Belfast’s Burning – VICE News reports from Lanark Way

Lanark Way bonfire vice news frameAn outsider’s view of eleventh night bonfires from VICE News. Jake Hanrahan based himself at the Lanark Way bonfire, interviewing those building the dizzyingly high tower of pallets as well as those who came along to the structure burn.

Near the end of the ten minute video report [8:50] one lad seems to surprise the reporter when he describes the Ardoyne as “half and half, it’s partly their road and it’s partly our road” and goes on to talk about the trouble that has followed previous Twelfth of July marches in the area.

Would you want to spend time in jail for throwing a couple of bricks?

Perhaps that was what ultimately helped those negotiating for a quieter Twelfth this year. Local lads were unwilling to risk jail and the burden of a criminal record in return for a few moments of expressing their own and their community frustrations.

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  • Morpheus

    Well there’s 10 minutes I’ll never get back.

    Doesn’t it just make you want to crawl under the bed and die of embarrassment.

  • Ernekid

    I love the look of horror and bafflement on the English reporters face when he sees that “British” culture here consists of drunken half naked teenagers dancing around a bonfire like a scene from Lord of the Flies.

  • Brian O’Neill

    Personally I thought the video was very well produced, and gave a pretty good overview of the situation. Nowadays you can shoot good quality video on your phone or camera, it would be good to see more of these mini documentaries – Slugger TV 😉

  • AMS2013

    Here’s more culture.

  • the rich get richer

    I hope the young guy thinking outside the box is not just a lone opinion.

  • Tacapall

    Someone needs to give that geezer Jake Hanrahan and thon Orange order geezer with the baldy head a proper history book. I have to agree though with the rich get richer, hopefully thon kid, who probably put his b…. on the line, isn’t a one off.

  • Zig70

    I think the reporters incredulity is pointed at the huge health and safety risks. Unbelievable that a structure like that was allowed to be built, never mind burnt. If a builder did that he could go to jail. Hard to believe that unionist politicians can see nothing wrong. We put them in charge of planning, how bad an idea was that if they can’t even get kids to build sensibly.

  • Sergiogiorgio

    But sure that’s “culture” defined for some and the political priority for Unionism. God, how wrong can some people be…

  • Am Ghobsmacht

    You’ve hit on something there, I find the ignorance of yer typical Orangemen with regards to history quite astounding.

    I don’t know if you saw the comment by Joe Hoggs regarding Scrava but he highlighted that in the sham fight King James DIES. It’s like thon civil war re-enactment scene in Family Guy…

    I wonder how much of ‘the problem’ stems from historical ignorance? There’s been so much myth peddling.

    As you well know, the history behind the ‘Glorious Revolution’ was much more money orientated than what yer typical Joe Sixpack would be aware of.
    Think how well that revelation would go down at an 11th night bonfire.

  • Am Ghobsmacht

    As unpopular as this point may be, I had a fair amount of empathy with some of the younger lads.
    They seemed despondent and really seemed to believe that they’re being persecuted, abandoned and that the IRA are going to parade up the Shankill road with gay abandon.
    Who is filling their heads with all this nonsense? (partly rhetorical question)
    And how much of the situation could be resolved if this dogma was tackled?
    Having said that, is there anyone that young loyalists look up to and would respect and accept as gospel their word on tackling some of the topics? Seriously, I’d like to know.

  • Croiteir

    Why would you if you are a unionist politician? feeding that paranoia is good for getting the vote out and better to mushroom people than allow them to start thinking. Once they start that lark God alone knows were it may end

  • Am Ghobsmacht

    ” Once they start that lark God alone knows were it may end”
    Very true.
    Once the genie is out and takes off his Rangers top it might prove difficult to put him back in the bottle.

  • Sergiogiorgio

    The IRA going up the Shankill in “gay abandon”. What a wonderful thought AM. ” if you don’t stop stealing them cars wee man, well kick your door in and redecorate your bedroom”…..