Today, my attention was caught by Frizztext’s challenge on the letter ‘B’. I recently came across a photo of me taken a good many years ago on one of our visits to family in Ireland. Of course, one of the things which I absolutely had to do, was kiss the ‘Blarney Stone’ (Cloch na Blarna).
I’d heard and read so much about this block of bluestone, which in 1446, was built into the battlements of Blarney Castle near Cork. Kissing this stone is said to endow a person with the ‘Gift of the Gab’, which is the gift of eloquent speech, or the art of flattery or deception without causing offense. In order to touch the stone with one’s lips, it’s necessary to go to the very peak of the castle, and then lean over backwards on the parapet’s edge. Luckily for me, wrought iron guard rails and safety bars had been installed, but in the olden days, participants were just grasped by the ankles and dangled over the abyss. I don’t think I’d have been quite so keen, if that had been the case. I wouldn’t recommend this for anyone who is afraid of heights.
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