May began with a trip to North Street to take in the Hit The North Street Art Festival, getting photos of the pieces of artwork as they were created, and then the finished artwork.

The following weekend, I treated myself to a trip to Scotland, spending most my time in Edinburgh, getting photos of Street Art (of course) and walking up Arthur’s Seat and going for a stroll in Colinton.

It would have been rude not to go to a football match, Livingston v St Johnstone being my match of choice before a day trip to Glasgow saw me get more Street Art photos and visit Cathkin Park, an abandoned football stadium.

Towards the end of the month, it was all about Friday nights, first of all winning a ticket to see Ulster v Sharks.

Then, the last Friday of the month, I went to see Queen (well, half of Queen, but it was still so good) at The Odyssey.

Hit The North

Hit The North Photo Album

Hit The North Aftermath

Edinburgh Street Art

Edinburgh Street Art Photo Album

Livingston v St Johnstone

Livingston v St Johnstone Photo Album

Glasgow Street Art

Glasgow Street Art Photo Album

Cathkin Park

Cathkin Park Photo Album

Arthur’s Seat

Arthur’s Seat Photo Album


Colinton Photo Album

Ulster v Sharks

Ulster v Sharks Photo Album

Queen + Adam Lambert live at The Odyssey

Queen + Adam Lambert live at The Odyssey Photo Album


My football watching in 2021-2022 didn’t end with Linfield’s title win in April.

It continued on through into May and June, albeit in limited form

I went away to Edinburgh in early May for a weekend trip.

It would have been rude not to take in a football match while I was there, which is what I did, Livingston v St Johnstone.

While I was in Scotland, I also made a visit to Cathkin Park, an abandoned football stadium in Glasgow.

The season ended with two of Northern Ireland’s Nations League matches, against Greece and Cyprus, the less said about, the better.

Livingston v St Johnstone

Livingston v St Johnstone Photo Album

Cathkin Park

Cathkin Park Photo Album

Northern Ireland v Greece

Northern Ireland v Greece Photo Album

Northern Ireland v Cyprus

Northern Ireland v Cyprus Photo Album


This feels like one of Edinburgh’s little secrets. I feel bad for writing about it, and letting you all know how wonderful it is.

I’d never been before, but in the nearly three years between my visits to Edinburgh, i’d heard about this place.

A village just outside Edinburgh, an area of woodland now sits where there once was a railway line.

The railway tunnel is now decorated with artwork and murals. That sort of thing always excites me.

I had been planning to go on the Saturday morning, but sleeping in and crap weather made me change my mind.

That was then changed to Monday, but crap weather changed those plans.

Eventually, better weather on the Tuesday made my mind up.

It was my last day, so I had no choice.

Getting there was easy. A Number 16 bus from Princes Street which went through a never ending run of stops but only took me half an hour to get to my destination. My stop being the last one, some random street.

I walked to the bottom of that random street and it was all signposted from there, to Colinton Dell.

As it was my last day, it was just past lunchtime (my flight was 8.40pm, but I had to factor in going back to Edinburgh, collecting my stuff, getting to the Airbus and then getting to the airport) so my time was going to be limited.

Twenty minutes in, and then obviously, twenty minutes back.

That did give me enough time to see a bit of Colinton Dell, but not as much as I wanted to.

I spent most of my time there wishing I would have more time to explore it.

That will be remedied the next time I go to Edinburgh, to spend more time and explore more of Colinton and Colinton Dell.

Assuming that my next visit will be for Edinburgh Fringe in August 2023, I might make it my last day thing, check out (assuming I have an 8pm or 9pm flight home) and then head straight to Colinton.

If I was to spend an extended amount of time in Colinton, there are eateries and drinkeries I can visit in case I need food or drink.

There’s not much else in the village to visit, a few offices not open to the public, a convenience store, the previously mentioned eateries and drinkeries, and that is about it.

It was a worthy finale to a great trip to Edinburgh, and it gives me something to look forward to in future in terms of unfinished business.

I really cannot emphasise how good a lovely stroll on a bright day is, and using it to get some photos.

