Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Prawn Crackers

In existence since 1969, the Seafood Market Restaurant in Bangkok, Thailand, boasts excellent cuisine, a seating area able to accommodate 1500 people, and a 50 metre long counter displaying all the seafood possibilities. In their words: If it swims we have it.

This is dining on a large scale with the guarantee that your meal is totally fresh. Upon entering,  you first select your fish or seafood - live - from fish tanks. This is followed by choosing salad, vegetables and wine. Pay at the check out, pass on how you would like you food to be cooked, then wait at your table to be served. Also, no monosodium glutamate!

Although I am myself, admittedly a great lover of seafood, and the freshness with which the fare of this restaurant is served appeals, one can't help but wonder, with over fishing the world over, whether this idea is actually sustainable with regard to world fish stocks.

As for the catchy one-liner, ... I'd say watch out mermaids!

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Roaming Gnome

Had to laugh whilst watching the BBC this morning, when an item came up about a chap in Devon, who has created a Gnome Sanctuary.

Finding gnomes a cheerful and entertaining lot, I believe he started with just a few dotted around in his garden. Once word got out, however, he found himself inundated, and the preferred choice of people who had either tired of their gnomes, or no longer had any use for them, during a move.

Arriving in various states, some need careful restoration or a re-paint, but all are adopted, and given an appropriate place in the Gnome Sanctuary. 

So, if you're ever in Devon... 
FYI: National Gnome Day is March 1st!

Friday, 15 February 2013

Pension Odyssey

Straight from the horse's mouth... fancy spending the night in a replica Trojan war 'orse? 

A Belgian boutique hotel in Durbuy : La Balade des Gnomes Hotel gives you just that opportunity, with ten themed rooms .

This one comes straight from the Odyssey, or maybe you'd like to choose a Troll's lair!   Via: DesignTaxi

Certainly beats the shameful idea of sneaking horse meat into products destined for supermarkets and public consumption. Whatever next?

Get off your horse and drink your milk
 - John Wayne

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Mechanical Wonderland

Possible design and creation by Henri Maillardet, in 1820. Similar to a live caterpillar, this jewel studded pre-electronic metal creature can crawl from one point to another on a flat surface. Take a look at the video:

The Caterpillar and Alice looked at each other for some time in silence: at last the Caterpillar took the hookah out of its mouth, and addressed her in a languid, sleepy voice.

`Who are YOU?' said the Caterpillar.

This was not an encouraging opening for a conversation. Alice replied, rather shyly, 

`I--I hardly know, sir, just at present... at least I know who I WAS when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then.'

Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Add Me

Recently, I've been busy with updating the interface and content of my website. 

For those of you who have visited before . . . there's more!
For new visitors — take a look here: Alison Day Designs

And, that's not all . . . there's more to come — I'm still busy . . . Happy viewing!