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Paul Larkin

Chroniclers are privileged to enter where they list, to come and go through keyholes, to ride upon the wind, to overcome in their soarings up and down, all obstacles of distance, time and place.
Charles Dickens - Barnaby Rudge, Chapter The Ninth

Crisis? Let me tell you what the word crisis actually means.

Crisis is being stuck down a mine and you are either dead, or facing death, with the added torture that you know your relatives on the surface are dying a thousand deaths as they wait for news. Crisis is a media and journalistic Overclass which goes into feeding frenzy on happy clappy stories about Chilean miners who, thankfully, survive  but which completely ignores the real story about the  misery of mining for a living (see below). 

Crisis is where, in the western world, people become more and more obese – they are either Burger Kings or are “loving it” in Macdonalds - whilst the so called Third World cannot get the water and three  bowls of nourishment everyday that ensures the minimum survival of a family. Crisis is basic health services being decimated in poor areas all over Ireland so that cancers are not found in time and the mentally sick are thrown onto the streets.

Will you giveover with your crisis and loss of sovereignty!

Corrupt banks and bankers mugged us royally and regularly whilst we still had our supposed sovereignty.

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The Definition of Irish

'Yer not Irish', she said,

clinging  to the bar

for grim breath

Like there was nothing more

she could detest

The intricacies of history

skittling her mind

with the drink

Staring desperately into the black

of her handbag for fags

Rummaging for a word

that would make her unique

Herself alone

In rage she snaps

her exaggerated clasps

with a hysterical laugh

Her unitary state

hung, drawn and bordered

Petrified of other realities

Closed as a dissident

Cul de sac

A Green Union Jack


@ Paul Larkin

Madden's Bar, Belfast – September 2010

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Why stop at poor Jean McConville?

Some readers of this blog  may not be aware that Jean McConville’s rise as the cause celebre of certain media types reached a new high point last week when she received headline billing in two allegedly highbrow newspapers on the same day - one Irish and the other English.


Jean McConville with two of her ten children

Jean McConville’s story is heart breaking. Here was a mother of ten children who (in December 1972) was abducted by the IRA from her home in the lower Falls area of Belfast and simply disappeared. Her ten children were left orphaned and handed into the care of the state in a very traumatised society - given the hostile military conflict that prevailed at that time. There is a very good and suitably sober account of what happened to Jean McConville here at Wikipedia -

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