KAT 1690

Loyalist graffiti in Boyne Court (Sandy Row): a (reverse) swastika but instead of Jews, the edict is to “KAT [Kill All Taigs]”, drawing inspiration from William’s victory at the Boyne in 1690.
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Taking Aim

The UVF mural in the Village area of south Belfast has been freshened up. The design of the mural remains the same as before, with hooded gunmen on either side of the UVF emblem aiming directly at the viewer (see the second image). For the previous version, see 2013’s The Village People. There is a new side-wall to the left, which will be the subject of tomorrow’s post.
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Death & Life

The skull-and-crossbones is the emblem of the Ballymacash Young Conquerors, which merged with the Pride Of Prince William in 2011 to form the Pride Of Ballymacash. (Fb)  The symbol is a potent one, however, and still used by the new band in addition to its own. In the mural in its memorial garden, it is surrounded by poppies, thistles, and orange lilies. If you know the name of the young man in the memorial display (second image), please comment/get in touch.
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Guard Bear

The Milltown bonfire will be lit tonight during “11th night” celebrations. It’s not clear if the teddy-bear who was on guard last week goes with it.
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Skull And Crossbones

The skull and crossbones was the emblem of the Ballymacash Young Conquerors flute band in Lisburn, and it is still used by members of the new band, the Pride Of Ballymacash (Fb).
For close-ups of the bonfire in the background of the second image, see Ballymacash Bonfire.
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Ballymacash Bonfire

The bonfire in Ballymacash, Lisburn, is big and getting bigger in recent years, and generating some controversy (e.g. 2015 BelTel | 2017 BelTel) which is perhaps the reason for the “No shooting – police notified” sign in the final image. This year is no exception, as today’s images make clear. The third shows that the pyre can be seen over the tops of the houses. Here is drone footage of the 2017 bonfire.
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The Blind Spot

The sun has set and light has gone out, the curtain has fallen and the shutters have come down on east Belfast’s Vertical Blind Factory a.k.a The Blind Spot, now gloriously dilapidated.
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Hard Brexit

A “hard Brexit” would involve the UK leaving the European Union and the European Economic Area. For Northern Ireland, that would mean (at least) customs checks at the border with the Republic. Politicians on all sides are concerned about what that might mean for the peace, but the split is encouraged by the board above on the “sports zone” next to the Mount Inn on North Queen Street, Belfast. The Navy and RAF ensigns perhaps suggest how the UK’s borders are to be secured.
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Flying The Flag

Here’s a house in Kilburn Street, south Belfast, bedecked in loyalist flags: a Union flag in the door, a 36th (Ulster) Division centenary flag upstairs, a Lord Carson Memorial (Sandy Row, LOL 1050 | tw) flag, and a stand of small flags in the downstairs window.
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Community Notice Board

The notice board for the Factory Community Forum in the Boyne Square/Ferris Park area of Larne has seen better days. The group’s web site is operational but advertising events from 2015.
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