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Why Halloween doesn’t smell like it did

  IT’S all pumpkins these days, isn’t it? Pumpkins piled on top of each other on bales of hay at the front door; pumpkins artfully placed in shop window displays; candlelit pumpkins carved intricately and gruesomely. Squinter’s old enough to remember when nobody knew what a pumpkin was. Or perhaps the odd swot might have […]

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Seasons greetings

  THOSE are snowflakes on the Kit Kats in the vending machines in the Andytown News kitchen, right? While it’s not exactly Santa with a Robin on his head sitting beside a blazing fire drinking egg-nog, it’s still a symbol of Christmas – Nestlé probably thinking that even for chocolate manufacturers,who make their hay not […]

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Start spreading the moos, I’m heaving today

EVERYBODY likes to spread things on their toast. Well, not everbody, exactly. There are people who don’t like toast but do like spreads and there are people who do like toast and don’t like spreads. Ah, dry toast. When Squinter was a boy it was exclusively for people in hospital suffering from stomach complaints or […]

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Numbers game should be played to the final whistle

  MANY and varied were the words written about BBC Ulster’s poll last week on Irish unity. Personally, Squinter wanted to know whether this was the first time anybody had ever done a poll about whether anybody wanted a poll, but that question must sadly be set aside for later consideration. Predictably, unionists fell on […]

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The great British window bake-off

  HERE’S a picture of a cake shop in Old Swan, Liverpool, that Squinter took during his recent visit to the city. Squinter’s seen a few eyecatching cakes in his time, not least the marching season doozy on Facebook of an East Belfast kid’s birthday cake in the shape of a bonfire complete with tyres […]

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Falls cyclist is one in a pillion

  MID-afternoon Monday and the Falls Road is sweltering in the kind of weather we only seem to get when the schools start back. Squinter’s dandering countrywards past St Dominic’s, grateful he brought his sunglasses but sorry he left his hat in the house. A heat haze rises from the tarmac, throwing the heavy traffic […]

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