The Three Demands

2015-01-19 CogusEnd+
Cogús (meaning ‘conscience’) is the division of the Republican Network for Unity (RNU) concerned with political prisoners. End internment by remand. End forced strip searches. End controlled movement.
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Alternative Ulster

2015-02-06 CastlemaraUFF+
The upper flag on the right-hand side of this mural – purple saltire on a blue background with star and red hand – is the proposed flag of Ulster nationalists. The position was espoused by the UDA of the 1970s, under the guise of the political parties the Ulster Loyalist Democratic Party and the Ulster Democratic Party, and for a time by the Red Hand Commandos under the Ulster Loyalist Central Coordinating Committee.
Previously: Northern Island. For the mural in the background, see Out Of The Trenches.
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God Bless Paisley, Fitt Never

2015-02-22 GodBlessPaisley+
Gardiner Street graffiti: “God Bless Paisley, Fitt Never.” The graffiti is more than 40 years old, perhaps dating to 1971. (Here is an image of two ladies painting it, or at least, next to it in 1971.) In 1971, Ian Paisley founded the DUP (in September) and had supplanted Terence O’Neill as the leading unionist politician. Gerry Fitt at that time had recently formed the SDLP and would represent West Belfast under that affiliation in 1974 and 1979 until Gerry Adams won the seat in 1983. The Northern Ireland Assembly was still sitting.
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Welcome To The Jungle

2014-11-19 JungleBookDetail+
Disney’s The Jungle Book is featured in this new kids mural in New Barnsley/Moyard, with Flunkey the langur (above), with from right to left, Kaa the python, (Dumbo), Shere Khan the Bengal tiger, Buzzie & Dizzie two of the four vultures (based on that other Fab Four, the Beatles (Disney Wiki)), Hathi and Junior the elephants,(Bambi) and the three wolf pups who grow up with Mowgli.
As the wide shot (last image, below) shows, politics is never very far away: there is pro-Hamas graffiti on the pavement. Write-up of the launch.
See previously: a selection of Disney Princesses in Look Behind You! | If The Shoe Fits | Magic Mountain
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2014-11-19 JungleBookFull+
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Enclosures

2014-11-21 PittPark+
A tale of two east Belfast’s: above is the playground at Pitt Park (next to the Ballymac Youth Centre’s SafeZone); below is Dee Street at its junction with Medway and Severn Streets and next to the Connswater Women’s Group (see The Verticality Of The Divine): “Quis Separabit • Simply the best • UFF • UDA”.
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SDLP = NCA

2015-03-09 SDLP+
Graffiti on the wall outside the Royal Victoria Hospital equates the SDLP with the NCA (below) and renames the it the “Security Directed Labour Party” (above). The National Crime Agency, launched in October 2013 as a “UK FBI” is limited in Northern Ireland to border and customs functions (WP). The dispute between the political parties concerns oversight of the NCA. In England and Wales it is overseen by parliament and there is no local oversight, which worries nationalists. After many months of negotiation, the SDLP in February supported a motion to consent to full introduction of the NCA; Republicans objected on the grounds that the body might become an arm of MI5 (BelTel).
Previously in the same location: Check
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Spray-On Culture

2015-02-06 SprayCulture+
Spray painting is an approved type of youth activity in this Glenfield/Castlemara community mural on a low wall on Oakfield Drive. You can see the ‘coat of arms’ (from the wide shot, below) of the Glenfield Community Association more clearly via their Facebook page.
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Laundry Service

2014-11-21 AllWashedUp+
The Andy Tyrie Interpretive Centre on the Newtownards Road was opened on August 31st, 2012 (FB) and includes UDA/UFF memorabilia from troubles, including the 1974 Ulster Workers’ Council Strike in which the centre’s namesake, then head of the UDA, played a large role (WP).
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Attendez: Je Suis Charlie

2015-02-14 DevlinChaplin+
Charlie Hedbo, the satirical Parisian weekly which became internationally known after a gun attack in January in which 12 were killed, is named after Charlie Brown (from Charles Schultz’s Peanuts) but the Charlie Chaplin above (as seen in The Kid) uses French to try to claim the name for himself. Chaplin and his family settled in French-speaking Switzerland after he was denied entry to the US as part of Joseph McCarthy’s witch-hunt of artists with alleged communist sympathies (WP). Stencil by Patrick Devlin in the city centre. See previously: Blowing My Mind | Mr. Lee | The Passion
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