Especially when it is the icing on a cake of an already enjoyable trip.

I’ll see you again some day Colinton, i’ll make an effort to get to know you better.

Photo Album


There are worse ways to spend a Monday morning.

Regular readers will know that I was a regular visitor to Edinburgh during Pre Covid times.

However, Arthur’s Seat was not something on my itinerary. Looking back, that was a big mistake.

Eventually, in 2019, I took the plunge and walked up it. I ended up regretting the times I never walked up it.

I made a vow to go up again in 2020, and then again in 2021 and so forth.

Obviously, I never saw Covid coming.

As a result, it wouldn’t be until 2022 that I return.

Back in 2019, I walked up at 6am. It might seem mad, but trust me, it’s worth it when you reach the top.

I did intend on going up around a similar time, but my bed was too comfy, so 7.30am it was.

There are various ways to start Arthur’s Seat.

When I went up in 2019, I got a taxi from my accommodation in Sciennes. I asked the Driver to drop me off at the most convenient point, which turned out to be the Commonwealth Games Swimming Pool.

So, I used that for my reference point.

This time, I was staying in Newington, not far from Sciennes. The ride turned out to be embarrassingly short. I could have walked it.

When walking up Arthur’s Seat, it is advisable to take your time just to be safe. It is very easy to have a fall.

The weather on Monday morning was dull, meaning that my photos were crap, meaning that the trip felt a bit underwhelming.

I did note, that you feel stalked by Easter Road. No matter where you are on Arthur’s Seat, you can always see it. I got two Football Stadiums for the price of one as I could see Meadowbank Stadium, the proposed new home ground of Edinburgh City, at the same time. I think I saw Murrayfield as well.

As I said earlier, be careful going up as it is easy to have a fall, especially if it is or has recently been wet.

There was a gentle breeze when I was walking up, which was most welcome.

I would also advise heading early in order to avoid the crowds. There wasn’t many people there when I went up, very early on a weekday.

Having reached the top, I headed down, leaving via the Scottish Parliament and then a short walk to Waverley in order to pick up my copy of Metro.

Checked out on Tuesday morning with a lot of time to kill, I thought to myself looking at the weather being better for phototaking, why not walk up it again?

I was only a short walk from the start, so why not?

By now, after four successive days of hitting 40,000 steps, my legs felt like stone.

Knowing what would await me at the top, I pushed on through.

Despite there being bright sun in the sky, it was cold and windy.

It was so windy, that my hat blew off. I didn’t even realise such a thing could actually happen.

Thankfully, I was able to retrieve the hat.

The views at the top were spectacular, being able to look over Edinburgh and see people going about their daily business.

It was worth the wind, the cold, the sore feet. Sometimes, you need a little pain to get a little gain.

I’ve no idea when i’ll be back in Edinburgh, i’m looking at August 2023.

Whenever it is, i’ll be sure to include a trip up Arthur’s Seat to my itinerary.

Photo Album – Monday

Photo Album – Tuesday

Arthur’s Seat – August 2019


After two and a half years, here’s part two of a series of me visiting abandoned Football Stadiums. I wouldn’t get your hopes up for part three.

Part one was a visit to Drumahoe in November 2019. Legal Disclaimer – photos taken through a fence and no illegal entering.

It might be my only visit to an abandoned Drumahoe, as it has been confirmed that it is set for demolition.

This one, was a lot easier to get access to, and one that I had been wanting to visit to a long time.

Cathkin Park in Glasgow was once the home of two time (1889 and 1905) Scottish Cup winners Third Lanark.

I say once the home, because there hasn’t been a professional match there since 1967, when Third Lanark went out of business, a quick decline for a club who finished 3rd in the top flight in 1961.

They were a place above Celtic that season, who were travelling in a different trajectory in the Summer of 1967.

I can’t be bothered researching, but it’s highly likely that Craig Brown or Sir Alex Ferguson would have played here. A tangible link to modern football.

Cathkin Park, is still mostly there, but now forms part of a public park.

