The Thread Of History

2014-05-06 Factory+
Here are three images from the Donegall Road bridge concerning factory girls – weavers, spinners, doffers, and millies. They feature two poems. The first is an anonymously written description of work in Lowell (Massachusetts) USA; the second is attributed to “Eliza Hamilton, Ulster weaver poet 1891”.
“When I set out for Lowell, some factory for to find, I left my native country and all my friends behind.
But now I am in Lowell and summon’d by the bell I think less of the factory than of my native dell.
The factory bell begins to ring and we must obey, and to our old employment go or else be turned away.
Come all ye weary factory girls, I’ll have you understand, I’m going to leave the factory and return to my native land.”
“I started work when I was eight, my childhood lost at the factory gate.
The flight of shuttle, noise and dust, the wage of labour not good enough.
My life was weaved outside my dreams, days always longer than they seemed.
I vowed the day that I was wed, my child would have a childhood.”
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2014-05-06 SouthWeavers+
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2014-05-06 Millie+
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text: X01845 X01847 X01838 The anonymous author of this poem was an Ulster immigrant girl of the 19th century working in a textile mill in Lowell, USA

A Watery Welcome

2014-05-17 Cartouche+
Below is a general view of Nos. 1 – 19 Royal Avenue, that is, Corry House, built in 1881 for John Robb and now a listed building. At No 13, one of the original doorcases remains, the top of which is shown above: a fork-bearded gentleman and a lady with an empty pail on either side of a cartouche. (Planning NI and Historical Belfast – A Historical Gazetteer by Marcus Patton)
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2014-05-17 CartoucheWide+
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Heart Soar

2014-05-10 SuicideBalloons+
Above is part of the suicide-prevention mural on the Springfield Road by Lucas Quigley: a girl is carried away by balloon hearts.
Previous suicide-prevention: Reaching Out | Real Heroes | You’ll Never Walk Alone
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Our Truth

2014-05-17 BallymJustice+
The Gerry Adams “visionary” mural came down almost as quickly as it went up. Five days after release, Adams posted a thank-you to the artist on Twitter in which he also asked that it be replaced. The new mural returns to the issue that made headlines immediately before Adams’s arrest: the refusal of NI Secretary Theresa Villiers (depicted on the right) to order further investigation of the shooting deaths of 11 Ballymurphy residents – one for each cross shown – in 1971 (BelTel) and also the La Mon restaurant fire-bombing in which 12 people died (BelTel).
Previously: Time4Truth
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text: X01876 top secret  justice wants the truth to hide it our

Bru Tout Out

2014-05-07 BruToutOut+

Graffiti in the Highfield estate complaining about/threatening someone allegedly reporting [touting] others to the authorities about unemployment claims [bru, brew; the dole].

According to one source, “bru” is originally a Glaswegian corruption of “bureau” from the 1930s.

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The Imperial Province

2014-05-05 OverTheTop+
The lettering has faded from this Ballyclare mural of soldier from the 36th (Ulster) Division going over the top. The scroll in the bottom right contained the familiar list of eight Somme battles: Somme, Ypres, Arras, Thiepval, St. Quentin, Grandcourt, Messines, Fricourt (featured also in Tamery Pass | At The Going Down Of The Sun and a part of the YCV flag, as in Where Youth And Laughter Go). The main panel read “Let us not forget those of our comrades who have made the supreme sacrifice. Ulster mourns them but is proud of the glory and honour they have won for the imperial province.”
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text: X01828 uvf for god and ulster wwi

Razzle Dazzle

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We return to Norfolk, Virginia in the United States for the second of two new murals in that city. Previously we had a Blackbeard-themed piece on the side of a diner. Today we have Nick Kuszyk’s geometrical landscape of lines and shadows, inspired by the “dazzle camouflage” of WWI. Kuszyk always includes a robot in his pieces – it is on the right in the shot above and featured in the detail immediately below. Another detail and an in-progress shot can also be found below. More of Nick’s work can be found on his website.
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text: X01862 X01863 X01771 X1772 bob’s norfolk’s complete gun shop

The Door Opens And Lets The Future In

2014-05-06 Library+
“Waiting for storytime – Carnegie library – Donegall Road. There is always a moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.” A panel from the Donegall Road bridge (south).
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Free Gerry Now

2014-05-17 FreeGerryNow+
One more piece of graffiti related to the arrest and questioning of Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams at the start of May from the junction of Finaghy Road North and Trench Park.
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FreshPolitics

2014-04-26 TinaNI21-3+
The pro-Union NI21 party was founded in June of last year (2013) and is contesting council and European elections today. Above is an Irish-language hoarding in support of Europe candidate Tina McKenzie who hails from republican west Belfast. “Is é seo #freshpolitics. Vótáil McKenzie 1 do Eoraip” – “This is #freshpolitics. Vote McKenzie 1 for Europe.”
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