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Anglo-Welsh "blow-in" living on North Coast since 2004. Interested outsider viewing N I politics with mixture of horror and cynicism

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John D has commented 14 times (0 in the last month).

  1. Comment on Osama Bin Laden killed in Pakistan
    on 2 May 2011 at 10:18 pm

    A separate question: what’s the bad news that is being buried today?

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  2. Comment on Royal Wedding
    on 29 April 2011 at 11:54 am

    Have taken a break from working out my 2010-11 taxes (I guess they’ll need my contribution sooner than usual this year) to look at Slugger. … Later in the day hope to be at the Derry Jazz Festival, which surely will be a royalty-free zone

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  3. Comment on Nominations published
    on 8 April 2011 at 5:41 pm

    The depressing thing is that over half those nominated will get into Stormont. Compare that with the last Welsh Assembly election, where over 200 candidates stood for just 60 seats.
    My preference, as one who did not grow up here, would be to vote for a non-sectarian candidate; but here in East Londonderry that gives me the choice of just one Alliance candidate. One would have thought that in a constituency that includes an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty there might be someone standing for the Greens … And are there any People Before Profit candidates other than Eamon McCann in Foyle?

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  4. Comment on …if University education were universally available and availed of, the country would collapse in one generation
    on 1 April 2011 at 11:06 am

    John O N — Thanks for the info about Mylesday, which I wasn’t aware of. Oh to have been in Dublin today (1 April)!
    To be fair, Strabane District Council website has a Flann O’Brien centenary celebration planned — or rather “to be confirmed” — for the week beginning 30 September this year. Let’s see how the Plain People of (Northern) Ireland manage that …

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  5. Comment on Duffy – a promising Nefyn folk singer…
    on 31 March 2011 at 2:22 pm

    My vote would go to Cerys’s version — though I have a soft spot for the one by Elin Fflur (also on Youtube). As for Dewi — I think you need a few backing musicians to be in the same league …
    Somehow I don’t think Patagonia will ever make it to our local cinema in Coleraine, or even QFT. I hear it got well received when it was shown in Chapter (Cardiff’s best cinema), though

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  6. Comment on …if University education were universally available and availed of, the country would collapse in one generation
    on 31 March 2011 at 2:14 pm

    At Swim-Two-Birds is the best of O’Nolan’s work imho — I’ve read it three times. But there’s some great stuff collected in “The Best Of Myles” — see for instance his Catechism of Chiche …

    And did you not mention he was an Ulsterman — born in Strabane? How will the Assembly celebrate the centenary of this great man?

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  7. Comment on The ‘end’ of community designation and the ‘rise’ of incumbency…
    on 29 March 2011 at 4:00 pm

    Naive question perhaps … But suppose SF were the biggest party but nominated someone other than Martin McG from within their ranks (though I can’t think who)?

    Oh, and by the way, Mick, it’s “fait accompli”, not “fete”. That would be something else entirely

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  8. Comment on The time it has a changed
    on 28 March 2011 at 4:08 pm

    The trouble with the 1968-71 “experiment” was that it was BST (British Standard Time) all the year round, with no change-round in the autumn or spring. This meant that the UK was in step with Continental Europe in the winter but not in the summer (the rest of Europe was still putting its clocks back and forward in the usual way). Meanwhile the London-based tabloids (I was working on one at the time, as it happens) were making a fuss every time there was an accidental death of e.g. a child walking to school in the dark, ignoring the fact that there were fewer accidents after school as a result of lighter winter evenings, at least in England. The press campaign had its effect, and Parliament voted to end the experiment.
    Now that I’m living on the north coast, where it gets dark by 4 in November, I don’t think I’d welcome any change that would make the winter afternoons any shorter … And would that make the farmers any happier?
    Incidentally, the whole time-zones thing has some irrational aspects: Portugal is in the same time-zone as the UK but Spain isn’t; the whole of China is one time-zone but Russia is split into about 10

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  9. Comment on “Exercising our right to walk the Queen’s highway..”
    on 25 March 2011 at 9:29 pm

    If it’s Northern Irish euphemism you’re after, the one I’m most familiar with is ” … in two wee seconds” (meaning you’ll have to wait anything up to a quarter of an hour)

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  10. Comment on Tele takes a hiding
    on 22 February 2011 at 11:04 am

    Nobody seem to have made the obvious point that you can read all (or nearly all) of the Bel Tel online (columnists and all) whereas you have to “subscribe” to the Irish News website. So making it more likely you’ll buy the print edition if you really want to know what the IN is saying

    That said, the Irish News seems to have a better idea of who its audience is, and a better news sense. And don’t forget papers like the Sun and the Mirror make a decent effort at getting NI stories in their local editions.

    Btw, you whingers over here don’t know how lucky you are compared to Wales, which has nearly twice the population and only the thinly staffed Western Mail (in the south) and the Daily Post (in the north) to provide daily local news.

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