PUBLISHED: 12:09 19 January 2019 | UPDATED: 12:09 19 January 2019 Steve Mackinder, Sluice Road, Denver. One reader says sheep are destroying the environment. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Archant One reader says that the way we use livestock needs a rethink. Do you agree? I’m sure Prince Charles’ motives for introducing thousands of sheep onto the Sandringham Estate are genuine and display his real concern for the planet. But surely in the week when the world’s scientists combine to warn us that keeping livestock for consumption is the single biggest destroyer of our environment, I suggest it needs re-thinking.Richard Shepherd’s letter (January 18) praises Charles for his initiate and recommends we “doff our hats” to this excellent scheme but everything I’m reading about meat and our unhealthy diets suggests the last things we need are thousands more belching and flatulent animals adding to the problems we face in the future.Bringing these … [Read more...] about Reader Letter: Sheep pose a threat to world
Opinion Was Steven right to ask the Ipswich fan to tone down his language while on the train heading towards Colchester? Photo: Neil Perry Archant I love a good swear. It can feel so cathartic: an outlet for all the rage and frustration that’s ulcerating your insides. But I don’t always love to hear swearing.A few weeks ago, I had a minor contretemps on a train, that threatened to turn into a more major confrontation – and it was all triggered by some sweariness.I was on a Saturday lunchtime train from Norwich to Colchester, while a group of about seven or eight Ipswich fans (about half of their home crowd) were in the seats all around me, travelling from Norwich to Ipswich for a match.Why anyone would travel from Norwich to Portman Road is beyond me, but I’ll file that in the drawer marked “Ultimate Mysteries of Life”.They were an OK bunch, despite their dubious taste, but the man sitting behind me was a big fan of loud swearing, … [Read more...] about Was I right to ask an Ipswich fan to stop swearing on a crowded train?
While politicians, journalists and current affairs junkies alike will probably be well abreast of the latest in Brexit news, the rest of us, the working class, the madding crowd, might encounter a headline here and a radio bulletin there, writes Joyce Fegan.More than two-and-a-half years after Britain’s referendum on leaving the European Union, keeping abreast of the subject often feels like researching for a PhD you will never graduate from, nor receive a scroll for.What with your job, running a house, contemplating switching electricity providers to save a few bob, remembering birthdays, separating your plastics for responsible recycling, the intricacies of the ever-changing Brexit beast might not feature heavy on your list of priorities. There may be a faint desire to wrap your head around this behemoth of a thing, much like that lifelong promise to read Ulysses. Do you even like James Joyce?Often the longer something remains on the long finger, the further away it is to … [Read more...] about Would talks go better if we knew the real Theresa?
The past is upon us again. On Monday, the second phase of centenary commemorations begins. The first phase, those events commemorating 1916, went off without incident and was largely applauded for the manner in which it was handled.The coming phase will be trickier. Glorious defeat in Easter week and stupidly brutal executions by the British is handy enough to commemorate. Events from 1919-23 present a few different challenges.On Monday, the meeting of the first Dáil on January 21, 1919, will be marked.Tomorrow, there will be an event commemorating what is considered the first shots of the War of Independence, shots that killed two Irishmen wearing RIC uniforms. This occurred at Soloheadbeg, Co Tipperary at around the same time the first Dáil was meeting in the Mansion House in Dublin. A unit of Irish Volunteers intercepted the two RIC men who were escorting a consignment of gelignite.The killings remain controversial.Officially, the two Catholic RIC men, James … [Read more...] about Unpalatable truths can’t be waved away
Last Wednesday, Fianna Fáil’s Billy Kelleher entered the members’ bar in Dáil Éireann and ordered a coffee. Surrounded and teased by some of his party colleagues about a radio interview he gave that morning, in which he expressed an interest in becoming an MEP, Kelleher took it all in good spirits.His cappuccino arrived just as his party leader, Micheál Martin came in.The choice of continental beverage was quickly seized upon and pointed out to the leader. “Just getting ready for life in Brussels,” Martin was informed, to much hilarity.A short time earlier, Kelleher was standing at the door of the Leinster House annex building, where his deputy leader, Dara Calleary, passed him by with the simple but pointed greeting of “bonjour”.Martin saw the funny side, but behind the smiles, the reaction to Kelleher’s news was one of fury.On Wednesday morning, Kelleher appeared on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland to be interviewed by … [Read more...] about Kelleher’s au revoir would spell trouble for Fianna Fáil