Lush! Classical 2017 : Saturday 7th October 2017

Lush! Classical 2017 : Belfast, SSE Arena, Northern Ireland, Saturday 7th October 2017
Lush! Classical 2017 : Belfast, SSE Arena, Northern Ireland, Saturday 7th October 2017

The Place : Belfast, Northern Ireland

The Date : Saturday 7th October 2017

The Stadium : SSE Arena

The Event : Lush! Classical 2017

Lush! Classical 2017 : Belfast, SSE Arena, Northern Ireland, Saturday 7th October 2017
Lush! Classical 2017 : Belfast, SSE Arena, Northern Ireland, Saturday 7th October 2017

Following on from the huge success of the first ever (and 20th birthday celebration of Lush!) Lush! Classical – this year things got bigger, louder and longer!  With the capacity raising from 5000 to 10,000 people – every seat in the house being sold and the Ulster Orchestra increasing their set size to 90 minutes the result was outstanding.

10,000 clubbers were fully entertained – and not by a DJ, but by an orchestra who were busting out Classic Dance track after Classic Dance track – it was amazing!

If you weren’t there, why not?  If you were no doubt you’ll be there next year too!

Well done to the Ulster Orchestra and Lush!

Loved it!

This video in no way does the event justice, however it will hopefully give you a little taster of what an amazing event it was!  If you where there then hopefully it will be a reminder of the night – See you in 2018!

Lush! Classical 2017 : Belfast, SSE Arena, Northern Ireland, Saturday 7th October 2017
Lush! Classical 2017 : Belfast, SSE Arena, Northern Ireland, Saturday 7th October 2017

 

ArenaCross UK Visits Belfast’s Odyssey Arena 28/01/2017

2017 ArenaCross UK Tour
2017 ArenaCross UK Tour
2017 ArenaCross UK Tour

On January 27 & 28th 2017 the ArenaCross UK Tour graced Belfast’s Odyssey Arena for two rounds of the UK Competition.  With everyone from 7 year old kids to Europe’s finest indoor Motorcross Racers and a ridiculously skilled Freestyle Team this really is a high octane, completely flat out show from start to finish – and it’s a format that works and this is its fifth year on the bounce in Belfast – and my second.

Check out the official website here for all the results, upcoming events, news and photos… http://www.arenacrossuk.com

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Belfast HOG & BOG 2016 – Newcastle Co. Down, Northern Ireland 06/08/2016

As luck would have it I was fortunate enough to be in Newcastle on 6th August 2016 for the Festival of Flight (which I really should add was excellent!).  On the way into town I noticed a massive gathering of Harley Davidson Motorcycles at a local hotel.  It turns out it was their annual weekend meeting of the Belfast Chapter of the Harley Owner’s Group (HOG) and the Buell Owner’s Group (BOG) – See what they done there!

I was then fortunate enough to catch them leaving to go on their Saturday Run – what a turn out and what a noise!  Enjoy…

(I might need a Harley after this!)

Breitling Avenger II GMT Unboxing

Breitling Logo

Everyone loves a nice watch.  Let’s admit it.  Every time you walk past a jewellers that sells watches you will always have a look in the window and their will always be a watch or a brand that catches your eye.

For me that brand is Breitling.  They are big and bold, with a modern, and if you look back over history, a reasonably timeless design.  There are a few examples to that rule of course, for example the Breitling Emergency II with yellow dial.  Coming in past the £12,000 mark this watch comes with the added piece of mind that if you get into a bit of bother any where on this planet the GPS tracking on the watch with dispatch rescuers to you, hopefully saving the day and you…

Breitling Emergency II - Yellow Dial
Breitling Emergency II – Yellow Dial

That is not the watch I bought – however it is so damn cool!  If you are reading this, enjoying it and thinking, ‘that guy needs one of these’ I’ll be all to happy to accept!

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Happy Back to the Future Day – 21st October 2015!

Happy Back to the Future Day - 21 October 2015

What a momentous day to be alive. 21st October 2015. The day Marty McFly, Doc and Jennifer visited in Back to the Future 2.

The precise time being 4:29pm. PT.

Anyway, it’s here. Although commerially viable hover-boards and self tying shoes aren’t!

Happy #backtothefutureday

#delorean #belfast

It’s also a great time to be from Nortern Ireland after all the most famous time machine in the world was built in #Belfast

Have a great #BackToTheFutureDay and here is just a couple of interesting links to browse. If you live in the US and want to get me a bottle of Pepsi Perfect it would be massively appreciated. Of course I will reimburse you.

Pepsi releasing 6500 bottles of Pepsi Perfect

Happy Back to the Future Day - 21 October 2015 - Pepsi Perfect
Happy Back to the Future Day – 21 October 2015 – Pepsi Perfect

Ford actually offering a Flux Capacitor Addon for Fiesta Focus models order this week!

