New commenting system

At last after donations from a number of kind and generous readers, followed by a near record upgrade (it took 41 hours and 23 minutes to effect – Slugger has to be one of the largest sites of its type) and finally some teething difficulties, we now have the new comments facility from Movable Type. The new system allows reader to comment in one of two ways: registered or unregistered. The main difference is that if you register with Typekey … Read more

New commenting system

At last after donations from a number of kind and generous readers, followed by a near record upgrade (it took 41 hours and 23 minutes to effect – Slugger has to be one of the largest sites of its type) and finally some teething difficulties, we now have the new comments facility from Movable Type. The new system allows reader to comment in one of two ways: registered or unregistered. The main difference is that if you register with Typekey … Read more

Smoking ban breached?

Looks like Fibber McGees (post modern pubbery gone mad) in Galway City is leading the first rebellion. adminA slightly inhuman presence that bans bad comments and works late at night to remove the wrinkles in Slugger’s technical carpet. You will need to know about the comments policy to stay off the fightin’ side of me and there is a bit of background about me here. You can email me using this spam-proof link if you really need to, and Slugger … Read more

Irish politics are cut off…

Interesting observation from Eric Waugh: “The disabling sickness of Irish politics is that it inhabits a sea largely dead. The political climate on the island is benign enough by international standards. But it is denied the purifying influence of the tides and is shut off by the burden of history from the freshening winds of change which blow outside”. He argues that the Orange Order’s tardiness in meeting the demands for change may lie in its very Irish trait of … Read more

Breaking out of official languages

There’s been an ongoing discussion in Irish language circles about whether Irish should become an official EU language. In Africa though the question of what’s official and what’s geniunely local has a long way to go. President Joaquim Chissano broke out of the four official languages of the African Union and chose his native Swahili to deliver his farewell speech as Chair. adminA slightly inhuman presence that bans bad comments and works late at night to remove the wrinkles in … Read more

Belfast: addicted to strife?

Roy Garland returns to a boyhound memory of ranging from Cavehill to the barbed wire at Divis Mountain, and wonders whether we have got too accustomed to what he calls the polution that comes from our historic conflict. adminA slightly inhuman presence that bans bad comments and works late at night to remove the wrinkles in Slugger’s technical carpet. You will need to know about the comments policy to stay off the fightin’ side of me and there is a … Read more

DUP: slowly opening dialogue?

Danny Morrison uses a rhetorical switch in the introduction to this piece to point out the degree to which, in recent months at least the IRA has kept to its ceasefires. He then goes on to outline how he believes the DUP is slowly dropping its cordon sanataire between its representatives and those of the Republican movement. adminA slightly inhuman presence that bans bad comments and works late at night to remove the wrinkles in Slugger’s technical carpet. You will … Read more

Temporary blogging…

Whilst the main site is updating (with over 80,000 comments it’s taking longer than MT expected, I’ll be providing a few stories for you here you keep you busy. adminA slightly inhuman presence that bans bad comments and works late at night to remove the wrinkles in Slugger’s technical carpet. You will need to know about the comments policy to stay off the fightin’ side of me and there is a bit of background about me here. You can email … Read more