Goodbye to the love of my life

This blog is my letter of farewell to Cocaine, my drug of choice and a love affair that lasted for years. It’s an honest letter written by myself in rehab.

When giving up drugs or any addiction, especially after a sustained period of time, to suddenly let go means that you lose something, almost like a bereavement, and with that said there is a grieving process that you must go through to ultimately get to the point of acceptance.

I first tried this in treatment last year and the letter I wrote had plenty of anger and bargainin but the reality was filled mainly with denial, these are 3 of the 5 stages of grieving.

The other 2, depression and acceptance I believe are delivered in this version.

Part 2, The final farewell;

To the only person, I ever thought understood me, to you, cocaine, my ‘Mrs Dependable’, ‘Mrs Reliable’, my mood stabiliser and ultimately my game changer.

I don’t know where to begin? This is the 2nd time I’ve tried to say goodbye in a letter, last year it seemed easy,  it flowed, I was angry, pissed off and dismissive and I was pleased to see the back of you, or maybe I wasn’t and maybe that’s why I’m back here for round 2.

Somehow this time it’s different.

The thought of never having any type of relationship with you ever again makes me feel scared, nervous, anxious and sad, ironically all the feelings that I never felt last time round, and all the uncomfortable feelings I’ve used you to numb over the years. Perhaps I was in denial and not ready to let go.

I can think back to the days when things were perfect, we were happy, euphoric times, an instant mind altering experience but the reality is it hasn’t been like this for a long time, yet I still haven’t been able to live without you. I’ve used you for the good the bad and the ugly and boy has it been ugly.

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Themed Wedding Entertainment Ideas

You have said “YES!” and you have set a date! now you are too excited to focus on what to plan for first. Aside from the obvious first step in good wedding planning; booking your dream wedding venue as soon as possible to secure your chosen date; We suggest booking your entertainment next! But, what do I want… a DJ, a live Band? What kind of band? how do I go to book?

Your head is bursting with unanswered questions so let us help you along with some great wedding tips on deciding how to theme up your wedding day.

Themed Wedding Bands Northern Ireland

Why should I theme my wedding?

Choosing a theme for your wedding will do you a lot of favours in the long run. Once deciding on your theme, whether it’s the ever popular vintage bridal image tied in easily with swing & jazz wedding music, your venues decor and styling being the deciding factor in your colour scheme or by simply choosing your favourite musical genre and creating your ideal wedding look and feel based on this.

Whatever your choose to do… it is up to you! Many Brides feel overwhelmed and worry about how their guests will enjoy themselves… our advice doesn’t!

In the many years Musicon Entertainment and our themed wedding bands, have been providing entertainment for couples across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland; find that the happiest couples are the one that makes a decision based on their own personality and tastes. Once your guests see that you enjoy your special day they will be there with you 100% of the way, even if you have chosen a rock band and they love country music.

What is important is that you spend your hard earned wedding budget on your favourite things. We specialise in Music so here are our recommendations and ideas for themed acts to perform at your evening receptions.

The Abba Bride

Say ‘I Do I Do I Do’ all over again with Ireland’s Number One Abba Tribute Band – The Bjorn Identity. Be a ‘Dancing Queen’ for one night only as you and your guests rush onto the dance-floor letting your disco diva run wild with some of the best pop hits ever to be penned by one pop group.
Booking an Abba Tribute band for your wedding will blow your guests away by adding a fun factor that you just won’t get with a standard wedding function band. With dazzling costumes, and amazing re-creation of Abba in Concert at every performance you are not only booking a great live band but a top show; well know for their love of audience participation they will truly entertain your guests and have them talking about your wedding for years to come.

Here are a few optional ideas to style up your wedding look based on the ABBA theme:

* 70’s & 80’s colour neon colour or Swedish colours of yellow & blue on your chair tie-backs
* pop star themed cake toppers
* set up a prop corner for dress up photo opportunity
* Order an ABBA or 70’s themed Standing Cardboard Cutouts (we have one in stock and can offer this free of charge)
* Book a Photobooth with 70’s themed props
* Disco coloured starlight dancefloor
* Retro Sweeties Jars as table favours fun and budget friendly
* record your favourite Abba Song and gift it as a favour (we provide studio facilities and can add this to our packages)
* Light up wedding letters that say ABBA

The Vintage Bride with a difference!

