March, 2018

Two ways of looking at the Irish language

I’m still not open to guest blogs except in very rare cases from blood relatives (hello, Clever Cousin Daniel), but I thought that, on a stinker-pissing day like today, you could do worse than compare and contrast these two pieces. The first is from my old chum Nelson  McCausland.  The second is a response from […]

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Saturday pics of the week

Pics 1-4 are by Perkin Warbeck   Pic 1   Pic 2   Pic 3    Pic 4   GDANSK,  but no  DANZIG. Linguistic issues have been to the bloody fore in the Land of  Ire of late, much to the bafflement of the waffliing monoglot media in the Free Southern Stateen, the only remaining […]

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British diplomacy and the moaning minnies

You’ve probably heard the moaning minnies. They say we’re not making enough progress in the Brexit negotiations. Some even say we’re not making any progress. Can you believe it? Pish-tosh.  There have been two major movements in UK-EU negotiations. One happened last December and the other happened last Friday. In December, the UK and the […]

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Exception

As constant readers know, I’ve stopped hosting guest blogs – you can guess why and you might even be right. But I’m making an exception in the case of my Clever Cousin Daniel, who knows every nook and cranny of northern players playing for the ROI.  Check this out. Smart or what?   Did Michael […]

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And now, the bad news: revised electoral boundaries

Readers of this blogsite will remember that yesterday, if you happen to be a nationalist or republican, or even a politics-neutral business person who sees the economic damage that a continued border does, there was  good news. The Catholic/nationalist population in our North-Eastern Nest (NEN) is younger and growing, the Protestant/unionist section older and dwindling. […]

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North Korea and the Irish border

It’s easy to get bogged down in the details of Brexit, isn’t it? Should Britain stay in the customs union, should she stay in the single market, what about the north of Ireland, should Britain model herself on Canada, maybe Norway? The different issues whirl around and around in one’s head until you get to […]

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The killing of Aidan McAnespie: imperialism in action

Some unionist politicians and journalists fret that young people today are being led to see the years of the Troubles as inevitable, and the IRA as taking a stand against oppression. This, they say, is to distort the past and to legitimize ‘terrorism’. Maybe if they studied the case of Aidan McAnespie, who died just […]

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