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Ed Miliband – We’re Better Together, but don’t vote Labour

This week has seen the Labour Party hold their annual Conference in the UK and as these things go, the highlight is usually the speech of the leader – Mr Ed Miliband. He went on for over an hour about a whole host of things, mostly introducing his ‘friends’ to the Labour Party… but he … Continue reading

Scotland Votes No

This morning I had the relative advantage of waking up at my normal time to watch the Scottish Independence Referendum via the BBC’s World Service – when I got the box going the first result had just been declared. As the dog & I sat on the sofa and watched the results come in, it … Continue reading

The Independence Question

So the disclaimers up front… I’m a unionist, originally from Northern Ireland and I believe in the Union between NI and GB. I don’t believe in devolution to the regions of the UK. I’m not all that bothered whether Scotland stays or goes. I believe nationalism, of any hue, is inherently evil and has bigotry at it’s … Continue reading

A free ticket to Celtic Park you say?

  Day three of my trip to Glasgow saw me complete my preparations for the games. I attended Commonwealth House in the city centre to go through my ‘Just In Time’ training – aimed at those volunteers who were from outside the UK. It was an ecletic mix of ex-pat Scots, English, Welsh and Northern … Continue reading

2012 in review for Finbar on Tour

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for Finbar On Tour which I’ve shared below. 2012 has, in reality, seen the tour come to an end as I now reside back in Northern Ireland, however, you never know if the tour will start again, perhaps somewhere different… Anyways, thanks for following over … Continue reading

End of the Tour?

So firstly a big ‘bad me’ for the complete absence of blogs now since early April… so nearly three months later I’m back, feeling like writing and yet the whole reason for this blog is almost obsolete. I started this blog in early 2005 as a way of keeping friends & family in touch with … Continue reading

Movember Progress

I’ve been taking part in Movember for the first time this year, as I posted on 31st October. If you take a look at that post, you’ll notice that I was approaching Movember with a full bearded face. It’s been 11 days now and it’s been a bit odd having to deal with stubble and … Continue reading

A Year on WordPress

November 7th sees me complete a full year on WordPress and a total of 4,005 unique visits in 12 months… sure, not a lot, but to me having commenced with 92 unique visits a year ago and having 144 this month already it goes to show that someone, somewhere is getting benefit from my musings… … Continue reading

Remember, Remember…

Remember, remember the fifth of NovemberGunpowder, treason and plot.I see no reason, why gunpowder treasonShould ever be forgot. Guy Fawkes, Guy, t’was his intentTo blow up king and parliament.Three score barrels were laid belowTo prove old England’s overthrow. By God’s mercy he was catch’dWith a darkened lantern and burning match.So, holler boys, holler boys, Let … Continue reading

The Beginning of the End?

Tonight in Athens a vote of confidence on the Prime Minister Papandreou’s will take place and our future might depend upon it. If PM Papandreou loses the vote, Greece’s constitution demands that a General Election will be held and that could hasten Greece – the country – to being bankrupt. What that means is that … Continue reading

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