George Morrison
August 7, 2010

Blood Diamonds

A couple of uncut diamonds or two “dirty looking stones” as the supermodel described them displaying a naivety which must have surprised the international war crimes tribunal sitting in The Hague. Even more surprising was the fact that two men coming to her hotel bedroom door after dark with a package was nothing unusual. The […]

July 31, 2010

Crude Oil

There is an old tale of a leaking horse trough which had served the community well and refreshed many horses in its day. The leak had become worse and the villagers got together to decide what to do about it. After some discussion it was decided not to repair the tank but to shoot the […]

July 24, 2010

Marian Activity

This is the 25th Anniversary of the moving statue of the Blessed Virgin at Ballinspittle. That was a year when we had many moving statues but few, if any, interpretations. Sightings and messages from the Blessed Virgin are not uncommon – indeed they are to be expected by Marian devotees at the various Marian shrines. […]

July 17, 2010

Seanie’s Sums

So the figures don’t add up! The ace Banker and “brains” of the Irish financial world ran out of options this week. Just when we thought he would never be caught he declared himself bankrupt. His liabilities exceeded his assets by a cool €96.7 million. Such was his confidence in his abilities during the “good […]

July 10, 2010


After many months of drought (we had lambs this year that never got wet) the rain came yesterday right on cue for the Oxygen Music Festival. There must be something about the name O2 which attracts the rain! Its not just rain but real Irish rain – the wetting, fine droplet variety that penetrates the […]

July 3, 2010

Signs of the Times

The men of Issachar were commended because they understood the times and knew what Israel ought to do” 1 Chronicles ch.12 v 32. We could do with some of these men today to show us what Ireland ought to do! An attempt was made this week by a letter writer to a National newspaper. His […]

June 26, 2010


I think it was Winston Churchill who said “Democracy is the worst form of government with the exception of all the others”! It is founded on the principle of elected individuals representing the people, who vote for them on the basis of their stated views. We have been able to avoid the grosser sins of […]

June 19, 2010

The Horn of Africa

The host nation for the soccer World Cup, South Africa, has introduced us to the modern horn of Africa – the vuvuzela. This instrument, blown with vigour, is responsible for the incessant noise which has blighted the opening matches of the competition. Heard on the telly, it resembles a swarm of bees in the room. […]

June 12, 2010

Killing Spree

This week, the first of the dozen funerals which must take place to bury Derrick Bird’s victims provided a focus for a grieving Cumbrian community, still raw from the shock of last week’s tragic events.  Bird was normal taxi driver, a sociable man. He lived a simple life, a regular at his local pub where […]

June 6, 2010

MV Rachel Corrie

Following the failure of the flotilla of 9 Turkish ships sailing out of Istanbul for Gaza came the Motor Vessel Rachel Corrie to add an Irish dimension to the humanitarian aid effort. The result was as predictable as the fate of the flotilla with the exception that those on board were not of the Islamic […]

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