Studying Saturdays: Backpacking Centurion In The Grammarian, Bangor, Northern Ireland

Studying Saturdays: “Backpacking Centurion” In The Grammarian, Bangor, Northern Ireland

“Damn my education, I can’t find the words to say with all the things caught in my mind” – Noel Gallagher. It is a line taken from the Oasis song “Don’t Go Away” which was released the same year I left Bangor Grammar School, 1997. I wrote very recently how it just passed the 25 Read more about Studying Saturdays: “Backpacking Centurion” In The Grammarian, Bangor, Northern Ireland[…]

Class of 1Y: Twenty Five Years Ago This Week in Bangor, Northern Ireland

Twenty Five Years Ago This Week: Class of 1Y in Bangor Grammar School, Northern Ireland

“Where were you while we were in 1Y?” Here yousens! Did youse bring a tennis ball? Baggsy not nets. That’s rare so it is. It’s hard for me to believe that the above photo is 25 years old this week. It was taken on my first day at Bangor Grammar School, in August 1991 and Read more about Twenty Five Years Ago This Week: Class of 1Y in Bangor Grammar School, Northern Ireland[…]

#gawa #daretodream Living Out A Childhood Dream Supporting Northern Ireland: My Plans for June 2016

“Michael O’Neill’s Green and White army” – Northern Ireland football fans. Now that June 2016 has arrived, it feels crazy that this month, I am finally living out a childhood dream. Since my early days growing up in Bangor, Northern Ireland I only had one dream in life. To watch the Northern Ireland international football Read more about #gawa #daretodream Living Out A Childhood Dream Supporting Northern Ireland: My Plans for June 2016[…]

Working Wednesdays: Delivering Telephone Books in Bangor, Northern Ireland

Working Wednesdays: Delivering Telephone Books in Bangor, Northern Ireland

Another vintage working Wednesday today comes from my hometown of Bangor and another odd job I ended up doing just for an extra bit of cash at the time. It was in 2001 and I had a car, so I was able to take on extra jobs like deliveries. Before the internet and mobile phone Read more about Working Wednesdays: Delivering Telephone Books in Bangor, Northern Ireland[…]

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[…]

Sunday's Inspiration: The Street I Grew Up on, 35 Years Later

Sunday’s Inspiration: The Street I Grew Up on, 35 Years Later

“Take me back to the town where I was born, because I’m tired of being a stranger and I’m miles from home. We can hide by a lonely windowpane. We can walk the streets of my life while they still remain.” – Noel Gallagher. We have all had a ridiculously crazy journey on this planet. When we were Read more about Sunday’s Inspiration: The Street I Grew Up on, 35 Years Later[…]

Working Wednesdays: Being Part of a Focus Group in Northern Ireland

Working Wednesdays: Being Part of a Focus Group in Northern Ireland

If you’ve followed the blog from the early days, you’ll know I covered my job history on here as I did it, especially the farming and bar work. Yet the Working Wednesdays feature still has at least 50 jobs I’ve done and not yet written about, so in an attempt to eventually get this blog Read more about Working Wednesdays: Being Part of a Focus Group in Northern Ireland[…]

Thirsty Thursdays: Top 5 Coffee Shops in North Down, Northern Ireland

Thirsty Thursdays comes from North Down in Northern Ireland today, so it does. Northern Ireland punches above its weight time and time again. And I mean in the metaphorical sense, not just in boxing (though the likes of McGuigan and Frampton certainly justify the phrase). A country housing 1.6 million people, boasting some of the Read more about Thirsty Thursdays: Top 5 Coffee Shops in North Down, Northern Ireland[…]