Saturday, December 08, 2007
Friday, December 07, 2007
Forms of words mattered as much as they did at the time of the Anglo-Irish Treaty, when a civil war had been fought over a formula of loyalty (not, it should be noted, over the question of a partitioned Ireland, which somehow went through on the nod).
On the language of the IRA’s ‘decommissioning’ of its arsenal, Bew is predictably scathing, and the last section, written in 2006, is called ‘The Breaking of the Good Friday Agreement’. Northern politics has not yet ended up in the asylum, but it remains to be seen whether the spectacle of Martin McGuinness and Ian Paisley finally running a devolved Northern Ireland together, while ‘peace walls’ (Orwell again) continue to be erected in its towns and cities, bears him out."
Thursday, December 06, 2007
|"But at my back I always hear|
|Time's wingèd chariot hurrying near;|
|And yonder all before us lie|
|Deserts of vast eternity..."|
From the Irish Times, Ian Paisley speaks: “Mr Bush is a down-to-earth man. Mr Blair was the great actor. He was a perfect actor and not a good negotiator because of that. Because the negotiations I was in wasn’t acting, it was a matter of life and death. So the president talked to me quite often. In fact, I said once to Blair, does the president tell you what I say about you? No, he says, he doesn’t. What have you said? So I told him something of what I said about him. He was absolutely shocked,” he recalled.
“I’ve been in the White House before. It means very little to me. I’m not impressed very much by political figures. I suppose I’m a kind of unbeliever in that respect,” he said.
At a small gathering at the New York home of the American Ireland Fund’s Loretta Brennan Glucksman, Dr Paisley spoke about why he had made the decision to share power with Sinn Féin. The First Minister said that “before the end of my days on this earth” he wanted to leave a legacy of peace.
“There are many mysteries in life about the causes of wars and rumours of wars. But one thing we do know is that we will not be here forever,” he said.
It is my own opinion that Dr. Paisley's words are at least 50 percent bullshit. But even if he is 50 percent sincere, it is better than nothing. Or, to put it another way:
"He that repenteth and forsaketh his sin, he shall find..."
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Yesterday, some Northern Irish tourists visited the New York Stock Exchange. From left: a man, then Loretta Brennan Glucksman, chairperson of the American Ireland Fund, Martin McGuinness, Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland and former Chief of Staff of the IRA, Reverend Ian Paisley, First Minister of Northern Ireland, Duncan Niederauer, CEO of the Stock Exchange...
Monday, December 03, 2007
But a man who drove a truck into the company's famous Dublin brewery moved fast before hitching up a trailer containing 450 kegs of different beers and escaping through the front gates.
The audacious robbery took place on Wednesday afternoon at the St James' Gate brewery in Dublin 8, and could ensure a very merry Christmas for someone looking at approximately 40,000 pints.
Diageo, the drinks company that owns Guinness, Budweiser and Carlsberg, said yesterday that the tab stands at €64,000.
That works out at less than €1.60-a-pint, as it does not include mark ups by the Government or the publicans. In the pub, the haul would be worth €160,000.
Manhattan below Chambers Street is such an inexplicably complicated nest of streets that I never found my way inside Inside Man. More recently, the newspaper office for which I freelance relocated to 11 Hanover Square (which, as evidence of how complicated it gets down there, is located at 78 Beaver Street), and I still get lost finding it. So here, above, is a Google map of how to drive from my office to 20 Exchange Place... watch out, you might get dizzy.