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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: June 28, 2010 @ 11:13 am

    Red head alert!

    Pól Ó Muirí

    Do you know any red heads (Latin: homo gingerus. Irish: rud rua) who may have gone missing during the recent spell of very hot weather? A brother or sister perhaps? A school friend? A colleague? Red heads can suffer greatly in hot weather – those with freckles are particularly vulnerable. If you have not seen a red-headed friend lately, give them call. Cheer them up by telling them it will soon rain and they can go out again. Perhaps you could visit and bring them a large sombrero or spare some change so they can buy some factor 50. Don’t mock them with jokes about looking like a lobster. Red heads have feelings too you know. Go on – call a red head today.

    • Most of what you said about redheads is true. I do tend to avoid going outside in hot weather, because I tend to burn. I live in the States and boy, is it hot 35c (92F). I am of mixed decent Irish (mother) and German (Father), no freckles but I am milk white, and sometimes worry that if I do venture out, I may turn to a pile of ash. I have been in Ireland 2x in the last 6 months and I must say, that the weather is damn near perfect for my skin. The one good thing about it is I am 35 and look in my ’20′s because I avoid the sun. While I do not look like a lobster, I do get spot tanning (what we call a farmer tan) with tan shoulders, feet, arms; red face and neck, white everywhere else. On a final note, before you take too much glee at our expense just remember Nicole Kidman is a natural redhead and she is gorgeous.

    • I should point out that I am a red-headed, freckled, milk-whited skinned Irish-speaking Catholic from West Belfast. In short, a walking cliche. Appreciate only too well that Nicole is a natural redhead – like myself – though I don’t claim to be gorgeous. By the way, I had no sooner posted above when it began to rain. Such a relief!

    • kynos says:

      Always found redhaired laydeez gorgeous. Though worthy of careful handling until proven otherwise. Whether the red is genetic or out of a bottle either way.

    • Sean Williams says:

      In Washington State next month, all the redheads are supposed to gather to break the Guinness Book of World Records. Apparently people are coming from all over the place. Only actual redheads can come to the event, and adults need to have photographic proof of themselves as younger redheads. As someone whose red hair has faded to a sort of light cinnamon colour, I don’t know if I’d “count” anymore. Sigh. http://seattle.craigslist.org/see/eve/1802069046.html

    • Krynos – I always told my wife that you haven’t loved until you have loved a redhead – and she believed me!!!!

      Sean – will contact Editor re: that Washington story. Sounds like the sort of thing this red-headed reporter should be at!

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