Hooray, it’s Paddy’s Day!
The Irish national holiday is upon us. Having lived in Ireland for a solid 19 and a half years at this point – constituting in fact the *vast* majority of my adult life – I am happily celebrating today.
The day starts with a traditional Irish fry-up. Never mind that I have to stick with turkey rashers, fried mushrooms and scrambled eggs only. The diet *sigh*. But everybody’s Irish today, and I am dressed in green, with my leprechaun socks on, raising a cup of very milky tea to the country I call home.
In the spirit of sharing some Irish cheer, I thought I should engage in the time-honoured tradition of posting – and raffling – a custom-made, Irish-themed RAPS today. I found the perfect little tin in my stash.
It came as a lip gloss container – which I cleaned out and then disposed of the cheapo lip gloss. The back side (and original lid) of the RAPS still says “Lip Gloss” on it, but in a way that is the perfect masquerade for a stealthy fan item such as a RAPS.
I thought long and hard for an idea to put RA into an Irish context. Last year, I regurgitated his Irish lesson, and the year prior I cheakily presented
a particular part of him as a lucky charm. This year…
… I am including a little lesson in Irish-ness myself. Contrary to popular belief, the typical Irish look is *not* freckled and red-haired. No, the typical Irish look is dark-haired and blue-eyed. Sound familiar? Well, he’s got an English heart (sorry, obscured in the photo), but who knows, chances are that there is an Irish great-granny somewhere there in his family tree. According to a poll conducted in 2001 (ok, rather out of date by now…), 25% of Britons claim Irish heritage. That’s a massive number – hence the possibility that Mr A himself may have a hidden gael somewhere in his cupboard. He is certainly getting his Irish on with the dark hair and *that* plaid jacket…
The slogan reads You make my sham rock and is illustrated with a completely unrelated scene from Pilgrimage just because that was filmed in Ireland. Now that I think of it, I should’ve used bad boy rocker Ricky instead. Ah well, next year 😉.
Substandard photography today. Nope, there was no drinking of Guinness involved in the making of this shoot, despite the day that is in it. But well, just to illustrate that there is also the customary candle slot in the shrine.
So Mr A, just in case you are interested in joining the other 160,000 Britons who have applied for Irish citizenship on the back of the Brexit result: We’re happy to have you! Your looks alone will get you a passport in no time. Just keep up the smouldering shenanigans…
As for all you appreciators of Ireland out there – if you would like to have *your* sham rocked, leave me a comment below and your name will be entered in the raffle for this RAPS. No matter where you are, I’ll send it to the winner for free, accompanied by a few Irish goodies. Comments open (for raffle participation) until Monday, 19 March 2018, 6pm GMT. Wishing you the proverbial luck of the Irish!