It means nothing to me….ooh Vienna!

It was a song by Ultravox in case your music brain has deserted you. Vienna is one of those cities in Europe that everyone knows, its appeared in countless filims and has the privilege of capitaling Austria. I didn’t plan a holiday there or go there by chance. I went there to watch a football Read more about It means nothing to me….ooh Vienna![…]

Jonny Blair and Michael McClelland HWGA Northern Ireland fans

Here We Go…Again – The fanzine undeniably infatuated with the Northern Ireland international football team

Having been a massive enthusiast about the Northern Ireland international football team since the 1986 World Cup, I had slowly worked my way to the point where I wanted to do something with my knowledge and passion. Initially this meant just turning up at Windsor Park to watch Northern Ireland matches. I used to go Read more about Here We Go…Again – The fanzine undeniably infatuated with the Northern Ireland international football team[…]

Studying Saturdays: Beavering Away, Life in Belvoir, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Back in 1997 when I first stumbled upon politics in a big way, I also started a course in Media Techniques and Competences at Belvoir Training Centre in the Belvoir Estate in Belfast, Northern Ireland. In many ways this first period of time away from the bland, middle class British-ness of Bangor was a wake Read more about Studying Saturdays: Beavering Away, Life in Belvoir, Belfast, Northern Ireland[…]

Attending George Best’s Funeral at Stormont, Belfast, Northern Ireland

“We won’t forget our Belfast boy, who filled our lives with so much joy” George Best was the best football player ever. He was also the fifth Beatle. He was also a total hit with the ladies and basically the first superstar footballer. When I was a kid, my Da always used to talk about Read more about Attending George Best’s Funeral at Stormont, Belfast, Northern Ireland[…]

Everybody Liechtenstein, What’s that you say?

Vaduz is the capital city of Liechtenstein. A small little enclave sandwiched in between Austria, Switzerland and Germany (which it doesn’t actually border, though shares a language and much history with). I visited it in Winter 2007 for a day as part of my football trip to watch Liechtenstein v. Northern Ireland. A Prince lives Read more about Everybody Liechtenstein, What’s that you say?[…]

The Bangor Boat’s Away…

What’s the crack with my wee home town then? Having spent most of my blog time on the rest of the world, I thought I’d fill ‘Don’t Stop Living’ in with me, Jonny Scott Blair and Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland. Famous for well…David Feherty, David Trimble, Keith Gillespie but most notably the wonderful Zoe Read more about The Bangor Boat’s Away…[…]

The Belfast Child Sings Again….

If you do have a simple mind (pun intended) then you will think “Oh, I like Ireland, I must visit Dublin.” You’d be making a major error there! Dublin is bland, predictable, cosmopolitan and expensive. VISIT NORTHERN IRELAND INSTEAD. The amount of people I met on my travels that think Dublin is the best place Read more about The Belfast Child Sings Again….[…]

Five Nil and you still Don’t sing! Belarus 5-0 Northern Ireland, in Bobruisk

I had watched the Northern Ireland ladies team in May 2007 in Gillingham, Kent. They lost 4-0 to England and played with passion and pride against full-time professionals. Me and a few of the lads sang our hearts out, completely making fools of the silent England fans in the stadium. So when Shaun Schofield (Author Read more about Five Nil and you still Don’t sing! Belarus 5-0 Northern Ireland, in Bobruisk[…]