Having a Laugh

Need one after a dismal evening at the City of Manchester Stadium yesterday.

After an early chat with Allan Beswick about potholes and FC Utd (they're not connected) I speak at the City Centre Review Event in the Town Hall where we are told by the editor of Manchester Confidential, who is also a Blue Badge guide, that the junction of John Dalton Street and Deansgate is funny, but anybody who gets a laugh out of excessive street furniture has a very weird sense of humour.

Maybe not quite having a laugh but certainly expect to enjoy two engagements today. The first is the official opening of the school on stilts, Irk Valley Primary School, a great building in a fantastic location by the Irk in Lower Crumpsall. Around the city we have an ever-increasing number of superb new schools and Irk Valley matches the best.

From there it's straight to the launch of the Great City Games Manchester 2010 starring world heptathlon champion, Jessica Ennis. The games are the same weekend as the Great Manchester Run and, building on last year's event with Usain Bolt, will include a number of world class athletes including Jessica, sprinter Tyson Gay, and Olympic Gold Medallist Christine Ohuruogo. There will also be a chance for us to participate, although I will stick with the 10k run rather than attempt 150m sprinting.

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