December, 2011

A good deed in a naughty world…

Sometimes, when you’ve nearly given up on human nature, something small but perfectly formed will pop up and flicker for a moment and tell you yes,  there is hope, there is a  thing called progress. Plenty of reason for thinking otherwise this week  – not least the tone of Ruth Patterson’s voice as she lectured […]

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A good deed in a naughty world…

Sometimes, when you’ve nearly given up on human nature, something small but perfectly formed will pop up and flicker for a moment and tell you yes,  there is hope, there is a  thing called progress. Plenty of reason for thinking otherwise this week  – not least the tone of Ruth Patterson’s voice as she lectured […]

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Loughgall and moral justification

History, they say, is written by the winners. If that is true, then republicans appear to have lost. If Liam Clarke is right and if the Historical Enquiries Team (HET) report next month that the 8-man IRA unit in Loughgall in 1987 fired first on the 24-man SAS team lying in wait for them. Which […]

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Loughgall and moral justification

History, they say, is written by the winners. If that is true, then republicans appear to have lost. If Liam Clarke is right and if the Historical Enquiries Team (HET) report next month that the 8-man IRA unit in Loughgall in 1987 fired first on the 24-man SAS team lying in wait for them. Which […]

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Ulster – a breath-taking place

Sometimes radio can simply suck your breath away – leave you gasping on over breakfast or in the car. I had two such moments earlier this week; I’m surprised I wasn’t hyperventilating by tea-time. The first came when I was listening to an item of BBC Radio Ulster/Raidio Uladh’s ‘Good Morning Ulster’ programme.  Mark Carruthers […]

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Ulster – a breath-taking place

Sometimes radio can simply suck your breath away – leave you gasping on over breakfast or in the car. I had two such moments earlier this week; I’m surprised I wasn’t hyperventilating by tea-time. The first came when I was listening to an item of BBC Radio Ulster/Raidio Uladh’s ‘Good Morning Ulster’ programme.  Mark Carruthers […]

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The Mayor of Belfast and a shameful affair

It’s good to see for once that the public of Belfast appear to be united against a shameful affair. I’m referring, of course, to the case of the British Army cadet who wasn’t given  a Duke of Edinburgh award by the Lord Mayor Niall Ó Donnghaile. There really is a point where people have to […]

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The Mayor of Belfast and a shameful affair

It’s good to see for once that the public of Belfast appear to be united against a shameful affair. I’m referring, of course, to the case of the British Army cadet who wasn’t given  a Duke of Edinburgh award by the Lord Mayor Niall Ó Donnghaile. There really is a point where people have to […]

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