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Beeker stirs the European soul.

Posted by Jason O on Jul 31, 2009 in Not quite serious.

Beeker, from the Muppet Show, does a wonderful rendition of the European anthem here.


A Eurosceptic replies.

Posted by Jason O on Jul 31, 2009 in Irish Politics, Lisbon Treaty

The EU: Guarantee of Irish freedom.
The EU: Guarantee of Irish freedom.

David Morris recently posted the following in reply to my post about UKIP:

” Just a pathetic post. I might top it only by musing that for an allegedly self confident pipple emerging from centuries of servitude under the wicked Brits, the Irish couldn’t get rid of their own currency quick enough when instructed to do so by the EUSSR………..”

I thought this was quite an interesting post, as it shows how two people can look at a situation and see two different things. It’s true, we did emerge from servititude, and the EU now acts as a bulwark against us being bullied by much larger nations. Britain has 60 million people to our 4 million, and vastly superior armed forces, two factors  which historically would trouble a nation. But thanks to the EU, we sit as equals with the Brits. This is what we fought a War of Independence for: The right, as General Collins said, for a place at the table of nations.

As for getting rid of our own currency: The Euro is our currency, in the same way that the pound sterling is the currency of the Welsh, the Cornish, the Jamaican-English or the Scottish.  And we have a representative by right on the Governing Council of the ECB. And “instructed” to do do?: We had a referendum in 1992.

Of course, it must just stick in the craw of some, who have gone from being a great empire, to having to treat the smaller EU member states with respect, countries that they could have dismissed with a wave 100 years ago. Fortunately, even in Britain, that’s a minor view.    




Um Bongo! Um Bongo! They drink it in the Congo!

Posted by Jason O on Jul 31, 2009 in Just stuff, Not quite serious.

A blast from the past here, although apparently, they don’t drink it in the Congo. And for your further delectation, the lyrics:

Way down deep in the middle of the Congo,
A hippo took an apricot, a guava and a mango.
He stuck it with the others, and he danced a dainty tango.
The rhino said, “I know, we’ll call it Um Bongo”
Um Bongo, Um Bongo, They drink it in the Congo.
The python picked the passion fruit, the marmoset the mandarin.
The parrot painted packets, that the whole caboodle landed in.
So when it comes to sun and fun and goodness in the jungle,
They all prefer the sunny funny one they call Um Bongo!

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