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Thursday is poetry day...

Ireland With Emily by Sir John Betjeman

Bells are booming down the bohreens,
White the mist along the grass,
Now the Julias, Maeves and Maureens
Move between the fields to Mass.
Twisted trees of small green apple
Guard the decent whitewashed chapel,
Gilded gates and doorway grained,
Pointed windows richly stained
With many-coloured Munich glass.

See the black-shawled congregations
On the broidered vestment gaze
Murmer past the painted stations
As Thy Sacred Heart displays
Lush Kildare of scented meadows,
Roscommon, thin in ash-tree shadows,
And Westmeath the lake-reflected,
Spreading Leix the hill-protected,
Kneeling all in silver haze?

In yews and woodbine, walls and guelder,
Nettle-deep the faithful rest,
Winding leagues of flowering elder,
Sycamore with ivy dressed,
Ruins in demesnes deserted,
Bog-surrounded bramble-skirted -
Townlands rich or townlands mean as
These, oh, counties of them screen us
In the Kingdom of the West.

Stony seaboard, far and foreign,
Stony hills poured over space,
Stony outcrop of the Burren,
Stones in every fertile place,
Little fields with boulders dotted,
Grey-stone shoulders saffron-spotted,
Stone-walled cabins thatched with reeds,
Where a Stone Age people breeds
The last of Europe's stone age race.

Has it held, the warm June weather?
Draining shallow sea-pools dry,
When we bicycled together
Down the bohreens fuchsia-high.
Till there rose, abrupt and lonely,
A ruined abbey, chancel only,
Lichen-crusted, time-befriended,
Soared the arches, splayed and splendid,
Romanesque against the sky.

There in pinnacled protection,
One extinguished family waits
A Church of Ireland resurrection
By the broken, rusty gates.
Sheepswool, straw and droppings cover,
Graves of spinster, rake and lover,
Whose fantastic mausoleum,
Sings its own seablown Te Deum,
In and out the slipping slates.
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The fight against Counterknowledge!

Now, this is the sort of Facebook group I can really dig!

Are you sick of conspiracy theories and Da Vinci Code-style "history" that are based on twisted evidence? Does it annoy you that a pseudoscience like homeopathy can be taught at degree level in an established university? Are you scared by the spread of anti-Semitic Holocaust denial through the Middle East? Do you want to defend school students against the teaching of bogus "Creation science"?

Then this group is for you. It's not a conservative or liberal group. It's not for or against religion. It's against the systematic misrepresentation of reality that is spreading across the internet and old media like a virus.

It's time to send out a clear message to fundamentalist Christians, postmodern pseuds who think science is a "narrative", Islamic conspiracy theorists, 9/11 fruitcakes, New Age quacks, greedy publishers: if you can't support your theories with solid data, then stop bothering us with your bullshit.

Fuck yeah!
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Lefty toffs are martyrs to tradition?

From The Dutchess vs 'white trash' Britain in spiked:

The Duchess in Hull is one big advert to show how jolly nice Fergie is. So it’s not surprising that it avoids asking one very obvious question: why does she have an apartment in New York and staff while the Sargersons - who seem like thoroughly decent people in a rut - have to feed themselves on 80 quid a week?


Poor people being patronised by the upper classes is nothing new, of course. In The Road to Wigan Pier, published in 1937, George Orwell recounts the anger of one communist activist: ‘In London, he said, parties of Society dames now have the cheek to walk into East End houses and give shopping lessons to the wives of the unemployed. He gave this as an instance of the mentality of the English governing class. First you condemn a family to live on thirty shillings a week, and then you have the damned impertinence to tell them how they are to spend their money.’
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Hen party women acting 'like harlots' - pastor

Them Derry wans obviously have more fun than I gave them credit for!

A GROUP of women who were spotted carrying a six foot inflatable penis along the Strand Road in Derry have been accused of "behaving like harlots" by a local pastor.

Pastor Stan Cullen of the Baptist Church, who is also a taxi driver, said he was appalled when he saw the women carrying the item after teatime on Saturday evening when children were standing outside the cinema.

And he said his wife and kids were left stunned by a separate incident when they saw a woman on a party vehicle flash her bare breasts at a passing male in Clooney Terrace on Friday night.

Giant inflatable dicks on the West Bank, female flashers on the Waterside. Whoda thunk it? Obviously, it's a sign of the end times. Read more in the Derry Journal.
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Buho the Elf gets two years

Robert Boyd, aka Buho the Elf has got two years for robbery at Belfast Crown Court. Enthusiastic readers of Sammy Morse will remember that Boyd was arrested for stealing lingerie and suspender belts at oh-so-feminine-not-a-sex-shop-honestly Orchid on Belfast's Lisburn Road. Boyd's defence was that he got confused between real life and his character in theShadowrun cyber-fantasy role playing game, Buho the Elf.

Two years seems a bit stiff for a first offence, even if a knife was involved, as the guy obviously has 'issues'. I suspect the beak noted the public notoriety of the case, especially among roleplayers and sundry geeks, and decided to make himself look a bit hard.

I don't envy this bloke when he gets to Maghaberry. He will be the laughing stock of the jail.
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Blue Peter in vote cheat scandal! ;-)

First it was Richard and Judy and the X-Factor, now even that staple of motherhood and apple pie children's programming Blue Peter has been caught running a bogus phone-in competition.

Has anyone actually been sacked over this corruption? For corruption is what it is. And if not, why not?

I mean, at one level I really don't care what C-list TV shows do; but at another it's an example of literally getting away with theft that erodes, in a very public way, some of society's most important values.
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Elf defence for 'lingerie thief'

One for all you roleplayers. This sort of thing could only happen in Belfast.

A man accused of a stealing underwear from a shop in a knifepoint raid believed he was a female elf at the time, Belfast Crown Court has heard.


He told the court he had been involved in a role-playing game at the time, and his character was an elf named Beho.

He told defence counsel Anthony Cinnamond that within his small social circle he had been participating in a game known as Shadowrun.

The game was set in the future and the assumed characters were criminals, he said.

He told the court his character was a shaman, or magical elf, who carried a small Japanese sword as a weapon.


He is accused of stealing two sets of bras, knickers, suspender belts and stockings from the shop on Lisburn Road on 14 December, 2005.

The case continues.

This certainly brightened up my day. The BBC has more.