Good old boy

I did an interview with my old classmate Eamonn McCann today. He’s part of a group of over twenty former St Columb’s old boys, I suppose you could call us, who left St Columb’s College, Derry, in 1960 (or thereabouts). There are people who go on from school to shine in the adult world while […]

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Echoing down the years

Richard Ingrams , the former editor of Private Eye, once said he gave up on satire when he heard that Henry Kissinger had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Reality was clearly so much more absurd and laughable, satire just had to take a back seat. I thought of this yesterday when I read The […]

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Echoing down the years

Richard Ingrams , the former editor of Private Eye, once said he gave up on satire when he heard that Henry Kissinger had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Reality was clearly so much more absurd and laughable, satire just had to take a back seat. I thought of this yesterday when I read The […]

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Final salutes

A lot of posturing comment recently over two salutes, one because it happened and the other because it didn’t happen. In both cases the person being saluted or not saluted knew nothing of the event. The first involved John Brady, who was found hanged in his cell at Strand Road police station in Derry on […]

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Final salutes

A lot of posturing comment recently over two salutes, one because it happened and the other because it didn’t happen. In both cases the person being saluted or not saluted knew nothing of the event. The first involved John Brady, who was found hanged in his cell at Strand Road police station in Derry on […]

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On-air talk

The twenty-fifth anniversary of the Brighton bombing got a fair bit of coverage on breakfast radio this morning. Thatcher, we’re told, was saved because she was working on some papers, rather than in her bathroom. I’ve always found that a bit hard to swallow – that it was her dedication, her enormous appetite for work, […]

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On-air talk

The twenty-fifth anniversary of the Brighton bombing got a fair bit of coverage on breakfast radio this morning. Thatcher, we’re told, was saved because she was working on some papers, rather than in her bathroom. I’ve always found that a bit hard to swallow – that it was her dedication, her enormous appetite for work, […]

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Marinated in media

I’ve just read a feature article on Chris Evans in The Guardian, and not for the first time find myself wondering if people who excel in the media start out being decent human beings and are corrupted by it, or if they’re like that from the start and it explains why they do well in […]

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Marinated in media

I’ve just read a feature article on Chris Evans in The Guardian, and not for the first time find myself wondering if people who excel in the media start out being decent human beings and are corrupted by it, or if they’re like that from the start and it explains why they do well in […]

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What’s behind the DUP curtain?

OK – hands up if you’re glad that Martin McGuinness got fed up with the DUP dragging their heels on devolution of policing and justice? Right. That’s everybody except the little man wearing an Alliance Party badge who says there’s much to be said on both sides. Me, I think it’s time. An objective consideration […]

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