Desolation RowIreland for sale (13.2.2006, 13:17 UTC)
Historic Irish artefacts, including the original hand written copy of a Soldiers Song, are being auctioned off on April 12 to mark the 90 anniversary of the Easter rising.Also for sale is the Tricolour that is believed to have flown over the GPO at 1916.u.tv has the report here and the auction houses; James Adam & Sons and Mealy`s Auctioneers.And if so, buy them and help keep them on the island.Nothing like celebrating your nations history by selling it off to rich people. That's the Celtic Tige...
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Desolation RowSDLP, does North South Makes Sense? (13.2.2006, 10:36 UTC)
Bravo to the SDLP for releasing several documents and projecting ideas to promote more cross border initiatives.I do believe north south does make sense, as well as east west (Britain and Ireland) and as well as west and east east. I am a European Federalist (Do acid rain clouds generated in Germany fall in Germany?), although I think I am starting to become a *spit* functionalist.What is the point of a United Ireland/Kingdom when there will be a united Europe?As Sean Farren pointed out in yeste...
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Desolation RowPride of Britain Awards (12.2.2006, 23:40 UTC)
British Troops that we all know and love, were taped beating the s*** out of Iraqi rioters. News of the World has the footage here, although be warned, it isn't for the faint hearted and the camera man, you reap what you sow. Is it any wonder that British soldiers are getting shot and blown up when they are behaving like this? But why am I shocked? I shouldn't be they did this for years in Northern Ireland, am I so naive to believe that they would have changed? I hope they get these bastards an...
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Desolation RowGoogle Earth (12.2.2006, 14:08 UTC)
I have become addicted to Google Earth (You can see my house from up here!). I've had great fun pretending to be an evil Bond villan plotting my revenge on mother earth. So, if anyone is interested in launching a small scale attack. Here are the co-ordinates for Stormont ("Stormont" lat=54.6050986733, lon=-5.83164137425). It looks terrible from the air. I can't find the H-Blocks or the Giants Causeway because for some reason it doesn't work great on rural areas. It also seems to be a rather old...
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Desolation RowBerry Berry Bye Bye (10.2.2006, 19:09 UTC)
I know I shouldn't delight in other people's demise but I just cannot help it. There is a German word for it but it escapes me.The DUP have lost their Berry.Alas, poor little Paul Berry (See his DUP profile quick before it is removed) has resigned from his beleoved DUP.Once the youngest Assembly member, he had a bright future ahead of him doing duets with Weepin Willie McCrea. Now, it is in tatters and I feel no sympathy for him. I do feel sorry for his wife though.But he should have swallowed h...
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Desolation RowHarry Halls (9.2.2006, 21:07 UTC)
Was in Harry Halls bookshop the other day, nestled snuggly between two porno shops at Smithfield Market. It does have a great Irish selection and plenty of good first editions *sigh* if only I had the money to buy that first edition John McGahern book (hint hint).Did it always sell second hand porno mags? I can't remember if it did or not, I know there was/is another bookshop that did/does but I can't remember if Halls used to buy and sell them.But can you imagine it? Ewww, second hand pornograp...
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Desolation RowI can't wait until I am old. (8.2.2006, 18:06 UTC)
I found myself in The Garrick Bar today, somewhere I have not been for quite a while, it's always an enjoyable experience. Cosy and they usually have the racing on. Well anyway, I bought my drink got out the Irish Times Crossword and sat down and as luck would have it, the two men sitting next to me started chatting away in Dublin accents. I tried to ignore them, but being the socialible fellow that I am, starting butting in on their conversation and having a laugh with them about the horses, t...
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Desolation Row I'm gonna make them an offer they're all gonna r... (7.2.2006, 20:29 UTC)
I'm gonna make them an offer they're all gonna refuse.
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Desolation RowGive that man a tourist grant. (6.2.2006, 16:40 UTC)
Jett Loe over at Letter to America has a pretty damn fine video of his travels round Belfast. The video will attract more tourists to Belfast than all the diddly dee bullshit and countless pints of Guinness ever will. Although I still want to build a thirty foot wall around Belfast and use it a maximum security prison a la Escape from New York.
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Desolation RowDUP Conference (5.2.2006, 14:28 UTC)
The conference sure sounded like a lot of fun, the DUP website has a run down of all the major speech's. Not surprisingly, they have excluded Sammy Wilson's speech, but thankfully Suzanne Breen has a bloody good article in todays Tribune showing what the DUP are really like at their gatherings.Ms Breen shows us that the DUP appeal to the lowest common denominator in Northern Irish society. Sammy 'I wanna be a porn star' Wilson made jibes at Sylvia Hermon comparing her to Chantelle from Big Broth...
