Those of us of a certain age may remember, unless you had better psychological therapy than me, The Singing Ringing Tree*, a German children’s film, presumably created under the influence of LSD, and broadcast by the BBC in three parts in 1964 to completely screw up a generation of children, myself included. If you survived, you may have seen the send up on (the brilliant and much missed) The Fast Show, as ‘The Singing Ringing Binging Plinging Tinging Plinking Plonking Boinging Tree’ which made about as much sense as the original.
After the sanity-stretching experience recounted yesterday, I visited ‘The Magic Tree’, a profoundly ill holly tree beside a road near the Mahon Falls, not far from Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. It is not that easy to find, especially on a day when the clouds have descended so low that you are driving through them! But we did and that meant not just seeing the tree but its magic!
This is one of the several magic roads around Ireland where gravity is reversed and, when you let the handbrake off and have the car in neutral, the car rolls uphill. So what do you see below? A slope up? Or down?
It would not be too contentious to say that it looks like a slope uphill and it does look and feel like it at this point, just below the tree. But, yes, the car does roll uphill. Of course, when you get out and walk or pour some water on the road, it does run downhill but it is all a bit confusing. Magic? I think not, but very weird!
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Today is Wear your Pyjamas to work day! Odd that it is at the weekend – though maybe that’s a relief. Not to be encouraged among butchers or hot dog vendors.