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2016 -New Opportunities to Revisit the things I enjoy

So a happy New Year! It’s now 2016 and on this January 1st the year seems full of opportunities and hope. A year to try new things, or perhaps to reconnect with and revisit the things you once did, or once enjoyed. I write this having not blogged in over a year – 15 months … Continue reading

The Irish League – moving forward?

As an expat one of the things I miss most about home is going along to watch my team Portadown each Saturday. As a former Fermanagh resident, it involves a bit of a journey – with Ballinamallard being the exception to the rule – but the opportunity to spend a bit of time with Dad, … Continue reading

A free ticket to Celtic Park you say?

  Day three of my trip to Glasgow saw me complete my preparations for the games. I attended Commonwealth House in the city centre to go through my ‘Just In Time’ training – aimed at those volunteers who were from outside the UK. It was an ecletic mix of ex-pat Scots, English, Welsh and Northern … Continue reading

XX Commonwealth Games – Glasgow

It all started with London 2012… I was clearly young & silly… I really, really, really, should have volunteered for the London 2012 games – but I didn’t and I can’t change that history. It was a marvellous event for the Capital (and the wider UK in my opinion) but I wasn’t part of it… … Continue reading

End of the Tour?

So firstly a big ‘bad me’ for the complete absence of blogs now since early April… so nearly three months later I’m back, feeling like writing and yet the whole reason for this blog is almost obsolete. I started this blog in early 2005 as a way of keeping friends & family in touch with … Continue reading

Disciplined Week, Lazy Saturday!

I’ve been trying to apply some discipline to my life since the turn of the year and I’m happy to report it’s going rather well! As I’m getting married this year (and weddings are a licence for companies to print money!) I’ve determined that I’m going to be miserly with my cash in 2012, working … Continue reading

Back to London & London Prepares

I’ve been back in the capital for just over a week now and I’ve managed to slip into a routine which is tough, but which is good for me! I’m up each work day morning at six to head to the pool to do a mile in the water before heading to work. I have … Continue reading

Christmas & the New Year

So it’s 2012… a new year, with new expectations, hopes and dreams. It’s the year I intend to wed. There’s so much to look forward to. As I type this, I’m back in London in my flat in Streatham and it’s a bit nippy. We actually ran out of gas in December, so there’s paranoia … Continue reading

Boxing Day – Lurgan Styleeee!

The 26th December in the UK is ‘Boxing Day’… it’s the day after Christmas and in days gone by, a day when the Rich would give their servants a boxed gift. Today, in Northern Ireland, outside of finishing off the Turkey, it is famous for one thing… it’s Football Derby Day! This season saw the … Continue reading


As I mentioned on my post about our trip to Edinburgh, Dina & I have decided that November 2011 was a travel month. Our second trip was to the Netherlands, staying in Haarlem with former colleague & friend Alex, but predominately to visit Amsterdam, the capital. Again we both travelled separately from our respective homes, … Continue reading

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