Advantages and Disadvantages of Studying Abroad

You might have read some of my Studying Saturdays series and are aware of my times studying abroad down the years. I still find it hard to believe that I have studied and passed courses in five different countries, with some more planned. I’d love to have a crack (ov) at learning Polish or Russian Read more about Advantages and Disadvantages of Studying Abroad[…]

Sunday's Inspiration: My Sentimental World

Sunday’s Inspiration: Mrs. Thompson, Kilmaine Primary School and My Sentimental World

“We all go back to where, we belong” – Michael Stipe. I reflect on these things way too often. But I can’t help it. I’m a sentimental person. I cling to memories, and good ones. I’m haunted by the bad memories so I lock them in a dungeon and slam the door, hoping they never Read more about Sunday’s Inspiration: Mrs. Thompson, Kilmaine Primary School and My Sentimental World[…]

Working Wednesdays: Union Crew Rep for Freshers at Bournemouth University, England

Working Wednesdays: Union Crew Rep for Freshers at Bournemouth University, England

In my ongoing series detailing all the jobs I have done, I’m slowly getting through the back catalogue. I have done quite a few volunteer jobs down the years and haven’t got round to writing about them all. They are a great way to meet people, help others, improve yourself socially and mentally and you Read more about Working Wednesdays: Union Crew Rep for Freshers at Bournemouth University, England[…]

Studying Saturdays: My Short Course in Cantonese at the Chinese University of Hong Kong

There I was, nervous again, fidgeting over my notes, like a first day back at school, checking my hair was OK and my shoelaces were done. In a foreign land here I was now, faced with the task of trying to learn some basic Cantonese. Cantonese is one of many Chinese dialects. It is spoken Read more about Studying Saturdays: My Short Course in Cantonese at the Chinese University of Hong Kong[…]

Working Wednesdays: Back on the Air at Radio 3, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong

“Travel blogging chilled the radio star” – tweaking of a lyric by The Buggles. If you have followed my journeys or indeed known me back in the early days, you’ll be aware of my passion for radio. What began as a “bit of craic” in a blue hut in Belfast’s Belvoir Park estate in 1997 turned Read more about Working Wednesdays: Back on the Air at Radio 3, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong[…]

Studying Saturdays: Learning Cantonese at the Chinese University of Hong Kong

“Libraries gave us power” – Manic Street Preachers Saturdays were always my day off as a blogger. I tended to write my Saturday and Sunday stuff during the week and take Saturday off. It’s football day and I should be down Dean Court or the Oval. Even in a flash of inspiration, I’d jot my ideas Read more about Studying Saturdays: Learning Cantonese at the Chinese University of Hong Kong[…]

“It’s only a gameshow, it’s only a gameshow”: The Lock In, Bournemouth, England

“You’ve made me look like a c*nt in front of millions” – Craig Phillips talking to “Nasty Nick” Bateman on Big Brother 2000. As I continue to write about my journeys around the planet, there are some huge huge gaps from my adventure that are just not covered on this website, and for the lack of Read more about “It’s only a gameshow, it’s only a gameshow”: The Lock In, Bournemouth, England[…]

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Thirsty Thursdays: The 20 Year Paddy Campbell Reunion in The Bridge Tavern, Newcastle, England

“That’s why, you should keep on aiming high, just seek yourself and you will shine.” – Heather Small, 1994 This particular edition of Thirsty Thursdays will be a slightly stripped down version for you all – I’m saving a lot of the good stuff for the Don’t Stop Living book. A quick paragraph of perspective Read more about Thirsty Thursdays: The 20 Year Paddy Campbell Reunion in The Bridge Tavern, Newcastle, England[…]

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