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New necks aren’t all they are cracked up to be

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Get a younger looking neck in four weeks’ proclaimed the press release – and you instantly thought … wouldn’t that just be the perfect present for the politician in your life this Christmas?

After all, if they’ve been in the game for a while, their old neck must be due for the knacker’s yard. And even if it still has a little mileage left on the clock, surely a competitor with new neck would hold a distinct advantage with the electorate?

A good hard neck is a prerequisite for a successful political career; indeed some of the most successful politicians could rely on nothing else.

A bit of neck will allow you to blame the problems of the economy on the other fellas; it will allow you to make the most outrageous promises at election time and then deny you’d ever even thought of such a proposal, and it will facilitate a selective memory when it comes to accountability.

Of course a new neck doesn’t just work for politicians – bankers can also use them, although they probably have to come in a much bigger size, given the dinners they enjoyed as Rome burned all around them.

At the very least – and in practical terms – a new unlined neck would allow you to wear open-necked shirts instead of polo necks. So the rejuvenating powers of a new neck should never be underestimated.

But the press release – like many of its genre – doesn’t deliver exactly what it suggests at first glance; this breakthrough product doesn’t give you a new neck at all … it’s a sort of Pollyfilla of the cosmetic industry that might just iron out the creases in your old one.

They’ve called it a triple firming neck cream, whatever that might be when it’s at home.

Still, by reading on, you’ll always learn something – and in this case it was that one’s neck seems to age faster than any other part of the body.

And while there are some definite reasons for this, one of the biggest causes is neglect. Although it’s only fair to point out that neglect of the neck isn’t as yet an acknowledged medical phenomenon.

Apparently the skin on our necks is more prone to sun damage, pigmentation and premature ageing. Which probably explains the origin of the term red neck.

We’re not going to mention the brand name of the new triple firming neck cream – mainly because we wouldn’t want to cause a stampede of people with chicken’s necks or very red ones, fighting over the tubes in their local chemist.

But it’s still worth explaining how this product actually irons out those creases, reduces that redness and leaves you with the sort of neck you last had in the days of wide collared shirts.

The manufacturers have a couple of secret formulae that ‘stimulate a healthy collagen network’, which appear to be mixed with citric acid and some component of skin’s natural filler, all of which are ‘clinically proven to rebuild and strengthen the underlying support structure, plumping and lifting slack, lined skin for a toned, tighter look, and smoothing neck creases from the inside’.

The problem with having a new neck is a bit like painting the ceilings in your house – the ceilings look great and brilliantly white, but then the walls look like they’ve been left to rot since the dark ages.

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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Getting locked away from all the rest can be no bad thing

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We all got used to a level of confinement during Covid, and if we were honest, occasionally, it was as much of a blessing than a curse; nobody calling unexpectedly to bother you, no journeys you’d prefer to avoid – even if ultimately we were happy to emerge from our pandemic hibernation.

But imagine if you were trapped for days in a pub during a storm – or in Disneyland during a snap lockdown.

Because for the very lucky few, that happened too.

Visitors to Shanghai’s Disney Resort recently found themselves barred from leaving until they produced a negative Covid test after a snap lockdown.

And we can all remember last November with envy, when customers who went to see an Oasis tribute band called Noasis found themselves trapped for days in a pub in the Yorkshire Dales as a result of heavy snowfall during Storm Arwen.

In both cases, quite honestly, it must have been like a dream come true.

The Disney Resort shut its doors all of a sudden after ten cases of coronavirus were discovered in Shanghai itself, with all visitors locked in the theme park until they were given the all-clear.

And while you’d think the reaction would be to kick back and literally enjoy the ride, online videos showed many of the visitors rushing to the gate trying to avoid being stuck in the park.

Perhaps the Chinese have had enough of snap lockdowns and feared they’d literally be on the swings and roundabouts for days on end – because a day earlier, workers at Foxconn, the biggest iPhone maker in Zhengzhou city, were videoed climbing over fences to avoid a similar snap lockdown.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Accent survey shows Brits still love the oul’ Blarney

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Those of a certain vintage here will remember the phenomenon of the Dagenham Yank – a fella who left Ireland to work, in this case at the Ford plant in Dagenham, and on his first visit home six months later, he would be chirruping like a native Cockney.

It was often the same process for those who moved to the land of actual Yanks, coming back after a short spell away talking like a native New Yorker.

Footballers who moved to play in the English League had their own hybrid accent – a sort of mix of Estuary English with whatever remained of their native Cork or Dublin. Think Dave O’Leary or Ronnie Whelan for reference points.

And yet they need never have worried a jot, because it turns out that there are few accents the Brits love more than what they diplomatically call the accent of ‘southern Ireland’.

Research, published by the Sutton Trust education charity had a serious point to make in that it established what it called an ‘accent bias’ against people from the North of England, which was proving a barrier to social mobility.

But part of Speaking Up: Accents and Social Mobility also ranks different accents in order of prestige – and we’re right up there towards the top.

It found that French-accented English, Scottish, American and southern Irish accents ranked highly in terms of prestige.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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