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Holding The Line

There is a line between what can be said and what can’t, and sometimes that line can be broken to the good, at others it has to be defended.

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Some years ago I was invited to speak at a conference in Armenia. Afterwards we were driven to meet the Catholicus, or Pope, of the Armenian church. He was annoyed about Northern Irish evangelicals poaching souls from him while bringing aid to victims of the Armenian earthquake.

Anyway, on the way back to Yerevan, the capital, I got separated from my translator. Our minibus took a detour up a hill to a cemetery and suddenly we were being escorted by soldiers to a grave and handed big gladiolis to lay there in tribute to whoever was inside. All of this was filmed.

So somewhere there is a little film of me paying my respects to an Armenian military figure whose name and achievements, benign or otherwise, I know nothing about.

Which means that I am ill placed to criticise Irish poets who performed a reading in Queens University today in honour of AJP Abdul Kalam, the founder of the Indian nuclear weapons programme.

Still, it would have been nice if someone had told him that the incineration of Pakistan should not be an option in any circumstances.

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Kissing in the park

I had taken this picture of the evening light in the trees before noticing the couple on the right. And if they hadn’t been too busy to see me they would, presumably, have taken me for a peeping tom. Honest, I didn’t mean it. But they are in exactly the right place to balance the image, so I can’t resist publishing it. I hope no one in it is kissing somebody they shouldn’t oughta.

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Not far now

Not far now

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