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Another Birthday weekend has passed me bye

Well last weekend another birthday passed me bye.

We celebrated my birthday all weekend, starting the birthday celebrations off on the Friday lunch-time with a couple of beers at a pub close to the office. As is customary on your birthday its your shout at the bar. We ended up this birthday celebration at a new bar on Piccadilly Approach called Piccadilly Tap. The bar is simple inside with just a couple of ‘poser’ tables & a few small traditional tables all with stools. But where they are lacking in furniture they make up for in beer selection, as they have three large blackboards on the walls with about ten beers per blackboard. All the beers range in style, flavour & cost. Take my word its well worth a visit if your visiting Manchester City centre.

Saturday was my birthday & we had a lazy start. Michele was the only one up with me as both younger boys were still in bed, no call from Andrew either, but I did get a text off Sam my daughter. Later that afternoon I had a visit from my mother-in-law who called over with a card and some money for me. Not long after the mother-in-law left I was on my way to collect my daughter and grandson. Matt my son-in-law was catching us all up later as he was at Old Trafford watching Manchester United. By the time we got back Mum, Dad & Aunty Jilla had already got to ours and were being ably entertained by Michele. Lewis had already left for work as he was on nights at Manchester’s Radisson Blu Hotel but before he left  did get a card with some money in it for my birthday. Josh too came up trumps with a card & money. Sam, Matt & Harry bought me Alex Ferguson’s new book called Leading along with some money.

Later on the Saturday night my brother & his family joined us along with Helen & her family. The Bray’s unfortunately were not in attendance as Warren was working nights & Dawn was already out with Adam. However they did call up the Sunday before with a card for me.

The card that travelled the furthest was the one from Chicago as my cousin Julie, Joe, Elle and Chris had sent one over for my birthday.

It was a late night as the birthday party wrapped up at 01:00hrs. I was then unceremoniously kicked out of bed at 03:00hrs for snoring, but that was due to the head cold I was starting to get coming out.  I was then woken by Lewis coming in at 05:00hrs who was having a rant about a dangerous taxi driver who’d brought him home. Then at 08:00hrs my grandson Harry was up and about. Matt and I kept him entertained until 09:00hrs when we made a drink for Grandma and took it upstairs to wake her.

Sunday was a day for relaxation after the busy birthday celebrations the day before. Even Drew made an appearance to wish me happy birthday and for a brief period I had all four of my darling kids under the same roof.

The week before my birthday celebrations was a busy one in the office as we’d rebranded from EC Harris to our parent company name ARCADIS. We had been part of their group for the past four years but now was the right time to become fully integrated. But this was fraught with branding issues as all our branded documents had to be rebranded. The CAD ones were poor and not as slick as what we had had previously. So it was a week of attempting to put these right. As I type now there are still some discussions on-going and tweaks being made to them!

This weekend was supposed to be a quiet one with the only appointment in the diary a visit to Wigan College’s open day for us to look round with Josh who finishes year 10 in June 2016. After the visit Josh appeared to change his opinion of Wigan College from poor to ‘it looks OK’

Saturday night was a must win game of Rugby Union for England v Australia with the winner progressing from the group stage to the knock-out rounds. I dont usually watch the rugby but I gave it a go. It was OK but England got beat by Australia, so that’s England out of the World Cup. At least the rugby shirts will be cheap now, why not check them out on Amazon!

Sunday was a double header of football with the Liverpool derby at Goodison and then Arsenal v Manchester United at 16:00. Everton and Liverpool drew 1-1 and it wasn’t long after the final whistle that Liverpool’s Manager Brendan Rodgers got the sack. Manchester United were convincingly beaten by Arsenal 3-0, which means United drop to 3rd place below Arsenal & it’s back to the drawing-board for Louis Van Gaal.

Birthday celebrations weekend – part two

Well after the double birthday celebrations last weekend it was the 2nd of my brother Rob’s 50th birthday celebrations this weekend, This time a night out in Manchester with his friends.

Rob & Sarah had kindly invited Michele & I to join them on a night out with their friends (Steve, Helen, Wayne, Lindsey, Keith, Jo, Mark, Natalie & Steve). The evening started out with pre-meal drinks at Alchemist, Spinningfields, before we were all ff for a Greek Meze at Bouzouki by Night.

The meal was booked for 20:00hrs so we started to meet in The Alchemist from 18:00hrs. A great meeting point which is lively and popular. The team behind the bar were doing their best to serve two customers at a time, but if you want a quick drink (pint or wine) forget it as the team behind the bar are busy making cocktails. All that said it takes just a little longer to get served but the showmanship from the team is worth the watch. Michele was the only one drinking cocktails but as she was driving they were non-alcoholic. She was calling them mocktails and yes she was impressed with them too & at £4 each that was reasonably priced too.

Then it was a short hop across town to Bouzouki by Night, but as most of the girls had heels on it was a taxi ride. This too was slow due to the amount of roadworks that are currently being undertaken in Manchester City Centre.

