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UTV’s Thatcher’s Ireland: “She stood firm…”

Thu 11 April 2013, 7:06am

Tweet Last night’s Thatcher’s Ireland from UTV has breadth, nuance, great editorial intellectual content and some of the most acute insight on Thatcher you’ll hear in the next week. It’s a revelation of the machiavellian core of politics… Paisley, dismisses the Hunger Strike as ‘a purely political stunt’… Mrs Thatcher’s actions at the most critical […] more »

Beware of Mr Baker…

Mon 7 January 2013, 4:45pm

Tweet That’s Pete ‘Ginger’ Baker, by the way.  No relation…  [Are you sure?! - Ed]  In the Guardian Edward Helmore talks to the former Cream drummer as a taster for the forthcoming documentary “Beware of Mr Baker” – the “second-best rock documentary of the year”, according to Rolling Stone.  There’s also a Guardian gallery, Ginger Baker’s […] more »

OFCOM finds against ITV’s computer game slip

Mon 23 January 2012, 12:41pm

Tweet You remember that computer game footage that was used to show what was supposed to be an IRA attempt to shoot down a British Army helicopter. The footage was included in an ITV network programme “Gaddafi and the IRA” shown on Sept 26, 2011. Well, not surprisingly OFCOM have found against them… You can […] more »

POTD – With a little help

Fri 20 May 2011, 11:54am
With a little helpIMG_8184

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Political Innovation no 4: See Change – opening policy research to the public

Fri 17 September 2010, 12:00pm

Tweet This is a guest cross-post by Ivo Gormley – originally posted on the Political Innovation site here. Although Government claims to want our participation and wants us to appreciate its policies, it hides the evidence on which it bases its policies in fat documents and reports that are hard to read and only available […] more »

Photograph of the Day – “Sure all you people do is scare folk”

Thu 26 August 2010, 10:48am
All you do is scare people

Tweet Walking through town i saw this little tableau and took this photo. I heard Brian say “Sure all you people do is scare folk”. My guess is that the two crouching men were trying to convert Brian and his friend. Since i posted Brian’s photograph a few months ago i have had a couple of […] more »

NI Water: UTV Live report tonight…

Mon 16 August 2010, 10:01am

Tweet The UTV late news programme should return tonight with a hour long special report on Northern Ireland Water. It’s scheduled for after the Ten O’Clock News, and will feature a documentary piece with an extended interview with the Minister and a panel discussion in which I hope to take part. We should have the […] more »

Photograph of the Day – War Veteran

Fri 4 June 2010, 10:27am
92 year old John McMillan Leishman former sargent in the 51st Highland Division, who fought in El Alemain, landed in Sciily, fought up through Italy and returned to England in 1944 thinking that was the end of his war. It wasn't he was part of the Normandy landings where the divison came ashore at Sword Beach.

Tweet There has been alot of talk these last few days as regards the intentions and thoughts of “former combatants”. Regardless of the more recent conflict/war * it is because of men such as John and his generation, that we enjoy the democracy we do now. *delete as applicable more »

Photograph of the Day – Who wants to play?

Tue 1 June 2010, 8:44am
Who wants to play

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Photograph of the Day – finishing touches

Sun 30 May 2010, 11:10am

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Photograph of the Day – ‘Sure the shap’s round the corner’

Wed 19 May 2010, 8:06am
"Sure the shap's round the corner"

Tweet This photo which i took last summer, just won me a 8GB Ipod touch. I entered it in an on-line competition for the Glasgow based Citizens Theatre’s  forthcoming play “One million tiny plays about Britain”. It will be displayed along with the other entries for the duration of the play. Chuffed more »

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