Irish Times - John Waters does the Royal and the Grand
Taking a break from his usual mysoginistic, right wing Catholic outlook on life (although I will qualify that last bit), the Irish Times columnist had two articles published in that paper this week - on Monday 13th August, he reported on his walk alongside the Grand Canal Dublin section and today (14th August), the Royal. Two observations come to mind about his article today.
The first is in relation to the following statement:
"Its towpaths, like the infamous Luas systems with their two incompatible gauges, make no attempt to match up."
Let us destroy this red herring. The two LUAS lines do not have incompatible gauges. That is urban legend as the local pub wag puts a spin on the cretinous decision of Mary O Rourke to not join the two LUAS lines. Both LUAS lines operate to a gauge of 4'8½ inches and the trams thereon are fully interoperable on both lines. In fact, some of the longer Green line trams were moved to the Red Line. It is the case that the gauge of the LUAS is different to the DART and mainline railway, Ireland having a gauge of 5'3" (see here for this story).
The other observation (the qualification I alluded to above) relates to this statement:
"A canal, then, man’s crude attempt to mimic the hand of God..."
No, a canal is a man made structure designed for trade (to move goods and to a lesser extent, people). God has nothing to do with it, unless you are John Waters, in which God is lurking in everything, even the paedophile priest.
The articles referenced are not linked to as the Irish Times moves its articles behind a paywall after a very short period of time.
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