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Old 08-11-2000, 01:19 AM   #31
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Ohhhhhh so many posts so little time

I love Interference but it wears me out replying madly to so many great posts.

thank you Aine. I wish I were that interesting. But that doesn't mean that i'm not working on changing that! I see myself as very much a work in progress. Give me some quality time in Europe ( maybe hanging with good u2 fan friends?) and i think i'll be much better. I have alot to learn still. I've only been out of my country twice, once to Mexico once to Dublin where I got the europe fever by the way. Theres a whole world out there outside of America, most of it is outside of America.

But i'll say one thing, I admire alot of things about Ireland and Europe. First there are the radio stations. Everything is played, not just one very narrow slice. Then there are all these great cultures rubbing shoulders when the USA is so isolated. There is the lack of crime in the way that i know it. And no death penalty and nooooooo george bush jr. (lowercase is on purpose) I'm looking forward to visiting amazing museums and churches, all kinds of things. Man, europe is where its at.

Of course I'll return to the US eventually because there really is no place like home. but right now all I want to do is get outta here and make friends all over the world like i've always wanted to.

Other than that I really don't know what to say about myself. What do you want to know, Aine?

I think all of us on this thread should exchange email addresses. what do you guys think. i'd love to hear from you all.


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Old 08-11-2000, 03:12 AM   #32
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Hi Mazz!As the topic starter I can assure you
that every Scottish person is welcome here.
By the way,I love Scottish fairy tales !
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Old 08-11-2000, 03:33 AM   #33
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Brian,
as you reminded me...

Listen OVER sounds of blades in rotation
Listen THROUGH the traffic in circulation
Listen AS HOPE AND PEACE TRY TO RHYME
Listen OVER marching bands playing out their time
WAKE UP DEAD MAN

have you worked out Aine's knowledge of the irish language yet? ..I haven't!
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Old 08-11-2000, 02:50 PM   #34
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AAAAAAGGGGGHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!

I had just written areally long post and my connection reset and I lost the whole damn thing!!!!!!!!!!! I am now incredibly angry because I have shelled out for this free internet service and it's always doing stupid things like this to me!!!!!!

I'll try to repeat my epic post later...

Slan!
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Old 08-11-2000, 06:48 PM   #35
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glad i am welcome here sorry I am not a little fairy though.

but i do know alot of tales
lots of love mazz
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Old 08-12-2000, 11:17 AM   #36
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Hi Mazz! Im Irish but I'm living in Dundee, Where are you living?

Thank God Elvis has removed all trace of the crap that was going on yesterday. Can you believe that some people would take the time out to perpetrate such unbelievable bollocks! Obviously some mental instability there, and obviously white trash of the worst kind -probably only about 14 or 15 too. What is the world coming to???


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Old 08-12-2000, 12:10 PM   #37
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Is it just me or do lots of people want to be Irish, even if they're not? What's the attraction? I have a friend who was born in England, but told everyone she was born in Ireland, and sometimes I catch myself thinking that with both halves of my family coming from England, there's bound to be a *little* bit of Irish blood in me, somewhere.... One little corpuscle called O'Malley or something, that's all I want... *L*
Hey, my paternal family came from Cornwall... there were celts there, right??
(is this way off topic? sorry... just seemed like an appropriate place.)
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Old 08-15-2000, 04:49 AM   #38
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Well, I just got over the annoyance of loosing that last message I was going on about, so I'll try again, shall I!

In answer to your question Alisaura, and just in case anyone else is wondering what the hell I'm on about, Sean Nos is a very old, traditional singing style in Ireland. It is usually unaccompanied, with just a single voice, although instrumental backing can sound pretty amazing. Basically it involves expressing a story through song, all the emotion and feeling coming through in the way that the song is sung. Notes can be bent, phrasing manipulated, tonalities compressed and stretched... sometimes within a single word! It's interesting to listen to it being done proplerly, not just because it can be very moving but also to admire the versatility of the human voice. The thing about it is, you can either do it or you can't. It has to come naturally. I have a fairly good voice for it, but I find it really hard to get time to learn songs. The songs are usually quite sad, about emigration or the famine etc... but the tunes tend to be amazing. I aspire to being as good as my Grandfather, but I doubt it will ever happen...

This sort of ties in with the question about Irishness. I think the fact that at the moment Ireland as a whole is very in touch with it's culture and traditions, whilst simultaneously being dynamic and forward thinking, is attractive to others. there's also a new confidence amongst young people in Ireland, a pride in what they are that had previously been buried under poverty and unemployment and the constraints of a conservative society. And it's great because a lot of the old cliches about Irish people as a whole are true. Friendliness, openness, generosity, the "craic". It all actually exists in abundance in the towns and cities and throughout the countryside of Ireland...
(I'm sounding a bit like and advertisment now, but it is true!)

Oh, and Aine! The fact that the answer is "VERY simple" is of no help to me! All I can suggest is that you are actually Irish and are pretending to be Russian!

And Whiteflag! I'm serious! Come over here any time and you will be made welcome! I know you have been to Dublin already, but if you ever get the time and money I'd love to show you around the rest of Ireland and Scotland! That offer goes to everyone by the way!

Oh, and one more thing... What do you think of the title suggestions. I'm now convinced about "All That You Can't Leave Behind"... Do you think I'm reading too much into it??

