Went to Birmingham for the day
It was great
Didn't buy anything as I had no money
Went to Hawkins Wine Bar for lunch
My brother is back from Saudi
Went into Stafford in the evening
Birmingham is one of those cities that has changed out of all proportion. I used to go once a week in the late 80s as I had staff in the Lewis's store and Topman (ahh those were the days when I did around 60,000 business miles a year, no stuck behind a desk in those days... just the open road and my own timetable... bliss! Oh and one of the first mobile phones that was the size & weight of a house brick with a HUGE ariel... the phone lost its charge in about 1/2 after being unplugged (result as I hated it). I even had a handsfree kit in the car & my phone bills were in the £100's.)
Brum is only 80 miles from here but used to take an age to get there (mind you Oxford was so much worse with only the A40 back then!). Such a bottle neck in the middle of England. It is a bit easier now with the M6 toll road but it still fills my heart with dread when I have to drive South through that part. A few years ago I was on a weeks training course in Birmingham and wow how impressed was I with the changes. The 'Bullring' used to be a no go area now it has fancy shops and is a pleasure to visit ... well done Birmingham (do visit the link to Wikipedia.. I had no idea abouts its historic roots).
Well today has been spent painting my hall.
In December 2007 I had a lovely porch put on the front of my house. Shortly after I had an accident and damaged my shoulder (it involved a window ledge, snagged curtains, Take That and no alcohol) so nothing could be done.
I had an operation onmy shoulder in October 2008 and whilst I was off I had the old front door and frame taken out and the hall and porch area plastered. So today, almost 6 months after the op (which is a 9 - 12 month recovery time) I tested out the surgeons work. Yahooo!!! that man knows his stuff & has done a fine job.... the bionic shoulder is rebuilt and working well ... look out the rest of the house 70s is back with her roller :-)
p.s. I am off into non internet land til Sunday night ... have a great Easter everyone :-)
p.p.s. Happy Birthday to my Great nephew 'E'..... bad Gt Aunt 70s failed to send you a card (I have it here ready to go but I am seeing your Mum next week so it will have a special pressy attached !)... will make it up to you and search for fossils and dead things with you soon plus I promise to play computer games which involve shooting and fast cars with you x (note to self just send the card with money in future !!)