Decision time for the Derry/Londonderry City of Culture bid…

Over at Listenderry, Mark’s calling for volunteers to cover the unveiling of the winner of UK City of Culture… Whether you are in Derry/Londonderry or just plain old London get in touch with him via email or the Listenderry Facebook group… As Brian noted on Monday the Mail says they are favourites (but it wouldn’t be the first that time that great organ of British middle class propaganda got something badly wrong… The current Mayor of the city thinks it … Read more

Aftermath of Bloody Sunday: The fracture with the British state…

Brian has a post over at Listenderry… it’s a great piece of recollection of some of the emotional events at the funeral… Emerging from the church to the crowd outside, I exchange nods with Brian Friel. Our local Church of Ireland curate has bravely turned up, knowing that some of his congregation will shun him. I spot two Protestant funeral directors well known to me. They have been called in to supplement the burial effort. At least Derry’s undertakers recognise … Read more

How free is ‘Free Derry’?

There’s a fascinating story on the front page of the Derry Journal this morning. It goes to the heart of one the issues raised by the public meet up at the Cafe del Mondo yesterday: just how free is Free Derry? In fact Journal story is something of bureaucratic row over the siting of a poster just behind Free Derry Corner. The miscreant, according to Sinn Fein, is Eamonn McCann and his People Before Profit organisation who whacked his posters … Read more