The pitch, unsurprisingly is now used as a football pitch, or for just walking along the grass if you wish.

When I visited, there were a couple of people sunbathing and some guy was practicing his golf chips into an umbrella.

You can still walk along the terracing and watch those playing football. Although you may have trees blocking your view in some parts.

There is a group of local volunteers who help with the maintenance throughout the year.

Crush barriers are still in place, not there will ever be a crowd there to make use of them.

I had planned to go there during my last visit to Glasgow in 2015 for the Scotland v Northern Ireland match.

I’m not the best with directions so I couldn’t find it. I did vow to go there the next time I visited Glasgow. I didn’t anticipate that would be seven years.

This time, I decided to get a taxi, which left me outside it.

For future reference, there is a train station across the road called Crosshill, so I can get the train for any future visits.

It was a really enjoyable visit and a bit eerie, but it was definitely well worth making the visit.

Photo Album


On a day trip to Glasgow, just wandering about, no real plans. I do have a camera with me. It would be rude not to get some Street Art photos.

My two previous visits to Glasgow had seen me get some Street Art photos, so I was going to be keeping a keen eye out wherever I went.

The down side was, there were some fantastic pieces, but they were obstructed by the scenery, meaning that getting decent photos was difficult.

I was amused to see a mural of a dog next to a sign that said “No parking”.

In true Glasgow style, somebody took a marker pen and changed the sign to say “No barking”.

Photo Album

Glasgow Street Art March 2015

Glasgow Street Art April 2013


It would have been rude not to take in a match while in Scotland, so I ended up in Livingston.

When I booked my trip to Edinburgh, there were no games scheduled as the top flight games were all post-split determined by League position, while the Lower League games would be all Promotion/Relegation Play-Offs.

I did hope that Hearts would be at home as I hadn’t been to Tynecastle since 2015, so i’d have been hoping for a long awaited return to Tynecastle.

That would not be an option, but Hearts would be an option for me.

This is what my options were:

Celtic v Hearts (Why are you laughing? I was planning a day trip to Glasgow during the trip), Hibs v Aberdeen, Rangers v Dundee United or Dunfermline Athletic v Queen’s Park.

Or, I could have went in a totally different direction to see Edinburgh v Wasps in Rugby, it was the equivalent of a UEFA Cup Quarter-Final.

There was a potential for an Edinburgh v Glasgow Semi-Final. I know, two Glasgow teams in European Finals three days apart. They both lost their Quarter-Finals though.

That was just in Scotland.

I had two other cities on my shortlist for this weekend away. Brighton, to try and blag a ticket for Brighton v United. In retrospect, it was a good idea not to go to Brighton.

Tallinn was also under consideration. The matches over this weekend I would have been there was Tallinna Kalev v Levadia Tallinn, Legion v Narva Trans, Nomme Kaliju v Tammeka and Flora Tallinn v Paide.

Yeah, I had to use Google and Wikipedia for that last paragraph.

In the end, I plumped for Livingston v St Johnstone, as this was a game that had something riding on it.

There were other factors in the decision as well. One was that I had never been to Livingston, and I love visiting new grounds. It was also easy to get to and easy to get a ticket.

I travelled by bus, a very scenic ride which left me at a shopping centre right beside the ground, very easy to find.

After a spot of lunch,, I headed to the ground.

You may have watched Livingston play Rangers or Celtic at home and wondered where their fans are.

I can verify that Livingston have fans, they just like to keep them hidden, hosting them in the stand along the side of the pitch where the TV cameras are, with the away fans on the stand at the side of the pitch on the other side.

Except of course, when they play Rangers or Celtic, who get both stands behind the goal as well.

This wouldn’t be my first time seeing St Johnstone play, but it would be the first time in a while, having last seen them play Linfield in a Pre-Season Friendly in the 1990s. 1997, I think.

There would be a familiar face on the touchline, with former Linfield goalkeeper Paul Mathers now Goalkeeper Coach at St Johnstone. At one point, he was one of three former Linfield goalkeepers at the club (Alan Mannus and Tommy Wright the others, since you ask)

St Johnstone made a quick start to the game, with Callum Hendry firing over from a cross inside the first minute.

