Tuesday, March 31, 2009

A change of tact?

Bibi's back, yet even now the eternal optimist in me is looking for something positive at this moment in time:

"I am telling the leaders of the Palestinian Authority, if you really want peace, it is possible to reach peace… We do not want to govern another people. We do not want to exercise our power over the Palestinians."

I have never been Benjamin Netanyahu's greatest fan (to put it very lightly) but is it possible from these few remarks to detect a faint glimmer of light at the end of an extremely dark tunnel? Or am I just trying too hard to be upbeat?

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Just like old times

This can only mean one thing: NIR will be running a bus substitution service between Portadown and Lisburn this weekend.

Stoopid is as stoopid does

Given some of the grizzly stuff that the gangs in Limerick have been responsible for in recent years, one finds it very difficult to have a scintilla of sympathy for the bastards when one of them accidentally shoots himself dead. Apparently Philip Collopy, the fool concerned in this recent incident, was "in his kitchen handling the pistol and showing younger people in the house how to kill someone" when he unintentionally discharged a round into his head. Wonderful news. With 'training' of this quality the good citizens of Limerick should be able to look forward to a substantial reduction in crime in the coming months as more of these lads set about the task of emulating their leaders and eradicating themselves. It should save the Gardai a bit of time too. Everyone's a winner.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Take a hint lads

I just stumbled across the text of motion 59 at this weekend's conference of the Irish Labour Party down in Mullingar. Now, I have no doubt at all that the folks in the Northern Ireland Labour Forum mean well and are doing their utmost to further the cause of non-sectarian politics in this province, but after half a decade on the fringes of the Ely Place brigade perhaps they really should consider knocking this project on the head. Gilmore and co clearly don't want to know.

Thursday, March 19, 2009


As three people (yes, a whole three caring souls) appear to have become concerned about my precise whereabouts over the past month I thought that, if only for their benefit, I should shed a bit of light on what exactly I've been up to and explain why things have gone a tad hushed in these parts recently. So, the explanation for my absence? I'm moving house. Sorry it isn't anything more exotic but there you go. However, contrary to the remarks made by Joe from Fermanagh in the comments section of my previous post, there are no plans afoot to scrap yourfriendinthenorth. Regular blogging will resume once I get a phone line sorted out. When that will be remains to be seen.

Right, I'm off to continue my readjustment back to rural life after a decade or so of urban dwelling.