Beating the heat with humour


A little advice from the folk at Random Shite on how to deal with the heatwave. Not so sure about their take on why larger ladies arent to be seen about in this weather, but its a laugh. Speaking of larger ladies, I had lunch sitting outside the City Hall in Belfast today, and it was really lovely. Did my bit for One Small Step by eating my sandwich underneath Queen Victoria. Interesting to watch the tourists tramp about the place and photograph us natives- there may indeed be a tourist market here!

  • roddy

    I sometimes feel sorry for the tourists gazing in awe at the City Hall as if it has ever been the focal point of life and culture in this city. They would find more evidence of diversity and cultural expression in Caroline Music across the street.

  • smirkyspice

    i think tourists, from n.america in particular, see city hall and appreciate it as an old and beautiful bit of architecture, not something you see everyday in n.america, where the buildings in larger cities are brand new skyscrapers, can be rather boring..boxes… i’m from canada and live here now, we’ve had visitors from australia, holland, canada and england…everyone takes a picture of city hall…i walked past today at lunch time and had i seen you miss fitz i would have said hello! canadians are pretty good at talking random shite and especially about weather…

  • Fanny

    Miss Fitz, when they refer to “larger ladies” do they mean FAT ladies or is it a typo for “lager ladies,” i.e. millies?

    Plenty of lager women where I live, bless ’em.

  • smirkyspice

    btw one small step – brilliant !!

  • Animus

    Hot bitches?! It’s not that funny – the heat must have gone to their heads. But on another point, why, for every toned and lovely gamine in beachwear, is there a fat and sweaty man with a pasty white beer belly and peeling red arms?

    We had visitors recently who were disappointed by the lack of rain – they said they could sunshine at home anytime!

  • O’Craicic

    I found the mural ideas entertaining at least…

  • Miss Fitz

    Well, animus, that basically sums up the male talent in NI, at least from my singleton perspective….. All the good ones being gay or married of course

    Fanny, I suspect we are talking FAT here, hence my remark about sitting under the voluptuous Victoria. Random shite appear to think that only the skinny ones stand the heat. And thats skinny, as opposed to skanky.

  • Fanny

    Don’t worry, Miss Fitz, I’m not exactly a lissom waif myself. Skanky indeed!

  • Belfast Gonzo

    “…not something you see everyday in n.america, where the buildings in larger cities are brand new skyscrapers…”

    Au contraire.

    City Hall looks like any number of state capitols. I’ve seen a few, and the Americans seem to have a thing for domes.

  • Miss Fitz

    Hmmm
    Gonzo, would there be a Freudian interpretation for that I wonder?

  • I saw that “Féile an Phobail” was one of the CAMPAIGN SUPPORTERS for the “One Small Step Campaign” and a few names I recognised from East Belfast too.I didn’t notice any of the Slugger teams names on the list.I’m unsure about supporting them, as I looked at their Project Page and found they had no projects mentioned. Looks like it’s really small steps they’re thinking about.

  • Miss Fitz

    Funny you should say that Cybez. I have submitted my name twice for the supporter page, and it has never been posted. I e-mailed them this evening to see if they are still active.

    It’s a great idea, and I honestly do try to practice it. It’s the little things that always amaze me here. Remember going into my last job once, with the Irish News. My boss picked it up, and held it like it was about to detonate. As I was on the phone, she started to read through it. She looked at me in amazement and said ‘Oh, thats not a bad paper, is it?’

    She was in her late 40’s and never in her life had read the Irish News. I found that stunning.

    So, for what its worth, I try to do the little things, and it’s often illuminating. I think everyone should try a little step now and again, it’s one way to widen our understanding of what have become 2 foreign cultures.

  • Penelope

    “i think tourists, from n.america in particular, see city hall and appreciate it as an old and beautiful bit of architecture, not something you see everyday in n.america, where the buildings in larger cities are brand new skyscrapers, can be rather boring..boxes…” smirkyspice

    “Au contraire.
    City Hall looks like any number of state capitols. I’ve seen a few, and the Americans seem to have a thing for domes.” Belfast Gonzo

    smirky nailed right on the head!!!

    City Hall is a stunning piece of architecture with marvelous stained glass windows that’s rare to see in the US. I studied architectural design in college so I personally love all the late 19th c buildings about the place, we just don’t have that here on the West Coast with the exception of a few areas of San Francisco.

    Belfast Gonzo has a point in that state capitols here are styled much along the same lines but the difference being is these are capitol buildings, not wee city halls. And TBH lots of tourists wouldn’t have visited their own state capitols so when one sees a building like that in Belfast jaws drop.

    The only one I can think of off-hand with such an ornate City Hall is San Francisco. Maybe there are a few more back east… but not having travelled there much I wouldn’t know.

    Point being that unless one is from a big and, more importantly, old US city Belfast’s City Hall is rather impressive!!!

    IMHO we tend to get blasé about what we see around us them all the time… I know I’m surprised when visitors from out-of-state flip over palm trees and the beach. Human nature I suppose… *shrug*

  • Penelope

    I’m not too sure about the underpants bit (ohh kinky!) but freezing grapes, cherries or some orange juice makes for a nice cool snack… in summertime you’ll always find one of the 3 in my freezer!!!

    Also squirting oneself with water from a fine mist spray bottle helps makes the breeze or a fan feel that much cooler 🙂

  • eranu

    tourists, enjoy the city hall and other old buildings while you can. the powers that be here tend to think its a good idea to knock down old buildings and build shopping malls…

    on the subject of larger ladies, can someone tell them not to wear belly tops? the belly should only be exposed if it is slim and completely flat thankyou! i cant quite picture the queen victoria statue but im pretty sure she isnt wearing a belly top..

  • Animus

    Eranu, get over yourself. What other fashion restrictions shall we impose? Should men who are balding should be frogmarched in for a 2 on the sides, 1 on top to stop unsightly comb over or futile ponytails? Should pregnant women stay indoors to maintain their modesty?

    Should bloggers who use punctuation incorrectly be publicly whipped by a large lady in a belly top?

  • eranu

    dont take it too seriously animus. speaking as a baldy, id say yeah the comb over should definately be added to the list. once the hair starts to go it all has to come off. but as far as belly tops go. a big fat gut sticking out of a top looks rotten, thats just a fact !

    “Should bloggers who use punctuation incorrectly be publicly whipped by a large lady in a belly top? ”
    please no, or i’ll be in major trouble !