It’s 7.19am and an unmistakable blast is followed by the thunderous noise of snow moving down the mountain. Somebody’s letting off dynamite. And then silence. Another blast and the same crunching cacophony. Three or four blasts later, the Alpine silence returns. Controlled explosions are an everyday occurrence in the Alps, triggering avalanches that send excess snow safely down the mountain onto the pistes before they’re prepared for the day.
There’s a great enthusiasm, urgency, vitality and life in Belfast. Not least while talking to Phil Ervine about his great passion — gin. Of course, the fact that the gin boom has reached Belfast is not news, but what the regeneration of this magnificent city has spawned is a number of gin bars where once there were previously empty buildings. However, we start our tour of these in the city’s most famous pub, a former gin palace, The Crown Liquor Saloon; owned by the National Trust.
It’s quite hard to drink a pint with an eight-year-old dancing on your shoulders. It’s the closing hours of Wilderness Festival on the Friday night and our kids are getting their fill of Two Door Cinema Club. The Northern Irish trio are proving why they’ve become a headline act, while we’re proving you can take kids to a festival you (actually) want to go to. We’ve done Glastonbury, Bestival, the (sadly departed) Big Chill, Lovebox and many more, but never with kids.
@grantkmartin Ancillary charges, for flag carriers at least, are still something of a novelty over here. Some expect BA to compete with LCCs on price and provide full service; it’s a no win either way.
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Selecting a term
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