New readers may not know, I am obsessed with A Song Of Ice And Fire. In fact, I truly believe that George R.R Martin has managed to stumble upon the one true faith, and we should all read the books as gospel. Amen.

With this idea in mind, I have thrown together a few choice phrases from the holy series, that I feel can be translated into Northern Irish everyday life.

You’re welcome.

“When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground.” – Cersei Lannister

I feel, that this particular infamous quotation (and the context in which it is written), is an extremely important life lesson. One that both Sean Bean and every Bond villain ever should most definitely have taken into account. DON’T ever tell people your ingenious plan to destroy/arrest/embarrass/reveal them, because they are going to go and stop you before you do it.

Honesty and honour are one thing, but getting on with it is important too.

“For the night is dark and full of terrors” – Melisandre

Don’t hang around Belfast alone at night. That’s an obvious one, yes?

“Winter is coming” – all the Starks, all the time

This is Northern Ireland. If Winter is not coming, it’s already here. Dress warmly, and always carry an umbrella.

What can I say? It’s a very practical faith.

“The things I do for love.” – Jamie Lannister

Again, knowing the context here is essential. Sometimes, to get what you want, you have to get your hands dirty. Or push a small child off a castle. Everyone has been in that situation.

“Whatever you do, make certain your hands are clean.” Petyr Baelish

Personal hygiene is important. Wait, maybe he didn’t mean literally…


There. That’s a good insight to the Church Of George. Now go forth, and spread the word.