Northern Ireland people keep close eye on Scottish Independence poll
Whatever the Scottish people decide in the independence referendum, come Friday a few fundamentals will remain.
On a clear day you'll still be able to glimpse Scotland in the distance from vantage points on the County Antrim coast.
Celtic and Rangers fans across Northern Ireland will still follow their teams with fervour.
Ulster Scots folk will still feel a special bond with their kith and kin across the water.
Many of us will still board ferries in Belfast and Larne on the way to visit our family and friends in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Ian Paisley: A part of the fabric of Northern Ireland's Troubles
He was part of the fabric of Northern Ireland's Troubles - the bombs, the tit-for-tat sectarian murders, the nervous soldiers patrolling streets daubed with paramilitary murals.
Those grim TV images were so often interspersed with the angry words of a preacher turned politician.
Stormont - the alternatives to mandatory coalition
If Stormont is "not fit for purpose", as Northern Ireland's First Minister Peter Robinson has claimed, what are the possible alternatives, should the Westminster government convene a fresh round of negotiations?
1. Abolishing the mandatory coalition system and the designation of MLAs as "unionist" ,"nationalist" or "other". Ending the controversial cross-community vetoes, known as petitions of concern and forming devolved governments that take decisions on the basis of simple majority votes.
Northern Ireland double-jobbing to continue for now
On the Nolan show on BBC Radio Ulster, Sammy Wilson confirmed he plans to stand again for the East Antrim Westminster seat at next year's election.
Given that earlier this year the NIO passed an act banning MPs double-jobbing, that means he'll have to leave Stormont, doesn't it?
Remembering the IRA ceasefire 20 years on
Listening back to my breathless tones when I announced the 1994 IRA Ceasefire on BBC Radio 5 Live I can forgive one radio newspaper reviewer who accused me of getting over-excited.
In fact it wasn't excitement which had taken my breath away, but a brisk 100-yard dash between the phone where my colleagues Brian Rowan and Shane Harrison were ringing in their ceasefire statements and the radio studio where Diana Madill was awaiting my on-air interruption.
Monkey business at Stormont
The arrival of former Democratic senator Gary Hart in Belfast just as Northern Ireland is about to mark the 20th anniversary of the IRA ceasefire is a bit of a surprise.
Senator Hart has long harboured an interest in Ireland.
Ex-environment minister Sam Foster, Ulster Unionist, dies aged 82
Quietly spoken but firm in his opinions, Sam Foster has been described as a man of courtesy and integrity by politicians from across the spectrum.
In 1987, Mr Foster was on the scene of the Enniskillen Remembrance Day bombing and pulled survivors from the rubble immediately after the IRA attack.
Stormont politicians' Middle East views 'predictable'
The row in Newry over the Sinn Fein Mayor's letter proposing a boycott of Israeli goods is the latest in a sequence of incidents highlighting the tendency for many nationalists and unionists to take sides when it comes to the conflict in the Middle East.
It follows the controversy over George Galloway's appearance at Belfast's Ulster Hall and the decision to remove the blue plaque from the wall of the birthplace of former Israeli president, Chaim Herzog, in the north of the city.
On the runs deal: Sordid and shabby or legal and proper?
Anyone looking at Dame Heather Hallett's review into On The Runs for an assessment of the moral righteousness of the government's approach to the peace process will be disappointed.
Judge Hallett describes the treatment of the On The Runs as "unprecedented".
North Belfast: Unionists call for inquiry into 'parades impasse'
The sight of unionists queuing up to sign a pledge evoked memories of the 1912 Ulster Covenant against Home Rule, albeit on a rather less dramatic scale.
If the joint unionist/Orange commitment to lawful protest helps ensure a peaceful 12 July, then it won't be just the PSNI Chief Constable who breathes a sigh of relief.