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Culture Shock!

By paulcr

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riprap007 15 1.6k 37 England
31 Mar 2006 12:23AM
very nicely done

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paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
31 Mar 2006 12:27AM
I wanted to put this in the description but couldn't for some reason:::

I finally decided I dislike the country that reared me. It was a gradual realisation but now confirmed.
My grandfather, who had a huge influence in my life, always told me that the Irish were the greatest nation on earth. He used to say that we had the potential to be one of the richest countries in Europe and that one day people from all over the world would want to come and live here. He was correct. We now enjoy the status of being the wealthiest country per capita in Europe. However, it came at a price. I no longer recognise the people here anymore. Gone is the friendly nature that we were so famous for. A persons worth here is now measured in the car he drives and the size of the house he owns and not by what he did for the community lately. We sit in gridlock getting more and more frustrated as the needles on our petrol gauges spiral downwards. We have become a greed ridden, property obsessed country with no regard for our neighbours anymore. Not content with building 10s of thousands of apartments and buying to rent, mostly to the foreign workers who have come here to build them from eastern Europe, we have become one of the largest buyers of properties abroad. Mostly in Eastern Europe. Ironic eh.
Our government ministers constantly complain and warn us that we our wages are too high and this is bad for the economy,and yet they are corrupt and multi-millionaire businessmen pay no tax at all and we work more hours that any of our European friends. This, in the most expensive country in Europe and where couples on two relatively good incomes have to pay more for childcare than they do on their mortgages. Where people dread getting sick or having an accident because you will get even sicker in hospital or spend weeks on a trolley in a corridor because there are no beds to put you in.
Our politicians constantly tell us that we have never been so wealthy or well off. And yet, I know of no-one who would profess to be wealthy or even well off for that matter.
The government has gradually been reducing, and stopping, the money they give to local councils for services. So who pays now? We do of course. We pay with our large salaries. 30 years ago my father raised 5 kids in a 4 bedroomed house in Dublin on a single average industrial wage. Show me onyone who can do that now. So wheres the progress and whats it all for anyway?
Please let me off at the next stop.
Roar on the Celtic Tiger!
Westers 15 3.9k 1 Burkina Faso
31 Mar 2006 12:31AM
I like this a lot Paul - get's the message across well.
DaveU 14 1.4k 125 England
31 Mar 2006 12:33AM
If a picture paints a thousand words .... you've posted both !! Great image with the central figure almost in 3D due to the zoom blur background. Like it. Dave.
31 Mar 2006 12:35AM
Great image,like this a lot
paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
31 Mar 2006 12:37AM
Thanks Guys. Took it yesterday in Grafton street Dublin. Paul
andytvcams 17 10.4k 1 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2006 12:40AM
Needs no comment from me the photo says it all.

TaKing 15 2
31 Mar 2006 12:46AM
Very well expressed!
31 Mar 2006 12:49AM
Hi there. Fantastic shot taht tells much.
I have been to Dublin twice. Come to Poland and check what is happening here. You will be happy to come back home, I bet!

clevercloggs Plus
16 244 11 Netherlands
31 Mar 2006 12:50AM
like the photo. see an EC there, may be that reliefs the pain of diappointment.

paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
31 Mar 2006 12:53AM
Thanks guys.
Michal, Ireland is the most popular destination for Polish people to emiigrate to. Poles make up most of the Eastern Europeans who are coming in here. We even have a Polish supplement in one of our daily newspapers. One part of the country was even talking about putting up Polish road signs.
But its all relative Michal and everything comes round. In 15 or 20 years you will have people emigrating to Poland too if your economy benefits enough from entering Europe.
Thanks for looking. Paul
Chant57 Plus
14 395 3 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2006 12:55AM
The image superbly expresses the description.
vogelsang 16 36 Germany
31 Mar 2006 1:05AM
It's eleven years ago that I left Ireland (spend 8 months there as a student). I saw a telecast lately showing that lots of the Irish feel the way you feel. Ireland must have changed immensely. When I was there I was kind of exotic as a German.
Have to go back to see for myself what the financial backing of the EU caused out there.

Anyway, welcome to the world I was born into. It's all about what you make of it.
31 Mar 2006 1:06AM
I know that. You are right. This world goes in the wrong direction. peace

Consulo 15 840 10 Scotland
31 Mar 2006 1:17AM
Excellent shot, with impassioned reasoning behind it.

I think that the situation described by you Paul is something that seems endemic within the UK as well.

