Monday, 25 April 2016

Last Call for Chitchat at Lola Lo!

TONIGHT: Join me and others from Manchester Social Group and Manchester Cool Bars in a last-minute excursion to Lola Lo for their Monday night Chitchat event. (Yes, I have not changed the name of the meetup due to time.) Expect students, but not exclusively as far as the ads show. Expect live sax from Tom DaLips, percussion from Bongo Sean, drinks, inflatables and a bevvy of damned good-looking people.

Other events I've scouted: Friday night is Bamboo at LIV, their monthly oriental-themed night. Panda heads, kimonos, bamboo and UV lights are the order of the evening. The Cool Bars group are headed there after a few in Sakana. Don't miss it!

It's a bank holiday, so you have an extra night out this weekend. LIV's Superheroes night on Sunday looks interesting, although there's no meetup... yet.

Stay tuned for more last-minute events across the city, and keep your eye on Meetup!

Sunday, 24 April 2016

A Few Scenes from the St George's Day Parade

Dropped into Manchester this afternoon. Hideous traffic problems due to the parade snarling up and diverting Oldham Road from Miles Platting into the city. I figured even though I was late for Writers Connect I may as well be later still and get a few snaps. Here's a group of mods passing through Dale St in the Northern Quarter.

Monday, 18 April 2016

Prospective Mondays

Saturday night: Middleweight boxing champ Gennady Golovkin fights American Dominic Wade, but it won't start til 2am Sunday in the UK, and as I have Writers Connect that afternoon that ain't gon' happen. Not for me at least. Should be a good fight- neither fighter has any professional losses.

I need your feedback on Sunday! If you're into creative writing come down to Nexus on Dale St and help a brother out. Plenty of opportunity to get feedback on your own work too.

Oh, by the way, here's an update:

Beat that.

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Baby D in Sound Control

Remember Baby D of Let Me Be Your Fantasy fame?

She had THE dance music track of 1993. Last night she dropped into Sound Control in Manchester to perform her hits.

I put the event on Meetup and visited with the Cool Bars group. We got in before midnight when it was still filling up with adults of all ages (one of whom had a hat designed to look like a squid) and 90s dance classics pumped out of the speakers. Eventually a very energetic Baby D herself performed a few hits.

Impressive performance. She shook hands with the front row, and wished a girl happy birthday. Nice interaction with her audience. I saw this night advertised on a poster in Nexus Art Cafe and set up a meetup. Glad I've finally been to Sound Control. I've heard good things.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Shred Month

I've done all the bulking I need to do I think, boosting my weight up to the late 70Kgs. I've got bigger, stronger, but unfortunately, fatter too. Now it's time to shred.

On the cards for the next month: cross training, boxing, rope flicks, skipping, and loads of situps. Possibly some time on the hand bikes and rowing machines. Lets get a sweat on and see what PBs I can beat in the next month. Maybe I'll find those abs I had in 2010.

Monday, 11 April 2016

Club House Opens in Spinningfields; Baby D Perfoms in Sound Control- Join Us

The weather, like your social calendar, is starting to warm up after a few months of disappointment. What's happening?

Cool Spinningfields bar and personal favourite The Lawn Club has opened an extension to their premises with the promising and elegant Club House. The pictures on Twitter look great.

The bar opens on Thursday. I'll be heading down there on Friday to check the place out. If you fancy taking a look too, check out the meetups on the Manchester Cool Bars and Manchester Social Group pages.

Come get involved!

Also happening this weekend: Who's old enough to remember Baby D?

The 90s dance group will be performing the smash hit and anthem of my teen days at Sound Control in Manchester. A good number of my mates are too young to remember her (brutal) so I thought I'd throw it out to the folk of Meetup to see who wants to get involved. If you do, get involved! The event on Cool Bars is here. On Social Group it's here.

Tweet me to get your event listed!

Monday, 4 April 2016

A whole load of reasons not to stay in this week...

...your work pattern may or may not get in the way.

Wednesday night I'm heading to Voodoo Wednesdays at Birdcage nightclub for their student night (NUS not required, any formal photo ID is though). Here's the event on Cool Bars.  We're starting in Hard Rock Cafe and heading next door to Birdcage for a night in a smart club with good people and cheap drinks.

Thursday night is bustling in a number of places, and one of the fairest priced is Albert's Schloss on Peter St. I'm starting there and heading next door for Socialite, a party night at LIV. That night is promotions manager Melissa Penny's birthday. Here's the event on Cool Bars. Get involved!

On Saturday, heavyweight boxing prospect Anthony Joshua takes on his toughest challenge yet against Charles Martin. I'm curious to watch it, but I suspect it'll go on late into the night and I need to be fresh for Sunday.

And what's on Sunday? I need your feedback on the next section of my script at Writers Connect. It's a great creative writing feedback group. If you fancy joining we'll be in Nexus Art Cafe on Dale St from 1pm. If you fancy joining in with the homework, it was a 500-or so word flash fiction science fiction story on 'designer babies'.

Tweet me to get your event included!