With Valentines over and lent beginning, there is only one thing on my mind…. Saint Patricks day!
It’s great to see the slew of green paraphernalia in the dollar stores around the city, as well as the new and inventive clothing to identify you as being Irish.
Some stores however just don’t get it, take Target for example who thought that this was an appropriate item to have on their shelves.
Nice one Target
The offending t-shirt was spotted by an Irish American and Police Officer Shaun McCann.
Most offending shirts portray the Irish as drunken, fighting louts, leprechauns or a combination of all three! However this garment offended on a whole other level, by adhering to the British viewpoint that the northernmost six counties are not part of the island of Ireland, so they simply left them out. To add further insult the shirt had a four leaf clover, in place of the actual symbol the Shamrock.
Upon seeing part of his ancestral home missing, Shaun did what any proud Irish American would do; he complained to the store manager. He explained why the shirt offended him and the possible consequences of keeping it on the shelves of the store. The manager of that particular Target, which serves a large population of Irish Americans, decided to advise his regional manager of Shaun’s complaint. Who decided to pull the t-shirt off the shelves!!
Well played Shaun McCann.
If you are in the market for a non naff t-shirt celebrating your heritage, check out The Irish Design house. They have their Craic Dealer t shirts back in stock. Available in light Grey and charcoal in sizes S to XL.
I know what i’ll be wearing come Saint Patrick’s day 🙂
Have you spotted any offensive t-shirts; If you do, don’t be afraid to speak up like officer Shaun.
The majority of Irish people love talking and find silence awkward and unnecessary.
We can come up with the most random shite to fill a silence….prime example of this is every taxi journey we’ve ever had!
Ian Geraghty, has gone Viral with his 21 second clip of conversations with a taxi driver and I have to say he has it spot on! Good man
How many of you can be accused of trying a taxi man’s patience?
A new poll by UK Store Asda has revealed that the NI accent is the sexiest of them all…and the Essex accent is the least.
No doubt the hunk in the bottom corner had a big influence on the poll!
The melodious tones of Liam Neeson, Jamie Dornan, Christine Bleakley, Rory Mclroy, and Eamonn Holmes have all played a part in ensuring the NI accent comes top of the popularity charts when it comes to ‘sweet talk’. They obviously haven’t watched the slew of videos featuring that frostbit eejit!
The poll, which consisted of over 2,000 people from across the UK found that; 17% favoured the Northern Irish accent, with the Scottish accent coming a close second at 15%. Together this means that the Celtic twang makes most people feel weak at the knees. Go us 🙂
Despite the popularity of reality show The Only Way Is Essex it seems the Essex accent doesn’t float everyone’s boat, with only 1% rating it sexy, closely followed by the Brummie, Scouse and Mancunian twangs.
Poll Results (most sexy to least)
1. Northern Irish
3. Queen’s English (‘Posh’)
7. West Country
Us Northerners rarely get credit, so well take sexiest accent! Do you agree?
**Disclaimer** I’m a little in love with Glen Hansard, and the movie Once. I saw him perform with the Frames and with the Swell Season and I love Once the movie…. Therefore this is my completely biased opinion of the Musical Once.
Having seen it, on its last run out in Toronto in December 2013, how excited was I to learn that the show will return on Feb. 10, 2015 for an open-ended engagement at the Ed Mirvish Theatre with an all-Canadian cast.
Set in contemporary Dublin, it tells the story of Guy, an Irish musician who is about to abandon his art because of a broken heart. Fortunately, he meets Girl, a Czech immigrant who hears his music, becomes smitten by it and does everything in her power to make him return to writing and singing.
Once is a really special musical, it is true to the original story but the stage version allows you to connect more with the characters, this is especially true of the side characters whose back stories you want to invest in.
The show has a unique of set up, there is no orchestra per say, but rather the band is on stage, and they all interact with one another. The setting is a synthesis of every Irish pub and even welcomes the audience onstage to share a drink before the show and at intermission.
The secret weapon of Once is the power of the music, a prime example is the heart-stopping a cappella rendition of “Gold” performed by the entire company in the middle of Act II. The score by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova is impeccable the music draws you in and the lyrics keep the audience captivated. By the final Act when guy and girl sing the show’s hit song “falling slowly” you will realize how completely enamoured you are.
I left the theatre with tears in my eyes and I wasn’t the only one. If that doesn’t convince you have a watch
Totally recommended, if you have been let us know what you thought?