My husband has just been to Ireland for his work. He went to a part of Belfast, and reports that the IRA are still up to various activities, but you don't hear about this in the press. This is from talking to people in pubs round there. Apparently the infrastructure is still there and an ex-member was running the factory he was working in and said 'Just leave your' (very expensive) 'tools there, and no-one will touch them' and no-one did. On several occasions this week he has phoned me up a bit worse for wear after being drinking in the pubs. He reports that the Irish are very sociable and he was approached by many people in the pubs as one of the 'English lads' and also that they are energetic and crazy dancers. While not exactly dancing Irish jigs apparently he has never seen anything like the country dancing. He has brought us back some presents. Eleanor has got a new Irish shamrock hanging jewel for her new phone and I have got a celtic necklace.