The Northern Ireland Game of Thrones Tour

The Dark Hedges, Ballymoney, Northern Ireland

With biking season now rapidily approaching you may be thinking to yourself, ‘Where shall I go?  What shall I do?’

The Northern Ireland Tourist board have an entire section of their website dedicated to GoT locations (and since I did their original tour they have updated it further):

https://www.discovernorthernireland.com/gameofthrones/

Northern Ireland - Game of Thrones Filming Locations
Northern Ireland – Game of Thrones Filming Locations

Personally I haven’t seen a single episode of Game of Thrones, crazy eh?  But forgetting that each of these locations are simply stunning!  The show has picked them for very obvious reasons and when you you see them for yourself you will understand why!  Simply set the location into your satnav, and press the Winding Roads Button (if you are lucky enough to have one) and enjoy the ride, because you will absolutely enjoy the fnal destination!

Here is just a little taster for each location to wet your appitite, the rest I will leave up to you :

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NW200 : Saturday 14th May 2016 : Race Day

With the Thursday night Racing Session getting suspended due to a race related incident the Saturday Race Schedule had the extra race bumped into the schedule, meaning a full program of six races.

Racing started sharp and an excellent first race was unfortunately the only one of the schedule to run its course.

Race 2 was stopped following an incident involving Bruce Anstey who incidentally managed a speed trough the trap of a whopping 209.4mph!  Thankfully Bruce walked away from the crash after some roadside medical treatment.

Race 3 was then stopped and the remainder of the meeting cancelled following the death of Malachi Mitchell Thomas.

https://tbni.blog/2016/05/15/nw200-2016-a-tragic-end-rip-malachi-mitchell-thomas/

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2015 Airwaves Portrush : NI International Air Show – Gallery

Royal Air Force Red Arrows - Portrush, Air Waves 2015 06/09/2015

2015 marks the second year of Air Waves, the rebranded Northern Ireland International Air Show.  2014 was an excellent year for this show with quality aircraft and outstanding displays so this year has a lot to live up to.  With in my opinion even more pressure on its shoulders because of a rather disappointing airshow earlier this year in Newcastle, Co. Down.

So Airwaves 2015 can you do it?

Yes you can.  Everything was in favour of the airshow this year most importantly the weather, over the weekend we experienced a little wind on the Saturday but it settled itself, Sunday started off a little wet and grey but as you will see from the gallery as the day went on, the weather also started to thankfully behave itself!

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16/05/2015 NW200 Saturday Race Day

NW200 16/05/2015 Saturday Racing

After a great Thursday night racing and the weather being exceptionally kind, Saturday rolled up. When I left the house it was glorious! So sunny it was almost hazy. I had to stop half way there to put my waterproofs on as it looked like it was going to chuck it down, and by the time I arrived although it hadn’t rained it looked like it was going to, big time! It was dark and there was some proper big ass black clouds floating menacingly over head. It did not take long for them to burst! And so began the theme for the day, sunny, windy, cloudy, raining, heavy ass raining, sunny, warm, windy, cloudy… and repeat!

The first race of the day had to be cancelled after a couple of restarts but from about 1.30 -2.00PM we did get some more continuous according to plan racing, it even looked like, for a short while, that the road closure contingencies would be used to get the final race in however as the winds had picked up again the riders and management decided against that.

So all in all it was a great days racing and thankfully, ultimately no one was fatally injured. A rider was critically injured as was a spectator when a bike left the track and hit her in a garden, a tragic freak accident, however thankfully and mercifully all involved and injured people are now well on the mend, and all are expected to make a full recovery.

See you next year! Onto the TT!

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It’s Race Week… Vauxhall International 2015 North West 200 – NW200

Vauxhall International 2015 North West 200 - Race Week

Just a quick note to all the riders, teams, and spectators, have a great and safe Race Week!  Keep an eye on my twitter where I should be live on Thursday and Saturday!

It’s gonna be great.  And if you can’t get down there check out the BBC for live coverage of ALL practice and race sessions!

Let’s go Tyco BMW!

http://www.northwest200.org

Vauxhall International 2015 North West 200 - Race Week
Vauxhall International 2015 North West 200 – Race Week

Northern Ireland International North West 200 – 2014

Michael Dunlop v William Dunlop at 2014 NW200

Some how I missed these photos in my ‘To Attend To’ folder on my computer, so for that I can only apologise.

A few very quick words will have to suffice as I am so far out of date, but another spectacular NW200 this year and I look forward to the next.  Thoughts and Prayers of course with the family of , Simon Andrews, the rider who was tragically killed at this years event.

Simon Andrews NW200 2014
Simon Andrews NW200 2014

NW200 2014 Gallery : 

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2014 Airwaves Portrush : NI International Air Show – Gallery

Airwaves Portrush 2014 - NI INternational Airshow 2014

2014 marked the first year of the new look NI International Air Show (2014) which was rebranded to in my own personal opinion the rather cheesy ‘Air Waves’, what with it being an Air show and also beside the sea. (This section of the Northern Irish Coast being the only one with waves to mention with the exception of storms of course.) Now that I have my reservations of the name expressed I will move onto more important things, the show itself.

One word should suffice as an review, and be enough to ensure your attendance next year – ‘Excellent!’

The venue has relocated to the East Strand of Portrush over looking the Causeway Coast, and it worked really well!

The display line has now moved to the eastern side of the peninsula to bring the display line much, much closer to the crowd and have the Giant’s Causeway and Dunluce Castle as a backdrop. It also means spectators can now view from the beautiful Blue Flag beach and enjoy even more exhibition space. This map shows the main layout of the event;

VISITOR MAP

I am too late to be writing reviews and the like for this event, however it is never too late for photos and I have included a pretty big selection of the images I captured on the day, which follow below, but I do think it is important to emphasise the main points :

1. The event was excellent.
2. The range of aircraft was fantastic.
3. The sight of the 2 Lancaster Bombers was simply outstanding.
4. The display from the Red Arrows was amazing! This was their 50th Anniversary display and although they are always worth watching, this display is something special!
5. The other aircraft were all amazing, and being a fan of helicopters I certainly was treated well!
6. The rest of the events organised for families, visitors and spectators were good and I have no doubt will improve as the years go on.

I am certainly looking forward to the show again next year!

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The Relentless North West 200 – Portrush 17 – 19 May 2012 Galleries.

Get 'er Lit!

I know I have been promising these for quite some time, and if you have been contacting me in relation to when they were going up please accept my apologies for the delay.

It just took a little longer than I was expecting to get the time to trim them down and make sure the best photos made it.  I had well over 700 to sort through, and I hope I have brought you the best of them!

The only gripe I have, which to be honest about I am reasonably devastated over is that there was a horribly placed fence just in front of me that played havoc with getting the wheels of the bikes in the shots.  Unfortunately I couldn’t get any higher to try and cut over it, and I didn’t want to move, as my position at this chicane was far too good to let go.

The other thing I thought was that the decals and livery of the bikes were just too nice for me to not put up the photos due to the fact that the fence interfered with the wheels a little.  So I am aware that the fence is not ideal in the photos, but I also felt you should get a good look at the bikes regardless.

Also this was my first attempt at motion photography, and I have to say I really enjoyed trying a few different techniques.  I still am learning and motorsport photography is definitely something I will be working at in the future, so expect some more.

Read moreThe Relentless North West 200 – Portrush 17 – 19 May 2012 Galleries.