Robert McMillen Blog

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Why is the BBC so coy about Nolan?

A lot of people have been talking about the Nolan shows, both on radio and on television, with many asking if the programmes are a force for good or for bad. Is his adversarial...

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Is BBC NI a propagandist for the Union?

I was taken aback somewhat by a phrase in an article entitled Scottish Six news programme plans are dead, Whitehall insiders confirm in the newspaper Herald Scotland. According to the paper’s UK Political Editor,...

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Heather Humphreys vs Irish Speakers

Sorry, but I don’t recognise the stereotype that “Minister for the Gaeltacht” Heather Humphreys dragged up from the depths of her ignorance when she  “warned against fluent Irish speakers lecturing others who lack proficiency.”...

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Congrats to director Tom Collins

Having interviewed Tom Collins recently about An Bronntanas and previously about Kings, I know what a hardworking, conscientious film director he is so I am delighted that the Screen Directors Guild of Ireland (SDGI)...

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The secrets of Leuven’s Irish connection

This is the English version of the last Irish language blog, Cuairt ar Leuven.   Monday night (23 March 2015) saw a great programme go out on BBC2 NI in which I learned an awful...

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Cuairt ar Leuven na nGael?

  Tá clár ag dul amach ar BBC2 anocht (Dé Luain, 23 Márta) ar a 10in agus sílim gur fiú go mór amharc air. Is é an dara clár sa tsraith An Coláiste Éireannach...

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New Arrivals make for great drama

Have you ever spent any time in a house that was lived in by a diverse group of immigrants? Have you ever wondered what life is like for the Roma, the Africans, the eastern...

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Alan Doherty’s world of music

Last year, I heard an album that left me hyperentilating. Almost. It was From Tallagh to Halle by a band called Aldoc, named after the head honcho and guiding spirit, Alan Doherty from the People’s Republic...

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Early wax recordings

I really enjoyed the first programme in Neil Brand’s BBC4 series, Sound of Song especially the beginning about the early history of recorded sound. Early recordings were made on tinfoil which sent me back...