AS the English media, elements of which are keen to show the hicks from Belfast just how this journalism thing is supposed to work, will doubtless realise within weeks or months, we are deep in the part of the news cycle where flags make a headline or three.
It would be totally remiss of me not to use my column this week to talk about the appalling fire in Grenfell Tower in London which has taken the lives of so many people, so many that no one really knows a final number.
Almost one hundred years after the imposition of partition and the denial of national democracy to the people of this country the implications of both continue to set the political agenda for all the parties in Ireland and Britain.
Walking along a sunny Cheyne Walk in London I heard that Liberal Democrat leader, Tim Farron had announced his resignation citing the incompatibility of his Christian faith with the leadership of his party.
As he settles into the job, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will keep a close eye on developments in the north but the key day-to-day role on behalf of the Irish government will be carried out by the new minister for foreign affairs, Simon Coveney.
The DUP's deal with the Conservative government puts a new light on the election result, increases the chances of Stormont's resurrection and presents a fresh challenge for Sinn Féin's political strategy.
I REMEMBER my mother once telling me about the `day orphanages’ in the former Soviet bloc; grim places, by all accounts, where down-trodden mothers were forced to leave their tiny offspring while they trudged off to work because their financial situation was so dire they couldn’t afford not to.
Nationalism has responded to the prospect of DUP-Tory rule by raising two points: how can the British government exercise “rigorous impartiality on behalf of all the people”, as required by the Good Friday Agreement; and how can secretary of state James Brokenshire be independent as he chairs Stormont talks? These are valid questions.
On the face of it Monday was déjà vu at Stormont with groups of MLAs and newly elected MPs trailing down the staircase in the Great Hall to dough-nut round a party spokesperson speaking to the cameras.