Sunday, December 14, 2008

Shall we sing a song for you?!

Chicken Makhani, murgh makhani, or Image via WikipediaLast night took us to Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, it's the first time that I have been here and although it wasn't what I expect we had a really good evening and will definitely return. The music wasn't modern, instead it was relaxed with the likes of Elvis getting everyone in the mood. Eager to sample more of the nightlife that Hoxton and Shoreditch had to offer we moved our party onwards.

Eventually arriving at Brick Lane we decided that instead of bars and nightclubs that we would enjoy a curry together. The meal was really nice and it's true what people say about Brick Lane as you can't beat the restaurants for Indian cuisine. I have enjoyed some really nice food over the last few days, Thursday we had Nando's and today we had Mexican. Last night we got to talking about other Indian takeaways and our friend informed us that her local restaurant also has egg fried rice available. Still waiting on proof before this is believed :)

After a morning of packing for the move next week I headed over to West London this afternoon to watch Chelsea take on West Ham at Stamford Bridge. The twist was that I would be in the Away stand with the West Ham fans and what an experience it proved to be as they were relentless. My friends weren't expecting anything from the game so just like everyone else in the stand when West Ham took the lead - through Craig Bellamy in the 33rd minute - the reaction was chaos. Apparently the television replays capture where we were sitting as Bellamy celebrated so I am sure amidst the chaos you will see me stood there cursing.
Stamford Bridge
At the start of the second half we saw the introduction of Didier Drogba who came on as a substitute for Michael Ballack. Chelsea continued to press and there was Anelka six minutes into the second half, the leagues top scorer to equalise, his 100th Premier League goal and earn Chelsea a point. The game could have gone either way with both teams having chances and I felt that we should have had a penalty when Lampard was brought down by Lucas Neill but it wasn't to be given. West Ham deserved their point, and nearly took all three! A win would have taken Chelsea top of the league but West Ham were well organised and made it very difficult, Zola and Clarke returning to the club for the first time were cheered by both supporters.

I forgot my place towards the end of the match, Deco looked uninterested in chasing the ball so I went to yell in his direction. Realised that several thousand West Ham fans would probably have responded on behalf of Deco so I remained composed.

Overall it was great fun and thanks to my friend and his West Ham companions as they made the match one to remember as did the rest of the travelling support. On this performance do I feel that Chelsea will win the title? I don't know but I have a feeling that it's going to be a long season and there will be many more frustrating matches like this to come!
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