Happy Back to the Future Day - 21 October 2015 - Flux Capacitor
Happy Back to the Future Day – 21 October 2015 – Flux Capacitor

Lyft offering some lucky New Yorkers a ride in a DeLorean

Happy Back to the Future Day - 21 October 2015 - DeLorean
Happy Back to the Future Day – 21 October 2015 – DeLorean

2015 Adelaide Motorcycle Festival – Belfast

Adelaide Motorcycle Festival 2015

It has been a year or two (2013 actually) since I have went near this show, but I ventured back today for a look with huge hopes that it had improved since my last visit.

Thankfully it has.  I will address the 2 bad points firstly that I came away with today – firstly £12 entrance fee is just crazy.  That is only slightly cheaper that the NEC’s Motorcycle Live which was simply outstanding.  This show is more like a gathering of dealers, with a range of their bikes that they want to sell you.  Nothing new, nothing revealed, just a load of nice and shiny bikes all in one place to tempt you out of a few hundred quid for the next 36 – 48 months, therefore I think it is a bit cheeky to be expected to pay such a high entrance fee to essentially enter a huge multi-manufacturer’s show room.

Secondly, on your way in you will pass by the ‘Jumble.’  Make sure you go in because there is simply some stunning vintage bikes and cars in here and a few interesting vendors.  However Bad point 2 is also in here.  Some of the vendors are just selling junk, and they genuinely don’t seem bothered.

My eye was taken by two quaint little signs, neither of which held any real world value, I just thought they would look rather cool in my garage.  Heres’ how the conversation went….

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The Ulster Covenant 1912 – 2012

Today celebrates the centenary of the Ulster Covenant in Northern Ireland. The Covenant was signed in 1912 by almost 500,000 people to express their opposition to Home Rule.

Today will see almost 30,000 marchers and supports of the Covenant and orange order descend upon Belfast to march all around the city in the largest open air parade for over 20 years.

Good luck and have a good day to all those involved.

It is also a highly contentious march that having looked at twitter already looks like there are already trouble makers around looking to stoke the fires of the past and cause as much disruption as they can, of course partnered with the traditional Belfast riot.

Therefore lets all hope that calm rules today and this event does not become a media frenzy on the trouble that can still dominate Belfast.

Oh and if you would like to sign the Covenant you can do so 100 years later at Ulster Covenant 2012 – Sign here

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21st September 2012 – iPhone 5 Launch Day – Unboxing and Quick Thoughts!

iPhone5

Any Apple Launch Day now is a big one, and this one was the biggest so far.  Queues have been reported as 83% bigger for this release of the iPhone 5 than they were for last years iPhone 4s’ event.

I have to agree with this, as I opted to sleep in a little as last year wasn’t really that much of an issue, so when I arrived at the queue this morning at a little after 05.30 am at the Apple Store, Victoria Square, Belfast I was horrified and also a little impressed to see no less than 300 people already in the queue!

At shortly after 11am I left the store with a little bag containing a white 32Gb iPhone 5 – Sweet!

And that is exactly what it is – SWEET!

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12th July 2012 Ardoyne Riots – via Twitter

This year I found out how truly amazing Twitter can be, and it was in a bad situation.  As you will probably no each July Belfast turns from an amazing, beautiful, diverse and accepting city into a pit of sin, fighting, rioting and hate rule the streets for a day or two then we are back to our brilliant best.

It is these couple of days though that get us plastered all over the world news and as you will see from the following photos it is not in a good light!

Some call this ‘activity’ ‘reactional rioting’ in an attempt to disguise what it is.  That being criminal damage, attempted murder, disorderly behaviour and riotous behaviour, all pretty high up there in the criminal scale of things.

No matter what anyone says it is clear from yesterday that these riots were planned, no side, be it orange or green could have done anything to prevent these riots, there was gonna be a fight and that’s it!

Even the rioters were caught on camera fighting with each other!

Thugs… Get out, move on, grow up, leave us and leave our city, in this our year, our time, our place, and oh yeah you’re not welcome!

And your guns aren’t welcome on our streets, shooting at Police will never be acceptable, you want to be a killer?  Just get yourselves under that water cannon and have a good aul Belfast wash!

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Northern Ireland 12th July 2012 Celebrations / Riots

So it is the 12 July again and that means it is time for rioting across Northern Ireland and moreso Belfast and the Ardoyne shops.

This basically comes down to the Loyal Orange Order wanting to match along their traditional route. The Nationalists then claim that this area is not supportive of an oppressive march and it is not welcome.

Result – A Stand off.

So what has now become a yearly event the Nationalists attack the police who are trying to separate them from the Loyalists.

Today there were determinations ruled by the Parades Commission that meant the LOL had to be finished by 4pm. They did this. Then the Nationalists would have a counter demonstration, however before this happened the riots began.

These riots have lead to #Belfast and #Ardoyne trending on twitter! A real shame in this 2012, our year, our place, our time.

We have let ourselves and each other down a lot this year.

I could go on and on about this but I want to keep it straight and to the facts do that is them. I have amassed a full collection of photos from the day which I will get up later, but really people – wise up your are destroying your own communities and raising tensions when in this day and age there should be none!

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