In a first - even for our local paint-daubers - someone this week scrawled a graffiti clarification on a shop wall in Belvoir. In rhyme. His previous offering, an "Ode to Leo Varadkar", had made headlines due to a disgusting racist threat. His new "poem" claimed that the first had been misconstrued.
Apparently the graffiti-er wasn't being racist. Just abusive. Ah, so that's all right then.
We have a bit of a thing for graffiti in Northern Ireland. A former colleague of mine used to describe it as being the paramilitary equivalent of the "breaking news" ticker on TV news channels.
This week, amid the chaos of new customs checks, the signs have been ominous.
Port workers have been described as "targets". The PSNI say they don't think the people behind the threats are paramilitaries. But I imagine if you were a port worker, this mightn't come as such great reassurance.
Especially since the Mid and East Antrim Borough Council does seem to feel that paramilitaries are responsible.
Staff in Larne and Belfast have been withdrawn from their duties, as have EU officials.
The fear has to be that loyalist paramilitaries will capitalise on the shambles created by Brexit.
And on the genuine anger felt by decent loyalist people, who see themselves as sold out by the Government.
Unionists, particularly in working-class areas of Northern Ireland, feel that their views about post-Brexit border controls have been entirely ignored.
They believe their perspective is regarded as a matter of no consequence and that their concerns count for nothing.
They saw how Boris took a hand out of the DUP and then dumped Arlene when it suited him. They watched the EU claim that a hard border in Ireland (which nobody, including even the DUP, wanted) would imperil the Good Friday Agreement.
It would encourage republican paramilitary violence - and the high-minded EU maintained it could not be party to destabilising peace.
But the logical follow-on was that the same could be argued re the sea border potentially provoking various loyalist paramilitary outfits never known to pass up on any opportunity to style themselves as defenders of Northern Ireland's constitutional position (as opposed to the shower of drug-dealing leeches that they are).
For this, and an upsurge in community tensions, the EU is primarily to blame. It has treated Northern Ireland and all its people with utter contempt.
All that concern about a hard border? And then they try to impose it themselves to stop the movement of vaccines...
It was always accepted that the EU would do its damnedest to make Brexit painful for the UK. But it has ended up taking it out on the one small part of the UK where, by the EU's own admission, it was vital to tread carefully over borders.
Northern Ireland has been used as the punchbag by Boris and by Brussels. And has been badly let down by both.
It's to the EU's shame that a supposedly benign organisation committed to human rights actually threatened to stop medicines passing our borders and, in some instances, has stopped foodstuffs and other vital supplies reaching here.
Even mud. One of the maddest stories about new customs restrictions concerns the digger which had to be jet-hosed in case it transported English soil on to our shores.
Some may see a certain constitutional symbolism there, but what it most conveys is the level of EU bloody-mindedness and pettiness.
It's been stubbornly refusing to show flexibility.
Nobody is benefiting from this. Businesses and consumers on all sides of the community here are being hit.
The local economy is now at risk. And, once again, our ever-fragile peace.
Something has to give.
Spinach emails are food for thought
Scientific breakthrough of the week. You would think scientists would have more pressing concerns right now, but apparently they've been busy teaching spinach how to send emails. Ours not to wonder why etc.
The worry is that, having mastered the art, spinach will not know when to stop.
You get enough spam as it is without being on the mailing list of one of your five-a-day.
Why does spinach even need to send emails? Couldn't it just tweet, text or WhatsApp like everybody else?
Tom just one of many elderly heroes
Sad news about the late Captain Sir Tom, a remarkable old gentleman who fully deserves the tributes paid to him.
But shouldn't we now, as the Beatles said, let it be? Naming a hospital after him is a fine idea, given the money he raised for the NHS. But a statue (also suggested) is maybe taking it a bit far.
Captain Tom was lauded and his contribution recognised when he was alive.
But there are also hundreds of thousands of other old people who've had to sacrifice their freedom is this last awful year.
They're heroes, too.
Thief should have kept up with Kim
The importance of research - even if you're a burglar. One of the thieves who stole millions from Kim Kardashian says he wouldn't have had done it if he'd known how famous she was and the attention it would attract. He'd never heard of her, he says. He's now in jail. Something to be said, then, for keeping up with the Kardashians.