I'll leave a pint for you, for your patience.

March 17th, 2013

Daniel Menaker on The Talk of the Irish:

Having recently written a book about conversation, and having survived, at least for the time being, a serious illness that involved a huge number of grave discussions, discussions largely bereft of ornament and humor, and having lived seventy years' worth of a life of words – surely too many of them, when weighed against actions – I found myself at the end of last summer yearning to go back to Ireland, especially to the West, to hear the Irish talk.

I had been there nearly forty years earlier, and the trip had confirmed the generally held high opinion of Irish verbal agility, wit, and garrulousness. "Are you American, then?" a butcher had asked me when I was buying a steak from him, in Schull, in the spectacular Southwest. "Yes," I said. "Then of course I'll be charging you twice as much," he said. When I confessed to a little girl on a dirt road that the cows she was herding home made me, a city boy, a little nervous, she waited a bit until they were up the road and then pointed behind me and said, "Look out! The cows are comin' for yeh." […]

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Grabbers

July 23rd, 2012

Grabbers looks like all sorts of fun.

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Truth-telling

December 9th, 2010

An Irishman abroad tells it like it is !! :-).

It started out as a pretty straightforward (if somewhat sweary) crowd-pleaser of a man-on-the-street interview about Ireland's financial troubles, with the interviewee blasting the bankers, property developers, regulators and the government for thirty years of mismanagement and greed.

Then we got to the last five seconds or so. The interview went in an entirely unexpected direction, and I spent a good minute after the video ended laughing so hard I forgot to breathe.

Strongly recommended.

Edited 12 Dec 2010, 22:50 GMT to add: As it turns out, the interviewer wasn't a reporter: he was a Canadian comedian by the name of Tony Quinn. For what it's worth, the interviewee, Denis Ryan, grew up in Ireland and stands by the views he expressed in the interview. [Via MeFi user maudlin, posting here.]

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Yes

October 31st, 2010

Isn't Sinead O'Connor overdue a massive, grovelling apology from absolutely everybody?

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