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An afternoon in prison…

As the title would suggest, I spent the afternoon in prison – Crumlin Road Gaol (pronounced “jail”, I didn’t even know it was spelt that way!) 

Sitting after lunch, mum, dad and I were trying to think of something different to do and so decided to book some last minute tickets for a guided tour. A quick change of clothes and off we drove towards Belfast. As we began to get close, the heavens opened and I swear the rain was almost biblical in the way it was falling. We waited until it had eased off to a steady downpour and then went inside to the tour starting point. As we were a tad early, we decided to have a look around the gift shop. On our way out, in walked Simon Calder – the English travel writer and broadcaster who is currently senior travel editor for The Independent newspaper! Well this was going to be an interesting tour.

  
Our guide, Harry, showed us into the room where he gave the usual health and safety talks and then we started on our way. To quote our knowledgable guide “it’s hard to name a Northern Ireland politician who hasn’t spent time in Crumlin Road Gaol”. 
The tour lasted about 90 minutes and we finished off back at the gift shop. I won’t ruin the history, you can look it up for yourself! All I will say is that it is definitely worth a visit. So if you’re ever in the area, pop in and give it a chance! I, personally, would be going back for their ghost tour or the Halloween tour. 

  
Three floors of cells in each wing

So that was how I spent my bank holiday Monday. Rachel is back in school in the morning and no I am not going in with her – this blogger needs her beauty sleep!
Hope you all had a great day whatever you got/get up to!
Thanks again for reading

Ktkinnes xxx

  

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The Script

As last night’s blog said, Rachel and I went to see Jack Savoretti, Clean Bandit, Annie Mac, Kodaline and The Script.

  
Not really sure of who he was, Jack Savoretti’s music was pleasant to listen to and to pretend to dance to. In the sweltering 19 degrees Celsius heat of Boucher Road Playing Fields, Rachel and I sat sunbathing and enjoying his acoustic tunes. For a man who will be 32 in just over a month, he was good at what he does but in my mind looked a lot older than 32! Or is that me being unfair? Savoretti came on stage early and played for about half an hour before thanking us and leaving the stage to be prepared for the next act.

  
As time progressed, the sound and lighting was tested again and eventually out came Clean Bandit. At least this time I knew the music! A lot of the crowd stood and danced to this, with me and Rachel ending up on the screen a few times for our dancing skills! Good music and a fun dance routine, I can’t decide who enjoyed it more – the band members or the audience! Definitely 10 out of 10 for this act. Once again, they finished up after around half an hour and then we were left waiting for another 20 minutes or so.

  
Annie Mac is not my type of thing. Fair enough, she did a good job of mixing the songs but it reminded me of being in a club and let’s face it you need to be drunk for that music constant for an hour. Rachel enjoyed it however and at the end I spotted a few people from school that I went and said hello to. After an hour the bass finally ended and I was allowed a bit of time to recover. During this time we made friends with the girls in front of us and behind us.

  
Forty minutes later and Kodaline came on. Thinking I didn’t know them, I wasn’t looking forward to it but turned out I knew quite a few songs! Again, another great set and by this stage the sun was setting on a happy crowd. 10 out of 10 would go again to see them!

  
Eventually, the event we’d all been waiting for, The Script entered from behind the crowds who were cheering and calling for attention. A fantastic show. Danny and the rest of the band really knew how to keep us listening and belting out the well known songs. It was with a smile that we all left the field at around 10:30. I didn’t want to leave but it will definitely be a night to remember.

If you ever get the chance to see any of the acts, do it. No questions asked. I’d give my left arm to go back and see them all all over again (I need my right arm to write with etc, sorry!)

Thanks for reading!

Ktkinnes xxx

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Barbecue weather?

So it’s apparently barbecue weather?? Mum and Dad insisted that today would be perfect for the final BBQ of the season. That would be fine if it wasn’t 12 degrees, cloudy and threatening rain. Chicken kebabs were cooked and they were lovely, I won’t say anything against them! But what’s the point in using the charcoal if we’ve to stand in fleeces with umbrellas and eating inside?
Rachel came down stairs this morning and said “Katie we have 3 minutes, do you want to go see The Script at Tennents Vital tonight?” So we’re going to our first concert together! Hopefully it’ll be good.

