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World-wide game played by 11 people on either side & a ball with 2 goals. In the USA it is referred to as soccer.

Chicago 2018 – Day Four

Monday and back to work for Julie!

Mrs C and I decided to go into Chicago today from Lisle by train and by 08:30 we’d walked the 15 minutes to the station and paid or $6 75 each way and were ready to catch the train. The problem was I’d checked the times on Google both last night and this morning but Google hadn’t reset itself and we’d been looking at Sunday’s timetable, so we were early!

Finally we arrived in Union Station, Chicago and went to grab a coffee and bagel for breakfast and sat in the sun watching the world go by.

We then followed the Chicago River walk from Lake Street and walked all the way to Lake Michigan a great walk in the morning sun. When we got to Lake Michigan we went for a drink break at Navy Pier before setting off looking for Bloomingdale’s. Found it but the wrong one we wanted the home store one as Mrs C was looking for a chef’s knife for Lewis. Now redirected to the other one about a mile away. Enroute we passed the Canada Goose store and had to go in. Still too expensive but Mrs C had a plan as we are off to Canada at the weekend and the exchange rate is a little better there. But we’ll see! We found the other Bloomingdale’s but they didn’t have the knife in, but guess what the first Bloomingdales may have. So we retraced our steps. Didn’t buy one of the knives though as not the exact one Lewis wanted.

Now the for a bite to eat. No more walking so we got a cab. We sat at a river bar and shared a burger and a portion of chicken strips. Great just watching the people of Chicago using the river.

Now back to Union station for the ride back to Lisle, big mistake in rush hour as no seats and only standing room for the 50 minutes commute. Bigger mistake we’d got on the direct train to Napperville which went through Lisle without stopping and albeit being 1 stop we had to get a cab back to Julie’s!

Julie was already home from work, I dug out some more of the compost but after 15 minutes I was dripping wet with sweat!

Julie, Elle, Mrs C sat chatting while I watched the Monday night football game Seattle Seahawks v Chicago Bears at soldier Field. Bears won.

Now time for bed, night all

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.

Class of 92

It’s not the first time he’s outshone his peers but yet again Paul Scholes stole the show – this time at the Manchester screening of the Class of 92, instead of on the football pitch.

It came as no surprise to the die-hard Reds that the ginger maestro pipped his more lauded team-mates like David Beckham, even on the silver screen, thanks to a series of dry put-downs that had the audience in fits of laughter.

It turns out Scholesy can time a gag better than he can time a tackle.

And Ryan Giggs – often dour in post-match interviews – wasn’t far behind with a string of fantastic anecdotes about the mates who’d gone on a journey from the 1992 FA Youth Cup to the Nou Camp on an amazing night in Barcelona seven years later.

Their talent was made in Manchester. Beckham may have been a Londoner and Giggs originally from Cardiff but they became the greatest of Mancunians when they joined the Reds alongside Nicky Butt (Gorton), Gary and Phil Neville (Bury), and, of course, Scholes (Middleton).

Class of ’92 reunite for premiere of their rise to stardom

The film is a heart-warming tale of boyhood friends who became superstars.

Film-making brothers Gabe and Ben Turner plot the rise to stardom of six mates from winning the Youth Cup in 1992 to being crowned Champions League winners on a night at Nou Camp.

It traces the friendship of working class lads who were thrown together as teenagers to the high watermark of their combined success, that amazing treble, capped off in Barcelona in 1999 when United scored two heart-stopping goals in injury time to beat Bayern Munich.

“It was the happiest I’ve ever felt on a football pitch,” said Giggs, and no-one doubts him.

Others from that 1992 team, Robbie Savage, George Switzer, Andy Noone and Raphael Burke, also contribute to the film, although they never graduated from that class of 92 with honours in the manner of Becks and co.

Radcliffe’s Danny Boyle and Mani from the Stone Roses are among the many names who wax lyrical about the lads’ ascendancy, which began when Madchester was at its peak and when cool Britannia was first coined.

United fans will love it, City fans might think it a piece of pointless wallowing in nostalgia but the truth is this is a documentary which even non-football lovers will enjoy because it centres around a story of six ordinary lads who shot to fame.

Need to buy a copy of Class of 92 get it here.