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It’s the end of January and pay day is just around the corner.  I can sense the sigh of relief from society. Although for some it is the most depressing month of the year I can honestly say I have enjoyed it.  As I have previously mentioned getting into some sort of routine has been great. 

Last Friday I made my way to Dublin to appear on the Elaine show on Virgin Media 1. The new name for TV3. It’s a panel show and on a Friday has an all male line up. I have been on a few times now over the past 6 / 7 months. The topics always vary. I had a laugh this time around as we discussed secret cameras in Air B’n’b’s, lip fillers, bromances and whether sex on a first date really helps cement a relationship. Thankfully I don’t think my Mum was watching. 

On Saturday I took in the Crusaders vs Linfield match at Seaview. Although there was only one goal it was a great game and Linfield really made it difficult for Crusaders. An early lob over the keeper from Jordan Stewart won the game for the blues. Once again Seaview was a very welcoming place. Many congratulations to everyone involved at the club on the completion of the new ‘McDonald’ Centre which I was in for the first time since the building work was completed. It is a fantastic facility and my friend Gareth and I enjoyed a pint there before the match. 

Also this week I have taken on both new projects at ‘We are Vertigo’ in Belfast. Firstly at Newtownbreda they have created an ‘Inflatapark’ which is pretty much a huge bouncy castle with lots of different assault courses, travelators, pugil stick battles and elements of the TV show ‘Ninja Warrior’.  It was amazing fun and the best thing about it was that Julia, myself and our two girls could go on it together at the same time. Brilliant family entertainment and a great work out as well. 

Ivana and I also went to the new ‘Ninja Master Course’ at the Vertigo Titanic complex. Based on the TV show ‘Ninja Warrior’ the course was challenging and got my heart racing. I don’t think I’ll be making  an appearance on the tele anytime soon but I did manage to complete the course but definitely not in record time. It is for all ages from 6 upwards and Ivana who is 7 absolutely loved it. 

Also this week I got sit down interviews on Facebook live with Darren Cave, Billy Burns and Stuart McCloskey in the Players lounge at Ulster Rugby’s Kingspan Stadium. The boys were ecstatic after an historic Champions Cup run and the first time the club have qualified for the quarter finals in five years. Well done to all involved. Roll on March 30th and up next Leinster at the Aviva stadium in Dublin. What a challenge that will be.  

Also, in sporting circles we had another cracking football show this wk discussing the changes at Cliftonville, the title race in the Irish league and the change of fortunes at Dungannon Swifts with manager Kris Lindsay and former Cliftonville player Davy McAlinden. You can watch it here:

Finally this wk, I will leave you with a phrase that has re emerged through KFC’s chicken gravy scented candles which have been produced on a limited basis through their website. On the radio show Paulo give us their synopsis of the product and when he announced ‘it’s all gravy baby’ I couldn’t help but record the statement and play it over and over again for comedic effect. I think it could hang around for a while. 

If you’ve struggled getting through January, the good news is, it’s almost over. ‘It’s all gravy Baby’!

Pete #PS010

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