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Famous Fusco's Icecream Parlour, Woodstock Road, Belfast.
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Fusco's Vanilla is very light in colour and quite refreshing, their Honeycomb was delicious and very sweet. They do 'Fancy Dishes'; loads of different types of Knickerbocker Glory and Banana split. Your Vanilla can be decorated with lots of different coloured sauces, hundreds and thousands, bits of chocolate etc. For the sweet of tooth, Fuscos also do Candyfloss, Wafers, Milkshakes and Oysters!? Marvellous chocolate covered, oyster shaped wafers filled with marshmallow and ice cream. Friendly staff.
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Novelty Money New 50 pence coin designs.
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In 1913 and 1914 two English women came to Belfast and started setting fire to buildings and dynamiting churches. Surely odd then to see them commemorated on coins you might even add to a church collection? Funny how things turn out. The Roger Bannister coin is elegant but is someone running a mile as important as the provision of public libraries, especially now we run kilometres?
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East Belfast Observer no.24 Weekly Newspaper for East Belfast.
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Headlines include 'Fears grow as tensions rise in Loyalist area's', 'Dempsey skates to success' (Dempsey Andrews, aged 8), 'Blind Pensioner swims for Charity', 'PSNI a waste of space', 'Celebrity hairdresser visits east Belfast'. By this stage one will have noticed that everything has been written by a Josephine Long. The letters page includes such issues as 'no pope here?'; 'May God almighty bless this British nation once more that we may never see this Antichrist pope on our dear land!', strong words indeed. Reg Empey and his party accused of turning lies into an 'art form' and Reg himself asking for the real DUP to 'please stand up?'. We have a seven page TV guide, Gallery East; a photo section this week at the Short Strand festival. The lifestyle section includes advice on Irritable Bowel Syndrome and a top 10 fast food guide surely having your cake and eating it? In the 'Police' section police wisely advise that 'Open windows are a danger'. Someone stole a children's slide on the Saintfield road, someone stole a mobile phone near Four Winds and someone stole a drum from Ravenhill flute band hall. Not all quiet on the Eastern front then.
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Renoir's Pizza Botanic Avenue
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The old 'more is better' fallacy appears in the form of a gooey sludge of too-many-ingredients atop my Mauritius. The base is helpless and lifeless beneath this tasteless mess. Bearded youth explains shamefacedly that we cannot buy alcoholic drinks in this room, but can go to the other room and order pizza and drinks there or bring in our own. Forgets to mention that his fee for removing our beer bottle tops will be one hundred and fifty pence.
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Northern Ireland Events Company Guide August-November 2004
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A collection of surreal and sublime festivals and events ranging from the 'Ultimate Strength Championships' ('Don't miss the chance to see huge boulders lifted, anchors and chains dragged and two cars held together for as long as possible'), 'Country Comes to Town Annual Festival' ('Traditional rural practices, live country music, live animals.'). Northern Ireland is host to 3 major championships (in 3 months!) but let's not wet ourselves with excitement just yet. First up is the '51st World Ploughing contest' which is not just for those with an interest in ploughing also on offer is 'bike stunt display, dog agility, and tractor pulling, beautician and cookery demonstrations'. Next we have 'Motocross world championships' followed by the 'Northern Ireland festival of Draughts' which features Limerick defending their title against Dublin. The Titanic Quarter festival of Speed 'extreme urban power' promises to see Belfast's Titanic Quarter 'transformed from a barren space into a thriving action packed live arena'. Can I have a grant please Mr Northern Ireland Events company man? I want to organise a festival of medieval disease, we'll all dress up as Gonorrhea, Dysentery, Ergotism and promenade down the street singing
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Horrible new building (with Rita Duffy feature) Oxford Street
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Behold the Law Courts, the Waterfront Hall, the BT Tower and the Fujitsu building, Oxford Street in Belfast is a corridor of architectural excellence. But what's this? A new face on the block, it's modern, confident and sexy, it says 'new Belfast' it says take me but take me from behind. And now we know it's dirty and wrong. It's built back to front, with the service yard facing onto the street, an insult to the public, and what's this? To add insult to injury they've asked Rita Duffy, Northern Ireland's greatest living artist to cover up their service yard with painting of pasty faced kids! An insult to Duffy and the community.
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poster of the month Moving on Music: Aftershow
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Not a lot of posters about in August but this one stands out for its bleary and decadant typography, angular cutout figure and spikey fringe. Definite flavour of the 1980s about it though the tidy text at an angle in the right hand corner seems to belong to a different poster. Nice use of two colours as well.
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Red Bull flugtag Waterfront Hall, 22nd Aug
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Hapless volunteers run down a ramp and jump into the Lagan and then have their 'creativity' judged by the Mayor, Miss Northern Ireland and two of the promoters. A crowd watches agog, mostly via large screens in the rain, while the Waterfront Hall is set aside for special guests. All this for the purpose of promoting a drinks company!
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jigs 'n rigs '04 Dalriada, 6-8th August
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The other week a bunch of hallions, misfits and generally outstanding individuals assembled themselves in the townland of Kinraver on an island off the coast of Antrim to engage in music, dancing, jollity and high-jinx. It is believed that the colourful congregation numbered in the region of 2,000 and hailed from as far afield as Mongolia, Cookstown and Cork. A responsible adult who witnessed the event commented that it was very well organised... by Force 10.
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Double Decker Buses, Main roads from 2004
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It is very pleasant to see the world from the top deck of a double decker bus, entertainment only really to be found elsewhere at a circus. Unfortunately however these new design buses do not include a window that opens as in the old Routemaster buses. So don't go upstairs when the sun is shining or you will bake your brains as you take in the city from your elevated position.
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North Belfast Snaps Old Museum, 4th - 13th Aug
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Contrary to some professional opinion it seems unlikely having a snapshot exhibited in the Old Museum and published in a little catalogue will empower you. More empowering, not to say financially rewarding, is to print, design or organise such a project. Definite front runner for Wonking With Community 2004 prize, even with 4 months to go. Great picture of tigers at the back of the catalogue though.
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