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2012/14 – Manchester

While my other ‘Been There, Done That’ pages are based on holidays, between April 2012 and June 2014 I found myself working for the Co-operative Group, spending four days a week in Manchester.

I posted a number of ‘Ramblings’ (left) reviewing bars and restaurants in and around Manchester’s ‘Northern Quarter’ – well a boy has to do something to occupy his lonely evenings away from home.

Here are some memories of that period of my life.

This is the Holiday Inn Express – my home for much of that period.

Holiday Inn Express, Manchester @

Room 819 was the third window from the left, top floor.

Travelling on Mr Branson’s fine Pendolino trains.

Virgin Pendolinos (Euston) -

Virgin Pendolinos (Euston)

…at considerable speed

High speed rail travel @

High speed rail travel

And I was fortunate enough to spend some time working in ‘1 Angel Square’
The Co-operative’s stunning new head office building.

1 Angel Square. Manchester @

1 Angel Square, from the Co-op Bank Building

1 Angel Square Atrium @

1 Angel Square Atrium

I met some interesting people.

Sensible Drinking with Cleo Rocos @

‘Positive’ drinking with Cleo Rocos

Selfie with Ray Davies @

‘Selfie’ with Ray Davies

An evening with Lee Child @

An evening with Lee Child

Caught up with some old friends.

Meeting Phill Morton @

Phill Morton

Meeting Dave, Paul and Richard Massey @

My Brother Dave, and his sons Paul & Richard

Had some interesting evenings.

Beer Tasting Record @

Beer Tasting Record

Magician at Old Trafford @

This explains a lot!

Saw some unexpected sights! Bob Massey Close - at

Tried to take some ‘arty’ photos.

Terracotta Pigeons at Tib Street, Manchester @

Terracotta Pigeons at Tib Street

Boots on Edge Street, Manchester @

Boots on Edge Street

Manchester Christmas Markets @

Manchester Christmas Markets

Rainbow from the HIX @

Rainbow from my room

Mac users at 'Common' bar, Edge Street

Mac users at Common Bar, Edge Street

Manchester Back Street @

Manchester Back Street

Co-op Bank Building - Miller Street @

Co-op Bank Building – Miller Street

Enjoyed some awesome meals

Almost Famous Burgers - Triple Nom from

Almost Famous Burgers – Triple Nom

KFB, Solita - Manchester - at

Kentucky Fried Burger at Solita

Southern11 Tasting Platter - at

Southern Tasting Platter at Southern 11

Byron Burger at

Byron Burger

Main courses at The Great Kathmandu - from

Nepalese Curry in Didsbury

Cheese Burger - at

BBQ Double Bacon Cheeseburger at Reds

Luck, Lust, Liquor & Burn @

Luck, Lust, Liquor & Burn

And.. after two years as a ‘resident’ – this was what greeted me on my last week in Manchester.

Blue Plaque at the Holiday Inn Express @

‘Blue Plaque’ at the Holiday Inn Express

I was genuinely touched.