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TV star Paul Martin officially opens the Belfast Telegraph Holiday World Show later this week

Flog It's Paul Martin on why he loves useful antiques - and exciting new holiday experiences 

Television antiques expert Paul Martin is no stranger to Northern Ireland where his knowledge of all things old and valuable has unearthed some priceless gems over the years. And the star of Flog It! and new daytime show Make Me a Dealer can't wait to get back to Belfast this Friday when he will again mingle with local people as he helps launch the 2019 Belfast Telegraph Holiday World Show at the Titanic Exhibition Centre.

Double life: American citizen David Rupert infiltrated the Continuity IRA and Real IRA while working for the FBI and MI5

The $10m spy who worked for FBI and MI5 inside dissident republicanism 

On May 10, 1997, a passenger climbed into the back of the Belfast taxi. The driver noticed he was carrying a holdall in his right hand. As the taxi turned on to College Avenue, the back windows smashed with a low thud. Glass flew on to the road. Three of the passenger's fingers were strewn around the cab and blood was pouring from his hand. He was screaming as he searched for his fingers. Dripping blood onto the seat, he put each finger he found into his pocket.

John C Reilly and Steve Coogan as the comedy legends

You're having a laugh: New Laurel and Hardy movie mirrors duo's Belfast visit 

One of my great regrets is that I never got to see Laurel and Hardy live on stage. In the late-1960s, when I would have been 14 or 15 years old, my dad Sam used to take me to Belfast for a trip around Smithfield's secondhand bookshops. We always had lunch in the Kensington Hotel (it used to be on College Square East), followed by a trip to the nearby Classic cinema. That's where I first saw Stan and Ollie - those were the days when cinemas still showed a few shorts between the B feature and the main film.

Alcohol free: Julia Molony will once again be spending the month of January ‘dry'

Why I'm doing Dry January... and why you should as well 

I left my hard drinking days behind me, quite unintentionally, in 2015. The first time in my adult life I endured January without touching a drop of alcohol was in 2016. I was in the ninth month of pregnancy with my son at the time, so abstinence was more or less enforced, rather than being a virtuous lifestyle choice. Then he was born and my close friendship with wine has never really recovered. I can count on one hand the number of times since then I've staggered home around dawn after a night out on the tiles.


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