There's a little myth that does the rounds in Nationalist communities in Northern Ireland (another one, I know!) that normal, decent law-abiding Unionists go a bit doolally over The Twelfth and randomly attack, beat and murder catholics without provocation before returning to their usual mindset around July 13th/14th.
A few Nationalists I know like to refer to it as 'silly season'.
Let's have a look at this year's 'silly season' and see who really involves themselves in sectarian attacks in Northern Ireland:
29th June - Sectarian attack on protestant resident in Nationalist Dunclug estate.
BBC News - Sectarian motive in house attack
1st July - Three cricket facilities attacked in two week period in the North-West with similarities to the sectarian campaign which forced North of Ireland cricket club out of the Lower Ormeau area a few years ago.
BBC News - Vandals destroy two cricket pitches
UTV News - Vandals destroy cricket pitch
3rd July - Police attacked during west Belfast riot.
BBC News - Police attacked during west Belfast riot
5th July - Third night of rioting in Nationalist Donegall Road. KFC broken into and tills stolen.
UTV News - Third night of trouble in west Belfast
5th July - Fountain resident badly beaten by six men in sectarian attack in Derry.
Man, 40, was injured in serious sectarian attack - Londonderry Today
6th July - Petrol bomb attacks on Orange Halls in Rasharkin and Glarryford in County Antrim.
UTV News - Teen arrested over Orange Hall attacks
Here's how other attacks on Rasharkin Orange Hall have left the building. There have been ten attacks on the building in the last twelve months.
6th July - Paint bomb attack on Portglenone Orange Hall.
Orange Hall damaged in paint attack at Portglenone - Ballymena Today
6th July - Sectarian graffiti daubed on two separate Orange Halls in Portstewart.
Graffiti attack on Portstewart Orange halls - Coleraine Today
8th July - Sectarian attack on Glengormley community hall. The building was completely destroyed.
Community centre hit by arson ‘may have been mistaken for Orange hall’ - Local & National, News - Belfasttelegraph.co.uk
8th July - Sectarian attack on Limavady Orange Hall.
UTV News - Limavady Orange Hall attack 'sectarian'
10th July - Bomb targeting PSNI officers explodes in south Armagh.
UTV News - 'No warning' in south Armagh bomb attack
11th July - Paint bomb attack on Rasharkin Orange Hall followed by burglary hours later. Orange bannerette stolen during robbery.
Twelfth attacks on Rasharkin Orange Hall condemned - Ballymena Today
11th July - Bomb left in Rosslea in Fermanagh.
UTV News - Police investigate Fermanagh alert
11th July - PSNI car attacked with axe in Nationalist Dunclug estate in Ballymena.
UTV News - Police car attacked with axe
11th July - Widespread rioting in Nationalist areas. Shots fired at police in New Lodge, cars hijacked and petrol bombs thrown at Broadway and violence in Short Strand.
BBC News - Three officers shot during riots in Belfast
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11th July - Children at an 11th night street party in Twaddell Avenue (across from Ardoyne) threatened by armed man.
UTV News - Man 'pointed gun at children'
11th July - Car ploughs into crowd watching 11th July bonfire on Donegall Road before speeding off in direction of west Belfast.
Horror of bonfire hit-and-run - Belfast Today
UTV News - Seven injured after bonfire crash
12th July - Blast bomb intended for police found in Armagh.
UTV News - Armagh blast bomb 'meant for police'
12th July - Bus hijacked and left at Woodbourne PSNI station in west Belfast.
UTV News - Vehicles hijacked during security alert
12th July - Attempt to hijack and burn a train on the main Belfast-Dublin line at Lurgan. Also petrol bombs thrown at police.
UTV News - Trouble flares in Lurgan
12th July - Heavy rioting in Ardoyne area. Attempts made to attack protestant homes in upper Ardoyne.
Anger and frustration after a spate of thuggery in Ardoyne - Local & National, News - Belfasttelegraph.co.uk
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpPzhPN8pSE]YouTube - Ardoyne Riots July 12th Belfast 2010[/ame]
12th July - Concrete slab dropped on female police officer from roof of shop in Ardoyne.
BBC News - Father of injured policewoman says she could have died
12th July - Car hijacked and burnt on Killyleagh Road in Armagh.
UTV News - Trouble flares in Lurgan
12th July - Nationalists paintbomb an Orange Hall in the village of Crumlin.
Vandals target Orange hall - Belfast Today
BBC News - Paint bomb attack on Orange hall
13th July - Further rioting and shots fired in Ardoyne.
In Pictures: Shots fired at police in third night of violence in Belfast - Local & National, News - Belfasttelegraph.co.uk
13th July - Bomb hoax at west Belfast shopping centre.
UTV News - West Belfast alert declared a hoax
13th July - Five shots fired at police car in Derry.
BBC News - Derry rioting 'among worst in decade'
13th July - Petrol bomb thrown from Short Strand at passing car on Albertbridge Road.
BBC News - Teen held after trouble in east Belfast released
14th July - Petrol bombs thrown at passing police car in the Bogside in Derry.
BBC News - Petrol bomb attack in Londonderry
14th July - Coffee jar bomb found in Highbury Gardens in Ardoyne.
BBC News - Coffee jar bomb found in Belfast
Hopefully things will die down over the next few days and protestants in Northern Ireland can get on with their lives without worrying about getting attacked.
Silly season indeed.