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St patrick's day

20 Feb 02 - 08:10 AM (#653901)
Subject: St patrick's day
From: GUEST,Jeremie

Hi folks !

I am a french student in astronomy, and have to go to Armagh for my job; arriving at Dublin's airport on march 17th evening (to see how Ireland looks like on this day too...) Actually, I have never been to Dublin. As, this time, I am not going to Ireland for hollidays, I will be alone. So I am a bit afraid to be "lost" in a big city...

I guess there will be concerts in pubs or in the street : is there any nice adress you can recommend me ?

Thanks for any answer !

Jeremie


20 Feb 02 - 08:26 AM (#653908)
Subject: RE: St patrick's day
From: GUEST

St Patrick's Day Festival

You should be able to find all you need to know on that site.


20 Feb 02 - 08:35 AM (#653912)
Subject: RE: St patrick's day
From: GUEST,Ratchet

Jeremie,

I wasn't aware that there were any telescopes in Armagh?

Interested as to why you'd go there to study astronomy.

Ratchet


20 Feb 02 - 08:49 AM (#653918)
Subject: RE: St patrick's day
From: GUEST,Den at work

I don't know...maybe because that's where the Armagh Observatory and Planetarium is located and I do believe they have a telescope there.


20 Feb 02 - 09:01 AM (#653922)
Subject: RE: St patrick's day
From: GUEST

Jeremie, I suggest you read through the Sourdough-10 days in Ireland thread. Lots of info there.


20 Feb 02 - 09:19 AM (#653941)
Subject: RE: St patrick's day
From: GUEST,Jeremie

Thanks !

Ratchet, There is an astronomical observatory in Armagh, but I have never been there, so do not know exactly what kind of instrument there is. I will go there to meet someone working on the same topic (falling stars), to have a discussion about how to improve our work. Actually, I am not going there to observe anything !

By the way, I will try to visit Dublin city, on St Patrick's day ;-)

Jeremie


20 Feb 02 - 04:08 PM (#654168)
Subject: RE: St patrick's day
From: The Pooka

On some Discovery-Channel-type television program, I have heard a top astronomer or astrophysict, whom I THINK (prettysure) is at that Armagh Observatory, very learnedly discussing the asteroids. (The Big One, yknow. Watch out.) I got the impression that he & his observatory were pretty prominent. // The county Armagh has had some rather more terrestrial observatories too; but they're dismantling them now and that's a different thread annyway...Have a great time, Guest Jeremie


20 Feb 02 - 04:22 PM (#654176)
Subject: RE: St patrick's day
From: Stilly River Sage

Ah! Observatories as excuse to visit interesting places! Arizona and New Mexico and Texas have some nice ones. And Dr. Mark on the Big Island might be able to tell you where the observatories are in Hawaii. Somewhere well removed from the volcanic parks, I would imagine. . . I heard a fascinating piece on National Public Radio (might have been one of the radio geographic series) about how workers get light-headed working there, from the very high elevation.

SRS


20 Feb 02 - 06:11 PM (#654251)
Subject: RE: St patrick's day
From: Dicho (Frank Staplin)

The Hawai'i observatories are on top of a volcano- but extinct- some 30 miles airline from the active one. I have been at the observatory site, damn near 14000 feet. Some snow in winter. Definitely need a good jacket in summer. I have heard people cuss about Dublin March weather, but I am sure no cooler than atop Mauna Kea.


20 Feb 02 - 06:38 PM (#654266)
Subject: RE: St patrick's day
From: Clinton Hammond

Doesn't Armagh have or isn't it close to, one of those big piles of rock from the Stone Age that New Age idiots are always trying to say represent the Lost Knowledge Of The Druids or Atlantis or any other moronic theories???

Some stone building with a hole in the ceiling that supposedly they ('they' being whoever BUILT it) used for watching The Hotrods Of The Gods or some other such nonsense...


20 Feb 02 - 07:17 PM (#654301)
Subject: RE: St patrick's day
From: alison

you're probably thinking of Navan.... but no buildings there... just a hill... nice site though

we used to go on school trips to Armagh Planetarium.... nice place... its a bit of a hike from Dublin though.. about 2 hours drive (maybe more)


slainte

alison


20 Feb 02 - 07:44 PM (#654315)
Subject: RE: St patrick's day
From: The Pooka

ClintonHammond - *LOL* harharhar Hotrods Of The Gods t'be *sure*, I'm shure / have a little Respeck fer da Beleefs of Udders wouldyouse .. hee hee hee hee.. /
Ahem. Nowthen, of course Atlantis never existed. Everybody knows that those rocks actually were put there by Cu Chulainn and Fionn Mac Cumhaill. The Firbolgs may also have had something to do with it but that's still speculative...Saaay, is this thread Moored? Thought I felt a little drift there..but speaking of the Moors....


