Hold onto your hat it's the final day of voting
Hold onto your hat – for another Friday morning Newsletter. Today, we are going Country! Kellie with you again this morning and I don’t need to tell many of you that Rikki and I attended the NI Country Music Awards at the Tullyglass Hotel on Monday night. Live performances from none other than Philomena Begley, Derek Ryan, Susan McCann and granddaughter Sinead Heaney, Owen Mac and Louise Morrisey who also helped compere the event. What a night we had- well worth the two and a half hour round trip journey to Ballymena! And yes – I know you’re probably wondering what Armagh I are doing traipsing away up to Ballymena but let’s face it, we are a city full of country people and we just had to indulge!
Thank you to everyone who joined our live stream and live blog of the event. We loved seeing your comments coming through and a wee birdy told me that you even had the ‘phones ringing off the hook’ at the Tullyglass when our stream went down! Excellent. The evening was an absolute blast and great practice for us, given that we will be hosting our own Awards Night in just under 4 weeks’ time – we are going full bells and whistles with a live stream and blog of our event too.
I think I’ll leave it there for this week. There’s plenty included below to give you bit more reading – and on the subject of reading – I have just picked up a book for the first time in about a month! Not like me to leave it so long between novels but I just haven’t had the time. I’m currently reading The Troop by Nick Cutter but I’m always looking for recommendations so please feel free to make a suggestion. I’m not a lit snob. I’ll read anything – except romance. I’d believe in zombies sooner than Prince Charming!
Heres this week's listings and chance to win a pair of tickets
Headlines you might have missed...
Cool FM's Rebecca McKinney will compere the evening at the Armagh Observatory and Planetarium.
He was disqualified from keeping reptiles for five years.
Mourne Mountain Rescue received £212,000 and Skywatch NI received £284,000 from the new £2million Covid Scheme.
The Independent Card
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What an amazing response. Sorry they were so hard. Not a single person scored 10 out of 10.
So far our leaders are: Tom Wilson, Keith Cunningham, Peter Re and Sinead McParland who all scored 9 out of 10. There were three others who scored nine but did not include their names.
Anne Rooney, Colum Loughran, Laura I, Chris Teefy and Ballina all scored 8. There were four others who also scored similar.
Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
The Hole in the Wall (Armagh)
Try this week's quiz here..
"This is a heart-breaking statistic, but it is also a personal story of a female who has had their life ruined by someone they grew to trust and build a relationship with".
So, it's over and out from me today. I will be back again in a fortnight's time. I will leave you with another little clip of Rikki and I being ever-professional on the job. Hope it gives you a few laughs.