Book review – Ordinary Lives

Book review: Ordinary Lives by Allan LEONARD for Shared Future News 8 January 2009 In recent years there has been an influx into Northern Ireland of new arrivals from east European countries, as well as more familiar western places of Portugal and Spain. The British Council organised the Ordinary Lives project, which explores stories of... Continue Reading →


The Economist published an obituary on Irena Sendler, a Polish Catholic social worker who saved the lives of 2,500 children from the Warsaw ghetto during WWII. It was remarkable that her courage was not more greatly acknowledged. She was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, which was awarded to Al Gore.Irena Sendler was... Continue Reading →

Book review – Sophie Scholl and the White Rose

Sophie Scholl and the White Rose (978-1851685363), by Annette Dumbach and Jud Newborn, is a superbly well researched and presented account of an act of honour and bravery by conscientious young German students, who dared to stand up against the mind numbing machine of Nazism and the Nationalist Socialist movement during World War II. In 1989, I visited an exhibition... Continue Reading →

The Troubles and former Eastern Germany

Belfast Gonzo raises the topic of nostalgia-gazing of former Eastern Germany, and whether Northern Ireland is ready to look at some of its Troubles artefacts. Gonzo, are you old enough to remember the 1994 exhibition, Symbols, created by Rhonda Paisley and supported by the Community Relations Council? I even own a video about the exhibition,... Continue Reading →

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