October, 2021

TV Review: Nolan Live

This TV Review first appeared in the Andersonstown News It’s some time since I sat down and watched even part of  NOLAN LIVE (BBC ONE). Like many others, I’ve grown weary of his shouty style and the way he shakes up outrage like cats in a bag on its way to the river. Last week I made an exception and I’m glad I […]

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I, A “WOKE” TO GI BLUES? by Donal Kennedy

In my BLOG of 22 Oct. “There is no art to find the mind’s construction in the face ”  I alluded to a Sunday Times columnist, whose name I could not recall, a frequent occurrence at my (DOT) AGE. As I awoke I remembered the name of her partner, a drunken brawling ex Junior Minister […]

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The protocol and the strangely silent dog

This blog first appeared as a column in The Andersonstown News On 24 January 2020, the UK government and the EU signed the Withdrawal Agreement, which laid out the terms under which the UK would depart the EU. No one, as far as we know, was intimidated into signing. No one was on drugs or bleary-eyed from booze. Both parties signed with clear heads and […]

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Thank God we’re surrounded by water

I don’t want to tear you away from your TV screen which at this moment is giving generous coverage to the Armagh service ‘marking’ 100 years of partition. But there are other things happening in the world as well. In Wales, for example. Like every other half-rational country, Wales is worried about the climate crisis […]

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TV review: Cheap Irish Houses

This blog first appeared as a TV review in the Andersonstown News The South’s housing situation is a very touchy subject these days, with well over 8,000 people homeless. But never say RTÉ flinched away from a challenge. In the series CHEAP IRISH HOUSES (RTÉ ONE) Maggie Molloy travels throughout the South to locate houses that are cheap (and therefore in bad need of repair) for […]

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