Janda Mp3 Out On Blue Six: Billy Bragg Video

This photograph, taken in Belfast's York Street in 1935, offers such a strange and alien juxtaposition that is still striking to this very day, despite growing up during The Troubles. On the one hand there's the heavy militaristic presence of the armoured Rolls Royce and the RUC man, and on the other there's the ordinary everyday of the trio of young girls going to work or going about their business. The latter means the photograph could have been taken anywhere, but the former makes it unmistakeably Belfast. 

It reminded me of Billy Bragg's 1996 track Northern Industrial Town, which rightly reminded us, at a time when The Troubles were still rife, that thereis far more which ties us together than there ever is that separates.

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