Sunday, 7 February 2010

"Ulster Museum" - Yer Auld Arse

Ah hid occasion fur til visit the Ulster Museum the o'er day, oan a bus wi' a range o' folk. Now as yid expect frae an Ulster Scots histerical an' cultural commenator, ah'm a big fan o' museums, the Apprentice Boys yin in the Memorial Hall a personal favourite, an' thus a settled doon in the bus anticipatin' a plethora o' Archaeological excitements. Fur those o' yis wha hiv niver visited the Ulster Museum a shud point oot that it takes in Art an' Science as well as histerical things, an' til better inform yis ah hiv decided fur til review the visit here.


Ballix, that awl ah kin say. Ah hiv nae idea who this Sean Scully is, but ah kin paint stripes tae. The whole flewr is give o'er tae this twat, stripes awl roun'. Me an' wee Billy are nathin' if nat cultured, we even went an watched the fillum about the fella. Chancer ah say, stannin' back an lukkin' at his stripes afore changin the colour o' yin, total chancer. If ah want til see stripes ah'll luck at the pavements o' Portavogie oor the Shankill. If ye compare the twa pictures below yi'll see whit ah main. Note the Shankill Road artists use of vertical an' horizontal strips is directly copied by Scully, but the latter's work lacks the depth an' use of perspective of his obvious inspiration. Also he lacks slogans.
Scully's is on the left.


Now, ah'm awl fur scientific larnin' but ah saw things called dinosaurs, ah saw things called fassils, ah saw "geological timelines". Did ah see yin thing pointin' oot that awl this was put here by God til fool us? Did ah arse. Evolution was explained in great detail, despite the fact that Archbishop Ussher proved that the wurld was made the night before Sunday, October 23, 4004 BC. An' Archbishop Ussher was frae here, nae less. Didnae even git a mention.


Ah hiv til admit ah quite enjoyed the Archeology bit, aside frae a bit o' ballix aboot the Celts. Howiver this brings me til the gratest prablem wi' the Ulster Museum, yin which demands ma immediete attention. When ah got til the end ah realised ah hadnae seen yin thing aboot the Ulster Scots. A brief bit aboot the Orange Order (yin panel) an' a picture oor twa o' King Billy. Ah cudnae believe it, an hiv decided fur til take the matter intil ma ain hands, wi a carefully wurded escreed til the boys at the museum. They hiv one o' those fancy comment boxes, so ah hiv copied the escreed below. Note ah writ in Englis as best ah cud fur themuns are hardly likely fur til be spakers o' the hamely tongue.

Dear Ulster Museum folk

I visited your museum the other day for a wee look see at the new arrangements. A fine collection of stuff you may have, but I noticed a clear gap in your collections. Whilst the historical bit covers a lot of stuff admirably, there is a dearth of Ulster Scots material. This is an anomaly which should be addressed forthwith.

From what I can work out the entire top flour is give over tae some boy's collection o' stripes. I would suggest that when ye get rid of that you use the available space to more adequately explore the complex world of Ulster Scotsness. The new exhibition could include articles such as lambeg drumming, sashes, sausage rolls, blackthorn sticks, more lambeg drumming and Lord Laird of Artigarvan's extensive collection of striped ties.

Whilst exploring the archaeological bit of your museum I also noticed that you have a wee speaker thing where you can listen to folk speaking Gaelic. I would imagine a similar job could be installed for to examine how folk in Ballymena, Lisnaffify and Ballyhalbert all speak a bit different from eachother.

Finally what is going on in your science bit. Fossils are made up things God put here til fool us.

Professor Billy McWilliams

Ah'll let yis knae if they reply.


Dr Felicity Moore said...

Did they have anything on the history of the GAA?

Professor Billy McWilliams said...

Didn't luk