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  1. A difficult week for the Stormont executive

    One of the most remarkable aspects of the renewable heating incentive (RHI) debacle is the sheer determination of a single whistleblower to force Stormont to wake up to the major flaws in this scheme.

Life

  1. Radio review: Women talking about cars

    Radio review: Women talking about cars

    Women talking about cars Radio 4 If you're going to have a series about women and their cars, you just have to begin with Tracy Chapman singing about “driving, driving in my car, your arm felt nice wrapped round my shoulder.

  2. Things to do in the garden this week: Tips on pruning with a saw

    Things to do in the garden this week: Tips on pruning with a saw

    :: When pruning large branches of trees and shrubs with a saw, make a cut on the underside first, to prevent bark tearing back as the branch comes away :: Protect the tops of celery with cloches or cover them with straw :: If a new flush of growth starts to appear on Christmas cherries – Solanum capsicastrum – and threatens to hide the colourful fruits, pinch it out :: Remove any debris which may have lodged between newly-planted spring bedding and remove weeds :: Order lettuce seed, so you can make early sowings in frames during January :: Protect early peas and beans sown in autumn from the protection of a little soil drawn up around them to make a windbreak :: Erect a screen to protect newly planted evergreens from wind scorch :: Prune deciduous shrubs and trees if any fairly large-scale work is necessary :: Reduce the length of the stems on any tall rose bushes to decrease the risk of them being moved in the ground by the wind :: Prune out the areas of apple trees infected with apple canker.

Arts

  1. Just announced: Guns N' Roses for Slane 2017

    Just announced: Guns N' Roses for Slane 2017

    THE fact that the semi-reunited original line-up of Guns N' Roses were planning an Irish date has been one of the worst kept 'secrets' in rock for the past few weeks – however, few fans predicted that it would turn out to be a return visit to Slane Castle, a quarter of a century after the troubled LA band played what proved to be their last Irish gig for nearly 15 years at the height of the Use Your Illusion-era craziness.

  2. Special event: Two Angry Men, December 11, Strand Arts Centre

    Special event: Two Angry Men, December 11, Strand Arts Centre

    STARRING Adrian Dunbar and Michael Shea, this 20-minute short film is based on the real-life struggle of Belfast actor/director James Ellis and writer Sam Thompson to stage their 1959 play Over The Bridge – one of the first local productions to tackle the religious divide in the north.