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NBC's Today Show visits Ireland and talks to David McWilliams, of all people. In the first few minutes, the host informs us "this is no longer your great-grandfather's country".

No shit! A country changed over the course of a freaking century! Hold the presses! Fools. Someone should also tell them that this "celtic tiger" lark doesn't extend to the North, which they keep mentioning.

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socmot
May. 2nd, 2007 09:13 am (UTC)
Just when it's on the way out as well!
jinxremoving
May. 2nd, 2007 09:19 am (UTC)
1. i love your choice of tag.
2. the link code doesn't work. help!
stellanova
May. 2nd, 2007 09:27 am (UTC)
Oops, there was a typo - I have changed it now!
jinxremoving
May. 2nd, 2007 09:29 am (UTC)
oh bugger it, so it's a video. no time to download all the stuff it seems to think my computer needs, but i'll enjoy reading any resulting snark, anyway.
daegaer
May. 2nd, 2007 09:37 am (UTC)
OMG! The Good Friday Agreement has allowed Northern Prods and Southern Catholics to get married! Within the last twenty years!

Thank you for our mixed marriages, American capital!
stellanova
May. 2nd, 2007 09:47 am (UTC)
I know! Hurrah for the celtic tiger, allowing mixed marriages for the first time ever. Apparently you don't exist, daegaer, by the way. Sorry!
daegaer
May. 2nd, 2007 09:53 am (UTC)
I've come to terms with my non-existence! It's very peaceful - though the boss doesn't seem to want to take it as a reason for me not working, drat. It must be because he's a dastardly Brit!
clanwilliam
May. 2nd, 2007 09:49 am (UTC)
Yeah, last time I was home, Daddy had shot the donkey and bought a Ferrari. Bit of a shock.
stellanova
May. 2nd, 2007 10:01 am (UTC)
The times they are a changing! We just stopped tilling our stone-ridden half-acre of field and bought a yacht.
clanwilliam
May. 2nd, 2007 10:06 am (UTC)
But you are still being oppressed by the jackbooted English forces on the streets of Dublin, aren't you?
stellanova
May. 2nd, 2007 10:13 am (UTC)
Yes, but luckily I still have my trusty pikes and shovels (left over from my farming upbringing in the fields of Drumcondra) with which to fight them off.
clanwilliam
May. 2nd, 2007 10:17 am (UTC)
Just make sure you keep the pig in the kitchen, otherwise the leprechauns might steal it and where would your bacon be then?
leedy
May. 2nd, 2007 09:56 am (UTC)
I am afraid to look at the video, lest it give me THE RAGE.
stellanova
May. 2nd, 2007 10:01 am (UTC)
It's almost more funny than rageous!
kristamm
May. 2nd, 2007 12:32 pm (UTC)
Did you watch the followup with their travel fellow giving tips on visiting Ireland, and constantly going on about "the power of the pound"? Nice.

If it helps, I mean, it's the Today Show. No one actually takes it seriously. Their hard-hitting jourmalistic moment came when Lauer had a brief shining moment of non-bootlickery and asked Tom Cruise about his anti-antidepressants stance. That'll change the world.
kristamm
May. 3rd, 2007 12:25 pm (UTC)
Oh God, I said jourmalistic.
enoneoftheabove
May. 2nd, 2007 05:48 pm (UTC)
Wait... you're saying that the people on the south side of Chicago who are always going on about their Irishness even though they're five generations removed and have never actually been there might be embracing a fairy tale version of the old country? Say it ain't so! Next you'll be telling me that the Poland my great-grandparents left before the first world war is somehow different from modern-day Poland! You and your wild stories!

Actually, given the American propensity to believe and expand on the nostalgic tales of the old country told to us by our forebears, "news" features like this are relevant and neccessary, if only to remind people that a) stuff in Europe has changed since our ancestors left there, and b) our ancestors may occasionally have been talking pretty nonsense.
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