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Social media will overwhelm us and the written word will become a truncated language of symbols and signs!
That doomsday like prediction temporarily erased with the annual ‘bloomin’ beautiful Bloomsday celebration at the Embassy of Ireland with Ambassador Noel White orchestrating an event to take us on another magical mystery tour with Mr Leopold Bloom and the people of his famous Dublin journey in James Joyce’s Ulysses.
Listen and learn is what we who never quite made it through the ‘brick with words’ do and secretly envy those who have, but most will garner a good insight into the magic of Joyce’s language during this gallivant around Dublin.
The journey begins with a warm White welcome, that’s Ambassador Noel White of course and his wife Nessa Delaney, appropriate libations, including a chilled Guinness are consumed and then the carefully selected readings are distributed to the night’s readers with not too much chance to preview the page but most finding the nuances and intonation required. So we were off enjoying the stories, the images they create and the salivation for the food he describes which became our repast intervals, with the corned beef, cheddar cheese and relish on brown soda scones eagerly devoured, and then back to more orators for their turn to read from the mighty tome.
And for a rousing finish there were ambassadors, politicians, academics, artists, journalists and doctors all singing with gusto The Holy City Hymn with accompaniment not from a crackling gramophone like Bella Cohen’s in Ulysses but from today’s digital library of endless choices