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Sparkle 2009

090710~Good friend Seux+Tina at sparkle (34)

Sparkle Pic ~ Seux and Tina!!

Sparkle in Manchester was fun.  You might like to check out these websites for a bit more background

http://www.sparkle.org.uk/ http://www.flickr.com/groups/sparkle05/

They reckoned there were 1500 tgirls there, so it must make it one of the biggest gatherings of trannies anywhere in the world, if not the biggest.  That’s the 5th one and we have only missed one and that wasn’t by choice.  I bet there can’t be many other tgirls (if any), with a wife that has been four times, so thanks A-M.

It’s a bit of a trek from where I live on the Surrey/Hants border, 200 miles (4 hours) to Manchester and not the best of roads.  It’s a long w/e starting on Friday which we had taken off and we’d planned on coming back after the Sunday lunch at Villagio’s. In the end we had to get back very early Sunday morning as A-M was having her assessment/ pre-training day at the Samaritans ~  we had to be back at 10 am!!

We didn’t seem to do a lot, but it was fun.

We started off with a ‘drab’ lunch with our long-standing friends Astrid and Sandra, Davina and Jackie on Friday. We then checked-in at the Novotel on Portland St, certainly one up from the Ibis last year.  Bigger room, bigger and better mirrors! Nicer bar and good breakfast, but really we weren’t planning on spending too much time there.

We did though have an early evening drink in the bar and met ‘another hen party’ (see Brighton trip!).  The bride was staying opposite our room and had spoken to my wife about disturbing our ‘romantic w/e’…….  When she said what we were doing there, they all wanted to meet me.   It’s all part of the fun, lol.

Next off, a quick taxi to an early evening ‘cocktail’ party at the snazzy Place apartments (free glass of champagne on entry, very nice).  It was a good place to see who was about and catch up.  Then a quick walk to the Chinese quarter and the Little Yang Sing again!  I guess we could have gone anywhere.  It was lively and our group of six always have fun together.

Saturday during the day we have usually split up, tgirls and wives, meeting for lunch but shopping separately in the morning and doing our own thing in the afternoon.  But this time, A-M and I went off together first to a Chinese supermarket and then in and around the Arndale centre, Primark, Debenhams wherever.  Actually it was the first time A-M has been shopping with Tina and well, we just had fun, meeting up with the others for lunch just as it started to rain.

Actually the forecast was that it was going to be typical Manchester weather and pour down all afternoon, but it held off till quite late in the evening, so the Sparkle activities in the park went on OK.  Lots of tranny rock bands, strutting their stuff, then more strutting as there was a sort of Miss Sparkle, but my main focus was on meeting people.

There were also lots of stalls away from the stage area, lots of info stalls, one for Repartee magazine, another for Transliving,  fashion, fetish or otherwise, wigs, make-overs, even the local police!  Basically you could just stand around waiting to spot old friends or make new ones.

Ps Talking of Transliving;  I’m told that the article I wrote for it on Miss Fabuliss is actually out now.  Now all I need to do is find a copy!!      http://www.transliving.co.uk/tli-online/index1.html

Anyway, back to Saturday afternoon,  I have to give a special mention to Tina Penny who I’d only know through Flickr and then a few emails.  Nice to have a decent chat Penny.

And also to Seux (pictured with me above).  Up to that point, we had only chatted on the net.  I think I found her through Yahoo360.  Anyone that followed me there will know that we liked to visit each others blogs.  She is many things.  Of course a real live woman, with loving husband (Thor), daughter Lola) and assorted menagerie of pets etc.  She is strict Vegan.  Runs her own herbalist website http://www.hippoherbal.com/ …….but has another job often through the night, moderating internet chats (great work if you can get it!!).   A great dresser in true Goth fashion, loves Lennon/Yoko, very genuine.    Anyway she made the effort to come up specially (I think) to meet me and A-M.  We only managed half an hour, but I am so glad she made the effort…and Seux I thought Thor was lovely. I hope you had a nice evening before the rain came.

After that, rush back to hotel, to change for another evening out, a glass of wine in each others rooms, before a rather nice meal in a South American place called Tropeiro.  You helped yourself to a buffet of salads/veg etc while the waiters kept bringing you a variety of meats until you told them you had had enough.  Different and again, great atmosphere.

It was raining afterwards and Ann-Maria and I needed to rush back to the hotel to get an early night, while our friends were carrying on for drinks and hopefully a dance or three, in or around Canal St.

I guess it just sounds like a normal weekend away and having a few meals.  Well it is true that is what it was.  But to be Tina for a whole w/e, well it would have been 48 hours, in the end it was a bit less, but it doesn’t matter.  We had a good time amongst friends; I could be Tina out and about.  No arguments…….time with good friends and perhaps new ones made.  Well I guess that makes for a good weekend and I hope to be there again next year.

Dates already announced 9,10,11 July 2010!

If you have been, thanks for reading.

Love & hugs TinaCortina xx


August 7, 2009 - Posted by | musings of a tgirl, sparkle | , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. Hi Tina, glad to read of your nice time. I’m off limits dressing wise – fell off a tree and wearing a purple fibreglass cast – cracked a wrist, LoL.

    Hugs Anna

    Comment by Anna Arendt | August 7, 2009 | Reply

  2. That’s a super pic of you both. Worth waiting for. Lol.

    Hugs Anna x

    Comment by Anna Arendt | August 10, 2009 | Reply

    • Hi Anna

      Thanks for both comments. Yes Seux is a real charachter. We had chatted online for quite sometime, so it was great to meet up with her.


      Tina x

      Comment by TinaCortina | September 1, 2009 | Reply

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