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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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24 Apr 2014 09:30 • How I See It with Denzil McDaniel

Are we playing cat and mouse with the future?

I visited my elderly uncle recently. He was in good form and recounted a story he had remembered from his schooldays.

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27 Mar 2014 09:30 • How I See It with Denzil McDaniel

A luxury car, beer or bingo; it’s your choice

I’ve been flicking through the glossy car brochures and haven’t quite made up my mind yet. What do you think? Should I go for a Lamborghini or a Porsche?

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20 Mar 2014 09:30 • How I See It with Denzil McDaniel

In the internet era, does the Unionist computer still say no?

I must admit a couple of stories last week gave me more than a little scare. Firstly, we were reminded that it was the 25th anniversary of the internet. 25 years?

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6 Mar 2014 09:30 • How I See It with Denzil McDaniel

Maybe it’s the politicians who should be on the run

My 16-year-old daughter is facing some choices at the moment; choices which will affect her long-term future. As she prepares to sit her GCSEs in the next few months, meetings are being held to decide which A levels she will study over the next couple of years.

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27 Feb 2014 09:30 • How I See It with Denzil McDaniel

What are you doing Sunday, baby?

The American singer Tony Orlando released a song in the early 70s called “What Are You Doing Sunday (Baby)”; it was a time, you might think, when activities on the Sabbath were a little different in Northern Ireland. Few shops open, no pubs and hardly anywhere to find something to eat.

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20 Feb 2014 09:30 • How I See It with Denzil McDaniel

Race or politics, all real barriers are in the mind

The classic “Pulp Fiction” is a pretty bloodthirsty film, as you might expect from Quentin Tarantino, and the violent characters include mobster’s hitman Jules Winnfield, played by Samuel L Jackson.

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20 Feb 2014 09:30 • How I See It with Denzil McDaniel

Race or politics, all real barriers are in the mind

The classic “Pulp Fiction” is a pretty bloodthirsty film, as you might expect from Quentin Tarantino, and the violent characters include mobster’s hitman Jules Winnfield, played by Samuel L Jackson.

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13 Feb 2014 09:30 • How I See It with Denzil McDaniel

Are the authorities talking when they should be listening?

How are you? Ach, sure there’s no point complaining. Nobody listens anyway!

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