Monday, 29 September 2008

Friar's Bush Graveyard

Two photos I took while visiting Friar's Bush graveyard during the recent Heritage Open Day.

One theory is that it was once a monastery, but it owes the curious name to a holy friar, who was said to have been endowed with some miraculous powers, and it was beside the ancient tree in the centre of the graveyard that he performed his daily devotions, hence the name of "Friar's Bush." The inscription on his tombstone is " This stone Marks Ye Friar's Grave, A.D. 485," so he must have been one of the early disciples of St. Patrick, who had visited this place some time before. LibraryIreland


... seen in a large national record store. Apart from employing somebody who knows something about music they should make sure they employ somebody who can also read.

Saturday, 27 September 2008


A Ryanair plane flying low over Albertbridge Road coming in to land at George Best City Airport.
... and the authorities try to tell us this doesn't happen!!

Digital Imaging

Two young women I saw recently (within a couple of days of each other) making images 'the old fashioned way' - with a pencil. You do remember pencils, don't you? Who needs an expensive camera?

Wednesday, 24 September 2008


For some reason spoons have been appearing at the roadside on my way to or from the bus stop.
Do you think there is something significant in this ... like if I dreamed about spoons?

To see, or use, spoons in a dream, denotes favorable signs of advancement. Domestic affairs will afford contentment. ... To dream of broken or soiled spoons, signifies loss and trouble.

Scottish Provident Institute (encore)

Some more letters from the Scottish Provident Institute building but this time from a panel depicting the printing industry.

Tuesday, 23 September 2008

be merry ...

... for tomorrow we die

Scottish Provident Institute

A very clever monogram on the Scottish Provident Institute building. At first glance it looks like just the two letters 'S' and 'I' but look again and you can see that the 'I' combined with the curve of the 'S' do in fact make the letter 'P'. So we have the initial letters of Scottish Provident Institute.

Thursday, 18 September 2008

Sunday, 14 September 2008

Sentry Hill

As today was Heritage Open Day when many properties, that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission, offer free access we decided to take adavantage of this yearly freebie and visited Sentry Hill just outside Glengormley. It was a very informative and enjoyable trip - even for those of us who aren't great into local history. The photo shows the actual camera William used to photograph family, friends and life in general in and around Sentry Hill.

Sentry Hill was the home of the McKinney family, who came to Ireland from Scotland in the early 1700s. Remarkably the contents of the house have survived almost intact. This is largely due to William Fee McKinney who built up a remarkable collection of diaries, family letters and an extensive library of books and pamphlets and was also a keen photographer. I think if he had lived until today he would have been a very enthusiastic blogger.

A Summer's afternoon in the garden at Sentry Hill, 1898.
William's daughter, Meg, is pouring the tea for two friends.

Spot the deliberate mistake

I don't know if this was deliberate or not but it does catch your attention.

Saturday, 13 September 2008

Chess Master

I arrived just as this gentleman was clearing away but, first, he was having a conversation with some of his audience(?) I get the impression he was challenging passers-by to a game of chess while playing music on his 'beat box' to attract a crowd.

Proms in the Park

Some of the musicians tuning up for tonight's Proms in the Park, which will be held in the grounds of Belfast City Hall. If you haven`t been lucky enough to get a free ticket, audiences can also listen to, or view, BBC Proms in the Park as it will be broadcast live on BBC Radio Ulster and on BBC television (through the red button) from 8pm.

Tuesday, 9 September 2008


Not my favourite watering hole (in fact I have never stepped foot in the place) but I like the impact made by the sign on the awning.

Mahna Mahna

Most of you, I am sure, remember this song performed by the Muppets BUT did you know that "Mah Nà Mah Nà" debuted as part of Umiliani's soundtrack for the Italian softcore pornography movie 'Svezia, inferno e paradiso' (Sweden: Heaven and Hell) (1968), a pseudo-documentary film about wild sexual activity and other behaviour in Sweden. wikipedia

Download the Muppet's mp3 here:

Thursday, 4 September 2008

Wednesday, 3 September 2008

Monday, 1 September 2008

Some naked ladies

Magic Lilies or Naked Lady

Naked Lady or Belladonna Lilly