“I’m living without you but I know all about you” – Garbage.
Rather than the usual backpacking sights of an off the wall village, guided tour of a country nobody has ever heard of, visa advice, hotel reviews, Thirsty Thursdays and obscure border crossings, here’s a different, more personal post for a change. I thought I’d share 40 random facts about myself, Jonny Blair, your host for your journey on this website. It’s my website after all, and sometimes I get caught up in travel advice and taking photos of places that I forgot the reason I blog in the first place – to tell my own story of my travels in a passionate way. Everywhere I go, every move I make, every step I take.
40 Random Facts About the Author of Don’t Stop Living:
1.I was once in the DJ box with Colin Murray of BBC Radio One, in 2005. The nightclub where it took place, Jumpin Jaks in Bournemouth, no longer exists.
2.As a 17 year old I attended Belvoir Training Centre in Belfast and did a journalism course. I was the last ever student to do that course. The Training Centre no longer exists.
3.I once went 13 years without missing a single Northern Ireland home match (including friendlies). The stand I mostly stood in no longer exists – the Kop/West Stand.
4.My first ever rock concert was in 1996 watching Oasis at the Pairc ui Chaiomh in Cork, Republic of Ireland. Oasis split up.
6.My favourite three bands are Oasis, Manic Street Preachers and Crowded House.
7.The first ever single I owned was I’ve Got to Be Certain by Kylie Minogue. I still love that song.
8.I have no desire whatsoever to visit India.
9.While I was at university, I broke my arm and my leg, I worked almost full-time and I travelled to 29 countries yet still managed to pass my degree. No idea how.
10.I once did the UK Public Relations for Apple computers. I had no idea who Steve Jobs was when I got the job!
11.I attended the same Primary School as model and TV personality Zoe Salmon and Northern Ireland international Josh Magennis – Kilmaine Primary School in Bangor, Northern Ireland. Zoe Salmon was in my year at school. I tried to flirt with her in the year 2000 at Party on the Pier in Bangor, but she won’t remember me.
12.I finished third in the first ever university Big Brother spoof to be televised live on a webcam, in Bournemouth in 2004. The dude that won it, is the inspirational Lee Adams.
14.I hate mushrooms.
15.I hate umbrellas. I don’t mind the rain at all, as long as my laptop, wallet etc. doesn’t get wet.
16.I hate bucket lists, but if you read this then you knew that.
17.When I moved to Australia in 2009, I was down to my last $20 US in my bank account the day I got the job in PJ Gallagher’s Irish Pub.
18.I went to almost every home match of AFC Bournemouth from 2003 – 2006, have been a season ticket holder three times and I write my stories on a different website, Ulster Cherry. I love being at Dean Court at 3 pm om a Saturday for a home match.
19.I don’t get along with people who are strict, have no free spirit and feel they are too good for anybody else. I will talk to anyone and everyone I meet.
20.I often buy a block of cheese and eat the whole lot in one go. I love cheese.
21.I have formed a Northern Ireland football Supporters Club in three different continents – Europe, Asia and Oceania. I believe I may be the only ever person to have actually done this.
22.My favourite beer is Guinness.
23. My favourite non-alcoholic drink is a cup of the Earl. Earl Grey tea.
24.I have worked in Irish Pubs in three different continents.
25.I once hosted an FM radio show naked.
26.At least once a year someone will start an e-mail to me with “Hello Tony”, thinking my name is Tony Blair.
27.Everytime I have voted in England, I have voted Conservative.
28. I have 4 tattoos.
29. The day I was born, Mount St. Helen’s erupted. I once dated a lady called Helen.
30. I didn’t mean to backpack my way around the world. Yeah I had a fascination with the atlas when I was a kid, but trust me – it just happened.
31. When I started playing football I was left footed. I started only kicking with my right for a while and my right became my stronger foot. Until 2007 when I broke it, and ever since, my left has been my best foot.
33. I crashed my car against a wall in Holywood, Northern Ireland in 1999 and could have died. I went straight back to work the next day like nothing had happened.
34. I have Facebook friends from 157 different countries. Not necessarily close friends of course, but people who I have met along the way.
35. The first time I ate an entire meal of Chinese food was in China.
36. It’s still a dream of mine to be on the real UK Big Brother.
37. I spent a month in a mental home in my birthtown of Newtownards a few days after September 11th 2001.
38. My best mates mostly live in the south of England.
39. My favourite meal is an Ulster Fry.
40. I’m superstitious, in many ways.
And some facts about my family:
1.My Dad, Joe Blair played football in the Irish League and once in front of 10,000+ fans at the George Wilson Cup Final in 1967 aged 17. He hit the post.
2.My second cousin, Jared Kennedy captained the Northern Ireland cerebral palsy team on numerous occasions.
3.My sister, Cathy Blair runs tours of the Ulster Rugby stadium in Belfast.
4.My Mum is the best cook I have ever known.
Hope you enjoyed the random facts and continue to follow my crazy journeys, hoping they bring some kind of passion or crazy-ness to your life.
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