Category Archives: Crone as political commentator

‘Thon Fella—What’s His Name?

Brendan “the Dark” Hughes, must be swiveling in the grave that has cradled him since 2008. The IRA man, a 1980s hunger striker, died peacefully in a hospital bed, after a life devoted to gunning down others in the name … Continue reading

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Seeing things: Shocker for a Sunday morning

I opened the kitchen cabinet to be confronted by the image of John Major, one-time Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, looming in front of the cereal bowls.  I reeled in shock. I barely considered Mr Major when he was … Continue reading

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Back to the Beach: Anne Arundel County, MD.

Ms Monroe is on a mission. She has been hiking and hacking her way through land owned by Anne Arundel county where citizens and others are not encouraged.  The land, overgrown and inaccessible, covers many hundreds of acres and leads … Continue reading

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Belfast Flag Protest: Too Much Like Old Times and Old Troubles

January 9 –tomorrow–is Kate Middleton’s birthday and one of the 20 days of the year when the Union Jack will fly over the city hall in Belfast, and above all other municipal HQs in the UK. If you find it … Continue reading

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Better things are electric things

The decision to abandon electricity in favor of gas did not come easily. My father worked for more than thirty years for Northern Ireland’s one (then nationalized) electricity company and always took it as a personal affront when a customer … Continue reading

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Far from where I was raised

Disclaimer: If you were not born and raised in Northern Ireland, you will be unlikely to understand very much of this post. Don’t try to make sense of it.  It explores actions, attitudes and activities that make no sense at … Continue reading

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Riot Latest

Further to my post about the English and their inability to pull off a really good riot, a fellow NIPPLE (Northern Irish Professional Person Living in Exile) contacted me to report on events in Chalk Farm, North London ” Looters … Continue reading

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Street Protests for Beginners

Spud Hughes calls to let me know that he has fled the mean streets of London for the safety and tranquility of downtown Belfast. My how times have changed. In Belfast of course, they are rather scornful of the English ability … Continue reading

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Looters and Vandals strike Appleton Marsh

Dear Doris, I was so sorry to hear about the damage to the plate glass window at Doris Brazil Ladies Wear. I know Don has been disgruntled since he lost his job at Modern Man and of course looking after … Continue reading

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Conversations in the Lone Star State

I flew to Houston, TX this week. In the row in front of me on the plane, a lawyer was talking to his client on his cellphone minutes before take off. The client was obviously agitated “No need to worry” … Continue reading

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