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This morning

Tanaiste Joan Burton and Archbishop Diarmiud Martin both rocking ecclesiastical purple at the official opening of Stanhope Street School located on Manor Street, Dublin.

(Leah Farrell/Photocall Ireland)

69 thoughts on “That Colour Really Suits You

      1. Parochial Central

        It’s all perspective. It looks slimming when you’re standing beside an overweight Minister for Homelessness. Who ever said smoked salmon was slimming?

        1. eoin hurley

          ha ha ha concentrate on her looks. shows what a woman in politics has to put up with.

          1. Jordofthejungle

            Spoken like a delusional alpha who is really a gold star beta keyboard warrior. Man the hell up “John”.

  1. bisted

    …one of the above is wearing a dress and is leader of a group which has suffered an alarming fall in followers over the past few years…

    1. ABM

      Do you have kids yourself?

      Do you accept that some parents don’t want their kids getting tranny lessons? And that they might not want their kids questioned about what “gender” out of the 26 (currently) hum identifies with?

          1. ABM

            That’s right. He exercises appropriate dress in keeping with his position when he’s acting in his official capacity (such as opening a school). As every other bishop in the world does. Not only does it give us all a show (and the media), it demonstrates to us mortals who’s the boss and I’m sure it also reminds him of his responsibility as bishop (which must be an enormous strain). He hardly dresses like that when he’s visiting his relatives, does he? Rather impractical to be wearing that rig-out when you’re trying to find your cat in the palace garden.

            And it’s not like he was doing a Bishop Burke (now Cardinal) in Ss. Peter & Paul’s in Cork (2010):

            http://www.bilerico.com/images/raymond_burke_10.JPG
            http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-95uwIdTxKL0/ThuZURvo7xI/AAAAAAAAJ5s/cFS-kmkDBtw/s1600/Final_Blessing.jpg

            That was one of the best Masses I have been at in Ireland. I never saw a cappa magna before. Come to think of it, I never saw episcopal gloves for real either (nor have I since). And yes, diocesan priests don’t make vows of poverty (technically speaking).

            Anyway, were I Bishop of Cork and Ross, I simply wouldn’t allow such an audacious display as it would undermine ones ecclesiastic authority. But hey, I’m not a bishop, so what do I know?

            Anyway, Archbishop Martin is a very modest bishop in the grand scheme of things. His pectoral cross is demonstrates his humbleness. That’s just the way he rolls and by all accounts, he’s an excellent archbishop who has made very good decisions over many years.

          2. scottser

            Bishop burke, now he gives great mass. Look at that chalice work, a thing of beauty..

      1. Bobby

        Homophobia and transphobia aren’t on the secular curriculum. Probably on the Catholic cult’s one, though.

      2. Ppads

        @ ABM. If your comment is referring to the anti homophobic bullying campaigns being ran in CATHOLIC schools, perhaps you might first consider why. Young gay people are way more likely to self harm than their srt8 peers. Even the Church accepts that much so here is a question for you. Do you have a child who might be gay?

        1. ABM

          I agree. That homosexuals people and post-op trannies are killing themselves in droves deserves objective scrutiny that is free from ideological bias.

          1. scottser

            Tranny lessons? What so you have to pass an exam before they let you go for surgery?

          2. Annie

            LOL. Dear old ABM. All your “Christian” trolling for nothing. Surely, at this stage you have better things to be doing? You still seem upset. Bless.

          3. Lush

            It’s not Christian trolling Annie, it’s Roman Catholic trolling – not the same thing.
            And ABM makes me laugh, every time.
            I think it is subversive, fifth colomn trolling, ABM is on our side.

          4. Jordofthejungle

            I do agree with Annie though. Why are you still hanging around here fake ABM? What possible purpose is now achieved by you sending up the Roman Church? The Marriage Equality Referendum is over. Think of another long lost troll to resurrect.

        2. Odis

          @ Ppads – I don’t believe you have come across Broadsheet’s spiritual leader, ABM before.
          Let this be a lesson to you.

        3. rotide

          Calling Ppads out right now for being an obvious troll.

          Who says ‘str8’. I mean really.

