Black Friday bargains not so hot when sales fever fades
Remember the frantic scenes as shoppers literally fought each other over bargains on Black Fridays past?
Remember the frantic scenes as shoppers literally fought each other over bargains on Black Fridays past?
A casino and entertainment complex being built in Belfast and creating up to 1,000 jobs - all with £300m of someone else's money - might seem like a gamble worth taking.
In today's newspaper we report on modern-day Robinson Crusoe Peter McClelland. He has sadly bade farewell to his solitary life of 20 years as the warden on the National Trust's Coney Island in Lough Neagh.
Some 20 months ago there was widespread shock at the news of a SUV vehicle sliding down a slipway at Buncrana pier resulting in the loss of five lives.
It was supposed to be a meeting between Northern Ireland's two main political parties and the Prime Minister to breathe fresh air into the stalled talks on restoring devolution.
Fender Stratocasters were the guitars of choice for the stars who created rock music. Practically every pop star played the instrument at some stage of their career, turning the guitar into an icon in its own right.
In today's world there are so many stories about the use and abuse of hard drugs, that people may become less easily shocked about such behaviour.
Even though the Second World War ended so long ago, the stories of enormous personal courage still keep coming to us through the mists of history.
He hasn't gone away, but he has promised to do so next year. Gerry Adams, the most controversial political figure in Ireland in the last 40 years, is to step down as President of Sinn Fein and will not seek re-election as a TD.
The switching-on of the Christmas lights in Belfast this evening will be a welcome sign of the times, but as Father Desmond O'Donnell has reminded us, the times themselves are a-changing.
Coming just five months after the Grenfell Tower inferno in which 71 residents perished, the fire in a high-rise block of flats in Dunmurry was obviously a terrifying experience for those affected.
Cynics might argue that they would give even more generously to Children in Need if celebrities would stop acting the fool on the night less seriously. But that is to disregard the effort that so many put into raising money for this most worthy of charities and how their efforts inspire us humble members of the public to dip into our pockets.
A conference held in Belfast over the next two days will highlight the work of a unique all-Ireland health initiative.
In their advertising campaigns, banks like to portray themselves as all about customer service. Invariably, the images are of friendly smiling officials shaking hands with another satisfied business or personal banking customer.
The families of Eamon Fox and Gary Convie, two Catholic workmen murdered by the UVF 23 years ago, will be hoping that the Director of Public Prosecutions is correct to be optimistic that there is a reasonable prospect of conviction.
Eamonn Holmes has further proof of his success in becoming Northern Ireland's greatest broadcasting export after being hailed as the best television morning breakfast show host.
The budget for Northern Ireland put forward by Secretary of State James Brokenshire could just as easily been drafted by any senior civil servant. The pressure points on funding public services here have been well signposted, with health and education in particular in need of a financial boost.
Some people might regard David Foster as barking for adopting a stray, bony dog on a trip to the Amazon rainforest and planning to fly it to his home in Antrim.
Given the solemnity of Remembrance Day and the horror of the Enniskillen no-warning Provisional IRA bomb of 30 years ago, it beggars belief that anyone could have left a bomb near the Cenotaph in Omagh yesterday.
So near and yet so far! The Northern Ireland football squad and its thousands of much-travelled and faithful supporters are no doubt heartbroken by the failure to reach the finals of the World Cup in Russia.
Today, November 11, is one of the most solemn days in the annual calendar when we remember the dead and wounded of two World Wars, and of many other conflicts since then, even into modern times.
It is a fascinating piece of social history, how four Catholic priests who nursed Protestants during a cholera outbreak in Belfast in the 19th century were honoured by having streets named after them. The irony was that these streets were in the Shankill Road area.
The health authorities throughout the UK have recognised the merit of a revolutionary new diabetes testing kit by making it available on the NHS. It makes the vital task of monitoring blood sugar levels much easier for people with the condition and does away with the need for pinprick tests.
The Northern Ireland football team can take a giant step towards the World Cup finals when they play Switzerland in the first of two play-off matches tonight.
The horrific ordeal endured by a Northern Ireland breastfeeding mum in the workplace was reflected in the substantial £55,000 compensation award made to her in an out-of-court settlement. She had sued the Prison Service for sex discrimination, bullying and harassment.
