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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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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Head-to-head

Gordon Brown has accepted the offer of TV debates with David CameronI so I got a slot – all of two minutes – on The Steven Nolan Show this morning, to talk about the worth of such an approach here. Nolan took a pretty ho-ho approach to the topic but it actually merits more thought […]

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Head-to-head

Gordon Brown has accepted the offer of TV debates with David CameronI so I got a slot – all of two minutes – on The Steven Nolan Show this morning, to talk about the worth of such an approach here. Nolan took a pretty ho-ho approach to the topic but it actually merits more thought […]

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Debate and Bluster

A series of heavyweight bouts on RTE’s Prime Time’ last night: Micheal Martin vs Joe Higgins, Pat Cox vs Mary Lou MacDonald, Michael O’Leary vs Declan Ganley, Mick McCarthy vs Roy Keane…No, I made that last one up. The subject for verbal fisticuffs was the Lisbon Treaty and the contestants produced more heat than light, […]

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Debate and Bluster

A series of heavyweight bouts on RTE’s Prime Time’ last night: Micheal Martin vs Joe Higgins, Pat Cox vs Mary Lou MacDonald, Michael O’Leary vs Declan Ganley, Mick McCarthy vs Roy Keane…No, I made that last one up. The subject for verbal fisticuffs was the Lisbon Treaty and the contestants produced more heat than light, […]

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Whither the stoops?

Today around one o’clock I wanted to take Alex Attwood in my arms and tell him sssshhhh, it’s OK, it’s OK, little man, everything’s going to be all right… He was on Talkback with W Austin, and Wendy had just played a spoof piece where Mark Durkan (aka Sean Crummey) was asked to say briefly […]

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Whither the stoops?

Today around one o’clock I wanted to take Alex Attwood in my arms and tell him sssshhhh, it’s OK, it’s OK, little man, everything’s going to be all right… He was on Talkback with W Austin, and Wendy had just played a spoof piece where Mark Durkan (aka Sean Crummey) was asked to say briefly […]

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Boxer wanted: must be good at writing sonnets

In the north, Eileen Calder from the Belfast Rape Crisis Centre is calling for a block on Mike Tyson using the Waterfront Hall. In the south, Seamus Heaney is calling on people in the south of Ireland to vote Yes on Lisbon. Two unrelated appeals? Not when you think about it. Eileen wants to stop […]

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