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17 March 2008 @ 09:37 pm
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!  

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

It’s been a long busy day here. I spent the morning working on (blessedly uncomplicated) line edits, and then went to the St. Patrick’s Day parade, where I watched just enough of the parade (ie, about 3 minutes) to determine that Military Kit was not amongst the army folk, and then I slipped away from the barrier and spent the next couple hours going up and down Patrick Street taking lots of pictures. A sampling:

I took a picture of a guy with a microphone, who turned out to work for Cork96 FM, and who asked me where I was from, whether I was here just for St Patrick’s day, whether I liked Ireland once he learned I’d been living here a while, what I thought of the parade, and whether we had St. Paddy’s parades in Alaska. Then he sent me on my way with a gift bag from HMV, who must’ve been sponsoring the station being there, and so I came home with the Simpsons movie (er, anybody want it? because I don’t), Casino Royale, and Superman Returns on DVD. I thought that was rather worth what I paid for ‘em. :)

I’d intended to do more work when I came home, but I sort of spent several hours editing photos instead. And then I was weak, and created a flickr account instead of coping with managing my own photo gallery anymore. Maybe it’ll help me do photo posts regularly. Maybe it won’t. (Bet not, not until the books are done.) But yeah. It’s been a good day. I needed a good day.

(x-posted from the essential kit)
 
 
 
cinnamonbite: highlanderscinnamonbite on March 17th, 2008 07:52 pm (UTC)
To be perfectly honest, I first tapped into your LJ because you are The Great CE Murphy but since you've turned out to be mortal (LOL), I've stuck around for the glimpses of Ireland. Yeah for pictures!

So tell me, in Ireland, where they shouldn't be confused as to what country they're in, where they know perfectly well that Ireland has UILLEANN pipes and wears green, not plaid...was your parade full of bagpipers? 'Cause my spouse and son (bagpiper and tenor drummer for local pipe band) have been out all day long doing parades and conventions and are on the way to the gig at an Irish pub. And frankly, I don't get it. It's nice that they can have fun like this but uh...Scotland and Ireland, although way over there, really aren't the same place, LOL
kitmizkit on March 17th, 2008 07:57 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry about being merely mortal. I've done my best, but I don't seem to be able to get beyond it. :)

I didn't hear a single bagpipe. :)
cinnamonbitecinnamonbite on March 17th, 2008 08:29 pm (UTC)
LOL, some of my best gods on pedestals have turned out to be merely people. It's almost like all those cliches are true about one leg at a time, huh?

Ah, so it's true. Americans are so inept at reading a map and remembering history that they can't tell Ireland from Scotland! HA! I knew it! I was hoping there was some secret ancient connection, like how Brian Boru was half Scottish or Loch Lomond was written by a Leprechaun but alas, no, we'z jest stooopid.

Since you're there and I'm curious, could a Scotsman speaking Gaelic have a conversation with an Irishman speaking Gaelic? My spouse can speak Spanish to a Brazilian (Portuguese) and the languages are close enough that they can have a conversation.
kitmizkit on March 18th, 2008 05:56 am (UTC)
I'm afraid it's true. One leg at a time, CLIMBING OVER THE BODIES OF MY FALLEN ENEMIES--er. Um. *looks innocent*

The Irish, bewilderingly, do not speak Gaelic, but Irish; that's what the language is referred to here. It's made more confusing by the fact that *in* Irish the tongue is called Gaelic (or some close variation thereof), but they translate it to "Irish" when speaking English. And I actually have no idea. Ask slovobooks, or I'll ask him when next I see him. :)
cinnamonbitecinnamonbite on March 18th, 2008 11:30 am (UTC)
Yea! I knew it! Back to the pedestal with you!

Ok. You completely lost me. I'm going to find slovobooks...
Pádraig Ó Méalóidslovobooks on March 18th, 2008 01:25 pm (UTC)
Briefly, the answer is yes, with some reservations.

Scots Gaelic is descended from Irish/Gaelic/Erse/Gaeilge, from when the Irish Scotus tribe invaded that part of Great Britain that would eventually be named after them, Scotland. I've found that once my ear becomes attuned to it, I can understand it, as long as whoever it is isn't speaking too quickly, or with some impenetrable local dialect. The same applies to Manx, from the Isle of Man, again descended for Irish. I can also figure out the written word in both those languages, with a little effort.

Welsh is also a Celtic language, but from a different path, so is largely gibberish to me, except for a few words here and there.

Does that help, at all?
cinnamonbitecinnamonbite on March 18th, 2008 01:53 pm (UTC)
Ah, that helps.

I forgot all about Welsh.
cinnamonbitecinnamonbite on March 18th, 2008 01:54 pm (UTC)
and thank you!
dsgood on March 17th, 2008 11:12 pm (UTC)
However: the Highlanders came from Ireland. (Or, more likely, their culture came from there with newcomers who absorbed the already-there locals.)

And Irish tartans are as authentic as Lowland Scots tartans.

Note: I'm entitled to wear several tartans. The American Bicentennial Tartan, of course (considered by some to be the ugliest tartan, but others consider it less ugly than some Canadian tartans.) My grandparents were Yiddish-speaking subjects of the Czar, and if a Scot has served in any country's armed forces, citizens of that country are entitled to wear his tartan -- so I probably have the pick of several from that source. I'm not sure which Canadian provincial tartan I'm entitled to.

A quick google doesn't turn up any Jewish tartan; but does suggest using the Glasgow district tartan.