Published Thursday, 09 May 2013
Well, lots of other things too but that struck me as another personal first while I've been working on The Magazine!
I can't believe it but Sunday's programme is the last in this current series and where better to finish up the initial run than Belfast.
We've had all kinds of weather during this week's filming as you will know - baking hot sunshine one minute and then torrential rain and high winds the next - but the programme definitely showcases some of the most exciting things and people Belfast has to offer.
From skaters and BMXers at the Urban Sports Academy in the Titanic Quarter to the Godfather of Punk, Terri Hooley.
Also, following on from the popularity of Julian Simmons' attempt at standup comedy in last week's programme we decided to set him another challenge (we're very cruel at the Magazine) so he dug out his designer tracksuit and headed to Boot Camp! Former Corrie star Scott Wright certainly puts him through his paces - poor Julian!
And it's not just humans needing to get in shape for the summer - many animals in Northern Ireland are showing alarming levels of obesity.
Gemma Garrett takes her two adorable pooches for a health check and finds out many people here are literally killing their pets with kindness.
Back in Belfast, Maura Martin dons the wellies to explore a nature reserve tens of thousands drive past every day on the edge of the M1. I meet the incredibly lovely sculptor Brendan Jamison who makes the most stunning art pieces completely out of sugar!
And I take to the river Lagan to explore Belfast from a different angle and take in the breathtaking beauty of the modern cityscape. Thanks to Titanic Boat tours for that. I'm definitely Backin' Belfast.
Thanks also for your company this series and thanks to everyone who has been involved too along the way in Portstewart, Armagh, Newcastle, Ballymena, Strabane and Belfast.
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