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charlie is my darling

So, Charlie Haughey is dead, and now we can wait for the tributes to roll in. He was my TD for most of my life, and so my family are some of the many constituents whose needs were being ignored when he was poncing about on his island or with his race horses. He was a venal, corrupt man, and I am dreading hearing his old muckers go on about how great he was, as they undoubtedly will.

He did, however, award me first prize in the Gracepark Bonny Baby Competition in 1976. Respect to Charlie!



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Jun. 13th, 2006 11:24 am (UTC)
I think he should have given an island to everyone in the audience.

I'm rather delighted to think of him judging a Bonny Baby competition, though! You should have gnawed his fingers :-)
Jun. 13th, 2006 11:26 am (UTC)
Maybe I did! I don't remember the incident, alas. Although I probably wouldn't have won if I'd bitten him, would I? Bah.

I still have the trophy!
Jun. 13th, 2006 02:04 pm (UTC)
Oh dear, that must have been the rather forlorn whatsit week, with the back-stabbing bakery competitions and the theatrical-level fancy dress.

You must have beaten my sister. Huh.
Jun. 13th, 2006 02:09 pm (UTC)
Yes, the glories of the Gracepark Community week! Which ran every summer for years and years until some kid whose name I can't remember broke his arm on the bouncy castle (having insisted on getting on it despite being about, like, 17) and sued the residents' association.

I think my sisters and I entered the fancy dress competition every year when we were small! There are many embarrassing photos of us parading round to the Centre Green with numbers around our necks...
Jun. 13th, 2006 11:27 am (UTC)
Well, that's all right then. Charlie Haughey - miraculously rehabilittated.

I remember passing the Chaz Mahal in early 1992 and *venting* about how the wanker wouldn't resign and comparing him unfavourably to the Tories (who were going through mass resignations at the time).
Jun. 13th, 2006 11:33 am (UTC)
Yes, I think his amazing good judgement in the Gracepark Bonny Baby fest should cancel out all his appalling crimes!

I can't really believe he lasted so long. I mean, you'd think that the gun-running alone would have finished him off, let alone the Charvet shirts. But no!
Jun. 13th, 2006 11:35 am (UTC)
But remember, he won the Tour de France as well.
Jun. 13th, 2006 11:36 am (UTC)
the gun-running

Even now, my mother's psychic guilt at slagging the man off for the last few decades has picked this up. Expect a phone call soon from her on how and why this is a terrible, terrible slander than man submitted to for the sake of his party!
Jun. 13th, 2006 11:33 am (UTC)
Chaz Mahal

That? Is perfect.
Jun. 13th, 2006 11:36 am (UTC)
You've never heard it before? It was what the government buildings were dubbed after their fantastically expensive facelift in the early 1990s.
Jun. 13th, 2006 11:41 am (UTC)
Hee! No, I rememberr that tended to be referred to as "a feckin waste of public money". Chaz Mahal has so much more to it.
Jun. 13th, 2006 12:05 pm (UTC)
Apparently the reason why the fountain out the front of the Chaz Mahal mostly shoots water sideways rather than upwards is because Himself was worried that he wouldn't be seen over it when appearing in the doorway to his adoring public. Apparently.
Jun. 13th, 2006 01:38 pm (UTC)
I want to believe that SO MUCH.
Jun. 13th, 2006 01:45 pm (UTC)
So do I!
Jun. 13th, 2006 03:37 pm (UTC)
Oooh... I wonder if I'll get a day off work to "pay my respects" at/due to his state funeral!

It's about the only thing he's good for really.
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