BBC News – City council wins right-of-way

June 25, 2010

Well done to Derry City Council!

BBC News – City council wins right-of-way.

Many a photo I’ve taken  of that bridge!



Would it have changed the course of events in NI?

December 29, 2007

Christmas can be slow enough and, as the turkey emulsifies into excess fat to be sweated off in the gym after New Year’s resolutions, you turn to thinking about the events of the ending year and, in my case, that means checking out old news stories as I toss the trash from my email box.

And so I came upon this…. story from the BBC:BBC Picture Stormont discussed Paisley arrest which says:-

Secret Public Record Office files from 1977 show senior Stormont officials believed Ian Paisley was associated with loyalist paramilitaries.

The remarks made by the officials reveal they considered arresting the now first minister for conspiracy.

Whoa…. I wonder if Read the rest of this entry »

Earth to Earth….dust to dust.

September 21, 2007

It’s funny how the mind works some days, isn’t it? For instance, I had occasion to spend a couple of hours yesterday in Dromore, County Tyrone. I have been there many times but I’m always traveling through and I’ve just never taken the time to pause. But yesterday I got out of the car and had a wee wander. I highly recommend getting out of the car – it’s amazing what you find!

I came across this scene:-


It turns out that Read the rest of this entry »

Norn Iron Sayings!

June 12, 2007

I’ve been thinking about some of our local sayings and I think I’d quite like to gather a few before I shuffle off this mortal coil. So here’s goes with a couple of my favourite sayings that I’d love to know the orgin of! Do you know where these started or have you a favourite of your own?

1. Do you think I was born up a tree in Rosemount. (Derry usage: I’m not stupid, you know!)

2. You’re as far away as Read the rest of this entry »

Stories – you can’t take them with you!

June 5, 2007

I was at a funeral to-day, a sad occasion at any time but, in this case, it was also a celebration of a marvelously full 95 years of life! One of the mourners observed that she had just meet a long unseen cousin at the funeral who entertained her with several really brilliantly remembered tales from “the old days”.

She went on to say she had told her cousin,

“You should write all those stories down so that your grandchildren can hear them.”


And you know what? She’s absolutely right! Read the rest of this entry »