‘Prayers are no longer enough…’

As yet another community comes to terms with yet another mass shooting – the 944th such incident in the US in the past three years – a clearly frustrated and upset President Obama called, once again, for reform of America’s gun laws.

“Our thoughts and prayers are not enough… It does nothing to prevent this carnage from being inflicted someplace else in America, next week or a couple of months from now.”

(PBS NewsHour)

It was the fifteenth time he has addressed a mass shooting during his Presidency.



Russian airstrikes in Syria are set to dominate the summit on Friday in Paris, as Vladimir Putin meets with Francois Hollande and Angela Merkel for discussions previously set to address the situation in Ukraine.

In London, the Conservative candidate for next year’s London mayoral election will be, as expected, Zac Goldsmith. And not, er, S*l Camp*ell.

Looks like Joaquin might not be coming to party after all…

Happy birthday, Jimmy Carter…






The Seamus Heaney Centre in Bellaghy, site of the town’s former RUC barracks, is a step closer to completion.



Happy Birthday, Peanuts. I’d sure like to have lunch with that little red-haired girl.



Big weekend coming up in the Rugby World Cup. After a hard-fought Welsh victory over Fiji, England must now beat Australia on Saturday or be eliminated from their own tournament.




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