Livingston’s best moment came in the second-half when Odin Bailey got in behind St Johnstone’s defence, but his low shot was saved by the legs of St Johnstone’s keeper.

This was a game lacking in any attacking quality. It was hard to see where a goal was coming from. It wasn’t for a lack of effort though.

Just as it looked like I would be signing off my football watching season with a 0-0 draw, the deadlock was broken.

It was the first real moment of attacking quality from St Johnston, when James Brown made space for himself and crossed perfectly for Glenn Middleton to head home from close range.

Livingston’s keeper actually made a good save. The problem was, he was well behind the line when he did so.

It was a vital goal for St Johnstone. As it stood, they were relegating Dundee and dragging Aberdeen into the mix for the Relegation Play-Off spot that they occupied.

A lead that St Johnstone held on for dear life, and it looked like they were going to leave Almondvale with three points.

Having seen St Johnston score with their only moment of attacking quality, Livingston thought they might as well do the same.

A cross from Jason Holt was headed goalwards, but St Johnstone’s keeper could only parry it to Jack Fitzwater, who finished like Fritz Walter to make it 1-1 as injury time approached.

Not sure how I managed to get in a 1950s West German football reference there.

Thankfully, it wasn’t “Fritz Walter Weather”.

Amazingly, in the time that remained, St Johnstone had a chance to win the game, clean through with only the keeper to beat, but it was missed.

You expected him to score but you just knew he was going to miss. It was just the way the game had gone.

It was a point that virtually avoided automatic relegation for St Johnstone, but it felt like two points dropped and an opportunity missed to drag Aberdeen into contention for a Play-Off spot.

St Johnstone would send Dundee down in the next matchday, but they would still need to beat Inverness over two legs to be absolutely sure, a year after winning the cup double.

Photo Album


Edinburgh is a bit of a mixed bag when it comes to Street Art.

For a city so arty, it isn’t the Street Art hotbed you would expect it to be.

I did see some pieces during my visit.

It was more a case of stumbling onto pieces. It’s much more fun that way.

Naturally, there were some pieces spotted when I went for a stroll along Leith Walk.

There was a mural of a dog. However, the reception was not overwhelmingly positive.

Somebody had written “Awful, do better” beside it.


Other ones spotted was one on North Bridge, one when walking from Grassmarket to Lothian Street and another one in Cowgate.

And that was about it.

Photo Album

Edinburgh Street Art – August 2019

Edinburgh Street Art – August 2018

Edinburgh Street Art – August 2017

Edinburgh Street Art – August 2015

Edinburgh Street Art – August 2014

Edinburgh Street Art – August 2013


I’m a massive Scotiaphile. How could you not be? You could argue it’s the greatest country on earth.

Sir Alex, Shortbread, Two Doors Down, Simple Minds, Greatest accent in the world. What’s not to love?

Regular readers will know I head to it’s capital every August. Or at least, I did in Pre Covid Times.

Throughout the Lockdowns, i’d been wanting to head back, even if it was a scaled back trip. I decided to give the Fringe a miss in 2021 as it is a Covidfest. I’ll probably do the same in 2022. I thought I might as well take the opportunity to visit outside of the Fringe, to see what Edinburgh is really like.

I was planning on a Sail And Rail (booking a cabin to escape to) but it wasn’t available on the early morning sailing, so flying it was.

On the flight over, there was an empty row so I moved over to have a row to myself. Although I slept for most of the journey.

Curiously, when the Captain spoke on the tannoy, he sounded like Ronnie Corbett. I don’t know if this is an Easyjet policy of having Pilots who sound like famous people from the city they’re flying to.

When Linfield exited the Irish Cup, I decided to head away on the weekend of the final as i’d anticipated Glentoran winning it, and it doesn’t count if you’re not in the country. Edinburgh was on a shortlist of three.

Also in contention was Brighton, where I visited in November 2021.

