I don’t go to Derry very often – rarely, in fact, if you discount passing through the place on the way to Buncrana. Partly it’s because if you go out after eight in Derry, you run a reasonable risk of being assaulted by the gangs of hoods that roam the place with impunity. The other thing I don’t like about Derry is the immense pretentiousness of the Derry luvvies, who see their town as the Athens of the North, in opposition to the Belfast Spartans.
But other than that, it isn’t such a bad place. And it’s cheering to be able to say something nice about Derry for once. Given Derry’s well-earned status as the gay-bashing capital of the North, we are pleased to note that to mark the fortieth anniversary of the legalisation of homosexuality, the famous Free Derry Corner is being painted pink. Isn’t that a step in the right direction? Hats off to whoever came up with the idea.