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The West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK entered its 20th season to showcase A/W collections from local designers to high-end couture labels. Twitter pal Leah won tickets to the Saturday night event, the Excel Clothing runway show and kindly offered her spare one to me.

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Silent Testimony

When attending the talk for Space Week by astronaut Greg H Johnson, it was the perfect opportunity to visit the widely praised exhibition, Silent Testimony. All exhibits are portraits of those affected by Northern Ireland’s ‘Troubles’. Artist Colin Davidson is one of Northern Ireland’s best-known artists. His celebrity portraits are very popular and he is even credited for teaching Brad Pitt how to paint.

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The spookiest places in Northern Ireland

I am not a fan of Hallowe’en – the most excited I get is when I go to the Monster Mash in Titanic Quarter, Belfast for the fireworks. Saying that, it is always fun to get a little creeped out. When browsing the internet earlier, I came across an infographic by Blue Chip Holidays listing the most ‘spooktacular’  places to visit in the UK. I was disappointed to see that Northern Ireland had been bypassed completely. This got me thinking, and I came up with a list of spooky places in my home country.


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How to speak Northern Irish

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Tackling the hills at Stormont parkrun

If you follow me on Twitter, you may have noticed my usual Saturday morning tweet, “Off to do @parkrunUK at _______ #loveparkrun”. I wake up each Saturday morning excited and enthused to go to parkrun.

It made sense that I attend the inaugural Stormont parkrun in east Belfast. The idea of a Stormont parkrun belongs to Mel Boyle working  with the estate management to ensure all runners could make use of the grounds each Saturday morning.

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