The story that is told by the exhibition that I was visiting this afternoon is one that has been told many times before. It one which is drawing great crowds of visitors to Belfast – it is a story of great success but also of great tragedy.
The exhibition is that in the Titanic Belfast centre in the Titanic Quarter of Belfast. The centre looks out on the slipways where RMS Titanic and her sister ship RMS Olympic were built. Continue reading “an exhibition of which Belfast can be very proud”
Mr Justice Harman, voted by lawyers three times as the “worst judge in Britain”, resigned in 1998. He once, when a female witness said her title was “Ms”, replied: “I’ve always thought there were only three kinds of women: wives, whores, and mistresses. Which are you?” —“Classic judicial clangers” by Gary Slapper in The Times, May 23, 2013 accessed online http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/law/student-law/article3770657.ece Continue reading A judicial clanger…
Extending marriage rights to gay couples as well as straight couples seems a long way off for those of us living in Northern Ireland. The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 has been passed in Westminster for England and Wales, … Continue reading Support gay marriage or the gays will marry your girlfriends
Today has been an uplifting day. I ended up over in the Lisburn Road area of the city of Belfast which is not somewhere I have been for quite some time. I can’t remember when I was last over there. … Continue reading Instonians on both sides: the Academy boy fights back!
Michelle Penney from Positive Life, Northern Ireland’s only HIV-specific charity explains why volunteering with the charity is so important to them. Continue reading Support–Prevention–Action: volunteering in N. Ireland
Although I live in Belfast, I am in contact with a Positive Catholics, a peer-support network of women and men, who are living with HIV and have a Christian faith. Within the Roman Catholic tradition they offer peer ministry of … Continue reading Positive Catholics: a peer support group
It’s funny how percentages are important in my life. For some time I have been trying to get my percentages up. Slowly, little by little I have regained ground from my initial high point. Today I got my latest result: … Continue reading 75% – who’d have thought that
Today is the Feast of St Bernard of Clairvaux, O.Cist., the primary builder of the reforming Cistercian Order. He wrote the Memorare, a very familiar and traditional prayer to Our Lady: “REMEMBER, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was … Continue reading Mellifluous Doctor, pray for us.
Sometimes you just have to laugh at what goes on in Northern Irish politics. With all the furore about our First Minister’s letter regarding the proposal for a Peace and Reconciliation centre at the site of the former HM Prison … Continue reading A new game for Northern Ireland: “pin the tail on Jim Allister”
The theft of two fifteenth-century panels which had survived the puritanical zeal of the English Reformation from a Devon church prompts a family response in memory of a loved one. Continue reading A family response to a theft of national treasures