Have a good day!
Ktkinnes xxx

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That was a strange day. I spent the day at the Black Saturday parades on a picnic with the family. For anyone who doesn’t understand, Black Saturday is basically the end of the marching season in Northern Ireland. We went to Tom’s house and watched out the window and had a fab day. Well it was until everyone started reminiscing. I don’t think I can cope with it all yet to be honest. I still tear up at the thought of him. Probably not wise to watch Les Miserables again then… But that is what I am doing!

I know they’re all poor and covered in dirt in their old clothes but I do love a lot of the actresses in this, special mention to Samantha Barks. Most people don’t like Eponine as a character but not knowing anything from the story apart from what I’ve watched, I can’t help but feel a connection to her. She’s in love with someone who barely knows she exists and has no understanding of how she feels for them. “On My Own” voices this loneliness and, if I can say it, displeasure in herself. The way I interpret her character, remembering again that this is only my opinion, is that she loves Marius but hates herself for loving a man who isn’t interested in her and with whom she has no hope of being with. Spoiler alert, scroll now if you don’t know the story: The fact she dies saving this one man crushes me every time.

I shall say goodnight now as I watch Anne Hathaway pouring her soul out into song. Just means soon Amanda Seyfried will be along with her amazing range of vocals… Jealous? Me? Course I can hit those notes in my sleep…. I wish… But practice makes perfect, right? Maybe I’m more similar to Eponine than I realised! Goodnight everyone, hope you have a good Sunday!
Ktkinnes xxx

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School bag in hand, she leaves home in the early morning….

With so many kids back to school today, it’s normal to feel a little nostalgic. Ha! I can’t wait to get back to bed! Who needs the school bell, or the rules and regulations? Or  even just the horrible thought of a knee length maroon skirt and the grey tights that hide all remnants of the tan you got at the end of June.

With Rachel going back to school today, dad and I are dropping her into school. I don’t miss that place at all. Used to love it but now there’s the freedom to wake up and throw on sweatpants and a hoodie over pjs so that you can go straight back to bed!

With back to school, there’s a bit more of a routine in again. Dinner at set times, cleaning on a specific day, silence in the house because there’s no one left to talk to (bliss). 

Now that that’s done and Rachel is in school, it’s time for me to go back to bed. Speak sometime soon!
Ktkinnes xxx

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The Housewife Assassin’s Relationship Survival Guide

Finished my seventh book of the summer!! Book 4 in The Housewife Assassin series was another light read and very easy to follow. Even if you hadn’t read the others, this story is easy to pick up as the basics are covered again at the beginning of each book.

This one starts off at the end of book 3 so it requires a brief catch up if you haven’t read it recently. Once again there was a similar theme throughout the book with a familiar basic set up. However this doesn’t detract from the fact that there will be twists and turns that surprise you!

In summary, read the series! £3.49 per book on Amazon kindle! And kindle can be downloaded free to any smartphone, laptop or tablet.
Dad and I are sitting waiting to board the boat back to Belfast after travelling now for 25 hours. We got the boat to Cairnryan yesterday at 11:30pm so left the house at 10 to get to the boat. Arriving in Cairnryan at 2am, we found the A77 closed due to roadworks so we’ll just say that at 5am we finally pulled up in Glasgow having not slept all night. Quick meal and trip to the toilets in McDonald’s then back to the car, we slept until 7 and then began to move me in! Was so much fun, here are some pictures of my room in the flat!

   
   
When we finished around 12:30 we went for lunch and then headed back to Cairnryan in the hope that we could get an earlier boat. Ha were we wrong about that! Minimum charge of £50 just to change Dad to the earlier boat but they were asking for an extra £100 for me because I was using the free student transport and by changing our tickets I was no longer getting that deal. So needless to say, dad and I sat in the car from around 2pm until now. Still waiting to get on to the boat now!

The cafe in the ferry terminal has been closed from before 7 and we refuse to pay £2 for a bottle of water from the vending machines so are now thirsty and rather cranky. Wouldn’t you be?
Night guys, hope you’ve all had a good day!
Thanks for reading

Ktkinnes xxx