D MJ Binkley's Guestbook



19th March 2014

Loved the pics of the children. The \'troubles\' of back to the time of Cromwell and the Potato famine. My grandmother would refer to them whenever speaking about Ireland. I read a wonderful book called\" All Standing: The Remarkable Story of the Jeanie Johnston\". It is about a coffin ship that took Irish immigrants to the USA. Some of the history is in the book particularly the vituperative speeches from Cromwell and other in the English Parliament. The Koch brothers and the Tea Party people must have read these speeches as they use the same like of reasoning- inferring that immigrants are worse than vermin. Perhaps that hatred toward the Irish is one reason I\'ve never been keen to go to London. So many of the \'troubles\' the world is still dealing with today are due the the collapse of their Empire: Israel. Pakistan, Egypt, Iraq, pretty much the entire middle east. But I digress... A friend of mine has used Air B&B 9in Wash. DC and NYC with great success. Safe travels... Carolyn
18th March 2014

Titanic exhibition
We saw a fantastic Titanic exhibition when it was showing at the Melbourne Museum - wonder if it was the same one. We've only been to Ireland twice but never around St Patricks Day. And while St Patricks Day celebrations are big here in Sydney this St Patricks day there were even bigger marches all over the country - March in March - demonstrating against the terrible policies of our Federal government, something you probably here nothing about in the US. Anyway, glad you enjoyed Belfast, some great pics!
18th March 2014
Belfast troubles

but it still appears fragile
Hope peace in Nthn Ireland is stronger than that. The "troubles" affected many generations as Britain sought to retain control in this pocket of the island that has always constituted Eire...apparently on behalf of the Protestant population. My reading of history is religious wars are always controversial.
19th March 2014
Belfast troubles

The troubles are in the past
A couple of people we spoke with about religion and politics of the area seem confident the troubles of the past are in the past. We all hope that is true and peace remains.
18th March 2014

My neice and nephews were born in Northern Ireland...
and have Irish, British and US passports. Irish because they were born on the island, British because they were born in Northern Ireland, and US because their mom was American.
19th March 2014

Multiple passports
We learned last night in talking with a local that they have multiple passports also and that all Northern Ireland people have both Irish and British. It is an interesting land. A lot of information has filled our heads. Good stuff.
18th March 2014

Shamrocks galore
You certainly have found a lot of happy Irish folk. Are you going to Derry? - I did an interesting informative guided walk round the Walls there - in the pouring rain of course. Don't forget when you cross the border into the Republic you will be in the Eurozone !! Its quite confusing when you are going back and forth. Cheers Lynne
19th March 2014

A happy St. Patrick's Day
Yes lots of happy people were at the parade. It was fun. We will be spending the night in Derry tomorrow and hope to take one of those walking tours.
18th March 2014

St Patrick and the Titanic all in one day?
A mass in Ireland on St Pat's day must have been special. I love the photos in this blog, are they from the Fuji or Sony? And as I just said on Brendan's blog - yey for us being front page buddies yet again! Safe travels guys x
18th March 2014

Hello traveling friends
Ren and Drew, it is good to be on the front page with you!...and Brendan! The mass at St. Patrick's was very nice and the lilt of the Gaelic language was lovely. The Titanic museum is amazingly well done. They even have a "ride" that takes you through the structure where they built the ship and it gives you the feel that you are part of it.
18th March 2014

Fascinating read!
Thank you for that history lesson. I too have forgotten about the history of the people in Belfast. Love your blogs. Keep them coming.
18th March 2014

Belfast
Glad you are enjoying them. Traveling helps us understand the history at a greater depth. More to follow.
18th March 2014

Happy St Patrick's Day
Sounds and looks like a fabulous place! Not what I expected!
18th March 2014

Wandering the world
I was unsure what to expect in Belfast. My mind was cluttered with memories of news stories growing up and had not thought much about it since that time. I city worth visiting.
18th March 2014
Belfast troubles

Boy I wish I was traveling with you
I'm glad we are traveling and blogging at the same time, but I look forward to the day that we do it together. Glad you are enjoying yourself and learning some history as well. Enjoy the next leg of your trip.
18th March 2014
Belfast troubles

Traveling together
When we get back let's sit down and decide where and when to go together. Should be a grand time. Foodies unite.
18th March 2014

Northern Ireland
Nice tour and very informative. Have fun!
18th March 2014

Having fun
Hi Marsha, good to hear from you and glad you are following along. Belfast is an interesting city and we also enjoyed the parade.
18th March 2014
Bobbie Sands

A poignant scene
Increasingly, Saint Patrick’s Day can be seen as an excuse for a spot of alcohol-fuelled revelry. In Belfast, as you’ve discovered, it is a little more important than that.
18th March 2014
Bobbie Sands

Redevelopment of the city
Until we were here I didn't realize the city had communal segregation and it continues today but the tensions have eased. The city is revitalized and a nice place to explore. The people are passionate. MJ
17th March 2014

Manx cats and all that!
Hi Guys, Great to see you doing it again. I was last in the IOM in 1951! It's a bit like Ireland in that it's cheaper and easier for us to get to France! You're in Paddy-land for the big day! Enjoy every moment.
17th March 2014

Roaming the world
It is good to be doing it again. 1951 was a long time ago maybe you should go back. France is always a good option. Good hearing from you.

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