The picture drawn by a local GP of middle-aged women sitting at home quietly drinking themselves to death as a result of life's disappointments should start alarm bells ringing throughout Northern Ireland and spark a demand for action from whoever will be in charge of legislating on health issues in the near future.
Ever wonder why it is difficult to book a hotel room in Northern Ireland in the last months of summer?
If anyone can relate to the horror of the massacre at the Texan Baptist Church, in which 26 people were killed and another 20 injured, it is Pastor David Bell. For he was caught up in a similar incident in Northern Ireland 34 years ago when republican gunmen opened fire on the congregation of Darkley church in south Armagh, killing three and wounding seven.
Sir Van Morrison does not court affection like ordinary musicians, often portraying a taciturn image to the public. Instead, he lets his musical genius do the talking for him and it seems he still has plenty to say.
This week marks the 30th anniversary of the Enniskillen bomb on November 8, 1987, and it is still regarded as one of the worst of the many atrocities of the Troubles.
First it was the expenses scandal at Westminster, and now it’s the allegations of sexual sleaze which are making the headlines.
The release of No Stone Unturned, which documents the UVF attack on a Loughinisland pub in June 1994 in which six men were shot dead and another five injured, throws in to sharp focus the whole issue of dealing with the toxic legacy of the Troubles.
It is difficult to realise the horror that Karen Taggart must have felt when she realised that a male colleague had been photographing her in the work bathroom. It was a particularly vile form of voyeurism, demeaning and invasive.
Victor Gordon was not just a hugely respected journalist to all who came in contact with him, he was a legend in his home town of Portadown, where his dedicated pursuit of the stories that mattered earned him a formidable reputation.
The latest potentially murderous attack on members of the PSNI in west Belfast is an indication yet again of what may lie ahead if our politicians at Stormont fail to reach an agreement, which seems to be a distinct possibility.
The public will be astonished at the compensation culture that exists in Northern Ireland's prisons and is revealed in this newspaper today.
Banbridge woman Grace McCullough hopes to be a doctor some day, but the medical student is already saving life through a simple selfless act. She decided to donate stem cells after seeing at first-hand during her studies the awful effects of blood cancer and how stem cells can transform sufferers' lives.
Pat Gillespie, the 100-year-old robbed in his Strabane home at the weekend, summed up his attackers perfectly in one word - "scum".
Our most famous Olympian Dame Mary Peters and BBC presenter Noel Thompson showed they are game for a laugh when they underwent a Halloween makeover.
There have been so many statistics about death and injuries in Northern Ireland due to the Troubles and their aftermath that there is a danger of just looking at the numbers alone.
Sir Jeffrey Donaldson's comments on the proposed visit by Pope Francis to Northern Ireland next year is one glaring example of the changed society that the head of the Catholic Church will find compared to the visit to Ireland by Pope John Paul II in 1979...
The vast majority of people in Northern Ireland will be shocked and annoyed to learn that the taxpayer is footing a sum of well over £1 million to cover Stormont's utility bills, even though the Assembly and Executive are not sitting.
This weekend the public will be given the golden opportunity to see up close some of the landmark buildings in the history of Belfast, along with more modern engineering projects.
The Bengoa blueprint for transforming Northern Ireland's health service - streamlining it and changing the way it works - set out 18 time-specific recommendations. It was estimated that it would take 10 years to complete the work but that timetable is being...
Readers of Mark Dobson's weekly column on his dialysis while he awaits a kidney transplant cannot fail to be inspired by his courage, good humour and consistently upbeat attitude in trying circumstances. But it is not just our readers who are fans of Mark. He has also made a big impression on the Irish Football Association for his ardent support of the international team, having missed only one home match in 18 years.
The description by a judge of working conditions at Londonderry's Altnagelvin Hospital at weekends as like a circle of hell is dramatic but not far from the truth as staff will testify.
The tale of the Londonderry man who has become a dad for the first time just weeks after narrowly avoiding being left paralysed in a surfing accident is the ultimate good news story.
It is not being overly-sensitive to find disturbing the idea of the sinking of the Titanic being used for entertainment.
World champion boxer Ryan Burnett had a health scare on Saturday when he was rushed to hospital after a gruelling but successful bout against Zhanat Zhakiyanov.
The world of medicine and of academia suffered a grievous loss earlier this year through the untimely death of the Queen's University Vice-Chancellor Professor Patrick Johnston at the age of 58.