Robert McMillen Blog

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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...

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Karine Polwart interview

  Karine Polwart is one of those people who, it seems, is an infinite seeker after the truth and who has the God-given talent to wrap that truth up in a package of words...

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Zoe Conway and John McIntyre

While the blades of a police helicopter whirled noisily in the grey skies above the Black Box, inside was a thing of beauty and light. Belfast has long been a bipolar city and Saturday showed...

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British Belfast

“I burned all along the Lough, (Neagh) within four miles of Dungannon and killed one hundred people, sparing none of what quality, age or sex soever, besides many burned to death; we kill man,...

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Reilig Urnaí

TÁ siad ann a deir leat nár chóir baint na páirt bheith ag duine le facebook mar níl ann ach daoine ag cur síos ar an bhéile dheireanach a bhí acu. Tuigeann siad go...

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What Amazon knows about me…

Amazon sent me an e-mail today suggesting some books I might like to buy. Top of the list was Downfall: How Rangers FC Self-Destructed by Phil MacGiolla Bháin, the story of the meltdown of the...

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Gerry Diver’s The Speech Project

  This Sunday will see an amazing piece of avant garde traditional music – yes there is such a thing – when Gerry Diver’s Speech Project ends its Irish tour with a performance at...

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The Playboy of Armagh

  The Playboy of the Western World – what’s the point? This was probably an impudent first question to ask someone who had been expending blood, sweat and tears preparing for a run of...