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'How did I come to feel more European than British? I had never considered the question before, because circumstances never presented me with a choice.' (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

Malachi O'Doherty: The interwoven cultural strands tying Britain to Ireland cannot, and will not, be undone by Brexit 

How did I come to feel more European than British? I had never considered the question before, because circumstances never presented me with a choice. That I am British to some degree is unquestionable. I said this to a discussion group on the Shankill Road last week. One of the group asked me if this was something I would be happy to declare in front of other people of my own background.

Lyra McKee

Ruth Dudley Edwards: Lyra's legacy is love, Saoradh's is hate 

Saoradh are getting into the festive spirit. Towards the end of a year in which the New IRA, which they unconvincingly claim they're not linked to, came to public attention because, in April, they murdered my friend, Lyra McKee, a gifted, lovable young journalist, this blood-thirsty group of losers have put up a festive message in the window of their HQ, Junior McDaid House in Chamberlain Street, Londonderry, which they share with the Irish Republican Prisoners Welfare Association.

Changing times: the Queen will no longer wear real fur

Queen Elizabeth's dresser has decreed that henceforth her boss will only wear fake fur. But what would Greta say? 

I am very disappointed with Queen Elizabeth - not Olivia Colman in The Crown - but the real one residing at Buckingham Palace. It has been announced that no longer will she wear real fur. Under the guidance of her dresser (and new BF) Angela Kelly, any fur that appears on royal garments from now on will be "fake fur", or "faux fur" as the fashion industry calls it - not liking the word "fake".

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