Top 12 Moments 2013


I started trying to highlight 10 moments through the year but it was difficult enough to keep it down to 12.


The year started sadly when I travelled to my friend Rok’s funeral in Kranjska Gora. But it was wonderful to get back to Slovenia and a very snowy Ljubljana.

It reminded me how much I love Slovenia and in September I returned bringing Dawn for the first time.

Ljubljana The most important event of the year, of course, was our 30th wedding anniversary. The reception was in the Culloden Hotel on 18 July 1983. So we went back for dinner with Dawn’s mother and Adam and Owen.



We were already planning the Slovenian holiday, so we took a long weekend in our other favourite place; Guernsey.



When was I most riled? When the Teenage Kicks mural in east Belfast (in memory of John Peel) was destroyed by the Northern Ireland government.

Teenage Kicks(Not my photo)

I was at a few conferences during the year as part of an anti-xenophobia and anti-homophobia project.

Erin Gruwell

One highlight was spending a few days with Erin Gruwell the teacher behind the Freedom Writers at the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam.

11287226634_32c6a0c250The December conference was in Istanbul.

This was my third and final year as organiser for TEDxBelfast. it’s not fair to pick out one speaker – but I will. Lisa McElherron reclaiming the work “Dissident”

Lisa NcElherron
Lisa McElherron

There were simpler moments:

Spending time at home in the Garden.
Spending time at home in the Garden.


On Belfast Lough at Seapark
On Belfast Lough at Seapark

So, happy new year from Holywood, Co. Down.

Christmas Tree at the Old Priory Holywood
Christmas Tree at the Old Priory Holywood

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