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2014-03-14 12.16.47

Rudy at The Grand Opera House

This year’s Belfast Children’s Festival, run by Young At Art, took place in various venues across the city from 7th – 14th March. We attended four events over the festival and enjoyed them all.

The first event was Baby Chill. It was N’s first arts event at 10.5 weeks and I am delighted to say she loved every minute of it! She and I were welcome into a room in one of our favourite places, the Ulster Museum, where we entered an inflatable pod which was full of super soft cushions with different textures and had soft twinkly music playing. N was fascinated by the lights changing colour and it was so nice to spend half an hour with her as she stared  and smiled at what was going on around her.

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2014-02-04 09.58.57

Hello, I’m Nancy!

I’m back to my much neglected blog after a problematic pregnancy and painful recovery from a c-section after welcoming our absolutely beautiful daughter, Nancy, into the world on Christmas Eve. More on the trials and tribulations of dealing with a toddler and a newborn soon but in the meantime here is a little review of a gig I went to at the weekend.

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I’m 32. Far too old to be a fangirl. Far, far too old. I’ve spent many years obsessing over bands and spending all my spare cash on buying music, going to gigs and ransacking merchandise tables. You’d think I would have grown out of it by now…but I haven’t.

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The National at Electric Picnic 2010.
Taken by me in the front row.

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Bugg in Belfast

February 11, 2013

Over the last few weeks we have been bombarded with slogans such as Backin’ Belfast and Take Back the City in order to persuade the people of Belfast to get ‘back’ into the city centre. The aim is to encourage spending money in bars and restaurants as opposed to staying in, hiding away from the flag nonsense which has had a very detrimental effect on the city. This weekend had proved to me something is working, whether it is the Council backed campaigns or maybe just the fact that everyone is just more solvent now January has passed.

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I first came across The Jim Jones Revue in 2009, when they played at the Open House Festival with Andrew Weatherall supporting. I hadn’t heard them but reading about them was enough to make me want to go and see them so I bought tickets and was so glad that I did. That night introduced me to one of the best frontmen I have ever seen, and to some great music which is regularly played (quite loudly) in our house.
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Since we are coming to the end of 2012 I thought I would re-enter the blogging world after a short break, to say a few words about this year. The year started with the beautiful wedding of my close friend Vicky, and her husband, Darren and is ending on a quieter note but is no less happy.

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A night at The MAC

September 11, 2012

Last Thursday we went on a double date with some friends. We had booked and paid for The Canteen at The MAC’s pre-show deal the day before and were looking forward to some good grub and lovely music. When we arrived we were told that the show deal wasn’t on so we could just pick from the normal menu and they would throw in a free bottle of wine by way of apology. That was very much welcome by the husbands of the group but me (the designated driver) and my pregnant pal were a little disappointed. The food made up for it though. I had seafood chowder to start and mackeral salad for main. I’m a big fan of fish and both dishes were delicious. Shortly after eating though, I took an allergic reaction and had to run home straight after the gig for piriton and co-codamal. Pesky pescetarianism.

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Hansel of Film 2012

August 8, 2012

Last night my Dad, brother and I attended a great event in the Black Box, hosted by the Belfast Film Festival. The event was a showcase of short films made by the public that were being screened as part of the Hansel of Film – Shetland to Southampton and Back project, which is a relay of screenings of which has visited almost 20 venues throughout the UK and will finish up in Scotland this Saturday. A runner has been chosen to transport each set of films to the different  places, by various modes of transport, and the whole thing is part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad – the same crowd that funded Land of Giants.

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My friend Stephen came back from the Electric Picnic festival in 2009 and raved about how seeing Chic play was one of the best gigs he had ever seen in his life. He has seen a lot of gigs in his time and is someone whose taste in music I trust implicitly. He was banging on about Chic and Nile Rodgers, and to my shame I had to wikipedia the names. My reasonably comprehensive knowledge of popular music is pretty much pre-1974 and post-1991 (save for a few exceptions such as Madonna and INXS!), skipping out the disco era completely. Which is how I had never really paid much attention to Chic and Mr Rodgers himself, but the more I read about the band and the man himself, along with his late musical partner Bernard Edwards, the more I was completely in awe of the talent and incredible legacy surrounding them.

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The steaks were high..

July 31, 2012

With Junior having a sleepover at his Grandparents last Saturday night, Mr.GS and I decided to go out on a wee date night and decided to use the voucher for James Street South Bar & Grill, which we had received from a lovely friend for our wedding, to enjoy a rare night out alone. We’re big fans of BBC2’s cooking show ‘Great British Menu’ where chefs from all regions of the UK compete to see who will cook for banquets for high profile guests. So, the fact that NI winner Niall McKenna was very visible in the dining area throughout our whole meal during our visit to James Street South Bar & Grill meant that this review was always going to be positive….

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