The Stokers Halt

Shovelling coal in the glow of a fire. Street art by Verz (Fb) on the Holland Drive side of The Stokers Halt in east Belfast.
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Rise And Outshine

Two final image from UK GE 2017. Above, Sinn Féin placards in a variety of bright colours (plus one for unsuccessful North Belfast candidate John Finucane). Below, “Choose Christ” and you could find both security and change!
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A Wrinkle In Time

Work by Jonny McKerr (Tw | Fb) at the Stoker’s Halt in east Belfast.
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Sloganeering

“The Stormont swamp is irreformable”, claims the TUV election manifesto. “It’s time to drain it.” The expression “drain the swamp” in politics goes back to (at least) 1903 when it was used by an American socialist in reference to capitalistic influence in and is borrowed from the literal practice of draining swamps in order to reduce mosquitoes, and so, malaria.
Another Americanism is shown in the second image: Barak Obama’s “Yes we can” became Hillary Clinton’s “Yes, she can”, which Naomi Long (Alliance), the #gingerninja, is using for her own campaign.
Polls are open today from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
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Weak Bridge

It’s back to polls on Thursday for the UK General Election, including 18 Northern Ireland constituencies. The Alliance Party is an “Other” party, neither nationalist nor unionist. Party leader Naomi Long is standing in east Belfast.
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Nec Aspera Terrent

“Nec Aspera Terrant [sic]”, meaning “frightened by no difficulties”, was the motto of the Inniskilling Fusiliers, who fought in both Boer Wars and both World Wars – its battalions saw action at Gallipoli and on the Western front – before being amalgamated in the Royal Irish Rangers in 1968, along with the Royal Ulster Rifles and the troop featured in the third image, the Royal Irish Fusiliers (for which see Faugh A Ballagh). Their arms are shown along with those of the Royal Irish Rifles and a board commemorating the charge from Thiepval Wood during the Somme, in a large installation in Willowfield Street.
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text: X04171 X04170 X04172 X04173 “nec aspera terrent” 36th ulster division somme july 1st charge from thiepval wood

Faugh A Ballagh

“Faugh a ballagh” (Clear the way) was the motto of the Royal Irish Fusiliers (and then of the Royal Irish Rangers and currently of the Royal Irish Regiment). The Fusiliers served on the western front during WWI – the first and ninth battalions serving in the 36th (Ulster) Division – and the 3rd battalion helped put down the Easter Rising in 1916. Its coat of arm are one of four panels along with the 36th, the Royal Irish Rifles, and the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
The Thiepval Memorial, the Cross of Sacrifice, and the Ulster Tower are pictured in the bottom left.
For the large upper board, see So Many; for the one in the bottom right, see Repaying Their Memory.
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text: X04010 willowfield charge from thiepval wood “Never before was a debt owed to so few by so many. Generation after generation owe them everything. Lest we forget.” faugh a ballagh nec aspera terrant terrent quis separabit

Luminaries And Legends

Famous faces and landmarks from east Belfast, including, in the foreground, guitarists Gary Moore and Eric Bell (from Thin Lizzy). Included in the bottom right is the artist himself, Dee Craig. For a complete list, see the info board, below.
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text: X04102 X04103 connswater st urban village NI executive communities belfast mural arts van morrison CS lewis george best david holmes danny blanchflower lucy caldwell marie jones james ellis

Search Party

Here is a final board from the memorial installation to UDR Privates Starrett and Cummings in Thorndyke Street, showing soldiers searching for arms near some outbuildings. For information on Starrett and Cummings, see Ulsters Defenders Of The Realm (also Stop – Check Point).
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Stop – Check Point

Here is a third panel from a new UDR wall in east Belfast, a collage of UDR activities (on the streets, on base, manning check-points, in boats, helicopters, with dogs) with a few pieces of republican signs as backdrop (Free Derry Corner, “Provies rule”, “Such is British justice – remember 9th August”)
Two previous panels: Ulster Defenders Of The Realm
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