The Watcher Cat

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patricks Day

On the occasion of St. Patrick's Day, let me share a slice of Somerville & Ross's Some Experiences of an Irish R.M., as adapted in 1983, starring the marvelous Peter Bowles as the befuddled but fundamentally well-intentioned Major Sinclair Yeates:

(My affection for these books led me to drag Major Yeates into politics in Phineas at Bay; the Major is not entirely sure he's cut out for Westminster, even if he wins his seat; Phillipa has no doubts at all that he will do splendidly.)

Phineas Finn was, of course, too reluctant to be tagged a stage Irishman to celebrate St. Patrick's Day too much; still, his pipes are almost all from Peterson of Dublin, and I can assure you that he extols the virtues of the "System" in comparison with less well designed Sassenach products.

Happy St. Patrick's Day to one and all.

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