We arrived around 11 30 as usual, missing the first couple of races. I had come prepared with blankets, waterproof and hat, all of which were employed during the day. The boys weren't very interested this year and by the end of the day, I think every wheelchair visitor was well aware that playing xbox is greatly preferable to watching a "bunch of old cars drive in the rain", when you're a 12 year old boy.
Last week I continued the theme of historic cars with a trip to Brooklands. It's been 18 months since I last went so it was nice to go. They have recently moved the nearby bus museum there so there was something new to see. Although it's nice seeing someone else enjoy it, especially the opportunity to go on Concorde. The weather was beautiful and I had a lovely afternoon.
On Tuesday this week we went to see the Manic Street Preachers at Shepherds Bush Empire or as every venue now seems to be prefixed, the O2 Empire. It's a bit of a pain to get to but the wheelchair viewing platform is great. Sandra, my carer for this week, kindly agreed to drive which made parking easier and the journey more comfortable. The gig was brilliant; long term readers will know we are long standing Manics fans but this is probably the smallest venue we have seen them play. This was also the first gig for ages when it wasn't freezing cold which made it far easier for me. It's been so long since I have been out at night, that in itself was a treat.
The song above is from the new album which has much more acoustic approach than previously but they played a good selection from their back catalogue and below are short clips of some of the other songs they played