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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Fear and loathing in Gaza

There was considerable comment from a number of Israeli sources yesterday, explaining the reason why Israeli troops killed 55 Palestinians and wounded thousands of others. The explanation that went straight into my brain and stayed there was the claim that “We acted as any state would do in the circumstances”. Among all the Israeli statements, this […]

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Dreaming and digging

Do dreams come true? I had one last night. I was standing at the edge of a crater about 10-foot deep, with a group of people  peering down into it and occasionally stopping to pump the air and shout “We are the people!” When I gazed down myself I realized there was a man down […]

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The British system of justice

One step forward, one step back. The British Prime Minister this week lamented that only elderly British soldiers and members of the ‘security’ forces were being investigated for their actions forty and more years ago. Karen Bradley, the British secretary of state for NEN backed her up. That’s the backward step, or as we political commentators […]

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Slip-slidin’ away?

These are dangerous days. What happens inside the next year, perhaps the next few months will go to shape the lives of Irish people north and south. An unsettling feature in the recent Brexit negotiations has been the word “compromise”. The journalist Stephen Collins (no relation) used it in the Irish Times, and Irish Minister […]

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The bees and the b******s

If you want a comparison between the south of Ireland and our own little North-Eastern Nest (NEN), you could do worse than check out the different between Dublin airport and Belfast International airport. It tells you something about the insecurity of our NEN authorities that Belfast, which doesn’t fly to anywhere near as many international […]

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