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Comment: A bung to keep flights at City of Derry, and maintain our daft airport policy

This column is being written from Spain.

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The autumn sun rises over the north sea. Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

The equinox, and the horror of the shortening days

Oh no it’s the autumn equinox.

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Jaclyn Glover, Deputy Manager, Citizens Advice Newtownabbey.

Can I get help with my travel costs?

Q. I have just received a letter advising me that I need to go to hospital for tests, can I get help with travel costs as I am not working at the minute?

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Sandra Chapman

While Stormont is spending, the needy elderly wait for care

I sometimes wonder who is looking after the money at Stormont. Endless amounts appear readily available for hard to justify schemes such as a £7m bail-out for City of Derry Airport which one politician recently described as the `vanity project of Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness’ and prompted another, Steven Agnew MLA to muse that it was amazing the amount of money the Executive can find down the back of a sofa.

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Women's heart issues need to be the focus of an awareness campaign, says News Letter columnist Sandra Chapman

Women’s heart issues need attention

Doctors, it is said, are failing to spot thousands of heart attacks in women.

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HRH Princess Anne pictured here on a visit to the Royal Ulster Yacht Club. 
Photo by Aaron McCracken/Harrisons 07778373486

The Royal workhorse felled by illness

There will be no early retirement for Princess Anne.

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WHY The mid-life crisis is nothing more than a myth!

WHY The mid-life crisis is nothing more than a myth!

As I studied umbrella reviews online, it struck me that a transformation was occurring, I appeared to be turning into Frank Mitchell. I have recently developed an obsession with the weather forecast, umbrella reviews and storm-proof apparel. If I’m not careful I’ll be making up totally unguessable riddles for town names next. I also have a new penchant for deeply unfashionable footwear and I’ve acquired more than a passing interest in stationery (I’m a slave to the polka dot notebook!). I have no idea where these strange middle-life flights of fancy will lead me next. Take yesterday for instance. One minute I was perusing trainers in a sportswear shop, the next I was trying on a canary, yellow, waterproof jacket. I stood admiring myself in the mirror, fantasising about wearing it in torrential rain and staying dry. My husband and son stared at me in horror.

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Green Party councillor John Barry

We are honouring the war dead by asking why they died

The origins of these thoughts came to me when, as a councillor in North Down, I went to the annual Somme pilgrimage in 2013.

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(1)The Meeting Houses at Grange. Newer one on left built

Restored and refurbished meeting house with history dating back to 1660s

A message came through to me this week that seemed to be a little bit inconsistent, even contradictory, till I delved deeper - “You are invited to commemorate the new meeting house being 200 years old!”

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Mike Nesbitt has called for a crackdown on animal cruelty

It’s time that sentences were enforced for animal cruelty

It is dismaying that animal cruelty in its worst form continues to regularly take place in Northern Ireland. There have been appalling stories of animals being starved, attacked and used to fight one another.

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Tom Elliott

Standard ‘blame the Brits’ denials from Sinn Fein don’t wash with people any longer

I think many, like me, have come to expect the same old rhetoric from Sinn Fein when someone challenges their past and their inextricable link to the Provisional IRA.

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Kenny Donaldson at St.Marys Collage, West Belfast.
Mr Donaldson at the collage to give a talk on SEFF and show a quilt made by family members from Fermanagh that have lost loved ones through the troubles.
South East Fermanagh Foundation (SEFF) formed in 1999 as a result of identified needs amongst those who have been the innocent victims of terrorism in this part of Northern Ireland, together with their families. 
Picture Colm O'Reilly Press Eye 23-11-2015

Who was really responsible for Troubles-related deaths?

Daily we hear a diatribe of ideological warfare coming from ‘republicans’ that the UK State and its security forces bear core responsibility for the ‘Troubles’ and the result deaths.

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Enormous gap where thousands of  stidents studied for their degrees

Enormous gap where thousands of stidents studied for their degrees

After mentioning it here last Friday, Roamer attended art-historian Nicola Gordon Bowe’s illustrated talk about one of the world’s greatest and most acclaimed stained-glass artists - Wilhelmina Geddes.

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Alex Kane

ALEX KANE: New spin chief Gordon must play his part in ending the culture of secrecy

Alistair Campbell, a former senior journalist, was Tony Blair’s right hand man between 1994 (shortly after he became leader of the Labour Party) and 2003.

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Morning View

Farron shows that the Lib Dems are still a broad church

The most radical of the three big political parties in Britain has since its inception been the Liberal Democrats.

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It would be a cultural disaster if the BBC became a splintered or low-cost operation. Photo: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Ben Lowry: The BBC is key to Britishness and it would be madness to mess with it

The big news about the BBC charter renewal is not that the salaries of those contributors who earn more than £150,000 will be published.

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Maghaberry Prison, where a Sinn Fein delegation met dissidents. Pacemaker Belfast

Ben Lowry: Sinn Fein Maghaberry visit was retrograde step

The Sinn Fein visit to Maghaberry prison to visit dissident republican murderers last week was a sad milestone.

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David Gordon with his book on the Paisleys

Ben Lowry: Stormont’s top spin doctor should earn as much as its spads

The BBC has just lost one of its key journalists David Gordon.

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Morning View

Diane James will struggle to have the impact Farage had

The United Kingdom Independence Party now has a new leader.

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Ebrington hosted the Club MTV event

NHS reform must exclude those abusing A&E service

One can barely imagine the chaos at Altnagelvin Hospital’s A&E department on Saturday night past when 100 casualties from the Club MTV gig in Ebrington were brought into a unit which, like every other hospital in the country, is generally at its busiest on a Saturday night.

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