The Irish diaspora of the 18th and 19th centuries led to a veritable population explosion of Irishmen and (women) around the world. And with them came their jigs, Celtic traditions, shamrocks, crosses, and - of course - the tale of St. Patrick himself.
You chilli heads may know about this already, but for those of us hesitating in the shallow end of the spice pool, the Scoville scale rates and ranks hot peppers on their capsaicin content. Capsaicin, that crunchy c-word, is what gives a pepper its heat...
Our trousers remain unbuttoned. Our shirts continue to hug us a little too tightly. Our scarves camouflage our soft jawlines. Even our shoes - those traitors - look at us accusingly, tongues out in mockery.
A bell tolls from a church tower, and empty streets throughout the village echo the sound. Wait... empty streets? But it’s the holidays! Where are the holly jolly parties? The garland-strewn strollers? The merry many?