Picks of the Week – Gay Liberation, Blindboy does Belfast and Unexpected Intersections

“Belfast. What a place to find your liberation, eh? Bloody Belfast!” said Englishman Kevin in True North’s brilliant documentary, Out of the Shadows, this week. He was talking about his experience as part of group of gay men who were instrumental in getting homosexuality decriminalised here in 1982 (15 years after England and Wales). This was gorgeous piece of film-making. About hiddenness, of course. In a highly conservative religious society. About the internal damage that judgement and shame can wreak. …

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Rubberbandits & Shane for Xmas

I’m only posting this here because I’m surprised no-one has got in before me to do so. First off: Limerick’s  Rubberbandits with Horse Outside; Then Willie O’Dea going in to bat for them heroically on Joe Duffy’s show: “Someone needs to give that man a dictionary to look up ‘irony’” And, lastly, a near-perfect Christmas artifact; Shane MacGowan & the Priests with The Little Drummer Boy: The thing that is sometimes overlooked about Shane is the terrific timbre of his …

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