I return your seasonal greeting card with contempt…

Came across this seasonal gem via Reddit and the Irish Times:

“I return your seasonal greeting card with contempt. May your hypocritical words choke you and may they choke you early in the New Year, rather than later.”
Prof Kennedy Lindsay, a Vanguard member of the Northern Ireland Assembly, returning a Christmas card from then minister for foreign affairs, Garret FitzGerald, as reported in The Irish Times

I confess I had never heard of the good Professor but having a read of his Wikipedia entry he seemed an interesting character:

Kennedy Lindsay (1924–1997) was a Northern Ireland politician and a leading advocate of Ulster nationalism. Born in Canada but raised in Northern Ireland, Lindsay pursued a career as a history academic before becoming associated with the Ulster Vanguard tendency of unionism. He took a leading role in the tendency within the Vanguard that supported a diminished role for the United Kingdom in Northern Ireland and produced the Dominion of Ulster, outlining his views, in 1972.

Deeply opposed to the Assembly, Lindsay had also grown disillusioned with unionism, and began to call for implementation of the ideas of W. F. McCoy, who had earlier called for Northern Ireland to be granted Dominion status. He felt that his plan, which he had intended to strengthen the Union, had been ignored and so moved to a more formal separation for Northern Ireland. In 1972 he published a paper, Dominion of Ulster, in which he likened Irish Nationalists to the pre-Second World War Sudeten Germans and described the late Stormont era as Ulster’s “Vichy period”.[4]

Season of goodwill eh?

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  • David Crookes

    Thanks, Dramadrama! I learn a bit more every day.

  • David Crookes

    It sometimes happens that all sense of a name’s meaning is set aside, and the name is conferred purely for the sake of its sound.

  • David Crookes

    Thanks, Starviking! You’re reminding me of something.

    Years ago I ran a couple of one-day harp-making courses in Sweden, supplying the students with kits, prepared by myself, which they had to assemble. A harp’s three main parts — body, neck, and forepillar — are meant to form a kind of triangle, but one student chose to go his own way. He assembled the three main pieces in the form of a Z.

  • SeaanUiNeill

    When my wife was researching the folk-Harp she encountered an interesting tend nay for young children to imagine that “ heart” was the name of the instrument.

  • David Crookes

    Adults have their own little ways, Seaan. ‘King’ should rhyme with ‘sing’, but many people insist on saying ‘keeng’. And every time I hear the ‘Phoenicians’ mentioned in an ecclesial environment, they are always ‘PheNEESHans’, rather than the proper ‘PheeNISHans’. In the first case the word QUEEN, and in the second case the word VENETIANS, exercises an unseen power.

    One insane sonic phenomenon involves the word ‘queen’. There are English ladies who pronounce the word ‘queen’ as you and I do when they’re talking about the queen in chess, but when they’re talking about the British sovereign they insist on saying, ‘the QuEE-een’, taking a full second to say the noun, and making the -een bit up to a perfect fourth lower in pitch than the QUEE-bit. I’m more of a royalist than most people, but this lunatic piece of two-toned vocalic protraction arouses murderous impulses within me.

  • john millar

    “I might elect to go with Presbyterianism, I like the lack of bling and the austerity. I like their rejection of the Roman Catholic hierarchy which places one man as more important than others under go
    Not too sure about that– they- the P ministers- tend to be strong on the fate of those not “washed in the blood of the lamb”
    They are in– my experience — keen to use the occasion to warn of the impending gates of hell rather than focus on the immediate purpose of the event.
    They (to me anyway ) have the unnerving ability to seem to be picking out individuals in the congregation. (At a funeral a fellow mourner turned to me and said “I`m getting out before he names me personally”)

  • Barneyt

    That brought a smile to my face. Perhaps I am judging too swiftly. Tell you what, I stick to my current strategy of avoiding all 🙂

  • Barneyt

    I went to uni in England (or as it was then, Poly) in mid 80s. I must have picked up a slight twang, as that with a well cropped cut placed me in some peril in a Newry snooker hall one Christmas. Mind you, that might just be Newry for you 🙂

  • john millar

    “People who regularly use profane language, who regularly drink alcohol to excess, and who attend church either rarely or not at all, hold over themselves a fatuous pseudo-Christian umbrella whenever they dress in a certain manner, and march under certain banners.”

    You are confirming the old error The “church” is the body of people not the building

    “We believe that where there are six or more regularly baptized members, one of whom is an elder, there the Church exists with full power of church extension when acting in harmony with the law of God.
    (Acts 14:23; )

  • David Crookes

    Many thanks, John. When I used the phrase ATTEND CHURCH, I was neither referring to a building nor confirming an error.

    You end your posting with what I take to be a quotation, although it bears only one set of inverted commas (at the start). You follow this quotation with a reference to Acts 14. 23.

    Some readers may believe that your last paragraph actually constitutes the text of Acts 14. 23.

    It does not.

    Here is how Acts 14. 23 reads in the AV.

    “And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed.”

    You will note that Acts 14. 23 is devoid of references to the number six, to ‘regular’ baptism, and to the law of God, all of which appear in your quotation.

    Thanks again, John.

  • David Crookes

    The great thing about being sixty-five is that whenever I hear the hallowed phrase YOUNG MAN IN THE MEETING TONIGHT, I know I’m not being got at.

  • David Crookes

    Barney, don’t mind me jumping in. It would be a sad thing if a man refused to listen to Bach and Bruckner after hearing music performed only by really dreadful school orchestras.

    That reminds me. If you have four-and-a-half minutes to spare, copy and paste the following heading into Google.

    Bruckner/Fourth Symphony/IV. Finale: Conclusion + Caspar

    I wish I could do proper links like some of you smart boys…..

  • SeaanUiNeill

    I’ve always been stuck with intonations which persuade Forestside Sainsbury’s till girls to ask me “ are you enjoying your holidays?” while I’m easily identified as “Paddy” at Chelsea dinner parties! Surprisingly people at Culturlann and Ti Chulainn usually get that I’m local, but not as they are used to!

  • David Crookes

    Decades ago I got into the way of saying ‘Sangle tae Ballymena’ to make the bus-driver feel safe.

    Thass az tornin antae a wile thread, hey…..