Monday, 17 March 2008

St Patricks Day

The 17th March is the day that the world celebrates St Patricks Day. I was hoping for a 'green' themed photo to mark the day but it didn't happen so today's picture is from an advert outside the Midland Hotel (Betfair Arms) by the train station. The Toucan was used in the advertising of Guinness in the 1940's, a jingle from the time went "Toucans in their nests agree/Guinness is good for you/Try some today and see/What one or toucan do." The Toucan was reinstated in 2000 to promote the fact that Guinness was brought to the British mainland direct from Ireland. Guinness is the drink most associated with St Patricks Day and the Irish, but Ireland is not the biggest consumer of the Stout in the world. That accolade goes to Africa, who drinking their way through 40% of the worldwide production of Guinness. Canada is the fastest growing market and on St Patricks Day in 2006 more Guinness was sold in Canada than in Ireland! I hope you enjoy St Patricks Day, have a couple of pints of Guinness and see what one or Toucan do for you!

Come back tomorrow for some photos of my trip to The North!


brian stout said...

very cool photo, and post for st patricks day! i've always been partial to guinness, because my last name is Stout... =) Happy St Patrick's Day, Marley!

Fénix - Bostonscapes said...

Happy St. Paddy's, Marley! Love that toucan :) and can't wait to see your trip photos.

Chuck Pefley said...

Thanks! I'll see what Toucan do for me! -:)

Kate said...


May soft gentle breezes brush o'er your face,
For each loving touch is God's warm embrace.
May you have enough for all that you need,
And never be hurt by another one's greed.
The Lord keep you safe from terrible things,
And at the end of this life, lift you up on His wings.

Happy St. Patrick's Day and may the Leprechauns be good to you!

Anonymous said...

I've given up alcohol for Lent, so I won't be having any Guinness till next week. Oh well - I'm sure it'll keep ;)

Happy St Patrick's Day to you!

Anonymous said...

There seemed to be a bit of guinness flowing around Trafalfar Square as well.

Lori said...

I love the toucan! I searched for an appropriate St. Patrick's day post but couldn't find anything so I gave up. This one is great! Happy St. Patrick's day!

Neva said...

But, Marley, you posted your green on Friday! I only like Guinness if it is in a "black and blue" Guinness and Blue Moon.....and more Blue Moon than Guinness!! The Toucan is a nice touch....and being an IBM girl (Irish by Marriage) you'd have thought I would have posted something Irish AND Green and I did neither!

Rob said...

Any more than Toucan will result in slurred typing. Guinness is a staple in our home, in fact, I just may enjoy one now. Thank you for this grat refreshing idea. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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