My Week In Happy: The Theory of Everything and Chinese New Year


Chasing memories

On Wednesday I decided it was time to boost my girl geek score by going to see The Theory of Everything. The film charts the life of Professor Stephen Hawking, the celebrated theoretical physicist and cosmologist and author of A Brief History of Time.

I was expecting there to be more ‘sciencey bits’ but the story shows Stephen living and loving with a diagnosis with motor neurone disease while acing it academically.

Stephen’s relationship with his wife Jane was the main focus of the film and reminded me that I had in fact seen his daughter Lucy speak at TEDx Salford last October. Lucy is an author and works closely with her dad to write adventure stories for children explaining the science that is the foundation of the wonders of the universe.

I came across a talk that Lucy gave at the World Science Festival in 2014 and related to her feelings about chasing memories of childhood – she’s just a couple of years older than me, so maybe it’s a life-stage thing?

Perhaps there’s something about being in mid-life that fuels the desire to go back and put things in order and revisit the connections that have made us who we are today?

A trip into China Town

As it is Chinese New Year I arranged with a few friends to share a meal in Manchester’s China Town. We shared a delightful meal at Yang Sing on Princess Street. This place offers an extensive menu including many vegetarian choices. Thanks to Angie Chan and Adrian Lunsong for recommendations.

There was  a great buzz about the place and the restaurant was decorated with red lanterns. I noticed many of the women customers wearing red jumpers in honour of the New Year.

We are entering the Year of the Sheep (usually represented by the ram). If you’d like to know more about the Chinese signs of the zodiac check out this iWonder guide.

Manchester has really gone to (China) town in terms of the scale of the celebrations this year. For details of the main event on Sunday 22nd February, and everything else that is going on visit the Celebrate Chinese New Year in Manchester website.

After our meal we headed to St Ann’s Square to see a taster of the ‘Hong Kong Pulse 3D Light Show’ being projected onto the side of St Ann’s Church. A spectacular burst of colour and culture played out before us.

You may notice in the films below a transport theme as the film of the show at Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong is sponsored by Cathay Pacific, Manchester Airport and the Hong Kong Tourism Board. WARNING: Films contain flashing lights.