Download All Your Photobucket Images / Galleries (Mac Solution)

If like me Photobucket (I won’t even link to the trash) has shafted you by deciding to effectively take ownership of your photographs and content – and break who knows how many of your internet links, whether they be on social media, blogs, albums from yesteryear – we are running out of time until their next shafting!

It is a long story behind this saga but it can basically be summed up as follows – of course this is just my opinion – but here goes…

The Photobucket Story So Far:

  1.  Photobucket Got Greedy.
  2. Photobucket froze millions of users out of their accounts – then decided to charge extortionate prices to let people back in.  In the region of $400 a year to be a Premium member!  Or if you didn’t want to be Premium you could pay $99 / year to be ‘allowed’ to link to your own photos elsewhere – such as on this blog!  The result was the internet became flooded with this image :

    Photobucket held the internet to ransom in 2017 - 2019
    Photobucket held the internet to ransom in 2017 – 2019
  3. The internet obviously reacted with fury as billions of images had just been effectively deleted.  Well established forums lost years of valuable photos and posts – imagine a Tutorial on a car site with no photos – that is the reality!  Only that car site with the tutorial – was actually millions of sites and millions of tutorials, threads, content that could never be replaced.  Original Posters (OPs) abandoned threads, abandoned writing content, it was a disaster for many really decent sites – all Photobuckets fault.
  4. Photobucket reacted – they allowed the ‘hotlinking’ of images again – and the internet got its content back – but honestly the damage was done.  There was a caveat though – the images were only back temporarily.  The Photobucket fat cats decided to give users a ‘grace period’ to get their accounts in order and more importantly pay up!

    Photobucket Price Plans 2019
    Photobucket Price Plans 2019
  5. If you didn’t pay up you went to a free account – which they claim to be approximately 250 images.

To be fair – at those prices I would have paid.  But the disgraceful, underhanded behaviour displayed by Photobucket means I never will!

Read moreDownload All Your Photobucket Images / Galleries (Mac Solution)

Hello Maritime Mile, Belfast

Hello Maritime Mile
Hello Maritime Mile

#HelloMaritimeMile Press Release :

Previously silent objects are waking up and looking for someone to chat to!

Date: 4 Feb 2019 – 17 Mar 2019
Time: Any time that takes your fancy between the above dates.
Venue: From Donegall Quay, Belfast to Queen’s Road, Belfast

Objects along the stretch known as Maritime Mile in Belfast are ‘waking up’, and anyone with a mobile phone can strike up a conversation and hear what they have to say!

Starting at the Big Fish at Donegall Quay, people will be able to interact by text with a range of well-known maritime landmarks, finishing at the HMS Caroline at Alexandra Dock. Key ‘objects’ include:

Big Fish
Belfast Harbour
SS Nomadic
Titanic Belfast
The Great Light
HMS Caroline
The project aims engage both visitors and residents of the city to learn more about the notable landmarks that are located along the scenic riverside stretch, as well as have some fun.

Background

‘Hello Maritime Mile’ is a pilot ‘Smart Cities’ project between Belfast City Council, Titanic Foundation, Tourism NI, Ulster University and Hello Lamp Post. It will run for six weeks until St Patrick’s Day (17 March). See our St Patrick’s Day events.

How to play

1. Find an object
Look out for an object signposted with the yellow branding.

2. Say ‘Hello’
Send a text to 028 250 222 55 in this format:
“Hello” plus object name e.g. “Hello Big Fish”

3. You’ll soon get a reply!
Chat with the object to learn some fun facts and hear other peoples’ stories.

Please note, standard network rates apply and all messages are anonymous.

See the original article here : https://www.belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-101787.aspx

Information from DiscoverNorthernIReland Website : https://discovernorthernireland.com/things-to-do/activities/tours-and-itineraries/maritime-mile2/

The Hastag : #HelloMaritimeMile :

Make sure to use the hashtag #HelloMaritimeMile and upload you best snaps to Instagram and Twitter.

Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/hellomaritimemile/

Twitter : https://twitter.com/search?q=hellomaritimemile

Read moreHello Maritime Mile, Belfast

Evolution Camping : Statement (26/02/2019)

Evolution Camping Scam 2019
Evolution Camping Scam 2019

Important Information for anyone using ‘Evolution Camping’ in 2019 :

Some very unfortunate news coming out of the Isle of Man tonight in relation to Evolution Camping, which no doubt will have an impact and a resultant loss for many visitors to the island for this year’s TT Festival…

Hopefully this will come to a satisfactory conclusion for all those affected.  If you are affected make sure to contact the Isle of Man Police and please share this information so that a full and accurate case can be presented against any offender(s).

https://www.facebook.com/IOMpolicemedia/

The Official Isle of Man Visitor Website can be found here : https://www.visitisleofman.com/where-to-stay

The Google Reviews for Evolution Camping shed a little more light on the experience of people from 2018 :

Evolution Camping Reviews

Read moreEvolution Camping : Statement (26/02/2019)

NI Motorcycle Festival 2019

NI Motorcycle Festival 2019
NI Motorcycle Festival 2019

The NI Motorcycle Festival returns this weekend (8th – 10th February 2019) to the Eikon Centre, Lisburn. In it’s fourth year at the Eikon it is touting itself as Northern Irelands’ Biggest Motorcycle Show and it promises a weekend full of action and bikes.

So what has changed from last year and does it deliver on these promises?

In case you missed it here are my thoughts on the 2018 Show : http://tbni.blog/2018/02/07/ni-motorcycle-festival-2018-motorcyclefest-eikon-centre-lisburn/

Truth be told, very little has changed. It is still like a big showroom, with a load of stalls in the back.

