“The bog was there when the book was deposited, the bog didn’t come after.

It hardly seems like 18 months since I blogged the discovery of the 8/9th Century psalter in a peat bog.. ANYhoo.. The Irish Times reports that the the National Museum of Ireland plans to recreate “the Faddan More Psalter”, using digital technology, or re-write it “in Latin by a calligraphy expert following the monastic style of the eighth century.” The texts are written in Latin with many pages colourfully decorated with yellow, red, white and green however these have faded … Read more

Stormont’s mostly British list of symbols…

SINN Fein’s Barry McElduff has called for the display of republican symbols and trappings at Stormont, after the publication of a list of those already in place. SF claims that of the 93, around a third are associated with unionism or Britishness, while none are distinctly republican. Mark Devenport noted some of the items – I’d love to see Willie Hay in the Speaker’s “full bottomed wig” although I’m sure Barry felt pretty oppressed in the presence of the silver … Read more

The strange case of Ihab Shoukri…

THIS is very unusual. After six men arrested in combat uniforms during a planned UDA ‘show of strength’ were freed on a technicality (apparently they were not in a public place, even if the private place was licensed as a public bar), Mr Justice Coghlin has now adjourned the sentencing of UDA leader Ihab ‘Bailed Again’ Shoukri to take a week to reflect on “recent political progression”. Yes folks, that was political “progression” and not political “interference”, which is what … Read more

Shuffle up and deal…

LIAM Clarke points to a DUP re-shuffle as Peter Robinson takes over the party leadership: Gregory Campbell, the MP for East Londonderry, and Sammy Wilson, the MP for East Antrim, are tipped for promotion as ministers. If Robinson takes over as first minister on Thursday, his old Finance and Personnel portfolio becomes vacant and will pass to Nigel Dodds, whose enterprise ministry may go to Wilson. Insiders expect that Robinson will also remove Edwin Poots, the Culture minister, thus creating … Read more