It won’t be worn in Derry, Aughrim, Enniskillen or the Boyne. And the colours? Well they’ll have to keep to next year.

 The Twelfth of July is cancelled. This year it goes 10th, 11th, 13th of July. There will be no 12th. The Orange Order have officially made the decision which was all but inevitable in light of the public health crisis, and the decision is a commendable one on their behalf. The news of cancellation reverberatedContinue reading “It won’t be worn in Derry, Aughrim, Enniskillen or the Boyne. And the colours? Well they’ll have to keep to next year.”

Covid-19, the Rapture and the Mid-Ulster prophet.

“Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from god; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God” -1 John 4:7-8.  Anyone particularly au fait with the bible may know the above verse and recognise it as one of the book’s teachings about the supposed enormity and pervasiveness of God’s love profferedContinue reading “Covid-19, the Rapture and the Mid-Ulster prophet.”

Belfast – Perspective

“Trick or Treat, Sir”. The students of an all-boys school in Belfast taunted their new substitute teacher on Monday, November 8th, 1993. His years in the North had diluted his Limerick twang into a mild, soft Irish accent but it had not gone unnoticed by his class. Noses like bloodhounds, they sniffed out the flyContinue reading “Belfast – Perspective”

Trump: The personification and epitomisation of contemporary U.S diplomacy.

For many, the English lexicon fails to provide strong enough adjectives to adequately depict the emotions stirred by the 45th U.S President and Commander-in-Chief, Donald J. Trump. I for one would have chartered myself amongst this many, the man repulses me, perplexes me and indeed, outright fucking annoys me. These emotions I attribute to himContinue reading “Trump: The personification and epitomisation of contemporary U.S diplomacy.”

Could Johnson’s diagnosis strengthen the Tories?

I recently had a difference of opinion with a friend on whether or not people should be wishing Boris Johnson a speedy recovery in his battle against Coronavirus. Perhaps in some misguided sense of morality, I asserted that people should hope that the PM gets better and returns to leading the country as soon asContinue reading “Could Johnson’s diagnosis strengthen the Tories?”