As you can see in my previous 2018 review I tried my best to find the positives in the show and to be honest I really hate being negative about such things – especially things that involve bikes, a show – and Northern Ireland trying to bring itself on par with events and exhibitions, but sometimes – when there is negativity it just shines through in the truth.

I am not going to paint this one through rose tinted glasses – I hoped things would have improved but alas here it is – the NI Motorcycle Festival 2019 Review.

NI Motorcycle Festival 2019 : Kawasaki H2
NI Motorcycle Festival 2019 : Kawasaki H2

Read moreNI Motorcycle Festival 2019

2019 Road Racing Rider Line-Up (So Far…)

Burrows Engineering 2019 Livery

The 2019 International Road Racing Season is just round the corner and the last few weeks have been filled with #paddockrumour and whispers.

TBNI.Blog have put together the facts to bring you the 2019 Road Racing Rider Line-Up (so far).  Will he?  Won’t he?  Who is with who?  Who has moved?  Who hasn’t?  Who is back?

Importantly : Bruce Anstey is back!  

Read more2019 Road Racing Rider Line-Up (So Far…)

2019 NI Motorcycle Festival : Eikon Centre, Lisburn : 8th – 10th February 2019

NI MotorcycleFest 2019
NI MotorcycleFest 2019

The 2019 NI Motorcycle Festival – Ireland’s Largest Motorcycle Festival – returns to the Eikon Centre, Lisburn from 8th – 10th February 2019.

With something for everyone the events, activities and attractions include :

  • exhibits from local dealerships covering a huge range of manufacturers
  • local accessory stores
  • local event information points
  • live displays and shows
  • and maybe even a bit of pit bike racing

So there is plenty to see and do, plenty to add to your wish list, or maybe even empty your wallet on the day.


Check out my Review and Gallery of the 2018 NI MotorcycleFest Here


Check out the Official 2019 NI MotorcycleFest Website Here


2019 NI MotorcycleFest Floor Plan
2019 NI MotorcycleFest Floor Plan

2019 Isle of Man TT Schedule : Practice and Race Programme

THE ISLE OF MAN TT RACES 2019 :

2019 will see the return to the Mountain Course of the 2018 record breakers: Dean Harrison and Peter Hickman. In perfect conditions they pushed the lap record to over 134mph and finally to 135.452mph – making the Isle of Man TT the fastest road race on the planet. Can they go faster in 2019? Can John McGuinness, Michael Dunlop or Ian Hutchinson handle their pace? With the countdown underway, the answers draw closer!

Peter Hickman Breaking Records at the 2018 Isle of Man TT
Peter Hickman Breaking Records at the 2018 Isle of Man TT

The TBNI.Blog has been updated to contain the latest race schedule – click here to learn more and subscribe for free!


2019 Isle of Man TT Festival : SATURDAY 25TH MAY – FRIDAY 7TH JUNE 2019 :

2019 Practice Sessions :

Qualifying runs each evening from Saturday 25th May to Friday 31st May 2019 (Excluding Sunday 26th)

2019 Race Sessions : (Subject to Change at very short notice – follow iom_tt on Twitter to stay up to update on the day).

2019 Isle of Man TT Schedule

Saturday 1st June 2019 :

  • 12:00 Superbike TT Race (6 laps)
  • 15:00 Sidecar TT Race 1 (3 laps)

Monday 3rd June 2019 :

  • 10:45 Supersport TT Race 1 (4 laps)
  • 14:15 Superstock TT Race (4 laps)

Wednesday 5th June 2019 :

  • 10:45 Supersport TT Race 2 (4 laps)
  • 13:45 Lightweight TT Race (4 laps)
  • 16:25 Zero TT Race (1 lap)

Friday 7th June 2019 :

  • 10:30 Sidecar TT Race 2 (3 laps)
  • 12:45 Senior TT Race (6 laps)

For details on the 2019 Manx Grand Prix Schedule Click Here.


2019 Road Racing Calendar

2019 Road Racing Calendar Updated

The full 2019 Road Racing Calendar has now been updated – a few dates are still to be confirmed, but it is looking like it’s going to be a great event packed summer of 2019.  

Make sure to subscribe to the completely free TBNI.Blog Road Racing iCal Calendar – that way you won’t miss a thing!

Bumblebee Movie – A 1 Minute Review

Bumblebee Movie
Bumblebee Movie

As a huge fan of Transformers when the trailer dropped for an origin movie for Bumblebee it would be fair to say I was excited.

The movie was released and off I zipped to the cinema.

Movie Synopsis :

“On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow VW bug.”

I don’t like to read too much about movies before I see them, but one preview I did read stated this :

“The perfect blend of action, heart and humour.”

Read moreBumblebee Movie – A 1 Minute Review

2019 Premier League of Darts : Official Lineup

The 2019 Premier League of Darts lineup has been announced.

As is now the tradition, at the end of the World Championship of Darts, Barry Hearn gets a little extra TV face time to announce the lineup for the upcoming Premier League of Darts. Here it is :

2019 Premier League of Darts Lineup
2019 Premier League of Darts Lineup

So two new faces, Michael Smith, the World Championship finalist gets a well deserved spot after an epic showing in the ‘Worlds’ and James Wade returns to the Premier League, hopefully in a better place than he was towards the end of his world championship.

Thankfully we will get to see Barney in the Premier League for one final season before his planned retirement, as he picks up a Sky TV wildcard for the Tournament.

Hopefully Price will modify his behaviour this year, because to be honest, I quite like the guy.  Check him out on Twitter – he seems a decent lad off the stage, but on the stage, in front of the cameras he is just too hard to stomach, getting on like a truly magical sac.  Thank goodness for Sky Plus and the Fast Forward button!

All in all though the lineup looks good, and will hopefully lead to some great Thursday night viewing.

https://www.pdc.tv/news/2019/01/01/2019-unibet-premier-league-field-announced