Review : The Importance Of Being Ernest at The Grand Opera House Belfast

If you are a devotee of Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde you’ll know all about Ernest and Algernon, Jack and Bunburry, a story of would-be romance with a interfering mother coming between the young lovers. Jack wants to marry Gwendolen, her mother, terrifying Lady B, doesn’t approve, after all he was found in a handbag […]

#beautybitch by Cathy Martin Facing Facts With Sensse

When the Sensse Facial Contour Definer arrived in the office there was definitely a tittle tattle and a whisper among the team to ascertain whether I’d ordered a sexy toy from Mya or Agent Provocateur, when in fact my pretty package contained a beautiful and ergonomic rose-gold-coloured, hand-held facial massager. (Gosh that was a mouthful!) […]

#MondayMindfulness : The mental health of our children

The mental health of our children. I’m going to write today about the serious crisis in the mental health system with our children. I studied mindfulness 8 years ago for my own personal mental health after years of struggling with depression, anxiety and addictions. It helped and worked wonderfully for me because at 40 I […]

#beautybitch by Cathy Martin :A Slice Of Urban Veda

I for one am so glad January is over, with its plethora of skin-damaging elements like excessive heating and frosty air, (and sometimes the lack of fresh air from staying inside so much). The combination has a terribly negative effect on my complexion and although February (so far) hasn’t seen much better weather, the budding […]

Ireland’s first and only indoor skydiving simulator opens in Belfast

Vertigo Indoor Skydiving, the first and only indoor skydiving simulator on the island of Ireland, has officially opened its doors in the former T13 building in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter. The £1.5 million state-of-the-art facility is the newest venture from Belfast-based adventure centre, We Are Vertigo. Developed using world leading Aerodium technology, the indoor skydiving centre […]

Review: West Side Story at The Grand Opera House

The Jets plan the Rumble A massive cast of 45, many of them teenagers and they played a blinder. As Louis Walsh would say, they owned the stage. Our seats were in the Grand Opera House but we were transported to a rough neighbourhood in New York. Two street gangs, the local Jets and the […]

#BTtravels : Symphony of the Senses #ad

If you follow Belfast Times or Totally Tourists on instagram you might have spotted I went on a trip to London last Thursday night. On Friday, Royal Caribbean International launched the first ever interactive, theatrical cruise experience on dry land, bringing an exclusive preview of what will be the world’s newest and largest cruise ship […]

#beautybitch by Cathy Martin: L’Occitaine and Rifle Paper

When Provence, land of enchantment, meets the vibrant feminine flair of an inspiring stationery and lifestyle brand. This week last year I was milling around Provence searching for truffles among the oak trees of rural farms, so it is fitting that, this week this year, I write about a company whose very scent – when […]