Between The Crosses

The “Jesus” tag at the corner of My Lady’s and London roads has been replaced with a WWI mural showing soldiers running through a field of poppies, and which is surrounded by plaques from the Poppy Trail with the details of some of those from the 36th (Ulster) Division who were killed.
For the four panels on the right, see Ulsters Brave.

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Ulsters Brave

Photographic portraits of four UVF members – Robert “Squeak” Seymour (east Belfast commander), Joe Long, Robert Bennett, James Cordner – on panels adjacent to a new Somme mural (shown tomorrow). Seymour died in 1988, the others in the early seventies. The same four are commemorated on a mural (and a plaque) on Ballymacarrett Road. “At Ulster’s call, they gave their all, a different war, on a different day, a bloody sacrifice, was the price to pay.”
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High Rise, Low Life

Here is a selection of five images of graffiti/writing in Unity Walk/McKibben’s Court in the city centre: work by TMN crew and a couple of pieces by EVEN.
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The Sacrifice Remains The Same

Poppy Trail boards have been added below the 2013 Time Changes board commemorating the sacrifice of the 36th (Ulster) Division – in black-and-white on the left – and the Royal Irish Rifles – in colour on the right.
Previously from the Poppy Trail: Among The FallenPoppy Trail 1914Poppy Trail 1915Poppy Trail 1916 | HMS HawkeXXXVI
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Always Keep A Diamond In Your Mind

“The past is behind, learn from it. The present is here, live it. The future is ahead, prepare for it.” 2016 mural and board-cut diamond (which is lit from behind at night) in Lord Street, replacing the old LPA mural which lasted from 1997 to 2015.
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XXXVI

The main battles of the 36th (Ulster) Division (“XXXVI”) are listed – Somme, Thiepval, Messines, Ypres, Cambrai, Somme (1918), St. Quintin [St. Quentin], Lys, Courtrai – and those who died are commemorated on this new board. The main board is surrounded by smaller boards, part of the Poppy Trail, bearing the names, ages, addresses, ranks, and units of deceased soldiers. For example: William Lyttle, aged 18, 16 Tenth Street, 9th batt. Royal Irish Rifles, Rifleman 13044.
The same (main) board has also been mounted on the Shankill: see Improving Your Environment.
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4 The Fam

“4 the fam”, that is, for the members of TMN: RASER, ANKO, CASP, MASH, BORE, NIKO, CISTO, AKEN, ZEL, RECK, DEX, JEST, from fellow-member NOTA. Replaces the TMN-painted Culture Blight.
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IRA – Sinn Fein – ISIS

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A gallery of scenes from IRA bombings surrounds the Bayardo memorial arch, the centre-piece of which are two images from the 2015 paris bombings (shown above). “IRA – Sinn Fein – ISIS no difference”. In a recent interview for the USA’s PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) the DUP’s Sammie Wilson said he agreed with the equivalence. The second image shows the view from the Shankill (the damage at Canary Wharf is centre-right). Alexander Minto Howell who was killed outside the Bayardo bar by the British Army.
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Play With Drugs?

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Sonic the hedgehog joins Pac-Man in an anti-drugs message in the lower Shankill estate. “Play with drugs? Game Over.” For the two boards in the background, see Child’s Play and The Dead Man’s Penny.
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The Burning Issue

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Not a phoenix or a bonfire but a pile of sterling going up in flames, a reference to the recent RHI (“Renewable Heat Incentive” rather than Sinn Féin’s promised “Respect, honesty, integrity”) scandal which was a cause of yesterday’s election. Whether it will make any difference to the electorate will be seen today, as counting gets under way in the 2017 Assembly Elections.
Previously from #ae17 (Assembly Elections 2017): Tapaigh An Deis | End The Age Of the Dinosaurs | Keep Belfast Clean | Hard Border
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