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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.

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.