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I happened to be on the Lisburn Road today, an area packed with the sort of annoying "luxury coffee boutiques" that inevitably attract self-described "yummy mummies" in skinny jeans and similar despicable bourgeois bastards but one in which just off to one side loyalism is rampant. it was an area that made the national news a couple of years back when the local mouth breathers launched a pogrom against the Romanians whilst the PSNI stood by and shook their heads. Well, the fun is all set to start again as the area around Tates Avenue, which was around where the rumpus all kicked off, has been festooned with stickers for the "Ulster" National Front trumpeting that "your country needs you" under black and white drawings of the red hand flag (not sure how that works but colour printing uses up drink money, I suppose). Just what we need, a comeback for the hard-headed old has-beens of the NF, particularly now that Eddy Morrison is back in the fold. Still at least the local hostelries can look forward to a bumper run if the Poet Laureate takes a tear over for the Twelfth with his leaflets in tow. Interesting given recent events that the last time the NF made a concerted attempt to organise here they were kicked out of their Templemore Avenue by the UDA who, having initially co-operated with them, dismissed them as "wankers" when they cottoned on that the "Political Soldiers" were flogging copies of Qadaffi's Green Book in a city where he is invariably associated with the Provos. The ethnopluralism may have been elbowed in favour of a return to good-old fashioned racism but the wankery remains in place as much as ever.

day 01 - your favorite song
day 02 - your least favorite song
day 03 - a song that makes you happy
day 04 - a song that makes you sad
day 05 - a song that reminds you of someone
day 06 - a song that reminds you of somewhere

day 07 - a song that reminds you of a certain event
day 08 - a song that you know all the words to
day 09 - a song that you can dance to
day 10 - a song that makes you fall asleep
day 11 - a song from your favorite band
day 12 - a song from a band you hate
day 13 - a song that is a guilty pleasure
day 14 - a song that no one would expect you to love
day 15 - a song that describes you
day 16 - a song that you used to love but now hate
day 17 - a song that you hear often on the radio
day 18 - a song that you wish you heard on the radio
day 19 - a song from your favorite album
day 20 - a song that you listen to when you’re angry
day 21 - a song that you listen to when you’re happy
day 22 - a song that you listen to when you’re sad
day 23 - a song that you want to play at your wedding
day 24 - a song that you want to play at your funeral
day 25 - a song that makes you laugh
day 26 - a song that you can play on an instrument
day 27 - a song that you wish you could play
day 28 - a song that makes you feel guilty
day 29 - a song from your childhood
day 30 - your favorite song at this time last year

Day 7 - Similar to yesterday's offering this one as I was away from home and only had a tiny selection of my music with me. As a result the August bank holiday weekend of 2008 that I spent at Infest in Bradford will forever be associated with this stone cold classic.

Liburn Rd, pogrom, black.

Date: 2011-03-08 11:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ron-broxted.livejournal.com
Ain't no black in the Union Jack. Lisburn Rd is schizo, the lower Lisburn (where I lived during the "pogrom") is a bit chav, further along it is Cranmore Park and posh. That evening (of the "pogrom") I was literally round the corner. It happened like this...UVF never had much sway there but lots of gyppos had gone nicking stuff. Locals pissed off and voila, pogrom. Gyppos housed at Queens' Elms, £40 pp pn. 100 gyppos for one week. It will happen again as the Roma are up to their old tricks. (Yes, I am prejudiced against the. Spideys too).

Re: Liburn Rd, pogrom, black.

Date: 2011-03-08 06:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] keresaspa.livejournal.com
I hate the Lisburn Road from top to bottom, both ends are bloody horrible (in different ways). Back in the day I drank there a few times but I always had the feeling that you were never more than a few feet away from a (loyalist) rat. The only good thing was the shop where I used to get my boots (size 14 so a real job to get them in Belfast) but it's derelict now.

I had wanted to come out in support of the Roma when it happened but unfortunately I was a recluse at the time due to the hellish time I was having packing up the fegs. Be thankful you missed my moaning posts back then :D

Re: Liburn Rd, pogrom, black.

Date: 2011-03-09 01:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ron-broxted.livejournal.com
Paddy Meehan supported the Roma. Oh well, take all sorts as Charlie Starkweather said. I liked Lisburn Rd near the Chelsea, I did the door there many years ago! Colette lived nearby. Sigh. 14 boots? Are you, like, umm 7 ft tall?!

Re: Liburn Rd, pogrom, black.

Date: 2011-03-09 06:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] keresaspa.livejournal.com
I'm an Ormeau Road man so the Lisburn Road has always seemed liked a more stuck-up version of my turf. Local rivals and all that.

I'm 6'3" or 3 and a half if I really straighten my back but for some reason I've always had enormous feet to the point where I was wearing a 10 in primary school. Still you know what they say about men with big feet ... big shoes.

Re: Liburn Rd, pogrom, black.

Date: 2011-03-10 05:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ron-broxted.livejournal.com
I worked at the Mercury (now the Jade). Big feet? We must ask les femmes de Belfast if this is true.

Re: Liburn Rd, pogrom, black.

Date: 2011-03-10 06:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] keresaspa.livejournal.com
That places changes its name more than Katie Price changes her face. When I was very young it was the Red Lion bar, then a Chinese takeaway, then the Red Lion again, then demolished and rebuilt as the Mercury and possibly even something else before becoming Jade.

Re: Liburn Rd, pogrom, black.

Date: 2011-03-10 07:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ron-broxted.livejournal.com
No, it went straight from Mercury (Wine Inns) to Jade (new owners). The Kimberley was nearby, (a.k.a UFF HQ). It was a strange pub, trying to yuppify but with spidey paramilitary wannabe loyalist hoods.

Re: Liburn Rd, pogrom, black.

Date: 2011-03-10 08:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] keresaspa.livejournal.com
My next door neighbour goes to Jade but I've never been myself to any incarnation.

The Kimberley was a bloody awful place though and I remember passing it once and having a couple of hoods try to flog me some flute band albums. Mind you the Blackwood Street HQ is still going strong.

Re: Liburn Rd, pogrom, black.

Date: 2011-03-11 10:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ron-broxted.livejournal.com
Popped my head in the door to see what the renovations were like.

Re: Liburn Rd, pogrom, black.

Date: 2011-03-11 06:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] keresaspa.livejournal.com
Looks too swish for my taste - I much prefer dank boozers with lots of dark wood.

Re: Liburn Rd, pogrom, black.

Date: 2011-03-11 08:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ron-broxted.livejournal.com
Christ, you wanna drink or mug some poor punter? (Or both!)

Re: Liburn Rd, pogrom, black.

Date: 2011-03-11 08:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] keresaspa.livejournal.com
Don't reckon I could manage either these days :D

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