Culture Club at Manchester Evening News Arena


Trips & Adventures – 18 November 2018

Thanks to Unique X who offered Out In The City a VIP experience at the Manchester Evening News Arena to see Culture Club, one of the most influential groups of the 1980’s.

In the UK they amassed twelve Top 40 hit singles between 1982 and 1999, including the number ones “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me” and “Karma Chameleon”, the latter being the biggest selling single of 1983. The highlights included the encores “Let’s Dance” by David Bowie and “Get It On” by T-Rex and my personal favourite “Everything I Own”.

The support acts were Tom Bailey (from the Thompson Twins) and Belinda Carlisle. Tom Bailey had an all female backing group and Belinda Carlisle had an all male backing group, but they were both really good. We all had a great night out.


Manchester Airport


Trips & Adventures – 15 November 2018

Only Stuart and I travelled from Piccadilly station to the airport but we were expecting to meet Peter there. However, he had jumped on the bus from the airport to the viewing park, which left at 10.50am. The next one was in an hour. A very nice man told us about an alternative bus, which went part way leaving a ten minute walk. He then looked at the two of us more closely and then said: “well, maybe 15 to 20 minutes.”

Peter had been busy taking lots of photos of planes taking off and landing, before we arrived. Stuart had brought a pair of binoculars but Peter got some really good shots (see here) with his long extension.

Manchester Airport is one of Europe’s busiest airports and planes were taking off or landing every couple of minutes including British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Condor, Easy Jet, Fly Be, Jet 2 Holidays, Qatar Airways, Ryanair, Thomas Cook and Turkish Airlines. However, Concorde which has not flown since 2003 was spotted in a hangar. Concorde was a British-French turbojet-powered supersonic passenger airliner that was operated from 1976 until 2003. It had a maximum speed over twice the speed of sound.

We walked back towards the bus stop, stopping at a pub called The Romper which offers great food. The scampi and the gammon, accompanied by triple cooked chips and mushy peas, were good but the gooseberry crumble with custard or ice cream was really superb. No mumbles or grumbles here.

The Romper has stood for over 400 years – the characterful, low-ceilinged section of the building may once have been the local smithy. What is known for sure is that The Romper was once named The Red Lion, though at some point in its existence, a local village wag bequeathed it the nickname, “The Rompin’ Kittlin”. One story goes that a local painter had repainted the lion on the pub’s sign one day, but when he presented his efforts to the drinkers at the bar he was met with derision. They sneeringly declared it bore more resemblance to a romping kitten than a rampant lion.

It was a great day out and congratulations are due to Peter who has already completed his target of walking 1,000 miles this year.

National Science and Media Museum Bradford


Trips & Adventures – 8 November 2018

We arrived at Bradford Interchange at 11.25am and headed immediately for Bradford Library. Apparently our website has been “blocked” by Bury Library and we wanted to check if this was the case elsewhere.

Fortunately, we were able to see the website and fully access all areas, so we will have to sort out the issue in Bury.

The next stop was Wetherspoons where we sampled a variety of the meals on offer. The place was packed out with customers and we just about beat the queues.

We then made our way to the National Science and Media Museum. In September 2011 the museum was voted the best indoor attraction in Yorkshire by the public, and it is one of the most visited museums in the north of England.

The museum has seven floors of galleries with permanent exhibitions focusing on photography, television, animation, videogaming, the internet and the scientific principles behind light and colour. It also hosts temporary exhibitions and maintains a collection of 3.5 million pieces in its research facility.

We watched some iconic moments from television including snooker on a black and white television from the 70’s. This led to commentator Ted Lowe giving his famous quote: “… and for those of you who are watching in black and white, the pink sits behind the yellow.”

We were particularly impressed by some of the interactive exhibits which explore light and sound in the Wonderlab.

Finally, we headed over to the The Alhambra Theatre, named after the Alhambra palace in Granada, Spain, for refreshments. It was built in 1913 at a cost of £20,000 for theatre impresario Francis Laidler, and opened in 1914. In 1964, Bradford City Council bought the Alhambra for £78,900 and in 1974, it was designated a Grade II listed building. It underwent extensively refurbishment in 1986. Today it is a receiving house for large-scale touring theatre of all types and the main house seats 1,456. There was a performance about to start but Stuart and I were given a quick tour.



Cloud 23 at Beetham Tower


Trips & Adventures – 1 November 2018

Three of us went for expensive drinks at Cloud 23 located on the 23rd floor of the Beetham Tower. We enjoyed extensive views over Manchester (see the Photo Gallery) and some of us dressed especially for the occasion.
Although 2 coffees and a gin and tonic cost nearly £25 it was worth it for the experience.