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Delighted to offer this space to a post by ATW regular Seimi! Make sure you read it. Hope you will join me in giving a warm welcome to Seimi as a sometime contributor. ATW is a place for broad minds and strong opinions!

“Last August, in Belfast, three giants of Northern Irish politics met for the first time, to thrash out the ‘Northern Irish Problem’. Over a civilised glass of ruby-red port, these three intellectual and political Colossi, these Three Wise Men from the North, argued and debated heatedly, countering each stinging verbal attack with their own bone-jarring counters. The port flowed, shocked patrons of the Gentleman’s Club in which this meeting of minds took place, stared in awe at this Battle Royale of intellect and wisdom.

Or, to put it another way – last August, Me, David and Paul McMahon met for a pint and talked about all you lot.

I won’t go into detail about what and whom we discussed (it’s on a ‘need to know’ basis, all very hush-hush), other than to say that David, having foolishly ordered a third sparkling water and losing all inhibitions, gazed at us in an aqua-induced stupor, and said, “If either of you guys want to write something for the blog, just send it to me and I’ll post it.”

Those 21 words, so casually thrown out in the Crown Bar, Belfast, may come back to haunt him one day. In fact – they just have.

With David’s kind permission, and your kind indulgence, I will post occasionally here. I say occasionally, as my life is so full at the minute, that parts of it have started to spill over the edge and seep through my grasping fingers – mainly the parts involving me having a social life.

Although I do, on occasion, delve into NI politics, my interests really lie in culture and history. My posts will, for the main part, reflect this, as I attempt to show people here a different side to life in the north of Ireland.

Daphne reminded me recently that I ‘chided’ her over some remarks she made about life in Belfast. I would like to draw a pen-picture of what life is really like here, for those who were raised and live here. This will also include some local history, which does extend a bit further than riots, mayhem and supposedly unsinkable ships.

Mairin2 showed an interest a week or two ago in improving her Irish. I would love to write something about the language. I was raised with Irish as my first language, and learned most of my early English from my maternal grandparents. The language is part of who I am. I am employed as Development Officer with an Irish language organisation. My kids all speak it too. I have been involved in its resurgence here since I was a child. The Irish language surrounds us here in NI, in our placenames, street names, surnames etc. Hopefully I will have the opportunity to show you this.

None of what I write will be intended to offend, or insult others’ beliefs. I always try to respect others and see their side of things. If anything I write does annoy/upset/anger you, please don’t hesitate to inform me.

I look forward to the debate. We shall meet at Philippi. “

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44 thoughts on “GUEST POST

  1. Seimi,
    There are too many people Irish, Northern Irish, Republican Irish or Colonial Irish on this blog!
    I really don’t know why I continue to enjoy it, biased as it undoubtedly is.
    I wish you well.
    I think the idea of exploring and promoting the Irish is a good idea. (I thought that a few weeks ago when you were encouraging mairin2 to learn the tongue of her forbears).
    I said nothing at the time because as a persecuted minority why should I want my bloglife to become any harder..?

  2. Welcome, Seimi, hope you enjoy posting. Stay away from Northern Ireland, gays, Obama, abortion and Israel and you’ll be alright, if perhaps a bit lonely.

    Remember, Troll is a difficult act to follow.

    “I learned most of my early English from my maternal grandparents”

    I always guessed there must be someone somewhere still able to speak proper English in Northern Ireland.

  3. Noel,
    the Troll will return in good time I am sure.
    Widening out ATW’s appeal is a very good idea.
    You never know, should you become more presentable and lose some of that unshaven bitterness, you could perhaps do something on poetry or literature and how it has influenced your life.
    Old fools like me might read it. 😉

  4. Good to see Seimi,. I look forward to your contributions. Nice to see power-sharing coming to ATW.

  5. Noel,
    I have been reflecting on your 4:56.
    I am going to take it on face value and say
    a) It is a lovely poem, (especially as I know you don’t believe in Angles)
    b) If I were a Catholic I would truthfully say it is totally undeserved, but
    as it is I am curiously embarrassed.

