Some of you might remember me mentioning this before.
It’s a small thing, this, but it just annoys the bejeesus out of me. It’s a fantasic study on how people blindly accept anything put forward by the internet.
If you look this up (under the name ‘Castle House Island’), you get this…
Looked up Dublin and Ireland tags on tumblr and came across this picture everywhere (Apart from all those feckin’ annoying repetitional Niall Horan posts by delutional tweens on tumblr, who think they’re deeply in love with him and gonna marry him some day. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!). Labelled as Castle House Island, Dublin, Ireland.
Dear absolute fucking retards on the internet who are obsessed with the magical, mystical country known as Ireland, do read the following.
You may or may not be familiar with this castle. This is Lichtenstein Castle, located near Honau in the Swabian Alb, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
The top half of ‘Castle House Island’.
This is Ko Tapu, a 20 meters tall a limestone rock, Phang Nga Bay, Thailand.
The the bottom half of ‘Castle House Island’.
So, I’m sorry to break this to you, there’s no Castle House Island in Dublin. (However, there’s a Chinese take-away somewhere in Dublin, named Castle house. If that makes you feel any better).
That picture is a result of someone’s extreme creativity and brilliant photoshop skills. Quite good, but not good enough. Oh well.
The Thinker: Rodin Garden, Paris, France
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as vast as canyons
hard as suffering, these stones
stand strong, mute, nameless
Lost without Michelin:
Up a French Tollroad without a GPS
I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”
― Douglas Adams, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul
North-South Autoroutes from Paris, France via Wikimedia Commons
As the French might say, we we were dans les choux (in the cabbages), i.e., in a fix, loston the (expensive) tollroad somewhere…
Ray Bradbury in his office, 1986.
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Life is a lot like jazz–it’s best when you improvise.”
― George Gershwin
Speedwalking through the Bastille, Paris, France
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If the eyes do not admire, the heart will not desire.”
- Senegalese Proverb
Mother and Child in Dakar, Senegal by Vincenzo Fotoguru Iaconianni
Packing for our five-day foray into the mainly Muslim, West African nation of Senegal, I got some confusing advice from our daughter studying abroad in Dakar.
“It’s okay to show some…