Everything seems to be gauged by the house you own, the money you make, the car you drive and like you, I feel increasingly sickened by it as time goes on.
highlander 16 32 Scotland
31 Mar 2006 1:18AM
Hello Paul, the contrasting detail from your figure against the background has strong your explanation with interest. Good shot.
paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
31 Mar 2006 1:23AM
Thanks for the interest guys. Its great to be able to express yourself in words and images, kind of theraputic.
Elke, after 11 years you'll be coming back to a completely different country.
Micheal, seems the whole world is going that way then, I despair.
conrad 15 10.9k 116
31 Mar 2006 1:25AM
Very powerful picture. And I sympathise with the sentiment behind it.

ading 16 2 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2006 1:27AM
Great one! Click from me! Regards, Abdul
31 Mar 2006 1:36AM
Hi Paul... just popped in for a quick word:

First the image: One of the best images I've seen in a very, very long time and if it doesn't go photo of the week then I'll go out and drink even more guiness.

The commentary: I can identify with everything you said. However like my father, yours probably had nothin to his name, except his name, worked hard, lived hard and died younger than he had to. Everything is trade-offs. Ghandi said, "Be the world you want to live in", if you think it is wrong then lead by showing people how to get somewhere else. Everywhere there are examples of where the human spirit endures and thrives and is not consumed by greed.

I first interpreted your image as a man who has just found his freedom and released himslef from all the crap that surrounds him.

Love it..
forgive the amature philosophising.

paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
31 Mar 2006 1:46AM
Thanks Conrad and Abdul.
Phil, fine sentiments for which you are indeed forgiven lol. Your right really, my father has nothing else except his home. Worked hard from a young age, as did I. Your interpretation is partially correct. I do feel a relative freedom as I have never bought (forgive the pun) into the trappings of modern "needs". I don't own a house. Even if I could afford one here now I don't know if I would want the chains of a mortgage for the next 30 years, if I live that long even. I also feel a sense of having let off quite a lot of steam here. Isn't art great lol. Pauul
lauraHB 14 121 Ireland
31 Mar 2006 2:01AM
Hi Paul,
very strong image and words. I agree with most of what you say and it makes me sick when you talk to some friends from back in the old days who wiped their arse with newspaper because they couldn't afford to buy toilet roll, who now look down on you because you still live in the same place and haven't moved on to the plush areas of Dublin or don't drive the 06 fancy car.

But for me, this is what makes me rich, as I am still the same person who remembers wiping my arse (excuse the word) with newspaper as a child because my mother could not afford anything better.
I appreciate everything I have because of it. I look forward to the day when the economy falls flat on its face and these so called Irish people have to downsize their fabulous houses with their bespoke furniture to something that they were reared in. Don't get me wrong I say fair play to people who have done well, I have done well myself, but don't forget where you came from.

As for the Government, well, I am not going to go there!!

So Paul, be proud, but be proud to call yourself a true Irish Man.

Spike68 14 5
31 Mar 2006 2:06AM
love the photo, and I fully empathise with the story behind it. Much of the same could be said for our country.
paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
31 Mar 2006 2:12AM
I am proud Laura. Proud of where i have come from. That will never be taken away. If I didn't deep down love this country, it's culture and heritage I wouldn't be so hurt by whats going on here now.
Thanks. Paul
Coleslaw 14 13.4k 28 Wales
31 Mar 2006 2:22AM
Be strong.
shane 15 7 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2006 2:59AM

31 Mar 2006 2:59AM
I don't live in Ireland though my people were Irish. Oh God but don't we love the hardships of life, does it not give us meaning when we can parade our raggity arses in front of the hoipaloi and be proud that at least it is a good arse that's showing through the tear where pockets once were. Wouldn't the priests that mangled our spirits as children be proud of the diginity with which we wear our suffering and prevail on us to endure it like the good saints of a dying church once did. But even though I put my hand in my pocket and find but a penny piece, I know I am the richest man on earth, for I have my pride and dignity and my religion is my people. I am enfused with the culture and traditions of a folk so ancient there is no telling of our beginnings and in hard times the music of all that went before stay with me. The traditions, songs and stories of millenia are trapped in the very marrow of my bones and it is when I put my hand in my pocket and only find one penny, the songs come dancing out; the stories wrap themselves around me at the fire in the dark of the night; and my traditions like old friends come to sit be my side and comfort me. My people will endure, I will endure.
User_Removed 17 39 6 Scotland
31 Mar 2006 3:00AM
Hi Paul, first and foremost the photo is outstanding. As for your comments well I have never been there and trust your comments to be true all I can say is this type of problem is everywhere, in Scotland we wanted our own Governments so much to take care of our own problems and what is the first thing politicians do at the sniff of power squander our tax money on one of the most horrendous parliament buildings or building straight for that matter, award themselves a commemorative medal worth thousands and give themselves a pay rise. Power to the people not in my lifetime or my kids. Any identity people have is gone in favor of stealth taxes and corruption on a level never seen before.

