Okay then, since I've been advised that my "card has been marked" by the proprietors of Ballyclare Auctions for taking pics of their delectable sheds a-wheezing and a-creaking through the ring (their assumption seems to be that only Trading Standards, HMRC and/or Interpol could possibly have even a passing interest in their weapons-grade shite), I reckon it might be advisable to take a little break from my enthusiastic auction snappage for a week or two. So! What better than an evening of genteel conversation and the finest* wines known to humanity?
Of course, it has to be a shite venue.
NI Shiter's Social Evening: Brewers Fayre, Rogers Quay, Carrickfergus BT38 8BE
I appreciate that this doesn't look too good on me, picking a venue rather close to where I live, but hey - we can pick somewhere else next time, yeah?
For those that don't know it, the Brewers Fayre is located near Carrick Castle, facing out onto the harbour - you can park in the Premier Inn carpark (which abuts it) or, if you'd sooner not get lost in the maze of little roads opposite Sainsburys, you may also leave your chariot in the main Castle Carpark and mosey on down the harbour walkway past The Swift on the corner.
Why Brewers Fayre?
It's not all that nice, nor is it all that cheap, but it is pleasingly anodyne (unlike a few other places in Carrick, and I'm not sure I want their brand of 'excitement'), while being big enough that you don't feel like you have to drink up and get out (which is where places like Creed, which are lovely but small and busy, tend to fall down). From observation, staff do not care if you sit there all night. Plus unlimited hot beverage refills.
So yeah; c'mon down, bring some photo albums, grab a coffee (or pint) and have a bitta craic.