From the same perspective — 2 Comments

  1. Position, a bit like time, is very dependent on the observer. In fact both form the cul-de-sac the theoretical sciences have locked themselves in for the last 90 years.
    You’ll have noticed English people say ‘up to town’ meaning going to London. But Irish people NEVER say that about Dublin. But Dubliners always say ‘down the country’ regardless if they were heading to Kippure. Where I live we have ‘up the road’, ‘over the road’, ‘in the road’ and ‘down the road’. And as odd as it seems from Kilkenny, Rathdowney is up the road, Carlow over the road, from the Hebron Rd Rose Inn St is in the road and Waterford down the road. Of course the insanity arrives when two people are from different places and both are deploying their own.
    I remember the James Herriot books where when he arrived in the Dales the people used something akin to it confusing the hell out of him.

    I must get them again. Tiz years since I read them.

  2. “Up to town” is probably much more a Home Counties thing, where commuting is a daily reality. I remember thinking that Somerset had connected with London when I first saw “Time Out” magazine in WH Smith in Taunton in the 1970s.

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