My husband is quite active on the Manchester Digital scene and many of its members have become regular folk on twitter with whom I correspond. And so, it was a really good idea for me to go to their Xmas Bash at the Mint Lounge in Manchester.
I drove. “So whereabouts in Manchester is this place?” I asked. “It’s in the Northern Quarter,” came the reply.
Of course this means nothing to anyone who doesn’t live there. If, however, you’ve visited the city throughout your life, visual pointers are much more helpful….some recent, new way of describing the city’s various zones…..are not!
So anyway we rocked up at this gaff (ah yes I’m down with the 70’s lingo this morning) with its unassuming entrance. The eventbrite page had implied 600 folk would be present. Fortunately not because it was heaving enough as it was, another what, 300 folk and it would have been intolerable.
I met one person with whom I’d corresponded and some truly lovely others from whom I learned the difference between a nerd and a geek up to the point that the DJ kicked in. Thereafter someone could have walked up to me and said they’d just shot the Prime Minister and I’d have nodded indifferently.
I’ve been to some gigs in my life, from the tiny Roy Harper at the Leeds Irish Centre gig, to the huge Quadrophenia on Hyde Park event…..so I know noise. This was a different level. It was too loud to stay in the same room as the music, I left to vomit three times as the sound resonated throughout my chest cavity….although once in the facilities the heaving stopped and came to nought. As a result we had to leave early because I simply couldn’t stand it any more.
So anyway geeks and nerds. Evidently nerds are tech-heads and talk their own nerdy language whereas geeks are apparently just over zealous fans of stuff…..the kind of people, like my hubby, who buy their T-shirts from Last Exit to Nowhere or Propellerheads because they detail, for example and among others, all the reference numbers to any one of Roland’s drum machines.
I’d actually love to sell Last Exit to Nowhere T-shirts on newroomsonline. Their ideas are ingenious, the themes right up my street and I love their creativity. The Jaws pine, in particular, floats my boat!
So anyway back to the glove….standard black, knitted, unloved and lost : (