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However, much has happened since it went up, including the Blogger outage. Scroll down for a report on that. More new posts will be added below this one. The essay below is the conclusion of the ninth part in a series by Takuan Seiyo. See the list at the bottom of this post for links to the previous installments. Their main endeavor has been to enforce their compulsory e. K and discretionary e.

A united Ireland is the only practical solution to Brexit

In , the Normans and their Breton allies invaded England from northern France and after its conquest , seized large parts of Wales , conquered much of Ireland and were invited to settle in Scotland , bringing to each country feudalism on the Northern French model and Norman-French culture. Following the Declaration of Arbroath , Scotland maintained its independence, albeit in near-constant conflict with England. The English monarchs, through inheritance of substantial territories in France and claims to the French crown, were also heavily involved in conflicts in France, most notably the Hundred Years War , while the Kings of Scots were in an alliance with the French during this period.

That whole time you kept your composure, and no matter how loud and disruptive he got, you just calmly kept saying that things would be okay.

The victory of Protestant William over the forces of England’s Catholic king created a Protestant ascendancy in the Emerald Isle – most notably in the Ulster region. The battle took place on 1 July in the Julian calendar, which is equivalent to 11 July in the Gregorian calendar, and the celebration is held each year on the 12th. The bonfires celebrate a major turning point in Irish history known as the Battle of the Boyne Decorative: Union flags adorn this enormous tyre stack which will be set alight as loyalists celebrate July 12, remembering the defeat of the catholic King James, by the Protestant William of Orange in In Northern Ireland, the Eleventh Night refers to the night before the Twelfth of July, the annual Protestant commemoration of the famous battle.

On this night, large towering bonfires are lit – with Irish flags placed on top – in many Protestant, unionist and loyalist communities where it is also known as ‘bonfire night’. Sometimes stacked by their thousands, the tyres in such bonfires around the region cast a plume of fire – and thick, toxic smoke caused by the burning rubber – high into the night sky. The PSNI chief constable has revealed he is drafting in an extra police officers from forces across the UK to help keep the peace on the streets over the Twelfth.

Mr Baggott denied claims that the unprecedented move was an indication he was concerned about serious disorder in places like Ardoyne but said the scale of this year’s Twelfth event was unique. The 30 units of specially trained additional public order officers will be used as a ‘strategic reserve’ and will be deployed to less sensitive areas accompanied by an armed PSNI officer. Unionist anger has intensified in recent days over a decision to ban an Orange Order parade past a sectarian flash point.

While Orangemen will march past the Ardoyne shops on the Crumlin Road on Friday morning on their way to the annual Twelfth demonstration, the Parades Commission adjudication body has banned them from taking the same route on their return journey in the afternoon. The interface area has been the scene of serious rioting on the Twelfth in recent years. This man adds the finishing touches to a huge bonfire in the New Mossley area of Belfast Standing tall:

Irish Jokes

Thursday 17 August A lot of Irish magic will be needed if the proposals set out there are going to have any chance of success. Three policies have commanded particular attention. On trade, most exchanges between Northern Ireland and the Republic would be regarded as local, and nothing to do with international rules at all. Except much hair-splitting about what constitutes small and medium-sized business.

I sent that stupid little angel to find one hours ago!

The Union Jack, adopted in , is a combination of the banners of England St. The arms of the saltire crosses do not meet at the center. God Save the Queen. Before decimal coinage was introduced on 15 February , the pound had been divided into 20 shillings, each shilling representing 12 pennies p or pence; some old-style coins are still in circulation. Under the new system, there are coins of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, and 50 pence and 1 and 2 pounds, and notes of 5, 10, 20, and 50 pounds.

Although the traditional imperial system of weights and measures is still in use sample units: Also observed in Scotland are bank holidays on 2 January and on the 1st Monday in August. Northern Ireland observes St. Its total area of , sq km 94, sq mi consists of the island of Great Britain—formed by England, , sq km 50, sq mi ; Wales, 20, sq km 8, sq mi ; and Scotland, 78, sq km 30, sq mi —and Northern Ireland, 14, sq km 5, sq mi , on the island of Ireland, separated from Great Britain by the North Channel.

Comparatively, the area occupied by the United Kingdom is slightly smaller than the state of Oregon.

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Born Fermanagh 6th April Died Los Angeles 22nd February Unprepossessing character actor who had a protracted if functional Broadway career, which from the early twenties ran in tandem with a raft of minor Hollywood screen appearances encompassing both silence and sound. Small roles in two major productions. After this experience he returned to the New York stage and it would be a period of six years and the advent of sound before his Hollywood journey could resume in earnest.

The Hollywood he returned to in had now changed beyond recognition and was attracting the great and good from the world of theatre. Robinson and French starlet Claudette Colbert. Between and his versatility was tested in a raft of productions across the genres.

