Today is the last Friday in June, and today is OBON Day. Don’t worry if you have never heard of it, no-one on this island really has. And it would have stayed this way, if the UK Department for Education hadn’t gotten involved. OBON stands for “One Britain One Nation,” and started out in 2005 in Yorkshire as a non-profit…. Read moreGet them early
This is what happens when you have the week off, and don’t feel like following the news – the world turns in uncomfortable directions. Where to begin? Let’s start with the one that has the farthest reaching consequences: Arlene Foster, First Minister of Northern Ireland, resigned today. Most famous in Northern Irish politics for the Cash for Ash scandal. Also… Read moreQuo vadis, Ulster?
It is one of those cases where the devil is in the details. When the Brexit referendum machine got into full swing, not one Little Englander gave a thought or a damn about the border between Ireland the Republic and the 6 counties on the north-eastern tip of the island. That border ceased to exist with the ratification of the… Read moreFrom one border to another border
Living in Scotland, I had to overcome the culture shock of what the locals call “sausage.” The German word is “Wurst” and believe you me, sausage and Wurst are soooo not the same. When you say Wurst, it means meat. Packed tightly into natural or artificial intestines, with herbs and spices, cured or smoked. Either in slices for sandwiches or… Read moreWhere’s the meat?