Week 52- Rock Climbing aka The End

In the last blog of a memorable year we find Mike in what is almost literally a cliff hanger ending as he heads to Sky High Adventure to complete his last activity on New Year’s Eve. Read all about his visit and a couple of paragraphs that in GCSE English that could happily be labelled…

Week 51- Skiing

With only one blog to go after this one things are going downhill fast as Mike takes on Skiing at Chill Factore in Manchester. I’ll try to avoid making any more skiing puns now as they are a slippery slope and you’ll think i’m taking the piste… Franz Klammer, Eddie the Eagle, erm Rodger Moore…

Week 50- Christmas Parkrun

It was Christmas Day and as bells rang out across the land to announce the birth of the baby Jesus / people opened presents that they didn’t like and pretended to be happy “ohhh a whisk that doubles as a ice scraper, how did you know?”. While all this was going on Mike showed his…

Week 49- Ellis snooker Challenge

With only 4 sports or activities to go things have been made considerably more difficulty by the fact all classes and sporting venues have shut down for Christmas, selfishly forgetting Mike has a blog to finish. However inspiration struck, and week 49 was the resumption of a titanic sporting clash… Liverpool v Man United, Barcelona…

Week 48-Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

It’s Monday night and Mike is being thrown onto a mat by a series of different men wearing jackets that make them look like ice cream men. Any claims that the reason for the blog is so he can be manhandled by men is a complete fabrication, no matter what graffiti on toilet walls around…

Week 47-Nordic Walking

It’s Raining hard on a cold Saturday in December and rather than sheltering in a nice, warm bar drinking a tasty craft ale by a roaring fire Mike is instead wandering around a wet, deserted pub car park in Marple looking for a man with sticks… With the end of the year two weeks away…

Week 46-Laughter Yoga

It’s a cold Monday night and Mike has just headed into Terrace Bar in the Northern Quarter. On this occasion he is not buying a craft beer infused with grapefruit and sourced from Detroit for upwards of £5. No instead he’s off to Laughter Yoga.What’s laughter yoga you ask? Well step inside the strange and…

Week 45-Quidditch

On a snowy Saturday in mid December, Mike ventures into the wizarding realm. So put down your wand, pick up your pint of butterbeer and get ready for a magical festive adventure in the grounds of Hogwarts itself. (Or alternatively put down your sky plus remote, pick up a can of Carling and read about…

Week 44-Karate (kind of)

I’m dispensing with the normal start to the blog for this week only. On Friday my Lovely, brilliant nan sadly passed away an d I’m writing this from the registry office in Dukinfield (I know, glamour) waiting for my appointment to register her passing. It’s not like the current BBC series Love, Lives and records…

Week 43- Ladies Badminton

Only 9 to go now, and Mike has returned to the place labelled Stalybridge’s best leisure centre Copley … (the fact it’s the only one is by the by!) As well as this the brightly lit cafe does serve Carling, so if you are a fan of unwelming lager drank while enjoying watching kids karate…

Week 42-Tai Chi

It’s a rainy Saturday morning and we join Mike in Chinatown! He’s currently looking for the entrance to the Manchester Tai Chi Centre. Unfortunately this means that he has been loitering outside famed city centre strip club Long Legs for about 5 minutes. Anyone who says going to Tai Chi was a feeble excuse as…

Week 41-Netball

We rejoin Mike on Monday night as he hotfoots it from XShape to Leigh, a town most famous for having a Rugby League team and not much else really! I mean surely every town worth it’s salt has at least one infamous murderer on its wiki page. Anyway Mike is here for netball, and things…