TV Sport and the sickness of surfeit

I was on ‘Good Morning Ulster’  ( why do they call it that when they don’t serve one-third of Ulster? Answers on a postage stamp, please) this morning, talking about the amount of sport that’s currently on TV. I like sport, particularly football (soccer) and football (Gaelic), but  at the moment we’re like pate de […]

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TV Sport and the sickness of surfeit

I was on ‘Good Morning Ulster’  ( why do they call it that when they don’t serve one-third of Ulster? Answers on a postage stamp, please) this morning, talking about the amount of sport that’s currently on TV. I like sport, particularly football (soccer) and football (Gaelic), but  at the moment we’re like pate de […]

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The past: first, put your knee on its chest…

The past –  pain in the arse, eh?  Full of what-might-have-beens and  dashed hopes and petty slights.  Full of a sense of loss – of loved ones, of what once seemed so permanent, of one’s own youth. The only way to cope with the bloody thing is to bend it into a shape that suits […]

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The past: first, put your knee on its chest…

The past –  pain in the arse, eh?  Full of what-might-have-beens and  dashed hopes and petty slights.  Full of a sense of loss – of loved ones, of what once seemed so permanent, of one’s own youth. The only way to cope with the bloody thing is to bend it into a shape that suits […]

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Coming north, looking south

So Enda Kenny is going to visit the north.  To what purpose?  Well, a clue lies in the people who’ll be travelling with him.  Fergus O’Dowd and Brian Hayes both voted against Kenny in this week’s leadership contest.  So while you might be tempted to think that his meetings with Peter Robinson, Gerry Adams, Martin […]

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Coming north, looking south

So Enda Kenny is going to visit the north.  To what purpose?  Well, a clue lies in the people who’ll be travelling with him.  Fergus O’Dowd and Brian Hayes both voted against Kenny in this week’s leadership contest.  So while you might be tempted to think that his meetings with Peter Robinson, Gerry Adams, Martin […]

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Nothing personal (?)

When I listen to politicians,  especially but not exclusively unionist politicians, I have to keep reminding myself that there’s nothing personal, it’s just business. So when Gregory Campbell presents the stony face of irridentist unionism, no sympathy for the families of those who were gunned down on Bloody Sunday, it’s not personal (at least I […]

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Nothing personal (?)

When I listen to politicians,  especially but not exclusively unionist politicians, I have to keep reminding myself that there’s nothing personal, it’s just business. So when Gregory Campbell presents the stony face of irridentist unionism, no sympathy for the families of those who were gunned down on Bloody Sunday, it’s not personal (at least I […]

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Prosecute the killers?

I  was on BBC Radio Ulster’s ‘Talkback’ programme yesterday along with my good friend Brian Feeney.  Brian continues to act as faithful family retainer to the owners of the VO, in which he airs his views every Wednesday.  We were on ‘Talkback’ to discuss whether the British soldiers found guilty of shooting dead fourteen innocent […]

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Prosecute the killers?

I  was on BBC Radio Ulster’s ‘Talkback’ programme yesterday along with my good friend Brian Feeney.  Brian continues to act as faithful family retainer to the owners of the VO, in which he airs his views every Wednesday.  We were on ‘Talkback’ to discuss whether the British soldiers found guilty of shooting dead fourteen innocent […]

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