Gewgaws and Gimcracks
Most weekends I try to make it into the city. I find if I don’t I feel that something interesting has happened and I missed it. My city adventures have a certain routine that has strong roots in unpredictability. The routine involves knowing that I will go somewhere to eat my dinner. The unpredictable is that I can never be sure how it will all end.
I will generally try and see some live music in a pub or on the streets. I will take pictures of random things in the town and hope that I have taken a slightly different view to the other 20 people taking the same shot. For some reason I tend to find myself gravitating towards the Temple Bar area. This is normal and acceptable if you are a student or a tourist or if you don’t get out very often because it seems very cool and hip. Not so normal if you live and work in Dublin, I should be aiming for somewhere else.
The joy of Temple Bar for me comes from hearing all the strange accents and seeing the bewildered look on tourists faces as a group of twenty large man go past dressed in Root Suits looking for another pub to top up on Guinness or the hen parties dressed like something from a Carry On movie.
Last weekend I ventured into the unknown. I entered one of the many souvenir shops because I could not believe the amount of people that were leaving with arm loads of shopping. These places sell “Oirish” knitted jumpers that if they got wet while you were wearing them it you would not be possible to move with the weight of the thing. They sell Guinness coffee mugs that if you brought to work would give your co-workers the impression that you were drinking pints for breakfast. You can get Dublin hoodie tops for €50 that would only get you beaten up in most parts of the world.
It is the sheer quantity of these gewgaws and gimcracks that are sold that amazes me. When these people get home and review their hoard do they stop and think – “What the hell was I thinking”
Feck it this country needs that money.
Roll up, roll up is there anyone now for the last of the oversized novelty Leprechaun hats..
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