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To Scotland on the Occasion of the Vote for Independence

on September 18, 2014

If I were in Ireland three hundred years ago

I would be hedge schooled in militant

I would speak emigrant

I would despise the English empire

with the passion of a poet

whose hands have been cut off

in an age of illumined manuscripts

or whose tongue has been cut out

in an age of epic recitation

or whose dick–home…

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Hancock Point, Early Autumn

Hancock Point, Early Autumn

The swells that breathe about the wharf
untangle mats of sea wrack, and the land breeze
sorts out strands of brackish fume.

Three sailboats anchor the horizon,
and the day, splayed across the September sea,
gnaws and cracks the marrowless sun.

Our season weakens; soon its weather
will bruise the sea with shoals of listing clouds.
Autumn is a bleached whelk chrysalis,


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The city of Ascoli Piceno while easy to reach, is also far enough away from the main attractions of the Marche region to keep it off the general tourist track for many people, which is a shame because it’s a real jewel, with plenty to see and do, as TMO Travel found on a recent visit.

The Piazza del Popolo in Ascoli PIceno

Piazza del Popolo – The most beautiful Piazza in Italy?

One of the main reasons to visit Ascoli-Piceno is to…

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“In some respects the Euro crisis is like multiple plane crashes occurring at the same time where manufacturing design faults, exceptional conditions, pilot errors and mistakes by air traffic controllers all led to disastrous and unexpected results.” Brian Cowen [March 2012] 1

On the 1st June 2009 Air France flight AF447crashed into the Atlantic en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris, killing all…

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Lost is the title of Trentemøller’s third album, and Anders Trentemøller could be forgiven for feeling exactly that, as we meet up backstage prior to the second show of his 2014 European tour. We’re in the North of Italy, and just a couple of days ago he was performing in Iceland. In two days time, after a show in Rome, he’ll be off to Greece, and then the Danish musician, whose roots lie in both…

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Marina Warner speaks to TMO about fairy tales, the paradox of the female voice and why we can never experience the picture of a fairy tale from its text.

It was with a mixture of trepidation and a kind of amazed star shock that I approach Marina Warner. Along with being a novelist, critic and short-story writer, she also happens to be Professor in the Department of Literature, Film and Theatre…

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If a Woman Should Be Messiah

If a Woman Should Be Messiah
If a woman should be Messiah
It might not be an impressive drama,
It would be but a slight event and unsignaled
It could not but be beautiful.

And that is about as much as I dare quote from one of the remarkable early poems of Laura Riding(1901-1991) without inviting vituperation, litigation or something worse from the Laura (Riding) Jackson Board of Literary…

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Speaking on a post-election-special of the talk show Ballaró, Giulio Anselmi, the president of the ANSA press agency, was asked what had surprised him most about the European Electionscampaign: “I was most struck by how they [the campaigners] didn’t talk at all about European issues, but then that’s a tradition in European elections in Italy”.  He’s largely right – despite talk about ‘changing…

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It’s a surreal moment, standing in Bologna’s famous Piazza Maggiore at the closing public event for a new Left coalition that hopes to be the big suprise of these European elections. A number of speakers have already been on the stage, talking about the need to restore both dignity and a certain amount of sovereignty to Italy in relation to the German-dominated EU. Surreal, then, because, as the…

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Sam Semple and Serendipity

Mark Harkin stumbles across Sam Semple, supporting the Webb Sisters, and becomes intrigued by Semple’s soulful and heartfelt songs.

A Clearing in the Woods: Sam Semple’s ‘Mystery Songs’ (Proper Records, 2014)

The Gig

Rueful, self-mocking and bearing up manfully to the unbearable lightness of being: that’s Sam Semple.

Whelan’s of Wexford Street, Dublin 2, famed for good music and physical…

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