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Mandela and Ireland’s Shame

Mandela and Ireland’s Shame

  Several  journalists and social network sites have drawn attention to David Cameron’s membership of the Federation of Conservative Students  and their notorious 80’s poster, calling for Mandela, the Terrorist, to be hanged.  He had plenty of fellow travellers, including Nigel Farage, the UKIP Leader and Boris

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Early Education in Castlederg

Early Education in Castlederg

  In my post about the late Seamus Heaney, I alluded to some difficulties that I had experienced as a student, arising from a piece which I had written on the quality of local government in Derry during the sixties. Among other things , I was critical

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Desperation in Philippines

  The plain, white boards stood against the wall of the library. Mr Shawa, school technician, examined each one, cleaned and carefully  sanded it before finally cutting them all into six feet lengths. We watched while he patiently and with dignity constructed a coffin which would be

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Fáilte romhat, Senan James

    Four months ago, I welcomed our third grandchild, Lilly Ann, into our world and paid tribute to mothers everywhere. http://phototilly.scot/lily-ann-babies-2/ Yesterday saw the welcome arrival of Senan James, Jen and Neill’s second child, a wee brother for the always delightful, Leo. What I said then, I revisit on this

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WHAT DERRY WOULD NOT PRINT

    Today is International  Credit Union Day, celebrated by millions of members in over a  hundred countries across the Globe. Three years ago, Derry Credit Union invited me to contribute a piece about the Sixties  for their 50th Anniversary commemorative  brochure . It was never published

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I will vote’YES’ in 2014

I will vote’YES’ in 2014

  I have lived in Scotland since 1971 when I married a Scot and set up home in Edinburgh. Our three children were educated in Scotland and continue to live here now  with their own families.    For three decades, I taught in Scottish schools, was elected President

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