Say The Word

When I’m feeling in need of a laugh (and some people who’ve read my blog recently tell me I’m in serious need) I turn my thoughts to the response of some unionists when you murmur the word ‘Irish-America’. Whoooooo. They don’t like that compound word one lil bit. Or the reality behind it. The most […]

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Left left high and dry?

I’ve just read an article in the Guardian by Andy Beckett – ‘Has the Left Blown its Big Chance of Success (http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2009/aug/17/left-politics-capitalism-recession). He notes the fact that not just in Britain but in countries throughout Europe, with capitalism wobbling at or on its knees, the voters don’t appear to be listening to any alternative message […]

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Left left high and dry?

I’ve just read an article in the Guardian by Andy Beckett – ‘Has the Left Blown its Big Chance of Success (http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2009/aug/17/left-politics-capitalism-recession). He notes the fact that not just in Britain but in countries throughout Europe, with capitalism wobbling at or on its knees, the voters don’t appear to be listening to any alternative message […]

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Flat Lake

We visited the Flat Lake Festival in Co Monaghan on Saturday, and while the event has a lot of positives, there were two negatives that irritated. When we went to get our tickets, we asked for the five-euro reduction as advertised on the website for the festival. “Yes I know it says that on the […]

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Flat Lake

We visited the Flat Lake Festival in Co Monaghan on Saturday, and while the event has a lot of positives, there were two negatives that irritated. When we went to get our tickets, we asked for the five-euro reduction as advertised on the website for the festival. “Yes I know it says that on the […]

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My Country, ‘Tis of Thee…

Language is the cement that holds our thoughts together, which is why I get twitchy when I hear it being misused, especially for political purposes. When Peter Robinson talks about ‘across the Province’ when he means ‘across Northern Ireland’ or when Sammy Wilson talks about the Mainland when he means the other island, it’s obvious […]

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My Country, ‘Tis of Thee…

Language is the cement that holds our thoughts together, which is why I get twitchy when I hear it being misused, especially for political purposes. When Peter Robinson talks about ‘across the Province’ when he means ‘across Northern Ireland’ or when Sammy Wilson talks about the Mainland when he means the other island, it’s obvious […]

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BBC Psychobabble

I was part of a discussion panel on ‘Seven Days’, BBC Radio Ulster this afternoon. We did some fluffy topics, like what do you do when the boss is off on hols and what would you like to find in your attic (the head of Alfredo Garcia?). But two topics were interesting – the Catholic […]

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BBC Psychobabble

I was part of a discussion panel on ‘Seven Days’, BBC Radio Ulster this afternoon. We did some fluffy topics, like what do you do when the boss is off on hols and what would you like to find in your attic (the head of Alfredo Garcia?). But two topics were interesting – the Catholic […]

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West Belfast Talks Back

As I’ve been doing for the last ten years approximately, I went to West Belfast Talks Back at the Feile An Phobail last Wednesday. I was a little late getting there and all of the audience was in place. At the door of the hall the chairman – William Crawley of BBC fame – stood, […]

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