In The Land Of The Cyclops

When you come home from work one afternoon to find that your back window has been blinded by a giant poster of three fashionable ladies, each with one eye covered, images from i-D magazine which turns its name sideways to form a winking face, the only appropriate recourse would be to take a large knife and cut yourself a peeper. The pigeons by KVLR and Apache Tribe have yet to peck their way free of the flower-headed man to uncover the window on the Gresham Street side.

The images were part of the 2019 Belfast Photo Festival. Covered over is NOTA’s 2013 Belfast Butcher

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Budget Trends

Clothes shop ‘Budget Trends’ only lasted a year and the unit has been on the market for years, but contrary to the economic pressures of coronavirus it looks like work is being done on the space. Next to Kelly’s Kutz on the left with the scissors.

Shankill Road, Belfast.

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Find The Link In The Chain

“‘It is not enough to be a revolutionary and an adherent of socialism or a Communist in general. You must be able at each particular moment to find the particular link in the chain which you must grasp with all your might in order to hold the whole chain and to prepare firmly for the transition to the next link; the order of the links, their form, the manner in which they are linked together, their difference from each other in the historical chain of events are not as simple and not as senseless as those in an ordinary chain made by a smith.’ – Vladimir Lenin. Workers’ Party West Belfast [Fb].” The quote is from Lenin’s  The Immediate Tasks Of The Soviet Government in 1918.

Divis Street, Belfast.

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#SafeShankill

Social distancing was hard to maintain in some areas (BelTel) but many people celebrated the 12th from home this year, thank in part to messages such as appear on this pair of paste-ups in Olive Street and Glenvale Street off the Woodvale Road. “This year the bands are coming to you!” “This year’s 12th is about the battle with the [coronavirus] bug.”

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Prayer In The Time Of Coronavirus

Another entry in a growing list of religious placards adorning the streets during the covid-19 pandemic, this time from the Shankill: “Drive-In Gospel – Gospel Hall Matchett Street, Sunday at 7:00pm.” According a survey cited in this FT article, the faith of Americans has generally strengthened during the pandemic.

Previously: Rediscover The Power Of The Rosary | Freedom Of Religion | Nearer My God To Thee

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Freedom Of Religion

St Mary’s in the city centre is open, but with precautions against the spread of coronavirus. A one-way system is in effect. Seating is in alternate pews. “No singing; no loud talking.” And the use of holy water is “temporarily” suspended.

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You Were Given This Life

“You were given this life because you are strong enough to live it.” This Shankill Road poster actually dates back to the anti-suicide #MessagesOfHope campaign undertaken at the end of 2018 (see You Are Enough) but continues to be relevant as the Covid-19 epidemic continues.

The tree is alongside the Shankill Memorial Garden: Who Went To War And Never ReturnedAmong The Fallen | XXXVI | The Sacrifice Remains The Same.

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Nearer My God To Thee

How to survive Covid? Maintain social distance? “Jesus I trust in you.” Collinward Avenue, Glengormley.

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Join 32CSM

Today’s post updates the 32 County Sovereignty Movement (web | tw) mural seen previously in We Support All POW’s. The shot was evidently taken before the mural was complete: the stencil shown here, of a hand clasping a strand of barbed wire, and an e-mail address (Belfast32csm@hotmail.com) for people to “Join 32CSM” have been added.

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Every Cloud

“Summer” continues today with showers and a high temperature of 18. Danni Simpson (web | ig) helps us keep perspective on the Norn Iron weather: “no rain, no flowers”. Work at the Royal Avenue end of Garfield Street.

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