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20 Nov 2014 09:30 • Denzil McDaniel

Feeding the world or feeding superstar egos?

Is it really 30 years since the original Band Aid single raised millions for the starving people of Eithiopia? December 1984, when on nights out a sing song started, and people with a few drinks would belt out “Feed the World” with a hand mysteriously clasped over your ear as if you were in a recording studio!

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13 Nov 2014 13:00 • Denzil McDaniel

And now on NHS TV, here is the (good) news

I suppose there’s really no reason why your name should be appropriate to your character; so it may be unreasonable to expect a woman called Watts to be bright.

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6 Nov 2014 13:00 • How I See It with Denzil McDaniel

Will we ever get answers as to what happened at Enniskillen?

One of the quotes I saw on Twitter this week was: “I may not be there yet, but am closer than I was yesterday. One step can make all the difference.”

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4 Nov 2014 09:00 • How I See It with Denzil McDaniel

What more dirt will be dredged up from the deep of the past?

Recently I found a treasure trove. My dad passed away earlier this year and among boxes of stuff he’d kept over the years were loads of negatives and photographs of our family from my childhood.

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23 Oct 2014 20:00 • Editorial

Stand up and I’ll stand with you

Do you ever think that parts of your life were like scenes from the television show “Dallas”? No, not all money, glamour, teeth and shoulder pads. But the one where Bobby Ewing emerges from the shower and everything that apparently had happened was actually just a dream.

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16 Oct 2014 13:00 • How I See It with Denzil McDaniel

We’ve come a long way, but clearly not far enough

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” is an old movie starring Spencer Tracey. The film’s opening sees a car speeding like crazy along the roads. Suddenly, the driver loses control and sails off a cliff. I know what you’re thinking. Stormont.

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9 Oct 2014 09:30 • How I See It with Denzil McDaniel

First principle of politics: help the people you serve

The comedian Groucho Marx once said, “These are my principles. If you don’t like them….. I’ve got others!”

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2 Oct 2014 13:00 • How I See It with Denzil McDaniel

Even if we had a replay, there still wouldn’t be a winner

It’s one of the questions that probably doesn’t have a proper answer; or at least everybody has an answer which can’t be proved beyond doubt.

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25 Sep 2014 09:30 • How I See It with Denzil McDaniel

There are certain things we should be emotional about

When Donegal lost their all-Ireland gaelic football final on Sunday, one of the first questions manager Jim McGuinness was asked was if he would take the job on next year. Well, he said, he would reflect on things. This was a decision that shouldn’t be taken on emotion.

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18 Sep 2014 13:00 • How I See It with Denzil McDaniel

Who are you to judge anybody?

I was sitting in church on Sunday and one of the readings was from Romans 14. Verse 4 said: “Who are you to judge someone else’s servant.

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3 Jul 2014 09:30 • How I See It with Denzil McDaniel

Alf, Nobby, Chopper and Luis: spot the difference

bit of needle between footballing nations isn’t exactly new.

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26 Jun 2014 09:30 • How I See It with Denzil McDaniel

And if you know your history, there’s a monumental opportunity

The instructions were straightforward enough; “when you go into the village, you’ll come to the monument. Just go past it and the community centre is on the left.” That’s what the man told me and he was spot on.

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19 Jun 2014 09:30 • How I See It with Denzil McDaniel

Keep spreading the news!

Arthur McEwan, an old editor of the San Francisco Examiner once described news as “anything that makes the reader say ‘Gee Whiz’.”

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12 Jun 2014 09:30 • How I See It with Denzil McDaniel

Why we should talk about cancer

The awful disease of cancer isn’t just cruel; it’s no respecter of age either.

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5 Jun 2014 09:30 • How I See It with Denzil McDaniel

A soft word turns away wrath; but a harsh word stirs up anger

There’s a Baptist church in Norfolk with a poster outside saying: “If you think there is no God – you’d better be right!” Underneath the words is a picture of flames, just in case you didn’t get the point.

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29 May 2014 09:30 • How I See It with Denzil McDaniel

Is everybody back in the trenches?

When I started covering Fermanagh elections as a young reporter, things were pretty tight on the new District Council formed in 1973. So tight, in fact, that it took a year of wrangling even before a chairman was elected.

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22 May 2014 09:30 • How I See It with Denzil McDaniel

Render on to the state; but should the Church have its say?

It’s D-day. Decision day. First, you have to decide whether to vote; most of us still do, but just about. It’s about 55-45.

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15 May 2014 09:30 • How I See It with Denzil McDaniel

Can you keep a secret?

The Freemasons played the Knights of St. Columbanus in a football match; but I can’t tell you the result because it’s a secret! Boom, boom!

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8 May 2014 09:30 • How I See It with Denzil McDaniel

Voices from the past won’t go away, you know

I don’t think…….” “Then you shouldn’t talk,” said the Hatter in Alice in Wonderland. We’re good in this part of the world of talking when we should be listening; indeed, sometimes I feel that lines from Lewis Carroll apply well to Northern Ireland.

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1 May 2014 09:30 • How I See It with Denzil McDaniel

One, two, three, what are we voting for?

I was watching a comedian on television recently, a guy with a baseball cap whose name I can’t remember. He was funnier than I thought he would be, and was working the audience well by asking them questions.

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