The Northern Irish MagyarWillie Goes To Celtic (12.2.2006, 10:53 UTC)
Celtic FC has invited Willie Fraser and other victims of the IRA over to Parkhead to discuss this recent controversy. Not for the first time, Willie has missed the bigger picture here. First of all, he is clearly never been at Ibrox when he says, "Rangers seem to have knocked this sort of behaviour on the head." Two of the most popular tunes remain “The Billy Boys” and the Bobby Sands “Chicken
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The Northern Irish Magyar"There's Always One!" (11.2.2006, 16:40 UTC)
Just done my first proper book review. You might catch an abridged version of it on a certain outlet with slightly more readers that this one(;)), but if you want to read the full warts n'all version... Smoke 30 ciggies or sup an extra 2.5 pints a day for ten years and you’ll have sent about 25,000 GBP up the chimney (or towards a wobblier beer belly). If you were a bit more health conscious,
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The Northern Irish MagyarWarning for Guinness Drinkers (10.2.2006, 14:02 UTC)
Stay well clear of this imposter. Unless you're an "Irish (*sigh* yet more racial stereotyping) man" who wants "to drink but also wants to keep their wits about you for more hectic and exacting lifestyles." Who writes this stuff? "A Guinness executive said: "There are times when you want a couple of pints but you don't want the fuller hit of a higher alcohol product. "We believe this will be
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The Northern Irish MagyarWhy Still Saying "No" Makes Sense for the DUP..... (9.2.2006, 08:52 UTC)
.... at least for the time being. When the decommissioning of the IRA’s weapons took place in August, it was clear from the reaction of most nationalist politicians and journalists, that they believed it was only a question of time before the DUP would be forced kicking and screaming into government with Sinn Fein. Yet here we are, five months later and we’re still, apparently, a long way off
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The Northern Irish MagyarCensorship is a Load of xxxxxxx xxxx (9.2.2006, 08:20 UTC)
"There is no such thing as a dirty word. Nor is there a word so powerful, that it's going to send the listener to the lake of fire upon hearing it." Frank Zappa I'd loved to have heard his opinion on this.
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The Northern Irish MagyarThe Saudis Flame the Fire (8.2.2006, 18:19 UTC)
The 12 by now infamous cartoons were published in the Danish newspaper, Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten on 30th September, 2005. For two months there were only minor protests in Denmark itself and slightly larger ones in Pakistan. So, why did take nearly four months for the recent "spontaneous" protests to erupt across the Muslim world? According to the Daily Kos, "What CNN and the other
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The Northern Irish MagyarBiblical Warning for the Reverend (8.2.2006, 09:55 UTC)
According to BBC NI, “The DUP leader, who will be 80 years old in April, also insisted that he has never contemplated retiring from politics. "If I were to give in at this stage, all my followers would be aghast," he said. "They would be saying: 'The Big Man must know we are going to lose.' I just couldn't afford to do that," he said.” It struck me as being just that little bit pompous and
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The Northern Irish MagyarMost Deprived (8.2.2006, 09:06 UTC)
The Northern Ireland Multiple Deprivation Measure 2005 (NIMDM 2005) was published in May 2005 and it highlighted areas of deprivation across the whole province. Which is the most deprived ward in Northern Ireland? It’ll not be a shock to discover that it’s located in West Belfast, but it’ll probably be a bigger surprise to learn the most deprived ward in Northern ireland is the Lower
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The Northern Irish MagyarCash in Belfast (7.2.2006, 20:30 UTC)
Having had an obsession with the life and music of the Man in Black for some time, I was really impressed with his depiction by Joaquin Phoenix in “Walk the Line” Not afraid to bring his music to audiences anywhere and everywhere I was interested to discover that at the height of the Troubles, John.R. came to Belfast in March 1979 to play at the Grosvenor Hall – this was of course at a time
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The Northern Irish MagyarSpooking the Unionists (7.2.2006, 11:49 UTC)
There was a fascinating, although a bit unfocussed article by Dr John Coulter in December's issue of The Blanket. His first contention was that if "If informers can bring republicans into a power-sharing partitionist parliament at Stormont as well as bring about the decommissioning of the most powerful terrorist group in Western Europe, then the Brits have enough brains to heavily infiltrate Ian
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The Northern Irish MagyarThe Flowers of Manchester (6.2.2006, 20:28 UTC)
It was on this evening, 48 years ago that the airliner carrying players and backroom staff of Manchester United, plus a number of journalists and supporters, crashed in appalling weather conditions on its attempt to take off from Munich airport. United were returning from Belgrade where they had just beaten Red Star Belgrade in the European Cup and had stopped off at Munich for re-fuelling.