Probably!

And Zooropamanda! I have no Idea what you said to me! I know I should but I just can't remember what it means!!

Bye!
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Old 08-15-2000, 06:09 AM   #39
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Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!!!!

Ask an Irish man something in Irish and he asks for it in English? Now theres an oxymoron.

I said...

Hello I'm Zooropamanda.
Do you drink beer?
Happy Birthday Mr BTH
...please tell me you know what Slainte means. Im not gonna even ask! Thats just silly

Being an Aussie who was in Ireland, I saw just what you talk of, Mr BTH. That whole Celtic Tiger thing was very much the topic of conversation when I was there.
irish people ahve had that feeling of oppression for so long that it is about time they felt proud of their wonderful heritage.
I had, I guess a cliched view of what Ireland would be like, and in the little towns I was pretty right. But I was blown away by Dublin. QUite shocked actually.

Being froma big city myself I didnt think Id be taken aback by little ole Dublin, but I was. It is so cosmopolitan and the people are majorly on the move. I felt like little hick Annie trying to fight all the people traffic!!
ANd why dont they stop at the crossings? ha ha NOBODY stops at the lights to cross the street!
But then if cars are coming, they dont slow down, just run right over 20 people crossing when they shouldnt be!

Ahhhh, Dublin, I miss you so.
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Old 08-18-2000, 05:56 PM   #40
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O-o-o-o-oh,Brian !!!

I was so impressed by your last post that I even forgot to say "Hello".
Firstly,your suggestion about me being Irish
pretending Russian is a brilliant guess,even
though it is not right:I am Russian all the same !
Secondly,if you want to know where my Irish
language comes from,go to,for instance, www.ceantar.org ,or to www.inac.org ,or www.irelandbynet.com(the article"Irish
Language")and then tell meo you think one
needs "A"level in Irish to write what I have
written so far?
However,the story with my knowledge of the
Irish culture(including Sean Nos) is different,for I have had the Internet access only since 2000 and my interest in Celtic world began about six years ago.
I really loved your epic.I know some Russian
people who visited Ireland or just met the
Irish,and they all were fascinated and had
fraternal feelings towards the Irish.Surely,
if I could afford it,I'd go to Ireland right now.And I'm sure that when you make it to Russia,you'll love its people,too.

Mazz,it's a pity you are not a fairy, because
if you were, you could do something about those wicked trolls, using your magic skills!
(By the way,Brian,do you know that when you
curse you attract evil spirits ?)Well,but you
said you were not a little fairy - then maybe
you're a big one? And you can tell tales in
front of a fireplace,can't you ?

Whiteflag,I must tell you that visiting Dublin and Mexico is great.The only place left for you to visit is St.Petersburg!(I'm
kidding:there's a whole world to explore).I myself have only been to France.I'd love to
know some more about you,say,what are you
studying,what do you do and so on ?

Yes,Alisaura,there were Celts there and they
spoke their own Cornish language which became obsolete by the end of the 18 century.

I've been missing you all this week and I'm
eager to hear from you all !

Slan go foill
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Old 08-18-2000, 11:03 PM   #41
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Im still here everyone. I was worried that this thread had died ...

But I bit off quite alot when I asked for peoples email addresses in another thread. I must mail the kind lovely and interesting people who gave me theirs tonight and then i'll post some more on this topic.

But to answer your question Aine. I'm studying anthropology but right now I'm not in school. Ffirst I'm going to Ireland then I'm going to move somewhere else in the US probably Seattle, then I'll go back to school. I'm starting to halfway miss it.

Now back to writing those emails.
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Old 08-20-2000, 11:58 AM   #42
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well everyone I have been ill (stuck in a moment Id rather forget) but now I am better so hello world again. All I can say is beware phantom foods in work fridges. I think I shall stick to the Guiness for my daily nutrient intake from now on.

Brian, I am in Edinburgh next w/e for the fringe festival. Will you be around? Otherwise, I am up in Falkirk later in the month for work.

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Old 08-20-2000, 06:05 PM   #43
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Ha! It would have to happen!
I'm at home in Ireland right now for a few weeks holiday. I'm back in Dundee on Sat 2nd Sept, but I suppose that will be much too late!
BTW Whiteflag, thanks for the mail! I'm getting round to answering I promise! When will you be in Dublin??? Im planning to go over for a break towards the end of september...!
Apart from that I'm just chilling out at home here... quite boring actually and I can't stay on the net for too long either because it costs a fortune!
Bye!
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Old 08-21-2000, 05:06 AM   #44
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Brian stupid of me I should have known, summer break etc. What do you think of Dundee as a place to live? Its a shame Prince willey is down the road!!!

Anyway, good work on All That You Can't Leave Behind. I am more than happy with that title. Its funny you are worried about internet access after posting so many replies?? (or was that it a uni rort?)

Alisaura I used to live in Plymouth and met many Cornish workers. They are a motly bunch of fiercely independent tin miners!!!
I heard that although there was never a written cornish language, there are still some really old people who try and speak it a little. I was also told that people from Brittany and Cornwall can understand each other from such similar accents, even though they are speaking French/English??? Cornwall is absolutely beautiful, full of surfy beaches and rich london'ers on holiday (not so good according to the locals), so basically you should go there.


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Old 08-21-2000, 12:50 PM   #45
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