With 2016 almost behind us I would like to just quickly wish all the TBNI readers, followers, friends and family a very happy and prosperous 2017.
Have a great New Year’s Eve everyone and stay safe!
To all of our readers, visitors, followers, friends, and family and everyone else, here’s to a Merry Christmas!
I hope you and yours have a safe and enjoyable one, spread the cheer!
For us in the UK, who aren’t yet getting the TV app for our iOS devices, the most important update in relation to the newly released iOS 10.2 is without a doubt – Emoji.
And if you are curious what all these new emoji are, wonder no more because here they are…
? Rolling On The Floor Laughing
? Face With Cowboy Hat
? Clown Face
? Lying Face
? Drooling Face
? Nauseated Face
? Sneezing Face
? Mother Christmas
? Man In Tuxedo
? Face Palm
? Pregnant Woman
? Man Dancing
? Hand With Index And Middle Fingers Crossed
? Call Me Hand
? Left-Facing Fist
? Right-Facing Fist
? Raised Back Of Hand
? Black Heart
? Fox Face
? Wilted Flower
? Baguette Bread
? Stuffed Flatbread
? Shallow Pan Of Food
? Green Salad
? Glass of Milk
? Clinking Glasses
? Tumbler Glass
? Octagonal Sign
? Motor Scooter
? First Place Medal
? Second Place Medal
? Third Place Medal
? Boxing Glove
? Martial Arts Uniform
? Person Doing Cartwheel
? Water Polo
? Goal Net
? Drum With Drumsticks
? Shopping Trolley
An early start after being well rested in my super comfortable hotel room!
A bit of breakfast down the hatch and the sun is already shining! The Start / Finish Line seems like the perfect meeting place…
To start of with a trip to one of the Island’s regular tourist attractions, The Laxey Wheel…
After the obligatory photo off we go to the mountain road.
This time however the road gets closed due to a collision. It actually happens twice today, 1 rider is unfortunately critically injured, 3 others are hurt coming off their bikes, and unluckily for them were only wearing tracksuits at the time!
The Isle of Man Constabulary Twitter Account shares this information live time and is really one of the greatest sources of news on the Island. Make sure you follow them for up to date info on all of the Island’s roads.
It is 29th May 2016 and the start of Practice Week for the 2016 Isle of Man TT Races.
It is also my first time over to the Isle of Man in many, many years, and actually my first time for any of the racing.
With it being my first time over I took some advice and went for Practice Week, actually four days of Practice Week. The reasons behind this are…
That totals up to £295 for the four days. That’s not too bad.
So I met up with a couple of lads and headed off to Dublin. Reaching the ferry without drama and boarding the ship worry free.
Here is where I meet my first (of few) difficulties.
With the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company releasing the final invoices for the 2017 TT the internet has been inundated with comments, discussions, crying sessions and temper tantrums. Some good, some bad, most of the bad being hilarious and some just plain stupid.
However one thing is for sure, the TT faithful are getting excited and so am I. I will be going back for the practice week, at a bargain £115 return on the ferry.
So just to wet some appetites even further I will be posting up my Day by Day Review of my 2016 Isle of Man Trip. I thought I had probably left any sort of posting a little late however seeing the frenzy that has been whipped up this week it seems like a good enough time to post up my take on things and let those looking forward to going wet their appetite a little bit more…
Continuing on with my pen theme from yesterday and the gallery of the very rare and much sought after Breitling Ballpoint pen I have another fine writing instrument to introduce you to.
MontBlanc Writing Instruments need no introduction, and yes they are expensive, but no it is not just a pen. Everyone needs to write with a nice pen,everyone should have a premium pen and you know deep down you actually want one!
We all do it, walking past the shops in the airport or the jewellers on the High Street, you look in the window, and think, ‘yeah…yeah!’
This MontBlanc though breaks the mould a little in my opinion. It has a much more mordern design and look than that of the classic Meisterstück,for example.
The finish as you should expect is impecable, and again as you would expect the writing experience is refined and perfect.
Try it some day and try it in a store, it is an experience. The pen will be presented to you with a pad. The sales person will most likely be wearing gloves as they handle the pen, the pad will be branded, high quality and heavily weighted paper and you will be free to write, sign, doodle…whatever.
And you will enjoy it, the buying experience will add to the overall enjoyment of owning the pen, a premium pen that the most common comment you are likely to hear as you use it, is probably something like, ‘Wow, it that a real one?’
Well now that the photo rally is over for another year, having met its deadline on 31st October 2016, I will post up my entries for each county. Just so you can see where I was at, and maybe add a few locations to your list of places to visit should you ever find yourself in Northern Ireland & the Republic of Ireland…
The bear that keeps featuring is the mascot of the charity that the Club were supporting this year : https://www.shinecharity.org.uk
Photo Rally Entry Gallery :
I am a fan of a nice pen, with it being mightier than the sword and such, it is always worth writing with a nice pen.
I was lucky enough to receive a Brietling Pen for Christmas 2015 and as much as I have tried I have been able to find out very little information about it.
What I do know is that it is rare and probably originated from a Breitling Authorised Dealer. What I also know is that it is a quality writing instrument, well made, even more well finished and like all things Breitling, supremely cool!
The finish is a hard plastic, each of the letters moves, it feels tough and sturdy – however the important things with a pen are grip and writing quality. The pen is comfortable, and the ink smooth, although the original refill is a little wet, meaning depending on how you hold the pen, or if you are left handed it may cause smudging. This is easily sorted however as the pen takes a standard Parker Style refill. IT’s a great pen. For me though it is more of a collector’s piece. With the box tucked safely away in storage and the pen in a quality leather sheath, I am happy to say I own one of these rare items, and frequently keep an eye out for another – just to have as a daily user!
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.