PETS: Start At The Beginning – 8 Top Tips For New Puppy Owners From Petminder NI

PETMINDER NI is a Northern Ireland pet service offering an alternative to kennels when it comes to caring for your beloved pets. Whether it’s just a few hours respite or holiday care Charmayne Dockerty’s company offer a wide range of services to take the stress out of petcare. This is the first in a regular […]

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Pop Star, YouTube Sensation & Top Broadcaster Headed To Belfast For ICONS Festival

THREE pop culture stars have joined the line-up for a forthcoming creative industries festival set to welcome over 20,000 people over four days next month. Music industry figures Nicola Roberts of Girls Aloud fame, YouTube singing sensation Emma Horan and DJ Phil Taggart from BBC Radio 1 are among the speakers confirmed for the ICONS

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Model Jade Was Tormented By Cruel Bullies As A Teen, Now She’s A Top NI Glamour Star

BELFAST glamour model Jade Entwistle is a rising star on the scene. Looking at the 20-year-old beauty it’s hard to believe she was once the victim of sickening bullies who made her life hell. Jade was subjected to so much bullying that by her mid-teens she had lost 95 per cent of her hair due

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3 Key Looks For Autumn/Winter Unveiled At The Launch Of Belfast FashionWeek

THREE key looks were unveiled this week as the 2015 autumn/winter Belfast FashionWeek launched. Returning to the city from October 15-18 and once again sponsored by West Coast Cooler, this year’s series of events is set to get welcome the country’s top designers as well as boutique shops, designer brands and high street names to

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What next? The Results Are In – Have You Thought About Belfast Met

OVER the last two weeks it’s been results, results, results… But what are students going to do next? From university to job hunting for many people the decision still hasn’t been made yet. If you’re somewhere inbetween university and job hunting one option available in Belfast Met which has a whole range of courses from

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New Beer Launches…But Is It Worth Wrestling For?

JUST as you thought you’d seen – and tasted – it all, something new and exciting comes along to grip the imagination. Roundstone Irish Ale, from Tennent’s NI is a fine ale in the Irish tradition, brewed from 100% malted barley and a blend of three types of hops to deliver a gentle yet distinctive caramelly

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American Gothic Metalcore Band Headed For Mandela Hall

Motionless In White and Chelsea Grin will play Belfast’s Mandela Hall with support from New Year’s Day on Monday November 23. The American gothic metalcore band, described as “a powerful force that easily stands out in the spectrum of aggressive music” is enjoying its finest year to date, currently on an arena tour with Slipknot

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Protect Yourself, Darren Tells His Story Why He Turned To New Self Defence Technique Krav Maga

A NEW style of self defence is sweeping the country. Pure Krav Maga uses techniques from martial arts such as Wing Chun, Judo, Jujitsu and Aikido as well as fight training and sports such as boxing, wrestling and grappling. And instructor Darren Ansell, 39, said the new self defence technique is attracting more than just

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How Belfast Model Ross Went From Skinny Footballer To Ripped Muscle Man

IN five years personal trainer Ross Corry has put on a whopping five stone in weight. And in the world of health and fitness some may think that’s a disaster, especially for a model. But for this Dundonald man every pound of weight has been a step closer to success. Ross, 26, went from skinny

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**WIN** A Pair Of Tickets To See Dana Masters At The East Side Arts Festival

EastSide Arts Festival which runs from August 19-31 welcomes the acclaimed Dana Masters and her all-star band for what looks set to be one of the stand out gigs of the festival. Originally from South Carolina Dana has made her home in Northern Ireland. She has a weekly residency at McHughs Bar Belfast and has

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When Mary Gave Up Her High Stress Life She Became Dedicated To Helping Others

FORMER chef turned complementary health therapist Mary-Jane Burns says as the summer comes to a close many people may be hoping to change their life and lifestyle. But she advises that change should be made slowly and effectively in order to fully reap the benefits. Before moving to the country Mary-Jane lived a highly stressful

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Despite What People May Think, It Is Possible To Be A Heavy Metal Christian Band

A COUNTY Down rocker is battling the odds to spread the word of god through heavy metal music. Mark Payne, who works in insurance, is the guitarist for ForChristSake a Christian thrash band whose lyrics are dedicated to “praising God”. Signed to American label Roxx Productions, Mark and his fellow bandmates Ignatios Willis, Simon Cochrane, Alan

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Giving Up The Rat Race Meant This Couple Could Start A Successful Food Business

WHEN most people give up city living they do it for life. But for Suzanne Livingstone and her husband Keith they have returned to country living twice and having made the plunge once again are happier than ever. Suzanne and Keith own Baked In Belfast an artisan company specialising in “happy pottery and quirky jam”.

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Have You Got Your Tickets To Florence + The Machine Belfast Gig ?

