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Singing when you’re winning – even when it ends in defeat

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Bewley’s Veronica Campbell and Mark Saunders join Michael Craig from Galway Hospice and 2FM’s Lottie Ryan to launch Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning, which will take place all over the country on Thursday, September 18 – with the aim of raising €2 million the day. Details on how to register as a host and to receive your complimentary promotional pack including Bewley’s freshly ground or instant coffee can be obtained by contacting the Fundraising Team at Galway Hospice on 091-770868, or by emailing fundraising@galwayhospice.ie

A Different View with Dave O’Connell

If you can ignore for a moment that semi-final humiliation at the hands of the rampant Germans, the abiding memory of Brazil’s recent World Cup will undoubtedly be that impassioned singing of their national anthem before every match.

And of course even as you write that you know it’s up there with asking Abraham Lincoln’s wife if – apart from the assassination of her husband at Ford’s Theatre – how did she enjoy the play.

But Brazil’s singing was an unforgettable piece of theatre too, to the point that you’d love to know what they were singing about because it just looked like they were high as kites and roaring into the camera.

Every time the music stopped, players, staff and supporters continued belting out the song as though their lives depended on it – and it was all the more impressive given how up in arms the country was over the cost of this extravaganza before it began.

Without understanding a word of it, the sheer outpouring of emotion made the hairs stand on the back of your neck, and you possibly remembered the closest we got to it here – when John ‘Bull’ Hayes cried for Ireland as Amhrán na bFhiann was belted out before we beat England in the Six Nations at Croke Park.

There are moments like that in sport that defy you not to feel the emotion of the moment – rugby has a few of them with Flower of Scotland at Murrayfield or Bread of Heaven at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium, but what is more powerful that Liverpool’s Kop singing You’ll Never Walk Alone?

You don’t even question why a song from the 1945 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, Carousel, should inspire such passion among football fans who would never have known that it first came to light in the second act of the musical, when Nettie Fowler, the cousin of the female protagonist Julie Jordan, sings it to comfort and encourage Julie when her husband, Billy Bigelow, the male lead, kills himself to avoid capture during a failed robbery.

But then again why would Munster rugby make an anthem from a song about prisoners being transported to Australia for stealing corn from fields around Athenry?

Or who would Leinster latch on to a ditty about a street seller – perhaps a euphemism for prostitute – called Molly Malone and her wheel barrow overflowing with cockles and mussels?

West Ham fans bellow out the fact that they are forever blowing bubbles; Chelsea believe that blue is the colour, as do Man City fans when it refers to the moon – and for reasons best known to themselves, Stoke City fans have lain claim to Tom Jones’ Delilah.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Homework only goes to prove parents haven’t all the answers

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Anyone fortunate enough to be a parent will always remember the moment when their child transitioned from unqualified hero worship to thinking that ma and da, if not quite clowns, at least possessed feet of clay.

And that moment often coincided with the time you could no longer make head nor tail of their homework.

You were grand with addition and subtraction, even multiplication and basic division – but when theorems or algebra or physics or foreign languages came into the equation, suddenly your infallible status took a nosedive straight into the nearest bin.

The consolation is that we are not alone – because most parents admit they’ve forgotten even the basics from their schooldays, leaving them cruelly exposed when the teenagers come looking for help.

A recent UK survey asked 1,500 parents aged over 30 what they had forgotten from their schooldays.

Top of the list was algebra – forgotten by half of them – followed by trigonometry and Pythagoras’s Theorem. About a third of respondents could no longer remember how to do long division – or name ten or more elements from the periodic table.

A quarter didn’t know the difference between an isosceles and a scalene triangle, and almost a fifth had forgotten how to use a protractor. Most of those probably thought a compass was for pricking the back of the student sitting in front of you.

Other classroom classics now lost in the sands of time included a failure to recognise cloud formations, identifying an oxbow lake, remembering quotes from Shakespeare, or explaining the difference between volts and amps.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Everybody knows a Dave – but it still don’t make a storm

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It’s been a tough week for Ireland’s Daves and Davids – ever since we found out just how close we were to having our own storm, only to have it snatched away from us by a public vote that inexplicably went for Dudley instead.

It doesn’t matter than Dudley hardly even sounds like a gust of wind, let alone a gale force storm; it just conjures up an image of a drunken Dudley Moore in Arthur, meandering all over the place – more of a danger to himself than the roof of your house is.

The only consolation is that, if it wasn’t Dudley, it still wouldn’t have been Dave – because in compiling the shortlist, our own Queen of the Weather Forecast, Evelyn Cusack, made a stronger case for Storm Diarmuid, ahead of Dave, David and even Dafydd.

The Brits were keen on Storm Dave, but part of the reason that there is an annual debate among the Met Offices is to ensure a disparate selection, with something for each of the participating nationalities.

That’s why we got Barra, Pól, Seán and Méabh, and the Welsh got Arwen and possibly Gladys, and the Dutch got Vergil and Willemien, with a couple of crossover names like Jack and Kim and Ruby in there for good measure.

But when it came to Storm D, our Met Éireann boss wouldn’t even entertain Dermot as a compromise over Diarmuid, according to the correspondence on this year’s storm-naming process, as revealed under Freedom of Information this week.

Ultimately, it didn’t matter in the end because the people decided anyway. They were given a choice of Duncan, Dudley and Dafydd. . .and Dudley was the winner, perhaps – the commentators think – because of Dudley Dursley, erstwhile star of Harry Potter. As opposed to Dudley Moore.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Science proves kids were spot-on about the sprouts

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Turns out the kids were right all along – there’s an actual scientific reason why most of them can’t stand broccoli or Brussels sprouts.

And these researchers from CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, have further agreed that you can throw cauliflower, kale and cabbage into the equation for good measure – because enzymes from what are collectively known as brassica vegetables and from bacteria in saliva can produce unpleasant odours in the mouth.

“Interactions between brassica vegetables and human saliva can affect in-mouth odour development, which in turn may be linked to individual perception and liking,” revealed the researchers.

Adults on the other hand, educate their palate to tolerate the bad taste; after all they’ve already managed it with Guinness, because if you remember how your first pint of stout tasted, it was nothing to whet the appetite like it does now.

The study involved 98 pairs of parents and children aged between six and eight, to rate the key odour compounds – and very different response.

Their scientific explanation is that these veg contain a compound called S-methyl-L-cysteine sulfoxide that produces potent, sulphurous odours when acted upon by an enzyme in the plant.

This is also the case for the same enzyme produced by bacteria in some people’s oral bacteria.

You can mask this of course with plenty of cheese sauce or whatever takes your fancy, but that’s a little like those people who tell you they love oysters when what they actually enjoy is the taste of lemon and tabasco sauce.

We all remember the days of our childhood when you were either force-fed veg or else had the guilt trip laid on you about children who were starving in Africa who’d give anything for a plate of broccoli.

Turns out now they probably wouldn’t, despite numerous surreptitious efforts to find an envelope to post the veg to a poor country in the hope that it would solve two problems – world hunger and an aversion to Brussels sprouts.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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