First Greggs and Applegreen

Just been to the very first ever Greggs outlet at the newly opened 1st ever motorway service station in NI, Applegreen. Love Greggs,worth the 4 miles from my house just to get my hands on a cheese and onion pasty (£1.30) for me and one for my significant other!! It was, as promised, freshly baked and tasted superb, good luck Greggs!!! 


Here’s the Applegreen press release:

“Applegreen opens Templepatrick Motorway Services Area 
on M2 outbound and creates 75 jobs

~ First of four planned super service stations in Northern Ireland which will create 250 permanent jobs ~

Wednesday 8 April, 2015: Applegreen, Ireland’s largest motorway service area operator, has today launched the first of its four planned Motorway Service Areas in Northern Ireland at Templepatrick on the M2 Outbound between junctions 4 and 5. When the four planned Motorway Service areas are completed, a total investment of £30 million will have been made by Applegreen in Northern Ireland, which will result in the creation of 250 permanent jobs. 75 jobs have been created at the Templepatrick Motorway Services Area.

The Templepatrick Motorway Services Area will be accessible by an average of 24,000 thousand motorists per day. The traveling public on the M2 can now for the first time avail of the full range of popular services Applegreen already offers from over 150 sites across its service station network in Ireland, the UK and the US. The privately funded investment is the ninth Motorway Service Area in the Applegreen network.

In addition to a full convenience store, car and HGV fuelling pumps, and extensive parking a cross the 4.8 acre site, the Applegreen M2 MSA will include a compelling food offer for customers that includes UK bakery Greggs (to open shortly), a Burger King restaurant and drive thru, Subway, Chopstix, Lavazza Café in addition to Applegreen’s own brand, The Bakewell. The site, which will have an outdoor children’s play areas will be open on a 24/7 basis.

The Applegreen brand is constantly evolving and has brought many new initiatives to the forecourt market in recent years. It pioneered the first Motorway Service Areas in Ireland, and launched the forecourt industry’s first loyalty card scheme.

Joe Barrett, Chief Operations Officer of Applegreen said: “I am delighted to announce the opening of our newest and first Motorway Service Area in Northern Ireland, which will also create a significant number of new jobs in the area. We look forward to developing our business even further in Northern Ireland over the coming years and today’s opening is such an important step on that road.”

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Visit Belfast plans

Firstly a big thanks to Visit Belfast, from the BFM/BTM for inviting me to this superb presentation, hosted by the Number one Citizen of Belfast, the Lord Mayor of Belfast Councillor Arder Carson, in the Great Hall at Belfast City Hall- what a superb location.


Gerry Lennon, the Chief Executive of Visit Belfast (VB) set out the vision and plans for VB for the next five years and they are fantastic, ambitious but very achievable! Well done Gerry as you had a touch of ‘man flu’. 

Next we had a great overview of, by far the most ‘blue sky’ conference I have ever heard of, by Rachael McGuickin, the Director of Business Tourism. Rachael is a very talented and confident young lady and delivered the presentation which much pride and passion.She talked about the EnterConf and MoneyConf taking place in June across the city. This is the brainchild of Paddy Cosgrave (Web Summit based in Dublin). It is a totally unique gathering of all minds techie across the whole city, in particular the Cathedral and Our own ‘Silicone Quarter’ the Titanic Quarter. Corporate events are replaced  by informal. It’s a huge opportunity for all businesses in the Greater Belfast area to take part in. I wish the magnificent seven all the best wishes I can bestow.

Then we had a presentation from Gerry Copeland, the Belfast City Council Events manager, about the Tall Ships event in July. Again a superb International event centred mainly in the Harbour, but drawing on the city and Province as a whole, especially County Antrim. This was then rounded off by Mary Jo McCanny the Director of Visitor Servicing.

Lunch was provided by Posh Nosh Caterers and was delicious, I opted for the vegetable ‘curry’, rice, champ, potato salad and coleslaw. There was a beef and chicken main. Food was delicious and staff super efficient, well turned out and polite. 

I am very positive that Belfast and Northern Ireland has the quality people, institutions and infrastructure to make these a success and I fully endorse and support the plans laid out. I am very excited to play my part, are you?

   

       


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Belfast bikes

Hi nice birthday pressie for me today rain, hail, sleet, snow, blue sky, white clouds, grey clouds, cold 4oC and sunshine phew all we didn’t have was thunder and lightening!!!! A great day therefore to launch the Bike scheme. Below is the press release from Belfast City Council:


“Coca-Cola Zero Belfast Bikes Go Live

27 April 2015

Belfast’s public bikeshare scheme, Coca-Cola Zero Belfast Bikes, has been launched today.

The Belfast City Council scheme, supported by the Department for Regional Development, features 300 bicycles, based at 30 docking stations positioned across the city centre http://www.belfastbikes.co.uk/en/belfast/locations/

Almost 1500 people have registered for the scheme ahead of today’s launch.  Membership costs £20 for an annual subscription or £5 for a 3 day membership for visitors, tourists and casual users.

Bikeshare schemes are mainly aimed at facilitating short journeys, so the first 30 minutes of each rental are free of charge and the next 30 minutes will cost just 50p.  There are small incremental charges per half hour thereafter.