Take care mate.
paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
31 Mar 2006 3:13AM
Thank you Cole and Shane.
is it a quote?
Victor, As you know I really do appreciate your praise so thank you for that.

Quote:what is the first thing politicians do at the sniff of power squander our tax money

OUR TAX MONEY..OUR TAX MONEY...I really don't think any politician in any country in the world has copped on to the fact thats it's OUR TAX MONEY!
Jeez I'm really letting it go today eh..
martinproe 14 293 5 England
31 Mar 2006 3:49AM
Extremely effective way of conveying your thoughts. Excellent shot and concept.
paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
31 Mar 2006 3:53AM
Thank you Martin, I'v achieved it then. Paul
wallypics 15 3
31 Mar 2006 4:09AM
Culture shock is a brilliant title Paul! As an outside observer visiting Ireland/Dublin regularly, I have certainly witnessed a nation in shock. The term two sides of the same coin also springs to mind though. I see mass migration into Ireland as a good thing. My Irish grandfather had a huge influence on me as a child too. The "patriotic" comments overheard at a young age stayed with me for MANY years... and I was always made feel bad for NOT being Irish (I'm half english). Of my large family there, I have a few cousins too whose attitudes over the years have got me down on a personal level.. I had even started to see them as slightly Xenophobic, which in my eyes had always been dressed up in patriotism. I don't really think they are, but there are certainly elements of it. I've never been a one for flag waving, and I've never been "proud" of my Irish roots because attitudes there have never allowed me to be that. So I find it now rather ironic that Ireland now has to face the challenge of integration with other nationalities. Especially ironic as the Irish people for whatever reason have spread themselves around the world rather generously. Which is no bad thing in my book. Living in London I've always ENJOYED being part of a multi-racial community. Ireland is a "completely different country" now as you said above, but who's to say it's not going to be all the better for it in the long run. Unfamiliarity with situations breeds fear of sorts. People adjust over time.

As for the corrupt politicians and excessive house/apartment building programs, sadly that isn't just an Irish phenomenon.

I also found it extremely funny when recently an Irish cousin of mine was harking back to the good old days of mass unemployment and that the young folk today were just clueless because they didn't know what it was to not have a job *Grin* .... You have to see the funny side of that.
31 Mar 2006 4:13AM
Hi Paul.. not a quote.. came straight from the heart.. Phil
paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
31 Mar 2006 4:19AM
Lesley there is not even a grain of xenophibia on my part. My partner is Latvian. I think the influx of foreigners into this country is brilliant. For years before this began I had always been saying that we need to throw a few other nationalities into our mixing pot here. I have no problem with that.
My problem is with the sad decline in the uniqueness of the Irish people.
paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
31 Mar 2006 4:21AM
Cheers Phil. PAul
Phoebecat 14 1 Italy
31 Mar 2006 4:39AM
Great shot!

Portknockie 15 48 Scotland
31 Mar 2006 4:42AM
Sound like it could be anywere in the uk as well Paul..Sad to say...Sad

paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
31 Mar 2006 4:50AM
Thanks Matthys and Don. Paul
wallypics 15 3
31 Mar 2006 4:54AM
Great photo!
vogelsang 16 36 Germany
31 Mar 2006 5:02AM
I found the Irish in no way xenophobic ... as long as you're not English Wink
Elke (German)

P.S.: One Irish friend once said to me that the Irish like the Germans..."just because the English hate you!" (very strange compliment, I admit)
Paul Morgan 19 19.4k 6 England
31 Mar 2006 5:09AM
Lovely work, and understand the message.
paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
31 Mar 2006 5:39AM
Thank you Les and Paul

Quote:as long as you're not English Wink

Elke, I think you might be mixing xenophobia (fear of foreigners) up with racism. "Apparently" we are racist which naturally sickens me to hear beacuse, as wallydaffs says, the irish are spread out right across the globe. Theres probably a touch of xenophobia too I suppose because it has all happened so fast here.
MarkyMarc 15 498 Canada
31 Mar 2006 6:04AM
Great work, I enjoyed both the image and the explanation of the reasoning behind it.

