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  • Registered Users Posts: 26,165 ✭✭✭✭Peregrinus


    Or, you could just see the map as a series of concentric rings centred on the Francophone countries of France, Switzerland and Belgium. The closer you are to them, the more cachet a Michelin star has, and the more highly-motivated a restaurant is to acquire one.



  • Registered Users Posts: 10,838 ✭✭✭✭Realt Dearg Sec


    And the more inclined a francophone company is to give one. Even in America it's been shown that places that do French cuisine are more likely to get a star.



  • Registered Users Posts: 14,070 ✭✭✭✭retalivity


    Columbus's view of the world



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,600 ✭✭✭PommieBast


    Bit of a nitpick.. But it seems a little loose differentiating dominion and crown colony status from outright independence.



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,105 ✭✭✭RiderOnTheStorm


    according to Wiki, Ireland got independence in December 1921, and Egypt was Feb 1922 … and as with our Egyptian brothers, Im a bit proud of being first …. after the Yanks ;-) ….



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  • Registered Users Posts: 10,587 ✭✭✭✭Furze99


    Our new national park - Páirc Náisiúnta na Mara. Bit of a makey uppy of 12 bits - mostly Atlantic Ocean and excludes most of the Blasket Islands even at that. The land parts which will be accessible to the public are scattered. The Conor Pass road was a public road anyway and the American chap there got €6M for his investment which includes a conifer forest of non native species and probably grant aided to establish! Announced as the largest national park in the state, which is quite a spin. Maybe it's just a start.



  • Registered Users Posts: 382 ✭✭pjordan


    Good to see it mapped out at least. Was trying to find it on line on the NPWS website the day of the announcement and they're still back at dealing with the Meath park announced last autumn. I was wondering did the Haughey family generously bequeath Inisvickallaune to make some reparation for the sins of their father, but I see it's only the seas around the Blaskets that are included.



  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 7,167 Mod ✭✭✭✭cdeb


    Is that our first Marine National Park?

    Given their benefit in terms of sustainability and climate change - and how good they could be for tourism - it's ridiculous we haven't got a huge amount more

    I suppose once the fish are gone we can protect the sea...



  • Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 12,627 Mod ✭✭✭✭JupiterKid


    Map of Venice, circa 1500



  • Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 12,627 Mod ✭✭✭✭JupiterKid


    Average age of young people leaving the parental home in Europe, 2020



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  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 16,259 Mod ✭✭✭✭Manic Moran


    Doesn’t mean that there aren’t good restaurants, mind. Could be that Michelin hasn’t visited much.

    The US is a case in point. The California tourism board paid Michelin $600,000 to publish a guide for California. They got a good deal: Florida, plus the tourism boards for Miami, Orlando and Tampa paid Michelin $1.5mn over three years. Texas hasn’t paid anything. Michelin, oddly, has not published a Texas guide, despite San Antonio being one of two UN-Declared “cities of gastronomy” in the US, whatever that is. You want a quality awarded reatraurant here, look for a James Beard awarded one.

    A restaurant with a Michelin star is deserving of one. A quality restraurant without one may just be in the wrong geographic area.



  • Registered Users Posts: 10,587 ✭✭✭✭Furze99


    Yes, I smiled when I saw Haugheys Island was excluded. But presumably the state would hope that eventually all the islands there will be integrated into this marine park, whether by purchase or bequest.

    Will fishing be limited in these areas now I wonder. And what's to stop a much larger area being declared, I think the state claims ownership of all below a certain low tide mark?



  • Registered Users Posts: 7,147 ✭✭✭plodder


    Surely, it's stretching the definition of a "park" to include the sea. What is the point of it, other than bureaucratic paper shuffling? I read an FAQ in the IT and am still none the wiser.

    Coillte's forests on the other hand, might not have the scale to be called "national parks" but de-facto that is what they are imo, in terms of amenity value to the public at least.



  • Registered Users Posts: 382 ✭✭pjordan


    I'd say the amenity value is just one consideration in justifying NP designation. Part of the logic is protection and preservation and an increased ability to enforce same and limit or control commercial development. That can equally apply to a marine as well as a land environment and there are a surprisingly high number of marine national parks worldwide.



  • Registered Users Posts: 7,147 ✭✭✭plodder


    You wonder what can be limited in a marine national park when it doesn't include the land areas within it? As a poster above points out the seas are owned by the state anyway.

    One thing I like about UK national parks is they don't have to be state owned. Spent a couple of days in one in the Yorkshire Dales last year. Stunning scenery and because of the park designation, obviously very well preserved. Huge amenity value as well, with walks/trails.



  • Registered Users Posts: 10,194 ✭✭✭✭Dodge


    I’m sure most of you are aware of the Map Men series on YouTube. Good one released yesterday on phantom islands. Theres an Irish connection too




  • Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 12,627 Mod ✭✭✭✭JupiterKid


    Countries where the ultra-wealthy reside, 2024



  • Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 12,627 Mod ✭✭✭✭JupiterKid


    Global happiness levels by country, 2024



  • Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 12,627 Mod ✭✭✭✭JupiterKid


    Languages of the Byzantine Empire, circa 580 AD



  • Moderators, Politics Moderators Posts: 39,036 Mod ✭✭✭✭Seth Brundle


    The world's 26 remaining monarchies…



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  • Moderators, Arts Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 76,553 Mod ✭✭✭✭New Home


    I'd have thought the Vatican wouldn't be a monarchy, as the pope isn't a king or an emperor. Otherwise we might as well add all the dictatorships.



  • Registered Users Posts: 16,119 ✭✭✭✭Pherekydes


    From the wiki page on monarchies:

    Six forms of elective monarchies exist today. The Pope of the Roman Catholic Church (who rules as Sovereign of the Vatican City State) is elected for life by the College of Cardinals.



  • Registered Users Posts: 10,838 ✭✭✭✭Realt Dearg Sec




  • Registered Users Posts: 78,303 ✭✭✭✭Victor


    Actually, lots of places have had votes for a particular king. Not least in Ireland, in the pre-Norman period.



  • Registered Users Posts: 40,240 ✭✭✭✭ohnonotgmail


    The Greeks had a vote for a new king back in 1862. They eventually appointed someone who received 6 votes out of a total of 240,000. Yes, 6.



  • Moderators, Arts Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 76,553 Mod ✭✭✭✭New Home


    On the other hand, dictators get ALL the votes. I wonder how they manage it.



  • Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Technology & Internet Moderators Posts: 90,867 Mod ✭✭✭✭Capt'n Midnight


    The Pope is Bishop of Rome, Vicar of Jesus Christ, Successor of the Prince of the Apostles, Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church, Patriarch of the West, Primate of Italy, Metropolitan Archbishop of the Province of Rome, Sovereign of the State of Vatican City…

    The co-princes of Andorra are the Bishop of Urgell and the President of France. At least one of them has nuclear weapons.



  • Moderators, Arts Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 76,553 Mod ✭✭✭✭New Home


    "Sovereign of the State of Vatican City"

    That's the relevant bit.



  • Registered Users Posts: 78,303 ✭✭✭✭Victor


    Are you saying there is a 50:50 chance of the Roman Catholic Church having nuclear weapons?

    Post edited by Victor on


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  • Registered Users Posts: 14,070 ✭✭✭✭retalivity




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