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The Indian Super League – Franchise Football in India

Next month sees the commencement of the Indian Super League (ISL) – a football Franchise system modelled on the Indian Premier League (and which has been replicated in the Pro Kabaddi League here as well). Eight new teams will be formed, owned by no doubt, glamorous, rich, Indians and marketed to death. It will be screened … 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

Movember Progress

I’ve been taking part in Movember for the first time this year, as I posted on 31st October. If you take a look at that post, you’ll notice that I was approaching Movember with a full bearded face. It’s been 11 days now and it’s been a bit odd having to deal with stubble and … Continue reading

Movember 2011

Each November the Movember charity kick off a month of fundraising to raise money for Prostate and Testicular Cancer charities around the world. Participants who raise money promise to grow a moustache as the visible symbol of their efforts. So in the spirit of things, I’m going to ‘grow a mo’ and raise cash for … Continue reading

A bit Irish?

In my humble opinion, the quality of journalism in Northern Ireland is rubbish. Seriously Rubbish. Today the BBC just reinforced the stereotype for me by publishing, on their website the following headline: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-15317113 “Anglo Irish Bank changes name to Anglo Irish Bank”… seriously?! No, in matter of fact, the very first sentence demonstrates that is … Continue reading

2012 Olympic Torch Tour

The torch which will carry the Olympic Flame from Greece to the 2012 games in London is on a tour at the moment, around the UK, so I decided to go & take a look this weekend at Battersea Park in London. I’ll be honest, I knew the torch was on a tour; I knew … Continue reading

A Letter of Petition to the IFA

A Northern Ireland Football Supporter has drafted the following letter of petition to the Irish Football Association (IFA): http://www.petitiononline.co.uk/petition/an-open-letter-to-the-irish-football-association/2873  It is in relation to the continued poaching of Northern Irish footballers by the Football Association of Ireland. I’d encourage you to read it, consider it and if you feel strongly about the matter, to add … Continue reading

How much use is an Ulster Bus in Fermanagh?

Today I came across an Ulster Unionist Youth survey of young people in Northern Ireland asking them about their priorities, so I decided I’d walk through it for a bit of a laugh & to get me thinking about what would matter to me most if I was still living back in Fermanagh. One of … Continue reading

Graduation Day!!

For the past four months I have been, along with my team, attending a training course which is intended to improve our ‘Consultancy’ skills. We covered things like creating proposals, improving presentation quality, managing groups of stakeholders & individual stakeholders as well. Over the course we had day long sessions (I had a couple in … Continue reading

Sometimes Northern Irish Politics Really is Daft

On the 3rd of February, the BBC carried a story that Alan & Overy would be creating an office in Belfast & which is to create 300 jobs or so in the city. 180 of these jobs are roles which are being relocated to Belfast from London, in a move which is receiving approx £2 … Continue reading

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