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Ireland rejected hate and chose to stick together!

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Charlie Adley

Double Vision with Charlie Adley – Well done Ireland! While the rest of Europe seeks refuge in the bigotry and hatred of the far-Right, this country voted with its heart.

Instead of seeking outsiders to blame, the Irish made it very clear they blame the parties of this government and the last. There was no Golden Dawn party parading down O’Connell Street with ersatz swastikas. No UKIP, no Front National. No Marine le Pen.

Praise be!

It would have been completely understandable if the Irish had chosen to blame the EU, the IMF and World Bank, and some of the victorious independents were doubtless elected by protest votes against the Troika.

Yet despite the present surge in popularity for non-treaty politics, it’s still fairly inevitable that the next government won’t be headed by ranks of Mings, Maureens and men in pink shirts.

Sadly, our future rulers will belong either to the party of smug self-centred bourgeois hypocrites or the party of dark and dangerous chancers who promise the earth but send you to hell.

The overbearing melancholy that truth delivers makes the choices of Irish voters last week more vivid, more important. They needed to rid themselves of the status quo. Instead of hating and rejecting, they reacted to austerity and poverty by joining ranks and turning to each other; to compassion and socialism, rather than the unbridled capitalism that has wrought havoc over the continent.

This alone would make me thrill and feel delighted to have chosen the right country to live in. Yet my joy at the choices Ireland made was enhanced by the way I’ve been bamboozled over the years by the Irish culture of blaming.

Often it feels as if there exists in Ireland a huge stinking lump of pooh that nobody owns, wants or cares about. Instead of grabbing it, sanitizing it and washing it away forever, the Irish just pass it along.They don’t feel comfortable complaining or protesting, but nobody does blame better.

Lifting my voluptuous arse out of the armchair I become rigid. The pain is so severe I cannot breathe. I’m frozen, stuck between squatting and standing.

Personally, I blame my excellent friend Whispering Blue. We’re all familiar with the way that women who share a dormitory start to menstruate at the same time. Well, for weeks now my mate’s been suffering unimaginable back pain as he studies for his exams. We’ve been friends for over 20 years, so it seems natural that when his pain has filled its host body, it might well spread to mine.

Really? Well no, I haven’t lost my noodle. Despite being pretty demoralised by the unwelcome return of lower back pain, I haven’t suddenly become prone to ludicrous notions such as migrating lumbago.

I’m just adapting to the culture of my adopted country. Years ago I might apologise, but instead I’m blaming Whispering Blue.

 

 

Connacht Tribune

Space and silence – it’s all us oul’ lads ever wanted in pubs

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Dave O'Connell

A Different View with Dave O’Connell

The crowds that flocked into the centre of Dublin last weekend provided the clearest indication yet that, thank God, a cure had been found for Covid.

The masses dancing and hugging on the streets was vindication that all of the self-isolation had been well worth it, when you could now congregate as close as you like to each other, to your little heart’s content.

Or so you’d think.

One weekend of slightly relaxed licencing laws was all it took, and in the blink of an eye thousands of revellers were up and at it like this was Paris in 1945 after it was freed from the Germans.

The newly-imposed regulations for relaxation would suggest that all of these bouncy people at least had the benefit of a nine-euro meal inside them – how else could they get served?

So, we’d better brace ourselves for when they go out on an empty stomach.

Much has already been made of the fact that pub life will never be the same again – and that might well be the case.

Social distancing is bad news for the publicans, limiting their ability to wedge the entire student population of NUIG and GMIT into the equivalent of a phone box.

But it’s great news for curmudgeons – particularly for those whose capacity for imbibing alcohol is shot.

Advancing middle age has seen the tolerance of the early twenties reduced from the equivalent of a sizeable plastic bucket to an amount that once wouldn’t have even pass the standard definition of being out.

Three pints? That’s what you’d order when they rang the bell at closing time.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Angels took pain out of hospital Christmas

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Charlie Adley

Double Vision with Charlie Adley

More than any other time of the year, when we sit around our dinner tables on Christmas Day, we are aware of who is there and who is not. At the age of 17, having performed impressive acrobatics with my Yamaha 250, a saloon car, a ditch and a barbed wire fence, I spent six weeks in hospital over Christmas and New Year.

My femur was snapped in two, which is no mean feat with thighs like mine, and my tibia had a crack or two as well.

Bed-bound, with my leg in traction, I developed a bronchial chest infection after an emergency operation.

Every two seconds for six weeks I coughed in hacking spasms, thus shaking my smashed leg, which was hung in a sling, supported by a metal pole they had driven through me, just below the knee.

Suffice to say I came to terms with pain.

In our part of the ward, there were four beds and three bikers with broken bones.

There was Kev, who had fallen off his sleek and mean Suzuki GT750 (a two stroke 3-into-1, since you ask), and opposite us two was brick shithouse Yorkshireman Gary, ex-SAS, and mighty embarrassed, having survived several covert tours of duty in Northern Ireland, to have to admit to falling off a Honda 125.

Compared to the other patients in the hospital the three of us were well off.

We were not sick. We’d had our operations, and apart from antibiotics for wounds, and pain killers for broken bones, we needed very little medical attention.

We were young, male, bored, and allowed to drink beer. Naturally, we tried to attract the attention of the student nurses as much as possible, and equally, they were happy to have a bit of a laugh with lads who were not ill, physically, at least!

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Don’t be a slave to the algorithm

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Charlie Adley

Double Vision with Charlie Adley

Saying “I love newspapers!” feels these days like buying a ticket for the next David Bowie gig, but I do: I love them. When I read a newspaper, I’m not a slave to the algorithm. Were I ten years younger, I’d read all my news online, on apps that I’ve set to my personal preferences.

Even when I visit media sites I’ve never been to before, there are cookies and bots and gordknowswot working away to offer me more of what the algorithms think I want.

Every link off each page is tailored to please me, but that’s no good.

I don’t want to be fed things that only fit into my areas of interest and opinion.

Sitting at my living room table, mug of tea and two slices of toast (peanut butter, since you ask), and a paper – any paper – open in front of me, I can see the full wonder and horror of the world, as interpreted by The Guardian, The Daily Mail, The Irish Times or Daily Mirror.

As I browse into the heart of the paper, far from major news items, I let my eyesight fall all over the place, because each page is full of varied items, and, here on page 14, I’ll find the big story that’s being buried: the story they have to report, but are under instruction to dampen down.

Also here are stories that no algorithm-driven link would ever lead me to. Quirky little tales, able to dissolve an adult brain in seconds.

When driven sufficiently doolally by what I’m reading, I tear that particular piece of madness out of the newspaper, placing it on top of the wobbly towering stack of other torn madnesses by my desk.

There are dark torn madnesses and fearsome ones, but today I’m in the mood to prowl the ones that force me to furrow my brow, gasp for breath, pout my lips and grunt “What the -?” at the universe.

Notes are seeds, from which every writer will grow different fruit. When that writer is working for the Daily Mail, the fruit need bear only minuscule relation to the seed.

To read Charlie’s column in full, please see this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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