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Political speeches in the Dail rarely rock my world. Perhaps the calluses of cynicism have grown over my ears. But similar to the motivation of people who only read poetry as a way of finding consolation after a traumatic event, so one has a tendency to read what politicians say during a momentous, historically significant […]

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Marvin Browning is not a name that pops up that often on The Wire. In fact, the character only has two appearances. The effect he has on the life of Kima Greggs, though, is profund.
Let me explain.

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Well, the con is in.

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[Statement issued by CPSU, 19 March 2010. Apologies for the delay.]
The Civil Public and Service Union which represents lower paid clerical workers in the Civil Service says today’s (Friday) debacle at the Passport Office in Molesworth Street in Dublin was the result of appalling mismanagement. The union sympathised with the hundreds of irate clients […]

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BEDSITS OF DUBLIN

Most Irish people, certainly of my 40-something age anyway, have lived in rented accommodation at some stage in their life. And of that, more than a few of us have lived in bed-sits.
I’ve worked out that in the past twenty years or so I’ve had 16 different addresses - shared houses, apartments, flats, etc. The […]

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DOWN IN THE TUBE STATION….

Another piece of frivolity, this -from Italian graphist Alberto Antoniazzi via that excellent French music blog La Blogotheque
The map is available in various sizes on this flickr page. Should be of interest to trainspotters and rock bores alike. I see comments on the various absentees approaching in my crystal […]

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Following on from yesterday’s post of racist chants by members of Greece’s coast guard special forces, this is taken from Kathinerini / International Herald Tribune:

RACIST MARCHERS
Coast guard suspends head of special forces over chants
The coast guard yesterday suspended the head its special forces after some of its members were videotaped shouting racist slogans during Thursday’s […]

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This one seems to have slipped under the radar.
This is footage of Greek Special Forces parading in Athens on 25 March, Greek Independence Day. The soldiers are chanting racist slogans against Albanians, Macedonians, and Turks. They can be heard shouting “Tell the Skopians, tell the Albanians, that our clothes we will sew with their […]

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One of the consequences of being lazy and/or distracted by the mendacities of modern living is that you miss stuff on the internet that would normally interest you greatly. This may appear contrary to what many think the internet does: that is, it engenders laziness and through its cumulative mendacity distracts you from doing something […]

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