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The Poppy…A Neutral Symbol?

So what about the Poppy? The one that unionists wear in the weeks leading up to Remembrance Sunday. The Unionists and the LetsGetAlongerists would have us believe we should respect it. It commemorates…they would claim….the (British) soldiers who lost their … Continue reading

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Local Elections: Belfast

Belfast …the big one. Enlarged by the inclusion of some Catholic DEAs from Lisburn and some Protestant DEAs from Castlereagh, the consequence was (as it turned out) that nationalists would outvote unionists but that the Alliance Party would hold the … Continue reading

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Van Morrison …Days Like This

So Congratulations Van The Man. Freeman of the City of Belfast. Who would have guessed it. Certainly not me in the early 1960s, when I used to walk past the Sailors Club and long haired people in jeans could be … Continue reading

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The Night They Drove Old Ulster Down?

“A Week Is A Long Time in Politics” Forty-Two years….is a very long time indeed. Earlier this week I blogged about the introduction of Internment without Trial and its violent aftermath on 9th August 1971. For several years afterwards the … Continue reading

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“BackinBelfast”…I Have A Hashtag

Oh God no. Traders in Belfast are having a hard time…economic downturn and for six weeks the Flegs Protestors have meant that a lot of people are not shopping, eating or drinking in the city. Even the tourists are turning … Continue reading

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Belfast City Centre Business

The hardest people to convince of the stunning success …as the Government Press Officers claim…of Belfast City Centre…seem to the city centre traders themselves. They even had a meeting last night about it. Did I see Michael Desn, the restaurant … Continue reading

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Back To The Future

Now this is a strange coincidence. In 1981, I started going out with Mrs Fitzjames Horse. And on a Saturday before Christmas in the foyer of the old Co-Operative Department Store in York Street. Those younger readers unfamiliar with the … Continue reading

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Love Me Do…The Beatles

Increasingly BBC 4 seems to be the home of Popular History. (They also have a good line in dramatised versions of the lives of people from popular culture……….such as tonights dramatised version of the life of Kenny Everett). But Love … Continue reading

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“Nearer My God To Thee”?

According to legend, the hymn “Nearer My God To Thee” was played by musicians on the Titanic as it sank. It is probably true. And impossible (even thru a TV screen) not to get a little bit emotional to hear … Continue reading

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Frank Carson….It Was The Way He Told Them!

Many of the obituaries and tributes to Frank Carson start with Opportunity Knocks and The Comedians but to many of us of a certain age……..who remember the opening night of Ulster Television in 1959……..Frank Carson was one of the first … Continue reading

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