The wearily fatalistic 'Buy early while shops last' appeared at the height of the IRA's bomb blitz on Derry's city centre in the mid-
Seventies; 'Help the RUC - beat yourself up' can still be deciphered, faded by the years, at one entrance of the green, leafy and largely loyalist Belvoir estate in South Belfast.
'Any problems - dial AK 47', which Mr Lichfield cites from the East Rand, I have also seen in South Armagh but I can't recall precisely where.
Presumably in the South African election they would have no cause to borrow another classic from the Catholic Markets area of Belfast, of some 12-15 years ago: 'God is airborne, the Pope's a para'.
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