So what is your name?
Barney. And, what is your surname?
Barney Stone? And, where are you from? Ireland?
Barney Stone from Ireland?
No. ‘The’ Barney Stone from ‘The’ Ireland.
Oh. Well, that is alright then. Next question.
Do you get kissed a lot?
Define ‘a lot!’
Well, more than twice a day. Once in the morning when you awake, and once at bedtime just before you go to sleep, usually by a person you live with, and love.
My flatmate, Sebastian?
No, he loves me not.
I see. No, I was talking about people that might travel to Ireland and kiss you.
Why would they do that?
Because of your name.
Because of my name?
Yes, many people, men and… ‘not men’, go to Ireland just to kiss ‘The’ Barney Stone.
And why would they do that?
It’s traditional. People have been doing it for thousands, maybe even ‘hundreds’, of years – it’s traditional – as I said before.
I’m not that old.
Well, you do look a bit on the young side.
Thank you. And, anyway, I’ve never been to Ireland.
Never been there! Weren’t you born there?
So, you must have been there!
No. I was ‘there’, then I left there, but I’ve have never ‘been’ to Ireland.
Oh. Well, that’s fine to be sure.
And I’m not even Irish.
No. My mother ‘and’ my father were both——
Oh. Well, that doesn’t necessarily mean you aren’t Irish – it can skip a generation.
Can it? Oh.
Yes. So, is ‘The’ Barney Stone your real name?
No. It’s Brian ‘sTown.
As in ‘Brianstown’ in Ireland.
Is there a Brian ‘sTown in Ireland?
Well, that’s probably not me?
No. It’s not at all like that, it’s spelt differently.
Oh. So, why are you calling yourself ‘The’ Barney Stone?
It’s after my dog. He’s called Barney, Barney ‘sTown. He’s an Irish wolfhound. Only a puppy – over thirty years old, and still only a puppy.
And does he get kissed a lot?
She. Oh, yes. And everybody’s talking ten, nineteen, or even ‘twenty’ to the dozen about that.
Yes, they are.