20 Feb 02 - 08:15 PM (#654333)
Subject: RE: St patrick's day
From: Dicho (Frank Staplin)

As I head for my foxhole- the Moors tried to civilize Spain and the Spaniards tried to pass on a little of that knowledge and civility to Holland, bu in both cases were kicked out. And of course Cuchulain took the bronze skiff to the Isle of All Delights, which was, of course, America . Cuchulain was too concerned about battle to tarry there, leaving it to some wandering Italian sailor to be its first publicist.


20 Feb 02 - 09:27 PM (#654370)
Subject: RE: St patrick's day
From: Clinton Hammond

"And of course Cuchulain took the bronze skiff to the Isle of All Delights, which was, of course, America"

Or it was all just bullsh!t publicity...

There is no factual evidence to show that the celts landed in north America... Viking yes, but celts? If there is any evidence, we've not found it yet...


21 Feb 02 - 12:26 AM (#654433)
Subject: RE: St patrick's day
From: Dicho (Frank Staplin)

Clinton, as usual, doesn't recognize humor when he sees it. Everybody knows the Indians discovered America (Cleveland Indians, that is).


21 Feb 02 - 12:40 AM (#654436)
Subject: RE: St patrick's day
From: The Pooka

Holy Mother. Driftin' by, my eye. Rollin' on a river! Creep no more, my lady. Threadslide! Dicho in yer Foxhole, madereine rue & he hidin' in th' firs but *the tops of his two ears were peepin'*. Clinton, may St. Brendan watch over you, I dunno if the Celts landed in far Americay but the Vikings sure as Hell landed on them Celts, didn't they? I'm gonna go look up that Observatory, this is getting out of hand. Look who's talkin'.


21 Feb 02 - 02:20 AM (#654465)
Subject: RE: St patrick's day
From: leprechaun

Sic King Brian on them damn Vikings!


21 Feb 02 - 02:46 AM (#654470)
Subject: RE: St patrick's day
From: GUEST,Boab

Dunno who originally "discovered " America, but if it ever was "discovered" it certainly wasn't by Columbus, Celts, Vikings or any other lost soul from points East. I know some folks whose ancestors were in the Northern part of the continent 27000 years ago, according to genetic science. EUROPE hadn't even been "discovered" then!! Clinton----99.5% of the time I enjoy and respect your postings---but hey!---will you respect MY right to look askance at those who expect me to believe in Adam and Eve, the chosen people, or that Charleton Heston climbed a mountain, blathered to his God in a burning bush, and clambered back down carrying a great muckle stone wi' the Hebrew laws carved on it? In truth, I have friends [on both sides of the Atlantic] who are Wiccans. Their beliefs are ridiculed by many of those who are followers of Moses Heston---but I find them much more credible than the fanciful passages in the Old Testament.

Guest Jeremie**** If you arrive in Dublin and wish to hear music, free gratis, head for Grafton Street!!


21 Feb 02 - 03:22 AM (#654476)
Subject: RE: St patrick's day
From: Daim

Hi Jeremie, Je suis un des nombreux francais de Dublin. Si tu es perdu, si tu souhaites ne pas te faire chier le soir de la St Patrick, je peux te filer mon numero (mais pas sur le site bien sur...) Julien


21 Feb 02 - 10:28 AM (#654631)
Subject: RE: St patrick's day
From: GUEST

Is Mr Hammond as naive as he writes, if he were a fish he sure would have taken the bait. Paddy Joe.


21 Feb 02 - 10:50 AM (#654648)
Subject: RE: St patrick's day
From: Clinton Hammond

"doesn't recognize humor when he sees it"

I know humour when I see it, and I was just funnin' along... For me, it's fun seeing how pissy idiot New Agers and 'dyed-in-the-wool-'celts'' get when you call 'em on how ridiculous their beliefs are...

"askance at those who expect me to believe in Adam and Eve"

"I find them much more credible than the fanciful passages in the Old Testament. "

One belief is just as ludicrous as any other... I'm tempted to start following George Carlin's example and start worshiping the sun, but praying to Joe Peschi...

:-)


21 Feb 02 - 04:35 PM (#654851)
Subject: RE: St patrick's day
From: GUEST

A real gent, is our old Hammond, in good old Yorkshire they have a sauce named Hammonds, and boy does it not spoil a good Fish and Chip, very bitter. Paddy Joe.


21 Feb 02 - 05:19 PM (#654877)
Subject: RE: St patrick's day
From: Clinton Hammond

Is it anything like HP sauce? I put that on my fish and chip...

