Shoe polish and fetish

I bought a tin of polish this morning and what looked like a rectangular sponge with a hard-sponge backing to it. The sponge has a light plastic casing into which it fits, the way little plants you get in the garden centre have, and on the bottom of the casing it says ‘Cherry Blossom’. I […]

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Altering the landmark

So Gerry Adams and Sinn Fein are to have a meeting with the families of hunger strikers, regarding the ongoing claims that Sinn Fein people prolonged the hunger strike when a deal was available from Thatcher and Co. The waters by this stage have been sufficiently muddied, it’s difficult to know whose claim makes sense. […]

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Altering the landmark

So Gerry Adams and Sinn Fein are to have a meeting with the families of hunger strikers, regarding the ongoing claims that Sinn Fein people prolonged the hunger strike when a deal was available from Thatcher and Co. The waters by this stage have been sufficiently muddied, it’s difficult to know whose claim makes sense. […]

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Being Ordered

I see where a principal of a Catholic secondary school in West Belfast has been awarded an OBE in the recent round of baubles from Buck House. This principal, like most OBE-ed Catholic principals in this tormented little corner of ours, is a woman. They usually are: if you visit Derry, you could hardly throw […]

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Being Ordered

I see where a principal of a Catholic secondary school in West Belfast has been awarded an OBE in the recent round of baubles from Buck House. This principal, like most OBE-ed Catholic principals in this tormented little corner of ours, is a woman. They usually are: if you visit Derry, you could hardly throw […]

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Ruling the airwaves and fluffing the geography

There’s always a temptation to duck a truth about oneself, so when I sat waiting for The Stephen Nolan Show to ring me this morning (they said they would and didn’t) and yesterday morning (they said they would and didn’t), I didn’t want and still don’t want to admit that my vanity is a little […]

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Ruling the airwaves and fluffing the geography

There’s always a temptation to duck a truth about oneself, so when I sat waiting for The Stephen Nolan Show to ring me this morning (they said they would and didn’t) and yesterday morning (they said they would and didn’t), I didn’t want and still don’t want to admit that my vanity is a little […]

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Whatever you say…

I’ve been asked to contribute…No, that’s a stupid word for it…asked to talk on the Stephen Nolan Show on BBC Radio Ulster tomorrow morning. They’re discussing the question of journalists protecting (another loaded word) their sources. The two people in the spotlight at the moment are Suzanne Breen the journalist and Ian Óg Paisley, the, […]

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Whatever you say…

I’ve been asked to contribute…No, that’s a stupid word for it…asked to talk on the Stephen Nolan Show on BBC Radio Ulster tomorrow morning. They’re discussing the question of journalists protecting (another loaded word) their sources. The two people in the spotlight at the moment are Suzanne Breen the journalist and Ian Óg Paisley, the, […]

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Watch out for unionist shrapnel

Cheesh – it’s almost like old times. A right-wing demagogue doing a Mussolini act before adoring disciples, people refusing to shake hands with other people, people turning their backs and booing their political opponents, lusty delivery of ‘God Save The Queen’…It all makes me feel about twenty years younger. And don’t tell me the press […]

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