We Are HAPPY In The Celtic Realm!

Apr 13, 2014 by

 

Clap along if you’ve heard American singer Pharrell Williams‘ tune Happy, from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack album, a pop song that has become a huge success here in the US and internationally.   The song is written, produced and performed by Williams and has spawned more than 1000 covers on YouTube from cities around the globe, where happy locals dance along to the extremely catchy song.   There’s a multitude of happy people in the Celtic realm, and they’ve posted their own videos to prove it.  In fact, Oprah Winfrey will feature a Happy Donegal video in an upcoming special show ( Sunday night, 04/13/2014) with Pharrell Williams, a  decision sure to please the Donegal tourism board.

So, get your dancing shoes on and clap along–I guarantee you won’t be able to sit still–with the happy Celts in these fun videos.

Sebastian, from the travel site OffthePath.com, dons his kilt and dances through the streets of one of my favorite cities, Edinburgh, Scotland.  He’s also the very first video Kilted Hottie of the Day on the WESC Facebook page.

 

 

How about clapping along with a few happy Dubliners?

 

 

Dancing kilts in Glasgow makes me HAPPY!

 

 

Beautiful Celtic Brittany is so happy in Lorient!

 

 

Here’s the Donegal video Oprah will feature on her show.  *Trivia: can you identify the guitar player statue seen in this video?

 

Still need to dance?  Click HERE to find other cities who want to share their happiness with you, including Cork and Galway.  I didn’t find a Welsh city, but I’m sure they’re happy, too.

 

* The life-sized bronze statue is of Rory Gallagher, a famous blues-rock musician born in Ballyshannon, Donegal.  The statue is in the town square;  Ballyshannon holds an annual Blues Festival in Rory’s honor.

 

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Welsh Humor

Feb 23, 2014 by

 Welsh humor pokes fun at  its own customs and sayings. Whether the target is rugby, the Welsh language and people, or Wales’ English neighbors, it’s all in good fun.

So, go on, then–be Welsh and laugh now in a minute!

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In Wales, rugby is the national pastime, and no opponent is more vilified than the English national rugby team. There’s NO Welsh humor when it comes to beating the English.

 

Need a cwtch, dear?

Need a cwtch, dear?

Cwtch is a wonderful Welsh word that means a hug, a cuddle, and a warm, safe place, all rolled up into one.  It’s roughly pronounced coot-ch; rhymes with gooch or hooch. 

Even the language seems to have a sense of Welsh humor.

Here’s a short video with Welsh comedian Rhod Gilbert  on stage, poking fun at his own homeland.

The national symbol of Wales is the red dragon, Y Ddraig Goch, a mighty beast that is not overly fond of yielding to cars. 

He’s not overly fond of Welsh humor, either.

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If you carefully [ pronunciation hint] search the internet, you’ll find that Caerphilly refers to a town in Wales, a medieval Welsh castle, and a hard, white Welsh cheese

  Caerphilly also makes for a tasty bit of Welsh humor.

Welsh Humor from Scribbler

Welsh Humor from Scribbler

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Scottish Ginger Jokes: I Hae Tae Scud Ye, Ken?

Feb 19, 2014 by

Red hair is a common trait among Celtic people, especially those of Scottish and Irish heritage, and most, rightly so, are quite proud of their flaming tresses. 

It is unwise, therefore, to make jokes about redheaded Celts, human or feline.

Ruadh gu Brath!

 

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I hae tae scud ye, ken?**

**I, the beautiful Scottish cat with a sleek red coat, am so offended by your odious comment that I must give you a hard slap with my paw, claws extended.  You understand, don’t you?

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Celtic Women and Kilt Inspections, Part One

Feb 19, 2014 by

 

No woman understands and appreciates a man in a kilt more than the CELTIC woman.

  Just like the Canadian Mounties, whatever it takes, we will ALWAYS get our kilted man…

 

 

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In the Victorian era, Celtic women were not averse to using their archery skills to slow elusive kilties….

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It isn’t bragging if what you say is TRUE.

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Relationship Advice From Ireland’s Wilde Man

Feb 15, 2014 by

“Never love anyone who treats you like you’re ordinary.”   Oscar Wilde

 

Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde, playwright and poet, was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1854.  Despite the wide popularity of his plays such as The Importance of Being Earnest (1895) and his witticisms, Wilde was vilified by the Victorian press and critics for his flamboyant dress and behavior,  particularly for his homosexual liaisons, which ultimately caused him to be imprisoned  for two years for “gross indecency”.    After his release in 1897, Wilde left for France, where he died alone and impoverished at the age of 46.  He is buried in Paris.

 

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This romantic painting is known as The Meeting on the Turret Stairs, by Sir Frederic William Burton (1816-1900), an Irish painter born in County Clare and a contemporary of Oscar Wilde.   In 2012, The Meeting on the Turret Stairs was voted by the Irish public as Ireland’s favorite painting, from among ten works shortlisted by critics.

 

Here are some more memorable pieces of advice and quotes from Oscar Wilde:

  • “The very essence of romance is uncertainty.”
  • “Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.”
  • “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
  • “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” from Lady Windermere’s Fan
  • “Yet each man kills the thing he loves
    By each let this be heard
    Some do it with a bitter look
    Some with a flattering word
    The coward does it with a kiss
    The brave man with a sword” from The Ballad of Reading Gaol
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