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The Price of Peace, Eagle Eye

The Price of Peace

You meet all sorts on Twitter. Where else, for instance, could the Iranian foreign minister exchange public banter with the daughter of a former Speaker of the US House of Representatives? What would we do without Geoffrey Chaucer’s thoughts on Harry Potter? How would we know who was Nigel?
There’s a particularly genial and eccentric chap [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 10 February 2014 at 4:20 pm

Independence for Ullans, Eagle Eye

Independence for Ullans

I am sure that this has been done, and I should be grateful if people could point me in the direction of relevant commentary, but some friends and I were talking about the effect of Scottish independence on the rest of the United Kingdom the other day.
The thing is: Northern Ireland. It’s not really England [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 2 January 2014 at 8:40 pm

Becoming the City of Culture is a chance for Derry~Londonderry to begin a new chapter, Notebook

Becoming the City of Culture is a chance for Derry~Londonderry to begin a new chapter

Next year Derry~London Derry will become the first UK City of Culture. Inspired by Liverpool’s tenure as the European holder of the title, the Northern Irish city will celebrate a year of local culture, as well as holding some of the UK’s most prestigious cultural events and awards.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Monday, 12 November 2012 at 2:11 pm

Hands of History: McGuinness and the Queen, Eagle Eye

Hands of History: McGuinness and the Queen

The meeting and handshake between the Queen and Martin McGuinness is the most important act of healing and reconciliation achieved so far in Northern Ireland. McGuinness was one of the leaders of the Provisional IRA, which killed more than 2,000 people during the conflict. That one of those victims was the Queen’s cousin, Lord Mountbatten, gives the handshake particular poignancy.

By | Eagle Eye, Notebook, Opinion | Wednesday, 27 June 2012 at 2:44 pm

The GCC intervention: giving Bahrain relative stability and the space to negotiate its future, Notebook

The GCC intervention: giving Bahrain relative stability and the space to negotiate its future

A great deal has been written about the waves of protest and revolution in parts of the Middle East; much of it uses the powerful tool of analogy to shed light on the situation and to open up the debate. Is the ‘Arab Spring’ analogous to Prague 1968, Tehran 1979, Berlin 1989 or even Paris 1789? No one can agree but it is certainly fuelling café conversation all over the region. The reference to historical comparisons and more importantly the ensuing debate is helping to make sense of what is happening here in the Middle East, even if it can’t give easy answers.

By | Notebook | Tuesday, 12 April 2011 at 6:55 pm

Home Internationals tournament a car crash waiting to happen, Sport

Home Internationals tournament a car crash waiting to happen

1984: The title of George Orwell’s dystopian novel, featured in the lyrics of The Arctic Monkey’s hit I Bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor, and perhaps most significantly of all (for my mum anyway), the year that I was born. But from a topical point of view, it was the year that the Home International tournament was killed off.

By | Sport | Wednesday, 12 January 2011 at 3:20 pm

Must watch: Perhaps the worst corner kick ever seen, Sport

Must watch: Perhaps the worst corner kick ever seen

Just when Northern Ireland thought they had done enough to be taken seriously on the international stage…

Steven Davis’ corner kick aside, an excellent draw for Nigel Worthington’s team against the mighty Italians.

By | Sport | Monday, 11 October 2010 at 4:02 pm

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