July, 2021

Compassion, and who to get outraged about

Yesterday, Colum Eastwood, the SDLP leader, had his sunlit gambol in the British House of Commons, where he (gasp) revealed the name of Soldier F. There was much reaching for smelling salts and clutching of bosoms from the ill-informed, but I’m surprised Colm didn’t tell his British colleagues that everybody in Derry and beyond knows […]

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The England team and its followers

Can a football team be judged by its followers? Probably not. Despite being told that it is a sad and unsportsmanlike thing to do, the England supporters in Wembley on Saturday booed their hearts out during the national anthem of Italy. There are those who say that this boorish behaviour only stiffens the resolve of […]

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The Twelfth done, what will be unionism’s next move?

As your average Orangeman opens his eyes today, shading them from the sun’s glare, I wonder what he’s thinking of. That he should have passed on that last bottle of stout? That the flute band played out of tune but nobody noticed? That being a drummer must be nice, able to thump and thump and […]

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WHAT NEWS on THE RIALTO? (2) – by Perkin Warbeck

SNAP 1 SNAP 2 SNAP 3 SNAP 4 SNAP 5 The other great visitor attraction in Venice, apart from the Rialto,  is,  of course St. Mark’s Square. One can travel from one to the other in either of two ways: by water (gondola or vaporetta) or elseby foot (left and right). The latter can take between a half an hour […]

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Bonfires: Leave ‘em in the Past – by Michael Lagan

Bonfires, pyres of hate – no matter what you want to call them, there’s huge symbolism and controversy attached to and surrounding them whether Nationalist, Loyalist or other.  The symbolism of bonfires, for Loyalism at least, is to celebrate the so-called ‘Glorious Revolution’ of 1688 and victory of Protestant king William of Orange over Catholic […]

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