Saturday, December 18, 2004
A short drive up the M6, navigating cones round Charnock Richard, liaison on the windswept forecourt of Darwen Services and a brief drive to a piece of wasteground on which the charge is £4 to park. Negotiating deep puddles and slippery slopes, a short walk to Ewood Park. Thoroughly uninspiring football game but nice toilets. One point won. A long, ill-tempered shunt from the lake-like car park all the way uphill and out along the A677 and down the motorway again, J31 to J20, Salmesbury to Lymm. Man United on the radio, superceded by Fall tribute cd once it becomes clear their opponents won't beat them. Intermittent rain. A Christmas meal among friends in a cosy Cheshire satellite town, bread and wine to end. Home over Thelwall Viaduct, five lanes down to one tonight. Youths outside the Western, 11.05pm. Inside, bursting out the rattling windows, very loud karaoke. Another glass of red before bed. A winter's day, Northern England, 2004.