Tag Archives | Humour

“As Returning Officer for the Constituency of Tax Disc Holders…”

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Well, who bought the most political car screen tax holder discs over the election? Who was least afraid to show their political affections in public?  That would be…   We suspect Sinn Fein’s strong showing is the revised version which came post Slugger’s intervention [on their behalf]…

Two’s Trouble: Double Acts in Irish History

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Barring one slip up in Celtic Park, the Republic of Ireland soccer team’s latest campaign has so far seen the shrewd marshalling of limited resources by two generals rather than one. The team’s defensive and occasionally offensive strategy underpinned by a positive psychology begs the question whether O’Neill and Keane might be the latest in more…

Remembering the comic with 9-and-a-half fingers – and why he still matters

Dave Allen (1936-2005): 'I don't ridicule religion.  I ridicule some concepts of what people believe religion is.'

The man looks so cool and self-assured: sleekly besuited, seated on stage, cigarette in one hand, glass of whiskey on the rocks (except it wasn’t – it was actually ginger ale with ice, but hey, that’s television mythmaking for you) on a small side table, utterly confident of his audience’s attention. David Tynan O’Mahony – more…

“Is maith liom curraí, curraí le mo yoghurt…”

H/T do an Tuairisceoir… Agus seo iad na focail… Curraí my Yoghurt Is maith liom curraí, curraí le mo yoghurt Yoghurt le mo curraí, curraí le mo yoghurt Yoghurt le mo curraí, curraí le mo yoghurt Yoghurt le mo curraí, curraí le mo yoghurt Gaeilge sa leithreas Ag caint liom féin An doras faoi ghlas more…

“Glory be the day, Mr Yeats!”

As the man said…  It’s tradition! Those of a sensitive disposition are duly warned, again, that James Joyce enjoys the language in all its fecund nuttiness. Enjoy!

Quick STOP THE PRESS! Religious prejudice rediscovered in Northern Ireland…

Not sure what others make of this latest culture war controversy, but I think Jim Sheridan captures my own confusion at the broad surprise in the media and the political classes… Quick STOP THE PRESS ….Northern Irish Politicians may be prejudiced against someone of a different religion! #AnnaLo #WhatsNew — Jim Sheridan (@Jim_Sheridan) May 29, 2014 more…

#GerryAdams: So is he the Messiah or not?

It is true that the DUP have their comedians like Sammy Wilson, but to my own (admitted Catholic ear) the Shinners tell better jokes. Take Mary Lou at their Dublin rally last night: (1) Mary Lou tells a joke: An Orangeman gets to the pearly gates but is turned away by St Peter. He peers inside more…

The many many faces of Arlene Foster…

The many faces of Arlene. Ms Foster up close and personal with Kelly on Nolan pic.twitter.com/NRVYpkqflO — 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….

Sochi Olympic success

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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 tongue-in-cheek more…

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

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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 unchanged. more…

Parliamentary Written Question of the Week…

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 to more…