WE take a look this week at the new trends, releases and news coming out of the creative community in Ireland. We have well and truly recovered from the NI Music Prize, but as the sore heads have subsided, business as usual has resumed for our releasing and performing creatives – if by business we mean transforming a fishing village into a mini-Glastonbury.
WHEN he recently noticed many of the thousands of newly planted trees in the new Glas-na-Bradan forest on the Belfast Hills pulled up and broken, Woodland Trust director Ian McCurley was left scratching his head.
IT’S that time of year again when coughs and sneezes spread diseases. Upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs) are common in parts of the body involved in breathing such as sinuses, throat, airways or lungs.
ISRAEL’S Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday led the world’s richest man, Elon Musk, on a guided tour of the sites where Hamas slaughtered over a thousand people on October 7 – stopping at one stage to look suitably sombre at a baby’s cot.
IN the 49 days of Israeli bombing of the Gaza Strip up to the ceasefire, the Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor reports 20,031 killed and over 36,000 injured. The dead include 8,100 children, many of whom remain buried under rubble. Up to 900 children have had limbs amputated. Among the dead are 210 medical staff, over 100 teachers and 67 journalists. The intensity of the killing alone means the war is well over a thousand times worse than what was experienced in our own thirty-year conflict.
MY optician's assistant told me recently that Christmas is the time of the year that he and his wife go out for a Christmas show. There was never any spare cash for me and all my sisters to go to a professional production, so the nativity play had to fill that gap.
IN the aftermath of the shocking scenes in Dublin there has been a chorus of reaction. Some of it thoughtful and complex, most of it noise that will ensure that any calm on the streets this week or next will be the restoration of a sticking plaster.
DAVID Bowie said that religion is for those who are frightened of Hell and Spirituality is for those who have been there. I can honestly say with hand on heart that my good friend, the Reverend Dr Bill Shaw OBE, is a spiritual giant, and in my eyes here’s why.
I HAVE met many loyalists over a very long time. In prison. Out of prison. In secret or in private talks going back to the 1970s. And many times since then. I like to think that some of us became friends. Or at least we became friendly. Some loyalist leaders played a crucial role in the negotiations which led to the Good Friday Agreement. They deserve great credit for that. That was then.