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Category Archives: Northern Ireland
All dogs in Northern Ireland will have to be micro-chipped from the 1st April.
Northern Ireland is the first part of the UK to bring in a law like this. The governments in Westminster and Cardiff are watching – they are considering doing the same.
This is to stop stray dogs roaming the streets, it seams that people cannot afford to keep a dog now so they drive for miles let the dog out and we have another stray. They are picked up, if there is no micro-chip found they are put into kennels.
Belfast has used almost all of the former Belfast shipyard to create the Titanic Quarter. There are hotels, business’s , apartments, a large entertainment building with bars, ice rink, cinemas, etc.
But the latest building to open on the 31st March Was the Titanic Building Visitor Centre.
You will see below that the three sides of the building are the same size and shape as the Titanic’s bow.
This year is truly a Titanic year, as people across the globe commemorate the centenary of the tragic events of April 15, 1912.
Here in Belfast, the birthplace of Titanic, the city prepares to welcome thousands of tourists for the 100th anniversary of its ill-fated maiden voyage.
A charge for plastic bags.
Northern Ireland are bringing in a tax on plastic bags, which i think its long overdue and its about time this happened.
The tax will start in April 2013 and will either be 5p or 10p per bag and will go up to 15p per bag in 2014. They are also taking about making it 15p from the start, which i would favour.
In Northern Ireland there are 200 million plastic bags used every year, and i think it takes something like 100 years for them to degrade.
Also in April 2013 Wales are going to charge 5p per bag and this will go up to 10p the following year.
My Grandson Adam who is soon to be 10 years of age, feeding the Swans, Geese and Ducks in Queen Mary’s Gardens in Belfast. They are only a five minute drive from my house.
This was at the start of November and it was a beautiful sunny day.
The birds will come right up to you to get feed but the swans do not get out of the water very often, they must feel safe in it.
These gardens are formed from the lower section of the former Waterworks, which was made a public park after its use as a source of water for the city.
There are only three male swans two of which are in the last photo.
In photo number six i live at the bottom of the hill better known as the Cave Hill and we over look the whole of Belfast.
If you click the photos they will open and look better.
Belfast is bracing itself for an invasion of some of the biggest names in pop music ahead of this weekend’s MTV EMAs.
With both the George Best City and Belfast International airports on standby for the arrival of private jets and commercial flights carrying many of the artists, several have already touched down early to prepare for the star-studded event at the Odyssey Arena this Sunday.
Fifteen years ago, most musicians avoided Belfast – now it’s hosting the MTV European Music Awards.
I hope you enjoy some of the sights around Northern Ireland, i have been to all of these several times. They are well worth a visit if you ever set foot over here for a visit.
Over the years i have worked in three of the buildings, Belfast City Hall, Belfast Castle and Stormont Castle.
There will be another post with more sights coming soon.
Belfast city hall and stands in the city centre. Tours are held all day and there is also a restaurant open to the public.
The Fermanagh lake lands are a great place to have a relaxed boating holiday, there a over 100 island’s with a few having accomodation to stay in, and it is a fisher man’s dream. I have been there many time’s to a few island’s as wel as day trip’s around the lake’s.
You need no experience and no licence to drive any of these boats. Full tuition by instructors before you leave the boat’s are suitable for first time hirers. You can order food provisions in advance and they will be waiting for you on arrival. You could spend 2 week’s on the 3 lake’s and never see it all.
I have been on board these boat’s and they are so big and very nice inside, it must be lovely sailing around the lake’s slowly on a summer’s day and then calling in for a break and a drink on one of the holiday island’s on the lake’s.
Fishing is a very big thing on the lake’s, people from all over Britain and further come to fish here. There are many day boat’s for hire for the fishing or just a day out on the lake’s.