Italian Holiday for Fratelli Fans

Italian Holiday for Fratelli Fans

Disclaimer: I benefit in no way from posting this press release, I do so because I want to promote the Northern Irish food & drink industry.   Rome trip for lucky diners Italian food favourites, Fratelli restaurants, are serving up a treat this summer with a trip for two to Rome up for grabs to celebrate the National Day of Italy on the 2nd of June. The competition, which takes place across both the Galgorm-based Fratelli and its sister restaurant on Belfast’s Great Victoria Street, is open to anyone who eats in either of the restaurants from the 1st until the 7th of June, and is supported by Jet2 and Rosetta Travel. Fratelli restaurants are famous for their mouthwatering Italian food, and home to the best pizzas outside Italy.  Manager Michael Johnston says the winners can look forward to enjoying their favourite Italian food in the heart of the historic city. “What better way to celebrate the National Day of Italy than to offer our diners the chance to jet off to the Italian Capital for a fantastic break for two people? Everyone who dines at Fratelli during the first week in June will be automatically entered into the draw for the competition for this amazing trip. “This is a chance for our customers to experience the magnificent city of Rome, enjoying the sights, sounds and tastes of the city courtesy of Fratelli.” Fratelli is part of the Tullymore House Group, the company behind Northern Ireland’s award-winning Galgorm Resort and Spa and the £12 million Bedford hotel development in Belfast city centre, which is due to open late next...
I Just Don’t Get The Troubles

I Just Don’t Get The Troubles

I watched BBC’s Panorama on state collusion in criminality during the troubles in a state of shock. I knew this kind of thing happened, we all did… people killed, people were killed, people enabled killings and people seemed to acknowledge that killing just sort of…happened. I’m 28, I was born in May 1987 four days before the Loughgall Ambush, I was eight months old when the Milltown Cemetary attack took place, I wasn’t yet two years old when Pat Finucane was murdered, a month before my 6th birthday the Castlerock killings took place in a bar that many years later I would have lunch in. I only know these things because of Wikipedia. Please don’t misunderstand my point here, I’m not in any way whatsoever trying to lessen the impact of what has come to pass. I actually feel an odd sense of…shame?… that all this went on, this affected so very many of the people that I interact with on a daily basis, that I walk past people on the street who have all of this in their mind somewhere. I should know, we all should. When I watched Panorama a quote came to mind, “Those who can’t remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” It’s not my fault that I can’t remember the past, but I could do more to educate myself of it… but should I really? I can remember security checkpoints in Belfast, it being normal to see soldiers, I can remember being on the number 30 bus from Braniel to City Centre going through Short Strand and when the door opened, a small object was thrown on that began...
Blogging, Freebies, Ethics & Integrity

Blogging, Freebies, Ethics & Integrity

There’s been a bit of a kerfuffle this morning on social media, twitter user @Belfastfoodman who also operates under the accounts @belfasttravel & @drviks27, was called out by a twitter user for accepting free meals in exchange for reviews. This highlights an interesting question for bloggers in general, where does the line of integrity fall? For me, I find it a tough area to establish guidelines on. I’ve been offered free products before in exchange for promoting, I have refused on every occasion. I self govern with the following rules: 1: Would I promote product X if I didn’t get something for free? 2: Is my opinion skewed because of someone giving me a product for free? 3: Am I comfortable taking a freebie from the company in question? 4: Is the sole purpose of me being given something for free, to solicit me in promoting their product? The answer to these four questions dictates whether or not I’m comfortable getting something for free. There have been occasions I’ve been given product with the expectation of a favourable review, I was asked if I would accept a freebie and I said I would not, they sent the product anyway. It’s this kind of shady operating that calls into question the integrity of the blogger. Recently I was going to The Woodworkers on a friday evening to celebrate my girlfriend finishing her PhD thesis, I tweeted before hand something along the lines of “heading to The Woodworkers, save me a table!” they didn’t respond but when I arrived there was an almost completely full venue, with one table reserved with...
Want To Buy A Church? Feckin’ C’mon Then

Want To Buy A Church? Feckin’ C’mon Then

This is brilliant. This is what religion was made for. Just £95,000 (or nearest offer…) can buy you your very own church. But not just any church…. ST. FECKINS CHURCH in TERMONFECKIN I’m not making this up. According to Property Pall, This property is a Church built in 1792. It has been closed for use since 2010. The building is laid out as entrance hallway, worship room and alter. The entire measures approx. 158 sq.mts/1700 sq ft. The site measures approx 0.5 acres with a right of way to the local graveyard. So, if anybody is interested…let’s start a kickstarter Feck it, let’s start our own feckin’ religion! The Church of Good Feck Complete with your very own feckin trees and you can sleep your way through a sunday sermon about how feckin will save humanity on one of our comfortable feckin pews     How can you afford NOT to? Imagine Mass here!!! Just a feckin minister talking about what’s feckin good and what’s feckin bad. Feck this, feck that, feck the lot of you. In the name of the fecker, amen....
Who Should I Vote For App’s – Accurate?

Who Should I Vote For App’s – Accurate?

I’ve noticed in this General Election more than any other that there is an abundance of tools online to help the electorate align themselves with a party that matches closer to their values than another. Does it work though? Take a look at where I ended up across different guides. And don’t judge me…   Who Should You Vote For The questions weren’t exactly in-depth, each policy area was skimmed across rather than actually getting down to the nitty gritty of matching myself and a party. Now this didn’t cover Northern Ireland but I felt it still worth trying to see where I ended up, I have used similar tools in the past and I tended to show conservative party tendencies more than Labour. That’s not quite what Who Should You Vote For turned up but such is the nature of this kind of thing…   Vote For Policies This was an arduous form to fill in online, it wasn’t so much asking questions as just giving me excerpts from manifestos and trying to rule some out. I think there were about 12 stages, each stage required me to read roughly 5 or 6 manifesto points for each unnamed party for 5 different “parties”, stating whether I could vote for a party with those policies or not, then after the 5 “parties” have been filtered I had to select my preferred manifesto from those in 5 I had said I could vote for. I personally feel I sit closer to Alliance/Sinn Fein & maybe Green Party than others, so to have UUP as my closest match was a surprise, but to...