Reblog: Flashback Track Friday #12 – Thousands Are Sailing

Good morning, everybody. KK and I published another one of our Flashback Track Friday prompt questions, this week a favourite of mine by The Pogues. Care to take part?

Songshine Sounds

Welcome once again to Flashback Track Friday. Each week, either KK or Mister Bump will present a song to you, and out of that song, will prompt you with a question.

If you choose to respond, your response can be anything – a poem, a short, some music, an image, anything you like. Be creative.


In what started as a trickle, successive crop failures in 1840s Ireland (the Great Famine) led to an avalanche of emigration. A frequent destination was the east coast of the Americas – New York and Boston were favourite objectives, but Canada and the Carolinas were also popular. Most of these emigrants were unskilled agricultural labour, as you would expect for the era.

Immigration continued in the decades after the famine. it didn’t peak until around 1890 and continued until a tightening of US laws in the 1920s.

Thinking particularly of the US, now, at immigration’s…

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Author: Mister Bump UK

Designed/developed large IT systems, interrupted by a stroke in 2016, aged 48. Now mix development of health-related software with voluntary work and writing. Married, with an estranged daughter.

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