Jim Furlong

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It was and remains “a movable feast.” That is to say that Easter is not like Christmas in that it doesn’t happen on a specific fixed date as Christmas does or All Saint’s Day. 
Easter is that major Christian holiday that is set, not by the calendar of St. Gregory,

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The school I went to was partly a boarding school, although I was not a boarder. It was not private, but it fancied itself above the rest in a snotty way. It was all a bit British in tone.
We had school uniforms that included breeches (breeks) that came to

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Regular readers of these humble offerings will know that I am a monarchist. I have been in lock step with the Queen and her family from the day I was born. I had a Windsor baby carriage, just like Prince Charles. I remember the death of the Queen’s father George

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When I was younger there was a very tough religious regimen within the Catholic Church. 
The season of Lent today, the runup to Easter Sunday, is simply not as demanding as it used to be. Fasting and abstention were very much part of our religious upbringing then. I still know

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Like many people I spend time thinking about where we are going and where this will all end. The road toward “normal” is unknown. 
I can hardly write anything with a hint of the future because the situation changes so rapidly. Two weeks ago there were virtually no cases of

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My grandfather Malone was a real St. John’s man. He was Catholic and anti-Confederate. The capital had voted heavily against Confederation in the 1948 referenda.  My grandfather worked for the ultimate St. John’s merchant firm which was Bowring Brothers and it appears he bought whole hog into the notion that

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One of the things that come with a weekly column is the notion of recurring themes. All stories can’t be about Donald Trump or Covid-19. Those are observations about what broadcaster John Nesbitt called The Passing Parade.
Catching a break
There are, on the other hand, story themes that keep

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It won’t be long now before the economic recovery committee currently  plotting our future will weigh in on where that economic road may lead. I personally hope they are tough as nails, because we cannot go on the way we are going. It is, by the way, a good idea

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