Pascal Derrien

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The Perfect Storm


Somebody told me the other day that I was becoming very Irish by the day, while my accent is still all over the shop I have become very fluent in enjoying the daily weather conversation and sharing the weekly obsession about the state of the atmosphere, will it be one or two degrees up ? Will it be cold or mild? Wet or dry, calm and stormy or clear and cloudy?

It is true that we love small talk in Ireland and there is so much diversity in the conversation, there are so many different angles to the discussion and don’t we all love it!!!!

Speaking of differences this is reminding me of the Irish diversity in the society itself, however surprisingly enough the conversation about multiculturalism is relatively absent from the national debate.

Nothing about Ireland`s accountability as an host nation, nothing about the 25 000 undocumented, nothing about the segregation in schools or the difficulty for Muslims to integrate. Take two seconds and imagine how exciting it could be to shake up the consensus and plan for the future?

While in terms of weather everything is driven by air pressure between one place and another in migration the pressure is different from one place to another. While in weather terms tropical storm, jet stream, solar energy and latitude are important in migration terms, energy, aptitude and attitude define your latitude.

The commonality between atmosphere and migration in Ireland is that it is a chaotic system.

``Human beings have attempted to predict the weather informally for millennia, and formally since the nineteenth century. Weather forecasts are made by collecting quantitative data to show how it will evolve on a given place. Weather warnings are important forecasts because they are used to protect life and property.

Forecasts based on temperature and precipitation and this has become relatively important to the economy. For example forecasts can be used to plan activities around adverse events and help to plan ahead and survive them in case of very severe conditions’’

There is a clear obsession about the elements in Ireland but very little planning, conversation or political reflection on the climate of a nation whose identity is destined to evolve significantly over the next few decades.

I could even speak about chill factor so much there is really little but a collective blindness, a deserted acknowledgment of the institutions even a ghettoized silence of the society in general about migration.

What is it being Irish in 2015 what will it be being a citizen of Ireland in 2025?

For those living in Ireland you may remember Hurricane Charley in 1986 or more recently what we called the Big Freeze, in both cases we were ill equipped to face the situation and as a result the country was at a standstill.

Let`s make sure we are not just getting busy building after the fact excuses legitimizing complacency as a system, the next time the turbulences might be so gigantic that it will not warrant a ``sure it will be grand'' attitude, the consequences will simply not allow us to do so, now is the time to do some forward thinking.......

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Community Relations Forecast: Advanced Storm Centre

WWUS74 KLIX 281550NPWXCTI

URGENT — Nation Climate MESSAGE

National Migrant Weather Service

Dublin Ireland SUN AUG 28, 2025

...DEVASTATING CULTURAL DAMAGE EXPECTED... .HURRICANE XENOPHOBIA...WITH A MOST POWERFUL INDIFFERENCE WITH UNPRECEDENTED STRENGTH...RIVALING THE INTENSITY OF INTOLERANCE OF 1969 TO IRISH IN UK.

MOST OF THE AREA WILL BE UNHABITABLE FOR WEEKS...PERHAPS LONGER. AT LEAST ONE HALF OF WELL CONSTRUCTED MINDS WILL CAUSE STIGMA AND DIGNITY FAILURE. ALL N.G.O AGENCIES WILL FAIL...LEAVING THE MIGRANTS of 1st & 2nd GENERATIONS SEVERELY VICTIMISED

THE MAJORITY OF THE NATION WILL BECOME NON FUNCTIONAL WHEN IT COMES TO TOLERANCE. PARTIAL TO COMPLETE EMPATHY FAILURE IS EXPECTED. ALL NON IRISH INSTITUTIONS AND ASSOCIATIONS WILL BE DESTROYED.

INTERNATIONAL REPUTATION WILL SUSTAIN MAJOR DAMAGE...INCLUDING SOME EUROPEAN & U.S SANCTIONS

WALL OF SHAME AND VALUES FAILURE EXPECTED @ GALE FORCE. HIGH RISE IN DAILY CASUAL RACISM WILL SWAY DANGEROUSLY...

A FEW SMALL TOWNS TO THE POINT OF TOTAL COLLAPSE. ALL COMMON SENSE WILL BLOW OUT.

CULTURAL DEBRIS WILL BE WIDESPREAD...AND MAY INCLUDE HEAVY ITEMS SUCH AS PAROCHIAL ATTITUDES, IMMOBLISM AND RACISM.

IN REACTION THE MIGRATED BLOWN DEBRIS WILL CREATE ADDITIONAL DESTRUCTION TO PERSONS...BUILDINGS AND HISTORY

COUNTRY EXPOSED TO A CONTRARY WIND OF CHANGE WILL REACT NEGATIVELY POWER OUTAGES WILL LAST FOR WEEKS...AS MOST POWERFUL POLES WILL BE DOWN

ALL CHANGE AGENTS IN THE COUNTRY WILL BE DESTROYED. DEBATE SHORTAGES WILL MAKE HUMAN SUFFERING INCREDIBLE BY MODERN STANDARDS.

THE VAST MAJORITY OF NATIVE IRISH GENEROUS AGENTS WILL BE SNAPPED OR UPROOTED. ONLY THE HEARTIEST WILL REMAIN STANDING...BUT BE TOTALLY DEFOLIATED

A SOCIETY INLAND WARNING IS ISSUED WHEN SUSTAINED WINDS OF DENIAL ARE NEAR HURRICANE FORCE

ENDS

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THE CLOCK IS TICKING



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Pascal Derrien

5 years ago #9

#10
Thank You Lisa Gallagher :-)

Lisa Gallagher

5 years ago #8

Excellent message Pascal Derrien!

Pascal Derrien

5 years ago #7

#8
thank you Franci Eugenia Hoffman I feel less lonely foir the time being :-)

You're so right, the clock is ticking and for all of us. IMO, there are not enough of us that care to do something about it.

Pascal Derrien

5 years ago #5

#6
Yes insularity remains though !! Funny I was told something similar recdently :-)

Dean Owen

5 years ago #4

Ireland is no longer an Island. The nation needs to get with the times! You should run for office!

Pascal Derrien

5 years ago #3

#4
yes agree it depends on the severity of the storm :-)

Ken Boddie

5 years ago #2

The best sunsets come after a storm!

Pascal Derrien

5 years ago #1

#1
there are actually a few accents in the country at least one per county (and more) , they sing, they roll the R like spanish and in the end add a nice melody to the English language, personally I love the Northern Irish accent :-)

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