A Man of the Left

The CCDC pamphlet on the Falls Curfew
January 15, 2009, 2:22 pm
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The CCDC pamphlet on the Falls Curfew


Reading too much into the dictionary
December 3, 2008, 2:32 pm
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Those of you who share my interest in words and language (not that you could tell that by reading any of the posts on this blog) will be interested in Merriam-Webster’s ‘Words of the Year’ list.

The list

The international financial situation has clearly hit upon the consciousness of the many with ‘Bailout’ topping the list, and the American Presidential election’s influence can be seen with terms such as ‘bipartisan’ and ‘maverick’ earning their stripes.

However the eyebrow may be raised by the term ‘socialism’ coming in at number three.

Accepting that

(A) Americans make up the largest block of the websites users

(B) ‘Socialism’ has been in recent tradition, a term synonymous with ‘terrorist’ and ‘traitor’ (amongst others)

(C) People are now looking up ‘socialism’ in the dictionary, presumably to get a definition and not a political view of the term.

Hmmm… this theory could be a load of old tosh of course and it may have more to do with Joe The Plumber (who as a symbol, has more in common with the lefts ennoblement of workers rather then the right’s visions of hope and glory) then any increase of alternative economic systems..

Anyway heres the link


Bring your own rotten fruit
December 3, 2008, 11:37 am
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And not a mention of the UUP anywhere

B&DTUC call out…
November 3, 2008, 5:47 pm
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Subway Sack Young Pregnant Migrant Worker

Natalia Szymanska, a young Polish woman was sacked from Subway in her fifth month of pregnancy on a dubious charge of being in breach of the company’s health and safety policy.

We call on Subway to:-

· immediately reinstate the pregnant worker,

· reimburse her for loss of earnings,

· compensate her for the injury to feeling,

· treat all workers fairly.

Picket of Subway

141 Lisburn Road,

(Across from Wellington Park Avenue)


12.30 – 1.30 pm Friday 7th November

Spanish Civil War remembered in Belfast
November 3, 2008, 12:34 pm
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Weekend of events to celebrate those who volunteered to fight against fascism in the Spanish Civil War

Thursday 6th November
Venue: LA BOCA
6 Fountain Street, Belfast
TAPAS NIGHT Poetry reading: Gerard McLaughlin and friends
Music: Gerry Jones and friends
Tickets from La Boca, 028 90323087
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My advice to the RIR…
October 17, 2008, 3:45 pm
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When I saw this it reminded me of the following

Fight to a Finish
Siegfried Sassoon

The boys came back. Bands played and flags were flying,
And Yellow-Pressmen thronged the sunlit street
To cheer the soldiers who’d refrained from dying,
And hear the music of returning feet.
“Of all the thrills and ardours War has brought,
This moment is the finest.” (So they thought.)

Snapping their bayonets on to charge the mob,
Grim Fusiliers broke ranks with glint of steel.
At last the boys had found a cushy job.
* * * * *
I heard the Yellow-Pressmen grunt and squeal;
And with my trusty bombers turned and went
To clear those Junkers out of Parliament.

No Pasaran
October 13, 2008, 4:14 pm
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The official (re)launch of a new memorial to the International Brigades will be taking place on the 8th November in Writers Square Belfast.

The memorial which will be erected close to the Trade Union run bar – The John Hewitt – has particular poignancy in Belfast, in that it celebrates those volunteers who overcame the sectarian tensions of the day to unite and fight against fascism in Spain.

To coincide with the launch Anto and Ger from Open Window Productions have produced a number of limited edition busts and plaques which will be avilable at the event. They can be viewed their new blog here

Can I take this opportunity to congratulate all those on the International Brigades Commemoration Committee to have worked long and hard to get this erected.

No Pasaran.

More info here