A celebration of oats on World Porridge Day…

Over the years I have developed an increasingly deeper relationship with porridge. When I was younger it was a quick bowl of Readybrek fired into the microwave. As I have grown older I have refined my recipe so much that I suspect the O’Neill household is now home to one of the most elaborate porridge feasts on these islands. Many people think porridge is hard to make or takes too long. Nothing could be further from the truth. It can …

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Slugger Stratagem Election Breakfast – what they’re talking about this morning

David Ford watching Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg speaking on BBC News election programme

This morning, Stratagem and Slugger hosted a post-election breakfast in Belfast’s Europa Hotel. I’ve tidied up the proceedings and added a couple of brief voxpops with contributors. Passages in “direct quotes” are cleaned up verbatim comments, the rest captures the gist of their points. 0825 Mick Fealty kicks off and welcomes people. 0828 Brendan McMenamin (Derry~Londonderry UK City of Culture 2013) – “New [political] stories are emerging this morning” … and that’s the story of the City of Culture bid …

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