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There May Be Blood

A private members’ bill on abortion is creating a stir south of the border while in Belfast a woman chains herself to Queen’s University, protesting female marginalisation. The storm clouds are gathering on the political intransigence that persists around women’s issues.  I … Continue reading

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Desperately Seeking Janelle Monáe

Watching the BBC’s Glastonbury coverage, I was taken by a blind impulse to see Janelle Monáe on stage, in the flesh. Much has been said about how the scintillating appearance rocketed her critically acclaimed 2010 album The ArchAndroid (Suites I … Continue reading

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Belfast’s Punk Past

Back in the summer of 2009 I sat down with Petesy Burns, one of the masterminds behind Giros. A hang-out for punks that was at the centre of Belfast’s D.I.Y. music scene, it had recently been memorialised in the ANTI … Continue reading

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The Front Page Bar: If Walls Could Talk…

Wander in by day and the Front Page Bar will seem like another world entirely from modern Belfast. A static, dusty haze streams in from the afternoon sun outside. Flat-capped punters intermittently duck into the Ladbrokes bookies next door, returning to … Continue reading

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