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Power and money – the aphrodisiacs that never let you down

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It was the irrepressible Mrs Merton with her tongue firmly placed in cheek who once asked Paul Daniels’ wife Debbie McGee what it was that first attracted her to the small, bald millionaire magician.

It’s a question that the French media might well rephrase to put to the actress Julie Gayet if they were half as full of testosterone as their own President now appears to be.

And if Francois Hollande were a slightly more philosophical misogynist, he might take some solace from his ability to seduce a seemingly infinite number of beautiful women despite his boring and portly appearance.

But then the little Napoleon who preceded him, Nicolas Sarkozy, managed to hook up with one of the world’s top supermodels – albeit one in the autumn of her catwalk career – when he could hardly see higher than her navel.

And our own version of the Little General, Charlie Haughey, had quite a way with the ladies as well, despite his own vertical challenges. Although in fairness, the whiff of scandal and smell of Charvet shirts might have had something to do with that as well.

The common link seems to be that there are some women out there who thrive on power and money in the way that new babies thrive on mother’s milk.

Sometimes even one or the other will do – as in the case of the WAGs who plonk themselves into the lives of Premiership footballers, whose key attributes are healthy physiques and their even healthier bank balances.

The tabloids prove that many of these ladies will allow their footballing superstars a generous degree of latitude when it comes to their dalliances, once the credit card is still guaranteed to the max at home.

And quite frankly, that’s fine with the rest of us – because the truth is it’s none of our business.

None of us know what really goes on behind anyone else’s front door – and sometimes we’re not entirely aware what’s going on behind our own.

So if the French have a relaxed attitude to the notion of mistresses, then good luck to them. Indeed it would almost seem like a derogation of duties if their President didn’t have at least two ladies on the go to keep up with an ancient political tradition.

Francois Mitterrand did it and so did Jacques Chirac, and it didn’t seem to hugely affect their ability to do their job.

Perhaps that is just confirming the old adage that, if you want a job done well, give to a busy person – and a man trying to keep two homes afloat is certainly that.

In fairness to the French, perhaps it’s just the rest of us who are fascinated with the dalliances of the rich and famous – we might not be sophisticated enough to appreciate such sexual subtleties.

The mistresses of former Presidents were, by all accounts, open secrets among the French chattering classes, but nobody thought any less of their leaders because they were busier than normal in the boudoir.

If Francois Hollande were Irish or English and he turned up before the entire senior press corps of his nation – refusing to answer a single question about his private life in the midst of this scandal – he’d be hounded out of the room and possibly out of office.

 

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Betting on the thrill of the chase can come at a cost

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Dave O'Connell
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I’ve never understood betting but, just as I’ve never understood astrophysics either, I’ve plenty of time for those who do. Just because I don’t or can’t do it doesn’t make it an unusual pursuit.

But betting to me was always just a few quid on a fancied horse or backing your county to win the All-Ireland or your favourite football team to win the Premiership.

You might be a proud new parent who believes that the new arrival will one day go on to play for Ireland or Galway – and unless you’re perhaps Joe Canning, you will easily find a bookie who will lay you odds of 500/1 that it will never happen.

Nearly two decades ago now, Rory McIlroy’s dad Gerry placed a £200 bet on his 15-year-old son winning a Major – and ten years later, he walked away with a £100,000 windfall when Rory won the British Open at Hoylake in 2014.

In 2006, the family of Chris Kirkland won close to £10,000 when the then-Liverpool goalkeeper played for England in a friendly against Greece. Twelve years earlier, Kirkland’s father Eddie had placed a bet, as part of a syndicate, that his son would win an England cap before turning 30.

Perhaps even more optimistically, the grandfather of Fulham winger and former Liverpool star Harry Wilson pocketed £125,000 after placing a bet that his then-infant grandson would go on to play for Wales – which he duly did well before he’d left his teens.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Caught by online fraudsters – and rescued by the bank

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Somewhere in a supermarket in Australia last week, a person or persons spent €57.88 of my money on food or drink and charged it to my Visa card. Hours later they then repeated the exercise at another branch of Coles, the Melbourne-based multiple – but then their mini-spree came to a shuddering halt.

In truth perhaps, they probably didn’t leave home at all; they may not even have been anywhere near Australia, instead carrying out their shopping online around midday local time – and again for around the same amount an hour or two later.

But then the fraud department of Allied Irish Banks put a halt to their gallop and during the wee small hours inquired if I had somehow made it from conducting an evening online transaction in Galway to buying things from a supermarket in Melbourne, in the process inadvertently breaking the sound barrier while I slept.

And when I replied that indeed I had not, my Visa card was shut down and the prospects of the intrepid Australians buying some serious kit from my pocket disappeared quicker than snow on the outback.

Not alone that but AIB refunded the money these people had spent without my knowledge, allowed me to take a few bob out of the bank without a card – but with ID – and then sent on a brand new card this week.

The embarrassing part was having to confirm that online purchases in the run-up to the Aussie shopping spree were legit; it’s like having a list of misdemeanours read out in court.

There was nothing accusatory in the tone of the nice woman from the bank, who merely inquired if indeed it was me who had gone twice to Mace the previous day; if I’d also bought an album online and paid a monthly subscription for a digital newspaper.

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What your taste in music says about your own state of mind

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As Elton John once said, sad songs say so much. But now it turns out so do Adele songs or classics by the Beatles – because surprise, surprise, the music you listen to reflects your state of mind.

That’s what a group of psychologists in Toronto spent their time discovering recently – a reality most of us could have told them for free.

The psychologists divided people into four groups with different approaches to relationships – the rejection-feeling ‘anxious’’ group; the negative and cold ‘avoidant group; the confident ‘secure’ group, and a mixed group.

The boffins then assessed the lyrics to 7,000 different songs based on their variously secure, anxious, or avoidant content, then asked a test group to pick out their favourite tracks.

And they came up with the bleedin’ obvious – song lyrics are a window into your state of mind; they discovered that people who are insecure in their relationship listen to a lot of Adele. Perhaps because you may remember she had her biggest hit, Someone Like You, about a break-up.

Other songs that inspire strong feelings, often sadness, include Joni Mitchell’s Blue; Bill Withers’ Ain’t No Sunshine; Neil Young’s Philadelphia, and Ray Charles’ Georgia on My Mind – just in case you’re looking to take it down a notch this New Year.

On the other hand, those who prefer the Beatles’ upbeat Love Me Do are more than likely to be very secure in their relationships, according to the University of Toronto study.

And just for the record, here are some of the songs for happy people, who are secure in themselves and in their loved ones around them.

At Last by Etta James – which sounds more like entrapment than true love, as does I Got You Babe by Sonny & Cher – and Wouldn’t it be Nice by the Beach Boys, not to mention Whitney Houston’s 1999 hit I Will Always Love You, which is actually a Dolly Parton song from the early 1970’s. It’s just that Dolly doesn’t give off that same sense of security.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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