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  1. Comment on Lough Neagh: “It’s not for sale.”
    on 21 April 2012 at 10:01 am

    The earl owns the bed of the lough and gets paid for any infrastructure put there , such as abstraction points for water supply. He does not own the water or have responsibility for its quality.
    NI Water does NOT have crown immunity.
    The main causes of the deterioration in the quality of Lough Neagh are effluent from poorly installed and maintained private septic tanks and pollution from intensive agriculture. Tackling either will cost votes and we can’t have that can we?
    Following on from that we have the basic reason why we have a poor record of environmental protection here -the average voter does not give a toss for anything outside the narrow tribal world they inhabit and vote for like minded souls to govern them, and are are happy about it – meanwhile the heath service, education, etc are going down the tubes.
    So it goes

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  2. Comment on LHC: “2012 looks set to be a vintage year for particle physics”
    on 16 April 2012 at 7:49 am

    They need luck and a good understanding of the electronic structure of lithium, which is rare in these parts.

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  3. Comment on Titanic: “We do not tolerate the plundering of cultural sites on land…”
    on 9 April 2012 at 10:04 am

    “We do not tolerate the plundering of cultural sites on land, and the same should be true for our sunken heritage,” she added.
    The crash sites of trains, aircraft or buses are generally not considered ‘cultural sites’. Should the old Tay bridge along with the train wreck have been preserved?? Some shipwrecks are of immense importance to archaeologists, some are war graves – these should be preserved, but thousands of wrecks -why? The Titanic will crumble and disappear into the ooze on the seabed, the images and artefacts recovered will form part of a lasting record of what happened that night.

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  4. Comment on Sinn Fein’s seven goals towards unification?
    on 8 April 2012 at 8:25 am

    It’s been a long road travelled, the armalite> the ballot box>the focus group.
    I’m sure it has all been worth while

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  5. Comment on “This is part of the culture of Ireland”
    on 3 April 2012 at 8:21 am

    Just a thought.
    I think iron technology was of absolute importance. Bronze is expensive because of the rarity of copper tin ore. Iron ore is much more common but harder to turn into tools and required knowledge and skills handed down from generation to generation. These ancient iron-masters would have been highly impressive figures -able to turn reddish stone in tools and weapons so much better and cheaper than bronze and infinitely reusable compared to stone which once blunt or broken was discarded.
    So the Celtic iron technology produced cheap axes to clear forest for farming and good weapons to defend it. To be part of this you had to speak the language. Just like today where the language of technology is English and people who what to get on learn English

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  6. Comment on “This is part of the culture of Ireland”
    on 1 April 2012 at 4:35 pm

    John I didn’t say there was an invasion but that their culture and especially language was overwhelmed. I followed with some interest Dewi and yourself discussing this on slugger a while ago and was struck by the apparent disappearance of the the Bronze age language ie there is little trace in Irish Gaelic of the old tongue?
    I have also read that in rural areas of the British isles(away from the Vikings) DNA evidence would show that there has been little change in the population since neolithic times.
    It is my understanding that the ability to make tools from a readily available material – iron, gave any people with this technology a huge advantage over bronze age cultures, where metal was an upper class thing and the peasants still used stone.
    As you say it is a matter of pure speculation what happened when the powerful new culture hit Ireland.

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  7. Comment on “This is part of the culture of Ireland”
    on 1 April 2012 at 8:32 am

    As Malcolm points out, this gold pre- dates the Celtic takeover of what is now called Ireland. The poor underprivileged late bronze age peoples had their culture and language totally overwhelmed by the Celtic invaders, starting 500BC ish. Will that true Gael, Caral Ni Chuilin, give this object the place it so richly deserves?

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  8. Comment on The Attorney General of Northern Ireland “accordingly considers it appropriate that the author and publisher of ‘Outside In’ should be punished for contempt of court”
    on 27 March 2012 at 10:20 pm

    Judges don’t dispense justice or make common sense decisions, they interpret and apply the law. Hain’s decision on the appointment of the commissioner was subject to judicial review which deemed that this was subject to undue political influence. Peter Hain disagreed. His recourse should have been through the courts, not insulting the judge in a book. A secretary of state should know better. The current legal move is to teach him a lesson. Whether that’s wise is another question all together.

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