Tag Archives: Twelfth

Dealing With The “Bully Boys”

Last week at the Wellington Park Hotel in Belfast, I saw a man of my age who was wearing a red button “Stand Up To Bullying”. There was a big anti-bullying day last week. “Bullying” seems to be flavour of … Continue reading

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Twelfth July…Know Your Flags

Those Orange Order types certainly love their flags….not just their own. One of the interesting things about sixty odd years of observing Twelfth July is how more and more flags have been adopted. Dr Dominic Bryan at QUB could write … Continue reading

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Exposing Children To Hatred

It is of course a terrible thing that a man and his young child are waving ISIL flags in central London. People are rightly outraged. But that is London …and it could never happen here….in Belfast, Carrickfergus, Lisburn and Portadown. … Continue reading

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And Now For Some Orange Culture

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I Don’t Want To Appear Cynical But…

So the Twelfth went well. No Violence. And people including Gerry Kelly MLA (Sinn Fein) and Alban Magennis MLA (SDLP), the Chief Constable of PSNI, and Duncan Morrow take to the airways and Twitter to congratulate everybody concerned. Even Niall … Continue reading

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Maybe The Statue Just Walked There….

Those of us of a certain age will be aware that Catholic religious statues and pictures sometimes are sometimes placed on Twelfth bonfires. In the olden days like the 1950s and 1960s it was a common enough sight which had … Continue reading

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Home From Mayo

So I was in County Mayo. What did I miss? Orange Order was stupid. Nigel Dodds got hit on the head…a brick thrown by supporters. Police dont really get stuck in. And very few arrests. PSNI issue vague threat that … Continue reading

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Culture Wars? A Bad Thing?

Up and down Norn Iron today, Orange leaders are proclaiming that their “Culture” is under attack. But is it actually a “Culture” we can afford to tolerate. Should we…liberal minded people…be working to marginalise that “Culture” rather like we did … Continue reading

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It’s Commemorating ….Commemorating

Its. 8.30am on 12th July 2013. How is the Twelfth going for you?…a day for us all as the absentee editor of Slugger O’Toole puts it. But I might have taken it out of context. We all have a role … Continue reading

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“Royal” Baby For Twelfth?

As Riots loom over next two or three days, we need something to get the Orange Order off the hook. A “Royal” Baby???

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