Category Archives: Belfast Social History

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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The 12th July in Northern Ireland

Today Orangemen march through the streets of Belfast to celebrate William of Orange. In past years this has resulted in street violence and death. The Ulster police have to be armed like assault troops. The fighting and petrol bombs are … Continue reading

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Tomorrow is 12th July?

The 12th was a big day for us young Belfast Protestant boys in the early 1950s. The 11th July was almost as big, it was bonfire night. Any wood not nailed down ended upon the bonfire, streets were decorated red … Continue reading

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Counting my Blessings

I know my blogs are usually complaints about politicians, legion and other ongoing issues. However today, at the risk of being melancholy I’m going to talk about my blessings. We go through much of our lives bitching and complaining, lousy … Continue reading

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Moments in Time

Moments in Time. Posted on May 29th 2019 by irishroverpei I’m not sure this happens to others in my age group, but suspect it might. I’m in my 80th year and find my mind often travels back to the past. … Continue reading

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The Good Old Hockey Game?

Danger! might upset Hockey Fans. This will be a risky blog, I’m sure to get some angry responses, angry being the key word. When I arrived in Canada in 1964 I attempted to have hockey replace my favourite sport of … Continue reading

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