Andytown News diarist with an eye on the week just gone, or indeed the one just ahead. Interested in the strange, the funny and the totally bonkers.
A bittersweet and sour tale East Belfast tale
I pray the Unionist Forum makes a difference soon, for all our sakes. Things are getting ugly out there
I pray the Unionist Forum starts to make a difference soon, for all our sakes. Things are getting ugly out there
And amidst the flock of siskins, a goldfinch takes centre-stage at the end of a beautiful afternoon
Shirtsleeve, blue-sky afternoon in January. Outside Teach Basil a male and female siskin feeding on an alder tree
Very wet crowd at City Hall in very dark mood. Serious abuse being shouted at cops. Had to cover the dog's ears
Riot cops in full gear at front entrance and water cannon in streets off the back of City Hall
No pasarán! Trevors decide letting headbangers once into City Hall meeting is enough. Ring of four-wheel steel
...and accompanying story. What's the Ulster Scots for 'you couldn't make it up'?
Willie Frazer, the gift that just keeps giving. Willie with tricolour hat (below right) at All-Ireland final 1972
Here's a cracker from next week's Eye on the Past. West Belfast traffic jam, 1981-style. But where is this?
No.7 on Media Blog's Top 20 Posts of 2012. Funny and worth a look http://themediablog.typepad.com/the-media-blog/
Space, the final frontier. The most mental pic of 2012. My grab of BBC Ulster's opening credits for the Irish Open
Diamond Crossroads, Ballyquillan/Aldergrove. The pup's a strong dog now. And yes, he's boggin' and I've bathed him
I got 'Co Antrim: A Topographical Dictionary' (1837) as a gift. Enchanting. I love the 2nd name of Ballymena
Crossroads at Ballyginniff, McKenna's bar in background. They barbecue eels in summer and serve with soda bread
The house in the woods. I'd do it up and move in, but I don't think the gang would give up the mod cons
No, since you ask, I didn't leave the gate open – I always close them behind me
Good shooting country up around Aldergrove, and you can always say you didn't see the sign
I'm sure there's something really interesting up the path behind this fence, but I'm wary of farmers with shotguns
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