June, 2015

‘Crazy Paving’ by Randall Stephen Hall

    By Randall Stephen Hall ©   https://soundcloud.com/hugh-midden-speaks/crazy-paving-17-6-15 If the web link doesn’t click just cut and paste it into your web browser. Thanks.   We are all cracked and broken. Not one of us, a perfect thing. The crazy paving of our wee country Is all smashed and badly laid. God said, he […]

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MARRIAGE IN NORNEVERLAND by Harry McAvinchey

  The argument has been decided in favour of equality in most of Ireland ,Scotland , England and Wales . Norneverland , true to it’s name, is the only naysayer.I suppose that is symptomatic of the pig-headedness inherent in the place that has kept the land  seething in racism, bigotry and low-level…{and sometimes high-level } […]

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Politics needs women

  Michelle Obama has been visiting Mulberry School for Girls, in London. During her speech, she drew parallels between her impoverished background and that of the girls there. With dedication and hard work, she implied, they too could succeed. But then the question is, what is success? Michelle Obama has accomplished a considerable amount in […]

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RTÉ’s ‘Collusion’ and Baron Ken

I watched Collusion on RTÉ One last night reluctantly. Not because it would reveal fresh horrors but because I expected it to tell me little if anything that wasn’t contained in Ann Cadwallader’s book Lethal Allies and elsewhere. My expectation wasn’t disappointed. No, that’s not quite true. There were moments in the programme that I […]

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A SWARMING GOOD TIME by Harry McAvinchey

    That’s the third swarm of honeybees I caught within this past two weeks. Of course I was expecting the bees to start doing this anytime. They are a little later than last year but what I’d call summer was also a bit later too.Apparently this is happening all over Ireland this week. It’s […]

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RTÉ One, 9.30 tonight: prepare to be shocked. Or not.

  Are you expecting to be surprised tonight? I hope not. Except you are very naive or have been living in a sound-proof pod buried 100 metres below ground level, you must by now be aware of claims that there was collusion between British forces in the north of Ireland and loyalist/unionist paramilitary groupings such […]

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FINDING JAMES CONNOLLY IN EYEMOUTH by John Patton

We have just spent a few gloriously sunny days in Eyemouth, an attractive, little  fishing port in the SE of Scotland. It is  Border country and traces of past wars are still visible. The topography of the landscape with its numerous little coves meant it was once a smugglers’ haven which continued right up into […]

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Cork Lord Mayors and Lisburn

  “As Ard-Mhéara, I pledge that I will be non-partisan and inclusive in all my duties, whether inside or outside the council chamber and to highlight the injustices that make our society unequal.” That’s Councillor Chris O’Leary. He’s been elected Cork’s first Sinn Féin mayor in ninety years. Funny how things conjoin, because I was reading […]

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THE TRIGGER THUMB by Harry McAvinchey

    No , this isn’t a story about guns and triggers.It’s not about rootin’ tootin’  shootouts  or even about politics or warfare. It’s a true story ,though…. Mad …I know . Like many things in life , it is the absurdity that sticks to the story of your life  like dark clay to your […]

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