How Do We Get Around This?

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27 thoughts on “How Do We Get Around This?

      1. Niallo

        That article is about locals kicking up about the knock on effect of the lethargy and fecklessness of the customs on the newry (and every other ) road.

      1. millie st murderlark

        I just…. I don’t know what to do with that.

        Put it in a bin and set it on fire.

          1. millie st murderlark

            All the more for me so.

            Honestly, it was my favourite subject in school so I can’t understand how they can get rid of it as compulsory. The value of knowing your own history…

          2. Cian

            @millie, just to play the devils advocate for a minute.
            What history did you learn? Who chose it? Who delivered it?

            I remember having a conversation about Irish 20th century history, there were three of us – similar age, all Dublin-based, but three different schools (1 gaelscoil. 1 CoI, and 1 RC). The differences of what we had been taught (or I suppose our memorys of what we were taught) was extraordinary. I don’t know if it was down to different teachers, or different text books, but we all had different views.

          3. millie st murderlark

            Great point Cian. It’s only once you start reading outside of your own cultural sphere you realise how lacking our historical education is.

            I was incredibly fortunate, I think, in secondary school in that I had a great teacher who encouraged discussion and made it a very engaging subject. She also happened to be my teacher for both Jr Cert and Leaving Cert.

            In LC history especially, the teacher does choose the course, in that they choose the periods of time to study, but for me, that was a gateway. We studied the Vietnam war, and that led me on to read up more on it, which was much more heartbreaking than I’d expected. It led me to read up on war photography. I learned Russian history, and to this day I still love to read about my favourite mad bastard Peter the Great.

            More importantly, I learned about my own heritage. We’re a country steeped in history. We have an incredible history, one that is more than “700 years of British rule”, and it’s absolutely crazy that this isn’t considered important enough to retain as a compulsory subject.

    1. Niallo

      Small roads like that ? HM government put concrete road blocks up.
      Those small roads were closed for 20 odd years.
      Thats how.

    1. Slightly Bemused

      Maybe that’s why our politicos are interested in participation in a European army. If invaded by a foreign power ( as the UK would be post Sasamach) we may actually have allies who can help.

  1. Slightly Bemused

    I am amused at the comment about the road surface improving once you cross into the Republic. Time was you knew you were int he North because the road surface improved, potholes disappeared and road markings magically appeared. My, how times have changed….

    1. Jeffrey

      I dont know for the west but in the East it is still like you said last, eyes closed you can tell when you cross as the roads are far better up North than in the Republic.

      1. Slightly Bemused

        Ah! As a southerner in this context (travelling up from Kildare) I mainly hit the more eastern crossings.

  2. Paulus

    A few references to “nice” houses:
    One person’s “nice” is Frank McDonald’s nightmare!

  3. class wario

    the stuff about technology sorting out the border is typical handwavey ill thought out (thought out at all?) fluff from the tory types

  4. GiggidyGoo

    Varadkar ar pains to point out to Johnson that any negotiations are between the EU and the UK. And what does he do then – invites Johnson to Dublin for discussions. What an idiot.

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