Blooms and Barnacles

Day 032/100

As you may or may know today is Bloomsday in Dublin, where a number of people, dress up and reenact Leopold Blooms journey through the city. He is the main character from James Joyce’s book Ulysses. It is believed that the story is an account of how Joyce met his wife Nora Barnacle. The whole story takes place in Dublin starting at eight on the morning of June 16th until the early hours of the 17th. And today is a day where some of the more eclectic residents of Dublin come out to celebrate. Dublin traffic on a good day is quite challenging but when faced with a cyclist dressed more befitting of a lady from the turn of the last century can be quite disconcerting, especially if its early and your still asleep. Coupled with numerous gentlemen wandering the city looking as if they have stepped out of H.G. Well’s time machine. The city is colorful at the best of times but I am not sure how tourists to this far land cope with the shenanigans of today. I am sure they return home, thinking that the Irish are well and truly nuts and no wonder we are all raving drinkers. More than anything we do like to support our heritage and if that includes a few drinks and a bit of a knees up, all the better. And in all honesty to actually read Ulysses you would have to be three sheets to the wind, it is not a short read and the drink would make the time go quicker. To anyone who has read it, I applaud you, and if you were forced to read it, I wholeheartedly apologize. To all who are celebrating, enjoy the rest of the day and as Buck Mulligan says “When I makes tea I makes tea, as old mother Grogan said. And when I makes water I makes water …Begob, ma’am, says Mrs. Cahill, God send you don’t make them in the one pot”.

More information on Joyce and Ulysses can be found at


2 thoughts on “Blooms and Barnacles

  1. sextails says:

    I read it this year and thoroughly enjoyed it. it isn’t an easy read and with the intertexuality and form, it certainly isn’t straight forward, but well worth it. I really wanted to attend Bloomsday this year but couldn’t make it. Maybe another time.

    • vacantpages says:

      Glad you liked the book, perhaps it is about time I read it as well. If you log on to you will be able to see some of what was happening in Dublin today. Hope you make it to the Emerald Isle to see it for real. Thanks for the comment.

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