A fairly fast change at the hotel. Off with the yellow top and denim skirt and on with a brown dress.
In the hotel reception my phone rings. My daughter is awaiting us just outside.
It’s back to the Rembrandt to meet Jae.
Everyone, including Jae, had been at the upstairs bar at the Rembrandt … we hadn’t even noticed that there was an upstairs bar.
At the Rembrandt we head upstairs.
Of course, the bar is empty.
But … we manage to find Jae.
The Red Chilli restaurant is a short walk away at the edge of Manchester’s Chinatown.
Lots of Chinese diners … always a good sign for a Chinese restaurant.
Just three TVs … Tina, Jae and Andrea … together with my daughter Sarah who recommended the restaurant to us.
We sit at the bar for a few minutes looking at the menu and then follow the waitress to the table.
The other diners pay us no particular attention.
We order a selection of dishes … chicken, beef, fish and duck. Rice. Vegetables. Tea. Water.
The chopsticks prove to be not too unmanageable.
After an excellent meal we bid Sarah goodbye and head back towards where Sparkle is at.
“The Place” on Ducie Street is a short walk away and where the early evening get together is.
“Can I take a photo?” asks the photographer as we arrive.
And here it is … Jae, Andrea and Tina at “The Place”.
The original is at:
There are loads of Sparkle pictures at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/paul_jones/sets/72157621516157566/
Tina spots Paula … friend from Surrey Swans, Candy Girls and Trans Femme.
We sit and chat a while and also spot another couple from Surrey Swans.
It’s really nice to get to know Jae a little. We share memories of the first times that we had a chance to see the feminine side of ourselves. They are emotional kind of memories.
As the evening passes Tina and I head for Eden … a bar just across the bridge over the canal on Canal street.
Sitting outside we realise that we are actually seated on a barge that is moored to the side of the bar.
A trio of girls ask Tina to take a picture for them … and they take one of us and we take one of them.
Andrea and Tina at Eden.
The girls that took the photo:
And then … back to the hotel.