Sunday, 13 April 2008

Family, friends and football weekend

Football, friends and family weekend

I’m just on my way back to London from Bolton after a long weekend back to my family home. I trust a little blog entry will pass the time as well as catching up with the latest men’s style and business reading GQ style and Monocle.

The weekend started early with a work trip to Manchester on Thursday. I was meeting up with the top bar staff from The Living Room Bar & Restaurant to video their top cocktail mixologists concept cocktails with Hotel Chocolat’s Liquid Chocolat – our twist on the classic hot chocolate.

In total we videoed 8 Liquid Chocolat inspired cocktails to which will be released at the beginning of the week – the drinks created were truly fantastic and definitely shows the of Liquid Chocolat – my favourite was between a classic mocha martini and an old fashion chocolat – give me a few days and these will be on my blog.

I booked the Friday of work for a days holiday and spent the day with my parents and old brother – plenty of time to catch up from our Football European trips and time for a few beers. My brother and I ended up heading into Wigan for a northern night out, a hell of a lot different to my London nights out but classic value – such a good laugh and creeping in at 5am – not to wake my parents – It was like being 17 again!

Saturday was all about Football – and Bolton Wanderers game with West Ham. Previously I’ve discussed about Bolton's pitiful plight to stay in the Premiership and my opinion that it’s time for Gary Megson to be sacked – all that however can be discussed when our fate is determined, Saturday was all about getting the 3 points, it was a must win game if we were to have any chance of staying in the premiership. Before the game I fancied a little hung-over flutter all now with hindsight complete waste of money!

The game wasn’t a classic by any stretch of the imagination however, we WON! – objective achieved. We had at least 3 chances cleared off the line and two goals disallowed for offside so to win 1-0 I feel flattered a poorly inspired West Ham.

Kevin Davies scores for Bolton Wanderers

Saturday night I met my old business partner and long term friend, Matthew Buck. We used to own a e-business solutions agency in between university and full time employment to which I passed onto Matt. He has now successfully formed a profitably local IT specialists business based in Wigan (Ratware) serving the North West of England. We discussed his latest IT support contracts and network installations whilst also reviewing his business marketing plans and new website – all this over a few too many bottles of beer and a fantastic Chinese take-away! Seeing how far his business has development is testimony to all his hard work and I trust a few online marketing tips will really help him grow his company further to meeting the vast demand for improved IT systems in the north-west, it was great inspiration to see an old high school and college friend now a fully profitable entrepreneur.

Here’s a link to Matt’s IT systems and network software business and also a cheeky link to his network engineering blog.

Well that’s my blog update for the weekend – always great to nip back home even if only for a brief few days… back now to London.

1 comment:

JMatt said...

Hi Chris,

Was great seeing you last night and thanks for the e-marketing tips! I'm going to do some website house keeping this week at www.ratwareuk.com