International

Return of the Mac: CD Review

The world rejoiced earlier this year when legendary rock group Fleetwood Mac announced a 2013 world tour. Jayne McCormack takes a trip down nostalgia lane to explain why ‘Rumours’ is still one of the best albums of all time. Music lovers everywhere are ecstatic that the band responsible for classics …

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Concerns amidst council shake-up

The re-organisation of local government will mean that there will be just 11 instead of 26 councils and 120 fewer council seats in Northern Ireland. The first elections with the new format will take place next year. The planning Bill is at Committee stage but it is hoped that it …

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Film review: Olympus has fallen

I was excited by the trailer of the movie, Olympus Has Fallen and even more so when I discovered that it was directed by Antoine Fuqua who also directed Training Day. I was further buoyed when I received a text from a friend that read “Olympus Has Fallen is the …

International

Thatcher’s ghost will continue to haunt Britain’s EU relations

Europe may have been the issue that led to Baroness Thatcher’s political downfall in 1990, but 23 years later, in the wake of her recent death, it appears that she might just yet win in her fight against an United States of Europe. When news broke of her death, David Cameron …

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Escorts speak out on Lord Morrow’s bill

Sex sells but if NI peer Lord Morrow has his way, it will be illegal to buy in Northern Ireland. As part of his bill to stop human trafficking and forced labour, the DUP MLA for Fermanagh and South Tyrone seeks to criminalise the purchasing of sex – voluntary or not – …

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N Ireland debates EU exit but unites to lobby Irish Presidency on CAP reform

As the UK eyes the EU exit door, Northern Ireland is looking to the Irish Presidency of the European Council as an opportunity to lobby on behalf of farmers in upcoming Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) negotiations. At a Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister Committee report meeting Monday, …

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Northern Ireland Rail speeding towards a bright future.

Just as the train line between Londonderry and Coleraine is set to re-open on the 24th March, one week ahead of schedule, Mr Mal McGreevy updated Coleraine Borough Council on Translink’s recent achievements. The Derry-Coleraine track has been closed for major engineering works since July 2012. Since then Mr McGreevy …

Movies

The Perks of Being a Wallflower – DVD Review

  “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” is the story of Charlie (Logan Lerman): a freshman in high school with problems, but not the kind of problems usually found in your typical high school drama. It is only when Charlie meets his best friends Patrick (Ezra Miller) and Sam (Emma …

Arts

Bates Motel; Review

Imaginative interpretation inspired by ‘Psycho’ Bates Motel is an imaginative interpretation of the teenage life of Norman Bates and can therefore be regarded as a prequel to the 1960 Alfred Hitchcock classic, Psycho. At the end of Psycho we are only given a glimpse into the destructive relationship that Norman …

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Translink to increase services to Londonderry

Translink has announced it is to increase rail services on the Londonderry line by 70%. Mal McGreevy, Translink’s General Manager, made the announcement at the Coleraine Borough Council meeting on Tuesday evening, 19 February. Services will be increased from 11 to 19 on weekdays, with an additional three services at …