Transfer and hollow out

Now that the air is thick with mud being lobbed in Gerry Adams’s direction, it’s easy to forget what the Sinn Fein project is. Long-term, the party has one central objective: a re-united Ireland, governing itself free from British intervention. Since that is in the hands of the majority in the northern state, it might […]

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Not grinding axes

Yesterday in the changing room at the UU Sports Centre I eavesdropped on two men. (Actually they were talking so loudly, it was more a case of eaveasassault than eavesdrop.) They were talking about the Robinson affair and their particular contempt was directed at the hypocrisy of those who’d preach about sin while themselves merrily […]

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Not grinding axes

Yesterday in the changing room at the UU Sports Centre I eavesdropped on two men. (Actually they were talking so loudly, it was more a case of eaveasassault than eavesdrop.) They were talking about the Robinson affair and their particular contempt was directed at the hypocrisy of those who’d preach about sin while themselves merrily […]

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Say the word

In today’s Observer newspaper, there’s a reference to Martin O’Neill, the manager of Aston Villa, as ‘the Northern Irishman’. Why is that, I wonder? If I was talking about Arsene Wenger, I don’t think I’d refer to him as the ‘South of France man’ (or whichever region he’s from) or to Rafael Benitez as the […]

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Say the word

In today’s Observer newspaper, there’s a reference to Martin O’Neill, the manager of Aston Villa, as ‘the Northern Irishman’. Why is that, I wonder? If I was talking about Arsene Wenger, I don’t think I’d refer to him as the ‘South of France man’ (or whichever region he’s from) or to Rafael Benitez as the […]

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Just SAY it

The present Mrs Collins and myself were on our way into the new George Clooney movie last night (‘Up In The Air’ – seven-and-a-half-out-of-ten movie – some thought, much pleasant mulch) and the woman at the ticket desk asks for £11. I’ve given her £10 so we’re rooting for the extra coin when the present […]

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Just SAY it

The present Mrs Collins and myself were on our way into the new George Clooney movie last night (‘Up In The Air’ – seven-and-a-half-out-of-ten movie – some thought, much pleasant mulch) and the woman at the ticket desk asks for £11. I’ve given her £10 so we’re rooting for the extra coin when the present […]

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Crystal balls

Every so often I’m struck by how little we know. I don’t mean in terms of knowledge generally or the amassed wisdom of ages past – every time I walk through a library I’m struck by that – I’ll never read 99.99% of what is there, let alone master it – but the knowledge of […]

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Crystal balls

Every so often I’m struck by how little we know. I don’t mean in terms of knowledge generally or the amassed wisdom of ages past – every time I walk through a library I’m struck by that – I’ll never read 99.99% of what is there, let alone master it – but the knowledge of […]

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Community confidence vs Damascene conversion

Isn’t it wonderful how the prospect of imminent political death concentrates the mind? There we were for the last nine months, being told that the transfer of policing and justice wouldn’t be possible until there was sufficient ‘confidence in the community’. Now, with the DUP facing possible power-sharing collapse, and elections to both Stormont and […]

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