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Stormont Remembrance…Cunning Stunts

What would Bloggers do without Poppy Season? The annual commemoration of stories that define Norn Iron in all its crap-ness. So the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Remembrance and Silence. And the Hall at Stormont. … Continue reading

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Poppy And Rugby

i have only ever been to three rugby matches. The first was in the winter of 1970-1971 at Maynard Sinclair Pavillionat Stormont. Civil Service “Fourths” or “Fifths” were playing. They were an unlikely sports team, drawn from civil service departments … Continue reading

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At The Going Down Of The Sun…I Dont Give A Tinkers Curse

When I was a child, I used to think that people wearing poppies were going to weddings. Of course in the 1960s, there were a lot of sprightly 70year olds who had memories of World War One. But essentially the … Continue reading

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“PINGATE”

You know that feeling you get when you hear via Twitter that something odd has happened on RTÉ and you almost wish that you had been watching Ryan Tubridy on a Friday night or that other fella O’Connor ona Saturday … Continue reading

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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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Poppy Gate (James McClean)…A Guest Post

This is a guest post from Mr James FitzjamesHorse (who is related to Mrs FitzjamesHorse and  me ….thru being born) When will James McClean learn? The Republic of Ireland international and son of Derry just loves rubbing unionism up the … Continue reading

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James McClean …….Poppy

So it turned out that this year’s great Poppy Day Controversy was not even in Norn Iron. It was in Goodison Park where Everton FC were hosting Sunderland AFC (and James McClean from Derry). The Manchester United Fan Site (Red … Continue reading

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It’s Poppy Season

Poppy Season is a bit like the Christmas Season. It seems to start earlier every year. I saw my first one of 2012 in Portadown just after I got off the Dublin train. I personally have no problem with people … Continue reading

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Poppy Season…Norn Iron

There is no point in ever trying to understand Norn Iron without understanding two concepts. The Irish/Nationalists/Republicans and British/Unionists/Loyalists inhabit parallel universes. Arguably a third “lets get alongerist” community lives in a fantasy world of its own. The other concept … Continue reading

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Poppy Season…Britain

The Poppy Season has begun. The Poppy is the symbol of remembrance honoring Britains War Dead. It culminates in services at centotaphs and war memorials in Britains cities, towns and villages on Remembrance Sunday (the second Sunday in November). The … Continue reading

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