Friday, 9 July 2010
All quiet on the Daily Rant front...
Blog updates may be sparse over the next few days; I'm off to Belfast for a long weekend and sadly a portable laptop computer is still something my bank balance can only dream of.
The more astute of you will notice that this visit to Northern Ireland will coincide with the culmination of the Orange Order parades on July 12th, and with it the celebration of King William's victory over King James at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Indeed, this coincidence of timing is anything but; it should make the trip all the more rewarding.
Curiously the latest edition of Lonely Planet's guide to Ireland states that "For the foreseeable future, it's probably best to ensure your visit to Northern Ireland doesn't coincide with the climax of the Orange marching season on 12 July", and this despite efforts in recent years by the Order and Irish tourism agencies to market the annual event as tourist-friendly. It'll be interesting to see who is right.