November, 2019

How to use words so they damage an electoral candidate

I was listening to a brief part of the Nolan Show on BBC Raidio Uladh/Radio Ulster yesterday morning. Stephen Nolan, ably assisted by that regular voice, Thomas of North Belfast (or was it George from the Shankill – they interchange so smoothly) was once again presenting Sean Kelly and, by association, John Finucane, as the […]

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Arlene and Nigel have it out

Arlene enters stage left, Nigel stage right. He immediately approaches her, looking very angry. Nigel: Have you seen the polls? Arlene:  No, we use a good Fermanagh man for any plumbing problems. Nigel: God give me patience.. I’m talking about the polls in England. Opinion polls. Arlene: As far as I know, Boris is going to eat that Marxist-Mao-loving-Pol-Pot-follower Shinner-sympathiser Corbyn for breakfast. Which […]

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Hillary Clinton and two under-wraps reports

 As you probably know, Hillary Clinton in recent days has been landing body blows on Boris Johnson  for suppressing a parliamentary report on Russia until after Britain has gone to the polls. Some leaks indicate that Russian multi-billionaires were shoveling money to Tory politicians.  “Who do they think they are that they would keep information […]

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Stephen Collins: the man who knows how stupid people are

Brendan O’Connor had his palm read on air last week. He was told he narrowly missed being a fascist leader.  I wonder did Stephen Collins hear it. In an article written in  The Irish Times last May about Ireland and the EU, he compares favourably the English Brexiteers to his fellow – countrymen and women. “A substantial […]

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REMEMBER, REMEMBER THE NINTH OF NOVEMBER?

This is the season when the City of London annually celebrates in style the inauguration of its new Lord Mayor. It has done so for many centuries and pantomimes have instilled the legend of the thrice elected Dick Whittington in the minds of millions. I’m sure many  hundreds of thousands of babies (including my grandson) […]

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Saturday pics of the week

Pics 1-6 are by Perkin Warbeck  Pic 1 PIC 2 Pic 3 PIC 4 PIC 5 PIC 6      POP go the Weasel Words:  DAY of  DISMEMBANCE 1.          The Latin Bridge in Sarajevo beside which, on 28 June, 1914,  Gavrilo Princip took a pop at Archduke Franz Ferdinand, imperalist  heir presumptive to the Austro-Hungarian Throne […]

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The UK: here to stay?

Volumetric map of the UK and the EU. 3d rendering. If you’re looking for a quick equivalent to the word “irony” these days, all you need do is type two letters: UK.  While David Cameron may have pleaded with Scotland to Remain With Us and Theresa May made reference frequently to the Precious Union, and […]

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AN ILL WIND AND FAUX FUR by Donal Kennedy

“It’s an ill wind that blows nobody any good”. The Queen of England or her successor is expected to reap personally hundreds of millions of pounds from wind farms around the coast expected to be created  to protect life on earth. The Monarch has been known to worry about the cost of keeping her personal […]

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