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Paddy Not Patty: 2014 Edition Wednesday March 12, 2014

So… Monday is St. Patrick’s day. Yes, it would be really hard to miss this fact. But as a red blooded irglishman, it’s my duty to remind everyone that it is Paddy Not Patty.

Yes… I pull this web site out around this time every year, but it’s a good reminder. So before you go off to get slaughtered on expired pints of stale Guinness have a bit of a read.

And while you’re at it also memorize this nugget.

Shamrock isn’t just any auld piece of clover: it’s three-leafed. Tradition holds that Saint Patrick used shamrock to teach the Trinity. Give it a bit o’ thought before ye slap a lucky four-leaf clover on yer plastic leprechaun hat.

Also while I’m lecturing people on this, I do have to be honest and admit that from 2004-2007(ish) I was guilty of ordering my fair share of Irish Car Bombs.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day all.

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Teaching Soccer To (North) Americans Thursday August 15, 2013

This. This. Is amazing.

As a first generation Ir-glish Canadian, I grew up trying to decipher the differences between the typical North American sports leagues and the English Premier. It took me a long while to wrap my head around the differences between the two styles, so it goes without saying that this bit to promote NBC’s coverage of The English Premier league with Jason Sudeikis is absolutely brilliant.

If you watched that and didn’t pick-up three or four different catch phrases, then I’m not sure we can be friends.

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Happy St. Patrick's Day 2013 Saturday March 16, 2013

Ah yes, tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day.

And while my days of stumbling along the streets in a haze of Irish stout are long past me, it’s still always good to think about Ireland and home. So to celebrate yet another St. Patrick’s Day in the book, I figured I’d post a couple of videos and links to get you in the mood.

As always there is the must read of proper guidelines for celebrating the day, with this fantastic site – Paddy, not Patty. Also while it’s not the most famous clip from the Simpsons, it’s still a gooder.

… and since some horrible euro-rapper butcher the Cranberries’ classic Zombie with a horrible sample here’s the heart wrenching original.

And it wouldn’t be a day to celebrate Ireland without honouring the Emerald Isle’s Charelton Heston … Liam Neeson.

Enjoy kids.

Categories: The-HomeLand, The-Past,

Happy Christmas To You And Yours - 2012 Sunday December 23, 2012

Well it wouldn’t be another year if I didn’t keep some tradition with the old c.t.overdrive.

So with another year in the bag and a few more grey hairs on my head, I just wanted to take the time to wish everyone – friends, family, acquaintances, random people of the internet – a very Happy Christmas to you and your family … and like clockwork, there is now better way to celebrate Christmas than with The Pogue’s Fairytale of New York.

And for those looking for something a bit different, The Guardian has a fascinating read into one of the world’s most treasured Christmas anthems. A great read to get the Holidays started.

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Happy St. Patrick's Day 2012 Saturday March 17, 2012

Ah yes, it’s that time of year kiddies. St. Patrick’s day

A couple of links to get you in the mood today. Of course, it wouldn’t be a St. Paddy’s day with out some fighting so let’s get you in the mood with this classic opening scene from Gangs of New York.

And then find out some proper guidelines for celebrating the day, with this fantastic site – Paddy, not Patty.

And last but not least, if you don’t want to tempt fate and make your own Shamrock Shake, you may always tempt fate with the real thing from McDonalds.

Have a great day.

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