Isle of Man TT 2016 : Day 1

Joey Dunlop Memorial at the Bungalow, Isle of Man

It is 29th May 2016 and the start of Practice Week for the 2016 Isle of Man TT Races.

It is also my first time over to the Isle of Man in many, many years, and actually my first time for any of the racing.

With it being my first time over I took some advice and went for Practice Week, actually four days of Practice Week.  The reasons behind this are…

  1.  It’s cheaper.  Much cheaper.  This year it cost £115 for the return sailing for me and the bike.
  2. It’s easier to get accomodation.  I picked up a ‘4 Star’ (according to Booking.com) Hotel for £60 a night.

That totals up to £295 for the four days.  That’s not too bad.

So I met up with a couple of lads and headed off to Dublin.  Reaching the ferry without drama and boarding the ship worry free.

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Here is where I meet my first (of few) difficulties.

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TT2017 Fever Strikes

With the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company releasing the final invoices for the 2017 TT the internet has been inundated with comments, discussions, crying sessions and temper tantrums.  Some good, some bad, most of the bad being hilarious and some just plain stupid.

However one thing is for sure, the TT faithful are getting excited and so am I.  I will be going back for the practice week, at a bargain £115 return on the ferry.

So just to wet some appetites even further I will be posting up my Day by Day Review of my 2016 Isle of Man Trip.  I thought I had probably left any sort of posting a little late however seeing the frenzy that has been whipped up this week it seems like a good enough time to post up my take on things and let those looking forward to going wet their appetite a little bit more…

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MontBlanc StarWalker Urban Speed Ballpoint Pen

MontBlanc StarWalker Urban Speed Ballpoint Pen

Continuing on with my pen theme from yesterday and the gallery of the very rare and much sought after Breitling Ballpoint pen I have another fine writing instrument to introduce you to.

The MontBlanc StarWalker Urban Speed :

MontBlanc StarWalker Urban Speed Ballpoint Pen Information Sheet
MontBlanc StarWalker Urban Speed Ballpoint Pen Information Sheet

MontBlanc Writing Instruments need no introduction, and yes they are expensive, but no it is not just a pen.  Everyone needs to write with a nice pen,everyone should have a premium pen and you know deep down you actually want one!

We all do it, walking past the shops in the airport or the jewellers on the High Street, you look in the window, and think, ‘yeah…yeah!’

This MontBlanc though breaks the mould a little in my opinion.  It has a much more mordern design and look than that of the classic Meisterstück,for example.

The finish as you should expect is impecable, and again as you would expect the writing experience is refined and perfect.

Try it some day and try it in a store, it is an experience.  The pen will be presented to you with a pad.  The sales person will most likely be wearing gloves as they handle the pen, the pad will be branded, high quality and heavily weighted paper and you will be free to write, sign, doodle…whatever.

And you will enjoy it, the buying experience will add to the overall enjoyment of owning the pen, a premium pen that the most common comment you are likely to hear as you use it, is probably something like, ‘Wow, it that a real one?’

Gallery :

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The BMW Club United Kingdom & Ireland – Ulster Section : 2016 Photo Rally.

BMW Club United Kingdom & Ireland Ulster Section 2016 Photo Rally

Well now that the photo rally is over for another year, having met its deadline on 31st October 2016, I will post up my entries for each county.  Just so you can see where I was at, and maybe add a few locations to your list of places to visit should you ever find yourself in Northern Ireland & the Republic of Ireland…

The bear that keeps featuring is the mascot of the charity that the Club were supporting this year : https://www.shinecharity.org.uk

Photo Rally Entry Gallery :

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Breitling Pen – Limited Edition / Rare

Breitling Limited Edition / Rare Ballpoint Pen

I am a fan of a nice pen, with it being mightier than the sword and such, it is always worth writing with a nice pen.

I was lucky enough to receive a Brietling Pen for Christmas 2015 and as much as I have tried I have been able to find out very little information about it.

What I do know is that it is rare and probably originated from a Breitling Authorised Dealer.  What I also know is that it is a quality writing instrument, well made, even more well finished and like all things Breitling, supremely cool!

The finish is a hard plastic, each of the letters moves, it feels tough and sturdy – however the important things with a pen are grip and writing quality.  The pen is comfortable, and the ink smooth, although the original refill is a little wet, meaning depending on how you hold the pen, or if you are left handed it may cause smudging.  This is easily sorted however as the pen takes a standard Parker Style refill.  IT’s a great pen.  For me though it is more of a collector’s piece.   With the box tucked safely away in storage and the pen in a quality leather sheath, I am happy to say I own one of these rare items, and frequently keep an eye out for another – just to have as a daily user!

Gallery :

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