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Ten eejits , or should I say pawns , who voluntarily starved themselves to death with the approval of their high command and then the republican movement blamed the Government for their deaths  ???
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Belfast History and Memories / Re: Musical memories
« Last post by GandT on Today at 10:46:16 AM »

Any singer or song bring back memories from yesteryear.
For me Perry Como,Dean Martin,Eddie fisher,Kay starr Jo Stafford to name but a few.
Oh and guy Mitchell singing sippin' soda mid 1950s.


In that era and just a little beyond - Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby Marty Robbins, Al Martino, Louis Armstrong, Howard Keel, Bobby Darin, Brenda Lee, Fats Domino, Nat King Cole and so, so many others! I won't get into the rock and roll era but many of those who started it all deserve a mention - Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Little Richard, Bill Haley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and, of course, Mr Presley!
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Belfast Chat / Re: Nun better
« Last post by GandT on Today at 10:38:19 AM »

Sadly we live in a world where people in general think only of themselves..or people who are rich only do charity if they get publicity... these wonderful ladies have decided to give their lives to god..their god..(in case l offend anyone).. and no doubt they will do good work..as will Phil Mulryne who took his vows in the Priesthood recently.


I am inclined to think that the world was always like this. The difference was that the ruling classes and ecclesiastical authorities thought mainly of themselves and used the ordinary people as pawns and dupes. I don't agree that 'religion IS the opium of the people' but I accept that many subverted religion and politics to keep the people as underlings. Today, we have reached a point where most people can think about, accept, reject or make a pretty good appraisal of religion and faith [or otherwise]. Religion itself must find a truer, better mission that it has done to date - something like living the real gospel in practical terms. Others whose values are non-religious may want to look at the economics of the mad-house that dominate our world. Choices are crucial - the example set by these two women is at least one that can make people think. The women themselves are now fully set to put their words into practice.

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Yes Gerry, if you can view the BBC iplayer it's available on that.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b096msfr
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Belfast Chat / Re: Will they ever learn ?
« Last post by belle on Today at 10:33:09 AM »
Gandi, I wonder sometimes do people do this because they can't express themselves? Or do they feel this is the only way to get 'authority' to listen to them? Are these are actions of people who feel disenfranchised?

I wonder if someone ask them why they feel this way would it get better?
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Belfast Chat / Re: Will they ever learn ?
« Last post by GandT on Today at 10:26:24 AM »

:( :( :( It's horrible. In the 21 century this rubbish goes on.


Unfortunately Belle, the 21st century seems just as bad in this respect as every century before it. The availability of social media also amplifies the ability of the thug, the bully, the racist, the sexist and the downright almost functionally illiterate to spew their hatred and narrow-minded venom locally and globally.
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Belfast Genealogy / Ballynafeith Home
« Last post by C E Murphy on Today at 10:10:30 AM »
Okay....I have my gt uncle John James Farrells WW1 and 2 service records and he lists his next of kin as mother Elizabeth Farrell 12 Broadway, Falls Road Belfast which was easy enough to find on google maps and then his two brothers Fred and Edward who's address is given as Ballynafeith Home, Belfast.  Fred was born 1893 in Cheshire and Edward was born 1896 also in Cheshire. (Dad was originally in the 5th Dragoon Guards and was stationed in Aldershot before taking a job with Cheshire Police). So what or where is Ballynafeith Home?  Since John joined the army at the age of 14 in 1904, I assume he gave these details at the time of his attestation it would mean Edward was 7 and Fred would have been 10.  Does anyone have any idea where or what this Home was?  Thanks in advance to all or any replies I get.  ::)
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xn6_w44KFaU

"Tommy McKearney ex hunger striker....on 'Bobby Sands 66 Days' "

"Published on Aug 21st, 2016"

"Tommy McKearney ex hunger striker (53 days 1980) gave Connolly Media Group an interview to discuss Brendan J Byrnes new film Bobby Sands 66 Days and to reflect on his time on hunger strike in 1980 which preceded the 1981 strike which claimed the lives of 10 republicans from the IRA and the INLA"
Yes I remember this very well indeed, so sorry to have missed the documentary BBC2 Sunday, will it ever be on again I wonder????
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Looking for old friends or family / Re: anyone from well street
« Last post by Ken mclaughlin on Today at 09:56:25 AM »
yes. McLaughlins 19 Well st
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Belfast History and Memories / Re: Merchant Seamen NI
« Last post by Ken mclaughlin on Today at 09:16:44 AM »
I sailed as assistant cook on the Roonagh Head 1969/70. wow a long time ago
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