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Sunday, June 24, 2007


Rainy days and open days

Well, I don’t know about anyone else, but any more of this rainy weather and I’ll be evolving webbed feet and a beak. Failing that, I’ll put in a request for a total immersion suit. Although knowing our supply system, we wouldn’t get the bloody things until next years heatwave (If at all).

Took youngest stepdaughter and friends up to Manchester University ‘Open Day’ yesterday on my last day off. One is going to study Maths, one is going to study English Literature, and youngest is going to study Law and Criminology. We’re going to have a Lawyer in the family! Well, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. Youngest will require three straight ‘A’ grades to get on the course, which I know she is capable of.

Mrs Sticker and I let the girls off the leash and spent an agreeable few hours wandering around the campus. They went to several lectures, we looked over the Students Union building and tagged onto one of the many ‘walking tours’ around campus. We spent well over three hours in the Manchester Museum. They sell some really cool stuff in their gift shop – Roman and Medieval reproduction arms and armour (Wonder if I could get away with carrying a Roman Pugio or better still a Gladius or Spatha on duty – probably not); we lunched on huge burgers at the Phoenix Pub on the corner of Oxford Street and Booth Street West. If you’re ever there, the ‘Scream Deluxe’ burger is real stick to your ribs stuff, and they have no truck with all this namby pamby ‘salad garnish’ nonsense.

Conclusion; it was a fair hike to get there, but well worth the trip. I have a soft spot for Manchester as a city, having done quite a few jobs in the area during the late 1990’s. My only beef with travelling there was the Motorway congestion. The plague of speed cameras on the approaches is likewise a nuisance and tends to take your mind away from your driving. Nonetheless, despite the odd shower it wasn’t a bad run. All told, a nice day.

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Blogger John the Monkey said...

Glad you liked it - I can also recommend the Whitworth Art Gallery (just further up Oxford Road from the main campus), the Manchester Art Gallery (centre of town, corner of Princess Street and Mosley Street) and The Museum of Science and Industry (further away, in Castlefield, but well worth the trip).

Food wise, there's a number of excellent all you can eat places in the centre of town too, with Grand Buffet (Indian, corner of Princess Street and Whitworth Street), and the Peking Court and Shang-Hi (both Chinese, Whitworth Street) being particular favourites for sub £7 per head meals. Best of luck to your youngest with her exams.

Monday, June 25, 2007 10:10:00 am  
Blogger Quartz said...

I was at Manchester (UMIST) 20 years ago. Great place.

Monday, June 25, 2007 3:15:00 pm  
Blogger Clint said...

Nah, you were in Manc? I'd have stuck the kettle on if i'd known, I'm about 200 yards from the Uni!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007 12:52:00 am  

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