March, 2016

Omagh and after – and a Thank You…

The briefest of blogs to say a huge “THANK YOU” to all 45  of the good and generous people who supported my half-marathon run in Omagh today. Thanks to you we’ve not only met the £1000 target – we’ve smashed it – total at the moment is £1150. You are superb. Close study of the […]

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Not so much Gissajob as Gissabreak

Who, I wonder, is in charge of welfare here? Is it Lord Maurice Morrow? Stephen Farry? I attended a conference a couple of days ago, sponsored by the Participation and Practice of Rights people (formerly fronted by the late Inez McCormack, now by Dessie Donnelly). I came away from it with  troubling  questions and assertions […]

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LETTER FROM AMERICA TO THE EVENING ECHO (CORK)

Subject: Truth – Please!I  “A million dead. A million fled” is Mr. Nicholson’s lead falsehood promoting yet another “Irish Famine” book (Irish Echo, Mar. 16 – 22, page 20). Is it still too soon to publicize the truth about Ireland’s Holocaust; now, 171 years after its start? It was no “famine” but a genocide perpetrated […]

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FUNNY OLD WORLD: WAR STORIES by Donal Kennedy

If  you never read “CATCH 22” may I introduce two of its characters, US Airforce men in WWll? There’s Colonel Cathcart,chasing promotion and lusting for glory at his men’s expense. His pilots are promised that after  a certain number of bombing missions they’ll get home leave. Each mission some of them get killed. When the survivors are […]

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LETTER TO THE WALL STREET JOURNAL by Michael J Cummings

March 24, 2016 Letters Editor WALL STREET JOURNAL 1211 Avenue of the Americas New York, New York 10036   Dear Editor: Surprised  that President Obama  embraces  the rogue State behavior of the Castros (“The Cuban Casualties…” 3/22)?  The Cuban dictators  have done nothing in Cuba the British haven’t done in N. I. and we warmly […]

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The Easter Rising and the Battle of the Somme: both ‘enormously significant’?

There are determined efforts by the proponents of ‘balance’ to place the Easter Rising alongside the Battle of the Somme. When pressed (or even without pressing), proponents of ‘balance’ will talk of “both events being of enormous significance”. For those directly involved who met their deaths, both events clearly were of enormous significance. There are […]

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Don’t mention the confirmation

I’ve been on at least one radio discussion with Drew Nelson and I liked him. Admittedly it was about twenty years ago and he wasn’t then the Grand Secretary of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland, but I’m confident that such a grand title hasn’t changed him. That’s why, if I was a civil servant […]

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CULTURE AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

“GO” is an ancient boardgame .It is possibly the oldest boardgame known to man and it is very much an ingrained part of the culture of the east. I came across mention of it in the late 1960’s or early 1970’s. Somehow, it began being mentioned in the underground press and in the art colleges […]

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