Tall Tina

first_imgTINA was eight feet two inches tall. She was born in a small village. Her parents were middle income earners and she was blessed with a kid brother and a ten year-old sister, three years younger than her. There was also Purfee, a little cat given to Tina by her father who was once a general in the army. The father lost his job due to a national crisis and later found himself in the village, with his family.  They lived in a two-room house that contained few chairs, two beds and some kitchen stuff. Before settling in this village, the family traveled from one place to another because her father had become an agriculturalist, always looking for good soil. It meant change of schools for Tina and getting new friends which was not something hard for Tina when the family finally settled in the new village. Majority of the parents were low to middle income earners. As a result the students did not worry about wearing expensive clothes.  So it was but for Tina she was accustomed to wearing tee-shirts, jeans and sneakers for school and was always in a hurry to tell her friends how she climbed one of the tallest trees during the day or how she went fishing with boys and caught the biggest fish.  “Honey, another great opportunity has come,” her father said to her as they ate supper one evening. “What’s it?” Tina asked. “I’ve been called back to the army and that means going back to the city.” “Really?” “Of course,” her father said, “and we are leaving a day or two from now.” Just as almost everyone, especially kids cannot wait or even sleep on Christmas Eve, so was Tina who could not wait to find herself in an environment that was full of almost all the most talked about things, (zoo, skyscrapers, parks, popular schools and others.)  The next morning, Tina asked her father, “What hour will the camp motor arrive?” “Maybe 7:00a.m.” “How big is the camp motor?” “Like a 40 feet container.” “Can it take all the big things we have here?” “Did you say big things?” her father said.  Tina replied, “Oh, I forgot, we’ve just few things here but daddy are we to forget about our garden?”SCHOOL was about to start and parents took their children for shopping. Tina’s parents too took her to shop for her usual wearing.  THE first day of school seemed to be the worse day ever in the life of ‘little’ Tina as she was always called by her father.  Entering the school’s fence, she stood and observed for a while and all she could see were girls wearing mini dresses, high heel shoes, purses and handbags, nails painted red and so on.   These were all teenagers like me, she thought. And just as everyone turned to look at Tina, who was standing above everyone, they shouted, “Tall Tina.”   Tina wondered how they knew her name.  She tried not to faint which she actually wanted to. She could not stand her blue jeans, tee-shirt; her low cut hair and flat chest that looked like a billboard as compared to those students.   Tina felt out of place and wished she could have just evaporated into thin air and not be seen anymore. No student could learn in the class that day, for she felt eyes were teasing her.   During the class introduction, Tina who wanted to lie about everything could not do it when she introduced herself and called her name. The whole class went wide with laughter.  At home she told her parents about her experience and concluded that she did not want to return to the school. However, they encouraged her. “Whatever career that is in a person is within and can only come out by the persons’ determination to make the best of herself.” Afterwards Tina realized she did not care anymore about being described as ‘Tall Tina’ or just a straight structure.  She did not care.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

