Lise Hand: Real signs of harmony finally bloom on first day of spring
The media were put on Red Alert from early yesterday morning. This is it. Today's the day. After a prodigious and prolonged yakfest which saw a new hole appear in the ozone layer over Belfast due to the high level of emissions from Stormont and Hillsborough Castle, the end was -- finally, thanks-be-to-Jesus-Mary-and-all-the-saints -- nigh.
There had been false dawns before, only to see some unforeseen Sinn Fein soother or DUP dummy flung out of the cot at the eleventh hour.
But now, on the first day of spring, harmony was blooming like little crocuses.