City of Culture

I visited the European City of Culture last Friday, Derry/Londonderry, The Maiden City otherwise known as stroke city. For those of you that may not know the Maiden City is not a reference to the young women of the city and Stroke City is nothing whatever to do the health of the hapless residents of that fair place. I walked its historic walls in search of our shared future and common heritage etc, etc, etc, blah, blah, blah. On the way around I couldn’t help but think of that once popular  anthem that has now an international cultural appeal and is sung all over India  “We’ll fight and No Surrender We’ll come when duty calls, With pots and pans and old tin cans, We’ll guard old Delhi’s walls”

Last Friday was the eve of the annual Apprentice Boys  march which in itself is quite a spectacle. Sure enough there was a fair bit of culture on display on Friday but sadly as these few pics show some of it was little more than AGGRA-CULTURE, the Aggra being short for aggravation .

The history of Londonderry is interesting but the present in Ulster however is in many ways just testing. Most of us admit however reluctantly that it gives us a bit of a laugh at times.

The loyalist bonfire had a distinct artistic touch and was quite definitely imaginative. Ten out of Ten for originality. Where did they get all those colourful flags. I wonder what significance they have. They must have cost a small fortune.

The rooftop slogans in the Bogside displayed that forward looking rhetoric that proves that the war is finally over and the future is bright and inclusive. I do remember the advertising slogan “The FUTURE IS ORANGE” but that never really caught on in the Bogside and Creggan.

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5 Responses to City of Culture

  1. Steve Moore says:

    Great pics, Mike. Cities in Europe do have a different over-all look than cities in this hemisphere have.

    As a on of the Irish Diaspora I have my opinions; but as a citizen of the USA who lived in another country for many years, I’ve learned to be very careful about butting in!

  2. Steve, You have the advantage. You can butt in and we can’t touch you for it. So go ahead.

    • Steve Moore says:

      I don’t know: if I ever get a chance to visit Belfast, I don’t want you guys coming after me with your concave pruners!

      On the other hand, I doubt that anyone would get too hosed off, and you did say ” go ahead.” So, briefly: I read an account of the life of Brian Boru, in which it said that he got to the point of seeing that *all* the people living in Ireland could make a valuable contribution: even the Vikings, if they would live in peace. (And some, I believe, eventually did.) I think he had the right idea, even tho most of his Irish contemporaries found it a little too “out-of-the-box.”

      ‘Nuf sed.

  3. Steve, I like the “Out of the Box idea”. BTW what is this peace concept everyone keeps talking about. Is that not a bit of an unusual thing. LOL

  4. Steve Moore says:

    Since the days of Cain and Abel, it’s not been very common among us, has it?

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