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The Forbidden Zone

In Tarkovsky’s 1979 film Stalker, three men journey through the ‘Forbidden Zone’ – a damp, overgrown wasteland where the rules of nature no longer apply. Their goal is to reach a place within the ‘Zone’...

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What does Ulster mean to you?

At a friend’s house recently we caught the end of an Ulster Rugby match. The friend is a big Ulster fan. Not entirely absorbed by the game, I started reflecting on the term ‘Ulster’...

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A Belfast Blog meets: Annilese Miskimmon

A Belfast Blog recently  spoke to Annilese Miskimmon. Belfast-born (and raised in Bangor, Co.Down) Annilese is a critically-acclaimed opera director whose career has taken her all over the world. Currently General Manager and Artistic Director of...

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‘I am Belfast’ by Mark Cousins

The latest work from director and film citric Mark Cousins (“I am Belfast“) is a genre-defying cinematic journey, a poetic and passionate tribute to his home city. I have huge respect for the commitment...

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First impressions

‘Are you on holiday here?’ The gentle question jolted my alarmingly delicate sensibilities. It sliced in to two days of worry about being an English woman living in Northern Ireland. What if I say...

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A Belfast Blog meets: Dawn Richardson, Framewerk

A Belfast Blog had a chat with Dawn Richardson who owns and runs independent gallery space and framing service Framewerk. As well as offering a highly skilled creative frame making service and curating a busy...

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A Belfast Blog meets: Emma Jane Grey

A Belfast Blog asked to speak to Emma Jane Grey who is in the process of completing a PhD at the University of Aberdeen entitled ‘Archival Amnesia: Memory and Culture in Post-Ceasefire Northern Ireland’. Emma’s research focusses...

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A Belfast Blog meets: Simon Maccabe

A Belfast Blog caught up with Simon Maccabe, founder and owner of ‘Cafe Smart’ on Belmont Road in East Belfast. Alongside the excellent coffee, and hard-to-beat smoked salmon bagels, our initial interest in Cafe...

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Park Love

When the highlight of your week becomes the supermarket shop, you know it’s time to find something else. My children are 2 years old and 7 months old. Constructive, outside-the-house activities are fairly limited. By...