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Will Barry play it again for Clinton?

By Eddie McIlwaine

BARRY Douglas will be back at the scene of his most emotional night next Thursday playing a new work called The Starry Dynamo in the Machinery of Night by QUB graduate Philip Hammond for former US President Bill Clinton.

BARRY Douglas will be back at the scene of his most emotional night next Thursday playing a new work called The Starry Dynamo in the Machinery of Night by QUB graduate Philip Hammond for former US President Bill Clinton.

The cumbersome title comes from a poem by American writer Allen Ginsberg and the piece is a tribute to Bill who earlier in the day is receiving a Doctor of Law degree at Queen's.

The concert afterwards is in the Waterfront, where on the opening night four years ago Barry gave an impromptu rendering of Danny Boy on the grand piano. What's the betting he'll do the same again for Clinton? The concert, which will mark the launch of the QUB Foundation, will show off other Queen's talent including the Guthrie String Quartet from the university's school of music who perform in the foyer as guests arrive. A performance by the Queen's Consort chamber choir will close the graduation ceremony.

The Foundation is being established to raise funds for the university's development plan. Its first major project is the restoration of the great hall at Queen's.

Tickets for the ceremony are available at the Waterfront, booking office 028 9033 4400.

Jean just can't stop shopping NO wonder Jean Stevenson's friends were confused when she told them she was going to Iceland on a trip. They didn't know whether she meant the shop or the country.

You see, Jean, who lives in Helen's Bay, is always on the prowl for a bargain. She loves shopping - especially if it's dark. Husband Harry doesn't turn a hair at bedtime when Jean sets off for Forestside and a walk round Sainsbury's 24-hour store there. "I prefer shopping to sleeping," she says.

But getting back to Iceland, I can tell you that it was the country Jean was visiting. "Just a one day flight, but long enough to see the shops," she told me enthusiastically.

Jean was asked by a group of friends the other day if she wanted to book a seat on their bus excursion. And of course she did. And what was the destination of the bus? Portrush? Bangor? Newcastle? "You're not going to believe this," she confides. "It was Sainsbury's."

Sub hunter swoops in ANIMROD MR2 will sweep over City of Derry Airport on Sunday June 3 as the highlight of the revived Eglinton airshow.

The venerable submarine hunter is flying in from RAF Kinloss where 42 (R) Squadron is now based on the Moray Firth.

The Nimrod normally carries a crew of 13, including two pilots, and is used for anti-submarine warfare and search and rescue.

It is equipped with surface radar which can be used to locate ships and acoustic equipment to pick up sound wqves created by movement of vessels both underwater and on the surface.

This particular model is to be replaced by an updated version of the Nimrod, the MARA4 , in 2004.

The Nimrod will be flown to Northern Ireland by Flight Lieut Kevin Hughes.

That's him in the centre of the picture with the Nimrod behind. He is accompanied by Sergeant Dave Pym, the flight engineer (left) and Flt Lieut Phil Tett (second pilot).

Wartime grave mystery finally solved A MEMORIAL plaque to Rifleman George McClure, who was killed in action in the Great War, has been dedicated in St George's Church at Ypres in Belgium.

Yet until recently the soldier's relatives had no idea of his last resting place. The family believed he had lost his life with the 36th Ulster Division at the Somme.

"In fact," says his neice Betty Ogle from Hillsborough, who was in Belgium for the ceremony, "George was killed in the last few weeks of the war in the final German offensive around Ypres. "We traced his grave in the end with the help of the Somme Association in Belfast and discovered that he is buried in Canada Farm Cemetery at Elverdinge about four miles from Ypres itself. Canada Farm was originally a field hospital so it is likely he died there from his wounds."

The idea for a memorial to the Ulster soldier came from Pat and Maurice McBride from Carrick, who live in Lille in France and work with ex-servicemen and women on the Continent. In fact Pat, a lay assistant in St George's, was awarded the MBE for her services to the British community in France and Belgium earlier this year.

The hymn specially chosen by the relatives of Rifleman McClure for the moving ceremony in St George's was 'What a Friend We Have in Jesus', which was written by Joseph Scriven who hailed from Co Down.

Rifleman McClure was the son of John and Jane McClure and a native of Moira. He is buried with 800 other British Servicemen and lies with four other Ulster soldiers who were killed on the same day.

Baha'i gardens beckon SOMETIME writer and artist George Fleming and quiltmaker Marion Khosravi are off to Israel today to represent Northern Ireland Baha'is at the opening of the Terraces of the Baha'i Gardens on the slopes of Mount Carmel.

The spectacular gardens, hewn out of the barren rockface, have been described as the eighth wonder of the world. They took 10 years to lay and sweep down the mountainside in a rush of colour and growth.

More than 3,500 pilgrims from around the world are wending their way to Haifa for the ceremony.

"We are privileged to be invited," says George. "The event will be a sea of human colour and culture." The dedication ceremony will take place as dusk falls next Tuesday and will involve a concert at the base of the mountain, during which the gardens, one kilometre long, will be illuminated dramatically.

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