Walk on by culture selfish or justified?

June 22, 2008


A TERRIFIED young woman cries out as she is violently assaulted and has her clothes ripped off along a busy road, a split second decision must be made as to whether to intervene or not.

According to a new Downing Street report you would probably walk on by.

The report carried out by Government advisor Louise Casey is based on the views of 13,000 people about our justice system and concludes that most people wouldn’t intervene due to fears for their own safety or of being arrested.

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Iris Robinson’s remedy leaves bad taste in mouth

June 8, 2008

ONE STEP forward for man and a giant leap back for womankind.

In the same week her husband got his foot in the door as Northern Ireland’s First Minister,  MP Iris Robinson’s foot was firmly lodged in her mouth as she claimed gay people need psychiatric help.

Mrs Robinson, Chair of the Stormont Health Commitee made the comments on Stephen Nolan’s BBC Radio Ulster show on Friday.

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Robinson New NI First Minister

June 5, 2008

PETER Robinson officially took office today as Northern Ireland’s First Minister.

The recently elected DUP leader, took his pledge of office followed by re-nominated Sinn Fein deputy Martin McGuiness.

Earlier in the week Stormont sources hinted that Sinn Fein could refuse to put forward their deputy First Minister candidate, a move which would have stalled the devolved government.

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Queen’s chiefs ‘flop out’ at discovery

May 13, 2008

EMBARRASSED QUB bosses have ordered the removal of a herbal viagra machine from the male toilets in the students’ Union.

The tablet dispensers had only been installed for a week before they were discovered and swiftly removed last friday.

The machine at QUB is only one of several which has appeared in clubs across Belfast in the past few weeks. The distributors claim the herbal pill is just as ‘potent’ as the regular prescription Viagra.

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Desperate Housewife

May 10, 2008

We gals’ know that getting a man’s attention is a mammoth task at the best of times. One Loughgall lady however, proved to be an expert at snaring her husband’s interest – by faking her own kidnapping.

Newry Crown Court heard how Patricia Thompson, 44, conceived a ‘tiger kidnap’ plot to win back her husband’s attention believing that he was having an affair.

The court heard how her false claims began in July 2005, when Thompson alerted police to a phony raid by a gang of four men who robbed cash from her home in Blackisland Road, Loughgall.

For a further nine months, Thompson made numerous false reports to police detailing threats on her life. These included bogus reports of graffiti attacks, sabotaged brake pipes and threatening text messages.

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Northern Irish DJ Fergie back on home turf

May 2, 2008


BY DONNA MCGARRY – donna@ragazine.co.uk

IT is safe to say that most of us get that inner cringe feeling when we hear someone from Northern Ireland speak on the radio or TV. The unmistakable twang usually sparks the dreaded question ‘Oh no, do I sound THAT bad?’

We’ve been lucky enough to export some of the country’s finest across the media spectrum to represent our dodgy accent and no-one has done us more proud than dance music DJ, Fergie who is most famous for taking Radio 1 by storm with his controversial weekly show.

There is no denying that Fergie, better known as Robert Ferguson to friends and family, has an impressive CV spanning over ten years playing to music lovers worldwide. Gigging across the globe in places like Hong Kong, Berlin and the clubber’s paradise that is Ibiza, this Larne native could be considered a DJ veteran at only 28. Read the rest of this entry »

Focus: Northern Ireland, immigration nation?

May 2, 2008

BY ROBYN CLARE SCOTT – robyn@ragazine.co.uk

FOR decades Northern Ireland was hardly the first choice of destination for foreign travellers, but, with the advent of the peace process, Ulster has finally begun to draw visitors from across the globe.

After enduring over forty years of sectarian violence and civil conflict, Northern Ireland has started to gradually put the troubled past behind it, hesistantly becoming a multi-cultural society.

Much of this change has been the result of the ongoing peace process, which last year has led to the well publicised restoration of devolved government, led by the so-called ‘chuckle brothers,’ Ian Paisley and Martin McGuiness.

Whereas before Northern Ireland was made up almost solely of the two warring Protestant and Catholic traditions, it has a newfound stability and as result gained a surprisingly large number of immigrants.

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