Now, that's a smashing idea
Great idea from Argentina – The Break Club.
Great idea from Argentina – The Break Club.
I'm in a bad mood. A right twist, as my mother might say. A downer. Is it because rehearsals aren't going well? No, rehearsals are going fine. I'll be ready and eager by tomorrow night to be on stage at the Lyric in my one-woman play, In The Window, which is on there all this week until Sunday.
Huge sighs of relief all round when photos of the royal baby George showed him to be very like his father and the rest of his family. Thank God. The police were able to call off those special units they had on standby, ready to pounce, just in case the wee lad looked nothing like the parents and had perhaps been stolen from a nice middle-class, totally white couple in one of those countries beyond "proper" Europe, where you wouldn't drink the water and mind yer bag in the marketplace, they're not to be trusted. (And he doesn't seem to be ginger either. Phew!)
Some schools in Derry decided not to take their pupils to one of the Turner Prize exhibitions.
It was six months yesterday since M died and today would have been his 60th birthday. Some of his family were flying in from the other side of the world as a surprise, to celebrate this milestone with us. It's still a milestone, just a very different kind and there won't be any celebration.
Policing the loyalist protest camp at Woodvale is costing £50,000 a day.
How different the world of writing would've been if smart phone technology had been around before now.
It's official. I am now a Medium. No, I don't talk to the dead (well, I do, but not to all of them, just one, so that doesn't count). I mean, I'm literally a Medium. As in Small, Medium and Large. I have, thanks to nearly 20lbs weight off in 10 weeks, moved from a life-long residency in the Large section, to a new home in Medium plaza.
David Cameron wants investment in Belfast. So do I. But he's talking big bucks into big business. I'd just like better staff in small cafes.
Technology is amazing. The latest so-futuristic-it-must-be-sci-fi, came through the door last week. Well, an advertisement for it did. Sign of the times – it was for a new sooper-dooper hearing aid – and I read it! (I'm a bit cornbeef in the upper registers and being in groups of people is getting difficult because they all mutter!)
Do you remember your primary school class? Maybe not all the names or faces but what about the pattern of the wooden floor, the metal radiators, the smell from the heating in winter when the man put down rat poison and it obviously had the "desired" effect; the view of your teacher at her or his desk at the top of the room; the big wooden cupboard where the reading books or the pencils and rubbers were kept; the Nature Table with the stinky bits and pieces drying out in the heat.
You can take modesty too far sometimes. I spotted a van advertising a country music disco service.
At the risk of sounding like Norman Tebbitt, I suggest a solution to the Woodvale Human Rights Camp Nightly Music In Defiance Of The Law debacle might be for the marchers to get on their bikes instead.
I've lost a stone in seven weeks. Brill. However, having spent a week out and about, I realise the main reason I've been able to stick to healthy eating, so far, is because I haven't put myself in the way of temptation, because I've hardly BEEN anywhere.
Pleese to excuse mee I speak very bad the Eengleesh. I haf a Spanish girl stay weeth mee all the week an' I don remember how speek very well no more.
did you hear about Asda having to remove one of its Halloween costumes because it was described as a 'Mental Patient' outfit and consisted of a bloody straitjacket and meat cleaver? (Sometimes you wonder if ANY human beings work in the quality control section of big organisations anymore).
Had a great chat with Linda Ervine the other day, over at the East Belfast Mission on the Newtownards Road.
Jean Paul Sartre famously said, "Hell is other people". Obviously the man never hired an edging sander to use on 80-year-old floor boards, painted with some dark substance that's probably illegal nowadays.
There was a period of three hours on April 20 this year, when I didn't know M was gone, but just thought he was busy at the other side of the city, too busy to answer the phone.
I'm sure I'm not the first person who, in the face of bereavement and a sense of total loss of control, has decided to transform herself into the person she really wants to be – calm, at peace and of course, slim and glowing with good health. In other words – a goddess champion of the simple life.
Please donate now to our Baby Hearts Appeal
Women 'conceived without sex'
Key moments in life of former president
Photographs from Belfast, Northern Ireland
Striking images from around the globe
Reader images: Send us your pictures
Gerry Adams, Liam Neeson, Eamon Holmes ...
Sports broadcaster David Coleman has died at the age of 87, the BBC has confirmed.
A remembrance service will be held today for teenager Jayden Parkinson at the church where her remains were found in a disturbed grave.
A woman and two men have died following a crash involving three vehicles, police said.
Jose Mourinho wants Chelsea to be more ruthless at both ends of the pitch in Monday's top of the Premier League encounter with Arsenal.
Swansea manager Michael Laudrup claims he missed out on the chance to sign Everton forward Romelu Lukaku because Chelsea insisted they wanted to keep the Belgian powerhouse.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger maintains there will be nothing personal in his bid to beat Chelsea on Monday night as he tries to get the better of Jose Mourinho at the 10th time of asking.
Jennifer Garner believes children are perfectly capable of comprehending complex situations.
Downton Abbey’s Laura Carmichael is “craving” Christmas.
will.i.am hopes someone buys him a holiday for Christmas.