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Counting Crows – August and Everything After-Live at Town Hall – Review

There was a time in the mid ‘90s when Counting Crows was one of the most critically acclaimed bands in the world. However their popularity began to wane at the start of the Millennium as their music became more erratic. Their early success was largely down to one album, “August …

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UK welfare reform, the universal credit and empty purses

Universal credit is the Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition government’s great white hope. The symbol of their attempts to mend broken Britain. Chancellor George Osborne said: “The benefits system is broken, it penalises people who try to do the right thing, and the British people badly want it fixed.” The Welfare Reform …

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Once upon a Time in Anatolia they made a film

Once upon a time in Anatolia, Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s sixth film, is a stark slow-moving portrayal of an investigation team’s hunt for a buried murder victim on the Anatolian steppe. From start to finish the film is brilliantly shot, engaging and frustratingly mysterious. What emerges is not a …

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Belfast City Council April meeting

Belfast City Council held it’s monthly meeting at the city hall on April 3. Once the usual formalities were completed the Council were able to turn their attention to the business of agreeing and approving the committee minutes from the previous month, and a number of issues were raised during …

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Northern Ireland gears up to host Giro d’Italia in 2014

One of the world’s greatest cycling events is coming to Ireland in 2014. The Giro d’Italia’s “Grande Partenza”, the big start, will be held over three stages on both sides of the border from 10-12 May. Two stages will be held in Belfast on days one and two of the …

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Changes needed for fertility regulations

The death of Sir Robert Edwards, the pioneer of in-vitro fertilisation, has come as a blow to the world of fertility medicine. He died peacefully after a long illness and tributes have poured in from all across the world, led by the first “test tube baby”, Louise Brown, who said …

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Abraham Lincoln review

This film is, quite simply, misnamed. It is not primarily about Abraham Lincoln at all.  It is a film about the abolition of slavery in America in the mid 19th century.  More particular than that it is about the passage through Congress of the 13th amendment to the constitution of …

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Government Funding for GAA “Scandalous” claims Allister.

GOVERNMENT FUNDING FOR GAA “SCANDALOUS” CLAIMS ALLISTER The belated announcement by the Department for Agriculture and Rural Development that it will part fund a GAA project in County Tyrone has been heavily criticised. The Traditional Ulster Voice MLA, Jim Allister described the funding as “a scandalous waste” of a “scarce …

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Council meeting

HEATED WORDS AT COUNCIL MEETING There was a heated exchange at the monthly meeting of Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council on Monday 6th May between the Chief Executive, Mr Ian Frazer and Councillor Maurice Morrow. The exchange arose when Councillor Morrow enquired about the progress of an urban renewal …

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Movies

A Good Day to Die Hard: Review

  Twenty-five years after first hitting our screens, John McClane (Bruce Willis) returns with the fifth instalment of the Die Hard franchise. Regarded by many as one of the best action films of all time, Die Hard (1988) is looked upon as containing the magical ingredients to make a memorable …

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