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

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 Isle of Man TT Schedule : Practice and Race Programme


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!

2019 Road Racing Calendar Updated (28th November 2018)

A load of the Northern Irish and most of the Isle of Man Road Racing Schedules have now been confirmed and added to the TBNI 2019 Road Racing Calendar.

Take yourself over to the Calendar Page for the latest dates – or just take the hassle out of everything by subscribing to the TBNI iCal Road Racing Calendar.

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Full details as of the 28th November 2018 are available here : http://tbni.blog/road-racing-calendar/

BMW at Motorcycle Live 2018
BMW at Motorcycle Live 2018

Motorcycle Live 2018 : Birmingham NEC

Motorcycle Live 2018
Motorcycle Live 2018

Motorcycle Live 2018 ran this year from 17th – 25th November, so now that is over I can post up a few photographs along with my thoughts on the show and what I saw this year without having to issue a spoiler.

This year saw 4 halls filled with the current (and upcoming) offerings of 40 manufacturers along with a chance to test ride numerous machines both on the road and on the ever popular Adventure course where you can test on the most popular adventure bikes on a well thought indoor track.  It’s not taxing, not difficult at all, but it is fun.

The Live Arena was also present and what was previously a showcase for Arena Cross this year was taken over by Moto Cirque and what these guys can do on such a small stage really is spectacular.  If you get that the chance to see their show in full, take it.

Other than that it is all about the bikes and I have composed a gallery of over 100 photos for your viewing pleasure but first I am going to point out a few of my highlights…

Read moreMotorcycle Live 2018 : Birmingham NEC

2019 Manx Grand Prix Race Programme

Press Release : Manx Grand Prix – Race Programme for 2019

Manx Grand Prix Race Programme 2019
Manx Grand Prix Race Programme 2019

Following the success of the 2018 MGP races, the organisers, The Manx Motor Cycle Club, will retain the same programme for 2019.  This will see things kick off with the Newcomers’ race on bank holiday Monday 26th August 2019.

Wednesday of race week will see the Junior MGP Race with the  first of the two Lightweight/Ultra-lightweight races in the afternoon. Friday features the second Lightweight/Ultra-lightweight races in the morning, followed by the grand finale of the Senior MGP Race bringing the event to a close in the afternoon.

Once again, the Lightweight race will feature the popular 650cc twin cylinder machines, and the Ultra-lightweight race, the 400cc, 125cc and Moto 3 bikes.

The club has decided to buck the trend and retain the class for 400 and 125cc bikes at a time when many race organisers have dropped the category.

Manx Motor Cycle Club chairman, Peter Maddocks said: ‘We felt it was appropriate for us to retain the smaller capacity class as it offers an opportunity for younger new riders to enter the event and get them interested in competing on the Mountain Course.’

Any newcomers wishing to be considered for the 2019 event should register their interest by email to heather@mgp.co.im 

Practices for the 2019 Manx Grand Prix start on Saturday, August 17th and the event finishes with the Senior race on Friday, August 30th.

Subscribe to the TBNI Road Racing Calendar to ensure you stay up to date with all the important road racing events and any changes that may occur.  Read more about the TBNI Road Racing Calender Here.

For details on the 2019 Isle of Man TT Schedule Click Here.


2019 Southern 100 Press Release : Ultra Lightweight Class Dropped from Meeting

Southern 100 Circuit Map
Southern 100 Circuit Map

Southern 100 Racing, organisers of the Isle of Man Steam Packet  Company Southern 100 International Road Races are to make a  number of changes to their racing classes for the 2019 event which  takes place Monday to Thursday 8th – 11th July.

The main change is the dropping of the ‘Ultra-Lightweight’ 125cc/400cc class from the programme along with the discontinuation  of the Support races.

However, with the increasing number of entries being received for  600cc machines, the organisers are to include an additional race for  this class.

Read more2019 Southern 100 Press Release : Ultra Lightweight Class Dropped from Meeting

2019 Ulster Grand Prix Dates Confirmed

2019 Ulster Grand Prix Dates Announced
2019 Ulster Grand Prix Dates Announced

Welcoming the announcement, star of the 2018 MCE Insurance UGP and Man of the Meeting, Peter Hickman, who romped to easy victories in both the 600 and superbike races said: “I’m already looking forward to racing back at the Ulster GP, it’s one of the best circuits on earth!”

The dates for the 2019 Ulster Grand Prix have been confirmed.  

Wednesday 7th August 2019 will get the Practice Sessions underway.

Thursday 8th August 2019 will see four race sessions – currently scheduled as Superbike, Supersport, Ultra Lightweight/Lightweight and Supertwins.

Saturday 10th August 2019 is Race Day and is currently scheduled for 7 race sessions across all classes.

Check out the Official Ulster Grand Prix Website Here : http://ulstergrandprix.net

“It’s always close racing and the track is a firm favourite among fans and riders alike, but there is so much more to enjoy during Bike Week, as it is five days packed with full of entertainment and activities for all ages.”

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