Latté in a Glass Sir or The Curse of Globalisation?

Twelve years ago after a trip to the wonderful Amoeba Records  I sat down in a corner café in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district to marvel at my purchases.  I had managed to replace a lot of my not insubstantial vinyl collection with their cd equivalents for a snip.  Anyway my eyes nearly popped out of their sockets when I was served a latté, in a GLASS.  Today, I’m sure if I tried, I’d get a latté in a glass in Mullingar, Clara, or Borris-in-Ossory.  Haven’t we come a long way!

On a recent trip back there I found little in the way of goods or services that excited me, apart from Whole Foods maybe.  I even found Amoeba to be a bit on the pricey side.  Don’t get me wrong, San Francisco is the most enchanting city I’ve ever visited.  I love its liberal culture and creativity, along with the fact that if you dropped a bomb on every other US city, San Fran would find a way to keep chugging along.  I know Ireland is up sh&t creek  but as I was flying home I found myself musing on how long it will be before someone asks “What has the US to offer us apart from Dodge Chargers and ridiculous Four by Fours?”


4 thoughts on “Latté in a Glass Sir or The Curse of Globalisation?

  1. Pajovic

    Interesting thoughts to chew on there pal. My first latte in a glass was in good old France, but the waiter was in a serious strop, you wouldn’t have gotten that in good old Chicago, not without it being one’s own fault anyways!

    Yeah, places are really becoming more and more homogenised when it comes to the commodities we enjoy, clothes, food, music, drink etc. I guess, the only thing that makes it less noticable is when you are in powerhouse cities of culture like San Francisco, Chicago, etc in the US and most European cities like Berlin, Brugges, Paris, Dublin, London, or others like Sydney,Rio etc etc where the cities themselves have such a vibrant original streak that is so fundamentally innate in their very being that they will forever charm with their quirkyness, their weirdness and ultimately their coolness, regardless of the billboard boys. It’s when this wave of homogenisation his cities like Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Canberra, etc that ones feels like they are trapped in a neverending vicious circle of television commecials and product placements………….”it’s cool, because we’re telling you it is!! muahahahaha!!”


  2. Raz

    How about the lightbulb, the airplane and rock and roll! (and securing liberty, democracy etc. in Europe and throughout much of the planet) – the hummer is pretty cool too, though, it’s true.


    1. advocatodiabolo

      My feeling is that I was already so familiar with most of what I came across this time because I can get most of it here!!! I don’t think that’s a good thing for the States


  3. Pajovic

    Sir Joseph Swan of Newcastle announced that he had made a working light bulb in 1878 and gave a public demonstration in Sunderland – 10 months before Edison. The Americans say it was just a working model and not a commercial reality……

    As for WWII, I seem to remember the Red Army (cool name or what?) accounting for 85% of all Germany militaty forces?

    As for Air travel, i think Sir Frank Whittle’s British invented jet engine is possible wha we should be looking at when it comes to ‘commercial reality’ in air travel.

    One needs to see the trees from the woods old fruit.


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