The death of a great man and genuine peacemaker (as opposed to someone who just agreed to stop murdering other people) throws into perspective the petty sectarianism that continues to dog this place.
John Hume wasn't just a peacemaker - although it's for that he will rightly be most remembered.
He was also a man who understood what it was like to be poor and who worked to improve conditions and opportunities for working class people on both sides of our community.
He argued that there were priorities that transcended division - like putting food on the table.
But petty sectarianism is still a thing here as another story from the past week - the demise of LAD - illustrates all too well.
In our sister paper, Sunday Life, journalist John Toner had an interview with a "founder", if that isn't too grand a word, of the LAD social media sites.
For those unaware of this long-running exercise in supposed hilarity, parody and sneer, LAD stands for Loyalists Against Democracy.
It was established in the wake of the loyalist flag protests pillorying the likes of Jamie Bryson - a particular butt of LAD ridicule.
I've no time for Bryson's politics. But it's fair to say he's evolved into an astute influencer in local politics.
Irony of ironies, it was LAD which helped raise his profile and make him what he is.
The lads of LAD called their site satire. Its critics called it sectarian. Even the "founder" admitted that in recent times it had "turned into a Shinnerbots' site. It was nasty".
UUP councillor Alan Lewis who was viciously trolled on the site would go further. He's called for the police to investigate if laws were broken describing it as "sustained abuse of one section of the community drawn out over many years".
Meanwhile this week, the home of the LAD founder has been targeted - a window was broken in the premises below and paint thrown. His family including a young baby were upstairs at the time.
As someone who knows what it is to have the family home attacked when young children are sleeping, he has my sympathy. Nobody deserves this. It is wrong and to be totally condemned.
Humour is a subjective thing. Some obviously found LAD side-splitting but I was never a fan.
One word sums up why. A name they also used on their social media sites.
It's that affix "fleg" that said it all. It summed up an enterprise that primarily came across as just one long, snobby smirk at people seen as not quite as well-educated as those clever lads behind LAD.
The site's USP, its unique selling point, was portraying working class loyalists (and by extension unionists in general) as thick.
But in doing so it also demeaned people right across this community who haven't had the educational advantages of those who ran the site.
People who speak with a working class accent. People who don't pronounce their vowels with the same well-modulated smuggery as the likes of the LAD men who suffer from what I would describe as an inflated sense of apostrophe assisted superiority.
Shamefully this isn't entirely a LAD thing.
Down recent years it's gained considerable traction even among many of those who would consider themselves liberal.
Yes, Protestant working class lads (that word again) fare worst in the local league of educational underachievement.
But that vile line that's routinely trotted out by way of explanation?
"Working class Protestants don't value education."
If that was said about any other group, there'd rightly be uproar.
The sad reality is that educational inequality stymies children in all poorer socio-economic groups right across the community; Protestant, Catholic and those we dismissively parcel up as Other.
John Hume recognised that fighting such disadvantage was more important than petty sectarian squabbling.
He summed it up in that simplest but most powerful slogan of his.
You can't eat a flag.
Whoever would have thought there would come a time in Northern Ireland where you'd get done for NOT wearing a mask?
But come Mandatory Mask Monday, a couple of days from now, facewear will be compulsory in shops and enclosed public spaces.
In terms of the great face mask face-off I don't understand what the fuss is all about. They're not exactly asking us to wear a hazmat suit. A face mask is a small thing. A bit of an inconvenience, yes. And who really knows how effective or otherwise they are?
But at the very least they may give people who've been shielding, or have been shielding someone vulnerable they love, a wee bit more confidence to get back out there.
In the words of one of those stores we'll be wearing them in, every little helps.
Arlene Foster says she's hoping for compliance and that a penalty notice system will not have to be used.
The Executive assumes shop customers will show responsibility. But not, for some reason, pub customers.
Indoor bars which had hoped to be open on Monday have been knocked back again.
This is a devastating blow to the industry. Businesses are going to go down the drain. Many, many people will lose their jobs.
The Executive maintains it's a choice between opening the schools and opening the pubs.
Why? Why is it not possible to open both?
The line is that the children's future must come first. Nobody's arguing with that. But what's that future going to be like if, by the time they enter the jobs market, there's no work for them?
Police in England have swooped on a young woman who, in a moment of anti-social madness, tossed the crumbs of her tuna baguette on the ground for a pigeon to eat. Littering, apparently. It's been a tough time for the pigeon community of late. With fewer city workers around the pickings have been poor. I would feel sorrier for them if one hadn't taken up roost on my roof leaving the inevitable waste below. And whatever it's been eating, it wasn't tuna baguette.
Only a few months after guest editing her "game-changing" issue of Vogue magazine, Meghan Markle has failed to make its top 25 list of women of "power, prescience and poise." The Queen does. And Emily Maitlis and Dr Jenny Harries, deputy chief medical officer of Covid daily briefing fame.
Apart from being alliterative I'm not sure what the "prescience" bit is supposed to be about. And poise? You'd never get a list of powerful men with poise, would you? So much for game-changing there, Vogue.