if you’re free tonight…

April 17, 2008 at 3:24 pm | Posted in music, northern irish | Leave a comment
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ed zealous

crayonsmith

two door cinema club

muchodanke djs

an interview…

April 16, 2008 at 6:42 pm | Posted in blogs, music, northern irish | Leave a comment
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…with the panama kings on muchodanke

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i miss…

March 15, 2008 at 7:27 pm | Posted in me me me, northern irish | 1 Comment
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…portballintrae

victoria square photo opportunity

March 13, 2008 at 12:08 pm | Posted in architecture, northern irish, shopping | Leave a comment
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made sure i took my camera so i could get some shots of the latest architectural addition to belfast…

it does look impressive, and i love some of the shapes. the wooden parts of the platforms are really lovely, and the natural light that floods the place ensures it doesnt appear to be just another shopping centre.

house of fraser: victoria square

March 4, 2008 at 12:30 am | Posted in fashion, northern irish, shopping | Leave a comment
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the anchor store for the victoria square development, house of fraser is massive – 2000sq foot of shopping heaven…

with fantastic brands such as
mulberry ( more on that tomorrow…)
hamleys
all saints
superdry
la perla
agent provocateur
LK bennet
coast
levis
white light
prescriptives
paperchase
ralph lauren…the list goes on and on and on.

having had two days of training in the store, i can say first hand how fanstastic this store is going to be, and what a huge difference it will make to Belfast shopping… its beautiful !

some goodies to look forward to…in 2 days !

<agent provocateur – the first two, the third an image from la perla’s current collection>

and with the new face of house of fraser being yasmin le bon < who’s rumoured to be opening the store on thursday…>, looks like we wont know what’s hit us !

urban outfitters: victoria square

February 25, 2008 at 7:47 pm | Posted in fashion, northern irish, shopping | Leave a comment
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with just over a week until it opens, i though i’d put up some posts in the run up detailing what will soon be available to us belfast shoppers that we haven’t had before, and we’ll begin with my favourite…

this store provide for both guy and girls, and also quirky home items with fashionable music. some brands that they stock include

also, a great range of accessories…

i’m currently planning on…

i’m very, very excited…

two step review…

February 22, 2008 at 3:31 pm | Posted in music, northern irish | Leave a comment
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last night proved to be another great two step night, with the highlight for me being boathouse.

it was also the debut for the mucho danke djs…

already looking forward to next month!

qft

February 22, 2008 at 3:12 pm | Posted in film, northern irish | 1 Comment
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Queens Film Theatre have just launched a new website, and having just picked up their new brochure for the next few months, i’m hoping to get down to see a few films, notably…

the diving bell and the butterfly

Most recent visits have been to ‘im not there’ and ‘no country for old men’, both of which were excellent and are highly recommended

gig watch…

February 19, 2008 at 10:18 pm | Posted in music, northern irish | Leave a comment
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heading to this tomorrow night…

having seen all these bands in some shape or form, this promises to be a good night.

atl tv – oppenheimer

February 18, 2008 at 3:34 pm | Posted in music, northern irish, tv | Leave a comment

the new series of atl begins tonight, and as i went to the live recording for the six acts in bbc blackstaff, i’m fairly excited about it.

oppenheimer

tonight begins with oppenheimer performing their song “look up”, and will also feature an assortment of other local acts. other live performances to look forward to are foy vance, fighting with wire and panama kings.

for more details, check out here and tune in tonight at 10pm on bbc2.

(p.s. i’ll be at the front towards the right…)

restaurant review – drennans

February 18, 2008 at 1:13 am | Posted in northern irish, restaurant, review | 5 Comments
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this little restaurant is so new i cant find anything on it online yet ! so apologies for lack of links – they aren’t there yet.

k. and i went to this restaurant on fri 15th, as he had been sick the night before, and so this was our valentines meal. it was chosen on a whim, as he passed it on his way up to my flat, and we decided to give it a go.

from the outside, the building looks quite closed, and the permanent signage hasn’t arrived yet, so it’s not very eye-catching, especially as it sits beside the “queue for an hour before you get a table” villa italia. we had not problem getting a booking, and so we arrived at 8pm.

with a small, welcoming reception area to the left, the atmosphere is immediately set with soft lighting and and smiling staff. we were shown to our table in the dining area, which is located on a lower level at the back. with maybe only seating a maximum of 35-40 guests, the area is intimate and comfortable. the walls are decorated with french music hall posters from the late nineteenth/early twentieth century, antique mirrors and stained glass, but it remains simple and modern.

with about four or five choices for each course, and the menu being set at £13 for two courses and £17 for three, there isnt a huge amount of choice, but its simple and provides something for everyone.

for starters, i chose the goats cheese tart, which was crumbly, creamy and delicious. k. chose the parma ham on crustini with advocado, which was also very good. for mains, i had the pork medallions, which were served on a potato terrain and a mustardy sauce. the flavours were subtle and not overwhelming, whilst the meat was tender and perfectly cooked. k. chose the steak, which was accompanied by tobacco onions and potato wedges., and a choice of either peppercorn or garlic sauce. this was also very very good. the steak was cooked as to order and was yum. deserts were kept simple with us both opting for the berry pavlova, which was large, gloopy, crunchy and yum, served with strawberries, kiwis, grapes, apple and berrys. in terms of drink, they are yet to recieve a license, but with ‘drink’ across the road, and corkage only £1.50, this is a great option.

the toilets are located upstairs, just off the balcony that overlooks one side of the eating area. these are new, modern and black – very slick. also, the flooring and doors in this area has had some thought put in, with halogen lights laid into the floor and dark walnut wood being used. it’s really lovely.

what made the experience was the piano player, who sat at the top of the stairs playing soft, laid-back, jazz/easy listening, and whose voice was perfectly suited to the atmosphere.

all in all – a fantastic, intimate, reasonably priced restaurant, with delicious, simple food and a relaxed atmosphere. highly recommended !

victor sloan exhibition…

February 14, 2008 at 1:19 am | Posted in exhibitions, northern irish, photography | 2 Comments

worth going to
worth reading

doing my dissertation on his work, and it helps that this is a current exhibition of his work. expect several more detailed posts on him as my research continues…

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