Robert McMillen Blog

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Fisk on Syria

To say the situation in Syria is complex is like saying the Pope is a Catholic. An illustration of this is the talk eminent journalist Robert Fisk gave in Belfast last Thursday when invited...

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Eastern European Gaels

Danilea Pukite (Latvia), Santa Berzina (Latvia), Arnas Paulauskas (Lithuania), Domantas Kiausis (Lithuania), Eva Varaniviciute (Lithuanian), Gabi Chmielewska (Poland), Wiktoria Wictorowicz (Poland), Anthony Dimitrov. (Bulgaria) With Ruairí Quinn giving himself sleepless nights about “restrictive practices...

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Mea Maxima Culpa

It was the children’s eyes that hit home. The eyes of young deaf boys who, for the first time, had seen their new school St John’s School for the Deaf in Wisconsin and were beguiled....

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A new jazz club for Belfast

A new monthly Jazz Club will be opening in Belfast on Friday 1st March and after that on the first Friday of each month. The venue is upstairs in the new Sunflower Public House...

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Gaeil Ard Mhacha agus na Briogáidí Idirnáisiúnta

Inniu, le linn do Ghaeil na tíre bheith ag rómánsaíocht do lá na Féile Vailintín lena muirníní ionmhaine, beidh grúpa Gaeilgeoirí ó Ard Mhacha ag díriú a n-airde ar ar fhís eile thar a bheith...

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Ursula Burns

The hugely popular Literary Lunchtimes at the Ulster Hall, with their readings and specially themed events showcasing works by popular writers, continue tomorrow when you can get the chance to explore the other side...

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Petunia and Mórga

Belfast city of music  sound like a NITB soundbite but there is a lot of truth in it. Moving on Music has been breaking musical glass ceilings for ages now with bands that might...

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Mixed Marriage

  The Lyric Theatre has unearthed a forgotten gem to begin its Tales of the City series. The St John Ervine play Mixed Marriage, running at the Lyric Theatre until 23 February, deals with...

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Once upon a time …

It’s not often a snow blizzard plays havoc with an interview but that’s just what happened a firtnight ago. We’re not talking about the skiff of snow we had last week, but a full-blown,...

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The Blame Game

The unionist hissy fit over Alex Maskey saying he would protect his home by throwing stones at attackers and their response to the flag protests speak volumes about the hypocrisy at the core of...