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Pic of the day, Tuesday June 18

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Stormont drinks reception cancelled as last of the parties pull out

THE Northern Ireland Office (NIO) has cancelled a drinks reception for MLAs at Stormont after all political parties declined the invitation. The invitation issued by Secretary of State Karen Bradley stated it was a chance for “informal” talks. Sinn Féin northern leader Michelle O’Neill immediately said they wouldn’t be turning up, while the other parties […]

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A Night in November is a night to remember

THE tagline for A Night in November on the poster outside the Lyric Theatre reads: ‘Is it possible to change?’ As the audience took their seats on Thursday evening to watch one man struggle to come to terms with his own identity, the question could well have been put about the now classic play which […]

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PODCAST with Matthew Thompson

With over 600 events every year including live music, discos, art exhibits, comedy sketches, open mic storytelling nights and much much more, The Black Box is without a doubt the creative heartbeat of our city. We sat down with co-director Rachael Campbell-Palmer to talk about the importance of creating spaces where people can experiment with […]

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Reps and union leaders meet over ‘upskirting’

NORTH Belfast political representatives have joined union officials in meeting two teachers who were the victims of ‘upskirting’ to discuss the need for legislation around the issue. The meeting, which took place at Stormont on Monday, comes after the conviction of, Timothy Boomer (18), who was recently convicted of five counts of outraging public decency […]

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Life’s grand at The Grand Central Hotel

A FORMER office building, the Grand Central hotel soars through Belfast’s city skyline, making it the largest and most impressive of the Hastings Hotels portfolio. A 40th birthday treat booking for my husband and a six minute walk from Great Victoria Street station found us at check in, amidst gleaming marble, metallic shades throughout, the […]

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