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Bowlers and bands

by Edward Wickham

Posted: 18 Jul 2014 @ 12:04

LOUIS MACNEICE, the poet son of a Protestant minister, spoke of their "voodoo". It is marching season in Northern Ireland, and the Orange bands are bringing people on to the streets in demonstrations that are half-pageant, half-protest, turning the heads of otherwise level-headed people with a ceremonial that casts a spell beyond the understanding of the rest of us.

Walking Round in Circles (Radio 4, Monday of last week) was an ultimately futile attempt to explain the ...

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