Category Archives: Belfast Social History

The Worse Christmas of my Life.

At the risk of boring my readers, I’m posting this story yet again. I realize I have posted it before, but at this time of year the unhappy memories of that day flood back in an unstoppable wave of anger … Continue reading

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A War time Christmas Story

Continuing my wartime experiences leading up to Remembrance Day. Christmas of 1942 was the first year I really began to understand what it was all about. As the special day approached, I grew more and more excited. On Christmas Eve … Continue reading

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Brown Paper Package tied up with String

Just a few days after Christmas 1944, the postman delivered a parcel. It was wrapped in brown paper and secured with string; it had at least a dozen foreign stamps above the address. A thrill of excitement ran through me … Continue reading

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My Father in the First World War.

My father told me this story in late 1958 as we sat by a dying fire. He was smoking a last cigarette before beginning his nightly routine of winding the clock, putting the empty milk bottles out, and locking the … Continue reading

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Be prepared for change

As the election is all but over and clearly out of our hands, I thought I change the subject today. Nevertheless, it’s a clever title prepare for change ? On Election Day eh!!! Listening to a recent political panel discuss … Continue reading

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Makeup or black Face?

White superiority has been with us for hundreds of years, slavery was one of the dreadful results of the idea white races were the masters. I can recall going to the movies in Belfast in the 1950s and watching such … Continue reading

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Dark September

I used my good friends book title for my blog today. “Dark September” by Brendan G O’Brien. It is an alternate history tale of the Second World War. For me, September 1939 was a very dark time in our history. … Continue reading

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Racism,Then and Now.

In my more than 80 years of life I have witnessed, experience and learned many things. Yet racism seems to been ever present throughout this long life. As a young boy I experienced little in what we refer to today, … Continue reading

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A British Shame Forever.

During the 1650s, over 100,000 Irish children aged 10 to 14 were taken from their parents and sold as slaves in the West Indies, Virginia and New England. In this decade, 52,000 Irish (mostly women and children) were sold to … Continue reading

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Interview with the Author.

Interview with the Author. “Lily and Me” Posted on April 6, 2019 by irishroverpei Interview With Author Frederick Ben Rodgers by NFReads.com http://www.nfreads.com/interview-with-author-frederick-ben-rodgers/ Introduction I was born in Belfast N.I on 15th January 1939 delivered at home by Dr Frederick … Continue reading

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