Thursday, 16 June 2011

Crossing Dublin without alcoholic temptation

In Ulysses (set on 16 June) by James Joyce the character Leopold Bloom said:

"A good puzzle would be to cross Dublin without passing a pub."

Well a computer engineer, with way too much time on his hands, and way too much sobriety, thinks that he has come up with the solution. Read his explanation for more of how he used modern technology to chart his route.

However, there is a caveat. When Joyce wrote Ulysses serialised from 1918-1920 and printed in full in 1922, there were probably more pubs in Dublin. So does anyone else want to map the known pubs of that time and see if it is possible?

Although why anyone would want to be in Dublin and totally miss out a pub is anyone's guess. Sláinte.

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