The reason for my proposed quick return, apart from Brighton being brilliant, was to turn up at The Amex and try to blag a ticket for Brighton v United. Think I had a lucky escape with that plan.

I also considered Tallinn (decent price flights from Dublin at reasonable times) but as I was booking it in February, uncertainty in Eastern Europe made me decide to give that a swerve. I might look at it again for May/June 2023. Now, if they drew Northern Ireland in Euro 2024 Qualifying …….

So Edinburgh it was, a chance to explore a different city to the Edinburgh I usually visit in August for The Fringe, but this would give me a chance to properly explore Edinburgh.

When you’re at The Fringe, all the venues are compressed into one area. You could spend the whole month of August there and not go anywhere near Princes Street.

The problem with August is, if you take time out to explore somewhere else in Edinburgh or Central Scotland, you’re losing out on Fringe time and performances. It’s a difficult balancing act.

Even when I go to see Edinburgh City, Hearts or Hibs, I feel a bit guilty that i’ve lost out on seeing two shows in the time travelling to and watching football.

It felt strange heading to my accommodation to see Pleasance so quiet.

That accommodation was in Newington, a ground floor apartment.

Newington was an area I was familiar with, having stayed there on my last visit to Edinburgh in 2019.

It is an area with a lot of charity shops, so that helped me kill time before I could check-in to my accommodation.

When I was in one charity shop, I got offered some Es.

Relax though, they were bath bombs in the shape of a letter E that they were giving away.

My flight was early morning, I like to grab every second while i’m away.

It’s the same complaints as the last time I flew from Belfast, that the first bus of the day to International Airport means you won’t get there in time for a 7am flight, and you’d be pushing it if you were flying at 7.30am.

Thankfully, my flight was 8.30am.

At least they have a Boots there now, for those who wish to make some toiletries purchases before they fly.

I don’t care how much of a Tory but this makes me sound, but I have found the recent travel chaos hilarious.

Don’t sit there and say we have to live with Covid and shouldn’t be afraid of Covid and then complain about not being able to travel anywhere because Airline and Airport staff can’t come in to work because they’re riddled with Covid.

It’s what this country deserves for it’s half assed attitude to Covid.

Obviously, you can tell that my journey to and from Edinburgh were unaffected.

One of the first things I do when I arrive in England, Scotland or Wales is pick up a copy of Metro. I just love it, especially Rush Hour Crush.

The rest of Friday was spent checking out a new shopping centre, St James Square.

I say checking it out, I was basically using it as a shortcut to Leith Walk.

Leith Walk is a walk I enjoy, all downhill (not so much fun coming back) with lots of charity shops and independent stores.

Unfortunately, it also has a tram link being built, meaning it had lots of road and footpath out of bounds, which was a pain in the arse. It was like 2009-2012 all over again.

Hopefully, it will all be worth it when it is completed. I might use it to further explore Leith beyond the end of Leith Walk.

Apart from going from Edinburgh Airport to Edinburgh City Centre, I never really use trams when I visit Edinburgh. It doesn’t go anywhere that interests me.

I then when for a stroll along George Street and Rose Street.

This was supposed to be my taking it easy day but somehow I ended up doing 46,000 steps.

Saturday was supposed to begin with a relaxing stroll through Colinton.

However, I slept in and the weather was crap, so I decided to scrap that until later.

Instead, I headed to Grassmarket Market and had a stroll along Royal Mile.

I usually avoid the Royal Mile in August but it wasn’t too bad on a Saturday morning in early May.

After a bit of lunch, it was time for football. It would have been rude not to take in a game while I was away.

When I booked this trip, there was no games scheduled as it was going to be post split, so there might not have been any games on in Central Scotland.

My options were: Celtic v Hearts (Don’t laugh), Hibs v Aberdeen, Livingston v St Johnstone, Dunfermline v Queen’s Park or Rangers v Dundee United.

That was just Football. There was also a Rugby match between Edinburgh and Wasps on the Saturday lunchtime.

I ended up deciding on Livingston v St Johnstone as i’d never been to Almondvale before and I like visiting new grounds.

