Jon Kennedy's 'Postcards from
his sojourn in Northern Ireland'

St. George's market, downtown Belfast
and a bus trip out of town to Ligionel


Jon Kennedy  

JONAL ENTRY 1283 | April 23 2013

He who closes his ear to the cry of the poor will himself cry out and not be heard.

— from Proberbs 21,
from today's lenten Orthodox
lectionary readings

Diary: The weekend and Monday were so busy that I've fallen behind on keeping the diary updated, so I'll back up to Friday for today's coverage and hope to catch up later in the week. On Friday I bought a day ticket on the bus in front of our house to go downtown for some shopping. I returned to St. George's Market, an indoor farmer's market in the central city area. Though such markets are much the same wherever I've seen them (from the New Jersey suburbs of Philadelphia to Los Angeles to Cambridge), they're always colorful and they awaken lots of senses, especially visual, olfactory, and taste ones. Though several booths in this one specialize in electrical gadgets, I didn't find anything I was looking for and resisted the temptations to buy lunch there.

The short video below captures the feel of the marketplace, inside and out.

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Spring weather has finally arrived in Ireland, and there has been sunshine most days for the past week and more moderate temperatures. It was so nice on Friday afternoon after I got back to the house that after recharging for an hour or so I decided to make my bus day ticket use double duty by using it to take me in the opposite direction from our house, to the end of the line in the north, which I had never done till now. So the video below is of that journey, beginning at my place to the end of the line in the suburb of Ligoniel high in the hills north of Belfast. I was fortunate to get a front seat in the second story of a double-decker bus, so this made for some very good visuals.

I hope to do more of this as the weather continues to improve and the days lengthen. Northern Ireland being considerably farther north than San Jose, daylight already extends much longer in this time of year than what I've been accustomed to (for example, I am writing this after 8:30 p.m. and the streetlights are not yet on and visibility is still several blocks). The bus is creaky and bounces around a bit, but that seems to fittingly complement my phone-camera's tendency to pause and flutter.

Click the > on the video to launch. After the video launches, you can double-click the screen to enlarge it to full-screen. If your browser cannot open the video in Windows Media format, you can try it on YouTube, here.

Scripture: Almsgiving is integral to lenten observance in Orthodoxy, with much more direct attention to helping the indigent than I had been observing in my Protestant life, though C.S. Lewis prepared the way for this insight as well as my transfer to Orthodoxy. Today's Old Testament text is one of the Bible's most direct teachings on the topic.

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If you missed my overview of my venture in Northern Ireland, check it out here. My residence/postal address is 227 Crumlin Road, Belfast, Northern Ireland BT14 7DY, UK. Mobile: 07772197118.

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