Wednesday, May 19, 2010

A hero for our times

I am indebted to young A...(Bristolian - harbour of all things white) for this piece of a technology nonsense.

To view this check out - cut and paste the following into your browser

- Hope you enjoy - makes me feel good

and to see A... version check out

weird what technology can do

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Wood meets Thrash Metal

Whilst Latvia lacks many things, one of them is not wood - get out of Riga and you are immediately surrounded by forests, and so it has transpired that an industry was born - wood felling, and with it an armada of trucks which make there way from these forests to the mills,whereupon it is transferred into planks and blocks of wood, much of which is then exported overseas, therein to be turned into finished wooden goods.

But you only have to visit any of the fairs in Riga and elsewhere to seee that their is a thriving local industry based on local wood, being turned into finished articles.
Now you may have read in recent blogs about a certain new bar in town, with New Zealand connections, well it transpires that ALL the wooden fittings, from the bar to the tables and stools were all made by a local company based in Jelgava - and I can tell you the quality is superb, and as it happens yesterday, with temperatures in the mid twenties !!, I came accross the main man behind the company N...... (Latvian - with a penchant for Thrash-Metal music ???).

Now if you want quality hand made furniture get in touch via e-mail at or write to Urbix Ltd, Avotu Str. 12, Jelgava, Latvia, LV3002 or indeed phone +371-29775518 - you will not be dissapointed if the quality at the Kiwi Bar is anything to go by.

Here is the man, with his trusty sidekick - pointing at ......

the final finishing touch !!

final note on this new institution the outdoor balcony is open - so a beer in the sun is on - well it would be if the sun ever shines on the balcony - maybe in the morning, but not in the late afternoon - early evening.

On the subject of weather the last few days have seen the temperatures climb into the mid-twenties, with plenty of sunshine and a wee bit of rain. So with a little bit of luck later today I will take myself of to Dome square, book in one hand and a beer in the other - what more could I ask for ?

Well that will teach me no sooner do mention a beer in the sun, and it starts to rain !! - hopefully it will clear up for later.

If you have any interest in finding out what Thrash metal music is check out - does not sound like my kind of music, but then again as I lost interest in music in the early 70's and this gendre of music started in late 70's it has probably passed me by - thank god !

So there we are another week has passed by, and Riga is beginning to don it summer coat, the trees are sprouting their leaves, the grass is green and the blossom on the trees is there for all to enjoy -simply beautiful - and of course nearly all the outdoor bars and cafes are open for business

Monday, May 10, 2010

Down under comes up Top

Well I suppose it had to happen, what with the new bar having an Australian owner but calling it after a New Zealand bird, that they would seek to give it a bit of "real" New Zealand flavour.

So what do you think the chances are of finding a New Zealand person, but with a European Passport, and who wants to work in a bar in Riga ?? If you had asked me pretty low - but what do I know !!!

So after spending only eight days staying in London after arriving from NZ, then finding a job advert as defined above - may I present Riga's newest bar person - H..... ( New Zealand, Irish passport - Scottish christian name) and a real Kiwi !

Does he remind you of Vinnie Jones ?

Anyhow to any of you planning a visit to Riga - the weather is C..p - overcast and chilly, and to think it is only 42 days to mid summer, and then it is all downhill to winter -spooky huh !

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Final word, or in this case pictures of Riga's newest bar - the Kiwi bar. It is still early days as it seeks to create its unique place in Riga - but suffice to say it is off to great start.

For my part I had one of the first pints of Charles Wells Bombadier bitter on Saturday, and last night I had the last one - seems the plague of all Riga's pubs - running out of beer that I can drink, has stuck again. But fear not whilst awaiting a re-supply Boddingtons will take it place - so all is well (I hope).

Again my apologies re quality of pictures, my camera phone is c..p !

Yep he is back and dressing the part alongwith his beautiful assistant behind the bar K...... (Mispelled her name in previous blog -sorry)

Pictures paint a thousand words in this case A...(Bristolian - permanent bar resident) showing K.....(Latvian - bar lady resplendent) pictures - via the internet - of the "Kiwi" food to offered - Personally never heard of Kiwi Indian cuisine

Finally of course F.... (Australian - man who has found his true place in the world) - now is his glass half empty or half full ?

I have just come across what I think is one of the best promo videos for Latvia - enjoy

Saturday, May 01, 2010

A new bar is born

It is Saturday 1st of May 2010, a day to put into your diary, as once again a bar which may change our lifes has opened. After weeks of preparation ( well it appears 4.5 weeks to be precise) - the newest bar/pub has opened -The KIWI bar - courtesy of A... (Bristolian - King of slightly damaged goods) - F.... (Australian - King of Hostels) and with a great deal of help from I... (Latvian - King of bar creations) - and I have to say after a somewhat brief stay this evening it is looking good !

Wood is the overwhelming feel of the place - but in the best possible taste - a bar that is reminisant of a good if somewhat modern pub ( made apparently by a genius from Jelgava)

More TV's than you could wish for and of course the ever present computerised "Juke Box" - which personally I could do without - but then again I am somewhat of an older generation.

With young S... ( Ukranian/Latvian - a barman of note and still with poor taste in music ) once again back where he belongs - behind a bar - along a group new young Ladies to serve you - C.......( Latvian - possibly the shortest bar lady in Riga) - this place has all the hallmarks of success - Personally I wish it so

Ok they were still getting it ready

First drinks on the bar

Sorry about the quality !!

So to all those involved in this new enterprise I wish them well - and I have a sneeking feeling it will do well.

So to those you may stumble accross this blog - may I recommend that you pay a visit to te KIWI bar - you wil enjoy !!