The Monkey Princess (stellanova) wrote,
The Monkey Princess

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a haon, do, tri....

I am filled with a bizarre urge to go to a ceili. A ceili is a traditional irish dance-evening - from my teenage summers in the Gaeltacht, I know all the moves. the gaeltacht, for all you non-Irish people, is the part of Ireland in the west where people supposedly still speak Irish all the time (they do all speak English as well, by the way). Anyway, going to all-Irish summer camps there is a middle-class Irish rite of passage. I went four times. I was even a cinnire (sort of counsellor)! yes, once I had perfectly fluent irish, and just ten years later it's virtually all gone.

The steps of all those dances, however, are not. Ceilis, despite my lack of love for all things irish-trad, are really, really good fun. You end up in a right state but in the meantime there's loads of swinging around, stomping up and down, and laughing. They're great. When I was in college, every so often the irish langauge society would organise one in the Buttery, which was always brilliant. Ooh, I want to dance The Walls of Limerick! I must find out where they hold good public ceilis in Dublin.

On the other hand, I am currently listening to the cheesy but, I'm afraid, irresistable JXL remix of 'A Little Less Conversation'. Which makes me want to dance too, but in a rather different way.

A confession of even more uncoolness: I love the video for that song, even though it is a very cheesy and cheap video. It's the one with all the different youth cults all dancing to the song; I possibly like it so much because a huge part of my MA thesis was about the development of post-WW2 youth culture in Britain. I especially like the teddy boy. Teddy boys are just hilarious (now that they're just historical figures and not, like, roaming the streets with flick knives).
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