It is the feast of Saint Patrick on the old calendar, and I wish all keepers of the blessed man’s memory, both West and East, both Irish and human, many blessings. Níl mé ach ag magadh! To celebrate the feast, I present a charming cartoon about the life of Saint Patrick, based on a recording of a 1960’s school girl who was recounting Patrick’s life to her teacher. Behold, the story of Saint Patrick in Give Up Yer Aul Sins:
Her voice is precious. I fear that the little girl’s Ireland is quickly vanishing. What a loss. Elite Eurocrats and the secularized Irish are accomplishing in decades what the planters could not achieve in centuries.
Last month, I watched a remarkable magic act that was aired on Chinese television in celebration of the new year (go rabbit!). This guy is good:
Evidently, animal rights groups were outraged by the act and wanted to make it illegal. Some critics thought that the magician had inserted magnets into the fish. For the record, I love goldfish and have several in a backyard pond—all named after famous Englishmen, by the way. Nonetheless, I think that calls to ban goldfish magic acts such as these are crazy. The fish were not thrown into blenders or mutilated. The magician might not have used magnets; the fish appear to swim rather than to be dragged, though the movement is jerky at times. Besides, how dangerous are magnets? People tag animals all the time to track them. Is this act so different? Regardless, it is an extraordinary trick. Kudos to the Chinese who are showing themselves to be what Europeans and Americans were in the recent past . . . a confident, creative people willing to dare and to wow. Now, if they would only throw off the rest of Chairman Mao’s chains . . .
Doesn’t the narrator have a job on Animal Planet?