Archive for December, 2006

Irish PM scandal

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

How long until Martin Scorsese makes a movie about this guy?┬

Say what you will about the ethics of it all, but you have be a little awed by the fact that he found businessmen willing to fund a 280-acre estate, a private island, a yacht, a helicopter business for his son and a jet-setting second life with┬ his mistress.┬ That’s the kind of resourcefulness I want in my Prime Minister!

Re-Joyce at Christmas

Monday, December 18th, 2006

I spent Sunday enjoying one of my favorite Christmas traditions. I curled up on the couch and re-read “The Dead,” the final story in James Joyce’s “The Dubliners.” I love the story because of its prose, its melacholy and its relative accessibility.

But mostly I love it because it’s one of the few Joyce works in which he openly misses Ireland. Though he spent most his adulthood in bitter, self-imposed┬ exile, “The Dead” allows Joyce to surrender himself to┬ the longings┬ of family, music and home during the holidays. If a cynic like Joyce can’t overcome Christmastime nostalgia, what chance do the rest of us have?

The Irish Drinking Culture???

Friday, December 15th, 2006

If you head to┬ an American beach town, you will see Bob Marley and Irish Drinking t-shirts┬ on sale┬ at every vendor.┬ On SaintPatricksDay, people┬ across the┬ globe┬ gather together wearing green, making toasts,┬ and getting hammered.┬ A fact; God created beer to prevent the Irish from taking over┬ the world.┬ And everyone knows that the only difference between an Irish wedding and an Irish funeral is one less drunk.┬

In many instances (too many???), when┬ people┬ think of the Irish, they┬ associate it with the┬ over consumption of alcohol.┬ Folks are drawn to Irish culture because they┬ link it with drinking and having a good time…but is this for better or worse?┬ Is it something that Irish individuals┬ should work to change or embrace?┬ Is┬ this a fair sterotype?┬ ┬ Is this perspective an Irish-American one or do people around the world think similarly of the Irish?┬

What do you think?


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