Ian Sansom has a good ear
Today I am pleased to be able to report that people in Northern Ireland really do adhere to that pattern, as in the following, from the taxi driver who took me from Cookstown this afternoon to view the stone circles of Beaghmore:
"I'm from an island a mile that way just. Originally."And why shouldn't a visitor enjoy a country's speech as well as its sights? My favorite of many examples on my current trip has been this exchange between a man and a woman on the bus to Cookstown:
"It's the wet season in my country."Why did I like this so much? Because the woman who uttered that ubiquitous Northern Irish interjection/affirmation "Oh, aye" was from the Philippines.
"End of the summer." (Understanding nod)
"A lot of tropical storms there."
© Peter Rozovsky 2008