scribbles tagged ‘Ireland’

dolmen

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007 | tags: , ,  |

Megalithic    graves across Europe.   Populated, or not, 3  to 4 thousands  of years Before Christ.   While in Ireland I toured the Burren and stopped at the Paulnabrone dolmen.   Very atmospheric.   “The Modern Antiquarian” a fabulous book by Julian Cope lists megalithic sites throughout Europe.    The book is one of my most treasured possessions.   Websites selling the book under-detail the sheer volume and depth of research that Julian put into constructing this fabulous book.

Before the advent of anti-aging products these dolmen represented the celebration of aging,  death,  and life beyond.   Julian Cope is  one of the most  influential celebrity individuals in my formative years,   I blame him alone for a pair of black leather jeans being a main stay of my wardrobe and, or  course, my RAF orignial flight jacket.

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King John was given Ireland

Thursday, October 11th, 2007 | tags: , , , ,  |

When I told mumzie that I was suprised to find a Castle named after the English King John in Limerick on an Island called Kings  Island in English town,   Mumzie wrote:

John (lackland) as he was called, was so annoyed that his brothers had their own land, dukedoms etc. that his father gave him Ireland.

 King John was born the 5th and youngest  son of King Henry II.    All reports of him appear to agree that he was treacherous,  cowardly  and an  ill mannered sloth.   He was excommunicated by the  Pope and divorcing his first wife well before King Henry VIII.   He was the younger brother of King Richard I,   Richard Couer de Lion.   He ran Britain while Richard was fighting the Holy wars and Robin Hood was doing his legendary deeds in the North of England.   Wikipedia has an entry specifically on John’s relationship with Ireland.   I suspect you can now  see why I was surprised to find a castle named after him,   in a predominantly Catholic nation.  

Mumzie also had some useful insights on the new ripping yarn in 10 episodes for the TV “The Tudors“:

Terrible history, and script….really corny. Got bad reviews here. Hairstyles a bit ahead of the times, more Elizabethan, and they certainly didn’t have underpants, just long shirts that tucked under.

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Cork isn’t around here

Monday, October 1st, 2007 | tags:  |

Wendy:   are ‘the williamites’ people that support William of orange?

Barstaff:   I don’t know,   my history is not very good and I’m not from round these parts (Irish accent)

Wendy:   where are you from?

Barstaff:   Cork

Wendy:   can you visit Cork on day trips?

Barstaff:   No.   It’s only the third week of term and already I’ve got 3 projects to do.  

Wendy:   That’s tough.   If you didn’t have the projects would it be possibile to do a day trip to Cork?

Barstaff:   It’s 2hrs by car,   that’s too far for a day trip.   you could do it ….but….     and the trains are expensive,   it cost 58 Euro to get to Dublin.   Everythings really expensive around here.

… Later ….

Wendy:   I live in America.   Americans seem to love all things Irish

Barstaff:   I thought I heard an American accent!   American troops stop at Shannon airport to refuel their planes  on the way to Iraq.   We encourage them to leave the airport and spend some money here.

Wendy:   When i flew in I saw about eight US Marines in desert uniform at Shannon airport.   Desert Uniform in the rain!

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late lunch

Sunday, September 30th, 2007 | tags: , , ,  |

3pm wandering into an Italian style winebar with a view  across the river Shannon.   The bar was empty bar one table where the guests,   6 women in their 20’s and one man in his 40’s were finnishing their meal.   maybe they close soon,   maybe the chef has finished for a break between lunch and evening settings.

Wendy:   Are you still serving?

Waitstaff:   We’re open,   yes

Across the river behind some homes I can see an older taller building with a large tower.  

Wendy: do you know what that building is or was?

Waitstaff:   No,   I’m not from Limerick.

I should have spotted the eastern European accent.

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stab city

Saturday, September 29th, 2007 | tags: , , , ,  |

the bar staff,   2nd yr University of Limerick student, sold me Smithwicks beer  and told stories about how Limerick is known amongst the Irish as ‘Stab city’  illustrated with details of deaths amongst the people he’d met at a local the Boxing gym.

The stone buildings are grey suggesting a  gloominess to match the mood of the weather

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potato market

Friday, September 28th, 2007 | tags: , , , ,  |

now this is evidence of serious  specialising.   A market dedicated to potatoes and a carpark for them too.   P for parking or P for potato?

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run away!

Thursday, September 27th, 2007 | tags: ,  |

Run away!

…after you’ve cautioned some children,  as a car with a puncture is approaching you in an alley with tall walls in Limerick?

I wonder what the sign is actually trying to say?

Beware adults running in front of cars?  

Beware cars skidding on corners,   you may have to run for it?  

Beware,   children drivers?    

If I had the courage and time I would wait near this sign to check if there are children driving cars attempting to run-down adults here.

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