Rewind to two days before the funeral, his green Nissan Primera racing toward Ballycastle for the final time. But he’s not at the wheel, I’m the driver, my newly widowed mother beside me, still shell-shocked. Sister in the back seat, silent.

The motorway was crowded with delivery vans and people with places to be. We suddenly had a funeral to prepare for, and drove along in a bubble of silent devastation. Slightly envious of those people who had a normal day ahead of them.

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Women of War Monument, London

In 2005, Queen Elizabeth II unveiled this sculpture by John W Mills dedicated to the effort of women in the second World War. The sculpture stands in Whitehall in London north of the Cenotaph.

The lettering on the sides replicates the typeface used on war time ration books. There are 17 individual sets of clothing and uniforms around the sides, symbolising the hundreds of different jobs women undertook in World War II and then gave back for the homecoming men at the end of the war.

Lisa drinking Guinness

Lisa samples her first pint of Guinness in the Oxygen Bar – an amazing 360 degree view over Dublin at the end of the Guinness tour.

The Guinness factory tour is possibly one of the best tours I’ve taken in a long time. There’s a clear affection for their brand and history, even if the company is now owned by Diageo, a massive global corporation. Ignoring that fact, it’s interesting to see how the company developed and there are a fair few lessons entrepreneurs could learn from Arthur Guinness, even today.

O'Connell Street, Dublin

A black and white photo of Dublin’s O’Connell Street, with the Spire Of Dublin in the middle. The spire is also known as the Millennium Spike.

On the left hand side can be seen the General Post Office, or GPO which was the scene of the Easter Rising in 1916. They say you can still see bullet marks from the skirmish, although I’ve never looked too closely!

Slate magazine has a great slideshow about how the Spire came about and showing how it was errected.

Doors of the Guinness Storehouse

This was just before we took out tour of the Guinness Storehouse at St James’ Gate. Once you go inside though, there’s a cool effect where they have video in place of the old windows. As you’re waiting in line, you see the silhouettes of workers going past and olde worlde carts and horses.