It was an hour long bus journey along a very scenic route which eventually left me at a Shopping Centre right beside the ground. Just turn to the left and stare out the window through the Lothian countryside.

Before that point though, we were on a motorway that was sandwiched inbetween Tynecastle and Murrayfield.

I discovered (through some tourism literature I picked up) a place called Almond Valley that looks interesting. It seems to be a bit like Colin Glen Forest Park. I might bookmark that for future reference if I go to Edinburgh outside August again.

After the match, it was back to Edinburgh City Centre and straight onto another bus, to Portobello, a seaside town just outside Edinburgh.

The plan was that the weather would be lovely, to walk along Portobello Beach and get some sunset photos.

I did the first part, the walk was lovely, but the photos were crap though. The nice walk made up for it though.

Keeping with the theme of seeing stadiums from buses, I saw Easter Road and Meadowbank Stadium when going to Portobello.

It was intended that one of the days during my stay in Scotland would be a day trip to Glasgow. That day would be Sunday.

Sunday didn’t get off to the best of starts, with my 9.30am train cancelled meaning I had to wait until the 10am train to head to Glasgow.

I was especially keen to visit Glasgow as I hadn’t been since 2015.

Eventually I arrived in Glasgow and walked around, before stumbling into Barras Market.

What a place. So much retro and vintage stuff there just asking to be bought. If only I had the budget to do so.

I cannot comment on rumours that I may or may not have bought some football programmes.

Then I went for a walk through Glasgow City Centre, snapping any Street Art that I saw.

Glasgow had upped it’s weather game, it was roasting all day, getting one over on Edinburgh in that regard.

I didn’t bother heading to Ibrox to try and blag a ticket for Rangers v Dundee United. I did, however, visit a football ground during my visit to Glasgow.

It was one that hadn’t hosted a game since the 1960s though.

Cathkin Park, formerly home ground of two time Scottish Cup winners Third Lanark.

The ground is now a public park, but the terracing is still in place, including crush barriers.

This was a ground I always wanted to visit, and it was worth it.

As I entered the park, I asked someone for directions to the terracing, and he told me he used to play football there.

I jokingly asked him if it was for Third Lanark, and he put me in my place pointing out that he was only 58.

Most of the Rangers fans I saw walking around Glasgow going to and from their match were wearing sombreros. Do they have a big match in Spain coming up?

While I was in Glasgow, the Glasgow Book Festival was on. Unfortunately, none of the events on the day I was there interested me. Annoyingly, Bobby Gillespie was appearing the day before. I definitely would have went if it was on the Sunday instead.

As 7pm passed, and well fed and sore feet, it was time to return to Edinburgh.

The fact there was a Street Performer in Buchanan Street dressed as a Jedi doing moves with a lightsabre suggested it was time to head back.

I say Street Performer, it is Glasgow, that might have been just a normal night out for him.

Monday was the day I had set aside to walk up Arthur’s Seat.

It was a nice walk but the weather was a bit crap which made the photos underwhelming.

The crap weather continued, non stop rain. Well, it is Scotland. As a result, I decided to hold off visiting Colinton until the Tuesday.

My change of plan resulted in me wandering around Haymarket and West End, before heading home around 7pm and putting my feet up. Feet, that were absolutely aching from so much walking.

Tuesday was to be my last day, which meant having to do that most awful part of any trip away, packing up.

Packed up and checked out, I had quite a bit of spare time on my hands, as my flight home wasn’t until 8.40pm.

With the weather now better, I decided to venture up Arthur’s Seat again, to get better photos now that I had daylight to work with.

I might have had daylight to work with, but I was having to deal with wind. Not that sort of wind, how dare you even suggest such a thing.

To give you an idea of how windy it was, my hat blew off.

It was worth it going up, such a great experience. I’m annoyed at myself for going to Edinburgh so many times and not walking up it.

On the way down, I took a bit of a detour, and ended up closer to Easter Road than Waverley Station.

Eventually, I made it back to Princes Street, and finally boarded a bus bound for Colinton.

