First Minister says neigh to horse burgers

News Letter journalist Rebecca Black on the latest online
News Letter journalist Rebecca Black on the latest online

First Minister Peter Robinson sent the Twittering classes cantering to the News Letter website on Friday lunchtime when he took to the hot seat for an exclusive webchat.

Amid questions about Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams’ call for a border poll and the Mid Ulster by election, Mr Robinson must have drawn a chuckle from several when he replied “neigh” to being asked if he would eat a horse burger.

Only one slight downer was the mis-spelling of the word consensus as concensus in the answer to his first question, although it should be pointed out that DUP press officer John Robinson was doing the typing.

Burns Night was also a hot topic online on Friday with many looking forward to lifting a wee dram in honour of Scottish bard William Burns.

The gearing up of the Backin’ Belfast campaign was also much talked about online, and many hostelries were also backing Burns Night to lure the punters back into the city.

Botanic Inns tweeted a pic of one particularly patriotic fellow resplendent in a kilt to show what they were offering, while McCartney’s butchers in Moira were advertising their battered haggis, neeps and tatties special for £9.99.

Quotations of some of Burns’ famous works were also popular today, Press Association reporter Brian Hutton @magicbathtub “..catch the moments as they fly, And use them as ye ought,man Believe me,happiness is shy,And comes not aye when sought,man..” #burnsnight.

However personally I find it hard to beat his letter in response to a critic whom he blasted as, “thou eunuch of language”, “quack”, “cobler” and “butcher”, before building up to “thou murderous accoucheur of infant learning; thou ignis fatuus, misleading the steps of benighted ignorance; thou pickle-herring in the puppet-show of nonsense; thou faithful recorder of barbarous idiom; thou persecutor of syllabication; thou baleful meteor, foretelling and facilitating the rapid approach of Nox and Erebus” ... good thing he didn’t have to try and fit that into 140 characters, a la Twitter.

But there were also some less articulate tweets such as this one from Peice @GOBROON “Burns night on a Friday gonna get ruinnedddddddd”.

From one great Scotsman to another, Northern Ireland has been twittering in awe of tennis player Andy Murray following his stunning Australia Open victory over the legendary Roger Federer.

Celebrities were also congratulating Murray, such as actor Kevin Spacey @KevinSpacey who tweeted “Congrats @Andy_Murray for his win! Roger played great! Can’t wait for Sunday night - Flew to Melbourne to watch. Awesome game!”, while @Mo_Farah tweeted: “Well done @andy_murray bring on the FINAL!!!! #Shabba”