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Roads? Where I’m going I won’t need roads…

And now the end is near and so I face the final curtain. So said the Chairman of the Board himself, Frank Sinatra.

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Bitsa ramblings on travel – both time and otherwise

In the mid-90s I briefly took a break from playing Goldeneye on the Nintendo 64 and worrying about who would win the musical face-off between Blur and Oasis to watch children’s television.

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Gammar Nazi puts the word out on language

Earlier this week, for reasons now forgotten, I was looking back over some old articles I had written and came across one which had the phrase ‘Occupied France’.

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Why regular bus journeys could drive you mad

So my R plates come down in just over two weeks. Big whoop I know. Some people reading this column have been driving for years and will be thinking ‘so what?’

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Serious reservations at the ceasing of Ceefax

So here we are in the space year 2012. While we’re not yet living on the moon or eating our meals in pills as TV and films had promised me, one thing promised long ago will definitely be taking place this year – the switching off of the terrestrial television signal in Northern Ireland.

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Blowing off those rumours of Bob’s Baker Street solo

Did you know Bob Holness played the saxophone solo in Baker Street? It took precisely three seconds from the revelation of the former Blockbusters host’s death last week for someone to present the office with that ‘fact’.

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Soul of a nation captured in many beautiful songs

I listened to young Cathal Clarke in the Bridge Grill Bar last Sunday night. Cathal, from Ardoyne, is an accomplished […]

FAI embroiled in a sing-song pub ding-dong

THE New York Times rang Squinter to find out more about the most recent controversy to engulf Irish soccer. Here’s […]

Columbanus and Patrick

St Columbanus (he lived from about 550 until 615 a.d.) should never have got on the wrong side of Queen […]

West Belfast is on the road to nowhere now

WEST Belfast has traffic, Squinter’s pretty sure it does. The Glen Road is a nightmare much of the time – […]

‘Monster snake’ terror on the Cave Hill Road

The Belfast Zoological Gardens known as Bellevue Zoo opened in 1934. I haven’t visited it for a long time but […]

Mass warfare

AT the end of a year when the start of the First World War was remembered there is one puzzle […]