Closing St Patrick’s Night with a [nother] plea for an #AlternativeUlster?

Taking a lead from tonight’s BBC’s Newsnight, here’s an anthem which might speak to those protesting loss (of whatever you miss from the past)… Nothin’ for us in Belfast The Pound’s so old it’s a pity OK, there’s the trident in Bangor Then walk back to the city We ain’t got nothin’ but they don’t really care They don’t even know you know Just want our money And we can take it or leave it What we need [Chorus] An …

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Punk’s not dead

Back in the day in Belfast many people didn’t give a shit (language – ED) what ‘side’ or ‘community’ you were from. If you had the attitude, could (kinda) sing, had a guitar or a drum-kit (or the means to get one on HP from Session Music) you were in the band. The Stiffs for example: Last night the BBC broadcast two fantastic documentaries The Irish Rock Story:  A Tale of Two Cities and Irish Rock at the BBC (both available for those …

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Bad Vibes

  McKittrick reports in the Indie on the closure of Terri Hooley’s Good Vibrations. He is proud of the fact that he introduced the BBC’s late John Peel to the punk anthem “Teenage Kicks”, which propelled local band The Undertones to international prominence. Peel said it was his favourite song. Mr Hooley is also known for the time he punched John Lennon at a party because the Beatle said something in support of the IRA. He also took Bob Dylan …

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