ireland

belfast bingo

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this bingo hall looked so fantastic

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i even went in to see if i could play.  the woman behind the counter thought i was mad and looked a bit suspicious as i was wearing my big camera.

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in the end i didn’t play as i would have had to be in there for 2 hours.  and i thought that on my own the fun might run out after 10 mins.  now, if i’d taken you all with me it would have been much more fun !

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vanishing lake

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it was a bit there when i saw it.  it’s at Loughareerma and has a reason for its strange appearance and disappearance. see here for details.

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belfast wheel

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there’s a big wheel in belfast which whizzed round faster than the london eye. to get the photo above i had to go nearly in to an office front door.  i took a few photos then a security guard came along. 

i thought “ooops”, but he said would i like to come in a bit further to get a better photo and even asked the cleaning lady to hold one of the doors open for me !

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it’s a nice thing.

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the giant’s causeway

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as you know, i went to belfast for a business meeting last week.  i took a day’s holiday when i was there to go on a bus tour of the north east coast.  it was excellent.  i met some really nice people and saw some fantastic sights

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the highlight of the tour was the Giant’s Causeway.  we didn’t get there until 4pm though unfortunately and it was getting dark.  so we had a whistle stop tour.  next time i’ll take more time getting photos.

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here’s someone on the stones.  the sea was amazing due to the storms (which also meant the flight home was a bit wobbly)

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here’s a classic picture of the hexagonal stones and strangeness on the horizon in the distance

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more pillars

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these giants stoney things are quite amazing

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this is the giant’s boot (i think)

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there was lots of scummy foam stuff. i converted this one to black and white to make it look nicer.

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very complicated diagram of where to walk.  the path down looks quite steep on the sign.

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this is the giant’s organ.

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if i’d thought about it i would have got someone to stand in front of it to give you some scale.  but i didn’t cuz it was dark and we were running out of time.

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apparently C S Lewis was inspired by the countryside of northern ireland and it may have influenced his narnia stories.

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quite amazing stuff.  i shal be going back some day !

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