Friday, April 28, 2006

Dublin Community Blog

I'm delighted to have become a contributor to the Dublin Community Blog. I know it's very fashionable to knock the place, but I really enjoy living here and am looking forward to posting about all the things there are to do and see on the horse-dunged cobbles of the metropolis. Of course, the city has it's problems and it is inevitable, given my propensity to indulge in what was referred to in Sideways as "neg-head downer shit", that I will tap the odd irate posting into Wordpress. Check out the blog and maybe even think about how, as the play of Dublin life goes on, you too might contribute a verse. Summer's here and the city is coming alive.
In the meantime, I leave you with my biography cum apologia as a Dublin Community contributor:
Copernicus is a Dublin-based civil servant and law student (at least until after he fails his forthcoming exams) who has lived in the capital for five years and two and half months.
Although he was born a startlingly beautiful child in the National Maternity Hospital in Holles Street Dublin 2, Copernicus does not consider himself a Dub. Not a wet week in the world, he was transplanted post haste to Munster where he was reared on the creamiest milk produced by contended Fresians on a cud of lush Golden Vale grass, fatted on Kerry lamb each spring and derived many boyhood-enhancing minerals from the swift, clear waters of the Shannon whose music may be heard in crystal cadence over the rocks at Doonas Falls below the ancient Limerick keeps and raths of his Norman and Gaelic forebearers.
On attaining a tender but serious three years of age, he entered Tullyvaraga Playschool to begin a programme of education which continues unabated some 29 years later at the Honorable Society of King’s Inns. However, he has always been a poor scholar and continues at his books more in hope than expectation.
Copernicus maintains blogs at The Midnight Court and Cruiskeen Eile and as made guest contributions to Fústar dot org to relate dark tidings on freemasonry, Christmas monsters and the inscrutable doings of the wee people. He received a best commenter nomination at the 2006 Irish Blog Awards and he would have won it too if it wasn’t for these pesky kids.
Despite an aristocratic mein and sedulously cultivated patrician air, Copernicus prides himself on being approachable and often condescends to respond enlighteningly to those members of the lumpen proletariat who comment on his posts.


Blogger Daragh Mc Grath said...

Welcome aboard! :)

4/28/2006 09:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Frank said...


I'm guessing that you meant Friesian the ox breed and not freesian like the flower.

Being part of a group is a great leap forward for bloggers. The Dublin blog looks promising.

4/29/2006 02:30:00 AM  
Blogger Copernicus said...

Thought I'd got an "i" in there. My bad. Was it the reference to "milk" which led you to think I wasn't talking about flowers?

Interestingly, the breed comes from Frisia, with which Riddle of the Sands readers will be familiar, and which is the spiritual home of the English language. So that's two things from there that have the country taken over entirely, and yet, has anyone any interest in it at all?

Speaking of blogging and the great leap forward, I'm listening to the radio and Richard Delevan is on!

4/29/2006 04:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Frank said...


Yeah, the milk reference was the killer clue alright.

Tell us more about Frisia. Am I to understand that it is the same as place as Vriesland/Friesland, and in what way is it the spiritual home of the English language? And while I'm asking questions, what programme was Richard Delevan on?

4/29/2006 06:40:00 AM  
Blogger Fergal Crehan said...

The best known frisian of recent times is Wim Duisenberg, late of the European Central Brank.

As to the language, wikipedia (which also displays the rather whimsical Frisian national flag) tells me that "There is a saying about it: 'As milk is to cheese, are English and Frise'". You learn something new everyday, etc.

4/29/2006 06:53:00 AM  
Blogger Copernicus said...

I think the old saying Fergal kindly supplies sheds more eloquently light on the relationship of English and Frise than I any comment of mine ever could. I'm commiting it to memory.

Richard was on Mariane Finucane discussing the new Jonathan Safran Fouer book. It was probably a repeat from earlier in the week.

4/29/2006 07:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Frank said...

According to my Harmsworth's Encyclopedia the Frisian dialect was still in use in the 1920s in and around German and Dutch Friesland. I wonder how 1500 years of development since Anglo-Saxon times have affected the two tongues, and whether the modern English language is still recognizably related to the Frisian.

4/29/2006 01:21:00 PM  
Blogger Fergal Crehan said...

Still in use even now, I believe. Duisenberg prided himself on his fluency, a fact mentioned in his obit and which somehow remained embedded in my memory. All of which explains why I'm involved in this rather arcane discussion in the forst place

4/30/2006 09:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Frank said...

Going back to Copernicus' original comment above, how Ireland has twice been taken over from the bosom of Frisia, set me to thinking once more, firstly how Hiberno-centric, and secondly how British Isles-centric our learning of history are. The successsive waves of settlement and takeover in Great Britain by Romans from the south, and by the Germanic Anglo-Saxons, Vikings and Normans, remind me of the title sequence to Dad's army, with broad graphic arrows heading westwards.

4/30/2006 09:54:00 AM  
Blogger Copernicus said...

It's amazing what people seize on in a blog post. Still, the subject of Frisia as a kind of long lost secret uncle in the Hiberno family tree is undeniably interesting.

Speaking of seized, for example, I wrote "blah was seised in fee simple" in a Land Law essay and only noticed that MS Word had chanaged it to "seized" when I was reading back through a printed version some time after handing it in, thereby making me look like a very unpromising student.

It is looking more and more like Frisia will have to form the subject of a blog post either here, on tuppenceworth or the land of Ireland, illustrated by the lovely Queen of Hearts she baked some tarts flag, of course. But I have exams to do...

4/30/2006 10:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Frank said...


I reckon the phrase 'feeoffement and livery of seisin encapsulates the melding of Anglo-Saxon English and the later overlay of Norman French. 'Easements and profits' adds both linguistically and conceptually to the body of modern Irish land law.

For your forthcoming exam tests, your mercurial mind will need, in my opinion, to focus on recall and application of your store of factual knowledge.

4/30/2006 04:33:00 PM  
Blogger Copernicus said...

The conveyancers won't be pulling any wool over your eyes, Frank. Mine on the other hand...

5/01/2006 06:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Frank said...


You, on the other hand, will be astonishing your examiners quite soon. Pleasantly, one hopes.

5/02/2006 11:31:00 AM  
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