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Stamp, slap, bang, whallop

WITH a salute to the statue of the UDR man with the stop-hand and the big gun, Squinter makes his way through Lisburn town to Reid’s shoe shop for a new pair of shoes. Yes, fair enough, you’re right – it would hardly be for a new pair of trousers.

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Landfall at Londonderry

THE SECOND major event of the 2011 hurricane season – Katia – came shrieking and howling across the broad Atlantic on Monday morning. According to the BBC Ulster weather team, it made land-fall in Londonderry.

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Fancy some leaf-peeping?

TODAY, we are going to learn a new word. And once you know it, it won’t be long before you hear it mentioned on TV or read it in the press.

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UUP death-rattle echoes across the chamber

IF EVER there was a sign from the heavens that the unionist game was up in City Hall, it came in these memorable words from our youthful Lord Mayor

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Small window of opportunity closes on caller

You’ll not be surprised to hear the phone call, like so many before it, starts with the telephone ringing.

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A tale of two seagoing Carolines

THE ONLY ship called Caroline that Squinter had ever heard of was the MV Caroline, home to the pirate broadcasting operation Radio Caroline

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