One of the most popular and decadent Wedding themes around but what exactly is vintage? Well, it can really mean, anything old style or retro from 1920’s Gatsby style to 1950’s Rockabilly through to 1960’s Motown. So don’t feel you have to stick to a 1940’s Swing theme.
Musicon Entertainment have launched a new wedding band based in Northern Ireland The Bootleg Jukebox – a ‘Postmodern Jukebox’ inspired Vintage band, who put a song and a twist into the musical arrangements by re-working today popular covers such as ‘All About the Bass’, ‘Stacey’s Mom’, ‘Like a Prayer’ and ‘My Heart Will go On’ adding that retro vintage swing into your evening event.
So if you are Looking for a live wedding band with a difference in Northern Ireland for your Vintage, Hollywood, Gatsby or Rockabilly styled Wedding day, The Bootleg Jukebox give you and your guests no other option but to kick off their heels on the dance floor.

Theme it up Vintage style:

* Choose your ultimate Vintage wedding dress and accessories
* 1920’s Gatsby, Charleston, 30’s, 40’s, Rockabilly style Bridesmaid dresses that compliment you.
* Book your hair & MUA who works with Vintage themes
* Themed cake toppers
* Set up a prop corner for dress up photo opportunity
* Order a Gatsby, Hollywood Oscars, or 60’s themed Standing Cardboard Cutouts
* Book a Photobooth within your chosen themed with appropriate props
* Black or white starlight dancefloor
* vintage table & room decorations
* The classic Wedding cars
* Swing and Jazz singer or band for pre-dinner drinks entertainment – book Karen Rush
* Burlesque & Swing Cabaret Singer for a short after dinner spot – Book Miss Rita Von Chic
* Old style flowers in your button holes and bouquets such as rustic wildflowers, lavender, pink or white roses and baby’s’ breath.
* Release White doves
* Source your favourite vintage singles record as a wedding favour.

The 60’s & Motown-themed Wedding

If your favourite Music genre is the 1960s then there is no better music that that of the Motown era. With great artists such as The Supremes & Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, Martha & the Vandellas, Tina Turner, The Ronettes and the Jackson Five, yet again another genre of music that re-ignites people’s memories of the yesteryear and the good times they shared in their youth. With the success of Motown the Musical, this well-loved era of musical brilliance makes for a brilliant choice in Wedding band which will keep all the guests happy and on the dancefloor.
The Iconettes Motown band are creating a lot of excitement as the only female vocal harmony group dedicated to the sounds of Motown & Soul based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. They are described as a fun & sassy with their tightly choreographed & interactive crowd-pleasing homage to the iconic girl groups of the Motown & Soul era, these ladies re-live it for you live on stage. Available as a 3pc or 8pc live big band.

Swinging it like the 60’s:

* Mods & Rockers theme wedding outfits
* Black and White chair tie-backs
* Arrive at the church in a vintage Mini or Motorbike with Sidecar
* Your favourite 60’s Popstar themed cake toppers
* Set up a prop corner for dress up photo opportunity
* Order 60’s Motown-themed Standing Cardboard Cutouts of the Supremes etc…
* Book a Photobooth with 60’s themed props
* Black or white coloured starlight dancefloor
* Source your favourite vintage singles record as a wedding favour.
* Retro Sweeties Jars as table favours fun and budget friendly

Find your inner James Bond for the perfect Hollywood movie star styled wedding?

