April, 2015

Inching towards equality

  I never come off a radio or TV programme without feeling yet again that the broadcasting media allow you to scratch the surface of a topic only. I had that old familiar feeling yesterday and today, after participating in two discussions. Yesterday was the Ulster Museum   (no, Virginia, the question of  it catering to nine counties […]

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MRS WHITE RIDES AGAIN by Harry McAvinchey

I just thought you’d all need to read this .There was some discussion about “Mrs White” some time ago  and I must admit I had problems initially believing that she was, in reality , no more than a comical construct cobbled together  by a team of writers with the idea of selling the creation to […]

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The DUP and referendophobia

Well, last night’s TV debate was a fractious wash-out, but it did sluice into the public debate one important point: the DUP don’t like referendums. You’ll remember Arlene Foster’s response when there was talk of a border poll: “Be careful what you wish for” she warned those seeking one. In other words, if a referendum […]

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So who’s going to win?

As people who visit this blogsite probably know, I lay claim to be among the top five worst predictors in the universe. I could no more number-crunch and come up with a sound prediction than I could spend a pleasant evening with the Doddses comparing mushroom-growing techniques. If it’s “What’s going to be the state […]

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CHIMPS IN COURT by Harry McAvinchey

My little two -year old  golden granddaughter’s current  fixation is on all things “monkey” ….or I should say “mOnkeeey” , which is how she says it .She has two furry toys  “Big Monkey” and “Little Monkey2”, both of which have to be attended to ; wheeled about , brought to bed , picnicked with and […]

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So tell me, Nigel…

Oh dear. Oh dear oh dear oh dear. If the DUP had gone into a huddle and said “Right guys, let’s think of something that’ll make it harder for any UK party to go into coalition with us. Mmm. Let’s see… Sammy – could you say something about evolution?…Nah, doesn’t have that zing. Edwin – […]

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On being the same and different

It’s funny (that’s funny-peculiar, although I suppose there are funny-ha-ha things as well, some intended, some not) what you see on TV. I was watching the RTÉ news last night and the end bit – after Eileen or whatever the newscaster’s called  had said good night – there was a sequence of several minutes where […]

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Gallipoli and all that

To start with a personal point: for reasons which are a mixture of fear and disgust, I believe taking human life in any circumstances  is a  truly awful thing. That’s why I’ve always admired people like the Quakers who refuse to involve themselves in armed conflict of any kind, while other religious denominations find no irony […]

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THE CAT IS OUT OF THE BAG by Harry McAvinchey

Jim Wells and the DUP have , once again , allowed their paranoia to climb out of that leery old sack of rotting potatoes.As Health Minister , he follows in the grand tradition of his former minister Edwin Poots  in waving that anti-gay flag. With Mr Poots  it was the plague of “gay blood” , […]

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