Just arriving back into London on the train after a night of Kylie at the MEN Arena yesterday. Shame that I couldn't stay up in Manchester a bit longer, but have a meeting with one of my Lib Dem colleagues this afternoon to discuss the council budget.
Off work yesterday to head up here - went into our HQ in the morning to do some campaigns work and then got into Manchester about 4pm.
Got the tram to Stretford and dropped stuff at Nic and Julie's before we all headed into town. Had a couple of drinks in Zinc, just by the Printworks, which was a pretty nice bar. Met up with my old school friend Sarah along with a couple of her friends - and her Mum, who I hadn't seen since Sarah's 21st, so that was really nice.
Sarah did tell me her brother (who I won't name, to protect the innocent) has joined the Labour Party though. So he's a Man City fan AND a Labour party member, that's a tough life. Only joking, Ben (oops, just blew his cover).
My sister and brother-in-law were up from St.Alban's for it too, so along with their friends it was a pretty social occasion. Then, when we got into the arena, bumped in to two of my Lib Dem colleagues from Camden, Russell and Ed, which was a bit bizarre. Russell and I were involved in Lib Dem Youth & Students together... Seems a long time ago now!
Anyway, the concert was good - though I did see Kylie once before at the Apollo, which was much better... really just because it's a small venue and I was standing right at the front. Our seats were alright last night though - next concert is the Killers in February at the NEC, seats something like Row ZZ in the 17th tier. Will probably be like watching ants running around on the stage.
After budget discussions today, hoping to meet up with a mate for the cinema, then it's Spurs v Newcastle tomorrow. Really need the win to keep in touch with the top six and not slip back. Confident the lads will turn on the style though.