You've come a long way, baby…

STUART Emmrish, editor of the Travel section of the New York Times, returns to find a very different Belfast from the one he remembers seeing in the late 80s. Apart from his disappointment at the empty city centre in the evening, he writes that “the “new” Belfast – the Belfast of outsized ambitions, and perhaps unrealistic expectations – clearly had far to go. But it had already come an awfully long way.”

The Observer also takes a look at the changing face of Belfast today.

A 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 is @sluggerotoole on Twitter. But above all, remember, Play the ball and not the man.