I was going to joke that Joelinton should sign for Hearts or Hibs and be so good they name the area after him, but it turns out it is pronounced Colin-ton rather than Co-linton.

This was worth it. I had read that it was a place worth visiting, and I was not to be disappointed.

It was easy enough to find when getting off the bus, just follow the signs.

I reached Colinton Tunnel and Colinton Dell, a beautiful walking path and woodland.

Unfortunately, my visit was timebound, so I didn’t get a chance to full appreciate it, going twenty minutes in and then twenty minutes back.

An absolute pity, as I definitely wanted to explore more and more of it.

My next scheduled visit to Edinburgh will be August 2023 for the Fringe. I fully intend to take more time to explore Colinton. I might make a day of it on my last day which is usually wrapping up and not taking in any shows.

There are cafes and pubs there so I can refuel if I need to after going for my walk.

If I had been able to get to Colinton earlier, I would have considered using the free time on Tuesday to go to Stirling.

I’ve never been before so it would have been nice to see what it it is like. Maybe another time.

My visit being timebound worked out well as it started raining as I was getting the bus back to Edinburgh City Centre.

Back to Edinburgh, grab my bags and now for a bus to Edinburgh Airport, and home.

On the bus, there was an information screen with the latest departure information so you can check up on your flight while heading to the airport.

Sometimes, it’s the little things that makes Belfast seen so backward.

It turned out that I was too eager to leave, as I couldn’t get through check-in as the 6.20pm flight to Belfast was still boarding.

My rationale, if you care, was to arrive around 5.30pm-ish, get through security and find somewhere just after 6pm to have something to eat for dinner.

I don’t get bored at airports, I always find something to amuse me. Especially at airports that have lots of free literature available such as newspapers or magazines.

Something that Belfast International Airport could maybe introduce (They definitiely did have free newspapers in the past) to improve the passenger experience. It’s the little things.

Overall, it was a really enjoyable trip.

I’d always wanted to visit Edinburgh outside of August, to see what it’s like.

I love visiting Edinburgh in August, but it is a different city that month compared with the other eleven months of the year.

It felt strange. Nobody offered me a flyer and I didn’t hear a single bagpipe.

When you’re at the Fringe, all the venues are compressed into a relatively small area.

Usually, I would stay in Cowgate, meaning that i’m right beside Pleasance and Underbelly, and I have Edinburgh University only ten minutes walk away.

As a result, I don’t usually stray far from there as that’s where the main venues are.

You are experiencing Edinburgh Fringe, but not really experiencing Edinburgh.

As I said earlier, if you take time out to explore Edinburgh, you are losing time to take in shows.

I have a bit of unfinished business, i’m definitely going to take time in my next visit to Edinburgh to fully explore Colinton.

When will that trip be?

Probably not in August 2022. Edinburgh Fringe will be a Covidfest. I’ll leave it a year to 2023 to see if we can drag the numbers down.

Remember, Covid hasn’t gone away, it’s just that the Government has stopped pretending to give a shit.

I’ll try again in 2023.

I’ll definitely be back at some point.

Hopefully see some celebrities as well. Didn’t see a single one. I usually see someone I recognise while i’m in Edinburgh.


Peter Schmeichel is the cover star of Football Europe in the early months of 1998, as the magazine looks at the season so far across Europe.

There are four pages dedicated to the draw for Euro 2000, with all nine groups being previewed.

Getting just the three pages is Lillian Thuram, who will be joined at Parma by Faustino Asprilla, who returned to the club from Newcastle United this month.

There are six pages dedicated to the season so far in Europe, in all the major leagues.

Meanwhile in France, Basile Boli has been forced to retire as a result of a head injury while Sean Dundee wants to leave Kalrsruhe after a poor run of form.

Mouscron are making a complaint to UEFA after they weren’t allowed to play a home UEFA Cup tie against Metz in Lille.

As preparation for the World Cup nears, it has emerged that Scottish FA officials have booked flights home two days after their last group match, while Andy Hunt of West Bromwich Albion could be heading to the World Cup with Austria, after his Austrian Granny contacted Austria’s manager.