Friday, September 26, 2008

Language Joy

We got off to a good start on Wednesday evening.
Classes start at 6pm until 7 15pm and then the second classes are from 7 30 until 8 45.

I hope everyone got parking passes from the security office. These passes entitle parking in visitor spaces only. One still cannot park in the reserved places. The security personnel are most dedicated to ticketing and putting a boot on any car in the wrong place. (Could they work on commission?)

BTW in Ireland a ‘boot’ of this nature is called a clamp, a boot is in fact the trunk of the car, not to mention bonnets and hoods………..This caused all sorts of vocabulary misunderstandings the night my own car was ‘booted’ in IONA . I had to go to security, I asked them (nicely) to remove the clamp from my car, I was met with a blank stare. I said “There is a clamp on my car….please take it off?” then I had to explain that it was a sort of lock on my wheel. “Oh the boot!” “No, no” I said, “the boot is fine I want the clamp taken off?” The blank stare was now confused. It went downhill from there.

Feicfidh mé sibh an tseachtain seo chugainn.

See you all next week

Friday, September 12, 2008

Classes will soon begin!

Dia Dhaoibh a chairde, Hello all
We will soon be back in class in IONA.
Wed 24th @ 6 PM for the Ard Rang with Hilary and the Meán Rang with Eibhlín. 7 30 PM for the Beginners with Hilary and Ard Rang with Caoimhe.
Thank you to all who signed up early, availing of the discount!! It makes everything much easier for Eibhlín, Caoimhe and myself when we have an idea of how many will be in the first class. Thank you to the person whose idea this know who you are :)
Enjoy the final days of Summer weather as we move into Autumn and please continue to spread the word about our classes, send this blog address to anyone you know who might be interested in joining us.

We will be sharing the second floor of the La Penta building from approx 7 30pm with some pipers who will be in the large McGrath function room practicing.
I think we can cope. We spent years sharing our previous lodgings with pipers, tinwhistle players, accordion players and dancers so I dont think anyone will mind if we hear the strains of piping in the background.