Today is my birthday - happy birthday to me! I'm a grand old age of 26 years, but that's still younger than most of my readers so I can't grumble too much ;o)

My present haul this year hasn't been too shabby, amongst other things I've received:

  • An expensive North Face jacket for snowboarding
  • A Pico Z model helicopter
  • The David Blunkett diaries book
  • The latest Jeremy Clarckson book
  • A beer belly from Tony
  • A pair of gloves, a bottle of port, and some sweets.

To celebrate the passing of another year on Friday Ant came over and helped me drink 3 bottles of wine and reminisce! On Saturday Dawn and I took ourselves off to Antibos in West One in Sheffield. Whilst we only had the choice of the Christmas menu, we both had a delicious meal. I had a goats cheese salad, chicken on a risotto with mustard sauce, and profiteroles to finish. Dawn had a chicken and duck terrine, turkey dinner with all the trimmings, and homemade chocolate brownie. The atmosphere was great, the service attentive, but not pushy, and the whole evening was a great experience. If you've not tried Antibo before I'd recommend it, I know we'll be off back to sample the regular menu!

For my final birthday treat today we went to watch the Bond movie Casino Royale. OMG, this is a brilliant film. I knew it was going to be good from what others had said, but what I saw was a movie even better than I had expected. It quite literally exceeded my expectations! I'm not sure there is much I can say bad about this film, from the parkour stunts at the beginning, through to the brilliant interplay between Bond and M, to the poker game and development of Bond's character this is an excellent film, and an excellent prequel to the entire Bond franchise. Watch it watch it watch it!