Irvine Welsh on Ireland

Irvine Welsh: Well, Ireland’s kind of… It’s such a weird transformation. I’ve been… Because I’ve got relatives and family from there. I’ve been going there since I was a kid. But it’s like, it’s kind of… Just, in the last 10 years, 15 years, it just come out with, just like, [under new] recession, basically, and it’s just changed. it’s just changed so much. It’s become like, it’s become an importer of people. It’s become a multi-ethnic society and this has happened just in almost in a blink of an eye. When I go away from my street and come back about 2 weeks later, the whole place practically was different. You can see it happen before your eyes, almost. It’s quite a transformation. So, it’s been a great thing for people in Ireland because they’re just… You have to have been put up [IB] over the years. You deserve a bit of wealth and affluence. But, on the other hand, something like that does change a country and sometimes not always for the better.

There’s a kind of gold rush mentality, but, again the current recession we’re moving into now, it’s difficult to see how that can play out. But, again, Ireland is in a much stronger position than the USA or the UK to ride out the recession because unlike us in Britain or yourselves in America, it’s now spend all this kind of capital reserve. So, it’s like it has a lot of money reserved. So, the big capital projects like the Dublin Metro, the [IB] and stuff, these are all going ahead, whereas these are usually the first things that crumble when you have a recession.

 

Recorded on: September 8, 2008

 

Irvine Welsh tells of how Ireland went multi-ethnic overnight.

LinkedIn meets Tinder in this mindful networking app

Swipe right to make the connections that could change your career.

Getty Images
Sponsored
Swipe right. Match. Meet over coffee or set up a call.

No, we aren't talking about Tinder. Introducing Shapr, a free app that helps people with synergistic professional goals and skill sets easily meet and collaborate.

Keep reading Show less

10 books to check out from Jordan Peterson's 'Great Books' list

The Canadian professor has an extensive collection posted on his site.

Jordan Peterson with Carl Jung and the cover art of Jaak Panksepp's 'Affective Neuroscience' (Image: Chris Williamson/Getty Images/Big Think)
Personal Growth
  • Peterson's Great Books list features classics by Orwell, Jung, Huxley, and Dostoevsky.
  • Categories include literature, neuroscience, religion, and systems analysis.
  • Having recently left Patreon for "freedom of speech" reasons, Peterson is taking direct donations through Paypal (and Bitcoin).
Keep reading Show less

Scientists claim the Bible is written in code that predicts future events

The controversy around the Torah codes gets a new life.

Michael Drosnin
Surprising Science
  • Mathematicians claim to see a predictive pattern in the ancient Torah texts.
  • The code is revealed by a method found with special computer software.
  • Some events described by reading the code took place after the code was written.
Keep reading Show less

Should you invest in China's stock market? Know this one thing first.

Despite incredible economic growth, it is not necessarily an investor's paradise.

Videos
  • China's stock market is just 27 years old. It's economy has grown 30x over that time.
  • Imagine if you had invested early and gotten in on the ground floor.
  • Actually, you would have lost money. Here's how that's possible.