Inventions, Belfast Baps and Samba bands on stilts

On Tuesday I attended a real life “Dragon’s Den” except this wasn’t for entertainment. 24 new companies were taking part in the Northern Ireland Science Park’s INVENT competition. Each company had three minutes to impress 200 people at W5 and the judges who included the Head of Computing at Cambridge University, Andy Hopper. They’re all pitching to be named as NI’s best new innovator/inventor and entries ranged from a 16-year-old schoolboy, three final year students at University of Ulster Coleraine to long established ‘scientists’. On the night, 24 were whittled down to 12 and they will all now go through a 6 month programme before the winner is announced in October. The night was hosted by Cool FM DJ Connor Philips who went down a storm with the tech types! Say “Microbial Nematicides” again Connor!

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Connor Phillips at NISP CONNECT’s INVENT competition at W5, Belfast

On Saturday morning, we headed to St George’s Market for breakfast and to look around the Food and Craft stalls. From paella, curry to our very own Belfast Baps, the mix of food was great! It’s funny to think that every year I can’t wait to head down to the Christmas market, when a similar market is on right in Belfast City centre every week! I came away with a lovely handmade wall piece for my mum’s new house, which is now proudly hanging in her hall!

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Inside St George’s Market

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Our breakfast Belfast Baps at St George’s Market!

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Finally, yesterday we went to Belfast Castle for ‘The Big Lunch’- which is a national event where thousands of lunches take place across the UK at the same time. Up at the Castle, there were bouncy castles, face painting, a BBQ, a samba band, stilt walkers and even a bird of prey display! It was great to see so many families there and the weather, thankfully, held up! Image

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Bird of Prey display

Great week out and about!

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