By Tom English BBC Scotland chief sports writer 10 Jul From the section World Cup Share this with Digg Facebook Google LinkedIn Reddit StumbleUpon Twitter Copy this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/44783648 Read more about sharing. World Cup semi-final: Croatia v EnglandVenue: Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow Date: Wednesday, 11 July (19:00 BST)Coverage: Full match commentary on BBC Radio 5 live, text commentary, report and highlights on BBC Sport app and onlineIt's only now, almost 20 years later, that I can write about the day on the roller coaster in Queensland, Australia. And it's only now, with all this talk of football coming home, that I have something to compare it to. There was this adventure park, you see. At the centre of the adventure park was this ride called the Tower of Terror. Once upon a time it was considered the biggest, scariest rollercoaster in the world and … [Read more...] about World Cup 2018: How should Scots, Irish & Welsh fans feel about England’s success?
As Tom Waits re-releases much of his back catalogue, Des O’Driscoll speaks to various Irish people about their love of the great American troubadour.PHILIP KINGPhilip King, the Kerry-based broadcaster and musician, filmed Tom Waits for a 2001 TV documentary Freedom Highway: Songs that Shaped a Century.He met with Waits at Prairie Sun, the rural studio 100 miles north of San Fancisco where the Bone Machine album and much of his output through the 1990s were recorded. Fittingly, Waits arrived in a pick-up truck.“In the back of the truck, he had a ship’s piano, an old Dynacord guitar, a little amp, a five-string banjo and a harmonium,” recalls King. “We walked into the room we were going to work in and he said ‘Let’s do this thing in here; I’ll be right back’. He came back with his buddy, and his son Sullivan Waits and they were carrying a barn door with the hinges swinging off it.“And then he went out and came back again and … [Read more...] about Tom Waits and me: We hear about Irish people’s love for the great American troubadour
CONGRATULATIONS to Londonderry on being chosen as the UK City of Culture for 2013. Londonderry has had a long and chequered history with the Siege there in 1688-89 a highly significant landmark in the annals of these islands and, through the centuries from the origins of the Scottish Plantation, Ulster-Scots have made a meaningful contribution to life in the Maiden City and in the wider North West. Londonderry was a main port for the emigration of Ulster-Scots Presbyterians from the north of Ireland to America and many from this diaspora were prominently involved in the establishment of the United States as the bedrock of global democracy and independence. The list of US luminaries is impressive.DR MATTHEW THORNTONOne of the signers of the American Declaration of Independence in 1776, he was born in Londonderry county and he emigrated to America with his Presbyterian family as a four-year-old in 1718.Thornton became a medical practitioner working in the New Hampshire town of … [Read more...] about A distinguished list of Ulster-Scots from Londonderry who helped make America
The talks at Stormont are in a critical phase, with language and culture one of the key sticking points. There is no more vital part of northern Protestant culture than Ulster’s links with America. Like many Ulster people, my great grandparents had Scottish sounding surnames such as Ferguson, Henderson, Wilson, Blair. Yet I was not taught about the influence of the Scots Irish in America at school, or if so only fleetingly (my primary school visited Omagh’s Ulster American Folk Park). Even though I attended two post primary schools that were as British in outlook as exist in Northern Ireland, we were taught — among other periods — modern Irish history (using text books that were biased to a nationalist narrative, by emphasising past injustices). Perhaps there are schools that teach a pro imperial view of the past, but not the ones that I attended in North Down and East Belfast. By my mid teens I knew as much about the Catholic Irish influence in the United … [Read more...] about Charles Thomson, the epitome of the success of the Scots Irish
Pupils from Irish language schools have demonstrated at Stormont ahead of a meeting between campaigners and the Northern Ireland Secretary. The colourful and noisy protest saw primary and secondary school children call for legislation to protect Gaelic speakers in the region. An impasse over Sinn Fein's demand for an Irish Language Act is at the heart of the powersharing crisis at Stormont, with the Democratic Unionists standing firm in their opposition to a stand-alone piece of legislation that does not incorporate other cultures, such as Ulster Scots. Irish language activists will meet Secretary of State Karen Bradley at Stormont House on Thursday afternoon. It is their first such meeting with the UK Government in the year-long political stand-off. Mrs Bradley is also due to meet campaigners pressing for the introduction of same-sex marriage on Thursday. The ban on gay marriage is another vexed issue on the table in the negotiations to restore the devolved institutions. Katy-Rose … [Read more...] about Irish language pupils stage protest at Stormont