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Dates for your diary…

June 5th – Cycle of the Greenway/Walk one of the Burrishoole Loop Walks.
June 11th – OutWest “Disco” – Sligo City Hotel
July 22nd – Carrick-on-Shannon Boat Cruise.

More details to follow closer to the events.

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Fruity Invites!

“Along with a new iPhone, September always brings a new version of the operating system.”

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Friday Five! 28/08/2015

Today see’s the birthday of some incredible people. Marcus Zuerius van Boxhorn (1653) [Who? – Ed], Umberto Giordano (1867) [Okay, I know this one – Ed], John Betjeman (1906), Dixie Evans (1926) [Oh aye? – Ed] and more recently Florence Welch of screechy fame, and Armie Hammer of acting fame, both born in 1986. 1994 was an important year that saw the birth of Outwests most handsome committee member, Mr. Kelly, and the amazing Galway Pride disc spinner DJ Vinny. Happy 21st to both of them from all at Outwest. At with that in mind, here’s today’s Friday Five for 28th August 2015.

1. What was the best birthday gift you ever received?
2. How will you celebrate your 100th birthday?
3. Winnie the Pooh wishes people happy birthday by saying “Many happy returns!” Any idea what that means or where it comes from?
4. Which celebrity do you share your birthday with?
5. Should it be the law that you are entitled to a day off work/school/whatever on your birthday?

Want to suggest five questions? Email them in now!


Last weeks best answers came from regular reader Cathy Blake. Thanks Cathy.

1. Wales for a family holiday I was 4 years old
2. Nothing really funny but we constantly get lost, our record is 3 and a half hours from Lucan spa hotel to Dundrum.
3. The Colosseum in Athens amazing!!! Greece is amazing!
4. Canada, last year.
5. The is a big yellow ball that appears in the sky, I think it is called the sun. Wherever that is making an appearance.

These questions are purely for fun and do not form part of a survey.

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NerdBlocking! [WTF? – Ed]

Remember Stephen our C&VG Features Editor? He decided to change tack somewhat and we’ll now be taking a look at the monthly NerdBlock for us. No idea what that is? See below for his article. I only proofread it and instantly signed up! – Ed.

IMG_4819Nerdblock [] is a monthly subscription that sees a box of goodies delivered right to your door once a month. They have several options but in this feature I’ll be looking at the NerdBlock Classic. Subscription is €19.99 (plus shipping) and when you subscribe they send you an awesome Welcome Block to get you started, which usually arrives within a week (not bad considering they’re in Canada!). It’s a nice touch, and free, which is the best price of all!

I could barely contain my excitement as I slid the knife along the tape that kept all the goodies sealed inside.

The box is full to the brim and each box is themed, and this months theme is Summer Mix Tape. To be honest the theme was a bit of a misfire, and the contents didn’t really match the theme.IMG_4817

First up, is a Ghostbusters ghost containment lunchbox. I’m genuinely excited about this, as I was a massive Ghostbusters fan growing up. The lunchbox feels really sturdy as it’s an old-school tin one. I doubt I’d use it for food, but it will be a nice storage box.


I opened the lunchbox and inside was a Slimer plush! This was awesome, and a great surprise! It feels really well made and weighty.

IMG_4815Next up, we have this awesome Ghostbusters tee-shirt, which I’m really happy with and will actually wear. There’s a tee-shirt every month which is a big selling point and when I subscribed I erred on the side of caution and went for large. Any comments about that and I’ll send Dixie round to sort you out. [Bitch please! – Dixie] The tee feels like it’s good quality, but the print feels like if it’s not washed correctly it’ll start to fade pretty easily; just something to be aware of.

AIMG_4811 Rubik’s Cube stress ball comes next. I’ve always had a bit of an odd fascination with stress balls, so this one is quite welcome. Funny that it’s a stress ball, as any time I’ve actually sat down and played with a Rubik’s Cube, I’ve wanted to go on a “punching-people-in-the-face” spree. Maybe next time I’ll just pick this up and give it a few hard squeezes.

IMG_4814Another item from the NerdBlock are some Game of Thrones coasters! Seeing as they’re collectibles, who would actually use these? They feel like they’re just cheap bar coasters with a print on them, but really, what else would you expect from a coaster?

IMG_4813The final item is a postcard book of Awkward Family Photos. I’ve only looked at a few, because I’m saving them for a time I’m down and need a pick-me-up. They’re printed on really high quality card, which is nice. I won’t describe the ones I did see, but just know they are as cringe-worthy as you might imagine them to be! [I’m sure I can find some of you! – Ed]

That’s it for this month! All in all, I’m quite happy with the contents, even though the theme was a total misfire. Summer Mix Tape? Really? Ghostbusters would have been a more appropriate theme given the box contents.

Next month’s theme is Hyperspace, and was teased with this card at the bottom of the box…



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