A Full Circle

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An opportunity to crawl out of the cave on a Digi Detox 'Bouncing in Belfast' at the NI Science Festival seemed quite sensible whilst clutching Max Brooks' 'The Zombie Survival Guide'... as opposed to the Brexit Survival Guide.  

On the Menu was Brian Cox' Universal, The Titanic & a Political Tour re the Troubles.  Destination known, taking the strain beyond Old Vic the comforting backyards of Chesterfield steeling towards the windy turbines nestled along a backdrop of 'bungalow land' neatly circling the odd refineries.  Hardly mind blowing stuff unless you fancy a panini menu floating over bridges to board the boat. Eight hours in, the digitally enhanced on their way to Cork were quite sympathetic as thier fingers clutched their wotsits as mine fidgeted to a clench.  If only they made edible iphones.  

Complete protection from the living dead.  Dublin was buzzing albeit in Euros as the dark ride to Belfast was frosted by a glare from a fellow submitting his Church fund application via his insurance suited ipaddy laptop thing.  The Underwriters.  Anyhoos not one to underestimate scales a few stops & hops later the arrival.  More panini than Pacini, right place right time, left turn hurray for Little Italy with Olives.    


Belfast the second safest city in the world... "She was alright when she left here." 

"I would be very wary that if there is a salad bar on those who can get permits to work in the UK post Brexit, that will have a detrimental impact on our industry. "The demand that we have for skills like chefs and others is one that we will really struggle to meet from the domestic market."


Technical Wizardry? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iA_OPTAtCCE

The Event Horizon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIKXTziwOGY

The mind boggled, Cones explained...  https://www.space.com/17661-theory-general-relativity.html

Bossy Boots was famished and started itching.

"Love Everyone Else, Hate Each Other'

Into the Divis area,  on the scale of not too distant the Peace Wall, social injustice, chop chop who shot who..  Bombay Street & The Falls Road. Lightening the mood :-) https://feisfayre.com/  I fell flat over which was kindof weird.  lol  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgME2aNruVU

The Gates that open at 7.00 am & close at 8.00pm. Oranges no lemons (Jeremy Corbyn's sneaky business), The Shankills "Community Liaison officers ... a protection racket ... peace is not profitable." "The conflict still exists, anyone over 25 knows someone killed by the troubles".   Rather darkly the UTM is "recruiting 9-18 year olds at its fastest rate thanks to Brexit"   All very dark, proud of and free to anyone prepared, tell it as it is, there were many guides telling the scarey scales tales, who shot who etc etc "the more who know, the merrier"  banging on. 

A drop off at the Titianic Museum, for amusement purposes only, they have a nice salad bar.  All very H & W ie 'rivetting' : https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=10&v=eL7LUhKs6ys.  Probably the best historical exhibition in the world except tis a bit like Ikea ... try finding a fast way out when its gets a tad overwhelming.

Oh, here we go "Its Norwegian parent company, Fred Olsen Energy, is carrying out a restructure of its business and could decide to offload Harland and Wolff... no price tag has been placed on the business"

Freetime at St Annes Square & Buba - next to the Mac followed by a ramble down the 'shambles' and getting caught with some over 'friendly' folk in a tiled booth.

Shops don't open on a Sunday ... so an amble to 'The Moon : A Gateway to Planetry Exploration' at the Ulster Museum  presented by 'the gripping'  Dr Mahesh Anand "2014 - Reader in Planetary Science and Exploration, Department of Physical Sciences, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK. 2012 - 2015 Chair, Geochemistry Group of the Mineralogical and Geological Societies, UK"



A few Pterosaurias, Da Vinci and yet more Botanical Gardens and the long & windy journey 'home'.

Two shillings short of a plank ... Who, What, Where When Why: http://projectswordtoys.blogspot.com/2013/11/is-professor-brian-cox-real...

Erm, nope actually it was something to do with flax & giving up the tobacco: https://www.lisburnmuseum.com/2016/02/history-of-irish-linen-flax/ 


Oh well ...


Not quite a spellathoraus..


I'll be bach.... No doubt the #smart# one will be uploading.

Have a nice day.



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The Oscars Crack'd

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Political Impotence

"We have been listening to the views of our people and as a result have announced some changes to our styling and grooming policy that support this."

He added: "Not only do the new guidelines offer an increased level of comfort, they also provide our team with more choice on how they want to express themselves at work."




"...Cllr Bastiman said: “We’ve learnt that prisoners are even being given tents to live in. They need bricks and mortar and a solid roof to live under. They have served their time and we should look after them when they come out.

“We were even told people who were drug dependent were given higher doses of drugs before they were released. It’s a complete nonsense.”


Chews wisely...


Thou must not scratch.

Oh, OK :-)

"Be sensitive to other people's feelings and needs today. Many people are emotionally fragile now. It's too easy to hurt their feelings!"

About that spare box ?

Hmmmm ...

Hey, how about an Open Posh Prison on the North Bay for all those 'Fat Cats' ...

Mind  ... that's another Premier Travel 'crossroads'

FatCatoman Bay ??

Add in some 'Hunger Games' & The Ryndle and hey presto


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The Expeditious

"On Thursday next week (April 11), the appointments committee, made up of councillors from the ruling Conservative Party and opposition councillors, will meet to decide on the preferred candidate.

The committee’s recommended candidate has to be ratified at a meeting of the full authority, which will not take place until after the local elections on May 2.

In the advert for the job, council leader Cllr Derek Bastiman wrote that the authority was looking for “an engaging, inspirational and ambitious new chief executive to lead our continuing journey in the delivery of long-term economic and social benefits for our borough and its people”.

He added:

“You must be a talented leader who is dynamic, change-driven and has excellent strategic and analytical skills coupled with the gravitas and credibility to represent the council.

The emphasis is on transforming the way people receive services and the way we deliver them, shaping communities to meet local needs and building on the diversity of lifestyle we have to offer, whether you visit us for a day, a week or a lifetime.”

Ah, so ...

"It was then the turn of Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme, who went on stage to reflect on the success of that event, the subsequent creation of the Tour de Yorkshire and the forthcoming hosting of the UCI Road World Championships.

Unprompted, Prudhomme took the opportunity to praise his close friend Verity, describing him as “the man who brought together our ‘Ooh La La’ and ‘Ee Bah Gum’, the man who made me love Yorkshire, mon ami Gary Verity”. It was a description that won some applause, albeit noticeably more muted than other announcements and comments had received.

Verity famously said he came up with the idea of bringing the Tour de France to Yorkshire while shaving and the lasting impact of that event was highlighted by Andrew Stokes from Visit England revealing 81 tour operators in Europe are now offering Yorkshire-based cycling holidays to people in Germany and Holland."

How effficient !!!


"... the future remains uncertain. “My over-riding feeling is this is a huge opportunity to look at themselves and what is needed to come up with a brilliant strategy which is collaborative and move forward.

“The question is whether they will.”


OOh isn't that Bingo's ex 'Secretary'.


Baldrick I have a cunning plan !!!

i.   It would save the Borough a fortune.

ii.  Once tagged Verity could cycle from the Sands to Town Hall daily

Trial by media huh ..

Ooh mebbe he could do a daily meteorology forcast whilst presenting tidal reports and rescuing those at sea, give him a fork and he could pick up the litter too.  Ya know Kate Aidy style ...




Have a nice day.


"Seaside towns across England "have been neglected for too long", according to a parliamentary report. But many coastal communities are working hard to tackle their own issues. Here's a look at some of the creative solutions making an impact in some of the far-flung edges of the land."

The Far Flung... ;-)


A Pinstickers Guide.