Author Harry McAvinchey

THAT FIRST CUP OF TEA IN THE UNIVERSE

So what good was a principle if she couldn’t get that great job back, she thought.They barely allowed her to speak about anything these days, but this idea that Nigel cobbled together just might do the trick and get those old wheels rolling again.It was worth a punt .This Irish language out-reach scam might just […]

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A PROBLEM SHARED

Apparently unionists worry about certain things. They are unsure whether or not some Irish Nationalists really want local government to succeed. They are dubious that republicans might want this to fail even though Martin MCGuinness attempted everything short of walking -on -water to prove to them that he wanted it to work. Unionists have some […]

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SQUARING THAT CIRCLE

So the DUP say they still want to go into coalition with Sinn Fein in a revived Executive, but already they are insulting that party for it’s essential republicanism, as they ready themselves for this shiny new unexpected election.Coalition partners indeed!! It’s not as if we all don’t know thta these parties are like chalk […]

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THE SLANGING MATCH OF LANGUAGE

Nelson McCausland the ex-DUP politician, is still beating his “Culture” drum. It has become a kilted obsession with the little, bearded red-cheeked man . He’s been banging on about Ulster-Scots; paradiddling and drumrolling his tartan roots and promoting this odd, local lucky-bag dialect as an independent language ,for a few years now .It’s all a […]

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IS IT TIME TO EAT SOME CROW-PIE ?

“We do want to respect and indeed better understand the language and culture which we are not a part of and to that end over the next short period of time I do intend to listen and to engage with those from the Gaelic/Irish background, those without party political baggage or indeed demands, people who […]

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LANGWIDGE PULEEESE

‘Irish language crusade is leaving unionist minority uncomfortable” That was the quote I read that made me feel uncomfortable , myself. I could barely understand why the person who uttered such a line did not realise the absurdity of what he had said.The context of this was that there were concerns about the potential impact […]

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A WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY

  We live and we die.There is always a funeral to be attended.It is what we do. It snowed earlier in the week and then there were a few starbright ,open sky nights of hard ,diamantine frost glistening on the rooftops. As if surprising itself by its own audacity , that fat old sun shimmied […]

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WHO MISSES STORMONT?

Does anyone miss Stormont? If you believed the media…”The Meedja”…. you might feel that you were at sixes and sevens about the lack of local government. I mean …maybe you really are very agitated about the whole scenario that has developed since the RHI scandal and its following shoal of lesser scandals capsized the government […]

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GOBSHITES, TUBES AND BASTARDS

You’ve sometimes got to laugh at the the wee grunty sounds that issue from the mouths of us humans . For the vast empty deserts of radio , if there is no new political news, the programmers and presenters panic as to what to discuss.Today , because of the inertia in setting up a local […]

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THE ART OF KICKING CANS DOWN A LONG ROAD

I’m not sure….but I’m almost certain that I have never before come across a man such as our current Secretary Of State ,Mr James Brokenshire ,who could talk with such great facility for long minutes…possibly hours on end , like a practised filibuster and actually say very little at all.It is a skill that most […]

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