I went over to Nottingham today to have some documents checked. It’s always good to waste time in Nottingham, largely because it isn’t Leicester, and the city centre is more navigable, with a wider range of small shops. As a treat, I had a late lunch at Zapp, the Thai Cafe. I ordered Guay Tiew, which is a rice noodle soup with minced pork and roasted red pork, served with boiled egg, ground peanuts, chilli powder and lime. For some reason, I asked for it spicy, and it didn’t disappoint! Next time I will ask for a mild dish and add my own chilli to it, instead of dicing with a chilli-rush.
I didn’t do any of the usual things I do in Nottingham, such as wandering around the book and record shops, though I did manage to grab a coffee and do some reading for a short while. I read Mind Fuck by Neil Faulkner, which was mentioned by Alistair Campbell on the Rest is Politics podcast. It was a load of nonsense. Faulkner has the zeal of a proselytising religious Marxist.
Something I do most visits to Nottingham, is to visit the Broadway Cinema. First, to use the toilet, but also to use their Wi-Fi. It’s superfast. 500mb upload and download! Which means that I can post any photos or videos I’ve taken to the cloud in a matter of moments, rather than hanging around trying to connect to a dodgy connection that doesn’t allow me to upload a thing. So not a bad afternoon in all.
Hi Rob, if Nottingham has the advantage of not being Leicester, then Leicester is also much blessed to not be Nottingham. Thanks for the humorous observation though. Just as we should not take ourselves too seriously, similarly there is friendly rivalry between some UK cities. Others that come to mind are: Liverpool and Manchester and Edinburgh and Glasgow. I wonder about the historical reasons for civic rivalry. This could be a research project for an article.