Ravings From The Bog


The Wire’s David Simon Coming to Belfast
May 12, 2009, 10:07 pm
Filed under: America, Belfast, Culture, Entertainment, TV | Tags: , , , , ,

Stringer BellI’ve just bought my tickets for David Simon’s talk at the newly reopened Ulster Hall at the end of this month. Great to see such a distinguished writer and director visiting Belfast. Really looking forward to it! I’m currently watching The Corner on DVD which features a lot of the actors later involved in The Wire. Quality acting.

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Hidden Belfast: The National Bank High St Belfast
February 15, 2009, 9:09 pm
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National Bank Hight StThis beautiful building can be easily missed while hurrying up or down High St. It is opposite the “monsterous carbuncle” that is the Hi-Park parking and shopping centre. Built in 1890, this listed building is one of only a few to escape demolition during the Belfast Blitz in 1941. Apparently this was due to the fact that it’s front wall, floors, chimneys and roof were constructed using concrete.

The building is currently being renovated and is undergoing conversion to a hotel and tea rooms.



New Star Trek Movie Looks Great
February 4, 2009, 10:19 pm
Filed under: Cinema, Culture, Entertainment, Movies, Thoughts | Tags: , , , , ,

New Star Trek MovieOther than watching the original series from the 1960s, I’ve never had much interest in Star Trek. I know there are many Trekkie types out there, but it has never appealed to me that much. That’s why I am surprised that I’m really looking forward to the release of the new prequel coming this year. One of the great features of my iMac is the automatic downloading of film trailers up to 18 months ahead of their showing in the UK and the Star Trek trailer really looks good. One for my list!



Chinese New Year – Year Of The Ox

year-of-the-oxThat Obama chap seems to get everything just right! In another strangely fortunate turn of events, Chinese across the world are celebrating the Year of the Ox. The ox, one of 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac, symbolises calm, hard work, resolve and tenacity. All qualities that Obama will need in abundance to undo the damage caused by his predecessor. The Year of the Rat was in 2008. I know who the rat symbolises but he’s away back to Crawford, Texas and obscurity hopefully!



Fantastic Gymnastic Performance
January 19, 2009, 11:59 am
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A fantastic and amazing performance – and she came second!



Tony Hart Dies At 83 He Will Be Missed!
January 18, 2009, 8:28 pm
Filed under: Art, Culture, Entertainment, Life, Memories, News, Thoughts, TV, UK | Tags: , , , , , , ,

He will be missed!Many of us remember with affection the TV programme from the Sixties and Seventies, Vision On. At centre stage, the immensely talented Tony Hart had us all enthralled with his skills and made art seem something within everyone’s grasp. Loved it! RIP



“Ghost” Discovered in Northern Ireland
January 7, 2009, 12:14 pm
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co-tyrone-ghostThis just in from our Co. Tyrone correspondent:

 This time of year is traditionally associated with high spirits as revellers welcome in another year.

However, a spirit of a different kind has been causing a bit of a commotion outside Coalisland in County Tyrone.

An apparent sighting of a ghost has led to crowds of people descending on the Brackaville area over the holidays.

“At one point, there was a line of up to 60 cars on the Mullaghmoyle Road with people trying to spot it,” said Sinn Féin Councillor Desmond Donnelly.

“It wasn’t just one night, it was going on for a week or so over the holidays. I’m not sure how it all started – I wouldn’t be one for ghosts, but you know how this type of thing spreads.

“If you ask me, it’s more likely to be a reflection of the moon on the river that flows through the area. Although the talk is that what was seen was in the shape of a person.”

Pat Hughes, speaking at the Central Bar in Coalisland, said the sighting had certainly got people in the town talking.

“Everybody’s been talking about it in the bar and it has also caught the imagination of young people,” he said.

“It has got to the stage where it’s a bit like a drive-in movie.”

As with these sorts of things, rumours about what was or was not seen quickly spread. It was claimed the apparition was a woman who had lived locally.

Warren Coates of the Northern Ireland Paranormal Research Association (NIPRA) said he was aware of “previous paranormal activity” in the area.

“It related to a phantom female hitchhiker, but if anybody down there would like us to investigate this latest sighting, we’d only be too happy to help,” he said.

SOURCE – BBC