> >There's been a bit of an effort to get the book moved to a new permanent
> >home in Kells itself (which, despite giving its name to the book was 99%
> >sure not to have been the place of it's creation)
> as there's 99% chance that the majority was created on Iona. And 0% chance
> of it going there. I suppose it was removed to Kells for safekeeping (from
> the Vikings) along with Columba's bones.
My deft and witty reply (not)
That's the generally accepted position alright. I suppose you'll be
looking for your Scottish national treasure back, then? ;-)
I further enlightened the world by saying
> >. The view of the book's
> >current minders at Dublin University is that if it can be confirmed that
> >damage was caused by travel this will impact very seriously on any
> >to release the book to a new home in Kells, or for exhibition outside of
> >it's current home at DU.
On which prompt Martin pointed out
> It was announced a week or so ago that some parts are coming to Glasgow
> in the near future. None of it is going to Iona of course.
And I retort (badly)...
Damn right. You have a choice of sending it by sea or air to Iona, neither
of which is a cool idea it seems... uh, hang on... to get it to Glasgow we'd
At which point Martin, with a wry nationalistic twist, changed the subject
> Also, the British Museum kindly [sic] lent a couple of the Lewis chessmen
> to the local museum in Stornoway last week. For 24 hours. Nice to see that
> the spirit of the 'Elgin' marbles is alive and well.
To which I (being a tremendously drole an witty sort altogether) can only
... but Martin, they're *British* chessmen from *Britain*, just as British
as you or I (my mother's from Nuneaton, so I *must* be British)... I think
it's very kind of the British museum to allow such British national
treasures be seen in the Regions, so far from the British national
"Ynglissche Witte for ye Scottesmen"
Tape 2, Lesson 22: Irony.
Irony is used to make a point by seemingly asserting the contrary opinion.
The above example uses irony. The words 'British' and 'Britain' are
emphasised repeatedly to demonstrate that the speaker, an Englishman (his
mother's from Nuneaton, yeah?), is being ironic in referring to the 'Lewis
chessmen' as British. They are, of course, *English* and not British at all,
being owned by the British Museum which is in London, which is in England.
These English national treasures were rescued from the possibility of damage
in the hands of (probably drunken) Scots to be housed in splendour in
London, the unsurpassable global capital city of culture. And thank God for
Okay I'm leaving, I'm leaving... ;-)
'...no, I will *not* come down that dark alley to play baseball...'