Buying The T-Shirt

I am indebted to “Turgon” over on Slugger for the story on the Strabane T-Shirt Scandal.
Seemingly an American company is selling a T-Shirt with the logo “Strabane” with the British Flag.
Strabane is of course just about the most nationalistt town in Norn Iron.
Seemingly when this was pointed out to the T-Shirt people, they pointed out that they meant the “Strabane in Scotland”. Which is of course absolutely ok…except the Belfast Telegraph points out …there isnt a Strabane in Scotland.
Now of course, to a Unionist, that T-Shirt would be an amusing statement of fact. To the nationalist population of Strabane it would be offensive.
But we actually have a track record here in offensive T-Shirts.
I recall the Halloween mask from July (yes July) 1994….the British Flag with the legend “Trick or Treat”. Harmless in itself of course but less than a year after the Greysteele murders of several people in a County Derry bar at October 1993… The killers notoriously shouted ” Trick or Treat” as they opened up with automatic weapons.
Lets be honest, I got a lot of satisfaction out of wearing a Celtic football shirt in the summer of 2012, knowing that Rangers (RIP) was having their own problems. Its how me are.
Zero Sum T-Shirts.
So therefore a business ooportunity presents itself.
I will be starting a new company and wil present my case on Dragons Den. I am looking for investors.
My new company, located for tax purposes in the Cayman Islands is “Zero Sum T-Shirts” and will be a cross community business. This shold get me some financial grants from the Norn Iron Government and Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness can open my factory on the Peace Line between the Falls and Shankill Roads.
T-Shirts with the British Flag and “Crossmaglen”, “Coalisland” and “Ardboe” will be big sellers with unionists. T-Shirts with the Irish Flag and “Carrickfergus”, “Dundonald” and “Rathcoole”will go down well with nationalists.
The mission statement of my company will be to make as much money as possible.

So…if you wish to invest, just let me know.

It is hard to imagine anything funnier than an American company thinking Strabane is in Scotland.
And totally correct that the LetsgetAlongerist Belfast Telegraph holding them to public ridicule.
But rather unfortunately for the Belfast Telegraph….their story locates Strabane in County Fermanagh. It is of course in County Tyrone.
Of course nobody could reasonably expect a letsgetalongerist to be familiar with any place in Norn Iron more than twenty five miles from Helens Bay.

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13 Responses to Buying The T-Shirt

  1. kilclunylooney says:

    Lucky old you, being able to access Turgon on Slugger, I still can’t get my fix. Anyone else
    having this problem, and if you are, are you on Sky broadband?

    • No I dont use Sky Broadband.

      • factual says:

        FJH this year I met someone who was from Strabane originally, and got to know her quite well: we went to museums and things like that together.

        Anyhow she said that Strabane was a very depressing place with absolutely nothing to do in the evening, a very limited choice of places to eat, and that she always hoped to leave, so she was delighted when her parents also decided to leave. She said she expects never to go back, and has no wish to.

        She said that all her friends at school had left too.

      • Sounds just like Dalkey πŸ˜‰

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  3. bangordub says:

    Having met Mr Fitzjames horse for a a very enjoyable and, I would say educational, afternoon in Bangor the other day, I’d like to let him know that I am well on the mend from my serious dose of Manflu. I’m preparing my latest blog on the somewhat ambiguous relationship between unionism and violent insurrection at the minute. It’ll be up later this evening.
    I will be in Dublin next week in Dalkey of all places.

    • It was a good day out.
      But I was exhausted.
      Seriously going out of house tires me. I need to get back in the swing of going out more often.
      Bring back one of those T shirts….Dalkey and a British Flag. πŸ™‚

  4. bangordub says:

    Obviously the interesting selection of characters you met on the day took a while to recover from? now you know what I have to put up with!

  5. Theresa says:

    Why are you having a shop? Shouldn’t you be selling on ebay or from a website of your own? If you want to make money you need to cut out expenditure like shops which incur rent, rates, electricity bills etc and the cost of staff salaries. I cant invest if you are going to throw money away unnecessarily like that πŸ™‚

  6. anewdawn says:

    Zero Sum T-Shirts lol You’re on to something there, you’ll need to get it trademarked.

  7. James says:

    Turgon is not a nationalist, fyi.

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