Judged by English standards, the Irish are a difficult and unsatisfactory people. Their civilisation is different and in many ways lower than that of the English

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Three posts in the one day, I must be busy at work!

Went to see The Wind That Shakes the Barley on Friday, and meant to post this then, but I forgot[1] Is there a better actor out there at portraying pro-English propaganda than Roger Allam ;) He was great in V for Vendetta as the “England Prevails” character, whatshisface Prothero. And in TWTSTB he gives another great, if small, performance as a p-spitting character[2] This time wanting god to preserve Ireland from the likes of Damien & friends as they fight for independence, or in his words, create a priest-ridden backwater[3]

It is a good film[4] btw, if you get the chance, you should try and catch it. You may not get the chance if you are in the UK as I’ve read that it is getting a limited release, on account of being so anti-English as to make The Patriot pro-Empire. It isn’t, of course, but that is the way certain sections of the media have reported it. It doesn’t show the soldiers in a great light, but they are acting as Black & Tans and The Auxillaries. And many of them are actual British soldiers who told Ken Loach that that is exactly how they would act if faced with a hostile population. Without the random murders of course.

It hasn’t been released in the US yet.

I may go see it again at some stage this week.


  1. Forgot, was too lazy. All the same I suppose.
  2. not peas, or pee. But words beginning with P. See?
  3. – something like that. IMDb have no memorable quotes for me to check
  4. although the quality of hurling during their training wasn’t great. All ground hurling, was it hockey they were playing, eh lads?

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