Chatting Round the World Survival Guide


Over the years I have collected generic anecdotes which come in handy when I meet people that aren’t from Monkstown. ‘When I ask where are you from?’ Im not trying to be racist.Im not looking to see if you are coming over here and taking our jobs or giving Northern Irelands gene pool a much needed stir. I genuinely just want to chat. I’m just trying to find common ground. Something to start the chat. Once that ground has been established then off we go!!! I often find that the next thing I bring up is whatever little known fact I have stored in my brain about that place. I realise that could be offensive but as the old saying goes ‘If you offend everyone in the world, you offend no one in the world’. So here is a list of what I will say to you if you mention the city or country or continent where you are from. Starting with Northern Ireland then branching out, It is clear that my knowledge gets vaguer the further away I get.

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7 Inventions Which You Didn’t Know Have Their Roots In Northern Ireland/Occupied 6 Counties


The next time you are in a pub or country club on your travels around the world getting slagged because you are from Ahoghill and you can’t say ‘Power Shower’ properly fear not. Before today most people from Northern Ireland hyped up how we built the Titanic or how good Van Morrison is when backed into a corner in a desperate attempt to prove that Ulster has contributed positively to society. While England can boast about cricket and the language we all speak, Scotland can talk about the flushing toilet and Wales can talk about Carol Voderman , fear not, because I’ve provided you with a new list of reference points when discussing NI’s global relevance.

Here are 7 inventions which you (probably) didn’t know have their roots in Northern Ireland…

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