TRAVEL: CHECK OUT THE LASTEST OFFERS FOR A MID-TERM BREAK IN THE NORTH

first_imgBY TRAVEL EDITOR: TIM HEDGLEY…Make the most of the upcoming half term holidays with the family this October by taking a short break and staying in one of the North’s luxurious hotels, moody castles, self-catering accommodation or for the more adventurous what about glamping.There are some great-value deals to be had and the North is packed with amazing things to do and places to go, explained Tourism NI’s Destination PR Officer Pauline Gormley.“The half-term break is the perfect excuse to get away this autumn. Whether you’re looking for some rest and relaxation, a busy shopping break or perhaps a romantic get away with your other half, there are a range of great value accommodation offers available all over NI to avail of,” Pauline added. Tourism Northern Ireland has put together a list of accommodation offers* and suggestions for places to visit and things to do this half term for Donegal Daily readers:BelfastIf it’s a jam packed short break you’re after then Belfast is perfect as it is bursting with musical, cultural and foodie goings on. The city has everything including shopping, award winning restaurants, bars, museums, lots of family attractions, and much more.Enjoy a two night stay in Belfast’s city centre at the Europa Hotel from only £130 per person sharing for bed and breakfast and visit one of the world’s oldest pubs, the Crown Bar, just across the road. The Wellington Park Hotel, Belfast, close to Queen’s University, is offering two nights bed and breakfast from £89 per person sharing. One of Belfast’s newest hotels, the Clayton Hotel, is offering a two night mid-week deal for bed and breakfast from £99 per person. The popular Malone Lodge, Belfast’s half term offer is two night’s bed and breakfast mid-week from £99 per person.Ramada Plaza Belfast is offering visitors one night’s stay and tickets to explore Crumlin Road Gaol from only £59.50 per person sharing. Park Avenue Hotel is offering a midweek break for two night’s bed and breakfast from £109Co AntrimCo Antrim is simply awash with stunning rugged coastline, picturesque glens and quaint harbour villages. The perfect place to get away from it all on half term break, every nook and cranny of this county is just brimming with outstanding natural beauty.Bayview Hotel, Portballintrae is offering two night’s bed and breakfast with one four course table d’hote dinner plus tickets for Bushmills Distillery Tour from only £129 per person sharing. Ballygally Castle Hotel just outside Larne is offering two nights bed and breakfast midweek from £109 per person sharing and is the perfect base point for exploring the Giant’s Causeway and new Gobbins walk path.Golf enthusiasts will be delighted to learn about the Galgorm Resort & Spa’s golf themed offer which gives visitors the chance to enjoy 18 holes at Galgorm Castle’s Championship Golf Club along with an overnight stay with full Irish breakfast and use of the Thermal Spa facilities. This break is available from £85 per person sharing. Why not take advantage of the Ramada in Portrush’s weekend offer which includes two nights bed and breakfast from only £89 per person sharing or try the Causeway Hotel in Bushmills which is offering two nights bed and breakfast, one evening meal and one days entry to the Giants Causeway Visitor Centre as well as a tour of two people to the Bushmills Distillery from only£125 per person sharing.Co ArmaghCounty Armagh may be smallest county in of the Six but what it lacks in size it makes up for on beauty, ancient landmarks and sacred monuments, many of which have ties to St Patrick. Visitors to the county are sure to be mesmerised by the beautiful Armagh Public Library, County Museum and beautiful Churches.Armagh City Hotel is offering two nights bed and breakfast mid-week from £89 per person sharing. Visitors can also avail of a special Pamper Break which includes one dinner in the Callan Bar, bed and breakfast, plus £40 worth of beauty treatments at the onsite ‘Fab’ beauty salon. Co DownWhy not spend your half term break finding out more about the county that inspired C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia. The stunning Silent Valley is sure to impress visitors as are the remarkable Mourne Mountains or Castlewellan Forest Park.Try the Culloden Estate and Spa for two night’s bed and breakfast on a weekend from £170 per person sharing or the Millbrook Lodge Hotel in Ballynahinch which is offering two nights bed and breakfast on a weekend from £89 per person sharing. Use these hotels as your base to explore nearby Cranfield beach or why not spend the day shopping in Newry.Avail of the Slieve Donard Resort & Spa’s two night value break which includes a full Irish breakfast and dinner in the Oak restaurant or stay at the Clandeyboye Lodge Hotel in Bangor where you can enjoy two night’s bed and breakfast on a weekend from £99 per person sharing.La Mon Hotel & Country Club in Comber is offering a spa break which includes one night’s bed and breakfast in a deluxe room, a bottle of Ame and chocolate covered strawberries, a 45 minute Spa Treatment per guest, two course meal served in either The Mill restaurant of Charlie’s Lounge or full access to the leisure suite. Visitors to Comber can experience this from only £130 per person sharing.Co FermanaghFermanagh is renowned for its beautiful scenery and lakes and is blessed with spectacular sites such as Castle Coole, Florence Court, Lough Navar and Crom Estate. Experience something really different at the Marble Arch Caves, Devenish Island Monastic Site or enjoy a round of golf at the Lough Erne Golf Resort.The Enniskillen Hotel is very close to the town centre and visitors can enjoy a drink at Blakes of the Hollow, one of the county’s oldest bars, before enjoying two night’s bed and breakfast from £89 per person on a mid-week break.Have a mid-week pamper and pitch break at the Killyhevlin Hotel, Spa and Health Club from only £117 per person sharing. Visitors can enjoy one four course dinner, cooked breakfast and use of the Killyhevlin Health Club. Included in the price is a round of golf on the nearby Castle Coole Golf course as well as a 30 minute spa treatment in the Elemis spa.Enjoy a romantic autumn getaway at the Westville Hotel, Enniskillen where you can kick back, relax and enjoy one night’s bed and breakfast plus a three course meal in the WV bar from only £125 per person or alternatively try Mahons Hotel, Irvinestown for two night’s bed and breakfast on a weekend from £89 per person sharing.Co TyroneAs the largest county in the North, Co Tyrone offers sweeping hills and lush valleys as well as exciting cycling and walking routes and delicious places to eat and drink. Visitors should be sure to stop off at the Ulster America Folk Park where they can explore the story of Irish Emigration.Enjoy two nights bed and breakfast at The Valley Hotel in Fivemiletown from £92 per person sharing. This offer is focused around shopping and those who avail of this can take advantage of a 5% discount in shops such as Queen Bea Ladies Boutique, Pinochos Gift Ware, Floral Valley Florist and Garden Centre and Valley Antiques and Restoration.The Silverbirch Hotel in Omagh is offering a romantic two night spa break in association with the renowned Lavender Health Spa from only £160 per person sharing. The two night stay will include a full Irish breakfast, four course dinner in Barreta Bar and Grill as well as a demi carafe of House wine per person. Only minutes from the bustling market town of Omagh visitors can explore lively bars such as Sallys and Main Street.Co DerryThe world famous walled city is just bursting with artistic, musical and creative things to see and do. Culture vultures will be in their element as they marvel at Europe’s largest collection of canons, famous murals and the beautifully restored Guildhall.Treat your other half to a romantic break at The Maldron Hotel in Derry and enjoy two night’s bed and breakfast plus a four course meal as well as a bottle of sparkling wine and strawberries which will await you in your room. This offer is available from £99 per person sharing during midweek and from £119 per person sharing midweek. Or why not try out the Ramada Da Vinci’s Hotel where you can avail of two night’s bed and breakfast on a weekend from only £99 per person sharing.The Everglades Hotel in Derry is offering a value break which includes two night’s bed and full Irish breakfast with dinner on the first evening in the Grill restaurant and golf enthusiasts should take advantage of the Roe Park Resort’s golf break which includes an overnight stay, unlimited rounds of golf, use of the Fairways Health Club and a locally sourced full Irish breakfast.To find out more about activities and events taking place in Northern Ireland click on www.discovernorthernireland.com/autumnleaves or visit your local visitor information centre.*All offers are valid until December 13th 2015.TRAVEL: CHECK OUT THE LASTEST OFFERS FOR A MID-TERM BREAK IN THE NORTH was last modified: October 17th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more