Was looking through the Times Literary Review earlier today at work and came across a review of The Buildings of Ireland: Dublin, edited by Christine Casey. Skimmed through it and read that Dublin is one of the greatest cities in the British Isles.
And I just couldn’t help it, my hackles went up, cause we aren’t part of the British Isles.
Only, well, we are. Because geographically speaking Ireland and Britain together form the British Isles. Still, if you ask most Irish people they’ll say that we aren’t, because of history and the political associations, and all that crap.
And I know this.
When we were studying the Dewey Decimel System a lot of people were giving out about various issues, and stuff that could do with updating, like the religions and why christian religions are quite prominent whereas paganism is relegated to something like the occult and one of the other complaints was regarding The British Isles. At the time I do remember saying that it didn’t really need updating because it was purely geographical. And yet.. still it rankles.
I blame brainwashing at school ;)
Now, enough of this rubbish, go listen to Ricky Gervais’ podcast. Its frickin’ hi-larious.
– “If you haven’t bungee-jumped by the time you’re 78 you’re not going to do it, you know what I mean -”
– “Your hips’d come off”