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Euro-Vision November

October 31, 2013


Last month we watched as Italy teetered on the brink of another governmental meltdown as Berlusconi’s PDL threatened to show their support for the bunga-bungaing septuagenarian by storming out of the already fragile coalition. Unfortunately for Silvio, and fortunately for Italy, the PDL’s top brass caught themselves on and realised that jeopardising their own political […]


October 3, 2013


Catherine Coffey keeps us up to date in what will be a monthly post on what’s going on in Europe!   Hello! And welcome to a shiny new summary of some of the past month’s most important/amusing European events, making sure that next time the pub quiz’s current affairs round looks further afield than the […]

The Horsemeat Scandal: Changing how we shop?

March 19, 2013


It is a story that has dominated headlines for months and with a new twist emerging almost every week it seems the horsemeat scandal is not going to die down anytime soon. Indeed, just last week, almost two months after the scandal first broke, Tesco had to remove its own-brand meatloaf from shelves after it […]

The ongoing riot situation

January 24, 2013


Mark McGahon contemplates why there is still ongoing rioting in Belfast and discusses THAT episode of the Nolan show. Where to start when writing about the recent flag riots can be quite daunting. It is very easy to slip into cliché, to quote Heaney and say ‘the voice of sanity is getting hoarse’. It’s just […]

Pro-Life or just plain cruel?

November 20, 2012


Portia Ellis-Woods discusses the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar and its implications for the recent opening of the Marie Stokes clinic in Belfast. Pro-Life or just plain cruel? That was the question for the innocent Savita Halappanavar as she battled for survival in Galway hospital on the 28th of October and died from septicaemia. With a […]

‘And the winner is….’ Nobel Peace prize for the European Union

November 16, 2012


The yearly awarding of the Nobel Peace prize is rarely an event without controversy, and 2012 was no exception as the accolade was given to the European Union, “for over six decades contributed to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe”. However, this decision by the Norwegian Nobel Committee was […]

Did you know? – The publishing industry’s ‘Super Thursday’

October 18, 2012


Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s … Super Thursday! In case you didn’t know, last Thursday (October 11th) is known in the publishing industry as Super Thursday; that is, it’s considered the best date for getting a book out in time for it to make a big impact on sales over […]