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.

Thanks…

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/

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

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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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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

Casio G-Shock Gorillaz Collaboration : Released November / December 2018 :

Casio G-Shock X Gorillaz
Casio G-Shock X Gorillaz

2018 marks the 35th anniversary of Casio G-Shock and one of the final releases of a year full to bursting of collaborations – is the G-Shock Gorillaz Collab.

Consisting of 4 watches, (one of each member of the virtual group) we are brought 3 DW5600 variants and one GX56 ‘KING’.  This Collab was highly advertised on social media for many months prior to its release and the result was a set of watches in huge demand that was highly limited in numbers.

The official press releases consistently refer to only ‘1000 pieces’ but there is some confusion as to whether this is 1000 pieces of each watch, or 250 of each giving a total number of pieces to 1000.  I remember the Casio website referenceing 250 of each variant, but the pages have since been removed in relation to the individual models.

I have reached out to Casio for clarification but as yet their Support people have not answered my rather simple question…

With so much publicity and so few pieces the result was, basically chaos.

The Casio website was brought to its knees almost instantly.  The lucky few got their orders placed and confirmed – the release was done in two parts 15/11/2018 for the Murdoc and 2-D variants and 15/12/2018 for the Noodle and Russel Hobbs and preorders were initially available on 15/11/2018 for phase 2.

Casio G-Shock X Gorillaz
Casio G-Shock X Gorillaz

Then Armageddon – the website collapsed and no more orders / preorders were accepted.  Casio promised an online option for phase 2, this never materialised and the only option for the Noodle and Russel Hobbs variants in the UK were in store in London.  Only London.

I was one of the lucky few managing to secure both releases online, and both have now been delivered.

Forgetting about the absolute carnage that was the release, everything else is positive.  The quality is good, the printing on the bands seems long lasting and hard wearing.  The rear plates of the watch are beautifully engraved with the silhouettes of the band members and the watch faces themselves are discreet enough without being understanded and not gaudy enough to be ‘in your face.’  A genuinely good design that when initially revealed seemed a bit ‘meh’ – like ‘is that it?  Surely you could have done more?’  The designs work well and do need to be seen in the flesh to be truly appreciated.

Overall – a really nice collaboration, that was so well marketed it is easily one of the most sought after collections I have seen in a number of years.  It did break the Casio website after all!  IF you are lucky enough to have the set – well done you, if not act fast as I reckon it will only get more desirable!

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Mous Limitless 2.0 Walnut iPhone X Case Unboxing & Review

My Mous collection continues to grow!

Disclosure : I purchased this Mous Limitless iPhone X Leather Case direct from Amazon the review is my own as are my thoughts on the product.

One year ago (to the very day) I posted my first review on my first Mous product – the Limitless 2.0 Carbon Fibre Case for the iPhone X : Mous Limitless iPhone X Case (Carbon Fibre) Unboxing & Review

From there in March 2018 I bought the leather folio case and card wallet, of which you can read my thoughts here : Mous iPhone X Accessories Unboxing and Review

Then in September 2018 I added the Mous Limitless 2.0 Leather iPhone X Case to my collection and you can read about that one here : Mous Limitless 2.0 Leather iPhone X Case Unboxing & Review

So a year later and I got my third Mous Limitless 2.0 case this time deciding to go for the real wood (Walnut) finish.  So a year and three cases later then surely Mous must be doing something right, right?  Right!

Mous Limitless 2.0 Walnut iPhone X Case
Mous Limitless 2.0 Walnut iPhone X Case

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Iron Butt Association Ireland : 2018 Photo Rally : A Bridge Too Far

Iron Butt Association:

Have you ever thought that you fancy trying something other than the usual Sunday run out on the bike, along the same route, with your head down and bum up?

If so have you ever considered long distance motorcycling?

That is what the Iron Butt Association is all about.  Safe, enjoyable long distance motorcycle riding that gets you out and about to places you probably haven’t seen before, or take routes or challenges that you probably had never even thought of before.

“The 60,000+ members of the Iron Butt Association are dedicated to safe, long-distance motorcycle riding. Although based in the United States, we have thousands of enthusiastic members throughout the globe! One of our more popular slogans is, “The World Is Our Playground.”

