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Japan 2014 – 07 Irish Guinness at Celts in Yokohama (2014-10-02) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 25 OCT 2015

So our first day in Japan (with Terrance as tour guide) was a pretty good one.

Temples, Towers, Robots and Baseball, one certainly couldn’t argue against us deserving a bite to eat and something decent to drink in order to cap off what had been a truly excellent day out and about – which is why after an enjoyable late night stroll around Yokohama and a bit of its waterfront area, we found ourselves entering a decidedly un-Japanese establishment.

IMG_20141002_232933 ryan lotter in yokohama irish sports bar Celts

Celts is literally a classic Irish sports bar – from the layout, signage, decor, finishing, right through to the large screen televisions (beaming UEFA Champions League soccer of all things) – in the middle of Yokohama, Japan!

Authentic pub food and a wide range of draft beers, cocktails, spirits and of course, whiskey. After all, you can’t have an Irish bar without whiskey, now can you?

(That said, you also can’t be in an Irish sports bar and not have a Guinness either – a situation Terrance and I quite quickly rectified!)

IMG_20141002_233624 guinness at yokohama irish sports bar Celts

The food was good, the atmosphere pleasant, and it was a great way for us to put our feet up after a long day and deservedly relax a little.

(Terrance also introduced me to some of the local Japanese spirits, and on that note, I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the varied beer and spirits that I encountered throughout Japan. They certainly have a healthy drinking culture and produce some great alcoholic beverages themselves!)

IMG_20141002_234747 bar food at yokohama irish sports bar Celts

So yeah, Craig and Ryan, tourists in Japan, go to an Irish pub for supper. A good indicator that we’re not gastronomic tourists then…

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St. Patrick’s Day at Blaauwklippen Market (2015-03-15) Photo Gallery 23 MAR 2015

I’ve already written about our trip through to the Blaauwklippen Market Sunday before last, where we were delighted to find an unexpected St. Patrick’s Day celebration on in full swing.

Lots of green (basically everywhere you looked), lots of feel good Irish pub music, and of course the odd Irish dancing lass or two.

IMG_20150315_141420 jessica lotter watching irish dancing girls at blaauwklippen

Of course, thanks to the phone in my pocket, plenty of photos too, meaning I had best post some more pictures from what was a pleasant afternoon out and about!

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And if you are not familiar with the Blaauwklippen market, I thought it best I swipe it from their website:

This family market started in March 2011 as a once-monthly market, but due to its popularity we changed it to a weekly market and are now open every Sunday 10h00 to 15h00. The market has a range of stalls from fresh produce and homemade products to crafts and plants. There is also live music, delicious food stalls and of course Blaauwklippen wines to enjoy, so bring a blanket and relax under the trees.

And now you know.

P.S. The pancakes on sale there are the absolute best!

Related Link: A Weekend of Tygervalley, Newlands, Blaauwklippen and Mondeor!

Joke Factory: A Good Toast Jokes & other Funny Stuff 22 MAR 2013

John O’Reilly hoisted his beer and said out loud, “Here’s to spending the rest of me life between the legs of me wife!”

Naturally, that won him the top prize for the best toast of the night.

Later that night, John got home and mentioned to his wife, “Guess what, I won the prize for the best toast of the night!”

“Oh? So what was your toast then?” she asked.

“Well,” I told the boys, “Here’s to spending the rest of me life sitting in church beside me wife.”

“Oh, very nice, very nice. A worthy win indeed then my dear John,” exclaimed Mary.

The next day, Mary ran into one of John’s toasting buddies on the street corner. The man chuckled leeringly and said, “John won the prize the other night you know, with a toast about you, Mary.”

She replied, “Aye and I was a wee bit surprised myself! You know, he’s only been there twice. Once he fell asleep, and the other time I had to pull him by the ears to make him come!”.

Joke Factory: The Drunk, the mirror, the plasters Jokes & other Funny Stuff 10 NOV 2012

David staggered home very late after another evening out with his drinking buddy, Paddy.

Taking off his shoes so as not to wake his wife, Dave tiptoed as quietly as he could toward the stairs leading to their upstairs bedroom, but misjudged the bottom step. As he caught himself by grabbing the banister, his body swung around and he landed heavily on his rump, breaking the remaining liquor bottles that he had brought with him in the process!

