End The Age Of The Dinosaurs

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More from the 2017 campaign (see also Tapaigh An Deis), this time a Labour party (WebFb) hoarding (this one for Courtney Robinson, standing in East Belfast), encouraging voters to “end the age of the dinosaurs” which has wrought “RHI scandal, NHS in crisis, LGBT and abortion rights denied, and sectarian squabbling” and vote for a “cross-community alternative”. The Ulster banner hangs from the light-pole.
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Be My Valentine

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The movie adaptation of Fifty Shades Darker opened just before Valentine’s Day, with Holywood native Jamie Dornan starring as Christian Grey, the billionaire entrepreneur into BDSM – hence the rope heart in the VisualWaste mural shown above.
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Culture Amid Commerce

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“The Belfast Scottish Association was founded in 1888 and headed by prominent businessmen, including Sir George Clark of Workman Clark and Andrew Gibson (pictured) whose Robert Burns collection is now housed in the Linenhall Library.”
This is the final entry in a series from discoverulsterscots.com about York Street businesses and Ulster Scots businessmen: Shipbuilding | London, Midland and Scottish | Workman Clark’s | Belfast Goods
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Lifeline

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In the background, an RNU suicide awareness stencil (with tricoloured sunbursts) – “RNU support the promotion of suicide awareness in the Colin area”; in the foreground, a Sinn Féin poster – “Respect for all – marriage equality now!” At the pedestrian entrance to Old Colin.
(And to the left, a broken End Torture board can be seen.)
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Never Again

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This is an old poster (dating to November 2012) still visible in Castle Street, calling for a march and vigil in remembrance of Savita Halappanavar, a 31-year-old Indian dentist living in Galway, who died from a septic miscarriage after being denied an abortion.
As a result of her death, the Protection Of Life During Pregnancy Act was signed into law in 2013, more than 20 years after the X Case, clarifying the issue of abortion in Ireland in the case of a threat to the mother’s life.
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Life Span

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There are 11 faces in the railings of the Royal Victoria Hospital, created by Bruce Williams and Avril Wilson in 2000, one for each decade in age from infancy to 100 years old. The letters “X” and “Y” run along the top of the helically-twisting railings between the portraits, representative of DNA. Included here are the portraits for 20, 80, and 50.
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Make Art Not War

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Work by screen-printer Leo Boyd (Fb | Tumblr) in Belfast city centre. A tank gets a spray-can top for a turret.
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Belfast Goods

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Among the Belfast goods “exported around the world from York Street by rail and sea” were Gallaher’s Blues (cigarettes), Irish linens, Davidson & Co (Samuel Davidson, born in County Down to an Ulster-Scots family, was the inventor of the Sirocco centrifugal fan “for mine ventilation, dust removal, induced draft, forge fires”), and linen carpet thread from York Street (Threads) Ltd. Robinson & Cleaver’s department store is now out of business. Gallaher’s is now the multinational Gallaher Group, but its factories in Belfast and Ballymena have closed. And Davidson’s company was bought by Howden UK in 1988.
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Stormont Must Go

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New political party Saoradh (Fb | Tw) is advocating a boycott of the upcoming (March 2nd) Stormont election, claiming that Stormont espouses “the co-dependent ideologies of imperialism, sectarianism and capitalism”. The tarp shown above lists various problems and scandals (“Nepostism, fraud, corruption, phantom community groups, NAMA, sectarianism, jobs for the boys, Red Sky, RHI scandal”) and evokes the spirit of 1981 hunger striker Bobby Sands: “Everyone Republican or otherwise has their Part to Play.” Also visible are a board celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising (see versions in Andersonstown
Ardoyne | St James), an éirígí mural featuring Patrick Pearse, and a call for the release of the Craigavon Two (previously featured).
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Unsung Heroes

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“In memory of the all the unsung heroes off [sic] this area who’s [sic] hardship, sacrifice and support during this struggle for Irish freedom will never be forgotten by the Belfast Brigade óglaigh na h-éireann.” The plaque depicts the work of print-makers (“Smash H-Block Armagh”), marchers carrying portraits of hunger strikers (“Mid Falls supports the women of Armagh”), bin-lid rattlers, and muralists (the mural shown is Free Ireland, which was at the bottom of Beechmount Avenue).
Previous work from Hugh Clawson: The Lark And The Bin Lid | Conway Mill
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