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New Year Greetings
Jimmy Sands • 1 Jan. 2004

It is that time of the year for exiles to return, and yours truly is no exception. Of course, the Season of Peace holds a special place for us, as the Party of Peace. It truly has been a remarkable time to be in Ireland, particularly in the afterglow of our overwhelming victory in the Assembly elections. But enough of politics, if my friend Danny Morrison can write wistful slice-of-life vignettes then your Jimmy can have a crack at it too.

The highlight of the season was, without doubt the Blanket office party. It was an enormous success, due in part I think to the decision of the caterers to abandon the distilled-water-only catering policy of previous years, but mainly I believe it was a factor of the enormous diversity of voices the magazine attracts. The image of Liam O'Comain pinned to the photocopier by a tipsy Ruth Dudley Edwards is one which, for good or ill, is likely to remained burned on my memory for quite a while.

Christmas is about family and friends, but that of course means the nightmare of Christmas shopping. In past years of course it was particularly difficult, unless of course the Army Council hadn't finished theirs in which case we'd get a ceasefire. No such problems now, but of course one of the downsides of the peace process is that the shops are very crowded and it can be time consuming. Fortunately I had a bit of good luck which cut the task in half. I have been asked, however, not to talk about it. Anyway, even then I still had the non-smokers to shop for. I must admit I have had a few grumbles from relatives, but as I explained to them, one day collectors will pay good money for "Martin Meehan MLA" stationary.

Finally, Christmas is for the children, and not just because of Sinn Fein's newly adopted policy that they are, indeed, our future. If you have any youngsters in the house, you could do a lot worse than visit the Ardoyne Youth Theatre Collective's adaptation of Hansel and Gretel ("Internment Without Trail"). For those unfamiliar with the story it deals with two young innocents forced on the run by force of circumstances, who are then imprisoned by an evil witch whom they bravely defy by refusing food. It makes a pleasant change from politics.

Happy New Year to all my comrades

Yours in Struggle!
Jimmy Sands
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4 January 2004


Other Articles From This Issue:


Anthony McIntyre


New Years Statement 2004

Óglaigh na hÉireann


New Year Greetings
Jimmy Sands


In Memorium
Brian Mór


Is This The Real IRA?
Liam O Ruairc


Dec. 16th Dail Questions



Provos/SDLP/Dublin Securing Partition
Liam O Comain


The Patriot Game
Kathleen O Halloran


Wiping Out the Opposition
Aine Fox


They Will Never Get Us All
Sean Matthews


The Letters Page has been updated.


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An Autopsy on the Provos
Sandy Boyer


The PSNI Threat

Anthony McIntyre


Seize the Opportunity, Seize the Moment
Liam O Ruairc


Happy Xmas from Little England
Eamon Sweeney


Dublin Cover-up Was Government Policy
Father Sean Mc Manus


Warm (Flat) Earth
Michael Youlton




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