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Desolation RowIs it just my imagination (5.2.2006, 13:59 UTC)
Or does the DUP's Facing Reality document sound awfully similar to the UUP's Let's get Real series. That's what you get for swapping press officers every couple of years. And in response to the Facing Reality document, the words of James Connolly come to mind when he was in Belfast in 1914/5 and some loyal orange man waved an Ulster Covenant at him.He was reported to have said: "Go home and get it framed because one day your grand children will look at it and laugh in your memory." Or words to ...
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Desolation RowPorn! Porn! Porn! (3.2.2006, 22:51 UTC)
Here's a challenge. Think of a major invention that has changed civilisation and that has not been used for pornographic purposes. I tell you, it's near impossible. I have a theory that no matter what is invented, someone will find a pornographic use for it. For example: Paper, Video/cinema, Cat of Nine Tails, The Rack, The Telephone, Candles , Internet. No matter what is invented in this world, someone will find a use for it regarding pornography. Remember when camera phones were first introdu...
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Desolation RowPositive Lives Exhibition (2.2.2006, 21:48 UTC)
I found myself up at the University of Ulster at Jordanstown last week and discovered one of the most touching and moving photographic exhibitions I have ever seen. Positive Lives is being shown until the 8th February and I urge everyone to go and see this. It shows people from all walks of life and from all communities and how they are LIVING with being HIV positive, they are not dying from HIV but they are living with it. One of the most disturbing and actually shocking set of photographs we...
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Desolation RowTwenty Major right again. (2.2.2006, 18:58 UTC)
Twenty Major has a great post regarding A Tangled Web. Tangled Web fascinates me, sometimes I read it and think that it is all a big wind up. It's like reading a post written by Jean Marie Le Pen, Robert Kilroy Silk, Ian Paisley, crazed American Republicans and Willy Frazier all rolled into one. I do sometimes think it is a piss take, no one can be that suspicious or such a little islander. If it isn't a piss take and this guy actually exists, I would like to buy him a drink. That's providing ...
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Desolation RowIMC report (2.2.2006, 17:57 UTC)
Despite my lovely day, I feel I had better comment on IMC Episode 8, Revenge of the Lords. Even if it risks me getting rather angry. For the first time in a long time, I actually found myself agreeing with Martin McGuinness, it was, in his words, "Bullshit". Put it like this, the IRA when they said they had decommission all their weapons, the world's media celebrated this, they all agreed with it, thought it was a great event and the IRA were celebrated for pursuing democracy etc. Why would the...
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Desolation RowSuch a perfect day.. (2.2.2006, 17:49 UTC)
Today was one of those days where it was just perfect. I don't know what it was, but everything was fine. I got out of bed at quarter past seven, actually feeling refreshed and not exausted which is the norm. I had a 99p fry in The Other Place in Botanic, I made my way up to Queen's Bookshop where I picked up some bargins, the best booksale in Belfast people, the sun was bright, it wasn't windy. Then I went to Clements where I actually got a window seat and I just sat there for an hour and a ha...
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Desolation RowOld one but a good one. (29.1.2006, 18:35 UTC)
Gerry Adams is in a car crash and is knocked out. There is a lot of damage done to him and doctors are unsure whether or not to operate because of the severity of his injuries. As they are trying to resucitate him, he dies. Unconscious Gerry sees a bright light and a tunnel, he goes down the tunnel to find God and St Peter standing at these big pearly gates. God, panics and says, "Gerry, gerry. what are you doing here? It isn't your time yet, you have at least another 20 years on earth. It's a ...
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Desolation RowShouldn't laugh but can't help it. (27.1.2006, 23:41 UTC)
It just wasn't his night sure it wasn't?
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Desolation RowRust in Peace (27.1.2006, 23:26 UTC)
David Hanson and the Department of Social Development had secretly been planning to purchase the SS Nomadic since December. And now they have. For the bargain price of €250,001. It is estimated that it'll cost upwards of £7 mil to restore, Hanson says: If the Trust is unable to progress the fundraising and restoration over the next18 months the vessel will be sold to prevent it deteriorating. guaranteeee you, the wreck will be sold for scrap within 2 years for less than the price p...
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Desolation RowWe're becoming more like Dublin everyday (25.1.2006, 00:09 UTC)
This news piece from the BBC website alarmed me because I realise, heaven help us all, we're becoming more like Dublin every day. The Floozy in the Jacuzzi: a statue in Dublin, the Tart with the Cart: (Molly Malone) statue in Dublin. Now Belfast has the striking statue on the Albert Bridge beside the Waterfront, the Thing with the Ring or if your prefer The Doll on the Ball.. It's creeping unification I tells ya! We'll be Dubliners before 2010 fer Jaysis sake.