If you’ve never been to Bouzouki by Night before your in for a treat, its a small restaurant that holds about 160. With everybody crammed in you start to get served your Greek Meze food, about 15 dishes in total each. The food is adequate for the average person & gets served at your table in a steady stream from your waiters. Drinks are simple, either beer, wine etc with a reasonable price for a round of drinks about £25 for 6 adults.

Once the food has been eaten the entertainment starts with the waiters performing simple Greek dances, this then gets followed up by them dragging members of the audience out to join them. As the place is full of Hen Do’s and people celebrating their birthdays it was usually the person celebrating that gets dragged up. In our case it was my brother Rob who was dragged up. Yo can see his dance here on FaceBook. After the Greek dancing the disco started. The dance floor is about 2m x 2m & there was no way all 160 people were going to get on it but they tried. The choice of music helped as it was a ‘floor fillers’ type album. Michele and I left at 01:00hrs, meanwhile Rob and his mates were there until the death at 02:00hrs.

Sunday took a while to get the body moving but we had the excuse of the late night on Saturday.

I caught up with the Manchester United FC verse Liverpool FC derby match which was a 17:30hrs kick-off on the Saturday night, but because we were out with Rob i had to record it. The first 45 minutes were not from the Manchester United v Liverpool classics but it was OK to watch, however neither team actually troubled each other. The second half though was a different story with 4 goals being scored. 3 from Manchester United & only one in reply from Liverpool.

United’s first goal came from a free-kick on the left hand side of the penalty area, Schweinsteiger dragged his marker further into the box which left a huge gap for the ball to be played into for Blind to place the ball in the back of the net. 1-0 United. The second goal game as Herrera drove into the penalty area only to be brought down by a clumsy challenge. PENALTY – Herrera to take it 2-0 to United. Liverpool managed t get a goal back with a fantastic acrobatic kick from Benteke. 2-1. David DeGea who had recently signed his new contract at United pulled off a couple of Television saves before United’s new signing Anthony Martial scored a fantastic goal on his début to make the final score 3-1 to United. The TV pundits gave ‘Man of the Match’ to Daley Blind but I thought Bastian Schweinsteiger was the key man with a strong performance in midfield.

We even had time to catch up with my cousin Julie and her partner Joe all the way out in Chicago, we spent just over two weeks out in Chicago with her in 2014 and have already planned our return trip for May 2016 to help Julie and Joe celebrate their up and coming wedding.

Birthday celebration weekend

Well we got back from Tuscany in one piece after two fantastic weeks relaxing, visiting the sights and tanning ourselves. Even Michele came back with a tan which for her is fantastic. We did however come back to rain.

Then it was back to work which as always is difficult to get back into the swing of. I went back on the Tuesday while Michele sent back on the Wednesday. Not too many emails to with through though.

Thursday night was the summer BBQ for the Manchester office and with 100 of us turning up it was a great turn out, thanks to Katy B and the other social committee members for organising it at Dukes 92 in the Castlefield Basin, Manchester.

Then on Friday it was the start of a birthday weekend celebrations bonanza.

Firstly it was my brothers 50th birthday, he now shares his birthday with my grandson Harry who was three. Due to work and Harry being in bed we only called them on Skype and telephone to wish them happy birthday. We had however arranged to see them both on person for their birthdays on the Saturday.

We called in to see Harry first on Saturday morning and sat in the garden. Also visiting were Harry’s aunt, great aunt, second cousin and friend of the family. Looking at his presents it looked like he’d been spoilt rotten. We even got to see the be addition to the family Lola the kitten. I’m a fan of cats but Michele isn’t. Lola must have one of the loudest purrs I’ve heard, laid on my arms she seemed very content. Then as we left Drew appeared too.

A quick call in at my parents but not before calling at the pie shop on Timperley Village for some lunch. Mum and dad both seen fine. Mum now has her cast of her leg and send a lot happier. I sorted dad’s laptop out as it wasn’t using Google for searches.

Now off to my brothers for his birthday celebrations. Rob had invited all the family to help wish him happy 50th birthday starting from 16:00hrs. We arrived early so we could see a bit more of Drew as he was leaving to collect Sam his fiancée who was at work. Durning the afternoon and evening we caught up with family we’d seen and not seen over the last year, especially catching up with my cousin Steve who I’d not seen for a couple of years. Everyone started the birthday party in the garden before the wind caused it to be too chilly and then everyone migrated inside. Rob and Sarah out on a good spread of food and booze. Thanks you guys it was a great birthday. After dropping mum, dad and Aunty Jilla off at mum and dad’s we went into Manchester to collect Lewis from work.

Sunday has been a day of catching up with some work, Josh has cleared the weeds from the front garden ask so he could have his phone back as it had been taken off him fit his defiance and having an untidy bedroom.

Harry was having a part today for his friends, his voice was to have a snake, Spider and bug birthday party. Sam and Matt has arranged for all these creepy crawlies to be brought to their house for the kids to handle. Brave.

Now sat chilling in the sun room as the light fades, can’t you tell the nights are drawing in as it’s only 20:05!

Sad news breaking tonight that ex Manchester United player Ralph Milne has sadly passed away at the age of 54.