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.
Today marks the first anniversary of the most seismic, disruptive and far-reaching decision in recent British political history when - against all the odds - a majority voted to leave the European Union.
In an article ‘Can DUP honour faith of working- class loyalists?’ (June 15) Allison Morris made the point that the substantially increased DUP vote had been helped by the support that the party had received from the loyalist community where voter turnout was up, in some places to more than 70 per cent.
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.
Daniel Day-Lewis has already secured his place in cinema history as the only person to win three best actor Academy Awards, but there will still be enormous regret over the announcement that he has made his last film at the age of 60.
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.
The potential meeting of Celtic and Linfield next month in a qualifying tie for the European Champions League has attracted considerable interest, and, if confirmed, can be expected to attract large attendances over both legs.