John_Horner 14 12 2 England
31 Mar 2006 6:05AM
Stupendous work!
paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
31 Mar 2006 6:10AM
Thanks guys, well its 4.55pm and its Friday and the end of the month so I'm off to spend some of my hard earned cash on a nice expensive pint lol.


taggart Plus
15 47 14 United States
31 Mar 2006 7:08AM
A very interesting blog--to me --a person from the states with an Irish grandmother-- came here iwth her sibs in the time of troubles-- Much to think about! jenn

PSExcellent image!
ChristineL 15 39 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2006 7:15AM
Love the image, it has an almost 3D effect, the description was very enlightening,
Jasbe 15 116 England
31 Mar 2006 7:15AM
Excellent work Paul, well done.
magda_indigo 16 418 England
31 Mar 2006 8:00AM
The UK lives on 'charities' like in NO other countries, take that away...???????????? And who's paying...????????????? M, (*_*)
PatrickSmith 15 1.2k 2 United States
31 Mar 2006 8:03AM
Superb photo and sentiments.

Wow... It almost makes me glad that my ancestors left Ireland during the potato famines so long ago.

But this is also happening in California and many other places. In my office of 30 people, only about 8 speak English as a first language, as people are flocking here for the high tech jobs. 500,000 pounds buys you a small shack that has a small back yard, if any at all. And yes, many are consumed with consumerism. But every day I trade stories with people from places like Khazakstan and India. Even the yuppies are fairly friendly and it is a great place for photography.

Do despite the craziness of California and the haphazard policies of my country, it is still a great place to live, as is Ireland.

It is just different now than before and it will never change back.

xinia 15 54
31 Mar 2006 10:11AM
very interesting description and an excellent and powerful image - very well done
bruce295 14 28 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2006 10:16AM
I think your sentiments could be applied to a lot of westernised areas. I agree with every word you and most of the commentators have said. The image is stunning, one of the best I have seen in ages. Thanks for showing it.

John_Humphreys 14 69 2 Ireland
31 Mar 2006 11:32AM
Beam me up Scotty...but to where? We sure are in the rat race now and it does get to you. I think it was worse when we had to leave though. Now you have a choice. I hope you got it off your chest and are enjoying that pint now (10:15 p.m.). Great work! John
PatrickSmith 15 1.2k 2 United States
31 Mar 2006 12:20PM
Sorry for the typo, that sentence should read:
"So, despite the craziness of California and the haphazard policies of my country, it is still a great place to live, as is Ireland."
glazzaro 15 70 23 United States
31 Mar 2006 3:39PM
Its called progress, not going to say if it is right or wrong, it just is, every country that improves on its ability to produce faces the same problem. So, fight the norm and establish the standard, thats the best we can do. Nice shot, I think it depicts your feeling! Spot on! Click!!!

1 Apr 2006 10:43PM
I think it's been said....Just wanted to say, Excellent Interpretation!

Well Done, Paul!
iansamuel 16 271 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2006 3:40AM
GREAT photo, I liked reading your story too. The problem with Britain (and perhaps Ireland too?) is we follow the Americans too much rather than Europeans. I mean things like junk food.
paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
3 Apr 2006 12:07AM
Hi folks. I really appreciate all who have taken the time to look and comment on this shot. It seems to have pulled a few strings which is great. Just so we're all straight here and no misunderstandings; I love the fact that Ireland had become, or is in the process of becoming, a multi-ethnic society. I love all the different culturea, languages, traditions that have come in here recently. It makes for some very good looking babies too lol. It's that attitude of the Irish I have the problem with lately, My own people. Greed has taken over and thats the sadness of it all. Thanks again. PAul
Paree 15 616 3
3 Apr 2006 1:34AM
Oh Dear Paul surely its not that bad!!
I too am half Irish,my Grandfather came over as he was in the police force
and he had to he came to England with his 14 children my dad being one of them.
regarding you're little epistle on the state of the nation, I like to think that things have evolved this
way, and we can not undo the knowledge that we have learned ,
we have become a sophisticated people and we seem to want
so much more out of life, that is because human beings will keep moving forward even though it may not always look like progress.
Also a little saying I like is (I wondered why some one didn't do something, and then I realised I was some one)
there are still lots of good people around trying to make a good change.
So as Desiderata says no doubt the world is unfolding as it should.
you have certainly got people thinking on this one, well done
thanks for your kind comments
paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
3 Apr 2006 1:48AM
THanks for that Maureen. Progress for progress sake is not always a god thing though. Even if it is evolving/unfolding, greed and materialism don't need to be a part of it.
Thanks again. PAul
vparmar 15 7 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2006 3:26AM
photo says it all - great photo and lovely story Paul and its all been said....

paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
3 Apr 2006 3:31AM
MAny thanks Vinny. PAul
tonymarq 14 1 United States
3 Apr 2006 1:13PM
Paul genius piece my friend as we suffer the same here state wide. One of the welthiest countries but both my wife and i have to work to pay our mortgage, support our son, and all other expenses where as my father on a much lower salary raised 4 kids 1 car, motgage,and summer getaways and they call it progress. It was said to me once when i went to Portugal where life is a little slower paced was here we work to live where you live to work, shook my head in agreement Paul!

stay well

paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
3 Apr 2006 11:54PM

Quote:here we work to live where you live to work,

Well said. Cheers Tony.
billbris 15 3
5 Apr 2006 5:58PM
A remarkable image which could have been interpreted in a number of ways, but will now be inextricably linked with your wonderful, heartfelt description
A memorable combination of image and words.

Regards, Bill
paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
5 Apr 2006 11:36PM
Very kind Bill, many thanks. Paul
ginz04 16 281 20 United Kingdom
5 Apr 2006 11:54PM
a fantastic effect well taken with great and relevent words behind it.


paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
6 Apr 2006 3:07AM
Thanks Ian. PAul
Jaye 14 3
7 Apr 2006 2:08AM
All intersting comments I think you find much the same in any western country but as long as week keep our own values we can look in the mirror each morning..Great photo..Judith
paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
7 Apr 2006 2:57AM
A good point Judith, well said, thank you. Paul
7 Apr 2006 2:06PM
great effect
nice work
banehawi Plus
16 2.2k 4140 Canada
7 Apr 2006 2:15PM
Im clicking the shot, in the context of the description.

I can relate to your position Paul. I left Dublin for Canada in 1982, and have lived to experience Ireland becoming much more like North America, than the continent itself.
Im happy to see progress, but I gree its been at a very big expense. A loss of innocence in a way, - but its always the same when progress changes the fundamental culture of a people.


lobsterboy Plus
16 14.9k 13 United Kingdom
8 Apr 2006 10:55AM
Works well on its own and better with the comments.
banehawi Plus
16 2.2k 4140 Canada
8 Apr 2006 2:07PM
After reading the comments, I think we could start a small EPZ revolution!

paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
9 Apr 2006 12:45AM
Many thanks folks. This is one of my own favourites. Willie, I heard a comment by an economist the other day which surprised me at first because he was an economist, he said "We are predicting that Ireland will enjoy approx 3% growth per year over the next 5 years. But why do we need it? (woah, thats what got me). We will need x amount of imigrants to maintain the service and production industries, we will need x amount of new houses and apartments to keep up with demand, but again, what for. We should actually slow down now. Produce quality not quantity. Get to a level we can maintain and not be worrying when the next big crach will tase it all away." Made sense to me.
eyperry 14 1
10 Apr 2006 9:21AM
very wicked interpretation of the title. or vice versa XD..
love it.
paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
10 Apr 2006 11:49PM
Many thanks Emma. PAul
colin b 16 367 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2006 9:55PM
Hi Paul,

A community with wealth demands more, and such avarice inevitably divides its people. A community with poverty will often bond, and support its neighbour in the comfort of commonality. However it also creates unrest as each generation strives for more. Hence your forefathers spread to the new worlds in search of a new life. It's quite phenominal how many Americans proudly claim 2nd and 3rd generation Irish heritage. Perhaps what is happening with the Polish people is no more than yet another repeat of history.

By the way, I think your picture is very expressive and extremely well thought out, but you seem to have stopped the blurring when it came to some of the legs...
paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
12 Apr 2006 1:39AM
Thank you Colin. Good points, well made.

Quote:Perhaps what is happening with the Polish people is no more than yet another repeat of history.
I think your absolutely correct here.

Some of the legs aren't blurred bacause they are standing still.

Thanks again
colin b 16 367 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2006 2:32AM
Hi Paul,

Sorry, I had thought you'd artistically and expertly used motion blur filters. An assumption of the times I suppose where we're becoming so used to digital enhancements... maybe sacrificing photography for the benefit of image making.


