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1. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 11y

Happy Blooms Day. Do you celebrate it or know what it is ???

2. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

I love Bloom's Day. I wrote my final year disseration on Ulysses and boy was it tough going! But, because I had to devote so much time and effort to it, I became a bit of a Joyce nut.

When I lived in Dublin I celebrated it every year. Last year, for the centenary, I was in Galway and there wasnt much happening there, but I celebrated by visiting the exhibition in the National Library as soon as I could.

Are you doing something today Nikki?:)

3. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 11y

Hey Ev, did you see Bloom? It's based on Ulysses. It's well done visually, but it went straight over my head... A lot of voiceovers and stuff...

I didn't get it at all!!!

4. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 11y

Never heard of it. But Nikki, the photos on your profile page are fantastic - blooming wonderful!

5. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 11y

Ev - I'm going to visit my new nephew Scott tonight in hospital but possibly after that I might go to Wynns hotel for the final part of the story . I love when everyone is dressed up in the traditional clothes and reenacting parts of the book. **sigh** i tried to get time of work but i couldn't i love the athmosphere when you do the walk through

Phil - Haven't seen the movie YET !! but i will !

James - thanks for the blooming use of words and compliment .. oh and heres a link if you want to learn a bit more -

http://www.irishabroad.com/Culture/literature/writers/bloomsday/

6. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Phil, yep I saw Bloom - the only reason it made any kind of "sense" (if that's possible with joyce. ) was because I had studied the book. My friend whom i dragged kicking and screaming to it was trying to strangle me half way through the movie.

I did enjoy it a lot though. I wouldnt have thought it was possible to make Ulysses into a movie of any sort, but they did a good job I think.

Nikki -now you'll never have an excuse for forgetting Scott's bday!

7. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Honestly, I had never heard of it until I read this post.
But I LOVE learning new things..so Thank you Nikki! :)

Bloomsday—June 16th—is an annual celebration among Joyce fans throughout the world, from Fort Lauderdale to Melbourne. It is celebrated in at least sixty countries worldwide, but nowhere so imaginatively, of course, as in Dublin. There the events of Leopold Bloom's day are reenacted by anyone who cares to participate, and his itinerary is followed all across Dublin.

At lunchtime it's traditional to stop off for a glass of burgundy and a Gorgonzola sandwich at Davy Byrne's Pub on Duke Street, just as Bloom did. In the afternoon the Ormond Hotel is the spot for an afternoon pint, where Bloom was tempted by the barmaids in the Sirens chapter.

The years since 1904 have made an exact replication of Bloom's route impossible—Bloom's home at 7 Eccles Street no longer exists and the red-light district ("Nighttown"), in which the hallucinatory Circe chapter takes place, has been leveled; only the street pattern remains.

Bloomsday celebrations also feature readings of Ulysses, James Joyce lookalike contests, various other semi-literary activities, and a good excuse for hoisting a few Guinnesses. In the eyes of many, it's easier and a lot more fun than trying to work your way through Ulysses.

Sounds like a pretty fun and interesting way to spend a day...Have you ever tried to replicate Bloom's route?

8. Posted by FionaNZ (Respected Member 903 posts) 11y

You've got to love the Irish, any excuse for hoisting a few guinesses

Sh*t I can hear my stones breaking the glasshouses

9. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 11y

You also have to love the Irish cause heaps of the Irish chicks are hot!

Plus, they hand out citizenship and passports to any old joe...or james for that matter

10. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 11y

This year is the first year in about 10 years that I haven't followed the original route (i couldn't get time off work). I used to always do the walk with my gran who would insist that we wear traditional clothes that would have been worn at that time. Its a great laugh and yes a great excuse for a few drinks....