For the Bond movie lovers – Review to A Thrill – James Bond Themed Party Band Northern Ireland are not only classy, unique but a truly versatile wedding band.
Diverse themed party band Review to A Thrill is based in Belfast, UK are produced by Musicon Entertainment. This glamorous James Bond styled tribute & wedding cover party band provide the ultimate live music experience to die for!
One of the most exciting bands to hit the entertainment tribute music scene based in Northern Ireland and is unparalled in what it offers as entertainment. Perfect for a Casino nights, Corporate Entertainment & Bond themed events.
Don’t worry if you dont want to hear Bond songs all evening. This stunning 8/9pc big band also provides a second set for dancing the night away with a huge repetiore fo covers song from Buble to Abba, Garth Brooks to Bruno Mars. The ultimate wedding show band has arrived!

The James Bond themed Wedding ideas:

* Choose your ultimate glamourous wedding dress and accessories
* Bridesmaid dresses that compliment you.
* Book your hair & MUA who works with red carpet event themes
* Black tie event
* Bond Movie themed cake toppers
* Name your tables after your favourite James Bond Movie
* Set up a prop corner for dress up photo opportunity
* Order a Hollywood Oscars or Bond themed Standin Cardboard Cut outs
* Book a Photobooth within your choosen themed with appropriate props
* Black or white starlight dancefloor
* Spy movie table decorations
* Book the DB5 or Astin Martin as a wedding gift for your hubby
* Book a Bond Lookalike to roam around your table during dinner.
* add a Casino to entertain guests after the ceremony while you are having your photos taken
* Corgi toys as a wedding favour
* Have the hotel mock up for your guest 1 complimentary Vodka Martini shaken not stirred for pre dinner drinks
* book a pop up Martini Cocktail bar
* Bond themed cocktail menus

This is just the top wedding tip of the iceburg when it comes to booking a themed wedding. Why book what everyone else is bound to have seen at Joe blogs wedding last month. What is important is that your base your ideas on your personalities, that way the ideas should come flooding in.

Do not be fooled by glamourous pop star styled wedding band promo videos? A decent videographer and sound engineer can make any band look and sound amazing having recorded and mixed their promo in a studio editing suite but what do they sound like LIVE. We have discovered a huge trend in wedding band promotional pop videos sweeping the market but there can a marked difference between what you will see on youtube or facebook to how the band will sound live on the evening of your special day. We feel this is misleading! We recommend you book a band that promote themselves using live footage or if you can get the chance always see them perform a live set before booking.

If you are looking for unusual and unique wedding entertainment suppliers that will go far beyond what is expected to provide the right entertainment for your event in Ireland then contact Musicon Entertainment & Productions for a free consultation to discuss your wedding music..





Tips for Planning a Wedding on a Tight Budget

Are you and your significant other planning on getting married on a somewhat limited budget? If so, 1StopWeddingShop have load of options to suit all styles and budget covering the whole of the UK.  You are no doubt, quite eager to find ways that will allow you to save money while not sacrificing the quality of your special day.

Let’s take a look at some of the best ways to properly plan for this event without breaking the bank:

Seasonal Considerations

It is important to keep in mind that like many other events, the time of the year can have a definite impact on the cost of your wedding. It is generally common for venues to charge more during the spring and summer months. So, choosing the winter to host a “white wedding” is likely to save you a bit of money (many locations will offer reduced rates).


A wedding photographer can be quite an expensive addition. However, we must not forget that quality photography is essential to capture the special moments of the bride and groom. Indeed, there are many skill levels in between that “uncle who fancies a bit of photography” and a professional service. Instead, you should compare and contrast prices on the Internet to encounter the best photographer within a certain price bracket.

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Open Bar?

For many guests, an open bar is a highly desirable aspect of the formal ceremony. However, never forget that any and all free drinks to attendees will need to be paid for. This bill may actually run into the thousands of pounds. So, you may consider offering a handful of free drinks until a certain point in time. Thereafter, the guests can either pay for their own or opt for drinks that are reduced in price.

Entertainment: Live or Not?

Live entertainers are certainly fun and exciting, but professional wedding entertainment can charge a great deal of money for only a short performance. Although it is true that such entertainment is highly engaging, you may be better off employing a friend as a DJ or even choosing to prearrange your music on a computerised system or a mp3 player. This may actually be more agreeable, for you are likely to know the tastes of your guests more than a one-time performer ever would.