P.S. That should have read 'phenomenal' in my previous...
liparig 16 233 United States
13 Apr 2006 9:03AM
cool effect and shot well done
paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
13 Apr 2006 9:10AM
Thank you Joe
MoWiz 15 114 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2006 9:24AM
Great image Paul, took me a while to read the description and all the comments, have to admit I agree with a lot of what you are saying.
personally I don't have a problem with eastern europeans that are over here working because they can better themselves, what I do have an issue with is the number of people who won't get off their backsides to get a job because they only make 20 better off working full time.
What tells me is either the wages are bad or the benefits are too high, I suspect the latter, and while these people sit at home watching daytime TV and producing kids, everyone else is out there working to fund it. No wonder people have to work so hard, the governement takes far too much money from working people to pay for people who have no motivation to work.
paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
13 Apr 2006 9:36AM
I think its a brilliant development in Ireland that we have such diversity of nationalities here Mo. There is also definitely as problem with the poverty trap created by benefits but its a catch 22 situation too where people on low incomes would lose money by going to work. So much for progress eh. Paul
wallypics 15 3
13 Apr 2006 10:27AM
MoWiz... Governments love people like you who let them make scapegoats out of all the people in worse situations then yourself. Rather then look at where the money really goes, it's easy to blame an unfortunate group in any society who for whatever reason can't seem to better themselves.

I'm sure they are all living the highlife on their 56 unemployment a week.
paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
13 Apr 2006 12:45PM
Well said Les. P
maures53 14 1 United States
13 Apr 2006 2:08PM
Well said Paul and accompanied by a strong image too!!!
paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
14 Apr 2006 2:01AM
Thanks Cary. PAul
oranje 14 Indonesia
18 Apr 2006 1:05AM
Excellent your idea
paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
18 Apr 2006 5:34AM
Thank you Yud. PAul
2 May 2006 12:11PM
Powerfully expressed both in the imagery and the words. I'm a South African with Irish blood in me and am saddened to hear about the decline in the renowned values of the Irish. However, I was there for the first time last year in Dublin and still found things MILES better than London if that is any consolation!

Great image Paul.
paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
2 May 2006 1:14PM
Thanks Sean. I still feel life is probably better here than in a lot of countries but, as the expression goes here now we're in a "race to the bottom". PAul
bliba Plus
14 2 Austria
3 May 2006 9:10AM
super work!!!
helena 16 134 United Kingdom
4 May 2006 12:07AM
Excellent Paul very touching. I agree Ireland has changed for the worse! In Wexford at the moment we have groups of twelve year old kids robbing houses, of course because of age the police can't do anything about it, so they get of scott free!! It makes me sick! Respect for parents, elderly, education system seems to be all gone out the window. It makes me so angry!!! Regards Tara x
paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
4 May 2006 2:49AM
Thanks Oliver, Tara, are you back living in Ireland now?
I heard a quote once that said something like "Young people today have no respect for their elders, they are lazy and have no interest in their education or in whats happening in the world. They are only interested in their own selfish pursuits....etc etc". And it was said by a Greek philosopher 2000 years ago. Paul
8 May 2006 10:28AM
wow again
paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
8 May 2006 1:04PM
Cheers Calex. PAul
90125 14 3 United Kingdom
17 May 2006 5:50AM
Good man!!A touch of philosophical/anthropological colouring i think can sometimes be essential to enhance portrait/social subjects.
paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
17 May 2006 6:10AM
Right on Wayne!. PAul
Kim Walton 16 145 30 United Kingdom
30 May 2006 5:21AM
Well all`s been said by better than me,great image,story,and follow on comments.
paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
30 May 2006 9:30AM
Many thanks Kim. Paul
MarkT 15 119 2 England
30 May 2006 12:37PM
The picture says it all - great work.

paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
30 May 2006 11:24PM
Cheers Mark. PAul
annefromleo 14 11 1 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2006 8:55AM
Firstly paul a magnificent image, but you must know that already.

Your heartfelt ramblings make me sad. I have friends and relatives in Ireland still, my Mother was from Waterford. I spent many many months there, during all my school holidays until I was 17 and have many fond memories. But like Wally daff remember the fact that I was 'half English' as being quiet a problem for relatives. The control of the catholic church in those days was what I remember most and effected my relationship with Ireland and the Irish. Now if what you saw is true, the politicians are now the ones changing your wonderful country.
But sadly I feel the same about England, and find the rapid march of materialism consuming all our lives(excuse the pun)so sad and shocking.
Have just finished reading 'In Gods Name' by David Yallop for the second time.It left me realising that corruption is so widespread in this world I feel the common man doesn't stand a chance...
Well done for making a stand and speaking your mind
paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
13 Jun 2006 12:14AM
Many thanks for your comments Anne.
The church have far less influence and control here these days. At least we have matured somewhat in that respect. We dont accept everything we are told as gospel (excuse my pun) now.
But we dream on and maybe someday we'll put all the corrupt politicians where they belong, in hell, and get on with living in a beautiful country again. Paul
TattySnapper 14 10 England
13 Jun 2006 4:50AM
First things first. I loved the image and then when I read your monologue, not only could I relate to what you're saying but the context of the photo becomes unequivocal. I don't pretend to have any answers but for a long time I have felt that my country, England, has been teetering on the brink of some celestial toilet, what with unjust wars, moral decay, bad leadership, a justice system which put the interests of the convicted before those of the victim. . . . you get my point. What I'm trying to convey, is that it's the same the world over so escape is pretty impossible. God!, how depressing!
DiegoDesigns 14 117 6 United Kingdom
13 Jun 2006 6:15AM
This is a stunning image Paul and brilliantly executed, well done. I have been to Ireland many times in the past few years and have loved every minute of it. But then I don't live there!

paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
14 Jun 2006 12:06AM
Thank you Simon and Dave. Simon, you probably correct about escape, guess it will have to be a big lotto win and buy an island somewhere lol. Paul
TattySnapper 14 10 England
14 Jun 2006 12:38AM
What, you as well? Tee Hee!

paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
14 Jun 2006 12:53AM
As long as its not the same island!
Nic_WA 15 179 2 Australia
4 Jul 2006 11:23AM
Congratulations are due all round here Paul. Firstly (since it's a photography site) congratulations for a great image - even without the commentary/description, it's a great image. What makes it really special is that along with your words it has sparked such philosophising and debate, which seems to have been your initial intention. Mission accomplished I think Smile

Australia's heading the same way slowly unfortunately - an economist here wrote a book about it a few year's ago called The Growth Fetish. I think I read that 23% of the Australian population are opting for a sea-change - moving out of the cities, the rat race and the quest of ever more expensive material possessions, and choosing lifestyle over high income. I'm one of that 23% Smile)

Anyway, congratulations again.
paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
4 Jul 2006 1:39PM
Many thanks for the comment Nic. I, like yourself, am heading out of the city. Not far though 'cos I still have to work there.
My brother moved to Galway a couple of years ago (see latest upload) opting for quality of life over money. I certainly think he did the right thing.
Thanks again.
Slaterm 14 496 1 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2006 10:36AM
Great image - message that could just as equally apply to whole of UK I am afraid. Particularly regards risk associated with going into hospitals
CarlyMorg 14 50
28 Jul 2006 9:01PM
It's a sh!tty world we live in and getting worse by the minute. That's why this pastime/obsession etc is so vital.. put's Our world into focus (no pun intended) and helps to remove us from the rat race - suffice to say, most of those high-rise ars-holes are never happy anyway, no matter how much money or possession they have.

topol 16 Poland
31 Jul 2006 9:07AM
Nice work! Regard's, Topol.
paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
31 Jul 2006 12:25PM
Thanks folks.
Quote:That's why this pastime/obsession etc is so vital.. put's Our world into focus (no pun intended) and helps to remove us from the rat race

Good point Ray.
vogelsang 16 36 Germany
9 Aug 2006 8:13PM
Hi Paul,

I came back to this picture, because a discussion with a friend of mine reminded me of it. I met a friend who is German and currently working in Ireland (that's the first paradox in my opinion), in Dublin to be exact, and he told me that after two years he's really lookig forward to returning home. Since I've got only loving memories of Ireland, I asked him why. One reason was that everybody there is so annoyingly rich... I was dumbstruck. Ireland must have changed a lot in the last eleven years...

paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
9 Aug 2006 8:34PM
Thank you Elke. A compliment that you remembered this during a conversation. Paul
ABstudio 13 1 Poland
19 Sep 2006 4:19PM
oh super work
paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
20 Sep 2006 9:07AM
Cheers Andy. Paul
CecilyC 14
21 Sep 2006 4:14PM
brilliant shot!

paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
22 Sep 2006 9:08AM
Thank you Catharina. Paul
mtbrider 16 3
25 Sep 2006 1:47PM
That rant pretty much sums up the North American lifestyle as well... they call it progress, i guess?
Well taken...MD
25 Sep 2006 6:10PM
love this shot, and a great description to go with it!

paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
25 Sep 2006 6:25PM
A double thank you to all who have given me my first 100 clicks.

Quote:they call it progress, i guess?

