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If you want a job done look for a busy person

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Internationally acclaimed and locally-based sculptor John Behan – here with Aoife Reilly and Neil Johnson of Croi – has crafted a unique bronze piece which is for auction until next Friday, March 11, as part of the annual Croi Gala Ball. This special collector’s item is a signed, once-off piece titled ‘Championship 8’, depicting the crew of and cox of a Galway rowing team. All proceeds go to Croi and anyone interested in placing a bid should contact Aoife Reilly in Croi on 091-544310.

A Different View with Dave O’Connell

There’s an old theory that, if you want a job done, give it to someone who’s already busy – but the other way of looking at this is that you reward slackers by avoiding them because it’s more hassle than it’s worth.

So if you don’t want to be left with responsibility for the garden, for example, then mow through the rose bushes next time you’re asked to cut the grass.

If you would rather than take responsibility for cooking in the kitchen, then burn one meal until every smoke alarm in the house is ringing and you may never be asked to process anything more taxing than toast for the rest of your life.

If you want to dodge the ironing, leave clothes looking like they’ve been crushed into submission by being stuck under the matrass rather than subjected to the undeniable advantages of a steam iron.

As for cleaning the house, some people react like they got a bad fright from a hoover when they were small and are too traumatised to ever approach one again.

So you don’t like doing the washing up – keep letting good plates and glasses slip out of your hands and shatter on the floor.

You don’t like getting stuck with the laundry – throw a woollen jumper in on a long wash at the wrong temperature so that it comes out five sizes smaller, and you’ll be banned from the washing machine faster than a Russian drugs cheat from the Olympics.

You can take this to any level you want – I worked with a guy once who not alone didn’t drive, he refused to ever learn.

And we used to make fun of this perennial passenger because his inability to get behind the wheel meant he wasn’t as free as the rest of us to take to the highways and byways – until he explained his logic.

He hadn’t started out in life intending to become a permanent passenger – but once he’d realised the advantages, Lewis Hamilton couldn’t change his mind.

As a happily married non-driver, there was no debate as to who would drive the kids to school or swimming lessons; no discussion over whose turn it was to stay off the drink at the next social function; no worries over who’d do the next big shop for the weekend.

Only one half of the partnership knew how to drive and the other was happy to sit up front alongside her.

For more read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

 

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Time can play tricks on you – as it keeps on ticking by

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It takes a bit of adjusting to accept that 1988 – when Ray Houghton, for example, put the ball in the back of the English net – is as far away from today as 1988 was from 1954 then, as the world was still only really getting back on its feet after the Second World War.

In other words, the exploits of Euro ’88 and a great day in Gelsenkirchen, still fresh in the minds of our fifty-plus generation, is as far into the distant past as the Roger Bannister’s first sub-four-minute mile is to the twentysomethings of today.

It was also the year that marked the end of McCarthyism in the US, when Senator Joe’s ‘communist’ witch-hunt – destroying the lives of so many high profile public figures who could be described as a little liberal at best – was finally pulled into dry dock.

In fairness, McCarthyism has always seemed like ancient history, and we’ve only ever seen Bannister’s achievement through grainy black and white footage – ignoring the fact that our parents had lived through it.

The juxtaposition of personal experience and third-party history rose its head in a different context recently when the latest – and much-pilloried – series of the Crown hit Netflix.

To describe the makers’ approach to history as loose would be an understatement; fact offers little more than a backdrop to the vivid minds of writers who have come up with nothing more than a Royal version of a soap opera.

They got away with that when they were dealing with the early years of Queen Elizabeth’s reign, but this time they were dealing with a history most of us lived through, most notably the death of Diana in 1997.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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You can’t force the craic at the Christmas Party

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There’s nothing like the Christmas Party to bring out the little devils who’ve spent their working lives blending in with the filing cabinet; one craft beer too many and they’re up on top of the photocopier scanning images of their tail end to send to the world.

The party animal is often the quiet one who spends the rest of the year in the corner, timidly stepping aside if you pass them in the corridor – but with a few bevvies on board, they’re Lemmy from Motorhead in the middle of a world tour.

Of course there are also some people who dread the Christmas party – or even after-work drinks, if that’s still a thing – and as their worst nightmare comes looming over the horizon, they might take some comfort from a recent court case in France.

Because an unnamed worker has just won the right to be utterly boring after a court ruled that he could not be dismissed, just because he didn’t want to join the rest of the staff in the pub.

Known simply as Mr T – an unfortunate choice of initial if you were a fan of the larger-than-life big guy in the A-Team back in the day – our friend was a senior advisor for a Parisian training firm called Cubik Partners.

One of those typically trendy modern operations, they work on a ‘fun and pro’ basis – which is presumably a variation on playing hard and working hard sometimes too – and part of that outlook involved regular social events ‘to bolster team spirit’.

But Mr T had no truck with the spirits – internal or alcoholic – and didn’t want to hang out with his colleagues for a minute longer than work demanded.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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How to win elections with the promises you can keep

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The man who was already the world’s oldest prime minister stood for election again last weekend at the tender age of 97 – arguing quite legitimately that he was fully fit for high office on the basis that he was ‘still standing and talking’.

Mahathir Mohamad was already a Guinness World Record holder for being the world’s oldest current prime minister since he became premier of Malaysia for a second time in 2018.

Proving that age is no impediment to ambition, he put himself forward again last weekend – only this time he fulfilled that age-old observation of Enoch Powell, that most unctuous of Tories from times past, who once said that all political lives end in failure…even if it’s a relative thing and you could hardly be said to have been cut down early, at the age of 97.

Adding insult to injury, not alone did he finish fourth of five candidates in Langkawi, a resort island in Malaysia’s northwest, which he had won with a large majority in the previous poll in 2018 – he also lost his deposit.

It wasn’t even an ageist thing; his entire party failed to win a single seat.

And for comfort in his hour of need, he can still look to Laos where the Prime Minister Khamtai Siphandone is still going strong at just short of 99 – although the fact that he is the chairman of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party means you don’t have to actually come up with an election manifesto because, more specifically, you don’t have to stand for election.

But if you do – and accepting Mahathir Mohamad’s weekend disappointment – going before the electorate on a platform of boasting the ability to walk and talk is at least an honest one.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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