Monday, 22 February 2010

No.245 Of Strange Weekends

I spent the weekend on the North Antrim Coast with friends. We were concerned from the weather reports that we'd be snowed in and unable to get back. But it was odd. We woke to see no snow out the window but loads of reports on the T.V that many people barely 30 miles away were snowed in. Emmm.

Bushmills is a strange place. It has one of the best places to stay in NI (for the Bushmills Inn takes some beating). It has one of the most popular tourist attractions in the area (the Bushmills Distillery) and is barely 2 miles from one of the 7 Great Wonders of the World (in the Giant's Causeway). Yet many of the town's building are in a poor state of repair. One, right in the centre you just can't miss as it overlooks the main feature of the town the War Memorial. This former bank has its windows smashed in and is an awful eyesore. Farther up the road yet more shops boarded up. Emmmm.

On Saturday night the Bushmills Inn featured some Ulster/Scots/Irish folk music. It was great but they all sat around looking very serious about their musicianship almost like they were trying hard not to enjoy performing. For some strange reason this seem to add something to the experience and certainly made it harder to forget.

So to sum up the weekend : Emmmmmmmmmm

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