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Last 50 tweets from @PadraigBelton
In reply to @sophiegrenham
OMG Sophie i've just seen this. You poor thing. Hope you are both ok.
I’ve only just seen it too - goodness, thinking of you both, and please let me know if there’s anything I can do to help.
Those are two children who are either delighted to have their father return home from his evening run, or are checking he’s actually left.
I’m officially an Irish citizen now ☘️☘️
(Is saoránach Éireannach mé go hoifigiúil anois 🙈)
Thank you Ireland 🇮🇪
You’re very welcome, and we’re all stronger and better now for you. Warm fáiltes…
Thanks to everyone for the running advice, it's been great.

Decided to ease myself back into it, as my muscles have reminded me how super-unfit I am: a 3km walk rather than a run. It's a start.

Good view though.
Replying to @playingwithdust
Really encouraged and inspired by this! If you’re ever in Dublin and fancy a jog round the Dalkey and Dun Laoghaire coast (and possibly even a pint after) please let me know!
At midnight, as I helped my auntie write thank-you notes after my uncle’s funeral, I counted thirteen strikes from the grandfather clock in the corner, observed this had caused her no disquiet until now, and quickly decided to say nothing of it.
My colleague @EP_Lawrence is a fantastic journalist and China correspondent. He is also a close friend, who helped me paint my house at 2 am and filmed my newborn leaving hospital. Shocking behaviour from China, or any civilised country. Be well, Ed.
Witnessed a BBC journalist got sieged and dragged to the ground by several cops in Shanghai earlier tonight on the Urumqi Rd. His friend said he was targeted becuz he was filming the protest. (feel free to @ his handle if you know who this journalist is ) @BBCNews @BBCNewsAsia
Carlotta has just informed me, for dinner with her tonight, I am to wear a white shirt, navy suit, and bow tie.

(I obliged. She usually is right.)
In reply to @stumblingboots
Now it’s all my christmasses come at once!
I'm so looking forward to spending a dinner with Mary Beard! And hopefully with some of you, too.

Looking ahead to retirement, Mary’s founded a scholarship for two underprivileged students to read classics at Cambridge. I think it only fitting our charity napkin will go to this.
The new altar and lectern at Newcastle Cathedral. I'm afraid I'm not convinced
Replying to @GeorgeReeves94
Do they come with Bluetooth?
From the running track (me) to ballet (Carlotta), not quite managed a change but grabbed some Great War history from the man who got me into tweed….
A year ago, we watched the Late Late Toy Show a second straight time from a Dublin hotel, after moving back from London into Covid and a housing crisis. Now we’re grateful for rented digs for Christmas and Santa Tubs.

Also a six year-old is describing his mullet and I can’t even
This has been an exciting week but nothing nearly so much as a return to my favourite reading partner, and the next chapter of the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
Never say I don’t know how to sweet talk a woman.
I’m extremely lucky to be at the state dinner for the President of South Africa. And instead of a foreign policy tweet, here is the cutest little guy in a bow tie and tailcoat.
Replying to @PadraigBelton
We had the same look going, I’m honoured to say
I’m extremely lucky to be at the state dinner for the President of South Africa. And instead of a foreign policy tweet, here is the cutest little guy in a bow tie and tailcoat.
I had the BEST time today as guest of @UCLIRS and @UCLPiMedia, talking to journos & diplomats of the future.

About how social media platforms had - briefly - been winning the information war against Russia. And new journalism models will arise & find audiences, then advertisers
In reply to @PadraigBelton
Should I bring a flask of coffee for later? A couple of cans of red bull?
I was so hugely lucky last night to be let chair a dinner with Christopher Steele, a former UK government intelligence official full of thoughts about likely futures for Russia, and weakening of the national security consensus in the US.

