Was There Then – Oasis 20 Years On: My Sentimental Trip To Pairc Ui Chaoimh, Cork, Republic of Ireland

“Some might say, we will find a brighter day” – (Some Might Say)* all quotes on this post are from Oasis and this post is dedicated to Colin Walker and Keith Freel. August 1996. Rock’n’roll. I was only 16 years old. I was still officially a student at Bangor Grammar School, having just finished “fifth Read more about Was There Then – Oasis 20 Years On: My Sentimental Trip To Pairc Ui Chaoimh, Cork, Republic of Ireland[…]

International Anthem Live: Last Day in Tasman Backpackers, Devonport, Tasmania, Australia

International Anthem Live: Last Day in Tasman Backpackers, Devonport, Tasmania, Australia

“Even in the sun, defeat is cold. At the end of the rainbow there’s no gold” – Jonny Blair (International Anthem). I spent cumulatively about 10 weeks in Tasman Backpackers in Devonport, Tasmania, Australia from February to June 2010, with many nights in between spent in my tent, my car, sleeping in the Molly Malones Read more about International Anthem Live: Last Day in Tasman Backpackers, Devonport, Tasmania, Australia[…]

Three Days in Madonna's Island: La Isla Bonita, San Pedro, Belize

Touring Madonna’s Island: La Isla Bonita, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize

“Last night I dreamt of San Pedro” – Madonna Ciccone. I’m a fast mover. I’m a fan of pop music. I loved Madonna in the 1980s and can still remember playing ten pin bowling in Bangor for the first time when Like a Prayer was number one single in the UK. “Life is a mystery. Read more about Touring Madonna’s Island: La Isla Bonita, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize[…]

Reunion in Beeston and the Subways Live in Derby, England

Never forget that life is a crazy rollercoaster ride and be ready for the weird and wacky all the way. I had never been to Derby or even Beeston until October 2014. But things fell into place on my return to England. I had lined up a few days in Birmingham and Nottingham on route Read more about Reunion in Beeston and the Subways Live in Derby, England[…]

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[…]

Reminiscing my Youth: Watching Blur Live in Hong Kong

“Street’s like a jungle, so call the police” – Girls and Boys (1994) Conceived in the 70s, born in the 80s, teenage years in the 90s made me a Britpop teenager into my Indie Music. What is BritPop? What is Indie music? Brit – British Pop – Popular Indie – Independent Record Label “The Queen, Read more about Reminiscing my Youth: Watching Blur Live in Hong Kong[…]

Back (in the USSR) Packing in England: Visiting the Beatles Story in Liverpool

“In my hour of darkness, there is still a light that shines on me” – The Beatles. As 2014 arrived, it was time for me to make a return to Liverpool. It was a city I had passed through several times on ferries between Northern Ireland and England over the years. Yet despite once watching Read more about Back (in the USSR) Packing in England: Visiting the Beatles Story in Liverpool[…]

Primrose Hill Market, ‘Hippy’ Camden Town, Boris Bikes and the Canals of London, England

“In Camden Town, I’ll meet you down by the Underground” – Suggs I want to get back to writing more stuff like this. We all know the “Top 5 this” and “Top 8 that” posts are good for combining the key sights together into one article, bringing in page visits and also for SEO purposes. Read more about Primrose Hill Market, ‘Hippy’ Camden Town, Boris Bikes and the Canals of London, England[…]

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