Archive | July, 2016

The thrill of being lost in space

  Star Trek: Beyond (12A) ★★★★ Directed by: Justin Lin Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg What’s the story? NOW three years into their five year mission to seek out new life and new civilisations, the crew of the star ship Enterprise are beginning to feel the fatigue that a five year mission in […]

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Spain proved a graveyard for many good men

  On the road from Coalisland to Dungannon a memorial plaque stands on the face of a very large stone. The plaque commemorates the life of Charlie Donnelly who was born in the nearby townland of Killybrackey on June 10, 1914. Charlie was a writer, poet and a left wing political activist who fought and […]

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Spin doctor sets the cycle agenda

  AN open-air laundrette, eh? So much for not washing your dirty linen in public. Squinter’s told the facility in the car park of the Shaws Road shops is already proving very popular, with a colleague reporting a queue when he drove past a couple of days after the machines were installed. Squinter used to […]

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Has the cuckoo disappeared from West Belfast’s hills?

  HAS the cuckoo disappeared from the fields surrounding Belfast? There was a time when the famous call used to carry down from the mountain into Dúlra’s old street in Ramoan Gardens. It was probably calling from a mile away – and you had to stay still and strain your young ears to definitely hear […]

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Enda playing it hard over the ‘hard border’

I SAW a remarkable sight on the TV last Friday. It was Enda Kenny at a specially convened meeting of the British-Irish Council. Enda was looking and talking serious stuff. “We do not want to see a European border on the island of Ireland”. Right on, Enda. The thing is, might we have to leave […]

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Clearing out’s not so simple

I NEED to clear out my wardrobe. Not just a little clear-out, but a serious bleach and polish clear out. I have been putting it off for quite some time. As you always seem to do with jobs that seem so big. One of the reasons for putting it on the long finger is that […]

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