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Thursday, March 02, 2006

Sketch: Bandon

ink drawing of BandonThe latest in the series of ink drawings of Irish towns beginning with 'B', Bandon is more like Bantry than Ballina - which means as a painting it should end up more like Killarney than Kinsale.

Fitting, don't you think, that I should be drawing the Gateway to West Cork whilst living in the Gateway to the West of America (Kansas City). Don't be fooled by that Arch nonsense over in St Louis on the eastern   side of Missouri; that would be akin to Youghal building a giant doorway and calling itself the Gateway to West Cork.

Oh, and if you're American, Youghal is pronounced just like in the phrase popularly thrown at you as you leave a shop, Y'all come back now, ya hear?   And if you're not American this phrase gets confusing when it's shortened to a simple Come back   Once upon a time I used to make the mistake of turning around and actually going back - which resulted in awkward stand-offs as myself and the fareweller would face each other, both wondering what the other wanted.

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