Managing not to yell, David sprung up, pulled down his pants, and looked in the hall mirror to see that his butt cheeks were cut and bleeding thanks to all the glass from the broken bottles. Managing to quietly find a full box of Band-Aids in the bathroom, he returned to the hall mirror and began putting a Band-Aid as best he could wherever he spotted blood.

Finally done, he then hid the now almost empty box and stumbled the rest of his way up to the room, slinking into the end of the bed without waking Kathy.

Come morning, David wakes up with a heavy head and a searing pain in his butt, and more disturbingly, a visibly annoyed Kathleen staring at him from across the room.

Not mincing her words, she said, “You were drunk again last night weren’t you?”

To which Dave could only reply, ” Now why you say such a mean and untrue thing?”

“Well,” Kathleen said, “it could be the open front door, it could be the broken glass at the bottom of the stairs, it could be the drops of blood trailing through the house, it could be your bloodshot eyes, but mostly… it’s all those Band-Aids stuck on the hall mirror!”

Joke Factory: Praying for a Parking Jokes & other Funny Stuff 21 SEP 2012

Paddy was driving down the street in a sweat because he had an important meeting and couldn’t find a parking place.

Looking up towards heaven he said, “Lord take pity on me. If you find me a parking place I will go to Mass every Sunday for the rest of me life and give up me Irish Whiskey!”

Miraculously, a parking place appeared.

Paddy looked up again and said, “Never mind, I found one!”

Joke Factory: Turning Water into Wine Jokes & other Funny Stuff 24 FEB 2012

An Irish priest is driving down to New York and gets stopped for speeding in Connecticut.

The traffic officer smells alcohol on the priest’s breath and then sees an empty wine bottle on the floor of the car.

“Sir, have you been drinking?” asks the officer.

“Just water,” replies the priest.

Having none of this, the officer slowly and deliberately asks, “Then why do I smell wine?”

Without so much as a blink of an eye, the priest looks down at the bottle and exclaims, “Good Lord! He’s done it again!”

Joke Factory: Bruising Woman Jokes & other Funny Stuff 27 JAN 2012

Walking into the bar, Mike says to Charlie the bartender, “Pour me a stiff one – just had another fight with the little woman.”

“Oh yeah?” says Charlie, “And how did this one end?”

“Well, when it was over,” Mike replied, “She came to me on her hands and knees!”

“Really? Now that’s a switch! What did she say?” asks an incredulous Charles.

“She said, ‘Come out from under the bed, you little chicken!'”

Joke Factory: How To Break Bad News Jokes & other Funny Stuff 30 SEP 2011

Six retired Irishmen were playing poker in O’Leary’s apartment when Paddy Murphy loses £250 on a single hand, clutches his chest, and drops dead at the table. Showing respect for their fallen brother, the other five continue playing standing up.

Eventually Michael looks around and asks, “Oh me boys, someone has to tell Paddy’s wife. Who will it be?”

They draw straws. Paul picks the short one. They tell him to be discreet, be gentle, and most important of all, don’t make a bad situation any worse.

“Discreet!? I’m the most discreet Irishman you’ll ever meet. Discretion is my middle name. Leave it to me.”

So Paul goes over to Paddy’s house and knocks on the door. Mrs. Murphy answers, and asks what he wants.

Paul promptly declares, “Your husband just lost £250, and is afraid to come home.”

“Tell him to drop dead!”, shouts Paddy’s wife.

“I’ll go tell him,” replied Paul with a smile.

Saturday Snigger: Finger Snack Anyone? Jokes & other Funny Stuff 23 OCT 2010

Paddy was working at the fish plant in Cork when he accidentally cut off all 10 of his fingers. Needless to say, he made his way rather quickly to the Emergency Room at Cork Hospital.

The doctor took a quick looked at the stressed Paddy and said: “Right. Let’s be ‘avin’ da fingers and I’ll see what oi can do”.

Paddy replied, “Oi haven’t got da fingers.”

“Whadda ya mean you haven’t got da fingers? Begorrah mon , it’s 2010! We’s got microsurgery and all kinds of incredible techniques. I could have put dem back on and made you like new! Why didn’t ya bring da fingers?!?”

To which Paddy responded, ‘Well how da fook was I s’pose to pick them up!?”