manchester... la-la-la... manchester... la-la-la

i have decided that i don't know this country well enough so i am going to try and visit some of the biggest english cities. to start me off i drove up to manchester yesterday. it was a good drive and a good day all round really. i forgot that manchester united were playing at home and my hotel was close to old trafford so i ended up drinking in the hotel bar with a load of the famous non-manchester based fans. it rained non-stop while i was up there so after a nose round the centre early this morning i decided to head home via the peak district and then blast down the m1.

the biggest event was that the white stripes were staying at the same hotel as me so all the staff were running around trying to get autographs. i am not too bothered by that sort of thing but i do like elephant (their most recent album).

contrary to the forecast, the weather is rather good today (in ipswich at least) so i'll get the grass cut now and then sit down with a drink and a book. not a bad way to spend a bank holiday weekend overall.