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Beyond the Pale - A 'pale' is a fencepost. The English Pale was a boundary in Ireland marking out the part of Ireland under direct English rule circa 1450 (which included Dublin and environs). Those that lived 'beyond the pale', outside of English rule, were considered out of control and uncivilised. You decide...

Friday, September 30, 2005

Letters from the Americas 2005 (part 10) - Canada Newfoundland

St John's Newfoundland
G'WAN THE NEWFOUNDLAND LIBERATION ARMY (they're a thing!)
Sharon and a plastic man!
Newfoundland

Newfoundland is like a little piece of home, they have full on Irish accents and they are SO friendly, although some were a bit plastic ;o)


Sunday, September 25, 2005

Letters from the Americas 2005 (part 9) - Canada Nova Scotia

Peggy's Cove...Connemara or Canada??
HALIFAX, IT'S NOT JUST THE NAME OF A BANK!

Peggy’s Cove is a fishing village just outside Halifax, to be honest it looks to me like the villagers bolted long ago... 


Monday, September 19, 2005

Letters from the Americas 2005 (part 8) - Canada Prince Edward Island


"GOD DAMN THEM ALL, I WAS TOLD WE'D CRUISE THE SEAS"

The last place we visited on Cape Breton was a picturesque town called Baddeck, think white picket fences, pleastantville USA, it was also the home to Alexander Graham Bell. That little fact blew my mind. The man changed the face of history. How long can you go without a phone, eh? Although, if I'm perfectly honest, despite my teenage years which were spent glued to the phone, I now hate making calls, I hate receiving calls, in fact, my worst nightmare is seeing that I've an answerphone message. I should set up an anti-communications company with the slogan "don't call us, we won't call you".


Monday, September 12, 2005

Letters from the Americas 2005 (part 7) - Canada Nova Scotia


Cape Spear...where's Brittany?
OH CANADA, HELL YEAH!

Take New Zealand, add a dollop of Scotland, lashings and lashings of Irish, sprinkle 1000 island ethic dressing, wrap it in the Union Jack , dip it in America, marinate it in French sauce and that's Canada. It's a truly spectacular country. I'm gonna come out and say it, if the stars aligned I would move to Canada in a split second, I fell in love with the place...


Thursday, September 1, 2005

Letters from the Americas 2005 (part 6) - New England


Happy as pigs under a blanket (or words to that effect)

I DON'T WANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD, I'M JUST LOOKING FOR A NEW ENGLAND

Get a memo out to the Kennedys, there's a new Irish Mafia in town and we're claiming New England...