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Desolation RowIkea for Belfast. (24.1.2006, 17:59 UTC)
Swedish furniture giant Ikea may be opening a store in east Belfast claims the Belfast Telegraph. This is a worrying development, people in Northern Ireland will soon be assembling their own cabinets rather than waiting for a devolved cabinet. Also do you not think working people in Northern Ireland riot enough over silly little things like religion and political aspirations instead of the important things like a £35 sofa. There will be stabbings a plenty if Ikea open up in Belfast. 22 sto...
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Desolation RowJimmy Porter's Bonanza Book Give Away (22.1.2006, 13:32 UTC)
I am having a clear out, well trying to. I cannot decide which books to get rid off, the shelves, the shelves are collapsing. Anyway, these books are for sale. The price, a funny story, an unusual Irish political fact (one that I do not know) or an anecdote about Peter 'I have a bust of myself' Robinson. I will then post the book (one only please) to an address of your choice, free of charge. First come, first served. For Sale: Jack Frusciante has left the band by Enrico Brizzi The Mezzanine...
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Desolation RowBorder Fox Hunting (14.1.2006, 14:20 UTC)
Had an interesting thought today about how to deal with the OTR's. Make them compete for their freedom. Fox hunting has been just about out lawed in England and Wales. What I propose is this, say to the OTR's if you want to come home, you have to take be hunted like a fox. All those upper English class toffs with their monocles and top hats would have great fun chasing OTR's across the dales. Say to the OTR's if you can live for one day with a pack of hounds chasing you, and get from point A to...
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Desolation RowOn The Roads (12.1.2006, 16:23 UTC)
Peter Hain's welcome decision to abandon the OTR legislation came as no surprise. Everyone was against it, apart from Sinn Fein who were for it until republican reaction told them to stop it or you'll get a slap in the polls. However, OTR's and members of the security forces who did very naughty things has to be dealt with some way or another. I do not propose putting anyone in prison for crimes committed in a completely different Northern Ireland than the one we are living in now. Although wit...
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Desolation RowSpot the difference (11.1.2006, 23:40 UTC)
WHICH IS WHICH? Who is the Bloody good politician and party leader of the only effective party in opposition in the British parliament and is forced to resign in shame for admitting to seeking help for his addiction to alcohol. and which is the Bloody good footballer who gets a statue built for him in the grounds of Belfast City hall at rate payers expense despite never giving up alcohol and trying to convince the media he was seeking help for his alcohol addiction and allegedly beatin...
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Desolation RowNew Magazine available (8.1.2006, 02:23 UTC)
I wouldn't wipe my arse with it.
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Desolation RowMoping Lay Abouts now have something to mope about. (7.1.2006, 15:09 UTC)
Peter Hain is threatening to stop the salaries of Northern Ireland's Moping Lay Abouts says this joyous article on the BBC website. It's about freaking time. The sooner the annual 31K is taken away from these people the better. I feel sorry for those employed by political parties though (Apart from the nepotism ones where MLA's have employed their sons, daughters, cousins etc) because the
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Desolation RowCowardly Laird does it again. (7.1.2006, 14:46 UTC)
Ulster Scots Lord and Master (and the only man who actually speaks the dialect), Lord Laid has used parliamentary privalege again to accuse RTE and their broadcasters to be in support of Sinn Fein/IRA/Special Branch. According to the Belfast Telegraph article he said in debate; "That "very senior officials" in RTE were IRA moles". He went onto say That much of the media is now infiltrated and
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Desolation RowSame old, same old. (5.1.2006, 23:01 UTC)
Apologies for not updating for a while but I have been having a crisis of faith and rather depressed over this god forgotten country that blights the west coast of Europe, but it's alright ma, I'm only sighing. Watching last nights Cabinet Confidential, I realised that nothing much changes. Mainstrem unionism refuses to share power with anyone other than themselves. Although it is amusing to know that Harold Wilson named his dog 'Paddy'. I wonder if paddy begged at his masters/owners table for ...
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Desolation RowHappy New Year (1.1.2006, 15:53 UTC)
Decided to publish my new year's resolutions. So if i fail in keeping anyone of them, I would like someone to hunt me down and pour boiling oil in my ear. Stay off the cigarettes. In work last night, some guy left a near full box of Embassy filter. So, so tempting. Like little soldiers all lined up, proud that they are ready to go to war, lay down their life for me. Stop playing online poker. Typical session of online poker goes something like this.. woohoo, i just won $5.. oh wait, i've been ...
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