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.
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 when it shines but when it snows, it’s a little early to go full Kris Kringle.
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 recovering from an operation, but that’s the way some people actually prefer it. Just as Squinter’s been told – without ever having witnessed it, mind – that some people eat dry Paris buns.Weird.
MANY and varied were the words written about BBC Ulster’s poll last week on Irish unity. Personally, Squinter wanted to know whether this was the first time anybody had ever done a poll about whether anybody wanted a poll, but that question must sadly be set aside for later consideration.
MID-afternoon Monday and the Falls Road is sweltering in the kind of weather we only seem to get when the schools start back. Squinter’s dandering countrywards past St Dominic’s, grateful he brought his sunglasses but sorry he left his hat in the house.
TO Drumglass Park off the Lisburn Road on Friday afternoon for a bit of a dander after a big lunch. It was very quiet, which seemed strange at the start of the final weekend before the schools went back.
This sign outside a bar in Liverpool didn’t impress Squinter’s mate. “Typical everday sexism,” he moaned. “The pintglass ceiling still exists.” Yes, very funny. Squinter thought it was a laugh, quite frankly, if for no other reason than, like all the best jokes, there’s more than a grain of truth in there. Does Squinter get under the feet of the women in his life when we go shopping? Not really, but he does mope for Ireland. Does he moan about having to proceed to the next shoe shop? You betcha. Would the female shoppers’ lives be easier without him. No doubt. So hands up – it’s a fair kindergarten cop