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Margaret Curran says I’m a Foreigner

Margaret Curran says I’m a Foreigner

I have held an Irish passport for all of my adult life, although I have not lived there since 1971. Ireland shaped me and  I hope that  I remain today essentially an Irish person, albeit one  probably  modified by the cultural influence of other countries where I

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How young people speak

How young people speak

  Language researchers at Glasgow University have discovered that people have a dual linguistic identity. They talk informally to friends and family in one way but affect  a more posh voice for the telephone and in the workplace. They conclude that the phenomenon occurs because people want

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What does TPA stand for?

What does TPA stand for?

    The TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) has received high level coverage on  BBC Scotland today   for its ‘Town Hall Rich List’ . It contends that Scottish councils, and particularly Glasgow, are spending too much on wages.  The Campaign Manager, Robert Oxley, was given a particularly easy time on

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The price of drink is killing us

The price of drink is killing us

  In 1960 the halls of residence were my accommodation during the first year I spent as a student in Belfast.    We were the first cohort   in a brand new building which was inviting, well furnished and provided all  meals at no cost to our families. How times

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The Pandas, the Queen and Martin McGuinness

The Pandas, the Queen and Martin McGuinness

  … The arrival of the giant pandas, Tian Tian and Yang Guang, at Edinburgh Zoo in November 2011 capped a magnificent year for the SNP in Scotland. Underlining its importance, First Minister, Alex Salmond, said it symbolised Scotland’s ever growing relationship with the People’s Republic of

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Feast in the Cinema

Feast in the Cinema

I went to the cinema recently. That’s an opener because it must be two to three years since I was last there. The Academy winner, ‘Argo’ was showing at a local multiplex. More about the film anon but the cinema experience has changed utterly. There is no

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Thatcher

Thatcher

The death of Margaret Thatcher has brought predictable response from political and community groups. The Conservative Party, conscious that its chances of winning the next election are slim and that the late Baroness still commands ardent support among the dedicated faithful and in sections of a right

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