So, it is clear to see that with a bit of innovation and foresight, you can save a considerable amount of money on your wedding while still allowing it to reflect the quality and passion of such a special day.

Bridal Preps – Do I or Don’t I?


Can’t decide on whether or not to have bridal preps for your wedding day? At Shine Pics Photography, we believe that they help set the tone for the rest of your day.  By giving you and your photographer that little bit extra time on the day before the ceremony starts, to go over the day, help set your nerves at ease and generally just have a bit of fun with your bridesmaids.

Bridal Preps by Shine Pics Belfast

Bridal Preps help you capture those last moments with the people closest to you, mum, dad, your best man, your bridesmaids.  The look in your daddy’s eyes as he see’s you for the first time in your dress. Helping him do his tie up and fix his buttonhole. That last glass of champagne with your girls.  All these amazing memories captured forever. With a video addon, you get so much more, the video camera always captures those little bits that everyone misses. Kids running around just being kids, raw emotions on your parent’s faces.  All the things that you don’t see because of the speed the day happens at.

For most brides, the big day is a nerve racking experience, and if you are like a lot of brides, you won’t like being the centre of attention.  This hour with your photographer before the big event really help to put your fears at ease and will also help to go through any last minute changes you may have made or want with regard to your photography for the day.

Based in Belfast, Shine Pics cover the whole or Northern Ireland and Ireland and are available for Single or Dual Photographer/Videographer packages.  We also offer Selfie Mirrors for your Evening Entertainment.

Below is a wedding video compilation showing some bridal preps for both men and woman.

Google Sitemaps

Google Sitemaps is an easy way to tell Google about all the pages on your site, which pages are most important to you, and when those pages change, for a smarter crawl and fresher search results.

Google Sitemaps also answers questions you might have about how Google sees your site. For example, you can learn about errors (such as if we’re having trouble crawling your pages) and statistics (such as and what search queries return your site in the results).

How Google discovers page and how you can take control
Search engines such as Google discover information about your site by employing software known as “spiders” to crawl the web. Once the spiders find a site, they follow links within the site to gather information about all the pages. The spiders periodically revisit sites to find new or changed content.

read the rest of this sitemap post on our blog, website design and search engine optimisation.

Frames and search engines

With Frames, it is possible to still optimise a website, but it does make it a lot more difficult because of the way the search engines read the website. The biggest problems with frames and search engines is that each part of the site is treated as an individual page, so if a result appeared within the “frame”, then the search engine may return just that specific page, which may not have a menu attached to it.  Here is google’s response to frames:

Here are some info websites regarding frames and Search engines technorati tag: frames search engines 

Learning XHTML

Filed under: Web Design

If you are already comfortable editing in HTML or XHTML, then you may want to just skip to the bottom and bookmark some of the resources I’ve listed for future reference. But if you’ve just been given the responsibility of maintaining or building a new site for your department, you may be wondering where to begin. If you’ve done the requisite site planning, as described in my Planning Your Website Tutorial, then you are almost ready to begin building or editing your pages.

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Monitoring Search Engine positions

Filed under: SEO

Since search engines are the first stop for people on the Internet looking for goods or services, the position your website appears in search results is an important factor. If your URL shows up far down the results list, the chances of the consumer never finding you increase incrementally. Once you achieve a high search engine position, it is essential that you make sure you maintain the high ranking you have worked so hard to achieve.

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Struggling with writing copy?

You may have great ideas, but when you try to get your ideas down on paper, are you able to get your message across? It takes skill to write effective copywriting, not everyone has the time to develop those skills, especially when the daily duties of running a business are so time-consuming.

If you want to present your business in the best possible light, you must be able to communicate your ideas clearly. You don’t want potential customers to misunderstand what you have to offer. Your written materials and web copywriting needs to be well-written so there is no reason to doubt your credibility.

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