Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Let's hear it for New Cork !

Cork .. center of the Universe ?? Yes ba !

Cork in Top Ten World Cities

We're in tough times so it was always going to be a ferocious battle between hundreds of European cities to make the cut for Lonely Planet's top ten cities. Appropriately enough Cork city had plenty to spare when the judges made their final decision and we now await with glee for the hoards of tourists to jet in.
The cream of the crop

The newly launched guide entitled Best in Travel 2010trumpets Planet Earth's best tourist destinations and is influential enough to turbo boost a city's reputation and economy.

Unsurprisingly nowhere else in the cash-strapped Republic of Ireland or northern Europe got a mention. In fact besides Lecce in Italy no other city or town in the EU made the grade. Give yourselves a slap on the backs feens and beours - this accolade is some achievement.

And more than anywhere else, our inclusion comes down to 'people' more than anything else as the guide lavishes praise on us Corkonians.

"Cork is at the top of its game right now; sophisticated, vibrant and diverse, while still retaining its friendliness, relaxed charm and quick fire wit", says the publication. Their words not ours.

To be fair, even though the statement is full of praise they are playing us down slightly - probably so half the globe won't up sticks and move here straight away. We would have used a lot more adjectives.

At times the PROC is unfairly looked upon as a biased propaganda machine working on behalf of the county. Now we can at least drop the 'biased' part because this independent verification (no reporters were held at 'hurley-point' and water boarded with Beamish at any stage) clearly shows that what we've been banging on about here for years is completely, undeniably and utterly true.

And if any outsiders give you grief for going on about how great Cork is then you can say:

Sure it woz the Lonely Planet what said it boy!

Corkonians will have to be on their best behaviour with the expected influx of foreign tourists piling into the city to munch on tripe and drisheen, ring the Shandon bells, revel in the thriving live music scene and to watch hurling marches.

We're clearly now among the top tribes on the planet according to this book but flattery can weaken the senses so be double-dog wide. When the tourist season kicks off again expect rakes of foreigners flirting with you, buying you gat and trying to get you back to their hotel.

most other Irish towns and cities. Not Cork though.

We should note that among our fellow top ten cities is Singapore - a city state on the southern tip of the Malaysian peninsula - a metropolis that has thrived since claiming independence from Malaysia and its oppressive Dublin-equivalent Kuala Lumpur. Many laughed when the small state decided to go it alone. Now with its own UN membership and massive economy few criticise the 'bauld' move by Singapore's leaders.

The case for total independence from Dublin's tax-hungry money-wasting government has never been so clear cut. Now that Cork is leading the way out of the recession perhaps its time to once and for all cut all ties with the corrupt and bungling regime at Leinster House and hammer the PROC-lamation to the door of the GPO.

As they'd have to accept us eventually, debating controversial county-board motions at the UN would be great craic too!

World's Top 10 cities:

1. Cork;
2. Singapore;
3. Istanbul, Turkey;
4. Kyoto, Japan;
5. Vancouver, Canada

6. Charleston, USA;
7. Cuenca, Ecuador;
8. Lecce, Italy;
9. Sarajevo, Bosnia;
10. Abu Dhabi, UAE;

See the book HERE

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