Monthly Archives: April 2013

Karma Is A Bitch

I see on another message board, another thread (from the usual source) celebrating that another relative of a high-profile Sinn Fein person has been found guilty of something. I am not exactly sure of the relevance. After all the same … Continue reading

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Violence Towards The Elderly…And Me

Violence towards the Elderly concerns me a lot. Violence towards ME concerns me even more. Or more accurately..the threat of violence. I was in Derry on Saturday. Came back to Belfast on the SDLP minibus…the designated adult “supervising ” the … Continue reading

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What Do Young People Think?

Over the weekend I was thinking a lot about my trip to Texas three months ago.The very last question put to me was ” What do young people in Norn Iron think? The question was put as we were all … Continue reading

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SDLP Youth Conference: The Campbells Are Coming

There are two images from the SDLP Youth Conference in Derry that I will not easily forget. One is Gregory Campbell…fairly outspoken DUP MP for East Derry walking into An Culturlann and the second image is the collective double-take of … Continue reading

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For Those Of You Who Like Weddings

Strange thing….in Derry yesterday…I was taking some photographs in the Bogside and I saw a young woman in a wedding dress walk past the famous mural of Che Guevara. Nothing really unusual in that. My assumption was that she had … Continue reading

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Ireland Is A Real Place (Written 2006)

How Far Does The Case of Ireland demonstrate that an essential part of nationalism is remembering and forgetting? There is a cliché that the Irish forget nothing in history and the English remember nothing in history. It is no less … Continue reading

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SDLP Youth Conference: Panel Discussion

Interesting Panel Discussion about which I might blog tomorrow. Pretty tired tonight. Michael Copeland MLA (UUP …East Belfast), Joe McHugh TD (FG…Donegal North East), Gregory Campbell MP (DUP…East L*****derry), Daniel Wray McCrossan (SDLP Executive member Strabane) Conall McDevitt MLA (SDLP…South … Continue reading

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