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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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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Arrivederci (almost)

SUNDAY 26 JULY 2009 This morning I got Francesca to run me off a copy of our boarding passes for tomorrow. This involved getting her laptop up from the basement, and shortly afterwards getting Her Chap (tall, youthful, pleasant) to help get it going and then printed off. Following that, I asked for and got […]

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Arrivederci (almost)

SUNDAY 26 JULY 2009 This morning I got Francesca to run me off a copy of our boarding passes for tomorrow. This involved getting her laptop up from the basement, and shortly afterwards getting Her Chap (tall, youthful, pleasant) to help get it going and then printed off. Following that, I asked for and got […]

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Milan Cathedral and Strangers on a Train 2

FRIDAY 24 JULY 2009 Before leaving this morning we did a very short visit to the Duomo – Milan Cathedral to you and me. We’d been there before but I’m afraid the memory has melted into a conglomerate of churches I’ve visited in Rome and Florence and God knows where. At the same time I […]

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Milan Cathedral and Strangers on a Train 2

FRIDAY 24 JULY 2009 Before leaving this morning we did a very short visit to the Duomo – Milan Cathedral to you and me. We’d been there before but I’m afraid the memory has melted into a conglomerate of churches I’ve visited in Rome and Florence and God knows where. At the same time I […]

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Il Duomo and Strangers on a Train 2

Before leaving this morning we did a very short visit to the Duomo – Milan Cathedral to you and me. We’d been there before but I’m afraid it’s melted into the mass of churches I’ve visited in Rome and Florence and God knows where. At the same time I don’t know how I forgot it, […]

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