It was a fairly uneventful drive down the M6 (I hate that stretch of motorway it is hell!). The tricky bit came when we got to the City centre. Spaghetti Junction was not a patch on what Cheryl had to drive through. So we got ourselves sorted and started sight seeing around the City centre. It was odd sitting outside the Bullring shopping centre and next to it was a church from the 17th or18th century. A clash of modern and old ideologies clashing in Birmingham. We wondered around for the afternoon through the market stalls and on to the canal area via the City museum. To round of a really good day we went to have a curry with a Curry House conveniently next door to the hotel. Birmingham living up to it's reputation there.
On to Saturday and we warmed up for the Globetrotters with a really nice trip to Shakespeare's birthplace, Stratford-Upon-Avon, a town which has a real charm about it and they have kept a lot of the old Tudor houses in good shape. A blazing hot day again and we went on a really gentile cruise along the canal which kept us a cool for a while. With the hot weather it reminded both of us of being in Mexico on honeymoon (good times). We ventured or really meandered along taking in the beauty, charm and wonderful archtecture of Stratford.
Now for the main event; the Harlem Globetrotters at the LG Arena (formerly the National Indoor Arena or N.I.A for short). Entering the venue was like heading into a funky 1970's club as it was a massive reception area where you could eat, drink, play Basketball it was so vast. We went in and got our seats and you saw that there was not going to be a big crowd there that night. Basketball is not a real popular game in England but has a small following. Basketball has a difficult job to attract and market the game in this country due to the established sports that have existed in this country for over a century now.
The game itself was the Globetrotters against the Washington Generals (the usual suspects they seem to be playing through out their tour). Parts of it was a very impressive display of skills and tricks and what I remember from watching on video and television when I was a teenager. There was also the American over acting that appears in WWE wrestling which felt really cringing at times for me. For the kids and their families they loved it most probably. At times they over hammed their acting and the microphones they used did not work very well and we could only hear about half what they were saying. At the end with my programme I got a couple of autographs from the players as partly proof of being their and being like a kid again. The crush was unbelievable as there were pushy parents and kids trampling over each other to get their first. Sad, yes but it is all in the name of getting the list done. Overall a great weekend away and really happy I got to see the Globetrotters.