When Ian Met Martina…

You’ll have heard the old story of how the boy next door who, fancying the girl, beat up her younger brother just to get her attention. Ill-conceived I know, but could Ian Og’s behaviour be explained as an attempt to win over the girl across the chamber?

  • Another quality and sophisticated piece from N.I’s least partisan and most loveable blogger.
    (That was sarcasm by the way)

    I particularly liked your refusal to refer to someone by their chosen name. Interesting when considering the apparent insistance of Republicans that the name of a city must be decided by the majority of its residents and can be called nothing else.
    http://ograshinnfein.blogspot.com/2007/07/derry-republican-youth-group-toirsire.html

    Gael gan Naire also makes an intersting point on the whole chosen name thing. Saying the refusal of some to call our Education minister Catriona Ruane smacked of racism and implied ownership of the individual ivolved.

    http://threethousandversts.blogspot.com/2008/11/down-and-out-but-still-raging.html

  • Nomad

    At least we know Ian has a healthy enough sense of humour, even if some in Sinn Fein may not.. I can see why an apology was appropriate too though. Non-story?

  • LURIG

    ……..and cue Simple Minds ‘BELFAST CHILD’ or Spandau Ballet’s ‘THROUGH THE BARRICADES’. I feel a Hollywood film coming on here with Lord Attenborough, Shirley McLaine, Kenneth Brannagh starring. What about a title? A Norn Iron GREASE maybe. I know, WHITECAP! “Tell me more Tell me more did they get very far DO DAP DO DAP DO DAP NA NA NA NA NA NA”.

  • McGrath

    Junior is into S&M;? The reality is he would probably make a bollix out of that too, choke the poor girl with a ball gag or similar. Hmmm, imagine the headlines “DUP man accused of sectarian murder”. Old news I’d say.

  • Tazia

    “The reality is he would probably make a bollix out of that too, choke the poor girl with a ball gag or similar.”

    The DUP did, as it happens, once give, preside over, officiate at, or got scammed into, a civic reception for a conference connected to hard core porngraphers.

    Generally, it is too Brand and Ross to use pornography comparisons, because it is far too icky.

    The European Commission eventually pulled recognition from the Belfast conference which was given a civic reception.

    It will probably cost 1200 bucks to get a FOI past the Lord Mayor’s office.

    “You’ll have heard the old story of how the boy next door who, fancying the girl, beat up her younger brother just to get her attention.”

    Why doesn’t he borrow one of Sammy’s motorcycles? One can’t beat a motorbike as a cafe prop.

  • Danny Boy

    ‘You’ll have heard the old story of the boy next door who, fancying the girl, beat up her younger brother just to get her attention.’

    Do you mean to imply that wee Ian fancies Martina’s big brother?

  • edward

    What a sad gitt, imagining abusing women for pleasure

  • joeCanuck

    Voulez vous couchoir avec moi, ce soir?

  • the future’s bright the future’s orange

    i think Ruane would be top of the list…

  • the future’s bright the future’s orange

    ps, chris you’re usually a big sporting fan – no thread on the Cliftonville fans hitting a Linfield player with a firework?

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/irish/7711687.stm

    No doubt if it was the other way round you’d be having a field day…

  • ggn

    I strongy disagree with people calling Ian Junior Iain Óg.

    It could be used justified to justify the unwanted and frankly racist anglicisation of people’s names, (Rem. Kunta Kinte!).

    A practice made worse due to the fact that unionists often are unaware of the most appropriate anglicised form.

    People should be called what they want to be called.

    To take it upon ones self to name another is to take some ownership of that person.

    Chris, leave that to Alister McDonnell and Jim Allister.

    Allister is an anglisiced spelling of the Gaelic Alasdair by the way, which is in turn a Gaelicistion of Alexander.

  • Greagoir O’ Frainclin

    “……..and cue Simple Minds ‘BELFAST CHILD’ or Spandau Ballet’s ‘THROUGH THE BARRICADES’. I feel a Hollywood film coming on here with Lord Attenborough, Shirley McLaine, Kenneth Brannagh starring. What about a title? A Norn Iron GREASE maybe. I know, WHITECAP! “Tell me more Tell me more did they get very far DO DAP DO DAP DO DAP NA NA NA NA NA NA”.”

    ha ha good one!

    ….or maybe Brad and Angelina for the main roles!

  • EG – I don’t think anyone refuses to use Catriona Ruane’s chosen name. In a tongue and cheek rant a blogger chose to humorously warp it.

  • edward

    I am kind of sad for wee Ian, every time he sticks his head out from under daddies skirts he says or does something inapropriate and has to duck back under cover

  • Glencoppagagh

    If my name was Rooney, I’d want to conceal it as well. Like a lot of anglicised Irish names it sounds awful. Ruane sounds a lot nicer.

  • Tazia

    “Allister is an anglisiced spelling of the Gaelic Alasdair by the way, which is in turn a Gaelicistion of Alexander.”

    So when the Celts told Alexander they feared only the sky falling on their heads, he Alasdaired in the other direction to get a vindaloo?

    ‘The Celts were among those who feared the sky was falling, as a quotation from Mac Cana (1970) suggests: The Adriatic Celts, when they were asked by Alexander the Great what they feared most, are reported to have said – with disarming candour – that they feared no one, unless it were that the sky might fall upon them.’

    http://www.lexiline.com/lexiline/lexi84.htm

    I think Alexander’s mistake, was he mistook early environmentalism, as ethnic sang froid to his reputation, well for being somebody who knew a bit about soldiering.

  • Observed

    So we have no place to comment on the generous Sir Anthony O’Reilly paying out £200K libel damages?