The Merchant Navy: the fourth service – remembering the Victor Ross 80 years on

As we approached Remembrance this year, I was reminded that we keep hearing about the three Services: the Royal Navy, the British Army, and the Royal Air Force. Like Tony Meade in his letter printed in this month’s Legion magazine … Continue reading The Merchant Navy: the fourth service – remembering the Victor Ross 80 years on

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Insensitive SuperValu Christmas ad as we continue to live with COVID-19

We’re in the lead up to Christmas, so all sorts of supermarkets have started broadcasting their Christmas advertisements. I’ve just seen the one from Ireland’s SuperValu The children are worried about whether “he will come”. Obviously, most of us instantly think of Father Christmas and whether he will come. This is re-emphasised with the familiar glass and couple of mince pies left on the side. The final scene has he who was expected arriving. And no, it is not Father Christmas, it’s the child’s grandfather. With all that is going on in the world, with the ongoing social distancing due … Continue reading Insensitive SuperValu Christmas ad as we continue to live with COVID-19

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Twelfth of July parades cancelled

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, the Grand Master of the Orange Institution has today cancelled the Boyne Anniversary Parades set for July 2020. “In the current circumstances, the gathering of hundreds of thousands of Orangemen and women, together with their accompanying bands and spectators, would not be responsible. “ I appreciate that our culture and traditions are very much a way of life for the Orange family, however in light of the current situation, we must prioritise the safety of not only our members, but of the entire community. https://www.goli.org.uk/post/twelfth-of-july-parades-cancelled-due-to-coronavirus The cancellation of the Twelfth of July parades is … Continue reading Twelfth of July parades cancelled

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