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Monday, 13 April 2009

Last week........

I finished work on the 3rd April for two weeks - I get school holidays.   Monday I had a dentist appointment and got back just in time to 'not' have to help MWM with the cleaning (wink).   Tuesday I went to visit my Dad and then went to see one of my nieces who has just failed her driving test and needed someone to sit with her while she practised her driving.   Her Dad (my brother) usually takes her out but he's in the Dominican Republic at the moment so it was down to me.     Her test centre is in Oldham, which I don't know at all so she set the SatNav to take us to the test centre and I just concentrated on the traffic.   Once we got to the test centre she just drove around the roads there following my instructions of 'take the next left' or 'turn right at the end of the road'.   Needless to say we got lost, neither of us having any clue where we were.  No probs, we set the SatNav to take us back to the test centre, then set it again to take us back to her house. She was pleased with the practise, I was pleased to get back in my own car, get home and have a stiff drink!    I have to do it again tomorrow!

The hightlight of our week was Wednesday.   I needed a few bits and pieces so we decided to go to Bury (Lancs) on the bus in the morning and have a mooch about.  MWM has a free bus pass now he's 60 so that's good, I had to buy a day saver for £4 but I intended getting my money's worth because I used it again in the afternoon . I managed to get everything I needed, which always puts me in a good mood..    We returned home for lunch and then caught the 2.45 pm bus to Manchester.  The buses aren't really reliable and to prove the point the express bus we inteded to catch didn't turn up so we got another one which took 20 minutes longer to reach our destination.  Anyway not to worry we weren't really in any rush.



We had an hour to kill, so we called in Cafe Rouge for a glass of vino then headed up to Chinatown for the meal we'd booked for 5 p.m.      We shared a bottle of wine with a delicious meal of Chicken & Sweetcorn Soup, Chicken with garlic and spring onions, Beef with Ginger and fried rice, followed by coffee and liqueurs.      Then we headed down to Oxford Road to the Palace Theatre for the highlight of our day - the hit show "We Will Rock You" where we had great seats just three rows from the front.




If you haven't heard of this show the basis is it's set in the future, the narrative tells of a society wherein 'real' music and all instruments are banned, and everyone is forced to resign themselves to the 'Computer Recorded Anodyne Pop'  (CRAP) distributed by huge corporations, peppered throughout with 'Queen' hits.   There's the Bohemians, the resistence if you like, looking for the holy grail ( a real musical instrument, a guitar in fact) to bring live music back to the masses.  Their life is blighted by The Killer Queen and Khashoggi and his Ga Ga men who round up the rebels and brainwash them before sending them to the Seven Seas of Rhye    The whole thing revolves around the hero 'Galileo Figaro' and his girlfriend 'Scaramouche' with more than a touch of pantomime - it is a great show.   We saw it in London a couple of years ago and promised ourselves if/when it came to Manchester we would go see it again.   We still haven't had enough so we will go again before it finishes in the summer.Emerging from the theatre at 10.30 p.m. and still buzzing we headed for a pub further up Oxford Road where we had another couple of drinks before calling a taxi to bring us home.



Thursday morning was food shopping and I spent an hour with my neighbour who is virtually housebound, this is a regular visit on Thursdays.


On Friday I did what I had promised myself and cleared out my wardrobes.   At this moment in time there are three, yes you heard me right THREE, binliners of clothes waiting to go to the charity shop.   I
Saturday we picked up my eldest son's children and took them to see 'Big Grandad' (my dad) and Granny (MWM's Mum) in the afternoon then had a night out at a local working men's club with our friends K&T.

Yesterday we went on the East Lancs Railway, had lunch out and called to the pub on the way home.

We've had a busy week.

Now, where's me credit card I've got loads of room in my wardrobe!

29 comments:

Cath said...

Wow you HAVE been busy! That show looks fantastic. I need to go see it sometime. A clever concept.

Just to let you know as well - I am realising that my blog does not update or let you know on google reader when I have posted. So pop by from time to time. I have posted, it just doesn't show.

buffalodick said...

The musical looked good! Haven't seen anything about it here yet..

Linda said...

Yep, you've been one busy woman! I'm trying to get back into blogging now that I've had a lovely little break but it's a lot harder than I thought!

Hope that you and your MWM had a fantastic Easter and that Spring has arrived in your part of the world - we're still waiting for it here. Sigh ...

aims said...

Wowza - I'd be worn out for weeks.

And what size are those clothes??
:0)

Daryl said...

