Wednesday, 30 November 2016


A two gig week!

Passenger at the Apollo was much calmer than the manic Levs -
 and actually very beautiful and quite uplifting.

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Levelling the Land at 30

It was an amazing night - 
so we were very excited to get tickets for the 30th anniversary tour.

The evening got off to an odd start when I drove us to the Apollo in Manchester -
it was in darkness!

A quick google showed that we were meant to be at the Academy - 
so we had a rapid reroute!

the gig itself was a mixed bag.

Punk folk group Ferocious Dogs were the excellent support - 

But the Levs? They didn't sound a patch on 5 years ago.
{Playing the CD on the way home just rubbed that in}

Yes the singing 80's protest songs is fun -
but I'm sorry to say that aging, chubby, topless, punk/crusty moshers 
are now getting rather sad.

The intro video of protests over the last 30 years provoked a big boo for Thatcher -
 but a bigger boo for Blair
and the whiff of the Corbynistas was strong.


All in all - a good enough night - but I dont think we'll bother with 35 years

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Breaking the Code

Date night in Manchester

First the Christmas Markets

Then Breaking the Code at the Royal Exchange

{oh how we love a science play }

A revival of the excellent 80's play 

So much better than the dreadful Cumberbatch film

Friday, 18 November 2016

And so it begins.....

Winter's here -

Personally I'm on the countdown to spring

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Thursday, 10 November 2016

At the end of Reading Week

We've had Megs home for reading week -
Admittedly not a whole week 
{she does have friends to see and a busy social life}
but it's been lovely to have her at home
while she's worked on her essays.

Last night with us for a bit - so we had family tea at Frankie and Benny's.

Saturday, 5 November 2016

The Entertainer

A London day to see The Entertainer - 
the last play in the Kenneth Brannagh season at The Garrick.
 (way back in April 2016) we had no idea where she would be at Uni -
so I'd only booked for two, with the idea that I could add an extra ticket later if need be.

As it turned out it was the start of Sheffield reading week -
 but Megs chose to spend the weekend with her best friend Jamie, before heading home.

The other issue for the day - 
when I'd booked I'd not thought about the Anonymous protests 
that have happened in London every 5th November for the last few years.
I was really concerned that trouble makers would spoil things
(the Garrick is right next to Trafalgar Square)
and I had no desire to be kettled!
But in the end all we saw was a protest march of Librarians -
and we all love Librarians!

So Al and I had a date day -
a lovely walk though Bloomsbury,
a morning at the British Museum
the play in the afternoon
and a walk up the Tottenham Court Road, 
hopping from bookshop to bookshop to coffee shop!