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The Northern Irish MagyarTime for Europe to wake up (5.2.2006, 23:49 UTC)
(Why we need a bigger army - despite all that we've always thought to the contrary)We seem to be witnessing an alarming growth in hostility between Europe and the Islamic world. The cartoon incidents show that even very trivial perceived slights from the most moderate western countries can become pretexts for some to embark on violence, threats and the destruction of Danish and Norwegian
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The Northern Irish MagyarGreen Day's Daddies (5.2.2006, 22:04 UTC)
When the movie version of “High Fidelity” came out a couple of years ago, I gave it a wide berth. I’d found the Nick Hornby’s novel, on which the film was based, excruciatingly boring, and the fact that it had apparently been given a Hollywoodish makeover, made it even less of an attraction. But by accident (it was in a Harry Potter case), I rented it last week and the film itself
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The Northern Irish MagyarWho Needs Guns? (2.2.2006, 21:25 UTC)
About a year ago, I wrote that Sinn Fein still needed an armed wing for four basic reasons: 1. To prevent internal dissent within the party 2. To facilitate the building of a crime empire 3. To act as an internal security force within their own areas and provide last-resort backup at the various interfaces 4. To act as a bargaining counter with the British government and Unionists. Internal
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The Northern Irish MagyarImposter on the Loose... (2.2.2006, 21:08 UTC)
Last month has been the blog's most succesful in the terms of unique visitors. Before anyone get's toooooo excited, I'm talking about around 2,500(for the entire month, not daily!), so I think it's safe to say, that the nonsense I'm spouting on here is unlikely to effect any meaningful change in the wider political or sporting world. Yet despite that obvious fact, someone took the time and effort
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The Northern Irish MagyarHamas' Inconvenient Anti Semitism (29.1.2006, 17:46 UTC)
"We declared and continue to declare now, that a Jew is a Jew… [do not trust them when they say they want peace because they act only] to serve their religion and their people." (Hamas communiqué, March 9, 1989, translated and distributed in the U.S. by the Islamic Association for Palestine) "The Jews: killed the prophets…slaughtered the innocent…imprisoned our pious…NO PEACE WITH THE
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The Northern Irish MagyarKeano- via James Joyce & Flann O'Brien (29.1.2006, 10:36 UTC)
If I had to describe Roy Keane in a couple of sentences, I'd say that his engine drove utd for the best part of a decade, he was always a winner, ( occasionally a nutter) who didn't suffer idiots gladly. In the end he did a runner because of one barney too much with Fergie about the direction the club was taking. As you can guess from my style, I write for the 135648th Technorati ranked blog,Ray
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The Northern Irish MagyarTaxi for Reykjavik? (28.1.2006, 14:57 UTC)
The draw for the 2008 European Championships were made yesterday, with Northern Ireland ending up with Sweden, Spain, Latvia, Iceland and Liechtenstein. Could have been a lot worse and on present form I can see us grabbing a fourth or even third place, which would continue the steady improvement of the last couple of years. Sweden, Spain and Denmark should qualify as the top three, with Iceland,
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The Northern Irish MagyarHolocaust Memorial Day (27.1.2006, 09:23 UTC)
The 27th of January, which is the 61st anniversary of the liberating of Auschwitz, is also Holocaust Memorial Day. Although of course I’d been aware of the story of the Holocaust before, it always seemed to have been a remote tragedy which happened a long time ago, in a faraway place. For me personally, it took a working trip to Israel and listening to the sad family histories of Hungarian Jewish friends here, before the true horror really sunk in. In Hungary alone, well over 430,000 Jew...
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The Northern Irish MagyarCeltic Admit "IRA Chant Video" is Genuine! (26.1.2006, 11:41 UTC)
I've been a bit naughty with the title of this post, Celtic have, despite the earlier "unattributed" claims to the Sunday Herald,now admitted the video was genuine, but that Stephen Pearson and John Hartson did not join in with the clearly audible "IRA" chants. I believe that their statement was issued on Friday afternoon and seems to have received very little publicity...possibly why it was released on Friday afternoon, when any self-respecting journalist is preparing for the weekend down his ...
