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The MAC’s cafe gives us all a little bit of food heaven

The MAC Cafe Bar, St Anne's Square, Belfast. Tel: 028 9023 5053

Art centres are beacons of light across Northern Ireland with their top notch culture, and their food offerings should be celebrated too

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Brunch specials: A dish from The MAC cafe

Brunch specials: A dish from The MAC cafe

Brunch specials: A dish from The MAC cafe

Pubs, restaurants and hotels, our little windows into heaven, are feeling the brunt of the Covid-19 restrictions like no other sector. What gives us greater pleasure than food, drink and a night or two away from home can, of course, only be discussed among those of us who are on very close speaking terms.

But that aside, the pleasures brought to us by musicians, comedians, actors and artists come a close third to providing us with the excitement, entertainment and occasionally, levels of participation, close to that offered by the first two.

In a nutshell, the three most significant experiences which make our miserable lives a little less gloomy are hospitality, sex and the arts. And two of those are seriously under threat. People can be very sniffy about the arts. They tend to overlook that the creative industries which require a supply of artists, musicians, writers, actors and people who are not wed to convention, employ well over a million across the UK and Ireland. How very different our world would be if there was no radio or telly to switch on.