Saturday 16 December 2017

FG can learn from Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor
Conor McGregor

oConor McGregor, looking forward to his UFC title fight against Jose Aldo this summer, has threatened to "rip that Brazilian's head off". This promise might send Senator Catherine Noone in paroxysms of anger, as a few weeks ago that she described the sport as "vile" (she later changed her mind, of course). What the Senator may have forgotten was that such expressions are just part of the game, a deliberate exaggeration designed to stoke up a reaction amongst an audience which the person will never go through with. But let me put it into terms she can probably understand. It's like a promise that her party, Fine Gael, makes at election time...

FFormer Westlifer Mark Feehily is back and, over three years after the band broke up, is releasing his debut solo album. Mark no longer wants to be known as Mark, but instead as Markus, though it's hard to know exactly the precise motivation behind this move. Perhaps Mark considers this elongated version of his name to give him greater gravitas. But let's not forget the other person who tried that exact thing: former boxer, boozer and aficionado of aesthetically-challenged escort girls, Kenny Egan, who re-branded himself as Kenneth because, in his own words: "Kenny was my drinking name." I rest my case.

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