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Some great leaders and their, ah, colourful pasts

I was in the Waterfront Hall on Saturday afternoon and do you know what? It was kind of dull. The speakers were lined up and in five-minute bursts they said things which everyone in the hall agreed with, and that’s what made it kind of dull.

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Where’s the beef?

YES, corned beef in tins does still exist. And to prove the point, at a formal ceremony in the Roddy’s attended by a carefully selected coterie of staff and punters, Squinter was presented with this tin of Argentina’s finest, purchased by barman Joe at great expense in a local supermarket.

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Season’s greetings in September

THE SELECTION boxes are out in Sainsbury’s. Not today, not yesterday – they were out a week ago and more. By Squinter’s reckoning, and since it’s all seven-day opening now, that’s 114 shopping days to Christmas, or just under a third of a year.

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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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