Author Harry McAvinchey

EVERYTHING STOPS FOR TEA

I see that tea’s good for you this year.Remember last year it was good old butter’s turn to be the health champion of the masses. I suppose if we wait around long enough they’ll discover that a smooth bottle of Malbec, sipped daily, will be a boon to the nation’s well-being too. On these issues […]

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I’M BACK

I’m back …sort of. I’ll still need a lots of that good sleep, yet, to fully recover. All the visitors have seeped away back to their own lives. Well , most of the devastation has been cleared up and the house made right again. Everything of any value that might …and let’s face it, would […]

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I THOUGHT I WAS WORTH A LITTLE MORE

Apparenty these are the words that Ruth Patterson , the ex-DUP councillor uttered some short time ago when she lost out in a hoped-for and , to her , expected promotion to Emma Pengelly in the party. It would have meant a rise in both finances and position of worth in the party.Sadly , that […]

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A NORNEVERLAND SOLUTION TO A NORNEVERLAND PROBLEM

{OR ,THINKING, NOT JUST OUTSIDE THE BOX PART 3 OR 4 , BUT SEVERAL LIGHT YEARS BEYOND THE BOX ITSELF} PART 3 Somewhere in a dimly lit room ,a collection of high -browed, egg-headed scientists and various academics have been tussling over the solutions to a series of upcoming and annually recurring problems in Norneverland […]

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KEEPING YOUR SEAT ON THE GRAVY TRAIN

A deal of sorts seems to have been cobbled out .It has been slipped out into the public domain on a news down-day, to a world cowering in the shadow of the latest ISIS atrocity in the City of Light.At another time it may have been slipped out on a Friday afternoon when no one […]

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BROKEN AND CURLED LEAVES

“None of them along the line know what any of it is worth”, Bob Dylan Broken and curled leaves laid out , a carpet of old copper pennies glinting before us as we walked and crunched .The warm wind soughing and sighing through the baring riddle of branches in the raggedy Autumn trees. September and […]

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HER MAJ WOULD NOT BE BEST PLEASED

Could they be more incredulously asinine , foolishly dimwitted or insultingly schoolboyish? Like Pavlov’s dog unionist ministers simply had to ruin an Armistice Day’ s ceremony by singing “God Save the Queen” at the end of an otherwise apolitical and cross-community, cross-political remembrance of the World Wars’ fallen- dead .To say that they put their […]

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BORED?…..MOI?…TEETH AND TELEPHONE LINES

I’ve been busy. If it can go wrong or get complicated , it will…. As I reported last week I had already hit the ground running with an elderly heating -boiler than ended its earthly tenure during the worst drab week of the year.You don’t miss your water until that well runs dry and within […]

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ART FOR ART’S SAKE

  Art for art’s sake, a slogan translated from the French “l’art pour l’art” and was apparently coined sometime in the early 19th century by the French philosopher Victor Cousin. The phrase vaguely expresses the belief held by many writers and artists, especially those associated with Aestheticism, that art needs no justificationand that it needs […]

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TOO COLD FOR COCKROACHES

Now that’s interesting .I’ve been listening on the car – radio to a piece about cockroaches.Apparently they are a somewhat smelly little creature, possibly the most primitive insect on earth, originating in tropical or sub -tropical climes and have found our centrally -heated modern homes the perfect environment to colonise and propagate their insect race. […]

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