Author Harry McAvinchey

A CHANGE IS GONNA COME

Outside much seems the same. The first sharp green shoots of goldenrod have poked through the clatter of their still, dead, rusting predecessors ;those exotically cultured tulip bulbs I’d brought back from Amsterdam last summer, seem to have found life in the heavy clayey soil of Ireland and are now opening their mad petals to […]

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THAT COSMIC TAPE-LOOP

The day started with something of a sharp two-edged blade….like one of those old-fashioned Gillettes we used before the shaving market was saturated with highly-priced multi-bladed gimmicks…This was a sword that cut in two distinct ways.The dull buff-coloured envelope poking half-way through the letterbox, told its own tale ; that same kind of paper-stock, in […]

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VOTING RIGHTS AND WRONGS

Now that every Irish person is to be allowed to vote for the future President of Ireland, already Tom Elliot the Ulster Unionist MP wants to make it difficult for them , even though he too has every right to vote.It is hardly credible.The anamoly has always been that any Irish person could stand and […]

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SO WHAT EXACTLY IS THIS IRISH BORDER FOR ?

So what exactly is this curious border that divides the Irish island for and why is it there at all? The Irish border really is the oddest thing in terms of international boundaries.You might say that it is atypical ; a deviant creation in many respects and on a world-scale something of a unique oddity […]

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BACK TO SQUARE ONE

I had already written a piece , but having left it to scratch through the papers, I turned to find that the computer had decided to exit “sleep” mode , re-boot and update before I had a chance to save it , so I lost it all to the mad cosmic whirl of the universe. […]

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TV AND TANQUERY

I missed some of the election fun and games.unfortunately .I’d been watching television throughout the afternoon as the votes were counted and the panel of politicians and pundits squabbled.Things were getting very interesting but I’d previously arranged to be in Belfast for the latter part of the day attending a gig at the excellent Nashville/Belfast […]

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BROADCASTING BINGO

On Stephen Nolan’s BBC Radio Ulster show he is currently arguing the toss with the Ulster Unionist Party’s representative Steve Aiken MLA…ex Royal Navy Submarine Commander (Order Of The British Empire). He’s giving him a right old grilling and he’s covering a lot of ground about the UUP’s opposition to the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) […]

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IS JONATHAN BELL A DECENT MAN?

Is there room for decency in politics or does that concept have to be abandoned completely? Is a “decent politician” in reality , an oxymoron? It’s a while since I heard the expression.”He was a decent man”.The word “decent ” or even the word “decency” seem like very old -fashioned words these days.They’re the kind […]

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VOTE ARLENE WHILE SHE MAKES HAY

My eyes glazed over as she spoke the words .”I’ve got “man-flu””. That is how the female leader of the Democratic Unionist Party started off. Well there goes any pretence at femininity , I thought to myself. Freeze that image! What a start indeed? Did she deliberately say the word “man” to strip herself of […]

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