  6. A refreshing new post contributor offering a different flavour to the casserole that is ATW. Very much look forward to reading your offerings Seimi. Somehow I really doubt they will be as controversial or heat raising as many of our regular political contributions.

  7. Thanks for the kind welcomes (except you, McMahon!)

    My first post proper is almost completed. It’s tentative title is, ‘Northern Ireland – another Israel? Or just another gay paradise, filled with abortion-seeking Obama supporters. With guns. Muslim guns.’

    I’m also toying with the title, ‘Global Warming – just another myth started by gay Muslim Jews. With guns.’

    🙂

  8. ‘Northern Ireland – another Israel? Or just another gay paradise, filled with abortion-seeking Obama supporters. With guns. Muslim guns.’

    🙂

    Fair play for taking the plunge. A nice uncontroversial post to begin with. Just your style.

  9. I see nothing controversial about that post title.

    Now if it had been titled ‘Northern Ireland – another Israel? Or just another gay paradise, filled with abortion-seeking Obama supporters. With guns. Muslim guns…… and some people who didn’t really like Mrs T’ then all hell would break loose 🙂

  10. But what about the Global Warming, Colm? Won’t somebody please think about the Global Warming!? 🙂

    P McM

    You know I don’t like to rock the boat 😉

  11. Well come on then!
    Enough of the congratulatory chit chat and the pouting/posing for the cameras. You should have knocked out four or five “banner headlines” by now..

  12. Agit8ed

    I am sure Seimi’s posts are going to like aged old whiskeys, slowly made and worth waiting for, not like cheap instant mass produced moonshine 🙂

  13. I reckon he’s going to be a five minute wonder.
    We’ll hear nothing for two months and then he’ll issue a bulletin (complete with smoke) saying he’s awfully sorry but he’s got writer’s block, or he is “helping Inland Revenue with their enquiries…”

    Anyway I’d rather have the whiskey.
    This Vietnamese brandy rots your teeth..
    🙂

  14. “I am sure Seimi’s posts are going to like aged old whiskeys, slowly made and worth waiting for, not like cheap instant mass produced moonshine”

    The masses want instant moonshine, not fine old whiskey: ten words, a pic of Sarah Palin – bingo, 100 comments.

  15. Ach Agi, don’t be so harsh.

    I will post occasionally here. I say occasionally, as my life is so full at the minute, that parts of it have started to spill over the edge and seep through my grasping fingers

  16. “The masses want instant moonshine, not fine old whiskey: ten words, a pic of Sarah Palin – bingo, 100 comments.”

    We all like “sexy little numbers” Pete.

  17. Agi,

    as you sip your Vietnamese brandy, I am writing not one, but two posts. Whiskey is mentioned in one of them 🙂

    Another probable cause of delay for me is that, as only an ‘occasional’ poster, I don’t have posting rights on the site, and therefore must e-mail anything I write to a third party, ie David. This also gives him the chance to censor them 😉

  18. As long we don’t have any schmaltzy, sepia-tinted cheese.

    We get all that shit from Mahons.

  19. ‘Northern Ireland – another Israel? Or just another gay paradise, filled with abortion-seeking Obama supporters. With guns. Muslim guns.’

    How did you guess my lead post for tomorrow??

  20. At 18 years of age Bangkok is an education

    18, young, innocent & naive.

    Perhaps best to draw a kindly veil of silence over that one Pete 😉

  21. None of what I write will be intended to offend, or insult others’ beliefs.

    Seimi

    Are you sure you’ve found the right blog? 🙂

    Seriously, well said and welcome. I would have been at the Crown that day if I hadn’t been travelling.

  22. Apparently, Peter, I’ve already offended, and annoyed agit8ed by not posting quickly enough 🙂

    Regarding meeting up – I’m sure we could sort something out amongst ourselves?

  23. Pete – Your Irish Passport won’t protect you from me! ( I refer of course to a battle of wits, in which you are unarmed).

  24. Seimi,
    You could never annoy me now.
    I feel we are like blood brothers.
    You have made it into my top 50 most tolerated Northern Irish people.
    I want you to know that Bro.
    Magic!

    🙂

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