October, 2021

Teach your children well

 According to today’s Guardian newspaper, they’re taking a History text-book off the syllabus because of the language it uses. No, Virginia, the writer of the text book doesn’t go into a rant of effing and blinding. The problem is, s/he has asked an inappropriate question. In an A Level textbook by Hodder, the question is […]

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ARE THE ISRAELI NEWSPAPERS ANTI-SEMITIC? by Donal Kennedy

Between the 13th and 24th of October Israeli newspapers have published 13 stories that reflect little credit on the Israeli Government or its agencies in their treatment of Palestinians, according to an email passed to me.   I cannot myself establish if the email correctly quotes the papers mentioned, But if the stories, which you […]

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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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