Thursday, 20 February 2014

No half-measures at half-term

Back yesterday afternoon after five nights in Northern Ireland.  And with the England v Ireland Six Nations rugby match now just hours away, I took the opportunity offered by one of the exhibits at Titanic Belfast to remind my children who they are supposed to be cheering on come Saturday at 4pm. More on that later.

First, we were delighted, on both Saturday and Sunday, to spend time with the Dickeys as Wee Oliver's fundraising total races towards its £60,000 target.  With just seven weeks gone - remarkably - it's now just £8,000 away.    

Jamie, Charlotte and cousin Katie even had the chance to eat cake in the little man's honour and pose for the Coleraine Chronicle - proving that fundraising can most definitely be fun.

Other pleasures included a visit to Portstewart Strand...

 ...which always looks that good, even when it's dark.

And Burger King where Granny felt compelled to restrict herself to a Kid's Meal.  

 As if.

Other forays included a number of visits by me to the Railway Arms, whose regular patrons include Starsky and Hutch.

Actually, the one of the left does look a bit like my dad.

And our half-term holiday finally came to an end at the £97 million Titanic Belfast centre, just across the road from where the ship itself was built (and left in perfect condition).

Look at the "Tit" below and you will hopefully spot Jamie.      

Yes, that was deliberate.

The prize for his pose was being allowed to go inside.

Such was his enthusiasm for the Titanic (which he is currently learning about in school) that later he even recreated its dramatic demise in the soft play area at Belfast City Airport with Mr Tayto playing the part of "Iceberg."  

Now I think we all need a rest.