The week at the heart of the UK Engineering Applications hub has been a busy one with a mixture of tickets being raised with technical support being requested to new software requiring ordering. We do seem to be getting a large volume of tickets being raised at the moment. I do say though that in most cases it’s not the IT or software causing the problems but the users! Maybe more training or less access to the software settings or maybe both!
Friday though was the ‘Old Boy’s gathering. Hamlin had set the wheels in motion for us to get together something we’d not done since December last year! The ‘old boy’s’ are a group of ex-colleagues who worked together over the years and mainly got together at Povall Floor + Wilson (PF+W) in the late 90’s. but as time passed by moved on & worked at other companies, however we have all kept in touch.
There were only 6 of us who were able to make the gathering at The Rising Sun in Manchester which is our usual haunt. Guess what by the time Phil Beswick & I got there just before 18:00 the guys were in their usual spot in the window. The beer, laughter & stories flowed all night long and with 300+ years in age for the 6 of us there was some story telling. Nothing to eat which is always dangerous meant I was busy looking for something to eat on the wall home from Hindley rail station. At 22:30 on a Friday night I was appalled that there are no open chippys but if you want pizza, curry or kebab you are heartily catered for. So it was a kebab for me to help soak the beer up.
Up early on Saturday as United had the lunch time KO against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Not a had game for the neutral to watch. Chelsea went 1-0 up after some slack defending by Paul Pogba allowing Rudiger to score in the 21st minute. United rallied round with a better 2nd half performance where Anthony Martial scored twice before Ross Barkley scored the equaliser in the 96th minute for Chelsea. So many time over the years had we used all minutes available to us & often teased by opposition fans calling it Fergie time that we got undone by our own best asset. As the Chelsea fans jumped with joy there was a minor bust-up on the touchline as one of Chelsea’s backroom staff twice ran past Jose Mourinho celebrating in his face before Mourinho was up out of his seat. At the end of the game there were chants of F*ck off Mourinho from some of the Chelsea fans. Strange behaviour as he is their most successful manager. Chelsea staff & fans equal no class.
Today we’ve had mum & dad over for tea. Nice to see them as we’ve not seen them for two weeks. They both look well. We even got a Skype call from Sam, Harry & Nancy who again I’d not heard from in a couple of weeks. Harry has lost a tooth & the tooth fairy had left a £2 coin. Wow inflation is at a high as 50 years ago I was only getting a sixpence (old money) equivalent to 2.5 pence in New money.
After landing back in the UK on Tuesday after 18 days in Chicago with my cousin Julie we’ve had to re-adjust to the alarm going off at 05:20, rush-hour to and from work and getting used to the folder weather that is starting to creep in 🙁
Wednesday morning was interesting at work 500+ emails sat in my inbox & 34 incidents in the Engineering Applications queue for me to deal with. Even by close of business on Friday night I still had 200 emails to catch-up with as well as a mounting workload in the queue. But no whinging as it’s the work that pays the mortgage.
Saturday was a busy day, we both overslept & actually woke at 09:30, but I suppose we needed the sleep. Off we went to see Brenda. She’s seemed well & playful. We had a good your with her before she got bored & started to wander off. From here we went over to Timperley to see mum & dad. They too seemed well & we spent the time catching up with them about our trip to Chicago. Layer in the afternoon we called round at Sam & Matt’s & caught up with them & the grandchildren (Harry & Nancy). Harry & I played dinosaur ‘Top Trumps’ & guess who won? Yes Harry. From Timperley we dashed back home so I could watch United v Newcastle in the Saturday evening game.
United had a shocking game in the 1st half & were 0-2 down after 10 minutes. The second half was a little better but the team had to dig deep to get a result & finally ran out winners 3-2 by the end. Both Woodward (Chief Executive) & Mourinho have a lot of work to do to turn the poor start to the season around. THe fans seem split with some calling for Mourinho to be sacked while others are asking for Woodward to go!
After the game we headed out to our friends Darren & Tracy to catch-up with them. Avoid chat & a couple of beers & then it was hometown.
I woke up at 04:20 on Sunday morning & checked to see if Conor McGregor had already fought in UFC:229 against Nurmagomedov but he hadn’t so I sat & watched some of the undercard. The right actually started at about 05:20 & McGregor was out-fought by Nurmagomedov who won with a choke God & submission by McGregor. There was terrible scenes at the end of the right with Nurmagomedov jumping into the crowd & trading punches with some of McGregor’s corner team, then McGregor was attacked by 3 of Nurmagomedov team in the ring. Maybe this is all a stage act to boost earrings for a return bout in the future!
After a live-in on Sunday I was up to do the last now of the lawn before winter, vacuum all of the house & tidy the garage. Mrs C & I started to watch some TV before Warren & Dawn called round to see us. The brought me a nice bottle of whiskey for my birthday – many thanks.
later in the evening I had a catch-up with my brother before settling down to watch Jacksonville Jaguars v Kansas City Chiefs in the NFL.
We’ve had a busy weekend with friends who have been up visiting from London.
Helen (an old school fried of Michele’s) and Brian arrived late on Friday evening after a long drive from Horsham in West Sussex. Michele had cooked a welcoming winter meal for our guests of Chicken and Vegitable Bake, all as requested by Helen. Helen and Brian had this served to them last time they called up and liked it so much that it had been requested once again.
Friday evening was spent drinking beer/wine and chatting as it had been a while since we had last seen the pair of them.
Saturday morning was a little bit rushed as Michele had organised a treat for Helen and herself that had been brought forward by a couple of hours. So it was off into Manchester. I dropped the girls off just off Peter Street by the Free Trade Hall now the Radisson Hotel. The treat Michele had arranged was for the two of them to have their nails done at The Midland Hotel. The Midland Hotel was not Michele’s first choice but the Radisson Hotel was unable to undertake the nails on the saturday.
While the girls were pampering themselves Brian and i went to the National Football Museum at the Urbis Centre.There are some very interesting exhibits in the museum. The one that i think stood out most of all was the presentation on disasters at football games and how the change was made to all seater stadia, especially after the Fire disaster at Bradford City FC, where 56 people perished.
Following our visit to the museum Brian & I called into Sinclair’s Oyster Bar for a cheeky pint before catching the girls up outside of the Pandora store in Manchester Arndale.
We then spent the afternoon mooching about the city, stopping off for lunch and then grabbing a couple of extra cheeky beers.
The evening was spent at home where we had a hearty Chinese take-away all washed down with plenty of beer.
Michele made us all sit through the X Factor before Brian and i got chance to catch up with Match of the Day.
Sunday was a lazy day which started off with a full cooked English breakfast. Brian and Helen left shortly after lunchtime with a 4+ hour drive home, but guess what Michele forgot to give Helen the pies she’d been storing in the freezer for her! Oh well Helen I suppose i’ll have to eat them 😉