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Archive for February, 2011

A Reading

This was for the Blackbird Book Club at Queens.
The reading is from Under His Roof

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Two of my occasional colleagues on media projects and panels will have a little business to settle today.
When Eoghan Harris visited the West Belfast festival he took a wager from Jude Collins. Eoghan had said that Sinn Fein would lose all its seats to Fianna Fail in the next Dail General Election, the one that was held yesterday.
Jude offered him a £100 bet on that and asked what odds Eoghan would give him. Eoghan offered ten to one.
Perhaps unfortunately for Eoghan, I recorded the sealing of the deal.

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Waiting for War in Benghazi

I called my guy in Benghazi again tonight. It was harder to get through this time.
He describes people who are afraid and excited at the same time, waiting to be attacked.

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Benghazi is peaceful for now and my contact describes how volunteers are tidying up and a committee has been formed to administer the city. But there is a dispute between some who think that they should return captured weapons to the commandos and trust them to provide protection and those who fear that once the weapons have been returned the commandos will attack.

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A phonecall to a protester in Benghazi, recorded on Sunday 10.45 pm from Belfast. Apologies for the poor quality of the sound.

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I called a contact in Benghazi tonight and he says that over a hundred people have been killed by the army in the street today and that anti aircraft weaponry and mortars have been used against civilians.

The full interview is below.

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Baby it’s cold outside.

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