Check out out the IBA Website here : http://ironbutt.com

Check out the IBA Ireland Website here : https://www.ibaireland.org

Check out the IBA UK Website here : https://www.ironbutt.co.uk

IBA Ireland : 2018 Photo Rally : A Bridge Too Far IBA Ireland : 2018 Photo Rally : A Bridge Too Far

A Bridge Too Far :

Having been a member of the Iron Butt Association for a few years now I thought I would give their 2018 Photo Rally a go.

The info on their site sums it up pretty well :

Iron Butt Association Ireland Photo Rally 2018
Iron Butt Association Ireland Photo Rally 2018

The locations are spread all over the island of Ireland and the route between them amounts to many thousands of miles.

I’m sure you could plan a route and tackle every location across a few days (reducing the mileage), but personally I used my free time over the summer months and probably took about 5 or 6 individual day trips to gather up all the checkpoints.

Some of those days trips were very long.  For example my final trip took in the far west and south west of Ireland  coming from Northern Ireland that specific trip, which took in 4 bridges started at 7.00am and finished at 1.30am and consumed about 780 miles.

But long mileage is all part of the Iron Butt Challenge, so if you enjoy full days in the saddle, seeing parts of the country (world even) that you probably didn’t even know about Photo Rallies are a good way to go about it and there are plenty of them about.  Most motorcycle clubs, and the bigger Internet forums all offer Photo Rallies, so now that winter is here have a good look about and see what may take your fancy for the next year.

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Casio G-Shock Mudmaster : GWG-100-1AER : Unboxing & Review

G-Shock Mudmaster : GWG-100-1AER :

The Casio G-Shock Mudmaster Range is probably one of the most popular series of the G-Shock range at the moment.

There are three distinct variants of this ‘Master of G’ Series ;

  1.  Mudmaster GWG-1000
  2.  Mudmaster GG-1000
  3. Mudmaster GWG-100

The Mudmaster GWG-1000 :

Casio G-Shock Mudmaster GWG-1000
Casio G-Shock Mudmaster GWG-1000

The Mudmaster GG-1000 :Casio G-Shock Mudmaster GG-1000

The Mudmaster GWG-100 :

Casio G-Shock Mudmaster GWG-100
Casio G-Shock Mudmaster GWG-100

So what’s the difference?  And what one is for you?

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AirPress TomBow Pen Review

Airpress TomBow Pen
Airpress TomBow Pen

As a user of a Fisher Space Pen since about 1996 (and still having my original Fisher Space [Bullet] Pen) I was really intrigued when I read about the AirPress TomBow Pen.

Then as I read the reviews I noticed some pretty big claims were being made, the main one catching my interest being that the AirPress TomBow was a…

“Fisher Space Pen Killer.”

Personally I use a full size Fisher Space Pen every day.  I also carry a Titanium Bullet Space Pen in my wallet so I always have a pen with me, and it is always a Fisher Space Pen.

Now they are not cheap.  My full size pen was about £35 (they start at about £15 for a ‘Cap-o-matic’) and go into hundreds of pounds for Limited and Special Editions.  My Titanium Bullet Pen came in at about £40, but in saying that in over 20 years of daily use I have never had a Space Pen let me down.

So how would a £6.50 alternative compare – would it actually be a Space Pen Killer?

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PlayStation Classic : Confirmed Games List

PlayStation Classic
PlayStation Classic

Sony have announced the 20 games that will be preloaded on the upcoming PlayStation Classic (which some outlets are referring to as the PlayStation Mini).

A few points to note :

– The PlayStation Classic will release on 3rd December 2018 – the 24th anniversary of the original PlayStation.

– The PlayStation Classic will not work with controllers not supplied with the unit – so your DualShock 4 isn’t going to work.  The unit will ship with two controllers that should work and feel like the originals – but that is your only control option.

– The PlayStation Classic will not be getting more games in the future – so no downloads, no addons, no Minis – what you get on the machine is your lot.

“There are no plans to bring new content to PlayStation Classic post-launch.” – Sony

– The PlayStation Classic has a built in ‘virtual’ memory card – so you will be able to save your games.

– The PlayStation Classic will connect to your TV via HDMI.

The games listing has brought some controversy, personally I think it looks OK, there are plenty of Classic games in there.  Unfortunately there are some questionable releases as well.  I could make a list of dozens of games under the ‘What About…’ title but that’s futile, the list is out and the debate over what is more deserving is an absolute matter of opinion, of which we are all entitled.

We have got what we have got.  The biggest question then is – ‘Do you feel this is worth eight of your hard earned pound coins?’

So here we go – here is the long awaited list of games coming to the PlayStation Classic :

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