January, 2017

‘Trump and Churchill’ by John Patton

(John Patton blogs at phototilly.eu) What does one war- mongerer give another when visiting? Tony Blair found the ideal present in a bust of the notorious imperialist, Churchill. George W. was duly impressed and the gift was given pride of place in his Oval Office. As American and British forces bombed civilian homes in Baghdad […]

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James Brokenshire and Gaelic games

OK – hands up if you have always seen James Brokenshire and the British Secretaries of State who preceded him here as honest brokers, referees between the two warring factions in the north of Ireland? You, sir? Ah – you were just scratching your ear. All right. Nobody saw Mr Brokenshire or the others as […]

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IRELAND:  UK FAKE NEWS AND ALTERNATE FACTS by Michael J Cummings

    President Trump touched a raw nerve with former CIA Director John Brennan by insinuating he leaked the “fake news” about Russia possessing compromising data on the President.  Days later Trump spokesperson Ms. Kellyanne Conway had a contretemps with Meet the Press host Chuck Todd.  She claimed Press Secretary Sean Spicer was offering “alternate […]

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‘Unionism & Sexuality: The Disturbed Conflict Therein’ by Donal Lavery

There is a theory that ardent right-wingers possess authoritarian personalities which repress emotional and sexual expression out of insecurity. It falls into line with B. F. Skinner’s observations on “operant conditioning” in human behaviour and psyche. Now no sensible person would doubt for one moment that everyone is entitled to a private life, but that […]

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THE ELEGANT FISHER

An old friend returned. It was the wife who saw him first .We were walking alongside the river bank just as the snows had begun to clear. The fallen leaves were an umber and sienna mulch underfoot. Of course, I was negotiating a particularly squidgy muddy track ,assessing the glour and the glit, all the […]

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WHEN IRISH TIMES WERE SMYLLING by Donal Kennedy

I came across an old letter in THE IRISH TIMES by a Mr Bouchier Hayes and an IRISHMAN’S DIARY feature by him whilst starting to sort out the papers in my attic this week. The letter concerned an IRISHMAN’S DIARY entry by R.M. Smyllie in 1933. Smyllie had been in Germany when the UK declared […]

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Saturday pics of the week

Pics 1-4 are by John Patton (phototilly.eu)  Pic 1 Pic 2 Pic 3 Pic 4    “The Isle of Lunga is a designated site of special , scientific interest . Uninhabited, it is the largest of the Trenish Islands off Mull and home to a colony of puffins. Access is restricted but I was fortunate […]

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Michelle O’Neill: the right stuff?

On Monday of this week, Michelle O’Neill stepped into Martin McGuinness’s shoes. Had she done that literally, she’d have found they were too big to be practical. And even though we’re not talking leather here and talking political, they’re still too big for her. But then again, can you think of any Sinn Féin politician […]

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