IT’S BIG MIKE WHO IS TELLING THE SPENDING FIBS

Michael Russell claim that ‘Scotland pays out more than it gets back’ is False Michael Russell, the Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Government Business and Constitutional Relations. By Ferret Journalists on February 12, 2020 The UK government has launched a new marketing campaign targeting Scots. On 6 February 2020 @UKGovScotland tweeted: “The prosperity of the UK delivers greater … More IT’S BIG MIKE WHO IS TELLING THE SPENDING FIBS

NEW BOOKS LAUNCHED IN BELFAST THIS MONTH

Terry Brankin loves his wife, but it’s a bloody nuisance that a cold-case investigator is trying to pin him for a long past IRA bombing that killed a young girl. His wife Kathleen can’t take it. He tells her that things were different then. She tells him he must confess. He’d only get two years under the Belfast Agreement and she’ll stand by him, but she leaves him to give him time to mull it over. … More NEW BOOKS LAUNCHED IN BELFAST THIS MONTH

SEAMUS HEANEY: THE MANY STAGES OF THINKING

This discussion of Heaney’s politics and understanding of place is admirably nuanced, yet never unclear. He does full justice to Heaney’s complex understanding of “locations of writing”, places enlivened by association with literature, and his related understanding of his own home, which situates it in a broad spatial and temporal context. O … More SEAMUS HEANEY: THE MANY STAGES OF THINKING

CENTENARY OF THE BLACK AND TANS IN IRELAND

Black and Tans: ‘Half-drunk, whole-mad’ and one-fifth Irish By Diarmaid Ferriter in The Irish Times Black and Tans guarding Dublin street after a shooting on Gloucester Road.   One of the striking developments of 1919 in Ireland was the extent to which the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC), policing Ireland since 1836, came under siege by … More CENTENARY OF THE BLACK AND TANS IN IRELAND