Slugger O'Toole

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And about that ‘Happy’ Fermanagh video (with the dancing minister)…

Sat 22 March 2014, 8:12pm

Tweet It is essential to take a step back every once and a while from the pressures of life and do something fun. The people of Fermanagh are resilient; no matter what difficulties they face they just get on with things, usually with a smile on their face. It is that sort of resilience that […] more »

The many many faces of Arlene Foster…

Mon 3 March 2014, 2:29pm

Tweet The many faces of Arlene. Ms Foster up close and personal with Kelly on Nolan — Squinter (@squinteratn) February 28, 2014 Right, sorry Arlene, but I’m afraid cannot resist sharing this masterpiece by the Andersonstown News man’s man Squinter, aka Robin Livingstone…. more »

Ever been at a Taytoff? (Yep, well, seems we ‘nordies’ lost the very first away fixture)

Tue 25 February 2014, 7:43pm

Tweet It’s A Taytoff. Ireland has a single, but highly partitioned (like the island itself) brand of potato crisp most of us love (and most of the rest of the world could not care less about): And here, courtesy of Bodger, is the result: [We was robbed!] more »

Sochi Olympic success

Sun 23 February 2014, 6:31pm
Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Rings Closing

Tweet Heh. Some wonderfully humorous choreography in evidence at the Sochi 2014: Winter Olympics closing ceremony.  It made me laugh out loud.  They wouldn’t have had long to arrange it… [Photograph: Barbara Walton/EPA] As the Guardian live-blog adds, For anyone who slept through the opening ceremony, here’s a reminder of the failed snowflake-ring, and its […] more »

This is why Alan Shatter is in really BIG trouble…

Sat 22 February 2014, 10:43pm

Tweet The role of any Justice Minister in any jurisdiction is by definition a thankless task, but I think this from John Burns of the Sunday Times is well worth sharing… more »

Belfast’s Festival of Fools: No laughing matter at the ‘Dome of Delight’?

Mon 8 July 2013, 3:24pm
Festival of Fools

Tweet Earlier this year, organisers at Belfast’s award winning Festival of Fools received news from Belfast City Council’s Tourism, Culture and Arts Unit that they were to be excluded from multi-annual funding. In addition, their annual allocation was reduced from £11,000 (2012) to £6000 (2013). The Festival’s funding from the City Council’s Community Festivals Fund remains […] more »

Parliamentary Written Question of the Week…

Fri 21 June 2013, 8:40pm

Tweet Now that the US President is back home across the pond, it’s probably safe to note the latest candidate in an occasional series.  From the House of Commons written parliamentary questions 20 June. US White House Sir Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether the Government plans […] more »

“Drowning in the last hours of the day…”

Mon 17 June 2013, 2:48pm

Tweet Somewhat belatedly, here’s the annual excellent Bloomsday video.  It’s tradition!  Those of a sensitive disposition are duly warned, again, that James Joyce enjoys the language in all its fecund nuttiness. Enjoy! more »

“Where do the Swedes go to let out their aggressions?”

Fri 24 May 2013, 10:01am
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Tweet At a time of unrest in Sweden, I picked this sideways take on the communitarian social model from a good Swedish friend (almost completely proving the national cliche in the video)… more »

Parliamentary Written Answer of the Week…

Wed 27 March 2013, 4:04pm

Tweet They don’t have to be dull.  As demonstrated yesterday by the clearly well-read Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Department for Communities and Local Government, Conservative MP, Brandon Lewis.  Here’s the nominated written question and answer Tom Blenkinsop: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether his Department has any plans to deregulate […] more »

Story of St Patrick 60s style: “That’s all over not letting that little boy on…”

Fri 15 March 2013, 11:30am
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Tweet Not new, by any means. But still a bravura piece of native story telling… more »

Nordie OUTRAGE: Our speciality…

Tue 5 March 2013, 9:45pm

Tweet If there’s no good news about, why not make some up… The Donegal Dollop reports on continuing Nordie OUTRAGE… Unionists have yet to react to the following car models also set for the 2013 market: Ford RA Toyota Avengesis Honda Civic Unrest -All of which are planned to be advertised using a new song […] more »

Weekend White House memes…

Sat 2 March 2013, 4:41pm
OBAMA "I am not a dictator"

Tweet After US President Barack Obama mangled his sci-fi/popular culture references with his “Jedi mind-meld”, the White House twitter feed doubled down on the confusion… [The Farce is strong with this one - Ed]  Meanwhile, also via the Professor, his critics are having fun with the latest in an occasional series of Presidential denials. Heh. more »

FFS, Give Us A HUG!!!

Fri 18 January 2013, 10:56am
I only wanna hug

Tweet Sometimes, someone, somewhere just gets it right… This picture comes to you courtesy of the small but growing Northern Ireland community on Google Plus… more »

If Northern Ireland was a Hollywood movie…?

Thu 13 December 2012, 2:31pm

Tweet It’s been a pretty depressing couple of weeks all told. Flags, riots, official confirmation of state involvement in the murder of solicitor Pat Finucane. So, let me try and lift the mood, by asking a completely fatuous makey upey question: If Hollywood was to make a Movie about Northern Ireland right now, what would […] more »

“The important thing to remember is dress like a crazy person with armor…”

Sat 8 December 2012, 8:15pm

Tweet Via the Professor comes the important news that today, 8th December, is/was “Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day.”  Some starters: If you go the “prisoner who’s escaped the future” try shaving your head and putting a barcode on the back of your neck. Then stagger around and stare at the sky, as if […] more »

David Cameron and the Sash his father never wore…

Wed 7 November 2012, 11:03am
Cam in Saudi

Tweet On a visit to the United Arab Emirates, lovely sash David!! And so, your captions place??? H/t to the eagle-eyed Stefan Stern … more »

Political Kombat ’12: Obama vs Romney

Wed 7 November 2012, 9:41am

Tweet Too good to miss… especially the last scene… Not that long out so far as I can tell… more »

And now the political weather from the Irish “ministry of strokes”…

Wed 3 October 2012, 12:14pm

Tweet Ah, Ireland’s political problem writ large and metaphorically… A stroke is a temporary or permanent loss of higher brain function, generally caused by a blockage in the area that involves ethical decision-making. Ba boom… Nice one Frank! more »

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