Oh hey December! Before we head full steam into a month filled with festive cheer, dwindling bank accounts and all things sparkly, it’s time for me to give you guys a little update on what I’ve been up to this November.
This month I…
Attended the CIPR Pride awards
The wonderful PR company that I work for (yes, I’m biased but it’s still true) were shortlisted for an award at the CIPR Pride North West awards last month. This also meant that our team got to attend a fancy dinner and awards ceremony held at The Principal Hotel, Manchester. A few of my colleagues, our client and I headed into the city after work and caught up over welcome drinks.
The evening kicked off with some rather eclectic entertainment in the form of an all singing, all dancing brass band, Mr Wilson’s Second Liners, and a pub quiz to raise funds for Kidscan before starting the awards ceremony with a more sombre tone.
Just before the main awards ceremony began, the Greater Manchester Police Communications Team were given a special recognition award for their remarkable work during, and in the aftermath of the terror attack in Manchester earlier this year. Martyn Hett’s mother and step-father spoke alongside them (Marytn worked for a fellow Manchester-based PR company and tragically lost his life on 22 May 2017 in the Manchester Arena bombing) and it was an incredibly humbling moment.
I felt truly honoured to be a tiny part of the North West PR community and we walked away with the silver award in our nominated category so it was a great result (and another trophy to add to the ever-expanding cabinet!)
*image courtesy of Steve Pope Photography
Went To That London
Adam had tickets to see Queens of the Stone Age with his sister and brother-in-law (who live in London) so we decided to make a whole weekend of it. We managed to find super cheap return train tickets from Picadilly to Euston so figured that it was a slightly better option than driving the nine-hour round trip!
Lucie has never actually been to London before so I took great pleasure in taking her around Camden Town and markets. Of course, she absolutely loved it! I had to restrain myself when browsing in the Collectif store (we were both bemused by the ‘Bang Bang Chicken Man‘ nearby) and we’re planning a return trip in the next few months.
Whilst Adam and Co headed over to Wembley on Saturday night for the gig, Lucie and I enjoyed a girlie night in with Adams gorgeous six-year-old niece and watched lots of dinosaur-themed movies. Over the course of the weekend, we also found time to visit the Natural History Museum, spotted Big Ben, visited Buckingham Palace and enjoyed some (more) Christmas shopping in Leicester Square.
Sadly, I didn’t get time to go to Liberties, hit Oxford Street, stalk Tom Hardy in Richmond or catch a show in the West End but it’s all on my list for next time.
Enjoyed Live Music
It’s been a while since I’ve been to a gig; the last one was back in August when I saw Frank Turner at the Big Issue North fundraiser in Manchester.
Hotclub of Cowtown is a band that I’ve seen before and I love the bluesy country vibe, so when my friend Lewis asked if I fancied seeing them again at The Met in Bury, I happily accepted. They were phenomenal live and are incredibly talented musicians. I have an odd fascination with the double bass and watching Elana James burn up the electric violin made me want to learn how to play an instrument (I only ever got as far as the recorder when I was 7 years old).
Adam and I had tickets to see Royal Blood at Manchester Arena a couple of weeks ago and I was really looking forward to this gig in particular as I’d missed out on their last tour. They didn’t disappoint! The second support band, At The Drive-In, left a lot to be desired but the main act was absolutely brilliant and had us on our feet throughout the entire set (we had seated tickets which was a first for me – gigs are for dancing!)
Talked on BBC Radio 5 Live
After posting a tweet about my feelings towards the current trend of ‘luxury’ advent calendars, I received a message from BBC Radio 5 Live asking if I’d like to speak on the show later that day (FYI, I think they’re ridiculous and unnecessary).
As it was a weekday, I was at work but stayed a little later to chat with Tony Livesley. This was a complete ‘spur-of-the-moment’ decision and out of my comfort zone given that I’m an introvert and hate public speaking. However, I figured that I’d take the opportunity by the horns and it would make good practice for a work presentation I had to give to a client at the end of November!
It all went to plan, I had a little rant on the radio like a miserable old grinch and didn’t drop the ‘C’ bomb live on air so that’s always a positive. That’s my November – how was yours?