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sure and begorrah

Oh dear. Michael "Orangina" Flatley was on Radio 4's Midweek, speaking in the Irish accent he has mysteriously managed to aquire in less than a decade. Aren't we Irish peasants lucky that we have Michael to tell us about ourselves? He told of how he went to Ireland and (I'm only slightly paraphrasing here, seriously) "the people were so full of love, and laughter, and pain, and divilment [sic], and joy, and misery...." Wow, thanks Michael. I always thought that I, like the rest of my fellow paddies, was merely full of misery, cabbage and booze, but apparently I was actually a normal human being like everyone else on the face of the planet. Thanks! You, of course, are just full of crap. Anyway, the reason he was informing the world about what we're all full of was because, with all this bubbling away inside of us, poor Michael couldn't believe that we "danced without moving our arms."

Yeah, I remember those dark days, the time we now know as "B.F" (Before Flatley). You'd go out clubbing and we never put our hands in the air like we just didn't care, because Michael hadn't shown us the light. We'd just keep them rigid by our sides while we hopped about the dancefloor.

Oh wait, he meant Irish dancing! I see. Of course, he obviously confined his observation of traditional dancing to feiseanna and other formal talent shows, because if he'd actually gone to a ceili - the place where you'd actually see ordinary people performing traditional Irish dancing in a spontaneous way, not in a fucking concert populated by ringleted freaks in velvet frocks - he would have seen people swinging from the bloody rafters, because set dancing is all about using your arms, and bouncing about the place linked with other people. It's absolutely fantastic fun, too. But apparently my days of lepping about the place in Irish language summer colleges (so well documented in the national press) never happened. For Flatley says it's so! And he, if Libby Purves and her guests are to be believed, is an expert in all things Irish.

Because fter this nauseating display of arrogance and willful ignorance, we were treated to the sound of the idiotic guests saluting this orange-faced buffoon like he'd dragged Ireland out of the dark fucking ages. "Wasn't Ireland a very strict, conservative country then?" asked one. I mean, Riverdance debuted at the Eurovision in early summer 1996. It was the end of my third year of college, and believe me, if you wanted to know just what a repressed conservative country we were back then, you should have looked outside the Pav on a Friday night. Or rather, at all the used condoms in the murky corners at the edge of the cricket pitch. But no, apparently we were all praying to the Pope every night and having a baby every five minutes when we weren't at Mass or chained to the kitchen sink. And so the nation was shocked - shocked, I tell you! - by Flatley's daring. Especially his outrageous "arm moving", which if he is to believed was headline news for months on end, something which has definitely escaped my memory (and actually, I'm not sure he was even the choreographer, and he certainly wasn't the only dancer, but hey). Anyway, we were all tradition-bound peasants, but what we needed was an orange-faced American to tell us what to do, and it worked because look, now we're Europe's economic success story! And we owe it all to Michael Flatley. Thanks Michael!

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linaerys
Apr. 5th, 2006 04:03 pm (UTC)
Great rant.

If you want to work up one on Colin Farrell's Irish accent, I'd be glad to hear that too *g*.
leedy
Apr. 5th, 2006 04:12 pm (UTC)
Colin Farrell's Irish accent

Isn't that his actual accent? Though, now that I think of it, I seem to remember he tends to put on one that's a bit more, er, "street" than his real one. COLIN, YOU ARE FROM CASTLEKNOCK. YOU ARE FOOLING NOBODY.
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daegaer
Apr. 5th, 2006 04:08 pm (UTC)
Bejayzus! I raised my arms right over my head just now, in praise of the bould Mickaleen and his gospel of liberation! Sure, I do be feelin' full of divilment.
jane_the_23rd
Apr. 5th, 2006 04:23 pm (UTC)
I'm typing this with one hand because, even though I wasn't born here, I, too, can be a witness to Pastor Mick!

DIVILMENT?

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leedy
Apr. 5th, 2006 04:08 pm (UTC)
Isn't the orange-faced bloused one's new show called (urgh) CELTIC TIGER?
biascut
Apr. 5th, 2006 04:10 pm (UTC)
Please tell me it was Midweek, Libby Purves' Terribly Middle-Class Programme for Terribly Middle-Class People Doing Terribly Middle-Class Things! Not Start the Week! If Andrew Marr has sunk to Michael Flatley exchanging stereotypes about Ireland, then the apocalypse is truly come.
stellanova
Apr. 5th, 2006 04:17 pm (UTC)
Gah, of course it was Midweek - my foolish mistake. I'll change it now!
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clanwilliam
Apr. 5th, 2006 04:40 pm (UTC)
Ah, begob, sure don't I remember it well? And by the healing power of Saint Michael of Flatley and the Blessed Jean, sure didn't me arms fly up in the air when Riverdance first happened? And wasn't it a miracle?

And didn't the Daddy take it badly and drive me out of the country for no longer being a proper Irish colleen? Sure, we were all doing it next time we danced at the crossroads?

Must. Stop. Giggling. Insanely. Work. Looking. At. Me. Funny.
stellanova
Apr. 5th, 2006 04:49 pm (UTC)
Oh, your story takes me back, so it does, so it does! How did we live before Saint Michael reached these lonely, low-armed shores?
theodicy
Apr. 5th, 2006 04:55 pm (UTC)
OMG AS ONE OF THE BENIGHTED OIRISH-AMERIKUN IMMIGRUNT DESCENDANTS I MUST WORSHIP YEH.
ladyxoc
Apr. 5th, 2006 05:53 pm (UTC)
Does he really call himself "Feet of Flames," and, if so, why doesn't he get some Gold Bond powder?
glitterboy1
Apr. 5th, 2006 05:59 pm (UTC)
*guffaws*

Fabulous! Thank you.

I didn't hear it, but do you think that Libby Purves and the others were actually taking him seriously? That's pretty scary, too.
alltheleaves
Apr. 5th, 2006 09:51 pm (UTC)
Oh my god. Is your radio still intact?
hfnuala
Apr. 5th, 2006 09:58 pm (UTC)
But it's a well known fact that if you wanted to have sex while you were in college, you went to Trinity - no one in UCD ever had sex before Michael liberated them.

shudder
stringy
Apr. 6th, 2006 08:28 am (UTC)
Years ago when the Lord of the Dance was being inflicted upon my town, my friends and I idly wondered what people in Ireland thought of it. Now I feel completely informed, and not at all surprised :) My mum's best friend is from Belfast (moved to Australia when pregnant with her first child, not wanting to raise a kid there) - she *loved* LotD, but we all suspected it was just homesickness.

This is what I love about my flist. I never know what little corner of my world will be illuminated when I log on, but I never log off without having learned a little something :)
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