;-)


25 Feb 02 - 03:53 AM (#657282)
Subject: RE: St patrick's day
From: GUEST,Jeremie

Wow ! I did not expect such a philosophical discussion...

Anyway, for those interested in astronomy and/or in Armagh observatory, here is the link to their web site :

www.arm.ac.uk

and here is the site of my lab :

www.bdl.fr (also english)

To Julien :

Merci c'est sympa ! Je suis toujours a la recherche d'un hotel et d'un billet d'avion "potable"... Je te fais signe des que j'ai trouve... Pour me repondre rapidement, tu peux utiliser directement une de mes adresse electronique : vaubaillon@yahoo.fr. Je te filerai la "vraie" autre part que sur le site... A plus !

Jeremie


25 Feb 02 - 08:07 AM (#657355)
Subject: RE: St patrick's day
From: GUEST,Nigel Parsons

Interesting thread, Leprachaun, can you explain who this "sick King Brian" is, and is he likely to recover? I hate only getting part of the story


25 Feb 02 - 08:20 AM (#657362)
Subject: RE: St patrick's day
From: Midchuck

Every St. Patrick's day that we get a gig, some drunk wants me to sing "Danny Boy." If I don't, the drunk gets mad. If I do, my partners get mad. What should I do?

(Confession: I like to sing "Danny Boy." It lets me go for the stratosphere in a way that not many other songs that aren't bluegrass murder ballads do. And you can't sing bluegrass murder ballads all the time, 'tho it's fun to try.)

Peter.


25 Feb 02 - 03:21 PM (#657657)
Subject: RE: St patrick's day
From: SDShad

Well, we (The Buckaroos) are going to sing "Danny Boy" at both of our St. Pat's weekend gigs, but not without singing Robbie O'Connell's "You're Not Irish"[*] first, right before it in fact. Plus, we sing "Danny" a capella, and if I may say so we do sorta nail it.

We're also considering doing "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" for these gigs: it was written by a Liverpudlian of Irish extraction, and it is sort of a murder ballad....

Chris

[*]The chorus of "You're Not Irish", for those unfamiliar is:

You're not Irish, you can't be Irish, you don't know Danny Boy
Or Toora Loora Loora, or even Irish Eyes
You've got a hell of a nerve to say you came from Ireland
So cut out all the nonsense and sing McNamara's Band


26 Feb 02 - 12:13 AM (#657963)
Subject: RE: St patrick's day
From: The Pooka

Jeremie, (I started to try this all en Francais, mais Non! non non non, c'etait *tres* tres mal) you will *always* find "philosophical discussions" on the Mudcat (le Chat du Boue? non, eh? C'est si triste...), regardless of the theoretical "topic". We call it "Thread Drift". (Flotter la Ficelle?? non :) Thank you for the websites. Your field of study is fascinating. Ultimately more important than anything else, I think. You are studying Fate. Bonne chance a Dublin!


26 Feb 02 - 08:41 PM (#658647)
Subject: RE: St patrick's day
From: Coyote Breath

Perhaps this is the time and place to completely digress from the original thread but to capture some sort of connection re: St. Patrick's "day" .

I have always wanted to sing a song on that day called:

"Does Your Mother Know You're Irish?".

So far I have:

Does your mother know you're Irish? Does she know you Da's a Mick? Did he hail from Ballycastle Or the town of Limerick?

A sort of "Irish Tenor" ballad style thing, like.

Would other 'catters care to finish this?

CB


26 Feb 02 - 10:49 PM (#658710)
Subject: RE: St patrick's day
From: The Pooka

Was he bred in Clonakilty, buttered in Dungarvan town?
Or did she roar "Come-all-ye, bold young men I lay me down?"

Next verse fellers.


27 Feb 02 - 05:24 AM (#658836)
Subject: RE: St patrick's day
From: GUEST,Nigel Parsons

A communal St Pat's day song, I think this probably need a sub-thread, but, for now,

Does your mother know you're Irish?;

Can she cook an Irish stew ?

Had she had too many Paddys on the night she begat you ?

(alternate line "was She sozzled on the Guinness the night....)

Paddys obviously refers to the Whiskey brand, but it does have a useful double meaning


27 Feb 02 - 12:10 PM (#659099)
Subject: RE: St patrick's day
From: GUEST,mo.hutch.@shaw.ca

Happy St. Patrick's Day from a transplanted irish person now living in Calgary, Ab. Canada. I need the words to a song who's first line is "Come my little son and I will tell you what to do" Can any one help? I am in a choir and also in a group call Plaidie and love to sing.