Londonderry/Derry seemed to have an advantage in the city of culture contest – Birmingham Post

Good piece by Jon Walker. We'll never know the real reasons behind the choice I shouldn't think, but I do think it's been a worthwhile bidding exercise this time. [link]

4 comments for “Londonderry/Derry seemed to have an advantage in the city of culture contest – Birmingham Post

  1. Kavan Hawker
    28 July 2010 at 9:24 am

    I think the real reason is because Northern Ireland has experienced years of violence and division. If you looked at the t.v footage of Derry when it was announced it would be City of Culture, there were just empty army barracks and reminders of the secterian violence. As dissapointing as it may be for us not to win it, look at it in this way, for people who have lived in a culture of fear and violence for many years, this could finally be the path out of that and actually allow members of both the Catholic and Protestant communities to share somthing on a permanent basis building strong permanent bonds between both communities, rather than fragmenting them leading back to hatred and division and a path back to terrorism.nnIf there is a society that shares interests and culture on a permanent basis, there is less chance of terrorism being exported back into this country.

  2. Kavan Hawker
    28 July 2010 at 9:24 am

    I think the real reason is because Northern Ireland has experienced years of violence and division. If you looked at the t.v footage of Derry when it was announced it would be City of Culture, there were just empty army barracks and reminders of the secterian violence. As dissapointing as it may be for us not to win it, look at it in this way, for people who have lived in a culture of fear and violence for many years, this could finally be the path out of that and actually allow members of both the Catholic and Protestant communities to share somthing on a permanent basis building strong permanent bonds between both communities, rather than fragmenting them leading back to hatred and division and a path back to terrorism.nnIf there is a society that shares interests and culture on a permanent basis, there is less chance of terrorism being exported back into this country.

  3. Kavan Hawker
    28 July 2010 at 9:24 am

    I think the real reason is because Northern Ireland has experienced years of violence and division. If you looked at the t.v footage of Derry when it was announced it would be City of Culture, there were just empty army barracks and reminders of the secterian violence. As dissapointing as it may be for us not to win it, look at it in this way, for people who have lived in a culture of fear and violence for many years, this could finally be the path out of that and actually allow members of both the Catholic and Protestant communities to share somthing on a permanent basis building strong permanent bonds between both communities, rather than fragmenting them leading back to hatred and division and a path back to terrorism.nnIf there is a society that shares interests and culture on a permanent basis, there is less chance of terrorism being exported back into this country.

  4. Kavan Hawker
    28 July 2010 at 11:24 am

    I think the real reason is because Northern Ireland has experienced years of violence and division. If you looked at the t.v footage of Derry when it was announced it would be City of Culture, there were just empty army barracks and reminders of the secterian violence. As dissapointing as it may be for us not to win it, look at it in this way, for people who have lived in a culture of fear and violence for many years, this could finally be the path out of that and actually allow members of both the Catholic and Protestant communities to share somthing on a permanent basis building strong permanent bonds between both communities, rather than fragmenting them leading back to hatred and division and a path back to terrorism.

    If there is a society that shares interests and culture on a permanent basis, there is less chance of terrorism being exported back into this country.

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