We call it "The race to the Bottmo!"
55jase 14 188 2 United Kingdom
7 Oct 2006 4:00PM
nessa 13 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2006 11:58AM
Your picture matches your comment so well..the frustration and anger that no one is listening and we are banging our heads against a brick wall..nessa
paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
1 Nov 2006 1:23PM
Cheers Jase and Nessa. PAul
Savvouri 13 3 Cyprus
13 Dec 2006 1:17PM
What an absolutely wonderful image and commentary..It has evoked such a passionate and varied reaction. I can totally empathise with you. I am from Cyprus it has also "enjoyed" enormous economic growth since the 1960s. Up until then it was pretty much a developing country,very few homes had running water or electricity. Yet the people were well known for their kindness and hospitality. Today Cyprus is classified among the high-income countries, and has a standard of living that is even higher than some European Union member-states and the performance of the economy compares favourably with that of most EU countries. Cyprus holds 16th place worldwide in terms of per capita income. Yet i hear the phrase "nice country, shame about the people" on a constant basis! We have become a nation of arrogant, rude materialists with no respect for anything except the power of money. Divorce has risen as have crime levels and the incidents of drug and alcohol abuse. I too believe we were richer when we had nothing.
paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
13 Dec 2006 2:10PM
Thank you for your comment Christina. Much appreciated. Seems people are the same the world over. "The love of money is the root of all evil". Paul
andmolliethedog 14 120 11 United Kingdom
23 Mar 2007 10:21AM
There seem so many good photos I have missed..and at least 4 today that are photolibary quality in execution and subject..this makes 5..superb image.
paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
23 Mar 2007 2:31PM
Thanks Richard, appreciate it. Paul
Phoebecat 14 1 Italy
29 Mar 2007 3:43PM
Never been to Ireland but read some interesting things about it in book called The people of the Secret - a weird book, but interesting nevertheless

scoff 13 13 2 Ireland
12 Aug 2007 3:39PM
I do not know which is best ,the SHOT or the STORY !!!! 50/50 ?? You should write a book,but then again you will pay a lot of tax when it becomes a best seller.........Paul
1 Sep 2007 12:33PM
Fantastic image and commentary.
paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
12 Sep 2007 10:47AM
Thanks again for the feedback guys. Paul
mhaseman 13 608 1
18 Oct 2007 2:58PM
Better late than never. Amazing image and the intro is brill. Fantastic. 12 out of 10.
paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
21 Oct 2007 12:51PM
Thanks again. PAul
AnneWorner 12 620 43 United States
25 Oct 2007 7:57PM
Just clicked on this photo and read your comments. A lot of what you say could refer directly to my home country of Norway - well said, all of it!
paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
26 Oct 2007 9:34AM
Thanks Anne. Paul
Lawrence 17 195 1 United Kingdom
4 Nov 2007 9:15AM
Hi Paul
Good meeting you on saturday. This thread has so many truths in it regarding money riches versus life riches. The richer a country becomes the more arrogant the people.
Vey intersting thread
paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
5 Nov 2007 4:07PM
Cheers Lawrence, good to meet you too. Paul
Andylee 13 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2008 9:21PM
enjoyed the pic and the comments. Does this have one of the longest threads over time? Just a thought
paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
15 Jan 2008 4:56PM
Cheers Andy, good question, not sure.. Paul
ukuwi 16 476 1 England
30 Jun 2008 9:53AM
Brilliant work
paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
7 Jul 2008 6:03PM
Thanks Tony,

27 Aug 2008 10:57AM
Great photo. and the story behind
paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
29 Aug 2008 8:44AM
Cheers Raad, appreciate it. Paul
MarkT 15 119 2 England
2 Oct 2008 1:30PM
Nothing appealed to me this week so I thought I would have a look at some of my favourite shots on epz. So here you are Paul Smile

I know exactly where you are coming from btw. Sad


paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
2 Oct 2008 5:34PM
Thanks for the award Mark. Haven't had a comment on this in a while. Given the current economic situation you could be forgiven for asking now, what was it all for? and was any of it worth it?

jonathanbp 12 99 Thailand
10 Jan 2009 2:52PM
superb image - Jonathan
paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
12 Jan 2009 2:25PM
Thanks Jonathan, this goes back a it in the PF.
Phil_Restan 14 280 9 England
6 Mar 2009 10:56AM
Paul, yep this is an old one but I came here from a recent comment on the forum(today) and was so impressed with what you said had to see who you were. This image and discription stood out in your pf. Outstanding!!
Have you considered uploading again as a mono, I think it would have even more impact than the colour version.

paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
6 Mar 2009 11:06AM
Cheers Phil. It goes ack a bit alright and actually given the situation in the world these days its worth considering again.

I haven't thought about a BW conversion. not great at converting to BW but might give it a go.

Thanks again.
User_Removed 11 16 England
20 Apr 2009 7:46PM
Great image. Great post! Ireland is still a glorious place but I completely know where you're coming from.
Don't know what I could say that has not already been said.Powerful image! Like it alot.
paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
9 Jun 2009 9:50AM
Thanks guys, just noticed your comments today.

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