard of food must be at least as good as we enjoy at home, or hopefully better, otherwise there's no point and we're simply wasting our money...

    Marco.
    Nothing worse (well I guess there is) than going to a restaurant and thinking "we do better at home". We do complain but make it clear we are not moaning at the staff, it's not usually their fault. If a meal is naff, they are dead to me, I won't go again as I don't believe a good restaurant can have a bad day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roy S View Post
    Oh, I don't know, quite like a sultry waitress
    No, you're thinking of 'slutty'!

    Would you care for dessert, sir? I can show you the 'specials board' upstairs...?

    Marco.
    Main System

    Turntable: Heavily-modified Technics SL-1210MK5G [Mike New bearing/ETP platter/Paul Hynes SR7 PSU & reg mods]. Funk Firm APM Achromat/Nagaoka GL-601 Crystal Record Weight/Isonoe feet & boots/Ortofon RS-212D/Denon DL-103GL in Denon PCL-300 headshell with Funk Firm Houdini/Kondo SL-115 pure-silver cartridge leads.

    Paul Hynes MC head amp/SR5 PSU. Also modded Lentek head amp/Denon AU-310 SUT.

    Other Cartridges: Nippon Columbia (NOS 1987) Denon DL-103. USA-made Shure SC35C with NOS stylus. Goldring G820 with NOS stylus. Shure M55E with NOS stylus.

    CD Player: Audiocom-modified Sony X-777ES/DAS-R1 DAC.

    Tape Deck: Tandberg TCD 310, fully restored and recalibrated as new, by RDE, plus upgraded with heads from the TCD-420a. Also with matching TM4 Norway microphones.

    Preamps: Heavily-modified Croft Charisma-X. LDR Stereo Coffee. Power Amps: Tube Distinctions Copper Amp fitted with Tungsol KT-150s. Quad 306.

    Cables & Sundries: Mark Grant HDX1 interconnects and digital coaxial cable, plus Mark Grant 6mm UP-LCOFC Van Damme speaker cable. MCRU 'Ultimate' mains leads. Lehmann clone headphone amp with vintage Koss PRO-4AAA headphones.

    Tube Distinctions digital noise filter. VPI HW16.5 record cleaning machine.

    Speakers: Tannoy 15MGs in Lockwood cabinets with modified crossovers. 1967 Celestion Ditton 15.


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  6. #8546
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    No. No food. Sex. I want sex. Bring me some sex. [The others call for Storch, but Trapper John points at Hot-Lips] No, no, no, that one. Bring me that one over there. That one. The sultry bitch with the fire in her eyes. Take her clothes off! I want that one, yes. Take her clothes off and bring her to me now.

    Mash
    Regards,
    Grant .... ؠ ......Don't be such a big girl's blouse

    I've said it before and I'll say it again: democracy simply-doesn't-work
    .... ..... ...... ...... ................... ..... ..... ..... ..... .....
    OPPO BDP-103D - PANASONIC UB450 - PANASONIC 4K ULTRA HD - AVANTREE LR BLUETOOTH - NURAPHONE' BOSE, CAMBRIDGE & SONY HEADPHONES - 2*ZBOOK'- ROON - MULTI HDD'S -

    **I’ve studied deeply in the philosophies and religions, but cheerfulness kept breaking through**

    “Nothing discloses real character like the use of power. It is easy for the weak to be gentle. Most people can bear adversity. But if you wish to know what a man really is, give him power. This is the supreme test. It is the glory of Lincoln that, having almost absolute power, he never abused it, except on the side of mercy.”

    “You see these dictators on their pedestals, surrounded by the bayonets of their soldiers and the truncheons of their police ... yet in their hearts there is unspoken fear. They are afraid of words and thoughts: words spoken abroad, thoughts stirring at home -- all the more powerful because forbidden -- terrify them. A little mouse of thought appears in the room, and even the mightiest potentates are thrown into panic.”

    Then I saw it. I saw a mum who would die for her son. A man who would kill for his wife. A boy, angry and alone. Laid out in front of him, the bad path. I saw it. And the path was a circle. Round and round. So I changed it.