AFTER three successful albums and countless outstanding performances Florence + The Machine are back with their first full UK wide tour since 2012 and Belfast is on the bill. The recently named album How Big How Blue How Beautiful topped the charts selling more albums than the rest of the top 5 combined and reaching

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Staff At Tennent’s NI Raise £18,586 For Friends Of The Cancer Centre

STAFF at drinks company Tennent’s NI have made a whopping donation of over £18,000 to charity this week. Following a year long fundraising plan to raise money for the Friends of the Cancer Centre, employees from the drinks company took part in a wide range of activities throughout the year. From a wax-athon, spin-athon, abseiling

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The Quartel Promises “Unforgettable Show” At EP Launch

INDIE/MOD band The Quartel will play Belfast’s JamLive Hall at Blackstaff on Saturday August 15. The upcoming four-piece mod-pop group, best known for their funky basslines and their unique twist on 60’s music, will play the venue to promote their new EP, Stuck In Gear. The band have played various venues such as Voodoo, Blackstaff, City

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Did You Know…You still need a TV licence to watch TV on your phone or tablet?

EARLIER this month research published by Ofcom revealed smartphones have overtaken laptops as the most popular way of accessing the internet. And a lot of that use is the consumption of live and on demand TV. According to TV Licensing research more than 31% of us across the UK don’t believe we need a licence

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The Search Is On For NI’s Best In The Hospitality Industry

THE search to discover Northern Ireland’s best pubs, hotels and restaurants IS under way as the new look annual Pub of the Year Awards launched in Belfast yesterday. In recognition of the widening scope of the hospitality industry in Northern Ireland, a record 14 Awards are up for grabs, each designed to highlight the very

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Belfast Artist Shortlisted For Prestigious Award

A BELFAST visual artist has been shortlisted for a prestigious award. Glenn Marshall, who has spent 15 years developing new methods of 3d animation and experimental computer art, has been shortlisted for the Lumen Prize for his work, Particle Man, a project that is supported with funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Now

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3 NI Comedians Anchor Down In Portstewart Next Weekend

THREE of Northern Ireland’s best known comedians will be taking to the stage in Portstewart next weekend. On Friday August 21, The Anchor Complex will open a third room at the venue to accommodate a new show Comedy Capers. Comedians Neil Dougan, Sean Hegarty and Paddy McDonnell will kick off entertainmemt on the night. Neil

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Celebrity Vlogger Marcus Butler Set For Belfast Today

INTERNET sensation Marcus Butler is in Belfast today (August 13) to officially launch his new book. Because apparently for this YouTube star being followed by millions on social networks isn’t enough. The 23-year-old has now brought out a book…Hello Life! And many critics are asking just what does he have to say. Well with over 22

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Social Network Site Finds Novel Way To Brighten Up Mural Pictures

A SERIES of doctored pictures, released by a social media group LAD, are taking Facebook and Twitter by storm across Northern Ireland. The social commentary and comedy site, which has a network of over 50,000 people across the country on various social sites is addressing the controversial issue of paramilitary murals in a very novel

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10 Great Festivals You Should Check Out

NORTHERN Ireland has a rich festival programme this year – from country fairs and food festivals to music weekends and world culture celebrations there’s literally something for everyone. Tens of thousands of people across the country will pack their summer schedule not by flying off to sunny destinations across the world but by going on

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Co Antrim Entrepreneurs To Face The Dragons On BBC2’s Hit Show

A COUNTY Antrim business duo are set to go head to head with the dragons tonight (Sunday August 9) on BBC 2. Entrepreneurial Colum McLornan and his business partner Claire Hunter will face scrutiny by top investors on the popular show Dragon’s Den when they present their new food business Rule of Crumb to the

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Behind The Curtain: 6 Things People Who Don’t Have M.E Don’t Understand

ENTERTAINMENT producer and performer Donna Fleming is best known in Northern Ireland as the country’s leading Dolly Parton tribute act. Stepping onto some of the biggest festival and venue stages in the country and blasting out the superstar’s most popular hits, not many know of Donna’s battle with a deteriorating medical disorder. Donna, a mother of

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Inside The World Of A Belfast Drag Queen: Sassie Documentary Premieres

A NEW documentary which takes a unique look inside the world of a Belfast drag queen was screened as part of the city’s Pride festival. Photographer and videographer Tony Webster’s documentary Sassie featuring Scott Shilliday as Sassie Longshaft was premiered at Maverick Bar on the opening night of Belfast Pride last month. In the film

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Crime Thriller Prison Break Is Back!

CRIME thriller Prison Break is returning for a ten episode revival following a recent popularity spurt. Thanks to Netflix, the show has grown its already large pack of adoring fans, causing Fox Officials to relaunch the TV favourite. In the original show Michael Scofield (played by Wentworth Miller) commits a crime, ensuring a prison sentence

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The Moment An Ulster Hall Gig Review Turned Into A Social Observation Of 8 NI Concert Goers

A NIGHT at the legendary Ulster Hall to see The Vaccines could not pass without writing this piece. Normally any piece would involve a review of the band and whilst it was a noisy, energetic show that I thoroughly enjoyed, some might say inspite of my 41 years and not because of them. On this

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Do You Have What It Takes To Beat Northern Ireland’s World Oyster Champ?

NORTHERN Ireland’s World Oyster Eating Champion has revealed he wants to find someone who he can train to beat him. And although 59-year-old Colin Shirlow says he’s confident he can find a winner to fill his boots – they better watch out. Because the Dromore man reckons he will return to beat his protege. A

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