New York – Day One

Trip to New York was a surprise birthday ‘present’ for Sues special birthday.

Left home 5am ish and arrived in New York JFK airport at about 5pm. Hour delay in leaving, due to waiting for other passengers, whose connecting flights had been delayed. Flight took 8 hours, head wind apparently. Had a couple of meals, wine, beer and watched a couple of films. Virgin Atlantic highly recommended.
Had to queue for over an hour to get through the immigration, picture and finger prints taken.

But managed to find the train to get out of the airport and the next train to get to Penn Station and sure enough came out of the subway, crossed the road and there was the hotel. Lovely Art Deco hotel.

We are on the 35th floor, views great.



Went to the Tick Tock cafe for a burger and chocolate cake and coffee. This would be one many meals, especially breakfast that we would have here.


Had a quick wander around a few shops, including Macys, almost a ‘town’ in its self.
But now nearly 1.00am in morning for us, 8:00pm over here. so called it a day.

The Squire Bassett – Revisited

Well another birthday come around, so decided to go to the Squire Bassett for a meal. Went there a few (Thirsty) Thursdays ago, the beer was good and got given a free sizzling Chicken Tikka dish.
As reported before this is now the Gurkha Village Nepalese Restaurant, have had a takeaway Madras curry from here which was nice but mighty hot.
But have heard that the Nepalese food is really nice.

After a couple of drinks, we had a few poppadums and the chutney tray to start and then a Chicken Kali Mirch, a Shangrila Chicken, leek & mushroom rice and a pilau rice with a sweet nan and Gurkha vegetable bahor side dish. With a couple of coffees the bill came to a very reasonable £39. Really nice food, both dishes had that little extra something than the usual Indian meal, the veggie side dish was particulary very tasty and fresh.

The service was excellent, the Hobgoblin beer was good too.

So it looks like the Squire Bassett has ‘arrived’ as a good ‘traditional’ pub with the addition of a great restaurant. We will be visiting again soon and we wish the pub well.

The Musical Box Hammersmith Apollo

Went to see the Genesis tribute band, The Musical Box, at the Hammersmith Odeon, London on Friday, 16th. This is a French-Canadian band. Went on the bus, only £14 return, a few pints in the pub walking down from Shepherds Bush and a quick Thai meal before the group started.


The Musical Box played ‘their acclaimed reproduction of Genesis’ most loved album, The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway’. Haven’t actually seen Genesis live, but apparently this is one of the most faithful renditions which is actually given performing rights by Peter Gabriel and Genesis, plus exclusive access to archives, audio tracks and original slideshow.
This is not actually my favourite album, I like the earlier ones best, But….


It was brilliant and after the album had been played in its entirety, the band continued with a version of The Musical Box and possibly my best Genesis track, Watcher of The Skies from the album Foxtrot.

Must ‘dust’ of my Genesis albums and have a re-listen. The early albums were, in my opinion, far the best, they kinda lost the plot and went a bit bland, 80’s pop trio, when Phil Collins took over.