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#INDYREF: A referendum on the politics of hope vs. the politics of fear

Last night my colleague, confidant and captain of Off the Record Jason Murdock published a piece about why he thinks the Scots might vote Yes in the independence referendum on…..

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#Threepaddys: An Irish view on Scottish Referendum

Did you hear the one about the Englishwoman, the Irishman and the Scotsman that walked into an independence referendum? As part of our coverage of the vote, Off The Record…..

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#Threepaddys: An English view on the Scottish Referendum

Did you hear the one about the Englishwoman, the Irishman and the Scotsman that walked into an independence referendum? As part of our coverage of the vote, Off The Record…..

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#Threepaddys: A Scottish view on the Independence Referendum

Did you hear the one about the Englishwoman, the Irishman and the Scotsman that walked into an independence referendum? As part of our coverage of the vote, Off The Record…..

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#INDYREF: A referendum on the politics of hope vs. the politics of fear

Last night my colleague, confidant and captain of Off the Record Jason Murdock published a piece about why he thinks the Scots might vote Yes in the independence referendum on…..

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Boris Johnston faces questions over misuse of surveillance law RIPA to spy on journalists

The mayor of London, Boris Johnston, is facing questions over alleged misuse of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) after it emerged that the Metropolitan Police secretly used the…..

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Indyref: The ‘Yes’ vote may win, but it won’t be because of proper politics

Whatever you think about Alex Salmond – be it proprietor of independence or destroyer of the glorious union – he is right about one thing: the Scottish Independence referendum is a ‘once…..

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Brian John Spencer on ‘Death Etiquette': Punching Sacred Cows

When a prominent public figure passes away we are guaranteed a procession of praise and piety. A cascade of unalloyed and unequivocal affection. This is wrong. Compliment where compliment is due, but also criticise where criticism is due. Hunter S. Thompson wrote a…..

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NI21? A one-sided argument that lacks closure

Like the dramatic ending of a bad relationship, NI21 came to a halt without closure. They were gone suddenly, with a bang rather than a whimper, and with their demise went…..

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Brian John Spencer | The Importance of ‘Secular Scripture’

Anyone who knows me by my social media presence knows that I love quotes. Yes it can be a meaningless act – Ralph Waldo Emerson who said that “I hate…..

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Sarah Wright: ‘Restricting and criminalising women will never eradicate abortion’

Incubators, vessels, treated worse than animals. This is not an exaggeration of the plight of women in Ireland – North and South – this is reality. The recent story of…..

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In Review: The Guest

Hey how are you? Stop reading this and go away… I mean that in the nicest way possible. Still here for The Guest review? Fine. Be safe in the knowledge…..

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In Review: Omega Crom: Beyond Control (Sampler)

It’s not often that I get blown away by bands I’ve never heard of but that changed after coming across a sampler of Beyond Control by a band called ‘Omega…..

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Richard Dawkins/Lawrence Krauss sell out Belfast screening of ‘The Unbelievers’

A Belfast screening of ‘The Unbelievers‘ with a Q&A by renowned scientists Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss has sold out in under fifteen minutes. The event, due to take place at the…..

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In Review: ‘If I Stay’

Coming to cinemas this weekend is the new adaptation of a young adult novel by Gayle Forman called ‘If I stay’. The film stars Chloë Grace Moretz and is a…..

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In Review: Let’s Be Cops

Coming to cinemas this weekend is the new cop-but-not-cop buddy movie ‘Let’s Be Cops’ directed by Luke Greenfield. The film stars Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. as two friends…..

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