After a 30-year conflict which killed thousands and left others with devastating physical and psychological injuries, perhaps the proliferation of sectarian graffiti in our towns and cities is a small price to pay for relative peace.
As the British government wobbles, a parochial question arises: what does cabinet chaos mean for a Stormont deal? Conventional wisdom holds that Sinn Féin is stalling to see if events play into its hands, so an eventful Westminster should stall it even more.
Martin McGuinness’s resignation interview on television in January of this year is one of the most powerful, emotional and memorable pieces of television history to come out of the much televised conflict in the last fifty years.
You would think at this late stage in the game I'd know better, but despite the undoubted backlash I'm going to write about the annual poppy furore anyway, mainly because regardless of how many times it's said respect means choice there are those who still seek to impose the symbol upon others.
Well, there you go. After ten months - including the collapse of the assembly and an unexpected election - of talks, further talks, additional talks, side talks and talks for the sake of talking, we appear to be precisely where we were when the entire rigmarole began.