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Changing times even in Lisburn

TO the excellent new Lisburn Library on Monday night, where even the raucous din of dozens of teenage schoolchildren wasn’t enough to distract from the elegant and tastefully appointed facility.

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Cheeses! That can’t be right now, can it?

THERE are many questions raised by the strange case of Antony Worrall Thompson, celebrity chef, celebrity smoker, celebrity Tory toff and now celebrity shoplifter.

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Just a thought

IN the great Derry-Londonderry debate, BBC Ulster chooses Londonderry. In the great Northern Ireland/Ulster/the Province-the North debate, BBC Northern Ireland’s position is self-evident. In the great the Ardoyne-Ardoyne debate, BBC This Here Pravince favours the definite article. And, of course, the teddy bear’s head continues to float, eerily disconnected, behind the presenters’ heads, a loyal bulwark of the Great British mainland.

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Thatcher’s tale unquestioned but Dugdale’s another story

It’s funny the way people react to TV and film. Print? For most people now, much print requires too much effort – they prefer to watch the movie rather than read the book.

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Blonde ambition

Katie Richardson is the vocalist and songwriter behind up and coming band Katie and The Carnival who released their first single last year. The multi-talented Ormeau girl also dabbles in acting and most recently appeared in the play Guidelines as part of the Belfast Festival at Queen’s

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Voice of a new generation

2012 promises to be a big year for Cliftonville singer Marcella Walsh, one of the North’s fastest rising opera stars. The former Dominican College, Fortwilliam pupil is a recipient of the prestigious BBC and Arts Council’s Young Musician Platform for 2011-2013 and on Sunday, December 18 the 24-year-old wowed the Ulster Hall with a spectacular performance with the Ulster Orchest

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