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The Northern Irish MagyarThe Blackpool of Donegal (25.1.2006, 11:57 UTC)
The latest Lonely Planet guide to the island has put the boot into all the usual suspects, Larne, Newcastle, Bundorran etc. Poor old Bundoran is described as "a kitsch assortment of half-baked fairground rides, flashing arcades, fast food diners and overpriced B&Bs". Local Fianna Fail councillor, Sean McEniff is enraged. "Bundoran is not tacky and I think the fairground is absolutely
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The Northern Irish Magyar"I'm an Expat, They're Economic Migrants" (25.1.2006, 10:15 UTC)
An expatriate is “someone who doesn’t live in their own country” A migrant is “someone who has moved from one place to another” Cambridge International Dictionary of English Overlapping definitions I would say, but how often do you hear people referring to the large amount of "expatriate" Poles, Portuguese, Latvians etc that have moved over to work in the UK and Ireland over the last few
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The Northern Irish MagyarCeltic Admit "IRA Chant Video" is Genuine! (24.1.2006, 20:49 UTC)
I've been a bit naughty with the title of this post, Celtic have, despite the earlier "unattributed" claims to the Sunday Herald,now admitted the video was genuine, but that Stephen Pearson and John Hartson did not join in with the clearly audible "IRA" chants. I believe that their statement was issued on Friday afternoon and seems to have received very little publicity...possibly why it was
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The Northern Irish MagyarHow Can Discrimination Ever Be Positive? (24.1.2006, 08:26 UTC)
If you’ve a problem with your gas or electricity you call out an engineer. You’d prefer they didn’t blow you and your property to Kingdom Come, so the number one priority is to be sure they’re qualified in what they’re doing, or actually no, the number one priority is that they genuinely know what they’re doing, whether they’ve got that little piece of paper to prove it or not. It’s a rather
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The Northern Irish MagyarTurned Out Nippy Again (23.1.2006, 12:53 UTC)
Andy at Csikszereda Musings has recently installed a little gauge on his site, which informs the gloating folks back home of the temperatures he’s enduring in Szekely. It’s presently showing a crisp minus 15 C Now, with us being soft city-slickers we can’t be expected to put up with that kind of nonsense, so we’ve settled in at an almost tropical minus 6 C, due to drop later this afternoon to a
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The Northern Irish MagyarChuckycrat No.3 (22.1.2006, 13:58 UTC)
Sean Lavelle, who was a Sinn Fein Election worker from Lisnaskea, said this week that he had been recruited as a British agent in the early 1980s.There were two conflicting accounts of the Republican reaction to the news:"Republicans in County Fermanagh have been reeling from the news that a Sinn Fein election worker has been a Special Branch agent for more than 20 years."UTV NewsroomA former Sinn Féin election worker who admitted yesterday to being a paid Special Branch informer for 25 yea...
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The Northern Irish MagyarAn Inconvenient "Right of Return" (22.1.2006, 09:41 UTC)
Iranian President Ahmadinejad, with his charity-shop chic, Yankee-bashing and anti-Semitic rants has become the hero of both the Arab street and self-styled “radicals” in Europe. He might have stated that the Holocaust was “a myth” and “Israel should be wiped off the map”, but just to prove that no one can be all bad, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that, notwithstanding “their crimes”, the Jews could be spared and allowed to go back to those European co...
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The Northern Irish MagyarKerr Slams The Republic Racists (20.1.2006, 11:21 UTC)
Interesting revelations by ex-Republic boss Brian Kerr today about racist attitudes amongst an element of the team’s support. "I had to put up with a series of fairly vile abusive letters," said the former Irish boss. "That was because I had Chris Hughton, a very Irish black man on the staff, and I had black players in the team, like Clinton Morrison and Steven Reid." Following on from the
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The Northern Irish MagyarStrange Classifications (20.1.2006, 10:00 UTC)
The three most popular drugs used in Britain today are X, Y and Z. According to the BBC's Health Site, here’s the harmful effects attributed to each of them: X “When X hits the brain, a sense of wellbeing and relaxation, a lessening of tension and inhibitions, slurred speech and unsteadiness soon follow. Over-indulging in X is associated with accidents, violence and crime, as well as an
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The Northern Irish MagyarThe Truth Behind The Mural? (19.1.2006, 06:52 UTC)
I’ve mentioned a couple of times previously, that community groups in East Belfast are presently attempting to “redesign” a few of the more gruesome and war-like murals in their neighbourhoods. In the last couple of years, George Best, CS Lewis and James Magennis ( a Catholic from west Belfast, who is the only Northern Irishman to receive in WW2, the highest British military decoration, the Victoria Cross) have all popped up in the most unexpected of places. Cuchullain remains...
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