They Gave A Lifetime

Here is another pair of combined UVF memorial stones – from both WWI and the modern conflict. Above, the fallen comrades of 2nd battalion South Belfast are remembered by their fellow officers and volunteers in the Village’s B Company; below, the garden is dedicated to the “glory of God” in memory of the “sons of Ulster” by “all of their comrades in arms who, by divine grace, were spared to testify to their glorious deeds.”
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It’s OK To Talk

Fifteen football teams from west and north Belfast are involved in a new Suicide Awareness and Mental Health Initiative (SAMHI) in order to combat a recent increase in suicides, including two players from Belfast Celtic (BBC).
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Free Marwan Barghouti

Palestinian leader and secretary-general of Fatah during the 90s, Marwan Barghouti joined the Second Intifada (2000) and was arrested by Israeli forces in 2002 and sentenced to five life sentences for attacks by al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades. Barghouti laid out the rationale for the current hunger strike of 1,000 prisoner in a New York Times op-ed. He was reportedly caught eating in May.
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Bombeiros Voluntarios

Today’s mural comes from the back of the station in Rua dos Bombeiros Voluntarios (Volunteer Firefighters) in Albufeira, Portugal. The brigade’s phoenix logo is in the top right.
Previously from Albufeira: tile pieces | painted electrical boxes
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Reading & Writing

Wild-style from SARE in the city centre.
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text: X04130 X04129 garfield st TMN

Back To The Polls

Voters go back to the polls for a UK general election on June 8th. Election materials for the Stormont elections are still visible, such as this Gerry Kelly placard in the Sinn Féin offices in Ardoyne, defaced with a Saoradh ‘quislings’ poster, also from the last Stormont election. John Finucane, rather than Kelly, is the Sinn Féin candidate for the general election this time (Irish News).
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Belfast Parasol

Sometimes the rain seems to follow you around. Downspout cover in Exchange Place.
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Drugs Kill Our Kids

“Stop drug dealers in our area.” “No drug dealers welcome in our area.” These anti-drug-dealing posters from Greater Ardoyne Residents’ Collective (Fb) are all over the area at present. A leaflet was also circulated as part of the campaign.
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Sailortown

A nautical-themed mural in Short Street providing a “Welcome to Sailortown”, including a speedy seahorse, a lobster, and a hammerhead shark. The mural was sponsored by the Community Arts Project and painted last (2016) summer by residents led by artists from Seedhead Arts (report from Clanmil Housing). Here is video of (former) residents describing life in the area (from @AndrewJMolloy).
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Radomska Patologia

Polish-language graffiti in the Village (south Belfast) – Radomski Patologia (Radom Pathology, Radom is a city in Poland) – below blacked-out graffiti about a paedophile.
On the side wall, “House breakers beware”. (See previously: Romanian Housebreakers Beware)
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