        4. Jordofthejungle

          @Ppads I wouldn’t worry too much about fake ABM and children. The likelihood of either the real or fake ABM, (although this fellow smacks of the fake version) passing on their genes is thankfully infinitesimal. Guffaw.

          1. Ted

            You wouldn’t know the probability of passing on genes for two active homosexuals with a blessing from the HSE would you? Maybe if we made homosexual unions involving more than two persons equal there might be a better chance?

            Proposed Equality Act 2016:
            Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by one or more person(s) without distinction as to their number.

            We could have another one for age the following year. But I doubt that will pass because the Irish people have clearly demonstrated that full Equality is only for the over 35s.

          2. Jordofthejungle

            Aw Diddums ABM, I mean “Ted”, what biological prowess you have. And you’re still peddling the polygamy apocalypse – well, aren’t you both the sage & soothsayer! Shur, they’ll be marrying their cats next.

            Not only has the real ABM been very keen to vaunt his celibate status, I don’t think it’s a voluntary status – more involuntary celibacy. As I say, a set of genes nature has cunningly predetermined that he will not pass on. But take comfort, that both he and you still have feline friends to fall back on.

            Stay away from the polygamists – they might just conscript you. Or then again, maybe not…

            Chortle!

          3. Annie

            “Active homosexuals”. LOL: says Ted, the inactive (and likely pretend) “heterosexual”.

          4. Ted

            I don’ think “celibate” (a term you use) is an approved gender identity (certainly according to the authority that is Facebook). I looked up the 71 different options currently available and “celibate” man who’s never had a girlfriend, likes cats and lives at home with his ma certainly isn’t listed. Though the lifestyle choice of Genderqueers is recognised. Discrimination! Perhaps I might like to identify with “inactive homosexual”? I’m certainly an inactive homosexual and “pride” myself in my anal virginity (I talk about this on Twitter a lot). I’m hoping that one day I might even get a free trip to Ghent to get my mickey chopped off if I persist long enough. So, I think I’ll choose Genderqueer for now. I respectfully ask that you don’t perpetuate any stigma about Genderqueer people who were born this way and if it weren’t for the horrible old women in dresses in liberal arts colleges in North America (who are stuck in the 20th century, hate men and perpetuate rape myths) I wouldn’t be so unhappy that I want to throw myself off the local pier every second day.

          5. Jordofthejungle

            ABM, I mean “Ted”, why would you hard off to Ghent – you’re as good as a eunuch now anyway. Nature made it so for you, Shane.

          6. Annie

            Lol – you are so ABM in disguise Ted and just a little bit disturbed! Did you forget to take your pills? Let’s just say your internet browsing history is probably one murky place ABM. I suspect Jord’s quip about kids hit a nerve, didn’t it? As I said before, on your bike, deviant loner…Go feed your puss-puss…

  2. Anne

    Did ye know.. Purple was worn by the rulers of the Byzantine Empire and royalty of the Holy Roman Empire..The reason being the process for making the dye was expensive and difficult.
    The dye was got from a type of sea snails.. The colour was lovely, but royalty literally smelt like sh*te..a bit fishy really.

  3. Anne

    Here ye go –
    In Ancient Rome, Purple Dye Was Made from Snails
    By boiling them in lead vats, purple dye was extracted from snails to make Tyrian purple

    In ancient Rome, purple was the color of royalty, a designator of status. And while purple is flashy and pretty, it was more important at the time that purple was expensive. Purple was expensive, because purple dye came from snails.

    The video above, by CreatureCast, recounts the story of Rome’s vaunted Tyrian purple, and the color’s close link with the marine snail Bolinus brandaris. The New York Times:

    To make Tyrian purple, marine snails were collected by the thousands. They were then boiled for days in giant lead vats, producing a terrible odor. The snails, though, aren’t purple to begin with. The craftsmen were harvesting chemical precursors from the snails that, through heat and light, were transformed into the valuable dye.

    The video explains that snail-fueled purple persisted until chemists learned to make synthetic dyes. But the development of an artificial purple wasn’t a deliberate decision, but a happy accident for a young chemist named William Henry Perkin.

    Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/in-ancient-rome-purple-dye-was-made-from-snails-1239931/#rfPaM2CjSKQcTS3F.99
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  4. Anne

    Here ye go –
    In Ancient Rome, Purple Dye Was Made from Snails
    By boiling them in lead vats, purple dye was extracted from snails to make Tyrian purple

    In ancient Rome, purple was the color of royalty, a designator of status. And while purple is flashy and pretty, it was more important at the time that purple was expensive. Purple was expensive, because purple dye came from snails.

    The video above, by CreatureCast, recounts the story of Rome’s vaunted Tyrian purple, and the color’s close link with the marine snail Bolinus brandaris. The New York Times:

    To make Tyrian purple, marine snails were collected by the thousands. They were then boiled for days in giant lead vats, producing a terrible odor. The snails, though, aren’t purple to begin with. The craftsmen were harvesting chemical precursors from the snails that, through heat and light, were transformed into the valuable dye.

    The video explains that snail-fueled purple persisted until chemists learned to make synthetic dyes. But the development of an artificial purple wasn’t a deliberate decision, but a happy accident for a young chemist named William Henry Perkin.

    Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/in-ancient-rome-purple-dye-was-made-from-snails-1239931/#rfPaM2CjSKQcTS3F.99

    1. rotide

      interesting aside, When Perkin showed the color to his supervisor at Pye (i think it was Pye, they were looking for an artificial way to make Quinine) the man was thouroughly unimpressed so perkin left, went out on his own with his ‘new color Mauve’ and made an absolute fortune.

      1. Anne

        Hmmm.. not sure about that.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Henry_Perkin

        He was working on trying to synthesise quinine, an expensive natural substance much in demand for the treatment of malaria…

        In 1853, at the precocious age of 15, Perkin entered the Royal College of Chemistry in London (now part of Imperial College London), where he began his studies under August Wilhelm von Hofmann..

        Perkin, who had an interest in painting and photography, immediately became enthusiastic about this result and carried out further trials with his friend Arthur Church and his brother Thomas. Since these experiments were not part of the work on quinine which had been assigned to Perkin, the trio carried them out in a hut in Perkin’s garden, so as to keep them secret from Hofmann…

        The colour purple, which had been a mark of aristocracy and prestige since ancient times, was especially expensive and difficult to produce — the dye used, known as Tyrian purple, was made from the glandular mucus of certain molluscs. Its extraction was variable and complicated, and so Perkin and his brother realised that they had discovered a possible substitute whose production could be commercially successful.[1]

          1. rotide

            Just in case you need help with cross checking sources
            http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/William_Henry_Perkin.aspx

            “Perkin originally named his dye Tyrian Purple (also called aniline purple and mauveine), but it later became commonly known as mauve (from the French for the plant used to make the color violet).”

            “So, over the fierce objections of his mentor, Hofmann (who saw his student as “selling out”), Perkin left college to give birth to the modern chemical industry. He was only eighteen years old.”

            “Although Perkin’s fame was achieved and fortune assured by his first discovery”

            Rotide’s story checks out (again, aprt from Pye. blame the hangover for that)

    2. DubLoony

      I’d love to know how people way back when discovered how to do that in the first place.
      Pre-internet, did they amuse themselves by chucking snails into a pot and boil for 3 days, sniggering every time some one asked what the smell was?

      1. dereviled

        They cooked stuff in lead-lined pots.
        Wine was treated in these pots to impart the full flavour sweetness and none of the calories of lead acetate.

      2. dereviled

        I’m wondering who discovered that soaking fabric in stale urine fixes the dye.

        1. Fake ABM

          Pee and poo and ash were all early chemicals, that were readily to hand. The early chemical industries were said to have kicked off in farms because of the ready supply.
          Salt petre used in the manufacture of bacon and gunpowder has many interesting recipes involving soaking things in urine. Though my favourite method of production involves boiling up bat ****.

  5. Jordofthejungle

    ABM, darn it, I mean Ted, smacks of the involuntarily inactive variety. Don’t you just know it…

  6. Robert Hand

    One without a Cross carries the weight of office without showing her Maternity burden!

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