The Nike Black And Tan for St Patrick’s Day – run from the police in style
TO mark St Patrick’s Day, America shoe company Nike has unveiled The Black And Tan. NikeBlog says the Nike SB Dunk Low Black & Tan has been”inspired by the cloudy mix of Guinness and pale ale that is a Black & Tan”. Slash Foods hints:
A black and tan, is equal parts stout (Guinness or otherwise) and lighter colored ale, often a Bass Pale Ale or Harp’s lager. Many an Irish barman will tell you that a layered black and tan is simply a Yank affectation and that in the homeland the two beers are simply poured together.
At this authentic Irish pub in America, you can order Black O’Tan:
Thick-cut and hand-breaded, our onion rings are simply scrumptious. Try them dipped in our homemade Dublin sauce.
The Black and Tans were also a force created by Winston Churchill to police the Irish. They were brought to Ireland to fight the Irish nationalists in 1920.
The Belfast Telegraph:
Lt Col Smyth, one of their leading commanders, is often quoted to sum up the orders they were given and the reason behind their behaviour.
He said, in June 1920: ‘If a police barracks is burned or if the barracks already occupied is not suitable, then the best house in the locality is to be commandeered, the occupants thrown into the gutter. Let them die there – the more the merrier. Should the order (Hands Up) not be immediately obeyed, shoot and shoot with effect. If the persons approaching (a patrol) carry their hands in their pockets, or are in any way suspicious-looking, shoot them down. You may make mistakes occasionally and innocent persons may be shot, but that cannot be helped, and you are bound to get the right parties some time. The more you shoot, the better I will like you, and I assure you no policeman will get into trouble for shooting any man.’
One day your actions will be remembered in a sports shoe with suede and leather over the upper, finished off with a white midsole and special insole design. It being what teh Duke of Wellington would have wanted.
Hurrah! We march – silently – although we may squeak on lino – at dawn!