Bank blunders on book quote
A gaffe by the Central Bank has caused 10,000 10-euro coins honoring Irish writer James Joyce to be minted with an extra word. The silver 10-euro coin issued by the bank to commemorate Joyce’s Ulysses misquotes a line from the modernist masterpiece. The coin features a portrait of the author and a short quotation taken from the book’s third chapter, into which an extra word was mistakenly added. The coin was launched at a private event at Newman House, St Stephen’s Green, where Joyce studied between 1898 and 1902. “The coin’s design, combining portrait and concept in an original manner, reflects Joyce’s standing as one of the leading figures in the modernist movement,” central bank governor Patrick Honohan said. The quote comes from a scene when one of the two main characters, Stephen Dedalus, is walking along Sandymount Strand in the writer’s native Dublin. “Ineluctable modality of the visible: at least that if no more, thought through my eyes. Signatures of all things I am here to read,” Joyce wrote. However, on the coin, the extra word “that” is inserted into the second sentence.
Thatcher street debate rages
Left-wing politicians on Paris’ city council have slammed a proposal to name a street in the capital after former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, suggesting instead that one be named after IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands. City councilor Jerome Dubus of the right-wing UMP party has said he would propose naming a street after Thatcher, who died on Monday, at an upcoming city council meeting. However, councilor Ian Brossat, of the Communist-backed Left Front, denounced the move and said the city would do better to honor Sands, the Northern Irish prisoner, who died in a 1981 hunger strike while Thatcher was in office. “The cynicism of the Parisian right knows no bounds,” Brossat said. “Jerome Dubus’ proposal is a joke.”
Priest free to preach again
A Catholic priest banned from the pulpit for calling Islam “the worst thing ever” and gays “perverts” is free to preach again, media reported on Thursday. Karl Tropper from Sankt Veit am Vogau wrote last year in the parish magazine that homosexuality was a curable “illness” and that gays were “responsible for more than six million AIDS deaths.” In an interview with the Kleine Zeitung daily last month, the 75-year-old said that homosexuality was a “perversion” and that “in 50 years Vienna will be a Muslim city. The Votivkirche [a large Vienna church] will be a mosque.”