    “There's a war out there, old friend. A world war. And it's not about who's got the most bullets. It's about who controls the information. What we see and hear, how we work, what we think... it's all about the information!”

    ***SMILE, BE HAPPY***

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    Quote Originally Posted by struth View Post
    No. No food. Sex. I want sex. Bring me some sex. [The others call for Storch, but Trapper John points at Hot-Lips] No, no, no, that one. Bring me that one over there. That one. The sultry bitch with the fire in her eyes. Take her clothes off! I want that one, yes. Take her clothes off and bring her to me now.

    Mash
    Steady Grant you'll have a connary!

  8. #8548
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    Quote Originally Posted by hifi_dave View Post
    We do complain but make it clear we are not moaning at the staff, it's not usually their fault. If a meal is naff, they are dead to me, I won't go again as I don't believe a good restaurant can have a bad day.
    Well, the staff aren't cooking the food, so you can't blame them for that, but they're taking the orders and serving it, so I at least expect a friendly smile and overall pleasant demeanour. That's one of the reasons why we avoid large (city centre) establishments or chains, as the (often foreign) staff are usually on 'buttons an hour', and grumpy as hell! Not the relaxing, enjoyable experience we're looking for when we're dining out.

    On the contrary, it's usually the opposite in small, family-run places, out with of large towns or cities, where owners often employ people from the local community, and who usually take great pride in their jobs and couldn't be more obliging or friendlier. The food also tends to be much better there too, so those are the types of places we tend to target, and are rarely disappointed

    I disagree though on your statement that good restaurants can't have a bad day. At the end of the day, they're run by humans, and we can all have a bad day, sometimes for unpredictable reasons outside of our control. Remember that restaurants, just like any other business, rely on staff (kitchen and waiting) and suppliers, so if any part of that 'chain' breaks down, there's bound to be some sort of knock-on effect.

    No, in my experience you often get to know more about a restaurant (or any business), and particularly the owner or manager, when assessing how they deal with complaints! If they deal with it well, and successfully address the issues caused from them having an off day, and make up for it by being much better, or faultless, next time, then they'll continue getting our business. That's why we generally always give second chances, as no-one is perfect!

    And we've made some good friends/built up good relationships with restaurants over the years, and subsequently enjoyed superb food and service from them, by adopting that attitude

    Marco.
    Main System

    Turntable: Heavily-modified Technics SL-1210MK5G [Mike New bearing/ETP platter/Paul Hynes SR7 PSU & reg mods]. Funk Firm APM Achromat/Nagaoka GL-601 Crystal Record Weight/Isonoe feet & boots/Ortofon RS-212D/Denon DL-103GL in Denon PCL-300 headshell with Funk Firm Houdini/Kondo SL-115 pure-silver cartridge leads.

    Paul Hynes MC head amp/SR5 PSU. Also modded Lentek head amp/Denon AU-310 SUT.

    Other Cartridges: Nippon Columbia (NOS 1987) Denon DL-103. USA-made Shure SC35C with NOS stylus. Goldring G820 with NOS stylus. Shure M55E with NOS stylus.

    CD Player: Audiocom-modified Sony X-777ES/DAS-R1 DAC.

    Tape Deck: Tandberg TCD 310, fully restored and recalibrated as new, by RDE, plus upgraded with heads from the TCD-420a. Also with matching TM4 Norway microphones.

    Preamps: Heavily-modified Croft Charisma-X. LDR Stereo Coffee. Power Amps: Tube Distinctions Copper Amp fitted with Tungsol KT-150s. Quad 306.

    Cables & Sundries: Mark Grant HDX1 interconnects and digital coaxial cable, plus Mark Grant 6mm UP-LCOFC Van Damme speaker cable. MCRU 'Ultimate' mains leads. Lehmann clone headphone amp with vintage Koss PRO-4AAA headphones.

    Tube Distinctions digital noise filter. VPI HW16.5 record cleaning machine.

    Speakers: Tannoy 15MGs in Lockwood cabinets with modified crossovers. 1967 Celestion Ditton 15.


