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New Years Honours List (Norn Iron)

About two months ago, up to 150 people in Norn Iron will have got letters from a department within the Cabinet Office in Downing Street. They will have been told that “Her Majesty the Queen” (sic) has decided to award … Continue reading

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New Years Honours List (General)

The Belfast Gazette (like its London and Edinburgh sister publications) is a weekly “government” publication. Usually it just lists things like bankruptcies and “royal” business. Twice a year, it lists the New Year and Birthday “Honours”. About 45 years ago, … Continue reading

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The Queen’s Speech

The annual Christmas speech by Mrs Elizabeth Windsor is one of those things that is impossible to explain, mainly because I don’t actually watch it. It is a curious throw-back to the 1950s. Listen to any left wing “woke” British … Continue reading

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Councillor Carole Howard……..ex-Alliance

It is now ten days since Alliance Councillor Carole Howard (East Belfast) defected to Ulster Unionist Party. I had hoped to read an in depth analysis of this on Slugger O’Toole. Alas I am disappointed. Surely the defection of a … Continue reading

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“Belfast” : The Movie

So I have just heard that a movie “Belfast”, directed by our very own (is he?) “Sir” Kenneth Branagh has been short-listed for an Oscar. Some things are beyond Satire. About 99.9% of us who have lived thru The Troubles … Continue reading

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Appalling Vistas

In the summer of 1966, a man called John Patrick Scullion was murdered in the Clonard area of West Belfast. It is the first killing of the (modern) Troubles. He was shot outside his home and died two weeks later. … Continue reading

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Slugger O’Toole…You Couldn’t Make It Up

I note that Mick Fealty begins one of his posts with “Say what you like about Brian Feeney”, the nationalist minded journalist. I think Mr Fealty is being ironic. I was tempted to reply “can I say what I like … Continue reading

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Line Of Duty

So 8pm on Sunday night and in an hour, I will be tuning into Line of Duty (season 6 episode 6). The writing, the acting and the drama itself are brilliant. And the fact that five of the six series … Continue reading

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Chooky Embra RIP

Sympathy to Mrs Elizabeth Windsor on the death of her hubby. Thoughts and Prayers with Nicholas Witchell (BBC Royal Correspondent) at this difficult time.

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Lady GaGa & Moore Holmes

Several years ago I saw Lady Gaga on TV. She had a telephone on her head. One of the great pleasures in getting old is that I do not have to keep up with pop culture references. I resolved several … Continue reading

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