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SQUINTER: The Lord Hamill’s bus stop, the gentleman bomber and the courteous UDR patrol

A DISCUSSION on Twitter this week about the respective city centre  locations of hamburger joints Wimpy and Lord Hamill’s caught Squinter’s attention because back in the 80s Squinter used to get his bus outside Lord Hamill’s (which was in Wellington Place, to answer the question – Wimpy was in Royal Avenue). Early one evening around 1982 […]

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SQUINTER’S SIDEWAYS LOOK AT THE WEEK: Is this your car, sir? and other ways to ’embrace the spirit of Northern Ireland’

AS the Covid-19 crisis deepened and  Boris Johnson,  Dominic Cummings and certain members of our newly-reconvened Executive decided that a policy of letting eight people out of ten contract the coronavirus was not a good idea after all, it was time for a rethink. Cometh the hour, cometh the woman, and as people watched fearfully […]

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Squinter’s essential betting guide to Election ’17

ALL elections are about using your loaf, as my oul’ da used to say, but never was that more true than in Thursday’s poll. Circumstances are much changed from last May, when a kind of semi-normal boredom had set in, hitting turn-out and seriously lowering the excitement factor. Now Arlene’s serial balls-ups and her Project […]

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Why Halloween doesn’t smell like it did

  IT’S all pumpkins these days, isn’t it? Pumpkins piled on top of each other on bales of hay at the front door; pumpkins artfully placed in shop window displays; candlelit pumpkins carved intricately and gruesomely. Squinter’s old enough to remember when nobody knew what a pumpkin was. Or perhaps the odd swot might have […]

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Seasons greetings

  THOSE are snowflakes on the Kit Kats in the vending machines in the Andytown News kitchen, right? While it’s not exactly Santa with a Robin on his head sitting beside a blazing fire drinking egg-nog, it’s still a symbol of Christmas – Nestlé probably thinking that even for chocolate manufacturers,who make their hay not […]

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Start spreading the moos, I’m heaving today

EVERYBODY likes to spread things on their toast. Well, not everbody, exactly. There are people who don’t like toast but do like spreads and there are people who do like toast and don’t like spreads. Ah, dry toast. When Squinter was a boy it was exclusively for people in hospital suffering from stomach complaints or […]

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