Friday, March 17, 2006

Today is St Patrick's Day

Up and down the land people will be forking out the best part of three quid a pop on badly-poured pints of Guinness, doing bad Oirish accents and then falling into gutters (normally while wearing novelty hats). Tomorrow our pavements will be awash with black vomit, our toilet bowls clogged with the particularly viscous after-effects that an evening on the black stuff tends to produce. I doubt the real St Patrick would have approved...

So I tell you what - how about we all drink one pint less tonight, and instead bunk the money to a good cause. Not only will we all be less hungover in the morning, we might do some good.

Following this observation back in January, EDM 1500 is doing rather better, with nearly 70 signatories - including my MP at number 4. But it's still a fairly pathetic turnout by MPs for what is, in most people's books, a bit of a no-brainer - how is it possible NOT to support extra funding to allow people, and particularly terminally-ill children, to die with a bit of dignity?

As such, how about giving the price of a pint to Roisin & Wallace Murray to help them raise money for the Rainbows and Bluebell Wood Children's Hospices?

At the very least, go and give them some support on their fundraising blog as they prepare for their 1000km walk. They're hoping to raise £1million - how about us British bloggers help them get some publicity, eh?

Update: Tell you what, to make it even easier you can bunk donations to my (empty) PayPal account in the far right column, and I'll pass on all money received. I have a track record of being trustworthy on these things.

Update 2: Thanks to one Mr Worstall, the kitty is no longer empty - plus I've realised I had a small amount of advertising revenue in there, which will naturally join the total.

Update 3: Now also up at AgoraVox.

5 Comments:

Blogger Ben said...

The confrontation at Tara between the 'Real St. Patrick' (if you follow your link) and the druids reads like a bad Hollywood fight scene, trading magic/miracles, calling down magic darkness and levitating the chief druid. With your background, I would have thought you'd be able to find a more accurate historical account of the life of the well-travelled Scotsman?

3/17/2006 11:53:00 am  
Blogger Nosemonkey said...

You surely aren't suggesting that there's no such thing as magic, are you? Heh...

3/17/2006 11:57:00 am  
Blogger Ben said...

Of course not, but in the words of Det. Sgt. Jack Vincennes, "Just the facts!"

3/17/2006 12:07:00 pm  
Anonymous Katherine said...

Well, it wasn't Vincennes himself, but the TV detective he was advising. And in any case, it doesn't qork quite like that in the book... Sorry, what were we talking about again?

3/17/2006 12:24:00 pm  
Blogger Roisin & Wallace Murray said...

As you can probably tell from my beloved's name, she is of Irish descent - and when I get out of step she tells me of her ancestor mad Mary o'Brien who used to hang the servants over the battlements if they crossed her! Anyway - good man you, for the extensive plug on your blog for our fundraising efforts for children's hospices.

3/17/2006 09:25:00 pm  

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