Nelson’s one-eyed view

  Oh dear – nother day, another conversation with Nelson McCausland on the Nolan Show. Despite temptations not to, I like Nelson – in fact I exchanged a few pleasant words with him in the Linenhall Library earlier this week. But when he gets on the airwaves, he really does talk some poppycock. Maybe he […]

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The early purges

                             The Early Purges                                    . I was six when I first saw kittens drown. Dan Taggart pitched them, ‘the scraggy wee shits’, Into a bucket; […]

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Karen says No. And she knows what’s good for us. Right?

The Brexit debate has released a tsunami of irony which is in danger of drowning us all. If you’ve not been living in an octupus’s garden you’ll know that Arlene Foster is very fond of the UK. The other day she drew a shimmering picture of the outward-looking, multi-ethnic, twenty-first century desirability of it all. And […]

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Of speeches, flags and explainers

Sometimes I think a mad-house would be a tranquil living environment compared to our NEN. Arlene Foster made a speech yesterday where she explained that unionism “stands for pluralism and multi-culturism”, whereas nationalism is “by its nature narrow and exclusive.” You might think that having dismissed nationalism as worse than worthlessl the DUP would leave […]

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Brexit and the state of the union: who’s sorry now?

I have a suspicious mind. Which may be the reason I think the DUP are feeling very uncomfortable about having tied themselves to the Brexiteer camp. Like all of us, the Brexiteers didn’t think they’d win, so it was like the dog chasing the bus: now it’s caught it, what does it do with it? […]

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Saturday Pics of the week

  Snaps 1-3 are by Perkin Warbeck     Snap 1 (twist your neck)   Snap 2   Snap 3                             WARNING : CONTAINS  FLASH  HARRY  PHOTOGRAPHY One is pleased to humbly announce that one has received a thoroughly deserved  invitation to […]

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Is it human? The answer tells you how you should vote

    Pregnancy video of o 10-14-week-old foetus/baby: https://www.babycenter.ca/v1027478/weeks-10-14-inside-pregnancy-video   In a week’s time it’ll all be over. The Irish people south of the border will have decided whether they want to have legislation that will allow abortion for any reason up until 12 weeks of pregnancy. As someone living north of the border I […]

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Simon Coveney and standing up strong on Brexit

OK – let me be honest: I’ve always felt a bit iffy about Simon Coveney. He comes from one of the big merchant families of Cork. His brother Patrick is chief executive of Greencore, the largest sandwich manufacturer in the world. He attended Clongowes Wood College in Co Kildare which charges some £15,000 a year […]

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Saturday nuptials: will you be watching?

Saturday, my weather app tells me, is going to be breezy and partly cloudy. But that won’t stop lots of people from having a party on their street or in their back yard. Who wouldn’t want to join in the celebrations of two young(ish) people committing their lives to each other? Well, actually, me for […]

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Karen: cough up the criteria, please

The cliché is that Brexit has changed everything. Indeed. But you could have knocked me down with a q-tip this morning, when I heard Malachi O’Doherty announce that he would be open to the possibility of voting for a united Ireland because of Brexit. On the same radio programme, Declan Kearney of Sinn Féin said […]

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