Tag Archives: Conflict Resolution

Three Decades of Half-Centenaries

When I became an active blogger over ten years ago, the”big theme” was the Decade of Centenaries. As regular readers will know, I prefer private remembering to public remembrance. We are entitled to remember our history as we wish. I … 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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Germany 1945…Reconciliation?

A few months ago I watched a three part BBC documentary called “Berlin 1945”. It was difficult to watch. The year 1945 in Berlin…archive footage and quotes from the diaries of ordinary Berliners. By January 1945, the Nazis have already … Continue reading

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Word Press Blogs

I have to say that I really like this platform…word press blog. I take it for granted. I am now on here in one incarnation or other for around ten years. One good thing…it is FREE. It is literally Free … Continue reading

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Pension For Troubles “Combatants”

I tried to post this on Slugger O’Toole an hour ago. Seems a shame not to publish it. The nature of posting on Slugger (his gaffe, his rules) and Czar (my gaffe, my rules) is that I am somewhat more … Continue reading

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“What We Need Is A Great Big Melting Pot”

….”big enough to hold the world and all its got. Keep it stirring for a hundred years or more. Turn out coffee coloured people by the score” Perhaps I am not the only person here who was a 17 year … Continue reading

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Confidence Building Measures For Nationalists

If you were the last German soldier to be mortally wounded in Berlin in April 1945, you might think it wasnt worthwhile. Conversely if you were the last Russian soldier to be mortally wounded, you might think it was at … Continue reading

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The Belfast Blitz 1941

in 1941, Belfast was bombed by th German Luftwaffe. During four nights of bombing, up to 950 Belfast civilians were killed. The city was inadequately defended and the infrastructure and emergency planning was woeful. My Uncle Jackie often talked about … Continue reading

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Jefferson Davis Presidential Library

Interesting postcard received from a friend in United States of America. Jefferson Davis was President of the Confederate States of America. The Presidential Library is located in Biloxi, Mississippi. It is situated in eighty-two acres and was rebuilt following damage … Continue reading

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