Program 358: Cuba by Motorcycle; Celtic Middle Earth; Irish Craic
Release Date: 03-15-2014
Get a fresh look at Cuba and Ireland: Hear from a motorcycle-tour guide about how Americans can now legally visit Cuba, then learn about the sophisticated celestial-based geometry the ancient Celts used to organize their world. Listen in as a pair of Irishmen share a beer and a little banter with Rick for Saint Patrick's Day.
- Christopher P Baker, tour guide to Cuba and author of the Moon Cuba handbook
- Graham Robb, author of "The Discovery of Middle Earth" (Norton)
- Stephen McPhilemy, tour guide based in Derry, No. Ireland
- Liam O'Riordan, singer based in Blarney, County Cork, Ireland
- Christopher P. Baker's website.
- Christopher P. Baker wrote "Mi Moto Fidel" after his first motorcycle excursion, to research the length of Cuba for the "Moon Cuba" handbook, published by Moon Travel Guides.
- Chris' motorcycle tours of Cuba are organized through Moto Discovery.
- Graham Robb's works are listed on his publisher's site at W. W. Norton.Graham Robb's latest book is called "The Discovery of Middle Earth" (Norton). It has been released in the U.K. under the title "The Ancient Paths" by Picador / Pan Macmillan.
- Tim Martin reviews Graham Robb's findings in "The Discovery of Middle Earth," which is titled "The Ancient Paths" in the UK, for The Telegraph.
- The New York Times discusses Graham Robb's theories about Celtic migrations.
- Information about the second-century Antonine Wall in Scotland.
- Stephen McPhilemy operates the Paddy’s Palace hostel in Derry, and his tour guide contact information is online at www.irishexperience.ie.
- Liam O'Riordan's website.
- Liam O'Riordan sings at pubs in County Cork as part of a duo called Trad Routes.A monthly listing of music festivals in Ireland.
- Travel blogger Tom Galvin writes an introduction to the Irish sport of hurling.
- Tacoma Weekly posts a number of Irish blessings online, and the homegrown trivia site corsinet.com lists a number of colorful Irish blessings and curses.
- The potato.ie website lists the benefits of some of Ireland's favorite types of potatoes.
Pgm 358 Ireland Haiku (first aired on program 238, March 2011)
The last sight of land
I stand where my kin left home
Seals dance in the surf
— Malinda Smyth, Lakewood, Ohio
cold winds stop us in our tracks
the Cliffs of Moher
blowing and cutting
QC smashing the rejects
— Carol Snow, Del Mar, California
Decorate the Book of Kells
Borrowed pagan art
— Kathy Schaffer, Bellevue, Washington
Pgm 358 extra - Graham Robb, author of "The Discovery of Middle Earth," talks about seeking out the remains of old Celtic towns, which often are atop hills and offer excellent views. He also explains how the ancient Celts would have viewed Stonehenge with the same wonder we do today, and touches on the importance of their celestially-based system for organizing the world. (runs 2:53)