June, 2016

DON’T MENTION THE WARS by Donal Kennedy

I’ve kept out of the Brexit debate so far. I’ve lived in Britain for 52 years and have never known a more poisonous atmosphere than the current one. When the British media, with the encouragement of the British Government, were attempting to whip up an anti-Irish frenzy and anti-Irish  sneers, masquerading as jokes were the […]

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A LETTER TO THE EDITOR: HOW TO STALL by Michael J Cummings

Letters Editor NEW YORK TIMES 620 8th Avenue New York, New York 10018   Dear Editor: Max Fisher’s ‘work around’ for the democratic vote to Leave the EU is not without precedent in the United Kingdom.  True England is “…a country that prides itself on democratic values.”, so perhaps the options might not be deployed,  but […]

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CARRY ME BACK TO OLD VIRGINITY by Donal Kennedy

There’s a story of a village newspaper account of a parish concert, which either unwittingly, or with malice prepense, reported that a certain lady had brought down the house with her rendering of “Take Me Back To Old Virginity.”  Several  gentlemen  readers choked on their cornflakes, the vicar was unavailable  to officiate at their funerals, and  the Coroner […]

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WE WANT OUR COUNTRY BACK by John Patton

  (John Patton blogs at phototilly.eu) Note: John isn’t really shouting at you. It’s just that I haven’t been able to convert the font to something less shouty-looking. Mea culpa – Jude The Queen purred, apparently, when David Cameron phoned with the result of the Scottish Referendum; we have not been informed of her emotional reaction […]

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NATIONS AND IDENTITY

There is much talk about national identity and culture in the news which appears to have come to a head with the vote to leave the EU.It’s a fact that the very idea of a “national identity” is a fairly recent construct anyway. The whole idea of having a country or even a nationality to […]

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High drama in high places

Sometimes – in fact almost always- disastrous political events make edge-of-seat TV viewing. I remember Watergate and the slow political death of Nixon. I was living in Canada at the time and night after night, the American network channels came on with yet another jaw-dropping development as  the tide of deceit and brutality grew higher and […]

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