A new priest, who knew nothing about the whole pothole thing, replaced the late priest.

Those that received a re-paint into the new livery were: On 14 and 15 November and a Tara Mines train was used in testing of the new bridge at Malahide. In an overhaul programme started for all eighteen class members which includes an engine rebuild, refurbished bogies, new panels, new cabs and a new slate grey livery complete with European numbering.

As of July locos , , , , , , , , , and have been refurbished. Class members that had been out of use for a number of years have been reinstated into service after overhaul. In July , loco was overhauled and repainted back to the original Irish Rail livery dating back to in order to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the company. NI Railways has three of these locomotives, which are now mainly used for ballasting duties since their replacement on the Enterprise and other passenger duties. These locomotives are numbered , , and In , it was announced that NIR’s three locomotives were to be converted to push-pull operation.

The Gatwick Express carriages have also been disposed of to the RPSI, leaving the Class locomotives with no normal passenger duties. They were originally intended by Yugoslav Railways for use with Tito’s special Blue Train , hence their all blue livery. These locomotives differ from the Irish units in being standard gauge rather than Irish mm gauge and having a full width car-body.

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The second instalment, at the Millennium Court Art Centre, Portadown, 6th October — 22nd November , features examples of work dating back to the early s. Friday 4 August, pm Exhibition continues: Leaves Belfast from Golden Thread Gallery at 6. With a family history in lace-making and embroidery, Alison studied textiles, then developed her skills in glass making in a variety of techniques. The nature of the glass piece embodies the fragility of the very memory it captures.

The mayor’s office coordinates relationship among the different boroughs and controls local transport Underground.

A legal challenge to the appointment of the contractor was made almost a year ago, and the status of the scheme has sat in limbo ever since. According to this report given to Belfast City Council the legal hearing has been scheduled for Febraury This refers to the report of the public inquiry which was published in December and made some recommended tweaks to the design. Finally, the Tory-DUP deal last June which included funding for this scheme is still in place, but as yet none of the funding has actually appeared, so even if the legal challenge is decided there is still no money to build it.

Despite the lack of optimism in my previous update below, a deal between the DUP and Conservative Party resulted in funding actually appearing out of the ether or more accurately, British taxpayers in late June to construct York Street Interchange. Instead I will proceed forwards from the factual point that the money has now been made available.

The scheme has been very close to being shovel-ready now for some time. The process to appoint a contractor is on hold due to a legal challenge which is likely to take until early to resolve.

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The legendary White Cliffs have witnessed many an army, and Dover Castle has faced invasions from the Romans and French to name a few. It’s located around 80 miles from London, so if you do have some free time on your cruise then a trip to the capital is a must. Take in the amazing architecture of Westminster Cathedral and the Houses of Parliament; visit the Queen’s residency, Buckingham Palace; or take a trip on the London Eye for panoramic views of the capital’s skyline and beyond.

If you’re free in the evening then a trip to the West End, including Covent Garden and Leicester Square, has to be on the itinerary.

The excited young lass showed it to her father, a jeweler.

Work is well underway on the construction of the new scheme on the site of the former Grovetree House residential home on Cullingtree Road, just off the Grosvenor Road. The project is a partnership between Clanmil Housing and the Belfast Trust and will provide 30 contemporary, high quality self-contained apartments for older people living with dementia in a supported living environment.

After much deliberation a judging panel made up of representatives from Clanmil, the Trust, and the local community have decided that when completed this Autumn the new housing scheme will be called Cullingtree Meadows, bringing together ideas suggested by Caragh McBride and Caitlin Albarando. Runner up Conor Dougan, also a pupil at the school, received a prize too. The standard and range of names suggested has been really impressive!

Being involved with the community has left us in no doubt that the people with dementia who will live in Cullingtree Meadows, will be welcomed and fully integrated into this supportive, caring community.

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Inside, she showed him the cards and asked him to pick one. Paddy was picking up one card after another, opening them up and quickly shoving them back into slots. The night was rolling on and no car went by.

It highlights the fact that ceramics is not an insignificant building material but in fact one which has in many cases improved the quality of architecture significantly.

Share this article Share She said: The raised threat comes weeks after the New IRA claimed responsibility for killing police officer Adrian Ismay pictured , 52, who died after he was injured in a bomb attack in Belfast The threat level to the UK from international terrorism remains at severe – meaning an attack is ‘highly likely’. This has not been changed. They do not represent the views or wishes of the vast majority of people, both in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, who decisively expressed their desire for peace in the Belfast Agreement and have been transforming Northern Ireland ever since.

The father-of-three died from a heart attack after being rushed to hospital following an car bomb detonated as he went over a speed bump. Here is a timeline of some key attacks and attempts to thwart them:

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Many river estuaries serve as fine harbors.

Cruises around the British Isles

Is it more humane to go by a stroke of a blunt machete than by a whiff of Zyklon B?