Saturday, 23 February 2008

February catch up

I've neglected the blog for the past week or so here is a little round up of what I have been up to. I know that Mike was getting anxious at the thought of not being featured.

Manchester
I went to visit some old uni housemates for a night during my second week off work. It was a bit of a flying visit, where I ate far too much good food and left feeling a little bit stuffed!

I arrived on the Wednesday and had lunch with Mike and Claire at Feluccini in the centre. Mike told me that he has eaten everything on the menu, a sign that he goes there far too much! I had the crab spaghetti which was a delight. It had an Asian twist with coriander, lime and chili which worked fantastically as a combination with the pasta and crab. It was quite novel for me to have a two hour lunch break on a week day. I kept waiting for someone to look at their watch and make mutterings about needing to get back to work.......

In the early evening Mike gave me a tour of his new lab, the John Garside Building, before we met the Thai pop sensation John for a drink. After picking up Claire from the gym at the end of her class we headed down to Rusholme for a curry. I can't remember the name of the curry house, but if I call it Habitat those aficionados of Rusholme will know where I mean.



On Thursday morning I had a Thai Massage at John's family Thai Gift Shop on Portland St in central Manchester. Every Thai massage I go for seems to be completely different, this one involved the full walking up and down your back routine. I did feel better for it though! I rolled out my stock Thai phrases to get a few laughs and afterwards the masseuse told John she thought I was practically bilingual! This caused hysterics as John knows full well I can only say the five sentences he has taught me.
(P.S. Google Analytics tells me that my review of a Thai Massage in Clapham is one of my more popular pages. Including the words Happy Ending seem to guarantee even more hits. Just in case anyone with a struggling blog like mine is interested! ;-))

Brampton, Cumbria
After Manchester I headed on up to Cumbria for a few days with my family. It was a relaxing time with my grandparents, mum, dad and sister. Here is a picture of Talkin Tarn for you all to enjoy.

It is a kettle hole lake formed in the last ice age for anyone needing a case study for their A'level geography project.

Canteen, Royal Festival Hall
On Wednesday this week I went for dinner with family friends to Canteen at the Royal Festival Hall. I think Canteen is a great chain of restaurants. It met the same high standards as the Spitalfields branch I visited in September.

4 comments:

  1. Habitat! Brilliant. That photo is very good, shall I add it to your Photobox order?

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  2. I think I'll get it developed, but not in jumbo size. I took a few good shots that afternoon.

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  3. Great to see you mate. We shall have to do more meals, more drinks and more nights out soon...next time...London, New York or Bangkok perhaps?

    :)

    For all those interested. My mum's Thai Gift Shop has a little website which I have neglected somewhat of late. www.thaigiftshop.co.uk. Little plug there. :)

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  4. Hah hah, now you know I'll have to write a post about massages in Thailand. What is a happy ending? ;)

    --Steve

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