What fun to clean out the old and make room for the new!

What a busy week .. if that show ever makes it here I am going to go, it sounds like a lot of fun ...

Ron said...

OMG...you have me SOOOOO curious about this show!

The story sound really interesting and I just so happen to LOVE anything Queen. God...what voice Freddy had, hu? Hearing Queen always reminds we a very special time in my life.

Sounds like you had a busy, but enjoyable week.

Have fun replenishing your wardrobe, Akelamalu!

X

Akelamalu said...

Oh do go and see the show if you get chance Cath, I can't praise it enough!

If it does get over to you do go and see it Buff especially if you like Queen.

Spring has definitely arrived here Linda the weather has been beautiful here for the last few days. Nice to see you back honey. x

The clothes are various sizes from 14 - 16 Aims and I have been ruthless - anything I haven't worn for 6 months had to go!

I'm actually not going to buy any new clothes until later in the year Daryl because I plan to lose another 28lbs!


If you love Queen you will definitely love that show Ron, I hope it comes over there. Or maybe you could come to England and see it here? :)

MarmiteToasty said...

oh my what a busy week...... twas busy here last week what with the schools closed, had loads of nippers but was out everyday.... sounds like you have a very productive and fun filled week, love all the pub stops lmfao

x

Smalltown RN said...

oh now that sounds like great way to spend days off....very nice full of all kinds of adventures and experiences....I have't seen a live performance in sometime...but soon I hope....

Hope you continue to have great days off...cheers

Fat, frumpy and fifty... said...

you go girl and buy up the town, shop for your life and replenish those wardrobes!!

G-Man said...

Busy Busy Ake....

Cloudia said...

Such delightful life-some activity!
You are busy living a good life - but not too busy to visit the homebound friend or help a young student driver. I love you, though I sometimes wonder if you have enough reading time ;-)
Aloha-

lettuce said...

what a nice newsy post.

I hope you have a great holiday.
Our Easter break ends today, back to work :-[

Akelamalu said...

I bet you had a great time too with the nippers Marmie! :)

Oh you can't beat a live performance can you RN?

I'm gonna wait a while to replenish my wardrobe FFF, give myself time to lose more weight. ;)

Yep, that's me G-man!

I don't have enough reading time Cloudia, but hopefully that will change when I retire and I've all the time in the world to do what I want! ;)

Ah that's the beauty of working in a school Lettie we get looooong holidays! ;)

BJ Roan said...

I understand that need for a stiff drink! I had to ride with my 2 sister-in-laws before they got their driver's license, and then my two children. I called it quits after that. I don't have the nerves for it anymore!

I'll be back to check out your Portraits Post.

Salute said...

Sounds like you had a busy, but fun week. And enjoy yourself while you replenish your wardrobes.

CG said...

Wow, you HAVE been busy!!

Mike M said...

Can I be your older son?? I want to do all that stuff!!!

Akelamalu said...

I sat with my niece again today BJRoan, it wasn't as nerve racking this time. :0

Yes it was busy but thoroughly enjoyable Salute :)

We certainly have CG :)

LOL of course you can Mike ;)

Connie said...

The first day sounds like you have a wonderful day. I love going to shows like that.

Dr.John said...

Aside from the driving everything sounds wonderful.
I was happy to read that you visited your home bound neighbor.
I know I'll never get to see that musical but I loved your description of it.

America's 1st Sgt. said...

No lions, witches, or wild striped hyenas in the wardrobe? I'm a little disappointed. :-)

Akelamalu said...

I love musicals too Connie, especially when I know the words to the songs! ;)

Oh the driving wasn't too bad Dr John, my niece is a good driver even though she hasn't passed her test yet. I wish you could get to see that show, I'm sure you'd enjoy it.

Nope, only clothes and shoes in my wardrobe 1st Sgt, thank goodness. :0

Just a Plane Ride Away said...

OMG, that driving test is so stressful! You are a strong (and very nice) person to help your niece with her practising.

WWRY! Roxi and I were just talking about this yesterday. It must have been fabulous from the third row.

Akelamalu said...

Have you seen WWRY JAPRA, it's fantastic isn't it? Yes the driving practice is stressful but my niece is a good driver, I'm surprised she failed her test actually!

Suburbia said...

Gosh you have been busy. The show sounded good, glad all is well :)

Travis said...

Now that's an excellent day!

Akelamalu said...

The show was brilliant Suburbia!

It was Trav - we had a great time. :)

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