The strangest things seem to happen on the Interwebs.
Many many years ago, back in 2007 I scribbled off a piece – How to survive your first Guinness – which for reasons that completely baffled me became a bit of a hit. In fact a couple of days after it went up, the traffic to it crashed the servers leading to frantic phone calls from the engineers wanting to know what the fuck I was up to. Naturally, after a while things calmed down a bit and the world lost interest.
Last year I got an email. It was a very nice complimentary email from a Spaniard who had come across my Guinness thing. He wanted to meet up on a visit to Ireland. Being a gentleman of the highest order I replied to his email. In fact I went one better and wrote him a post on this site.
Recently I received another mail from Alberto. He explained that he had written up his own site and was looking for permission to use my Guinness piece, suitably translated, onto his site. I replied that it was a free world [or something like that] and he could fire ahead.
I had a look at his site – Un apasionante viaje por Irlanda – and was impressed [it takes a lot to impress me]. I then ran the site through Google Translate and was even more impressed. This chap seems to have a little bit of a grá for the old country.
Yesterday I was meandering my way through various sites and tool another look at the site. Fuck me but he had stuck me on the front page [I bet that doesn’t last long!]. So I am now “the coolest and grumpiest grandfather in Ireland” which is a bit more flattering than some of the names I have been called.
This is what he writ. [Thank God for Google Translate].
I feel a bit of a bastard now. If I had known he had been so keen…..?
If he’s ever back here on the mainland I might even let him buy me a coffee.
If I’m still around.