Thursday, May 04, 2006

Revisionism according to teens

I HAD a laugh on the bus today with a group of three young fellas going to play tennis in Donnybrook. Firstly they bought their tennis ball in a pound shop (I should say euro shop but it doesn’t have the same ring to it) and proceeded to see how much it bounced on the top deck of the bus. When we got to Parnell Square this was the actual conversation.

garden-of-rememberance

Teen 1: That’s the Garden of Remembrance where all the soldiers are buried.
Teen 2: Are they?
Teen 1: Yeah. That’s why they call it the Garden of Remembrance.
Teen 3: I thought it was for the Unknown Soldier.
T1: Nah there’s a statue for him across from the library (in Phibsboro).
T2: That’s Michael Collins you muppet.
T1: It’s not, it is the Unknown Soldier.
T2+3 (together): It’s Michael Collins.

(As far as I can remember it is actually a monument to the Unknown Soldier – must check that but it is not Michael Collins.)

At this stage we were passing the Ambassador.

ambassador-dublin

Teen 1: Do you remember when that used to be a cinema?
Teen 2: Nah when was that?
Teen 1: Ah years and years ago. Did you know there used to be a cinema in Phibsboro.

(Even though I was already earwigging on this conversation, my interest pricked here, could it be the former ice-rink which now houses Des Kelly carpets? It seemed the likely choice.)

Teen 1: The cinema used to be at Doyle’s Corner where the Boh pub is.
Teen 2: Really how long ago?
Teen 1: Ah in the Dickie Rock days.

I nearly snorted out loud at this, Spit on Me Dickie will be delighted that not only is he a sex-symbol but he is now officially an era too.

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3 comments:

Boliath said...

You should put the Dickie Rock one in to overheard in dublin, it's priceless!

KnackeredKaz said...

I was just about to suggest that too Boliath! You beat me too it. Ah, teenagers, they make me laugh.

Omaniblog said...

So that's where I'm from... the Dickie Rock era. The Hucklebuck generation eh!