To use the scheme, all users must register a debit or credit card, to which hire charges will then be charged directly.  Failure to return a bicycle after 72 hours will result in a direct fine of £120.

Hiring one of the Coca-Cola Zero Belfast Bikes is quick and easy and uses smart technology to detect a user’s location and the number of available bikes at docking stations nearby.  Members can either swipe their membership card at the on-street terminal to release a bike or they can use the Nextbike app to find the nearest available bicycle, log it out and return it.  Non-members can sign up on-street at one of the 30 terminals, on the website (www.belfastbikes.co.uk<http://www.belfastbikes.co.uk> ) or by calling the hotline: 03433 571551.

Belfast Lord Mayor, Councillor Arder Carson said: “These bikes are a superb addition to the city’s transport links, a boost to its economy and a further enhancement to our tourism offering.

“Thanks to sponsorship by Coca-Cola Zero, we can keep down the price of both the annual membership and the hire charges for this fantastic addition to Belfast.  Short journeys can be made so quickly and cheaply – it’s a great way to get across town and to see more of the city.

“We have already had a huge amount of interest in the scheme, with lots of enquiries about extending it.  We’re hoping it will be a big success and we’ll be able to look at expanding the network in the near future. ”

Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy said: “Cycling offers an enormous range of benefits.  It’s healthy, it’s low cost and sustainable, and it’s fun!

“I am delighted to support this scheme, both in terms of the funding my department has committed and by adding my own personal support for this forward-thinking initiative.

“Cycling, whether for recreation or short distance commuting can help us develop and maintain an active personal lifestyle and I would encourage everyone living, working, or visiting Belfast to give the Belfast cycle hire scheme a try.”

The Belfast Bikes scheme is supported by Coca-Cola Zero, which also sponsors bikeshare schemes in Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway.

Frank O’Donnell, general manager of Coca-Cola HBC in Ireland and Northern Ireland said: “Our investment in Coca‑Cola Zero Bikes is part of our wider commitment to help encourage active healthy lifestyles and we hope this scheme will enable more people to integrate cycling into their everyday lives, with the option of a healthier and happier commute.  Bikeshare schemes all over Ireland – and in all the major cities of the world – are proving extremely popular and I’m sure the people of Belfast will embrace it too.”

The scheme, which is part of Belfast City Council’s Investment Programme 2012-15, will be operated by public sector service specialist, NSL.  Docking stations are positioned from the Odyssey Arena to Bradbury Place, from Millfield to Central Station and the Gasworks, linking up with the Lagan towpath and National Cycle Networks.  Operating hours for hire are 6am – 12 midnight.  Bicycles can be returned to a docking station 24 hours a day.”


So now no excuse for on yer bike mate!!!
Great way to commute,travel to restaurants, events and attractions and you can keep fit!!!

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Wedding at the Khayber

We have just come back from a traditional Islamic wedding ceremony or Nikah followed by lunch at The Khayber Restaurant:


373 Antrim Road
Newtownabbey
Northern Ireland
BT36
United Kingdom

In Islam marriage is a legal contract between two people. The bride is to consent to the marriage of her own free will. A formal, binding contract is considered integral to a religiously valid Islamic marriage, and outlines the rights and responsibilities of the groom and bride. There must be two Muslim witnesses of the marriage contract(1). The ceremony itself is very short and performed by an Islamic priest or Immam. After this was a glorious lunch.

The Groom was Aamir and his bride was Talitha. Both wore very ornate and traditional wedding garments and were well colour co-ordinated, colours being dark red and gold and this was reflected in the cake. Aamir’s costume is called a Sherwani (top) and kurta pyjama with matching scarf and shoes,whilst Talitha
wore a Lehenga with blouse and head scarf. The detail of the embroidery was very intricate.

For lunch there was shish kebab, vegetable samosa with salad and a tamarind sauce. For main course there was butter chicken (on the bone), lamb Karahi (on the bone), daal makhani, saag and cumin rice and naan. The team at the Khayber really excelled themselves as this was truly the most authentic tasting food I have had for some time (especially the meat as it was on the bone). Then it was cake cutting time, such a shame as it looked fabulous and tasted even better (mix between plain sponge with buttercream and chocolate). So super day and congrats to the bride and groom, also the Khayber for a superb meal.

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Ref (1) Wikipedia 



Nepal quake

It is with great regret that over 1000 have lost their lives in the 7.9 earthquake that epicentred in Nepal and affected Tibet, Bangladesh, India and Pakistan. Our collective thoughts and prayers go to all the families and friends who have lost loved ones, have injuries or lost their homes.

People felt tremors in Delhi!!! The base camp on Mount Everest was buried by an avalanche, and people died there. Communications are down. I would urge everyone to donate something however big or small to help these people in their hour of need.

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Castlecourts 25th bday

Hi all its rocking at Castlecourts 25th birthday. Come down,hear Citybeat,get pictures taken with the cartoony characters and characters from Frozen. Plenty of special offers and giveaways.


R u still at home??? Come down to Castlecourt and enjoy entertainment and food for all the family!!

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