    Protect your HUMAN RIGHTS and REFUSE ANY *MANDATORY* VACCINE FOR COVID-19!

    Also **SAY NO** to unjust 'vaccine passports' or certificates, which are totally incompatible with a FREE society!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Roy S View Post
    Steady Grant you'll have a connary!
    Sean or Connie?

    Did you mean coronary, daftee?

    Marco.
    Main System

    Turntable: Heavily-modified Technics SL-1210MK5G [Mike New bearing/ETP platter/Paul Hynes SR7 PSU & reg mods]. Funk Firm APM Achromat/Nagaoka GL-601 Crystal Record Weight/Isonoe feet & boots/Ortofon RS-212D/Denon DL-103GL in Denon PCL-300 headshell with Funk Firm Houdini/Kondo SL-115 pure-silver cartridge leads.

    Paul Hynes MC head amp/SR5 PSU. Also modded Lentek head amp/Denon AU-310 SUT.

    Other Cartridges: Nippon Columbia (NOS 1987) Denon DL-103. USA-made Shure SC35C with NOS stylus. Goldring G820 with NOS stylus. Shure M55E with NOS stylus.

    CD Player: Audiocom-modified Sony X-777ES/DAS-R1 DAC.

    Tape Deck: Tandberg TCD 310, fully restored and recalibrated as new, by RDE, plus upgraded with heads from the TCD-420a. Also with matching TM4 Norway microphones.

    Preamps: Heavily-modified Croft Charisma-X. LDR Stereo Coffee. Power Amps: Tube Distinctions Copper Amp fitted with Tungsol KT-150s. Quad 306.

    Cables & Sundries: Mark Grant HDX1 interconnects and digital coaxial cable, plus Mark Grant 6mm UP-LCOFC Van Damme speaker cable. MCRU 'Ultimate' mains leads. Lehmann clone headphone amp with vintage Koss PRO-4AAA headphones.

    Tube Distinctions digital noise filter. VPI HW16.5 record cleaning machine.

    Speakers: Tannoy 15MGs in Lockwood cabinets with modified crossovers. 1967 Celestion Ditton 15.


    Protect your HUMAN RIGHTS and REFUSE ANY *MANDATORY* VACCINE FOR COVID-19!

    Also **SAY NO** to unjust 'vaccine passports' or certificates, which are totally incompatible with a FREE society!!!


  10. #8550
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    Sean or Connie?

    Did you mean coronary, daftee?

    Marco.
    its a Del boy saying
    Regards,
    Grant .... ؠ ......Don't be such a big girl's blouse

    I've said it before and I'll say it again: democracy simply-doesn't-work
    .... ..... ...... ...... ................... ..... ..... ..... ..... .....
    OPPO BDP-103D - PANASONIC UB450 - PANASONIC 4K ULTRA HD - AVANTREE LR BLUETOOTH - NURAPHONE' BOSE, CAMBRIDGE & SONY HEADPHONES - 2*ZBOOK'- ROON - MULTI HDD'S -

    **I’ve studied deeply in the philosophies and religions, but cheerfulness kept breaking through**

    “Nothing discloses real character like the use of power. It is easy for the weak to be gentle. Most people can bear adversity. But if you wish to know what a man really is, give him power. This is the supreme test. It is the glory of Lincoln that, having almost absolute power, he never abused it, except on the side of mercy.”

    “You see these dictators on their pedestals, surrounded by the bayonets of their soldiers and the truncheons of their police ... yet in their hearts there is unspoken fear. They are afraid of words and thoughts: words spoken abroad, thoughts stirring at home -- all the more powerful because forbidden -- terrify them. A little mouse of thought appears in the room, and even the mightiest potentates are thrown into panic.”

    Then I saw it. I saw a mum who would die for her son. A man who would kill for his wife. A boy, angry and alone. Laid out in front of him, the bad path. I saw it. And the path was a circle. Round and round. So I changed it.

    “There's a war out there, old friend. A world war. And it's not about who's got the most bullets. It's about who controls the information. What we see and hear, how we work, what we think... it's all about the information!”

    ***SMILE, BE HAPPY***

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