A closer look at an extraordinary – and very welcome – decision by police in Northern Ireland.
A piece for Slugger O’Toole goes behind the scenes of Translink’s busy Twitter account.
Latest piece for Slugger O’Toole asks what BBC news could become if it ripped up the news rule book.
Just for fun…
1, – “I’m not being funny but…”: You’re right, you aren’t.
2, – “…some people”: Two words that are the axis of evil on Facebook. Whatever it is, go and talk to “some people” about it. Or would that be too drama-free?!
3 – “I can’t believe what happened today”: Heavy sighs are for the schoolyard and grounded teenagers. We’ll need more detail. Actually, on second thoughts…
4 – “The – insert media outlet here – are biased against us”: They probably aren’t. Look up ‘confirmation bias’ online then see Point 8.
5 – “Rant over”: A devastating end to any round of debate. It should be used on BBC Question Time more often.
6 – “I read in the Daily Mail newspaper”: It isn’t a newspaper. And admit it….you only looked at the headline.
7 – “You’ll never guess what that fecker the kids’ mum/ dad did!”: Probably not, but thanks to Facebook your kids can read about it for years to come!
8 – “I can’t believe the media didn’t cover our event/ issue/ protest”: We can. You need a better media officer.
9 – “I don’t know you but you’re wrong”: A tactic that has never changed anyone’s mind about anything ever. If it did international diplomacy could be staged via Facebook and would be really entertaining.
10 – “Yeah, but whatabout…”: See Point 4.
11, “That shop/ pub kicked someone out because of their Poppy/ football shirt/ face”: They probably didn’t. A ‘like and share’ doesn’t make it true.
12, “Do you know what the Army should do…”: No, Field Marshal, we don’t. But please tell us. We have the COBRA situation room on hold waiting.
13, “Happy birthday to Louis Walsh!”: We’ve checked and can’t find our birthday card from Louis anywhere. He’ll do fine without our clicks.
14, “Did you see Piers Morg…”: We’re going to have to stop you right there.
15, “This CCTV proves…”: We give up.
A piece for Slugger O’Toole addresses a pet hate and the memory of a former WWII POW camp family member.