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!

2019 Apple Event : 25th March 2019 : It’s Showtime : A UK Update

Remember please a couple of things – this is an update for the UK, and I am a self admitted Apple Geek and complete Apple biased!

So with that statement clearly out there, here are my thoughts on the March 25 2019 Apple Event #AppleEvent :

March 25, 2019 - It's Showtime
March 25, 2019 – It’s Showtime

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Guy Martin is Set for the 2019 Cookstown 100


Guy Martin has entered this year’s KDM Hire Cookstown 100 which is running on the 26th and 27th April 2019.

The Grimsby rider was set to compete at the 2018 event before mechanical issues with his BSA Rocket unfortunately sidelined him.  Back then he promised to return and this year will uphold that promise and is set to contest this year’s classic race on that same machine.

Guy Martin is set to race Cookstown in 2019 on his BSA Rocket
Guy Martin is set to race Cookstown in 2019 on his BSA Rocket

Guy Martin : ‘I’ve not given up on racing or road racing, there’s unfinished business and I want to race classics and odd ball stuff.’

Guy Martin has had previous success at Cookstown, taking his Tyco BMW Superbike to the win in 2015 and his attendance in 2019 will certainly attract his fans to the Cookstown event.


Thursday 4th April 2019 – Press Launch Royal Hotel from 7.30pm‬

‪Thursday 11th April 2019 – Liaison Night, Royal Hotel 7.30 pm‬

Sunday 14thApril 2019 – Annual Bikers Service Orritor Presbyterian Church ‪3.30pm‬

Thursday 25th April 2019 – Annual Classic Bike Run Sign on from 6.30pm in Burn Rd, Car Park, leaving at 7.15pm‬

‪Friday 26th April 2019 – KDM Hire Cookstown 100 Practice Day – Roads Close at 12 Noon‬

Saturday 27th April 2019 – KDM Hire Cookstown 100 Race Day – Roads Close at 10.00am‬

Stay up to date with all the important dates and times for the Road Racing Season with the TBNI Road Racing Calendar.

SPAM Alert : CIA Porn Email Scam – Do not worry – Do not react!

A new email is doing the rounds trying to scam people out of thousands of pounds / dollars / Euro… whatever.

The crux of it is that the CIA are about to arrest 2000 people for downloading dodgy stuff off the internet – and guess what?  You are one of them!

CIA Porn Email Scam

CIA Porn Email Scam
CIA Porn Email Scam

Oh no!

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Update 10/03/2019 : VIDEO ADDED to #WAWIn1Week : Wild Atlantic Way In 1 Week : Day 2 – Kenmare to Ballybunion.

It’s better late than never, and this whole video editing lark is a lot harder and more time consuming that I initially would have anticipated, however after far too long a wait here is the footage from Day 1.

I literally had to trawl through hours of footage but the fact that it is over a year old is pretty irrelevant, the route itself is still very much there, it took 10,000s of years to for the earth to make the coast, hopefully it has millions more years left for us to enjoy, so once again apologies it took so long, and apologies for the fact I am a supreme novice when it comes to video editing, however hopefully you can enjoy the scenery, (and the soundtrack) and maybe even be inspired to pop over to Ireland to experience this epic route!

The remainder of the videos are coming and will be uploaded as soon as I can piece them together, if you want to make sure you get notifications when they are available make sure to follow this blog or me on Twitter or Facebook.


Check out the ride report of Day 2 of the Wild Atlantic Way here : https://tbni.blog/2015/09/13/wawin1week-wild-atlantic-way-in-1-week-day-2-kenmare-to-ballybunion/

The rest of the ride report is available here : http://tbni.blog/motorcycling/

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.


‘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

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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).


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

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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

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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