I was home at 5 which I reckon early,
Maybe you're free Tuesday at 6 pm? The UCL IR and journalism societies kindly invited me to spend a bit of time with them tomorrow evening, talking about journalism and conflict. And they've also said I can bring friends (if I have any)....
Replying to @mariana057
Then put an umbrella in the glass because when I checked it’s still Ireland 😂
In reply to @HelenORahilly
To behonest the Gardai need to be contacted in that scenario. Serious child welfare issues there.
As a safeguarding matter, it’s probably Tusla as a first port of call.…
Up at 8 am to hit a frosty track, then take this little ballerina to smash her first ever exam.
In reply to @PadraigBelton
Spider might be sitting there thinking, wow, does my abdomen really look that big?
Replying to @WellManneredXS
This is the best thing I’ve read this week 🕷️😂
Carlotta has drawn a portrait of the large spider in our house, and is currently showing it to her.
In reply to @PadraigBelton
Any chance of a mastodon account?
Replying to @Elle_Ham06
I need to do this! Which server have you gone to?
Replying to @lmoroney
Now that would be an excellent film….
In reply to @katebevan
Pretty much lifted the entire thing word for word
Replying to @zsk @katebevan
The Independent once lifted an entire BBC *story* off me. Never got a reply off my email to the editor - who I’d just seen at an event a few nights before.
If all this goes down, my friends - we’ll meet on the other side. I love you all. Even you. I’m Padraigbelton, inventively, on Instagram and Facebook. For a combination of high politics, nappies, and generally being an eejit.
In reply to @jenbren1976
You did wait for me, gorgeous. And I arrived … fragrant and huffing from a DSD workout. Never was the life expectancy of a Guinness shorter…
Waiting in the ‘posh bar’ at Kings X for @jenbren1976
I’ve waited for @jenbren1976 in the posh bar in Ballinteer, does that count?
So today the guys at the gym got down the first aid box because I’d shaved on the way there
Have you tried voting for a more sensible, competent, less corrupt party?
Replying to @Guiseppim
When they have quite by accident won seats in local government, their record in office is actually *astonishingly* good - two Loonies have served as mayor, and Stuart Hughes assembled an opposition coalition in an East Devon which had up to that point effectively lacked one.
In reply to @PadraigBelton
Do they allow women into such events?!
Absolutely! We would so love you to come - could you be tempted?
Maybe you might be free Monday, for a @WestminsterSSG dinner discussion I’ll luckily be chairing with the former head of the Russia desk at MI6?

Next on my to do list: convince James Bond to wear a dinner jacket... 🤵‍♂️🍸
This is AMAZING - there’s a GAA club in Uganda with 120 children as members. And - if any clubs nearer home have old kit, they will gratefully put it to good use. They are now my favourite GAA side: Uganda for Sam! 🇺🇬💚
Make sure to grab yourself a copy of @irishdailystar and our beautiful story 🇺🇬
Make sure to grab yourself a copy of @irishdailystar and our beautiful story 🇺🇬
Replying to @UgandaGaelic @irishdailystar and 9 others
What a wonderful story it is! I’ll pick it up today when I go running….
Why are Protestants always "staunch" and Catholics "devout"?
Replying to @EliotWilson2
Can I spare a thought for ‘faintly tipsy’ Anglo-Catholics?
The lovely woman in Dublin who cuts my hair just sent me shampoo and conditioner in the post, after they got lifted off me at security, since she ‘frankly didn’t believe I was going to buy more on my own’ 😂
Good morning from Cork 💕💕
Finbar's funeral mass is this morning at 11 am, thank you all for you for being with us on this journey 🙏❤❤❤💔
Replying to @Marylaw59112593
Thinking of you both very much today, Mary. At least we in this country do funerals well.
My day is personally made by President Zelensky addressing the ‘G19’.
Not saying I'm tired but I just tried opening the Dart door by pressing my Leap card on it...
Replying to @gutterbookshop
I tried opening a library door with it once. Would’ve been a nice trick if that worked.
In reply to @Alan_Allport
Not the same but something I find mind-blowing is that my grandma, as a child, heard the first-hand reminiscences of someone who'd lived through the 1848 revolution in Milan
Nothing near as exciting as @Vanda_Wilcox’s story (what did she say!), but my grandfather Carlo was born in 1898, and ended the Great War as a 20 year-old in the Royal Italian Army. My mother Carlotta was born amidst another war, in 1943. And I was born in 1976.
So lucky to be invited to the @cityoflondon’s Silent Ceremony, where one Irishman succeeded another as Lord Mayor, a double Irish. A marvellous display of tricornes and gowns in the way this country does so well. Ultimately, it’s about the peaceful transfer of power, since 1189.
Replying to @PadraigBelton
I was *so lucky* to sit next to @CarolinePidgeon, who is AMAZING chat, and the Greater London Assembly and her constituents will miss hugely when she steps down. Also, @edballs, I am … really sorry for stepping on you as I clambered over to my seat.
We had the most fantabulous speaker Friday in @WomackPhilip. Author of How to Teach Classics to Your Dog. 🐶

And raised £730 for @DoorstepLib, whose awesome volunteers bring - and read - books to the doorsteps of little children in inner city neighbourhoods in London. 📖❤️
Really enjoyed doing this book club!
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