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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A Hard or Soft Option

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The Chunnel

"AS I began to write this article, The Independent Group in Parliament consisted of eight defecting Labour MPs, expressing varying motivations for their decision to leave the party that some of them have been with for decades.

I then went through the Channel Tunnel on the Eurostar, and by the time I’d emerged, it was not longer the “Labour split”, but the “Tory and Labour split”, with three Conservative women MPs joining the group. Fast change is a characteristic of our politics today, as is complexity. And chaos...







Not a PR campaign for Eurostar ;-)


Oh, OK:


"The legacy of First Past the Post has toxified our political discourse so much that we are now risking an epochal split that will severely damage our country. Once the dust settles, we need a serious think about how we have got to this point – and our electoral system should be high on the list of culprits for reform."





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An Empty Chair







"Jeff Bezos amassed the world’s greatest fortune by relying on what he has called a “regret minimization framework.” He built an $800 billion company with 14 codified principles and a brutally exacting culture. His annual salary of $81,840 has not budged since 1998.

But then Mr. Bezos went to Hollywood..."


Oh, OK ;-)


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Hale & Peace


"The peace walls of West Belfast snake through the city, adorned with colourful street art and murals. Buses and taxis pull up to let cheerful tourists write their messages of hope and love on the bricks.

But the walls are not symbols of peace. They are structures of fear.

Their purpose is not to celebrate peace, it is to keep the peace..."


"When you use sound, it takes several seconds to go from the vessel right to the deep water and back to the vessel. On top of that, it diverges into the water and gives you information which is sometimes distorted and then needs to be processed," he says.

"So, it's slow, it's expensive, and that is essentially why the ocean hasn't been mapped properly."


“It’s true that the big treasure-hunting firms have spent years doing what we’ve been doing, but only when it comes to the ships that carried huge treasure loads. I don’t think we’d be helping them out much, to be honest.”

The three researchers are now preparing for another deep dive, into the archives and libraries. The Spanish empire was, after all, a very, very large one. “We’ve still got many more areas to go,” says León. “Next year, I’d like to work on Mexico, Colombia, Puerto Rico and Costa Rica so as to kind of finish up the Caribbean area. After that’s it’s on to the Pacific.”


The Unknown.


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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.

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A Space Archaeologist


"Humans have done a rather remarkable job of making their presence felt on Earth, which has turned the planet into an archaeologist's playground.

Not content with stopping there, in the last six decades we've blasted tens of thousands of objects into space and given rise to a fertile new profession: space archaeology...

"We have currently orbiting the Earth at this point in time 23,000 bits of stuff over 10 centimetres in size."

"So that includes whole satellites and fragments and bits that have broken off and rocket bodies.

"We have left a whole range of sites on the moon — we have the six Apollo landing sites, we have numerous Russian, Chinese, Indian and Japanese sites too.

"On Mars, there are rovers and orbiters and other kinds of vehicles. And then if you go further into the solar system, we have landing space probes on moons like Titan.

"We have the Voyager spacecraft right out at the very edge of our junction with interstellar space, and New Horizons, which is currently heading out in that direction, too.

"And lot more little bits of pieces in between. Really, the whole solar system now is a human artefact."

"The oldest object we have in space is a satellite called Vanguard 1, which was launched in 1958."

"It is a beautiful little round, silver, aluminium, polished sphere with six antennas sticking out of it.

"If you look at pictures of it now, it is very sort of retro looking and has a vintage space-age look.

"I don't want to get my hands on it, actually. I want it to stay up there. Part of why it is so significant is the fact it is still in orbit.

"What I would like is some more data. I would like more people to be monitoring the condition of the satellite. I am happy for it to stay out of my reach..."

Oddly enough ...



Mebbe those Red Arrows are doing night manouvres..




Space Hopping ...




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The Mystery of Methane

An Observatory:




"If we take the previous measurements at face value, and we obviously believe our own results - then there's something going on in the atmosphere between those two points in time, and it's something we don't predict.

"We expect methane to hang around in the atmosphere of Mars for hundreds of years. It's destroyed by sunlight, but it's destroyed over relatively long time-scales in terms of human observation. Whatever was there before should still be there today, even if at a diluted level."


A Pink Moon ...





The Wishful thinking ..





TBM naming ceremony today at Wilton?



The Pink Moon is on Good Friday.

Crack on ...


Bon Appetit.

I'm going to design a hat ;-)


fascinating ...



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Dolce & Gatecrashing

"The communities of Greencastle, Rouskey and Gortin in the foothills of the Sperrin Mountains in Co. Tyrone, are not easily accessible...

"A number of safety incidents at the current exploration mine site have caused local fears to rise. Safety concerns were raised in early 2017 when personnel from Vertase FLI Limited who were working at the mine, sufferred serious injuries.

Confusion arose over the conditions attached to Dalradian’s exploration licence. The licence only permitted it to remove ore for “analysis, test, trial or experiment”. But it did not permit the sale of ore. The Crown Estate, which receives royalties on all gold mined, denied this when it was revealed that Dalradian shipped 15,000 tonnes of ore to the USA.

The Crown Estate said Dalradian “has permission to sell any gold”. Furthermore, the Crown Estate’s involvement means it will receive the benefit and not the local region, as claimed.

"... a judicial review against the Northern Ireland Environment Agency who granted Dalradian permission to discharge effluent into the Owenkillew River. After experiencing several delays a review will finally take place on 7 and 8 October."



Community Liaison ;-)


Darn it.

tis still a tip ... mebbe the binmen have lost their lorries & pointy sticks.

Hmmm ...

"The area in the immediate vicinity of the proposed gold mine is of religious and historical interest. It’s thought to be one of the most ancient routes in Ulster and the site of a Mass Rock where Catholics attended mass in the 17th century. Locals fear they may no longer have access to this site as Dalradian already refused access for a religious ceremony.

Locals are fighting Dalradian on a number of fronts."

tis a bit like the North Bay, innit ;-)



(best not mention pointy hats)

Locked mesen out ffs :-)