Welcome To Our Park

2014-05-07 WhitewellMid+
“Welcome to our park – Whitewell says “no” to racism.” Above is a detail from a new mural by Lucas Quigley showing children of different ethnicities playing together. The children are also cross-community: the two central figures are wearing Cliftonville and Crusaders kits – two rival north Belfast teams.
Previously: Cliftonville: The Red Army | Crusaders: The Hatchet Men, All Ireland Champions
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text: X01858 X01856 X01857 coiste na niarchimí/Tar Isteach

Women Too

2014-05-12 WomenToo2+
The Windsor Women’s Centre in the Village area of south Belfast has been providing support services for women and families since 1990. This black and white but multicultural mural on the Kilburn Street side of the building by Joanne Vance includes images of women who use the centre.
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text: X01872 spiral hope peace opportunity spirit feminism unity love dreams fears aspirations confidence education growth development belonging faith energy skills knowledge learning activity drive life power spirit strength home vitality work recreation conversation comfort helping together coffee support understanding health sharing worth well being warmth trust 

Young Guns

2014-05-05 BallyclareYoungGuns+
UDA/UFF/UYM (Ulster Young Militants) board in Grange Drive, Ballyclare, with red hand and red fist.
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text: X01818 quis separabit terrae filius feriens tego

Eye On The Needle

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Here is the signage from two tattoo parlours on Camden High Street, London. Above is Evil From The Needle, featuring dice, four aces and roses; below is the Dark Angel, sporting a female figure in bondage at the top of a thorn tree threatened by goblins.
Previously featured: Giant Shoes To Fill.
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Death Driving

2014-05-02 JoyridingMurder+
Poster from the junction of Whiterock and Springfield Roads: “It’s not joyriding, it’s murder. Debbie McComb Aged 15 Killed by car thieves, March 1, 2002.” McComb died of her injuries after being hit by Henry Marley, who was driving a stolen car and drove through a red light. Her death and other deaths led to a substantial campaign against “death drivers” in 2002 (see, for example, An Phoblacht | The (Sunday) People). Marley was sentenced in April of this year for colliding into two other cars (Newsletter).
Previously: A Philosophy Of Liberation (lower Falls joyriding)
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Their Name Liveth For Evermore

2014-05-08 No4Platoon+
Four generations of headgear and rifles, from 1912 to the present, are featured in this new UVF board in Glenwood Street. A portion of the previous No. 4 Platoon ‘graveyard scene’ mural it replaces can be seen in the top right, with black figures superimposed. The title of the post, which comes from Ecclesiasticus 44, appears on the accompanying info panel along with a verse from Laurence Binyon’s poem For The Fallen. The fourth verse of Binyon’s poem is more often quoted, as in What Do We Forget When We Remember and At The Going Down Of The Sun.
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text: X01860 X01859 for god and ulster dedicated to the memory of fall officers NCOs volunteers number 4 platoon a company 1st belfast battalion ulster volunteer force names and deeds are eternally venerated by their comrades in arms who continue to serve humbly in their honour they went with songs to battle they were young straight of limb true of eyes steady and aglow they remained staunch to the end against odds uncounted they fell with their faces to the foe their name liveth for

Together We Stand Alone

2014-05-05 StandAloneDetail+
UVF/YCV mural in Ballyclare celebrating and commemorating soldiers from the 36th (Ulster) Division in WWI and in particular at the Somme. The central panel, shown above, shows soldiers bearing the Division’s standard (painted in colour in an otherwise black-and-white mural) comprised of Union flag, harp insignia of the Royal Irish Rifles, the red hand of Ulster on a field of shamrocks. The other panels, shown in the full shot, below, shows uniforms of the Ulster Volunteers, a Protestant woman defending the fields, soldiers going over the top, and soldiers bowed at a UVF memorial.
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text: X01830 X01831 we band of brothers

Culture Before Cash

2014-05-14 CultureBeforeCash2+
Materials intended for an Eleventh Night bonfire in Rathcoole were set alight early on Tuesday morning (0200 May 13th, 2014, according to Proud To Be A Protestant – Banter) and still smoldered in the morning. Nolan’s radio show last week had a segment on this bonfire, following up on an Irish News report (article behind a paywall) that the bonfire might be moved or covered for the Giro d’Italia. “Culture before cash” means that locals would prefer bonfires to the funds available (here is the Belfast City Council ‘Bonfire Management’ page; Rathcoole is in Newtownabbey) to put on a street party with a willow-wood beacon in its place. According to this Irish News report, in 2013 45 Loyalist  and 12 Republican bonfires part of the scheme. Here is the DOE’s Bonfire Report (pdf).
Previously: Bonfire Flags (images of (nearly) finished bonfires) | Everyone Has The Right To Participate (pallets in the Hopewell estate, lower Shankill)
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Free For All

2014-05-05 FrizWellesleyWide+
Above is Friz’s 2012 B-movie mash-up on the side of Ryan’s Bar on the Lisburn Road: A fire-breathing Godzilla, a masked wrestler (from “Lucha Libre” – Mexican “free[style] wrestling”) about to hurl down an electrical cloud, an octopedal brain with bow-tie, a giant robot smashing buildings, the mad scientist and the damsel in distress. Close-ups of the robot and Godzilla’s fire, below.
Previously from Friz: Chips & A Movie (Atomic Collectables) | Fox & Bird (Culture Night 2013) | The Girl With The Flaxen Hair | Working On A Building
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text:  X01824 X01823 X01822 luchador

As I Would Not Be A Slave, So I Would Not Be A Master

2014-05-05 JohnLewis+
U.S. civil rights protester John Lewis (WP) – leader of the  Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and co-organizer of the march on Washington in August, 1963 – made a visit to Dublin, Derry, and Belfast at the end of April (Newsletter | DerryCity.gov.uk). In honour of his visit, the ‘We Can Do It!” (a.k.a. “Rosie The Riveter”) figure at the left edge of the Douglass mural (under Barack Obama) on Northumberland Street was painted over and Lewis’s image – wearing the Presidential Medal Of Freedom – put in its place. For a wide-shot of the mural pre-Lewis, see Liberating Minds, which gives all of the quotes in the mural, including The quote from Abraham Lincoln that provides the title of today’s post.
Bill Rolston gives some historical context in this video on the Open Hands project.
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text:  X01825 X01829 X02312 martin luther king bob marley steven biko haitian revolution angela davis muhammad ali abraham lincoln strong children the woman is the slave of that slave swing low sweet chariot why should i drop bombs on brown people in vietnam cast off one’s chains the freedom of others without regard to race i have a dream thank god almighty we are free at last liberating minds society apartheid