Friendly People with a Zest for Life or Why Northern Ireland is Really Really Brilliant…

ARE you from Northern Ireland? Then you’ll be delighted to know that you are “hospitable, friendly and generous”. This is because we natives (and invaders, I suppose) “are vibrant and colourful with a real zest for life and a taste for the good things in life”. Not only that, the Northern Irish are “hard-working people, they are also family-orientated and like nothing better than sharing laughter and the craic with friends and family. Their strong work ethos cuts across into their leisure and relaxation time, so don’t be surprised to see them on a family-trek up a mountain at the weekend, sailing the lakes or surfing a few waves along the north coast beaches”. My goodness, I feel so much better about myself! See if you can read more of this government-sponsored propaganda that seems based on some 1950s advert without a) laughing out loud; or b) wretching uncontrollably. Group hug, anyone?Hat-tip to the Tele’s Insider column, sadly not online.